Are you like Oprah?

I was watching Barbara Walter’s 20 Most Fascinating People the other night (didn’t she say last year was her “last” year?). I had no plans to watch it but as I was flipping through the channels, I saw Oprah and wanted to hear what she had to say. What came out of her mouth made me a little sad but also caused me to reflect on my own journey.

When asked what is the one thing she wants to do before she leaves this earth, I expected her to say something like save all the children in Africa, or put a book in the hands of every kid in the U.S. Instead, what she said shook me to my core. Why? Because it is something I would have said, and have heard countless people say to me over the last 18 months. Oprah said she wants to make peace with her weight. What? Seriously?

So, let me get this straight. You can buy anything in the world, you have access to chefs, trainers, assistants, etc. and the one thing you want to do is not beat yourself up daily because you weigh more than what you feel is ideal. I TOTALLY get this! It broke my heart just a little. But also related to her on a human and woman to woman level. Oprah was suddenly a friend in my head.

I hate that so many of us are at a point in our life where thinking about our weight consumes our day. I often wonder how many times a day I adjust my waistband and think, “ugh, I hate my stomach” or I pass by a mirror and see how full my face is and wish my jawline was more defined. It is such a normal thing for me, I bet I couldn’t even count.

As January 1 approaches, so many people will make the resolution to lose weight and regain their health. I wonder if Oprah will say the same? She says she doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions, but deep down I bet she is praying for the answer to a size 8 pair of pants. Come on O, admit it! I secretly pray that this will be the year I hit my goal weight/size. I know that I have made HUGE strides over the last 18 months. I have dropped 3 pant sizes and my health is the best it has been in 15 years. But the road ahead seems to never end. And maybe that is a good thing. I don’t know that your journey to weight loss and health ever truly ends. Maybe I need to focus more on the road I am traveling instead of the destination. Maybe my resolution this year should be to stop beating myself up 100 times a day because of my waist band, what I see in the mirror or the fact that my jeans seem to wear out in the inner thigh area first. Don’t act like this doesn’t happen to you if you have curvy thighs!

The one thing I know for sure (am I allowed to say that without Oprah suing me?), is that if tomorrow were my last day on earth, I would not want my unfinished business to include worrying about my weight. So, I will put one foot in front of the other and continue on this journey. I will avoid the fast food restaurants along the way, and try to walk that road instead of driving (burns more calories). But above all, I will declare 2015 as a year of journeys not destinations. I think that is something we should all focus on a little more.

Here’s to the Journey.

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How to Grow Your Network Marketing Business During the Holidays

I was listening to an amazing webinar hosted by Sarah Robbins on how to grow your business during the holidays. I took her advice and came up with a little something that will help you to plant seeds over the next month.

How to Grow Your Business

Holidays are traditionally a slow time of year for most Network Marketing companies. But that doesn’t mean you should stop working. The seeds that are planted now may yield an amazing harvest for you in a few months. So watch this video and start planting!!

Special thanks to Stephanie at SJ Designs/SJPLEXUS for creating these adorable tags!

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Don’t forget to visit her store to order the sample cards featured in the video! https://www.etsy.com/shop/SJPlexus

Hosting an Opportunity Meeting – Network Marketing Meetings for Dummies

I’m not calling you a dummy. Well, I don’t really know you, so maybe I am. What I am sharing with you is a meeting format so simple, even a brand new ambassador can utilize it.

Sometimes you just need to change things up. The way Opportunity Meetings were being run throughout our company was just not working for us in Las Vegas. It was a great format, but not a great fit for our demographic.  We needed to shake up in how we presented our products and business opportunity.

Que Victor Antonio, Sales Guru and Motivational Speaker. I was lucky enough to secure a private training with Victor and my local team to pick his brilliant head. During that training I had a few Oprah “ah-ha” moments. I went home that very night and revamped our entire meeting format. In this video you will see how Victor’s expertise paired with my intuition led to a fresh new approach for lead meetings in the Network Marketing world.

Feel free to share with your teams, just do me a favor and throw me some love on social media while you are at it :)

You can also download the powerpoint presentation here. The slides were intentionally left simple so you could customize to fit your needs. And obviously use your own pictures. I’m flattered if you want to use mine, but I promise that belly is ALL mine! The Lexus too. You can’t have the Lexus.

Opportunity Meeting updated

Come back and leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Optimal Health Starts with Balance

The 3 Things Preventing You From Optimal Health

You can feel 18 again. It is possible to jump out of bed each morning with boundless amounts of energy despite your age. I believe that there are 3 things preventing us from feeling our absolute best.

1. Blood sugar: Elevated insulin levels are making us fat. Your blood sugar is one of the most important indicators of your health. This is relevant to everyone. If you are moody, anxious, tired, grumpy, bloated, depressed, or have hormone issues, it is likely you have a blood sugar problem.

