“God led us to simplicity to give us abundance.” – #BunchofBaileys
If you follow my blog at all, you may have read my first post about Isagenix and the way the program came into my life. If not, you can see it here. In short summary, I got my butt off the couch and decided to do something about my weight this past January. I just didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I knew it was time to change. I did what most people do… I joined the YMCA and made better food choices but to no avail. I could not drop the weight like I wanted. That was until two months later when a fabulous friend, Lindsey, introduced me to Isagenix. I started on the Isagenix 30 day program with such high hopes of dropping weight. And I did! But what I didn’t expect was the major life change God was bringing to my life through this nutritional vehicle. When I wrote the previous blog post, I was only three weeks into the program and here are some before and afters at that time.
When these pictures were taken, I had already hugged God’s neck really tight and told Him that I was following Him. I knew then that the dynamics of our family’s life was about to change. I could feel it. Not only was I literally melting, but my energy level had skyrocketed and many ailments I was experiencing were obsolete. Since I’ve been on Isagenix, I’m sleeping better through the night, my energy has gone through the roof, and some of the issues that I used to have with my health have gotten so much better. Isagenix does not claim to cure, prevent or treat, this is just what amazing nutrition did for my body! I had not done this on purpose — like so many, I was simply a product of my environment.
Such magic was taking place within me, I knew I wanted to shout to the world how amazing this discovery was for our family. I’m not a nutritional expert (actually, I’m far from it — I’m just a wife, mommy and photographer, right?!), so I started digging deep into the information on this product. I started calling friends, doctors and experts on this product. Why did I feel this amazing? What I learned is was shattering. Our nations food source is completely depleted. Our soil is deficient. Even if we strive to eat 100% clean, organic food 100% of the time, we still cannot eat good enough. Our farming industry has been a victim of high demand and high expectations. The farmer’s have had no choice but to treat their soil with pesticides and herbicides. The animals receive hormone injections because our society needs more, bigger, and better. Does that saying ring a bell? Our family steers clear of more, bigger and better. The little light bulbs inside my head went off. Actually, they were burning so bright, I could hardly see. I turned my eyes to the heavens and started to thank Him. I knew right then what was happening to our lives.
A transition is taking place in our family. Physically, spiritually and financially. God brought together so many threads of our past, the humbling times when we prayed for answers. We desperately asked him what do we do next? and where will our family be five years from now?. We listed to Him and took many leaps of faith, recommitting to our marriage, expanding our family, downsizing our home, selling half of our stuff. Without those very humbling times, we wouldn’t have the close relationship with Him that we have right now.
You can read more about our road to simplicity here, here and here. In short, we focused on things that would give us more time together and more time to serve. We wanted to spend less time on being busy. I’ve had many of you ask me when I would finish my simplicity series on the blog. I realize I left off and didn’t finish and now I know that’s because I didn’t quit feel comfortable yet. I wasn’t quite sure what the end of our simplicity journey would look like. I was still itching. Something was still missing. Then Isagenix came into my life. Isagenix was the simple vehicle through which me and my family would receive vital nutrition. There’s no way I can cook three perfect meals each day as well as provide perfect snacks. I do not have the time or money. Well, I probably do have the time but I’d rather take my kids to the park, go on a vacation, volunteer or read a book. Justin and I agreed, this fit simplicity.
I am going to save the business side of Isagenix for another post this week. For now I want to focus on the amazing results we have seen physically from this product. Why I felt so amazing was because this program is a nutritional program – not a weight loss program. Each shake (meal replacement) was the perfect meal for my body. The perfect nutrition. 100% clean, free of processed food or synthetic medicine. Just 100% clean, organic food. When I started putting this product in my mouth every day, my body started to change.
Then came the second part of the Isagenix program, cleansing. Because of the way farmers are growing our food, because of our pollution, because of our water, and even because of the soaps we use, our bodies are overwhelmed with toxins. Recent studies even show that prescription medications are in our water supply. Our body reacts by producing fat cells that wrap around these toxins, protecting our bodies from their harm. Cleansing, then, releases these toxins along with the fat our body no longer needs and the result is a melting weight loss effect and a renewed body from the inside out on a cellular level. Mix that with abundant nutrition and my body in an alkaline state versus an acidic state and I am completely renewed. Now, if I were sitting where you are today, I would wonder if this is really all true. It is! I am a living testimony to what perfect nutrition in abundance and cleansing can do to one’s confidence, energy level and body image. My body experienced FREEDOM.
And now, my entire family is experiencing FREEDOM with good nutrition. My husband started the program a couple weeks ago, but not to loose weight. He simply wants to become more healthy and build more lean muscle. My children (my 2, 6 and 8 year olds – not the baby) have shakes for breakfast and replenish (healthy sports drink) after playing outside in the heat.
I have now been on this program for almost three months. I am down 37 pounds and 3 pants/dress sizes — only 25 more pounds to go! But, I feel amazing and am dancing on could 9. I am truly in a place where I can serve Him longer & stronger! This program coming into our lives was no mistake.
Tomorrow I will be writing about the Isagenix products in detail – what are the ingredients? What is a shake day? What do you mean by cleanse? It was all very confusing to me too. I’m was too busy changing diapers, making bottles, helping with homework, driving to soccer practice, watching gymnastics training, and singing and dancing to vacation bible school music to figure it all out. Until my body and my spirit transformed so much that I couldn’t (and still can’t) shut up about it. I will tell the world about this program. I have prayed for God to show us a way to be totally present, to use our time according to His will, to give us the resources we need to serve. And He has answered in a way we never could have imagined.
I hope you will join me as I blog each day this week about the different ways this program has affected our lives. He first led me to freedom within my own body. But now, our lives have changed completely. We have been led to simplicity, but through simplicity, God has given us Abundance.