The 7 F’s I needed to hear!

I am an avid reader, I love reading I was not always that way though, I use to dread it and put if off hoping there would be a movie of it someday. However a few years ago I decided I needed to read, it would be good for me, so I decided the 30-40 mins I wait in the pickup line waiting on my kids to get out of school I would take that time to read, because let’s face it I can find distractions I don’t need help in that department. I took it day by day and before you know it I had read an entire book! That’s where it started and now 4 years later I am still reading every school day in the pickup line.

One of the books I read last year is called Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl, I blazed through this book; looking forward to my daily reading time so when I heard they had written a book just for women I knew I needed it. I pre-ordered it through Barnes and Noble and couldn’t wait the 3 months for its release. Well I didn’t have to, when I was chosen along with several other bloggers  to read and review  Oola for Women

Oola for Women is AMAZING! I didn’t want to stop reading it, so I will admit the first two nights I had it, yep I stayed up an extra hour just to read more of it. Add this book to your reading this for this summer, this year, or grab it for a Mother’s day gift!

Oola is living a balanced life and growing in 7 key areas of health and wellbeing. Using the 7 F’s, Faith Fitness, Finance, Friends, Family, Field, and Fun. 

The authors take you on a journey of understanding the importance of all 7 areas of your life. Showing you how to make change and grow. The stories are inspirational and motivational, I felt a personal connection to many of the stories from women in this book. They reached out and touched my heart and soul. The women share their struggles, successes, discouragement, and renewed faith. No matter where you are in your journey, this book is a must have not only a captivating read but an excellent resource that you will be able to use again and again as we all have different season throughout our lifetime.

This is not your typical self-help book, I have read many and so many of them are quite similar. Usually raw and in your face but never telling you steps for making change, the back of this book has tools to help you discover what needs work most and tips to help you get started on making changes to better yourself.

After reading this book I felt inspired, ready to work on my areas I needed most to work on. Which I will admit I was surprised to learn that my Faith needed the most help. This last year I have not been faithful in my tithing I do it occasionally but not every month as I know I should and I have withdrawn from church instead of finding a church that feels like home I have been watching online; which doesn’t give me the interaction and fellowship that I need. I am working on finding a church again and tithing faithfully, I even started a journal again with my prayer time and deep conversations with God.

Friends there are areas of our lives that we just ROCK and areas that we just need a little help, so let’s ROCK our lives and be the best versions of ourselves; grab your book and be a Oola Women with me!

 

I want to give a BIG Thank You to the Oola guys for writing this book! It has touched me and inspired me in a loving way!

BUY YOUR COPY BELOW BEFORE THE MAY 2, 2017 RELEASE!

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

xoxo,
Faith

GamePlan Review and Resources

If you are a Young Living Distributor you need this book! If you are thinking about turning your love and passion for essential oils into an income you need this book! What book am I talking about?? Gameplan: The complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver by Sarah Harnisch. I got this book off Amazon the end of February this year and could not put it down once I started reading it!

I was amazed at the amount of information in this book, all the tips, tricks and tools that I wish I had when I first started my oil journey back in February 24, 2015. There is a lot of books, groups, videos, and people out there to help you but nothing like this one. It is a step by step guide that you can use over and over and over again. It’s easy to duplicate, making the simplest way to build your business! The book itself is easy to read and follow along with and there is past recorded videos that the author did that is available on her website to anyone. This book has been a big blessing to me. I love her positivity and I love that she shares her knowledge and experiences. This is a phenomenal tool available to all Young Living distributors, no matter who your enroller or sponsor are! After reading this book I was so excited about what I had learned and I knew everyone would benefit from it!

Another leader and I put together a book study using this book, workbook and videos for our team. We are only half way through it now, but I can say I have seen confidence grow, people not letting their fears stop them from what they want anymore, they are going forth boldly with a heart filled with Hustle and grabbing their dreams by the horns.

