Hopes, Expectations, Results
Having returned from the family holiday, it was time to get this experiment firmly off the ground and find out whether the Arbonne products (and the “30 Days to Healthy Living” programme) were everything they’re cracked up to be.
I had high hopes, low expectations and the results would have to speak for themselves.
As a chap, it’s fair to say that I’m not going to be making the most of the Arbonne Hair and Makeup ranges, but I could certainly explore Nutrition, the RE9 Advanced for Men skincare range and see how good the Kids range was.
Goal 1 – Weight Loss
A little ‘before’ picture (taken 25 October 2018). As you can see, rather pudgy around the middle and hardly the most flattering picture. Weight, appx 78.5kg / BMI 25.6 (overweight).
For a long time I’ve weighed around 80kg +/-2kg. I did drop a few kilos and reached 75kg late last year but this took a good few months using MyFitnessPal to monitor my calorie intake and burn. I didn’t manage to keep it off.
- Reduce weight to 70kg by Christmas
- Tone muscle at the same time
- Reach a BMI of 21.2 by June 2019
- Maintain weight / muscle thereafter
Goal 2 – Fitness
Of course, an essential ingredient of losing weight is plenty of exercise. I started getting into Road Cycling last year but abruptly stopped for about 6 months. It’s my aim to get back into this and rebuild my overall strength & fitness. Current cycling FTP weighted avg. power score 141W.
- Increase FTP to 175W over 6 months
- Tone muscles / build definition
- Build strength & stamina
Goal 3 – Energy
For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt tired every day. I blamed my general fitness and vivid dreams for not getting enough rest, although I was sleeping more than enough (7-8hrs per night). Perhaps the stress of work and family life contributed as well, but it was enough to mention it to my doctor on a couple of occasions. I needed this to change.
- Feel less tired!
Goal 4 – Diet
So this goes hand-in-hand with all of the above goals but I had a tendency to snack on the wrong things – chocolate, pizzas, ham and scotch eggs being among the worst offenders, and too my McD’s whilst travelling on business. I often felt hungry and would feel the need to eat something every couple of hours. I didn’t have a terrible diet, but it could certainly be improved.
- Eat less processed foods
- Eat less chocolate
- Reduce caffeine
- Improve my fruit, fibre and veggie intake
- Feel less hungry
- Improve my gut (I won’t go into details, but you know what I mean!)
Goal 5 – Confidence / Spirits
Generally, I’ve considered myself to be a very positive person, full of confidence, empathy, and a commitment to see things through. And that has certainly been true of the past but lately, I’ve found it harder to maintain this outlook and have suffered a few knock-backs. I’ve found myself procrastinating too much and let others get me down. I need a pick-me-up and a chance to get back on top.
- Rebuild confidence in myself and others
- Spend more time with positive people
- Make better use of my time
- Build my social network offline and online (here’s looking at you, dear readers)
- Set new goals & learn new skills
Goal 6 – Looks!
I’ve recently celebrated my 43rd birthday so I need to work a little harder on this! I want to ensure I’m looking healthy on the outside as well as feeling it on the inside so this goal is really the culmination of all the others preceding it. Hopefully my improved physical appearance and renewed confidence will shine through and inspire others. Add to this a better skincare regime and a more versatile wardrobe, and I’ll be very happy!
- Reduce blemishes / wrinkles
- Have a sparkle in my eyes / reduce puffiness
- Better shaving (I tend to struggle with shaving rash)
- Dress to kill!
Goal 7 – Financial Freedom
It’s certainly true that with age comes greater financial responsibility and increased costs; mortgages, child care, family holidays, vehicle expenses, school fees, entertainment… it all adds up. And then there’s pensions and savings, which I’ve started far too late in life. Gaining financial freedom then, is critically important for all of us. However, I’m not sure that I expect much from Arbonne in this respect.
0.8% of consultants will reach the top tier and the vast majority of people starting this as a business will drop out. That said, there is scope to earn a little extra cash (and indeed, a lot of cash for some people) and if this can be put towards a family holiday or help to offset child care costs, then all well and good.
- Earn £500/month from Arbonne after 12 months
- Earn £1500/month from Arbonne after 24 months
So let’s see how we get on, eh? Do please subscribe to my blog to follow my Discover Arbonne journey and I’ll be sure to post again soon!