Friday, May 22, 2015

Forever 21 Shopping Haul

99.9% of my shopping is done ONLINE. Forever21 is by far one of my favorite stores to online shop. Click Pictures to be directed to my recent F21 internet shopping haul.
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=21items_clothing_04dresses&productid=2002246601
 
http://www.forever21.com/Search/SearchResult.aspx#brm-search?request_type=search&search_type=keyword&q=1000077692   &l=1000077692
 

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=Jumpsuit_Romper&productid=2000077387
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=ACC&productid=1000077630
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=Jumpsuit_Romper&productid=2000080259
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=ACC&productid=1000078136
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=LOVE21&category=Love21_Tops&productid=2000100395
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=Activewear&productid=2000053777
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=Activewear&productid=2000053775
 
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=Activewear&productid=2002247593
 
 
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Holy Moly Do I Look Different!!!


I was looking back at some "old school" pictures to compare my before and after's and HOLY MOLY WHO IS THAT GIRL!?!??! For sure that is not me???? Even my daughter said, "Mom your face looks different"...lets just call that baby fat! But yes this is me in the picture...that was my husband and I when we were 16 and 17 years old and boy do we look different. 
It is amazing to look back and not only see the OUTSIDE transformation I have had but also the INSIDE transformation. When I was 16 years-old, I was very insecure, anxious, a perfectionist, and obviously NOT in shape. On the OUTSIDE I appeared happy, but I struggled with feelings of inadequacy and extremely low self-esteem.  I felt like I had to be perfect or atleast "appear" perfect...BUT NOW, I am 30 years-old, with 3 kids...I am the strongest that I have ever been emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. I am confident in who I am as a women, wife,  mother, daughter, and friend. Of course I am no where near perfect and that is because I let those standards go but I am well-balanced. I have found peace, happiness, and joy in life despite the storms that have come my way. It was not easy to get here and I am still learning and growing to be the best version of me.  I thank God every day for the continued transformation that he is doing in me on the Inside-Out because if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be who I am today...

I know at one point in my life I felt so alone, hopeless, and fearful...but YOU are not meant to do it alone. My heart is to give hope to women that they CAN DO IT...they can be OVERCOMER'S and change their life too. So I ask you today, if you are struggling in any area of your life...physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually, please reach out to me or someone else and get support...get the help you need to become Imperfectly Balanced.

Message me here if interested in my Women Challenge Group's for support to finding your balance in life.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Give Hope & Inspire others to Change.


Every morning I wake up with excitement...can you guess why that is? Because I have the chance to help 1 women change their life TODAY!

8 months ago I felt lost and confused on what I should be doing in life. I quit graduate school and I was entertaining the idea about finding a part-time job just to find more meaning and purpose in life...I love my husband and my incredible 3 children, but I wanted more and I wanted to be passionate about something for me...and I wanted to give back to others.

And that is when God nudged me to take a leap of faith and become a Coach. Yes, it was scary. I was afraid of failure and rejection but I knew that God had a plan for me. So I said YES. I didn't care about the financial gain of Coaching I just wanted to be happier and help other women find their balance in getting healthy just like I did. But to my SURPRISE God had a different plan for me and my family. God has not only provided me with a ministry to help and serve over 200 women but he has also blessed me with a business that is bringing my family financial freedom in more ways than one. For the first time in my life I know God has me EXACTLY where he wants me to be. Giving hope and inspiring women to change inside-out!

Answer these questions for me...
Do you wake up feeling excited about life?
Do you feel hopeless or unspired?
Do you want to be passionate about life?
Do you need support changing your life?
Do you want financial freedom for you family?
Do you want to help others find hope and inspire them to change?

If you answered YES to any of these questions...then I KNOW Coaching would change your life just like it did mine.

I am offering a LIVE Coaching Opportunity Call on Tuesday, May 19th, at 8:30 pm EST. You can listen from your phone or computer and it will only be 30 minutes. I would love for you to join in and listen to how you can start this journey of Coaching.

