Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thankful Thursday/It’s OK!!!

So thankful….

**That I’m going to accomplish one of my GOALS for 2012 THIS weekend!!!

**That I get to spend a week with my family at the beach! It’s long overdue!

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Heading back HERE!!!

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**That I’m married to THIS guy…

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**And that he does things like THIS for me….

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**And of course, that God is SO good. I am SO incredibly thankful for all the blessings He has been pouring out on us. After going through some trials recently, it’s nice to be on the other side.

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Its Ok Thursdays

It’s OK….

**That I’ve been BUSTING my tail with my workouts for the past few months, so I’m going to take this next week off!! (aside from playing on the beach & walks with my hubby!)

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**That I’ve eaten 100% CLEAN, with NO cheats, for the past few months, so I’m going to have a cheat meal on Saturday.

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**That I’m super excited/nervous/anxious about meeting my biological family in 2 weeks.

**That I’m PUMPED to show off my abs I’ve worked so hard for at the beach this week!

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**That I have ‘luxury taste’ in vehicles….And since we’re looking for a new car for me, and I can’t help but love these….

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Speaking of, anyone looking to buy a 2007 Lexus RX? Only 92,000 miles!! Great condition!! (We just want something with less mileage because we’re driving my next car till the wheels fall off!!) If not, we’ll just trade her in.

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Happy THURSDAY, friends!!!

More Advocare 24 Day Challenge Results!

One of my friends recently completed her challenge. After being done for a few weeks, she sent me this text and picture….GO GIRL!!!

I know most of you have only seen my results, so I just thought I’d share!

“Hey Danielle! Just wanted to let you know…I have continued to eat healthy, track with myfitnesspal, and work out! Still loving my shakes and Spark, and now taking Catalyst! (can’t wait to see those results!) Down 13 lbs and 12 inches!!!!!!! Yahhhhooooo!!!!! I’m down to a pre-pregnancy weight of 9 years ago today! THANK YOU!!!”

And here is her before & after!! She looked great to begin with, but she said she is so much more confident now and her clothes are fitting so much better! (actually, she needs a smaller size!) Can you believe she’s got 3 kids??

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THIS is why I love Advocare!! I LOVE celebrating people’s successes with them, and it makes me feel good to help others get healthy.  I know how much better I feel about myself when I make healthy choices with my eating and when I’m working out, and although it’s sometimes tough to get into that habit (that’s where Advocare comes in- it’s the jump start you’ve been looking for in both of those areas), you WILL feel so much better!

My sister just told me last week how much more confident she feels in herself, and I cannot tell you how that made my week! I already know how beautiful she is inside and out, so I’m thankful SHE is starting to feel that way too. THAT is what it’s all about!!

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{This is an OLD picture…..time to update, sista!}

I also talked to another girl on the phone last week who is a nurse and mommy to two toddlers. She said she FINALLY has energy when she gets home from work to still play with her kids AND prepare a healthy meal for her family. Is that not awesome??

Here is my girl Ashley's success story too….She’s a bride-to-be and getting in the BEST shape of her life before her wedding/honeymoon!!! Get it, girl!

It’s NOT a diet. Not even close. It’s a complete nutrition system, and by giving your body what it needs, it WILL run better. You WILL burn more fat and have more energy. Your overall health WILL improve. When all of those things happens, your whole life improves. And I mean that. (Really, when you’re cooking healthier dinners for your family, or have more energy to play with your kids, or you feel better about yourself, your overall quality of life is definitely improved!)

Really, WHAT are you waiting for??

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I would MUCH rather invest in my HEALTH now than have to ILLNESS later. The more I learn about nutrition, the more I realize the importance of proper nutrition on your health issues. I don’t personally want to have to invest in diseases, doctors, and medicine LATER, so I’m willing to do what it takes now to make sure I don’t have to do that and neither does my family.

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Let me know if you want to learn more, have any questions, or are interested in getting a 20%- 40% discount for life! We make enough now (because Advocare pays you for referrals) that we don’t even have to pay for our products anymore. PLUS, we’re helping others get healthier in the process. It’s a win-win for everyone!! And in case you haven’t seen our pantry, you KNOW how much we appreciate that 40% discount + income check from Advocare!

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I’m here to help you when you’re ready. This IS my passion. I’m willing to coach you through this thing so YOU can start living a healthier life TODAY!!!

Feel free to e-mail me….rainey.danielle@yahoo.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Actions Speak Louder Than Words!!!!

