3 Things that Surprised Me About My Weight Loss Journey

This journey to wellness have been long and tumultuous for me. I know it’s been the same for many of you. I’ve gotten your messages, your texts, your emails…

I had 3 babies in 3 years. My body went a little crazy, my hormones and my emotions were all over the place. After a year of spiraling downward, I began seeing a counselor and psychiatrist who both recommended medication. I was desperate so I decided to give it a try.

I was on antidepressants for more than 7 years. They helped at first…but slowly, they began stealing my personality. Stealing my joy, my excitement and my tears. And giving me many pounds in exchange. Over the last 3 years God has blessed me with FREEDOM and I am now off every single medication I was on a few years ago! You can read all of my posts from my journey out of depression here.

My Wellness Journey

So, in this post I will list EVERYTHING I am using as far as what I’m eating, exercises I’m doing, essential oils I’m using and supplements. I hope this post is a blessing to you and you find something helpful here! I am down about 28 pounds so far…

I can truthfully say that it feels good to feel good. After feeling badly for so long, after living in survival mode for years, I am so thankful I know what it feels like to feel good. 

First the bad news: there is no one easy answer or quick fix to losing weight and getting healthy. I’m so sorry to be the bearer of such bad news. Grin.

Now for the good news: we are capable of change. God’s Word tells us in Romans 12:1-2 to renew & transform our minds. If God’s Word tells us this, then it must be possible! We are also told that we are being MADE NEW.

Friends, we are not stuck where we are. And that is what I believed for so very long. No wonder I was always so discouraged. But our God is a God of change, renewal, transformation, beauty from ashes…He is making you new, friend! Part of what needs to happen when we begin a huge journey like this is a mindset change. Believing that change is possible is the first step to making a huge life change.

I want to make sure everyone that stops by this post remembers how intricately our bodies were created by a loving Father. All of these things are so closely tied together. Our diet affects our motivation, our hormones affect our sleep, our exercise can motivate our eating, our sleep can affect our entire attitude. Do you see what I mean? It is all tied together!

I could not have lost 25 pounds doing ONE of these items. It just wouldn’t have helped me. I need a total life make over so to speak.

3 Things that Surprised Me Most

  1. My mindset is just as important as exercising. (If I don’t believe I can change, why would I try??)
  2. Essential Oils support my emotional wellness & help motivate me to a better life! (If I don’t have emotional wellness, I don’t FEEL like doing any of these things below!)
  3. Sleep matters so very much. (After YEARS of not having good sleep, waking up refreshed has helped me with my energy levels so much.)

5 Day Cleanse: I also did a 5-Day Cleanse when I hit a plateau at about 20 pounds weight loss. That cleanse helped me to start losing again and I lost another 8 pounds. You can read more about that cleanse here. I am also doing a cleanse group starting October 2nd if you want to join us! Read more about the group here!

Diet

Yes, I’m changing how I eat. No, I don’t eat perfectly. I do my best to cut out grains, carbs, and sugar. But, I don’t tell myself I will NEVER have sugar again. Yes, sometimes I have ice cream. Moderation is key here. I have to stay away from it for the most part, as it is addicting for me. But I also can’t tell myself to NEVER have it. Mind games, I tell ya. 🙂

I started with a somewhat modified Whole 30 at the beginning of the year. Dr. Edie (Lifeingrace) shared with us in our oils group to read It Starts with Food and some of us jumped on board! I recommend starting here and googling Whole 30 recipes if you want to make some changes!

I have been doing a smoothie or juicing one meal per day. This helps me get in my veggies and gives me energy! (For juicing I add spinach, apples, oranges, carrots and 1 lemon. For smoothies I add banana, frozen berries, greek yogurt, spinach and orange juice.) 

Exercise

I have been exercising in 2017 more regularly than I ever have before in my life. I am using my church’s gym (free) and I am meeting friends there. I think those 2 things have helped the most. The accountability is key. It also helps me to enjoy it more!!

I believe that exercise – both cardio and strength training – is helping my MENTAL state as well as my physical state.  There is so much research to prove this point as well.