In following Sarah’s lead to share with others, I created a few things for my team during this book study and would like to share them with you as well.

When she goes over follow-up in Chapter 10 she gives you step by step instructions and to follow with those I took the wording from her book and created a how to order card and starter kit card to put in my follow-up bags. Each one will print 4 to a 9×11 cardstock paper, then you just use a paper-cutter or scissors and cut them into 4 separate cards to fit in 4×6 bags for simple sharing.

Here is the link to my google drive for those printable files: Printable Files
 

 

You can find the books here:

Gameplan The complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter kit to Silver

Gameplan workbook

Gameplan Bootcamp Videos: http://oilabilityteam.com/gameplan-bootcamp/

If you’re a planner girl like me I also made stickers for my planner and have them available in my etsy shop. You can find them here: GamePlan Stickers
If you would like to learn more about my oil journey please visit me here: http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/
xoxo,
Faith

Stand Up and Unite

Recently I decided to watch Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, based on the book Thirteen Reasons Why  by Jay Asher. I have not read the book so can not compare the two, but the show I have mixed feelings about. The show is drawn out far too long, the book itself is only 288 pages long and is drawn out into 13 hours of television. If you haven’t seen the show or read the book yet, I won’t spoil it for you it is worth the watch. It’s about a girl who commits suicide based on events that all take place within roughly two years of High School. After her death she leaves tapes behind to explain why she ended her life. The tapes are heard by those who she feels impacted her decision to take her own life one afternoon. It switches between current day and the past events while her story is being told. This in my opinion shows how events in life can add up, leaving them to sometimes feeling alone, worthless, and helpless. People may not be aware that they are being cruel or mean, they might find humor in what they say or do to another but to the person who is on the other end of that they are not finding the humor in it one bit. So this got me thinking about bullies and life events, how when we connect with others even on the smallest level we leave our touch. For all of us we must think before we speak!

Schools these days have anti-bullying policies but what is the definition of bully?

Bullying is different from the typical disagreements or conflict that occur between friends or classmates. What’s the difference?

It’s bullying if:

  • The person is being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behavior.
  • The behavior is repeated, though it can be a single incident.
  • It is being done intentionally.
  • The person being hurt has a hard time defending themselves from the behavior.
  • The student(s) who are doing it have more power.*

* ”Power” can include such things as being older, being physically bigger or stronger, having more social status, or when a group of students “gang up” on someone.

What Bullying is not…

  • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
  • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

So why am I writing about this?  Suicide, depression, bullying are all close to my heart. I am a friend of someone who took their own life, I have been in a situation that left me feeling pretty sad, others I know have also had some tough experiences and depression well I have seen and felt too. I believe based on my own experiences that it will take a tribe to create healing and to put a stop to bullies, to people feeling so alone when they experience certain things in life! If everyone shares their story and no longer becomes afraid to speak out about their life, just maybe there can be change.

I have always been a very private person but I was once a social butterfly, but airing my dirty laundry has never been my forte. Let me briefly tell you about three experiences, one is my personal experience, one happened to my daughter, and one to my god-daughter. These three are from separate age groups; adult, adolescent, grade school.

I once had a friend or so I thought I had a friend; she opened my eyes to a whole new world. One day she was my “friend” the next day she was lying to me, spreading rumors about me, using social media to continually harass me; you see the thing about a bully over social media is that it’s really difficult to make it stop. The hundreds of emails, the hundreds of fake Facebook profiles they create, and wow does news spread like wildfire…even if it’s nothing but gossip and lies. Waking up day after day for more than a year to emails, Facebook posts, and text messages that just make you want to crawl in a hole and never come out again. Not knowing who you can trust, who is your friend and who is your enemy. Eventually I was able to prove what she had been doing and was able to get a restraining order against her, but that did not stop her from leaving boxes on my door in the middle of the night, creating new fake Facebook identities to continue her social media bullying, or talking. I was blown away that adults act like this! Women turning on women when we are supposed to be uplifting and supporting one another. So like in the tv show, the paranoia you feel is overwhelming, not wanting to log on to Facebook or leave your house because you just might run into that person and what then? Anxiety and depression begin to take control and before you know it, you’re not even sure who you are anymore. You don’t want to be afraid to create new friendships, or join in on connecting with others, social events, or just going to the store but it happens and before you know it. How do you come back? I can’t say what the magic was for me, but I leaned on my family, read a lot of books,  focused on healing, got my privacy settings in order, and above all surrounded myself with love, positivity, encouragement and prayed a whole lot. Eventually over time there was a pause and I was able to breathe again.

