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Laurie B. Has More Energy in her 40’s than she did in her 20’s & 30’s!

Below, Laurie Blackier shares her nutritional cleansing weight loss journey as part of the Cougars & Cowboys Team.

by Laurie B.

Where to begin?

I had my beautiful baby girl at 16.  Married her amazing dad at 20. Made the awesome decision to expand our family at 21, and my handsome baby boy was born.  That was a whirlwind 5 years. And it took its toll on my body.  I was young and truly thought all the weight would just “come off” as easy as it came on. Um, well NOPE! It stayed.  Life was busy. Learning to be a mom, maintaining a house, plus my kids were in every sport and activity offered in this small town.  Anything to keep them busy. At the same time, it kept us busy and looking after myself was relegated to the back burner once again.

In between all the running, we ate for convenience. McDonalds, grabbing coffee and snacks at gas station stores all became the norm.  It didn’t help I had resumed smoking as well.  Things began piling up on me, both physically and emotionally. I was TIRED!  If I could grab a nap, I would take that chance anytime.  I never wanted to get up in the morning and drug myself to work and activities.  I tried all the diet tricks and fixes: Weight Watchers, ephedrine pills, restricted diets  etc.  They all worked, kinda, for a bit.  Then I would slip right back into bad habits.

7 years ago I quit smoking.  I started walking, eating better and I actually lost weight my first year. But my energy levels never came up. I slid off once again.  The weight crept back up. I got discouraged. I said “what the hell!  Ill do what I want as nothing is working anyways”

nutritional cleansing success story

Laurie B. is yet another success story on the Cougars & Cowboys team.

Last year, the year I turned 40!! I had noticed a friend on Facebook mentioning a nutritional cleansing program.  I of course looked at it, decided it was a fad thing and forgot about it.   I started back to work from my summer vacation, and noticed that I barely could stay awake when I returned home from work. I had no motivation or desire to do anything but nap. It was making my increasingly agitated and frustrated.   I once again noticed the Isagenix testimonials showing up on my newsfeed.  This time I reached out to Cari Carter and asked for more info. I was very very skeptical.  I talked myself into and out of it for 3 months . Then finally, I made the decision that I needed to started taking charge of my health and this may just be the way to do it.

That was almost 5 months, 18 pounds, and a zillion inches ago.  I am a different person. It is so hard to explain where this journey has brought me and I’m not done yet.  I have an amazing energy, and zest for life that I never thought possible. My 20’s and 30’s will have nothing on my 40’s.   People constantly remark on my results and I am happy to share. They say “but do you have to do it FOREVER”?  And I’m like “why not??!?”  I am looking after myself and making so many lifestyle changes. This program has changed my for the better, inside AND out.  Both areas that count immensely. It has also afforded my a financial independence that I wasn’t even thinking about when this started.  That part kind of fell into my lap.  There are some amazing people on my team and I am so very proud of their successes as well.  Sharing your success and seeing others fulfill their dreams makes me so very happy.  Here’s to a healthy and successful future!

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C&C’s Newest 100 Pound Club Member, Rose

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Rose Merlino, who has now lost 103 pounds, and is the Cougars & Cowboys Team’s newest 100-Pound Club member! She had tried several diets in the past, but nothing clicked for her until she found this program. What started with a goal to be able to dance at her son’s wedding ended up in a new lifestyle for Rose. p.s. Happy Birthday, Rose!

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Rose has lost 103 pounds and is Cougars & Cowboy’s newest 100-Pound Club Member.

“I first learned about the program last February (’14) while scrolling my Facebook newsfeed,” shares Rose. “I came across a post from a former boss who had just embarked on a new healthy lifestyle for her and her husband. She asked if anyone was interested in joining them. Since my son was getting married that November (’14) and I tried so many ways to get healthy and failed I thought it was worth the gamble to see if this could help me. So I signed up with the Pacesetter pack with IsaLeanPRO, following the suggestion from my coach Adam Becker.  My goal was to get healthy enough to dance with my son at his wedding. Once I accomplished that, my new goal is to stay healthy so I can enjoy future grand children.”

Rose went on to lose 103 pounds  and 73 inches between February ’14 and February ’15, and she jokes that was her Valentine’s gift! “I now have energy and find it so much easier to do things. At 251 pounds I was finding it hard to just bend over now at 148 I can bend without any trouble,” Rose shared.

