Plexus had arrived!

I’m excited to start my Plexus adventure tomorrow. I’m not a nutritionist, doctor, nurse, or scientist. I can only share my findings based on my body. As everyone states with any product, no two results are the same. Lol. That’s fine. Anyone who thinks that, probably has other unrealistic body perceptions.

You may be thinking, why am I up at this hour? 2:25am. I’ll tell you why. It’s called my grad school application essay. What’s worse, I thought it said 2000 words. About 1000 words into it, I thought, this is crazy. What other fluff can I add? I re-read the instructions…. 2000 characters! Ugh. Now, I need to cut it in half. That’s okay; easier to do. 😉

Regular sleep is something I’ll need to adjust as part of the Plexus plan; any part of living a healthy lifestyle. One of my nemesis.

I thought I’d post this real quick. If you’re using the Plexus product, please share your experience! I think it’s beneficial to share notes. 🙂 Ta-Da!!

The Greatest Showman

Greatest Showman Trailer (click image)

A. Must. See. Movie.

Tonight, I saw it for a second time. I was just as moved as the first time! I practically jumped out of my seat, wanting to hit the play button again the first time. Exciting and FUN! Upbeat. The music and cinematography was amazing. Fantastic shots and dancing. Motivational, moving and even tear inducing. Even though I did some research about certain characters, and found a few to be completely made up; I didn’t mind one bit. The creativity was backdropped by historical validity.

Hugh Jackman does an incredible job of being P.T. Barnum. What a stage presence! He commands your attention. While, he made mistakes in life, like most good people, he was able to recognize his errors and become better for it.

The Greatest Showman is gentle, touching and romantic. It hits close to home and today’s issues. Do we follow our dreams? Do we take chances? Are we authentic or try to blend in with the norm? Be yourself. I think pretty much every character has a moment where they either go and do, or just sit there. Chasing sucess, falling in love and taking a stand for yourself were some examples.

The rejection of the odd, unaccepted and despised in society is an underlying theme. Who is to say what’s the standard or norm for everyone? You don’t have to be best friends with everybody, but that does not give one the right to treat those you do not agree with, cruelly.

Disespect. Selfishness. Embarrassment. Do we treat the ones we befriend or love, with equal value as the rest of whom we associate? Or not acknowledge them when in the presence of others not so accepting?

I think the movie could be summed up by these 2 quotes.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”.

P.T. Barnum

“When you’re careless with other people, you bring ruin upon yourself”.

Jenny Lind, world’s greatest opera singer at that time

Excellent, excellent movie. Inspiring, motivating, foot stomping and smile creating favorite. I’ll be buying this one.

A little bit of background

Gameplan for this next year

I ran my regular body mass index (BMI) test with those not so terribly accurate handhelds at LA Fitness.  Summer of 2017 and I had been doing cardio for an hour and weights/resistance/pull-ups for an hour; 3 to 4 times a week.  Every workout, I would run in, weigh myself and find out what my body fat reading was; I mentally started to prepare.  It didn’t matter how long I worked out, weights I pushed, situps, chin ups etc… it wasn’t decreasing. My weight actually went down,  but not my BMI.  And so far, I was “very high”.  I despised the little squares blinking as they slowly move further to right whispering… “Jana, you obviously aren’t a healthy person. I mean look at that BMI, crazy high lady!”  Sure, on the outside, one couldn’t tell if I was truly an overweight/obese person. BUT, I knew.  Sure, I could pull down 5.10’s at the local climbing gym. Run a few miles on a whim. Lift weights.  Deep down inside I knew that I could be doing all of those a helluva lot better.

Was it my age, my hormones, Nexplanon birth control, my diet, lack of sleep, the hundreds of injuries I had prior or did I just not have it in me anymore?  I didn’t want to be that 40 something who decided to just toss in the towel and accept my rather depressing future of inactivity and larger clothing sizes (although I had bandwagon’d it a few times).  It bugged me already that a bra I used to wear when I was way heavier, now chaffed my underarms!  I am at my biggest size. According to the Center for disease and control, I was overweight.  My BMI was a 28%.  Ouch! I should be around 18 to 21 percent to be healthy.

What in heavens name?!?

