Posts Tagged ‘Health’

I thought it was just another “Diet Pill” Wow, was I wrong!!!!

A couple of weeks ago I heard about a product called SkinnyBits. At first I did not pay much attention to it, because I don’t usually fall into a diet pill fads. I started seeing more people talking about. Out of curiosity I looked it up and saw that it was in fact NOT a supplement or “Magic” diet pill. It IS in fact 100% Spirulina Algae tabs. This did actually perked my curiosity more and I was pretty stoked to score a sample to try them out!

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This is the actual sample I received 🙂

While waiting on their arrival, I wanted to do more research on Spirulina Algae. I have a friend who has been ordering it from a different company and mixing it with their food and shakes for years! What strikes me as amazing, is how high in protein it is! Protein is a huge part of my diet. It helps me build lean muscle mass when I am weight training.

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   Raw protein is not the only valuable benefit though! It is also full of major vitamins: A1, B1, B2, B6, B12 , C and E. It also contains beta-carotene, all the essential fatty acids, as well being 62% amino acids. It is also is full of important minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, and the list goes on and on! Pretty impressive really!!!

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   Upon more research, I found that the blue-green algae is great for several things: weight loss, stress, fatigue, anxiety, diabetes, ADHD, depression, PMS, improving your memory, lowering your cholesterol, increasing your metabolism, preventing heart disease, this list actually goes on and on too!

I even found some recipes that incorporate it! Algae smoothies, Guacamole, even Energy bars!

It is widely available in many forms and in many price ranges. With SkinnyBits or any of their HealthBits, you can order a bag of the tabs and they send a tin (like the sample one) that you can refill and carry with you. There is a smell to the tabs when you first open them. I just swallowed them like pills, but the paperwork that came with them said you can eat them too. It did warn that it is an acquired taste though 😉 LOL I wasn’t quite ready to acquire it. I was impressed with the product and will probably be adding Spirulina Algae to our diet. I would definitely check them out!!! By the way,I am not being paid by HeathBits for reviewing their product, I simply am impressed by the health benefits of Spirulina Algae. I would however use/or promote their product, because I do believe in it’s benefits! You will never see a product on my blog, that I would not use myself or give to my family!

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What the tabs actually look like!

Like I said, you can buy it in many forms and many different price ranges. I still have questions about the quality if buying from a different company at a cheaper price? Being a frugal mama, I obviously want the best bang for my buck! Certainly, I do believe it will greatly benefit my family and I, but I always want to make sure I am getting the best price too!

Huge thank you to SkinnyBits for allowing me to sample your product! If you have more questions about SkinnyBits, you can click on their name anywhere in my blog to go to their website. You can also get a 10% discount on any of the HealthBits by using the code BLOG! Definitely check them out!!!!

Have you ever tried Spirulina Algae? What are your thoughts on the health benefits? Would this be something you would add to your family’s diet? I love input from my readers, so if you have comments or questions, fire away!!!

Zoe and I are going to start running today! I have her stroller ready, snacks all packed, and our route mapped out! Should be fun!!! Hope you all enjoy your day!!!

The Good, The Bad, and The Butter…..

My whole life I have been taught that all saturated fats are evil. I was told that processed vegetable oils and margarine spreads were the healthiest way to go. I think everyone has been sold on this idea of “healthy” for the past 30 years! Since my family and I have started eating clean and researching what we are putting into our bodies. We are learning, or I should say, relearning what is actually nutritionally sound for our own personal health.

Margarine has been sold to us as this heart healthy option right? Let’s dig a little deeper shall we….. we will see the process in which Margarine is made:

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        Basically, they process the cheapest GMO vegetables into a gray smelly grease, clean it back up, bleach it, dye it, remove the smell, and add that “butter” flavor and call it health food. Wow, REALLY???

        We prefer saturated fats and so do our bodies! The types of fats my family consumes are: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Butter, Animal fats, Heavy cream, Olive oil, and Organic lard. Are we concerned that we are going to increase our risk for heart disease and high cholesterol? Absolutely not! There are several reasons that these saturated fats are great for you!