Here is another instance, girl and guy date briefly for a few months but when girl wants to break up and end the relationship guy acts out. He was angry and he chose to react by spreading rumors all over school about the girl, one day she has her group of friends and the next all the friends are gone, because they were his friends first for the most part. She could hear whispers in the halls and in class, then the social media chaos began. Again it didn’t matter if you blocked all those people because they just create new profiles and somehow still have friends of friends that help unknowingly manage to get on your page to comment or are able to have others do their commenting for them. Slowly but surely there was no friends left. Like in the movie there were signs something was going on, her moods changed. She would sleep a lot, stopped going outside, and was very withdrawn and quiet, her once A/B grade average fell to D’s and F’s. It took me a week or two to get her to open up about what was going on, when she did tell me I got a restraining order because the boy had also threatened her brother and her in a text message. However, because they all went to the same High School that piece of paper had very little meaning. I met with the school counselor and campus police officer, giving them copies of the restraining order that included that her nor her brother would have contact with offender. That paper was not taken seriously by the school, they allowed the boy to go to their lunch hour when he would ditch his own the hour before. When I gave the school a list of all students that were participating in the rumors and gossip, I was told they can do nothing about it. They offered to segregate my her, to have her eat her lunch in the office. Which made her feel punished rather than supported. It was a very long year for her, who was hurt by the mean things people would say about her and to her, losing all her friends and feeling alone. Eventually things did calm down, my she left the High School and finished her last year online. To this day and it’s years later, when she see’s him on the street or passes by him in the store her heart races, adrenaline pumping, fear and panic set it.

Little kids can be just as cruel with their words. Now let me tell you about a super sweet little girl who had a school bus bully, she was only in first grade. Getting on the bus everyday should be exciting at this age, learning is fun but it wasn’t for her. Everyday she was very unwelcome by a little boy who was continually mean to her. Why did he choose her? I don’t know but he did, day after day she couldn’t understand why he didn’t like her, why he was so cruel. How did the school handle it? He eventually lost his privilege to ride the school bus, no longer able to bully on the bus. But did he stop while he was at school? I don’t know but how can the schools completely stop bullying? My youngest son will tell you he thinks there needs to be a “special” school for bullies, that they need to be separated and reformed. I don’t have all the answers, does anyone truly? No, or this would not be a continued problem.

There are many other times I could tell you about, when one of my son’s was bullied for two school years from the same kid, my son was suspended for 3 days in Kindergarten for standing up for himself after being bullied for nearly an entire school year, or the time that my son was chased for weeks on his way home from a classmate who didn’t even live in our neighborhood, or how my other son was bullied on the school bus daily for a school year, or when someone close to me was bullied in High School by a group of girls who were once her friends and one day decided she didn’t belong in their group any longer so they wrote on the bathroom stalls, calling her mean names and spreading rumors about school that were flat-out lies this went on for months before she eventually quit going to school and became a High School drop out…this one closely resembles the movie closely however she did not take her life; she is an adult now. I can’t help wonder though if some of her relationship issues she faces today are because of how she was treated back then, I know she carries that pain and truthfully is anyone really able to let go? Of course you can forgive those who wronged you, made you cry, run and hide, but even when they aren’t chanting in your ear or posting on-line about you the memories are still there. It can be very damaging!

