Monday, August 12, 2013

Mamavation Monday! Goal #2 MET!!!!

Yes! I have hit my second milestone/goal!

I'm down 10.5lbs since applying to be a Mamavation Mom! I feel SO INCREDIBLY blessed to be a part of an AWESOME support group of women who work towards disease prevention...including obesity. I feel like some days I am fighting an uphill battle with my thyroid issues and stress...but I am just thrilled to see the scale slowly creeping downward. Determination, coupled with an awesome support team, has helped me through some seriously difficult days lately.

We learned a ton about indoor air quality this week, and I'd encourage you to read my Mamavation blog post, then check out this week's Mamavation TV show. AWESOME info on how to rid your home of toxic air!

Thank you for following me, I am honored to be a part of this adventure!



Monday, August 5, 2013

Mamavation Mom Week 4. BLAH.

I'm gonna whine for a second then move on. So just be warned.

I thought I was doing so well this week. Then I shot a wedding Saturday. I was up at 6:30am and didn't go to bed until 2:30am. And I didn't drink enough water. Sunday AM I woke up so bloated, it was like I was 9 months pregnant again. Lesson learned. Being dehydrated makes you take on water like the Titanic.

Yep. I was up four pounds. I was ticked. Discouraged. Could have gone into a downward spiral. But I didn't.

Thankfully, I talked to Leah, with Mamavation and she encouraged me to drink a ton of water and keep moving. And I have...and I'm back down 3 lbs. since I weighed yesterday morning. So I am back on track headed in the right direction.

I've also learned a TON about detoxing my (and my family's) personal care. Read about what I learned this week in this post.

I am so blessed to be on this journey. I realize it's not just about weight loss, but about total health in every area of our lives.

Blessings to you and yours!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Mamavation Monday - Week 3 Post

Guys, this week has been amazing. I am THRILLED to announce I have lost 8lbs and 7.5 inches off of my body! 

Now, this may not sound like a lot to you, but I've been on a gaining streak for the past few years, so to FINALLY be heading in the opposite direction is HUGE for me. I am SO proud of the changes taking place not only in my body, but in my mind and emotions as well. I'm learning to control my emotional eating. It is not easy...quite the contrary, it's SO incredibly hard. But SO worth it. I'm seeing a huge spike in my energy, my mental clarity, and my ability to cope with major stresses in my life.

So I am PROUD to be able to post this sticker to my blog: 

This week we learned about detoxing the cleaners in our home and I would love if you checked back later in the week for some reviews on these products that make our home a MUCH safer environment. Here's my weekly Mamavation Mom Blog Post where you can read even more about my transformation this week.

And if you missed Mamavation TV last night, you can find more information here.

I'm excited to have you following my progress! Please keep checking back for more exciting changes!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Mamavation Mom Campaign 17 - Week Two WOOHOO!

Week two as a Mamavation Mom was crazy with my food planning! I am down 4 lbs, but boy was that a hard 2 lb loss!

Visit this link on the Mamavation site to hear all about my week including a video and what my nutrition plan looks like!

This week: Detoxing our cleaning products...this is gonna be a GOOD week! 

Thank you for your support! 



Monday, July 15, 2013

Mamavation Mom Week One - Yo!

Week one as a Mamavation Mom was quite the challenge! My normally somewhat sedentary self was completely overwhelmed with workouts, and the meal planning was a HUGE challenge.

Visit this link on the Mamavation site to hear all about my week including a video!

Thank you for your support! 



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I'm a Mamavation Mom!'ll hear me talk about it a LOT the next 7 weeks. If you haven't heard, I was chosen to be a Mamavation Mom last night at the Detox Twitter Party. I am super excited and blessed to be able to experience this process!

In my previous post, I tell you what a Mamavation Mom is. But several friends have asked what does it mean for me? Here are a few things that I get to experience:

