Being a Role Model

It’s very easy to lose track of what you’re eating, how much activity you are involved in, etc.  That was me a few years ago, before I got involved with AdvoCare.  I had to deal with a very difficult manager, and I was stressed out dealing with my then teenage daughter.  I drank to deal with the stress, and that, along with eating too much sugar and drinking too much coffee, caused me to balloon up to a size 14.

My friends, Danny and Pamela Mears, introduced me to AdvoCare and told me about the 24-Day Challenge.  I knew I couldn’t continue on the way I was going, and AdvoCare does offer a money-back guarantee, so I decided to take the plunge.  My husband did it too for the support.  After 24 days, my diet improved, I stopped drinking alcohol, dropped down to one cup of coffee a day, and cut out the sugar.  I lost 8 pounds and 11 inches!  I felt so much better and was able to work out more now that I had gotten some of that weight off.  I continued eating healthier and working out.  This was August 2015.

I continued doing 24-Day Challenges every 90-120 days so my weight could keep dropping.  I had never been this big before, so I knew I wanted to get back into at least a size 8.  I still drink coffee, but I drink more Spark than I do coffee (one in the morning and one mid-afternoon).  I also eat 3 balanced meals a day and about 2-3 snacks a day. I eliminated fried and processed food, too.  I can’t hardly stand the yucky feeling I get when I eat fried or processed food anymore!  It’s not worth it.

I now work out 5-6 days a week, have competed in a few 5Ks and am working on building up to a 10K.  I run 4 days a week and do weight training 2 days a week.  I have improved my endurance and strength and have maintained a size 8 for a year now.  I think those are great accomplishments for a 49 year old woman!  My favorite products are Spark, Catalyst, O2 Gold, and L-Arginine Extreme.

I am doing things now that I haven’t done since I was in the Army, which was over 30 years ago.  Not only am I back in shape, but I have my spirit back and have hope.  I have regained control and can be a good role model to others.

Overall, I give God the glory, because He is the One who gave me the strength during my times of weakness.  I can be joyful in my heart because I know He is the One in charge!  Amen.

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I am on the left, my daughter Renee is on the right.  This was taken before my AdvoCare journey. The featured image is that of me and my dog Lucy running a 5k a few weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

 

My Stronghold

Psalm 27  is a psalm of David, King of Israel, and a man after God’s own heart.  David had a sense of confidence in God, but it was also mixed with feelings of fear and anxiety.  As a Christian, I should accept these conflicting experiences as part of being a follower of Jesus Christ.

David starts out the Psalm stating, “The Lord is my light and salvation–whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”

David clearly had conflicting thoughts and feelings as he wrote this psalm. He did have confidence in God, and that God would eventually deliver him from his fear, loneliness, and anxiety; but, he also felt abandoned, and was indecisive, by going back and forth between hope and despair.

Has this ever happened to you in your life?  I know that it has mine!  In Mark 9:24, a man came to Jesus on behalf of his ill son and cried out, “I do believe!  Help my unbelief.”

Whenever you face a difficult situation, remember that Jesus can identify with our humanness.  While He was experiencing deep sorrow and despair in the Garden of Gethsemane, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father!  If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.  Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39). Jesus felt abandoned by his friends, the disciples, at the time.

This is exactly why He is the perfect person to serve as our mediator to God the Father:

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.  (Hebrews 4:15-16)

 

 

MNS by AdvoCare

MNS stands for Metabolic Nutrition System.  This is one of the basic supplements that I use with AdvoCare.  This is not your typical multivitamin!  Between all the different MNS packages, there are 70 pharmaceutical grade nutrients, which help feeds the muscle tissue.  I will explain each MNS category.

product-mns-3Our most comprehensive multinutrient dietary supplement system that focuses on energy, wellness and appetite control.*

MNS® 3 is our most comprehensive metabolic nutrition system. Not only will you benefit from appetite control and enhanced energy, you will also receive the best core nutrition with Coreplex®, CardioQ, Calcium Plus and OmegaPlex®.* lt’s a fantastic alternative for anyone looking for a lower-caffeine MNS® system in comparison to MNS® C or E.* For energy, appetite control and overall outstanding core nutrition and wellness, MNS® 3 is your answer.*
mnscA multinutrient dietary supplement system with an extra emphasis on appetite management, metabolic enhancement and thermogenesis compared to our other MNS systems.*†

MNS C provides a unique support system for anyone who has trouble controlling his or her appetite.* Although reducing caloric intake is a key factor in maintaining weight, it’s much easier said than done. MNS C includes products that can help control appetite, curb cravings and increase energy levels.* This convenient, comprehensive system supports your weight-management goals with its distinct blend of ingredients including core nutrition and energy to help you get the results you are seeking.*
mnseA comprehensive multinutrient dietary supplement system that includes additional products not found in other MNS products to help provide focus on increased energy levels, core nutrition and appetite management.*†

MNS® E is designed as a comprehensive system with an emphasis on energy.* Five key components combine to address energy levels, core nutrition, and appetite control.* A proprietary blend of botanical extracts and nutrients are included to help “rev up” metabolism, while still giving you foundational nutrition for overall health and wellness.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Custom Made

This morning, my daughter and I went to church.  We have a new sermon series titled “Custom Made.”  Our pastor is very excited about this series, and now I am, too!  I have been called to be many things in my life:  daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, co-worker, motivator, etc.  It seems as though my purpose changes every 10 years or so, as it probably does with you.