A few years ago, I “liked” some strangers quote on a wall of someone we knew in common.  She reached out to me.  I’m not sure how the convo started, but it eventually lead to information regarding the Isagenix product.  Honestly, I was sold.  But, it was gradual.  I’m not the sort to jump on and try some new product that instantly changes your bodies weight and health.  I knew that it takes time; proper diet and exercise.  I had been watching this gals posts for the past 3 years.  Reading and seeing about all these people she had helped facilitate amazing, and even average, but successful changes.  I figured why not? Well, in the beginning, it was the cost. 600 buck-a-roos.  Hey, I earned a living picking up dog poo from homeowners’ yards for two years.  Yes, I made a few bucks, but not a whole lot of wiggle room to make such a purchase.  And then, when I was finally ready to buy and bought, I was bombarded with a lot of negative reviews and commentary.  I panicked and canceled my order.  I wasn’t sure what to do anymore.  This was my game plan to eating better, and it vanished. Poof!

On a side note, the past few months,  I could feel my health deteriorate.  Right down the toilet.  I have been sick since Thanksgiving.  I’ve had a cough that has lasted about 3 months… which I finally saw a doc for today. Tomorrow I find out what bug is beating me up.

Back to the story.  I stumbled across a post about Plexus.  Here’s the difference.  Instead of it being solely about weight loss,  it was attacking the problem (and increasing body well-being) at a cellular level. At a gut level where your biomes and probiotics come into play.  Something I hadn’t taken into consideration. My mind started turning.  In my Plexus post, you’ll get a better understanding of the product; albeit not exactly short, but then science never is.

Okay, so get my enzymes and other cellular stuff under control. Figure out an exercise routine that holds me accountable. Eat healthy via pre-pared meals, and supplement with meal shakes in the mornings.  Perfect.

The Camp Transformation Center.  My Facebook feed showed this chick with a most awesome body flexing in a push-up stance.  Wow.  I want to be her!  It was advertised as the FREE 6-week weight loss challenge.  You had to go to an interview to see if you could be a contestant. THAT’S where they get you. Throughout the spiel, they casually throw out the concept of off-loading $500 to be held as ransom.  Basically, you either lose 20 lbs or 5% body fat and you get your money back.  If not, you’re out $500.  Based on my size, I needed to lose 5%.  You have to lose it in 6 weeks.  You have to work out a total of 30 times at their gym. Eat a diet they determine prior. Use a food scale (not something I’d ever a second thought to and probably going to be annoying). And as a hard body challenge person, I have to also do after work out, workouts.  This starts February 25th (I’ll keep you posted ;)).

There you a have it.  My game plan to healthier lifestyle and living.  A body I am happy with and in shape.  I was in pretty good shape by late 30’s.  I can be again.  We’ve all read about the 90-year-old grandpa bodybuilder and the 80-year-old lady who can run multiple marathons.  I  need to kick start this bad boy for future happiness.

THE PLAN

Plexus. Body challenge for 6 weeks. Eat Meal plans that send you carefully portioned meals 3 times week.  Isagenix meal replacements for breakfast and lunch or dinner.  Cheap? Not really.  Worth it? I’m counting on it.  I know many of you have kids, maybe a full-time job as well, and most likely a significant other.  It may not fit everyone’s situation.  Fortunately for me, I have the flexibility as a self-employed maid service owner, with no kids.

On a side note, I am going to be working with a physician to see how premenopause, birth control, my Bi-Polar meds are affecting my current situation.  How can they not be?  Game on.

Day 1 of the Body Transformation

Let’s get the show on the road! (Warning, scary pictures).

No better way to see results unless there are pictures, right? I’m 41, 5’2, 144 lbs and 26% BMI (overweight). Having been seen 3 times by doctors in the past 48 hours, those are the numbers.

Things can only get better from here! I’ll probably only post pics every 2 weeks so you can actually see progress.

My Plexus product should be here in a few days, and I’ll share how that is going. Cheers!

Perspective

We all die someday. But not today.

I know I’ve joked about dying. But I was actually in a serious condition the past 24 hours.

I want to share an article.

Gresham single mom dies after going to hospital with flu symptoms.

http://www.kptv.com/story/37334204/gresham-single-mom-dies-after-going-to-hospital-with-flu-symptoms
(Via FOX 12 Oregon).

I went to see my physician yesterday. What started out as a painful, hacking cough that jarred my entire body with low back pains, literally morphed into a 102.5 degree beast. I was a bit worried. I hurt terribly last night. You name it, it happened. I called my physician, told him what’s up and they wanted to see me. After waiting 1.45 hours, I got in. I was never so moody, in pain, and annoyed.

