I would like to extend a sincere Thank You to Marian & Joseph Bauer for sharing their journey with Isagenix so eloquently. It is an honor to have both of you on the team and we appreciate your extremely valuable and applicable advice!
- Why did you get start Isagenix?
I signed up with a Pacesetter Pak in April 2014, and I haven’t looked back since. My personal trainer and friend, Megan Malinowski, invited me to a launch party. I had ignored her advice on eating clean and changing my diet far too long, and I just got to the point that I knew I had to do something to get my life back.
- What was life like for you before starting Isagenix?
Before Isagenix, I was overweight and not happy with myself with respect to my appearance and health. I was about to turn 50, and I was at my highest weight ever and I felt lousy. In April 2011, I joined the gym and connected up with a great personal trainer, but the one thing I didn’t follow up with was changing my diet to complement the exercise and hard work I was putting in to improve myself. I lost 30 pounds, but I couldn’t sustain those benefits. I actually gained 15 pounds back and knew I was heading in the wrong direction once again. It took me 3 years, but I came to the realization that I also had to change what I was putting into my body, and that is when my real journey began. This was around the same time my trainer started some new “cleanse diet” and invited me to attend a launch party. I almost wasn’t going to attend because of some excuse, but I’m so happy I changed my mind. I joined that evening, more so on blind faith than knowing the science behind Isagenix. You hear it all the time, but it is so true, saying yes changed my life.
- Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life? *
The benefits have been many. I know we can’t make claims of cures and such, but for me I can honestly say I feel better and my overall health has improved because I have lost 70 pounds over my journey, 55 with Isagenix. I would like to give credit for the entire 70 pounds to Isagenix because I was at the point once again of losing the battle and slowly creeping back up when I finally got on the program. I have also lost well over 50 inches and am currently down from a size 22 to 10/12s.
I don’t dread going to the doctor anymore as I know my vitals are going to be good – weight, blood pressure, sugar and thyroid. Not only am I personally making better choices, but overall my family is eating healthier because of it. I’m enjoying finding recipes and ways to prepare healthier meals for all of us.
In May 2015, I finally got my husband Joe to say yes. At first he would ask if I could make him a shake or he would try an IsaLean Bar, and through it all he kept seeing my steady success. So far he has lost over 30 pounds and he looks great. I am so happy that we are doing this together and getting healthier and happier in our lives.
- What are your favorite products?
I know Katie thinks my favorite product is Ionix (all because of some crazy story she heard at ISAU Toronto), but I have to say t+ Chai tea is my most favorite, closely followed by the Chocolate IsaLean shakes, IsaGreens and Replenish. Of course e-shots are not far behind.
I find the t+ Chai not only tastes great, but it is very soothing and relaxing; and it fits into any part of your busy day.
- What’s ahead for you goal-wise? Have you started sharing the opportunity with others?
Although I have been very successful on the weight loss and energy side of Isagenix, I have not yet translated that into success with the business side. For the most part I have been a product user. After seeing my success up close and personal, my husband decided to join me, and he was my very first sign up.
I will continue to share the opportunity with others and work on creating more interest. I will continue to participate in team calls and be supportive of team members. Most importantly I will work on my personal development. I have several DVDs on my agenda and I am currently listening to GoPro by Eric Worre. The opportunity is out there and I have to seize it.
- Can you share your tips for success? What does a typical day look like for you?
I especially like to start my morning off with a thick chocolate-black sesame-IsaGreens shake with a little bit of post grape nut cereal for some added crunch. My daily activities vary, but I basically go to the gym 3 times per week which includes spinning and body toning. This year I am committed to increasing my activity by rejoining my Friday morning boot camp group lead by my friend/trainer/sponsor.
One thing that I am very proud of is that at ages 54 and 58, me and my husband, play year round recreational soccer. We are just about the oldest competitors out there. We have been playing for about 8 years, but the last year has been much more enjoyable, quicker and easier on the knees when you consider there is over 100 pounds less for both of us to carry on the field. I may not have the best footwork, but I out there doing what I enjoy, having fun and getting plenty of running exercise.
My tip would be to not beat yourself up when you have an off day – that’s life and a lesson in balancing your new lifestyle. Should you hit a plateau and have not yet reached your weight loss goals, refocus and reevaluate. I get back to myfitnesspal, log my food intake and see where I need to adjust. Myfitnesspal is in eye opener.