Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stop Taking Plexus

When I don't work out for more than two or three days in a row, my attitude changes. I don't show the kids as much grace and I feel just blah. It definitely has helped me be a better mom.

I've been taking Plexus products for just over a year. Same with working out, it took my body a few months to acclimate. Not wanting a nap before I got out of bed, not angry texting Matt, "Why didn't you make coffee?!" Not sending him to the store at 9:00pm because I need something sweet, going to the bathroom regularly (Which is possibly tmi, unless you don't go regularly then you know what I mean.) Having the energy to be the wife and mom I aim to be & constantly failing but being able to try again because I am not exhausted. I can generally have coherent thoughts. Now I do have four kids so sometimes no matter what I do, my thoughts fail me.

Now in one of those incoherent moments, I neglected to see how much of my products I had left. I ordered on a holiday weekend and shipping took longer than normal, so I was out of  products for right at a week! Seven days. Seven. Seven. Seven. seven. (Only the cool people with get that joke.)

I always wondered what happened if I didn't take my products and now I know and it wasn't fun.

Day 1: I was ok. I was feeling still 'normal.' I equate it to the day after working out. You still feel good from yesterday.
Day 2: I noticed my guts weren't operating like they usually do. I was a bit more tired.
Day 3: Pretty sure I napped which some days I do take a nap but this day I had to have it.
Day 4: Lots of coffee. Need to poop. Nothing is working. Ate a cupcake.
Day 5: More coffee. Feeling sluggish. Feeling bloated. zzzzzzz  Went back to the bakery for another cupcake.
Day 6: My body was not awake for my workout and my guts were killing me.
Day 7: My stomach hurt so bad that I sent an SOS out of Facebook asking for a few products to get me to the next day as I predicted the mailman to bring my stash.

Each day pretty much snowballed from the day before, so if day 2 I needed a nap. I also needed a nap Day 3 and on.

Some might say, "Gosh I don't want to feel like that if I quit so I just will not ever start." Here is the deal, most likely the great things Plexus helps with are things you either noticed were bothering you or you didn't notice were issues until you began feeling better. I knew the fatigue was an issue, I mean I have MS for crying out loud, it comes with its own bag of issues and for me that is the biggie. Not going to the bathroom for multiple days was a pre-Plexus struggle. I blame the MS. The bloated feeling was something I thought I might struggle with pre-Plexus but wasn't sure. Once I began Plexus, the bloat was gone. I love baked goods but I rarely eat them bc i'm not good at channeling my inner Kenny Rogers and I don't know when to walk away or when to run.

I felt myself feeling like I did in December 2013 and I didn't like it. If you thought I was looking pregnant, you suck and it was purely my lack of product!

So here is my challenge...  Think I'm full of it (and for 7 days I was) & Plexus is a whacko idea and doesn't work? Stop taking your products for a week. All of them. Then get back with me. I promise I won't say, "I told you so."

*I take one Slim every morning as I am driving the kids to school. Plus 2 X-factor, 1-2 nerve health support, 1-2 fast relief. (I also supplement with (1) 1,000IU Vitamin D) At bed time 2-3 Probio 5 and 3 Biocleanse.
**As always, I don't proofread before I hit "publish" and I am still getting the numbness is my right arm and leg which means my arm types like a drunk sometimes.*

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

I Am Back

At the beginning of 2015, I decided I wanted to try and learn to do a headstand. Don't laugh. I was actually pretty good at them.

Was. I no longer do them.

One day I was fine and the next I was becoming incredibly dizzy. I figured I had knocked a vertebrae loose which I indeed had. A few days later, my right leg and right arm began going numb when I got dizzy. The dizzy spells only lasted about 5 seconds. Long enough that I looked completely drunk if I tried to walk during a dizzy spell. I mean I looked wasted.

Since I do have MS, I had to make sure it wasn't flaring, so off to the lovely neuro I went. He thought I should be on meds. I disagreed then later he confessed to having a Diet Soda addiction with which I then realized he can not be trusted. haha We both agreed to an MRI. He thought my brain was just going to glow like crazy because it has been so long since my last flare. I didn't know what to expect.

During this time, I have had a hard time promoting wellness products when I am not well. I was still working out and oddly enough I didn't get dizzy while exercising. Praise God for that. Every day though, I took my Plexus. I even added the Fast Relief products. I was worried my MS was pissed and I was going to have to start meds again. 

On Friday, I got my MRI results back and I am happy to say nothing has changed. NO NEW LESIONS!! Best news ever!! 

So why am I dizzy? Well, head stands screwed me up! They really should come with a warning label. Apparently you have 'rocks' in your head and I think mine are not where they are supposed to be.

I've said from day one that Plexus doesn't and won't heal me but it has for sure helped me. There is no doubt in my mind it is helping.

I did ask the neuro his opinion on gut health and auto immune disorders and he did agree that there is a lot of studies linking the two. Oh and I mentioned to him how I ingested a lot of Sweet n Low in my college days and he agreed aspartame is poison... then proceeded to confess to loving Diet Soda... That is how that convo came about. haha

Anyways, I do my best to be completely transparent and honest. I never want to seemingly mislead you when it comes to my Plexus journey and health journey. I take my products daily, I eat pretty well (limited sugar, limited refined things, limited boxed things...) and I do exercise 3 times a week.

