Well Color Me…..

My ramblings on the world in general and my life in particular

August 2, 2015
by Tracie
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…Searching

Welcome to August everyone!

This month I’m looking for a couple of “runners”. No I don’t mean marathoners I mean men and women who have goals and are willing to RUN for it!

Are you:
1.? a sin
runnergle parent who is tired of worrying about day to day expenses?
2. ? a college student who doesn’t want to be bogged down with student loans?
3. ? some
one who wants to be able to go on vacation without having to worry about how to pay for it?
4. ? someo
ne who wants to get healthy and make money doing it?
5. ? someo
ne who is just tired or worrying about a lay off or getting fired because of things out of your control?
6. ? someone who wants to simply change their life and work for yourself so you have time to enjoy life instead of just working to pay bills?

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July 26, 2015
by Tracie
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…Your Team Leader

I am looking for 2 people to join my team.

Are you ready to take the first steps to financial freedom? Now is the time.

We’re running a limited time special. The $99 Promo Business Builder Kit contains 1 boxes of Ultimate Applicators (that’s 4 applicators total) and an assortment of marketing materials to kick start your business. You also get 1 month free eSuite and personal website ($20 per month starting month 2). Beyond that, you’ll get access to my team page where you will get all the support you need. You’ll alsjoin nowo have free training at It Works U!
Where else can you start a business for under $100 and earn all your money back when you sell the 4 wraps you get in your kit? That’s right, you can earn your money back very quickly by selling the wraps plus with the special bonus offer you get another box of 4 wraps completely free. Sell those and you’ve not only made back your initial investment, you’ve made $100.00. The potential is UNLIMITED. Don’t think you have time? If yu have time to post on facebook, twitter, or instagram, you have time for this. That’s right, you can run your business through social media! Don’t miss out on this amazing offer, it ends Tuesday, so if you’ve been thinking about it, don’t think any longer – ACT!

Visit my website www.wrapswithtj.com or comment here to find out more!

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July 25, 2015
by Tracie
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….happy I’m doing something for ME!

I am so happy and proud of myself!   I’m doing something for me while I’m helping other people.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  I started using products from the It Works line to help me in my weight loss battle.  I love them so much, I decided to become an independent distributor.  The initial cost is $99.00 – that’s it.  There is no contract, no obligation.  If I decide I don’t want to do this, I can walk away at any time.  I don’t think I’m going to walk away though.  The products are amazing, and they work…they really do.  Plus, I’ve started talking with other independent distributors and the support, and friendship is beyond belief, and really, who can’t use more friends?

These are natural, herbal based products, and that is something I can get behind.  Everyone knows i’m working toward being healthier.  I’m never going to be joe organic or anything but I can totally get behind putting healthy products into and on my body.

chews smallThe first thing I tried was the Greens Chews, and can I say OMG those things are YUMMY and have the potential to be like healthy crack for me.  I could seriously eat them like candy.   The chews boost your body’s natural defenses against free radical damage.  They support healthy nutrition and digestion with prebiotic dietary fiber.  They contain the antioxidant strength of 20 cartons of blueberries.  They’re fueled by pterostilbene to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels and promote heart health and are a delicious, blueberry-filled flavor!

hsn4I also use Hair Skin and Nails – this product has freaking AMAZING results!  People have shown amazing growth in a very short time.  Some people have experienced new hair growth too, while others have had dramatic lengthening and thickening of their hair.  There are also pictures that show eyelash growth which is pretty cool.  I’m excited about the potential to strengthen my nails.  My nails grow pretty quickly but they’re week and brittle.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress. HSN creates a more radiant, youthful looking you with support for stronger nails, softer and smoother skin, and  shine-worthy hair! With essential vitamins, minerals, and plant-based nutrients, Hair Skin Nails enhances your own natural collagen and keratin production,supports healthy cell growth, and boosts your body’s free radical fighting defenses. It’s optimal nourishment to look your beautiful best from the inside out!

I’m also using Confienza which is absolutely freaking awesome.  We live in this stress filled world – it sucks, but we do and Confienza helps with that.  It improves your focus, fight fatigue, and helps your body cope with all the stress life throws at you with Confianza. This naturally based supplement increases your energy levels, and it’s special blend of herbs provides a safe way to enhance your body’s ability to cope with all forms of stress: physical, emotional, and environmental.  It improves mental focus & concentration, helps the body cope with physical stress provides energy and reduces fatigue and helps restore body balance.

