No More Excuses! Get Started on a Path to Health Today!

No matter what your age is, there is a good chance there is at least one aspect of your life that you would like to improve. Whether you want to slim down, increase energy, have more stamina for sports, or just want your skin to look younger, there is an Isagenix product that can help you achieve your goals.

Unlike other programs that require you to count calories, or deprive yourself of your favorite foods and snacks, Isagenix products are different. Whether you want to achieve a healthy weight, increase energy, or have more stamina for the gym, Isagenix can help you achieve your goals by putting you on a path to leading a healthier lifestyle. Our products are scientifically designed to help you achieve your goals. We offer prepackaged bundles that help to take the guesswork out of achieving your best possible results.

I have been using these products for about four months now and I am 100% in love! My journey with the Isagenix Products started as a means to heal my body after my treatments for Breast Cancer. I started out just by swapping my normal breakfast of scrambled eggs and an apple, for one of our IsaLean Protein Shakes, and it was the best decision I have ever made. I use the IsaLean shakes every morning, combined with the Ionix Supreme, and have started adding the Amped Hydrate as well. With every order, I try something new, and I have yet to find a product that I do not like.

Even my husband is on board with these products. He is always in a rush in the morning, and never had time for breakfast, but with the Isalean Shakes, he can quickly mix up his favorite flavors, which gives him 24G of protein, leaving him satisfied until lunch rolls around. He has also tried our IsaLean bars, and so far he loves the Lemon Passion Crunch bars because you can taste the fact that they use real lemon, not artificial flavors like other products on the market.

Now that I have your attention, I want to let you know about a very special promotion we have going on for this week only. Now through February 25th, your $29 membership fee will be waived when you place an initial order of 150BV or more! To make the process to order Isagenix online even easier, below is a list of all qualifying Isagenix product packages, so you can easily choose the right one that best fits your needs.

Weight Wellness:

The Isagenix Weight Wellness paks provide you with all the products needed to embark on a healthy lifestyle while losing those holiday pounds. Depending on your personal needs, the products in these packs will help aid in healthy weight loss, and better body composition, while putting you on the path to optimal health.

30 Day New Member Pack:

This starter pack offers a blend of cleansing and fat burning products, designed to help you lose weight over the long term with the assistance of a flexible program. The products in this pack aid in healthy weight loss, while supporting the body’s natural detoxification systems. With this program you can expect to experience consistent weight loss, an improvement in muscle tone and your cravings for unhealthy foods will disappear.  Just visit my Isagenix website, and follow the online prompts to get started.

30 Day Dairy Free New Member Pack:

This starter pack is identical to the traditional 30-day cleansing and fat burning starter pack mentioned previously. It is designed to help you lose weight over the long term with the use of our dairy-free IsaLean Shakes. This pack is perfect for those who cannot ingest dairy for a variety of health reasons. It delivers the same consistent weight loss, and improved muscle tone, all without dairy. To get started, just visit my Isagenix website and follow the prompts.

Weight Loss Value Pack:

Of all the Isagenix packages, this is the most popular, and the best value for the money because it offers the chance to try all our weight loss products. It contains a wide assortment of Isagenix products designed to work together for the best possible results. It builds on the basic 30 day cleanse and fat burning package with the addition of nutritional support in the form of our IsaLean Bars, Whey Thins, and IsaDelight chocolates, along with convenient AM and PM Complete Essentials vitamin packages. Our energy boosting e+ shots, and Ionix Supreme, my all time favorite, are also included. You will also receive our New IsaBlender Max, the perfect accessory for blending your daily shake. Just visit my Isagenix website to get started.

Energy:

We all lead busy lives, and it seems like no matter how many hours of sleep you get, you just don’t seem to have enough energy to tackle the day. Whether it’s spending an afternoon with the kids, giving it your all at the gym, or simply keeping yourself from dozing off at your desk in the afternoon, the products in these packs are scientifically proven to help you feel vibrant and alert, while improving your overall health.

Energy System:

This package offers you a blend of energy-boosting products along with high-quality protein and top-notch nutrition which aids in improving your overall health so you can feel vibrant alert. By adding these products to your daily routine you will experience better mornings and more high energy days, allowing you to feel better and be more active throughout the day. This package is completely customizable to include your favorite flavors. To get started with this package, just visit my Isagenix website.

Energy Value Pack:

Is your family always on the go? Kids at sports, long days at work, with barely enough time to sit down? This package builds on our basic Energy System with the addition of our Complete Essentials prepackaged vitamins, and enough e+ shots and Amped Hydrate to keep you feeling energized and alert. Add in our New IsaBlender Max and three of our Isagenix Shaker bottles and you have all the tools needed to fuel your body while on the go. Just visit my Isagenix Website to get started.

Performance:

Whether you run marathons, participate in bodybuilding competitions, play sports, or spend countless hours at the gym to stay in shape, you know how important it is to make sure you fuel your body with the right products that will help you achieve your goals. All the products in our performance line are perfect for every type of athlete and active adult, allowing you to recover faster while allowing you to perform at your best.

Athlete’s Pack:

When it comes to athletic performance, keeping your body in peak physical condition requires the right kind of nutrition. Best for revving up energy levels, while boosting lean muscle mass, the products in this package can help you take your fitness to the next level. They can also be used by high school and college-age athletes to fuel muscle growth, and help your body recover, all in an easy to take with you package, that fits easily in your bag. Just visit my Isagenix website to get started.

