90 day challenge to lose 50 pounds

I have started a 90 day challenge to lose 50 pounds.

Losing weight is something that has always been on my mind, but never has it been something easy for me to accomplish. I have tried so many different diets, and for me as a very picky eater, having to plug my nose to try and suck something down just wasn’t in my best interest. Now I have found Body By Vi (Visalus), and I absolutely love the product. I get up in the morning (which for me right now is noon) and make a shake, I have a healthy chocolate chip cookie that they provide as a snack, a shake for lunch, and i am working on a healthy dinner. 

This was perfect timing for me right now being that I am out of work and staying with some wonderful friends. It helps reduce the cost in food being that I only have to buy for my dinners, and saves time in making things. I have never been one who is good at what I put in my body because usually I am on the go like most and don’t make the time to sit down and make something real that isn’t drive through or something you can throw in a microwave.

So now it’s time to hold my self accountable and it helps to put it out there to everyone, not only so they can help hold me accountable, but for the love and support from friends and family. It’s easy to say you’re going to do something and then put it off till later and you don’t feel guilty, but putting it out there for every one to see and know would be a big let down not only to them, but to me especially. Right now I can take charge of this part of my life so why not. I was blessed with the opportunity and wasn’t about to pass it up.

Would you pass the up the opportunity to make yourself healthier and help the loved ones around you get healthier?

 

So here it is. I started the challenge on January 15th. 

Weight = 231

Thigh = 24

Arm = 13

Chest = 46

Waist = 50

Hips = 48

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Here I am folks. I can’t wait for the transformation! If you are going through something similar or the same thing I would love to hear about it. 

If getting healthy is your goal let me know. Check out my website at heathercaldwell.bodybyvi. com I would love to help!

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Here’s to 2013

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So how many of you are setting New Year’s resolutions? How many of you plan on sticking to your resolutions?

           I plan on making one resolution, and that is making it through the New Year, a better and stronger person than I am today. I am faced with a few struggles going into the New Year that I’d hoped I would never have to face. I don’t wish it upon anyone to face it. I’ve gotten past the whining point and am simply stating my situation in order for myself to put it out there in a positive light, and to hopefully come up with more ideas on how to figure things out.

          This year has been quite the adventure and quite the struggle. I have moved a few times, worked a couple jobs, and I find myself right back where I started a couple years ago when I had to start all over. No accident this year, but I have no home and no job. I will be couch surfing until something comes along a little more permanent. I don’t know what permanent is anymore and wonder if this is something I am bringing upon myself or if it’s just due to circumstances? They say everything happens for a reason and I have to believe all good things will come in due time. I know I need to push myself harder this year and not take so many things for granted. It’s not easy having to set your pride aside and asking for help, especially asking friends to stay on their couches. I don’t know how long I will have to do this, but for my friends sake and my own, I hope it’s not very long.

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           What does 2013 have in store for us? No one will ever know. The best thing is to live one day at a time and make it the best you can. Don’t take each day for granted, help those you can, and accept help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take time to spend with family and friends. Remember, family isn’t always blood. Don’t get so wrapped up in work and making that next buck that you forget to stop and have some fun. Try and laugh every day. It’s good for the soul.

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          This will be my last blog of 2012. Here’s to a New Year, New Lessons Learned, New Friends, New Mistakes, and hopefully New Love. I wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year, full of wonderful adventures and crazy stories. Please feel free to share if you like. Make this the best year it can be!

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So, to give you guys a heads up I am involved in  word-of-mouth marketing campaigns. The program is called Bzz Agent, and anyone can join. Some campaigns are free and others do cost some. When you sign up you go through a process of filling out some surveys so they can get an idea of what it is you use on a daily basis, the types of gadgets you own, where you shop, etc. The reason behind this is so when a campaign comes up, if it is something that falls into your category you will get an invite. This is where you can accept or decline if it’s not something that you are interested in.

The campaign I am doing right now is Burt’s Bees, and it is their new Intense Hydration line. This product is for those who have severe dry skin. My kit contained three full size products, the night cream, cleansing cream, and the intense hydration mask, as well as samples to hand out of the day cream and night cream.

I have been a person who would only wear liquid foundation because the powder would dry my skin out even more. This was the case even after I would apply the previous moisturizers that I was using. Now, I am excited because I get to use that expensive powder foundation that has been sitting in my cabinet (for I don’t know how long).

Now with the Intense Hydration mask, you will probably want to use this at night before bed. You will not need to apply any night cream after this. You will also want to wipe some of the excess off with a cool, damp cloth. This is only needed once or twice a week.

The cream cleanser I keep in my shower. It is easiest for me to use there. If I don’t feel like showering till morning, but still need to wipe my make up off, I use the Burt’s Bees towelettes.

With any of these products, a little bit really does go along way. I know many products claim this and we usually end up going for more. That is so not the case with this line. A good example would be with the night cream, I have yet to actually dip my finger into the bottle as I am still using what is in the lid.

I already used the Burt’s Bees line, before the intense hydration line came out and love them. Now I just hope this line sticks around for awhile because the product you buy will last you quite some time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I love to share what I know as well as learn from others.

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Life’s ups & downs

It has been quite some time since I have written here. Life has been kinda a crazy, that and I think I forgot I had an account here. I don’t deal with stress all too well, especially when it seems to be a bit more than I can handle.

