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Busy Mom Drops 50 Pounds; Reclaims ENERGY, Maintains Loss with Simple System

Cougars & Cowboys Isagenix Team Member Crystal Elin recently shared her Isagenx Success Story as a busy Mom to two energetic kids. Read on to hear her tips for success, maintenance protocol and what made the difference in achieving sustainable weight loss. Thank you for sharing your journey, Crystal.

“I started struggling with my weight when I got out of the Army and transitioned from Wildland Firefighting with the Forest Service to a desk job requiring a lot of travel and a lot of meals on the road. Before I knew it I had gained 50 lbs. I lost 20 of those pounds for my wedding in 2011 and next thing you know it was 2015! I was a stay at home mom with a 3.5 and 1.5 year old, low on time, energy and patience. I saw my Army friend Tina Kantorowicz posting about nutritional cleansing on Facebook and it caught my interest. I was struggling with the leftover weight from both pregnancies so I decided I had nothing but weight to lose and began with the 30 Day System. It took less than a week from hearing about Isagenix to make the move.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition Team Member Crystal Elin is a busy Mom who followed Isagenix to release 50 pounds, reclaim energy and finally have a way to easily maintain her weight loss.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition Team Member Crystal Elin is a busy Mom who followed Isagenix to release 50 pounds, reclaim energy and finally have a way to easily maintain her weight loss.

I am a stay at home mom and I am lucky enough to get to spend my days with my 4.5 year old daughter and my 2.5 year old son. Before I was introduced to Isagenix my eating habits were pretty unpredictable. For a while I would be great about watching what and how much I ate and then I’d find myself skipping a meal, cleaning off my kids plates/snacks and eating a lot of junk throughout the day or on the go. Isagenix has made it much easier to make better food choices which not only helped me lose weight but has assisted with my energy and performance levels.

I’m much more active than I was before using Isagenix. I’ve completed three half marathons this year which is something I never thought I would do. I think that by improving my nutrition and enrolling in challenges I hold myself more accountable to my set goals and have met or exceeded every one of them. I’m a runner now, and that’s not something that I thought I would ever say.

My favorite products would definitely be the IsaLean Shakes and IsaLean Bars. They make meal planning so easy and I really enjoy how they taste. I also think that the Amped Power is simply delicious and I don’t know how I would have made it through my half marathons or all of the training involved in preparing for them without my trusty Amped NOx, Fuel, Hydrate and E-Shots.

Goal-wise I’d like to keep up running. I enjoy running and the accomplishment I feel after meeting my goals. My husband and I have already signed up for a 15k in February and two more half marathons next spring. I have recently shared this opportunity with my niece who is serving in the Navy and we are both really excited for her to begin her Isagenix journey.

I made the system work for me. I don’t have a perfect diet. I enjoy all kinds of food and not all of them align with my training or dietary plans. I stopped stressing out so much about the numbers that I saw on the scale and began concentrating more on how I felt, how much energy I had and how far I was able to push myself physically. I drink my Ionix first thing in the morning as a warm tea and I keep a pitcher of chilled Isagenix brewed coffee in my fridge and use that to mix my chocolate shake every morning. I’m usually drinking my ‘tea’ while I prepare breakfast for the kids and by the time they’re eating I make my shake and drink it while I get ready for the day. I’ll have a morning and afternoon snack with a shake or IsaLean Bar in between and have dinner with my family. On gym days I’ll drink Amped Power 15-30 minutes before my workout, and depending on where I am on my training schedule, I’ll include E Shots or Amped NOx. After my run I’ll drink my Amped Hydrate and/or IsaPro shake.”

To start your own weight loss journey, please contact us via email at cougarsandcowboys@gmail.com or phone at (585) 687-8131.

Naomi Finds Sustainable Weight Loss System, Reclaims Health

We recently had the opportunity to interview Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member, Naomi S. who dropped from a size 18 to a size 8 using the Isagenix system, saying good-bye to fad diets. 

