Saturday, March 29, 2014

Toning workout - Leslie Sansone!

Yesterday, browsing YouTube again, I found a 10 minute toning work out by Leslie. After I did the 2 mile walk, I went straight into toning with my hand weights (again, I just blew the video up on my computer screen to follow along). After that, I did my own crunches. I kind of like this. A lot! :)

I noticed yesterday that her 10 minute toning with weights is more like 5 minutes. Great work out, nonetheless. Tonight, when I started working out at 8:00 p.m. (oh yes I did & I was done with all work out at 8:45 p.m.), I tried to time it. I think it ended up being 6-7 minutes & as a getting-back-into-the-swing-of-things work out girl, it works perfectly for me. My arms let me know it works just fine.

I was so gung-ho about finding Richard Simmons, because I really like his routines & I love the dancing, but I'm afraid (for now, anyways), I'm sticking with Leslie. She has many videos on YouTube & I like her better. So for now, sorry Richard! I'm really so thankful I found Leslie.

You can always do this with me! I'd love to have someone join me & we can track our results & share information together. I'm in the for the long haul - this is not temporary for me. And as long as I stick with it daily & don't skip workouts, I'll be just fine. This week, I'll also be cooking a ground turkey something or other. Just need to find a recipe.

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Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New workout - Leslie Sansone!

Popping in quickly to share a new workout I stumbled upon last night. I was on YouTube, browsing Richard Simmons toning dvd's, when I saw Leslie Sansone featured off to the side. I clicked on a few videos & really liked her routines. She has pretty great, encouraging reviews, too. So this morning, I set Richard (Simmons) aside while I tried my first Leslie Sansone workout. LOVED it. Most productive workout I've done yet. Since I'm just beginning, I chose her 2 mile walk. It's 30 minutes, easy to follow, excellent cardio. Because it's only 30 minutes, I may do it again later this afternoon. I really want to exercise for 45 - 60 minutes a day to reap the most beneficial results. I don't have any dvd's of hers, so I just turned on YouTube & blew up my computer screen. Easy peasy. After a few days, I'll switch to some of her longer, more intense videos.

Here's the beginners video I did today:

She's 52! And that Tracy Anderson dvd that I wasn't real fond of, mentioned below? No thanks!

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Happy work out! :)

Did you know the words 'work out' are one word, together (workout), if it's used as a noun or adjective & 2 words if it's used as a verb. Still no guarantee I used them correctly. I try. :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When good isn't good enough.

I've been attempting to lose weight for quite a while now. And a lot of times, I did really good! I still do pretty good. Guess what? Good isn't good enough.

I'm almost 47 years sophisticated. Good isn't good enough, so it's time to play hard ball.

I love to dance. I've tried other dance videos in the past, but decided to buy Tracy Anderson's "Dance + Cardio" a few weeks ago:

The first thing I noticed is - there's no dancing. Not the kind of dancing, per say, I want to do. This video is more of what I call…cardio with moves. Not only that, but there's really no routine. It appears that she's just doing whatever pops into her head & then repeats certain moves when she draws a blank. Which is fine, I guess, but again, not really what I'm looking for. However, though 'messy', it is a good cardio workout.

After I did the first 30 minute 'routine', I kicked Tracy to the curb & put in Richard Simmons' "Groovin' in the House":

Ha! I picked this up several years ago, at Goodwill I believe, but never tried it. Today, I did. Oh boy! I think this was made in the 1970's or so! So funny! And I actually enjoyed it! And it is dancing, which is what I want.

The main difference I found between the two workouts? When I did Tracy's, I didn't smile. When I did Richard's? I smiled the entire time. It's just too funny not to. And I don't know about you, but I gotta have fun. Moving is moving. Getting one's heart rate up is the ultimate goal. If I need to vamp up Richard's? I'll intensify it to suit my needs. More dramatic dance moves. I can add weights. Easy peasy. I don't currently have the budget to keep trying new work out videos, so for now, I'll make these work!

