Confession Time…

Well, it’s February 29, and one more extra day for the month. What did you do to celebrate your extra day?  I took the dog for a nice 2.5 mile walk; then went on a 3.0 mile run.  It was great to feel the sun beating down on my body.

One thing I have to admit for February…I ate way too many carbs and too much sugar this month. I can blame it on #Valentine’s Day, or traveling for the #ATE conference, or my daughter’s birthday….or I can just admit that I have a weakness for carbs and sugar because they are so addicting!  Even #Plexus girls struggle from time to time. As I reflect on my month of over indulging, I know it is time to put my focus back on healthy eating again.  I have had tremendous growth these last three years of my health journey and there will be NO going back to old ways of thinking or eating.

With that, I am kicking off my March with a modified #10daydetox by Dr. Mark.  You can learn a little more about this diet from the Dr. Oz show.  I tried this program back in October and I learned more about my eating habits and felt that I was able to reset my eating and thinking about food.  Now, it is time to do the detox again to help me get back on track.

While I don’t believe in depriving myself, I do think limiting sugar and carbs is a good thing!

If you crave carbs and sugar, check out this article:  13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings

Think you are addicted to sugar, trying reading:  Is Sugar and Addictive Drug?

Could sugar be worse than salt, read more here:  Study Suggests Sugar is Worse for Blood Pressure Than Salt

Read more about this family:  Life Without Sugar: One Family’s 30 Day Challenge

And, of course, if you think some natural supplements will give you the needed boost to take control of your eating habits and your life, please check out my website.  Glenda’s Plexus Site.  Send me a message, I’m available to chat and help you meet your health goals.

I survived the 10 Day Detox

Over the last 2.5 years, I have been on a journey to get healthy, once and for all.  I have done this by conquering one “issue” at a time. I knew that if I was going to be successful, I would have to do it naturally by changing my lifestyle along the way.  The yo-yo dieting was over for me.  That is exactly what I have done, small changes over the last 2.5 years have added to one BIG lifestyle change.  With that in mind, I decided to tackle a 10 day detox diet, based upon Dr. Hyman’s diet with some modifications.  You can see more about this plan on the Dr. Oz show.   I wanted to try this diet to kick any food addictions that were still lingering around, reset my metabolism, and really to just see if I could do it.  I did it!!!!  I successfully, completed the 10 day challenge and this is what I learned along the way…

  1. I survived!  When the detox symptoms started on the evening of Day 1, it was questionable that I would make it.
  2. Food addiction is real.  This I learned the day I was walking down the hallway at work and walked passed some highly processed cookies and wanted to lick the cookies for the sugar.  I don’t even eat or like cookies, but I was having withdraws from the added sugar in almost all of our foods. It’s real.  Read your labels.  Take a look at the 57 Names of Sugar.
  3. Sugar is sugar is sugar.  It doesn’t matter if it is bread, cookies, or fruit, when it enters your body, it is sugar.
  4. I eat too much fruit and that hinders weight loss.
  5. Detox symptoms are real.  I discovered this on Day 7, when I had cold chills on and off for two days, along with a low grade headache almost the entirety of the detox.
  6. I don’t need food to cure my boredom, make me feel better, or as a reward.
  7. I love the way I feel when I eat healthy.
  8. I have a better outlook on life.
  9. I love what the detox diet did to my body shape….hello, waistline.  It’s been forever since I’ve seen you.
  10. Lastly, I am worth it.

You are worth it….getting healthy is a reward, not a punishment. Get active, make some healthy food selections, read your food labels.  You are worth it. For me, I plan to be around for my children, living a healthy and active lifestyle, and teaching them the same thing.

Let’s get healthy…together

Last week, Denny and Sean were all packed and ready to head out the door to their week long Scout camping trip, when I snapped a photo of the two.  When I looked at the photo, I couldn’t get over how slim and trim Denny is looking and how Sean looks like a young man.

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Exactly two years ago, Denny and I made a commitment to get healthy together, while promoting healthy lifestyles to our children. Over these two years, we have discovered more and more about our eating habits and exploring ways to get the family healthy together.  Our journey has had it’s ups and down, but one thing is for sure….we are doing this together and providing good role models for our children.

I’m so lucky

Today, I woke up thinking and immediately began to think about my good luck. Why?? I woke up without an alarm clock blaring in my ear to tell me to get up and go to work.  Instead, I put on my walking clothes and shoes and grabbed the dog.  We were able to go on a 2.5 mile walk…I was dripping sweat and enjoying the hot, humid Midwestern summers and still couldn’t stop thinking about my “good luck.”  I didn’t have to rush to work, I was able to go for a long walk with the doggie. There’s Redwood, face-to-face with a bunny!  lol

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Once, I returned home, I asked Keara if she wanted to go to the Kroc Center to swim. YES, of course!!  At the Kroc, Keara and I “raced” some swimming laps and then I enjoyed some free time reading while lounging in a chair while she swam, played, and went down their huge slide.  The whole time, thinking how lucky that I am to be able to enjoy such freedoms in my life….I have two jobs that I absolutely love, they are flexible, and I can live my life around them.  THEN, later that afternoon, Keara and I met a friend at the QU Rec Center for a jog and some tumbling. We are living an active lifestyle. This is our summer to be a fit and healthy family!

