Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's Keep this Going...

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 PETER 5:7 

Heavenly Father, walk through my house, and take away all worries and illnesses, and please watch over and heal my family and friends.  Bring quiet where there is chaos, bring light where there is darkness and put love in our hearts.   In Jesus Name, Amen

Saturday, October 18, 2014


    Remembering Melinda M. Garcia. R.I.P. Sweet Lady. In the fall of 2006, Gail Levine called me and told me about a bed ridden single mother named Melinda. She was concerned because Melinda asked her about ISAGENIX. Concerned because Melinda was very ill and in her death bed. Her Physicians gave her two months to live if she did not amputate her diabetic leg. Some of you may remember Melinda on the Wednesday Evening Team Call and heard Melinda share her story. She was shy... and anxious. Melinda also was diagnosed with LUPUS and she had two symmetrical tumors on each side of her abdomen. She could not walk period because she was very OBESE and lived in her hospital bed located in her living room 24/7. Gail visited because she was home schooling Melinda's only son. Because Gail was releasing inches .. Melinda asked "HOW?" And because Gail has a big sign on her car with her website, anyone can go and investigate at leisure. While I was advising Gail to give literature to Melinda to give to her Private Care Physician "PCP" and while on the telephone talking. Gail got the alert that someone ordered a Isagenix 30 day nutritional cleansing system from her website and that someone was Melinda! I believe our jaws dropped simultaneously.. We called her immediately! Melinda's goal was to live long enough to see her son graduate from High School the following year. After two 30 day nutritional cleanses prior to the suggested amputation, her leg was spared. According to what Melinda told us. The legs wound was clear and healing. When I met Melinda, she was living life! She told me the tumors, both of them were gone and had medical papers showing she had them and then a year later she didn't. She was dating too! Oh and she did attend her Sons High School Graduation in 2007..
    But now she has died, 8-years later, and were sad beyond reason. So grateful she was apart of our ISAGENIX family.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Horses Painted on Pumpkin


Angels Guide Me-- R.I.P. Melinda Maria Garcia


Angels guide me 
Angels I know Are close beside me
My angels protect me in the day
And in the night
My angels love me unconditionally
They send signs when life’s curves
Come at anytime.
Angels I dream of late at night
My angels are beautiful with hair of gold
And eyes so blue and bright –
Skin so soft and light
Wings open up big wide
Pearl white and bright
Angels bring feelings of peace, love and joy
They are there when storms of life
Attack at the wrong time
At times especially of despair
Angels come to heal you from life’s misfortune of Sickness  - physical, mental and emotional
Angels come to comfort you through the lord’s helpers
They never fail you, especially when you’re in pain,
Despair, depression or When anxiety and panic attacks you or When a loved one leaves you to go to heaven with Jesus
The angels come to direct you towards the light
Don’t be scared The angels let you know when IT’S TIME
You hear the music softly, peacefully singing
Gentle tunes of love, peace and comfort
Angels are God’s gift of love
To help us with everyday life
To guide us to the light when its Time to go home…
~ Melinda Maria Garcia

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Highlander Jamie Frazer

Do you have an obese friend that needs inspiration?

