Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blog Re-Design...

Hey everyone...please be patient over the next few weeks, I'm working on a blog redesign which will be up and running soon!  stay tuned :)
Friday, August 8, 2014

Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss & AdvoCare


My last post was about AdvoCare and pregnancy, and I had planned to write more, but our gorgeous son arrived 3 weeks early!  It was a complete surprise, and a bit scary, because he had to spend 11 days in the NICU until he was ready to come home...but he is home, and he is PERFECT!  All the nurses commented on how he is one of the most adorable babies they'd seen...and they see a lot of babies!  I'm a proud mama, so I have to brag!  I would love to post a picture of my sweet boy, but my boyfriend and I are against pictures of children on the internet.  I know it's personal opinion, but we prefer to keep things private.  You just never know in life, and we don't want to take any chances with our beautiful boy!

Now that he's here, and he's home safe,  I am focusing on being a great mama to him, being a great girlfriend to my wonderful & supportive boyfriend, and also to getting myself back in shape!  Thanks to AdvoCare, I know I will be back in shape in no time!

Because of my lupus, we decided to formula feed, so I'm able to start the 24 Day Challenge soon!  I'm going to start in 4 more weeks, when I'm 6 weeks post-partum and once my doctor clears me.  If you'd like to join me, please email me at nikkijunepeters@gmail.com and I'll get you all set up!  Here's the link to purchase a 24 Day Challenge pack.  I personally like the "Build Your Own Challenge Option" and I select the Pink Lemonade & Watermelon Spark flavors, the Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink, the Chocolate Meal Replacement Shakes,  MNS3, and I also add a bottle of Omega Plex and Catalyst.  In my opinion, this is the perfect mix!!!

Right now I'm drinking Spark, Rehydrate, Meal Replacement Shakes, the Fiber Drink, and taking Catalyst, OmegaPlex, and CorePlex, and my boyfriend and I put our son in the stroller every day and go for walks.  I've been so lucky to have had a quick recovery given all we went through to bring him into this world, and going for walks gives our baby some fresh air and helps get me back in shape.  We take it easy, as all moms should right after giving birth, but I feel so much better after a little exercise. Make sure you check with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program....it's really important because what's okay for one person might not be for another person.

I'm also very lucky that my lupus has not flared-up post-pregnancy...and during my pregnancy, the lupus stayed calm too.  I attribute a lot of that to taking care of myself with good vitamins and supplements and having great medical care.  My son was born early due to unexpected and sudden preeclampsia, which happens in healthy women and was not related to the lupus at all.  Thankfully, since he was born, my blood pressure has gone back to normal and I'm feeling great!  Being a mom is amazing, my boyfriend is an incredible dad (which I knew already!), and we are so happy!  I am so blessed.

If you want to join me in getting in shape and being healthy with AdvoCare, or you'd like to learn more about the opportunities with AdvoCare, please contact me!  nikkijunepeters@gmail.com


Monday, July 21, 2014

AdvoCare and Pregnancy....Healthy Mom & Healthy Baby!


As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of AdvoCare products.  I started using them in January 2013 when I was diagnosed with Lupus because my doctor told me I needed a good Omega supplement, and AdvoCare's OmegaPlex was on the Brigham & Women's hospital recommended list.  I did some research and found quite a few posts about the benefits of all of AdvoCare's products.  I ended up purchasing some OmegaPlex and Meal Replacement Shakes from a girl named Danielle who's blog I found by Googling AdvoCare.

After using the products for a few weeks, I noticed a difference in my health.  I was a little surprised, because I didn't think something as simple as vitamins and supplements could make me feel so much better.

Of course, you HAVE to check with your doctor before you use any supplements or vitamins, especially if you have a medical condition, or you're pregnant or nursing.  And I'm not recommending these products for you, just that they worked for me.   This is really important, because everyone is different!

I ended up signing up as a Distributor only for the 20% discount on the products, and as I got healthier and in better shape people started asking me what I was using.  Of course I shared the success of AdvoCare, and found that the income potential with AdvoCare is pretty amazing too!  Email me at nikkijunepeters@gmail.com if you want to learn more!

If you know me in real life, then you know that I struggled with infertility and basically never thought I would have a child.  Then, we got the biggest surprise...we're expecting a baby boy VERY soon!   When I found out I was pregnant, I followed the AdvoCare Pregnancy & Nursing Guidelines, with the support of my doctor.  I personally take CorePlex with Iron and Omega Plex (I use this in place of a pre-natal vitamin), Meal Replacement Shakes (not to replace a meal, but to add in the extra calories needed in pregnancy), JointPro Motion (if you've been pregnant than you know how hard it is on your joints, nevermind adding lupus to the mix!), Catalyst (an awesome amino-acid supplement) and one Spark drink per day (has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, and while I'm not looking to debate caffeine in pregnancy, for me I felt comfortable with 1 per day).  I also use Rehydrate, which is a great way to stay hydrated and get your fluids in!  In addition, I love the Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink to keep your tummy happy!  You can purchase the bundle that I use by clicking here.

I'm happy to say that so far, our little man is looking great!  I pray each day that he is healthy, and we are so excited to meet him and bring him into our family!
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reflecting...


This morning I got an email from one of my cousins.  It was one of those chain emails, the kind that I admit I don't normally open.  For some reason, I scrolled through it and stopped when I saw this photo.