I saw another doctor. She got my temperature. I had aspirin about an hour before and I felt a little better. 102 degrees. What? Great. 102 is not sign of a breaking fever. She was concerned.  She prescribed a Z-pack, Tessalon Pearls and Sudafed 12 hr. Here’s the kicker. She said if my fever didn’t drop in the next few hours after I took another aspirin, I’d have to go to the ER. You can get seizures and blood clots and die. Well, that’s not good.

The article above stated how a 36 year old women died. She went in for the flu, got aspirin and told to drink plenty of liquids. That night she had a high fever. Her boyfriend brought her in unconscious. She died 2 days later. It was discovered she had pneumonia, but picked up a an agressive blood infection, MRSA, during her initial visit.

There were many times in my life I wanted to die and put myself in dangerous situations in the hopes someone else would hurt me. I tried to shoot myself once. But today, even though the odds were slim that that event could have happened to me, I realised I wanted to live. I had so much more life to live.

I have an opportunity to get my health back and be fit and uninjured again. I wanted that so much! I honestly prayed to Heavenly Father asking him to help me heal quickly and not take me home yet.

When I came home, I crawled into bed with chills. About an hr later, woke up sweating to death. I knew I was on the rebound. My temp is 100, but that’s nothing. 😉

Life is short and beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever take it for granted again.

Unofficially declared dead

Man. This is a bummer. I’m writing you from the other side. Funny how we have the internet here. I’ve been walking around the past few months with an annoying cough. I think there were a few times I actually felt sick.  I figured it would go away on its own. Nope, silly me.

Have you ever tried to spit into a napkin and before you can put it in a waste basket, it drips on to your shirt, or worse your bed comforter ? Yeah, I wouldn’t  know about it either.  Sonetimes, when I blow my nose, the snozzola will actually end up on my fingers! I can’t breathe, sleep, and lie down. My head and nose are completely stuffed up (but I have a very drippy nose- like a faucet!),  raging headache, fever, chills, night sweats, body ache… when I saw my doc, he hypothesized some form of bronchitis, pneumonia, N something, H something, along with allergies.  To verify which beast raced through my body, they did some blood tests, gave me an inhaler and I’m getting a chest x-ray and breathing test done today. He mentioned it was pointless to prescribe flu meds because none of the other cold/flu meds worked.

I’ve named the frog in my throat Charlie.   Kermit would be to norm.

This past week I worked some freakishly long hours. Sonetimes sleeping but a few hours at night. I was on this high! I felt full of energy and going at 100 miles per hour. Sadly, my body came to a crashing yesterday.

During this overwhelming feeling of invincibility, my chomebook didn’t work as fast as my mind did.  I currently have a small maid cleaning business.  I had been researching scheduling software that was compatible with QuickBooks online. Initially, I needed Acuity scheduling software so I could find an app tbat would send out confirmation and follow-up emails.  I sent invoices and was paid via QBO.  It allows the customer to pay their bill directly from their invoice.  Which is awesome, except I have to manually confirm, remind and follow-up. And, sometimes I forgot. Suck. Moreover, the Acuity only worked with a few merchant services.  The most compatible was Stripe. This however would become a nightmare when I reconciled my accounts. I liked how it required a cc on file in case of no shows.  Unfortunately, I had to have an exact price for them BEFORE, the option to take cc info was possible. And lastly, they had no option to take bank account information.

Whatever.

Meanwhile, as I researched what to do, I also examined Launch27, Maid Biz, ZenMaid and GetJobber. I gave up and realized I needed to also get my branding done.  Normally something I did first in previous businesses. I went on to find a simple logo maker. When I logged in, it was the only thing I couldn’t create.  But, they offered a blog page. I had never blogged, and honestly, don’t follow them. 😉 It’s hard enough to keep up with all the other social media sites.

Next thing I know, I’ve got 20 tabs open and creating my blog. While I researched scheduling software and automated emails, I was working on purchasing my Plexus Tri-pack for my new health goals.  Oddly, after I clicked “Buy”,  the little “I’m thinking” circle went round and round, and round. Nope, it did not process.

I went to bed.

Woke up the next morning with the worse cough ever and even pulled a back muscle because my cough would whiplash my poor body in half.  Would that be called waist whiplash? 🤔

The sickness 🎼🎶 “wrecked my whole world when (it) came, and hit me like a hurricane”. 📻🎵

As I lay here, Disturbed’s “Down with a Sickness” plays in my head.

As I type my frustration, knowing the same business and sickness problems will be there later, I realize my left eye is sealed shut.  What the? I’m on my 3rd glass of ginger tea. Downed sone Robitussin DM, Theraflu, alleve and breathed in few puffs of my inhaler.

