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December 2015

Big Fat Lies…

If you’ve ever been fat… (not in your mind)… but outright medically diagnosed obese and think nothing will ever change… keep reading. Kimbrea’s testimony ain’t for everybody, but it’s definitely for you.

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Kimbrea: tipping the scales 400 plus pounds

For years, Kimbrea hid her shame and diet frustrations behind a wall of shyness. Every effort to ditch the fork lead to more weight gain, more stares, more unwanted advice. The heaviness took its toll emotionally and professionally. Fearing death, Kimbrea opted for surgery, not knowing recovery would include accusations of “cheating”, “taking the easy way out”… and even worse: name calling!

“If only you had worked out harder, you could have lost the weight”…

Did they just call her lazy? What a BIG FAT LIE!

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Deshonda:  before hysterectomy

Or what about the whopper of a fib Deshonda told herself after a hysterectomy. In one year, she went from a size 6 to an 18. “I’m not gaining weight. My clothes are just shrinking”. Then her brother gave her this: unphotoshopped pictures don’t lie. It was her wake up call.

 

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Deshonda: 2013 after hysterectomy

And don’t leave Marsheila out! Admittedly, not a huge fan of working out, she decided to battle the bulge through diet. Yet, it quickly spiraled into a dangerous cycle of diet pills, one meal a day, and just about anything to maintain a “skinny” image.

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Marsheila: skinny minnie

Tray fell into an unhealthy pit too. A 37 year old married mother of 3, who refused to get on a scale after ballooning to 280 pounds… was tired, scared and wanting change.

Thankfully,  discipline and new eating habits prevailed! Tray, just like Kimbrea, Deshonda and Marsheila ditched processed, unhealthy junk food, starting eating more meals prepared at home, increased vegetable intake, ate multiple proportionate sized meals, drank more water and dare I say it??… added a challenging level of physical fitness.

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Tray: after exercise and healthy eating changes

And take a look at them now!

Remember Kimbrea? Today she is 200 pounds lighter… and taking the plunge into business bootcamp to launch her health and wellness brand. “I’m no longer afraid”, said Kimbrea. “There are people I can reach, help and empower. This is a lifetime journey”.

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Kimbrea: 200 pounds lighter!!!

Deshonda… takes daily walks around White Rock Lake, lifts weight, has cheat days and is free of high blood pressure and diabetes that run thru her family.

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Deshonda: walking White Rock Lake

“Shon, you don’t have to be a runner to get fit”. 😨 Ouch, that hurts. I love running, but folks, she’s telling the truth! Now look at her… traveling and helping students in Nigeria. Business bootcamp is her new mission. Her passion is her new side hustle:  she’s using her new revenue stream to pay off debt!

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Deshonda: donating backpacks and books through Charity Alleviation Program of Africa

Marsheila who now enjoys several small meals throughout the day, is happy, healthy and fit.  She says, “I’m not embarrassed to share my story. Everybody can’t workout for health reasons. We have to teach them how to eat right”. She’s now an advocate for greens on the go, protein shakes, vitamin supplements… and a healthy dose of power walking.

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Marsheila: eating balanced multiple meals!

I wish I could say Tray, Kimbrea, Deshonda and Marsheila  are anomalies. But they aren’t. Their issues are shared among many. Obesity is common, serious and costly according to the centers for disease control and prevention

  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)

  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines]

  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summary]

And even more troubling…. who suffers the most.

  • Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%) followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%)

  • Obesity is higher among middle age adults, 40-59 years old (39.5%) than among younger adults, age 20-39 (30.3%) or adults over 60 or above (35.4%) adults.

 

Why not help change this growing health crisis? Who within your social network can you influence to lead a healthier lifestyle? It’s super easy. Instead of starting from scratch… we give you the template to build your business and build your brand. Plus what better gift could you get this Christmas?  Health and wealth makes amazing stocking stuffers ! 😆

 

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Comment below if you’re really in ✋

 

 

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Lessons Learned From A Runner

26.2 miles.

That kind of mileage can tell you a lot about a runner.

Yeah, yeah, we know runners are fit and they can out pace the average Joe… but we’re looking at something much bigger:  something colossal like CHARACTER!

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1st time marathon finisher! 6:23:32

And this photo demonstrates a perfect example. 4 hours prior to capturing the finisher image… Andrea  – who trained 14 weeks for the Dallas Marathon – almost passed out and QUIT at the 22 mile mark. For trained athletes, quitting is the equivalent to cursing out Mother Theresa. You just don’t do it!

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Listen to your body. Safety 1st! There will always be another race!

But there are exceptions… And Andrea was dangerously close. Along the 26.2 mile course, Andrea battled GI issues, nausea, dizziness and eventually fatigue. Her trained pace dwindled from 11:30 to 12 then 14. Something was wrong but she was doing everything right. She started walking to bring her heart rate down. Drank water, ingested electrolytes, sodium even carbs. She was headed for a “DNF” aka “Did Not Finish”.  In fact, had she been alone – she might have.

BUT SHE WASN’T.

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Andrea’s best friends cheer her along the marathon route!