We spend 30 minutes of walking and jogging intervals. Then we go to the machine/weight room. I typically will rotate around a few machines and do some hand weights. I have gone from 8 pound hand weights, up to 10 and then I will do 15 pounds for a few reps and then go back down if need be. If you will go to Pinterest and search “hand weigh workouts” you will come up with a gazillion options. I usually do 3-4 DIFFERENT arm exercises with the hand weights and alternate with a leg exercise. I do 12 reps and then 3 rounds of those rotating exercises. The most important thing is to JUST DO SOMETHING.

“10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than counseling.” from BodyBuilding.com

Hormones

My cycles have always been horrendous. I was on the birth control pill for years due to terrible cycles. In college I was on a different medication for this. When I joined Young Living one of the first things I tried was Progessence Plus. This has changed my female life and my overall health.

I no longer have any PMS symptoms, no cramps, I can’t even tell when I’m going to start. It has also cut my cycle in half.

Our hormones affect so many things, so getting my hormone issues settled and healthy has been a HUGE blessing! {If you want more information specifically on progessence plus, please send me an email and I can forward you some info.}

Sleep

Sleep has been a life long struggle for me. I have had insomnia since high school. I have tried everything from prescription sleep meds to using tylenol PM or benadryl every night. For years. Multiple capsules. I also tried every natural thing anyone ever recommended to me!

Up until this year, I woke up feeling like I could go back to sleep and sleep most of the day. I woke up feeling like I needed another 3 hours of sleep. I woke up miserable.

I believe that all the positive changes I have made to my health have impacted my sleep. AND I am using a supplement from Young Living called Immupro. It has the wolf berry in it for immunity and also melatonin for sleep. Win-win.

For the first time in my entire life that I can remember, I am waking up WITH ENERGY between 6-6:30am. Every morning. I wake up ready to get up and start my day. Praise God for good sleep!

Essential Oils

I think when people ask what oils I’m using for weight loss, they may be thinking that they can just rub an oil on and the pounds will fall away. I WISH. {grin}

For me personally, essential oils have helped immensely with emotional wellness. I was in dire need of emotional support. Because my emotions are 100 times more stable than they were a few years ago, I think I have the emotional strength and motivation to do what I need to do as far as my health was concerned.

I would love for those of you that are skeptical to just take a glance at PubMed.  PubMed comprises more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Go to the search bar and type in “essential oils” and any other topic or ailment you want to search for. You will be as amazed as I was!

Here are the oils I use daily:

  • Frankincense – for stress management, anxiety, emotional stability and good for my skin. I put a drop in my face lotion + 1 drop pressed to the roof of my mouth daily. (Short 3 minute video on why I love Frankincense.)
  • Orange – orange is my happy oil. I put it in my diffuser every single day.
  • Grapefruit – I put a drop of grapefruit in my water each morning. I prefer it to lemon, but some people love lemon in their water!
  • Dragon Time – for extra PMS support
  • Valor – I love smells. This one smells amazing to me. I use it like perfume and put it on my wrists and neck every time I get in the car. Valor is great for emotional stability too.
  • Peace & Calming – in my diffuser nightly
  • Progessence – my hormone BFF. I use it nightly by placing 1-2 drops on the inside of each ankle before bed.
  • Tranquil – I roll this on the bottoms of my feet before bed

Supplements

So, the more I learn about Young Living, the more I appreciate their ingredients and the care with which they create their products. I believe 100% that we have some of the best supplements on the planet. Most of them are infused with essential oils, making them even more beneficial to our bodies!

The supplements I use daily:

Ningxia Red – this is our super fruit juice supplement. It is great for supporting nearly every system in your body. For me personally, it gives me energy. 1 daily dose (2 ounces) has the antioxidant power of 146 strawberries, 98 Spinach leaves, 44 carrots, 118 pieces broccoli, 186 apples, 45,628 almonds, 200 oranges and 1,628 blueberries. Wowzers. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get that much good stuff in my daily diet.

Immupro – this is the supplement I use for sleep. Immupro has a blend of 3 mushroom powders, orange oil, strawberry and raspberry powders, wolf berry powder, melatonin.

