I Just Found Out About The Most AMAZING Results!!!

Yesterday I went to the doctor for the results of the blood-work I had done in September. It was done 3 months after I started Body by Vi. I was nervous about it because I have put so much faith into Body by Vi. I know that it has changed my life in so many ways already. I have never slept this well or had this much energy. I have had less pain in the last few months than I have in over six years. I was also nervous because I was on Actos for my diabetes since I was diagnosed and this was the first blood-work done since I went off of it. I was worried that it would be bad and I would have to change meds again. So when I met with the doctor yesterday I was nervous, but excited.

First, the nurse took my blood glucose and blood pressure readings in the office and both were fantastic. Two hours after eating and my glucose was 119, my blood pressure was 110 over 60 and I weighed in at 435. All those are good numbers and I was feeling pretty good at that point.

Then the doctor came in and checked my feet, which tickled a lot, but was good. My feet are holding up just fine. That, in itself, is a big relief! She said she is absolutely thrilled with my progress and I should keep it up. She said I may want to lower my calorie intake a little if I stop losing weight, but I already knew that of course. Then she looked at my blood-work results and got a huge grin on her face. All of my blood-work was really good. My cholesterol was down and my LDL, which is the bad cholesterol, went from 220 to 110!!! That is cut in half in three months time!!! She was shocked that the only thing that I changed was Body by Vi. For more info on LDL cholesterol go here.

And now for the most incredible news…my A1C was 5.5!!!! For those of you that don’t know what that means it is FANTASTIC!!! If you want more info on what A1C means go here.  The lowest my A1C has been since my diabetes diagnosis was 7.1 and that was the last blood-work before this one. So even with diet and exercise my A1C was still high. Body by Vi helped me get it to where it needs to be!

So for all of you non-believers, take it from me, I am living proof that Body by Vi is amazing and life changing. I have the tests to back up my claims. Not only has it helped me lose weight and feel good, it is helping me get healthy in just about every way. I am so SO grateful for Body by Vi!!!

If you’re interested I will also be doing a vlog (video blog) about this and a few other things. It will, no doubet, be emotional. Here is my channel if you want to watch and/or subscribe to me.

As always, thank you so much for all your love and support!!!

So I Don’t Repeat The Past

I was going through old files on my computer and I found videos that I recorded in April of 2011. I was contacted by a recruiter and asked to submit an audition for a weight loss show (Heavy), so I put together some videos and sent them in. Unfortunately the show was cancelled before my videos were ever seen. I forgot all about it until I came across the videos in my files.

When I saw the videos there on my computer I thought, hey let’s watch these. How funny will they be. Yeah, well, they weren’t. At the time that I recorded them, I was somewhere between 550-570 pounds. I was in pain-physically and emotionally and I was miserable. I was so sad in those videos that it was overwhelming.

My Gram had just died six months before I made the videos, Shawn had just gotten fired, and it felt like my life was falling apart. I was gaining back all the weight that I had worked so hard to lose and my marriage was falling apart. It wasn’t because we didn’t love each other. It was because I didn’t love myself and I was too miserable to go on. He was afraid and angry and trying to take on more blame than he deserved. It was a bad time and in the videos it shows.

My first thought, immediately after the initial LOOK HOW FAT I WAS!!!, was look how sad I was! My first reaction was, let’s erase these! I almost did, but I didn’t. I spent so much of my life not looking in mirrors, not having my picture taken, not paying attention to myself because I didn’t want to see the truth. I don’t want to do that ever again. I’m done hiding. Hiding got me to 400 pounds, 500 pounds, 600 pounds and it will not get me back there again.

I decided that I am going to, not only keep the videos, but edit them and use them in my challenge. It may take a while because there is about 45 minutes of videos, so I need to do A LOT of editing, but I’ll get it done. I need to see my past and show you my past, so that you and I can both see why my future is so important. No matter where you have come from in your life, you can go anywhere that you want to go. Don’t ever give up.

As always, links are below. Thank you for your ongoing love and support. It means more than I can ever say.

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Taking Baby Steps Means You’re Moving!!

