Women’s Checkup.

Okay, so a couple of things… does anyone else feel like their doctor suddenly knows EVERYTHING about your sex life after a pap smear? Anyone between your legs, I feel knows your story; or pretty darn close. They say your eyes are windows to the soul. I say your flower reveals your personal intimate “care”. I had the same male doc for 13 years – women checkups, not a big deal, he also knew my history. With my new female doc, it was a bit awkward. I know they don’t judge, but I swear, they are able to come up with “conclusions”.
Ok, prob TMI. But seriously, I feel like they “know things” after. Just saying.
Next thing. Who knew ultrasounds are now “inserted” for better vaginal examination?? Or that they even can be inserted? That explains the waaay cooler baby imaging moms have during pregnancy. She figured, I had never given birth, so she thought dropping that piece of info was important. Heck ya! I was like, “What”?? The very obvious facial expression only confirmed her assumption.
You may be asking, where is this crazy girl going with this post…
I don’t remember my last period. Seriously, between all the birth control pills and Nexplanon in my arm, who knows… it had been at least 4 years my doc and I concluded simply due to the Nexplanon timeline, but more like 6 to 10 we agreed. When she started to explain that it was something I should be actually concerned with, I started thinking, uh oh. Being bi-polar, every period was a psychotic breakdown; humongous trigger. I got moody about 3-4 days before, the pain was unbearable during the 6-7 days it lasted (heavy bleeding the first few days), and then my body needed a couple days after to recover from the crazy. Not to mention that I would have a period every other week, or maybe every so many months, or who knew really. Birth control packs have that one week where you take sugar pills, right? You’re supposed to have a period during that time. I never did. It had been happening from the beginning and I thought, “Okay… odd”. Didn’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on it.
There was this one time I had signed up and paid for a beginners ice climbing trip on a glacier on Mt. Hood in Oregon. I had bled for about a month, stopped for about a week or so, but then had been bleeding for the past 6 weeks prior to the trip; still, I didn’t want to miss out on the definite adventure. I went. I was lethargic and lacked energy and strength (not to mention the glacier had been melting and had crept further up the mountain extending our hiking time significantly); even took a shortfall while I was trying to button up my pants after relieving myself. Yes, I was embarrassed. How could you not be? Now, my legs/knees were bleeding. It was a painful descent. After the day came to an end, I knew I couldn’t go the second day. I needed to come forth. They were really concerned that I was anemic at that point and told me I couldn’t go if I even if wanted too. Fortunately, there was a doctor, chiropractor and a search and rescue person on the trip. In reality, most didn’t want to go because the hike to the crevice was so long.
Back to my current predicament. About 5 years ago, I thought I was going to lose my insurance at one point, so I thought a more permanent solution would be to get an implant of some sort. I researched the ones that were placed in the uterus area (I think that’s where they are stationed). There was a slim chance it could move into the lining (possibly tearing it), and I didn’t want that to happen; even though it was rare. Still, I had a few friends that hated it, got lower back pain, sick, nauseated, etc. I skipped that idea. My doc introduced Nexplanon and was told that the hormones had a faster chance of hitting my blood stream and that it was a quick procedure; they just injected it into your arm (which couldn’t be closer to the truth). I was informed that initially, these types of birth control were not created to eliminate your period. In fact, it is technically a side effect of these types of birth controls. I hoped I would not get a period or significant weight gain. Science showed that some would continue to have periods, others spotting, and others, elimination! I was one of the lucky ones.
If was injected. Terrific! Shockingly, the first 2 months, maybe 3, I was an emotional disaster. Hormones had gone bat $hit crazy. I cried, screamed, yelled, freaked out, cried more, was up and down, all over. It was so bad, I had dreams of cutting it out of my arm. I must have called him a half dozen times that first month (which seemed like an eternity), to take it out. He said to be patient; my body hadn’t had a chance to let it do its thing. Brutal. Absolutely brutal. I didn’t see any of those symptoms listed in the possible adverse reactions anywhere.
Then, one day, the symptoms disappeared. It has been heaven ever since. They are good for 3 years, which I thought was a positive thing. I don’t believe foreign objects should be in your body for 5, 10, 20 years. Another reason, I opted for the Nexplanon. Three years came and went. I was due for another. Honestly, I was petrified. I couldn’t go through that nightmare again. The doctor let me know that since it was already in my body, there would be little noticeable transition. I did think that maybe it would be a good idea to let my body have a period, but fear won out. Who knows if my body would have even had a period? It’s been maybe a year and a half into my second.
My body has been transitioning indefinitely I feel. I’ve been having night sweats and heat flashes since my late twenties, early 30’s. Before I left my last doctor, I mentioned that my body was having the symptoms of a period, without real bleeding; which it couldn’t do on the birth control obviously. He had commented that maybe we should re-examine the advantages and disadvantages of the continued use of birth control. Unfortunately, I didn’t see him again. It would be about 2 years before I saw my next doctor, which was, ironically, yesterday. lol.
I gave her a brief recap of the aforementioned. I expressed my concern of eliminating birth control due to the adverse effect it had my stability of being bi-polar. I shared that starting two new businesses the past several years was a major stress factor and involved lots of coping and clonazepam (later became addicted; another story for another time). I knew that as part of the regime of taking my medications, I needed to exercise. A lot. Which I loved anyway. Being an adrenaline junkie, I took that in stride. But, the businesses took their toll, and I couldn’t get the stress out of the body like I needed to. Furthermore, around 35 I was dropped by my belayer in a rock climbing incident. It was about 25 feet up when the ledge I stood on, broke off. I landed flat on my back on the dirt floor (about a 1.5-year healing process). I also got frozen shoulder (which took over a year to get back to normal functioning; it stills acts up from time to time) from rugby when I was about 39 (I started playing at 36. By the way, it is by far one of the best sports in the world, but my stupidity caused the injury. Just a quick brag. I scored in a 7’s game, a for fun match, and yep, even a league game! A proud moment. We are in a nationally ranked, competitive league. When I walked onto the team, I had never even seen one game.
The past couple years have been years of recuperation. It has been a real struggle to deal with the weight gain, war zone on my face, decrease in my physical health, and mental depression of life failure (I had four auto accidents in the last year and a half (I totaled 2 vehicles; shouldn’t have lived through one, yet walked away). Technically had 1 reckless ticket, 2 DUI’s (not alcohol or illegal drugs) and a couple of speeding tickets. Before each of them, I was able to get the previous one dismissed. As a result, they thought it had been my first incident and I received leniency. You can ask later. Okay, moral of this paragraph, my health had been deteriorating and the medications needed to be re-evaluated (especially since I had been suspended from driving in Oregon; but not really since I had got my doctor’s evaluation sent in and it was overturned).
These are some things that helped me decide to get my physical life checked out. Besides seeing the doctors a few weeks ago when I thought I was going to die with my 102.5 fever, there I was again waiting in the lobby. When I admit that I don’t feel good, it’s a huge warning sign that I’M not doing good.
I’m getting a blood workup, ultrasounds and seeing an actual obgyn in a few weeks. After which we will conclude as what to do with the situation at hand.
Note. You should never go many, many years without a period. Very bad thing. And if you’re not on birth control and don’t have a period for like 6-8 months, also a bad thing. For the record, I never thought it was a good thing. I did actually think it was a bad thing, but I couldn’t figure out to have a period without disturbing my body’s homeostasis. My body has been clearly letting me know that it isn’t doing so good. I’ve put on 25-30 lbs the past month or so. It also is screaming it want’s a period. It’s having one anyway, with spotting (which never happened prior to the past few months). I would like a nice good cleaning as well.