Multigreens – I take this supplement as well as giving it to my kids (15, 14 and 12.) I know we don’t get enough greens in our diet! MultiGreens has so many great ingredients in it: spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Agilease – I started taking this for one reason: turmeric. I had been looking for natural products to help with depression & anxiety before I found oils and turmeric is supposed to be good for SO many things. Google it! 🙂 This supplement has turmeric in it as well as black pepper which aids in digestion. It also has frankincense powder and collagen in it!! So good for us!

Mindset and Motivation

Change your mindset, change your life! I’m going to highly recommend that you listen to my friend Edie’s September Morning Mentor videos she has been doing. She is giving us the WHY and practical tips for making changes in our lives!

Psssst. She is also the leader of our oil team. Isn’t she amazing? We get this kind of teaching often!! Such a blessing to learn about essential oils from a doctor’s perspective. 

Get Started with Essential Oils & Supplements from Young Living

If you’re READY to take that FIRST STEP, I am here to answer any questions you may have and I would love to PRAY for you on your journey!! I would love the opportunity to walk this journey with you!!

Our team is led by my amazing friend (and doctor) Edie Wadsworth of Lifeingrace blog. We have an amazing Facebook group and support group of women who are on this journey as well.

You can choose the starter kit you would like to get started with by going here and creating your own Young Living account! As a wholesale member you will save 24% on all purchases but will not be required to pay any fees or monthly orders.

For the month of September I am offering FREE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT if you join my team by purchasing a starter kit! I am also offering a FREE reference app to help you learn how to use your oils, a FREE Stress Away Roller bottle if you join our rewards program.

Read Part 1 of my Weight Loss Journey

(Click here) 

Thank you for stopping by today, friends! I do hope and pray that something you have read here today will spark some HOPE in your heart regarding changes that need to happen in your life! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or comments! I would love to hear from you!

 

A Picture of Hope

A picture says a thousand words, yes?

How can a picture speak HOPE to our hearts?

That is exactly what this picture says to me: HOPE.

This particular picture (on the left) came up in one of those Facebook memories this week and I gasped. If only you could see all the changes on the inside. If only I could tell you that even more than the weight loss, the way I feel is the very best thing about all these changes I’ve made.

I honestly never thought my 40th year would be the year I felt my best. I thought I was destined to a life of depression, anxiety, always tired, always grumpy, never really feeling good.

It all started with regular & consistent use of essential oils, a few supplements for energy & sleep, and a HUGE mindset change. Add in a dose of “food as medicine,” exercise + strength training and I am literally a new person. God is good. {Here is part 2: a post with all the specific oils, supplements and exercises I do!} 

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

His Word tells us to renew our minds, to transform our thinking…which tells me that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.

He is MAKING YOU NEW. We are not STUCK in our old habits and ways of living.

We can’t give up, friends. We must get up every morning and remind our hearts of His new mercies daily. Yes, we will stumble and fall. Yes, we will mess up and not eat right every single day. Yes, we will miss days and even weeks of exercise. We we will battle discouragement.

It takes work and a MINDSET CHANGE to make changes in our lives. Maybe the changes you seek aren’t weight loss. Maybe you seek changes of other kinds. Maybe you want to be more consistent. Maybe you want to add daily Bible study to your routine. Maybe you need to save money.

Say it with me, “God made me to do hard things. He enables me daily to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. He empowers me to live out this life He has called me to.” 

Whatever changes you seek are not going to happen over night and they are not going to be quick fixes.

Change takes time and is hard work.

That does not mean that change is impossible.

But sometimes we just have to DO THE THING. Don’t wait to feel motivated. Get up. Right now. Make one positive change for your life. As you make baby steps, the motivation will grow. This is what I have found to be true in my own life.

9 Changes I’m Making…

(so far…)

 

Inspiration for Making Change

I have been raving about these morning videos that Edie is doing on her facebook page. I highly recommend you go watch her Morning Mentor videos all from the month of September. She is talking about the HOW and WHY of changing things in our lives! She gives practical tips & suggestions as well as encouraging words to inspire us.

Part 2 of My Story

I have gotten a lot of questions about EXACTLY what I am doing with my eating, exercise, oils and supplements…that post is here!

Get Started Today

Over the last few months I have now had 4 people come to me out of the blue and say, “Your countenance has changed. You seem different. You seem happy.”