All day, I continued to reflect on my “luck”….I went to school for a long time to get my doctoral degree to teach at the university level, I LOVE that job, but that didn’t really cover all the bills, medical expenses, braces, activities and fees for the kiddos, etc.  That’s when I stumbled upon network marketing….WOW….the best business model on the planet!  This business is providing us with a second stream of income that we so desperately needed and I can work it from anywhere.  ANYWHERE!  I fit it in around our lives…I can work my business from my dining room table, from the sofa, in the carpool line waiting for school to dismiss, at the grocery check-out, at the pool, at the beach, at the park…you get the idea.  It’s the best “job” ever.

I keep drinking pink and shrinking in size

I keep drinking pink and shrinking. Denny snapped these photos as I was heading out the door this morning for a 5 mile training run. Over the last two and a half years, it’s been a journey to better health, losing weight, and living a healthy lifestyle. The first before picture that was taken in the summer of 2012 at the Canton Community Garden and I remember that day…I felt miserable and none of my clothes fit. I had just finished writing my dissertation and had gained about 30 pounds in the process. When I saw the Garden photo pop up on FB, I knew I had to do something about my health. At that time, I had always been an avid walker and I was having difficulty doing my daily walks. I was trying to “diet” to lose the weight and still not having any luck. FINALLY, I admitted (mostly to myself) that I needed some help to lose the weight. When the next before photo was taken, I had decided I was going to focus on the pink drink, adding Probio5 and Biocleanse (TriPlex combo)….almost immediately, I began to feel better, was eating less at meals, and didn’t need to snack between meals. By adding the probiotic and the biocleanse, I no longer needed all the OTC meds I was taking for my stomach/digestive (leaky gut) issues….I began to have more energy (no more afternoon crashes), sleep through the night and waking up fully rested. Just with those results, I knew I would take those 3 products forever…I felt (and still do) they were worth their weight in gold! It would be another 3-4 months before the scale moved, but I knew it would eventually. Fasts forward to today…I consistently take the TriPlex combo and have added our multivitamin (X-factor) and occasionally take Boost or accelerator…I am training for a ‪#‎halfmarathon‬…and feel like I am in my 20’s. It’s been over a two year journey to better health and I am only where I am at today because the plexus health supplements balanced my body and healed the “insides.”

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Blood Sugar Crashes

My blood sugar was crashing on a daily basis.  It was getting so severe that I wasn’t able to leave my house for a 1-2 mile walk around the neighborhood without getting all shaky. In order for me to go for a walk, I would eat a handful of raw almonds.  If I ate the almonds, I would be able to walk without having a blood sugar crash.  That should have been a wake up call for me, but it wasn’t.  Instead of looking into regulating my blood sugar, I did as I always did…trying to eat (healthily) to control it. For as long as I can remember, I have tried to manage my blood sugar with food…I never left the house without packing extra food in my purse, bag, or backpack.  Many days, I would plan out the snacks I would need to have on hand  so I could make it between meals.

With those frequent blood sugar crashes, I frequently had dizziness, shakiness, hunger, headaches, irritability, weakness, anxiety, sudden fatigue, and poor concentration.  In many cases, I would become so hungry that I would binge eat to satisfy those hunger feelings.

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Within a few days of drinking the pink drink, it was a complete turn around…

  • I wasn’t getting all shaky and losing concentration
  • I wasn’t snacking
  • I was eating less at meals
  • I had more energy
Steady blood sugar means steady moods, steady focus, and steady energy throughout the day. Drinking Plexus Slim each day has given me freedom from blood sugar crashes. I don’t go a day without drinking pink.

I am more than a number

The other day, I was looking at a scale, and thought I should weigh myself and get some new numbers. In the past, I have rarely weighed myself, because the numbers on the scale have always made me a little nauseous. I have this body image in my head that doesn’t correlate with the numbers on the scale. I don’t understand why I think I need to be light as a feather, or weigh 120 pounds, or the like. All my life I have watched those numbers go up, and down, and up, and down, and up again….you get the idea.  It has only been the last two years, that the numbers have slowly decreased and stayed that way. Back to the other day, I looked at the scale, and started to get that nauseous feeling, then paused for a second.  For the first time in my life, I thought….I AM MORE THAN A NUMBER.  That day, I didn’t get on the scale and don’t really have plans to step back on it anytime soon.

Right now, I feel better than I have ever felt.

Right now, I am in the best shape of my life.

Right now, I look better than ever.

Right now, I am exercising almost daily.

Right now, I am the happiest I have ever been.

Right now, I am the most content that I have ever been.

With that in mind, I don’t need a number on a scale to either confirm or contradict that. I will keep doing what I’m doing, looking forward, and learning more and more about living a healthy lifestyle.