May we Dash

     Hi Everyone! So today was a big day for me. I started the Dash Diet. Dash is short for- Dietary Approaches Stop Hypertension. It’s a great way for me to be more aware consciously for my heart. As you know, pre-eclampsia can have a huge impact on my body later on in life so I want to take good steps forward to help prevent any heart or blood pressure issue that might arise. It has two phases to it, and everything is included. Phase one consist of vegetables, lean meats (poultry and fist too), fats, dairy, and nuts, seeds and legumes. This phase will last for 2 weeks and it’s to boost your metabolism and stabilize your blood sugar. Phase 2 is all the same with the addition of grains and fruits. You have a choice of 1,600, 2,000, or 2,600 calories. I am doing the 1,600 calories. I do not feel starved or hangry. Which is a good start. Some diets that I have been up I’ve gone literally, psycho.

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Google search – I will give credit to where it is due if someone comes in contact with me.

     Of course, silly me, trying to learn everything as I go today. I forgot to take pictures for the blog. Mommy brain to the fullest today. I will do better this weekend. I am still drinking coffee. I went cold turkey Jan 1st, and it backed fire on me. I drink half a cup of what I usually drink with Sugar Free International Delight Creamer French Vanilla. It seems to keep my migraine at bay. In February, I’m aiming to cut what I drink now in half, and so forth.

    Last night, I went food shopping for everything I need for the next two weeks. We’re allowed an unlimited amount of non-starchy vegetables. So I made sure to stock up on those. A non-starchy vegetable is a vegetable that has less carbs and calories to their starchy counterparts.

Examples of non-starchy vegetables..


I don’t know who I can give credit too, but I did find this on a google search. If I come in contact with the person I will gladly give credit where it’s due.

   For breakfast, I had two eggs with a cup and a half of mushrooms, peppers, and onions. I forgot to purchase Canadian bacon yesterday so I had that only. It filled me up that I don’t think I would be able to have eaten any more at that time anyway.

   I, learned, to eat every 2-3 hours. I decided to make this into 3 meals and 3 snacks.

   My first snack was a cup full of carrots and an ounce of crab meat. It was yummy, and put my stomach growls back to bed.

    Honestly, I forgot to eat lunch today. I wasn’t hungry, but I ate an ounce of crab meat as another quick snack after I got Chase from school.

     Dinner time was around six tonight. I ate two ounces of chicken, squash, brussels sprouts, and a small side salad with 2 Tbsp of Italian Dressing.

     In a little bit I’ll have a serving of low-fat yogurt and call it a day.

    So overall, it is very easy to follow. I did not reach my water goal for the day, BUT tomorrow is a new day and now that I have a grasp on everything. It should run smoothly. I’ll make sure to keep everyone in the loop.

      Anyone on a diet? What kind of diet are you on? Are you hangry (hungry and angry) at all? Let me know!

Theresa Rose


The Mom Bod

What’s up everyone?! I’m going to be completely honest here. I feel like an elephant is sitting my chest and I can barely breath as I’m sitting here typing this. Did I do an exercise before this? NOPE. All I did was sit-up. Yep, I was in a laying position and now I am sitting up on my bed. Am I sick? NOPE. Just fat. HaHa. I do take my health seriously, I do. HOWEVER, I will down myself (which I’m working on) and crack jokes about myself. So for every joke/downing. I will be sure to post a compliment shortly afterwards.

*Back Story- As most of you’s know I had pre-eclampsia in both pregnancies. What you might not know is that my blood pressure went so high that it drew concern for everyone. I HAD to get an epidural just for the simple fact I needed my numbers to come down before it caused serious damage to Grayson or myself.

Pre-eclampsia also increases a heart attack in the next 5 years by 5%. If I start to make better choices for me today my future will benefit. My family has history of cardiovascular health issues so I am well aware of what can happen (if something does happen)*

I am NOT doing the whole resolution of, “I’m going to lose….. blah blah blah.” I fail within the first week usually. This year I’m just focusing on my self-confidence. That means if I have to act like FAT AMY to “feel” confident than that’s what’s going to happen.

If Dad’s can strut the “dad bod”, it’s time we embrace the “mom bod.” Listen, I birthed two beautiful healthy boys, and my vagina probably looks like the Lincoln Tunnel, but I’m okay with that. Seriously, if you saw my oldest son’s head at birth you would feel sorry for my poor vagina. Haha! I feel like my thighs are my own cheering squad every time I get up to walk. My boobs sag so low and off center from all the breastfeeding I feel like most days I can’t figure out if it’s my muffin top sitting on my hips or I need to tighten my straps. Don’t even get me started on the lovely permanent art job my sons did to my stomach from the inside AKA stretch marks. If you popped out 2 kids and don’t have a single stretch mark – I HATE YOU! joking (i think)…. No seriously! I was not blessed with the genes of being able to get my skin to stretch and come back with nothing on it.

