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Posted by Ran Isner

Are you serious? Or curious?

Have you ever been asked this question? This question is something we ask prospective coaching clients in our nutritional cleansing business. I’ve heard that question mentioned many times but I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to understand what that question really means.

I know this about myself. I have followed through on very little in my life. To be fair, the things I’ve followed through on were pretty huge. I was a top gymnast, I moved to the US when I was 25, I graduated College with honors, I married the woman of my dreams and had two beautiful children with her and we bought an apartment. Pretty impressive right? I know it is, but the trick is to follow through on the little things that are not quite as life  changing at first.

What I mean by that is that I was lacking integrity. My word wasn’t worth much because I kept making promises and never making good on them. I’m talking about housework and things to do with the household. I would promise I would take care of things and forget to actually take care of them, you know, the everyday kind of stuff.  It hurt me in my professional life and even more severely in my personal life. My marriage was on the line because my word was worth nothing and my wife felt that she couldn’t count on me to be there for her and our children if I was not being my word. That was both my rock bottom and my wake up call.

Going to therapy and working on my own personal development has helped me grow as a person, husband, father and fellow human being but I needed that jolt to help me face who I was being in the world. I was a man without a word. I wasn’t serious, hell I wasn’t even curious! I was going through life like a zombie, hoping that something will come to me by way of a miracle.

Ever since the event I attended with Marie in Arizona, a monumental shift has happened within me. They say “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. I was ready, ready to finally be a man of my word. There are still moments where I catch myself being out of integrity but I no longer beat myself up for it, I acknowledge it and embrace it because that is the only way to grow.

I finally realized that I had to be a man of my word with myself before I was a man of my word with others. I have been letting myself down for so many years but I never gave it any significance because I didn’t love my self enough to realize I matter. Loving myself created a space for me to pursue the things that will propel me forward and that will allow me to create a life by my design and not a life by default. I am creating my own opportunities instead of waiting for them to magically appear.

Being curious is great, it means that you are moving in the right direction but being curious will not get you to where you want to be. Being curious will not ignite the fire you require to take it to your next level, whatever that may be for you.

For the longest time I didn’t do anything with my business but I had this vision of freedom and abundance that I hoped I would attain one day. To quote a famous line from “Gone With The Wind”, “wishin’ ain’t gettin’!” How will I ever achieve the freedom and abundance I desire if I don’t become serious about what it is I want to achieve?

For the first time ever in my life I am ready to put in the work required for me to pursue and achieve my goals. I am coachable, open to new experiences, creating new healthy habits, ridding my life of chaos( I am actually working with a schedule now!) but most importantly, I am being a man of my word.

So tell me, are you ready to get serious about your life? or are you content with being curious?

A Life To Live For

August 10, 2016

Posted by Ran Isner

We all know that saying “it’s to die for” we use something to describe something so amazing that we would actually give our lives to be able to experience. Let’s think about that for a second

Jeff Combs, a friend and business mentor tends to disagree with the premise of that saying and so he turns the phrase on it’s head and says “it’s to live for”.

The latter approach resonates with me more than the former. Nothing is worth sacrificing one’s life no matter how amazing it is. I would much rather live my life to the fullest and experience all the amazing things I see in my mind’s eye.

Luckily, I’ve found the vehicle that will allow me to do just that. You know what the kicker is? Living the life I love is a total biproduct of the path I’ve chosen to take. My wife and I have been working for about 2.5 years with a health and wellness company that offers solutions in weight loss, healthy aging, performance and wealth creation. 

The company’s mission is to free people of physical and financial pain which is something I am proud to align myself with. By helping people achieve their health and financial goals I am able to earn residual income which allows me to pursue the life of my dreams.The only issue was that I wasn’t in a place where I thought that I was capable of assisting people with achieving their health and wealth goals and I was paralyzed by fear. 

What I didn’t get was that by allowing myself to be paralyzed by fear I was depriving the people in my life from the possibility of living a life they love. I had such amazing results with the products and have seen people replace their full time income with the residual income from the business first hand yet I didn’t have the belief in myself to take action and connect people with these life changing products.

Today was the last day of the company’s convention here in Las Vegas and myself and 14,000 other people were urged to go out there and change people’s lives and for the first time in 2.5 years I am ready and excited to do just that.

