Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Night in Venice

The theme of prom that year was "A Night in Venice." My class was in charge of transforming the high school gym to look like Venice.  It was probably a good idea that I wasn't on the Prom Decorating Committee because I had no clue how that transformation was going to happen.

I did show up and help where I was needed.  I've never been one to shy away from a challenge, so I got busy draping gossamer and lights.  I don't remember much about the decorations except for one thing: there was a gondola. 


The only gondola that I had ever heard of was one on the side of the mountain in Colorado. In fact, I had even ridden on one of these:





What the heck was a gondola doing in our Venetian-themed prom decorations?!  Good thing they didn't put me in charge of creating one...it wouldn't have been what they were going for.  But I finally understood that it was more like a canoe than anything else.  Why didn't they just say so?!

I do remember it looking quite romantic.  There's just something about twinkle lights that can romanticize anything. But I was a hopeless romantic, and I was in love with the idea of a Venetian gondola after that evening.  That was 12 years ago when my reality became my dream.



Fast forward a year and my family went on a Christmas cruise where I fell in love with being able to see other countries from a boat.  I loved loved loved that vacation.  It definitely makes my list of top three family vacations of all time.



Fast forward another year when I went to college. My cousin was studying abroad, and I was enthralled with her stories and travels. Since I was only a freshman, I was a little intimidated by the thought of living so far away for 4 months and not being able to come home to see my family.  However, the thought did grow on me, especially when I found out that there was a program called Semester at Sea.  That's right...you could go to school on a cruise ship.

After visiting the financial aid office, I found out that my full-ride scholarship only provided $3500 of the $20,000 tuition. Needless to say, I didn't end up participating in that program.  Instead, I fell in love with a boy.  He didn't like the idea of me being away for so long, and I liked the idea that he cared so much.

So I didn't study abroad.  I didn't even travel abroad.  But I have always wanted to.  It's a dream that I've held onto.  I've visited many countries while on cruises, and I've been on several mission trips to Mexico. But I have never been to another continent. 

Europe has been my dream, and in six days, it will finally {Lord-willing} be a reality.

I have been planning this trip over the course of several months, and while planning, I've received many questions.  It's my hope to share the whole process here with you so that you can read about my craziness, but that I will also have something to look back on to remember.

Monday, April 23, 2018

May Freedom FitCamp

If you have followed me for any period of time, you know that I have struggled with food restriction, binge eating, and emotional eating.  It's no secret that when it comes to my health and fitness journey, I really stink at the nutrition aspect of it.

I am so excited to share that for the first time, my company has designed a "nutrition first" program. This program is designed to help you get a handle on your eating habits.  There is no counting calories.  No measuring food.  No using food containers. No cutting out food groups. No deprivation or starving. The best part?  You can follow this program even when you're out on a date at a restaurant, on vacation, or at a party!

It's a solution that's effective because it was created by a woman who understands.  Not only did she lose 100 lbs on this program, she became a registered dietitian nutritionist so that she could help others lose the weight and win the weight loss war.







Illana figured out how to eat large amounts of food and lose weight and keep it off at the same time.  She figured out that it was all in her mindset.  The system that she created allows you to feel full and satisfied while giving you strategies that can help you in real-world situations such as eating out, traveling, cravings, and more!

This is not a diet.  It's a mindset shift.

What’s the best part about this weight loss program?

The 2B Mindset is simple to follow. You will learn simple strategies to get you drinking more water, enjoying wholesome food and simple ways to prepare them. And it will shatter the myth that the bathroom scale is your enemy. It's Simple. Enjoyable. Sustainable. 


Who is the 2B Mindset for?

  • Anyone who wants to lose weight — happily — so they can keep it off for good!
  • Those frustrated with the deprivation of traditional diets.
  • People overwhelmed with all the weight-loss products/info out there.
  • Anyone challenged by junk-food cravings.
  • Those for whom other diets have not been successful in the past.
  • Those who feel guilt or shame when overeating.
  • Those who love to eat food,
  • People who love to travel but don't know how to stay on track.
  • Anyone who doesn't like or want to workout.
  • Those who love to workout but struggle with food.
  • People who aren't seeing results with just exercise.
  • Those who struggle with:
    • Yo-Yo dieting
    • Emotional eating
    • Sugar addiction
    • Scale obsession
    • Portion control
    • Motivation to workout
When can I enroll?
I would love to talk to you more about my May Freedom FitCamp where we will be using this program specifically. I am looking for beta testers who would like to test out this program.

Member Benefits:
  • The 2B Mindset Program
  • Grocery Shopping Tips
  • Weekly Meal Ideas
  • First month of nutrient-dense superfoods that support your goals
  • One-year subscription to Beth's Netflix of Fitness
  • Accountability within our ladies-only community
  • Beth as your coach
  • *All packages come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
What's Included:
  • 41 videos in the 2B Mindset Program
    • 21 videos to teach you the basic principles of the program, including education on food groups, what to eat and when, and real-life strategies for every eating situation (such as eating at restaurants, at parties, while on a trip, for vegans/vegetarians, etc).
    • 5 videos to overcome common weight loss struggles and gives advice on weight loss challenges.
    • 15 recipe videos that show you have to cook time-saving, delicious, easy, and satisfying meals in no time.
  • The Getting Started Guide which provides step-by-step instructions on how to get started.
  • My Go-To Guide which accompanies the videos and highlights key takeaways, recaps the food lists, features grocery shopping lists, and more.
  • 2B Mindset Recipes which includes over 30 of Illana's favorites.
  • My Tracker, which has room for 90 days of meal and progress tracking, and other key indicators that play a role in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
  • A 30 oz water bottle that has motivational reminders on it to help keep you on track daily.

