I am a wife and mother to some truly amazing children. Outside of my faith in God, my family is the priority in my life and they come above all else – they are my world!
I was an overweight out of shape woman and struggling network marketer who had all but given up hope to create my dream team and get back to the skinny fun gal I used to be. Medically I was a mess because of my weight. Career wise I had no duplication, no system, and nobody winning.
I decided to give it one last ‘hoorah’ with two little emerging companies – Beauty Society and TruVision Health. Partnering with the right leadership, a viral marketing message, and intensive leadership development I am now leading a huge team of business partners spanning the United States and abroad.
In January 2013 Slender Suzie was born where I teach others how to engage their futures by transformation their bodies and building their businesses.
But lets turn back the clock so you can understand my story….
My weight loss and health journey began several years ago. My daughter, Ashley, was a full term pregnancy with not a single complication. I raised her as a single mom working very long hours to pay the bills. My husband and I met when she was 11 on Friday, November 14, 2003, and immediately we fell madly in love. Okay well not immediately it took a few days – but then it happened – THE kiss. Outside of our friends pub one night, in the rain, a few days after our first meeting – he just grabbed me in the rain, pushed me against the wall and kissed me. Not just any kiss – the most passionate amazing kiss I have ever experienced in my life – the kind you see in a movie or soap opera and dream could happen to you. Well it DID happen for me. I never looked back!
After about 6 months together we talked about having a child and immediately we both knew we wanted to build a family right away. On Thanksgiving even of 2004 our wish was granted and I discovered I was pregnant.
On, Tuesday, April 5, 2005, we lost our son Austin. I woke up Sunday morning not feeling well and was found to be in preterm labor at 23 weeks – up until then I had a normal ‘textbook’ pregnancy. He lived for only a very short 26 minutes here on earth. My world was shattered. My husband and I ended up apart about a week after his funeral due to circumstances out of our control. I went through the grief process alone. I spend months not even able to leave our house to get the mail because I could not breathe walking outside. Church every Sunday was the only place I could go and be okay.
After we were brought back together as a couple in 2006, we decided it was time to try again and I became pregnant almost right away. We had an appointment on Friday, September 1, 2006 and saw “baby dot’s” heartbeat (we called it baby dot because at 6 weeks you cannot see a gender and he/she was just a sweet little dot on the ultrasound photo) and on Monday September 4, 2006, I went to the bathroom only to find I was covered in blood. The baby’s heartbeat was gone by the time we got to the ER. I gave up. I could do nothing but cry.
I felt like God was punishing me and I would never again be a mom and bring home a baby in my arms. Some days I thought God was punishing my husband for his wrongdoings and I blamed my husband for all of it. Some days I blamed the doctors for not being able to save my children. Other days I just cried out of complete heartache and pain.
Then Thanksgiving came and I started to feel like I was coming down with the flu. Well it was NOT the flu – God blessed us with another pregnancy. To say I had complications would be an understatement. After a what was the longest hardest most emotional pregnancy on the planet, Hunter came into the world at 6 weeks premature in July 2007 – spending two very long weeks in NICU. He is our miracle baby – our gift from God.
Long story short from 2005 through 2007 I was emotionally on the biggest roller coaster you can imagine, I was grieving the loss of my son and then another pregnancy loss. I was a nervous wreck that my baby Hunter would also pass away during my pregnancy with him or have something go wrong in NICU. After he was born I went into hypervigilance mode – I stayed in the NICU with him 24/7 until he came home. I had already left a hospital once with no child in my arms and I refused to leave without him – not even to go outside for air. I only left his side long enough to go eat and even then it was very fast trips to the hospital cafeteria.
I was blaming myself for not being a better support to my daughter through the loss of her brother. I had emotional issues over the losses and the separations from my husband. Medically speaking I had gone through a total of 2 c-sections, 1 vaginal birth, 1 D&C, 1 six week miscarry, weekly injections in my butt cheeks to carry Hunter plus steroid injections, 1 surgery for a cerclage, 1 Hysterosalpingogram, 6 months of various other tests, weekly “internal” ultrasounds with Hunter, several epidurals, 4 months of strict bedrest.
Emotionally I was still struggling with my new “normal”. No one could understand what I was going through inside my head and heart.
In February 2008, I discovered my husband was being unfaithful to me. We went through counseling and ended up moving hundreds of miles away from our hometown in Northeast Pennsylvania to the Carolinas to try to make a fresh start – the only way at the time that we felt we could even try to salvage our marriage. Then… enter the world of NASCAR.
NASCAR life it turned out was not helping our family. My husband traveled all of the time and we barely saw each other from February to November each year. Many people think its a glamorous lifestyle but in reality (unless you are a Sprint Cup driver and you and your family get flown to every race and back) its a very difficult life for a family with a young child to never have daddy at home. I felt like a single mother with a wedding ring and we argued a LOT about finances, schedules, and many other things that were happening.
NASCAR life brings a lot of questions to a couple as to infidelity while they guys travel – which for us having already been through that situation it was more than I could bear. I would see texts, find photos of girls sitting o his lap on social media – I even had argument with one woman on Facebook over their relationship.
There were times we separated for a few weeks because it was just too much. I felt like the love of my life was no longer attracted to me because of my body and that was why these women had his cell phone number.
I sunk deeper into my depression.
Our family finances were a mess – we even had times where we sold off furniture to make ends meet. We argued a LOT over money and about how much my husband was away during his time working in NASCAR and what he was doing while he traveled. We were broke, I was a mess physically and emotionally and our marriage was shaky at best.
