Childhood Athletics and a Healthier Life

What a week! This time last weekend I was dreading this week because I knew I was having my RFA procedure again (explain that in a minute), had soccer games to go to and Ron was gonna be out of town. But some how I survived it and I didn’t even get stressed out. THAT is a God thing for sure!

Lauren’s final high school soccer season ended Thursday. They are playing in the District Tournament on Monday this coming week. But until she picks a college and we get her there she is done with organized soccer. I feel very good about it. Putting a child into an organized sport is so good for them. They learn so many skills – not just athletically but also a lot of character building skills. Our kids have played sports their entire childhood. I know that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. They learn responsibility, how to work as part of a team, self-control, anger management (wait that was MY lesson), how to live a healthy active lifestyle. All of are skills they will use in every area of their life for the rest of their lives. And I have no doubt we have set a standard for future generations in our family line.

Lady Eagles Soccer Seniors of 2012

Last fall I had a series of medical procedures done to help treat my daily headaches. It’s no surprise to any of you here that I suffer with chronic pain daily. If you’ve even stopped by my blog once you’ve probably picked up on that. The procedure I had done is called Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA). I went to my previous blog entry from last year where I talked about the process. I could pretty much write the exact same words to explain the procedure itself and my reactions during/after it to a degree. However there was one significant difference. Last year both procedures (one on each side of the neck) threw me into a major Fibromyalgia flare up for at least a week afterwards. This time for this first round it really only put me out of commission for 1 1/2 days. I even had a different doctor do it this time (not my choice) and there was MUCH more pain involved. What’s different about this time? The only thing I’m doing different this time is using the AdvoCare. For the last 5 1/2 months I have been drinking at least one Spark a day, taking daily doses of CorePlex and using the BioTools product daily. In some obvious ways, I can tell a big difference since I began using AdvoCare. And at times like this, when I would normally be in a flare, my health has improved dramatically.

Well, this coming week is Fall Break. That may mean a break from school for the kids. But I think that means the opposite for the parents. So, I’ll see ya when I see ya!

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Feelin’ Fine and Lookin’ Good

It’s been a while since I’ve updated on the different Advocare products that I’ve tried. The Spark is just priceless. I’ll still be drinking a glass of energy when I am 110 in the nursing home. I am now trying the Pink Lemonade flavor. I’ve been a grape girl from the beginning. But this lemonade tastes EXACTLY like a glass of lemonade. You don’t even know you are drinking something healthy.

Another product I have tried but not reordered yet are the BioTools. I fully intend to get some more though. This product did amazing things for my digestive system. As you are probably aware, those of us with Fibromyalgia most likely also suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It ain’t pretty but it’s a fact. When I was taking the BioTools every day I felt like a normal person. I’ve been off of it for a couple of weeks now and am starting to notice my symptoms returning. I deliberately took a break from it when I ran out so I could compare how I felt with and without it. I can tell more of a difference each day.

I have done the Herbal Cleanse a couple of times. You are supposed to do them 90 days apart. However, the first time I took it I was on a medication that counteracted the benefits of the cleanse. So, I did it a couple of weeks later without the medicine and it worked much better. It sparked some weight loss that is continuing for me. That was a welcome surprise.

I have also been using MNS 3. It is a product that pumps you full of vitamins and herbs while it helps to control your appetite. It is designed to be taken after doing the cleanse initially. This product kind of picks up where the cleanse left off. I also give credit to this for my weight loss over the summer.

I got an order in yesterday that I will begin today called CorePlex. It is a type of multivitamin with the benefit of also helping with digestion, boosting the immune system and giving you energy. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Because Advocare was initially made for professional athletes their line of performance products is extensive. I ordered Lauren the Nighttime Recovery. It enhances muscle growth and repair to sustain effective use of muscles. The only problem is that they are “the size of my toe” (according to her). I cut it up into 4 pieces last night. I hope it will help her or else I’m not sure I can get her to take it. She is already using the Rehydrate during soccer games. She says that really helps her to keep going much better than Gatorade or even water.