Would you like to be considered as one of my beta testers in May?  Make sure you click the application below and apply.  I will connect with you and see what options match your goals and financial season so that you can be ready for its launch on May 2nd!




Monday, September 25, 2017

PCOS Isn't Fair



It is September which means that it is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month!  I am hoping to bring more awareness to this syndrome and help educate you along the way.  I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.  I am a woman who was diagnosed early in life and has been learning about my diagnosis ever since.  If you have specific questions, you can, of course, ask them, and I will do my best to answer.  However, I would encourage you to take them to your doctor as well.

I really can't believe that this is the last week of September.  This month is flying by.  With the last week of the month upon us, I would love the opportunity to just share some encouragement with you.  If you or someone you know is suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, I hope that this can help!

PCOS is not fair.  It's simply that.  It completely sucks, if I can be quite honest.  The symptoms can be overwhelming.  The emotions can be crazy.  It can leave us feeling less than a woman, and that is not fair.

Allow yourself to feel those feelings.  If you need to grieve your diagnosis, then by all means, please do so!  Sometimes you have to do that in order to move forward.  Allow yourself to lean into those feelings and emotions.  Be mad, sad, angry, etc.  Allow yourself to grieve the dreams you once had.

But don't allow yourself to wallow in those feelings too long.  Allow yourself enough time to do that, but then create a plan of action so that you can move along.  PCOS isn't a death sentence.  Yes, we have it the rest of our lives because there is no cure, but that doesn't mean we have to allow it to define us.

We live in a broken, fallen world.  There are other things that people are dealing with.  Some of those things we won't have to deal with.  So remember that we are each dealt with tough things that we have to face.  PCOS is ours.

As a woman with PCOS, we have to bond together.  We are a "cysterhood."  We need to encourage one another and lift one another up.  Let us be empowered to share our story so that other women won't feel alone!



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Things You SHOULD Do for Those Who Have PCOS


It is September which means that it is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month!  I am hoping to bring more awareness to this syndrome and help educate you along the way.  I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.  I am a woman who was diagnosed early in life and has been learning about my diagnosis ever since.  If you have specific questions, you can, of course, ask them, and I will do my best to answer.  However, I would encourage you to take them to your doctor as well.

Yesterday, I shared some of the things that you may not want to say to someone who has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  Today, I want to share some things that you can and should do.

I believe that the most important thing that you can do for someone with PCOS is just be there to support them.  Be someone that they can come talk to without fear of judgment.  Be there for them to vent to.  Be someone they can bounce ideas off of.  Be someone that they can be confident in.  PCOS is not easy, and sometimes we just want someone to be there to talk to.  If they decide something that you don't necessarily agree with, realize that it's okay.  It's their decision.

Secondly, educate yourself.  One of the best things in supporting someone you know with PCOS is educating yourself.  Figure out what they're going through.  Read up on the symptoms.  Learn what is happening.  Listen to what they have to say.  Learn about their own story.  This will give you a little more insight into what they are going through.

Lastly, don't criticize them.  Instead, compliment them.  Don't be negative about their decisions.  Ultimately, it's their life, they get to decide what happens.  Instead of asking them, "Why are you eating that?"  You could simply offer a compliment and tell them you are proud of them for making healthy decisions.  Instead of telling them which doctor they should go see, tell them you are proud of them for being proactive about their health.  Learn to compliment.  This will go a long way.

What other things do you want your friends and family to tell you while you're struggling with PCOS?



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Things NOT to Say to Someone with PCOS



It is September which means that it is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month!  I am hoping to bring more awareness to this syndrome and help educate you along the way.  I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.  I am a woman who was diagnosed early in life and has been learning about my diagnosis ever since.  If you have specific questions, you can, of course, ask them, and I will do my best to answer.  However, I would encourage you to take them to your doctor as well.

Do you know someone with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?  It's a private matter, and I know lots of people don't want to blurt it out from the mountaintop.  I didn't even publicly share that I had PCOS until just two years ago.  But maybe someone in your life has shared this information with you in hopes that you can be supportive.

Here are just a few things that you may want to steer clear of in talking with her.
  1.  Don't tell her that she's being moody.  Yes, we know that we can be moody.  That's a symptom of PCOS.  It's caused by our hormones being imbalanced.  So if things aren't normal, we can definitely be moody.  I know that I get even madder when someone tells me that I'm being moody.
  2. Don't tell them to just go lose some weight.  Yes, I also know that we can be very discouraged where we are at physically.  It's hard to look in the mirror sometimes and not recognize the girl that used to be there.  But it's also super difficult to lose weight.  The culprit?  Again, it's because of the imbalance of hormones.  It is not as easy to lose weight as someone who does have their hormones in check.  It's a vicious cycle which can be very discouraging.
  3. Lastly, and I say this for ALL women.  DO NOT ASK THEM WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE KIDS!!!!!  This can be a very hurtful question for some women.  Maybe they've had miscarriages.  Maybe they want a baby so bad that they cry themselves to sleep every night because they can't get pregnant.  Maybe they are dealing with secondary infertility.  There are a LOT of reasons you should NEVER ask a woman what her family plans are.  If you have asked this question to other women in the past, can I please ask you to reconsider ever asking this question again?  If you know them well, I'm sure they will share that information with you at some point.  Asking this question or nagging them to have kids will get you absolutely nowhere.  I like to tell my best friend that my uterus is nobody's business.  :)  And it's true...please don't ever ask this question.  You have no idea what someone might be battling privately.
There are so many other things that I could share in this post, but these are my top three.  I hope that helps!  Tomorrow, I'll share the things that you can say! ;)



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