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This story is near and dear to my heart.  I want you to tell you a story about Ella.  She was my kind and loving granny, my dad’s mom. She loved my sister and I with all her heart and soul.  She bragged about us she kept us looking pretty, and she gave us dolls and wigs and make up to dabble in, and my cousins from the other side of the family were treated like they were her grand children too, she played games with us, she taught me how to shuffle cards, play solitaire – long before the computer version, she’d take us shopping, pay us money for getting the Price Right when watching the game show, and for guessing the words before the letters turned on wheel of fortune- I could go on and on.

Granny had the best personality and the smile daddy, my sister, my kids and I have all originated with her.  I also inherited her joy, love and passion, and 1 other thing I got her body type.  I joked most of my adult life that my sister got my moms side of the family’s tiny little frame and I got the meaty thick side of the family. Which then turned from a joke to a moment of terror when I realized Ella died way to young due to health complications with diabetes and obesity.   I’d give her her insulin shots, dole out her pills for all her different ailments, and then wait for the drugs to kick in and then get her to tell us all kinds of stories about her child hood. As we got older she continued to get bigger, on my high school graduation, she came to Aurora to watch me graduate, but she had to walk with a cane so support her weight. By the time I had my first baby – not too long after graduation, we got a call from the hospital saying she wasn’t going to make it and my mom got me on the first plane to Chicago so I could say goodbye, and I desperately needed her to meet her great grand baby named after her son who was snatched from us at age 35.  My sis and I were the only grandchildren from her only child, who had been gone for 11 years already.

When I arrived in Chicago, I remember seeing her hooked up to the machines, (heart attack this time) and hoping the Dr.’s  would let me bring my little guy in there for her to meet her was scary and sad.  She did live, but eventually she got so large my grandfather had to move her to a nursing home at the Dr.’s request because he was a skinny old man and if she ever fell, he’d never be able to get her up.  My daughter got to meet her when she was about 9 months old, and at the time, my baby girl was not the most friendly child, but when we went to the nursing home she sat in my grandmother’s lap (she was now in a wheel chair with an amputated leg due to complications with her diabetes) and laid on her and hugged her tight, I couldn’t believe it, Ella and my baby girl connected and it was truly love at first sight.

The day the world mourned over Princess Diana’s sudden accidental death is the same day my sister and I called the hospital – (as her next of kin we were able to get information over the phone to find out how her quick medical procedure they performed went), and the nurse informed us “She died on the table, in a harsh tone.” We cried and wailed, because we couldn’t believe it.  Grandpa had died in his sleep a few months before and that was it, no more paternal family, no more granny, no more 2 hour talks on the phone, no more love.

If we would have known what I know and have proven now: make some life style changes, eat better, be active, and that you can gradually drop the excess weight, not matter how big you are, we could have had more years with her.  She was a little older than my own mom is right now when she passed.  She was so big, I just figured that’s the way she had to be.  There was no show like the biggest loser on to show it could be done no matter how big you are.  The terror –of leaving a legacy of obesity to my family was a real threat, but I changed the game, and got control before it got too bad. At some points I too thought I was a lost cause, that I let myself go and there was no turning back.

I miss my granny, so much, but we took valuable life lessons from her on so many levels and that’s what it’s all about right?

In the words of India Arie from one of her melodious verses “There’s a blessing in every Lesson” (no clue what song that’s from, but that’s real talk right there)

Take care of your loved ones that may need your help and take care of yourself so you don’t break anyone’s heart unnecessarily.

Here’s to Ella (gone too soon), good health, fitness, and being JOYFUL!



Look at the article I’m featured in!


“Ryte is everything that I have been looking for, and what’s better than being a Founding Member?”

With each and every story we get to tell, and every Ryte Member that we get to interact with, we are blown away at the caliber of people that are a part of the Ryte family. Each story is unique, but they all have common threads. Hard work, dedication, giving, love, and sacrifice are the pillars of these stories.

Living in the northern Midwest, Kami Green is a single mother of boys. She is currently working full time in an IT position for a large corporation. Over the past two years (and more concentrated since April of 2014) Kami has gone through an incredible transformation. She started her transformation long before Ryte launched, but once she found it, it was the perfect fit for her to continue on her journey!