It’s all those little things that add up to make my life a hundred times better than it was two months ago and a thousand times better than it was 3-4 years ago. Lately my life is rocking awesome and I owe a HUGE thanks to Body by Vi for that. I know that I am the one making the changes and doing the work, but honestly, Vi is totally making it easier to lose weight, feel better and get healthy!  In any case, my life is better and it keeps getting better all the time. I can, obviously, give you a few BIG reasons why it’s better, but I can give you many small reasons. Sometimes things sneak up on me and shock me, but some are obvious all along the way. Sometimes it’s not until I’m talking to someone that I realize some differences. Yes the big changes are exciting and obvious, but the little things, the baby steps, are what add up to make the overall life changes.

The other day I was talking to someone about my life when I was at my highest weight.In some ways, it is VERY difficult to talk about because I remember feeling so miserable, so afraid and hurting so much.  In some ways I enjoy talking about life then because I am so much better than I was then and because I know that I will NEVER go back there again. It was an awful time in my life. I talk about it so that I will always remember what I am fighting for and why I cannot go back. I talk about it because maybe my pain, my mistakes, my failures and my successes will help someone one else. That is a huge part of why I am making my journey so public, because if one person is helped by my story, then it is all worthwhile.

So, I was talking about when I was at my highest weight and what it was like. It was like hell. I was miserable. I hurt all the time. I hurt ALL THE TIME. I hurt physically, mentally and emotionally. I slept through most of my life for over a year because it was easier to sleep than to hurt or deal with the negatives.

During that time, I was constantly afraid. I was afraid of leaving the house and people seeing me and judging me. I was afraid of becoming housebound because I always loved being around people. I was afraid to move because it hurt and I sweated so much and my heart would race. I was afraid that I was headed for a wheelchair, or worse, being bed-bound. I was afraid of falling because I wouldn’t be able to get back up. I was afraid of being alone because I needed help with everything. I was afraid that Shawn would leave me because I was weak and sick, fat and pathetic, needy and emotional, and just no fun. I was afraid that Shawn would stay with me out of loyalty and obligation and be miserable. I was afraid that Marissa would start to hate me and even more afraid that she would grow up to be like me. My biggest fear was that I was going to go to sleep and not wake up again and that Marissa would be the one to find me. I would fall asleep and wake up in a massive panic attack because I kept having that same nightmare over and over. I think it was my mind and body ganging up to tell me that it was time for a change. Although it took me a little while, I finally listened.

It’s funny because people ask me all the time how I started and the simple truth is one step at a time, literally. I got up and walked around my house for five minutes at a time several times a day. That might not seem like much, but at the time it took all that I had. Five minutes and I was sweating buckets and sucking wind. I did that a couple of times a day at first. Then I got a rollator walker  and  I started walking outside. It was very very slow at first and I had to take constant breaks. I started doing light strength training and very light cardio. I literally baby stepped my way into starting to lose weight. I started keeping a food journal and trying to just eat healthier. I did NOT diet. I started making lifestyle changes and slow ones at first!

I went from almost bed-bound and eating 6,000 calories a day to moving around a little and eating 3,000 (or less) calories a day. So, at first the weight started falling right off. I lost a lot of weight quickly and I noticed that as the weight came off, I hurt less and I felt better. I was breathing easier which gave me more energy which made me want to move more. I purchased a Wii, which to this day is one of the very best purchases I have ever made! I started exercising with the Wii every other day or so. At first I had to sit down every few minutes even on the easiest levels. I baby stepped my way into being able to exercise for longer periods of time, more often, and on higher levels. It took me months to be able to exercise for fifteen straight minutes. Was it frustrating? Yes, sometimes. Was it difficult? Yes, often. Was it worth it? TOTALLY!!! I seriously doubt that I would still be alive to write this blog if I had not started with those baby steps.

If you are overweight, out of shape, in pain, sick, or unhappy and you feel like giving up, DON’T! If you think you are too far gone and cannot possibly recover, you CAN! Take one step, one small step, and then another. It may not be easy and it may not be overnight, but you WILL get there. I am getting there one baby step at a time and so can you.

If you want to join me on my walk, here are some links:

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All Play and No Work?

Lately I have been debating the work issue. I have not had a job for many years. I didn’t want to go to work when Marissa was a baby, so I was a stay at home mom. By the time she was in school I was so unhealthy that I was physically unable to work. I have been disabled for several years now. As I lose weight, get stronger and healthier, more and more I have started to feel like maybe I am ready to try to go back to work.