Every person deserves to live a healthy and prosperous life and I was always a stand for that but up until recently I didn’t believe it for myself, so how could I have enrolled others in that vision?

The last two months were the game changers for me. Creating the new healthy habits, having consistency and rebuilding my self esteem were instrumental in crafting my posture about our business and cementing my belief in my ability to inspire people to live the life of their dreams.

I carry myself in a completely different manner and have a new found self confidence that makes me feel 10 feet tall. I feel sexy for the first time in my life and I am owning it.

Me at Celebration 2016 Gala


I have been extremely fortunate in these past 2.5 years because my wife Marie never lost faith in me. She knew that there was greatness in me and was persistent in pushing me to rediscover that greatness. She has been a stand for me to live the life I was meant to live and fulfill the role I was meant to fulfill, which is being a stand for people living the life they were meant to live. She has been on her own journey and is blossoming into this powerhouse that I could not be more proud and in awe of.

Marie at Celebration 2016 Gala


I am so proud of how far we have both come and am proud to partner with a company who is fully committed to transforming people’s lives and I will not apologize for that ever again. I intend to keep being a stand for people to live the life of their dreams and to have experiences that are “to live for”.

I can see them!

July 7, 2016

I used to have a lot of energy as a kid. I was pretty much bouncing off the walls always looking to do something. I tried Tennis, I tried Karate but nothing really caught my attention. One day, my parents found an ad in the appear for gymnastics tryouts and they thought that it would be a good idea for me to give it a shot. When we got there, the coach had me to different things like stretching and jumping to see if I have any aptitude for gymnastics. He said I am not very flexible but he’ll give me a shot. I was a gymnast for 9 years and my team was always one of the top 3( mostly #1 lol) and I was a national champion on two events, the floor and the vault.

I was always fit during that time but I never had the full gymnast’s body, i.e. six pack and bulging muscles. I was’t really watching what I eat but since I was always active and let’s face it I was a kid so my fast metabolism helped me stay thin and fit. Even after I wasn’t doing gymnastics any more I was able to keep my weight down and stay pretty fit and it pretty much stayed that way throughout high school.

I started seeing my weight go up during my military service at the IDF. All of a sudden I had a belly and whatever fit body I used to have was no more. I yo-yo’d all throughout my twenties and thirties. I look at photos of when my son Dylan was born and I can’t believe how heavy I got, even my driver license photo make me cringe. In 2013 My wife enrolled me in a 30 day nutritional cleansing program. I lost 15 lbs after those 30 days and I really liked the way I looked. In full disclosure, I had also lost a tremendous amount of weight because of my Ulcerative Colitis. I went from 185 lbs to 157 lbs in a very short amount of time. However once my symptoms subsided, I gained some of that weight back. It wasn’t until I embraced the nutritional cleansing lifestyle that I was able to lose weight and keep it off.

So I had lost all this weight and I felt great about it but I wanted to finally see some abdominal muscles poking out. The only problem is I was;t willing to do the work. I would start going to the gym and stop after a week. I started going to Bikram yoga but couldn’t keep it up. You get the point, I didn’t have the discipline to really go after it. It seemed like work to me and me and as I mentioned in a previous post, I never equated work with fun.

Now that I am on this 16 week journey and I am opening myself up to the notion that work can be fun and I could really benefit from it, I have decided that one of my goals in this challenge is to get a six pack and I am proud to say that they are finally visible to the naked eye! and the craziest thing is I am actually enjoying the process!!! How cool is that???

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Reflecting on the past year, as my one year anniversary comes up with my nutritional cleansing journey, I realized that a few sentences on Facebook couldn’t do it justice.  Last year at this time I was just beginning my career as a health coach as was struggling inside because I knew I should weigh less and be healthier.  The sad truth is that I was eating very well and working out three times a week (more than I ever had), but I couldn’t get the scale to move. I was having a crisis, because I felt like a fraud to my clients.  I also wanted to get in the best shape I could before embarking on baby number 2.

Back in 2011 when I was pregnant with my son Dylan I thought I was pretty healthy.  Before becoming pregnant I had gained back all 23lbs that I’d lost before my wedding mostly due to some emotional messiness going on in my life.  My crutch had always been food and when times got tough – I got eating.  Before my wedding I spent a solid year on Weight Watchers and lost 23lbs – about .5lbs per week.  After my wedding in July of 2009 I started this blog. Without the deadline of a wedding looming I found it hard to keep motivated and to stay the course.  The harsh truth is that it is much easier to lose weight than to maintain it.  Without the weekly rush of my weigh-in and subsequent loss (woohoo!) I was lost.