Ryte: “What attracted you to Ryte?”
Kami: “I had been trying to lose weight and was doing some research. Around April of last year I read somewhere about Garcinia Cambogia, so I bought it as a supplement. Over the next little while I was buying pretty much every ingredient in Spark as individual supplements. A few months later my sister, knowing all of the individual supplements that I was taking, called me and she said ‘your not going to believe this!’

My friend introduced me to Ryte, and it has half the stuff you are already taking in it. It was a perfect fit!

The other thing that drew me in was that I LOVE helping people, so Ryte embodies everything that I want to be.

R: “What do you have planned for your ’10 to give’?”
K: “My son is on student council, and he is always coming home and telling me about kids that don’t have much. So I talked to my boys and said, ‘If we had all the money in the world to give, what would you want to do?’ They both told me that they wanted to help the needy, so however we can find the kids in need, that is who we will help.

Being a single mom, I have been fortunate enough to always have what we need, but there times when you go without, and I want to help those in similar situations.”

R: “What results have you seen using the Ryte products?
K: “Since I started taking Ryte, I have lost 7 pounds, but overall I am down about 40 pounds since April 2014, using the same ingredients that are in the Ryte products, just individually. Also, I have a terrible time sleeping, and Rejuv works great for me!”

R: “How do you use Ryte products?”
K: “As soon as I wake up, I take Spark with at least 16 oz of water. Around noon I will make a shake using Ryte Fuel. I found a fun little recipe the other day. I had forgot to prepare my shake ahead of time and one of my kids had a GoGo squeeze pouch, I think it was grape, they are all organic so I put that in with some water and Fuel, and It was great!” *laughter* I sometimes blend the Fuel with a half cup of coffee, ice, and rice milk and it makes a great vanilla/coffee frappe. At night I take Rejuv by 8:30 and its perfect for going to bed at 10:30.”

R: “What are your goals and aspirations for your future with Ryte?”
K: “I am working to build my business. Everyone at work is asking me what I am doing to get the weight off, so I am certainly using my results to help, and talking to a lot of people!

We want to sincerely thank Kami for sharing her story with us. And we also want to celebrate the incredible things that she has accomplished!
Please let me know if you are in the market for simple all natural supplements to help in weight loss, energy, and restful sleep.

Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

I am super humbled that I finally had a breakthrough, and that many people keep asking how I did it.  I’m also embarrassed because I let myself go, due to some depressing circumstances in my life and I never should have looked the way I did. So I want to be the voice of reason and encouragement to others.   Someone who is not a celebrity who tried a fad diet, or who has a chef or personal trainer or the money for crazy procedures to change their bodies.  It’s me ~ the same girl who tells you what my latest musical jams are, the one who shares her favorite wines, goes on rants on the state of the world, I tried my best to involve you all last year at this time to pray for little J~Man, who was losing his battle with cancer, RIP lil buddy, so now I’m just sharing another potentially life changing journey.

Whether you have 10 pounds or 100 to lose, don’t be overwhelmed.  FIrst, decide how you want to go about dropping the extra baggage and then just start.

The reason I am sharing my story is because I want to save people the trouble of giving up when you are on the verge of a break through.  I have a few close family and friends that I continue to share with during this process, and some days I’d let them know I was done trying, because I was eating the right foods, putting forth the right level of effort and I still wasn’t seeing a difference.  They encouraged me and shared how they saw things changing.

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, you have to know yourself.  Know your limits, fail, get back up and dust yourself off and keep going. Read up on some of the greats in this life time and how many times they failed before they succeeded. Find something you love, and start there.

My journey also was spiritual.  I  changed my eating habits in 2007, and have always been in to fitness whether in the gym, or doing work outs at home, I was not seeing results unless I was training like I was about to be in the Olympics.  I went to the dr.  Had my Thyroid checked and other things, and everything was “fine”, with the exception of insanely low Vitamin D levels, which by the way does have something to do with weight. They were insanely low and I lived in sunny Colorado- 300 days of sunshine and I tried to soak in every ounce of those days on a regular basis, so that was quite a shock.  After getting the Vitamin D supplement firmly in my system I still didn’t see many results. So I personally had to look at my life and re-evaluate some things.  God surely spoke to me and moved me right out of the state, which was probably the only way he was going to be able to pick me up and dust me off and give me another chance.  My point is, really check with your doctors if you think you need to – the medical ones and the Great Physician.