This, my friends, truly feels like a miracle to me. For so long (years) I lived with depression, anxiety, and just in plain old survival mode. But, now that I feel good, I realize how GOOD it feels to actually feel good.

And, I truly want that for you. Maybe your struggle isn’t depression. Maybe your struggle is sleep, stress, sick kids, work, any number of things…but we were made to do more than survive. We were made to THRIVE. And I dare say I believe God gives us abundant life here on earth EVEN IN the trials. Because He gives us Jesus. And because of God’s great love for us, He gives us so many amazing tools & resources to help us thrive.

Friends, I am asking you to join me on this journey to better living and wellness! {And I have a few gifts for you in September if you decide to join me!}

If you want to get started today, you will be added to our Oily Sisterhood group where Dr. Edie leads us and inspires us. You will receive emails and messages from me…and I will begin PRAYING for your journey as well!!

Don’t let essential oils stress you out or overwhelm you. Just start USING THEM. Turn on your diffuser daily. Use the oils topically daily. Multiple oils. Use them. Use them. Use them. They are God’s gift to us…our own MEDICINE CABINET right outside our very doors that we hardly take advantage of. So, the oils in the little bottles do the job since we can’t be outside all day long!

Click here to get started with a starter kit today! 

This is everything included in our starter kit! All the most loved oils AND a diffuser with some samples thrown in. The team and sisterhood you will receive by joining our team may be the best part, though. 🙂

 

Read Part 2 of My Story

(where I share all the details & what I use!)

5 Truths to Remember As We Become Strong in the Lord

Motherhood has been the hardest job of my lifetime. God has used my children and my own sinful nature to show me more about Himself. In our weakness, HE is strong!

But how do we actually tap into His strength as moms?

I am so excited to tell you about this brand new book called Becoming MomStrong written by my friend, Heidi St. John, you may know her as The Busy Mom.

The book releases TODAY and you are going to want to grab it!

5 Truths to Remember As We Seek His Strength As Moms

1. Remember whose strength it is. 

We think being weak is a bad thing. God’s Word tells us differently. God’s Word tells us that in our weakness HE is strong. “The good news is that God doesn’t require strength for the journey; He offers it.” Heidi St. John

It is so very freeing to not have to come up with strength on our own! It is freeing to rest in the truth that GOD’S GOT THIS. It is freeing to realize we don’t have to do more and be more for God to use us and strengthen us as moms! We don’t have to do it all, moms!!! In fact, it’s better if we don’t!

2. Know that we are in a battle.

When we acknowledge that we are in a battle we are more prepared to fight. We’ve been given armor, mamas, we must pick it up and use it!

“When we are assaulted by lies, we need to remember what and who we’re fighting for. Some days our biggest fight will be to see ourselves as God sees us. Because if God is for us (which He always is) no one – not even satan himself – can stand against us.” Heidi St. John

We’ve been given all we need in this life through Jesus. But we will never be able to discern the truth OR teach it to our children if we are not BATTLE READY. And we become battle ready when we are standing FIRMLY on the truth of God’s Word. And that only comes when we are IN THE WORD OF GOD. Do not neglect it, sweet friends.

3. Find your identity in Christ. 

This has been such a hard battle for me personally. I have lived so much of my life seeking the approval of others and that leads to discouragement, defeat and feeling like a failure most of the time! Because we will never be able to please everyone! I want to teach my kids, who are teenagers now, to find their worth in CHRIST and who HE made them to be…who WE ARE in Christ. It is vital to our spiritual well being!

“God is the One who brings courage in the chaos and peace to the broken places of our hearts. Without the courage that comes from God, a spirit of fear can settle into the unseen places of a mother’s soul. So stay close to Him, precious mom! Get to know His Word.  Memorize His promises. Don’t let fear take root.” Heidi St. John

To know who we are in Christ we must know what God says first about HIMSELF and then about us. Again, we can’t know what God says about anything if we aren’t in the Word for ourselves! This isn’t a guilt trip. This is WAR.

4. Place your trust in God alone.

This sounds very nice and Christian-ese. However, do we know where we are TRULY placing our trust? Are we feeling let down and discouraged and disappointed all the time? If so, I challenge you to check your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you might be misplacing your trust!

