Trying Something New


I’ve always wanted to be my own boss, but I really have a limit to the amount of bandwidth that this caregiving life allows me. [Pause momentarily: remember to do a *thing* about the word caregiving not being recognized by spell check. Somehow I imagine selfie is accepted, but caregiving is not…and, I’m right.]

Some of you that are my long time followers and friends know that I’ve tried the “direct sell” thing in the past and it only served to frustrate me and lose me about $1000. I’m not a hard-sell kinda gal. But when I believe in something, I kinda want my friends and acquaintances to know that I truly believe in a product that has helped change me and shape me. So…

A couple of years ago, my friend Alice introduced me to Isagenix. I bought the starter pack, tried to stick to it for a month, had issues with timing and with being able to balance the nutritional lifestyle and mom…and Jim…and life in general. I was working out at the time, but for whatever reason, my body didn’t want to connect to the way I was feeding it and it seemed that NOTHING was working to make me feel stronger and healthier. I gave up and went back to my crappy eating lifestyle and wallowing in the self pity that was going on in my head.

Something happened last year. I don’t know what it was, but a switch flipped. I think I looked at a picture of me and was horrified…shortly after my 55th birthday.

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I know I’ve been heavy before, but I truly think I saw this photo and thought…”What am I doing to myself?” I love my husband and my family and my friends…and I want to be around for a while longer. The fat on my body was centrally located in the spot that most articles I was reading said was THE WORST PLACE. It was potentially gonna kill me. And it was a wake up call.

How I reacted when I woke up wasn’t exactly the best form of life-adjusting, but still…It worked for the moment. I dropped down to one meal a day and made that meal count. Protein, good veggies, and carbs that weren’t overboard. I also began drinking more water. Somehow, the bane of my existence…menopause…took a brief hiatus and allowed me to shed probably 45-50 lbs. I actually stopped having hot flashes for a while there but they’ve come back since.

I have to stop here and throw some thanks and praise to Pamela Clare who wrote this fantastic series of books called the Colorado High Country series, or as we devotees refer to it, The Scarlet Springs Books. Her series, beginning with Barely Breathing, hooked me on the possibility of climbing and slowly but surely, I crawled toward the sport. Very slowly. I think I read the books in July and August and I never actually got to the rock gym until late November, but when I did, I was super excited and found I loved conquering verticality. Yes, I made that word up. Thanks Pamela…even though I doubt you’ll ever read this, I can definitely say you helped me in a way I’m not sure you ever expected when you wrote your books. (I’m now a serious fan-girl, and love everything she’s written…read it all…waiting on her newest book…)

So, started climbing…and I think this past April, a friend that I love dearly, Jess, kinda chided me into going to a 5 AM CrossFit class with her and another friend, Lana. Well…if you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know that 3 months later, I’m still on that wagon, pushing it as much as this 56 year old can possibly push it.

What else also happened is, about a month into CrossFit, I started thinking I wasn’t feeding myself correctly for the 3x a week push I was actually making. I had some left-over Isagenix IsaLean Dutch Chocolate shake mix left and so I tried it again. After a few weeks of mis-starts, I jumped back in whole hog. I started feeling as if I was properly feeding my body.

So here’s what I do:

On mornings I go to CrossFit, I refuel during the workout with Amped Hydrate Lemon Lime. It seems to add a little oomph to the water I drink during the session.

When I get home, I shake up a shake for breakfast and have my coffee. I drink “normal” coffee but you can buy Isagenix coffee too. I usually have 3 cups of coffee before noon.

At lunch, I have a blended shake and switch to water for the remainder of the day.

In the afternoon I have either some celery, grape tomatoes, or some fruit (usually grapefruit but sometimes watermelon or berries)

I eat a “normal” dinner.

On mornings I don’t go to CrossFit, I start with an Ionix Supreme and some water.

I still shake up a shake for breakfast and have my 3 cups of coffee.

At lunch I have blended shake and begin the water thing.

I do usually have afternoon veggies or fruit this day but I try to stick to celery, grape tomatoes, or cucumbers (I love those three veggies most!)

Dinner is normal again, but sometimes it’s out at our fave Mexican place where I have this king-size salad called the Flaca salad and way too many chips with guac and salsa. Bad me. But it’s only once a week…

Am I perfect in this? No. Weekends I usually stray a bit. I may have a morning shake, but I either skip lunch or have a light lunch and dinner.

So why am I telling you all this? Because I feel good about myself right now and I’m thinking of taking it to the next level. If you’ve read this far, my story interests you and so I want to offer something to you.

If you want to try Isagenix, email me at maryaquino1@yahoo.com. I can get you started and suggest a plan that will work for you. I’m not selling the stuff. But I admit I will benefit from anyone who contacts me and signs up. You don’t have to stick with it if it doesn’t work for you, and I make no guarantees that you’ll feel as good as I do. But if you do, and you keep buying, you are helping both me and yourself.

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No pressure. No hard sell. If you read this far and you aren’t interested – that’s fine too. Don’t stop reading my blog. I’m not gonna go on and on about this forever. Just this once. I will be happy to talk to you offline about this, but I push this in my blog again.

I adore all y’all for you reading my blog and reading this far. Thanks!

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Planning an update to this, and hopefully a way to encourage women to stay healthy as they approach middle age. Change happening April 1!!
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