  •    To promote stronger bones. How you ask? Saturated fats help your body absorb calcium and regulate your calcium levels. Very important for women!!!!
  •     They contain fatty acids such as lauric acid, myristic acid and caprylic acid, which are antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral, and all contribute towards a stronger immune system which in turn is more vigilant against the development of cancerous cells.
  •     Saturated fats are more stable at higher temperatures than other fats, so they are less likely to become oxidized and turn into cell-damaging free radicals, as polyunsaturated vegetables oils frequently do.
  •     They are the most valuable source of Vitamins A, D, and K which are necessary for hormone regulation, reproduction, immunity, bone health and much more.
  •     Supports a healthy brain! A diet that skimps on healthy saturated fats robs your brain of the raw materials it needs to function optimally. Your brain is made of fats. 😉

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     The list actually goes on and on!!!  There are several links and studies that have been done that coincide with what I have learned. Here are a few of the links: MuscleHackNourishing Days, Natural Bias, The Oiling of America, and The Four Hour Work Week

We have chosen these saturated fats, because of all of the reasons above, as well as a few more I did not list. They are part of a natural and clean diet.

I always find this subject to be an interesting topic of discussion! What are your thoughts on Saturated fats?

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Beyond my Daddy’s smile….

   My Daddy is the happiest, funniest, and strongest person I have ever met! You would never know from seeing him that every Thursday, my dad has chemo treatment. He has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He has had it for a few years now. When first diagnosed we were told that it is a very slow progressing disease and that he would probably pass from old age and not from the leukemia. He of course got a second opinion and was told differently. He has an aggressive form of CLL and had to start treatment right away. 

  He has done well with treatment up until recently. He has, for the most part just been sleepy and losing some weight. Nothing really horrible. This is my dad about a year after he was first diagnosed.

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   My dad got to skip treatment last week due to his White Blood Cell count being low. All they did was give him a G-CSF to help raise his WBC so he could continue treatment. Chemo does a number on your body. One of the things it does is lowers your WBC, which makes it hard to fight infection. Since being diagnosed, my dad hads had a problem with infections. We are all very cautious around him, so he won’t get sick. Flus, colds, and staph infections have been his past down falls. 

  He started to do a little better when I got a new dog in 2009 lol. I strongly believe in pet therapy. He was still getting treatments, but they were more spread out and he seemed happier!

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   Then he found out I was pregnant, he seemed to miraculously feel better! His treatments stopped and he said he felt great!  He is the proudest Grandpa!

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     He went treatment free for about 9 months. His lymph nodes and spleen started to become more enlarged and they decided to start treatment again 🙁 The doctor decided this treatment needed to be a little more aggressive than before. My dad was a champ with treatment! He said he still felt fine other than being tired. I know sometimes they tell me he feels fine even when he doesn’t, just because they don’t want me to worry. I am a worrier, that is just how I am. :-/ I worry so much about random things Josh has made my theme song Pat Benetar’s “I am the Warrior”, but we change Warrior to worrier. I know, I know we are dorks ha!

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  They installed a Chemotherapy port in his chest, back in March. They said it is necessary for chemo patients whose veins are no longer easily accessible and some of the treatments they wanted to try on him could only be administered via the port. This is what it looks like…..

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     Well, this week they made up for the missed day last week. I assumed he wouldn’t feel very well after treatment. It seems that every week since March his treatments sessions have been more aggressive and longer. Vomiting, nausea and extreme tiredness seem to be what he is suffering from now. It is just hard knowing you can not do anything to make your parents feel better. My greatest wish is that he does not have to suffer. I love my daddy very much and this whole process has been hard on our family since day one.

  Something I admire about my dad is that he is a very positive and happy person! Even with everything that is going on, he typically keeps his humor and has fun! 

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     I know things can and will get worse and I know that there are others in much worse situations than ours. I have been trying hard to be as strong as my dad has been, last night was just a rough one for me. Knowing he just wants to be alone and sleep lets me know that he is really just not feeling well. I am a daddy’s girl! he is the first man I ever loved….

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         Does anyone in your family suffer from cancer? What does your family do to cope with the stress? How do you explain what is going on to children? 

     I have many friends whose families are going through the same or even worse situations right now. We are lifting you all up in prayer! Thank you to all those who have done the same for our family!!!! Hope everyone enjoys the day!!! 🙂

Cha Cha Cha Chia…….

  There are several super foods we love and eat daily. One is Chia seeds. Whenever I tell someone I eat Chia seeds they immediately ask…. Do you mean like Cha Cha Cha Chia? Like a Chia Pet??? 

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  I actually had someone ask what we do with all the ceramic figures lol. They are the same seeds, but we buy our Chia seeds in the organic/health food section of our local grocery store. You can also buy them online. This is what they look like….