 

And no matter who you are – and what you do… whether its running competitively or starting a new business in the marketplace… everyone will one day reach this crossroad.

 

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Greatness isn’t discovered when all goes well…

It is always unearthed, under pressure – when all goes wrong.

The game changer is your circle. Your support system. Your core group of friends. Your mentors. Your family. Your own personal “BIG YES”! It will either be your anchor or your sail.

Or in Andrea’s case:  her cape!  It’s amazing how God placed Superwoman’s husband and her children 100 yards away from her breakdown.

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We got you babe!

Mr. Superman, who also happens to be a physician knew exactly what she needed – and pushed a liquid recovery drink to her mouth. No kidding, within minutes she was ready to start pacing again. Even the ambulance that had pulled over was shocked and said, “She doesn’t need us”.

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Andrea’s Pace Group! We prayed, sang gospel hymns and chanted military cadences to keep Andrea’s mindset on finishing this race!

So off we went… Andrea,  with her first born daughter holding her hand… her rag tag crew of pacers… and even a few strays we picked up along the way; walked and jogged intervals the final 4 miles. Who cared that the course shut down. We have a finish line to cross!

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Ya’ll can’t tell Andrea Jesus aint real!

 

2 hours later, the miracle was not Andrea finished. The miracle is how she finished: surrounded by people who didn’t beat her down for being 2 hours short of her goal pace, but reminded her the race is not given to the swift, nor to the slow… but to the one who endures.

Remember,  Oprah, Michael Jordan and Steve Jobs all came precipitously close to failing… And now they are legends. Lesson here:  Get immersed in a circle where you are the least successful and least knowledgeable in the group… and rise. Your business or even in your personal life you will accomplish the impossible… just like Andrea!

 

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Post a comment below! Cheer Andrea to try again!

Get off the struggle bus!

Business Boot camp has begun… and the team is assembled.

And as promised… I will be blogging the good, the bad and the ugly…

So let’s start with the ugly. 😣

The workload is time intensive. No one has done everything required in week one – including me! And outside of getting our tax ID paperwork completed… we are still watching training academy videos… duplicating business strategies that work… and identifying warm and cold markets.

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Perfect example…. my 1st 5 days were a beast… working from 7am til 12 midnight. But I’m not gonna lie… I have had crazy success in vertical markets… and this is no different. If I am not willing to invest in my own success, why would anyone want me to mentor them to find theirs? So I am on mission.

Bottom line… Only 2% of all female buisness owners generate a million in revenue! Will we be among those 2 percenters? I don’t know. But somebody’s got to do it… and as the old adage goes…. “Despise not the day of small beginnings.” Who knows what this will give birth to!

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So this is where the good comes in… 😆

My team is full of hungry, eager, newborn entrepreneurs. Absolutely everyone got the stinky eye from critics and loved ones when we said, “We’re joining ItWorks as our founding business”.  Even Forbes magazine recognizes the potential in multi-level marketing!

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Plus, if you can’t build a business that gives you a duplicatable business plan -that has earned thousands of small buisness owners an extra $500 to $35 thousand a month – you certainly will struggle building a brand no one has ever heard of. Our goal: learn the basics, build and stay with ItWorks, or use the profit earned to launch out  DEBT FREE! Another option: have fun and get some extra spending money. Stephanie Doss sure did!!

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So here’s my team!

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Stephanie… is a college degreed newlywed, working mom and avid runner. She joined the bootcamp to eradicate debt. She can only invest a few hours in building her brand. But she has come out the gate smoking. In less than a week she earned her first bonus. Not bad for someone who said…”I don’t know about this, but why not? Staying on the same path is leading me nowhere”.

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Alis… is our firecracker. Her mode of operation is highly unique. She identifies with millennials and plans to grow her buisness through viral videos. I am gonna be honest, as her mentor, I might be learning more from her. She pushes the envelope for me in uncomfortable ways. But in one week, she’s already recruited a distributor to join her growing team. There’s no doubt about it, she’ll reach a market I probably could never reach. She prefers to call herself “The Wrap Queen” 😆

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Jackie (left) Karen (right)

Then there’s Jackie and Karen, highly successful entrepreneurs who already saw how a credible health and wellness brand could expand their market reach. Both know firsthand, the multi-billion dollar hair care industry for women of color… suffers from products that don’t work. But have you tried hair, skin and nails? It’s the secret weapon for growing hair longer, stronger and fuller! When they saw how it worked, they jumped on board!

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Alicia (left) Krista (right)

Our remaining teamates: Alicia and Krista… admit they are playing catch-up. Not because they are not committed and driven; but with full-time jobs, families and school – time management is going to play a huge role in their success. But I have full confidence they are gonna be rock-stars!

And remember, my job as mentor is to keep us all focused… refuse to let anyone fall behind… and uncover the GOAL-DIGGER in all of us.

 

So if you’re reading this… and you’re slightly intrigued…. don’t follow this blog on the sidelines…  #JoinUs or #WatchUs ☺

I’ll read your comments and hit you up, in case you want me to!

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