Monday, February 3, 2020

Are you in Pain, Brain Fog, Stiff, Achy Joints, Bloated, Can't Sleep and Can't Lose Weight?

Are you in Pain, Brain Fog, Stiff, Achy Joints, Bloated, Can't Sleep and Can't Lose Weight?  This is EXACTLY where I was in 2018.  I had been on some inflammatory drugs for 8 months for pain and they were no longer working. I don't even like to take medicine.  There should be another way.

I am  an active 50ish year old.  I ride horses competitively, barn chores, garden, moderate exercise and all the other normal stuff.  I could sit down to watch a movie and couldn't hardly move when I got up!  Sit in a Car for 2 hours and I walked like an old person. Going upstairs, painful!  The thought process that we are older, we are going to have aches and pains is Bull Shit!  I was worried.  If I hurt this bad now, what is 30 more years going to be like.  I was seriously thinking that I needed to move our bedroom downstairs and maybe giving up my beloved riding.

My daughter kept telling me that I didn't eat enough to loose weight.....maybe I needed to see a nutritionist.  Oh, I'm thinking heck no!  I felt that I ate pretty clean.  Haha!  I didn't consume junk every day and I cook every night.  But, I had 1-2 French Cappuccinos in the morning, then water and Sweet Tea the rest of the day, then there was that 5 o'clock Crown & Coke!

I remembered something about a Whole30 diet that a doctor had suggested when my daughter was having some health issues and couldn't come up with an answer, Which was not her diet.  Then, I saw a friend post something.  So I looked it UP.  People HEAR ME, your DIET is CAUSING your PROBLEMS!!

I've been dieting since I was in my twenties.  But, at this point I was heavier than I had ever been, except when pregnant.  I was 147lbs on my scales.  I wanted to get below 140lbs.  I'm active, but I don't want to go to the gym and don't want to commit to 30 min exercises. But, I do exercise for example...I'm standing at the stove, I will do leg lifts and arm exercises.  I do some weight lifting and stretching but not all at the same time, so I'm not doing cardio. NO, getting that heart rate up to help loose weight.  I sweat messing with horses, but don't want to exercise and sweat.....Funny right?

I read up on the diet, just Google Whole30.  The list of the foods you can have, is shorter than the food you can not!  NO processed period, No Sugar or Sweeteners, No Legumes, No Peanuts, No Vegetable Oil, No Corn, No Diary-mayo, sour cream, cheese, milk, cream cheese, NO Bread, NO Bacon/Sausage-unless you find no sugar added, NO JUNK...….OH I know your thinking your going to starve! WHY!!! Is the list so long?  Because all these foods cause Inflammation.  PLEASE listen to Me.  I have been dieting since my 20's, This is the easiest DIET, I have ever done!  It is really a Life CHANGER for Life.  I never got hungry!  No calorie counting or portion measuring.  I was eating more than I ever have and losing weight. Did I have cravings? Yes, What diet have you ever done, that you don't!   The reason for the 30 of the Whole30 is 30 days of cleansing all that junk out of your body.  You CAN DO IT and you will FEEL GREAT!

Baked Brussel Sprouts & Hamburger patti

What are you going to eat....FRESH!
Fresh Veggies, I did Frozen as well, NO Canned
Fresh Fruit
Olive Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Ghee
Almond Flour
Almond Butter, NO Peanuts

You can find shopping list on the web, to help you.  And So Many Recipes!

It is 30 DAYS!  You Can DO IT for 30 days!  I immediately got the Sugar headache and you will to, because we do Not realize really how much ADDED sugar we consume daily! They put Sugar in EVERTHING.  But the second week, I was already feeling better, sleeping better.  Really? was this really possible that changing my diet could do this?  Yes it was! My stomach was flatter and the scale was moving!  This was in Jan and I was NOT exercising.  The First month, I lost 6lbs.  I felt so much better, I continued on the diet.  I lost 17lbs overall.  My expectations were so small, I had only wanted to get down below 140, but instead got down to 130lbs!  And what I was most surprised by is that I carry my weight in my hips.  Usually this is the last place to loose and I was losing there as well.   And my PAIN is basically gone!  Now there are days something will act up and it is Usually because of what I ate. Woo HOO!

