Slim & Sassy - CJ Huelsman

2017 SLIM & SASSY COMPETITION GRAND PRIZE WINNER


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Breaking the Old Habits

When we first started the challenge my wife created a Facebook group to help keep me motivated. We invited friends, family, and other Wellness Advocates to join us on this journey. We posted progress updates, as well as what we found most helpful about each of the products we were using. We reached out to others for suggestions, and the addition of community helped motivate me through the challenge.

The first month was the hardest, especially with the cravings. I craved something sweet at the end of a meal. A drop of Fennel, a large glass of water with some Slim and Sassy in it, or a bowl of fruit would help reprogram my cravings. We had to plan social outings well in advance to prepare ourselves for any temptations.

Alcohol was another tough one to cut back. I knew there were a lot of empty calories in beer, but I got so used to having one or two after getting home from work. It was hard going out with friends and only drinking water. I did find that sparkling water is a great replacement, or water with a drop of Peppermint and/or Lemon.

Trying to balance time was no easy task— time for work and time for family. My wife wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to work out, and I get up and make our TrimShakes for breakfast and lunch along with packing fruit, veggies, and some nuts. When she gets home, I head to work out at 6:45 a.m. and she gets our  daughter up.

Steps to Change

Between a good night’s sleep with the doTERRA Serenity® Softgels, taking the Mito2Max®, and getting to the gym, my wife and I found that we had more than enough energy in the morning and well into the day.

Taking the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack® also added such an increase in energy in our lives! My daughter loves being outside and on the go, and it is wonderful to be able to keep up and catch every smile as she goes. doTERRA Slim & Sassy TrimShake made a perfect postworkout treat that kept me full until lunch. I also carry a large stainless steel bottle with me all day now with water mixed with a few drops of the Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend in it. Occasionally I add Peppermint to help me stay cool while I work outside. Halfway through the challenge, we decided to do an additional cleanse and loved it so much we kept the DDR Prime® and PB Assist®+ in our supplement lineup.

I was so close to the weight loss goal and I feel very proud of what I accomplished in three months. True, the scale never hit the 204.5, but I did lose 8 percent body fat and gained in muscle. I sleep better, have more energy, and I’m much more aware of what I put into my body. Between exercise, nutrition, and supplements, I am excited for the continued transformation and the lifestyle that is here to stay.

CJ’S TIPS FOR SUCCESS

1 Make it a Lifestyle—Everything changes for the long haul. It was never just a three-month stint for me. It was a three-month sprint, but once we got to the finish line we were never going to stop running.

2 Get Support—the guys I work out with encouraged me as well and talking with others about what I was doing helped me remember it for myself. The Facebook group with our friends and family, including other doTERRA advocates, was great for sharing our thoughts and challenges and getting support.

3 Stay Committed—the first couple weeks were by far the hardest. The diet change was difficult. It was hard to turn down the sweets and snacks that were basically everywhere. But after a couple of weeks, my taste buds changed. I was never a big fan of cherry tomatoes, now they are like candy to me. It was almost like my body eventually re-set and realized how good natural food is and how great you feel after eating healthy food.

4 Don’t Starve Yourself—talking to friends and family who had tried various other diets, a common reason for failing was from being too hungry and then caving on the vending machine. We made sure to give ourselves plenty of healthy food.

5 Plan Your Meals—if we didn’t plan our meals for the week ahead of time we were doomed. Do the research, go to the store and prep as much as possible. If I don’t have a lunch packed, I’m probably going to eat something bad instead. If we don’t have dinner thought out when we get home, chances are pizza is getting delivered.

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