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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TruVision Health.. My Two Cents...

Since June 2015, I was using TruVision Health: TruWeight & Energy and TruFix Combo Pack to help aide in my weight loss journey. While using these two products, I lost 30 pounds. I started at 159lbs and when I stopped taking them I was at 128lbs. It helped control my cravings for sweets and gave me added energy to help with my daily workouts.

I am not sure about others that have used these products and lost weight, but I did this alongside a strict calorie diet (writing down everything that I ate each day) and exercised 5-6 days a week. Including running, walking and weight lifting. (I was not out of shape before using these either, I did gain some of my weight I lost back in 2011 and that's why I was trying this. I wanted to lose the 15lbs I gained back)

Let's start out by asking the question.. What is TruVision Health?

From their website: "We are a health and nutrition company that encourages people to live healthier lives through our products and their lifestyle. Our products are available exclusively through our TruVision Associates across the country."

"Our mission is to provide the highest quality products for health and weight management on the market and help people to change their lives through our culture and our business opportunities."

Back in June I was surfing Facebook and came across a group site suggesting companies to help you in many areas including organizing and weight loss. I saw a local woman promoting these products and stated she would be at the mall to showcase them. I went and spoke to her briefly as she shared her personal journey losing over 60 pounds using the Tru Combo Pack. She showed me a before and after photo. I have always been skeptical of diet pills, shakes etc. as I've tried many over the years and found no results that were positive.

She offered me a no obligation 7 day trial pack so I decided to give it a try. This 7 1/2 day pack included both TruFix and TruWeight & Energy. Enough to take both twice a day for $25.00.

First day I was FULL of energy. I am talking energy like you drank 3 cups of coffee. I went for a much needed run that day just to let go of some of the energy the pills stored up inside of me. Jitters were part of the deal as well, including a feeling of heart palpitations. I am thinking because of the caffeine and other ingredients in them that my body just wasn't used too. (I will go over ingredients later) I decided to keep using them though since I spent $25.00 and wanted to see if what she said was true. "You will lose 4-7lbs in your first week."

After the trial pack was over I lost 3lbs. I thought, not bad.. wasn't really that close to what they said would happen but I liked that it was a loss and not a gain. I decided to give it another go and ordered another sample pack for another week trial. I lost 2lbs that week. After those two initial weeks though the weight ended up coming off an average of 1-2 pounds a week so in all reality that is normal for any average diet if you watch your calories and exercise. (how I lost my initial weight back in 2011)So no shocking weight loss to share!

After using the products now for 6 months I got myself down to 128lbs which was a 30lb weight loss. (average weight loss of 5lbs per month) It wasn't easy though. My weight didn't fall off like everyone that uses it were saying. I worked HARD to lose this weight. I exercised and counted calories religiously so in all reality I can't actually say this worked for me. Other than helping with my cravings so I could make better food choices and pretty much eliminating my desire to eat AT ALL that was the main factor I believe in my success using these products.

After losing about 15lbs I was approached by the woman that signed me up to order 30 day supplies of the products. She encouraged me to share the products with my family and friends and by doing that make some extra money and help pay for the supply I was using each month. I thought to myself.. I love sharing weight loss tips and encouragement to others so why not??

First off, I am not much of a salesperson so this was hard. I'm not pushy and don't like shoving things down people's throat especially friends and family. I did send emails to those I knew that wanted to lose weight and I did get some of them to try the products. Their success? I am not sure.. I was actually afraid after they signed up to contact them in regards to using the products because I absolutely hate mixing business with pleasure so talking to them about it made me uncomfortable.

Let's fast forward two months and now we are sitting at the first part of December 2015. I get an email stating that TruVision Health is launching a Generation 2 of TruWeight & Energy. Better than before with a better success rate for weight loss.. I was like YEAH! Can't wait because I stopped losing any weight. As the information started to actually trickle in about the ingredients that will be in the new version I was starting to get a bit skeptical.

I went to a meeting in Spokane WA back in October and met one of the founders after he stated that all the ingredients were natural and the dyes to make the pills blue and green were all from plant extracts. I then got a look at the ingredients list of this new version and BOOM... FD&C Yellow No. 5 and FD&C Blue No 1. That my friends is NOT plant extracts but man made chemical dyes.

If any of you have followed my blog at anytime over the past years you will know that I am all about organic and all 'real' natural unprocessed food. I started taking these supplements because the research up to this point, pointed to natural ingredients. Not anymore. My family has eliminated dyes from our diet many years ago and we were not going to start now.. even to lose a couple pounds.

