Friday, January 1, 2016

My One Little Word

Happy New Year! For the past several years, I've used the "one little word" idea for the new year. I first heard of this concept through Ali Edwards (famous in the scrapbook world and probably well known by most of my blog readers). The idea is to focus on one word throughout the year instead of setting a bunch of New Year's Resolutions. I love this! Examples of my past words are simplify, faith and balance. For 2016, my word is GROW. I want to grow spiritually, personally and professionally. I want to grow in my faith. I want to grow in my relationships. I want to grow as a leader. I want to grow my business and show my team that they can do the same. And I want to teach my kids that they can grow and reach their dreams.
Spend some time thinking about your "one little word" and see how powerful this can be throughout the year. I'd love to hear what you've chosen.

Blessings for a happy and healthy 2016!!

Signature - Tree

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Plexus Slim - What is this Pink Drink anyway?

Hi there!! I've had so many people ask me about Plexus Slim - aka, "the pink drink". I decided to do a quick video to explain the key ingredients and show how easy it is to mix!  Watch below or you CLICK HERE to see it on YouTube.

I've been drinking Plexus Slim daily for 8 months now.  As discussed in the video, it has helped so much with my mood and my sugar cravings.  This is not a product I was originally interested in. I kind of chalked it up as a weight loss gimmick.  But, I saw it came bundled in the Triplex Combo with the two products I was interested in. So, with my Nutrition background, I decided to research the key ingredients. And this is what I found:

Chromium - This is an essential mineral that enhances insulin function. It helps to balance blood sugar levels and burn fat by moving glucose into the cells to be used for energy.

Garcinia Cambogia - This fruit extract helps to convert carbs and sugars to energy so they aren't stored as fat.  It is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full quicker.  It also helps to increase Serotonin levels in the brain.  Serotonin and help improve mood, reduce food cravings and promote better sleep. (This has been huge in helping my sugar cravings and emotional eating!)

Alpha Lipoic Acid - This is a natural anti-inflammatory that may help reduce inflammation and pain.  It can also slow the aging process of the skin, repair liver damage, and reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

You know what else I found? There are no artificial sweeteners or hidden sugars. It is sweetened with Stevia, which is a natural, plant based sweetener. It's GMO, MSG and gluten free!  It is not a meal replacement. And it's easy to fit into a busy lifestyle!

After 8 months of drinking one "pink drink" a day, I still love it!!

If you have any questions about Plexus feel free to message me or visit my Plexus Website.

Have a great day!!

Signature - Tree

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Weight Loss Strategies

I had a Plexus customer ask about some of my personal weight loss strategies. My response was a bit long winded, but worth sharing. ;)

*As far as my weight loss, once I started working on gut health first, it made all of the difference in the works. The Triplex Combo is the bomb! My energy level increased significantly and i was motivated to walk regularly. I try and walk 5-6 days a week with at least 3 of those being long walks - an hour or more. Some days I'm lucky to jump on the treadmill for 30 minutes or walk my dog at night. But, I've made it a priority in my life. I don't want to be a frumpy mama that gets winded walking up the bleachers!

*The first month was tough because I'm an emotional eater. I started entering what I ate into the My Fitness Pal app. Some people say it's a pain and some will argue that you shouldn't count calories. But for me, it's a big eye opener to see where and when excess calories are coming in, learn how to make better food choices and think before I put soothing in my mouth. I don't think this needs to be done forever, but I recommend that you do it for a week to give yourself an idea of what a typical day/week looks like for you. Then, we can tweak it from there. I always did this with my clients when I was working outside the home as a Registered Dietitian.

*Everyone eats out. It's inevitable but can wreak havoc on your weight loss attempts.  Sometimes, we'll be out and about and go through a drive thru. I'll pull up food in the app and see what some lower calorie options are. At the end of the day, the app shows you the breakdown of nutrients between carbs, protein and fat. For me, protein was a struggle so I try and eat more protein now and less carbs. I still have bread, but try to limit and choose whole grains instead of white or other sugary carbs. Again, some people might not recommend tracking what you eat. It might seem daunting to you and doesn't have to be done. But again, it can be useful even if you just do it for a short time.

*I make sure and have protein every time I eat. I used to snap on carbs/sweets. BAD. Now, I make sure I have protein - a few almonds with fruit or yogurt, for example. Protein helps you feel fuller longer and helps to level out your blood sugar. It will help so you don't crash later like you might if you just eat carbs!

*Water! Drink a lot of it! I use a cup with a lid and straw and have ice water with me all day long. A general rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 pounds,  you should drink 75 oz of water a day. For me, I've found that I drink more with my cup/straw than if I use a regular cup or water bottle. Find what works for you!

*I am not one to give up foods that I love. I have a friend that lost 50 pounds in one year. She was that friend that would talk you into ordering dessert when you went out to dinner. Now, she's the complete opposite. She does not eat sugar, white flour or butter. At all. Period. I'm so proud of her! The progress that she's made is incredible. If you are type A, all-or-nothing type of person, then this might work for you. But for me, I want to eat a slice of pizza when there are 10 extra teenage boys at my house. I want a cocktail on girls' night out. I want to enjoy a piece of birthday cake and not feel guilty about it. If I deprive myself of those things all of the time, then I won't stick with it. You want it to be a lifestyle change. You want to be healthy for the long haul. So, you have to do what works for you. My friend said that if she were to have one donut, it would all be over and she'd fall back into her unhealthy eating habits. What she's doing works for her. For me, if I allow myself a treat every now and then, I don't feel deprived. I think of it as just that - a treat or celebration - knowing that on my next meal I'll be back on track and continue eating healthy.