God’s big purpose with us is reconciliation and restoration.  Have you ever had a friend in whom you had a big fight with?  Maybe you stop speaking to each other because it’s too awkward after your big blow up.  This can only be solved by reconciliation.  II Corinthians 5:18-19:”Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”

Before you can begin to restore your relationship with God, you must first understand that it is broken because of what we did, not what God did.  We have turned away from God’s standards and made our own path.  No one likes to talk about sin, but it has a hold on everyone!  Any deviation from God’s perfect standard of holiness is sin; sin can manifest itself in our thoughts, behavior, or words.  It is only through God’s grace that we can restore our relationship with God.

I will talk more about purpose here on earth, along with other health topics.  This has been on my heart all day, and I had to put it out!

I will leave you with a verse from Revelation 21:4:  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

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Birthday Breakfast and 24-Day Challenge

Today is my youngest child’s birthday.  She is 20 years old today.  Here is an old picture of us together:

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This is her now:

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Children grow up quickly, so enjoy them while you can!

Renee loves pancakes, but she is overweight, and I am doing another AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, so I was looking for healthier options to make her special breakfast.  I bought Kodiak Cakes-Power Cakes 100% Whole Grains Flapjack and Waffle Mix(Buttermilk) at Costco yesterday! The serving size is about 1/2 cup (53g), and the calories per serving is 190. Total Fat is 2g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 380mg,Total Carbohydrate 30g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 3g, Protein 14g.  It is 100% whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, protein blend(wheat protein isolate, whey protein concentrate,milk protein isolate), non-fat sweet cream buttermilk powder, brown sugar, baking powder, sea salt.  You can buy it at Costco, Target, or even Amazon!  It’s delicious!

Instead of syrup, we opted for Organic Blue Agave, which is a low glycemic sweetener.  It is an ideal sugar substitute.  Again, I bought this at Costco, but I’m sure other grocery stores have it!

I also made turkey sausage and turkey bacon!  Yum!

I am on Day 6 of my 24-Day Challenge.  I gained five pounds over the holidays!  No good!  It feels good to get back on track!  I feel so much better when I’m eating healthier and exercising.  To learn more about the 24-Day Challenge, please check out My AdvoCare Website.  Maybe you don’t need to lose any weight?  Click on “Shop” when you go to my web page and click on “Product Navigator”.  It will ask you a few questions and come up with some recommendations for you.  It’s a fairly new tool that is pretty awesome.

We are going to The Cheesecake Factory tonight for Renee’s birthday celebration.  I will not be having cheesecake, and they have a wonderful “SkinnyLicious” menu!  Yum!

Have a blessed day!

Reinventing Yourself

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Taken from D Magazine,”Three CEOs Reinvent Themselves with Second Careers”, July-August 2010, By Jay D. Johnson

RICHARD WRIGHT
Making a difference

At first blush, 59-year-old Richard Wright’s career seems like a series of U-turns.

He went to college at Louisiana Tech and nursing school at Northwestern State with the intention of becoming a nurse anesthetist, but never took his state boards after graduation. He found a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep in Houston and became the top salesman in less than a year. But he quit the business four years later, courtesy of almost annual cuts in his commissions and territory.

He returned to his hometown of Shreveport, La., and spent a decade or so in the direct sales business building a profitable network of distributors, only to jump into a telecom IT start-up with two partners in the mid-’80s. While the business venture went well, the partnership gradually went south, and Wright sold his shares to his partners in 2004.

After 30-plus years of dynamic change, Wright was at a loss as to what would come next. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he admits. “I was only 54, and you can only play so much golf.”

For Wright, the light came on when he realized that his next move would not be about making money. Rather, he “wanted to do something to make a difference in people’s lives.” He had always enjoyed politics, and the local congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery, was an old friend from their Louisiana Tech days. Learning that McCrery planned to retire in two to four years, Wright felt that fate was steering him in that direction.

He took a job as the congressman’s senior staffer in Louisiana, representing him at speaking engagements, ribbon cuttings, and fundraisers all across the 4th Congressional District. As Wright learned the ropes and made the rounds of rubber-chicken dinners, it became common knowledge in Shreveport that he would make a run for the seat once McCrery vacated it.

But fate had played a trick on Richard Wright. He would never make it to Washington, because another old friend who had lived a few blocks away steered him toward Dallas instead.

Charlie Ragus had founded AdvoCare in Dallas in 1993 and, not long before his untimely death in 2001, had recommended Wright serve on the privately held company’s three-person board of directors. Once a rising star in the direct-marketing industry, AdvoCare, which sells health and nutrition products directly to consumers through independent distributors, stumbled and went through a series of CEOs after its founder’s death. Desperate for new direction, the Ragus family trust, which owns the company, asked Wright to take over as president and CEO.