    1. Nutritional overhaul with a Dietitian with a focus on clean, preservative free, artificial free, GMO free food. Recipes, diet plan,  and a kitchen overhaul which will be done before the end of the campaign. Our professional Dietitian is able to handle any form of allergy, special needs or breastfeeding diet.
    2. Virtual fitness plans and support by a licensed personal trainer.
    3. Education and personal coaching from members of Healthy Child Healthy World
    4. Products from the following brands to help make the transition:
    • Naturepedic–2 mattresses and mattress covers for their children
    • BioRay –Liver Life (4oz), NDF (10oz), CytoFlora (4oz), Before the Flow (4oz), & Loving Energy (2oz)
    • BioRayKids–NDF shine (2oz), NDF happy (2oz), NDF focus (2oz), & NDF calm (2oz)
    • Arnicare–Summer Essentials & First Aid Kit w/ various products valued at over $100
    • Bona–Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner, Hardwood Floor Mop, Cabinet Cleaner, & Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner
    • Earth Friendly Products–Safeguard kit, Wave Pods New, Carpet Shampoo, Wave Jet, Eco Pods, Oxo Brite, Shower Cleaner, & Furniture Polish
    • Nine Naturals–Nourishing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, Soothing Bodywash, & Regenerative Body Butter
    • Walgreens Ology–All Purpose Cleaner, Lav & Cham Baby Lotion, Fragrance Free Dish Detergent, Hand Soap Lemon Scent, Wht Pear & Cucumber Conditioner, Wht Pear & Cucumber Shampoo, Cube Facial Tissue, & 23W/100W t2 CFL Light Bulb.
    • Soybu–(specific products to be determined)
    • New Balance–pair of tennis shoes
    • Goddess Gardens–Natural Sunscreen Spray for Kids & Adults
    • Sante Cosmetics–Set of Makeup
    • Kelly Tee Garden Organics–Radiant anti-aging facial cream, Secret facial cleanser, lip gloss w/light & mirror
    • Klean Kanteen–one set of products
    What is expected of me? Daily food journals, appearance on Mamavation TV every Monday night of the campaign, Wednesday night mentoring Google chat, One post and video per week on Mamavation, weekly Facebook updates, a certain amount of tweets per week, active membership in the Mamavation community, accountability to mentors and leadership, weekly scale picture to leadership, contract and liability release, AND MY BEST effort.

    I'm super excited about the swag, but even more than the goodies, I am STOKED about the support I will receive both for nutrition and fitness, but also the detox coaching. And I am SUPER excited to share my adventure with you! 

 Make sure to check out the Mamavation Forums here and join the fun!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mamavation Campaign 17 Application Post and Blog Resurrection

Heard of Lazarus? We should rename this blog Lazarus. I am raising it from the dead. Why? The best reason I can think of: accountability to truly live.

My blog has suffered from a lack of attention for a very long time. I guess it could be blamed on four babies in five years. Or it could be blamed on remodeling and moving. Or possibly just chasing after five children or running a travel planning business. Or I could blame it on the same reason I have not been successful at losing weight: myself. Blogging means transparency. Blogging means admitting my faults. Blogging means putting myself out there and if change isn't happening, then blogging exposes that. Time for change. Time to blog.

More than blogging, it's time I start taking full responsibility for not losing weight, not being healthy, not exercising, and for not setting a good example for my kids in these things. Something has to change. I have to have some accountability. 

Insert my friend Leah and an awesome group of super supportive women at 

I have followed Mamavation for a few years now and the time has not been right for me to apply to be a Mamavation Mom. In fact, I had stepped away from the gals after my last child was born...not just kind of took over. However, after chatting with Leah about some of my frustrations with my health, she encouraged me to get back involved with the group and apply to become a Mamavation Mom this campaign. 

What is a Mamavation Mom, you ask? Leah describes it best: "Mamavation Moms are 2-3 moms who go through a 7-week online boot camp and their lives are put on an a public stage. They share their struggles learning healthy living as a mom as the world watches via computer. The goal is to inspire and demonstrate how challenges can be overcome. But ultimately the goal is to save their family from obesity by passing on the values they learn." 

Campaign 17 is a bit different, too...."Mamavation is proud to announce a partnership with Healthy Child Healthy World for the 17th Mamavation Mom Boot Camp. Not only will the Mamavation moms lose weight, but they will also learn how to de-toxify their own homes. And there are NO weight requirements for this campaign because the main focus will be on minimizing the impact chemicals can have on the health of families. But don’t worry, this is still a boot camp. The Mamavation Moms will be VERY likely to lose a significant amount of weight as well. They will still receive professional nutritional and fitness support. So in essence, they will be sweating out toxins."

Now, why am I applying? Well, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm sick and tired of my kids being sick. I'm afraid my life will be cut short because of my health. I need something strict and drastic. I need to be a Mamavation Mom. It's time. It's time mama changes. It's time mom takes care of herself, first, so that the kids will have a mom. It's time to get off my can and do something to drastically change my family tree. It's time for me to shine. 

So here is my video entry. It isn't pretty. I forgot to mention my Twitter name, @CBelleConcierge, and I am a nervous wreck to post my FIRST ever video of myself online. 

Y'all. It's serious if I am doing this. LOL Wish me luck!! XOXO

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Awaken the Dead

I'm finding I need an outlet for my thoughts, catalog of kid's lives, food diary, weight loss/health posts, etc. so here I am. At my seriously neglected site and am going to resurrect the dead blog.

Poor thing.

Anyways, add us to your RSS feed, mama's gonna give blogging another shot!