2 Corinthians 7:1(b)….”Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”  

Don’t Obsess:  If we make idols out of good things it still becomes a hindrance to our lives, and to our relationships.

Surround yourself with successful people: You have to surround yourself with the types of people you want to become. Don’t spend an excessive amount of time around people who don’t have the same mind set as you do, it’s counter productive.

You are what you eat!  That works for your mental and physical food intake. Are you Vibrant whole, colorful, organic and/or all natural?  Or are you overly processed, hard to read and understand, fatty, and heavy?

Ignore your inner critic: The other day I heard I believe Jack Canfield (Chicken soup for the soul author) say “Turn your inner critic into your inner coach!”  You can do it!  Do YOU believe it?

I’ll leave you with these words: “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins” and something encouraging again from Tupac (2pac) – “We need to change the way we eat, change the way we live.”

Good Luck & God Bless You!

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Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31  I am sharing my success with people because I know what it’s like to just need advice from a real person who’s going through the process. I may have funny stories to share along the way, but just know I’ve been on the weight-loss journey gotten close to my goal, then let life take over then the inflation back up then going back down.  If my words help and or touch 1 persons life, I’m totally happy with that.  Part of the reason I was so determined to get to my goals is so that I could prove it could be done, even late 30’s early 40’s, and then help others get there.

You have to want this and believe you can do it, visualize how you want to see yourself.  

Don’t stress, I learned that the hard way.  Stress causes cortisol and then that makes you fat.  You’ll have to look up the scientific explanation, if you want it but it makes you fat take it from me, I learned it the hard way. Now yes there are natural things that cause stress in your life but don’t allow what ever the factors may be to consume you.

Meditate ~ be sure to quiet your world.  Start at a minimum of 10 minutes, put the world aside, electronics and all, and just breathe.  If you have a relationship with the Lord, pray and meditate on the word of God, that helps.

Aromatherapy – Essential oils or soothing candles for relaxation.

Listen to music that is uplifting! Pharell anyone?  Ha ha You know what I mean though, listen to something that just makes you smile and feel Brand New.

Get moving – I can’t stress it enough, the endorphins from exercise really does make a difference. You don’t have to be training for a marathon, or doing cross-fit, try 30 minutes, 5 days a week at a minimum.   The higher the intensity the shorter lengths your work outs can be but do something.

Lift weights, you don’t have to be a body builder, start with 5, 8, & 10 pounds and build on that.  Some weight workouts have the after burn affect which means after your work out you are still burning fat for several hours after.  Think about non food/drink related rewards.  I chose a new pair of shoes for each 10#’s gone.

Make a PLAYLIST that gets you PUMPED to move. I like to find some ones with good beats, and yeah I add at least 1 song about guys loving a good body, it just motivates me. I highly recommend Fall Out Boy.  I’ve worked out so much to them, I am to the point where I hear one of those songs and feel like I should be burning calories by osmosis, or Pavlov theory up in the place!

Just because you move more does not mean you EAT a ton more. Some will have the natural tendancy to reward themselves because of the work out, which can turn counter productive.

Positive self talk is key.  There is enough negativity in the world, so don’t contribute to it.

Be realistic- some days will be harder than others, don’t EVER give up.

Ladies: If you want to train your tummy to stay in, I read that if you wear spanx or something like spanks to hold in your middle, extra support helps. It’ parallels working out and holding  in your core while working out. So if you wear them to work you can have 8 hours of support.

Keep a food and activity journal: If you aren’t holding yourself accountable for what you eat  and how much you are moving – you wont see where you need to adjust and make changes.   When you get started you are trying to get into a rhythm that works for you so as long as you know what you are eating, quantities and the same for your activity level, you can make adjustments as necessary.  For at least a week make sure you know how many calories you are taking in vs. how many you should be to lose.  For example to make a good dent in my weight loss goal,  I at one point needed to eat only 985+/- a day and that was with my  work outs to see a loss. For someone who likes to eat that’s rough! So I did what I’m telling you to do: Try intermittent fasting, (leave a minimum of 12-16 hours between 1 meal.) so if you eat at 10pm, the next time you eat should be 10am or later.  It turns out it IS ok to skip breakfast! Fill up on veggies, they are mostly low in calories, which means you can eat more of them, make a healthy meal replacement shake.  Make sure you know why you are eating.  Eat something before you go out so you are less likely to eat more while out.  