I was so disappointed. After hearing of this new development, I started looking into all the ingredients and the compensation plans of this company. I signed up as an Associate/Wholesaler. This cost me an additional $35.00 which gives me a 20% discount off the retail price for one full year.

After paying the membership fee the monthly combo pack came to $80.39 plus shipping.  Retail $101.90. If you are selling these or any TruVision products you will quickly get familiar with their compensation plan and the PV points.. (Personal Volume) In order to be 'commission qualified', which means getting paid for the sales of those signed up under you, you yourself must have a total of 100PV per month. First off, PV is not dollar for dollar. The combo pack gives you just 77 PV. You now will need to purchase something else to get yourself up to the 100PV that will qualify you for your commission. (Remember not dollar for dollar you will average out paying about $120 a month plus shipping to get yourself the 100PV you need to qualify.

Now that you've qualified, now what? For EVERYONE you sign up as a Preferred or Associate Customer you will get 7% of their total purchase, minus shipping, as commission. Let's show an example. In order to BREAK even... to basically get your products free making no extra money.. (since to qualify for commission you HAVE to purchase 100PV) ALL that is under you will have to have a total combined monthly order of $1650.00. An average person just purchases the monthly combo pack which is 80 a month. So if everyone under you purchases just that you will have to sign up over 20 people to break even. Of course there will be some that will try other products.  You will also need to factor in those that have tried, and didn't like and never purchase again, and those that use for a few months and stop purchasing. In this business you will ALWAYS have to recruit new people to keep up with the 20 people under you to break even.

At this point we are only talking breaking even, we haven't even started to make any extra cash.. At this point you've made NOTHING extra as far as commission. They tell you the money is in the recruiting to get them signed up but in all reality it is NOT. 7% commission is literally pennies to the hard work you will have to accomplish to get these folks signed up. They say sign up people, because those above you benefit. As you sign up someone the person that signed you up, and the person that signed them up, etc. up to 8 people above you make money! They've done nothing and get a check from 7% down to 5% of your hard work signing up those under you, their total sales.

You yourself won't see any benefit of this until you push the selling onto those under you, and those under them until you gain a big under line or what they call a down line. You sit back while they work and you reap the paycheck. My husband calls that the pyramid effect.

 For the Associate wanting to really make money it's in selling the sample packs. You sell them for $25.00 each while you pay wholesale cost between $9-12 for each. You make a minimum of $13.00 in your pocket for every one you sell. You sell 20 to get those 20 people to sign up and you've grossed $260.00. This is money straight into your pocket and nobody had to sign up and you didn't have to wait for your commission once a month. Instant cash! Commission for those 20.. ZERO! Because you just basically paid for the 100PV they require you to purchase to gain commission!

Keep in mind in order to gain up to 8 levels of commission you have to be ranked as a 4 Star Director which you will have to have a total of 1000 people under you to accomplish this level!

Let's use my 'commission' that I've personally earned last month. I have a total of 11 people under me that have purchased products in the previous month. Out of those 11 people I grossed $45 and some change... That doesn't even cover half of the cost I had to pay to be commission qualified. So at this point as a recruiting associate, I'm losing money as far as signing up people.

That wasn't the case for my selling sample packs. I've grossed enough money off the sample packs since September when I started selling, I was able to purchase a brand new refrigerator for my kitchen over the black Friday event after Thanksgiving. Sample pack sales= money... Commission= no benefit.

Unfortunately they got you as far as keeping you 100PV each month. You have to be commission qualified to actually qualify to purchase sample packs.  So in order to buy sample packs to sell you have to keep purchasing products for yourself. The question then comes, when you reach your weight loss goal, they want you to keep buying their products because you have to ALWAYS be 100PV qualified to make money.

After all that, you are stuck. You will ALWAYS have to purchase products to keep your commission. The only way to get around that is to sign up RETAIL customers. Retail customers count towards your monthly PV total. You would need to find at least 2 people to purchase their monthly supply in order for you to not have too. Unfortunately once they get wind that they can save $20 a month signing up, you've now lost your PV points.

Now that I've done my research on their ingredients and took a closer look at their benefits package, I've decided to no longer purchase or sell these products. This means losing any future commission off those I've signed up already (which is fine).

I feel my time is better used to share weight loss techniques and healthy recipes to those interested in learning how to lose weight and eat healthy the right way. I am going back to my original way I lost my weight back in 2011.. Eating Right, Exercising, & Lifting Weights.. I hope you will stay connected to my blog here or LIKE my Facebook Page HERE to follow me.. I love sharing healthy recipes, weight loss and fitness motivation and more..

MY WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE!

