Who is Toni Sweeney?

I am NOT a perfect person & I’ll never claim to be…

My 20’s. The easy days!

I am NOT a perfect person & I’ll never claim to be…

I’m not going to write this bio in the third person because I’m writing myself, about myself. I’m not going to sing and dance about my life. I am not going to sit and tell you how you should or shouldn’t live your life. I’m not going to tell you that your food choices are wrong because they aren’t “my” food choices. I’m not going to tell you that I live the perfect life with the perfect family, in the perfect home, and make or have made perfect choices always for as long as I can remember. That’s not who I am. 

I am a nurse. I am a mother of one beautiful miracle child, Owen and a dog-mom to two of the most spoiled canines I’ve ever met. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am that person who will have the WORST day and still sit and listen with all ears open when someone needs to talk.

I am also stubborn and competitive (Just ask Shane!) and I stop at NOTHING until I get what the end result I’m seeking. Whether that be a struggle or a dinner date at my favorite restaurant. 😉 

How my career all started…

I’ve always been into being active and exercise-oriented. If i felt chubby in some clothes I’d exercise for 2 hours a day until I toned up and I had no problems doing it. Those were the good old days. When I was in my 20’s and could do anything I put my mind to and get results overnight or so it seemed with a beer in my hand at that! 

Fast forward to 2011. The year my beautiful son was born. I was content and happy for once in my life. I didn’t have much time to think about myself as a newlywed, a new nurse just starting my career, and a new mom. It wasn’t until Owen’s baptism at 6 months old that I even noticed how much weight I had gained! (That’s how much I wasn’t thinking about myself but instead taking care of my family). My husband worked on the rigs at the time so it was constant non stop running for 3 weeks on before I had a little bit of a break when he got home for his week off. My friend Katie had posted a picture to facebook a few days after his baptism & that’s when it hit me… like a ton of bricks. 

I sat and cried at this picture. Yes I was happy on the outside but on the inside I was fighting the “weight insecurity”. I didn’t exactly know how much my weight was at that point. I had stopped looking at the scale at 198 pounds a few weeks prior to this picture. All I knew is that I had other priorities to focus on while my husband worked out of town 3 weeks a month and that was my “excuse” for letting myself go.

After this picture, something in me snapped. I had always been the person to take care of myself and here I sat googling “clothes to fit apple shaped bodies” and not being able to walk up a flight of steps without getting winded.

So I started back into my beachbody workouts and eating “healthy” (or so I thought). Killing myself trying to take care of baby, cook meals, working full time on 2nd shift, and getting an hour workout in every day. The scale budged a little. I won’t lie. But for as much work as I put in that month, a 6 pound loss was miserable.

I started researching supplements and a girlfriend of mine from elementary school started talking about this “bee pollen” she used to lose 50 pounds. She looked phenomenal! I started using it, barely sleeping, running around like crazy, working crazy hours, taking care of O, and eating when I was hungry (which was pretty nonexistent at that point) and low and behold I had lost 16 pounds in 2 weeks. Yes. That to me was a miracle. So I bought another bottle, continued on this path for 3 months and guess what? I got to my goal weight of 134 pounds. I had done that in 3 months flat by doing nothing other than taking a miraculous pill.

Others at work started noticing my weight loss so I jumped on board and started a company, Bee-Xtreme, and transitioned from overworked and underpaid nurse to stay at home business mom who was feeling fit and fabulous and doing nothing other than popping a magic pill.

Well fast forward 2 more years- sales were through the roof. I had 17 shops carrying this product, I had a very active facebook page, and website and heck I was even featured on the channel 10 news along with my friend Jenn who was a Zumba instructor at the time and had introduced me to this miracle capsule! I was living it up for a good year before it all came CRASHING….DOWN.

An old ad (2012) when I was naive.

The fall of Bee Pollen…

In November 2012, Jenn called me in a panic. The FDA had issued a recall on that Ultimate Formula Bee Pollen. There was some “illegal” ingredient in there that wasn’t listed on the bottle. I was scared shitless to tell you the truth. Does this sort of thing happen? How could we not know about this? Why was that ingredient in MY BEE POLLEN? While all these answers went unanswered by distributors, we were heartbroken to say the least. But the next month we still continued to see sales of Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen even though these had been recalled with the Ultimate Formula Bee Pollen! How? What the heck is going on?

So I contacted a distributor out of Jersey who told me some shit story of how Zi Xiu Tang Success was making their own Zi Xiu Tang and it was in no way shape or form the same stuff she had. I was gullible. I was looking for that magic pill. I visualized having an answer for all my customers who were upset about the bee pollen being taken away. I had it AGAIN. So, January 2013 I started selling again and I was ecstatic. People were losing weight, but not as fast as they did with Ultimate. Not as consistent as it was with Ultimate. But losing nonetheless.

Fast forward a year and a half later and guess what…. those pills I was selling were recalled AGAIN. AYFKM?! I thought these were “different”. I thought these weren’t the same pills that were recalled two years ago. ? So not only did I let my customers down once, I had done it TWICE in two years. I wanted answers. But my distributor just closed up shop, closed her website down, and vanished and left every single one of us hanging and I was LIVID.

