Man, I thought long and hard about this blog for a really long time.
Not this post, in particular, but this BLOG.
Like the whole sharing my life on the internet thing.
Did I want to still do it?
What happens when my kids get older?
What kind of message was I sending?

These were all questions I asked as things began to start tumbling downward last year.

I took several months off to evaluate my life, my goals, my MESSAGE to the world.
And I came up with one thing.... I wasn't sending the right message.
Maybe I was trying to, but it wasn't being received the way I wanted it to.

Whatever the case, I shut down.
I focused on me and my life and my kids and I found something I'd lost in the mix... peace.

So I thought I'd update you all on what's been going on in my life.

I am a work from home mom. I help people hit physical and financial goals, and by doing that I am blessed in return.
Big T is 6 and is in Kindergarten and I am very active in his school. I get to eat lunch with him, shop with him at his book fairs, work in his Christmas store, and be at every Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day and every other classroom party.
I get to take him and pick him up from school every day and ask him how his day was. I get to do homework with him every night and take him to the park after school.
I get to be PRESENT in his life and I'm thankful for that.
He is my sensitive child. Always the good one, always good reports at school. He is courteous and caring. He loves helping me clean and cook and loves positive reinforcement.
He has a heart so big and so full of love.

Mushy is 4 and he is in pre-school. I keep him home with me 1-2 days a week, depending on my workload for the week.
I am on the phone, emails, lunches, or at school events several times a week, and I feel it is necessary for him to be on a schedule and in a learning environment.
I pick him up early on the days he is at school and we go pick up Bubba together.
I spend a lot of time with my kids, and I love being able to do so.
He is my difficult child, God love him.
He loves snuggling with me and knows my weak spots for him. He sneaks in my bed at night and snuggles up next to me. Most nights I don't even notice he's there until I wake up. He's a lover with a temper like I've never seen, and he tests me every day.
Remember how I always said he was like a Sour Patch Kid? He'd cut my hair off in my sleep and then snuggle me and tell me he loves me??
Yeah, that's still him.

My ex husband works a lot and he is very present in their lives as well. We are good friends and we co-parent as best we know how.
We don't fight, especially in front of the kids, and we still do family outings together and keep our kids first.
In the beginning that was hard, and I'm not going to lie and say it's easy all the time now, it's not.
It takes constant effort and communication, but we navigate it the best we can.

My health and fitness is still a big part of my life, but I don't obsess over it.
I know that there is more to life than having abs year round, or counting macros for every meal.
I feel more confident in myself than I have in a very long time.
And that has absolutely nothing to do with my body.
Maybe it's taken me 31 years to figure out that having the perfect physique really WON'T make all your dreams come true.
It really WON'T make everything in your life perfect.
The only thing that will fulfill you completely is love. Giving love, receiving it, and then spreading it like wildfire.
THAT is what I am focused on.
And maybe I'm a little softer in the middle because of it, and maybe a little more boring, but it feeds me.
Knowing that a life I want is within my reach and helping others achieve what THEY want, that's worth the extra fluff.

Maybe I'll get the itch to set another goal soon. I've toyed with picking up running again, solely for the purpose of seeing my kids at the finish line of a race (they've never watched me finish a race before) and showing them what their mom can do, teaching spin classes (spinning is a true passion of mine), and maybe competing again (I love the Masters class ((35 year old+ age division)) and admire those women), but for now I'm just trying to live life, enjoy my time with my kids, and focus on the many blessings I've been given.

I don't know what's to come of this blog, it's done so much for me over the years and completely changed my entire life. Some of it in good ways, and some of it in amazing ways.
I am appreciative of every one of you who have read along, cried, cheered me on, and picked me up when I've fallen over the years.

My focus has shifted and I can't help but feel like it's been the most dramatically amazing change I've made to date.


Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year Yet!

2016 in quickly approaching.
It's time to make this year your best year yet!
Let's kick of 2016 to a healthier you!
I've got some great ways to help you get there!

Number ONE
I am hosting a Diet Bet beginning January 6th.

If you've played my Diet Bets before, you know I like to offer awesome incentive prizes!
I have given away iPads, an Apple Watch, several thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, clothes, jewelry, AdvoCare products, gift cards, personal training programs, and much more in past games.

This time I am giving away an all expense paid trip for 2 to anywhere in Mexico or the Caribbean!!
I have never offered anything like this before! I am super excited about it!

*Trip details*
Trip is 4 days, 3 nights to anywhere in Mexico or the Caribbean. 
Booked through assigned travel agent to be given to winner.
Trip valued at $1,800.

Along with the trip for 2, there will be several other prizes given away including gift cards, clothes, jewelry, etc. 