Performance System:

This package offers a blend of nutrients, energy boosters and high-quality protein designed specifically to support lean muscle growth as well as recovery. These products will help you achieve a tighter, leaner physique along with optimal performance.  In this pack, we have swapped out our basic IsaLean shake for IsaLean Pro version. When these shakes are combined with the Amped Isagenix products, you will build and maintain lean muscle, while enhancing your performance. They also assist in fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to recover, along with supplying you with the energy needed to kick start your workouts. To get started, just visit my Isagenix Website.

Performance Value Pack:

If you are looking to build a leaner physique while enhancing performance and recovery time than this is the package for you. Building on our basic Performance system, this package adds in our Complete Essentials vitamins, two containers of our IsaPro shakes, that are packed with 18G of protein, and perfect for post workout nutrition, as well as the Amped Fuel, which is a mid-workout supplement designed to helps fuel your muscles with the nutrients needed to protein them from the muscle breakdown that can occur during training. This pack is scientifically proven to power you up, keep you going and help you recover faster so you can stay ahead of your competition. Just visit my Isagenix Website to get started.

Healthy Aging:

No matter what your age, our bodies are under constant attack from stress, and environmental factors like pollution, and other toxins. The products in these packages are scientifically designed to help combat the effect of aging with the help of powerful antioxidants, key micro-nutrients, and whole body nutrition, resulting in a fuller and more enriched life.

Healthy Aging Value Pack:

This package is specifically designed to help combat aging at its core with help of a flexible, long-term nutrition program. The products in this package are designed for optimal everyday nutrition, and are perfect for boosting healthy longevity. It includes are new IsaBlender Max personal blender that is perfect for adding your favorite fruits to your daily shake, or just a touch of ice for a perfectly chilled treat that you can take with you. This package is also available in a dairy-free version, perfect for supporting healthy aging no matter what your dietary needs are. To get started, just visit my Isagenix Website.

Healthy Aging and Telomere Support System:

If you have lost the weight and are looking for products to help you keep that weight off than the products in this package can help. These products are designed to combat aging with the help of our flexible, long-term program that incorporates our Complete Essentials IsaGenesis daily vitamin packs with a four day cleanse support kit. These products are perfect for maintaining a long-term healthy lifestyle while boosting healthy aging and telomere support. This package is also available in a dairy-free version, perfect for supporting a healthy lifestyle regardless of your dietary needs. Just visit my Isagenix Website to get started.

Total Health & Longevity System:

Just like our Healthy Aging and Telomere support system, this package offers a blend of products designed to create a leaner, healthier, and more vibrant you for the long term. Blending our popular IsaLean Shake, along with cleansing days, and Ionix Supreme designed to combat the effects of stress while supporting clarity and focus. This package helps maintain whole body health. To get started, just visit my Isagenix Website.

Age-Defying Skincare:

Not a day goes by that you are probably not bombarded with commercials on TV promoting the latest cream or product claiming to reduce the signs of aging. But the majority of these products are filled with chemicals and other ingredients that could potentially do your skin more harm than good. Our Rejuvity products blend nature and science with powerful ingredients designed to leave your skin looking and feeling its best.

Rejuvity Skincare System:

This package contains all the tools you need to keep your skin looking its best no matter what life may throw at you. Consisting of seven unique products that work together to invigorate your complexion, you may find yourself wondering why you didn’t make the switch sooner. These products continuously hydrate skin, while smoothing and evening the look of fine lines. It also protects and nourishes your skin, allowing you to always put your best face forward. Just visit my Isagenix Website to get started.

Rejuvity Skincare System with Complete Essential Daily Pack:

This package blends the best of both worlds that is designed to help you feel beautiful from the inside out. Combining our powerful Rejuvity skincare line with our Ageless Essential daily vitamin pack, you will keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful while invigorating your complexion. Once you try these products I know you will be hooked. To get started with this package just visit my Isagenix Website.

Again, the Free Membership offer is valid for one week only, now through February 25th, 2018. All of the Isagenix product packs I detailed above qualify for this offer, and I am sure you found at least one product that will meet your health and wellness needs. Remember this offer is only valid for one week, so don’t delay and signup today.

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Spoil That Special Someone with our IsaDelights Valentines Special!

One of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts is a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates for that special someone in your life. But did you know that there is a healthier alternative to that heart-shaped box found at your local store?

Isagenix offers not one but four different IsaDelight Chocolate flavors, that are sure to tantalize the tastebuds of nearly anyone on your gift list.

Unlike the store-bought chocolates, Isagenix IsaDelights are packed with green tea extract, amino acids, and antioxidants that help to satisfy your cravings. These little nuggets of goodness are actually a vital part of the Isagenix Weight Wellness program and are used on cleanse days as a snack to keep you satisfied. Yes, with Isagenix, you are actually encouraged to eat chocolate, in moderation of course.

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Each square is only 60 calories, and the Isagenix Isadelight Chocolates come in four flavors, which are:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate with Mint
  • Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt & Caramel

Hard to choose just one, right?