Why do I need to lose weight? Several reasons.

1.) To be healthy. I'm not at an age where I can screw around & be irresponsible with my health any longer.
2.) A good example for my kids. My kids are being raised on Shaklee. Why not go further with diet & exercise?
3.) To feel good. Being overweight makes one tired. I want to have the energy to live out loud, every single day!
3.) Cute clothes! I want to wear cute clothes. I visualize myself buying what I want, in a smaller size. Whatever works. :)
4.) I want to look good. Bottom line. I used to be very small. Maybe not all that healthy, but small. Fact: everyone, everywhere looks better when not overweight. Truth hurts.

And after I work out? Damn I feel good. It's so worth it just to feel amazing!

(In addition, I'm not taking measurements. I just don't need or want one more thing to do or keep up with. Honestly, I don't even care. If I lose weight, I'll lose inches. My goal is to lose weight & I don't want to veer off or lose focus of that. I also don't care how long it takes. If it takes until the day I die, bring it!)

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Shaklee 180 Protein Shakes!

Mmmmm! My FAVORITE!! I've tried them all. I'm very picky. This is my favorite!

"A delicious and convenient way to help you lose the right kind of weight. Prepared as directed, each mix delivers the goodness of a meal to help you power through your day. Protein and fiber help keep you feeling full longer while added leucine helps your body retain muscle so your metabolism can power on as the inches come off."

I am fixing to kick my weight-loss into high gear. How many times have I said that? How many times do we all say that? We all start, but most of us fall off the wagon. Ahem. I won't beat myself up over it, I'll just start again! This time, I am preparing myself mentally. I haven't done that before. This time, I am preparing myself by picturing how incredible I will look! I am preparing myself by knowing how amazing I will feel! I'm preparing myself by picturing myself in really cute clothes. :) I am preparing myself by knowing how much healthier I will be! I am preparing myself by knowing how much more energy I will have! I could go on & on…

You know another reason I love Shaklee's 180 Protein Smoothees? My HAIR. Healthy hair needs protein! Let me just highlight some of the vitamins in this canister of Shaklee 180 Strawberry Mix (mix only, not including milk) -

2 scoops has 170 calories, only 18 carbs, 6 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of soluble fiber, 10 grams of sugar & 16 grams of protein! In addition, 2 scoops provides -

Vitamin A - 10%
Vitamin C - 35%
Calcium - 35%
Iron - 10%
Vitamin D - 35%
Biotin - 35%
Magnesium - 35%
Zinc - 35%
Copper - 35%

And many more! I just chose some of the ones that produce beautiful hair. :)

Shaklee 180 Smoothees also contain Leucine, which helps you lose weight while retaining muscle. Yes, please!

I make my Smoothees with vanilla, sweetened, almond milk. YUM. I can drink it in 2 seconds flat! My kids love it, too.

Order yours here! If you don't like it, heck, return it for a full refund!

And remember, Shaklee's Increase Your Share promotion ends March 31st!

Place any order with a minimum of 50 pv's (each product is worth a certain amount of pv's - just click on the product to find the pv amount) & you'll receive a FREE lifetime membership ($20) & a FREE canister of Cafe Latte Smoothee ($48). Both for FREE! Hello?!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Join Project Dream International for $299!

This, this is unheard of! I'm literally almost speechless! That doesn't happen very often. ;o)

OMG! Listen up! This has NEVER happened before! For the month of March & March ONLY, Project Dream International ( is accepting new Distributors with the purchase of the $299 Gold Plus package! Holy save money! Typically, to be a member of Project Dream, a Distributor must purchase the $599 Gold Plus package (the best value), so this is an unbelievable special! My goodness, if you have considered joining PDI - do it now!

Here is the link, so you can read more about the $299 package. Click here! Also, I'm home today, so call me & lets get you signed up right now! With the Shaklee promotion that has been extended for this month & now the PDI special - it doesn't get any sweeter than this. Sign on & make a lot of money for this month - there's still time. Call me! 817.300.7755.

