#NOWIsTheTime: Getting It Together and @NOWFoods Giveaway!

I write a lot about stress and fighting back when you’re stressed.



I can only write about what I know. I’m stressed and I’m fighting back.Β 

As a person who woke up one day over 200 pounds because stress and grief consumed me and life, literally, got away from me, I just know how EASY it is to find yourself hidden beneath your circumstances and being unable to see the light of day.


That darkness is scary. It was also life changing. It is what brought me to the work I do now. It is what keeps me doing the work I do now. Β It is why now is the time, BEFORE I start to sink, that I keep myself together. And it starts with knowing who I need, what I need and where I need to be.


20140118-122929.jpgFirst, it’s been a season of losing “friends” and getting closer to my chosen few. We all NEED a support system. I need those people who won’t leave me alone when I don’t respond to text messages or say don’t call me. I know they will show up at my house or call me anyway. 😊 They are not letting me fall. They let me talk, ramble, sit in silence or whatever. I need that. I need them. I’ve tried to be strong alone for so long. Now is the time to be grateful for who God has placed in my life.


I have had to juggle my schedule around and say “yes” and “no” more than I would like to at this point. I have a history of being a people pleaser and when you have very little capacity to take on anything extra and you realize it’s your sanity or the perception you want people to have of you, well…..I want to be around for a loooong time and I stopped caring what people thought about me or my decisions. I admit, I’m still having trouble. However, I am NOT confused about my intention to make my life as stress free as possible and that is making everything easier.

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And as for what I need….well……it’s been rough. For basic survival I need food, sleep, Starbucks and chocolate. I’ve been on a fast this month and so I have had no chocolate or Starbucks (which are my go to items when I’m stressed. Pray for me.) and I haven’t been eating well or sleeping well which means I’ve been struggling with these 4:30 a.m. wake ups and these ten classes I teach a week. I used to not believe in supplements AT ALL but I needed a little help and I find that as long as I don’t rely on them to fix my life then they work well for me and help me get back on track. Right now, I’m SUPER thankful for my NOW Foods (I’m an ambassador for this company and I loooooove them!) Plant Protein Complex, stevia (to go in my Dandy Blend while I deal with this Starbucks withdrawal), EcoGreen Multi and Easy Cleanse (I just need a fresh start, feel me?)

NowFoods Giveaway

I can’t give you my perspective or my friends ❀️😊 but I would LOVE to share these NOW products with you. Just leave a comment below telling me how you are getting together. You can also earn extra entries by following Β NOWFoods on Instagram (NowFoodsOfficial) and Twitter (NOWFoods), following me on Instagram and/or Twitter (HipHealthyChick on both) or tweeting about the giveaway.

Tweet: #NOWIsTheTime for me!!! I just entered a great @NowFoods giveaway with @hiphealthychick!!
Please come back and leave a SEPARATE comment post for each action you take. Winner will be announced Saturday, January 30, 2016. Good luck!

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It’s our time to get it together! Let’s do this!

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66 Responses to #NOWIsTheTime: Getting It Together and @NOWFoods Giveaway!

  1. steph says:

    I tweeted

  2. steph says:

    follow you on IG

  3. steph says:

    follow you on twitter

  4. steph says:

    follow now on IG

  5. steph says:

    follow now on twitter

  6. steph says:

    I am focusing more on balance lately…I have some great habits and some bad. Moderation is key!

  7. Sarah says:

    I followed you on Instagram as well as NowFoodsOfficial. I am focusing on eating as healthy as possible and keeping my stress levels low. I’m anxious by nature, so that is about all I can handle at the moment. πŸ˜›

  8. Volonda says:

    As a person that has gained over 100 pounds and lots of health problems, I woke up one morning and finally decided to STOP looking at the pounds and look at how I can better my lifestyle to alleviate the health problems. Moreover, I have decided to stop focusing on the things I used to be able to do and focus on doing the best I can with the things I can do now. (It is difficult…. But my wonderful trainer 😘, helps me with this!! ) Lastly, but most importantly, prayer and the decision to be the greatest version of myself is how I am getting it together. 😊 No excuses, no doubts!!

  9. Susan Akau says:

    This is right on time. I needed to read this. Stress is literally killing me, I am on the road to reclaiming my heart and my health.

  10. Amy Lauren says:

    I’m getting it together by focusing on post-workout recovery with protein shakes and stretching! Thank you for hosting this giveaway and sharing your story.

  11. Amy Lauren says:

    I also follow NowFoods on Twitter (I’m @proudpatriot07)

  12. Amy Lauren says:

    And I follow Now Foods on Instagram.

  13. Amy says:

    I am focusing on staying positive and motivated. I find most of my success comes from mental strength.

  14. abby says:

    I did both

  15. Amber B says:

    I resonated with a lot of this. It’s important to know where you stand, what you need, when to say no etc. Your energy is worth protecting! Wishing you the best πŸ™‚

  16. Amber B says:

    Followed now foods on twitter – amberblackman1

  17. Amber B says:

    Followed now foods on instagram – ablackm2

  18. Amber B says:

    Followed you (hiphealthychick) on twitter – amberblackman1

  19. Amber B says:

    Followed you (hiphealthychick) on instagram – ablackm2

  20. MaryAnne JK says:

    I’ve been a carb addict my whole life, I’m 52 now….I used to use it as an excuse but it came in handy for the work I was doing, it fueled me-or I thought. This year I’ve taken a step back from carbs and realize, some are good friends, but I have to let a lot go and only meet up with ‘them’ a few times a YEAR instead of a few times a week. Thanks for YOUR inspiring post!