Well, with our limited time Valentine’s special, you don’t have to choose. Just purchase a qualifying Isagenix Starter Pak, add two or more boxes of the Isagenix Chocolate snacks to your cart, and use coupon code VDAY20, and enjoy 20% off each box of Isa Delights that you purchase. Purchase a box, or two for yourself, and one for that special someone. These Isagenix IsaDelights also make great gifts for friends and family. Each box contains 30 Isagenix IsaDelight Chocolates, which make a great little add-on for your child’s classroom Valentine’s cards.

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Our Isagenix starter paks are easy to locate on my Isagenix Website. Choose from Weight Wellness, Energy, Athletic Performance, Healthy Aging or Skincare, locate the pak that best suits your needs, click signup & save, and then follow the prompts. You will be able to enter the coupon code in your shopping cart, and the discount will be applied at that point.

I personally just ordered two boxes of the Isadelight dark chocolate as well as two boxes of the Isadelight milk chocolate for my husband. This special expires on February 14th, so don’t delay and order yours today!

 

 

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Cookies & Cream IsaLean Shake is BACK!

If you are a lover of Cookies & Cream shakes like I am, you will be excited to hear that Isagenix has brought this popular Isagenix Isalean Shake seasonal flavor back for a limited time.

When I was growing up, Cookies & Cream was one of my all-time favorite milkshake flavors. As I have gotten older, I can no longer indulge in those milkshakes, but I am thrilled to find that there is a healthier alternative.

Just like the other Isalean shakes in the Isagenix product line, all you need is 8 oz, or 1 cup, of filtered water, and two scoops of the IsaLean shake powder. The cookies & cream flavor does come with little cookie bits in it, which may take a little getting used to for some. The bits are much smaller than the Oreo cookie pieces commonly found in the ice cream milkshake, so there really is no need to chew them.

Like all the other Isagenix Isalean shake flavors, Cookies & Cream has 24G of protein in one serving. These shakes utilize Undenatured Whey Protein Concentrate, which is a higher quality whey protein. What does this mean exactly? Well, protein shake companies can legally state that their product contains Whey Protein Concentrate just as long as it contains anywhere between 29 and 89 percent Whey Protein.

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The inexpensive protein shakes contain only 29 to 49 percent of actual Whey Protein, while the remainder, 50 to 70 percent, is made up of fat and lactose. Pure filler in my opinion, and the reason why so many never see results.But Isagenix is different.

They utilize cold-membrane filtration extracted Undenatured Whey, which places our Whey Protein Concentrate ingredient at the top end of the scale. One serving of our IsaLean shake has between 70 and 89 percent Whey, with only 10 to 25 percent of the fat and lactose filler. This is the fuel that the body needs in order to build lean muscle mass.

All of the IsaLean shakes, including the seasonal Cookies & Cream flavor, are free of artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners, and no trans fats. They also have a low-glycemic index and are soy and gluten free. Now you may be wondering, how exactly are the cookies in cookies & cream gluten free? Well, the cookie bits are made with rice flour, not wheat, making it a great option for those who may have a gluten sensitivity. The IsaLean Cookies & Cream shake contains active enzymes that aid in digestion, and are high in fiber, all in a balanced meal replacement shake that tastes great while also being good for you.

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If you have gotten this far, you may now be asking yourself, how do I order the Cookies & Cream Isalean Shake? For a limited time, you can purchase this shake directly from my Isagenix Website. This flavor is available to both new and existing customers. If you are a new customer, you will need to click on the “Sign up & Save” link located at the top of the page. You will be prompted to signup for the “Preferred Customer Auto-Ship”. There is a one-time annual fee of $29 to signup for auto-ship delivery of your Isagenix Products, but this also grants you an additional 25% discount on all future orders.

In order to continue, click the Green “Next” button at the bottom of the page. This will bring you to the Initial Order Screen. On this page, scroll down and look under “All Products and Systems, by Category”. You will find the Cookies and Cream listed under “New Products”. Click on the link and update your personal quantity to the number of canisters you would like to order, and click “Add to Cart”. I should also note that when you order 6 or more Isalean shake canisters, in any flavor, you will automatically receive an additional 10% off. The IsaLean shakes are how I got started with the Isagenix products.

Once you have added the Cookies & Cream shake to your cart, you can continue adding products to your one-time order, or just follow the prompts to setup your auto-ship order, create your account, enter payment information and finalize your order. While I know you will love our products as much as I do, I should note that Isagenix does offer a 30 day no questions asked refund. Should, for some reason, the Isagenix products not live up to your expectations, just contact the company within 30 days of placing your order to request a refund.

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While Dutch Chocolate, French Vanilla, Strawberry Cream and Chocolate Mint flavors are available all year long, Cookies & Cream is around for a limited time. This flavor sells out fast, so don’t delay and order yours from My Isagenix website today!

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A Functional Yet Eye Catching Bathroom Scale – A DakotaWayd Bluetooth Bathroom Scale Review

No matter what your age, you probably have memories of the bathroom scale that took up residence in your parents or grandparents bathroom. These scales were designed to serve one purpose, to provide you with a means to check your weight, which was critical to ensuring you maintained a healthy body weight. More detailed metrics like body fat percentage, BMI, bone mass, muscle mass and even body water were things that once could only be measured in the doctor’s office.

