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Tricia Claiborne Before and after

Who remembers all the different diets, meal replacements, and pills that they took to try to lose a few pesky pounds? For me it seems I tried everything. I actually saw some long-term weight loss from the original Xenedrine with ephedra. Used as instructed it was safe and effective for most people. I lost over 100 lbs using it and kept it off for 3 years even after they took it off the market.

I had a baby and I gained weight and I tried the new Xenedrine formulas but they were not effective at all. I tried all sorts of over the counter supplements and NOTHING worked for me. I just kept gaining and gaining and it was actually quite depressing.

The only draw back to Xenedrine for me was that I could sometimes forget to take it. I was skeptical when Beachbody released their nutritional meal replacement supplement Shakeology that promised that by drinking it only once a day you could lose weight. Yeah right… I decided to try it and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Ok in all fairness Xenedrine although effective could have terrible side effects for some people. With Shakeology it is just food so unless you have an allergy to that specific food there are no side effects only side benefits. I have lost over 100 pounds and over 60 inches drinking Shakeology only once a day, that’s right once a day… Now that is dramatic and healthy weight loss using nothing but healthy nutrient dense foods.

I could go on and on about the benefits of Shakeology but I think this short video says it all….

If you want to know about the Superfood ingredients in Shakeology watch this video and see where they come from…



I wanted to post a blog about something that is a very personal thing for me in hope that it would maybe help someone else as well. Food addiction and eating disorders are a very serious thing. Food addiction does not just plague overweight and obese people but it also affects normal weight people as well, yet their bodies are genetically more equipped to process the extra calories or they may just increase their workouts / physical activities to compensate for it. Food addicts of all sizes will continue to eat and eat regardless of the consequences it can have on their health and even their relationships. Just like many other addictions, food addicts will have trouble changing their behavior even if they want to and even if they try repeatedly.

I came across this information on Web MD I thought I would share it here to help you determine if you are dealing with a food addiction. ALOT of times people don’t even realize they have one. This will help you identify if it is something you need to address within yourself.

Web MD : Researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Science & Policy have developed a questionnaire to identify people with food addictions.

Here’s a sample of questions that can help determine if you have a food addiction. Do these actions apply to you? Do you:

  • End up eating more than planned when you start eating certain foods
  • Keep eating certain foods even if you’re no longer hungry
  • Eat to the point of feeling ill
  • Worry about not eating certain types of foods or worry about cutting down on certain types of foods
  • When certain foods aren’t available, go out of your way to obtain them

The questionnaire also asks about the impact of your relationship with food on your personal life. Do these situations apply to you:

  • You eat certain foods so often or in such large amounts that you start eating food instead of working, spending time with the family, or doing recreational activities.
  • You avoid professional or social situations where certain foods are available because of fear of overeating.
  • You have problems functioning effectively at your job or school because of food and eating.

The questionnaire asks about withdrawal symptoms. For example, when you cut down on certain foods (excluding caffeinated beverages), do you have symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Other physical symptoms

The questionnaire also tries to gauge the impact of food decisions on your emotions. Do these situations apply to you?

  • Eating food causes problems such as depression, anxiety, self-loathing, or guilt.
  • You need to eat more and more food to reduce negative emotions or increase pleasure.
  • Eating the same amount of food doesn’t reduce negative emotions or increase pleasure the way it used to.

I used these questions, and although I could not answer yes to a majority of them I answered yes to enough of them which are still problematic in my life. Maybe I am not as deep in my addiction as I believed myself to be, but if I don’t address it, like any other addiction it will escalate and it is only a matter of time before it controls every aspect of my life.

This year my goal (the only goal I set for myself) was to once and for all reach my goal weight and become healthy and fit both mentally and physically. Part of that I knew had to address the mental side of how I am overweight to begin with or long term it will just be in vain. That is also one reason why for me I have not elected (although I have been tempted ) to have weight loss surgery because I know that surgery will not make my addiction go away in the long run. It has to be dealt with and managed as a holistic approach to my weight loss and health.

So, I have spent the entire month of January just laying the foundation for me to successfully reach my goal. In some ways it set me back and in other ways it has propelled me forward. Here are some of the things I knew I MUST have or do in order to achieve recovery from food addiction.