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 They are not a new food by any means, they were actually a staple of the ancient Aztecs and Mayan diets. In Mayan, Chia means strength. 

They have high amounts of: Omega 3 fatty acids, Protein, and when I say protein I don’t mean just protein, this protein is complete it contains all the essential amino acids. Antioxidants, Vitamin B’s, Minerals, and they are low in calories and gluten free. So, you can already start to see why they are a super food!!

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  The health benefits list of Chia seeds is longer than one might think! Increased energy, Improved mood, More sustained energy levels, Improved concentration and clearer thinking, A decrease in aches and pains, A decrease in food cravings and less need to eat between meals, A feeling of well being, Better regularity, Supple, smoother skin, Glossy hair and stronger nails. That have even done research that has shown chia seeds improve high blood pressure, high cholesterol, which in turn improves your cardiovascular health! They have even found that the seeds benefit neurological and brain functions as well arthritic conditions!!! They are super high in fiber so they promote bowel health. They also stabilize your blood sugar. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, that is HUGE!!!! Who wouldn’t want to reduce their prescription drugs, or better yet stop taking them all together? I personally believe adding super foods like this to your daily diet, makes it possible!

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  Now the most common questions I get are: what do they taste like? I think they have a slight nutty flavor. I would compare them to Flax seeds. How do I eat them? Well there are several ways to eat them and several recipes! You can find a plethora online!  

One universal recipe is Chia gel. It can be stored in your fridge and added to salad dressings, smoothies, puddings, etc….. 

1/3 cup Chia seeds mixed with 2 cups Water then you can just pop it in the fridge.

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            It doesn’t look very appetizing, but I assure you, it will not affect the flavor of your food. 😉 

  I add the raw seeds to my morning oatmeal. You can add them to soups, sauces, muffin mixes, breads, eggs, the possibilities are endless!!! 

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Image                      Chia seeds are one of the many super foods we love and consume on a daily basis! 

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 What are some of your favorite super foods? Have you tried Chia Seeds? Would you like to see some Chia seed recipes posted here? 

I love feedback and to hear your thoughts! Hope everyone enjoy’s the day!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Honored to be nominated!!!!

Courtney, (Mrs. Dreamer) Over at Journey of a Dreamer, nominated me for a Liebster Award! I had no idea what it was lol, but was honored and flattered nonetheless! 😉 Luckily for me, Courtney posted what it was on her blog.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.


Rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Notify the people you have tagged.
5. No tag backs.
  So, here are 11 things about me…..
1. I grew up in a deaf household in the suburbs of O’Fallon, MO, Just outside of St. Louis. I also stayed with my God mother a lot in St. Louis City.
2. I have one brother, but we do not speak to each other.
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My parents and my brother.
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My God mother meeting my daughter for the first time!
3. I was very active in sports and school activities up until I started high school.
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I am second row from the bottom, third from the left. Whoa!! Look at that hair!!! What was I thinking LOL
4. I LOVE to bake and decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cheesecakes.
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5. At the age of 30, I met my soul mate and best friend.
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6. One year later we brought a beautiful angel into this world.
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We named her Zoe and this little blessing Changed my whole world!!!
7. I have moved 8 times since Easter weekend 2009 From Missouri to Texas and back.
8. I married my best friend May 20, 2012
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9. I have suffered from depression most of my life. I now have learned that I can control it very well on my own!!!
10. I have a St Bernard named Beardog that weighs as much as I do!
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11. My fitness goal is to compete someday in the body building circuit or look like I could 😉
Okay, now for the questions from Courtney…..
1. Favorite Childhood Memory? My favorite childhood memory was sitting in church watching my Daddy sing in sign as everyone watched in awe.
2. What is an item from your “bucket list”? Having my daughter is one 😉
3. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging, because I had a few friends who have been following my journey in life. They know of my struggles as well as my triumphs and thought I should share.
4. Do you prefer hot or cold weather? When I was younger I loved hot weather, but now I LOVE colder weather! Snow is so fun and beautiful!!!
5. Who is your role model? I have a few, but my Daddy is my biggest role model. He has taught me how to live by my faith, which has changed my life!
6. Do you have a “guilty pleasure”? TV show, snack, anything? My guilty pleasure is Jelly Belly’s candy. I rarely have them, but when I do I always overindulge. Most sweets I can do without, but you slide a bag of those my way and it is all over lol
7. Facebook or Twitter? I love them both, but I am on Facebook more.
8. Coffee or Tea? Coffee all the way!!!
9. What is your dream job? I would love to own a bakery/restaurant someday, but I also want to be a personal trainer.
10. Flip Flops or Sneakers? Sneakers!!!
11. What is your favorite color? Black, gray, and Pink I can’t live without any of them lol
And now for the questions to the Bloggers I tagged….
1. What led you to Blogging?
2.What is your favorite Fitness/Activity/Sport?
3.What is snack/food is your guilty pleasure?
4.What is your favorite healthy snack/meal?
5. What are your health/fitness goals?
6. What motivates you?
7. Have you had any friends and or family treat you differently when you changed your lifestyle?
8. What is your favorite part of your physique?
9. What type of music is on your workout playlist?
10. Where is your dream vacation?
11. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Bloggers I nominate are……
3. Tanya from 90in9.wordpress.com
5. Martha from Runninginmommyland.com
6. Crystal from Spoonfuloffit.com
8. Ruth from She-Fit.com
11. Suzanne from Workoutnirvana.com
 I hope you all have just as much fun with this as I did!
Again, Courtney it was an honor to be nominated! Thank you so much!!!!!