*You have to find that balance and see what works best for you. I will say though, that after awhile on the Triplex Combo, my sugar/carb cravings have really improved. I feel full longer and quicker. I used to think about food from about 1 - 10 pm. No joke. I always thought of 2-4 as the "witching hour" when I would eat out of stress, boredom, etc. Now, there are so many times that I look at the time and think, wow, it's almost dinner time. It's crazy. It won't happen overnight. Take your products consistently and work on getting your gut healthy. Somewhere around 6-8 weeks it all just go so much easier. In the beginning, if I was about to go grab an unhealthy snack, I'd set the timer on my phone for 20 minutes. I made myself wait and do something else. And you know what? Every single time that timer went off, I no longer wanted that food!

*Plan ahead. When I know I'm going to meet my friends out for dinner that night, I try and eat less for breakfast and dinner. If I know Im going to be out and about and think I might be tempted to buy a snack or something, I'll bring a protein bar with me. If I know we're going out to eat, I'll look at the menu ahead of time and (try to) plan what I'm going to eat.

*Have a support system in place. Let those close to you know your goals and that you need their support. Find a walking partner. And have friends you can text or call for moral support (like me)!

*One last thing: weigh, take measurements and a couple of before photos NOW! Don't expect quick results - take your products and work a little on your diet and activity each day. It's best to say don't weigh or measure for a month. But I'd be lying if I said I did that. I tortured myself by weighing every single day. ha. I did measurements again after 2 months. That's when I was floored and joined as a Plexus Ambassador! ;) I've seen so many people that loose inches before they lose pounds. If you start exercising, you might actually gain a little at first. Don't let that discourage you. Be patient. Be consistent. I know my weight fluctuated a lot in the beginning. I also used another app called Happy Scale. It tracks weight trends and made me feel a little better about my initial progress when I looked at it that way.

Ok, this was a lot of info at once. But these tips along with my improved gut health through Plexus products have all helped with my success! I still have a long way to go. But, for the first time in 10 years, I feel like I'm in charge and that I can do it! And, I know that you can too!!

Live Healthy!!

Signature - Tree

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Weight Loss Journey Continues...

Eeek!  The last two months have been a whirlwind!!  I am so happy to say that this time around, my weight loss journey is a happy one!  I'm down 25+ pounds and I feel GREAT!  The non-scale victories have also been huge! I have so much more energy, I'm sleeping great, my sugar/carb cravings have diminished, my joint pain is gone, bloating gone and I just feel happier! (My PMS symptoms are gone as well so that makes my hubby and family happy too! lol).

Before Plexus and 2 months after Plexus (Father's Day 2015)

I mentioned in a previous post that I decided to look into Plexus.  A friend had posted about their probiotic and cleanse/magnesium supplement.  I also had another friend that told me about their "pink drink" and that she lost 5 pounds her first month.  I was intrigued by the Triplex Combo that focuses on gut health. I asked my Plexus friend to send me label info as I was a huge skeptic. I did a lot of research  - I mean, I looked up every ingredient in the Triplex Combo.  And the more I started looking into it, the more I found certain ingredients linked to blood sugar stability, energy, cholesterol, and gut health.  Then, I found more studies researching the correlation between gut health and metabolism, weight loss, immunity, and even depression.  I decided to "secretly" start the products and see what happened…

After about a month I felt pretty good. I had lost 5.5 pounds and had energy to exercise. My husband asked if the weight loss was because I'd been walking.  And then I thought he might be right.  I was a big skeptic myself.  So I stopped taking the products for about 10 days.  I fell back into my sluggish ways, I was craving sugar and having those afternoon crashes. I was grumpy and just didn't feel as good as I had.  So, back on Plexus I went and now I am a firm believer in these products!

At the end of June, I had lost 20 pounds and 6.5 inches! I couldn't believe it!  I decided to become a Plexus Ambassador to get a discount on the products I'd been taking! A few friends asked how I've lost the weight, I shared Plexus with them, and it's snowballed from there!!  I've now helped other people have success with their health and wellness. I'm loving being part of this amazing company as it ties in so well with my Nutrition degrees. I will continue to share my success and hopefully that of my friends/team as well!

If you'd like more info on Plexus, you can see label info on my Plexus Website. Or feel free to message me with questions!

Enjoy your day!! ;)

Signature - Tree

Monday, July 13, 2015

PLxSU Trio Challenge #17

Happy Summer!! This week over at the PLxSU Trio Challenge, we're having a "what are you working on" kind of week!  We hope you'll play along!  I scrapbooked some photos from summer last year.  I love these pictures and this memory! ;)

I used the Love Story Project Life Digital Download and changed the colors to match my photos.  I used some digital tape from the Happiness Is Download as well.  (Don't you love my funny pooch?!)

Make sure and hop on over to Amber & Holly's blogs to see what they've been working on.  You can share with us on the PLxSU Trio Challenge Facebook page!  

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!!

Signature - Tree