To add to my hurt, my grandmother passed away on February 1, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. She and my grandfather raised me and I felt like I lost even more of my world. My only comfort was that she was with Austin, caring for him until I meet them again. But my world had a huge void in it that no one else could fill.
Financially my family was on the brink of ruin and marriage wise we were coming to the end of our rope.
As for my weight I topped the charts at 182.4 and I tried every product you can think of in the last several years and ALL have failed me – you name it I tried it and all I got was fatter! In the Spring of 2012 I got desperate and hired a personal trainer. I was in the gym one hour per day, 5 days per week. I kept food logs and ate right. A month passed with no success – not a pound or an inch lost! I went to my primary care doctor and had tests done and they all came back normal (well except I had bad cholesterol – umm no kidding doc I AM FAT!). She gave me a prescription that was supposed to force my thyroid to become overactive and cause me to lose 2 pounds per week. Four months later I had lost nothing. I was obese, had daily migraines, was exhausted and napping every day by noon, had heartburn every night. I popped Tylenol and Tums like they were candy. I was a mess.
I started using and promoting Beauty Society products to make my skin and hair look better but because I felt so badly about myself I slacked off on my skincare and rarely ever wore makeup.
Then it happened – in April 2013 I ended up in the Emergency Room with stroke symptoms. It was not a stroke. It was a result of my weight.
We were a month away from losing my only source of income (and knowing we cold not make ends meet just on what he made even with the help of the government systems – you know the catch 22 you don’t make enough to live but make too much to get help) so I was upset to say the least. I thought for sure by July we would be homeless and I did not know what we were going to do to save our family.
I found a product in May 2013 that I though would work for me for weight loss – initially it saved our home financially and I found great success instantly on the products. Unfortunately the bottom began to fall out. After about 6 months on the product the formulas were changed and I gained every ounce back. That was devastating for me – all of my hard work was vanishing. My weight was going up and my income from the business was going down. I was scared that I would end up back in the Emergency Room because of my weight (or worse I would end up dead – I would not allow that my family needed me). The people who should have helped me did nothing but turn their backs on me.
I was once again feeling alone in my journey.
One Saturday in early July 2014 I was again in tears over my rapidly gaining weight and rapidly declining income due to the product failures at that company. I feared what would happen to our family and marriage and finances if things went back to the way they had been. I was praying to God on my sofa to please help me find a way to turn this around and continue my weight loss journey and keep supporting my family financially and rebuilding my marriage. I turned to Google as I had MANY times in the six months. But this time it was different….
I firmly believe that this was placed in front of me at that very moment by God. There is no reason in six months of searching for an answer that at this very moment, eyes filled with tears, that TruVison was placed before me on my computer screen. I sent and email and I got a call back almost instantly. Then I was told who the product formulator was. That was the last sign I needed. I was as of God himself walked in my door and said “Stop crying, I’ve got this! Everything is going to be fine”. I went with what I was given and I have not looked back since. TruVison has been a blessing in more ways than I can list. They support me as a PERSON, their products are changing my life, they are my family now too. I thank God daily for literally putting TruVision in front of me the day He did that – for health and weight and financial reasons – this has truly been a gift from above in every way imaginable. This was truly an answer from God at the EXACT moment I prayed for help while in tears. No waiting, no unclear signals.
So far in my journey with TruVison I am down in the around 30 pounds on the scale, I have lost almost 40 inches off my body, I have not had one single migraine.. I no longer take naps and feel tired, I have no heartburn or reflux. I am a full time stay-at-home-mom and entrepreneur. I started my business like most people—with the thoughts of if I make a few extra bucks then great and if not at least I get a discount on my products. I began sharing as I lost weight and got healthy and people began to join me. To my surprise, I surpassed the income from my former direct sales company plus unemployment from my previous job within two months of joining!
In September 2014, Jeannie Lorin, the CEO and Founder of Beauty Society reached out to me to once again get back on track with my beauty side of my business. I jumped at the chance as she and I had stayed connected ever since I joined her as the first ever social diva in January 2013.
My journey is still continuing but now I am writing my own ending!!! I not longer let depression, foods and life interfere with my family, my weight or my health!
My husband retired from NASCAR to help save our family and put an end to our turmoil as husband an wife once and for all. He is now pursuing his long time dream of hosting and producing hunting television shows and we are the proud owners of Pine Creek Productions airing shows on several major outdoor networks. We now both work from home and our focus is back to our family first! We still have our moments, as do all couples, but we are much stronger than we have been in the past. We still have issues to work through from everything but we are doing out best, one day at a time.
I feel that our finances, our marriage and my health were saved by allowing my heart to take that one more step of faith. Our marriage is stronger than ever, our bills are paid in full and our children are thriving from the new found happiness and financial freedom in our family. and… I LOVE MYSELF AGAIN (which makes it easier for others to love me too).
I now find the positives and run with them. There is no rewind, fast forward or pause buttons in life….just play. You decide what kind of day you want to have…. I no longer let my circumstances OWN me, I’ve decided to own them!
The best part? Today I am able to influence thousands of lives – in both health and wealth. I am living proof that anyone can change their family’s future and live the life of their dreams.
I rescue people from desperate lives.
I give hope to the hopeless. I motivate and inspire!
Let’s take this journey together. You don’t have to do it alone, I am here to help – I love nothing more than working with people 1:1 and coaching them to true and lasting success.