Monday, July 17, 2017

Checking In - How are you feeling?

When I started writing this blog, I didn't think anyone would actually read it! Lately I've realized I do have some readers out there (thank you!).  The reason I keep writing is because of the amazing emails I get from people who are also fighting Lupus and who share their stories with me. It makes me so happy to hear from people who have inspirational stories to share, or who are just happy to know they aren't alone in this.

Today I want to turn this back on you all and check-in to see how you're doing? 

Please feel free to comment below (or email me if you'd rather... and let me know how you're feeling today.  Happy, Sad, Frustrated, Sick, Hopeful, etc. We've all had a wide range of emotions and it's ok to share them.  HUGS to everyone who needs them.  


Love y'all xoxo Nikki 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge - Starting August 1st 2017 - JOIN ME!

I have posted about it before, but I gained over 90 pounds with the birth of my son Alec. Part of this was due to complications from Lupus and overall inflammation.  The other part of it was due to eating too many chocolate milk shakes & french fries #letskeepitreal 

So far, I've lost the majority of the weight with good old diet & exercise. I'm down 75 pounds.  I still have 15 left to lose.  In the past, I have done AdvoCare 24 Day Challenges with great success. In 2013 I went from a size 8 to a size 4 and kept it off until I had my son.  Now, I'm ready to do another AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge to get my body back in shape.  The key to any diet plan is eating clean & healthy and exercising, but AdvoCare gives your body the boost to help you achieve those goals a little more quickly and keep the weight off.  After the 24 days is up, I always continue with Spark & Rehydrate (the 2 best drinks ever! spark replaces coffee and rehydrate is a healthier version of many of the sports drinks available - and you can mix them together to create fun flavor combinations!), as well as Catalyst (an amino acid supplement that helps you maintain muscle mass, which as we know, can be hard with lupus), OmegaPlex (a great omega supplement which is how I found out about AdvoCare to start with back in 2013), and CorePlex (a great multivitamin with iron that helps keep me from getting anemic).  

The best news is that no matter where you are reading this, you can participate! I will create a Facebook Group where we can support each other, I'll help you create a customized meal plan and shopping list, and I'll check in with you daily to give you some personal motivation!  

If you're interested, email me at to learn more :) 
I'm so excited to 'meet' some other lupus fighters and help us all get healthier!  

The 24 Day Challenge includes all of this, and you can learn more about it here

If you've been feeling unmotivated and like you need to do something to get yourself in shape with more energy, but not sure what to do, and feel like no one understands because of how yucky you feel each day, then maybe this is a good option!  Of course, I'm not a medical professional so PLEASE make sure you print out the ingredients sheets for each product and clear it with your doctor ahead of time :)  

Looking forward to getting healthier all together! 
xo Nikki 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CRP Levels & Lupus

I usually post upbeat things here...things that are motivational, not posts where I complain or seem scared.  Today is a little different, because I want to be open with you about how I'm feeling right now.

Yesterday I spent the morning in the emergency room.  I had pushed myself too hard over the weekend, didn't get enough sleep, and ended up with what I thought was a stomach virus but might be a lupus flare up.

My CRP (c-reactive protein) is normally between 0.2 and 1.2 which is pretty good for someone with lupus, but yesterday it was 11.  The doctor said it could be from being sick, or it might be the sign of a lupus flare.  I won't know until the doctor re-tests it next week.  If it comes down, then I was fighting a virus and that's what caused it to spike.  If it stays up, then it might be a lupus flare and I'll have to use oral steroids (prednisone) to bring it back down. I hate that drug though and try to avoid it at all costs, especially due to long term side effects of it that scare me too much!  But if I have to take it, I will do what I need to to get healthier.

If you have lupus and you're reading this blog, do your CRP levels go up when you're sick with an illness other than lupus (like the stomach flu, for example)?

