I May Be Switching…

I think everyone knows that I have a BodyMedia armband and I love it. I have loved it since I got it and I still feel the same, however, I do NOT love its price or the monthly website fee. I have had it for almost three years now and it is wearing out. I know that soon it will need to be replaced and honestly, I do not want to spend another $150 or $200 to get the one that I want (with built-in wireless). I also get a little sad every month when I see the $7 charge on my account for their website fees which most other companies provide for free. So I think I may be breaking up with BodyMedia

I have been looking at other products that could replace my armband like Fitbit,  Nike Fuel, and other similar items. I really want something to tell me how many steps I take, how many calories I burn and how active I am. I love the sleep info as well, but it is not essential. I want something that is accurate, but not expensive and I cannot afford a lot right now. So that’s where I am. If you have any advice and/or input, I’d love to know what you think.

I was contacted by a woman who said that she represented a company that was bringing out a new product that she’d like me to try and then blog about. I was totally interested, but I haven’t heard anything in months so I’m not sure if that is still happening or not. I am all about trying new things and I am very willing to give my honest review about them, so if anyone wants to send me a Nike  Fuel band or a Fitbit or a new heart rate monitor, or any other health related item, I’d be glad to review them for you. I also really like free stuff 🙂

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!!!

Farther, Faster, Fitter

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, at my daughter’s school there is a nature and fitness trail. Her school is pre-k through 12th grade all in one building and the nature and fitness trail goes all around the school including the baseball diamond on one side, through the woods, around the parking lots and ends at the football field on the other side. Along the way there are a scattering of exercise machines that use your own body weight to provide resistance. I’m not sure how long the nature trail is exactly, but it isn’t short. There are also several small playgrounds, swing sets, and basketball courts which are available to anyone any time. There is also a track that goes around the football field that is open to the public. Since her school is only 5 minutes away and there is so much to do there, we go as often as we can. We usually walk and then Shawn and I shoot hoops while Rissa plays on the playground. When we first started going there in March I could only do one lap around the track or make it about an 1/10 of the way around the fitness trail. Now I can make it all the way down the fitness trail and turn around and come all the way back. I can probably do more than that, but I usually play basketball after that. I also stop along the way to do the machines. When I first started there were 4 machines that I could not do at all. Today I can do all of them and I can do more on all of them than I could before. I’m not sure how many laps I can do on track now. I think the next time we go down I will just go to the track and count how many laps I can do. It’ll be interesting to see what I can do there. Maybe I’ll even throw some sprint intervals in. I was hoping to run my first 5k this month, but with my knee giving me such a hard time, I had to cut back on my running so I haven’t been training for it. I still could do the 1 mile fun walk, but of course I didn’t register in time 😦 So I am still thinking about the October 5k. If the shots in my knee really do help then I can start running every day again and I can do the 5k, even if I do run/walk intervals. I would LOVE to do it! It’s amazing how far I have come in the last six months. It’s amazing how far I will go in the next 6 months. I hope you are pushing yourself to go further than you thought you could. We are all capable of so much, but only if we push.

Video Blogs Killed the Camera Phobe

As of today, I have posted 11 video blogs for the ViSalus Showdown Challenge. 11!  That is pretty impressive for someone who has always hated being in front of the camera. I love taking pictures, but not being in them. It’s funny because now I actually really like doing the videos. I like talking about Body by Vi and how it has changed my life. I love telling everyone how amazing the shakes taste and the incredible effect they have had on my life. I like sharing my experiences and passing on advice. If my videos help/inspire/encourage one person, then I feel like it’s all worthwhile. Of course, some videos are more fun to make than others, and some are really hard to watch, but that’s part of being honest and letting my emotions come through. Some of the videos make me laugh and some make my cry, even after watching them several times. I have a couple of videos that I have been working on for a while that I haven’t gotten made or finished editing yet because they are difficult. Sometimes it’s hard to share so much, but it really is cleansing to open yourself up to the world. Yes, some people are going to be rude and ignorant and judgmental, but that happens in real life too and some people are so supportive. Then there are the people who say that my videos inspire and encourage them. That is the very best thing about the whole thing. I love being able to help anyone.  I have a month left on my 90 day challenge and a little more left on the Showdown Challenge, so I’m asking you to please watch, rate and share my videos. To watch and rate the ones on Facebook you have to be signed into Facebook and go to the Showdown App. Here are the links to them in order of most newest (today) to oldest.

Shakin’ It Up

Moving Forward

I Dare You

Mindi’s Family Talks

Falling Off The Wagon

Just Dance

I’m So Excited




Mindi’s Taking It Off

So there they all are, so far. I appreciate you taking the time to watch and rate them. I love that you share with your friends and family. I enjoy (almost all of) your comments. As always, here are the links to my other pages:

Join the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge

My Fan Page – Mindi’s Taking It Off

And again, thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love and support you have given me. It is much appreciated!





The Showdown Challenge

As I have talked about before, I am participating in the Visalus Showdown Challenge. As I am using the Body by Vi Shape Kit on the 90 Day Challenge, I am also making videos. I post the videos on the Showdown App for Facebook and also on my YouTube. I am making the videos to show my progress, to talk about my successes and failures and to show how Visalus, Body by Vi and the 90 Day Challenge has changed my life. As of right now there are 2,753 Total Channels, which means that almost 3,000 people have posted at least one video. Every person has their own channel. Everyday you can go to the leaderboard and see the top 100 videos of the week and every Monday the leaderboard resets for the week. Since I started, I have been in the top 100 every week. I am not always in the top 10, but I am always in the top 100. In October, they will take the top 100 channels and put them on another website. They will be voted on by the general public and also rated by Visalus officials and Ben Silverman, the producer of The Biggest Loser. Here is the explanation from the Showdown page:

“This October, the top 100 Channels based on community voting will advance to the SHOWdown Throwdown, and be narrowed down to the 10 winning videos by Community Vote (50%) and a ViSalus Judging Panel (50%) based on:

    1. Overall Transformation
    2. Story
    3. Video Quality

In addition to the primary Challenge Champion categories, the top 10 Challenge Channels with the highest votes will:

  • Star in ViSalus’ online Challenge series co-produced with Ben Silverman.
  • Join Challenge Champions on the Hollywood Transformation Vacation and walk the red carpet at your own Hollywood premiere!
  • Be featured on newsstands all over North America in the January 2013 issue of The Challenge magazine.”

So, that’s how it works and that’s what I can win. What I need you to do is to keep voting for me and rating my videos a 10. You have to vote on each individual video and if you can, please share them so that your family and friends can vote too. I am so thankful to my friends and family who support me and encourage me. I appreciate you all so much! I am also open to suggestions for new video ideas, editing advice, etc. So please, keep the love and support coming. I appreciate them all SO much!

Here are the links to my videos. Some people have trouble with the Facebook app, so I also gave you the direct YouTube link. On the YouTube you cannot rate the video, but you can like it. Thanks so much!

Facebook Link Moving Forward

YouTube Link Moving Forward

Mindi’s Taking It Off

My Body by Vi page

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.

Are you ready for the challenge?

Mindi’s Taking It Off

Help Me Win The Challenge Showdown