7.17.2015

I'm Happy

Me?
I'm happy.
And I'm healthy.
And while I may not have a rockin' 6 pack and a I'm a little softer in the middle, I've found a balance.

I did not compete at the Independence Day Classic, and I don't plan to compete at all this year.
I am actually having surgery in October (smaller breast implants and a lift) so needless to say, I will not be ready for the stage this year.
I have been very open with the fact that I got breast implants when I was young, and open to the fact that I've wanted them smaller as I felt I overdid it initially.

I'm also not really in that mindset at the moment.

When I started this blog 7 years ago I LOVED being able to help women. It was what kept me going and it felt like it was my calling. Nothing made me happier than helping other women, like me, know that they could do things that they were afraid of.
That, as cheesy as it sounds; if I could do it, so could they!
Somewhere along the way, my journey became less about that and more about obtaining perfection in my eyes.
And I'm not saying it's a bad thing to strive for goals and want to continually better yourself. IT'S NOT. I'm a firm believer in setting goals and working your butt off to get there.

But I lost sight of what TRULY made my happy.
Helping others.

THAT'S what I'm focused on right now.

My journey will be ever-evolving and ever-changing, but will always be moving forward.
I'm not giving up on my health and goals.
My focus has just shifted.

I am done with oversharing and bombarding you all with multiple selfies and progress pictures.
Don't get that twisted, I am NOT done with setting and achieving goals for myself.
I'm just focusing on what made me TRULY happy in the beginning.... helping people.
Being completely selfless and pouring my heart into others.
THAT'S the kind of thing I want to be a part of. THOSE are the kind of people I want to surround myself with.

Winning that trip to Cabo from AdvoCare was the best thing that could have happened to me.
It made me realize that a GIVING heart is a HAPPY heart.
I would not be where I am today without that opportunity, meeting the people I did, and without AdvoCare.

I learned how to make a living off of this blog, but the amount of sharing I had to do to keep up with that, I am no longer comfortable with.
My kids deserve better than that, and my personal life is no one's business.

I'm not really going anywhere, and when the time comes that I'm done with this blog, you will be the first to know. You can keep up with me on Facebook. But please keep in mind, I do not and will not, EVER, put up with bullies, hate or slander on that page (or ANYWHERE). So let's follow the golden rule and treat others as you'd want to be treated.

All of that to say, I want to thank you for following along with me through all these years.
Thank you for your support and love and I can only hope I've been some small source of motivation for you. That maybe something I've said or done has stuck with you, or made you believe YOU CAN.
Because I'm here to tell you, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN'T DO. :)


7.09.2015

24 Day Challenge Biggest Loser Contest


Grab your friends and get ready!
Team Laughlin is hosting a 24 Day Challenge Biggest Loser Contest!

WHAT IS IT:
 24 days of supplementation and optimal nutrition to get you amazing results, drop some body weight, and just all around FEEL BETTER.

WHO IS IT FOR:
 If you're feeling sluggish and tired and are wanting to lose weight, gain energy, and feel good, the 24 Day Challenge is a great place to start!

WHEN DOES IT START:
The challenge will be starting on July 20th.

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE:
Free coaching
Meal planning (What do I eat?)
Recipes (I don't know how to cook healthy!)
Approved foods list
Access to a secret Facebook group for accountability
Daily Challenges

WHAT DOES THE WINNER RECEIVE:
The person with the MOST AMOUNT OF BODY WEIGHT PERCENTAGE LOST (not WEIGHT lost), will win $500 Cash!

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO:
You must purchase the 24 Day Challenge from a Team Laughlin Distributor.
We have this rule to keep it fair. 
**You can not purchase from another distributor not on Team Laughlin and be eligible to win the cash prize. 

HOW DOES THE 24 DC WORK:
The first 10 days is the Cleanse Phase. You eat very clean (nothing fried, no sugars; only lean meats, veggies, fruits, and whole grains)
It helps rid your body of toxins and prepare your body to absorb nutrients.
It is VERY UNEVENTFUL and you will not be running to the bathroom every 5 minutes. 
Most people don't even notice a difference in their bathroom habits. 
The last 14 days is called the Max Phase where you can choose from three different metabolic nutrition systems. You continue to fuel your body correctly and eat a whole, clean diet.

