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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.

 

 

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The Struggles of Dieting

Dieting is never easy.  For anyone.

Back in the day, my diet was very poor.  I gained weight like crazy and it wasn’t because I ate all the time.  Ugh it would get so annoying when talking about losing weight, I was told by different people to not eat so much or make my portions smaller…. Listen…. I may have been bigger most of my life but it’s not because of how much I ate!  I’m sure you have heard of the show My Big Fat Fabulous Life with Whitney Thore?

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I love this show and I love this chick!!!  I can connect with her in many ways.  She has PCOS which is one of the causes of her gaining weight, I also have PCOS that causes me to gain weight easily and it’s so hard to lose it.   The other thing we have in common is that our diets were the same.  We don’t sit there and stuff our faces, a common disbelief of heavier people. Instead we did the opposite and we never ate, but once a day.  We did not know at the time that doing so did the opposite of what we thought it would do.

Here is the thing.  When you don’t eat all day and then just eat dinner your body holds on to every little bit that you eat because it knows you won’t be eating for awhile and this in turn makes you gain weight.  Add that to PCOS and not only do you gain weight but you gain more of it and fast.  You can be active all day long, it doesn’t always help.

Once I decided to loose weight, I knew it was time to get my eating habits on point.  That means working my way up to eating at least 3 meals a day and then adding some snacks in there.  Once I was able to do that, it would then be time to make what we were eating healthy.  So we started buying organic food from Sprouts.  That was working really well, so recently we stepped that up to having salads for dinner.  That worked really well until all I was having was salads.  lol  Salad for lunch and salad for dinner.  You get tired of the same thing all the time.  So the past 2 weeks, I’ve been cheating.  I found these amazing cookies from Sprouts and we started having cookies every night and then I would suggest us go out to eat instead of salads.

Well I didn’t gain any weight or go up in inches which was good cause I was actually pretty nervous about weigh in.  So it was nice to know that even when I mess up on my diet, I can still manage to not gain.

My grandmother would say “The good thing about diets is you can always start again tomorrow.”  Well I would say that’s true.  We can all make mistakes and dieting is not easy, but even when we mess up, we can always start again tomorrow.  Which is what I plan to do, but this time I’m going to mix it up with a protein and a side.

Don’t give up on yourself.

Eye Opening Results!!!

When I started this journey technically 2 years ago, I weighed in over 300 lbs for the 2nd time in my life.  The first time I lost weight but my body wasn’t ready and my back went out on me and I gained the weight back.  The second time around I did a few 5k’s but again my body started fighting back at me, but that time i was able to keep off the weight I lost.  Then while moving to Kansas I gained back 10 lbs and we really upset.

So mom and I joined the gym and started seeing a trainer.  We started out once a week and went up to twice a week and now we are going 3 times a week, plus we do water aerobics a couple of times a week.

I knew I was seeing results but not much until I started taking It Works supplements and made even better eating choices and now I am all in weight loss mode.  It is paying off!!!!

Our trainer took some videos of us working hard and I was so bummed seeing how big my stomach still looked and was feeling defeated.  Even though I saw the numbers come down on the scale and on the measuring tape but I couldn’t see it in pictures.  Well tonight I did a before and after picture and it finally opened my eyes to how far I have come in this journey.  So here we go….

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Here is before the weight loss journey at 305 lbs and here is now at 269 lbs!!!

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I am so proud of myself and will never question my results again!!!

FYI if interested, the products I am using/taking are all from It Works.  I am currently taking the Greens daily in either water or post workout smoothies, ProFit Protein Shakes in my smoothies, and It’s Vital Core Nutrition.  Let me know if you are interested in trying any of these at my cost!!!  Email me at sandrewsitworks@gmail.com!

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.

Life Change and Happiness

So a year or two ago I weighed in, for the second time, over 300 lbs.  I was dealing with depression and anxiety, but didn’t know it.  I knew something was very wrong cause I didn’t want to be anymore and I didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere.  I was just existing.  So I went to the doctor cause there was no way that I was going to last much longer without help.  I was diagnosed with Major Depression and Anxiety and was put on medication. The medication my doctor wanted me on was very expensive and since I didn’t have insurance, there was no way I was going to be able to afford it, so he gave me samples until it went generic.  This was extremely generous of him.  I can’t believe what good it did me.  I actually had motivation to get out of the house!  I started walking on a daily.  I worked up to a mile a day and before long I was up to 2…3…4 miles a day and doing 5k’s!  It was great, until the medication went generic and I couldn’t get samples anymore.  I still couldn’t afford insurance, so I couldn’t afford the medication (generic cost around $400 for a 30 day supply)! So they prescribed a different cheaper medication and had me go cold turkey on the first and start the second in the same week.

That was Hell!

I decided from there I was going to go all natural.  I heard from a friend to check out the Pain and Stress Center for all natural supplements that could help.  I called them and they suggested some different products, which I ordered.  When I started on those, things just blossomed.  I was feeling better, calmer, healthier.  I didn’t have any side effects and things were great.  I later became a doTerra Wellness Consultant and used the oils instead of the other, due to cost.  It worked great as well and eventually was able to get off my blood pressure medicine.

Then, my back started giving me troubles and I stopped walking.  I was however able to keep the weight that I had lost off (40 lbs), but wasn’t able to lose anymore.  I became sedentary for several months, until I took on a temp. job with an old employer.  That is a whole different story that I wont get into.  Jumping forward 2 months and a move….

Mom and I decided to look at joining a gym for the pool and water aerobics classes.  That’s all we wanted to do. We went in to one and had a tour; the more we looked around, the more I really got interested in doing the whole thing ( swimming and lifting weights).  The lady showing us around told us about their trainers and the wellness program they had.  You paid $10 to see the trainer and they would customize a program for you to follow for 6 weeks and then you would see the trainer again.  So we met with the trainer who talked us into once a week sessions for $20 an hour, which is actually a great price.

We trained for an hour that day.  It was a HARD hour.  When you go from sedentary to full work out… it takes a huge toll on your body.  The next day, I could barely walk.  I was questioning if standing up would be worth it.  Hahaha  That’s when you know you have been over worked.  It took 4 days for me to be able to walk normal. We started going to water aerobics classes everyday, minus Thursdays and then the trainer on Wednesdays.  On our 2nd Wednesday, we met another lady who joined our little group, then worked our hour of hell.  At the end of the workout, we somehow was talked into 2 training’s a week, so now its water aerobics Monday- Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, then the trainer on Monday and Wednesday.  I’m trying to do two workouts a day, so I can burn 3,000 plus calories a day.

It’s funny because after the hour of hell, I look forward to the next one.  Also, Thursday and Sundays are our rest days and I am starting to feel like a bum on those days.  I never thought I would actually miss working out. I have actually started making better eating choices as well and drinking a lot more water.  It’s crazy to think that life changes can happen so quickly.

All these changes and spending so much time with my mom has made me so happy.  I have nothing to complain about.  I’m noticing changes in my body, how I stand and don’t slouch as much.  I’m feeling better and feeling healthier every day.  It’s an amazing change that has happened so quickly or at least it feels quick, not sure if 3 weeks is quick.

 

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!