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She’s baaaaack…

on July 11, 2014

Yes, yes I know, it’s been a while…way too long actually. Where does the time go? I mean just yesterday my children were small and loving on me…today my son is taller than I am and my princess is talking about boobies 😀

I FINALLY sat down and took my exam and am officially certified as a FITNESS NUTRITION SPECIALIST WooHoo! My cousin asked me, “Now, what does that get you?” Uh…knowledge? I ain’t gonna lie, that course was tough…because it was SOOOOO BORRRRING :/ I hated it! I took way too much time off between study/regular chapter tests and the exam. I actually made a 65% the first try 😦 (had to make 70 to pass) BUT two weeks later (still too much time) I got through it like a champ (God is good!!) That was a 100 question exam w/ less than a minute to answer each and you know there was some stuff on there I felt I’d never even seen before. But enough of that, it’s done and whew, I’m so happy 🙂

Except, I’m NOT done, now I’ve got people coming outta the wood works asking me to help them. Yea, I got into nutrition because I wanted to help people learn how to eat…mostly people that have my same last name LOL yet they’re the ones that complain about it the most. I have discovered that as much as my children love bananas they hate eating ANYTHING that is sweetened w/ bananas! They refuse to eat bread that has an almond flour base! And my husband still insists I keep loaf bread in the house at all times even though he finally agreed at one point to go gluten-free (which means the lil’ princess gets to sneak her favorite PB&J every now & then).

Summer is passing us by so quickly! We’ve done nothing as a family, no vacation planned, no fun day trips…well wait let me back up. My husband took a day off this week, we drove an hour and a half to have lunch at a California Kitchen Pizza and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory 😦 (Pizza being one of the things that’s missed the most in our home…and cheese being the other) It was a fun lil’ day trip simply because we were ALL together but being in the car ya hear that fussing, fighting and complaining between the kids. Why is it I pin all these neat lil’ ideas on Pinterest then never remember to pull them outta the trick bag when the time arrives to use ’em…like road side bingo, or the license plate game or “the truth is”. Instead my 14 yo giant keeps his nose planted in his phone while the princess, well, IDK what she actually does other than talk HaHaHa

I feel I’ve spent my summer thus far on the computer…but what’s new right?
In my quest to #feedingfamilyhealthy I feel I have to research every meal, ever recipe, try new things. I’m always looking for new way to improve our health, stay fit, be active…meanwhile, here I sit :/

I’ve learned social media isn’t always the best way to boost your fitness motivation. I read an interesting article in one of my “school” magazines pertaining to that subject!
“Blogs, micro-blogs, messages focusing on healthy accomplishments, give and receive emotional support and motivation for staying on track w/ exercise and healthy eating. Encourages focus on benefits such as strength, mood, energy and health.” These are all great, thumbs up!
“Weight trackers on message boards CAN keep people accountable, but wont factor in positive results beyond weight loss, like improved health, more energy and better mood.” Not so great, mediocre!
“Thinspiration” photos on FB, Instagram and other are skewed perception of reality. They can hurt self-esteem, it places too much focus on others accomplishments versus personal goals.” Not the best idea, thumbs down!
I do not want to cause focus on anything but YOUR GOALS, health, weight or otherwise! My goal is to be an encouragement to you while holding myself accountable. If I ever stop being that…. you have my permission to give me a swift kick in the rear and throw me back on track 🙂 (and yes, I do mean that you can call me out when I’m whining)

I try to come up w/ my own snack ideas, sometimes as I’m munching I think how smart I am then someone asks me is that such & such’s recipe. Well, maybe I did see it somewhere and just forgot, ya’ll know how my brain works lol But heavens to Betsy this is my new favorite snack (& occasional quick breakfast). I call it…
Protein packed chocolate crunch:
1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt
1 scoop AdvoCare Muscle Gain
1/4 cup Natures Path “Love Granola” (has lil’ chunks of chocolate & pieces of dried strawberry)
Mmmmm… (Yes, this is dairy, but I don’t personally have a diversion to dairy, we only adhere to that part of the diet when my son is home)