1. Why did you get start the Isagenix system?

I have struggled with my weight since my early twenties.. I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 16 and it has been a consistent uphill battle to fight the weight gain and mood swings that accompany this disease. I was very active in team sports as a teenager and around 18, I began to pull away from the sports world and got swallowed up into the clubbing scene. I began drinking, smoking and going out several nights a week and this was the beginning of multiple years of not taking the best care of myself. I started to really gain weight around 25 and dabbled here in there in going to the gym and trying fad diets (Atkins, low carb, low fat) and was back and fourth to weight watchers multiple times. I would always loose weight and gain it right back within the next year because I never learned habits. I was always thinking what is the next quick fix? I saw my best friend loose her baby weight on the program and was very skeptical of drinking shakes as a method of loosing weight. I thought I would always be starving and unsatisfied. My friend Cari kept asking me to try the program and after three months she shipped me some shakes. I started just by doing one a day and saw results. I continued one shake a day before I ordered my first 30 day pack, 2 months later and now I have been a product user for almost 2 years. The month before I started on my 30 day, my sister was disguised with severe thyroid cancer and this was a big wake up call for me to get my health back.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member Naomi S. shares her jaw-dropping transformation and tips for success.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member Naomi S. shares her jaw-dropping transformation and tips for success.

2. What was life like for you before starting Isagenix?

A little about myself, I am an Occupational Therapist in a rehab facility and I have the privilege to change the course and quality of peoples lives daily. I live on my own in Vancouver and I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, love to dance, go to the gym/yoga and have an immense passion for travel, learning other languages and for fashion.

Before Isagenix I was not comfortable in my own skin. I would often hide in baggy clothes, which in retrospect made me look larger. When I went to shop for clothes, nothing ever fit and I would often find myself crying in the store. I made poor relationship choices and stayed in unhealthy relationships because I lacked self worth and confidence and believed I couldn’t attract anyone better.. In addition, I was always tired and drank multiple coffees a day combined with a nap after work daily. On a weekly basis, I was asked three to four times by co-workers, strangers and relatives if I was expecting.

3. Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life?
I started taking the products full time 2 years ago. In total, I lost 65 pounds and multiple inches. I have gone from a size 18 to an 8. I feel much more comfortable in my own skin and can finally look myself in the mirror naked and smile back at what I see. I stopped taking naps after work and have newfound energy that has allowed me to consistently workout 4/5 days a week. I also socialize more on the weekends and wake up often before my alarm clock goes off in the am. (big thing for a non morning person)  I felt confident that my outer body now matches my inner self. I am healthier then I have been in years and sleep like a baby.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member Naomi S. shares her jaw-dropping transformation and tips for success.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member Naomi S. shares her jaw-dropping transformation and tips for success.

4. What are your favorite products? Why?

love taking the amped products (amped power, recover, hydrate ), as they give me an extra boost of energy and stamina and help me push to the next level in my workout sessions. I also love taking ionix and I take it twice a day. I find it helps stabilize my mood and energy levels throughout the day. I adore anything chocolate and I find the Chocolate Isalean Pro very filling and satisfying and the carbs are less then the Isalean shakes and the protein levels are higher . This  helps me manage my PCOS symptoms  better and the higher protein content also assists with muscle building. The last product I use regularly is the greens, as they help me be more regular and pack a punch in the vitamin and mineral department and they taste yummy mixed with the vanilla shake.

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

I am close to being in maintenance mode with taking the products. I would like to lean out more and loose about another 8 pounds. My goal is to be in a size 7/8 in all clothing brands and to be strong and fit. I want to build more arm and back muscles plus carve out some abs. In addition, I want to learn more about how to successfully manage my daily macronutrient intake . I  have signed up for a nutrition course to gain this knowledge that starts in the month of November. I have shared this opportunity with others and hope to build a larger team in the future, because sharing these products is caring.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member Naomi S. shares her jaw-dropping transformation and tips for success.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition team member Naomi S. shares her jaw-dropping transformation and tips for success.

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

I believe to be successful in this program you need to have a healthy mindset. You need to set goals , take photos and review both at the end of each month. This way you can make changes for the upcoming month based on what worked or didn’t work in the past month. Other tips to be successful are :  rely on your coach for assistance,. always have a water bottle with you, aways have high protein snacks in your purse, eat something small before going out to a festive meal, if drinking have one drink and then a glass of water before have another drink, track your food intake on MyFitnessPal and make sure you are eating enough and every 3 hours or so, if you exercise make sure you are doing strength training at least twice a week (fat buster) and attempt 2 day cleanses , if you can.

