Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Confession of a Thin(er) Man

First off I'm not thin by any means.  Only thin(er). But if you would've met me in my early 30's you would've have seen a different person.  I can remember thinking that gaining weight, beginning medications, and having aches and pains must just be part of the "getting older" deal.  At 33 years old, I was nearing the 200 lb mark (which is very high for me), on medications for allergy induced asthma, and heading for surgery to help with sleep apnea.

To make a long story short I began to look at how I ate, added exercise, and began supplementing (in particular with Shaklee's protein shakes and, later, their weight management shakes).  The result was losing 30 lbs, getting off meds, and never having the surgery.  With this came other things like all day energy, mental acuity, and the aches and pains in my back and knees gone.  I was more productive in ministry, a better husband, and father.

Now for the real confession.  Being thin(er) isn't easy and it gets a little frustrating when people ignorantly make jokes to me about being thin(er) or make jokes about my commitment to exercising.  Anyone trying to lose weight or maintain a weight knows the reality of how difficult this is.  It's not like its just easy for some of us to do.  To be really honest, the lead up to making the decision to eat better or get out and exercise is the hardest time ever.  Its during that time I feel like throwing it all out the window.  I can't tell you how often I force myself to get out and exercise when I do NOT want to do it.  BUT!!!...every better decision comes with no regrets and keeps me on track for my health goals.

With that said...I'd like to encourage all of you are in the midst of trying to lose or manage your weight to press on to your goals.  And let's all remember to be sensitive to those who are working hard to reach healthy weight and know that it doesn't come easy for 99% of us.  If you'd like to talk with Rose and I about tips to combat weight loss failure, please email us at  Also, email us if you'd like some info on how using healthy and safe Shaklee supplements has played a key role in making weight loss and weight management "easier".

Chris Kreslins

Friday, January 2, 2015

Get in for 10!

Loosing just 10 lbs can help clothes fit better
Loosing just 10 lbs can help you feel that much better
Get in for 10 lbs at the start of 2015

These 5 areas are simple and easy.  Most should be able to do this.  There is nothing groundbreaking here. No new "trick".  But by simply paying attention to all 5 areas, you will see improvement in how you feel, in getting in shape, and losing unwanted inches.
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Calories - Its about more than just calories. You have to eat right to feel right. Use an app like the Daily Plate to get your calorie amounts correct and your food balanced (protein, carbs, fats). Let the program help you set a healthy calorie amount for losing weight so you are not setting it too low and eating into muscle. See protect the muscle below.

Jacqui McCoy set the record for most weight loss on reality TV.  Listen as she sets the record straight about healthy weight loss and how committing to 10 lbs as you start 2015 can be the difference maker for your 2015 health goals.


Strengthening Exercises - You are going to want to build or strengthen the muscle you already have. Then you will want to protect that muscle if you are trying to lose weight.  Muscle = metabolism.....metabolism = energy.  That is why you want to use a program like Daily Plate to set your calorie limits.  If you eat into that muscle while losing weight, you can guarantee that you that you'll soon be gaining your weight back and, when you gain it back, it will be in fat!  Simple Apps like Daily Free Ab Workout and Push Up Coach are simple little tools to help you build your muscle/metabolism. When you get your abs in shape, you can do the 5 minute workout 3 times in a row. Remember....muscle = metabolism....metabolism = energy.

Protect Your Muscle - This could the most important area out of the 5.  Protect your muscle or YOU WILL FAIL. You won't feel good. You won't look good.  Don't find yourself right back at the beginning, having done all that hard work for nothing!  Do yourself a favor and protect your muscle while you lose weight! You will do this by selecting the right amount of caloric intake daily with a program like Daily Plate and using a product like Shaklee 180 that has been proven to signal the body with high the amino acid, leucine, to protect muscle while you lose fat.

Cardio Exercises - Cardiovascular training is another key area to help you.  For most people, 15 minutes of cardio is not going to help you lose 20-30 lbs.  Try 60-90 minutes of easy to moderate cardio 3-4 times a week.  Longer, low intensity exercise helps shift your body to burn fat vs. carbs.  True, some of you will be able to control your eating and do 15 minute workouts and lose weight, but most won't.  You have to put the right kind of work in to get the right kind of results. Use an app like Runkeeper or Strava to track your workouts, share workouts on social media with friends, and watch what your friends are doing!  By posting your workouts to social media, there is a sense of accountability.  Do you want to post you ran for 10 minutes? or would you rather post you did a 30 minute run? And all you need to do is hit "start" and "finish" on your phone and it tracks all kinds of things (avg speed, time, distance, elevation, and much more).
***if you are new to running, start slow and build to 30-60 minutes.  Don't go out and try to do 60 minutes if you are new to running.  Oh, and buy a good pair of shoes.