“My regular day starts with drinking 16 oz of water then my wonderful shot of Ionix. After my shower I make my shake usually half chocolate half vanilla or my new favorite half strawberry and half chocolate taste like chocolate cover strawberries! Then I take my accelerator,ageless essentials with product B am with another 16 oz of water then off to work I go.About 2 hours I have my snack t-chai tea with a hard boil egg plus two egg whites or one slim cake or greek yogurt or half a meal bar or whey thins this program gives us many choices I can go on and on.Then 2 hours after snack I have the second shake.My last snack I have at home after I do a workout which can be a walking DVD which I always loved or a run on the treadmill.My meal consist of fish or chicken,veggies and salad.Lately I have found a few recipes using cauliflower that are pretty good. I really don’t know what’s ahead for me only that I will keep on this lifestyle cause I truly believe it saved my life!”

Rose has lost 103 pounds and is Cougars & Cowboy's newest 100-Pound Club Member.

Rose has lost 103 pounds and is Cougars & Cowboy’s newest 100-Pound Club Member.

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Rose rocking the dress she wore for her son’s wedding after losing 100 pounds.

 

Meet The Newest 100-Pound Club Member Chad Nickerson!

1. Why did you get start the program?
I had followed Jen Reichert on Facebook for a long time and I think there was a point that I had ran across a picture she had of a gentlemen named Barry that had lost over 100 lbs and at that time was working on the next 100. One day in July, Jen was having a contest consisting of someone who wanted to lose a lot of weight. So I PM Jen saying I had tried many diets and was unhappy, tried all the time and was looking for some financial help. The prize was 200 dollars of free product to start the program. So I got the 9 day shake and cleanse program.

2. What was life like for you before starting the program?
I am a dairy farmer which requires lots of physical and mental demands. I was tired and didn’t want to do anything when I got done with work but with young children 3,6 and 8 they don’t give you much of an option. I didn’t sleep well because I had so much pain in my shoulders and elbows I had to take pain killers every night so I could sleep. I felt like it was getting harder and harder just to do my everyday job. I have always been pretty active but I loved food. I would eat anything and everything good or bad. Drank 36 oz of soda a day because I felt I needed caffeine and wasn’t a big fan of coffee.

3271352_orig3. Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life?

When I started I didn’t want to take the pictures because I was too embarrassed to do that. I really didn’t know how great of products I was using until a week in and I was sleeping through the night with no pain. Not going to lie the first day I couldn’t finish my shake for supper because I had such a bad head ache from my body adjusting to good food. After a week I had to get on a scale to see how it was going and 15 lbs. Wow!!! This is working. When I look back the first cleanse was scary but I just kept going, stayed busy and before you know it it was day five and shake was so good.

I started the journey at 382 lbs and 467 inches total. By one month I was down 50 lbs and down 33.50 inches. The first month kept it simple shakes 2 eggs 500 cal meal for lunch Greek yogurt for afternoon snack and shake at night. Deep cleansing every other week. By 2 months I was ready to show my progress. I posted my start to that point was down 74 lbs and 49 total inches. I felt like I needed to be doing something all time. I started walking a couple times a week plus taking my son to football. So I knew that my energy levels sky rocketed and loving it. Lots of complements really motivated me to go hard. After 2 and half months a lot of people had suggested going to the doctor to make sure everything was ok because I was losing so much weight in a very short period time. They checked my Liver, kidneys, Ketones and thyroid. The Doctor told me everything was in line and healthy weight loss but suggested I go from 1300 cal to 1600 cal a day. This was hard for me to change my routine but I adjusted well and kept going strong on weight loss. By three months I was down to 288 lbs and 85 inches. My goal was to hit the 100 lbs before I when home for Thanksgiving and I weighed the day before we left 275. This was the big test to go home to mom’s great cooking but I was the one teaching my mom ways to cook healthier. I felt great to put my cooking skills to the test. I got to use some of my money I got from referring Isagenix for buying size 38 pants can’t remember when I wore that size it felt so great. It is almost Christmas and I am at 266 lbs. I feel great energetic and always ready to go. One example was this past weekend had to put in 15 hr days with 4 hrs of sleep and I wouldn’t be able to walk on Monday, for being on my feet for so long but that next day I walked on the treadmill for almost a half hr and did 150 sit-ups like nothing. I have never felt like this before.