I don’t care you birthed through the vagina, c-section, breastfeed, formula feed, stretch mark, non-stretch mark, bed-rest, non bed rest — doesn’t make you more or less of a MaMa. Now, look at your husband and just be in awe. That lucky S.O.B. didn’t have to do any of that, and is considered “attracted.” Like, seriously, what the f… did he do? A 3 second job and we carried for 9 months. Mom’s need to stop being mean to other Mom’s. Everyone has a different Mom bod, but it’s just as beautiful as the next one.

I love my “Mom Bod”. However, I want to be able to do more with my kids and be a role model for what healthy should look like. It’s not the number on the scale for me anymore. It’s the fact that I will be able to run on the playground and get on the floor with them without having assistance to get up. I’m going to have my kids be my cardio. Make it a little bit more fun.

It does help that I’m going from sea level ( Long Island, NY ) to Salt Lake City, Utah ( 4,226 above ) for the Young Living Convention in June. All this extra body weight moving around and slightly asthmatic is not a good thing. T- MINUS : 249 until I’m beside one of my closest friends as a bridesmaid on her wedding day. Planning a Disney World trip in the late fall. We easily walk 14-15 miles a day.

I will NOT be a size 0 and my boobs will sag, but I will have fun getting my true Mom Bod.

Do you have a beautiful “Mom Bod” or can your bod use an improvement? I want to hear from you!

Theresa Rose



– Weight – Vision & Goals

Hi Loves!

Everyone’s reason for losing weight is different. My thoughts and visions are different from yours, and that’s okay. That’s the beauty of it. Everyone has a common goal, but different reasoning’s behind it.

My vision for my weight-loss journey have a lot of goals besides the scale. Don’t worry I’ll get into those too!

Lets start with my Why’s.

If I lost the weight::

I can decrease my chances of having side affects from getting preeclampsia in both pregnancies. Preeclampsia increases your chance of heart disease and/or stroke. Like the saying goes, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” It also increase a heart attack in the next 5 years by 5%. If I start to make better choices for me today my future will benefit. ( Heart issues are within my family so I need to really focus in on this the most, because it increases my chances even more! ) Hence, the DASH Diet. To be honest, I haven’t really started yet. I’m still doing more research on it, but it’s the best diet for cardiovascular. So I’m going with that’s my best bet.

Play-time. Now you’re like, “Huh?” I run around with my six year old all the time. I love playing on the playground with him or play baseball. Do we go to the park as often as I want to? Nope. I’m exhausted or my body hurts. It’s not fair to my six year old. Yes, he’s in Martial Arts and going to start swimming, but I want to do more stuff with him and not be out of breath afterwards. I want to be able to get on the ground with my, almost, 6 month old, and not have to dread getting back up off the ground from hip and knee pain. It’s not fair to them. I’m their MaMa!

I could love myself and husband even more. Now you probably think I really lost it. I love my husband with all my heart. I really do, but how can I- if I don’t love myself all the time? I think our relationship, even though strong, would be even stronger. I need to dig down deep inside, and find that love I have for him to have that same for myself. I need to find my confidence. I’ll never get rid of my stretch marks, but I need to remember those marks gave me two beautiful boys. The wrinkles on my face are from laughing so hard my belly hurt. My hips getting bigger gave birth. That’s a superpower on it’s own.

To be that jean size. All you ladies get me on this one. Growing up I refused to be bigger than a size 13. Now, six months after giving birth I fit into a size 14. Not comfortably. My largest was a size 24. So I know I am losing. I would really like to be in a size 7 or 8. That’s when I feel my best.

Being able to say no to soda. I’m horrible at this. My husband went cold turkey on soda and for 99.5% he’s doing great on it. I, on the other hand, decided to take my serving and his serving on soda. Guilty. Just the other day I drank a 2 LITER bottle by myself. I hated myself afterwards.

Those are just the ones I can think of at the moment. I wanted to post this last week, but I wasn’t what my actual “Why’s” were besides just the scale going down.

I have about 107 – Yes, you read that correct to lose. That’s the first time I wrote it out on a public forum. Wow, I guess it’s real now. I never was to say or type that number again. Not true. I will type it one more time. When I crush it.

Goals for the Scale:

I have the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale. I’ve been through a lot of scales, and I love this one the most!

10 pounds – Mani/Pedi

20 pounds – New Cookbook (any suggestions?!)

30 pounds – New Sneakers (yes, even your feet lose weight!)