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Name of the Lord our God!” Psalm 20:7

“There are so many things that seem easier to trust than the Lord – after all, He is invisible. We like to see what we’re putting our trust in. But isn’t it part of faith to trust our future to a God we can’t see? The truth is, anything other than Jesus will eventually let us down.” Heidi St. John

We simply cannot put our trust in our financial security, our homes, our jobs, our families, our spouses, our kids, nothing. Nothing satisfies like Jesus. He alone is worthy of our trust and devotion.

5. Accept your wounding as a gift.

This is a hard one for most of us. But, in looking back over your own life, can you see that the hardest parts of your life have led to fruit and ministry?

“…often our greatest ministry comes out of our deepest hurts.” Heidi St. John

Who better to minister to someone who has been through cancer and chemo than one who has already walked that path? I can thank God for the season of depression in my own life because through it, an online ministry was birthed. I can encourage because He first encouraged me through the same struggles! And He will use your hardest trials as well!

Sweet mamas, when we are weak HE IS STRONG. Lean into Him today. Trust Him alone. Know that we are in a battle, yes, but we’ve been given all we need for this battle! Stay in His Word and memorize those promises! Pray and speak His truth aloud. Don’t give up.

Becoming MomStrong the Book

Friends, as moms we need each other. We need to encourage one another. I can highly recommend this book to you as a source of encouragement and the reminder that we must be strong in the Lord!

Grab the book at Amazon! While you’re there, grab the Bible Study to go with it and the journal!

Video Chat of these 5 Truths

 

 

Glory: A Word Study

{A huge welcome & thank you to Amanda for this beautiful guest post. You can read her bio and find her links at the bottom of this post!} 

The Beauty of His Spirit

-a word study on Glory

Glory.

When I asked God what He wanted me to study for this blog post, He immediately gave me this word. I’ve read it thousands of times in the Bible, but I’ve never stopped to examine what it really means. Not only that, but as I started my research for this post, I quickly realized that there was a depth and a beauty to “glory” that I didn’t expect!

So, I’m truly excited to bring you this word study about “glory” and give you some ideas about how you can write the Scriptures through Bible journaling with it.

How to Do Biblical Word Study

Before we move forward, I want to let you know how I personally go about doing a word study.

1. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: Usually, the first place I go is Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance where I look up the definition for the word.

The reference for the word “glory” I will be using is Psalm 19:1. In Hebrew, it is “kabode” (3519) and it means “properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness: – glorious (-ly), glory, honour (-able).”

2. Look at multiple occurrences: From there, I look for other places the word appears in the Bible. The word “kabode” occurs 200 times in the Bible, so it gets used a lot! I wasn’t going to read all of them, so I specifically looked for references where people experienced God’s glory and I read about those. However, I often look at a variety of contexts in which the word is used to give me a more rounded understanding of what the word REALLY means.

3. Commentaries: After I feel like I have a strong grasp about how it is used in the Bible, I move onto commentaries. Some of my favorite places to look are DesiringGod.org, GotQuestions.org, and BibleStudyTools.com. In this case, however, reading these commentaries did not ease my concerns about how I was going to define what glory meant!

Nowhere could I find glory = _____. It didn’t exist. But thankfully, John Piper helped a sister out and explained that trying to define the word “glory” was like trying to define the word “beauty”. After my studying, this comparison made a lot of sense.
PINNING “GLORY” DOWN-

How would you go about defining the word “beauty” to someone? You can’t define it simply, like you might define a bird or a tree, beauty encompasses too many things. You have to show them examples of beauty. It is the same with the word “glory”, you have to show people where glory occurs and allow them to experience it.

Glory is the beauty of God’s Spirit and the clearest picture of glory I can give you is Jesus.

Jesus is the most tangible definition of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3). His life, what He stood for, why He died, how He loves you, all of these things are the summation of glory.

It can be easier to understand what glory is if we describe how we respond to it as people. Glory is something that occurs all around you. It occurs in you. It refreshes your heart. It connects you to God. It provides for all your needs. It helps you realize what you were meant for.

