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Keto Diet – End of Week 2

What a rocky road for me.  Not just with the diet but emotional too.  I ended up getting the dreaded keto “flu” and haven’t had much energy at all, along with daily headaches.  I haven’t had it the whole time but this week for sure.

I’ve talked with a friend who has been on the keto diet for over a year and she has given me tips on how to fix my fatigue.  First step is to drink more water.  I am not a big water drinker.  I like it cold only and I’m a sipper so my ice melts quickly.  Once it’s warm and in a glass with an open top and has sat there awhile, I won’t drink it.  Stuff in the air settles and that grosses me out.  I don’t like the plastic cups with reusable straws because I don’t feel they get clean enough. So to help me with water intake I ordered a custom tumbler from my good friend Whitney with Whitney’s Custom Creations.  Now my water can stay cold for a long time and I don’t have to worry about dust settling in my water.

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Second step is to up my sodium intake with pink himalayan salt.  She told me about a neat trick she does, where she carries a small vial of the salt around with her and periodically eats a small pinch of salt to give her system a boost.  She also does it when she gets muscle cramps.  Doing both of these should help me get past the “flu.”

On top of that my depression has been bad.  Dark thoughts and all.  Charles knew something was wrong… I knew something was wrong.  The supplements I was taking, I had to stop due to the carb count in it.  The second supplement I started taking wasn’t doing anything.  I had a doctor appointment on Monday and asked for a new anti-depressant with anxiety help.  She prescribed me Lexapro and within 30-40 minutes of taking the first one, I was so giddy and happy and for the first time in a year, I felt like I was myself again.  It was amazing… so amazing that I had my grandma’s doctor prescribe it to her too.  She has had a really hard time since grandpa passed away.

It feels so good to have my hamster back on its wheel running at full steam ahead.  I am full of ideas to add to my business DOORDECORbySieara and I’m soon going to start using Keto//OS to help me with my hunger hurdle and once I get my energy back, I’m going to start exercising at home.

I’m excited.  During my darkest moment last weekend, I thought “What is there to live for?  I don’t have Audrey and once again having a hard time getting pregnant… what do I have to look forward to?”  That thought hurt my soul to think and why I went back to anti-depressants.  With everything I’m thinking of and all that I’m about to do, it gives me something to look forward to again.  I am inspired and so looking forward to continuing this diet and seeing where it leads.

Back to the diet… We steared away from the cookbooks this week.  We has salmon from Costco, salads, burgers with a lettuce bun, a huge breakfast dinner (eggs, bacon, and sausage), and Chipolte bowls.  All really yummy… tonight we had ribs with no sauce, broccoli, and ranch.  The ribs were perfect.  Charles did an amazing job as always.

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I am having a hard time figuring out snacks.. a girl can only eat so many turkey sticks.  So if any of you have any suggestions that doesn’t include avocados, please leave it in the comments!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Total Weight Loss:

Sieara – 7.4 lbs

Charles – Still not sure – at least 4 lbs

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Creative Overload & The Obsession to be My Own Boss

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I am a very creative person.  It’s quite annoying sometimes because it can overload my head with ideas and projects that I want to do.  I can’t always keep myself from diving right in and creating a business out of whatever my obsession is at that time.  Several years ago, when Pinterest came out, I wanted to create furniture and wreaths using felt and making my own flowers with the felt.  I called it Diddlydoos & More and it lasted a couple of months until I realized there was nothing to it and I had no sales.  I then joined several MLM companies covering makeup, jewelry, health care, oils, clothes, nails, and bath products… I’m probably leaving out a couple.  Hahaha.   All of them would go so far before business went down and what ever support I had dwindled away.  These days I’m still selling essential oils and I’m with a much better cosmetics company (LimeLight by Alcone, which is the 3rd cosmetics company I’ve been with and the last because they are amazing) and I’ve started my 4th craft business.  After Diddlydoos and after moving to another state, mom and I started Opey’s Home (pet clothing and accessories) which did pretty good and we even have our products in a store front, I started Audreys Memory, which really isn’t a business but a donation project in the name of my forever angel Audrey, and most recently DOORDECOR by Sieara, which is wreaths again, but with floral arrangements, home decor, and memorial keepsakes.

I don’t know what it is about me that must have my own business whether they fail or succeed.  I’m never pulled down in failure… if anything it encourages me to try something else.  Maybe the determination runs in my blood, with the fact the my grandparents started their own company which has grown to be a very successful company and my other grandparents who were very creative in their retirement projects.  Put the two sides together and boom… you have me!