  1. I needed to accept the fact that I indeed  had a food addiction.
  2. I needed to find a support group that specialized in food addiction / compulsive overeating . I found 2 on Facebook which have been helpful so far.  I would recommend a 12 step program or counseling
  3. I needed to do some personal inventory on myself to understand why I developed this to begin with so I have been reading self help books and being honest with myself in order to help myself.
  4. I needed to find an accountability partner who could help hold me accountable and help me stay focused.
  5. I needed to understand that I must celebrate even the smallest of victories and see my failures as one step closer to success.
  6. I needed to make baby steps daily to change long-term.
  7. I needed to have a meal plan in place that is realistic for me and something my family can follow as well. (drinking Shakeology helps me here)
  8. I needed to log my food consumption so that I can be aware of exactly what I am eating.
  9. I created a Facebook group (if you want to join it let me know) of other people like myself who are working to get healthy and fit and we share successes and failures and I have found it quite helpful and effective. We keep each other motivated and encouraged. (This is different from having an accountability partner)
  10. I needed to commit to working out / exercising no less than 3 times a week. (My Beachbody workout programs help me in this area)

For me these are all the things I discovered are essential to my recovery and once and for all having the healthy lifestyle that I so truly and deeply desire. I know how to help people get healthy. I know how to help people work through their emotional issues that cause them to overeat.  It is easy to help others for many reasons. First and foremost it keeps me encouraged on my own journey. Second as long as I am focused on helping others I dont have to concentrate on myself as much… There is the solution ans that is to go on the journey with them and that is what I prefer.

One of the most healing and beautiful things I have learned through the process of getting emotionally and physically healthy is to embrace and love my body and to start showing it love through how I take care of it. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to learn and do in my life.

I am not licensed in anything other than driving and I don’t pretend I am an expert, BUT I can share with you through trial and error what I have learned and what I have shared with others that has helped us all on our way on the road to being healthy and healed.  If you find yourself needing help, I will help you and I will be honest with you about the changes you will need to make in order to live a better, healthier life. The first step and the most important step you will ever make is to reach out for help. When you do I will be there for you. You can contact me through the contact me tab at the top of this page. I would love to hear from you.



Shakeology Ingredient Magazine Article

shakeologycomparisonHello Boys and Girls!

In May of 2011 a very well known talk show host and owner and creator of a world famous Magazine did an 11 page article on Shakeology and its ingredients and the co-creator of this incredible SUPER FOOD! I can not post the name of the VERY WEALTHY and FAMOUS African American woman who is a talk show host and Magazine creator BUT you can read the entire article here >>> Click Here

The article was being written with the journalist on location while this video was being filmed >>> Click Here

Together these two sources of information are a compelling reason to be drinking Shakeology daily. I know that when I am consistent and drinking Shakeology once a day I NEVER get sick and I have incredible energy and I lose weight as well. It also curbs my cravings and my appetite as well.

Then I saw this video with 100 doctors on record endorsing  Shakeology’s health benefits then I knew I had to be doing something right! These Shakeology Doctors Reviews say it all! Click here to see what 100 doctors said about Shakeology >>> Click Here

I was recently participating in a discussion in a linkedin group and we were discussing the cost to eat healthy… I was surprised how many people could not see the value and savings in a meal that cost about $4 a meal packed full of superfoods that are indeed life saving yet they are ok with continuing to pay a doctor for their ill health and prescription meds. I know of so many people that have been able to come off of their Meds and or reverse illness and or NEVER get sick anymore.

I was one of those people! I went for 2 years with no illness until I got lazy about drinking my shake after my husband and mother passed away in 2011. I have recently started using it daily on a regular basis. I have learned my lesson the hard way! Shakeology is not something I should be compromising on when it comes to my health!

After just a few days of using Shakeology you notice a change. After 30 days of using Shakeology you are like, yeah there is something awesome about this and how it makes me feel. After 90 days of using Shakeology you will know that it is something you must not be without as you look and feel better than you ever had and people start to notice it in you!

When I first started using Shakeology years ago I conducted a Shakeology experiment to see if it was all they said it was and then I posted here on my blog… If you would like to read those posts you can find them here  on my blog at the bottom of this page. :)

So, knowing what you know now, why haven’t you ordered yours yet?

Order Shakeology Here



Don’t Worry… Choose Happy, A Simple Guide to Choosing Happiness

Watch the short video below and learn more


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Are you ready to feel happy and worry free?

Whether you need help thinking of others, overcoming procrastination, forgiving someone, healing your mind body and spirit, or finding direction in your life, this short book provides the tools, and guidance  that you will need to move forward and to get you to a place where you can feel better, right now.

I am happy to offer you Don’t Worry Choose Happy  A Simple Guide to Choosing Happiness. It is a very short book designed to help you get right to the source of your worry and help you achieve happiness in all areas in you life like:

  • True Happiness
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Successful Relationships
  • Self Love
  • Passion
  • Personal Growth
  • Productivity
  • Goals Setting and Reaching Them
  • Achievement
  • Success
  • The Simple Things in Life
  • Financial Reward
  • Inspiration

I put this short and simple book / guide together after feeling such happiness I felt inspired to share what I have spent countless hours, years, and dollars trying to learn about happiness. I had so much worry that followed me through most of my life, even as a child that I knew I could not be the only one who had suffered from this black cloud of worry.