“No, I’m running for Congress,” he said.

“Pray about it,” they replied.

To his surprise, the more he thought about it, the less appealing that life as a freshman Republican in a House of Representatives controlled by Democrats began to look. Wright decided that he could make more of a difference in people’s lives, specifically in the lives of AdvoCare’s thousands of distributors, by turning that company around.

As a result Wright moved to Dallas and revived a company, rebuilding relationships with AdvoCare’s network of independent distributors and boosting revenues 12 percent, to just under $100 million for 2009, despite the struggling economy. In the process, Wright believes he learned a few lessons that might benefit other CEOs as well.

“Make sure that you’re doing something you enjoy,” he says. “Don’t ‘tread water’ just to get through the day. From my perspective, now is a great time for CEOs to ask themselves, ‘What mark am I going to leave?’ If you’re going to invest yourself, invest in something that will be around down the road.”

His final word of advice? “Make it about more than just making a living.”

 

Sundays at Costco

Sundays used to be a day to go to church and spend some time with the family–those days are long gone, I’m afraid.  I work for Costco Wholesale, and I am working today (Sunday, August 28).  The shoppers on Sundays are not the most friendly crowd during the week.  The store is crowded and people can get irritable and demanding!

I take Clear Mood by AdvoCare to help me deal with days like today.

ClearMoodClear Mood is a multi-nutrient dietary supplement that helps ease brain and nerve cell function by providing important neurotransmitters that assist in lowering the effects of occasional stress, nervousness, and worry.*  One of the agents, known as 5-HTP, is vital for the production of serotonin, which supports the brain and nervous system.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.

So, if you happen to be shopping at your local Costco today, please be nice to the people who work there.  You never know what they might be going through.

God bless you and happy Sunday!

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Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
I must remember this today!  I have a full time job with Costco Wholesale, and yesterday wasn’t a good day.  We are approaching the end of Costco’s fiscal year (ends August 31), and upper management always (for the last 4 years) has cut hours.  This has something to do with their bonus check that they get based upon the profitability of the store.
We have trained some new employees in my department.  They were cut yesterday, because my department manager was told to cut hours.  Since they were cut, me and the other full time employees had to bear the weight of Saturday shoppers at a very busy Costco store.  I had to stand outside in Texas heat and humidity to inform people of our new Visa card partnership with Citi Bank.  I was a sweaty and grumpy mess.  When one of the managers asked me to approach more people, I got very upset.  I didn’t say much, because I know when to hold my tongue.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I spent the rest of my shift being angry with upper management for worrying too much about their bonus check and not enough about the welfare of their employees.  That is why I’m really trying to make a go with my AdvoCare business–I would like to be able to eventually step away from Costco and set my own schedule and not get upset on how things are being run.
I also need to pray for my management team at Costco and remember that I need to do my job as if I am working for the Lord, and not these greedy men (women, too).
Thank you for reading!

Herbal Cleanse and Fiber Drink-10 Day Cleanse

So, I was feeling sort of sluggish and slow, so I thought I needed a 10-day cleanse.  I finished two days ago and lost three pounds and one inch!  I feel so much better, too!  I am waking up well-rested and feel like I have a better attitude toward people in general.  This is the smallest I’ve been in five years, and I am so excited!

The AdvoCare Herbal Cleanse system can help rid your body of waste and prepare the body for optimal nutrient absorption with its unique blend of herbal ingredients.* Using a systematic approach, this 10-day system guides you through the daily steps for through internal cleansing and improved digestion.*

Each Herbal Cleanse System includes three key products:

  • ProBiotic Restore™ capsules (in the Herbal Cleanse box)
  • Herbal Cleanse tablets (in the Herbal Cleanse box)
  • AdvoCare® Fiber

Use these three products for the duration of the 10-day Cleanse.

AdvoCare Fiber is also available as a stand-alone item to help you reach your daily fiber intake goals.

OmegaPlexThe second product you will use in the Cleanse Phase is OmegaPlex®, which is a high-quality blend of essential Omega-3 fatty acids for overall wellness.* Omega-3 fatty acids are essential components of heart, nerve, muscle, skin, bone and immune health. As with all of the AdvoCare products, OmegaPlex® meets high standards for safety and efficacy so you can be sure you are getting some of the purest Omega-3 fatty acids on the market.*

A7091AdvoCare Spark® is a unique multi-nutrient system that was developed as a nutritional source of energy and enhanced mental focus.* It’s sugar free with more than 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work synergistically to provide a healthy, balanced and effective source of energy that won’t overburden or over-stimulate your body.*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

mnsc I am continuing on with MNS C because my husband is trying to lose some pounds, so it’s only fair that I support him by continuing to eat healthy and get an adequate amount of exercise.  The “C” stands for control (appetite).

Have a good weekend everyone, and may God bless you.

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