So there is the rundown on the Advocare products we have tried and/or are using. I’ve been very pleased with it all. It’s well worth the money because you can tell such a difference in your quality of life. How much are you willing to pay for that? That’s really the question.

The Dirty Word

I have a dirty word that I’ve been thinking. I’ve actually even been saying it for months. I don’t like it. It really just brings pain. But I’ve noticed that after a while the pain seems to dull. There even comes a time when you enjoy it and look forward to it.  But it is truly a dirty word. That word is exercise. Exercise is so important for everyone. It sounds so simple. Take a walk – that sounds nonthreatening, doesn’t it? Do some yoga stretches – how simple is that? If it’s so easy then why is getting started so hard? Why is getting up off the couch so difficult? Yes it hurts for a few days. But if you manage your plan correctly it really can make you feel better.

If you have known me for very long you probably know that two summers ago I changed my eating habits and started exercising. I lost 35 pounds and felt amazing. I felt like a new person. I wasn’t satisfied with the person I was before. I didn’t like me. One day in May 2009 I woke up and just decided THAT was the day I was changing. I kind of shocked myself. I am a status quo kind of girl. I’m average and I’m ok with that. There is nothing spectacular about me. I’m overweight. I have thick coarse hair that is difficult to manage. I’m ok with just doing enough to “get by” usually. Really – I am ok with it. I have always been this way. But something that morning clicked in my head. I got up and put on some tennis shoes and took a walk. I made a weight chart and hung it on the kitchen wall. I read labels. I cut out sugar, white foods and ate healthier. Once a week I weighed in and WROTE MY ACTUAL WEIGHT ON THE CHART ON THE WALL. I was making a change. And you know what happened? Yes I changed in my appearance. But something switched in my head. I began seeing that I could put forth more effort than I thought I could and it paid off. I saw that exercise truly does help my Fibro body to feel better. Eating right can help the pain and fatigue. The doctors have been right all of those years. I had just been telling myself “I can’t” for so long that I truly believed it.

As a result of all of that exercise I tore a ligament in my foot and had to have foot surgery in December 2009. At the same time my dad got very ill. You may remember me writing about it here. I put myself aside during my recuperation period  because I was down to one leg, I let the stress take over and I completely reversed all of my hard work. I went back to my satisfaction with being average. I went back to my negative thoughts. I went back to all the foods that I knew were unhealthy for me. And I stopped moving. And yep, you guessed it, I have gained every ounce back. I am now all the way back to where I was the day before that day in May 2009. I keep waiting to wake up and feel that feeling again. I can still remember how good I felt about myself and how good my body felt. Yet I still choose to stay on the couch. I THINK about putting in my Yoga DVD. I THINK about taking a walk. I THINK about seeing the numbers fall on the scale. But sadly thinking about those things doesn’t make them so. They take effort. They take action. They take a change in thinking. They take gumption. I’ve never been good in the gumption department. But that year proved to me that I CAN do it. It IS possible. I CAN be successful. I CAN be healthy. I CAN take control of my disease and change my body. I’ve done it before and I can do it again.

Now I just need to do it! I need to do it for my body…for my fibro…for my husband…for my kids…for my grandkids…for ME. I need to prove to myself that I can be successful at it again. I need to prove to myself that I can do what it takes to help myself feel better. The Advocare Spark has given me my energy back. Now I just need to put that energy to the right use. I think my body is willing but my mind is weak. I’ll be adding more Advocare products to my regimen this week. They are gonna make me feel even better – I think change is on the way. I can feel it coming. I can see it. I sense my Fibro changing.

I just poured out my heart to you. Do you need to sound off and Pour Your Heart Out as well? Go for it and then jump over to Shell’s blog and link it up.