Don't do it alone - Over and over, studies show we do better when we are with a partner or group.  We exercise harder and longer.  We release more endorphins (these make you happy) after.  You are less likely to back out when someone else is counting on you to be there.  But don't just think of this in terms of exercise.  Think about all 5 areas.  What if you made a decision to get in for 10? It costs nothing and it has the power to change your year. Send us a message and we'll include you in our group of people who have decided to get in for 10 in 2015.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor.  Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have about your condition.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The verdict on what I used to beat my cold

A few days ago I felt a cold coming on and I gave Shaklee's new Vitalized Immunity a shot at beating it.
First the video..... then the verdict

Okay, the first two days went awesome! I could tell Vitalized Immunity was fighting it off. I barely noticed the cold. Then the worst happened.  I went on a work related trip for two days and forgot it! Thankfully it wasn't like the cold came on full speed but I could tell I wasn't done fighting it and wasn't doing as well without the Vitalized Immunity.  Upon returning home I resumed use of it and witnessed getting back on top of beating it.

Long story short, the cold never came to be.  What do I think about Vitalized Immunity?  Its good but I think I'd choose Shaklee's Defend and Resist over it.  What's the difference?  See chart below.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm going to use this to beat my cold

'Tis the season for colds......or maybe not

Among a few new products that Shaklee announced this summer was the Vitalized Immunity.  We always give the new products a test run ourselves but it didn't make sense to try this product until we needed it.  Long story short, life has been super busy and I haven't gotten the sleep I should be getting over the last few nights and I feel a cold coming on.  So,  here we go! I'm going to give the Vitalized Immunity a shot and report back to you how it went.

Here is the video on the product.  Check it out for yourself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My battle with Plantar Fasciitis

After 4 months of battling plantar fasciitis I'm back out running!

I really thought that darn plantar fasciitis would be the end of my running.  It was such a pain that I thought it would also impact how much I would want to hike as well.  Thankfully, it did not impact my cycling (my first love) so I was able to ride a lot without any trouble.

What is plantar fasciitis?

How did I fix the problem?  Well, for a about 3 months I just stopped running and hiking steep trails.  But that didn't do much.  It wasn't until I came across this funny sock called the Strassburg Sock.  It looks so gimmicky it made me laugh.  And even though you wear it a night while you sleep, it was so corny looking, I was embarrassed to wear it.  BUT it did the trick!  After 3-4 weeks of consistently wearing at night in bed and on long car trips my plantar fasciitis is so much better!  I have been out on 2 runs within the last 4 days and I am not suffering at all!

So, if you or someone you know is suffering from this I suggest you check out the Strassburg Sock.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our Top 3 Date Night Spots in Boise

#1 - Bogus Basin Road
Grab a blanket, bottle of wine, cheese and crackers. Then find a spot within short walking distance from the car. Make sure you are up high enough in the foothills to watch the sunset over the valley. 

#3 - Hyde Park
Either the 13th Pub, Sun Ray or Hyde Park Pub will do for dinner, drink, or appetizer (or all 3!). Then grab a cup of joe from Java and grab an outdoor seat for some prime people watching. 

#2 - Barbacoa
Call ahead and make a reservation for the lower back patio. Quesadilla BBQ duck is our favorite appetizer! Enjoy the views of the sunset casting shadows on Table Rock and surrounding foothills. 

Bonus Spot - Goldy's Coffee Shop
Happy hour 6-9pm.  $2 beers. Another great spot to sit outside and watch downtown in action. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Camping with Kids? Yes!

One of the greatest treasures in Idaho is opportunity to head out into the nature and hike, camp, and explore.  I was driving up to Stanley, ID the other day and was stopped on the road for some construction.  While waiting, most of us got out of our cars to look at the river gorge.  While standing there I met a guy who moved to Boise from Brazil 7 years ago but had only ventured out of the valley 2 times.  He was in awe with what he encountered in the Idaho wilderness.  He ended up buying a pop up camper for his family and intends to leave town as much as possible.

It can be challenging to camp with little ones and many she away from it. They shy away from it probably because they are afraid of how the kids will do and how much work it will be.  Rose and I have never let little ones keep us from heading out.  Here are some tips for you if you desire to get out but are wondering if its going to work with the little ones.

1. Begin as soon as you can. We'd go as early as our baby being 6 months old. (that means extra stuff like portacribs, baby backpack, baby seats that clip onto picnic tables, and potty chairs for sure)
2. Make it fun! Pack treats, games, books, little flashlights for little ones, camp by safe water for them to play in.
3. Take day trip adventures. Hikes, drives to other points of interest, include a stop by the town's ice cream shop after as a reward for the hike or trip.
4. Give them jobs.  Kids love collecting kindling and when old enough lighting the fire (with supervision of course)
5. Story time at the campfire will go down as an all time family memory!

Have fun!