Together if we all one by one take a stand and unite against bullying no matter what form it’s being done in, then we can make a difference. If you see it happening, don’t turn the other way SAY something, tell someone, it very well could be that the person it’s happening to isn’t in a place to speak up maybe they don’t know how or maybe they too are afraid. If you are being bullied, do your best to find the strength to tell someone and if they don’t listen tell someone else, just keep talking until someone listens. If you’ve been bullied speak up, share about it, you never know it might give someone who needs a little light of hope just what they were searching for at that time.

I bought my youngest son and I t-shirts from Target, I love that they offer this shirt! It is made for both boys and girls. It’s from their Cat & Jack™ line of clothing.

I hope to create awareness, that it can happen at any age! To let others who are being bullied to know they are not alone, to the parents of those being bullied I hope you know that you are not alone.

There are many websites that provide awareness and education. Here are just a few links to some of those pages.

Violence Prevention Works

Stop Bullying

National Centre Against Bullying

The Bully Project

National Bullying Prevention Center

Book:

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY book

 

xoxo,
Faith

Why do we need Supplements and Enzymes?

I have been researching supplements and wanted to share a few things I have found, would love to hear what you use and have found as well. Have you heard about Dr. Jim Bob’s Core 4? What about Young Living’s enzymes products?

Dr Jim Bob’s core 4, he recommends this to all his patients; he says everyone should be taking these and I am going to share with you why.
1. Cod Liver
2. Vitamin D: helps thyroid
3. Probiotics: gut health
4. Greens

Why Cod LIver?
It is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D. Anti-Inflammatory, helps to balance cholesterol levels, lower risk for cancer, Arthritis, diabetes, boosts fertility (pregnancy: Helps with Growth and Development), improves brain function, depression, Maintain Bone Health, and improving gastric ulcer healing.

OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10

Why Vitamin D?
Is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Why Probiotics?
Is important for overall digestive health, Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Why is gut health important, our digestive systems are the second largest part of our neurological system. Probiotics aid in boosting immune system, preventing UTI, healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS, improving digestive function, managing eczema in children, and fighting food-borne illnesses.

Life 9 is Young livings probiotic, it does not contain any ingredients derived from dairy.

(NOTE: most probiotics contain ingredients derived from dairy, if you have an allergy or intolerance to dairy there is important)

Why Greens?
Basicly everyone comes up short on the amount of fruits and vegetables our bodies need, so a greens supplement helps to bridge that gap. Greens supplements are alkaline, and one of their main benefits is their ability to improve your body’s acid-base balance. An unbalanced pH may lead to decreased bone health, excessive cortisol, and slightly impaired thyroid function. All green supplements are not made the same, so be sure to read labels.

YL Multigreens is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Consuming enough fruits and vegetables can reduce:
Cardiovascular disease
Various cancers (colon, prostate, breast, cervical, endometrial, gastric, lung, lymphoma, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid)
High blood cholesterol
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Obesity
Stroke
Eye disease
Asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Osteoporosis

In addition, Why are enzymes important to our bodies, what is the difference between them and how do you use them? Lindsay Elmore did a quick video all about it.

https://youtu.be/8zzZxgsuEG0

Why do I need enzymes?
Enzymes are proteins that control the speed of chemical reactions in your body. Without enzymes, these reactions would take place too slowly to keep you alive. Some enzymes, like the ones in your gut, break down large molecules into smaller ones.

Enzymes are so important for digestion.

Enzymes can speed the rate of healing.

Enzymes can help give the body a much needed rest when breaking down foods in the stomach and elsewhere, so the body can continue to give the much needed energy into the area needing for healing and not have to slow down to send energy to the digestive tract.

Enzymes really boost the body when working so hard at getting rid of things it doesn’t need. It also needs support and balancing of the body when doing cleansing.

Here is a chart to help you choose which enzyme supplement is right for you.