I know this sounds strange, but I’m not really one for apologies. It doesn’t mean much if someone says “sorry”… but I know they mean it if they sincerely try to not to do the same thing again. Not that I don’t appreciate an apology, it’s just that it doesn’t mean much if someone continues to do the same thing over and over.

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I’m not sure if this has to do with my love language or what, but I think we can all agree talk is cheap. Don’t TELL me something…..SHOW me. I try to make sure I do this. There are a LOT of people who say one thing, but proclaim something completely different with their actions, lifestyle, etc.Pinned Image

I think this is why so many people think Christians and the church is full of hypocrites. Don’t get me wrong. I am FAR FROM PERFECT. I screw up every single day, almost as soon as I wake up in the morning. But you better believe I try my best to make sure my attitude and actions reflect what I say.

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If you’re going to talk the talk, WALK THE WALK.

This rings true in so many areas. You can’t be a personal trainer telling people to eat grilled fish and veggies, then go eat cheeseburgers and drink beer. I’m probably not going to trust a hair dresser whose own hair is a hot mess. Probably not very effective for a parent to tell their kid not to do something, then they do it. You can’t be a Christian and then judge everybody, gossip, etc. and expect people to want what you have. You can’t be a financial advisor if your own finances are a wreck. (I know there are exceptions to each of these, but you get my drift. These are just a few examples of why our ACTIONS have to back up our words and beliefs!)

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It drives me ABSOLUTELY bonkers when people are negative, constantly complaining, and ungrateful. I have written multiple posts about CHOOSING to focus on the positive in our circumstances and all of our blessings. That is a CHOICE. The reason some people’s lives suck so bad is because they focus on all the negative. I mean REALLY….do we all have a roof over our head? a computer or phone to be reading this on? are we naked? when is the last time you had to skip a meal?? Let’s get serious. We all have LOTS of blessings in our life we can focus on.

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Gotta be honest….The last few months have been pretty trying for us. Our house flooded and we were out of our home for over 2 months. We had to deal with the insurance company, which you know is a nightmare. Jon’s transmission went out. We’ve had some family drama. It was the end of a school year, which is always crazy hectic. I’m dealing with some emotions from meeting my biological family this summer. We’ve been in the process of refinancing for a lower interest rate, which means a TON of paperwork. Plus, Jonathan is building a new business and has been working ridiculous hours, so we haven’t been able to spend as much time together as we normally do. We are normally inseparable and do EVERYTHING together….and we both like it that way- we’re best friends.

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Yes, a lot of those circumstances are not ideal.  So, I had/have a choice. I can dwell on them, whine and complain, feel sorry for myself, etc. OR….I can choose to be JOYFUL through the trials. I think it smarts with every small thing, and if you’re not choosing to focus on the positive in small things, you’re not going to be able to during bigger trials either.

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I chose to focus on the positive. At least we have a house- our very own home that we love. It didn’t burn down. And the Lord provided the perfect place for us to stay during those 2 1/2 months. AND now we have new floors, countertops, and paint. At least we both have vehicles, and he was able to catch the transmission issue before it caused him to wreck. And that we have family who allowed us to borrow a vehicle for the 2 weeks it took to get his truck fixed. At least school is out for summer and I have a few months to rejuvenate. At least I have an opportunity to meet my biological family, establish some new relationships, and learn more about my family history. At least we have the option to refinance and rates are killer! At least Jonathan is the MOST HARDWORKING man I have ever met and has an incredible desire to provide for our family. (Seriously, I KNOW what a blessing that is…I have never. ever met another man as driven in this area as my husband is and I am truly thankful for that.)

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See how that works? It’s so simple….I chose my perspective on those situations, and I can tell you that I was much better off (along with everyone around me) by remaining optimistic, positive, and continuing to focus on my blessings. Like I said, I am not perfect by any means. I have LOTS of flaws and things God is constantly dealing with me about and revealing to me. But I refuse to let Satan steal my thoughts and joy and take glory away from all that God has blessed me with!! (Have you ever thought of it that way? If you focus on the negative, complain, whine, mope, have pity parties, etc., YOU are CHOOSING and ALLOWING Satan to steal your joy! That’s almost like slapping God in the face.)

I truly feel SO BEYOND blessed!!!! I hear so many people say that, write it on FB, whatever, but when it comes down to it, they sure don’t act that way.

If you’re thankful and grateful, show it. WALK the WALK.

