Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Getting My Life Back, Finally!

In January, I vowed to myself this was it! No matter what, I was not going to quit. I was going to the gym four to six days a week, doing cardio and strength training. I was adding new excercises that my husband would incorporate. (He is a previous power lifter with national and state championships.) Our entire family had started incorperating clean eating.  Before long, April was here and I was at my routine kidney specialist appointment. Not one pound shed and the realization that I could not hide from the biopsy anymore. By May, not another pound shed and biopsy came and went. Frustrated, confused and depressed! My biopsy came back that everything was great! I was estactic, after two years of doctor visit after doctor visit. But then, what is wrong with me? I mean, the obvious- I need to lose weight. But, there has to be something wrong that I am not. PCOS had been ruled out. Then, was onto my thyroid. There is no way- I have had it tested how many times in the past. Then, my OB  called me that I had hypothyroidism. My PCP was telling me that my numbers were fine. UGH!!! How frustrating!! After night after night of crying from frustration and fighting with doctors to run more tests, I decided the only way any of this is getting any better if I once and for all lost the weight. While, I have all the syptoms of Hashimoto's, it is so difficult to diagnose. Plus- I dont want to be any more life sustaining medication than I already am. Therefore, I started working out harder, eating more clean... still NOTHING! More tears and frustration.

A friend approached my husband about starting Advocare and becoming a distributor. We were already familiar with the products and they had worked in the past, but we never stuck with it. We still continued to order Spark on occasion (MY ABSOLUTE ADDICTION!!!) It is a great oppurtunity, why not? So- my hubby jumped on the boat and started his 24 day challenge. Within a few days, I was seeing results. He was cleaning... yes, I mean- cleaning, not the typical "hey honey I got some stuff done" and everything looks exactly the way it was when you left.  He was feeling good about himself. The "man boobs" were going away! (Sorry, honey- I had too!) :) He lost 11 pounds and 11 inches during his 24 day challenge while building muscle for an upcoming competition in November.

Still, with all these results, I held back. Why would this work when nothing else has?!?! Well-- he starting catching up. :( I felt defeated. No woman wants to be bigger than her guy. Right?!?

LETS DO THIS THING!!! I finally ordered it! Anxiously awaiting it to come in the mail. Following the change in eating was not difficult (aside from my cheese addiction.) It was pretty much what our family had been following. Within a couple days, I felt ALIVE!!! Not only was I working out in the mornings, we go walking at night when we have the chance. Every day, I would continue to push hard!  My motivation was through the roof because my body felt rejuvenated! There was no questions that changes were coming!

Anxiously awaiting my husband to wake up and take all my measurements this morning! Today is my day 11!!!! Hopped on the scale.... . NO WAY!!! It finally moved, I mean it MOVED!!! Chills up my spine.... SEVEN POUNDS LOST!!! WHAT??!! Im only through the cleanse phase!!! 

Finally-- my husband is doing my measurements and I am dying to see the results as he keeps hiding them from me... 13 1/2 INCHES!!!! I honestly just wanted to cry in JOY!

SOMETHING WORKED FOR ME!!!! Today, I start phase two and I cannot be more than estactic going in and more motivated!

August 12, 2013 will be MY day, just in enough time before MY FIRST 5K!!!!!

More results to come! :)

PLEASE, if you are interested at all in what we are doing, please email me  Rebecca or my husband, Mike OR message me on facebook. . . YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!

Advocare is saving my life!!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

18 Days Until my Baby is a Kindergartener!

For anyone who knows me, they know my babies are my life! When I became a mom on March 9 2007... I was overjoyed, anxious and then the thoughts of "is he really ours??" Those beautiful blue eyes that sparkle when they look at you, I was in love! At five years old, I can honestly say that my baby has a heart of gold! He is full of manners (most days) and always has common curtosey. Kindergarten is going to be a wonderful experience for him to grow.

More than anything in life, I wish that I teach my children how to grow into beautiful people and always stay true to themselves. In the world we live in, I always worry with the influences around my babies. So many sad things in the news. But as parent it is our job to protect our child and make sure they love one another.

Please share your experiences sending your babies into school. How do you prepare you kids?

God Bless!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

$1 COUPON AND Possibly FREE Oscar Meyer Selects Product!

Head on over to the Oscar Mayer Facebook page, click on the Taste-A-Monial tab, and share a Taste-A-Monial to print a coupon for $1.00 off a pack of Oscar Mayer Selects hot dogs or cold cuts.

Thanks Couponing to Disney!!!

Starbucks Freebie on Friday!

  Stop by any Starbucks location on Friday, July 13, 2012, to get a free Tall (12 oz) Handcrafted Refreshers beverage from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
No purchase is necessary. One per person.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

GOALS for 2012

Every year, we all make a new years resolution. This year, I am not only making a new years resolution, I am going to be setting a years worth of goals. Some little, some big... but ones I KNOW I can accomplish if I really put my mind to it with some help.

Acts of Kindness/ Paying it Forward- There is a lack of this is our world anymore and it can be the most simplest thing and it Contagious!

Read one book monthly.
For everyone that knows me, this may be a real challenge. But it is about putting time aside for myself and
learning new things to help better myself.

Monthly date night with my husband.
With kids, work and school... we lack time together. This could be as little as going to see a Sunday matinee
together or taking a stroll in the park.

Mommy/ Michiah time and Daddy/ Michiah time at least once a month.
This has something I said over and over again before our daughter was born nine months ago, but sometimes
life gets in the way. I want to make this a priority!

Increase savings, decrease debt/ spending
Being frugal, increas use of coupons and decrease any spending that is not needed ( my Amazon habit) and
setting aside more saving for our emergency fund.

Become natural
Between my kidney disease and my sons eczema, we have really started to become more aware of what we
are putting on and in our bodies.

Organize my photos better and keep them in albums
the digital world has made me lazy with this

Home made projects
ie there are clothes of my kids that I just cannot part with. I want to use them to make a blanket for them.

Become more spontaneous!

Become more involved in our church!
I would really like to get our nursery up and running again.

Cook more by using a menu plan
which will help with another goal of decreasing eating out/ fast food

Get Healthy!
Since being diagnosed with kidney disease within the last year, being at the early stages-- its all of me with
prevention. Losing weight and exercising as well as watching

Plan/ re- organize office.
It feels like no matter what we do, its paper paper paper and things get shuffled which doesnt help when you
lose a bill.

Teach my son how to read :)
I recently, well maybe not so recent, bought the hooked on phonics to teach preschoolers how to read. He has
really be itching and been doing wonderful with sight words.

Become more positive daily!

Laugh MORE



Tuesday, November 15, 2011


So, anyone been wanting to take on the task of making bows? Since my little girl was born, I have been itching too. We still have a while for hair, but these go great on crochet bands. I used the do it yourself tutorial directions from The Ribbon Retreat. I made oodles and oodles of this last weekend. I bought my dowel rod at Lowes and had it cut into three peices.


First, you want to choose two pieces of fleece. You can choose two pieces that are the same pattern, two different patterns, two plain colors or a pattern on one side and a plain color on the other. I chose to use on patterned and one colored. The two that I made for a child, measured 1 1/2 yards and the one I made for an adult was two yards. You may need to judge by the height of the person you are making it for. Take the peices and align them together. Make sure that you trim edges if needed to make them even. Some of the patterned material has an edging with the company's name. This too will need cut off. Cut the strips about one inch and one inch apart.  Tie the strips hand over hand, switching right to left if you prefer so that the patterned side and plain side  go back and forth. Then, there you have it! Enjoy!