Another awesome incentive I've giving away this game is workout programs.
I will be posting FREE weekly workouts for those that sign up for the Diet Bet.
So not only are you getting the support from the Diet Bet site, you also get a weekly workout plan.

How does it work?
You place a $35 bet that you will lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. When you DO,  you win your bet amount back and then some!
Winners of my past games have won anywhere between 

When can I sign up?
You can sign up for the Diet Bet NOW!
Go HERE to sign up.
 I would recommend doing it before the holidays and craziness of New Years ensues.
You can sign up for the Diet Bet up to two weeks AFTER the start date, but you don't get extra time to lose your 4%.
So if you sign up 2 weeks late, you only have 2 weeks to lose your 4%. 

How are prizes given away?
Diet Bet provides me with a list of completely random players for the winners. 

Do you have to lose your 4% to be eligible to win prizes?
NO. All for taking a leap of faith, you can be entered to win the prizes, INCLUDING the trip!

HERE is a news segment on one of the past Diet Bets I hosted. 

If you are wanting to do the Diet Bet and need some help, I would highly recommend checking out the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.
Which brings me to...

Number TWO
Team Laughlin is hosting an ALL IN 24 Day Challenge Biggest Loser Contest!

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

 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!

The challenge will be starting on January 11th.

(PRE ORDER- through Jan 4th)
Free shaker bottle
Free bracelet
Free food containers
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
Workout programs and help

The person with the MOST AMOUNT OF BODY WEIGHT PERCENTAGE LOST (not WEIGHT lost), will win
$500 Cash!

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. 

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.


-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)
-Daily Guide with instructions and checklist

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. 

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

The 24 Day Challenge is around $190

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 White Chocolate Peppermint is AMAZING!)
If money is an issue for you, get with your Team Laughlin distributor and see what your options are.

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!!!

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.

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

You can preorder your All In 24 Day Challenge HERE.
If you preorder now, your card will not be charged until December 28th, so it won't affect your Christmas budget! 

I'm offering so many incentives to help make sure that your 2016 starts off right!
As always, if you have questions, feel free to email me at 


What to Expect When Getting a Breast Lift

When I got my first pair of implants in 2005 I was young and all I knew was that I wanted bigger breasts.
I ended up with size 38DD breasts, a big change from my natural 38B.
Fast forward to gaining and losing a total of 90 lbs., 2 pregnancies, and 2 breastfeeding attempts.
I say attempts, because I did the best I could with breastfeeding. Each of my kids were breastfed for about 2 months. My initial incisions were under the fold of my breasts.
Then, after losing all the weight from my second child, I decided my large breasts were no longer proportionate to my smaller body.
The shape of them didn't change much, there wasn't much sagging or anything, they were just too big.
I was starting to have a little issue where when I would lay on my back, they would fall to the sides a bit. Again, not really a huge deal, but it began to bother me.
To me, they just looked like big, natural breasts.

I have been wanting a smaller implant for a long time. I knew that with a smaller implant, though, I'd have to have a lift. The reason you need a lift with a smaller implant is that when you take a big implant out, you will need a big implant to fill up that tissue, OR a lift with a smaller implant to remove the excess skin.
And the whole reason for getting them redone was because I wanted them SMALLER. It would not have been possible without a lift.
You can't just go in and put a smaller implant in when you've had a big implant there for 10 years.

My previous implants were 550 cc saline implants. Silicone was not a choice back then, unless you were allergic to saline.
On my 5'6, then 155 lb. frame, the 550 cc took me to a full DD.

Over the years I wasn't able to wear certain tops, I had to wear very supportive sports bras, etc.
Now, on my 5'6, 135 lb. frame, I went with a 390 cc silicone implant for a cup size of a C (hopefully; I will know for sure when they settle and aren't so swollen).

My doctor that I chose is a very respectable doctor in the Dallas area. He is triple board certified and I have seen his work, first hand, and have been very impressed with it. It is NOT the original doctor I went to back in 2005 for my breast aug, as I heard ONE bad story about him over the years and that solidified my decision not to go to him for future procedures.
If you're looking for a good doctor, ask around! Word of mouth is mostly how these doctors get their clients!
Then set up a consultation and meet with the doctor. Feeling comfortable and confident with your doctor is important!

The cost of the procedure can vary depending on several things. I had a mastopexy with new silicone implants put in. My doctor had to do a bit of reconstruction because I had previous implants, so it was a bit more invasive. He had to break up the capsule around the old implant, which makes for a more painful recovery.
It was an option for me to keep the same implants, and solely do a lift (which would have brought me down a full cup size) and to solely do a lift with no implant (which would have brought me down to a small B). Neither of those were what I wanted, so I stuck with a new, smaller implant.
For a lift with a breast implant, expect to pay around $7,000-$12,000. It all depends on the doctor, area, etc. Most doctors give a discount for cash payments as well. And extra tip: these prices ARE negotiable in most cases.