Stress these days seems to be more about my personal life. When that happens it affects everything else in my life. The worst part is, is when it affects school. I don’t like having to drop classes, or there is the one class I failed due to stress. There are so many things I can do to help with the stress, but the joy that is me, when stress hits and it becomes too much, then it’s friend depression hits. For example tonight I have (had) dance practice, which is always a good time, but instead I took a nap. I know what  I should be doing and it constantly runs through my mind, I just become too lazy for my own good. Another wonderful side effect for me is eating. I love to eat when  I am stressed out.

 

It’s funny because I give my friends a hard time when they lose weight, because it somehow seems to find me. I know it’s not them, and I know there is so much more that I can be doing to combat this, and actually reverse it, but again I am too lazy for my own good.

 

I do love my friends and family. A good friend of mine is going to Switzerland for a couple weeks, which means I have a roof over my head for another month. This is a great thing, since I am only working part time right now and can barely afford to live. I make just enough to pay bills and live paycheck to paycheck. For those who are reading this and thinking “man does she wine a lot,” this is just a place for me to vent so my friends don’t have to listen to this or take on any burden of mine.

 

I am going to stop venting now and try and get some home work done before i get myself too far behind again.

Bah Humbug!!!!

So I’ve been feeling a little “Bah Humbug” these days. Things just are not going right and it’s making it harder to focus on the things that are important. I know this happens to everyone every now and then, and while I am working my way out of this phase, I will admit it hasn’t been easy.

You’re probably wondering why would someone be so down when it’s the holiday season? That is exactly my problem. I’ve been in a funk because I can’t do anything for anyone this season, but you see that is where I am wrong and I know it. It took some time to figure it out. Not always easy to convince someone as stubborn as me that there is always more than what meets the eye.

The holidays aren’t what they used to be. The holidays seem to be more these days about the gifts; what am I going to get? What am I going to give? This year I’m in the spot that I can’t give anyone anything because I’m not working. I’ve been out of work for some time now and it’s really starting to grate on my nerves. I was wrong in that I couldn’t give anyone anything. I can give time to help a friend out, laughter when a person is down, a shoulder to cry on when someone is just out of words. This may not seem like a lot to some, but it’s the little things like this that can make the biggest difference.

This holiday season I ask that you to pause, take a step back and look around. Forget the madness of getting to the mall, fighting the crazy crowds, and look at your friends and family. Be thankful to have them in your life (as crazy as some may be), be thankful to be making that once a year meal, and you can even be thankful that your crazy family will be going home after the holidays, but remember to be thankful that you got that time with them.

The holidays are about the giving of yourself, not about the most expensive gift you get/give.

Livin’ life la’vida loca

It’s been awhile since my last post so I thought I would do some updating.

 

This last weekend was Labor Day weekend and I have to say I had the best time I’ve had in quite some time. I got to spend time with old friends and made new friends as well. Many good laughs were had. I felt like a kid again staying up way too late and laughing with good friends. I will definitely do it again next year. This time I will be more prepared as I got laughed at for not having enough stuff with me. It all worked out.

Don’t take life for granted

I was reminded this weekend just how valuable life is, and just how easily it can be taken away.

I went for what is always considered a relaxing river float this weekend, and let me tell you after doing this many times without problems this time it was a completely different story. Within the first ten minutes of heading out my tube was popped and there I was under water heading down stream, moving fast and hitting rock after rock. Thankfully I am a fighter and don’t give up easily. I was finally able to grab onto some branches and hold on. The crew I went with was then passing me. I was able to swim to their  boat, in doing so they were able to get to the side to stop and help me out. This is where more problems occurred. The current was very strong and while I was holding on to the rope that surrounds the boat and being pulled by the water one of the ones holding on to the branches didn’t let go and was pulled into the water. There were three of them in the boat and one went after the other. When they left the boat, the boat, me and the one inside started heading down stream.

Adrenaline can do so much for a person. It took me a minute or two to get my footing while being dragged under the boat. I was finally able to stand up and stop the boat and catch my breath for a minute. At this point I wasn’t sure what was going on with the other two. I stood there with the boat in hand waiting. Not sure exactly what I was going to do, but couldn’t move till I knew the other two were okay. As I stood there waiting I saw more floaters come down stream and hollard to them to see if they saw anyone walking or holding on to the side. They said they saw no one. This wasn’t helping me. They were followed by more floaters and when asked they said they saw two people up on shore. This was the news I wanted. Now that I knew those two were okay I could take care of myself and the other person in the boat.

At this point our only choice was to finish up this float. There was no way to turn back or climb onto shore and stop. I was able to hop into the boat and off we went. This year the water is lower and slower. This should make for a fun float. We managed to do pretty well just the two of us. After more than half way through the float we were able to catch up to a few people that had passed us earlier. Finally tied onto others my stress level lowers a bit. At this point one of the guys we tied on with was willing to switch boats and do the rowing as long as he had beer. I was more than okay with this. Now I get to relax even more. Still all the while wondering if the other made it back to the camp site okay.

Finally we come to the finish and a ton of people come running to the boat to help us out. It was great to see everyone and get some assistance getting out of the boat, because right before we finished of course I got this massive charlie horse in my leg and couldn’t stand up. Finally up and out of the boat and on shore. The first two I see are the two we lost at the beginning. So glad to see they made it back safely and in one piece. Their journey was a rough one. They were both covered in massive mosquito bites and cuts. Still standing and glad to see us. They had just called 911 because no one had seen us. All is well. We all made it safe and sound back to the camp site. A very long, exhausting, and somewhat painful day, but ended all right.

Next year this event will come around again. I will be better prepared and smarter about what I do.