I used the tools on Team Beachbody, and got a 2nd opinion from a different calculator and they were about the same. 

Find and use a calculator to see what your “healthy” weight range is.  Do not freak out at the number. (I did)  Just set small attainable goals and whittle your way down to the number you want to get to.  Again Be honest with yourself, even if the number doesn’t seem like you’ll ever get there, if that’s something you want then at least work towards it. As you get closer it seems easier.

Know why this is important to you: Is it because you need to be in better health? Do you have family counting on you?  Have you lost family members due to health issues?  Do you want to feel comfortable in your own skin? Do you want to look better in your clothes?  Has your family always been picture freaks so you pretty much need to look your best in case the camera really does add 20 pounds?  Do you have bigger goals that will be hindered if you are not at your best health?

Those were some of my reasons.  What are yours?

I’ll leave you with a lyric from my one of my favorite F.O.B. song lyrics : “I’m gonna change you like a remix, then I’ll raise you… like a PHOENIX!” ~ the Phoenix Welp if you Have time, watch the video… just put on your war paint!



These are things that are just embedded in my brain, the sources are from all over the place.

If there is a certain food that you over indulge in, try to keep them out of your life for the first 3 weeks.  For me, it’s potato chips.  

Plan meals whether you buy frozen healthy meals or prep them at home. 

Eat 1 ingredient foods (clean eating) Lots of fresh or frozen fruits, veggies, chicken, tuna, salmon wild caught), lean beef (grass fed organic), brown rice, lentils. Leafy greens: Kale, Spinach,

I buy a veggie tray sometimes and use the ingredients in my BIG A Salads I make for the week.

Quinoa – is a grain, super high in protein.  I make pasta salad with this instead of using pasta.

Anytime a recipe calls for sour cream, substitute it with plain greek yogurt. A serving of greek yogurt is 1 cup, and it’s high in protein. A serving of sour cream is typically 2 tablespoons.

Good fats: olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado, almonds

Cashews, 3T a day have been said to have the same affects as antidepressant meds. (saw on a nutritional therapy documentary, can’t remember the name)

Tart Cherry juice (no extra sugar added) good for smoothies, and known to help prevent sore muscles. I try to have this on hand because I typically put forth my strongest level of effort in my work outs.

Kind Bars: Honey BBq, Jalepeno, (savory) Many different fruit/chocolate (sweet)

Lara Bars all kinds

Skinny pop white cheddar pop corn

Brands that typically are all natural: Kashi, Enjoy Life, Back to nature, Paul Newman, Dr, Praegers (frozen food), Target’s store brand has some good ones too. (read labels), EVOL, Amy’s, Power greens.

Funny Book to read to help encourage the lifestyle change: Skinny BItch, I read it a long time ago but they give all kinds of brands for snacks, etc. They are hard core vegan, but the book is a good guide.

One of my favorite cheat dips:

Home made Greek Yogurt French Onion dip:
1 large white onion chopped
Fresh garlic (i use the pre chopped kind 1/2 T)
2T olive oil
2 c Plain greek yogurt
1tsp sea salt
Brown/Carmelize onions and garlic in a skillet with the olive oil.
Scoop the mixture into a bowl and chill. Once the onions/garlic are cooled off, put the greek yogurt into a bowl and mix with the onion garlic, add salt and pepper. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour for the flavors to mix.
Serve with fresh veggies, or Chips (find some all natural ones) *Chips are the reason I am taking longer to meet my inches lost around my waist, but it’s worth it to me.


I put together a few of the things I use on a consistent basis. All of the ingredients can be purchased at a grocery store I like whole foods.

Mocha Muscle Shake (5 mins, 2 servings)
Ice cubes
1c (of one of the following non dairy milks: rice milk, almond milk coconut milk
1/3 c brewed coffee
1 banana
1 scoop of chocolate flavored whey protein powder. (you can use replacement meal shakes for this) I’ve also used Brown Rice protein powder.
Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. 200 cal
fat: 7g Carbs: 18g Dietary Fiber: 3g Sugars: 9g Protein 18g.