Since technology has made so many leaps and bounds since the introduction of the spring scale in the 1700s, bathroom scales now have the ability to provide users with all sorts of health-related data, all from the comfort of your own home.  Metrics that were once only tracked by athletes and the uber health conscious, can now be tracked by anyone.

Many years ago, my husband and I purchased a bathroom scale from a local retail store. While this model was able to track your weight and BMI, the data was stored within the scale, so it was very difficult to visually track trends. The scale also required the creation of a user profile, based on height and age,  but I found that once the information was in the scale, it was next to impossible to change. I had been keeping my eye out for a replacement, but it seemed like all the high tech Bluetooth bathroom scales cost much more than I was willing to spend.

Then one day, on one of my countless visits to Amazon, I happened upon this Bluetooth bathroom scale from DakotaWayd. On the first impression, I liked the look of this body fat bathroom scale, and since I was embarking on a journey to lose weight, I liked the idea of a bathroom scale that would sync the recorded data with my Smartphone for easy tracking. So I placed my order and waited for this digital bathroom scale to arrive in the mail.

My first impression of this Bluetooth bathroom scale was it looked as good, if not better than the photo I had seen on Amazon. It had a nice tempered glass top, making it easy to keep clean. Our old bathroom scale used buttons to track users, but the Bluetooth connectivity of this device eliminates the need for buttons. It can track up to ten different users with the assistance of the New iWellness app, where our old scale could only track four.

After unboxing the bathroom scale, I downloaded the New iWellness app and gave the scale a try. You must be barefoot in order for the scale to work correctly. It is important to note that this scale utilizes BIA or Bioelectric Impedance Analysis to precisely measure your weight, body fat, muscle rate, water, bone mass, visceral fat, BMR, and BMI.  If you happen to have a pacemaker or any other medical device, it is important to check with your doctor before using this scale.

With the help of the New iWellness app, you can easily see where you stand. The screenshots at the right were live screen captures of my current stats. With a quick glance, you can see what your weight is, as well as the seven other metrics that the bathroom scale tracks.

In order to see further detail about a specific data point, you just need to click on the arrow at the right, and that will bring up a color-coded graph which shows you where you stand.

As a bonus, the data from this bathroom scale also syncs with Apple Health or Google Fit. As you can see in the photo at the right, the Apple Heath app interprets the data points a little bit differently than the iWellness app, which gives you even more data points for accurately tracking your health.

There is one important thing to note when it comes to using this scale. In order for the app to update with fresh data each time you step on the scale, you need to have the phone in the vicinity of the bathroom scale and the app open, otherwise the Bluetooth bathroom scale doesn’t know where to send the data to. But on the plus side, this allows you to still use the scale for a quick weight check. This is quite handy in our house as we commonly use our bathroom scale to check the weight of our furry family members.

Overall I am very happy with this Bluetooth bathroom scale from DakotaWayd. While I knew I had put on a fair amount of weight, this bathroom scale keeps me accountable and aware of what is going on with my body. It has almost become like a game for me to get the numbers on the app to go down so certain metrics are in the healthy zones. It has also pushed me to try to drink more water throughout the day as I never was truly aware that my intake was not up to par.

So if you are looking for a new bathroom scale, then look no further than the Bluetooth bathroom scale from DakotaWayd. With the ability to monitor 10 users, tracking for eight different health metrics, and Smartphone connectivity, you may just find yourself wondering how you lived your life without this accurate bathroom scale in your home.

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Healing After Cancer – It Will Take Longer Than You May Think

As you battle Cancer, your primary focus becomes beating this horrible disease. You are aware of the potential side effects, but you do your best to block them out, so you can survive treatment and ring that bell as a survivor. What you do not realize is the effect that a year’s worth of treatment can have on your body.

As I woke up this morning, I am sore in places that I never expected could be so sore. Sure, your first thought may be that I overdid it at the gym, but my aches and pains are caused by something so many take for granted, running errands. Prior to my advanced Stage 3A Breast Cancer Diagnosis, carrying a basket full of groceries was something that I did without giving it a second thought. But a year worth of treatments took more of a toll on my body than I could have ever imagined.

While I was in the midst of my six rounds of chemotherapy that consisted of four different medications, Herceptin, Prejeta, Docetaxel, and Carboplatin. I received these treatments every three weeks and finished out the year with Herceptin every three weeks. Chemotherapy takes a serious toll on your body. Your sense of taste gets thrown out of whack, you deal with horrible dry mouth, nausea, and fatigue that makes you barely want to get out of bed.

For me, my treatments didn’t hit me hard until a few days after they were administered. This resulted in me spending hours either resting in bed or on the couch watching TV. I had very little energy to do much of anything, and even the almost mile-long walk to my desk was a struggle. I could barely think straight most days, and I seemed to lose all strength to do the simplest of things, like opening a new jar of pickles. I also developed the “dropsies”, a case where things would fall out of my hands unexpectedly like my brain no longer had control over my reflexes to catch something that was tossed to me or to maintain a grip on something I was already holding.