Digging deeper and pushing through, not just your workout, but your life!

It is Fit Friday! Today is shoulder day in the gym. However, I neglected to do my leg workout last night. I watched the Olymipics instead. Not a good excuse lol, but that is the reason why. So I decided to get my leg workout in during the day and tonight when Josh gets home we can do Shoulders together. I like to have a spotter on some workouts, plus it is great to have your hubby pushing you to go harder!!! Josh is great for that! He is one of my biggest motivators as well as my biggest fan 😉 

My legs have always been a negative in the personal view of my body. Most people will never see me in shorts. (Until today lol)  A dress? Eh, only in super high heels lol, but that is on rare occasion as well. I am more of a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal. I use to hate leg days, but they have become one of my favorite workout days. I have grown to love squats as well as calf raises. I never had much of a booty when I was younger lol, but it is coming in quite nice!  No matter how much I may like a certain workout day, some days I just feel like BLAH and have to dig deep to finish my workout strong! Sure, any workout is better than no workout, but why not just give it your all while you are there!!! This is when I push myself into what I like to call Beastmode! However sometimes, it is hard to get there!

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 On the days I am not motivated, I simply look at my before pics and see how far I have already come! I also follow several inspirational people on Facebook, Twitter, as well as several blogs! These wonderful people and pictures help me get my tush off the sofa and in the gym. Simply by just getting into my workout clothes and shoes is a huge step to walking down those stairs. I am blessed to have a home gym in my basement. It may not have everything I want, but for now it does the job! It has helped turned many I can’t moments into I can, I will, and I did moments!

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  Today was a day that halfway through my workout, my mind said I was done. I wasn’t done!!! I still had work to finish. Learning to change your own mind and push through a workout or any life trial, can sometimes be very difficult! Sometimes that negative person who still lives in that little nook in the back of your brain wakes up and tries to make you believe you just can’t finish the task at hand.

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 I have goals! In some people’s eyes they are HUGE goals. I have been told by some, they are unrealistic. I beg to differ! 😉 Everyday that you push yourself and do what you know needs to be done, is one more day closer to being where you want to be! With that being said, I did push through my workout!

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ImageI DID FINISH AND I FINISHED STRONG!

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  As much as I fought with myself to finish, I beamed with the feeling of accomplishment when I did complete my workout! Most times, we are our own worst enemy in so many aspects of our lives! No one else is going to get you through this life! Everything is up to you! You can either ignore your issues and let that negative little person take over your entire mind, or you can send them an eviction notice and take charge! Life is too short to spend keeping yourself down. This way of thinking has pulled me out of depression. It applies to every aspect of my life, not just my fitness goals! 🙂 No matter what, there is always a way!

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     What motivates you? What helps you push through those negative “I Can’t” moments? What is your favorite workout day? Do you have anything you would like to see on my blog? Do you have any questions for me? Feel free to drop me a line I love to interact with my readers!!!! I hope everyone has a Happy and Fit Friday!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!!

It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle….