Age: 50
Location: Lake, Michigan
Before: 428 lbs.
After: 153 lbs.
What was the “turning point” that prompted you to lose weight?
I had several incidents that led up to the beginning of my weight loss journey. My beloved grandmother died in late January, 2011.
At the funeral, a cousin asked me, “What are you going to do now, Miss Borawski. Who’s going to pray for you now that grandma is gone?” I blurted out, “I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to WALK again.” Sounded good, but how? I weighed 428 pounds and was in a wheelchair or wheeled walker. They were just words I blurted out in grief, or so I thought.
A few weeks later, I broke two teeth while sleeping. The dentist told me that I was consuming too much sugar. In my case, it was in the form of a soda addiction. Her words fell on deaf ears, but apparently the seed was planted. The following week, my rheumatologist told me that there wasn’t anything else he could suggest to help with my rheumatoid arthritis. When I told him that “I couldn’t live like this much longer,” he said frankly, “Theresa, I’d be more concerned about just living period.”
I decided if he couldn’t do anything for me, I had better do something for myself, but wasn’t sure what. I hadn’t been on a diet in years. I was more than 200 pounds overweight, and couldn’t even walk to my mailbox. What was I going to do? Three days later, a conversation with my sister was the final catalyst needed to start me on a journey that would change my life completely. I decided that I no longer wanted to live a life of pain, sadness, and immobility.
When did you start trying to lose weight?
On March 1, 2011, I weighed 428 pounds. That evening, I had a phone conversation with my sister. She called that evening to tell me that she had scheduled a date to have bariatric weight loss surgery. I expressed my fears and concerns about the surgery and begged her not to go through with her plan. I told her that there must be another way, but she had already made up her mind to proceed with the surgery.
Unable to convince her, I hung up the phone and immediately said out loud, “I’m going to show you! There is another way!” At that moment, something clicked in my mind, and I never looked back. By Labor Day I had already lost 100 pounds, and another 58 by Christmas. By March 1, 2013, I had lost a total of 275 pounds and I have not looked back!
How did you get started?
After hanging up the phone with my sister, I opened the refrigerator and noticed that I had six 2-liter bottles of soda in there. A quick calculation told me that I was consuming close to 1,000 empty calories per DAY with my soda addiction. I began by emptying the bottles down the drain. Next came the sugar bowl. The next day I went to the store and purchased low calorie bread, fruits and vegetables and I purchased a calorie counting book. I began to count calories and completely cut out junk food, sugar, and sweets. For the first couple of weeks, I switched to diet soda, but a few weeks later, I was drinking only water with sugar-free flavored packets. I was unable to do any exercise because I was immobile and could not walk or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. After losing the first 100 pounds or so, I began to take a few steps at a time, increasing my distance each day, until I was able to walk a mile. November 1, 2012, I walked into a gym for the first time in my life and learned to use the treadmill. It was quite an experience! Now I can walk 2-3 miles without difficulty.
What was your biggest challenge?
It sounds a bit strange, but one of the biggest challenges for me was the high cost of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables and nutritious food. I was consuming only about 1000-1200 calories a day and eating a whole lot LESS food, but my grocery bill increased dramatically. I used to eat junk food, processed food, boxed mac and cheese, Little Debbie snack cakes, etc. and was surprised at the cost of good, wholesome food. Another challenge was keeping myself in clothes that fit! I was losing weight so rapidly that I was continually out growing (in a good way) my clothes. Every month or so, I was in a smaller size, dropping a total of 14 (size 40W to a misses 10/12) sizes. Thank goodness for thrift stores like Salvation Army and Goodwill! Learning to realize that I am worth it and making my physical wellness a priority took time.
Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?
As unusual as it sounds, giving up was never an option for me. My main motivation was to WALK again without a walker or cane, and to get out of that wheelchair once and for all. That, along with the determination to  show my sister that I could do it, kept me going on days when I wanted to eat a bag of chips or a candy bar. I was fortunate in the sense that I was losing weight at a rapid pace and was seeing great progress on the scale each week so it was easier to stick with it. The more I lost, however, the slower the pounds began to come off and it was harder to stay focused, but by then I was becoming more physical and walking on my own so I was determined to get stronger and do more things.
If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?
There were only a couple of times when I actually reached a plateau. One time was for three weeks. That was really tough. It was so hard to keep doing the right thing and not see any results on the scale. I knew that as long as I was doing what I needed to do, that the results would eventually materialize, so I just kept doing it, and sure enough, a few weeks later, I began to lose weight again. Now that I am trying to maintain my current weight, I’m thrilled with a plateau! I don’t want to see the scale going the other way! And don’t weigh yourself every day. I can gain 6 pounds overnight and stay completely on plan. Weight can fluctuate for a number of reasons; don’t become a slave to the numbers.
What’s your current exercise routine?