Climbing stairs became a struggle as just one flight of stairs would leave my legs feeling I had run a marathon. I knew I needed to rest as much as possible to allow my body to heal, but this is extended amount of rest had the same effects on my body as that of someone who has been placed on bedrest. Without physical activity, your muscles will atrophy, or begin to waste away. This is the number one reason why tasks that were easy prior to your Cancer treatment now seem like they are almost impossible to achieve. It also explains why a simple task like grocery shopping left my shoulders feeling like I spent the afternoon lifting weights, which I guess in some ways I did.

The path to regaining your health and muscle strength is not something that will happen overnight, but there are a few things you can do to get your body back in the same if not better shape than it was prior to your Cancer diagnosis.

One of the biggest changes I made was replacing my morning scrambled eggs and an apple with a protein shake. High-quality protein, like that found in my Isagenix IsaLean Protein Shake, helps support the body in retaining and building lean muscle mass. Items like beef, pork, and poultry are also good sources, but nothing can beat the 24G of protein a shake can provide. Soy is also another option, but if you happen to have been diagnosed with cancer that is Estrogen positive, it has been recommended to avoid Soy as much as possible as some say it can mimic estrogen in the body. There is still mixed information on this, so I do my best to avoid it as much as possible.

In addition to eating healthy, it is of the utmost importance to get your body moving. For me, this was the hardest thing to do because I was constantly paranoid that my body would not be able to handle any strenuous forms of exercise. My oncologist constantly recommends 30 minutes of strenuous exercise every day to help improve memory function, but my mind kept convincing me that she was wrong. While I would love to purchase a Pelaton Cycle and a NordicTrack treadmill, I started small by working out on my Total Gym again.

But then we got a snow storm last week, while my husband was at work, so I forced myself to go out and shovel, against the better judgment of the voices in my head that kept telling me I couldn’t do it. Surprisingly enough I was able to clear our whole driveway and front walk of a few inches of heavy, slushy snow, and it didn’t kill me. Of course, I am about four months out from my last Herceptin treatment, and a few months post-op of my reconstruction surgery, so my body has had a bit more time to recoup than someone who may have just finished treatments yesterday.

It is still very important to listen to your body, and rest when you know you need to, but you also need to challenge yourself from time to time. Take that walk out to the mailbox, or climb that flight of stairs. Sure it may seem difficult at first, but with time these difficult tasks will start to become easier, proof that your body is slowly regaining the strength it had prior to your diagnosis.

Just remember that healing will take time. Your body did not get this way overnight, so your path to health will be a long journey as well. Just be patient, and with time, life will return to normal, making your Cancer treatment a distant memory.

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Life After Cancer Treatment – Embracing Your New “Normal”

No matter what kind of Cancer you were diagnosed with, the treatments utilized to kill this life threating disease take a horrible toll on your body, both physically and mentally. The fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, and countless other side effects can make you long for the days when visits to the doctor did not consume your life.

I was diagnosed in September of 2016, and while my Chemotherapy, Radiation, and two surgeries seemed to go by in a blur, they were not without anger, frustration and sadness as every day was a constant struggle to adjust to what my new “normal” would be. There would be days where I barely had enough energy to get out of bed, others where I was in so much physical pain that it felt like my entire body had been run over by a freight train, and the tears when I would look in the mirror post surgery and be so upset by how Cancer had disfigured my body, making me wonder if I would look normal ever again.

It has been approximately four months since I finished the last of my Chemotherapy treatments for my Stage 3 Breast Cancer, and a little over a month since I had my reconstruction surgery, and I’m not going to lie, but life has been quite the struggle for me the entire time.  With a lot of trial and error, I have slowly begun to adjust to my new “normal”, and while I know I still have a long way to go, these simple tips have helped me attack each and every day with a positive outlook, instead of a negative one.

Your brain may not function as well as it used to

More commonly known as Chemo Brain, there is a good chance you have noticed that your brain is not functioning like it used to. You may find yourself forgetting simple things, like, did I clean the litterbox today, or remembering to remind your significant other to complete a certain task. For me, there have been days where I have felt like huge gaps in my day have gone missing. I can’t remember for the life of me what I did, or if I accomplished what I needed to do.

One of my first struggles was trying to remember when all my doctor’s appointments were. Sure I had them on a calendar in our kitchen, but many times I would forget to remind my husband, which would cause problems, especially if it was an appointment that he needed to leave work early for.  I began utilizing the calendar on my iPhone, which was shared with my husband, so he could check the calendar for any given day and know whether or not a doctors appointment was scheduled.

In order to ensure I accomplish everything that I need to on any given day, I have started utilizing a task list in my daily planner. Prior to my Breast Cancer, I could keep track of my to-do’s in my head, but my treatments took such a huge toll on my mind, that I could no longer accomplish what needed to be done without first writing it down. That way I had a reference that I could easily check off when the task was completed. This has helped me greatly in a few ways. It ensures I don’t forget to do something, and also gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can mark something as completed.

But by far the biggest frustration for me has been my inability to learn new things. This became quite obvious to me at work, prior to losing my job. My manager would show me a new task, and in the past, I could easily make sense of the task at hand and could come up with questions on what I did not understand or I needed clarification on. My post-treatment brain made me feel like a deer in the headlights on most days. I could hear the words, but I could not comprehend anything that was shown to me. I felt like a mess, and this is something I still fight with on certain days, especially after my monthly Zoladex shot.