Credit: Oxygen Magazine March 2010 Shake of the month

Detox Elixir
Combine 2 T fresh OJ, 1T apple cider vineager, 1/8tsp powdered ginger, & a pinch each of turmeric and cayenne pepper.
17cal shot packed full of antioxidants – research shows that apple cider vineager may aid in weight loss. 1-2 per day.

Credit: Self Magazine Summer 2014 Issue

Detox Tea

Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in the morning.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of the following seeds to the water and continue to let it boil for about 5 minutes with the lid on.
• Whole cumin seeds
• Whole coriander seeds
• Whole fennel seeds
Strain out the seeds and pour the liquid into a thermos. The key is to make the tea fresh every morning, place it in a thermos, and take small sips of it throughout the day. It is best to drink it warm or hot. If the tea is too strong or if you experience some initial discomfort, reduce the amount of seeds to 1/4 teaspoon for 2 weeks, and then increase it back to 1/2 teaspoon.

Triphala Treat

To 1/2 cup of warm water, add the following ingredients:

1/2 tsp of triphala powder or 2 triphala capsules (I got from whole foods but you can get them online from amazon)
1 tsp unflavored, uncolored psyllium fiber
1 tsp ground organic flaxseed
You can easily find the triphala powder and tablets online, in a health store, or Indian store for about $10 to $20.

Credit: I saw on Dr. Oz show, in 2013. 5 Ways to Fight Fat With Ayurveda By Kulreet Chaudhary, MD. Go to the site for all 5 things, I use a loofa, or shower gloves for fat fighter # 5.

For those of you who like to have a drink! Nutrition Tip: Use soda water as a mixer in your cocktails to avoid the added sugar in juices and sodas. Flavor your drinks with a slice of citrus, fruit rinds, or your favorite berries. Cut out Regular or Diet Soda as soon as possible!


Disclaimer: This is all my research, thoughts and opinions on what’s worked for me, others in my family and friend circle, and what has kept my kids so far from being overweight. I have a daughter in her 3rd year of college who is no longer a competitive athlete who has not gained a pound. She is my guinea pig of “if you know all the facts from the beginning you won’t have as many struggles in your adult years”. If you aren’t healthy, check with your physician, before you go experimenting, and you don’t have to take my word for anything, research things for yourself as well. Nothing I tell you is new information. It is a serious brain dump. Speaking of dumps… oh just keep reading.
For those of you who are like me and just want to get the answers and could care less for my banter, I have placed a > on the paragraphs that I think I’d want to read for quick info.
Is it true that Jennifer Hudson had to stop being a weight watchers spokesperson because she used a natural a supplement found to help lose weight? I don’t know, but that’s what I heard. If so, that was a really stupid decision in my opinion. Let someone go who looks insanely much better, different and healthier for using something that was a natural supplement? Why not partner with them to figure out if this is something you can market to the millions of people who need the help on top of an already successful program? That’s just my thoughts on the matter.
It’s funny to me because I listened to some research on the internet and they mentioned Garcinia Cambogia being found to aid in weight loss, along with Green tea, & green coffee bean extract. So naturally I went to whole foods and purchased some of each. So I thought to myself, I already drink Green tea daily, but why not add a couple of other things and see what happens? I did that in April, so by May I was down 10 pounds. 10.4 to be exact. The company I am a founding member of and the reason I became a member, has a product called Spark it has all the things I was taking plus other things in their capsules which is why my sister called to tell me about Ryte. She had never heard of Garcinia C, until I told her the latest thing I was trying after reading about it, then she heard it again from the founders of the company. So 2 things learned here, my research was right in this case, and sharing your goals, and partnering with others can lead to bigger and better and even easier things. Here is a link to what Ryte spark does to your body.
> Let me be clear about this, I work out at a minimum of 30 minutes a day on most days and I eat good most of the time. So I wasn’t just taking these things to see if it would magically make the weight/fat go away, I wanted to see if I could get a little help. I have found personally that you have to get in a routine so that you don’t depend on the supplements to do all the work for you. Some Synonyms for supplement: addition, extra, complement, enhance, add-on, extension. So you add things into a routine that you are establishing or have already solidified. Many advertisements make it seem like you take these things and the magic just happens.
> If you have a fat stomach, (Lord knows I did) and it wasn’t all due to the 4 kids I’ve held in there. I blame them for the world map of stretch-marks I have but not for the tummy. Here’s how you can get the magic to happen. We have years of CRAP in our guts! Think of all the years of processed foods, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, etc., that have been building up over the years. So you do need to clean that crap out of there! Literally. This is why you need to drink lots of water every day, especially first thing in the morning. Think of it as cleaning house. Add fiber to your diet through fibrous veggies, (artichokes is the only one that comes to mind right at this moment), high fiber whole grains, psyllium husk (fiber flakes) found them at whole foods. Take a probiotic supplement, and eat greek yogurt, add grape seed oil extract drops to your water. Once you clean out don’t go BACKwards. If you mess up or have a party, etc. that’s fine. But don’t just go back to the ways that made the crap build up in the first place. You have to live, just think 80% of the time do good work and you have a 20% cushion. (I have story that is funny crap)
>We allow food to overwhelm or control us. Whether we eat too much, out of emotion or don’t eat. It’s time to take control. Use food as fuel not as a friend, or for consolation, or to punish yourself. I personally found that a meal replacement shake does work. As long as it’s all natural, and doesn’t have unproductive ingredients. You can make your own, or you can use some that have been researched and are reputable!
If you find that your journey needs to go down the path of a cleanse or a meal replacement shake, let me know if you want recommendations, or ask other people around you who are successful. If a replacement shake is not for you, just remember you can eat better pretty much anywhere. My rule of thumb is no fried foods, nothing in thick white sauce, and try to eat more veggies or only eat ½ the meal when eating out. Check calories and servings on things it will typically shock the CRAP out of you!
I will post some recipes ideas that I found and we love too! Ha! I think I’ll post a recipe and funny crap story in one.
>>Summary of tips to win the War on being Overweight: (not in any particular order)
Crap it out
Don’t let food control you (that’s a whole message in itself)
Do your own research
Read product labels
It’s ok to fail
Have partner to bounce ideas off
You do need to incorporate some sort of physical activity into your day
Meal replacement shakes work
Eat more veggies than other foods