Drew Brees, Mental Focus and A Cup Full of Energy

Meet Drew Brees – the Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and the official National Sponsor for AdvoCare. If Spark is good enough for a Super Bowl MVP Superstar then it’s good enough for me!

If you could use some more mental focus and more energy for your day I can help you. It is changing my life, my energy level and my mental focus. Visit my site and let me help you. If something helps me this much I have no choice but to share it with others who suffer as I do.

Is That Energy I Am Feeling? Really?

This week I continue the Multitudes Monday list of things I am grateful for. This is my 5th week of participating. The idea is to eventually reach 1000 gifts that you are thankful for. If you have missed the previous entries here they are so you can catch up:

A Multitude of Things I Am Thankful For – 5/2

Lists and Blessings – 5/11

A Multitude of Blessings – 5/16

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things – 5/23

And so this brings me to a new week of gratefulness. At first I thought it would be difficult to come up with 1000 things I am thankful for. But what I’ve found is that remaining in an attitude of gratefulness is not only easier than I thought it would be but it is emotionally and mentally healthy. Knowing that Monday is gonna roll around and I am gonna need to come up with something positive to share actually changes the way I look at each day prior. This week I really just have one thing that I am so very thankful for. My life until this point has been day after day of feeling fatigued and run down because of my Fibromyalgia.

41. AdvoCare – I started using their line of health products about 6 weeks ago thanks to my girlfriend, Tina, and have noticed a change in how I feel. I am not as exhausted as I have been previously. I decided to sign up as a distributor because I am seeing how much better it is helping me feel. I have much more energy just from the one product I’ve been using consistently, AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink. It is just overflowing with vitamins and it is making all the difference in the world!

AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink

This past weekend I started the Herbal 10 Day Cleanse. I’m still in the process of that one. I haven’t added in the exercise like I’m supposed to yet though. That’s on my list for today. You know how hard it is to get up off your duff and do something? Yeah, that’s me! I have the energy to do it but I’m just not using the energy to do exactly THAT yet. HAHAHA That’s sooooo ME!

10 Day Herbal Cleanse

This week I am planning on getting Lauren the ZZZ Product to help with sleeping. She has such a hard time sleeping. She takes Benadryl when she needs it but I hate the idea of her taking something OTC at her age to help her sleep. The AdvoCare sleeping product is all natural herbs and much healthier. It contains Melatonin, valerian extract, hops extract, chamomile extract, passionflower extract, white willow extract, vitamin B-6, zinc – all natural herbs. Some of them are even products/teas that a health food store would recommend. And it’s all in one product. I feel very confident about her using this.

ZZZZ

At this point – these items are what I am most thankful for. Feeling better and having more energy are important things in our home. I’m grateful that God brought AdvoCare into our lives. I’m confident that they are safe, natural and will help us live a better quality of life.

If you look in the left sidebar of my blog here you will see the AdvoCare logo. If you click on that logo it will take you to my business website where you can explore not only the products I mentioned here but many more products that can help you as well. If I can answer any questions you might have please ask and I will do my very best.

42. I am especially grateful for the beautiful sunny days we have been having lately.

43. We have incredible neighbors who we love being with and socializing with. Friday night we had our great Annual Summer Cather Ct. Cookout. We all got together in the street, cooked out and had a bonfire (in a patio fire pit). We laughed, talked, bonded and had a great time while all the kids played. So much fun!

44. We have a terrific year ahead. Yes it’s summer right now but we have been working on planning the next year – the kids final year at home with us. It’s gonna be so much fun. I’m grateful that we are all close and enjoy being together as a family.

45. I’m grateful for the summer being upon us. We bought season passes for Nashville Shores – a water park here in town. I anticipate a ton of laughs and fun ahead.

46. Since I began today’s list of gratefulness with AdvoCare I thought I would end it with AdvoCare. I’m thankful that I am anticipating all the fun we are adding to our calendars and that I will actually be able to participate in all of that fun because i am feeling better thanks to AdvoCare.