8 weeks later…

Yep, you’ve probably been wondering what happened to my challenge? After all, it’s been 6 weeks plus. I’m just pretty slammed with work…

Did I make the 5% and get my $500 snack-a-roos back? Nope. I lost 4.7%. I was pretty upset and disappointed in myself. I really didn’t comprehend how hard it was to loose 5% in 6 weeks. Is it possible; most likely or they wouldn’t put it out there as a legitimate challenge. Some people make it. To follow the diet to a T, was something I couldn’t really do. Not only that, I didn’t want to binge eat, from starving those 6 weeks, and put the weight and body fat back on right after it ended. I did eat pretty darn clean. But. I ate a little more realistically. I also did 3+ miles on some sort of cardio machine after my mandatory class and weight lifting. Oh, I lost 11 lbs btw. 😉

At the beginning of this week, I figured I’d just weigh myself… legitimately nervous, because I had been cheating like crazy. Lol … I had a cleaning job that was exceptionally hard and I was short staffed. I filled in. It had only been a few days after my challenge.

I literally inhaled a grilled Ranch and bacon sandwich and a oreo shake!

An hour later, I was sicker than a dog. Not kidding. The sugar intake about killed me. I eat sweets occasionally, but my body doesn’t really accept it anymore. Which is a bonus actually.

I have still consistently exercised and go to the camps classes at least 4x a week, plus cardio, and anywhere from 30-60 min of weightlifting. The outcome?? Body fat stayed the same AND I lost another 1.8 lbs.

Moral of the story? You still gotta watch what you eat and how you eat it. You have to be educated on what creates the best environment for your body to excel at losing weight, decreasing body fat, toning up, building lean muscle. Creating a healthier digestive system is equally important. But the number 1 key? You gotta keep moving. You have to have a routine and stick with it, or all your hard work was a waste.

I don’t know of a single person who did the 20lb challenge in 6 weeks, fail. I honestly believe this program works. While I didn’t win, I got an additional 4 months free to help keep my habit of exercising DAILY. I also get a daily reminder of eating better, and I am a part of a group that supports each other in their goals. The knowledge I obtained, esp how to lift weights was invaluable… and I absolutely love it. I hadn’t lifted weights in any sport prior, nor did I have an interest.

I realise not all Transformation Camps are equal.

Some really don’t care if you are successful and just care about the money. They don’t really offer the emotional and mental support it takes to get you through the challenge. At the camp I attended, they are literally our cheerleaders.

If I broke it down to every class I attended in the 6 weeks, it was about $18. Most gyms of any athletic nature, will charge that for a 1 day pass. Most places don’t offer a 6 week pass; it’s one, six or 12 month packages. That costs quite a few bucks. Orange Theory, Barre 3 (something like that), climbing gyms, yoga or other classes, all cost about $100-150 a month.

It really is relative to what your goals are. How fast you want to achieve them or how motivated you are. Maybe you don’t have tons of time to dedicate to exercising or diet planning… it takes so much time and energy!!

I needed the $500 hanging over my head. It was what pushed me off the couch to get healthy. While I lost the money; I gained invaluable information that I didn’t know I’d stumble across.

Under any other circumstance, I would never have paid ANYONE to teach me anything, let alone get a membership. Lol. Of course I went in to it assuming I’d get my money back. Se la vie! No?!?

Was it worth it? Yeah, it really was. And realistically, it was a huge accomplishment. I mean seriously, 11lbs and almost 5% in body fat gone! Poof! And I’ve kept it off.

Most off all, I’ve never felt more alive, alert, healthy and happy in a damn long time. All the crap has been oozing from my body and my soul (physically, spiritually and mentally). I haven’t felt this great in years. I don’t think there was any other motivator strong enough to push myself like I did. But, I’m sure glad I went for it.

Drug Problem

Before you jump to conclusions, I’m referring to prescription medications and over the counter solutions for every ailment.

As I walked outside the radiology clinic, I thought, I hope all these “-ologists” I’ve been seeing the past 6-8 weeks are worth it. I haven’t seen a doctor for much of anything the past four years. No check-ups, no preventative, no monitoring… There were a few I was supposed to definitely be seeing, but weasel-ed my way out of them. Hey, don’t even comment unless you can say you’ve been on daily meds for even a year before you point the figure while saying you’d never do that.

You gotta love those who can’t fathom why anyone would stop, or forget, or not want something that they might have to take daily, twice a day or even 3 times! In reality, two of mine are twice a day; but I just down em both at the same time so I don’t forget.

Who wants their daily life clock revolving around a med schedule? My point exactly.

I’ve seen 4 different primary care physicians (PCP), a phlebotomist, a sonographer, an allergist, a pulmonologist, a psychiatrist, multiple RNs and RNAs in the past couple months. I’ve been weighed, had my blood pressure taken, and stuck with needles several times. Remember those things you insert your finger into that’s attached to a cord that comes from a machine that reads your pulse? Well, they are all blue tooth now. Today, I shook it around in front of the lady taking my vitals. To me it was funny. It’s even more funny as you use your loud whispering voice to communicate with them as they take your blood pressure (the old fashioned way with a stethoscope and inflating arm cuff).

Every single time I leave a physician’s office I feel like I personally cut down another tree in the amazon. The amount of paper that’s wasted on my to-go health stats packet. Two words… double-sided. I will never be without kindling. Worse, in big bold letters in it’s own subsection, a percentage followed by the status ‘overweight’. I get so downtrodden and depressed, but think, how the hell the does the rest of the population, who are fighting life and death weight problems, even get up in the morning. Do they even see light at the end of the tunnel??

The following, honest to gosh, is the list of the medications and supplements I take from morning to bedtime. Not to alarm anyone, when I’m “healed”, only the ones with the stars I’ll still be taking.

Morning: Plexus Slim and 2 Plexus BioCleanse*, Thorne Cysteplus, clonazepam* (klonopin), Buspirone (buspar)*, Benzonatate (tessalon perle), Montelukast, Metronidazole (Singular), albuterol, loratadine

Dinner: 2 Plexus BioCleanse*

Bedtime: 2 Plexus Probio 5*, Thorne Cysteplus, Clonazepam*, Escitalopram (lexapro)*, Lamotrigine (lamictal)*, Buspirone*, Benzonatate

The 2 hard core weeks where I almost rolled into the grave and coughed up both lungs, I had been downing:

Robitussin DM, Nyquill cough, Nyquil Day & Night, Theraflu, Muscinex, Delysum, Sudafed 12-hr, aspirin, ibuprofen. Then 2 prescribed anti-biotics.

I started wondering when the natural vs chemical substances become less effective because of this ingested cocktail. I do know that the over the counter stuff was not working; simply masking symptoms. Without the anti-biotics, I would have been in very bad shape.

I sleep tons. Tons! I have to be healed for this new exercise routine starting Monday!

Despite all the visits of late, I feel incredibly better. My cough is almost gone. It does act up sonetimes, but I’m not dying anymore.

Can’t wait to finish the meds I need to take for all the crap in my body. Can’t wait to reduce the meds I recurringly take. Can’t wait to put the ibuprofen and aspirin back in the cabinet. Excited to be eating healthy and clean.

While I know I’m walking a fine line of all the stuff I take, I feel that there was some benefit. But now, I am pretty much done with all these foreign substances. My body is saying, no more. Let your body heal itself.

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.