Are we all Lost Stars? Trying to light up the dark? (song lyrics)

I’m a little lost this week.  I feel good! But I failed at my 2 day deep cleanse when at 6pm I caved and ate dinner.  Turns out I wasn’t the only one this week who struggled.  I opened Facebook and saw that Peta Kelly had the same problem as me!

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I admit, it made me feel better!! One thing I know is that it’s important to listen to your body, and my body was just not feeling the whole cleanse thing this week.  I walked over 15,000 steps yesterday, and ate nothing till 6pm, so girl had to eat!!  Plus, I’ve been coughing and sick for about a month (which I know sounds ridiculous, but it takes me a really long to get rid of a cough due to my allergies).  It’s really been a struggle to keep up with my workouts being sick.  I have been able to maintain going once a week at least. Kids having multiple days off from school, getting sick, and the general October-ness of life can really throw things off if you let it.  And believe me, I am trying not to let it!  It’s still struggle though.

The goods news this week is that I hit my one year anniversary of attending New Body Bootcamp.img_4056

I remember being really nervous my first few classes because I was afraid to be the “fattest girl in the class”.  I’m glad to report I don’t think like that anymore.  It’s taken a lot of self development to realize not everything is about me and my weight.  I am not defined by a number on the scale.  Having said that, I’m very happy to be 18lbs lighter than this day last year.  I’ve also lowered my body fat percentage by 4.2% and released 10 inches.  Not to mention going down a clothing size or 2 and reduced my BMI by 3pts!! Wow when you look at it that way, it’s the start of my brand new ending.

Week 19 Results

Weight: 188.6 (-8.6 since start, +3.4 change since last week)

Cleanse days completed this week: 0

Workouts: 1

Non-Scale Victory:  Getting compliments from people I haven’t seen in a few months is always a highlight of my week.  My business coach Jeffery Combs even acknowledged me at an event of his on Saturday and hearing everyone clap for me was a victory for sure!

What I want to be acknowledged for this week: Continued working on my new project the #ParentsPassionProject. I’ve started to talking to some people about joining me and I’m constantly getting out of my comfort zone to spread the word. Check out my video launching the idea!

Book I am reading this week: Love Louder, by Preston Smiles  (I promise to finish it this week!!)

Song that inspired this week’s title: Lost Stars, by Adam Levine from the movie Begin Again

 

#IamHumanAF

October 9, 2016

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Hi! I’m Marie Ingrisano Isner and I am HumanAF.

Yeah, you read that right.

I hold (and have held) a lot of titles in my life: student, rebel, employee, wife, mother, entrepreneur, president, member, fattest girl in the room, fittest girl in the room – but they are all under the umbrella of HUMAN.

I’m not out to be the next Oprah, I’m just a mom on a mission to inspire people to their greatness.

“Just like you, my super weakness is my super power… I’m human. Human AF.” –Peta Kelly  This quote really resonated with me.

I preach practicing self-care and being kind to yourself, but some days my greatest achievement is not gagging when I see myself in the mirror.  Human.

I get up in front of groups of people and share my story very candidly, but the noise in my own head sometimes keeps me from admitting how hard I have struggled to be 183lbs (which for some is a gross weight to be, but for me, it’s an improvement).  Human.

After picture outtakes that are hard to look at


I’m that annoying patron who asks the waiter about the cheese & gluten content of every dish before ordering, but I’ll eat a sleeve of Ritz crackers laying in bed watching TV if I’ve had a rough day. Human.

I left a corporate job and started my own business from scratch 3 years ago and built it into a full time income, but I’ve been fired from a few embarrassing places like an eye glass store, a movie theatre, and a commercial building in NY. Human.

I work on my personal development every day and remind myself over and over not everything “is about me”, but if a salesperson in a store ignores me I go all Brooklyn on their ass in 10 seconds.  Human.


I get annoyed when people are too focused on their phones walking down a busy NYC street, but some days I’ll piss away an hour looking at nonsense on IMDB about Mark Ruffalo just because.  Human.

He made a hashtag out of what I said #swoon


I work so hard to “meet people where they are” and not enforce my standards on everyone I meet, but I have no tolerance for people who are checked out and asking questions that have already been answered. Human.

I wrote a cookbook and self-published it for fun, because I love home cooked meals, but some days I eat prosciutto out of the package for dinner. Human.

I’m so excited to realize my vision and launch all the new projects I’m working on and I never forget how grateful I am to have these opportunities, but some days I hear a “no” from someone or a criticism of my business and I want to cry and run back to doing make-overs at Lord and Taylor for my job.  Human.