When I became pregnant, I was back up the 23lbs and there was no turning back.  I did the best I could at the time to have a healthy pregnancy with my limited knowledge.  I remember insane sugar cravings (mostly at night) up until my diagnosis of gestational diabetes just 2 months shy of my due date. The night before my test I was so stressed out about it and felt so hopeless that I ate a sleeve or Oreo cookies to calm my nerves.  I was definitely in the midst of a serious sugar addiction.  Being pregnant for the first time was scary, stressful and brought out a lot of my inner demons.  Would I be a good mother?  Would I know how to handle a difficult baby?  Would my child love me?  How will I handle the changes to my life? When there’s a lot of stuff going through your mind, many of us try to squash it in all the wrong ways – drugs, alcohol, food and sex.

I remember the day my doctor told me I had gestational diabetes that I just sat in an empty conference room at my office and cried.  I was devastated.  She told me that there are contributing factors that may have led to it (being overweight, diet) but that mostly it’s a body chemistry thing.  I wasn’t going to need insulin to manage my diabetes, just diet control. That was the sliver lining. I went to the hospital weekly for diabetes counseling and learned how to check my blood sugar 4x per day.  (I remember crying that day too, when I realized what that entailed). I kept a record of my blood sugar for the nurse and had excellent results with my diet control. I was so happy to not have to actually use insulin like a friend of mine did (who was not overweight at all) that it may have been the only saving grace that got me through it. They also checked the baby’s weight weekly to make sure I wasn’t having a giant baby.  My son ended up being born at 8lbs4oz – a completely acceptable weight.

But those last 2 months of pregnancy were rough on me.  I was so swollen I had to buy new shoes.  My wedding rings didn’t fit anymore.  My back ached.  Plus is was the dead heat of summer so that certainly didn’t help either.  I had to stop taking the subway to work because I couldn’t manage the stairs.  I ended up driving to work and paying $20 a day to park my car just so I could get there with ease.  Thankfully I had a wonderful physical therapist at the time who massaged me a few times a week and helped me with my swollen limbs.  But a day after a massage it always came back – it was never gone.

Marie, 2011 about 28 weeks pregnant

Marie, 2011 about 28 weeks pregnant

 

Once I gave birth (about a week early) the nurse in the hospital tested my sugar and it was normal.  No more diabetes.  But I’ve been haunted ever since.  I keep thinking, “you’re gonna get it again.”  It runs in my family (on both sides) and now that I’ve had it once, I’m at a higher risk for it unfortunately.

Last summer a friend and fellow health coach was starting a 30 day nutritional cleanse and posted about it on Facebook.  I was immediately on-board.  I convinced my husband to do it with me and I went for it.  We had recently gone on vacation and gained about 5lbs eating at the buffet table in Las Vegas, so we were both motivated to make a change.  I could certainly feel that I’d gained weight despite taking this pretty good picture while on that vacation.

Marie & Ran Attend a Wedding August 2013

Marie & Ran Attend a Wedding August 2013

 

A friend told me I was glowing in the picture – and I was!  My healthier diet and lifestyle was showing through, but the scale just wouldn’t budge.  No matter what I tried I could never lose more than 3lbs.  Thank heavens nutritional cleansing came into my life. After the first week, I was down about 7lbs.  I was losing a pound a day.  On Weight Watchers it took me a month to lose the first 5lbs.  I remember it distinctly because we went out for sushi to celebrate!  I was following the plan and the weight was just coming off.  It was like a miracle.  My sugar cravings were decreasing, my clothes were fitting so much better and people started to notice.  My husband was also losing and feeling good.  At the end of the 30 days, we both lost 15lbs.  We felt on top of the world going to my 10 year college reunion and then my brother’s wedding.  I was so much happier and confident in my own skin.  Plus, I no longer felt like a health coaching fraud.