 
I will only have 5 spots available for the next 1:1 Coach Training Group that begins June 1st, 2015.

If you are ready to CHANGE LIVES, fill out the application below so that you can be apart of our LIFE-CHANGING Imperfectly Balanced Team.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Body, Mind, & Spirit Transformation...Gwen's Life-Changing Transformation PLEASE READ!

There are not enough words or feelings to describe this one-of-a-kind woman…Gwen has a special place in my heart and God truly connected us for such a time as this years ago. Gwen and her husband Mark were my youth pastor’s the second I turned 12 years-old and I was allowed in the youth group. They even married my husband and I. Gwen has been one of my prayer warriors from over-coming neglect and abandonment issues to overcoming panic and anxiety. She is truly like a mother to me and I cannot imagine my life without her. In November of 2014, I started talking to Gwen about my challenge groups and prayed she would join…and she did. And her life is forever changed. Below is her story…in her words.

Here is Gwen’s story. Please take the time to read this…it will be LIFE-CHANGING.
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My name is Gwen. I am a daughter, a career woman, a wife to my husband, Mark of 24 years, and mother of two inedible young men, Elijah 19 and Noah 17. I love my life and I LOVE my family.
My occupation is an interior designer. I also love to teach, write and empower folks to be the best they can possibly be!! I believe the best for everyone.....but like a typical career woman, wife, and/or mother, I put everyone ahead of me and served myself leftovers. I knew God's word said, "Love your neighbors as you love yourself". (Matthew 22:37-39) but I would tend to love myself last. This is a terrible trap. So my health story was not too far different than most.... I rushed, I ran, I said yes too much, and I microwaved my food and my schedule thru life. I didn't exercise much and I ate what I thought was a decent diet....FDA approved, of course. I'm not blaming the FDA for what I ate, I chose to eat it but I thought if it was on the grocery store shelf and "approved" to eat.....it had to be ok. So as I was "taking care" of everyone else, I was just sadly teaching others how to make poor choices as they watched me. When "moments" came and I tried to take care of myself, I would rush to join weight loss programs, and go to the gym. I typically spent more money on the gym membership than going there. Sadly, I only found myself on a viscous cycle.... you know the one…
UP and then DOWN...
UP and then DOWN...
UP and then DOWN...

I would gain and lose weight like I was on a ride at Six Flags. (Insert your favorite theme park here) My point is, I did "diet-programs" and found short term success only to gain the weight back after going off the program. And then, add life circumstances to the roller coaster and my life felt like I didn't have control anymore but that the proverbial roller coaster did. My life was controlled by my poor diet and life circumstances. What I thought I had "all together" was just a smoke screen. I might have looked like I had it all together on the outside but the inside I was being destroyed like wood in a fire. 


Is it any surprise that I found myself dealing with anxiety, feelings of depression, health issues, AND marriage issues. In 2008, with all the above mentioned issues, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (180/101) and was put on HBP medication. My heart was having a hard time keeping up with all the demands I was putting on my body. This was NOT my first health scare but this one was significant. I had watched both my parents deal with the same heart, health issues. They both had open-heart surgery 4 MONTHS apart in 2001. I remember that year standing over their hospital beds making an inward vows that I would never allow my children to look over at me in ICU with heart monitors and tubes keeping me alive. HOWEVER, in 2008, being diagnosed with HBP, I was heading down that very path. Sadly, it still did not occur to me OR my parents that a steady poor diet of processed food and sugars was contributing to a very unhealthy me. I swallowed my high blood pressure pill and my defeat every morning thinking this was just my lot in life. My parents had HBP....guess I will too. I believed a lie instead of letting my circumstances empower me.... to do better.... to learn.... be educated on what you put into your mouth!!! Or that what I was putting in my mouth had any effect on me. Hippocrates said, "Food is thy medicine and medicine is thy food".

With this difficult season, I began to work hard on my spiritual life to help me stay grounded. I worked hard on my mental life which seemed to be linked together with my spiritual growth but for some reason I didn't connect my physical life to the other two areas. Never mind that God wants us whole.... body, soul and spirit.


