2017: New Year, Better Health and All That Jazz

Yep! It’s that time of year again, and this year I am determined to make some positive changes. I see what I have accomplished in the last 8 months; I know, if I pray, persevere and persist, I CAN move forward. It’s all so exciting and downright nerve wracking all at the same time.

So, I begin this by looking back. To when I first started taking my health semi-seriously, it goes back to May of 2007. Lots of stress at that time: I had a full year of my mom being ill and passing, we were in a crisis situation in our home on several fronts, but the main one was foreclosure. For months I had a sort of headache that felt like there was a very tight hat on my head. When I finally got around to the doctor, low and behold, my blood pressure was a whopping 149/110. Yeah. NO WONDER.

I really need to stop here and say, even though I did not want to take anything, my husband insisted, and I felt better almost immediately. There is, at times, a need for medication. I’m not a total crunchy momma ;-). But, I also know what a slew of medications did to destroy my mother’s liver. It’s a balance, for sure. And, what I came to discover, it IS in your control…but, I’m getting off track, as usual.

I found an exercise bike and started pedaling away and lost about 7 pounds (remember this fact). I felt better, and my pressure went down, but not out of the zone where I could stop taking the meds. That phase passed and I was soon at my old habits, lots of carbs, dairy and sugar.

Moving to Colorado in May of 2008 gave me a whole new perspective on health. Everyone here plays outside. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 below or over 100. They all, to one degree or another, go out and play. Walking, hiking, swimming, skiing, jogging, marathons, etc. We have bike lanes, dog parks, Frisbee golf parks, hiking trails and, of course, the mountains. I wanated in on this fun!

Once I learned that you don’t step a foot out of your door without 20 gallons of water on hand, it went fine. Walks, mostly, were taken. The boys have bikes and are scouts, so they’ve done a lot more than I have. I went on my first hike with a friend, and it was challenging and fun!

Then…I started to feel achy. Nothing horrid, but a general “hey, that’s a little sore.” It progressed fairly quickly. So many of the things I love to do was beginning to tax me. Spending a day standing in the kitchen put me in bed early, and I’m an early-to-bed person to begin with! Being involved in teaching at Bible study wiped me out for 2 days. A walk…fuggetaboitit. It was also the time where, you know…the big “M.”

I began, in earnest, to read about hormones and spoke to the doctor, etc. I tried several different diets, and never could break that 5-7 pound plateau. I even hoped that going on the hormone replacement therapy would move those stubborn pounds. It certainly helped the hot flashes and night sweats (and you’d think all that sweating would have made me drop a few more pounds, but nooooooo.)

Meantime, my dear friend Sandy was losing an INCREDIBLE amount of weight and becoming quite a health freak. She, in her gentle and loving way, would tell me that I needed to go Paleo. I’d laugh at her every time. I kept telling her that she needed to come out to breakfast on Fridays instead of work out. She’d just smile, give me recipes, help me edit my books and, I know, pray for my stubborn mind to make the connection.

I had also reconnected with a friend (actually my daughter’s friend) through an online Pilates group and Facebook. She was always so slim and healthy and I couldn’t understand why she would keep posting stuff about her pink drink. I knew others who used the pink stuff and had been steadfastly ignoring it for, oh, 2 years? But, Jess…she had something that made me curious.

In May, this year (I must have some sort of cyclical thing about May) I spoke to my doctor, again, this time filling her in on all the dieting and not being able to lose, the pain, which I did have testing done and physical therapy for, and asking her, “What do you suggest?” She put me on to 2 books, The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman and The Hormone Reset Diet by Dr. Sara Gottfried. BOOM. The light came on, connection made and oh my goodness! I jumped in.

The first week following the protocol in one of the books, I lost 5 pounds. FIVE!!! Holy schmoley! I felt terrific and kept right on for a month before I added in the Plexus products. You see, a long list of supplements is suggested. All great and all needed. And fairly expensive to purchase them all. I picked what I considered the top 3, but I soon discovered that almost every one of them was in the products Plexus produces, and considerably less.

That’s when the BIG stuff began to happen. Every week I was losing. EVERY. WEEK. I couldn’t believe it. Even if I veered off course, I did not gain. I still would lose a half a pound. My pain…that chronic, debilitating, let-me-just-lay-in-bed pain? Practically GONE! My emotional state improved dramatically. I felt alive again!

The reasons? Balanced hormones! No Inflammation! Gut health!

Now, I don’t think that I will make my 25 lb goal by the end of the year. That’s okay, it’s been the holidays and I have not GAINED. Yes, I am ping ponging this one silly pound out of the three I have to go. It’s all good. I know it will go and will stay gone.

I have learned so much since May. I have trained myself to love exercise, even sweating. I have prayed and God has answered. I know that in 2017, I will go forward! And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing!