So continue on to stay at home I was selling everything and anything I could to get SOMETHING into my customer’s hands. But I just didn’t feel right about it. I didn’t believe in these products like I once did with Zi Xiu Tang and Ultimate Formula.

I was trying anything to get this fat off my body. This was a 10 day fast… I think I made it 24 hours.

I was sent on a mission…..(I promise! Almost over!)

In nursing school I remembered all things herbs and how chemicals reacted in our minds and bodies. I am very science-y and I took a personal interest in it. So I started researching…. a lot. So much I left my business on the backburner and started focusing on herbs and chemicals and what they do to our brain and how they can help someone lose weight and why they worked for weight loss.

About 6 months later I hired a private chemist to help me formulate a rockstar of a capsule, Xtreme Slim Bee Pollen. My baby. My long nights of research and planning had finally come true. I had developed an amazing product that was USA made and I could make sure that all the extra tests were done to ensure purity of ingredients, and third party testing to ensure it was free of dust and mold and all that other crap that filled those China supplements. And that’s when the Xtreme Supplement line was born.

Our supplements are among the best in their class in my opinion. They work well without a lot of effort but “not as good” as those China pills. They still take some work and it was my mission to teach people exactly what to do for PROPER supplement use and teach nutrition and exercise to help them maintain their weight loss. This worked well for a few years and that Slim and Burn are still my top selling supplements to this day for weight loss.

Xtreme Supplements on the left….Xtreme Supplements plus Keto on the right. October 2017… when my life changed.

I wanted more….

As I said before, I’m intrigued by the cells in the body. I took an interest in the keto way of eating back in 2017 and I honestly haven’t looked back since then. I’ve maintained a goal weight of 138-140 pounds for the last 2 years pretty effortlessly with the help of keto and Xtreme Supplements. So it’s now my mission to pass this information onto you!

The body is a beautiful, complex machine, and I’ve set out on a crusade to educate people how best to get it working FOR THEM.

I enrolled in a keto coaching courses right away after I had seen the way Keto was helping my own body and mind and mood. From there I’ve taken a handful of other coaching training, seminars all over the country, and certificates to help build a business nuturing people along the scary path to a massive lifestyle change.

The things I ask you to do are not the same old things you’ve heard before.

Those things were temporary. This is not.

Everything I had learned prior to keto, during my “personal training” days (yes I am also a certified personal trainer but I won’t even talk about that since finding the Primal/Paleo/Keto way of eating!), had been wrong. I was telling people the WRONG way to do things and I know it whole heartedly now! Don’t get me wrong, people still saw great results with what I was teaching but not like this, not like keto and not with aligning the hormones of the body for hemeostasis. Tracking calories isn’t “all it takes” to achieve our body composition goals. I healed myself through keto. My anxiety, my depression, those last stubborn 10 pounds, my muscle tone, my mind, and even those damn pre-cancer cells that were doubling in numbers every 6 months, were gone. EVERYTHING. This is my story and I’m ready to tell it.

A lifestyle change is a very difficult thing for people to wrap their head around. And that’s why you need a trustworthy and knowledgable coach to lead you through it. I do a lot of myth-busting in my day to day interactions with my clients. I’m a bit outspoken and and (I think) my customers appreciate that. LOL!

Outspoken & Confident?

There’s no doubt in my mind that if you give me 8 weeks, I can get down to your metabolic insufficiencies and dramatically dial in your appetite, cravings, mood, waistline, and yes, even that darn scale. I’ve developed products and programs and services that work although they are off the beaten path a little bit. But what do you have to lose? Your health is my #1 priority and it’s get top-priority treatment around these parts.

It’s my mission to enable everyone to achieve an effortless lifestyle transition whether it be keto or not. There are several options. Let’s find one that works for you!

February 2019 “Keto” to April 2019 “Primal Health Coach”

Life After The Keto Diet…

Life after the keto diet

A REAL truth about weight loss: maintaining your goal weight is actually harder than getting to that goal weight. It’s hard to lose weight, but lots of people manage that part with Bee-Xtreme plans and programs.  Where they stumble is keeping that weight off: they slowly slide back into their old eating habits after they hit their goal weight and all their hard work gets undone.

Don’t let this happen to you! Make a plan in advance for weight maintenance as an ongoing commitment: this should be something you think about as you lose weight, not something you suddenly start considering once the scale finally shows you the number you’ve been waiting for. You don’t necessarily have to keep eating “keto” in exactly the same way during maintenance: your best weight-maintenance diet might be a little different from your best weight-loss diet. On the other hand, if you go back to eating what you used to eat, sooner or later you’ll weigh just as much as you used to weigh or slightly even more. But this doesn’t mean you can’t live once in awhile either.

The good news is that keto is probably a good choice for kicking off a successful weight maintenance period. At least one meta-analysis has found that low-carb or high-protein diets were associated with better weight maintenance in the long run, even after the study diet ended and people were allowed to go back to their normal eating patterns. So to kick off your planning for life after weight loss, take a look at 4 options for long-term goal weight maintenance.