So, I took what I have learned from some of the most successful people of all time and created and easy to follow, easy to understand step by step ebook guide to help you learn how to truly make happiness a choice in your life.



What is it?

It is a book that can be instantly downloaded to your computer, iPad, iPhone, Android device (must have PDF viewer ), Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, etc… or ordered in paper back version.

You can download it immediately and start eliminating the worry from your life today. You will find that everything that has been written with careful thought  on emphasizing what is truly important in life and how to embrace it right now, instead of focusing on all the things that bring you down and hold you back from being truly happy in life.

You will identify with this entire book as it is relevant to the struggles you face daily.

Here are 14 ways that the Don’t Worry Choose Happy Book will benefit you, based on my own experience and millions of others who have used this basic principle throughout the course of time.

  1. Discover your purpose in life and how to follow it and be proud.
  2. Take immediate action on obtaining your goals and  dreams.
  3. Follow your bliss, go after the things in life that you truly love.
  4. Learn how to develop and nourish your own happiness.
  5. You will become more productive, more effective and efficient in all you do.
  6. Let  go of bad habits and embrace the new healthier habits transforming your lifestyle
  7. Overcome obstacles
  8. Believe in yourself with complete confidence
  9. Identifying and examining fears, thoughts, limitations, and emotions that are holding you hostage
  10. Eliminate negative thoughts and replacing them with positive thinking.
  11. Dissolve any relationships that prevent you from being your best.
  12. Develop happy and healthy positive and meaningful relationships with others
  13. Discover your true self  and embrace it
  14. Find the blessing and meaning in your daily life.


6 Great reasons to buy the Don’t Worry Choose Happy Book:

  1. Timeless principles, and tips for life.  I enjoy sharing age old principles that transcend the time and age barriers so that whether your reading this now or your grandkids are reading it in 30 years it will be relevant to life.
  2. Inspiring life lessons on the go. Since this can be an ebook, you can read it offline, wherever, whenever you like You can read Don’t Worry Choose Happy on any of your devices that support PDF or Word documents whether it be and iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, laptop, etc. There is no need to connect to the internet to have this handy guide with you where ever you may be headed.
  3. It’s like a donation where you get something in return.  At the time of this writing I am a single mother  (widowed) of 4 children with 3 still living at home and 1 in college that I try to help support. You help provide things like Christmas for my children and maybe even other children thru the sale of this book.
  4. The ebook and paperback are very affordable and on sale for only $9.99. Buying the book helps support me and my family.
  5. Instant access. After you make your purchase of the ebook version , you will be sent a download link to your email address instantly. There is no delivery fee or waiting just simply check out, make your payment, and in a matter of seconds you will be reading your book in the comfort of your own home.
  6. It makes a great (instant) gift.  Without spending alot of money or having to waist time going out shopping you can give the gift of happiness and freedom by purchasing this ebook and instantly emailing them a download link of their very own or, send them the paperback version! Gift-giving just got easier.


Enjoy Don’t Worry Choose Happy! Get ready to feel better and be inspired! =)

Les Mills Pump Flow Review Day 4


Hi Beautiful People!

I wanted to share my Les Mills Pump Flow review for day 4 with you. I really didn’t want to workout today but I found a way to make myself do it. Do you ever have days like that? I felt incredibly grateful for the health and fitness support I had to push through and just do it! In the video I share my thoughts on the whole thing. :)


Les Mills Pump Review Day 3

les mills3Hi Boys and Girls!

I just wanted to share this quick review of my Les Mills Pump day 3 video with you. Feeling good! Take a look! I love this Les Mills Pump home workout!


Les Mills Pump Challenge Day 1 Review

lmp_challenge_packs_170x100bHi Boys and Girls!

Yes, I am starting over on Les Mills Pump at home workout. I share my Les Mills Pump Challenge review Day 1 and my thoughts about starting over in the video below. If you would like to do Les Mills Pump with me contact me thru the contact tab at the top of the page and let me know!  You can get your own Les Mills Pump home workout program here and as a bonus you get ME as your personal coach for FREE  Click Here :)


Bad Carbs Good Carbs Which Carbs Should You Eat?


Bad Carbs Good Carbs Which Carbs Should You Eat? The topic of carbohydrates can be very confusing when you are first learning to manage your carbohydrate intake. Eventually understanding which ones are good carbohydrates and which ones are bad carbohydrates becomes second nature and much easier with just a few simple tips to help you remember. Debbie Siebers, Slim in 6 Celebrity trainer has several suggestions for understanding how to use complex carbohydrates.

