Thursday, May 22, 2014

Taking action

Okay so the next day after the HOM, I came in to sit down with Kevin for a wellness profile. I got on a scale and it read me a bunch of different numbers - only two I knew about was 1. my weight & 2. body fat %. Well, turns out I weighed 178lbs and I had 32.6% body fat! Seriously?! I thought, I am only 20 years old and I'm not even in the 20% range? I wasn't completely shocked at how much I weighed - because I had gone to the doctors not too long ago and I was around 180. 180.... that's what I kept thinking about, I'm 5'9" 20 years old and I weigh nearly 180... I think it's time for a change.
So towards the end of the profile, we ended up signing me up for the business. I was told my products and HMP would come in the mail within a few days.

IT ARRIVED!! WOOHOO, I took pictures I told everyone I knew that I had gotten my product in - and I felt like I was talking to myself. No one was as excited as I was, and over half of them had no idea what I was talking about. I was so bummed but I said hey they will see one of these days when I've lost my 10 lbs and I'm looking good. Yes 10 lbs - that's all I had in mind to lose and somehow thought that I would be at 25% body fat with losing that.

I was so excited, but completely lost!! I had no idea how to make my shakes, what "healthy" meals to make in order to lose the weight, I just knew I had to get started.

The first couple shakes I made - TASTED AWFUL! I mean, I wanted to spit them out - even though I didn't and I bared with them - I don't even remember how I made them now, but the point is I thought I failed and I signed up for a joke. ... Pissed off, I tried texting people and asking everyone HOW do you make your shakes you look so good... yeah well I got a simple answer that I had from the beginning and didn't even realize it. All the recipes that were at the nutrition club, were actually online, HAH who would of thought of that?! :P Man I felt silly, but hey ya live and ya learn right?!

So finally I ended up making some AMAZING tasting shakes, I was getting better at not overfilling my cup with tea and I started to cook a bunch of chicken. That was my groove. Our roommate worked nights, so I was always cooking for myself and eating by myself anyways, so I was at least able to try some "crazy" new recipes that were healthy. My routine at this point was, go to the bank, come home, cook, gym, and come home rest and do it all over again. I was finally feeling secure and happy about what I was doing.

Well one morning I went to get ready for work and get on my business clothes, and make my shake - and guess what!!! My favorite pair of pants, DIDN'T FIT me anymore! Or at least how I thought they should, I mean I had to go through my closet and find a belt - since I hadn't needed one in so long I took my husbands belt - now as frustrated as I was, I was actually extremely happy. I weighed myself and I had lost 10 lbs!! WOOOOOOO!!! I had reached my goal, and what do you know it was perfect timing. It was my birthday, but not just any birthday - it was my 21st birthday!!! YAY!! So we went out and had fun and I felt ten times better knowing I had dropped some weight and I looked good.

To be honest - I lost 2 more lbs, and I stayed around that for a while. I got comfortable and I honestly started slacking off. I was going out and eating whatever and this and that, drinking, and I had my best friend come down from WA to visit so my head wasn't in the game. I gained a couple lbs back and then I would go back and forth on drinking my shakes and not drinking them. I was what I call, inconsistent.

Well, my husband was coming back soon and I knew I wanted to look the best for him :) So back on to my nutrition I went! Two shakes a day, healthy snacks, and my chicken dinners I'd make. He came home and was proud of what I had accomplished and was impressed with how I looked ;) He himself dropped 10 lbs while he was over there, he was using Herbalife as well! I was finally just so happy - I was looking good, he was looking good and I was ready to take this business thing seriously.

Next post..
I quit my job.... yes quit!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Where I first started.

Okay, well let's try this again. Again you're thinking - this is the first time I'm reading anything from this lady. Yeah well, I just had my whole first post ready - and when I went to share it on Facebook - my whole page went blank. BLANK ...BLANK.... man I'm sure people can feel the same frustration I just had; so I'm not giving up... here we go.

*disclaimer* I am not a writer, I'm not professional, I'm here to share my goals, dreams, accomplishments, my failures, my struggles, and my success.

Alright, well let me introduce myself. My name is Brielle - I am 21 years old. I originally am from Seattle, WA and now I reside in Tucson, AZ. I am married to an amazing man, no kiddos yet. Although, we do have 8 legs running around us all the time, Thor and Loki. :) I love being outside and soaking up the sun.

So first things first, I will explain where I started before my journey and a little background of what I used to do and how I thought.