40 pounds – New Jeans ( I have sizes 13 and 12 also. So by this time I should be size 10-11)

50 pounds – New Work-Out clothes

60 pounds – Massage ( I deserve it at this point! )

70 pounds – New Bike ( My husband actually suggested this one. I’ve been wanting a new bike for years, and because of my weight I never really looked for one. )

80 pounds – New Hairstyle ( I like shorter hair. So does my husband. When I first met him I had short cute hair, but with the weight gain I tend to keep my hair longer. )

90 pounds – New Wardrobe ( Lets face it – At this point ALL my clothes will be falling off of me! )

100 pounds – TRIP OF A LIFETIME ( FIJI – It’s already on my vision board for my business, and I can’t wait to do this! Super excited!! )

107 pounds – Welcome to the rest of my life!! (This is by far the most exciting goal on the list. Fiji is a close second! )

I want to hear from all of you’s. What are your why’s for weight-loss? Do you have a goal list or vision board? Let me know! My comment button is by the title. I’m working on lowering it to post afterwards and not have to scroll all the way back up!

Theresa Rose

Off and “running” …

Not literally. Just walking. We realized our purebred Beagle, Sydney, became overweight. So we decided that she needed to go on walks and not just the backyard. It was difficult to walk them (2 dogs and 2 kids) at the same time. Especially, with me having a rough pregnancy and afterwards. It was time.

It is now our thing, most of the time, I take her for walk at night. If I don’t do it- then Joseph does. There’s just some nights that he needs to go decompose so he likes to take her. Which is perfectly okay with me.

20170908_133620.jpgIt’s been almost a month, and you can see a difference in her. She acts like a puppy all over again. Just last night we came across seven bunnies that she wanted to play with. Them not so much, but she whines and carries on until we take her. It definitely helps when I’m exhausted and don’t want to do anything.

I started to take it seriously two weeks ago and now I’m down 3 POUNDS AND -6.1 INCHES! I also am putting less (and healthier food) in my mouth. That helps a lot.

cotton-candy-wide.jpgHave you heard of Cotton Candy Grapes from Grapery? They taste like you’re eating cotton candy, but it’s a lot healthier. The taste comes from an all-natural breeding approach with cross-pollination combinations. No fakeness or added flavors in these bad boys. I literally ate 3.5 pounds of them just this week! Not even one ounce of guilt. 1 cup= 100 calories. They only have a window of in-season Mid-Aug through end of September, but they are so worth it! Try Stop & Shop or Whole Foods to find them. Seriously, GO… I’LL WAIT!! I couldn’t even make it home before I started to eat them, and I’m all for washing the fruits and vegetables since I have Oral Pollen Syndrome (OPS). I like to use my Young Living Fruit & Veggie Wash (it smells so good!). Not the slightest reaction from them.

I’m thinking about doing the DASH Diet. It’s the only diet that you can eat everything and still lose weight! I think that’s the best fit for me. Nothing is off limits and I think that’s the best way to approach this. Is anyone on a diet? Let me know if it’s working for you! Comment icon is by the title of this post now. So leave a comment and tell me if you’ve been on the DASH Diet or on a different one now?!

My next post will be my goals and my vision for the next year!

Theresa Rose

Back-to-School “Essentials”

essential-oils-for-back-to-school-6-700x425New York doesn’t go back to school until September, but I know other areas of the country have gone back already. I’ve done Chase’s school supply shopping, and I already dropped it off at school. Now it’s time to do his WELLNESS SHOPPING! I wanted to share some of my favorites for back to school essentials. Keep in mind kids only need a few drops of oils to see the improvement. So a little goes a long way.


School Day Immune System Support

  • 10 ml Roll-On Bottle
  • 10 drops of Thieves
  • 5 drops of Frankincense, Thymes, and Oregano
  • Fill the rest with a carrier oil (like V-6 vegetable oil from Young Living)

*Roll on the child’s spine and feet every morning.

Healthy School Time Hair

  • 2 oz Spray Bottle
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 8 drops Rosemary
  • 8 drops Tea Tree
  • Fill the rest with Water

*I find that wet hair is the best time to spray it on or rite before school. It absorbs better.

Making New Friends


Stree Away and Valor – Rub on wrist 2 drops each or put on

a diffuser necklace or bracelet.

*Chase can make friends with a wall if he wanted too, but I know of other kids who need this booster. It works wonders. Even talking in front of a crowd it helps.

Nervous Stomach


2 drops with a carrier oil on their belly

(Peppermint is a “hot oil” for a child)


Respiratory Support

Any of these oils are great for extra support with the respiratory system. Our family favorite is Dorado Azul. It literally opens you up within a few minutes.

*Rite on the chest and feet.

Brain Support


  • 10 ml Roller Bottle
  • 10 drops Clarity
  • 10 drops Brain Power
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • Fill rest with carrier oil

*Roll on the back of the neck before going to school.


