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It's time to wake up and smell the "all natural drink powder"...

Monday, March 04, 2013

I saw this posted in a group on Facebook, and it really grated on my nerves: "P***** S*** is an all natural drink powder that you add to 6 ounces of water once a day. It tastes like Cherry Crystal Light. You can take an accelerator pill with it as well to speed up your weight loss and get more energy. No change of diet or exercise necessary. P***** will not let you eat as much as you did before...."

I'm sorry, but a change in diet and exercise IS necessary in order to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. If you're not interested in keeping it off and living a healthy lifestyle, then by all means, go ahead and ingest the stuff and let the chemical sh*! storm commence.

I mean seriously.

When are people going to realize that there is NO quick fix?? What is it going to take for people to stop falling for this stuff??? What is it going to take to get people to realize that it's all a ploy to keep you fat and broke? I guess because the government and other agencies say that it's safe, we should go ahead and take their word for it. Because they've been right about everything else all along. ;)

*rant over*

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    I totally agree!
Someone I know is peddling the first one you mentioned. I have to work really hard to not say anything. She is the type of person who tries EVERYTHING besides dedicating herself to eating right and working out.

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CHALLENGER15 3/4/2013 2:18PM

    That's right!

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RX_2_RV 3/4/2013 11:18AM

    Amen sister! I am a pharmacist and I counsel a lot of people on over the counter stuff. I tell people not to waste their money (on many, MANY things that do not work) and they buy the junk anyway! Drives me crazy! emoticon
I can only think of ONE person who took the expensive one that starts with an "A" that actually succeeded, and she made changes in her diet.

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ASOBFALLS 3/4/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon Rant on!

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ELRIDDICK 3/4/2013 8:07AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Did You Know?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Did you know that I once had an addiction to soda? Pepsi, specifically. I used to drink upwards of 4-6 cans (back when they still had cans) PER DAY. My body started rejecting it. I just couldn't stand to drink it anymore. So I switched to sweet tea. Then I couldn't stand the taste of THAT anymore. Know what I drink now? Water. Coffee. Shakeology. And most days, I don't even finish a whole cup of coffee.

Our bodies, if we listen to them, have ways of telling us it doesn't like what we're doing to it.

I ended up losing a bunch of weight by cutting out all those empty calories and dumping all that sugar.

Also, I smoked for 20+ years. A really, foolishly long time. I made the decision to quit. Just stopped smoking. Right after I became a coach. I figured no one would take me seriously if I was trying to get others healthy when I'm not even healthy myself. I've been smoke free now for over a year and a half with ZERO desire to ever have another one ever again. The smell of it repulses me!

I feel soooo much better without those two albatross hanging around my neck! And I smell better, too.

Just wanted to share that. Just in case you felt like you couldn't do it. ;)

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INSPIREDD11 2/22/2013 11:16AM

    You go girl!

I finally gave up diet soda last year, a day after my birthday, and still haven't had a single one!

Little victories!!

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SLIMMINJENN 2/22/2013 8:30AM

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TARANITUP 2/22/2013 7:02AM

    That is great!!!! One change at a time until you get exactly where you want to be1

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CHALLENGER15 2/22/2013 6:45AM


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MICHSTATE 2/22/2013 6:38AM

    I remember when you quit!!!!:-) I am SO glad to hear you are still "quit"!!!! :-)

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SLIMINDOWN31 2/22/2013 12:26AM

    You are amazing? Tobacco and soda?!?!? Great job! That will inspire others.

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JAVAQUEEN74 2/21/2013 11:50PM

    LWLAR7 -- Yes. I know this. Did you read the whole thing? Perhaps you didn't read that I haven't had a soda in 2 years? Thank you for commenting!

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LANAHAUTH21 2/21/2013 11:41PM

  Thanks, that helped me. Pepsi is my problem right now.

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LWLAR7 2/21/2013 11:38PM

  Way too much sugar girl

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The Eat To Live Challenge Update & Among Other Things

Monday, May 07, 2012

Well... it isn't goin' so swell. I think out of the entire week, I stayed within my range 3 days. But that's ok. I'm not perfect. :) I'm definitely not beating myself up about it. Just going to have to work on making better choices.

I have a whole nother week until I can do some grocery shopping. I hate being on this food budget from hell. It makes it very difficult --not impossible, but definitely very difficult to make smart choices.

I've had to back off a bit on the whole eating clean thing due to my budget. I can eat clean for about 2 weeks, then I have to make do. It ends up stressing me out, so I'm opting out of that stress factor for the time being. There WILL be a day when it will be a piece of cake. :)

So what I have decided to do is give myself a break. It is next to impossible for me to avoid many of the 'monsters' out there, given my budget, so I am going to have to choose my battles. HFCS will always be one that I choose to battle. I will continue to do my best in choosing my meats wisely. And will still get as close to unprocessed as possible. Organics will have to be few and far between. I need to be smarter about my money. Super smart.