Exercise was never been a part of my life, before or during my weight loss. I don’t like it and I absolutely hate to sweat! Dieting without exercise goes against all the weight loss theories, but I just don’t like it. But, I knew increasing physical activity was critical to good health, so I began to make an effort to add some physical activity to my routine. I just don’t call it exercise. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and at the beginning of my journey, I was confined to a chair and couldn’t even walk to my mailbox. Traditional exercise was out of the question, but I began to lift some light weights while sitting in my La-Z-Boy. After I lost about 100 pounds, I was able to gradually move from the wheelchair to the walker. I would use the wheeled walker to walk a few steps in the driveway, stopping to rest every few steps. I would try to go a little farther each week. Eventually I was able to use just the cane and then to walk freely. Last winter I walked on a treadmill at the gym a few times a week. Now I do squats, lift heavier weights, ride a bike, walk a few miles several times a week, and garden. I just plain live life. Someday I hope to learn to dance. My physical activity, although not necessarily called ‘formal’ exercise, comes from doing what I love to do and doing things I never thought I could.
What’s your daily diet look like?
I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day. For lunch, I have either a can of low-calorie soup or Greek yogurt and fruit. Sometimes I’ll eat a protein bar or Fiber One bar if I am still hungry. Snacks include an assortment of yogurt, fruit, rice cakes, or protein bars. I absolutely love watermelon! For dinner, I eat chicken, turkey burger, pork, and a lot of vegetables and salads. I really like stir-fry. I eat very little bread or pasta, but will use the low-calorie whole grain bread once in a while to have a turkey burger or sandwich. With apples in season now, I’ve been enjoying baked apples with a bit of sweetener and cinnamon.
What’s your favorite healthy snack/meal?
I enjoy Greek yogurt, fruit, rice cakes, and protein/fiber bars for snacks. I like to make a turkey burger and bean mix for a high-protein/high fiber meal that is very filling. On occasion, I’ll buy a bag of those popped rice-cake snacks if I get the munchies and others are enjoying chips or pretzels.
Do you have specific suggestions for avoiding temptations?
One can’t be tempted by things that are not readily available so just don’t buy it. If you don’t have junk food, sweets, or high-calorie snacks in the house, you can’t eat them. Stock your refrigerator with good, wholesome food and carry nutritious snacks with you everywhere so when you get really hungry, you have no excuse to eat things that are not on your plan. And, always be prepared. Don’t go out to dinner if you haven’t already made a plan as to what you are going to order. Check the menus online or speak to the chef about a low calorie substitution. Bring your own salad dressing with you in a small bottle and plan ahead for parties and other social gatherings. Don’t let, “I didn’t have to choice – I had to eat something be an excuse.
What’s your life like after weight loss?
I am a completely new person. I have never been an average sizeed person and at age 50, I feel like I am living life for the first time. My health has improved dramatically and I no longer need so much medication to get through the day. My blood pressure has normalized, my cholesterol has dropped, and my dependence on high potency pain medication for the RA has decreased. I will always suffer from the arthritis, but being active and mobile has helped a lot. This summer I purchased a bicycle and climbed a dune. I am doing things I never dreamed possible and I am happier and healthier than I have ever been in my life. And clothes – well, I love being able to wear fashionable, form-fitting clothes and heels! Three years ago I was considering selling my home to move into an assisted living facility because I could barely take care of myself. Last week I went fly-fishing for the first time! Life is very, very good and I am incredibly blessed!
If you have any suggestions to others what would they be? 
My main suggestion is: Don’t go on a diet, but rather make choices that you are willing to do EVERY DAY for the rest of your life. People go on and off diets all the time. Think of your new life as a journey, one that you will never go off. I knew on day one that I did not want to go the rest of my life drinking black coffee, so I switched to sugar-free French vanilla coffee creamer and Splenda. Don’t give up something that you are not willing to give up for life. Instead, incorporate the calories into your allowance and make cuts elsewhere. If you know that you could never give up chocolate for the rest of your life, replace that daily candy bar or hot fudge sundae with a snack size bar or three Hershey kisses before bed. Don’t go on a crazy fad diet or use diet pills because as soon as you go off of it, the weight will return. Instead, make choices that you are willing to make for Life.
The most important thing is to BELIEVE that it is possible. Trust that God (or whatever your belief system allows) will help you and that YOU CAN – and YOU WILL – change your life. If a 428-pound, wheelchair bound woman can do it, you can too! Don’t give up!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Last night I had my first ever shot of Scotch Whiskey at Jon's birthday party. It also was the first time since the end of June that I was out of my home for pleasure, without
having Multiple Sclerosis steal my ability to socialize. The experience with Scotch Whiskey, only one shot, was to see if it truly did warm the body at the core. It did.
I continue my Hbot therapy on Monday and I am in gratitude that I have avoided hospitals and prescribed drugs, and I am on the mend successfully. Even though I second guessed my choices daily in August and was to weak to even call 911 and noticed I was dehydrating. Multiple Sclerosis does affect all parts simultaneously.
Choosing Isagenix and Hbot and one shot of Scotch Whiskey. I celebrate the cooler weather, now into October and plan to continue with conviction that the body can and does heal itself with nutritional cleansing and excellent nutritional supplements. ~Chris 10/12/14