I honestly don’t have much sympathy for people who are “woe is me” when their life is full of blessings. It’s exhausting and mentally draining to be around people like that, and I don’t really enjoy being around those type of people. I try to encourage them as much as I can, but honestly, I try not to be around them if I can help it because I believe in surrounding yourself with people who are going to lift you up and encourage you.Pinned Image

I also believe God POURS out blessings on a joyful heart. He LOVES a joyful giver/believer. Whether you’re giving finances, time, a lending ear, whatever, if you’re doing it for Him, he will bless the snot out of you. I want that. His desire is to give us “exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.” The thing is, He has already given most of us that, and we are missing it.



Have you thought about lately…..”WHAT ARE MY ACTIONS/ATTITUDE SPEAKING TO OTHERS???”

Some of us need to really get it in check, because it’s not lining up with our words.

My husband is HOT.

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And even hotter when he’s putting up bead board for me in our guest bath! Woot woot!! (Hey, creeper wife in the mirror…we see you!)

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That's all.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Why Omegas?? YOU need some!! (This is a MUST-Read!!)

Check out THIS LINK with 33 benefits of Omega- 3 Fatty Acids. Really interesting stuff.

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Seriously, Omegas have INCREDIBLE health benefits and are so important for almost every system in our body. Dr. Oz says they are the single most important thing you can take as a supplement and #1 on his list of essential vitamins.

Really…..take two seconds and go look at that list. Just to name a few….it removes plaque buildup around the heart, lowers triglycerides, decreases risk of breast and prostate cancer, reduces menstrual pain, increases brain cognition (helps with Alzheimer patients), helps lower weight and prevent obesity, helps skin, hair, & nails grow/glow, and the list GOES ON.

They are absolutely phenomenal, and if you don’t take anything else, you NEED to be taking a quality multi and omega. Not only you, but also your parents, grandparents, etc. I cannot encourage you enough to get some!!

Here’s the kicker….Not all Omegas are high quality!! After hearing my nutritionist tell me that a while back, I bought some really yucky tasting Omega 3 fish oil that was in liquid form. To be honest, I quit talking it altogether because I could barely get it down and I was burping a fishy taste all day. Dr. Oz validated what my nutritionist told me during THIS CLIP on one of his shows about Omegas…. Most omegas contain too little of Omega-3s (less than they listed) or are expired/spoiled. Fortunately when I was introduced to Advocare, this clip popped into my mind and further validated what I know about Advocare’s top quality products. I was thankful a bottle of OmegaPlex came in our 24 day challenge, and now both my handsome hubby & I take them every day!!

I take 9 a day….3 with each meal. It’s important to take them with a meal so you body can absorb them better.

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It is also EXTREMELY important for women who are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or nursing, to take a prenatal with DHA. I went for my yearly exam and asked my doctor about taking my OmegaPlex with iron + OmegaPlex combo. She was extremely supportive and said Advocare’s were even better than most prenatal vitamins because they had higher %s of each vitamin and mineral. For example, 2 OmegaPlex capsules contains 450 mg of DHA, whereas the sample prenatal she gave me awhile back only contain 230 mg of DHA.

(No worries…I’m not keepin’ y’all in the dark! That’s JUST a pregnancy suit I wore during a skit at Relay for Life. That junk was HEAVY too!!)

What is DHA??

“Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is found in cold water fatty fish, such as salmon. It is also found in fish oil supplements, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Vegetarian sources of DHA come from seaweed.

Your body needs DHA for the proper functioning of your brain as an adult, and for the development of your nervous system and visual abilities during the first 6 months of life. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are part of a healthy diet that helps lower risk of heart disease.

Our bodies naturally produce small amounts of DHA, but we must get the amounts we need from our diet or supplements. Most people in the Western world do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet".”

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Interestingly enough, DHA is often used to treat ADHD, Lupus, Heart Disease, Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Menstrual Pain, Raynaud Syndrome, and is crucial for infant development.

Also, check out this article that stated one of the causes of Alzheimer’s/Dementia is a lack of Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet. Oxford University completed a 2 year study on brain atrophy and cognition. They implemented a 2 year intervention with Alzheimer’s patients with folic acid, vitamin B-12, and Omegas saw drastically improved cognition within 2 years.

If you’re in the market for a multi or omega, PLEASE remember that NOT all vitamins/supplements are created equal. Unfortunately, many vitamins are very poor quality. I know many people think Advocare is only about weight loss and energy, but it is a complete nutrition and wellness company and they have 5 incredible lines….one being the “Well” line with these two products. If you’re not taking a multi and omega, GET yours today!!!