A typical day for me would be shake for breakfast with ionix, snack at 10 am (say egg frittata), lunch (chili),  snack at 230pm (mini meatballs) and then small meal about 530pm ( fish and veggies and brown rice) ,  (amped products)  followed by workout around 7 , followed by another shake (recover) and sometimes BBB before bed.  I do consume 1800 calories per day because of my level of activity and performance goals.

Maintenance is the True Measure of Weight Loss Success

Pictured (l-r): Bobby Stiles and Chad Nickerson.

Pictured (l-r): Bobby Stiles and Chad Nickerson.

The true pinnacle of weight loss success is often not in the “weight loss” itself – it’s in MAINTAINING that loss and adopting a new lifestyle. At Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition, LLC, we pride ourselves in helping our team members achieve long-term weight loss results. But as much as any weight loss coach wants to see their clients lose and maintain their weight loss, it usually boils down to the mental strength and resolve of the client wanting the change for themselves. With that, we are honored to highlight two team members, both inducted into the Isagenix 100-Pound Club in 2015, and who have not only kept all the weight off, but who continue to make progress in the gym on a daily basis. Team members Bobby Stiles and Chad Nickerson are shining stars and have inspired so many to start their own journey to better health. Bobby lost 127 pounds and Chad lost 175 pounds. Both were kind enough to share their tips for maintaining their tremendous weight loss while still being able to “enjoy their life”.

The above video features Bobby Stiles and Chad Nickerson being recognized on stage for their weight loss transformation in San Diego at Isagenix’s Annual Celebration event. 

Featuring Bobby Stiles:

Q: Why did you start Isagenix?

Bobby's Before Photo

Bobby Stiles Before

I was 3 months out from my wedding and I had failed at past “diets”. I was 302 pounds. I was tired of being tired, and tired of looking the way I did and feeling the way I did.  In my head, I feared the only way to ever not be a “fat-guy” was something drastic like surgery or trade the prison sentence of being fat for the prison sentence of never living my life nor enjoying myself anymore.  I had talked with Adam Becker about the program but it took MONTHS for me to take the leap and say yes. My biggest regret was not starting sooner.

Q: Can you share a little bit more about your transformation to date (results, etc.)?

In the 3 months leading up to the wedding I lost about 40 lbs.  After we got back from the honeymoon I kinda strayed from the program a little, I’d have a shake for breakfast but most days I would get a big sub, chips and a soda for lunch and a full dinner as well, but strangely I wasn’t really gaining much of the weight back.   It wasn’t until a friend made me look at it a different way that I realized what a gift I had and how amazing it could be if I took it seriously again.  So I re-committed about 2 years ago and went on to lose 80 lbs for an official total of 118 pounds.  Ironically, I never really set out to lose 118 lbs…I never truly believed it was possible for me to ever be 185lbs. I just constantly set goals of losing 10 lbs…sometimes it took me 2 weeks to do it other times it took me 2 months… but I just kept working towards that goal and repeated.

Q: What has changed for you since losing the weight/transforming your lifestyle?

Bobby Stiles Today

Bobby Stiles Today

Obviously, my overall health has improved.  Along with that I feel great and my self confidence is much higher as well.  But for me the most important thing is that I’m able to achieve ALL those things while STILL LIVING AND ENJOYING MY LIFE.  Yes, It’s a commitment.  Yes, I make healthier choices. But it’s surprisingly easy.  I try to follow the 80/20 rule.  80% of the time I eat healthy and follow the program.  But the rest of the 20% I have fun.  I enjoy dinners out, BBQ’s and beer.  Diet’s Fail…Lifestyle changes are sustainable.  I keep the “Life” in my Healthy Lifestyle.  I NEVER call this a “Diet”.

Q: For so many, keeping the weight off is harder than losing it in the first place. What has been different with this program / your mindset, etc. that has allowed you to keep the weight off and continue to make progress athletically?

That’s the beauty of this system!  I allow the program to do all the hard work for me!  I still have 2 shakes a day (cause they are awesome!) and I still do deep cleanses (because they are WAY worth it!).  I typically float between 184-190 lbs.  I weight myself daily but have learned to not get worried about the highs and lows, I only focus on the big picture.  When I feel myself getting too far from where I want to be either in weight, food that I’m eating or how I feel, I kick myself back into line.  I run through a couple weeks more of a strict schedule (like a strict 9 day protocol with 2 cycles of cleansing) and have less cheats and I get right back on track. I also work out pretty extensively which does help provide a bigger buffer to keeping on track in addition to the health benefits of being in better shape and more fit.  But you can’t outrun your fork.  Nutrition is paramount.