 At first it was more about needing the income than anything else. We have been struggling financially for a while now, that’s no secret. We are worried about paying the bills and making the repairs that we desperately need to make. There is never enough money to do what we need to do, let alone anything that we want to do. My husband has been searching for a job for a year with no luck. I thought that I may be able to get a job before he could and perhaps I should. Luckily, he found a job that he started this week, so things should start getting better soon. I am now promoting Body by Vi and I am starting to see some income from that as well.

So, now that the finances are starting to come together, why am I still thinking about going back to work? Well, for one thing, thanks to Body by Vi, I am feeling better than I have in so many years. I have more energy and less pain. I feel more capable than I have in a very long time. I think that going back to work would make me feel more productive and useful. It would give us a little more income and also give me a little boost of self-esteem which both are needed!

I have also been trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. What is my purpose. I honestly feel like I am on this earth at this point in time to do something, but I’m not sure what. I want to be able to help people and feel like I am making a difference.

There are some potential problems with me going back to work and some causes for concern. One thing is that I am almost certain that I am not ready to work full-time yet. I need to start slow and ease my way in. I do not want to work full-time anyway, because my first and most important job is being a mom. Marissa will ALWAYS come first and I want to be as involved as I can. Another issue that I have is that, although I am MUCH better than I was, I still have bad days where I am sluggish and I hurt a lot. On those days I am not good for much of anything and I could not work then. I am not, nor have I ever been, a morning person, and for the last ten years or so, mornings have been really bad for me. When I first wake up, I always hurt and I hurt for, at least, the first little while that I am awake. Granted, I hurt A LOT less now that I am doing Body by Vi  than I used to, but still, it takes me at least two hours to really get moving in the morning. That limits the amount of time that I can work for.

So you see I am not an ideal employee. Not only do I not know what I want to do, but I don’t know who would want to hire me. I am afraid of doing too much too fast and causing myself more damage. I am also afraid that I am letting my fear hold me back. So too much pride or too much fear? Neither sounds good to me. I want to try a few hours a day a couple of days a week, if I can find something worthwhile. There is a program here that helps people who have not worked in a long time ease back into the workforce. I am going to call Monday and find out about it. What’s the worst that can happen?

A Fabulous Cycle

I was diagnosed with fibromyalsia in 2007. I joined a few online support groups for information and to talk to other people affected by it. Over the last several years I have added myself to several fibro groups to Facebook. Sometimes I actively participate, sometimes I don’t. I go weeks without checking in and then something draws me back. The last few days I have been chatting with a few people on one of the Facebook groups. A few things have come to mind about my life with fibro and also about others. One thing is that in talking about my personal history I realized how far that I have come in the last little while. I knew that the more weight that I lost the better than I would feel and it is true. I have more ability and less pain in general, but even after losing over 100 pounds, I still had little energy, a lot of pain and weakness. I still felt tired all the time and I still had trouble sleeping which was a vicious cycle. I still had at least one down day a week, if not more and I was still very sensitive to cold (all the time) and touch (sometimes) among other issues. When I started the Body by Vi challenge, it was just because I wanted to lose weight. I did not have any other agenda. I was starting to plateau with my weight loss and I was afraid I would stop losing weight altogether. I decided to give BBV a chance and I am SO grateful that I did. It has affected so much of my life and impacted me in ways that I never could have imagined. I have lost weight, of course, but I have also lost a lot of other things including many of my fibro symptoms. I am rarely touch sensitive these days which is something that my husband loves 🙂 I have more energy than I have in years and I am sleeping better than I ever have. These two things affect greatly. What’s the opposite of a vicious cycle? A fabulous cycle??? I don’t know, but I do know that I love it! I have had less muscle spasms, less numbness and less nerve pain in the last month than I have in ten years. I am not symptom free. I don’t know if I ever will be, but I hope that I will. I know that I will at least be better able to manage my symptoms and my life and I honestly believe that I owe a lot of thanks to Visalus. I am grateful to them for making a product that has made a huge difference in my life. I know as I lose more weight I will feel better, I will do more and that will help me to lose more weight. It really is a fabulous cycle!




Down Day

Today is a fibro day 😦 What that means for me, basically, is that I hurt a lot all over, I am touch sensitive, and I have no energy. My head is also hurting and I would love to just go back to bed. As I sit here typing this, I can’t help but think about all the days that I have lost to fibro. In the past, on days like this, I would have given up and gone back to bed. I would have slept all day and lost that precious time. Much of 2009 was spent in just that way. Part of dealing with the debilitating disorder is in not letting it get you down and not letting it keep you down. So, today I am focusing on the positives once again.