I just pray I fall asleep. Longest. Night.  Ever.

 

Healing the gut…what?

Belly problem areas.  I was like, “That’s me!  I’m all the body types!”  Bummer.  Well, I want to do something about it.  That’s when I reached out to my friend who had posted it. I read this article.  Unfortunately, I can’t link it. So I copy and pasted it.

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BELLY FAT & WHAT PRODUCTS MAY HELP MOST

So, belly fat …. those of us that have it DO NOT want it! But did you know that there are actually four different types of belly fat and depending upon which you have (and it could be a combination) would affect what measures need to be taken to get rid if it!?

All four types are created by an underlying hormone imbalance. And you can have hormonal imbalance in more than one area. Hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, and fat burning. Understanding how hormones affect your body and the healing process enables you to a) get healthier faster b) make sure that your diet, exercise and supplement regimen are going to effectively address the specific hormones you are dealing with and c) get rid of the belly faster.

So, let’s talk about the 4 types and which Plexus products would be helpful.

1) LIVER BELLY: Think “pot belly”. Frequently seen in men as they age, but can be seen in women too. Lovingly known as the “done lap” ….because your belly done lapped your belt!

People with this belly type often complain of digestive problems, bloating, flatulence, as well as mid back pain and soreness without any apparent reason. Right shoulder pain might also appear.

Why does the liver belly appear? People in this category struggle to maintain healthy blood sugar levels overnight and wake up with low blood sugar. This leaves them feeling irritable and hunger may not disappear after they have a meal. This happens because bile isn’t released properly and food isn’t broken down as it should, so these people feel hungry after eating and crave for sugars, as a result of their low energy levels.

The only way to get rid of a liver belly is to get your liver function back on track. Eat more proteins, as these help keeping blood sugar levels under control. Replace simple carbs with complex ones, coming from fruits and veggies, and eliminate soda and alcoholic beverages from your menu. Your liver needs to detox for you to lose the liver belly, so water should become your favorite beverage.

Which products might help?

Plexus Slim: to balance your blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings. Taken first thing in the morning, this could relieve morning irritability.

BLOCK: Block is a great way to keep blood sugar levels in check post meal and prevents carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat.

Probio5 and Biocleanse: Because this belly type has frequent digestive complaints, Probio5 and Biocleanse could help alleviate that distress while balancing intestinal flora.

2) THYROID BELLY: For thyroid belly friends, predominately women, the fat is usually distributed throughout the entire body, from neck and shoulders to legs, and the accumulation of excess weight is caused by an abnormal dominance of estrogen.

Estrogen dominance wreaks havoc in many ways (thyroid, adrenal, fatigue, fertility, body pain, etc.) Too much estrogen slows down the thyroid and causes weight gain, a common complaint of those with hypothyroidism. But it is not limited to weight. There are over 300 hypothyroid symptoms.
Thyroid belly individuals have cravings for sweets and fats, have saggy skin on their arms and tend to have thinner outer eyebrows.

Your best chance of getting rid of the thyroid belly is to restore the functioning of this gland and normalize the levels of estrogen. Women are more likely to get this type of fat, but men can have it as well.

Which products might help?

Plexus Slim: chromium and alpha-lipoic acid have a beneficial action on thyroid function. Additionally, it could help stem the cravings for sweets and fats this group battles.

Probio5: this would be a great addition because thyroid disease is thought to be intimately connected with gut health.

Biocleanse: this is a great option because so many hypothyroid people struggle with constipation as a result of energy being down regulated, along with metabolism.

X Factor : X Factor contains Thiamine. Thiamine is one of the B vitamins, known as B1. Its main responsibility is to change carbohydrates into energy and it also helps with the digestion of proteins and fats. Thiamine is necessary for proper release of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs, which is required for proper protein digestion. Most people with thyroid belly have low stomach acid or do not release any stomach acid. X factor could be helpful because it is formulated with aloe, which increases nutrient absorption by as much as 400% .

3.) ADRENAL BELLY: Are you under chronic stress? It could be from anything … a bad marriage, struggling finances, a difficult job situation, troubled children, becoming a caregiver for a parent or a handicapped child, battling a chronic illness, etc.. These individuals are often very type A, achievers, driven, find it hard to say no etc.