I shall end with some wise words… from the bible and then 2pac:
1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…You are not your own. (paraphrased)
“Your body is bangin’ baby ……” Do not lie… we all would love to hear those words at some point. Translation, Wow, you really look amazing!
Picture proof:
My daughter is the one on the left, this is her in her junior year of college, the bikini pic is June 2014. No college weight gain so far! The pic of me is from June and my marker photo for 1/2015. If you look closely… my belly does kind of show in the June pic. (I still have a little more to trim off before I’ll be satisfied.)


Resources: Spark, Fuel, Rejuv 3 day refresh, Shakeology, many work out programs Ultimate reset (part of beach body) Bode cleanse
*there are a slew of others, those above are the ones I’m familiar with (that don’t have questionable ingredients in them that are counter productive), it seems like everyone has something out there.

There are 200 million overweight or obese people in the world, and many of us are dragging and would like or need more energy.

My stats: I’ve lost 46.5 pounds in the last 2 years – 22 were in the last 6 months. Total body inches lost: 22.5 (various locations)
Here’s the deal I was trying to figure out a way to tell people what I’ve done and learned without people thinking there is a catch or I want something from them but I figure everyone has an opinion and those who truly want advice or assistance will reach out & read this and my up coming posts!
Tips for today:
1. In the morning, before you do anything Try to drink as much water as you can. Wake up 10-15 minutes earlier than normal and down a lot. It will get things moving, and water flushes out toxins.
2. Seriously, try to cut down on overly processed foods, start out eating 1 ingredient foods, or foods that have labels where you can read & understand every ingredient.