I’m also using the Fat Fighter, Thermofit, and of course the wraps which I blogged about earlier.    There are also a ton of skin care products that I can’t wait to try.  I’m super fortunate that I have pretty decent skin, and I don’t look my age – I kind of want to keep it that way, lol.  The skin care products offered by It Works! can and will help with that.  I don’t know what I want to try next.  Either the stretch mark cream cause lord knows I have stretch marks or the eye and lip cream.  Like I said, i have pretty decent skin, but I am cursed with dark circles under my eyes that are pretty dreadful.

Like I said, I really love these products and I can personally attest to how well they work.  That’s why I became an independent distributor – I wanted to share them with other people.  If you’re interested in trying them, you can visit leave a comment here, email me at wrapswithtj@gmail.com or visit my website at www.wrapswithtj.com.  Why not treat yourself to something.  You’re special, and  you totally deserve it.

 

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July 11, 2015
by Tracie
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…A Crazy Wrapper

I’ve been working hard at losing weight.  You know, doing it the right way, eating healthy and exercising.  There are no short cuts when trying to lose weight.   I want there to be, but there aren’t.  But there are products that can help you along the way.  I have a friend who sells It Works products, and I’ll be honest, I just assumed it was like Avon, or worse – AMWAY.  It’s not.  She always had posts on her facebook page about “those crazy wrap things.”  I figured it was some scammy thing, or you lost water weight or nothing at all.  But wow, it’s not.  It’s all it says it is and so much more.  While many body wraps simply cause water loss, the Ultimate Body Applicator aka That Crazy Wrap thing uses a botanically based cream formula that gives you tightening, toning and firming results that last. The botanical ingredients help to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite and redefining the appearance of your body’s contours.

That, combined with the Advanced Formula Fat Fighter, which is a botanical based product that helps when you overindulge on those nummy carbs (as I am wont to do).  Fat Fighter contains NeOpuntia, the most powerful fat binding ingredient on the market today. NeOpuntia is derived from a vegetable known as the prickly pear cactus fiber. In addition, Fat Fighter contains a white kidney bean extract that acts as a carb inhibitor and also aids in weight loss. The natural ingredients make Fat Fighter safe for daily consumption, and this product is also gluten free.

Combine those two things with Ultimate Thermofit and wow… they all work together along with a healthy diet and exercise to get you fit and trim and help to budge the pudge!

I am so overjoyed with the results of these products, that I decided to start selling them as well.  But here’s the thing, I’m not going to pressure people to buy anything, or ask them to sign up to become a distributor or anything like that.  I just really believe in these products and i want to give people an opportunity to try them.  If you’re interested , just click here and check them out, and please feel free to share the link with friends and family!

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July 4, 2015
by Tracie
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…Still fighting the good fight – sort of

I’m still on my weight loss journey, and I’ve lost 30 pounds give or take a pound since I started.  The weight is coming off slower than I would like now, and there are several reasons for that.

1.  I stopped doing Atkins because Tracie can not live by protein alone.

2.  I’ve stopped moving as much since school got out.

3.  I’ve kind of stopped caring.

I’m not too concerned about stopping Atkins because that was never going to be a long term option because I do love carbs, and I think it’s more healthy to eat right and moderate portions rather than just eliminate one food group.

The not moving has bothered me a bit because I really hate being outside in the heat and humidity, so getting all my steps in has been difficult  impossible.  I decided to join Planet Fitness, and i did, but what a freaking production that was.  I just wanted to go and get a black card membership so I could go to the gym close to home and the one close to school when school starts again.  I also wanted to pay for the year in advance.   I don’ t like sharing my checking account info and having my account debited every month.  Well turns out, Planet Fitness just won’t do that – their policy is give us access to your checking account and we’ll let you work out.

After several million tweets to planet fitness and posts on their facebook wall, i was told that if it is a corporately owned store what i want won’t happen, but if it’s a franchise, they MAY do it.  Well score, I found one!  So I have my planet fitness membership, and I started back yesterday.  I may not get my 10,000 steps in every day, but I will be moving and i’m going to set up an appointment with their trainer and learn how to use the machines.