My bigger issue is that even though I have orders for wreaths coming in and I am busy, I still see other items that I want to get my hands on and add to my business.  Right now there is a craze on glittered tumblers… my creative urges want to make them so badly, until I think of everything I’d have to buy to get started, which keeps me from doing them.  The other day I went to Micheals to get supplies for an order and stumbled into the jewelry section and thought… I can make jewelry!  Hahahaha.  So I bought stuff to make a pretty key chain in memory of Audrey and two days later, its missing off my keys.  Nope! Not wasting my money on that if I cant make a strong enough key chain to last more than two days.  My eyes can’t seem to stay on task and wants to make everything! I also blame Pinterest for my obsession, since that’s where I see a lot of different things to do.

So today I was thinking about shipping, because shipping wreaths is expensive and I thought, those tumblers would be so much easier and cheaper to ship… I then thought of quitting all together but shortly after, I got a knock at the door.  It was a neighbor selling flowers for her cheer booster club.  I bought some to help support her and found out her mom also does wreaths and arrangements and after talking for a short bit, she offered to network with me on some of her events!  I thought, how amazing… her daughter probably wouldn’t have asked about what I do if I didn’t have my door and car decorated in flowers.  I thought this cant be a coincidence… here I’m thinking of giving up and God knocks on the door with possible growth for my business.  I’d love to get into events!

This could be the first business that I’ve made on my own and by myself, that might actually work out. Every time I get serious about starting something new, I will quickly come up with a name and logo… I’ll go all out with business cards and marketing. With DOORDECOR, I knew exactly what I wanted the name to be and that I wanted door decor to be all caps and one word, but the logo.. I can’t seem to figure out the logo.  I have ideas but I have no idea what to do.  I need help but don’t have the money to hire anyone and with my creativity going other places, I’m blocked on the logo.

I will keep going and keep trying until I succeed.  I won’t be knocked down.  Doing something creative excites me and I feel so accomplished when I am able to put whats in my head comes to fruition.  It would be amazing if this goes somewhere.  It’s absolutely therapeutic.

My My How Things Have Changed

It has been two years since my last post.  So much has changed.

Career: Mom and I changed our company, Opeys Home, from making custom pillows (although we do take custom orders for them), but now we make and sell pet clothing and accessories.  We have had partial success with it and have had our product in a vets clinic and soon will have it in a Pet club.  I also started selling Agnes & Dora, womens clothing, but after selling it for several months, I ended up leaving that company for many reasons I wont go into.  I then started selling LimeLight by Alcone, professional makeup and love love love this company. They have the only skin care and foundation that I have ever been able to use, that did not affect my seborrheic dermatitis. It will be my last company to join and sale.

Weight Loss/Health: When I last posted I had talked about my weight loss experience and eating healthier.  Well several months later, our finances had changed and I could not longer afford personal training so I had to give it up. I tried to stay healthy, but I let old bad habits of not eating and going out to eat set back in.  I gained about 2o ish lbs back and had to go back to my old jeans and clothes, but was able to keep it at that weight.  Then about 6-7 months ago, we started NutriSystem and it really gave me great results!  I lost the weight I had gained back and was doing really great!  After 2 months of being on the System, I ended up ordering nothing but pasta with marinara  for almost all of my meals…. I am only human and that really got old.  I ended up talking my husband into us cheating here and there and that ended up ending the System.  Once again, we fell back into old habits.  Mom and I started going to the personal trainer again (I was kidding myself thinking I could financially handle it) just before Christmas.

Side Note: For the past 7 years we have tried for babies and sadly were not able to have   any viable babies.  We went through the heartache of 3 miscarriages and monthly disappointments.  We have tried so many natural remedies and really wanted to stay away from conventional medicine.  We found this fertility tracking bracelet that you only wear at night, called Ava, last June and ordered it without hesitation.  It tracks your body temperature, resting heart rate, sleep patterns, and other data points.  Its all analyzed and gives you your best times to conceive. We didn’t actually get it until the end of October, as it was brand new technology and still in the beginning stages of production.

Pregnancy: Two weeks before Christmas, I wasn’t feeling well but didnt think much about it.  I figured any day I start and it never came… again with PCOS, I didn’t think much about it as I am not regular.  Christmas morning I was sitting there and thought… I should test.  Don’t know what made me think of it but I went ahead and actually forgot that I tested.  I happened to look down and saw a Positive Test!!!  I was in shock so I took 2 more tests.  All were positive.  I was in utter shock!  No way I was pregnant… no way.  I immediately went downstairs with this onesie we had been saving and told my husband we had another gift to wrap for my parents… I showed him the onesie and he didn’t understand at first.  Once it set in what was going on he stood up and we hugged as I bawled.