Good news is my MS is still dormant. Bad news is I'm back pushing Plexus. haha

**As always, I was not an English major in college so don't critique my English.**
**I am still getting dizzy so if you see weird typing like ahdhdk I got dizzy at that moment.**

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Frustrated? Keep Moving

I've been going to a chiropractor. I see him three times a week bc I like giving money to a guy who could literally pop my head off.

I didn't believe I really needed a chiro. I didn't believe they worked! I thought they were all crooked.I still think most are.

Then last year Matt messed up his back something fierce. A friend gave him the name of a chiro that could fix him. ("Ya right." I thought.) He came home after the first visit and said, "He wants me to come in 3 times a week." I can't remember my exact reaction but I'm sure rolling of the eyes and "Of course he does." In a super sarcastic tone all happened.

Crazy thing though. He fixed Matt. Now Matt knows exactly what it feels like when his back isn't right. It doesn't cause him pain like before but he knows if something is barely out of whack. He now has a properly functioning back and goes once a week to maintain that.

Back to my story. The chiro showed me my X-rays. Sure enough. My atlas was out of alignment. (I gathered this bc of the head stands.) I also had 3 vertebrae out of alignment in my thoracic area. Three! I had no idea.

I have lived however long with these 3 verts all messed up. Who knows what all I could have alleviated had I just tried the chiro. Had I given him ample time to do what he does.

I left that day wishing he could fix me in one crack. "That would save some money!" I thought.

But that isn't how it works. Some things take time. I have to see him 3 times a week for a month, at least. He told me, "My goal is to fix you in as little time as possible." I nearly hugged him. I can appreciate very much, being told that.

On Wednesday, he cracked me and I felt great. On Thursday, I turned my head during yoga & it cracked all the way up. I felt instant burning and then a slight headache. Awesome.

So I made an appt to see him on a day I wasn't supposed to. Getting well can be 5 steps forward and 6 steps back sometimes. Nothing good or worth fighting for is always positive steps. Think about that. Marriage? Nope. Parenting? Nope. Our faith? Nope. We make great strides only to have a bad week and we eat crap. You and the spouse have a date night planned and you end up fighting over stupid stuff as you are getting ready. You wake up saying, "Today. Today I will not lose my temper." And before you leave the house for school you have yelled, threatened and cried.

Forwards and backwards. Like the ocean. The waves never stop. They never give up.

So if you are trying to improve your life? Give that chiro a fighting chance. Give Plexus a real fighting chance. Forgive yourself when you fail. We are running a race friends. Your health is worth the battle. Lace up the shoes. Grab a buddy & keep going. Don't be afraid to walk.

Remember! At least you are moving.

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Don't Lose Weight On Plexus.... And You Might Not Either

*tap tap tap*

*blows dust off*


Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. I have dusted off the keyboard, I remembered all my log-in info and I am going to try and blog... again. Of course, I should emphasize the word "try."

So, did the title get your attention? It did mine and I was the one that thought of it!! Now my blogging mind is a little out of practice thanks to facebook so show me a little grace.

I was asked recently, "You said on FB that you had been on Plexus a year. It's totally none of my business but how much weight (or inches) you had lost."

So I texted her pics of my measurements. Which contained 4" from my gut and 5" from my thigh in 6 weeks.

Then she asked, "Do you think it was more Plexus or working out? OR maybe Plexus helped you feel better so you could workout??"

Those question got me thinking and actually I have been doing a lot of thinking about this. A lot.

How can I sell a product (Slim) that touts weight loss as a side effect when I don't lose weight on it? Well, I can't. I can only tell you what Plexus has done for me.

Yes, Plexus has helped me feel better so that I CAN workout. Those inches were not a direct result of Plexus but a direct result of Plexus PLUS exercise PLUS a healthy lifestyle. (And no we don't eat tofu or bean brownies or only juice. We eat healthy but we aren't crazy.)

When I began Plexus, I wanted it to help me achieve goals. I wanted it to help me work hard in the gym. I wanted Plexus to help me not have to take multiple days between workouts to rest because the fatigue was so rough. I wanted to avoid nasty multivitamins that just turned my pee a toxic looking shade of yellow.(You know the color.) I wanted my kids to have a safe multivitamin. I wanted to stop taking Advil every. single. day. I wanted my kids to have healthy guts. I wanted a healthy gut! Matt needed a healthy gut. I wanted safe products in my cabinet and in my body.

So no, I haven't lost weight on Plexus. Probably never will.

BUT!!!!(And yes mine is smaller.)

My family has GAINED A BETTER LIFE!! We LIVE better. We FEEL better.

Why does just feeling better not count for people?! Imagine all you could accomplish if you felt better. If you woke up rested. If you just felt, I don't know, good! Imagine.

Feeling good gives you the strength to say no to things like soda. Feeling good gets you off the couch and in the gym. Feeling good changes you! Feeling good causes you to try headstands which I don't recommend because then you jack your neck and Plexus doesn't fix jacked necks. But you felt good doing that headstand! Feeling good is when things change! So ya, I workout a lot. I LOVE IT!!

When I began Plexus, I didn't put a timeframe on the products. If you plan to live a better life for as long as you are breathing, why limit Plexus to just X amount of days? For my family, Plexus is a part of our way of life.

I take products that help me live a better life! They literally help me live my life the way I should be living despite having MS. Plexus helped me gain a lifestyle. So one year later, I haven't lost any Lb's but I have gained so much more.