Contrary to popular belief complex carbs can be good for you. Not all carbs are the enemy. In moderation carbs are a healthy part of a well balanced diet.

Watch the short video below for Debbie’s Complex Carbohydrates Nutrition Tips and learn how easy it is to make these simple changes and help you lose weight and get healthy! If you would like one on one help let me know by contacting me thru the contact tab on this page :)

Are You Ready To Take Control Of You?


If you’re ready for a new and
improved you, then you definitely came to the right
place. I can help!

You most likely clicked on this link because you are sick of the way you look, the way you feel, and you’re looking for some answers on how to change that. I know the feeling because I’ve been there and I am still there. Nothing fits, or if it does, you’re just uncomfortable in your own skin. Well, I’ve got great news for you, hitting rock bottom can be a good thing. Yes! I was so uncomfortable with my body that I HAD TO change! So, Don’t despair! You can use this feeling of despair to make life long changes in your life.

As your coach, I am here to help you achieve YOUR goals and provide you with the SUPPORT that you need to go from where you are now to where you want to be! Using Beachbody’s programs and nutritionals, I have helped hundreds of customers achieve their weight-loss and fitness goals. If they can do it, why not you? Yes, you can!

So, this is the deal:

Fitness + Nutrition + Support = SUCCESS

Your First Steps to Getting

Choose Your Fitness Program and Shakeology flavor from among our many Challenge Packs.

No matter what your fitness level, we have a program that is right for you. I can help you select a program if you feel stuck. The Challenge Packs includes your fitness program and 30-day supply of Shakeology. In addition, you’ll have FREE 30-day access to our meal planner AND support tools. The wonderful thing about Beachbody fitness programs is that it gets rid of all the guesswork when it comes to both nutrition and exercise. You’ll know EXACTLY what to eat and how to exercise every single day! What’s more, you can exercise in the comfort of your own home. All you’ll need is a dvd player or laptop!

2. Join Our Online Group for Support!

Once you order your Challenge Pack, you will be invited to join my Private Facebook Group for my clients only. The reason people often fail in their weightloss and fitness pursuits is because they lack the support and accountabilty. By being a part of the group, you will get all the support you need to make sure that you stay on your path to getting the body you want!


With our fitness programs, nutritionals, and a strong system of support we really have created a system that is proven to work! Beachbody is so sure of the integrity of their products that they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Please remember: The programs and support will help you get to where you want if you do your part! The tools and support are only as good as the person who commits to utilizing them!

If you’re unhappy with the way you feel RIGHT NOW then You Must TAKE ACTION TODAY. Tomorrow will never come.

Remember, you get:

  • Your Personalized Fitness Program

  • 30-day FREE access to meal plans and support tools

  • Private, exclusive support Facebook Group

  • Personal coach to work with every step of the way

  • Plus… A 30-day money back guarantee


212 Degrees The Extra Degree

steam engineHi Beautiful People!

The other night I was having an inspired conversation with my brother in law Gary Claiborne. We began talking about many things of great interest, but one of the things we talked about really resonated with me for some reason and I just had to share it with you today.

Gary told me of a book he read titled “212 Degrees: The Extra Degree” written by Author Sam Parker. I have not read the book yet but I have added it to my list of books that are a must read.

The philosophy behind this book is that 212° the extra degree captures the essence of excellence in an unforgettable way… At 211° water is hot. At 212°, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. The one extra degree makes the difference.

Now lets think about this and apply it to life and our dreams, goals, successes, and failures….  If you think of 211 degrees as “you” just going along trying to accomplish things and you feel as if you are doing your best and you keep trying and working and trying and working and failing and trying again and now you are beginning to feel defeated and you want to just give up…

What if when you are ready to give up (at 211 degrees) , what if that is right before you are about to succeed? You see, the only difference between hot water and boiling water is one degree. Consider when you reach success to be 212 degrees, the only thing that took you to that boiling point was just that 1 extra degree.  Do you really want to give up when you are so close to succeeding?

I think this is a great book to add to any reading list and I cant wait to read it! In the meantime, if you are ready to give up on something that you have been working towards maybe all you need is a renewed look at whatever it is to feel inspired to keep going. I am here to tell you that you may fail over and over again but I promise if you keep going and NEVER give up you will eventually see success! Maybe all you need is someone who can offer a new perspective or even just some support and motivation. If that is what you want and need contact me and I can help. :)  Click Here to contact me for help

This is a great video to motivate and inspire you! Take 3 minutes and invest in yourself and watch it. :)

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