So, What do you do after 30 Days?  You might want to continue as I did for awhile till you loose desired weight.  But, what do you do after that?  You need to figure out, What causes YOUR pain.  Something or all the foods that you eliminated are culprits to your problems.  When your ready, to add things back into your diet, You add one category a day.  Say you have really missed your Dairy, on Monday have Milk for Breakfast, some Cheese on your Salad, Sour Cream on a Potato and then your going to evaluate how you feel.  Did you Bloat you, make you feel sluggish, cause Pain?  Now for the next two days, Tues & Wed, you going to eat Whole30. On Thurs, you can try a different category, or eat your Dairy again to see the effects.

The culprit to my Pain is Sugar.  No more Sweet Tea for me.  I've gotten use to Non-sweet tea.  I mean that is not even a Southern thing. Does this mean that I never have a Donut? No, I may have a Donut or a small, small piece of cake, but I don't keep eating more sugar that day and I eat clean for days. In the past when I boiled veggies, everything got a pinch of Sugar and a Tablespoon of Butter.  Not any more.  I don't even miss it.  And I fried a LOT of summer veggies, not any more.  If I do fry, I use Olive Oil. Mainly now, I will saute veggies in a little olive oil.  I got on a little cheese and cracker lunch thing one the end of the week, I was not feeling to good.  And Yes, I will have a crown & coke, but usually it messes with my sleep.  So eat inflammatory foods in moderation.  Why would I want to feel pain? I feel great so I am continuing on the life change of eating better.  The Whole30 makes you very conscious of what is going in your mouth.

As of today, 2/3/20, I weigh 135lbs and I am getting back on Whole30 hard, because I've let a little weight creep back on me over the holidays and I now know it is possible for me to weigh 130lbs in my 50's.

I will try to post some of the recipes that I have tried and Love.  Like Homemade Ranch dressing.  So stayed tuned.

Good Luck on your journey!  I would love to hear from you!

Scrambled Eggs with Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms and Banana with Cinnamon 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Life Changer! ColorStreet Nail Polish

Good Morning Ladies!

I am shocked that I haven't written in so long!  First, you need material, Second, you have to sit down and write!  Looking back on our pictures, I've had material, but I just haven't shared.  I 'm sorry!

Today, I want to tell you about ColorStreet nail polish strips!  I don't get paid to try product, and I would not say I like something that I don't!  But, I feel as women, we SHOULD share things, that we love, that saves money, and time!  I ride Horses, Garden, Plus all the other Women duties.  I am hard on my nails.  Regular nail polish is good for about 1 day, or I would pay the MONEY for gel at the saloon.  Who has time for that!  PLUS, I had never thought about exposing my hands to UV light.  I love ColorStreet and have been using it a year this month.  

SO OUT of my Box, but got some many compliments!

So, let me back up a little......How was I introduced to this product.  Our youngest daughter is in Physical Therapy School.  She will graduate in May!  Woo HOO!  She has studied her tail off for 2 1/2 years while in PT school, 4 years for her Bachelors and now studying for the boards, while doing 40 hour Clinicals.  She does NOT have time to work a job for extra money.  Back in Jan 2019, she hosted a party for a classmate's wife, that sells ColorStreet and is a nurse.  Brianna's party did pretty well and I was hooked!   For weeks, she discussed maybe it would be a good avenue for some extra money.  This is how she does, back and forth!  Finally, I said, "What do you have to loose? How much does it cost to join? What is in the Kit? And, what if you only make a $100 dollars a month?  That is a hundred in your pocket? So, she joined!  She was easily making a $100 a month.  

Then her older sister, Megan wanted to join....Megan has a really GOOD job, but she wanted to make extra money for some vet bills that she had incurred with her barrel horses.  Brianna was a little upset that Megan might take some of her customers.  I had to explain about having a downline and how it works.  Megan may take a couple of her clients, but a portion of commission still comes up.  Well, Megan hit the ground running and she has signed up ladies.  Now, Brianna is not only making money off what she sells, plus commission on all those ladies under her.  Last month she made $500 ON NAILS and Megan made $700.  What the What!!!  I don't how many times, I have said, I wish ColorStreet was around when I was selling BeautiControl.  They do all their parties completely online!  So easy.  I LOVED BeautiControl, but it was a lot of work, and lugging all that product to someone's home.  Could You use an extra $100?  So what is ColorStreet…..