Q: What’s ahead?

Just keep on keeping on.  I enjoy gaining strength and muscle and will try to make improvements in those areas but I’m pretty much in maintenance mode currently and not focusing on losing much anymore.  Just continue to follow the ISA-Lifestyle!

Featuring Chad Nickerson

Chad gives us a glimpse of his life after losing 100+ pounds below…

Chad Nickerson

Cougars & Cowboys Team Member Chad Nickerson loses 175 pounds, reclaims his life, inspires thousands…

I started Isagenix 2 years ago because I was extremely overweight, had no energy, couldn’t sleep and felt lost because I couldn’t help my family. The struggles of being overweight are real. You always think people are staring at you like what is wrong with you and you have no confidence in yourself and you get depressed don’t know what you are going to do.

When I started using the products I was scared but I needed to do something and realized this is easy and in the first month had lost 50 lbs and felt amazing with all kinds of energy and a hunger for life. By 3 months I reach the 100 lb club but I wasn’t done. I joined the local gym at 7 months into it and had lost 140 lbs but the exercise did for me was fix my posture and confidence because I didn’t care if people were laughing at me anymore. At 10 months I had reached 205 lbs and was so happy. A total of 175 lbs I had completely changed how I looked and people didn’t even know who I was. So that was the transformation but what comes next?

Chad Nickerson Featured in MagazineMaintaining!!!! This was and still is hard for me just being real. I am not superman, I’m not perfect, I’m just a regular guy who wanted to be around for my family. I have gained some back but I have also gained in muscle and strength. I am proud of what I have accomplished and I will continue to get stronger and leaner. I am on my 5 Isabody challenge because that is a burning desire of mine. I have kept setting new goals all the time because if I am not I will never push myself to reach my potential. I have bad days but I have way more goods days to keep that smile on my face. Life gets in the way for me too but replacing bad habits with good habits will make bad days good.  Our minds will quit 10x faster than our body so fix your mindset and the rest will come natural.

My future goals are to finish what I started and get my weight under 200 and get my body fat% to 12%. I love Isagenix for the simple fact that I can fall off course but I am able to straighten out and refocus on weight loss. I’m so grateful for all of the support and great products put in front of me.

Husband/Wife Team Uses Isagenix to Reset Health with Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition, LLC. team members Jodi and Paul Wainwright recently shared their Isagenix transformation success story in the hopes it inspires others to start their own journey:

1. Why did you get start Isagenix?

We were living life with a 3 year old and 1 year old twins and we were in survival mode. Always tired, eating on the go and had zero motivation or energy. We talked a talk but when it came down to it it was easier to just keep doing what we

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition Team Member Jodi Wainwright

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition Team Member Jodi Wainwright

already knew. My uncle (Jodi’s) passed away and we saw my Aunt Lynn at the funeral and she looked amazing. Her skin was glowing, she had lost weight and although she was always smiling she looked happy. I needed to talk to her and I needed what she had.  After 2 weeks Paul finally agreed that I could sign up for 30 days. I begged him to do it with me. I thought it would be great to do it together. He finally agreed and we both signed up! We jumped in at full speed and haven’t looked back!

2. What was life like for you before starting Isagenix?

Life before Isagenix was miserable. Paul hated getting his picture taken and I would get so upset that we had no pictures of him with the kids. And I didn’t want to be the fat mom but I was. We avoided all social outings and basically would sit on the couch after the kids went to bed and we would eat our treats every night!

Paul is in sales and spends a lot of time traveling and sitting in his car. 8-10 hours daily! He found it really hard to eat properly and get any exercise in. I was a stay at home mom and spent my days living for the kids and meeting their needs before mine.

3. Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life?
Since joining in February of this year I have lost 55lbs and had to buy an entire new wardrobe! I have energy and when the kids let me I sleep fantastic! I have learned that I do not NEED to eat to survive but I need to give my body the nutrition that it needs and deserves to live! I need to put myself first and in return my kids will get the best mom I could be for them.