If you would like to learn more about Young Living visit me at http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Prioritizing Time- Get things Done!

If you’re priorities are not on point you will be continually be frustrated, there will never seem like there is enough time in one day. I hope this post will help you remember one very important thing…GIVE YOURSELF GRACE.

When I am finding that life feels out of balance there are a few things I do to help gather myself and put life back in check. First remind myself that the little things do make a difference. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact. So number one…Do the little things well with Consistency. Consistency is KEY! One of the best quotes I can think of is Simplicity with Repetition. It works!

Not everyone is the best when it comes to organization, my BFF is my planner. I use it to track my time, prioritize, and set goals. I have tried to use my phone, ipad, post it notes, scratch paper stuck on the fridge with a cute magnet, none of it worked for me. A few years ago I went back to the basics a paper planner. I now use my phone to remind me of important events because sometimes you just need that annoying alarm to go off to keep you in check. Or maybe that’s just me LOL  There are a multitude of planners out there, find one that works best for you. Look at the size and layout, those are important. I like a planner that will fit in my purse, something that has a weekly and monthly layout and plenty of room for notes. I will post a few links at planners I have tried. I love my Erin Condren planner, it’s what works best for me.

When you use a  planner this will help to FOCUS your TIME. GET THINGS DONE! Schedule every second of your day, spend YOUR time how you want not how others want you to, don’t get lost in FaceBook, Pinterest, or other social media sites, it can be so easy to do but if you have your planner out and follow it, you will find that your productivity increases. Creating Balance!

Goals vs Desire
A goal is something you can achieve all on your own and doesn’t’ require another person.
A desire is something that requires another person to achieve.
I make a list at the beginning of every month of my goals and desires. Then I work on them through the month, setting smaller goals each week. Making it a priority to get all the little things done each week.
We all have basic life requirements, laundry, dishes, food shopping etc. These little things all matter in our lives. I break them down every week, scheduling time to get them done. For example, on Friday’s I schedule 3 hours to get food shopping done; I like to get the most for my money so I shop at 4 to 5 different stores. I schedule Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons for laundry; with a household of 6 there’s a lot of laundry. Dishes I schedule to get done every morning, I do them while my coffee is making. I scheduled my daily workouts, Facebook time, and time to read every day for 30 minutes. You get the idea.  All of these that I have listed are small weekly goals, when I stick to my plan we have clean laundry, food in the house, clean dishes, and I have time to keep my mind active, interact with others, and best of all keep to a fitness routine.

Tips:

  • choose one day a week to plan your week
  • leave room for things that will come up in your week unexpectedly
  • add stickers and/or washi tape for fun and bold reminders
  • find a great pen
  • Don’t take on other’s crisis
  • work your goals and give desires to God
  • be teachable
  • set priorities
  • Do all the little things well and consistently

Planners

Erin Condren Passion Planner Franklin Covey Sugar Paper Planner Plum Paper Happiness Planner Happy Planner Kikki K

Get $10 off your Erin Condren when you use my referral link. http://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite

A Simply Blessed ThanksGiving

I hope that each and everyone had a wonderful ThanksGiving. We had a very blessed day and I am very grateful for every memory we made this ThanksGiving! My husband worked so our kids and I cooked, baked, decorated and had everything ready for when he came home. I went for my 3 mile run and happily made a gluten-free pie crust for our pumpkin pie, it was gobbled up so quickly I didn’t get a before picture but I did get a picture of the crust. I use a recipe from DIY Food Guy; you can find it here: 5 Min Coconut Flour Pie Crust and don’t forget to scroll to the end and save your Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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5 Min Coconut Four Pie Crust

For our main course I roasted a turkey, seasoned with essential oils and little pepper and basil. I personally don’t eat turkey but my family loves it, so I make it for them every year and I love to try new recipes each time. This year I added 2 tbsp virgin olive oil with 1 drop Thyme essential oil, 1 drop lemon essential oil, and 1 drop basil essential oil. Glazed turkey and then sprinkled 1 tsp pepper and basil. Everyone loved it so much that we don’t have much for left overs from a 15 lb turkey. (I only use Young Living Oils to find out more click here: Essential Oils)

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ThanksGiving Turkey with Essential Oils

My daughter and youngest son made Ugly Sweater Cookies. They had a lot of fun making these.