I often have a dream that I'm sitting on a bench, in a scene almost exactly like this, talking to my mom who passed away back in 2005.  When I wake up, I never remember the conversation, but the scene of the dream is always the same.   And I always wake up with a comforted feeling, that my mom is still with me.

The last time my mom and I got to sit down and talk, I was 24 years old and it was right before she passed away.  We both knew the time was coming for her to go, and neither of us wanted to admit it.  What I remember most from that conversation was my mom telling me to live my life for myself, and for God...because what anyone else thinks doesn't matter.   She told me that she never followed a normal set of rules in life...she had me on her own, during a time when being a single parent wasn't very common.  She did what was right for her in life.  People judged her, but she didn't care.  She said it wasn't always easy for her, but she had no regrets.  I asked her what she wanted for me.  She hoped I would find true love, and that I would have children.  Lately I've been thinking that my mom would be comforted to see me today, in a happy relationship and about to welcome a sweet little boy into the world.   Each day I am comforted to know that she looks down on us and sees a loving relationship, with mutual respect and happiness.

If I could sit down on a bench with anyone for an hour, I would love to sit down again with my mom.  It's been 9 years and some days the years feel like they've flown by and other times like they've gone so slowly.

I'd love to hear her tips for parenting (I think she would tell me to just enjoy every second!), and I'd ask her if Heaven is as beautiful as I imagine it must be.  I would talk to her about my fears (childbirth! eek!!) and my joys in life.  I would ask her if she gets to see our loved ones in Heaven, and what a normal day is like...or if there are even normal days up there.  I am honestly not exactly sure what I'd say, but I'd soak up every single minute of that hour with pure thankfulness for having another hour to spend with my mom who I miss so much.

Thinking about this makes me realize we get so busy in life that we don't truly enjoy the hours we spend with people.  An hour is just a blip on our radar;  but if we take time to slow down and appreciate the hours we have with people now, we will feel more at peace.   I know I'll be making an effort to slow down life a bit, and just enjoy the moments and hours I have with people I love.  Life is far too short, and we should all appreciate and enjoy what we have....every moment is a blessing.

So, the question remains...who would you talk to if you had an hour to sit and talk with one person, from the present or past?
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pinspired

I love Pinterest.  I can pin and re-pin, and I love trying all the new recipes and do-it-yourself projects.

Everytime I make a new recipe, people ask "is this from Pinterest?" and often times it is!

One of the things I love the most about Pinterest are all the inspirational quotes.  I'm a huge fan of surrounding yourself with positive quotes.  Growing up, my mom had the words "Yes You Can" above my desk and she always did her best to inspire me to do my best.  Surrounding myself with words of affirmation and motivation not only remind me of my mom, but inspire me.  They have helped me through tough times, including my lupus diagnosis.  They help me put things in perspective when dealing with challenging people. The quotes even help me strengthen my faith.  Here are some of my favorites....

This quote is one of my favorites...and it's true! Do what's right for your life and your heart, and the only one that matter is God.
This is another favorite of mine.  And it's true.  Sometimes love isn't logical.  Sometimes it doesn't happen at the best timing.  Sometimes it's messy and scary and hard, but if you love each other none of that other stuff matters.  And at the end of the day, it's the love with each other that matters, not what other people think. 
I think this quote is SO important.  I remember when my mom was sick and died, and I felt like I didn't know how to live life without a mom.  I prayed a lot about it, and I knew that my mom would want me to live life looking forward not back.  I have faced adversity, challenges, and things in life haven't always been perfect, but I have someone who loves me and who supports me and who gives me strength, and I also have my faith which is so strong.   I think more people in life would be strong and happy if they just stopped focusing on the past and moved their lives forward.  Why stay so bitter and angry? Why not just put it in the past and move on.  Live YOUR life that you have today...don't live the life you had yesterday, that's gone and the best is ahead.  That's true for all of us!  
This is just SO true...
The older I get, the more I learn how true this is! I wish more people would realize it! 
This quote reminds me that even when the choices we make in life might be "wrong", the end result will always lead us to the right place! 
I like this quote because I feel like so many people live a life they think they should live, based on other people's expectations for them.  Are they really happy? I don't know.  But I try to live my life in the best way that's right for me and if people judge it or aren't happy with my choices, that's their issue!  

When I was diagnosed with lupus I was scared because my plan for my life just changed, and change can be hard.  I struggled with how life would be taking medicine every day, and how it would affect my future.  For a moment, I was so scared and frozen I didn't know how to react.  After some time, prayer and careful thought, I realized that I needed to let go of an idea I had for my life and live the life that was meant for me.  And since I've done that, I've been blessed with more than I could have ever asked for.  
I will wrap this post up with my all time favorite quote!  I always remind myself of this, and try each day to live life fully and in a way that's right for me and for the people I love.  Life might be messy sometimes, and things don't always happen as planned, but the best things in life come as unexpected surprises and if you just have some faith and live each day with intention, then good things happen.   There is so much positive in life right now, that it overshadows any challenges.  Life always has hard things, and negative people can make those things more challenging, but if we always remain strong and have our focus on doing good each day, then life will work out.  Because at the end of the day, it is life and it's meant to be lived!

If you're newly diagnosed with lupus and feeling scared or alone, please reach out! 
I know how hard it is, and I hope some inspirational quotes will help you through.   Lupus for me has made me a stronger person, and I am so blessed and thankful that my lupus is manageable and that I have a great team of doctors.  I am also so blessed and thankful for all the wonderful things happening in my life.  Sometimes the best things in life happen when you least expect it.  

Stay strong! xoxo Nikki