4. What are your favorite products? Why?
I love WANT MORE Energy orange flavor. Every morning I add that to my vanilla shake. It just taste great and so filling with the electrolytes to give me more energy. I love peanut butter so the peanut bars are great for that craving plus if I get too busy to make a shake I can just have one instead. The IsaDelights keep my sane having a wife who loves to bake. Cleanse for life feeling after 2 days of that is awesome. I just started doing the bedtime belly buster and wow when I wake up I feel the difference. The shake are great I love PB2 with my chocolate shake.

5. What’s ahead for you goal-wise? Have you started sharing the opportunity with others?
My plans are to do another IsaBody challenge for muscle and performance starting beginning of the new year. MY goal right now is to be at 220 by June/ July. That is 160 lbs lost in less than a year. I would love to train for a half marathon sometime in the nearfuture maybe the fall of 2015.

I am now coaching a team to use the product and they are experiencing similar results.

6. Can you share your tips for success? What does a typical day look like for you?
Keep it simple! I have said that from the beginning eat high protein snacks, 1200 to 1300 calories per day, stay active. Natural accelerator, Want more energy, and bedtime belly buster with sleep spray. I eat a lot of chicken and salad. I use a salsa for a salad dressing much better for you. NO SODA OR COFFEE!!

Mandy Czamara. Learns How to Break Tim Horton’s Coffee Habit, Changes Eating Habits, Drops 20 Lbs.

9146448_orig1. Why did you get start the program (sponsor, pack you started with, how long it took you to decide, what finally made you say “yes”)?
My cousin Amanda Heft Schlegel sparked my interest after reading her post on Facebook about shakes and chocolate and losing weight.  After all, who doesn’t have an interest in chocolate and losing weight?? I sent her a private message to see what she was up to and she explained the program a bit. I was interested but skeptic (like most people). I discussed my CRAZY addiction to Tim Horton’s coffee and I believed there was no way I could eliminate it from my life and still function. She then added me to the Isa-lifestyle group so I could see other people’s stories and results and I became sort of obsessed with checking the page for posts and of course pictures. I waited a couple of weeks and checked in with Amanda to see how she was doing because I could see a million pictures but I wanted to see the results on someone I knew. She sent me her 30 day result pictures and I was impressed with them so the next step was getting over the price (another problem I see and hear a lot of people struggle with). Finally, after about a month I decided I was going to save money by eliminating coffee and make an investment in my health and get started with the Pacesetter so I was set up for success and that’s what I did.

2. What was life like for you before starting the program?
Before starting the program I was very busy, often irritable, anxious and exhausted. Changing my lifestyle has been a real eye opener for me. On a typical day I generally skipped breakfast and ran to Tim Horton’s for my large (triple/ triple) coffee on the way to work. I usually went there again on my lunch and ordered another coffee and sometimes a bagel for lunch. If I didn’t feel like having a bagel I would just go to the vending machine at work and grab chips or cheez its and a candy bar, then wash it down with a diet Pepsi. At the of a long crazy stressful day at work I would then grab yet another coffee on my way home, go eat dinner with my family and try to squeeze in some quality time after all of the running around. I think it’s pretty clear now why I was tired, had stomach issues and anxiety and the craziest part is while I had been living that way for so long, I had NO idea I was doing all of that to myself.

3. Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life?
I started my journey in the on May 2 with the intention of losing 5-10lbs. On day1 I took my before pictures which didn’t make me feel very good about myself but definitely sparked my motivation. I then got started and was very disciplined. I took pictures every Thursday to compare and see my results (I didn’t want to just see the number on the scale) and every week I was happy which just motivated me to continue. Since this is a lifestyle change I can’t say I never “cheated” but in comparison I definitely make way better choices. In 6 weeks I lost 18-20lbs (depending on the day) and I have maintained that since. After the 3rd day my headaches from caffeine withdrawal were gone. I now drink at least 60 ounces of water a day, no pop at all and my body loves me for it. I feel way better physically and mentally. I am so glad I made the commitment to myself and changed my life. 🙂

4. What are your favorite products? Why?
This is a tricky one. I have enjoyed everything I have tried. The things I cannot live without are obviously the shakes and the Ionix supreme, it helps me start my day and I love it. My favorite meal bars are chocolate decadence (they are amazing if you warm them in the microwave) and chocolate peanut butter. I love the convenience of grabbing them on the go when I’m running short on time. The products make success EASY!!