Back to the gym that following Tuesday (since going back to the gym, we had only been able to do one session before Christmas)… I was so excited to tell our trainer.  She was super excited too but then this meant adjusting our workouts for baby.  We were only able to go for maybe 2 months before baby bills started to pile up. We also had to move into a bigger place so there was an added cost there too. So once again I had to cut out the trainer.  I did loose more inches but the weight stayed the same.

Fast forward through the first trimester…  The first trimester was rough.  It was full of constant nausea, constant fatigue, constant emotions (weepy and not so nice), bouts of being hangry, tons of food aversions, wonderful Dr apts with amazing sonograms of our little miracle, getting poked and blood drawn.  It was a roller coaster of a trimester.  It also shed light on how much true pregnancy is not talked about.  No one really tells you what is actually going to happen during pregnancy.  We had a spotting scare and a major dizziness scare that through me for a loop, but the baby has a really strong heart beat and the Dr said our pregnancy is really low risk which is a blessing in itself.

We are now in our second trimester… This one is a little better.  The nausea, emotions, bouts of hangry, and food aversions are all mostly gone but they have been replaced with heartburn/indigestion, and headaches.  Not horrible but still no fun.  Something to look forward to this trimester is getting to know what we are having!  I’m hoping to maybe find out sooner… I’m looking into it.

Our New Place: On top of now being pregnant, we have now moved and trying to settle in.  I’m getting tired quickly so unpacking is taking me a little bit.  We have several boxes that need to go to Goodwill and I am sure I will add more to them. We moved to a 2 bedroom town home with the same floor plan as our last place. It is upgraded with new hardwood floors, new kitchen, new bathroom vanities, and a wonderful color scheme.  It isn’t built as well as the last place and there are things that set off my OCD.  Lines that aren’t straight, paint jobs that aren’t within the lines, blinds that don’t match. Nothing that hinders us living here but definitely bothers me. Hubby tells me not to look at the crooked lines.

It has truly been a busy and blessed two years! So much has happened and so much has changed.

 

 

Getting Healthy…. Inside and Out!

2 Years ago I weighed in over 300 lbs for the 2nd time in my life.  I started walking and lost 40 lbs, but do to health (body issues), I had to stop walking for a little bit.  I was able to keep the weight off until April of this year where I left my comfort zone and gained 10+ lbs (diet changes).  New weight loss journey began a week after we moved to Kansas.  So I mentioned that mom and I joined the gym….  Well this week we decided to add a 3rd trainer session every week.  So now our gym schedule looks like this:

Monday – Trainer AM, Water Aerobics PM

Tuesday – Water Aerobics AM for 1.5-2 hrs

Wednesday – Trainer AM, Water Aerobics PM

Thursday – Off

Friday – Trainer AM, Water Aerobics PM

Saturday – Water Aerobics AM for 1.5-2 hrs

That gives us 9-11 hours of exercise a week!  We have been doing this for 4 weeks now as far as the amount of exercise so I know we can do it.

Now that I am getting myself together on the outside, it’s time to get myself together on the inside.  I mentioned that I sell doTerra Essential Oils but now I also sell IT Works!

On top of the exercise, I decided to look at what I can take that is all natural and would help me to loose weight from the inside, as well as, make sure that I am getting the vital nutrients that I am missing from my diet.  I also want to make sure that I am mentally and internally healthy.

So here are the products I will be using…

From doTerra:

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Alpha CRS+

“dōTERRA® Alpha CRS®+ Cellular Vitality Complex is a proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy to help you live younger, longer. Alpha CRS+ is formulated to be used daily with xEO Mega and Microplex VMz® as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness.”

MicroPlex VMz

“dōTERRA®’s Microplex VMz® Food Nutrient Complex is an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets. The formula includes a balanced blend of essential antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and an energy complex of B vitamins presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix. It also contains food-derived minerals of calcium, magnesium, and zinc and trace minerals for optimal bone and metabolic health. Microplex VMz contains dōTERRA’s Tummy Tamer botanical blend of peppermint, ginger, and caraway to calm the the stomach for those who may have experienced stomach upset with other vitamin and mineral products. Microplex VMz is encapsulated using sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules, does not contain wheat or dairy products, and does not include any animal products.”