Like I said, I’m not out to be Oprah, just a regular person who can make an impact.  I’m the female, Italian, 21st century George Bailey, if you will.

Reminding myself that I’m human, when magazines and movie stars all look air-brushed, perfect and without any stretchmarks makes me feel better, because I am HUMAN and not a 2 dimensional perfect image (and neither are they, btw).


If I hide the part of my life that’s difficult and challenging, I’m pretending to be something I’m not, which is, Human.

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So to remind yourself, in the words of Liz Gilbert, “embrace the glorious mess that you are.”  Embrace it, love it, and bless it.  It’s you, and you’re HUMAN AF.

So, hi everyone! I am Marie and I am totally and completely Human AF.

Thanks to Peta Kelly for inspiring  this post!

#IamHumanAF #LightYourselfOnFire #ParentsPassionProject

I Am Ready

May 31, 2016

Posted by Ran Isner

So this is my first ever blog post… like ever. This past weekend, my wife Marie and I attended this life changing event in Paradise Valley, Arizona called “The New Way Live”. Somewhere about half way through the first day we realized that we truly being transformed and that it’s going to take us some time to process everything we were receiving from this experience, so we decided to extend our stay by one more day (thank goodness for holiday weekends right?) We got unreasonable about our trip and made it happen with the help of our travel agent.

 

The New Jeaniius

Here we were listening to these amazing souls speak about what it is to tap into one’s genius, the one thing we know we are really good at and use that to change he world. I think that all of us at some point lose sight of what really feeds our soul and what it is that truly makes us feel that we are truly in our element because, you know… LIFE HAPPENS! Sometimes we don’t know what it is that ignites us because we never take the time to stop and listen to what our soul is telling us. We are so consumed by what our mind tells us “we have to do” that we forget to listen to our soul and ask ourselves “what is it that fulfills me?”.  I can tell you that it certainly happened to me. I let guilt and feelings of inadequacy get in the way of my greatness because it was so safe to stay in that place. I mean, what if i tried and I failed? what would that say about me? So I decided to stay in my lane and not aim for something better. Not too long ago I realized how selfish I was, I realized that I made it about me and not the people I could help if I committed to rediscovering the things that breathe life into me. Ever since Marie asked me to join her on this journey with our nutritional cleansing business I have been immersed in personal development, however I wasn’t 100% committed to doing what’s required to help grow the business (again, making it about me). How could I expect to achieve all these things if I’m not putting in the work required to make it happen. The problem was that I wasn’t ready to hold myself accountable and I was allowing all this noise keep me from going to the next level.

Back to the event. Throughout the two days, we heard the stories of the 4 finalists who were selected to present their initiatives and the winner was to receive a $10,000 grant to help accomplish their vision. We were asked to help the panel decide on who the winner was and each of us were to cast a vote. On the second day the winner was announced. While the winners were on stage accepting their big check and saying their thank you, something incredible happened. One of the panelists decided to make his own contribution and then the floodgates opened. All of a sudden, people started writing amounts on the check and the line got longer and longer. After all was said and done, we were able to quintuple the amount donated to their cause. These two young gentlemen are going to Tanzania to help children achieve their greatness by creating an educational program that focuses on their self development because at this moment, these kids are without hope for their future due to the fact that no one believes that they are capable of becoming more than they are currently expected to be.

 

The Winning Check

If a story like that doesn’t want you to spring into action then what does? So on the extra day Marie and I sat by the pool and decided that we are embarking on a 16 week challenge called the “Light Yourself On Fire”. This is a physical and spiritual challenge, one where we are both completely transparent about our success and our struggle. The physical aspect of it is to complete a 16 week challenge that we enter in with the nutritional cleansing company we are partnered with that tracks our physical transformation but also takes our story into consideration. It’s not just about the weight loss or the gain of the lean muscle but what it took for us to get there. The spiritual aspect of it is the chronicling of this journey. There is some accountability attached to documenting  a challenge like this and we will be posting our weekly results for full transparency.

We decided to to name this challenge “Light Yourself On Fire” because in order for us to ignite a fire in people, we have to start with ourselves.

I am so committed to this that I am stepping completely out of my comfort zone and allowing myself to embrace this journey no matter what the outcome because it’s not about the results, it’s about the journey.

Welcome to San Diego! The most valuable real estate you will ever own is between your two ears! Self talk can be a powerful thing! Listen to some of my negative self talk and how I turned it around.

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