So yes, I am a founding member of a brand new company called Ryte: , I’m also a beachbody coach: (I’ve used p90x, T25, Insanity, Body beast, Shakeology), we still drink vemma bode thirst & verve bold: I’ve also used products from companies that aren’t multi-level marketing: (Biotrust, whole foods, Amazon) Heck, if I could get a discount on Nike, I’d sign up for that too! The bottom line is: I use & love the products, they work and I am living proof (and I get a discount). I’m here to help. I don’t need your money – as a matter of fact any profits I receive from others buying products from me will go to help others in need.
I have spent the last 1.5 years experimenting with fitness & nutrition as a lifestyle change and not just for a period of time, and I am to a point where I’m ready to share with anyone who has questions or needs motivation, accountability or a challenge. My goal was not just to lose the unhealthy weight I gained but to ensure the road I took to get here was something I would continue, and could still have fun in the process without worrying about it all the time.
I want to do my part to help others if they want it or need a jump start. I will help you with ideas on what to eat by you just buying everything at the grocery store and give you my favorite work outs that I use from my years of different Oxygen magazines.
I’ve researched websites, listened to calls, tried different products, watched documentaries, & taken 100’s of notes. If anyone wants help getting started let me know. Sometimes you just need to be told what to do until it becomes natural for you. That’s how I started. I lost some weight with just eating balanced planned out meals, taking a vitamin/mineral, using extra fiber & working out, and started taking supplements when I hit a plateau.
Visual proof: Pic is on the Left today Jan. 11, 2015, the top right is me in April 2014, the bottom right is me Jan. 2013. I truly didn’t think I looked that different until I started taking before and after pictures in my sports bra and workout shorts so then I decided today to pull out pictures from before middle and now.
“Hips (pics) don’t lie” ~ Shakira
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F**K who part 2

If you didn’t like my last one how about this one it’s regarding my own kids. Thank God for the Volvo! Remember in March 2013, when my kids were pummeled by a SEMI on the snowy mountain roads? Ask me who the trucking company was that hit them? Oh I’m not sure because the cop let the truck go….. but proceeded to ensure my kids hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs. Oh wait, who was the person in the truck spun out ahead of them – that my son avoided? No clue, because the police also let that person leave the scene. Was their truck checked to see whether or not they were drinking or doing drugs on the snowy mountain roads? Hmmm Probably not… guess what color they were? Guess what color the kids in my son’s car were. Ask me about the accident report the police filed after the fact… I can’t tell you a damned thing about it because one wasn’t filed


It’s time for a rant….I got the incredible Hulk feeling as I was trying to pray and get my mind right for the day. I have been trying to avoid facebook because people are idiots. If I see one more stupid comment justifying how a cop can kill another person unnecessarily and then get off without even a trial, etc., and how we are all imagining the racism factor I just may explode. So I’m going to try NOT to grieve the Holy Spirit (I’m trying to work with the Big Guy on some stuff sooo…) as I get this off my chest.

As I’m driving down I-94, and I start to feel my blood boil, I pop in a Christmas cd. I’m thinking something holly and jolly may change my attitude, sooth the savage beast – or SOMETHING! That didn’t happen, however visions of the Beats by Dre headphones flashed in my head because I realize I left them at home so I won’t be listening to music at work today – that doesn’t help my mood. But it did make me realize a couple of things. 1. I don’t like listening to Christmas music – until 12/23-24 – but my sister would be proud! 2. Back to Dre, and NWA if you will humor me for a moment. There is a reason they made the song F*ck the Police when they first came out on the music scene. I’m seriously waiting for this song to be re-released reeeeemiiiiixxxxxxx – because it’s still relevant. So if they would have gotten gunned down and killed, etc there would be no Ice Cube – Dr. Dre. Or – gasp – Slim Shady, and so much more. Did you forget about Dre you know the mastermind behind so much in the music world? This is Ice Cubes part in the beginning of the song: Remember him? He came Straight outta Compton to the big screens… “F*ck the police comin’ straight from the underground – a young n*gga got it bad cuz I’m brown. And not the other color so police think they have the authority to kill a minority – F*ck that sh*t cuz I ain’t the one for a punk Mother F*cker with a badge and a gun to be beatin’ on and thrown in jail – we can go toe to toe in the middle of a cell. F’in with me cuz I’m a teenager wit a little bit of gold and a pager. Searchin my car – lookin for the products thinkin every n*gga is sellin narcotics. You’d rather see me in the pen… than me and Lorenzo rollin in a Benzo. “

You will get goosebumps if you listen to this song and then think back to all the controversy NWA stirred up because they went public with how WE get treated. I dare you… LISTEN…. And then go watch the news and keep making excuses for all the B.S. that keeps happening.

I’m not finished by the way. I’m just getting started. But for now, I’ll end with this since I already sang/rapped to you in the middle of my rant.

No OFFENSE to all the good cops out there.…. heh… I wonder if anyone gets what I mean by NO OFFENSE?