I also need to hop back on the Positive Thoughts bandwagon. They have slipped away from me over the last week. I need them back. :) I am going to start a gratitude journal, to better assist me on my Positive Journey. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, check out . There are many other sources, but this is the basic.

I just need to stop allowing doubt into my mind. There truly is no room for it. I had a few days of weakness and negativity, so doubt saw that as an invitation. But Doubt is NOT invited. I'm gonna have to get the Positivity Bouncers to escort them out. ;)

And on another note. Has anyone heard of Tabata?? I got an email from Shape magazine about some of the top workout myths, and saw a link for Tabata, the 4-Minute Fat-Burning Workout. Sounds very interesting. You can read about it here -->

And with that, I am going to get off here and get to business. Have a National Coach Call to hop onto to better my business, and my mood!

Hope you all have a blessed day!

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HAIRDOC1 5/14/2012 11:38AM

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    I wish I could afford to do all organic, etc. but I'm on a super tight budget, too. I know where you're coming from. Some things that I do that might help you out...explore ethnic cooking, use more beans and lentils, see if you can find a source of local eggs because they are often less expensive than from the store, buying a good bit of my produce frozen is cost effective for me; local honey may not be certified organic but most small scale beekeepers don't use chemicals or meds for the bees and buying local is good! Those are the main things that occurred to me on the spur of the moment. If you want more suggestions or ideas, just message me!!

I feel the conflict between wanting to buy everything organic and super healthy and eating super clean. It is hard but you can do better than you might realize.

Be blessed!

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MISSFORTE 5/8/2012 9:30AM

    You are doing great and I am so thrilled you are blogging again.

I agree with Tara Baby steps.

thanks for sharing those workout tips will have to view and do at home.

hang in there we are all there for you!

haven't tried the brownies YET but will! emoticon

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LADYBUG1107 5/7/2012 8:42PM

    Congratulations on staying within your range 3 days last week. That is a positive step.

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CODILYNN2 5/7/2012 5:50PM

    I love the secret!

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SLIMMINJENN 5/7/2012 4:37PM

    its hard to eat well on a small buget...hopefully we can both find new ways to stretch the dollar while, we can do this!!!!!

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MARJIJANE 5/7/2012 2:10PM

    One day at a meal at a time... one bite at a time!

You are doing awesome! I am envious and yet I feel a sense of pride that I am able to share your joy and trials.... we all have them... not all of us share them... you have given me inspiration and I will be checking out each of those links in you blog!

Keep it up... you're doing great!

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TARANITUP 5/7/2012 12:19PM

    I think your idea to simplify is key. Heck most of us in the challenge only chose to work on one habit per week and you were attempting 3 so maybe it will be easier to focus on the smaller stuff for now and then let it add up to bigger better habits. I think you're doing great :)

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NIKKIB612 5/7/2012 12:02PM

    Love your outlook! Realistic & honest but working positively on becoming the best you that you can be. Good luck on wk 2!

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Friday, May 04, 2012

....I feel free.

I made a big change in my life yesterday. For some, it may not seem so big. But for me, it might as well have been crack cocaine.

I quit Facebook.


I know, right?!

Well, I didn't quit it forever, just taking a short hiatus. But by reading the comments on the post that alerted my peeps, you would think it WAS forever. LOL Drama queens. ;)

When I signed out last night, I almost instantly felt better. I felt...relief. I may have even slept better.

This morning, no facebook. I checked my email. Canceled an order for a Kindle book that shouldn't have happened, got my kiddo off to school, came home, cleaned out the cat box, did the dishes, swept the floor, made my Shakeology, mopped the floor, vacuumed the carpet, made a to-do list for the kiddo, refilled a couple prescriptions, cleared up the refund situation with Amazon --who was actually a delight to work with, and now I am ready to workout, mow the yard, and wash the car. I have a few other things on my to-do list, but do you really want to hear about it? Prolly not.

My point is, it's only 9:30 am and I have already done more in that time than I would have normally gotten done on a facebook day. Sad, no?

I rather like it. I may keep it up forever. Maybe make the weekends facebook time. Who knows. We'll just take it one day at a time. :)

But I feel flippin great.

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LADYBUG1107 5/4/2012 8:25PM

    Way to go! It sounds like you had a productive day.

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SLIMMINJENN 5/4/2012 8:15PM

    i am doing the same thing...i get more accomplished when i leave fb and the computer alone....

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CHALLENGER15 5/4/2012 7:37PM

    I'm with you! I haven't quit completely yet - it is the only way that I know some family news - but I could certainly do without most of it!

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JAVAQUEEN74 5/4/2012 2:12PM

    LOL Tara!! No, thankfully! He's only 14... my son accidentally purchased Lone Wolf, which he has in paperback. o.O $12.99!!! It's cheaper in paperback ffs! Apparently he purchased several, but only one went through. In his defense, he's half blind and can't see the small type and didn't realize. Poor kid.