THREE PARTS........WHOLE.....
*body (physical)
*soul (mental)
*spirit (our spiritual life)


I have since learned that if one of those areas are "out of balance", then it's ALL out of balance. If you take a three-legged stool and cut one of the legs off, it will be difficult to sustain balance on that stool and it will be impossible to sit on it. So for me..... I needed balance and I needed rest!!!! I needed to work on my physical life but didn't have a map on what that looked like for me, YET!! Unfortunately, there are moments in life that fortunately cause us to STOP and RE-EVALUATE.


For me, it was after the death of my father in December 2013 (unfortunately) that I began to process (fortunately) that we only go thru "this life" one time. It didn't happen overnight. I grieved the loss of my dad... for a year. I managed thru the first father's day, his birthday, and a year full of holidays without him. My diet and how I cared for myself wasn't at the for-front of my mind that year. I really concentrated on how to make it thru each day without hearing my dad's voice say, "Hey girl". However, almost a year after my dad's passing, I do recall a faithful meeting with my Coach, Ali Tessitore. She asked me if I would join her on this journey she had traveled. She explained how much better she felt and assured me that I would love it. Even though I did not make the connection that night, I knew things needed to change. I asked a lot of question that evening and about 6 weeks after that meeting, I joined her group. This was just the beginning of a wholeness that I had not conceived. I was on my way to being whole....body, soul and spirit. I was going to find rest and balance that I so yearned for.


I remember signing up, I remember cleaning the refrigerator and the pantry out. I remember going shopping that first week and it taking twice as long looking for the UN-processed good stuff,  I remember the feelings of being overwhelmed that first week trying to prep and get the food all ready, and  I remember thinking of all the "stuff" I was going to be "giving-up".

It's been 4 months now of exercising, going to the store, prepping my food and eating clean. I can tell you what I thought I was "giving up" has been my greatest blessing. I have given-up a lot... a lot of leg cramps, a lot of laziness, 4 sizes in my clothing, a lot of pounds on the scale AND MY GREATEST VICTORY....MY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE. Yep.....4 months of eating clean, exercising, and loving myself first, swallowed up 7 YEARS of being on HBP medication. Truthfully, it was 3 months. I went to my doctor (for all things) to get a refill on my medicine. I had, at this point, lost 18 pounds and lowered my BP....too low as a matter of fact. To my delight and my doctor guarding my process, she recommended that I come off my medication for 4 weeks. I was scheduled to return in 4 weeks with completed blood work and a physical only to hear my doctor tell me, "I am setting you FREE". I understand those words came out of my doctor’s mouth that day, but it sure sounded just like something Jesus Christ said to me!!!

I AM SETTING YOU FREE!!!


So what I "gave-up" 4 months ago, I have gained SO MUCH MORE in return. I would definitely say, this challenge group has changed my life. I love my coach and the other ladies who are on this journey with me. I haven't met all the ladies personally yet but love them. I know if there is a day that I struggle with my choices, this group is there to pick me up.


My favorite part about the challenge group is.....the accountability. I think of scripture that says…A cord of 3 strand is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12). I love the accountability, I love the honesty of each lady in this group. I love when I am not feeling strong, someone in our group is and encourages me. I love that I am not on this journey alone!!! This is my favorite part of the group. I'm getting whole and I'm not alone. We share our shortcomings and we celebrate our victories!!!

Would I tell someone about this group?
ABSOLUTELY!!! Over and over again. The "beauty-full" thing about this type of transformation...is it’s NOT only on the INSIDE, BUT IT SHOWS ON THE OUTSIDE. People ask me all the time now what I am doing different. It is a privilege to tell anyone who ask. Some people say, "I cannot give up this or that" ... I tell them, "change your mind, and change your body". What do you have to lose???


Gwen, I am SO SO SO proud of you! You have completely changed your life...body, mind, and spirit and you will FOREVER be my role-model!

Love you so much!
XOXO
Ali