Homework Time Roll-On

  • 10  ml roll-on bottle
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Valor
  • 5 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Vetiver
  • Fill with carrier oil like V-6

*Roll on the back of the neck a few minutes before homework time.


Restful Night Sleep

You can make a spray with Lavender oil and water and spray the sheet and pillow cases.

Rub Peace & Calming on the wrist, over the heart, and feet.

Diffuse Stress Away or Dream Catcher.


If you have older kids who a pre-teen, teens, and young adults going off to college you may use this list::

Adapt to Stress/Promote Courage

A few drops on the inside of your wrist and over the heart and they’re good to go.


Healthy Skin

You can use these to spot treat or do a few drops on a cotton ball and rub all over your face.


They also have an AMAZING skin care line. Men, don’t be scared. I know plenty of men who sneak the products, and LOVE the results!


Healthy Joints and Muscles

I like to layer these oils starting with a drop or two of Peppermint, then PanAway, and my “magnifier” Copaiba.


For the Athlete and Growing Support


This is an exciting one! Just this year the FDA APPROVED this to be the first medicine that we can say is a pain relief. This works AMAZING WELL. It does have Wintergreen in it so if you have blood pressure issues, pregnant, or breastfeeding it is suggested not to be used.

Anyone over the age of 12 years old and over may use. It addresses all kinds of issues from pulled muscles to arthritis.


Smelly Dorm Room

  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Purification
  • Fill the rest with water


After the Party

(We’ve all been there)

A few drops of Peppermint on the belly, temples, forehead, and feet. DiGize you can put a few drops in your water or over the belly.


You can find most of these oils in the Premium Starter Kit. If you would like to sign up to get started on making this the best wellness school year yet. You can do so here.

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your Physician. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

– Theresa Rose



Strip it Down

Everyday we wake up subconsciously with numbers running through our heads. It’s the way we measure how healthy we really are. The number on the scale, BMI, LBM, blood pressure, sugar levels, body measurements… just to name a few. How many people live this way by knowing all this information, and who goes through life just winging it?

( The heaviest I have ever been 264 pounds – January of 2016 )

I can tell you every single stat of mine, but would that matter? Some say yes and others say no.

My “perfect” number on the scale is 159.2 lbs. According to my BMI and LBM break-down. I feel the most comfortable when the scale read 162-165. Now, you’re going to say that’s only three to six pounds. Personally, those three to six pounds make such a huge difference on my height and body frame. My blood pressure is in the normal range and sugar levels are great too.

My measurements are bigger than what “average” be. Those I will keep private for now, but I’m sure I’ll post them later down the road on another post.

The only time in my life that I didn’t care when I gained weight was when I was pregnant both times. I had pre-eclampsia. (A pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system- most often liver and kidneys.) The second time I was pregnant I got it worse and had to be put on bed-rest. I took snacking and binge watching Netflix to the extreme. I probably gained over 30 pounds the last pregnancy. Since I had it twice I am at a 5% increase in having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5-10 years.

18700228_10213000421550181_8761501242173845617_nI’m a MaMa. I want, need, to be here for my boys and my husband. Honestly, my husband gets upset when I bring it up, but it’s my reality. I believe that was my wake up call. If I continue to keep going the way I am. I’ll leave my kids motherless and that scares the crap out of me.

My BMI is high enough that I could qualify to get weight-loss surgery covered by insurance. That’s not something to be proud of.

I just turned 30 the end of last year, and I know my metabolism is not what it used to be in my teenager and early twenties, but I wish it would kick back in. If you tell me losing weight is manageable I can give you an excuse on why it’s not.

Funny story (now)-  The other day I tried on my size 14 jeans. I was so excited they were able to zip and button, but I have a little more work to do since my muffin top was hanging over. Later in the day I was typing my first health and fitness blog and my other jeans split around my right thigh front to back. I was mortified, but didn’t let it be known. I chalked it up to having the jeans for the last eight years and the thighs kept rubbing together at my heaviest so they finally gave up the fight on the wear and tear. So I “laughed” it off. 

That was my “rock bottom” reality check. I knew that I have to change in that moment, but did my head follow my heart??? Nope, I’m either eating the crappiest food or snacking here and there and not eating actual meals. I started to wear my FitBit Charger again on Monday, and it became an eye opener and not in a good way. The highest I’ve been in jeans was a size 24 – before my recent pregnancy I was a size 13-14 – after pregnancy size 20. I’m hoping, this weekend, when we go camping that something will snap and I’ll do more walking and really start to becoming more healthy conscious.

I’m human and will continue to do everything by trial and error. I hope that if you’re reading this and can relate – YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

I want to hear from you’s…leave a comment… Have you ever contemplated weight-loss surgery? What was your “rock bottom” moment? Did you overcome it?

– Theresa Rose