When I first came down, I applied everywhere! Finally I got a job and it was working for a bank. After a couple months of training, I was finally on the floor as a teller. I was so excited! When I was a kid, the bank seemed like the coolest place to be. I got suckers, and my mom looked rich to me, and hey every now and again, when it was allowance - I got a $10 bill! SCORE! This place was magical!! So me being grown up and not so imaginative, unfortunately... I didn't see it like that after a while. For anyone that knows me, they tell me how happy of a person I am - outgoing, sometimes I can be cheesy funny, and I try to put a smile on people's faces. ... I started getting down, and too busy, and stressed - and well like any job in corporate america if you don't have a true passion for it. Starbucks was my vice, I mean I drank coffee religiously ( Hello, Seattle girl here!! ) It would help get me through the days, for when my favorite // regular customers didn't come in - it was slow. One day, Jean came in (a local business owner) and she was making her deposit for Cheers To You Nutrition! I had no idea about it but I finally asked and said "What's up with this, what is it?" She chuckled a little and said "Just stop on by, and you will see." As I'm trying to ask her every possible question about it, she keeps saying the same things - come see it, I can show you, etc.

So I show up eventually after a couple months going by. [with the last bit of my frapp in hand]... I walk in and get a bunch of free stuff. COOL! I got some yummy flavored water, some tea, and a shake. As some guys talking my ear off about all the stuff I'm drinking and eating at the time, I just kind of tuned him out. - I had to go back to work, so I was in a hurry and "didn't have time" to sit there and listen. Everything I had was really yummy - and I considered going there instead of coffee and what not, pshhh... yeah right going there instead of coffee.... we'll see.

Three hours later.. I was home and holding open my freezer door. I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner, yet I wasn't really hungry. Matter in fact, I wasn't hungry at all.... a couple more hours pass and my tummy is saying okay I think I can eat now. I mean man I was feeling great! I was just thinking for once my body didn't need to eat everything I see that looked good. My cravings were well a bit curved. Didn't think about it too much, so I made some hot pockets. Time went by and I didn't go back until one day my stomach was acting all funny and I thought it had to be the coffee. I had a ton of friends have stomach issues from drinking all the sugary or coffee drinks. Which I was doing both. Coffee, and ENERGY drinks like no tomorrow! (my husband and I are gamers, and would stay up all night on weekends with pizza rolls and redbull in hand).

So when I went back, I decided hey maybe I should give this guy a chance if he will explain everything again to me. So when I asked - it was Jean this time. She went over that it was mango ALOE water... which is some pretty awesome and yummy tasting stuff. Next we go back to the tea ... " This is green tea, which gives off energy...." She said there was some herbs in there too but I didn't remember anything... hold up energy? Heck yeah I'm All about that!... then "Each cup burns 80-100 calories per cup.. it's like taking a 20 min walk without actually walking" HOLD THE PHONE!!!! it does what?! Magic?! lol I sat there and heard her explain the tea, and I was sold.. done ... put it in my cart... let me check out (if this was a grocery store) So after 2 cups of tea, yes I really went through the tea [raspberry flavored - and there was peach, lemon, and original left to try!!] She brought me over to where we pick out the shake again. Okay I got this!! I picked out Dreamsicle. ~which if anyone knows what orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream tastes like, you will fall in love ~ So before I could say what I was thinking as my first gulp out of the GIANT straw they had for the shakes... she started talking. *note - my thoughts were HOLY MILKSHAKE from the heavens this is good!! * Yes  I thought it was a milkshake that made me feel good. Well... she told me it was a protein based meal replacement. - okay explains why I was full for so long - and that there is only 250 calories or LESS ... OR LESS! WHAT?! and it tastes like this? IMPOSSIBLE! So as she's explaining the healthy stuff about vitamins and minerals, I was just in pure heaven. And saying hey not too shabby! I actually will try this out next time INSTEAD of coffee.. Whaaaat? (insert minion voice).

So - I bring my husband and he had the same reaction as I did... the first time. I'm trying to say how cool it is and he's kind of like... yeah it tastes good... Well so then what do I do, I bring my sister! Jasmine fell in love with it just like I did and we went through the explanation of it again and I just was so curious about it... can I make these anywhere? Do I buy them from you? Do I go to any nutrition club for this? I mean my questions were endless... but his response was as simple as his wives was the first time. Come check it out for yourself, we have a meeting Tuesday night at 7:15pm

HAH a meeting? Oh okay, what is this AA? Mmmm no thanks... Well then I started thinking... damn curiosity. So I drag my sister along and it was to the HOM as it's called... fast forward a little.... after the meeting I felt like I could speak spanish I couldn't shut up! I talked so fast and I was asking this and that and where and how, who, when ... now okay lets go! I set up a time to meet with Kevin and figure out all the details of what to do. I was so excited about something. I mean my husband just left for deployment, I was miserable at my job and I found something that I surprisingly had a new found passion for. Or at least was excited about.

Next post teaser..
This is where it all started....
Well we did a wellness profile - I found out I was in the 30's% for body fat and I was mortified. I was 20 at the time and I was overweight? I mean I thought I was fine... but man... so I said give me the HMP - the membership packet to where I get a discount and I get the products to try it out. ....