5. What’s ahead for you goal-wise? Have you started sharing the opportunity with others?
My goal as of right now is to continue maintaining my weight loss and getting back to the gym. I have shared the opportunity with people who noticed the change in me and express interest. I have seen these products work on other people around me, not just physically but mentally too. I hope to continue to introduce people to the products but regardless, I’m hooked.

6. Can you share your tips for success? What does a typical day look like for you?
On a typical day I usually start by making a shake for me and a shake for my son for breakfast (my daughter wont drink them yet),then I grab what I need for the day and run out the door. I keep everything I may need in my desk at work so if I can’t get away for lunch or run short on time I can just come back to work and make smarter choices. Honestly, I think the key is to not deprive yourself of something that you are craving. We all have our bad days where we make poor decisions about what we eat or drink, we’re human. What I love most is that this program makes it insanely easy to just hop back on and continue working on or maintaining your goal. The only regret I have is that I didn’t start it sooner. Best advice I have is… If you’re thinking about it, and you’re serious, don’t wait, do it!!

Healthy at 45, Ann Loses 30 Pounds and Gains a New Lifestyle

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Ann LaFave has used the program since May 2013. She was vulnerable enough to share her incredible journey to being “healthy at 45”. To read her in-depth story, tips for success and much more, please visit the blog.

1. Why did you get start the program (sponsor, pack you started with, how long it took you to decide, what finally made you say “yes”)?

9410646I began using the program in May 2013. I was friends with Katie on Facebook (she was a student worker in my office while attending Cornell) and saw pictures she posted about people losing weight (herself included). I was a little skeptical but I finally sent her a note and asked about the photos. That is when she introduced me to the program. I did a lot of research on my own because it seemed too good to be true. I reached out to others that I knew (through Katie) who were using the program. Interestingly, the people I asked had scientific backgrounds in both human and animal nutrition and they all had very positive things to say about the ingredients of the product. I was “sold” with that type of assurance. I ordered my first 30 day pack shortly after contacting Katie. I had so many questions and she was so helpful and patient as I learned the program. I’m so glad we were connected by Facebook otherwise I don’t think I would have discovered this program that has changed my life!

2. What was life like for you before starting the program?

Before using the program I was overweight and very unhappy with my appearance. I was tired and grumpy, I snored and I was starting to have feet problems. I was always thin in high school but college, marriage, and two kids later I was much bigger than I wanted to be. My job is demanding and I was using all my energy toward work. I’d be exhausted by the time I got home and had very little energy for my family, house upkeep and volunteer activities. Also, I was almost 45 years old which had significant meaning for me: my father died when he was 45 of a heart attack (he was a smoker). I was focused on wanting to be “45 and HEALTHY” but I needed to make some changes to get there. One unexpected change was when I agreed to a new job at work and joined an office of people that were focused on health and fitness. After a while I decided I wanted to be part of that movement too.

The timing was perfect: I was committing to living a long, full life for my children and husband, I was surrounded by people that care about fitness at my workplace and I connected with Katie. I do believe that everything happens for a reason!

3. Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life?

My journey started a few years ago when I wrote down four personal goals during the summer of 2011: finish my masters degree, improve my financial management, take some family trips and lose weight. It’s 2014 and I’ve accomplished every one of the goals. It didn’t happen overnight or all at once but I committed to writing down the goals which gave me focus and direction.

Once I had the masters degree completed I knew I would have more time to focus on losing weight. The “turning 45” incentive was the start to making fitness changes in my life during the winter of 2013. I signed up for a Friday morning yoga class. This was my first time trying yoga and I loved it. To get to the class I had to walk up and down a huge hill on campus but I stuck with it and noticed the hill was getting easier after a few weeks. Shortly after starting yoga, I dusted off and plugged in the treadmill that had been sitting dormant in our basement and began walking three mornings per week before work and also Saturday or Sunday.

Starting a regular exercise routine was good and I was seeing small improvements but I knew my eating needed an overhaul. Once I discovered the program and focused on eating correctly, things really started to change for me. I lost 30 pounds and 30 inches over a four month period with the program. I went from a size 16/18 to a size 12. As the weight continued to drop I was able to increase my exercise and set a goal to begin running. At the beginning I could only jog for about 2 minutes and I would be out of breath. I kept going longer each time and found after a few months I could jog for up to 40 minutes without stopping! I still can’t believe I can call myself a runner (I hated running in high school). This past June I ran in a 5K with my sister and it was one of the most rewarding and emotional things I have ever done. I had tears in my eyes as I crossed the finish line due to the reaction I was feeling as I never thought this was something I could ever do.