In order to try and absorb new things, I do my best to take detailed notes on any new task that I learn. Prior to my diagnosis and treatment, I spent most of my professional life working as an IT Support Specialist, but my treatments robbed me of many of my skills that made me successful in that role. I have a hard time remembering processes that use to come to me like second nature unless it was something that was documented and easy to follow. Only time will tell if I am able to regain that functional part of my brain, or if those skills are gone for good.

Allow your body time to rest and heal

The biggest struggle with cancer treatment is that the treatments and the side effects that come along with them rob you of the life you have been so accustomed to living. Tasks you used to take care of on your own, need to be handled by a friend or family member because you just don’t have the strength or energy to do it yourself. This can make you feel useless and a burden to others, and it is one of the hardest things to come to grips with.

As you heal from treatment, it will take time for your body to heal and be able to handle the tasks that you used to do prior to your diagnosis. You so badly want to feel better, to feel like everything is back to normal, that you end up harming yourself, both physically and mentally, before your body is ready for it.

Like it or not, your body just went through one hell of a battle with itself, and if you’re reading this you won that battle and have kicked Cancer into remission, but the journey is still far from over. While the doctors may no longer be pumping you full of medications to kill the Cancer, the effects of your treatments will linger long after treatment has finished. You will need to listen to your body, and allow yourself to rest when you need to.

Even though I am approximately four months out from my last treatment, I am only now just starting to feel better, but I am in no way back to normal. Something as simple as a weekly trip to the grocery store will knock me on my butt. My entire body aches, and I feel exhausted, all from a task that I used to complete without any physical issues.

I still spend most evenings resting in bed, because I know I still have a long path of healing ahead of me, as you will as well. You need to take care of yourself, and that means resting when you need to. This may mean you will not be able to do certain things, but that is ok. Your health will improve with proper rest and care, allowing you to return to a normal life, whatever that normal may be for you.

These are just a few of the things that have helped me get through the day post cancer treatment. While I know there will probably be more as I adjust to my own “normal”, I hope that this information has helped point you in a positive direction so you can work towards a life that you will love, free from Cancer.

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Ton’s of Sparkle that Goes With Everything – An All That Glitters Chloe + Isabel Jewelry Review

I am a lover of all things sparkly, and this All That Glitters Statement Necklace from Chloe + Isabel jewelry is no exception. Blending jewel tones with antique gold-plated hardware, this Chloe and Isabel jewelry review statement necklace looks great with nearly any outfit in your wardrobe.

Measuring approximately 16″ in length with a 3″ extender, this Chloe + Isabel statement necklace pairs perfectly with your little black dress for a night out on the town with the girls, or date night with that special someone.

But this All that Glitters necklace should in no way be classified as jewelry for only those special occasions. Pair it with a basic turtleneck and blazer for a day at the office, or over a crisp white tee for a casual weekend date, or your weekly trip to the grocery store. With this jewel-toned beauty, the wardrobe options are truly only limited by your imagination.

This All That Glitters Necklace features the sparkle of Swarovski Crystals, one of my all-time favorites, with color-blocked glitter resin, for just the right amount of color. The color of the Swarovski Crystals is a blend of light grey opal and pacific tones, which blends seamlessly with the silver and sapphire glass, teal and berry colored crystal, and the jewel tone glitter resin links. Closure on this statement necklace is via a lobster clasp, so you can be sure it will stay safely around your neck, no matter where your day may take you.

Chloe + Isabel cares about its customers, so this Chloe + Isabel review statement necklace, is 100% nickel free, lead safe and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect choice for those with sensitivities to metals commonly found in other jewelry.

This All That Glitters Necklace is designed in NYC and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. We all know that life happens, and no matter how careful you are, stones can fall out, or a link or chain breaks on your Chloe + Isabel jewelry. Instead of tossing it in the trash, just simply contact the company, and they will send a replacement at no cost to you. Each piece of Chloe + Isabel jewerly comes packaged in either a keepsake pouch or gift box, making it easy to keep your jewelry collection neat and organized, while protecting your jewelry from wear that can somtimes occur when tossed in a drawer.

If you are looking to complete your look, this statement necklace pairs perfectly with the  All That Glitters Bangle Bracelet, and All That Glitters Statement Earrings. Both feature the same jewel tone colors as this statement necklace, allowing you to look perfectly put together with a minimal amount of effort.

This All That Glitters Statement Necklace is a conversation starter that will surely get you noticed. So if you are a lover of all things sparkly like I am, don’t delay and Click Here to add this statement necklace to your collection today.

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Surprisingly Functional for its Size – A Virtual Elements Insulated Grocery Bag Review

The one thing I can never seem to have enough of are insulated reusable grocery bags, but the one problem I always seem to run into is finding reusable grocery bags that are the right size for my needs.  Most bags that I find are either too big, resulting in an overfilled bag that is too heavy to lift, or too small to fit most items in.

This set of two insulated reusable grocery bags from Virtual Elements is the second set of bags that I ordered from Amazon. I evidently did not pay attention to the measurements stated in the listing, because when this set of insulated cooler bags arrived at my home, my first thought was, crap, they’re much smaller than I thought they were. Which left me wondering whether or not they would actually be useful for my shopping needs.