People in this category typically gain weight if they undergo stressful periods, and the belly fat tends to cause a saggy abdomen, but can also become the visceral or hard fat that is deep within the body. Your bodily cortisol concentrations are controlled by an enzyme that’s located in fat cells, with visceral cells having more of these enzymes than subcutaneous cells. “Having higher levels of these enzymes in your abdominal fat contributes to obesity because greater amounts of cortisol are being produced”, says Christine A. Maglione-Garves in the University of New Mexico article, “Cortisol Connection.” “Accumulating fat and higher cortisol levels in the body also are associated with a higher appetite, sugar cravings and weight gain”, says Maglione-Garves. Sustained periods of stress make both men and women in this group gain large amounts of fat around their waist, and this leads to low back pain, general fatigue and even fibromyalgia.

Common symptoms associated with cortisol excess: poor sleep patterns, poor memory, brain fog, worry excessively and often crave for salty foods at night. People with adrenal belly are irritable and edgy most of the time.
The best solution would be to eliminate as much stress as possible, but in our society that is easier said than done. Because blood sugar and cortisol have a very intimate relationship, keeping your blood sugar balanced is imperative. This can be achieved by eating a protein rich snack 2 hours before going to bed

Which products might help?

Plexus Slim: contains chromium. Chromium has been found to have a profoundly nourishing effect on adrenal function. Sugar cravings are a common component of adrenal dysfunction and getting them under control is key to getting your adrenals healthy again.

BLOCK: cravings for simple carbohydrates like salty chips and baked potatoes are quite common for adrenal belly types. Getting those cravings under control, but also reducing any post meal blood sugar spikes would be a great option. Cortisol and blood sugar work closely together in the body to provide adequate energy. When cortisol is too high it is not uncommon for people to experience blood sugar challenges.

Probio5: as with everything else, a healthy gut is important for overall health and well-being. Candida overgrowth is often and underlying factor in adrenal dysfunction whether from overuse of antibiotics or diminished immunity from stress. Adding Probio5 could help restore the healthy balance of intestinal flora.

Biocleanse: All stress states increase the rate at which the body uses up magnesium. In his blog, Dr. James Wilson suggests that individuals with adrenal issues increase their intake of this important mineral, which plays a role in the function of more than 300 enzymes in the body. Magnesium is a highly nourishing and calming mineral. Magnesium is found to be deficient in most people, but especially those impacted by chronic stress. Biocleanse is formulated with both magnesium and vitamin C, both of which have been found to benefit adrenal function.

X Factor: X factor has a potent combination of B vitamins, including Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) can help nourish the adrenal glands and return the cortisol production back to normal. Vitamin B5 converts into a substance called acetyl co-enzyme A, a precursor to all the steroid hormones.

Vitamin C plays a major role across all cells in the body, providing a powerful antioxidant effect in all water-soluble areas of the body. The adrenal glands require a continual supply of the nutrient in order to produce cortisol, making vitamin C supplementation highly relevant to sufferers of chronic stress.

OVARY BELLY: Obviously, this is only in women and usually looks like saddlebags and lower stomach fat. Estrogen excess is the cause of this type of belly, and women are more likely to start storing fat in the mentioned areas after giving birth, due to hormonal changes and estrogen spikes.

Women with Ovary Belly are very likely to have heavy periods, facial hair, frequent acne outbreaks and headaches, to suffer from bloating, PMS, depression and ovarian cysts. Lower back pain and hip pain, as well as knee pain during the menstrual period are very likely to appear. Water retention also occurs during the cycle, along with a low libido, hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.

The solution in this case is to balance the hormonal levels and fix the ovarian cysts, if present.

How Plexus might help?

Plexus Slim: Balancing blood sugar is very important in balancing hormone levels. Sugar has been shown to increase estrogen, so getting those cravings under control would be helpful.

BLOCK: women in this group frequently mention cravings for carbohydrates and sugar. Block’s patented ingredient InSea2 has been shown to reduce post meal blood sugar spikes by 48%. It also helps prevent carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat. Additionally, BLOCK contains iodine and iodine has a proven rule in helping lower excess estrogen levels.

Probio5 and Biocleanse: Your body only has one way to “waste” or eliminate excess hormones and that is through regular, daily bowel movements. Chronic constipation is a frequent complaint in women with estrogen dominance. Food that remains in the intestinal track too long is likely to create issues with disrupted bacterial balance and nutrient absorption. Because Plexus Biocleanse and Probio5 are formulated to work synergistically to restore gut health and intestinal balance, the addition of these to products could be helpful.

I wanted to find more proof supporting the science behind this whole “gut” issue.  Found some Ted Talks and reviews from nutritionists.  Take what you want from it.  FYI. I don’t sell any of the products that I mention anywhere.

 

 

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