Paul has lost 45lbs and is no longer hiding in the house! He enjoys getting his picture taken and running into old friends. He has re found his love to workout and is getting stronger every day. His chronic back pain has improved and he can survive with less sleep!

4. What are your favorite products? Why?

Our favorite product is the  Isalean Chocolate Decadence Bars. We keep them cold in the fridge and then grab one when we are on the go to replace one of our daily shakes. They are delicious! We also love doing our cleanses. Cleanse for Life is great tasting and we love how it makes us feel! My go to shake is the Vanilla Isalean while Paul prefers the Strawberry!

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition Team Memeber Paul Wainwright has lost 45 pounds on the program thus far.

Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition Team Memeber Paul Wainwright has lost 45 pounds on the program thus far.

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

Goal wise we both want to get to a healthy weight for our age and body types. We want to tighten up and push ourselves to be the best versions of us that we can be. We want to live long healthy lives for our children. With our great results it’s been hard not to share this opportunity. People notice and they want to know how they can do it too. We are very passionate about this program and stand behind it 100%. It definitely makes it easier when you have no doubt that it can work for anyone.

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

Our tips would be to be true to the program. Follow the guidelines and you will succeed. Be honest with yourself and if you fall get back up and keep going. One day at a time.

A typical day for us starts with our Ionix in the morning. Paul usually starts his day with a bar and because I’m at home I have a shake. We always have almonds, hard boiled eggs, cut up raw veggies and cheese available as snacks so like to mix it up so we don’t get bored. On the road Paul will have his lunch shake in his shaker cup and if I’m home I will have a shake for lunch. If I’m out I will grab a bar. We try to eat them on the sneak or we have to share with the kids! They love them too! Our dinners are usually chicken, omelettes or a wrap of some kind. If we are feeling “snacky” we might grab a square or 2 of dark chocolate. And always take our IsaComfort/IsaFlush before bed!

Weight Loss Success Story: Makeup Artist Drops 80 Pounds

We are excited to feature team member Heather R’s weight loss success story on the Cougars & Cowboys Nutrition, LLC blog. Heather, already a healthy eater, incorporated Isagenix into her lifestyle to lose 80 pounds. Heather is a makeup artist and store manager for Bare Minerals. She graciously shares her story and tips for success in a recent interview:

Makeup Artist Loses 80 Pounds With Isagenix

Heather R. used Isagenix to help her lose 80 pounds. She looks amazing! We are so proud of you!

Q: How did you make the decision to incorporate Isagenix into your lifestyle?

I started Isagenix because I needed a drastic change in my life. I was tired, depressed, and in and out of doctor visits. Something had to give. Samantha M. told me about isagenix for more than a year before I finally said “yes”. I was already eating super healthy, but was still gaining wait. My health conditions made it feel impossible to get to where I wanted to be. When she finally said “I know you’re not interested but…” I said WAIT! I am! And I placed my first order. After I received my products, they actually sat in the box for weeks. Then I finally jumped in and have not looked back! I feel like a new person and have been able to do things I never thought possible. No to mention losing almost 80 pounds and gaining lean muscle! I can do pull ups for the first time EVER!

Q: What has changed for you since using Isagenix/losing the weight?

I have more energy, I have regained my long lost confidence, and I am more active with friends and family. Instead of hiding out alone in my home, I go out and experience life!

Q: What are your favorite products?

I love just about everything I have tried, but greens, e shots, and IsaDelights are my top three faves.

Q: What are your current goals?

My goal personally is to greater improve my strength and endurance. My goal as a whole is to help spread the knowledge of this amazing nutrition with others and improve their lives as it has improved mine.

Q: Tell us about how you incorporate Isagenix into your schedule. What tips can you offer?

I don’t let anything other than what works for me dictate my schedule. My work hours fluctuate, so I adjust to what will benefit me the most. I always have at least one shake a day no matter what my schedule,i usually do two a day. One for breakfast, balanced meal for lunch, and shake for dinner. I am pescaterian, so I add Isa pro or do IsaLean pro and sometimes add Isa crunch for the extra sources of protein.

Disclaimer: The weight loss testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical. A 2008 university study showed a statistically significant weight loss of 3 kilos during the first 9 days of the Accelerated Wellness System. As with any health or fitness program, a sensible eating plan and regular exercise are required in order to achieve long-term weight loss.

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