I saw this posted on Facebook today and of course I thought wow, what a great conversation starter! Well, at least for me lol. This kind of thinking is why I think a lot of people get scared to get healthy……

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I find it amusing that some believe that healthy and/or clean eating means not only that someone is on a “Diet”, but that someone either doesn’t eat or they eat bland and boring meals. In reality it is all quite the opposite! Sure you have to actually prepare and cook your meals, but that can be an awesome family fun experience! We try to have our daughter help out as much as possible. I feel it not only teaches responsibility, but it keeps us all close as we work together as a family.

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Once she was walking well, we had her start helping out around the house. Especially in the kitchen!

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At 13mths old she was taking on chores like helping me rinse dishes to load in the dishwasher.

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At 2yrs old she is now a pro at dishes!

She, like any young child really enjoys helping out around the house! We want her to understand that running a household takes the whole family. With that being said, we also make sure she understands that we all eat the same foods and we eat as a family. My husband nor I have any interest in being a short order cook lol. She eats what we eat. Every evening she assists me in prepping and preparing dinner as well as setting the table. She loves eating what she helped cook! 😉

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    Does it take a little more time to have her help with dinner? Well, maybe a little. A meal can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to prep and cook. However the end result is always better than some preservative and artificial box meal that you can buy!

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Seasoned ground oat crusted baked chicken. Stuffed with garlic, spinach, and cottage cheese. With steamed Cauliflower and cinnamon baked sweet potatoes

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Baked whole grain tortilla chips,spicy Quinoa, Black beans, Spicy Broiled chicken, topped with fresh Salsa and guacalmole.

As you can see we by no means are starving nor eating bland foods lol. We do spend one day a week prepping some extra chicken, veggies, brown rice, and snacks for the weeks lunches and other meals. Yes, I said other meals! We make it a point to eat 6-8 times a day! Some may be just small snacks, but they are filling. Healthy snacks don’t always have to be carrot and celery sticks either! Although, we do love those with a Dill Greek yogurt we make.

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Apple chips Yum!

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What we call Toddler Sushi

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Protein Chocolate peanut butter cups

They are all tasty treats, so snack time is never dull either! We love food just as much as anyone else, but we also love our health! I don’t want to be the parent who can not keep up with my child, or have a child who can’t participate in activities because of their health! A healthy family is a happy family!

I love hearing back from you about your family as well as your opinions!  Do your children help out around the house? Do you sit down together as a family to eat in your home? What types of foods does your family enjoy? Do you make separate meals for the kids if they don’t like something that you made?

Never turning back

Someone asked me what my health/fitness goals actually were and why I am doing this? Well it is a very long story, but here we go…..When I was younger, I was skinny. Not healthy skinny, I would say it was what they now call skinny fat. I ate maybe twice a day, mostly junk. I drank WAY too much alcohol and soda. I smoked cigarettes and marijuana. I was what most called a party girl. I slept very little and spent a lot of time in bars are at parties.

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 I was in no way happy with life! I spent a lot of time depressed with a fake smile. I thought the life I was leading was how things just were. I was with my then husband since the age of 14. We married when I was 21. We spent most of the time drunk to be honest. We had a friend move in and the drinking became a big problem, then I had found out out my dad’s leukemia was getting worse, that is when everything spun out of control. The alcohol and partying became so bad, my health started declining. I had debilitating migraines. They were so bad that I had to seek the help of a neurologist. So many tests were ran and I was pumped full of so many drugs. It seriously scared me. I went through a period of time where one of the drugs I was on started affecting my speech and motor skills. I had a stutter, lost hearing in one ear, lost over 30lbs in weight that I really didn’t have to lose, and my hands locked up. It took months to recover after I stopped taking the prescriptions they gave me. I decided to quit taking the meds altogether and that I would just deal with the headaches.To this day, the hearing in my left ear is still gone and I still have the occasional stutter.

I didn’t drink at all when I was sick. I was lonely and depressed. It seemed like none of my friends ever called or even asked how I was. I later found out that most of them were never told I was in the hospital or sick. My family didn’t know! When I finally was back home, everyone I knew was out partying. I had a few friends at work who took the time to care for me emotionally, others just wanted to know when I would be bar ready again. Needless to say, I had barely sobered up before I started drinking again. I remember a discussion being held in my kitchen with some friends and my then husband. I to be honest, don’t remember what the conversation was about exactly, I just remembered him saying I will never change. This is my lifestyle I like to drink, smoke, and party. I will do this to the day I die. I asked him if he was serious. In his own choice words, he said yes. That hit me like a brick wall. Even though I did drink and party, I still did want more from life! This certainly wasn’t it!!!!