I showed them to my husband, and he had a similar reaction, which left me feeling like these bags would be no different than the CarryWell Insulated Bag I had purchased previously. Prior to going grocery shopping, we first tested these insulated grocery bags on Thanksgiving. My mom has a habit of making more food than our entire family can ever eat, so we always end up being sent home with leftovers. Due to my Breast Cancer diagnosis in 2016, it is highly recommended that I do not use any plastic containers, so we always bring our own.

This method works great in two ways, it makes it easy to portion out leftovers, and also prevents my mom from sending us home with more turkey than we would ever want to eat.  As you can see in the photo at the right, these insulated grocery totes offered plenty of space for enough pyrex containers to accommodate enough leftovers for three meals.

While they worked great for leftovers, they are a bit lacking when it comes to being large enough to accommodate a frozen pizza. These insulated reusable grocery bags measure 10″ high by 14.5″ wide by 10″ deep which is just a little bit too short for a frozen pizza box. This is something we only purchase on occasion at the grocery store, and luckily I have other insulated reusable grocery bags in my home that are large enough to accommodate a pizza.

Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed, as that was the first negative for this insulated cooler bag as it meant that they would need to be used in addition to my existing reusable grocery bags instead of a replacement for the insulated grocery totes I already own. This left me feeling a bit pessimistic about how they would perform when we went grocery shopping.

It was at the grocery store where my pessimism for these insulated grocery bags all but disappeared. My husband noted that these insulated cooler bags offer just the right amount of storage space to keep everything organized. What does this mean exactly? Well, with the larger insulated grocery bags you end up with frozen or refrigerated goods getting stacked on top of one another, which is fine until these bags are put into the truck of a car.
No matter how well you try to secure them with bungee cords, or other organizational devices, at least one of these bags will topple over before you get it home, rendering what was organized when you left the grocery store a jumbled mess by the time you arrive home. These insulated reusable grocery bags from Virtual Elements offer just enough space to keep everything organized without it getting out of hand. The sides are a hard cardboard-like material which allows these bags to remain open while in the shopping cart. The top is also made from the same cardboard-like material as the sides, so you can stack one on top of the other if you so choose. Provided you do not have anything fragile, like eggs or other fresh produce that should not be squished.

The bottom of these bags is just heavy duty fabric, which was somewhat surprising, but if the manufacturer had made the bottom the same as the rest of the bag, then they would not be collapsible. This is not that big of a deal as these bags are sturdy enough to accommodate up to 25 lbs of groceries, but should be kept in mind on the off chance you purchase something heavy.

Another minor issue we ran into with these insulated reusable grocery bags was their shape. They are just slightly wider than a regular reusable grocery bag, so having four bags in use in the cart at any given time is a bit difficult because these bags take up just that little bit of extra space that makes it almost impossible to fill the other bags properly. While this is a bit of a frustration for us, it is not something that we can’t work with, and some who may read this insulated grocery bag review may not even care about the size, but I still wanted to mention it.

Overall, I am very happy with these insulated reusable grocery bags from Virtual Elements. Although the size was a bit different than I was expecting, they ended up being more functional than I had originally thought. So if you are curious to try these insulated reusable grocery bags for yourself, Click Here to place your order today.

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Creamy Dutch Chocolate IsaLean Shake – An Isagenix Isalean Shake Review

I tend to have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the very first flavor I tried in the Isagenix Isalean Protein Shake was the Creamy Dutch Chocolate.

When I first started out with the Isagenix products, I did not have a lot of funds to spend, so I had to be selective on what I purchased in my very first order. I could choose from chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, and since I love chocolate I decided to start with the Isagenix chocolate shake.

I was so excited to try this product when it first arrived at my home, I ended up making a mid-afternoon shake, because I just didn’t have the patience to wait till the next morning to try this Isagenix Isalean shake for the very first time.

This Isalean shake is very easy to prepare, all you need is 8oz, or 1 cup, of filtered water, and two scoops of the IsaLean Shake powder. The Isagenix IsaLean Shakes come with the scoop in the cannister, but it does take a little bit of digging to get the scoop out, as it gets pretty buried. No matter how hard you try, it is almost next to impossible to get it to the surface without making at least a little bit of a mess. I have started digging for it with a tablespoon, which works well, but I almost always still end up with a little bit of shake powder on the counter.

For some reason, I slipped my mind that I would also need some form of a shaker in order to mix the protein shake. The only shaker we had in the house was a glass mixed drink shaker, which worked great in a pinch. I have since purchased a Stainless Steel Shaker Bottle from Kiss Me Organics on Amazon.

Not knowing what to expect for my very first shake, I mixed it up and took my first sip. I am not going to lie, the first time I drank this shake I was a bit surprised at how bland it tasted. For some reason, I was expecting something really sweet, but that is not how the Isagenix IsaLean shake is formulated.

While there is some sugar in these shakes, the main focus of these shakes is the 24G of protein that you get in every serving. That is more protein in just one serving than is offered by Shakeology or 310 Shakes. Protein is what keeps you feeling full and satisfied, so in my opinion, I would rather have a shake that keeps me satisfied till lunchtime cause that prevents me from searching for a less than healthy snack to tide me over.

When it comes to classifying protein in milk, there are at least 14 different kinds, which are split into two different groups, Caseins, and Wheys. Whey makes up about 20% of the milk protein, and it delivers better lean muscle results than that of eggs, fish, rice, etc.

