Hey friends. Good morning, good afternoon wherever you are. It's Monday and I just wanted to come to you really quick to let you know what I'm up to. And to let you know that you can take part too if you want to.

Friends, if we haven't met my name is Carla Gardiner. I'm the owner of the group Get Healthy, Lose Weight Naturally over on Facebook. If you've been following my posts recently, you know, that I'm diving into sharing my entire protocol for healthy weight loss. I've used essential oils to help me bring my mind and body around to WANT to share my entire weight loss story. I realized that I had never shared THIS part of how I got there, how I keep my mind on top of the game, and wanting to take action every day.

I know many of you have said, “I want to lose weight, but then I just can't get there”; “I can't motivate myself”; and, friends I get it. I still go through days like that, but now I have the knowledge and the tools to help my body do what I want it to do, not what it wants to do.

So, what I want to share with you today is this – in our oils group, I'm taking part in a 21-day challenge and it is all about this little girl right here, Melissa. Now, if you're like me, you're wondering what Melissa essential oil is, I've never heard of it. I hadn't either until I decided to do this challenge. It is a commitment friend. I won't lie. This little bottle of pure gold is not cheap. Therapeutic grade essential oils are NOT cheap due to the number of plants that it takes to make five milliliters of these precious oils is amazing. It still amazes me how they can take organic matter and distill it into powerful, powerful oils. Anyway, I don't want to get into all that.

The point of this video is that I want to share with you what I'm doing, how I'm doing it, and why I'm doing it. Like all of you with everything that's gone on in the past 18 months life was dragging me down. At the beginning of the pandemic my mom passed away unexpectedly, we couldn't travel, there were no services, no closure, then the isolation order, business slowed down and finances followed the same course. Do you know that old saying, “Kick the dog while it's down”? That is how life felt at the time.

That's how I felt.

Over the past 18 months (full disclosure) I gained some of my weight back and I got angry. Then the anger turned into old habits. I started picking up the comfort foods that made me feel better. But guess what? They didn't make me feel better. Those foods made me feel worse. I wasn't sleeping. My hormones got messed up again after working so hard to level them out with diet and customized supplements. My decisions and actions screwed up my body's system so badly from letting up.  I let my emotions and life's uncertainties rule rather than doing what I knew was right. I knew what I needed to do but just couldn't get my mind and body going in the right direction.

I decided to take this oil challenge to see what it would do for me. What I've noticed so far has been nothing short of miraculous. We're on day number eight, I put one drop, three or four times a day on my thumb and put it on the roof of my mouth, and then just consciously breathe.

In the challenge, they asked what I noticed. This is going to sound really bizarre because if you know me, I get a little bit fiery, thus, the name The Fiery Grandma. I tend to fly off the handle when things don't go my way or when external things come at me that are out of my control. I get upset. I get angry at the injustice, the not fair things, the not going my way things, why did you do that? All of those things! But, what I've noticed over the past week, I am calmer! When things come at me, I am able to look at them objectively. And let me tell you that is not me, not me at all. So I am loving this.

It has shifted my mood. It has given me back control of getting my health back again. I don't want to go down that road of unhealthy again, and I know you don't either. I have to get back on track with my water, hydration, eating protein and veggies, berries, and healthy fats. I CRAVE the desire to want to be prepared, which is half the battle.

So friends, just a quick “heck no blues here Monday” and I'm hoping you're having a great Monday, too! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, if you want specific help for you, for where you are in your journey; it may be your mental attitude isn't your problem. Maybe your problem is sleep. Maybe it's moving. Maybe you need help with what to eat when; maybe you need help with hydration. Whatever it is friends, I am here to help! Now … go make it the best Monday ever.