New/Old Phase

I’ve been up and down and really struggling with this “new and improved” product. I’m sure, if you follow me here or on IG or FB, you’ll have noticed a lack of pink drink posts. 

So, I feel that I can finally let the pink drink disappointment out of the closet. I had quite an adverse reaction to the new stuff. Mood swings, weight gain, exhaustion. It was bad, folks. I tried to source it to anything other than the company that I had placed such faith in. 

The eye-opener was when I just stopped using it. Sure enough, I felt better. Not “peak” better, but far better than I had been. I no longer feel that I can adequately represent the company when I cannot use their anchor product. 

This has brought about some major soul-searching, and it hasn’t been pretty. But…the Lord is faithful, even when men and product companies are not. He has been with me every step, even when those steps have been misguided and blinded. He has been with me even when I misplaced His glory as my own. Or, something other than His. 

This is the crux of life. Who am I bowing to? Who am I worshipping? Who gets the glory? 

And here I am. Back at square 1. But, it’s a good place to be. Firmly in His will. Stepping out in faith in Him, not self. Oy, it can be scary. But He is with me.

Psalm 51:10-17

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Fill me now, Lord, with all I need to fully follow You.


30 Day AIP Journey

Embarking on a new phase of my health and wellness journey. It’s a little scary, but I’m looking forward to all the lessons the Lord will show me in it.

Through a series of events (like eating my way through Boston with abandon) I’m finding myself a few steps back from my peak in March. So, I am embarking on a 30 day AutoImmune Protocol to snap myself back and fine tune my inflammatory triggers.

I have a stack of books to read through, the main one being The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballentyne. I’ve been following her FB page for a while, and it’s a great source of info.

I have a new planner (an Uncalendar!! More on that in a later post) and notebook to chronicle my month. I’ll be walking and returning to Pilates. Bone broth was simmering overnight. Yep, I’m ready!

I’m all about easy. I found those neat, spiralized veggies at Sprouts. I had my final eggs for the month over the beets this morning. Yeah…I’m going to moan about my eggs a lot. But, I digress. I’ll post some of my other cool finds, too.

Here’s my first recipe of sorts. I have about 1 cup of chicken/turkey meat from my bone broth that I squeezed all if the good stuff out of. You know, all those little bits and bobs on the bottom if the pot. I’m going to make a spread out of this. I checked all ingredients with The Paleo Approach safe herb chart pg 351. Unsure about the mustard, but it is a gluten free brand (Annie’s Naturals). Pictured above.

1 cup chicken bits (see comment above)
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Dash of ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon salt (I use Orsa)
Mix all together. Taste and adjust to your preference.
Serve on celery sticks.

On Monday I will do my weight and measurements. Eeek. Till then, enjoy the weekend!

Be Blessed


Catching up…Again

This is the perpetual state of my life, I suppose. Catching up.

Meanwhile, So much time has gone by and I have far too much to blather about; my trip to Boston, my grandson starting school, etc. So, I will stick with what I know and discuss, well, all of it.

Boston was amazing. More than amazing. Not because it was Boston, although that was pretty cool (I’ve always wanted to go there) but I got to spend time with my oldest son, the Dog Walker. I met up with a dear friend from school (that’s elementary through high school, thank you!). I ate lobster. And raw clams. And real cannolli and pizza. Almost Eagle got his first look at an ocean. Then, I got to leave my son, Almost Eagle Scout, with his brother for 6 weeks when I left. Wowzers!

The visit was good for all of us, I think. Almost Eagle Scout is determined to 1-attend Harvard in 2021 and 2-relocate to Boston permanently. Okay. I, however, have no desire to return to living on the East Coast, but a nice spot to visit will be nice.

Yes, it was fun.

Community Bible Study: this is my 4th year as Children and Youth Director…wow! I feel like it was only yesterday that God nudged me to step into this role. We start Wednesday. We’re ready!