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

You will need:

  • Gluten free flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 large egg or 1 tbsp flax-seed +3 tbsp water
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • powdered sugar for dusting, icing and sprinkles for decorating

Preparation:

  1. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl and whisk to combine, set aside.
  2. Place sugar and butter in large bowl and beat with electric mixer until creamy smooth. Add extracts, egg, and cream cheese, beating to incorporate.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture and stir to combine. Divide in half and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick on a powered sugar-dusted work area. Cut cookies in to shapes.
  6. Place an inch apart on baking sheet. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, allow to cool and decorate with frosting.

*if you will be using flax-seed as alternative to egg. Add flax-seed to water and allow to sit while you prepare step 1, then stir before adding into mixture at step 2.

Our home is feeling festive and our Elf Mark has returned.

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XOXO,

Faith

It’s a Start

I have been asked many times if I have a blog, I have thought about it quite often but now here I am sitting down to get started. One of those to-do’s that I never seem to get to. Truly because I put it off, not know what to say or how to get started. So here we go…this is my blog and I hope you will join me as I share all the things I’m crazy about from family, fitness, God, my planner, lots of crafts and a little in between.

I guess I should start at the beginning for fitness talk. My journey to a healthier me began in 2009.

When I saw a picture of myself. (picture on lower right)
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I had no idea just how much weight I had put on over a few years time, until I saw that picture and didn’t recognize myself. I didn’t own a scale at the time but I went out at bought one, soon after I was at the doctors office. I tested positive for diabetes my blood pressure was high. At this time climbing the stairs in my home was difficult, it literally took my breath away. I knew I had to loose weight. I had no idea where to start or what I could do. My husband is a Marine, he told me to start with calisthenics. My knees hurt, were swollen, and I thought I was going to pass out or throw up, heck maybe both. I made my goals short term, I didn’t even want to think about how much in total I had to loose because that overwhelmed and terrified me.

My first goal was to loose 10 lbs. When I made it through my first week, I knew I had to find something else because I hated every workout, I dreaded them. I started walking from my house to my mailboxes, but I needed more and in the 100+ AZ summer heat I overheated too easily, I wasn’t in shape for it yet. I borrowed a treadmill for two weeks, but found that I truly didn’t enjoy that either and it was extremely painful on my knee. Back to searching again while still pushing through my husbands loving words during calisthenics, he would continually tell me “pain is weakness leaving the body” I wanted to duct tape his mouth every time he said it but I knew he was only trying to keep me going. I found an elliptical used and tada…had found the perfect fit for me. I loved it, looked forward to it every day. Each week I would increase resistance and was finally feeling like I was getting somewhere, like hey I can do this!

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Now my food well that is a whole new level of learning. I thought I knew what healthy eating was until I took nutrition classes, Oh boy did that blow me away. I had to erase everything I thought I knew about food and start over, that was a whole new level of challenging. Like with finding a fitness routine I had to find a food routine that I could live with, because this was not a diet I was on this was a lifestyle overhaul.

Over 2 years I found what works for me, by 2011 I had lost a total of 125 lbs. but I was not done, by 2012 I reached my goal and had lost a 165 lbs total. I have kept off that weight and continued to focus on toning. This is how I became who I am today, I love running and eating healthy. I wanted to share my journey with you, it has not been an easy road but it has been worth it. I hope this brings inspiration to your journey and you will join me as we learn and live a healthy life.

Thank you for joining me,
Faith

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my youngest and I