2. Gut health: 80% of our immune system is in our gut. If you have taken an antibiotic in your lifetime, then your colon needs some help. Most Americans have some sort of candida or fungus ( in addition to bad bacteria) that prevents us from feeling awesome. I have suffered from leaky gut due to stress, overconsumption of processed food, chemical exposure (who else grew up in Midland?) and undiagnosed food allergies for most of my life. It is very common and causes major distress in many people’s lives.

3. Our beliefs: We all have thoughts that hold us back from achieving our optimal health. These limiting beliefs prevent us from reaching our goals. If you feel like you are doing everything “right” but you are still addicted to sugar or can’t lose weight, then you must change your thoughts and beliefs.

Plexus is a health + wellness company that provides solutions for managing blood sugar and improving gut health. I love this company! I am so proud to be an Ambassador for Plexus! I would love to encourage YOU and help you move through any negative beliefs that are preventing you from achieving your dreams.

Plexus isn’t magic. If you want to change your life, you have to do the work. But Plexus has helped thousands Stop Dieting & Start Living and successfully achieve their health goals. If you are not feeling your best – and you could be feeling your best, it IS possible – then try Plexus, start eating real food and change your beliefs that are holding you back!

What is your Plexus Protocol?

I’m still in shock over the response to my last post Why I Quit Plexus. I received so many questions along the way about what I use, when and how. Along with a few suggestions on where I could put my Plexus if I needed a suggestion. Thank you Mr. G in Texas, I think I will refrain from that application.  But don’t worry, in Monday’s post I will fully answer all the not so nice comments I received. I found them horribly offensive, and yet I couldn’t stop laughing. So, for the haters, you will have your time in the spotlight on Monday, I PROMISE!

For the rest of the amazing comments, questions, link shares and overall astounding response to my post, I say thank you! I was listed as the #1 blog on WordPress yesterday. I can now check that off my bucket list. With almost 200,000 people reading my post, I think we can safely say that we either struck a nerve or created a frenzy in the search for more information, or both.

So, to answer the #1 question, which products do you use?

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First and foremost, I drink my Slim every single morning. Sometimes, if I’m having one those days where cravings are sneaking in, I’ve even been known to drink a second Slim in the afternoon. It keeps me from prowling my pantry.
So Slim is my staple by far. From there, I tend to change things up monthly. But for the most part, I stay true to this schedule.

6:30 a.m. – Slim with 6 oz water
8:30 a.m. – Fast Relief capsules on an empty stomach to try and bring down my internal inflammation
8 p.m. – 2 BioCleanse (I started with 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. but after about 2 weeks found I no longer needed that much and cut back to just 2 at night. LOVE my BioCleanse. 8 a.m. is BioCleanse o’clock. Do I need to explain that? TMI? Sorry, but it is fabulous!)
10 p.m. – 4 Probio5 before bed on an empty stomach.

That is about it. I do use the X-Factor, but don’t always remember. I use the Body Cream at night as my face cream and the Fast Relief cream any time anything hurts, and I SWEAR by it! I throw in a 96 shake made with Almond milk and fruit if I’m in the mood. Again, I just change things up.

If you have more questions, make sure to comment below. Or reach out to your Plexus Ambassador if you have one. If not, I’m happy to help any way that I can.

Why I Quit Plexus

That’s right, you heard me, I quit. And I’m going to tell you why, but first let me explain a few things.

Just over a year ago I began using Plexus products. Leading up to that moment, I had struggled on every level with my health and weight. I was only 38, but had recently been told that my  test results looked like that of a 70 year old woman. I guess that is better then a 70 year old man if you want to find the silver lining in this. My hormones looked like a woman past menopause, I was in stage 4 adrenal failure, my cholesterol was 240, my blood pressure was 140/90, the protein that shows inflammation in your body was off the charts, I was getting migraines 3-4 times a week and my face was a land mind of cystic acne. Oh did I mention how overweight I was? Even though I was eating a Gluten Free and Vegan diet along with exercise. I just continued to gain weight and get sicker. It was truly a battle I didn’t think I would ever win.

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So along comes Plexus. Within days I started to feel better. While the scale didn’t necessarily move that much, the inches started to melt off and my energy was returning. My skin cleared up and over the next 3 months my migraines all but disappeared, my cholesterol dropped down to 170 and my blood pressure was 110/70. The constant arthritis type pain in my feet, ankles, knees, back and hands started to improve as well. So much so that I was able to walk down our stairs by alternating feet instead of the one foot shuffle.  Now, let me say that Plexus doesn’t promise any of these things, this is purely my observation. But it is important to tell this part of the story.