Which brings us to number 3 – I’ve stopped caring.  I miss junk food, and honestly, there’s nobody who cares about what I look like.  I know I should be doing this to improve my  health and my quality of life and to make sure I’m around a long time for my kids.  Those things matter, they really do, but it would be so wonderful if there were someone who cared about me and was proud of the changes I’ve made and stuff.

I’ve gotta get over that, and fast because even if there were someone in my life, i still couldn’t be doing this for them.  This has to be for me.  I’ll get it together.  I have to – for me.

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June 27, 2015
by Tracie
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…A Little Skinnier

I am still on this healthy journey of mine.  It’s had its ups and downs, I won’t lie about that.  I’m taking a break from atkins because lets be honest, I freaking LOVE carbs, but it was a great way to jump start my weight loss.

I’m also allowing myself an occasional crystal light – only because there are just some foods that you don’t have water with i.e. popcorn.  I love popcorn as a snack but the idea of popcorn and water makes me barf lol.

I’ve had a couple of cheat days – I’ve had burgers, i’ve had fries, and I don’t care because if you never allow yourself things like that, you’re not going to have long term success.

I’m struggling a bit right now with exercise – school just let out for the summer and i’m just super duper lazy right now.  I don’t want to go out and walk, i don’t want to exercise.  I don’t want to do ANYTHING.  I’m thinking of rejoining planet fitness – i have to check to see if my insurance plan offers health club reimbursement.

But i’m down 29.6 pounds from where I started, and I’m really proud of myself for that success.  I need to lose more, and I know I can do it.  My goal is another 70 lbs – I’d like to do it by November.  I can do this, I WILL do this.

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June 26, 2015
by Tracie
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…All About Marriage Equality and the Confederate Flag

So first  – huge happy dance because the Supreme Court came out and said that same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.  I think it’s wonderful that they did that – I also think it’s incredibly pathetic that they had to.  Love is love, and you should be able to marry who you want, where you want.

I’m pretty liberal in some of my thinking, but I’m pretty conservative in other things.  Like I said, it’s your right to marry whomever you wish to marry, but it’s also the right of churches, florists etc to refuse to serve you.  Of course it’s also my right to NEVER patronize businesses and organizations that do things like that.    I’m sure my opinion is unpopular, but hey, it’s mine, and I feel strongly about it.  If you own a business, you have the right to refuse service to people.  I think you’re STUPID to do so, but it’s your right.  The same goes for churches.  If a particular sect doesn’t wish to perform a same-sex marriage – that’s their choice.  It’s also a church at which I’ll never worship.

On to the confederate flag.  Slavery happened people, and it happened in this country.  But guess what – the confederate flag never owned slaves.  That flag is a part of our history – it’s kind of a dark part, but in some ways, it’s a proud part as well.  No, not the slavery – that was wrong.  But people are forgetting that some people cared about a cause enough to stand up and fight.  That flag is a part of our history.  It shouldn’t be taken down, and confederate general remains shouldn’t be removed from whatever park they’re taking about.  Those things are a part of our history, and they need to stay as a reminder; a reminder of who we were, and how we’ve changed.

Apple has gone so far as to remove apps with the confederate flag from their app store.  They’ve since gone back and re-added apps that deal with history.  Honestly, that’s censorship – it’s their choice – it’s their company, but it is still censorship.  If an app with a confederate flag upsets you – DON’T BUY IT!  And really people, that flag, it doesn’t represent slavery.  It’s a southern icon.

We’re so freaking caught up in being politically correct, and honestly, we’re going overboard.  No more pilgrim and Indian plays at Thanksgiving because it may upset the Native Americans.  Cashiers can’t wish people Merry Christmas because it may offend non-Christians, we either have to give valentine cards to EVERY kid in class, or not have a Valentine’s day party because someone’s feelings may get hurt, and we can’t have field day at school with races and first, second and third place because we may damage a child’s self-esteem.  Well guess what – in this life, there are winners, and there are losers, some people like you and some people don’t, and yep, some people had slaves, and that was horrible.  But it’s over now, and the flag, well it doesn’t represent slavery as much as it represents a group of people willing to separate from their country and fight for their beliefs.  You know, kind of like we did with England.  People kind of need to get a grip.

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April 19, 2015
by Tracie
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…Still Moving

So I started making healthy changes a just about a month ago and I wanted to check in and show myself some love and support because i deserve it 🙂

I’m down around 16 pounds and I’m seeing a difference in how my clothing fits, which is good.  I’m also “shopping” in my closet, which is even better!