Another thing that changed for me with the program was my energy level and outlook. I suddenly had the motivation to tackle projects at home that I had been avoiding for way too long. I also found my attitude to be much more pleasant and calm when facing situations that might have really bothered me in the past. My health was also impacted in a positive way: no more feet problems and the snoring stopped. My husband was very concerned that I had sleep apnea as I would stop breathing when snoring. I believe my investment in the program has reduced medical costs that I might have faced in future years if I had not developed a healthier lifestyle.

Recently I’ve started working with a personal trainer to take fitness to the next level. I try to get to the gym 1-2 times per week to work on toning and shaping in ways that walking/jogging can’t do. It has also improved my running so it all works well together. I also started using a Fitbit to track my daily steps. This is a great incentive tool and creates friendly competition among colleagues, family and friends. Highly recommended!

My journey has not been perfect. I held very strictly to the program for the first 4-5 months and was able to drop the significant weight. I have now tried to make the program work in conjunction to my busy life. Some days I have two shakes (always one for breakfast) and other days will opt to have a healthy meal with my family at dinner. I always have a salad with protein for lunch, morning snack and afternoon snack. I try to limit additional snacking and find that My Fitness App is a great way to track eating. Cleansing has become harder to do but I know the benefit of the great feeling after (less flab and fluff!) and that is what helps me get through the two days.

4. What are your favorite products? Why?

My favorite products would include Ionix Supreme as I don’t start the day without it. I believe that is the product that levels my mood. I love chocolate and I’m so happy there is a chocolate shake. I believe it helps curb cravings I might have for chocolate candy. I also really like the IsaLean Bars as they are a great “on the go” snack for a busy mom.

5. What’s ahead for you goal-wise? Have you started sharing the opportunity with others?

I plan to keep working with a personal trainer and utilize the gym as I have a few problem areas: my stomach, butt and legs. After starting my work with a personal trainer I noticed the scale creeping upwards a bit and I realized it was probably due to muscle development. I try not to be obsessed with the scale either. I know my body better now and I’m doing fine as long as my clothes fit. The program will certainly remain part of my daily life as I’m committing to staying healthy.

I found the program to be super easy and I couldn’t believe how the weight seemed to melt away. I shared my program success with family and friends. Several of them have used the program and adapted the program to their needs as well

6. Can you share your tips for success? What does a typical day look like for you?

18203_origI was very conscientious about following the program exactly as designed. I have never cheated on a cleanse day and I think that is very important for the cleansing process to work. I plan ahead and make sure I have the right snacks for the refrigerators at work and home. If possible surround yourself with people that care about nutrition and exercise. It’s so nice to have co-workers understand if you say “no” to the birthday cake being passed around. My youngest sister has also been inspiration with her strong focus on exercise. Committing to running a 5K together motivated us even though we live four hours apart. I’ve learned that it is important to have others for support and motivation. I also found a lot of tips and motivation on the program Facebook pages. Find those “pockets of time” where you can fit in extra fitness. For example, in the winter while my daughter is at basketball practice I walk the halls in the school. I have not been perfect but I also know each day is a new chance to have a better day than the previous if it didn’t go well (more exercise, no extra snacking, better food choices etc…). I don’t get negative with myself if things don’t go right. I am very busy and finally learned I have to take time for me. As long as fitness and good eating dominate my overall week then I am happy.

I start my day with Ionix Supreme, use the treadmill for 20-30 minutes, and have my shake while getting ready for work. I have a yogurt around 10:00 a.m. and then a salad with protein for lunch. I choose a healthy snack for the afternoon and then a shake for dinner (most nights). Two mornings each week my kids have to be to school earlier and I don’t have time to exercise on those mornings; instead I walk at lunchtime for 30 minutes. I mix things up on the weekend to have dinner with my family and a shake for lunch.

Author

1530325Katie Becker, founder of Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition is dedicated to helping those committed to achieve their weight loss, athletic performance and wealth creation goals. Like us on Facebook for inspiration and motivation!