*January was Project Dream International's biggest month ever. But guess what? Shaklee is all the rage right now & we surpassed that in February! February '14 was now our biggest month EVER!! So many customers (our team alone signed up over 160 families last month!) & new Distributors - it's amazing! Join us! :)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Homemade Alfredo sauce!

My oldest son loves Alfredo sauce, so I told him I would try to find a recipe & make it for him. When I searched the internet for recipes, none of them appealed to me. Many of them contained cream cheese! In Alfredo sauce? No thanks. I just happened to have Frigo Parmesan Cheese (shaved), so I looked on the package & low & behold there was an Alfredo recipe. Considering I couldn't find any others, I decided to give it a try.

The recipe was so easy. I followed the directions exactly - the only thing I did different, is add 4 cloves of minced garlic (& I omitted the parsley - ew). Garlic is so healthy & the majority of us love it, so I added a bunch. Mmmmm. I love the smell of fresh garlic.

I pulled it off the burner to show you what it looked like while I was mixing the ingredients. It was quite a chore mixing all these. My arms got a good workout. (We only eat Whole Wheat pasta.)

You can visibly see the shaved parmesan - it did not get completely melted (which, trust, mattered none…it was ooey gooey good). Next time, I will make the sauce separately & then add it to the pasta. Melting it first is probably much easier & will make it simpler to mix with the pasta. In addition, I will use shredded, vs. shaved, parmesan. Shredded parmesan will probably melt quicker than the chunky shaved.

It was soooo good & bonus! All 4 of my children loved it! :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shaklee's Increase Your Share promotion! February's promotion extended through March!

Oh my goodness! Because Shaklee's Increase Your Share promotion was such a HUGE (I am not kidding you!! Shaklee exploded last month! People LOVE the products, teams are busting at the seams, distributors are signing on left & right, & people are making a lot of money!!) success, we received a video last night that informed us Shaklee is extending the special until the end of March! March 31, 2014 to be exact! Woohoo! Information is below - nothing changed except the date it ends! Take advantage now! :)

*Join Project Dream International by February 28, 2014 & receive a FREE gift from me!! This gift will help your business explode! My phone number is below - call me if you are ready to be a professional, ethical, business owner with a home-based business!

This is one amazing offer! :)

Place an order with a minimum of 50 PVs (pv = point value) & you will receive:

1.) FREE membership for a lifetime! - $20 savings! (no monthly order required - order what & when YOU want!)

2.) A FREE canister of yummy Smoothee Cafe Latte - $40 savings! (while supplies last - hurry!)

3.) Since you will be joining as a new member, you have the opportunity to complete Shaklee University within 30 days of joining for another FREE product! (about 6 products to choose from!) Total of free products & incentives is about $80.00!

4.) As a member, you will have access to our private 'members only' Facebook page! We have over 800 (eight hundred) members! That is our team only! Support, advice, before & after photos, etc. Great information. Fun stuff!

*Because so many people signed up, we now have almost 1,000 members on our private Facebook page!

In addition:

If you have wanted to become a Distributor & partner with Shaklee - with this promotion - NOW IS THE TIME!

1.) Double sponsoring points.
2.) Double power bonus.
3.) Up to a $25 bonus for each new member you get (25% of order pv).
4.) Additional bonus for each Distributor you bring on your new team.
5.) You also get the free canister of Cafe Latte!
6.) Purchase the Gold Plus Pak (required to join Project Dream) & it's worth 500 pvs. You already get a paycheck!

Become a Distributor, find Distributors for your OWN team + customers = you have the opportunity to make a lot of money in the month of February!

This current Shaklee offer is the most generous promotion Shaklee has EVER offered - don't miss out!

Promotion ends 2.28.14

*Each Shaklee product is worth a certain number of PVs. You can now see each individual pv a product is worth when you click on the product to read more about it. The pv is listed next to the price(s). Choose enough products to equal a minimum of 50 PVs & you get the free products mentioned above! Easy peasy!

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