The hardest part of all of this for me is that I had been feeling great prior.  We went on a 34 mile bike ride where I towed our almost 3 year old son on my bike the entire way.  I haven't had a lot of aches or pains lately.  I've been feeling good.  So good, that I think I pushed myself too hard pretending that I don't have lupus.  I know I do, and that it's all a marathon and not a sprint, but that's the part I find the hardest mentally.  Balancing things when I feel good so that I don't wear myself out.  We have an active young son who I love spending every moment with, and when I was sick yesterday morning it broke my heart that I couldn't play with him.  He is so sweet though and got his doctor set out and pretended to give me an exam :)  Seriously, just the sweetest little boy!

I would love advice on how you balance your life so that you don't push yourself too hard when you feel good, but also so that you do exercise and enjoy life.  I guess a good start would have been doing a shorter bike ride ;)

I hope you all are feeling good and hanging in there!  I am sorry this post is a little rambly, but I just wanted to get all of my thoughts out before my little guy needs my attention.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Why I continue to use AdvoCare products.

In 2013 when I was diagnosed with Lupus, I was told to find a good quality Omega supplement.  I did lots of research and I found AdvoCare's OmegaPlex supplement.  I bought some and took it for 3 months and noticed a difference.  I also heard that their B12 supplement called Spark provided natural energy, and that I was also B12 deficient.  So I ordered some and gave it a try.  Sure enough, I noticed a difference!

I fell in love with the products, and they helped me lose weight, have more energy and overall to feel a lot better.   I'm not a doctor, and I don't claim that they cure anything - they don't! Nothing does. But for me, they have helped a lot.

The other thing that has helped me a lot with AdvoCare is that when you share how great the products work, you can be rewarded with income earnings.  I never thought of myself as someone to sell a product like that (even though I spent 10 years in TV and Radio sales), and I never even intended to "sell" AdvoCare.  It all started because I had a friend ask me what I was drinking in my water bottle. I was drinking 1/2 Spark and 1/2 Rehydrate.  I told her about it, and told her how it helped me get some energy back and helped me boost my vitamin intake.  I offered her a sample.  She liked it and asked how to order.  So I gave her the link to my site to purchase.  That was it.  Then she wanted to sign up for the 20% off discount.  So she signed up and then someone saw her drinking her drink and they bought some too.  It just kind of snowballs like that.  

I know many of you who read this blog probably struggle with energy.  I am sure some of you also struggle to find a job that you can do while also balancing the demands of Lupus.  This job you can do on your own terms.  And it's not even really a job.  You just use the products and when people ask about it, offer them a sample. I keep tons in my purse to share at any time.

AdvoCare has been a huge help for me, both for my health and also for my income.

If you want to learn more, email me at

If you want to try a product, you can click here

I hope to share these great products and this great company with more people who might need it as much as I do!

xo Nikki

Saturday, April 8, 2017

*This is not a sponsored post*

For the last 6 months I've switched out my regular multi-vitamins (with the exception of adding additional Vitamin D per my doctor because I live in the North East & it's been winter) with Lupa Vita which is a multi-vitamin designed specifically for Lupus patients.  

Lupa Vita is non-GMO, gluten free and soy free.  To me, these three things are very important!  I also like that the levels of each vitamin are higher than what you'll find in traditional multi-vitamins, because my doctor has told me multiple times that people with autoimmune diseases tend to have low levels of the vitamins included in Lupa Vita. 

Prior to taking Lupa Vita, I was taking the following daily:
Vitamin D
Vitamin C
Vitamin B12
Omega Supplements
A multi-vitamin
and I had to take those twice a day...which is a lot of pills!   Lupa Vita is once a day and includes the following:
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Vitamin B12
Flaxseed Oil
Black Pepper (helps your body absorb the turmeric)
Cherry Extract

You can learn more about why Lupa Vita included these vitamins by reading about it here on their website.  I did my research and I am very happy with choosing Lupa Vita for my multi-vitamin.  The hardest part about all of the supplements needed with lupus is remembering to take them and also having to swallow so many pills.  Lupa Vita is one capsule that I find easy enough to swallow.  

You can purchase Lupa Vita here.  You can either buy it on Amazon or have them deliver to you monthly, which is what I do so that I don't have to remember to re-order and I won't run out. 

If you decide to try Lupa Vita, let me know what you think by commenting below.

If you have any other products that have worked well for you, please share in the comments!

Have a happy & healthy day!