Writing; I’ve been sporadically working on Lakeville, book 5. Funny thing, when I was in Boston, I spotted TWO different signs that said “Lakeville” on them. Hmmm. Hint, much? So, since CBS is starting up and school is back in, AND I have finally accessed my original manuscript…look out! Thanksgiving release is my goal.

Health: I’ll save that for another post, except right now to say that September is AIP month for me (autoimmune protocol) and eeek, I think I am going to need to vent quite a bit. I have a new pin board here  to show you all the new info that I am overloading on.

I’m deciding on a bike (and in 2 wheels, no motor) or hiking or both as a new outdoor activity. I’ll keep you posted.

Time to head home (I’m at the library using free internet, yipee!) Time to start working on…stuff 😉

Be Blessed!

2017: New Year, Better Health and All That Jazz

Yep! It’s that time of year again, and this year I am determined to make some positive changes. I see what I have accomplished in the last 8 months; I know, if I pray, persevere and persist, I CAN move forward. It’s all so exciting and downright nerve wracking all at the same time.

So, I begin this by looking back. To when I first started taking my health semi-seriously, it goes back to May of 2007. Lots of stress at that time: I had a full year of my mom being ill and passing, we were in a crisis situation in our home on several fronts, but the main one was foreclosure. For months I had a sort of headache that felt like there was a very tight hat on my head. When I finally got around to the doctor, low and behold, my blood pressure was a whopping 149/110. Yeah. NO WONDER.

I really need to stop here and say, even though I did not want to take anything, my husband insisted, and I felt better almost immediately. There is, at times, a need for medication. I’m not a total crunchy momma ;-). But, I also know what a slew of medications did to destroy my mother’s liver. It’s a balance, for sure. And, what I came to discover, it IS in your control…but, I’m getting off track, as usual.

I found an exercise bike and started pedaling away and lost about 7 pounds (remember this fact). I felt better, and my pressure went down, but not out of the zone where I could stop taking the meds. That phase passed and I was soon at my old habits, lots of carbs, dairy and sugar.

Moving to Colorado in May of 2008 gave me a whole new perspective on health. Everyone here plays outside. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 below or over 100. They all, to one degree or another, go out and play. Walking, hiking, swimming, skiing, jogging, marathons, etc. We have bike lanes, dog parks, Frisbee golf parks, hiking trails and, of course, the mountains. I wanated in on this fun!

Once I learned that you don’t step a foot out of your door without 20 gallons of water on hand, it went fine. Walks, mostly, were taken. The boys have bikes and are scouts, so they’ve done a lot more than I have. I went on my first hike with a friend, and it was challenging and fun!

Then…I started to feel achy. Nothing horrid, but a general “hey, that’s a little sore.” It progressed fairly quickly. So many of the things I love to do was beginning to tax me. Spending a day standing in the kitchen put me in bed early, and I’m an early-to-bed person to begin with! Being involved in teaching at Bible study wiped me out for 2 days. A walk…fuggetaboitit. It was also the time where, you know…the big “M.”

I began, in earnest, to read about hormones and spoke to the doctor, etc. I tried several different diets, and never could break that 5-7 pound plateau. I even hoped that going on the hormone replacement therapy would move those stubborn pounds. It certainly helped the hot flashes and night sweats (and you’d think all that sweating would have made me drop a few more pounds, but nooooooo.)

Meantime, my dear friend Sandy was losing an INCREDIBLE amount of weight and becoming quite a health freak. She, in her gentle and loving way, would tell me that I needed to go Paleo. I’d laugh at her every time. I kept telling her that she needed to come out to breakfast on Fridays instead of work out. She’d just smile, give me recipes, help me edit my books and, I know, pray for my stubborn mind to make the connection.

I had also reconnected with a friend (actually my daughter’s friend) through an online Pilates group and Facebook. She was always so slim and healthy and I couldn’t understand why she would keep posting stuff about her pink drink. I knew others who used the pink stuff and had been steadfastly ignoring it for, oh, 2 years? But, Jess…she had something that made me curious.