So a year goes by and I’m feeling great. The weight isn’t falling off as I had hoped, but I will be honest, I didn’t really put in much effort except to mix my pink drink in the morning. As I passed my year anniversary with Plexus, I started to wonder if the “products were really still working.”  It felt a little like I was just feeling average. Not bad, but not bouncing off the walls. Just good. So I decided to give myself a challenge (this is where it gets good).  I declared, “I’m quitting Plexus for a week.” Now, my husband is staring at me like I’ve lost my mind. You see, I have heard him say over the last year more times then I can count, “I have my wife back” or something along the lines of “she is so nice and calm, I’ll pick up extra shifts if I have to so she can order Plexus every month.” Would you like a translation on that one? A year ago I was an emotional roller coaster  and my husband was the rubber bumper that tried to slow the roller coaster down at the end of the ride, but really just ended up getting rammed repeatedly. I think at that time my head had the ability to actually turn in circles, my husband is just too nice to admit it.

So I quit. Cold turkey. No problem. I probably don’t REALLY need Plexus any more. My body is balanced and doing great. Ummmm, yeah.

The first day, ok, a little tired, but it is probably because I didn’t sleep very well the night before (did I mention my test results showed a year ago Cortisol levels that never moved in the am or pm? They stayed the same all night and all day. Which means no sleeping at night and no energy during the day).
Day 2, I can’t get my wedding ring off. For the love of Jesus, someone please cut off my ring before I chew off my arm! I can’t breath, I can’t breath. My finger is sufficating! Yes, the inflammation is starting. Hmmm, probably because it is almost that time of the month. Yup, must be it.
Day 3, my husband is walking behind me coming down the stairs and says “is something wrong? ” Me, “no, why?” Husband, “you are walking down the stairs like you are 80, did you hurt your leg or something.” Yup, the one stair shuffle reappears.
Day 4,  I’m in pain. I mean serious pain. Every where. All my joints. Probably because I haven’t slept more then 45 minutes in the last 4 days I tell myself (still not making the connection). This is starting to really take a toll on my family. The dishes have been in the sink for 3 days. I head to Costco for an industrial size bottle of Motrin.
Day 5, what are these huge cysts doing on my face?! Really? Right before the kids go back to school and I have to see all the other moms?! Oh wait, it is that time of the month. WAIT, it is that time of the month, but no one has come to visit!!!
Day 6, spend $100 on pregnancy tests because I’m freaking out, paranoid and convinced I’m going to celebrate my 40th birthday by being 6 months pregnant. Last year, this would not have freaked me out because my hormones were so out of whack it wasn’t impossible to go several months without a visit, and then have 3 visits in one month (did I just lose any of the men reading this? Sorry).
Day 7, took all 12 pregnancy tests and am trying not to dance around because they are all negative. My husband walks in the bathroom to see 12 pregnancy tests lined up and asks me if there is something he needs to know. I tell him the saga of the entire week and he walks away. Nice, right? I’m thinking to myself, well this is all your fault any way! You are the one always pawing at me and if I was pregnant, this time I would make sure you were the one breastfeeding and getting up 10 times a night! Yes, I had an entire conversation with myself in my head.  Husband reappears, hands me a glass full of Slim (might have even been 2 packets) and just says, “if you love me, you will drink this.”

Fast forward a week, I’m feeling sane and “normal” again and wondering to myself, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!! My pain is gone, face is clearing up, inflammation is going down, and I was extra nice and gave my husband a backrub last night.  You are welcome honey. I can honestly say that last week was pretty bad. But I wouldn’t trade it. Here is why. I needed a wake up call. I had become comfortable in how great I was feeling. I started to think that feeling great was equal to feeling ok. I had forgotten what it feels like to live every day in pain, exhausted and on an emotional merry-go-round (do they even still make those?).

Here is what I know. Plexus is not a miracle. It may not do the things for you that it does for me. It may not work for everyone. It won’t do the work for you. It is a tool to use to help you live a better life. My body was a MESS a year ago. So maybe for me, even a small improvement feels life altering. Maybe for my next door neighbor, that improvement is undetectable. I only know how I feel and what it has done for me. Maybe it is all in my head. If it is, then I pray my brain always reacts this way. I will NEVER quit again, that I can promise you. What I will do is take advantage of the fact that I feel amazing by exercising more. And now that my sugar cravings no longer exist, I will make smarter food choices. I have a great new food plan I am following and will be sharing with you in the coming days.

What I learned last week is I am not a quitter. You can make things up, tell me it is in my head or a placebo effect, whatever you need to say, I will listen. But I know at the end of the day that I want to be the best I can be, and for me that means drinking a little pink drink every single day so I can enjoy my family, friends and all the blessings I have been given.

Plexus, before and during

Left: Day 1 of Plexus, Right: 1 year with Plexus

UPDATE 8/29/14: Thank you for the overwhelming response to this post!!! So many people have messaged me to ask which products I use and how I take them, that I created a new post. You can find my protocol here:
What Is Your Plexus Protocol?