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 The following weeks were spent a lot with my father. He had been really sick at that time. He decided to tell me he knew I wasn’t happy and asked why I stayed there in my dark place. I didn’t have an answer, but the conversation had me pondering that question every moment of every day!  One day My husband and I got into an argument, it wasn’t a bad one, but it was enough. I simply walked upstairs packed my bags and left. I filed for divorce and I never turned back.

I continued to drink and smoke and live recklessly. I had befriended a gentleman at work and he not only became a shoulder for me to cry on, but a friend to be real with. He started to show me a world I had only been curious about. The drinking slowed down a lot and I was eating better. We joined a gym and started working out. I was in awe of this new lifestyle! I had no idea how fun lifting could be! I had no idea how fun being sober could be lol. This new lifestyle and new friend had me smitten. My friend (Josh) became more than just a friend. We moved in together 🙂

One evening we were casually talking about our past lives, where we were from, how we grew up, etc. We decided on a whim to just pick up and move to Texas. He had looked into several job opportunities there, so we sold most of what we owned. I finished up the divorce proceedings and we left. Shortly after moving there we found out we were going to be parents! My reaction was just WOW! His was happiness. I have never in my life seen a man so happy and proud to find out he was going to be a daddy! I was seriously scared! Things were moving so very fast!!!! I even grew fast!

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 I grew so fast the first doctor we saw thought I was having twins lol. As my belly grew so did our relationship. The drinking and smoking had obviously stopped. I also dusted my Bible off and started reading again. Heathy eating was a concern to an extent. I was a stickler about no artificial colors or preservatives. My biggest vice unfortunately was cheeseburgers and Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream. Neither clean or healthy in any way!!!! Needless to say I continued to grow HUGE!!!!

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  Once our beautiful girl came into the world our health focuses changed! We had to set an example for this child!!! I want to keep up with her and be here for her!!! You think you understand the meaning behind the saying “things change when you have your own children”. You don’t really grasp what it truly feels like till it actually happens.

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  We brought her home and life was blessed <3 Then I looked in the mirror naked and reality set in. Oh did the depression set in!!! I am a champ about smiling through pain and hiding my feelings, however late at night when everyone is sleeping, if I am having a depressed moment, I cry. Not just a few weeps here or there, I ugly cry, hard and long. I had a lot of those moments. I have always been my worst critic when it came to my body, but I had never weighed this much before. I was 125 when I got pregnant. I was 185 after Zoe was born.

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 185 did not sit well with me at all! I started working out I did aerobics, Tae Bo, belly dancing, I tried a lot of things. We moved back to Missouri. Josh bought a weight set and we started lifting again. I got down to 147 and plateaued. I  was frustrated. I came across the LiveFit  program on bodybuilding.com I started it and the diet. That is where I began learning a lot more about eating clean. Once we started I was hooked.

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 I was seeing changes and seeing them fast. Then I made the mistake of stepping on the scale. Ugh I gained weight!!! What???? Josh has been a God send! He made me realize I had gained muscle, more muscle than I had fat, so I weighed more. he just kept drilling that into my head. We moved again and were staying with his parents. Between that and the holidays, I fell off the healthy bandwagon. My weight had stayed the same, but my muscle turned pudgy. Depression was rearing it’s ugly head again. One good cry and i knew what had to be done!

   I am happy to say, I am back in the gym and working hard as ever. I LOVE lifting and I am finally loving my body!!!  My depression has lessened greatly and I am eating right, feeding my family right, and setting a great example for our daughter! Josh and I got married May 20,2012 My dad miraculously started doing better when Zoe was born! He is still currently getting chemo treatments weekly, but is a very proud grandfather and fighting to stay in her life as long as possible!!!!

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This trip on the health/fitness train is far from being done, in fact it will never be done! I am proud to say this IS my lifestyle now! My goal now is to not only build substantial muscle, but to have less than 12% body fat. That is a huge feat, but I am well on my way!!!! Just FYI The picture below was taken July 28, 2012 My weight in the picture is 157.8 I am 5’4 and I am ok with this 🙂

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  I have no regrets in my life. Everything has taught me a lesson and molded me to be the person I am now! What are your goals and dreams? Does your lifestyle keep you from them? Would you change everything in your life just to be happy?

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