This was a Hostess award, for the month of my party.

So, What is ColorStreet?

Made in the USA - Love this!

100% Nail polish that is poured into strips that just presses on

16 double ended strips, so most get 2 manicures, and a Pedi

(Reseal your package with a flat iron to save extras)

NO heating to apply

NO dry time, Apply and GO!

No Smudges

Last for up to 14 days!  REALLY!  

Remove with Regular Nail Polish remover!  Mineral Fusion is the BEST!
                    Check out YouTube, How to Remove ColorStreet Nail polish in 60 seconds!

Cost $11-$14 Buy 3 get 1 Free, French Buy 1 get 1 free

It has never been so easy to have Beautiful Nails.   So many cute Colors, designs, Solids, Glitters, Holiday designs, Glow in the Dark for Halloween. Super easy to apply.

Do YOU love having beautiful nails and are tired of the upkeep, Paying at the salon, and Sitting at the salon?  If so, then YOU need ColorStreet.  Could YOU use some Extra $$$?  Do YOU need a new washer?  Would YOU like new Carpet?  A Vacation?  Never in our thinking, would they be making this kind of money selling nail polish strips!  Brianna is saving for their Honeymoon this fall with her income. 

 If any of this interest you, Please Join, Brianna's Nail Necessities Or Megan's Nail Bar on FaceBook.  Reach out to her for a sample or questions about the Business opportunity.   The link to order is under the pages Description on Their FB group.   The link changes at times, because it is a party set up under their name, therefore, not only are they making commission, but earning free nails that they sell out right.   Or if your prefer, email her at

                                                  Some of the ones that I have worn!

My favorite!

Labor Day Nails

This was at about two weeks, look at the growth, but ends still look good!

Looks so cute with flannels!

These were at two Weeks!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kitchen Renovation

This is the kitchen in the house, that we finally bought, after looking at 25 houses!  I think, I may have been really tired of looking, because I didn't catch a couple of things.  But, It would not have mattered really, because the house was in pretty good shape and the area of town that we wanted.

I just walked in and said, Oh, I least this one has been updated....... We had looked at some with metal cabinets, or just old cabinets.  Someone had extended that tile backsplash down for the counter top.  But, down there in the corner where that microwave is, it was completely different tile!

And while we were sitting in the floor scrubbing grout, my daughter says, why is that door so dark.  The one under the sink.  I couldn't believe it.  Everything is raised panel doors and that one was a flat panel.

                                                    Who knew, that the grout was white.......

We had decided that we wanted to paint them white.  Off to Lowes to look at cabinets in stock to see if we could find a color that we liked. Then we went and picked out paint chips to find something close.  We used Valspar w/primer.  When you take your doors off, number them, so they can be put back in the right spot.  I did a light sanding before we painted.

 We had painted all the cabinets.  When you looked inside the cabinets, some of the sides seemed to be off.  My husband decided he just couldn't wait to get granite counter tops. When, we got an estimate for the granite, the guy mentioned that he hoped we could get the counter tops off without tearing up the cabinets.  We did, but then I could see why things looked weird.  I told hubs, we are not putting granite on this junk.  So, every bottom cabinet on that side came out.

 And it really was a good thing, because the wall had been patched back there and not very well.  We tore more sheet rock off and put in wall insulation around all those water lines.

                            At least we shut the door to the mice that had been coming in through there.

                               Back to Lowes for base cabinets and another gallon of the cabinet paint.

I guess this is the only picture that I took of new cabinets going back in.  This was not an easy task.  Shims, shims and shims to make every thing level from the front to back and side to side.

Here is the finished product.  We went with the granite over the washer/dryer adding more counter top space.

There was some little crappy trim across the top of the cabinets that came down.  And, I replaced it with chair rail.  I looked all over for something different, but nothing that would work was to be found.

                                                            It Turned out great!