Friday, January 11, 2019

A Life on the Couch...

Well this is a little bit embarrassing... I didn't start this blog to let it sit there and not write but that's exactly what has happened.  Shame on me!

Ok, ok I've been a little busy (I know, who hasn't right?) excuses aside though, while I've been getting my menopause down to a science, like literally, I've been having so much fun coaching people on their health journey along side me.  A group of friends and I have created a community of likeminded people who just want to start feeling better again!  People who are tired of living and watching others from their couch, viewing everyone else life from their smart phones and wishing that was them!

So here's the thing... Some of you may know this and some may not but once I learned that I was going through menopause and had started at age 37 (gasp! - I know). I was very nervous when I started going to my Internal Medicine Dr. and getting BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy).  I mean, yes nervous for obvious reasons because who wants to think about a metal rod being inserted into your butt CHEEK (ALL CAPS - not inside your bottom, lol), not this girl! I mean it's large enough that pellets get dropped down the rod and inserted into you Gluteus Maximus and then closed up with either surgical tape or stitches if it starts to bleed.  So ya, needless to say I was very nervous when I looked into this, lol!

But as scary as it was to think about the pellets, I was probably more nervous to list out the supplements that literally have kept me afloat.  All I kept thinking at the time was, what would my Dr. say to me?  Would she tell me to stop taking them?  Would they be ok to take with the supplements that she had in mind for me? I just couldn't handle someone taking me off what I knew had kept me functioning for so long because nothing had ever helped like this.

Well, she surprised me!  She said that they have been very helpful and being that most of my hormones were so low, and next to nothing in my adrenal glands that it explained to her how I was able to function for so long without any modern medicine. In her 30 years as a physician, I was her worse case she said!  I was in so much shock to hear this because of how young I was when I went to her.  She said it was as if I had been burning the candle at both ends of the stick and there was nothing left.  Talk about wake up call, slap in the face, ice bucket challenge or whatever you want to call it... I was in S H O C K! BUT here's the thing, I was thrilled because I know how good I feel on all of my products BUT to have my Dr. approve them and give me the thumbs up with them was even more reassuring to me that my company is doing all the right things!

This is me in just 10 short days! It's very hard to capture energy 
and I really wasn't looking to lose much 
but this is what 8 pounds looks like in 10 days!
Most importantly my energy, happiness and
over all excitement for life is BACK!

You may or may not be going through what I have but this leads me to some questions for you...

Are you tired, unmotivated, crabby, can't sleep at night, find yourself wanting to take naps or just all around sluggish?

Are you living life from the couch?

Do you wish that you had the energy that others have?

Do you look in the mirror and not recognize the person you see staring back at you? 

Do you want to change your life but don't know where to start?

Have you gained weight but don't know where to begin?

Gone are the days that I use to feel just like this and I am so happy now because I don't recognize that old version of me any longer.  And yes for me, I am dealing with menopause but that doesn't mean that YOU have to be dealing with it to get for me to help you.  I never want to go back to that unhappy feeling again and that is why I am passionate about helping others (men and women) get to a place in their lives where they can feel and look their best again! 

This handsome guy right here is my husband! Just look at what's possible in 80 days!
"I sat there and stared at this side by side picture for 5 minutes in disbelief. I knew that I was dropping the weight but until you see yourself next to your old self it's crazy what you can accomplish. I didn't start working out until day 70 of my program because I needed to drop the weight to get the energy to get into the gym. This program is easy, anyone can do it." - Adam

I do not offer a magic pill but what I do offer is a very simple program with a support group of fantastic people who have all gone through what you are experiencing as well.  My program offers:

  • Top of the line products to get your body feeling better than ever
  • Meal planning
  • Grocery guide
  • Quick to the table recipes 
  • Virtual coach with fitness tips and great snack ideas
  • Group motivation
  • One on one coaching

And even with all of this support you still have me guiding you every step of the way! I have programs that cost less than the average person spends on a daily cup of coffee.  I coach my clients for free and make sure that they can get to a life that is enjoyable again.  Why would I offer this?  The reason why I do this is because I was once where you are right now and someone who cared enough reached out to me to help me and now it is my life’s purpose to help others just like I was helped.

This is Heather! A beautiful Mama of 7!!!! "In less than 3 months this is what she has  accomplished! “As a busy mom of 7, a wife, and having a full-time job I stopped caring for myself. It got to the point where I had no energy to keep up with my kids, and I became extremely self-conscious with the way I looked. I decided enough was enough. I needed to take care of myself so I can be here for my family. I started the program with the hope of becoming healthier and gaining back my self-esteem. I realized very quickly this wasn’t the normal diet fad. It’s all about making a lifestyle change that you are able to stick to long after the 80 days. Since beginning my journey, I’ve been working out consistently 5 days a week. I never felt like I was deprived of food. Not to mention the amazing support of teammates and family. I still have a ways to go, but I am happier and healthier than I have been in a very long time.” - Heather

If any of this sounds like it’s for you or maybe you know a loved one who needs help, I would be honored to coach you through your journey or theirs.  