If you have small children, you will NEED HELP!
I had my surgery done on a Friday morning and I had help all weekend with them. They stayed with family members and their father, but came to "visit" me. I could not mother the first 2 days. Not even a little bit. I am very thankful I have family and a supportive ex husband to help me out.
I also had help with ME all weekend. You do not want to be left alone for the first 2-3 days.
You won't be able to pick up your kids for 6 weeks. My youngest is almost 4, so I can get away with this. If he were any younger, I'm not sure I'd be able to hack it.
The kids know mommy had surgery and they have to be very careful with her and help her out. PS- this is a great way to see what big helpers they are. My oldest offered to cook dinner until I was better. He's 6. :)
You will need help with the little things, like sitting and standing, and getting dressed.
Having someone there to help you, cook for you, help with showers etc. will take a lot of pressure off of you and allow you to rest and heal.

Does it hurt?
YES. I recall my first breast augmentation being very bearable. It just felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I had minimal pain. Of course, that was 10 years ago, and it was a much less invasive procedure. And I've had two babies since then, so I may have the tendency to forget how painful things are when the outcome is so good (i.e., having children :P)
The pain this time, has been worse.
That is to be expected, as it is a more invasive surgery.
You will be given pain medication to help relieve the pain. The day of surgery, I was taking 2 pain pills every 4 hours. The pain was pretty brutal.
The second day I spread it out to 2 pain pills every 6 hours. The third day, I began taking 1 pain pill every 4 hours.
So every day I'm able to manage the pain a bit better. I've also been drinking my Oasis, in place of my Spark. I'm finding that has been helping a lot.
And I really don't think I'd be able to sleep at night without adding in my SleepWorks.
My pain is about a 2 on a scale of 1-10 when I'm laying down (propped up!), but when I get up to stand, I begin to feel the tightness and pressure and my pain goes up to about a 6-7 for the first 2 days.
I recommend getting up slowly. Anytime I got up too quickly, I felt like I was going to throw up.
FYI- the pain medication will cause constipation. I was drinking a lot of fiber to try and keep things moving post-op.

I haven't been very hungry since the procedure. I have had a few pieces of toast, a banana, some chicken soup, but mostly I just try to eat something when it's time to take another pain pill.
I am very thirsty, however and have been drinking a ton of water.
I was just advised to not eat anything spicy or heavy for 24 hours after surgery (incase that was to come up, it would have hurt).
Other than that, I have no food restrictions.
My sister brought me taco soup, my mom brought me mashed potatoes and chicken and dumpling soup, etc.

This is the big thing everyone wants to know about.
I have a full anchor scar on both breasts.
Yes, they cut off your nipple and sew it back on. It is supposed to fade and not be visible over time.
Many of the lifts I've seen you can't even see a scar.
If I could give you one piece of advice, DON'T STARE AT THEM. The scars I mean. Every time I stare at my scars I start getting light headed and nauseous.  It messes with your head. It looks like it hurts, so you start thinking you're hurting.
Be warned: they will look bad. The scars are raised at first and you'll wonder "what have I done to myself?"
I'm still trying to stay on the up and up and not focus too much on the scars.
The size, from what I can tell so far, I'll be very happy with.

full anchor scar
I didn't wait until after I had kids to have my initial breast augmentation. I wish I would have. But I was young and stubborn. I don't know if my augmentation had anything to do with my difficulties breastfeeding or not. My incisions were under the fold of the breast, so the nipple was not affected at that time. However, after my first procedure I did lose feeling in both nipples.
If you are wondering wether or not to proceed with surgery before having children, I would recommend waiting. Everyone's situation is different, but if breastfeeding is important to you, I would hold off on getting a lift until after having kids.

The morning of the procedure I had to be at the facility at 7am. They hooked me up, took my blood pressure, and put the leg circulation things on me and took me into a waiting area. When the Dr. came in to mark on me, I sat up in bed. He marked on me for what felt like forever. I started to feel like I was going to faint, so I had to lay down for a few minutes.
Thinking about the procedure, having not eaten or drank anything from the night before, and the nausea patch wasn't a good combination. I went pale white and began sweating.
My Dr. said it was normal and happens quite frequently.
They started the IV on me, and I met with the anesthesiologist. He then started me on something and I said goodbye to my loved ones.
The last thing I remember was being rolled into the OR.

I will not be able to work out for 4-6 weeks.
I plan on resuming minimal cardio and light work when I feel up to it, as long as it's cleared by my doctor.

I hope I have helped answer all your questions. I know it's still a bit early, but so far, I'm very happy with my results!