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TARANITUP 5/4/2012 1:07PM

    Haha - did the Kindle book happen to be 50 Shades of Grey? I bought it and feel so dirty when I read it!!

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MICHSTATE 5/4/2012 12:54PM

    Good for you! I spend more time on SP than FB, I feel like it's "better" for me!!!:-)

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CODILYNN2 5/4/2012 12:23PM

    Ugh I am soo over facebook.. I get very annoyed with it because my grandparents use it as gossip and call and say things to my parents that I post.. and once I had an interview didnt tell people at my current job and my neighbor posted about the interview. We got engaged and it was on facebook before I even told my Brother.. It drives me crazy- I also have people that are alwasys updating with their depressings status' and its not something I want to hear when I try to keep positivity in my life.. But do you know how hard it is to delete people it took me 2 hrs and I only got 200 people deleted.

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READYRACHEL 5/4/2012 12:19PM

    Great idea! I don't even want to think about how much time Facebook sucks up. I have been trying to cut back, but maybe cold turkey is the way to go.

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    You go, girl!!! I think you did the right thing. That's why I quit playing apps other than Words with Friends and usually only sit down to facebook with a timer when I'm taking a break otherwise I spend waaaaaay to much time on there.

Have a great rest of the day!!

Be blessed!

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CORTNEY-LEE 5/4/2012 10:57AM

    Facebook is the devil.

Seriously it is... Good for you! I myself and thinking about giving up on it as well.


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HAIRDOC1 5/4/2012 10:50AM

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COLORADOGUY0004 5/4/2012 10:42AM

  Way to go.
Keep up the good work.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Is needed.

I'm not happy with the way things are going at the moment. So I need to change that.
I have some re-grouping, re-focusing, and planning to do. New goals to be set. New accomplishments to achieve. I'm just not sure where to start.

The path I am on is going no where. I have NO idea what path to take. That's something I need to take to God. Only He knows. MAYBE, it's the one I am on...but I need to do MORE with it. I *know* I need to pick up the pace.

I want to be that happy, healthy, determined, and focused girl. But presently, I am none of those. I see something shiny and I drop everything and re-direct my attention. Losing focus.

I can go over my WHY again and again, day after day, time and again. Apparently, it isn't big enough. Because I'm still in the same place I was when I started.

I'm not saying that my life sucks. In fact, it truly doesn't. I'm very blessed with the things I DO have. My son, a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, and food in our bellies. Very blessed.

Maybe, it's just that I am feeling so intolerant today. I have no idea why. It *could* be hormonal, but it's awful soon for that. :/ But I'm all outta whack where that's concerned anyway, so who knows?

Basically, I'm not who I want to be, and I don't know how to get there. I don't know where to start. There are so many things that need fine tuning, focus, and determination. All three I severely lack. Clearly. Or I would have been at my goal weight when I started with SparkPeople YEARS ago.

It's no wonder I love chocolate cake & brownies! ;)

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JAVAQUEEN74 5/3/2012 7:36PM

    Thanks, Tara!! You're pretty awesome, too!

And like I said before... this isn't just about weight loss. It's about ALL of my goals, hopes, dreams, and desires. Weight loss is just ONE part of the equation. :)

I need to figure out the whole FOCUS thing. And the self-discipline.

I've also, since writing this blog, decided to take a Facebook hiatus. That thing is NOT helping me achieve my goals and dreams. It's just helping me get Castle points. ;)

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TARANITUP 5/3/2012 7:30PM

    This might be the case of let go and let God... I truly believe He will point you in the right direction if you ask... I think you are pretty awesome, by the way :)

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LADYBUG1107 5/3/2012 7:15PM

    Weight loss is very hard. I wish that I could figure it out too. Be kind to yourself.

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JAVAQUEEN74 5/3/2012 5:49PM

    Oh Becca, it isn't just about my weight. It's everything. :)

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HAIRDOC1 5/3/2012 5:37PM

    I think focusing on the positive would be good. I get the blahs, or feel stuck in a rut and I have to think of the positives in my life and that usually gives me a different perspective on things. And sometimes it just takes one little adjustment to make all the difference in the world. emoticon

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    Aw, Beth...I can certainly sympathize with you. I don't really have any advice for you, though. I know that you know what to do and how to do it...the thing is I don't think you've actually hit what I think of as your tipping point. That point at which your personal "balance" tips over into the actual doing instead of the planning. I reached mine the day I couldn't catch a running toddler in a parking lot. Some people reach theirs when they find that they have to do something or begin medication or have surgery. I'm sure your tipping point is there but until you reach it, that something inside you won't be strong enough to overcome the comfort of your old habits.

I'll be praying for you.

Be blessed!

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CHALLENGER15 5/3/2012 2:25PM

    I have found that if I focus on just one thing for a healthier me for a few days, that the other things I need to do come into focus, too. Perhaps it would be that way for you, too!


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