This post has been a long time coming, but please realize I’m not talking badly about Shaklee and Cinch, and I definitely recommend giving them a try if you’re trying to lose weight. And no, they didn’t make me write that. :)
About 2 months ago, I applied for an opportunity to be a Cinch blogger. Shaklee was giving 50 bloggers the chance to blog about them for 6 months, in exchange for products ($300/month value) and support. I wanted to be chosen, so badly! I poured my heart out on the application.
I wasn’t chosen.
I was disappointed that I wasn’t chosen, but at that point I decided to go ahead and try to lose the weight on my own. I lost 6 pounds, and then found out three people didn’t respond to their invitation to join the Cinch program, so Determined Momma, Tailor Made Momma, Life as Leels, and Woman of Many Roles were all accepted, and they’re part of the #RandomBloggers group with me, so they asked if I could fill in the spot for someone who hadn’t accepted their invite.
I got to join the Cinch group!
My Cinch journey started with my First Official Weigh-In. I started drinking the shakes, and at first the taste was weird to me but I quickly adjusted. I ended up actually liking the shakes. The bars were another story but I did eat them. :) I liked the Cinch bars and shakes because they were really sweet (I have a major sweet tooth), they curbed my cravings. It wasn’t hard to keep away from other sweets! The problem I had at first was Cinch wasn’t giving me enough calories. I was feeling weak. When I reached out for support about this issue, I felt like I didn’t really get much of it.
I posted my Before Photos, which I never would’ve had the bravery to do if not for the women in the Cinch group. One thing that was hard for me – there were 50+ of us in the group and only ONE person to turn to for support. She was having to do it all. So I felt guilty asking questions, when there were 50 other women that were needing Sommer’s help.
The first few weeks I was excited. Even when I didn’t lose weight the first week, I kept trekking on. Three weeks in, I still hadn’t lost any weight. At that point, I knew something was up. I had already lost a few pounds on my own before starting the program, but since starting the program my weight loss came to a screeching halt (pounds AND inches). I saw some other women in the group posting about their low calories counts, and how they were really famished in between meals. It felt good knowing I wasn’t alone, but it was sad watching others go through this and not know what to do. I tried my hardest to encourage everyone without stepping on toes.
I took 3 or 4 days off from Cinch, and lost 2 pounds.
Very confused at this point, I went back on the Cinch program, and worked even harder to lose weight. At this point, I had gained the 2 pounds back, and then some. I was back up to almost 247 pounds. I knew something had to give, so last week I took the ENTIRE week off of Cinch, and I kicked the scale to the curb so I could just weigh in at the end of the Cinch-free week.
I lost 6 pounds!
I have never EVER EVER lost 6 pounds in a week. Not on any crazy-fast crash diet, not on any regular diet, not by working out at the gym for hours. I’ve NEVER lost 6 pounds in a week. My weight goes up and down sometimes, so I can’t say the 6 pounds will STAY off, but I hope they will. When I saw 240.6 on the scale, I about fell over. In 5 weeks on Cinch I hadn’t lost a single pound, but when I did the SAME thing without Cinch, I lost weight.
Cinch has taught me that *I* can do this on my own.
The bottom line is, I don’t think my body likes Cinch products. I know everyone has a different body make-up, and Cinch *IS* working for lots of women – not only in the group but across the nation! So this is not to say that Cinch doesn’t work – it just doesn’t work for me.
I am giving up a chance at $10,000. I am giving up a chance to be a Cinch ambassador for a year. I am giving up a chance to have a shopping spree. I am giving it all up because my integrity, my honesty, my trust with you guys is worth more than that. While I appreciate everyone’s support, I felt like I was avoiding posting about Cinch because it felt like I was lying when I said I was hoping to have success for the program because it clearly wasn’t happening.
When I was at BBSummit, Connie Burke said something that stuck with me, and ultimately made my decision for me. She said that the ONLY way you should be a brand ambassador is if you can stand behind the company 100% and recommend them HONESTLY. I can’t do that anymore, so I had to terminate my contract. I am very thankful for everything Sommer and the other women in the group have done for me, and I wish them all the best of luck with their weight loss journeys. I appreciate everyone’s support, and I hope you guys made it this far in the post!! I love you guys!