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Scottish Poetry Library

Today is National Poetry Day!
Edinburgh has inspired many writers over the years. Have you got a poem about the city to share? Let the good folks over at Enjoy Edinburgh know about it
.Happy is the Man
Happy is the man who knows that little is more than enough.
He is deaf to the hindrance of plenty.
He herds, with the crosier of his mind, all his eggs in one place. 
Each a bonnie blue phoenix, they bide their time for him.
He commends their worlds to light.
He fastens their teguments with the sphere of his experience,
he knots each entire with a pearl at its pole.
He prepares and polishes glass mansions
for them to nest, he nudges them home
as if they were orphan patches of snow.
Their law is his delight.
He burnishes their skies to rise without cumulous,
he rinses the colours of their rainbows, he bevels their anxieties,
he scales the mole-hills of their volcanoes.
Every one for him will flourish, as sweetness in a desert,
as wrens in spring. He preserves their small peals of self.
They are whirlpools, clustering at his touch,
he winds their orbits, not one is set squint,
he pilots their kingdoms to scroll through the elements.
He pastures them amongst the flowers of Munros, 
he hides them in the branches of olives.
Happy is he who knows that little is more than enough.
His raw bracts will prosper a cream of catkins.
He is a shepherd, his sheep are his eternities. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God

My first 9-Day Isagenix Nutritional Cleanse Testimony

When my friend Jacquelyn Cummings called me, back in the summer of 2006, she knew I was searching for a solution. The DMD's ''disease modifying drugs'', I was prescribed and using, were adversely affecting my liver.
Suffering from serious ill health that affected my central nervous system, brain and spine and vision and speech. I was spiraling downward so fast I could not recognize myself.  I also suffered from long term fatigue, even eating drained me of to much energy.  When I was awake, I was foggy brained.  I was fighting for my life and suffered with chronic depression.
When my friend asked me if I could help her and be her person, I was afraid.  I was afraid I wouldn't be much help, but I knew I could trust her on her recommendation for product.  And it didn't matter, she was my friend, of course I would help her and she wanted to help me too.

When I went to the website and over came my sticker price shock, I definitely signed up to get the 30 percent discount for my first purchase and agreed to using the products for at least 90 days.  My first purchase was the 9 day cleanse and I figured I would do a 9 day cleanse once a month for my liver.
Jacquelyn told me the cleanse would cleanse my liver from toxins.