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Marie Before & After Cleansing

Marie Before & After Cleansing

 

I still had some demons to deal with and I did rebound a little around Christmastime with holiday eating, but I had the tools to manage my weight.  When I became pregnant I was down a pants size.  I continued my super food nutrition during my pregnancy and continued to eat the way I knew I should.  I had cheat meals and I submitted to some pregnancy cravings but it was NOTHING like the last time.  Now at 28 weeks pregnant, my engagement ring still fits.  My shoes still fit.  People are telling me that my face hasn’t changed at all (yet).  I’m working out regularly.  Best of all, I passed my sugar test 2 weeks ago and have been cleared of any and all gestational diabetes!! When an email from my doctor came through with the subject line “good news” I breathed such a heavy sigh of relief that my son asked me “What happened Mommy?”

If only I could explain what happened and how much I had to change to get to this point. Having a healthier pregnancy this time around isn’t just about me and my health, it’s about my unborn baby having a healthier womb to reside in.  Maybe labor and delivery will go easier this time.  Maybe losing the baby weight will go faster and my milk production will be more plentiful.  Maybe things will just be easier this time around because I’m coming from a much happier and healthier place.

Marie, 28 Weeks Pregnant enjoying a shake

Marie, 28 Weeks Pregnant enjoying a shake

 

My Moment of Truth

February 24, 2014

MOMENT OF TRUTH: So, I was definitely not planning on posting these AT ALL. But then I thought that my before and afters might be able to show others that losing weight can be done! And I didn’t have to starve myself or become a 7 day a week gym rat. This is healthy nutritional cleansing at it’s best! And, I mean, just look at my back! Holy cow!

 

Marie Before & After Cleansing

Marie Before & After Cleansing

My journey began in August 2013, I was frustrated with being at a weight loss plateau for 18 months! I’d lost all my baby weight but was unable to get the scale to move despite counting calories, eating more whole foods and working out more than ever. Then I discovered nutritional cleansing and decided I had nothing to lose but the weight! After 30 days I’d lost 13lbs, had fit into a dress from my honeymoon(!) and was walking around with more ease and confidence than I had in years. Since my husband was brave enough to let me post his before and afters a few days ago, I had to take the plunge with him.

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I hope my story inspires you to regain your health and make a change for the better. I am so incredibly happy I did. Now after doing 2 cleanses I am happy to post my after pictures (that I literally just took yesterday!). If you’re interested in what nutritional cleansing can do for you go ahead and message me! marie@thefamilyplate.com

Thank you all for the support!!

January Jumpstart!

December 26, 2013

Are you ready to drop a pants size in 30 days?  Are you ready to have tons of energy in 2014?  Do you want to detox from over-indulging in holiday treats?

Then you are ready for the January Jumpstart: 30 Day Cleanse & Reboot that I’m hosting with fellow health coach, Trina Kincey.

Contact now for your personal assessment and for more details by emailing janjumpstart@gmail.com We are offering a $100 discount for enrolling before January 1st, just mention code CHEESE13.

This cleanse is a proven program that thousands of people have used to drop significant weight in 30 days.  Last summer after a glutinous trip to Las Vegas I did this cleanse and lost 15lbs. See my before and afters.  I felt fantastic fitting into my old clothes and even had to go buy a smaller size of jeans! I’ve been keeping off the weight since and feel great!

What will you look like "after"?

What will you look like “after”?

January Jumpstart: 30 Day Cleanse & Reboot

Hosted by Marie Ingrisano Isner & Trina Kincey, Certified Health Coaches

Cleanse begins January 15th!

We will guide you through a 30 Day Nutritional Cleanse with 5 group coaching calls tailored for your success.

As part of the program you will receive Breakfast & Dinner, nutritional supplements, a daily anti-stress rejuvenating drink, and the tools to keep the weight off.

You’ll be invited to a members only Facebook group so you can connect with your health coaches and fellow cleansers to have the real-time support to stay motivated.

Five group coaching calls will teach you everything you need to know!  Listen in from the comfort of your home.

January 13 8:30pm – Introduction to Nutritional Cleansing: All your questions answered

January 20 8:30pm – Eating right for your body: Learning how to identify what foods work best for you

January 27 8:30pm – Healthy Cooking with Ease: Learn new meals and snacks to never get bored while on the plan

February 3 8:30pm – Incorporating exercise into your busy lifestyle

February 10 8:30pm – Developing Maintenance Programs: Keep the weight off or lose more if you desire

Space is limited so please contact us now to secure your spot.  $100 discount expires January 2nd!  Contact me at janjumpstart@gmail.com to enroll!

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