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex

“A nutritional supplement which contains powerful polyphenols to aid occasional aches and pains and support joint comfort and function.”

Womens Phytoestrogen Complex

“dōTERRA® Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is a blend of natural plant extracts that support hormone balance throughout the different phases of a woman’s life. Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex includes a standardized soy extract with genistein, a powerful phytoestrogen that binds with estrogen receptors in cells, and the natural phytoestrogens in pomegranate. It also includes and concentrated extract of flaxseed lignans to help manage potentially harmful metabolites that are produced when estrogen is metabolized in the liver. Balancing hormones and managing harmful metabolites by eating a healthy diet rich in phytoestrogens and other essential nutrients, exercising, and managing weight can help reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMS and the transition through menopause and supports healthy bones, heart, breast tissue, and other body structures and functions as a woman ages.”

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Deep Blue Rub and Deep Blue Oil 10ml Roller Bottle

Essential Oil mix that works wonders on aches and pains

AromaTouch Essential Oil

Essential Oil mix that also works wonders on aches and pains

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ClaryCalm, Clary Sage, and Geranium Essential Oils

All good for female issues such as PCOS, Infertility, and Irregular Periods

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Balance, Elevation, Serenity, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils

I will be using these to help with my depression and anxiety.

From IT Works:

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New You

“Turn back the hands of time from the inside out with New You! This one-of-a-kind longevity formula is designed to stimulate and support the production and release of the body’s own human growth hormone.

  • Stimulates natural production and release of HGH (human growth hormone)
  • Aids in building lean muscle mass
  • Enhances exercise endurance
  • Helps improve sleep quality and memory

New enhanced formula now includes natural polyphenols that help improve blood supply to the muscles and help to reduce the harmful effects of free radicals for better post-workout recovery.*”

It’s Vital

“Boost heart health, fight minor inflammation, keep those joints moving, and reclaim that youthful glow with the triple strength blend of DHA and EPA fatty acids of It’s Vital Omega-3. Along with superior strength, fish oil-derived fatty acids, It’s Vital Omega-3 also adds a purifying rosemary-based antioxidant blend to fight the effects of free radicals—all in an easy-to-swallow softgel with a hint of lemon flavor.”

ThermoFit

“Fire up your metabolism with this naturally based, thermogenic weight loss formula! Powered by the antioxidant superfood acai berry and the metabolism-boosting properties of Capsimax® (red hot pepper blend), Ultimate ThermoFit helps to:

  • Thermogenic weight loss formula
  • Antioxidant benefits of acai berry
  • Promotes increased calorie burning
  • Helps boost metabolic rate
  • Reduces appetite
  • Provides energy”

 It’s Essential

“The new It’s Essential weight loss energy bar pairs delicious flavor with powerful ancient grains to supercharge your weight loss results! Its dark chocolate raspberry taste is truly a flavor to crave, and the addition of a new, cutting-edge ingredient, SolaGrain, packs It’s Essential with dietary fiber to promote digestive health.”

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Fight Fighters

“Have a sweet tooth? A carb craving? It’s okay to indulge every once in a while when you have Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors!

Simply take Fat Fighter up to an hour after eating, and it will absorb some of the fat and carbohydrates from your food so that your body doesn’t. Powered by NeOpuntia™ (a naturally based ingredient made from the “prickly pear” cactus) and the It Works! proprietary blend, Advanced Formula Fat Fighter delivers dynamic, clinically tested results for both men and women.

  • Blocks some of the fat & carbs from meals
  • Helps balance healthy blood glucose level and reduce cravings
  • Designed to be taken up to an hour after meals
  • Cactus-based formula
  • Does not contain shellfish”

Greens

“Not eating all of the fruits and veggies that you should? Feeling sluggish and off balance? Want more energy to get through your day? Help detoxify, alkalize and energize your body with every glass of Greens, now with an even better pH-balancing blend that includes an acidity-fighting combination of magnesium and potassium for even more alkalizing properties. New added probiotic support helps you better maintain that healthy balance by keeping your digestive system regular and toxins flowing out.

With multiple servings of fruits and vegetables and a blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods, Greens provides naturally occurring, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes to give your already well-balanced diet a nutritional boost. It’s maximum support for your best health.

  • Detoxify, alkalize, and promote pH balance within the body
  • Acidity-fighting magnesium and potassium blend
  • Cutting-edge probiotic support for digestive health
  • 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods
  • Multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in every scoop
  • Free radical-fighting antioxidants”

Soon to be using…

Wraps

“Expect “ultimate” results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin.