I’ve also spent a lot of time this summer w/ my Essential Oils…OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN I ❤ that stuff 🙂
Here are a few suggestions for products and essential oils to keep on hand that you can use this summer…
* SOOTHING BLEND RUB/LOTION – Soothes muscles after a long hike or heavy workout (soothing blend EO is ONE of my all time favorites! Rub a drop or two on my knees and poof!)
* LAVENDER – Promotes restful sleep, soothes the skin
* REPELLENT BLEND – Protects from bugs
* DIGESTIVE BLEND SOFTGELS – Ease queasiness, bloating, gas, and indigestion
* SEASONAL BLEND – Provides relief in case of an adverse reaction to nature
* PEPPERMINT BEADLETS – Supports clear breathing
* LIP BALM
* PROTECTIVE BLEND TOOTHPASTE

**Repellent Blend has been scientifically shown to repel insects more effectively than some other synthetic insect repellents. Apply several drops to exposed skin and openings in clothing before outdoor activity (We have had MINIMAL mosquito bites thus far, as a matter of fact I’ve only had 2 myself)

Make essential oils a part of your summer adventures with a few more suggestions of oils to keep on-hand, this list will focus on an active lifestyle:
* ENERGY & STAMINA COMPLEX
* TRIMSHAKE: Provides essential nutrients and helps manage weight
*LIFELONG VITALITY PACK: Helps maintain overall health and wellness
* SOOTHING RUB/LOTION

**Take Energy and Stamina complex before a long run or any physical activity for increased energy and endurance

List of Summer Essential Oils:
*FLORAL: Geranium – Patchouli – Ylang Ylang
*CITRUS: Wild Orange – Grapefruit – Bergamot – Lime – Lemon
*DIFFUSER BLEND IDEAS: Bergamot & Wild Orange – Patchouli & Geranium – Lemon, Grapefruit & Wild Orange

List of Essential Oils for summer cooking:
Basil – Cilantro – Coriander – Thyme – Rosemary – Marjoram – Oregano – Lemon – Lime – Grapefruit – Wild Orange

And last list (for now heehee) just a few ideas on how to implement cooking with your oils:

Wild tropical smoothie:
5 drops Wild Orange
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice

Fresh caprise salad:
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 drops Basil

Honey lime fruit dip:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
1-2 drops Lime

Sweet & Sour Marinade:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 drops Wild Orange

Implementing both AdvoCare products AND Essential Oil (health) products I can hands down tell you which works best for energy. Contact me for brand specifics and let me tell you about the first day when I accidentally did them BOTH..haha.. I’d forgotten I was going to start these wellness products on this particular Sunday so I got up w/ my regular AdvoCare routine (Spark, Catalyst, & Thermoplus *side bar, i’d actually allowed myself to run out of MNS but that’ll never happen again..that was the longest 5 days of my life haha) then about 10 minutes later I remembered “Oh yea” so I took the new stuff! It wasn’t long after I felt my heart was gonna beat out of my chest, I could barely catch my breath (kept having to remind myself to breath lol), my pulse was RACING! I even made my husband check my pulse, it was not a pleasant experience. All through church I just felt I would have to jump up and run around the building at any time! My oily friends said it was the Metabolic Blend giving me “energy”…well I beg to differ b/c I haven’t felt THAT since day 1. Moral of the story, the Metabolic Blend isn’t worth the cost, save your “energy” money for AdvoCare Thermoplus & Spark 🙂 See, I’m honest, I ain’t gonna lie to ya, I don’t discriminate..even against my own products 🙂 (NOW…I have the Energy and Stamina complex but haven’t tried it yet, so if I feel I get MORE energy from that, I’ll keep ya posted)

You can start your own weight loss, health journey by ordering AdvoCare products at http://www.chellespark.com Please feel free to contact me regarding questions and/or ordering suggestions and don’t be “skeered” I’ll help you every step of the way

If you have any interest in learning more about Essential Oils go to my website.  May I suggest you start with an Introductory to Essential Oils Kit containing Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint and again, know that I’m here to help you 😉

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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