Tuesday, January 13, 2009

All Info-mercials Are Not Created Equal!

Welllllllllllllll, here I am. Still hanging out on the couch, trying to do what I can with one arm. When the pain medicine is working, I have probably been doing way too much too soon though.... depends on whether or not you think washing clothes, one armed sweeping and vacuuming, cleaning dishes, cooking gumbo for dinner and even going to watch my NFL Carolina Panthers get smeared by the Cardinals while sitting out in the cold rain with 73,000 other fans, 48 hours after surgery, is over doing it.

I know, I know!!!! My busy-bodiness and inability to be restful and stationery for very long is kind of a serious fault of mine.

Anyway, its all good (at least I hope my doctor says so when I go back next week for my follow-up!).

I thought I would take today to tell you about two awesome things I came across last year that I am so thankful for, and that I try to tell everyone I know about. I cant even express how great these two discoveries were for me!

Probably like most of you, I used to stand firm on my belief that anything advertised in a TV info-mercial was most definitely going to be junk, garbage, not as advertised, or a royal ripoff, but last year, all that changed!

In fact, my life was changed because of watching an infomercial for P90X. P09X is an intense exercise program, which consists of 12 DVD workouts, and a high protein nutrition plan. The key to its' success is muscle confusion and eating right. Plus, when you start seeing results, you get even more motivated to work even harder!

Believe me when I say that I have bought several other work-out-at-home DVD programs in the past, and failed miserably every time because I was so bored, and because I didnt see real results. Even playing tennis four days a week and running 8-10 miles per week was not changing my body image the way I wanted.

But P90X was amazing. It was like having my very own personal trainer at home, so I was eager to do it every day. So why do I love it so much? I lost 20 pounds, but more importantly, I lost 15-17 inches over my body. I dropped from a size 8, to a size 0-2!! (I would show you my before/after pictures, but the before picture is way too embarassing!)

I didnt start this program to try to be super thin, I just wanted to feel better and be healthier. And now , I feel great. I have lots of energy, and my eating habits have permanently changed, in fact my husband now calls me a food snob, but I dont mind!

I kept this verse close to my heart over the past year: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

So many of us forget that our body is Gods temple. I heard a statistic on CNN yesterday that 33% of Americans are morbidly obese, and 32% of Americans are simply overweight. The statistics for eating disorders are astonishing. The prevalence of tatoos, extreme body piercings and other creative ways to negatively alter ones appearance has actually become disturbing.

I think people in todays society have forgotten that our bodies are Gods temple, or they just simply dont believe it. But the verse above reminds us of that undeniable truth. Please dont misunderstand me now, I know that God cares about our hearts, not our appearances, but He does say we are to take care of our bodies, our health, His residence.

If you feel as if you need to improve your health this year, get into shape, eat a healthier diet, tone, and maybe shed a few pounds if you are over your ideal weight for your frame, then check out the P09X website. The website itself is a bit hard on the eyes, but the program is phenonemal.

The other quick infomercial tip for today, is WEN haircare. Wow, this stuff gave me a new head of hair! The product is everything it claims to be. My hair is baby fine, bone straight, and dry. I am so sure you think I am way too young to have gray hairs (hee hee!), but I color my hair every month, so it had become brittle and frizzy. Yuck.

I took a chance on yet another infomercial, and my hair turned around completely! It is now softer, healthier and more manageable than it has ever been in my life.

So ladies, I know I sound like an infomercial wierdo, but I think if we find a great beauty secret, we should feel an obligation to share the knowledge!

So help me out here.....have you got any great beauty tips, home remedies, or successful infomercial purchases that you can share with your bloggy sisters? I would love to hear about them! There are actually 2 other infomercial products I have had on my eyes on.... about abs, and flawless skin...can you guess what they are?

Seriously though, whatever choice or life changes you need to make this year to become a more beautiful, healthier and happier you, I pray you will ask God to give you the perseverance and desire to follow through and meet your goals! Make a committment to honor God with you body this year!

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Joyful said...

Sounds like you found a couple of really great products. I have to admit to being skeptical of most info-mercials.

I don't know about any info-mercial wonders, but my husband and son think that 'COLD FX' is the greatest cold preventer and remedy ever. It's very costly, but they feel it really works.

Continuing in prayer for your healing. I watched the Panther/Cardinals game too...on TV. As I told Melissa as we chatted on Facebook - a big cat should have been able to take a little bird. It was disappointing.

Have a great week!
Love & prayers,

Angie said...

With the length of your blog and all that you are doing around the house, sounds like you are on your way to a speedy recovery.
I will continue to remember you in prayer.
I am thankful for the opportunity that God has given you to serve with this ministry and the way you bless us as we read you blogs. They have been just what I needed to hear many times.
May God continue to be with you during your healing.

Rachel said...

I am so glad to meet another infomercial nut. I, too, have been known to get sucked in. My favorite purchse I've made is BareMinerals makeup. I got hooked back before it was sold in stores, but it is awesome and your skin feels so good under it. A lot of people use it now, maybe even you, but if not, you should check it out!

Kimby said...

Dear Tracie,
Glad to hear you're out and about, but TAKE IT EASY! I know it's hard to shift gears, especially when you're used to doing the caretaking... be sure to take care of YOURSELF, kiddo!

I had to smile about the infomercials -- somehow they're annoying, but vastly mesmerizing, if you know what I mean. Funny TRUE story ... I watched everyone transform their complexion on TV with "mineral face powder" and finally decided that this was THE thing I needed to cover up my accruing age spots. (HA!) Went out and bought a "similar" product and dusted it on, right there in the discount store parking lot. I thought it looked wonderful (or as wonderful as you can look in a dimly lit car interior) and ran the rest of my errands feeling lovely and confident with my "youthful" skin. Then I got home and discovered that I looked like I had some sort of unnamed pigmentation disease -- apparently, I didn't "blow off" enough powder from the brush and ended up with random "light spots" all over my face -- what a hoot! I'm sure the guy at the tire store thought I was contagious... he looked at me pretty funny... :)

Thanks for the incentive to GET MOVING -- I've had muscle confusion for YEARS (are we going to move today, or NOT?!) :) Glad to hear you've had such great results! Take care and don't do too much too soon!
Love, your friend,

JottinMama said...

Thanks for popping over to my blog!! How sweet :)

As you now know, I am expecting - and I have already asked my hubby for the P90X workout DVD's for after I have this baby! I'm so glad to hear that you liked it! I've always been really into sports and fitness - and P90X sounds like such an awesome challenege! Can't wait! Congrats on your success with it! Keep it up! And thanks for the encouragement!

Praying for your arm! Have a lovely weekend!

Kate :)