I know, I know. All this waxes on poetic, but glory is like poetry. It is the rustle of the leaves in the fall. It is the breathtaking view of the mountains that makes you cry. It is the ocean crashing onto the shore. It is in the shining of the moon and stars (1 Corinthians 15:41)!

Encountering God’s glory is that moment during the worship service when you forget where you are and time seems like a distant concept. Glory connects you to God. It is something God radiates. Heaven is full of it (Revelation 21:23). You are destined to be full of it (Ephesians 3:16-19).

THE FULL WEIGHT OF GOD:

Glory can be described as the full weight of God’s nature. All of His goodness and faithfulness, all of the “I AM” statements He makes about Himself, all of His power and kingliness, all of His creativity, holiness, righteousness, wrath, and love, all of these things make up His glory. Glory is not one thing: it’s all the things about God!

We can liken glory to a cut diamond. It is brilliant, it reflects light, it is beautiful, and it has many different facets. Or we can compare glory to the sun: it brings life, warmth, light, and healing to our bodies and the earth, it is overwhelming big (a million earths can fit in it), and you can’t look at it directly or get too close or you’ll die.

REACTIONS TO GOD’S GLORY:

All in all, glory is pretty much mind-blowing, and we see this in how people often react to it in the Old Testament.

Moses asked to see God’s glory, to which He agreed, but only allowed Moses to see His back because looking at His face would have killed Moses (Exodus 33:18-23). Whoa, that sounds intense! Ezekiel saw God’s glory in a vision and he described it as a rainbow all around him, and then he fell on his face (Ezekiel 1:28).

Isaiah also witnessed God’s glory in a vision and it made him cry because he became painstakingly aware of his sin (Isaiah 6:5).

CONCLUSION:

So, how do you define glory? It is the essence of God and it is so good (holy, righteous, full of justice, wrath, and love) that too much of it will kill you. So, handle it with caution! 😉

BIBLE JOURNALING PROMPT:

At the beginning of this post, I told you I was going to give you some ideas about how you can Bible journal and write the Scriptures with the word “glory”…but how do you do that if “glory” encompasses so many things? Don’t worry, I got you covered!

One of my favorite ways to commemorate a word study is to take the Hebrew or Greek word (we just studied the Hebrew word “kabode”) and to letter it in my journaling Bible and to think of a word picture that I can easily draw with my lettering.

Because glory is a lot like the sun, I decided to hand letter the word and, above it, to draw a simple rising sun. Below the word “kabode”, I wrote the definition from the Strong’s and did a bit of journaling about what I found in my word study. You could do the same or rewrite the key verse below the definition of kabode.

As a Bible journaling teacher, my favorite medium is watercolor, so I added a touch of yellow paint and it really made the whole entry pop!

If you don’t like the idea of a drawing a sun, we also likened glory to a diamond, so you could draw to a diamond. You could paint a view of the mountains, the ocean, or someone worshiping God with their hands raised. You could draw Jesus, the stars in the sky, or simply stick with hand lettering “kabode”. If you felt very brave, you could try writing kabode in the original Hebrew language!

There are so many possibilities because glory encompasses so many things. I would encourage you to try the idea that speaks the most to your heart!

If you give it a try, I’d love to see it! I am very active on Instagram at @movethemountains, so don’t forget to tag me. If you would like to learn more about Bible journaling for beginners, I have a free tutorial series called “Tuesdays to Create”: you can sign up for it at bit.ly/biblejournalingtutorial.

Thanks for joining and journaling with me!

Peace and love,

Amanda

Amanda Schenkenberger is the voice behind Move the Mountains and a Bible journaling teacher. She has a passion for helping women get into the Word creatively and creates tutorials and kits for Bible journaling beginners and those who don’t feel artsy. Join her free Bible journaling tutorial series called, “Tuesdays to Create” at bit.ly/biblejournalingtutorial.

Join My Cleanse Challenge Group!

We were made to do more than just survive. We were made for ABUNDANT LIFE through Christ! We were made to THRIVE!

I am SO excited to be offering a CHALLENGE GROUP to do this 5-Day Cleanse with! So many of you had questions and asked about the recent cleanse that I just finished. Many of you said you’d like to do a cleanse yourself! Read the post about my cleanse here. Scroll down to watch a video where I discussed the cleanse also.