In May, this year (I must have some sort of cyclical thing about May) I spoke to my doctor, again, this time filling her in on all the dieting and not being able to lose, the pain, which I did have testing done and physical therapy for, and asking her, “What do you suggest?” She put me on to 2 books, The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman and The Hormone Reset Diet by Dr. Sara Gottfried. BOOM. The light came on, connection made and oh my goodness! I jumped in.

The first week following the protocol in one of the books, I lost 5 pounds. FIVE!!! Holy schmoley! I felt terrific and kept right on for a month before I added in the Plexus products. You see, a long list of supplements is suggested. All great and all needed. And fairly expensive to purchase them all. I picked what I considered the top 3, but I soon discovered that almost every one of them was in the products Plexus produces, and considerably less.

That’s when the BIG stuff began to happen. Every week I was losing. EVERY. WEEK. I couldn’t believe it. Even if I veered off course, I did not gain. I still would lose a half a pound. My pain…that chronic, debilitating, let-me-just-lay-in-bed pain? Practically GONE! My emotional state improved dramatically. I felt alive again!

The reasons? Balanced hormones! No Inflammation! Gut health!

Now, I don’t think that I will make my 25 lb goal by the end of the year. That’s okay, it’s been the holidays and I have not GAINED. Yes, I am ping ponging this one silly pound out of the three I have to go. It’s all good. I know it will go and will stay gone.

I have learned so much since May. I have trained myself to love exercise, even sweating. I have prayed and God has answered. I know that in 2017, I will go forward! And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing!

If you’d like to learn more about Plexus, email or message me.

I wish all of you a wonderful and happy 2017! Thanks for sticking around and reading here.

Be blessed, Barb


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Holidays Are Upon Us!

And, as usual, it’s been busy around here!

First, let me update on Biggest Loser; I wasn’t, LOL! I did lose 6 lbs, which put me at THREE pounds to my goal of 26 lbs lost. Yikes! Of course, Thanksgiving week, well…let’s just say I could have been better. Now I’m all detox-y and need to get my groove back. It’ll come.

I holiday-ed up the blog. Since my 14 yr old decorates the house, I get to decorate my blog.

I’ll be attending my first shopping event this week. A local gal is having a Shop Small Business evening at her house and she invited me to join in! I’m hoping it will be beneficial to my business. I’m looking forward to it!

In case you haven’t seen my FB page, Plexus is having Cyber Tuesday…whaaaaaaaaat??? YES! Check on my FB page or Instagram for deals from Plexus and email me for details on my personal incentives.

vintagechyck at gmail dot com

Been writing a bit, too. Feels good to get back to Lakeville! I love that place!

Anyhoo, I know it’s short, but that’s okay! You all have a terrific week!


Biggest Loser Progress, Week 1

It was a good week! I had a 4 lb loss! That puts me at 6 lbs to “goal,” although I’ll probably just see where the Lord has me land. I’m pretty pleased.

One challenge was to try a new-to-you veggie. I picked a delicata squash, and, well…they taste like sweet potatoes. I was a little disappointed, but then again, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

My weekly challenge is Wednesdays at Bible study. There’s just so much that can hang me up, but I’m doing pretty good bringing my own lunch, etc. Health is worth it! This week we have a leader’s lunch, where lunch is prepared by a group of the leadership. I’m sure someone is making salad, but I probably need to have something with me. This is all new to me; I’m usually not a picky eater ;-).

On Thursday the challenge was the BIG event! Karens For The Cure happened, and it was very nice to have a dairy free, gluten free meal. I got to enjoy the event and a nicely prepared lunch! Of course, I won back my basket of Plexus products at the auction, but, well…they won’t go to waste!

All in all, the week was good, and getting healthy is the best! Till next time, be blessed!