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Thank you for visiting my blog! Here I share my ups and downs of being a mom who has tried working from home, but most importantly wants to be healthy and share it with others. If you can make money while doing it...AWESOME!

I have a passion for LIFE and that includes my family, working out, eating healthy, and sharing what works and doesn't work with others.

I LOVE working with Xango and their new product Favao, it gives me the opportunity to mentor others to reach their health and wealth goals!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Quick Update - Knee is Ready to Roll...I think!

It's been a while since I posted, but it's been an interesting few weeks. I did finally get to see my doctor about my knee MRI results, thankfully there was just minor cartilage damage and a little fluid. He definitely didn't want to do surgery (so glad to hear that, I've heard some nightmares from people who got one surgery and just had to keep getting them!). He ended up giving me a shot of some kind of thick lubricant (not fun, thankfully I had my husband there to squeeze his hands)...I need to find out the name of it because I know people will ask. Bottom line, he said it would take 2-3 weeks before I really felt the full affect of it. Right away I could notice some difference, but it's now been 4 weeks and I have had no more pain in the last week! I even sat on a plane for over an hour, twice, and no stiffness! So this week my plan is to get back to more workouts, including running! Will let you know how it goes, I'm definitely going to take it slow, start running 2-3 miles first to see how it feels!

Last week was one of those CRAZY weeks! My girls and I flew to Albuquerque, NM a week ago last Friday to meet my family and drive another 2 1/2 hours to a VERY small town called San Jon, NM for my grandmother's 80th birthday. I was SO happy I got to be there! However, it didn't start off so well. My youngest (20 months old) had a runny nose before we left, she had an ear infection about a month ago so I was afraid flying with a runny nose may bring on another...OH BOY, I had no idea! Let me just say, there's something about going there?! Last time I got to go visit the big town of San Jon, my oldest (also around 18 months then) got really sick and we had to take her to the emergency room in Tucumcari, NM...lets just say my mom and I felt like we were in the Twilight Zone! Anyway, back to this trip, my daughter didn't sleep through the night the first 3 nights...mother's instinct was telling me after the first night that this was definitely an ear infection at least in one ear, maybe both! So I'm really trying to enjoy visiting my aunts and uncles and cousins I haven't seen in over 2 years, on no sleep and just can't bare the thought of going back to that emergency room. Thankfully a cousin's wife had some ear drops that soothed her and made her feel a lot better during the day. Still no sleep for mom, but thankfully my husband was able to come and meet us earlier than expected and help and then on Tuesday I was back at my parents house in Aztec, NM where our old doctor is and got her all fixed up. Mother's instinct correct, double ear infection...poor thing:( But she's all better now, however, she did share the cold with her other cousins and everyone else. Three other cousins ended up with ear infections, and a few of us got the cold...FUN, FUN, FUN! Oh, and they got more snow in the 4-Corners area while we were there from Monday to Thursday...more than they've had in YEARS!

On a positive note...my oldest REALLY wanted to play in the snow when we got to New Mexico. SHE GOT HER WISH:) My mom and sister are both teachers, they were off from school on Monday for Martin Luther King Day and then only had to go to school one day because every other day of school was cancelled. So, we got to hang out with the family like they were all on vacation with us...but as my husband put it, it was like a petri dish we were hanging out in:) Most importantly, I got to celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday with her and it's something I wouldn't have missed...sleep or no sleep!!

We are back in Vegas and now just trying to get back on track! Been fighting this horrible cough, but am ready to get back to the gym tomorrow. After all of my mom's baking and being snowed in...I HAVE to!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Here's to 2010!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far. 2009 was a great year, definitely had some rough times, but I have definitely been very blessed. I have a great husband and two beautiful girls, wonderful parents and in-laws and siblings and nieces and nephews. So even though our house is worth about $100K less than what we bought if for back in 2005 and our investments still are not back to where we started them...I am very blessed (don't ask my husband, he probably doesn't see it this way...LOL). This last year was a year of learning to appreciate what I have and who I have in my life. When it comes down to it, that is so much more important than the tangible things. I know we are a lot luckier than a lot of people out there who have lost their jobs this last year, some have lost their homes, etc. I am so thankful for who I am, what I have, and the opportunities that continue to come my way. It's what I choose to do with the opportunities that are given to me and with the people I have in my life and those I meet that I need to pay close attention!

We had a great guest speaker at our church this weekend, Bill Butterworth. Some may have heard of him, he speaks all around the country for clients like Walt Disney Company and American Express. He has written a new book called, "The Short List" and is highly recommended by John Maxwell as a speaker who brings passion and expertise no matter the topic he is discussing! He was talking about Isaiah 40, starting with verse 4:
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
We need to realize maybe our high's are not quite as high as we thought and the low's really aren't that bad. One point he made fit with what I learned about appreciating who I have in my life. Bill stated, "don't hold temporal things so tightly, they are temporary things! Life isn't measured by how much you own. There are more ways to define ourselves than by what we have."

This is something I want to continue focusing on in 2010. New Year's resolution? Maybe in a way, but not just for 2010, or just the next few weeks as many resolutions go!! I plan to take each step, one at a time, learning and growing and appreciating what I have...most importantly my family and friends and the time I have to enjoy with them!

It's been a while since I last blogged, crazy holidays! So the latest on my knee, well, I'll hopefully know on Wednesday. I go back to the doctor to go over the MRI I had done. I'm really hoping I don't need any surgery, just...well, not sure what, just no surgery! I also hope it's something that I can get under control and get back to running. I REALLY miss it! I've been enjoying these HIIT encumbent bike workouts I found with weight training and mixing that with Piyo and Yoga classes, but I definitely felt like when I was running my body was really transforming and I felt great! So here's hoping. Even if it's just running 3-4 miles a few times a week. Best case, I can start training for a half-marathon again, there's one in Orange County the first weekend of May! Keep fingers crossed for me:)

Weight Loss...ummm, well let's just say I was eating lot's of sweets over the holidays! I couldn't stop:) But since I was still going to the gym and working out and having a NutriiVeda shake for breakfast, I thankfully didn't put weight back on. However, I'm doing 2 NutriiVeda shakes a day for at least this week to hopefully get rid of any inches I got back! Pants feeling a little snug after the holidays, so I'll also be measuring again!

My home-based business was put a little aside over the last couple of weeks due to a lot of company in town for the holidays. Plus it was slower, understandably, others were also very busy! I did sell to some people here in Vegas and have received great feedback from them! I also got a new website put together where people can buy product just one at a time to try it. I'm excited about the new site and hope it gets more people trying these amazing two products Zrii has to offer! The beverage has continued to help myself, my husband and two girls be healthier (knock on wood). Our colds have been very minimal and much shorter than normal and it continues to give me more energy througout the day.

Check out my site at www.melissanicholson.net and you can use a coupon for a 20% discount on your first purchase to try it, just enter coupon code FACEBOOK20. Any questions, email me at melissadmagee@yahoo.com. I'm getting a lot of response from Facebook friends looking to lose weight, the NutriiVeda shakes are great and especially if you can use them along with the beverage. We also still have the Free distributorship if you choose to purchase products at wholesale prices with a 30-day money-back gaurantee.

Guess that's enough for now, but I'll have an update on my knee soon!