  • Tightens, tones, & firms
  • Minimizes cellulite appearance
  • Improves skin texture & tightness
  • Mess-free and simple to use
  • Results in as little as 45 minutes
  • Progressive results over 72 hours
  • Made with natural ingredients”

Defining Gel

“Luxurious hydration meets contouring results with this favorite It Works! product.

Defining Gel is an intensive skin care gel that deeply hydrates while firming areas such as the abdomen, back, legs, and upper arms. When used regularly, Defining Gel minimizes the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins. It’s the perfect companion to our Ultimate Body Applicator.

  • Minimizes cellulite appearance
  • Diminishes appearance of varicose veins
  • Improves skin texture & tightness
  • Softens and hydrates
  • Made with natural ingredients”

Hair, Nail, and Skin

“Be a more radiant, youthful looking you with support for stronger nails, softer and smoother skin, and shine-worthy hair!  With essential vitamins, minerals, and plant-based nutrients, Hair Skin Nails enhances your own natural collagen and keratin production, supports healthy cell growth, and boosts your body’s free radical fighting defenses.  It’s optimal nourishment to look your beautiful best from the inside out!

  • Boosts your natural collagen and keratin production
  • Supports the body’s defenses against free radical damage
  • Moisturizes while enhancing skin’s elasticity and flexibility
  • Promotes healthy cell growth, strength, and shine”

I hope that you follow me in this journey and I really hope that I can be an inspiration for you, whether its for weight loss or just getting healthier.  If you see something you would like more information about or would like to try, let me know!  I am happy to help you on your own journey.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

IT Works: Individual results can and will vary. These descriptions are not intended to make claims that these products can be used to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease. These claims have not been clinically proven or evaluated by the FDA or any regulatory or governmental agency. Supplements in Canada have been approved by Health Canada and have been assigned an NPN.

It’s About That Time!

So our business cards came in and they are super cute!

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I love the logo our designer came up with.  I tried to come up with our own, but when she showed me her ideas… I was blown away.  After a some discussion we went with this beauty!  I love this color green.  It’s so bold and it stands out.  Plus since some of our products will be recycled, we went with recycled paper too!  I can’t wait to start passing these out!!!  We need to open our shop first though.

We have our tags planned out and our cards made and delivered… Now its time to create the product, which I will be working on this weekend.  We already have our first customer!  We will be making custom pillows for her as Christmas gifts.

We can do custom sizes or if you have the fabric or would like a pillow made from memento clothing…. we can make it for you.  In our first customers case, she has old jackets that her mother used to wear before she passed away.  So we are going to take those jackets and turn them into pillows.

I can’t wait to get this all started!!!

What a Difference…

What a difference 17 days makes…. the weather went from 60’s to 80’s and 90’s so fast! Plus, added rain which makes it humid….

Its as if Texas followed us up here…. well TEXAS…. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM!!!!!  You are not welcome here!  I miss the cooler, breezy weather.

It’s been very rainy here and I am so grateful that it hasn’t been too stormy.  God has protected us every time and I couldn’t be more thankful. I pray that he continues to watch over us and our loved ones, in keeping us safe from the elements and keeps us out of harms way.

On another note… In that 17 days since I last posted, my mother and I joined the gym and have been doing very well.  I’ve lost 5 so far and her 4.  We started doing water aerobics daily and a trainer once a week.  That has now changed to water aerobics daily and the trainer twice a week.  This is going to be grueling but I think and hope it will be well worth it.

One more change or addition is mom and I finally came up with a name for our upcoming business.  If I haven’t mentioned before, mom and I are starting a business for handmade home goods.  We will be making decorative pillows, blankets, bags, doggy goods, etc.  It took us months to come up with a good name that wasn’t taken and we decided on Opey’s Home.  Its a play on words; O P is Home (Overland Park.)  I really like it.  We then had a logo designed and cards ordered and now we are coming up with a product tag design, which I think we had a light bulb moment today.  Once we get those in order than we can get going with making the products.  This will be exciting!

I have come up with businesses in the past but they don’t go far…. this time I want to do it right.  I don’t want to just through a half done product out there.  I want to make sure it looks professional.  That takes time.  You have to come up with a name and all that goes with a business, front end and back end.  We need to be as organized as possible.

A lot has happened, good things and I only see things getting better.  Thanks to God!