  21. Becca Z says:

    I started getting it together in November, right before Thanksgiving, I started juicing every single day and have only missed here and there, and I started exercising every day because I was fixated on how much I loved my rest days and was thinking that my life was somehow better on rest days, when really, I LOVE exercise and my mind, will and emotions were telling me one thing when really my body could take so much more than what I put it through. Some days I go light, and no days do I do a workout or cardio that I don’t enjoy. It is def working to change my mindset.

  22. Becca Z says:

    I follow NOW on Twitter

  23. Becca Z says:

    I follow NOW on instagram

  24. Becca Z says:

    I follow Hip Healthy Chick on Twitter

  25. Becca Z says:

    I tweeted

  26. Fiona N says:

    I am getting together by exercising at least 30′ every day, and eating more healthy food, less sugar and salt..!

  27. Fiona N says:

    I am following NOWFoods on Instagram @greenavocado

  28. Fiona N says:

    I am following NOWFoods on Twitter @carabao62

  29. Fiona N says:

    I am following You on Instagram @greenavocado

  30. Fiona N says:

    I tweeted this awesome giveaway: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/691581199228100608
    Thank You for the chance

  31. Vanessa Jones says:

    Great post and perspective! I really related to your comment about being a people pleaser and the perception others have of me. We have to let it go!
    I am getting it together by taking more time for me. Learning to say no and spending more time on my health and happiness πŸ™‚

  32. Vanessa Jones says:

    I am following you on Instagram @vanessarjones

  33. Vanessa Jones says:

    I am following NowFoods on Instagram @vanessarjones

  34. Vanessa Jones says:

    I am following you on Twitter @vanessarjones

  35. Vanessa Jones says:

    I am following NowFoods on Twitter @vanessarjones

  36. Vanessa Jones says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  37. Sandy says:

    I love to read your blog, it encourage me to be strong and think positive and be healthy for myself. Don’t let negative opinion or judge from other people effect us. I agree with you that true friend will be support and stay with you when you need them. They should not judge us from the outside so this new year I will try exercise more,drink more water and walk more. For my personal opinion I think the most beauty is from inside out first. And I’m grateful I have few good friends to support me when I need them.

  38. Sandy says:

    I’m following NOWFoods on Instagram @sandyhappy88.

  39. Sandy says:

    I’m following NOWFoods on Twitter @Sandyhappy88.

  40. Sandy says:

    I’m following HipHealthyChick on Instagram @sandyhappy88.

  41. Sandy says:

    I’m following HipHealthyChick on Twitter @sandyhappy88.

  42. sharon says:

    I love this! It really resonated with me… im 38 and just had our beautiful (and a total surprise.. my husband and i have been together for 14 yrs and just didnt think it would happen for us.. surprise!) Daughter Beverly-Rose this last May… while i was hoping id be out moovn’ and groovn’ with my fitness buddies i ended up with chronic presistant pelvic pain…. So after months of hoping it would ease i ended having surgery… removing a large cyst. So now im 4 wks post surgery and easing into my yoga practice (with my adorable monstergirl beside me) im glad to be working on my healing journey … one step at a time… thank you for posting your journey and setting up this giveaway of such awesome products! (I already follow Now foods on IG and am now following you! @sweatandlaughter

  43. Judith says:

    I follow NOW on IG (jlrontal)

  44. Judith says:

    I follow on Twitter (@RontalJudith)

  45. Judith says:

    Love this giveaway! Would love to try out the products

  46. Melanie Gardner says:

    I follow Now foods on IG.

  47. Melanie Gardner says:

    I follow you on IG

  48. Shannon says:

    Just followed you on insta! I was already following now there πŸ™‚

    I have been going hard with my fitness. While I feel connected to my body and spirit doing intense workouts, I’ve had to work on slowing down and still connecting. I have started focusing on kundalini yoga where there is a lot of meditation and breathing. I’m getting better at being able to just be settled and I see the benefits so that helps me to get even deeper into my calm connection.

    Thank you for hosting this give away. I love all the now products I have tried but I have not tried these. Good luck everyone <3

  49. Vilmaris Conigliaro says:

    I’m staying accountable through social media and exercising with my friend 2x a week

  50. Vilmaris Conigliaro says:

    Follow on instagram

  51. Vilmaris Conigliaro says:

    Follow on twitter

  52. Vilmaris Conigliaro says:

    Re tweed linkhttps://twitter.com/MomRunsTheRace/status/693073638141120512

  53. CJ Williams says:

    What an excellent post. I can relate to the rush and fuss, and to the people pleasing… I have to say, this Winter I’ve gone for a spin as well. But I’m getting it together by planning in my self-care, putting concrete and specific daily practises down ON My CALENDAR that re-center me, and keep me nourished spiritually and physically. I am going out for tea with a dear friend every other week. I meditate now for at least 10 minutes morning and night. I’m eating all whole foods, and have gone back to my doc to get some unresolved symptoms confronted with my celiac disease. I’m journaling every morning.

    And I’m making PLAY a date — at least one hour of creative crashing happy dashing drawing knitting exploring — every week.

    Love how NOW foods not only provides nutritional support, but is a company that supports a WHOLE LIFE as well as whole foods.

  54. CJ Williams says:

    I follow you on Twitter, by the way. πŸ™‚

  55. CJ Williams says:

    I follow NOW on twitter as well.

  56. CJ Williams says:

    And I follow NOW on instagram. Of course. @PonyoImp

  57. Volonda says:

    Following Now on Instagram