I've read tons of reviews on this product. All unfortunately just discuss the weight loss benefits or the compensation plans of becoming an Associate, but hasn't touched base at all on those that have stopped using the products after losing weight.. Well here is my two cents. I stopped taking the combo pack almost 2 weeks ago. My weight then was 128lbs. My weight today.. 134lbs.

I started right away with a ton of cravings, and my appetite came back with a vengeance. I was able to control that since I'm used to writing down my food so I could keep control of my daily calorie intake but it was still hard to get used to since the past 6 months I've never had to work on controlling junk food cravings or the feeling of overeating. My energy level was low and needed to take a nap each day for the first 3 days.

Now after almost 2 weeks of being off the combo pack, my energy level has stabilized and I'm back working out regularly but my weight is still up at 134. I'm now worried that not taking these I'm going to gain back all the weight I've lost.. So is the benefit of taking these at this point  to stay on them forever to keep the weight off? I am working out each day and watching what I eat, but the weight came back on.. I look forward to writing up another weight loss post in the future to determine if the weight comes back on quickly even after working out and counting calories.. The verdict is still out!

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

A Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel   -     By: Andrea Boeshaar

A Thousand Shall Fall
Shenandoah Valley Saga Book 1
by Andrea Boeshaar


About This Book:

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Book 1 in this Civil War Saga, brings us to Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley where Carrie Ann Bell lives with her mama and sisters while her father is out writing articles about the war first hand for his newspaper. After Carrie Ann finds out that her younger sister has left with a peddler, her Mama tells her not to come home without her. She ventures off in disguise wearing an abandoned soldiers uniform that was left behind at the inn she works at.

After getting captured by what her friend, Joshua would call the enemy she tries to find a way to leave so she can continue to search for her lost sister before its too late. With lots of war drama and a touch of romance this book is aimed to please those who love historical fiction.

Full of American Civil War research, these characters bloom amid hardship and turmoil. Peyton Collier on one side and Carrie Ann's childhood friend, Joshua on the other, she must decide where her alliance will lie.

This book was engaging from page one and just like other books by Andrea this was not a disappointment. I can't wait to continue reading this series.

About the Author:

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites. Find out more at www.andreaboeshaar.com.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One Word 2016

Since 2011 I've decided to choose one word to represent each year and to take that word and apply it to my life.. These are the words I chose each year from 2011-2015.

2011 was a year to truly simplify my life. From over committing to being overwhelmed with clutter this was the year to find what was important and let go of everything that was not.


After spending an entire year simplifying it was important to find and keep 'Balance' in my life. This was the year to do that.

In 2013, I wanted to 'Renew' my faith. I focused this year on reading the Word and renewing my relationships with friends and family.



In 2014 I wanted to 'Focus' on what was important. Faith, Family and Friends.


This year I finish up with the word 'Strength'. This has meant a few things to me. Strength in my ability to accomplish what I desire, Strength in the physical sense to lose my weight and to stay as healthy as I can and strength in my Faith, finishing the year reading the Bible again in 90 Days..

This year I've chosen the word:


To be 'Intentional' in all aspects of my life including:

Homeschooling my boys
My Health
Fitness
Faith
Family
Marriage
Friendship
Keeping of My Home
My Hobbies
Finances

Do you pick one word to help you each year? I'd love to hear what you've chosen.. Leave a comment below...

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook


Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

What a great time to share my review on this truly awesome cookbook.. As we end 2015 and begin 2016 now is a good time to rethink the way we eat and to take control of our weight and health. A great way to start is by taking a peak at this cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes for the entire family. No special ingredients necessary. You can find all these basic ingredients at your local grocery store. If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama diet or just want to add some tasty meals to your lifestyle this cookbook is for you.

Includes:
One-Pot Meals
Hearty Mains and Sides
Sunrise Eats
Sweet Treats
Beverages
All Things Smooth and Crunchy

The recipes are not categorized by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Following the Trim Healthy Mama guidelines they don't believe in setting a certain food for a certain time of day. If you want dessert for breakfast they say, then do it! Balance is the key to this lifestyle..

Beautifully illustrated and full of recipes your entire family will love and ask for again. Includes easy to read instructions and list of ingredients. Also includes serving sizes but doesn't include health information which I was a bit disappointed in. Since this is a healthy cookbook I was hoping to see Calories, Fat etc info and it doesn't have that for the recipes. If you are looking to count calories then this cookbook may not be for you.

This cookbook includes hundreds of recipes that will help you slim down while eating well. This is a companion cookbook to their book "Trim Healthy Mama Plan" but could easily be used independently which is how I'm using it. I have not followed their healthy lifestyle plan but love their delicious recipes. Try it out today!

I have received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book. No other compensation was given.