This is my good friend Darrin who did an incredible job in such a short amount of time! 
 "I can't believe I lost 27 pounds and 10 inches in just 24 days! So stoked to go into summer looking and feeling great! - Darrin

So give it up to Ken and hear what he had to say! “I started out at 246-½ lbs with the 24 day challenge. I learned healthy eating habits and kept the challenge up for six months. Stripped a lot of fat off. Now I’m starting the performance elite phase at 184 lbs.” - Ken

And give it up to Lori, just like all moms we have busy schedules with kids and everything else. but there's nothing better than when your family is proud! "Having your kids tell you they are happy to have their happy mom back is better than any of it!" - Lori

Friday, September 15, 2017

10 Day Cleanse - Results Are In

Oh that moment when summer comes to an end and you realize "what the heck did I do to myself?" Reality comes charging in so fast just to smack you right in the face!  I mean seriously, why can't I eat like crap and drink whenever I want without consequences anymore?  It aint like it was when I was in my twenties, that's for sure!  This forty something chick needs to watch it and that's why I am soooo happy that I found something that helps me bounce back in as little as 10 days!  These quick 10 days I got rid of 6 POUNDS and 9 INCHES and it shows!  I couldn't be more happy with my results and thats why I am screaming it from the rooftops!

Chest - 33" to 32"
Waist - 30" to 27"
Hips - 36" to 33"
Thigh - 19" to 17"

Do you ever find yourself looking into the mirror gazing at your body, wondering where the old you  went?  Ya, me too!  Like where the hell did that hot chick go?  I remember a time when I literally sat on the floor crying because I had no clothes that fit, I felt depressed, my skin looked like crap and all I could do was... NOTHING!!!!  I mean when I said nothing fit, I mean I had a fascination with browsing every store that had maxi dresses, maxi skirts, and anything that would hide the belly (just like the elastic pants, lol).

Here's the great news... 10 DAYS!  Yes, just 10 days I was able to take my summer crap (literally) and get rid of it, HA!  And I don't mean a horrible juice cleanse, starvation diet, or even a diarrhea explosion, lol!  This is the most "gentile & uneventful" cleanse that you can do all while eating amazing foods and a lot of them.

Things like:

  • Baked Salmon with Avocado Salsa over Cauliflower Rice
  • Grass Fed Flank Steak with Chimichuri Marinade
  • Chicken Verde with Black Bean and Corn Salad
    And so many more like...
  • Cilantro & Lime Turkey Lettuce Wraps
  • Buffalo Chicken & Quinoa Dish
  • Hummus Crusted Chicken
  • Garlic Shrimp & Quinoa
  • Korean Beef
  • Shrimp & Zucchini Noodles
I mean the list goes on and on and you get access to all this and so much more!

As for my workouts, I hurt my hand back in June and so I've been nursing it until it heals so unfortunately I wasn't able to workout.  Not exactly what I recommend but hey, it worked for me!

But here's the thing, 10 days!  Give me just 10 days to help you get rid of all of that guck that's floating around in your stomach!  What's the worse thing to happen?  You start to feel better than ever?  Your skin starts to clear up?  That's worth it regardless!

So here's what I used:

If you're wondering what I am going to do to continue to improve, well I'm going to enjoy my family that came into town this weekend (and that means eat and drink whatever I want, yay!  Bring on the party, haha) and then jump on some products come Monday to help me stay fueled throughout the days going forward.  Honestly, AdvoCare's MNS gives me all the vitamins, nutrients and minerals that I need to make sure my body is firing on all four cylinders.  Who wouldn't want that?

And here's the thing, I've been using AdvoCare products for some time now BUT I have NEVER EVER seen results that work like this all while allowing you to eat amazing wholesome foods that aren't bland and boring.  My passion is helping others do the same and not play the yo-yo of crazy fluctuations of major weight gain but it's to live a realistic lifestyle that we can all do.  But let's be real here, we're all going to get the occasional summer pounds or the winter holiday gain, that's life!  It's teaching our bodies and minds that life isn't perfect and that we will fluctuate slightly so that the weight gain will not be something of mass proportions.

If you are interested in hearing more, just let me know and I will be more than happy to help you out!  If you would like to reach me via email please send a message to, or follow me on Instagram @lifebycj.  I can't wait to see what this can do for you!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY: The Best Couples Ugly Christmas Sweaters...

Oh... Tis the Season... It's a time of year where friends gather together to boast this years best, YET UGLIEST Christmas sweaters!  Haha!  Well I don't know if you're anything like me or not, but store bought just wasn't an option!  No, no!  You see, I want something creative, something funny, something where people will be talking about it till the next year!  Hopefully I did just that with this year's creativity.
Oh where do you begin with this hilarious motif?  Well it was super easy and this is how I did it...

Get matching colored sweaters.  I will not be caught dead in something that doesn't flatter my figure so off to Ross I went...  I found this sweater for $17.99 and my Hubby's for only $6.99, gotta love those kind of department stores!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Journey to a Health(ier) Lifestyle...

Have you ever felt as if you were on a rollercoaster ride of being your best healthiest self?  Some days you feel great and others maybe not so much.  Yah, me too!  A lot of people don't know that I struggle with this every day of my life.  

When I was a child I was raised by a single mother like many people have been.  I was a latch key kid like many as well.  But the difference in my childhood unlike others is that I was raised by a bipolar mother who abused alcohol and unfortunately what that meant for me was that there was very seldom ever food in the house.  I was lucky if we actually had Top Ramen lying around and if we ever had milk, most of the time it was spoiled rotten.