Only YOU can prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia

If you know me, I always joke about having “old-timers”; since I was 25. I have been forgetting everything! I can’t remember where I’ve placed anything or who I did anything with.

I researched that by merely reading, brain storming, actually writing things down, one could actually decrease the speed or potential brain degeneration process. The main one I’m referring to is what one-site calls “Pillar 4”.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia-aging/preventing-alzheimers-disease.htm

Back in the day I was an avid reader and loved all sorts of board games, puzzles, reasoning and problem solving- like Escape Rooms. After I read all the shocking statistics in the increase of “forgetting everything” by scientists everywhere, I thought, I’d better do something about this. STAT.

Two words. “The Notebook”. Aghhh!

I logged into my trusty, free-shipping Amazon Prime account. 😉 I purchased “Molly’s Game” (Molly Bloom), “Ready Player One” (Ernest Cline), “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soliders” (Doug Stanton), and “Of Course!: The Greatest Collection of Riddles & Brain Teasers For Expanding Your Mind” by Zach Guido.

I’ve been happily reading and problem solving along the way; fortunately, I actually do enjoy it. Just like exercising or being physically active. Neither are “tasks” nor things I despise. I’ve finished Molly’s Game and will be done with Ready Player One tomorrow I think. Yes, I’ve enjoyed both!

All this said, one of the the biggest preventors of Alzheimer’s?? EXERCISE! Yep. Now you have TWO reasons to getting your body moving. There are several reasons to be breaking a sweat or increasing your heart rate. But, if it’s to decrease your chances of forgetting who you are, don’t you think it might be something worthwhile to explore?

Meeee toooo! Exercise doesn’t have to be just about lifting weights, running miles, enduring Pilates or surving spin class. Stand up twinkle toes!

https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNaturePage/videos/1256330834499172/

In any case, here’s why I wrote this post… I’m on my way to finding a happier, healthier lifestyle. I want to do it with the most enjoyment possible. Life is stressfull enough without having to constantly fear about how many ways our bodies are are going to “backfire” on us.

We know our brains will turn to mush because we don’t use them the way we need too. They don’t get the exercise they need. Today, we can just listen to our book. We can just watch it on the screen…and I mean every screen. *On a side note, we’ve all read stats on the numbers of how those who actually used a pen and paper to take notes (versus by laptop), have generally scored higher on exams. Just saying.

Oh yeah, here’s something else to think about..

It’s been 5 days on Plexus..

Ok. I realise that most comments about the first month on Plexus’ Tri-pack aren’t too motivating. Mostly about waiting…

Well, I’m not sure about everyone else, or if I’m an extremely (not just overweight) unhealthy person. My gut is a literal landfill of garbage. The second day in, I’ve had 1 to 2 bowel movements a day. Which, actually seem to help with my bloating. I don’t filled plugged up or as gasey. Which has been a nice change of pace. Not as lathargic, I’d hypothesize.

With the increased runs to the restroom, I’ve also found I’m hungry more. In a way, the more I “poop”, the more I “scoop”… up my fork or spoon. 😂 Addressing my diet was something I had planned to do more about; but after I started Plexus and overcome the crazy illness I’ve had the past few months (I’ll share that later).

I’ve also got 23 days before an intense physical revamp is starting with a vigorous exercise schedule and strict eating schedule. 😯 But, it’s okay, right? THEE WHOLE REASON, I have this blog.

So, that’s my update.

Here’s what most of the purchasers of Plexus have shared with so far…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/guthealthandhappinessandbeyond/permalink/584370165248760/

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!