The Isagenix chocolate shake utilizes Undenatured Whey Protein Concentrate which is a good source of amino acids and is a must for supporting lean body mass. Undenatured whey contains antibodies and enzymes that are beneficial to the human body. So when Whey is denatured, it actually kills off these beneficial bioactive compounds.

What many do not realize is that to legally call a product a Whey Protein Concentrate it can have anywhere between 29 and 89 percent Whey Protein. That is a huge range! The products at the lower end of the range, 29 to 49 percent, actually contain somewhere between 50 and 70 percent fat and lactose, which is why it costs less than the Undenatured Whey in every product that Isagenix offers.

Isagenix utilizes Undenatured Whey, that has been extracted by cold-membrane filtration, and falls at the top end of the Whey scale, 70 to 89 percent, meaning the Isagenix products only contain 10 to 25 percent of fat and lactose. Sure you could save money and buy a cheaper product, but I would much rather utilize a product that contains quality ingredients, as opposed to ones stuffed with fillers. No wonder so many complain about not seeing results with products offered by our competitors.

These shakes are also free of artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners, zero trans fats, have a low-glycemic index and are gluten and soy free. They also contain active enzymes that aid in digestion, is high in fiber, all packed in a nutritious, balanced meal replacement.

Now, you may be wondering how much does Isagenix cost? Every single product we offer can be purchased one of two ways, Retail or Auto-Ship. You can buy Isagenix retail on my Isagenix website, and these orders function pretty much like an order from any retail website. It is a one time purchase of a product, at the full retail price which for the shakes is $53.27 for a canister. Individual packets cost a little more, at $57.27 per box.

The second and more popular option is to sign up for an auto-ship. This method ensures you never run out of your favorite products, and automatically gives you a 25% discount on your very first order, making one cannister of IsaLean Shake $39.95 and packets  $42.95. There is a yearly fee of $29 to signup for an auto-ship, but this fee grants you a 25% off discount on all your future auto-ship orders. Default scheduling for auto-ships is once every 30 days, and you can make changes to your order up until the day before your order is scheduled to ship. I prefer the canisters as I drink all my shakes at home, but if you’re always on the go, then the packets may be a better deal for you.

When compared to the cost of Shakeology, the Isagenix Shake works out to about $3.80 (retail), or $2.83 (auto-ship), per serving, as opposed to about $4.33 per serving for Shakeology. The 310 shakes may cost a little less, $2.45 (Retail), or $2.31 (auto-ship),  but they don’t use Undenatured Whey Protein Concentrate. I personally would much rather spend a little more for a high quality, scientifically proven product, that I know will deliver results, instead of saving a few bucks and buy a product that may not deliver on its claims.

So if you are curious to learn more about the Isagenix IsaLean Shakes that have already helped 1000’s of people, regardless of age, lose weight, gain lean muscle mass and take back their health, Click Here to learn more.

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Start The New Year Right with Isagenix!

Christmas dinner is done, all the gifts have been opened, and now thoughts turn to resolutions to be made for 2018. Besides paying off debt, and improving one’s financial situation., weight loss is one of the most common resolution choices, and commonly one of the hardest ones for many to stick to.

That is why I love the Isagenix products. Unlike the popular weight loss programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Atkins, and countless others, Isagenix is not a weight loss program that forces you to avoid certain foods, or count calories in order to lose weight. It is instead considered a lifestyle change.

Swapping out your morning breakfast for a protein-packed IsaLean Shake, an IsaLean Bar for lunch or that afternoon snack, and a few IsaDelight squares when those chocolate cravings hit. You will soon find yourself no longer making the afternoon run to the vending machine because you’re starving, and the pounds will start to fall off naturally due simply to changes in your eating habits.

I started out with just the IsaLean shakes, as my primary goal was to provide my body with the nutrients it needed to heal from all my Cancer treatments. The shakes worked out so well for me, that I have been gradually introducing other Isagenix products, like the IsaLean Bars, IsaDelights, Cleanse for Life & Ionix Supreme.

The Cleanse for Life alone has helped my body rid itself of a buildup of toxins, and the migraine aura’s I suffered from, that I thought were caused by gluten in food, actually was due to these toxins. While they have not disappeared completely, they are much less frequent than they used to be, which is proof I am moving in the right direction.

I have also started experimenting with the Isagenix skin care products, and I have to say I am in love with those as well. The Rejuvity Body Wash leaves my skin feeling so soft, especially during these cold winter months when it can be quite the struggle to keep my skin well hydrated.

While I started with Isagenix with the goal of regaining my health and losing weight, there really is a product solution to meet every single need. As a very special bonus, for today, December 26, 2017, only, you can try any of the Isagenix products and enjoy free ground shipping. This offer is valid for today only on qualifying orders of 125 BV value or more.

In order to take advantage of this offer, Click Here to visit my Isagenix page, and select “Sign up and Save” on any product you are interested in, otherwise known as a Wholesale order. You will see the BV total in your cart, and you can add as many different products as you would like to meet the order minimum. Offer not valid on one time Retail orders.

So if you are curious to learn more about my favorite Isagenix products that have already helped 1000’s of people, regardless of age, take back their health. Click Here to learn more.

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