1. Keep on with keto, but eat a little more food.

Keto is perfectly safe for the long term and there’s no real need to come out of ketosis if you don’t want to. If you feel great on keto and never want to quit – don’t!

Weight loss, keto or otherwise, is 99% calorie deficit. If you want to stay keto but don’t want to lose any more weight, the solution is just to eat a little bit more fat and protein than you had been eating, without raising carbs enough to get out of ketosis. There’s no magical property of ketosis that will cause you to lose weight while you’re taking in as many calories as you use; the trick is just to find that perfect amount of food for your height/weight/activity level. It’s different for everyone and not something that a generic online calculator can predict: we all have to learn it for ourselves based on experience.

The big benefit of this approach is that there’s no risk of extra carbs causing new/more cravings. A lot of people find that if they start eating more carbs, all the blood sugar highs and lows come right back and the sugar cravings suddenly reappear – then it’s a constant willpower battle again, just what you were trying to avoid with keto. You can completely prevent this entire problem by just staying on keto to begin with. I’ve actually switched myself to a Primal style of eating and have maintained my weight for the last 2 years. If you’re interested in learning more about this approach please join the Bee-Xtreme Community on facebook for one on one coaching and tons and tons of success stories.

2. Switch from fat loss to muscle gain.

This is a Primal approach to weight stabilization. Seven specific moves are required for Primal conditioning. This isn’t technically weight maintenance, since you’ll be (slowly and intentionally) gaining muscles and possibly weight. It’s more like “fat maintenance:” you’ll be maintaining a low body fat percentage while adding more muscle. Muscle mass improves metabolic flexibility, strengthens your bones, reduces long-term risk of type 2 diabetes, and makes it harder to regain fat. If you want a body-change “project” to keep improving your health after weight loss, muscle gain might be just the ticket!

To do this option, you’ll need to be doing some kind of resistance training (powerlifting, weightlifting, bodypump classes, bodyweight conditioning, whatever you like). That will give your muscles the signal to grow; the next step is giving them the fuel they need. Two popular choices:

Add more calories and protein; keep carbs low.

Add more carbs around workouts only.

Protein should be relatively high for building muscle regardless of which approach you take.

1-2 pounds a week is about as much muscle as most people can realistically gain (unless they’re absolute beginners who have never even touched a weight before), so if you’re gaining much more than that, it’s probably partly fat. You can either gain lean mass slowly, gain a lot of mass quickly and then diet to lose the fat while keeping the muscle, or strike a balance between the two. Adjust your calorie surplus to the amount of fat you’re willing to gain in the interest of putting on muscle and getting stronger

3. Transition to low-carb (but not keto) Primal.

Your carb limit for active weight loss might be much stricter than the carb limit you need just to maintain. There’s a difference between “low-carb” and “ketogenic:” some people don’t have to be actively in ketosis to stay at a healthy weight, as long as they stick with low-carb eating.

Winter squash is delicious and nutrient-dense. It doesn’t fit into a keto diet, but that doesn’t make it junk food!

Why would you want to increase carbs if keto has been working out for you? The advantage of raising carbs is that you get more flexibility to eat extra vegetables, which can help you get a more micronutrient-dense diet and add more variety to your meals. Parsnips, carrots, and butternut squash are pretty tasty, especially once you’ve cured yourself of butter-phobia! If you’re going to stick with this for the long haul, having as many options as possible is helpful.

One potential approach is to raise your daily carb limit by 10-20 grams, hold that for a week or two, and then reassess: you can keep stepping up slowly until you stop feeling good and/or start re-gaining weight (bear in mind that you will inevitably gain a pound or two of WATER weight with more carbs in your diet, but 5 pounds or more is a sign that you’re regaining real weight, not just water).

If you want to experiment with some extra carbs, but you’re scared of falling down a slippery slope into a typical junk food diet, sticking with Primal foods is one way to put some more objective, specific limits on your diet so it doesn’t totally go off the rails. Primal carbs are generally nutrient-dense and fiber-rich (with the exception of pure sweeteners like honey or maple syrup), which makes them less tempting to overeat. It’s not necessarily impossible to gain weight on sweet potatoes and plantains, but it’s a lot harder than gaining weight on animal crackers and bagel chips

4. Experiment with intermittent fasting

This is a strategy for dealing with that feeling of “I’ve worked so hard! Now I deserve to relax!”

If you want to feel a little more laid-back about eating during weight maintenance, intermittent fasting is a good way to turn up the “cruise control” feeling. Basically, you’re only allowed to eat during a specific window, but you have a lot more freedom with your meals during that window. For most people, the compression of the eating window naturally limits the amount of food that they eat, so instead of weighing or measuring food to restrict portions, they can just follow the clock. This is psychologically easier for some people, since when you do eat, you get to feast.

Options for intermittent fasting include:

Eating normally 5-6 days a week with 1-2 days of total fasting

Eating in a 6-10 hour window every day (for example, noon to 8 pm), but not at any other time of day. Your eating window can be early in the day (breakfast and lunch, but no dinner) or late in the day (lunch and dinner, but no breakfast), whatever you prefer.

Combine intermittent fasting with maintenance keto, muscle-gaining keto, or low-carb Primal, whatever works well for you.

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