WHAT DOES THE 24DC COME WITH:

-2 boxes of Spark
-Herbal Cleanse system (Herbal Cleanse & Fiber)
(I prefer Peaches and Cream flavor, but the new unflavored one is out and people love that)
-Box of meal replacement shakes
-MNS formula (MNS C, MNS 3 or MNS E)
-Omegaplex
-Daily Guide with instructions and checklist

DO I HAVE TO EXERCISE:
It is recommended that you add in exercise with the 24DC for optimal results.
Daily challenges will be added to the secret Facebook group to get you moving. 

CAN I HAVE ALCOHOL:
Alcohol is not suggested on the 24DC. 
It's just 24 days. I promise you can do it!

HOW MUCH IS IT:
The 24 Day Challenge is around $190

MONEY IS TIGHT FOR ME:
If you sign up as a distributor you get 20% off all your products.
It is $79 and includes THREE BOXES of Spark.
You can get up to a 40% discount on all products as well.
You can also take out meal replacements shakes from your 24DC bundle if you would prefer not to have them (although the new Iced Lemon Cake is AMAZING!)
If money is an issue for you, get with your Team Laughlin distributor and see what your options are.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PACKAGE:
Shipping will take approximately a week to get to you, depending on where you're located so don't wait until the last minute to order!!!

I AM ALREADY A DISTRIBUTOR, CAN I STILL JOIN:
If you are not a member of Team Laughlin or purchased from Team Laughlin and are doing the 24DC and want to join the secret Facebook group for accountability, you can do so. BUT, you will NOT be eligible for the $500 cash prize.

WHAT RESUTLS CAN I EXPECT:
Here are a few results of people I personally know and have met and heard their stories, who have had awesome results with AdvoCare and starting me with the 24 day challenge






To order your 24 Day Challenge you can click HERE.
**Access to the Secret Facebook group will be granted upon purchase before the start date of July 20th. 




5.26.2015

Quick and Healthy Dinner Made Easy

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

The awesome people at Blue Apron asked me if I'd like to try them out and share my thoughts/opinions with y'all.
Send me farm fresh ingredients, perfectly proportioned, to my doorstep that create delicious and healthy, chef-designed meals in under 40 minutes?
Ummmm... YES PLEASE! 

Look, I'm a mom, I get how busy we are all the time. How dinner can seem like such a cluster at times and you don't know what to cook and you're rummaging around your pantry for a plethora of ingredients to make a semi-edible meal that your family can choke down.
No? That's just me? 
Disregard...

Blue Apron has a solution for you.
It's no secret I'm no Suzy Homemaker, but I'll tell you what, this meal made me feel like the most experienced foodie you ever did see.
I even sent pictures of my finished meal to my foodie best friend and was all "omg look how awesome this is! you'd be so proud!"
She was.
I'm getting off track.

Let's get to the meal, shall we??
Yeah, I made that (pats self on back)



My sous chefs.
They're a bit clumsy and antsy, and they wanted to keep sticking their fingers in the butter, but shhhhh... we won't tell anyone that. ;P 

 Mushy was my big helper. He kept telling me what to do next just by looking at the picture directions. 



 My mouth is watering looking at this again. 

This meal, was, hands down, the yummiest thing I've had in a VERY long time.
The steaks were perfect and so tender.
And the rice!?!?! I couldn't get over the flavor! 
It was SO EASY. I mean, my 3 year old helped me. 
Everything is laid out so simply and you don't have to be an experienced chef to follow along. 

I HIGHLY recommend checking out what Blue Apron has to offer.
They have plans for 2 people, or for a family of 4.
I got the family of 4 and it was a great amount for me, the boys, and another person. 
They have free shipping and everything comes packaged in a tight, sealed, refrigerated box, so even if you're not home when your delivery arrives, it will stay fresh. 
They have so many different recipes and meals to choose from!
I've been eyeing the Spring Miso Ramen and the Shrimp and Pineapple Soft Tacos to try out next.
Each menu is between 500-700 calories per person, too!
And the good news is Blue Apron is launching in Texas! 
So all my fellow Texans can test out their culinary skills.

Ready for a discount??
The first 100 readers will get two meals off their Blue Apron order FREE!
Just click here to redeem.

All in all, Blue Apron gets a big thumbs up from the boys and I!