For this first post, we decided it would be important to relay what we’ve experienced during the first week of our bodybyvi challenge so you can get an idea of what it is like and what to expect if you try the challenge yourself.
For our challenge, we used the BodybyVi Shape Kit, which consists of replacing 2 meals a day with the Vi-Shape shakes and also ensuring to eat 2 healthy snacks between meals.
The Vi-Shape shakes are vanilla flavoured and can be taken as is. You also get some assorted flavour packets you can add but we preferred to drink them plain or with fresh fruit blended into a smoothie.
So here are a few things we learned in this first bodybyvi challenge week:
- If you are ashamed or unhappy about how you look, use it as motivation to stick with it during this first critical week where you’re trying to establish a new routine of replacing 2 meals a day and eating healthier snacks than you might have been before. Keep your “why am I doing this” very present in your mind during this week.
- Personally, we both found the vanilla shakes sweet on their own even though there is no sugar in them. Our favourite smoothies were made with fruits that would actually cut the sweetness, like blueberries and fresh grapefruit. Have fun experimenting to come up with a recipe you really enjoy!
- I have some other lessons learned in this video:
Finally, keep in mind that a BodybyVi challenge with 2 Vi-shakes a day will probably cause you to be a little “gassier” than usual for a few days. This is because you are likely increasing your fibre intake so it’s only normal. For me. It was usually within an hour or two of taking a shake. The good news is it goes away and you will become more regular (which is good for your belly).
But just to make light of this temporary “situation” I have developed a few coping techniques you might want to consider (yes, this is a joke)…
1 – always drive around with the windows down or you risk suffocating yourself…
2 – if you have a dog, keep a treat in your pocket so he is always by your side, then you have a constant fall guy when you pass gas.
3 – if you must take public transit, be the last to get on so you can be near the door and quickly get off at each stop to “get some air” as a courtesy to others.
4- stay at the back of the yoga class so you don’t offend when doing the downward-facing dog pose.
No really, it’s not that bad…;-)
So that covers our first week! Go ahead and leave a comment below if you have any questions about our experience or about the BodyByVi challenge!
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