I started using a fitbit.  I had a flex lying around the house that I got for free, and I liked it.  I liked it so much that for my 10 pound reward, I upgraded to a fitbit charge, and i’m tracking my sleep too.  Man I do NOT sleep well.

I’m doing really well at incorporating 10,000 steps or more a day into my life.  If I don’t get it done at school, I come home and walk, and if I get them all in at school, chances are it was a really exhausting day, and I just go to bed.

I’m doing Atkins – it’s going well,, but there are some drawbacks.  All that protein and not as much fiber can effect the digestion, and it’s hard to get all the fiber you need in without going over on carbs, but I’m finding ways to work with it.  I’m tracking my calories, water and exercise on myfitnesspal which is great, but the way they track carbs doesn’t match and it doesn’t like all the protein that I’m eating, but that’s okay on atkins

I’m’ still not drinking crystal light, so that’s good, and i’m drinking lots of water so that’s another bonus.

I’m psyched because there have been a couple of days this week when I was not close to my 10,000 steps and I just wanted to come home and collapse, but I forced myself to go outside and walk.  So proud of me!

We had a carnival at the school where I work yesterday and I was surrounded by nummy treats.  I will confess to caving and eating a 1/4 of a sno cone (omg it was good) and then we went out to dinner and I *gasp* had a half a baked potato, and are you ready for it…..a ROLL.

I was going to be all bummed about it, but then I said what the heck.  I successfully organized a carnival at school, coordinated the booths/participants and got people from an economically depressed community to come in and spend money.  I worked my ASS off and I deserved the roll lol.

Next scheduled cheat day is May 8th.  We’re having a professional development day at school we’ll be ordering in.  No worries because why worry.  This is an ongoing process and I will succeed.

My mantra is I can lose 100 pounds and maintain a healthy weight.  I will do this!

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April 11, 2015
by Tracie
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…A Success

I am learning to celebrate small successes.  It’s a good thing because every success deserves to be celebrated, and because I really struggle with saying, finding and accepting good things about myself.

So let’s celebrate the fact that I’ve lost 12 pounds since I started modifying my eating habits.

I am also celebrating the fact that I have started incorporating more movement in my life.  I have a fitbit zip, and I am using that to track my steps.  What’s more important is that I am not berating myself if I don’t make 10,000 steps a day.  Instead I’m celebrating because i am MOVING.

I am also celebrating the fact that I have not had ANY crystal light  since the end of March.  This is HUGE.  I’m drinking water with mint leaves in it.  Not as yummy, but I’m learning to like it.

I also have stopped drinking regular tea.  This is NOT a forever stop for me, but it is a for now change until I drop some more weight, because while tea itself isn’t bad, the milk and sugar I use isn’t what I need right now.

I have a goal – when I lose my first 20 pounds, I’m going to get a new fitbit – i was thinking about the flex, but there are a lot of negative reviews.  I’m wondering if it is worth it to spend the extra money to get the better one.

I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished health wise so far…I still have a way to go, and that’s okay.  I will get there, but today is for celebrating how far I’ve come.

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March 31, 2015
by Tracie
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…Stronger than I Realized

The other day I said I was weaning myself off of crystal light, but on Sunday, I decided boom, I was done.  I have not had Crystal Light since Saturday, and I am quite proud of that fact.

My big problem is, I. HATE. WATER.  It tastes like NOTHING.  So I’ve started adding mint leaves to my water and it’s helping, not much, but it’s helping.  I’ve also started drinking – are you ready for this?  A detox drink made with dandelion tea, cranberry juice, lemon juice and water.

It’s actually not half bad.  It’s not half great, but it’s not half bad.  The recipe, in case anybody is interested is

3 – 4 dandelion tea bags

2 1/2 cups boiling water

1/4 cup cranberry juice

juice of 1/2 a lemon

Make the tea and drink it 3 times a day.  We’ll see if it helps.  I figure it can’t hurt.  I’m also doing a modified type of Atkins.  White bread is gone, as are potatoes.  I’m watching carbs, but if they’re coming from leafy veggies and such, I’m not going to worry that much about them.    I’ve even started *gasp* exercising.  Nothing too intense, but I’m moving more, and I have my little fitbit zip to keep me honest.

Will these changes last?  I don’t know.  I figure Easter is going to present a few difficulties, but i’ll push through them, and if I mess up, I’ll just move forward

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