In 2008 and 2009, I had an average of 4 down days a week. In 2010-2011, I had an average of 2 down days a week. From January-July, I had an average of a little less than 1 down day a week. I started the Body by Vi Challenge (http://mindiraley.myvi.net/) July 8 and this is my first true down day since then. I have had a couple of half down days, but that’s it. It is amazing to me how much better my body is now than it was a month ago, six months ago, and so on. I am like a completely different person than I was a few years ago and I am SO glad. I have changed inside and out and I will continue to grow better.

So, while I am sad that I am having a down day, I am so glad that I am where I am. As always, thank you for supporting me 🙂



Hate on Me From a Distance Please

lI am writing this to address some people who have been getting to me lately. This is addressed to more than one person, but today one person really pushed my buttons. If you think that this is about you, it might be. Ask me and I will tell you, or just read it and learn from it and let’s move on.

Every day I feel a little bit better. I can move a little better. I can breathe a little better. My body is changing from the inside out. I feel myself getting stronger and having more energy. I can actually feel myself growing healthier and more able. I give thanks daily to Body by Vi.

I was thrilled when my doctor said that I could go off of one of my diabetes medicines, but part of me was afraid too. I was afraid that if I went off of it, that my sugar would go crazy and I would end up back on it or on something worse. Well, so far so good. I am 4 days off that med and I am doing fantastic. I actually feel better than I have in so long.

I love being a part of a company that changes lives. In 4 1/2 weeks I have lost 20 pounds, 11 inches and I am now off of 2 of my prescriptions. Yup, Body by Vi is that good! I think that you should give them a try today. There is a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. You have nothing (but fat) to lose and everything (including your health) to gain! http://mindiraley.myvi.net/

I know that there are tons of people following my story, routing for me and cheering me on. I feel their love, support and encouragement every day and I am SO thankful for each and every one of them. I know who my fans are, who my cheerleaders are and who is looking to me to be an example. I am trying every day to not let you (or myself) down.

I also know, sadly, that there are some people who are watching me and waiting for me to fail. I have heard the rumors, the whispers, and the lies. I know who you are and what you are saying. I know that you think that Body by Vi and the 90 Day Challenge is a scam. It isn’t and I can show you the proof. I know that some of you think that you  know more than I do and that I will not succeed. You are mistaken. I also know that you think I don’t know what you are saying behind my back. Well, you are wrong, on SO many levels that I don’t even know where to start, but I’m going to try.

#1 If you love someone, if you REALLY care about someone, you want what’s best for them. You want them to succeed. You don’t sit and stew and hope that they fail. That is NOT love. That is petty jealousy.

#2 Adults do not talk about each other behind their back. Say it to my face or don’t say it at all. I have not always followed this advice, but I am trying to these days. Actually, I am trying to not say anything if I have nothing nice to say. Unfortunately, it seems some people have nothing but negativity to spew. I am TRYING to focus on the positive these days. I know that my future is bright, and yours can be too. It’s up to you.

#3 Even if you don’t agree with me, you don’t have to be ignorant about it. We can agree to disagree and let it go. I have a lot of people who I love and respect who have opinions VERY different from my own. Our differences make us interesting. I can love you even if I think you’re wrong, why can you not afford me the same courtesy?

#4 I am going to succeed, one way or the other. I am not asking you to be my biggest cheerleader, but I am asking you to not try to stand in my way. As a compromise, when I DO succeed, I will TRY not to say “I told you so!!”.

#5 This is the only warning that I am giving. If you continue to be a negative influence in my life and/or cause me or anyone that I love any further pain, I can and will cut you out of my life like the cancer that you are. Loving you does not give you permission to cause pain.

I have said what I feel and I don’t want to talk about this any further. I am done being negative, so if you’re not you can hate on me from a distance from now on. I am moving on to a better place full of light and hope and health. I hope that you will join me, if not now then in the future. I’ll be waiting with a big smile on my face.

Here’s my latest video. If you haven’t already, please watch and rate it. If you have, thanks so much!  https//apps.facebook.com/challengeshowdown/video/SAMv3JcPCec

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As always, thank you for your support 🙂