It was not easy for me.  I could not count or keep track or stay on task or get out of bed with out banging around like a drunkard.

Buying 10 six packs of water to use for the cleanse, I had them stacked up and each day I would make sure I finished a six pack of water.
A shake in the morning, and the evening and what ever I wanted to eat at lunch.  I really didn't follow the rules of cooking healthy.  I think I enjoyed tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  But then it was not to long for me to figure out that lunch was my dinner and my second shake was for my sweet tooth.  If you use less water and more ice you make a ice cream by blending the shake a little bit longer. Like a Tastee Freeze~

On the 5th day of my cleanse my grand daughter noticed I was not using my cane to walk and I was walking independently.  I then took notice too.  I too was aware, and it was as if my brain went through a car wash.  The brain fog releasing and my brain circuits were getting renewed.  I treated the remaining days like a science project.  I was skeptical and I was afraid to be optimistic.  It is a horrible thing feeling like a zombie, but that is how this disease traps you, and I was afraid to fall back into the darkness.

I ate healthier lunches on day six and day seven.  And the last two days of the cleanse was my second bottle of cleanse for life.  I was a bit panic about the day 8 and the day 9.  Recalling the pain I experienced from day 1 and day 2, my whole body screamed and my brain was exploding with a migraine. I almost did not make it except that I spent so much money and my liver was my reason for the cleansing.  I figured liver disease would be worse than a cleanse for sure.

Julie Newell who sponsored Jacquelyn and was also a friend called me often and reminded me to go to bed and drink my water and how many days I had left.  Stubbornness and pride, I stayed in bed but I did drink my water and I did drink the cleanse for life as recommended.

Still the fear of day 8 scared me crazy thinking about the sufferage.  And stubborn pride and knowing I would just stay in bed and drink my water and drink my cleanse and then it would be done.

But what was amazing,  and I never left my home,  because I was a shut in.  I never exercised.  I just cleansed.  My weight loss was 14.25 pounds and my inch loss was 9.5 inches and my cane was not needed... . While it was not my intent to release weight,  I was asked to measure and weigh first before beginning and I was told it would be my 9 day testimony.  I am glad I measured and weighed myself before I began. Because I would not have believed it. But it is true. In 9 days I did this. And I did not worry if I did or did not release weight. I wanted to cleanse my liver.

Then I figured out how to make it work in my budget and once I omitted foods that were dumb, I transferred that money to foods that were smart.  Every day for 8 years I have had a undenatured shake.  Undenatured is key to this formula.  Not purchased in any stores and not any fillers or hormones or antibiotics either.  This shake is the only shake that works for me.  Every day, unless I am cleansing and only the cleanse for life will I use, because it is nutritional. There is another product too that I will not go a day with out and it is the ionix supreme.  It fights inflammation!  Needless to say I have inflammation from the challenge.  If your ill health please do a shake a day and a ounce of ionix supreme or two.  I have been using these products for 8 years now,  to manage my challenge.  When I know my brain is being foggy I do a cleanse and release the toxins that exaggerate the disease.  It is not easy in the beginning. And I cannot function with out the nutrition or the nutritional cleansing.  

Christina Thompson
Annihilating Multiple Sclerosis.

JULY of 2014  I relapsed and using everything I knew to release the Multiple Sclerosis from previous relapses were not manifesting.  I researched and discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  So now I am using ISAGENIX and HBOT to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

hyperbaric oxygen therapy notes

It has been a mix of flu, depression, cleansing and breaking through the fog.  My last 90 minute session of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was October 1st.
It has been so challenging for me.
Dr Matt is so happy with the results and I have to admit that when I signed the sign in sheet my hand writing was 100 percent improved.
The pain that always happens in the beginning was almost not noticed.

The balance of standing up and walking strait has also brought a new side effect.  So much of challenge being stressed to my good left side has taken toll and I find I need to see a chiropractor.

It is time to begin physical therapy!