“…may the people THRIVE like grass in a field.” Psalm 72:16

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just survive. I want to thrive. And to thrive I need to feel my best. To live out the callings God has placed on my life I need to feel good physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is my hope and prayer that this challenge will encourage you in EACH of these areas!

Also? This kind of thing is done better WITH FRIENDS.

Y’all. I am offering this challenge BECAUSE I NEED THE MOTIVATION & ACCOUNTABILITY TOO. I have lost 26 pounds so far this year! Woot! But I continue to need to work on my health! It’s a journey, an ongoing process, I am not there yet!

Beginning October 1st, we will be spending 2 weeks doing a WELLNESS CHALLENGE where we can encourage one another and help motivate one another in a closed Facebook group!

Invite a friend and let’s THRIVE together!

What You Will Receive from Me

  • We will be “meeting” in a closed Facebook group formally for 14 days. As soon as you place your order, however, and join my team, you can be added to the group immediately!
  • Dr. Edie will be doing a teaching video on cleanses!
  • Prizes & give aways & contests throughout the 2 weeks!
  • I will be doing multiple Facebook live videos inside this group with encouragement, tips and support!
  • We will have a group of people (already excited about this!) for accountability and support!
  • Printable accountability sheet just for this challenge
  • We will have a BIBLE VERSE each day from October 1st-October 14th to read, meditate on and pray through. My heart is for us to cleanse our bodies not just physically but also spiritually!
  • Phone Wallpaper with a Bible verse on it to keep you motivated!

What You Need

5-Day Nutritive Cleanse from Young Living (Read my blog post about my experience with this cleanse!) **See more options below if you don’t wish to do this particular cleanse!

*If you’re already a member of my team and already have your Ningxia Red, just order the Balance Complete and Digest & Cleanse capsules.

How to Order & Join My Team

1. Purchase the cleanse at retail cost without becoming a wholesale member. The cleanse, at retail cost, is $159.54.

2. OR, you can join as a wholesale member AND get the cleanse at the wholesale price for $161.25 AND when you join as a wholesale member with the cleanse I will GIFT YOU $20 back via PayPal! So, that ends up being CHEAPER than the retail cost!

3. OR, If you cannot do whey and wish to still join my wellness group with a juice or OTHER CLEANSE, you may still join as a wholesale member with another product line: essential oils, mineral make up, baby products, Ningxia or Thieves kit. Young Living also has other shake options!

4. Once you have placed your order, send me a message and I will get you added to the private Facebook group!

5. This challenge is for my current team members OR brand new members to my team. I am sorry I cannot open this up to everyone at this time.

Click here to become a wholesale member! 

Directions for joining as a wholesale member to get the cleanse at 24% off:

  1. Go to YoungLiving.com
  2. Click “become a member.” Choose “wholesale.”
  3. Put my member number in both boxes: 3387390.
  4. Next, choose your STARTER KIT. You can choose the essential oil kit for $160 and get started with oils AND the cleanse, OR you can choose the BASIC KIT which gets you the membership for $40.
  5. After you’ve chosen your starter kit, before you check out and pay at the bottom of the screen you will need to click “add more items” to your cart. At that point, I would go to the search bar under “products” and type cleanse in the search bar. Then click on 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse. Add to your cart.
  6. Check out as usual! Welcome! You are now a member of my team and the Oily Sisterhood led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth!

Click here to become a retail OR wholesale member. The membership does NOT require a monthly purchase! AND then you will receive 24% off site wide. 

Wholesale membership perks: entrance to the Oily Sisterhood Facebook group led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth, ongoing teaching & videos from a doctor’s perspective, monthly oily newsletter, a support/encouragement group to ask all your questions in, you will save 24% off site wide.

Challenge Timeline

September 1-30 – ORDER your cleanse! Prepare your heart!

October 1st (Sunday) – a day of PRAYER for our group and for our wellness and for God to help us to THRIVE in these bodies He has given us

October 2nd – official FIRST DAY of the cleanse

October 2-6th – 5-Day Cleanse

October 7-14 – we will continue discussing WELLNESS and encourage one another toward good health in ALL areas of life!