If you’d like to learn more about Plexus, email or message me.

vintagechyck@gmail.com

I wish all of you a wonderful and happy 2017! Thanks for sticking around and reading here.

Be blessed, Barb

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Holidays Are Upon Us!

And, as usual, it’s been busy around here!

First, let me update on Biggest Loser; I wasn’t, LOL! I did lose 6 lbs, which put me at THREE pounds to my goal of 26 lbs lost. Yikes! Of course, Thanksgiving week, well…let’s just say I could have been better. Now I’m all detox-y and need to get my groove back. It’ll come.

I holiday-ed up the blog. Since my 14 yr old decorates the house, I get to decorate my blog.

I’ll be attending my first shopping event this week. A local gal is having a Shop Small Business evening at her house and she invited me to join in! I’m hoping it will be beneficial to my business. I’m looking forward to it!

In case you haven’t seen my FB page, Plexus is having Cyber Tuesday…whaaaaaaaaat??? YES! Check on my FB page or Instagram for deals from Plexus and email me for details on my personal incentives.

vintagechyck at gmail dot com

Been writing a bit, too. Feels good to get back to Lakeville! I love that place!

Anyhoo, I know it’s short, but that’s okay! You all have a terrific week!

 

Biggest Loser Progress, Week 1

It was a good week! I had a 4 lb loss! That puts me at 6 lbs to “goal,” although I’ll probably just see where the Lord has me land. I’m pretty pleased.

One challenge was to try a new-to-you veggie. I picked a delicata squash, and, well…they taste like sweet potatoes. I was a little disappointed, but then again, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

My weekly challenge is Wednesdays at Bible study. There’s just so much that can hang me up, but I’m doing pretty good bringing my own lunch, etc. Health is worth it! This week we have a leader’s lunch, where lunch is prepared by a group of the leadership. I’m sure someone is making salad, but I probably need to have something with me. This is all new to me; I’m usually not a picky eater ;-).

On Thursday the challenge was the BIG event! Karens For The Cure happened, and it was very nice to have a dairy free, gluten free meal. I got to enjoy the event and a nicely prepared lunch! Of course, I won back my basket of Plexus products at the auction, but, well…they won’t go to waste!

All in all, the week was good, and getting healthy is the best! Till next time, be blessed!

Getting Chilly, Gearing Up!

Fall has fallen on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains! There be snow in them thar hills! And, since this is Colorado, I can bundle up in the morning and tear 4 layers off by afternoon, only to replace them the moment the sun slips behind the mountains! It’s a great time for thick, creamy soup. And warm, gooey things. Potato stuffing.

NOPE!!! Not this chyck!

It is a bummer, on some level, to not enjoy that gooey cheese or buttery cinnamon goodness. But, something that has hit me this week (while I was extremely cranky from a lack of Plexus) is that food still somewhat controls me. That these are health choices, not predetermined programs. I CAN choose to walk the path, avoid the ______ that will give me tummy issues and throat issues and joint pain issues, etc., etc. Much of the ickyness has been my own bad choices, some purposely and some “spur-of-the-moment-I’m-aggravated-and-this-will-make-me-feel-better” types. No matter what tools you use (Plexus, work outs, etc.) YOU still need to keep that focus of health, that’s something I’ve missed all these years (slow learner, anyone??) Health is worth the sacrifice; and is it really a sacrifice to be healthy? I am the one, along with the 4 P’s, who makes these choices.

PRAYER
PERSERVERANCE
PATIENCE
Plexus

Let’s break it down.

PRAYER

Absolutely the most important priority. If I don’t have time to pray, I don’t have time for anything else. Unfortunately, I spend lots of time wishing I had MADE time to pray. I guess it’s just a fact of life, but I am going to be intentional to seek my Father’s Face and revel in Jesus’ Grace.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

PERSERVERANCE

Oh, so hard for us lazier folks. We like to sit and watch as others sweat it out, work it off and find it hard to stay on task. How often am I scrambling to get my Bible study done on a Tuesday evening? (Class is Wednesday morning) I call to make the cable payment with 10 minutes to spare. This is not the way to go. Be in the moment; get the job done.

Romans 5:2-4 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice  in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope

PATIENCE

Oh, so elusive! I have never been a particularly patient human. I can’t wait for “what’s next,” no matter what it might be. I’m sure I wished away a billion things with my kids that I should have savored. I’ve stayed awake through nights reading books because, well…I needed to know what happened! I need to sit and know that HE is God. I need to rest in HIS will, whatever it may be, and especially if He’s not giving me great detail. I need to TRUST that He will do what is best, even if I can’t see or agree.

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

James 5:8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Those are 3 P’s anyone can embrace. Scripture is full of examples of each one.

My 4th P is Plexus. I believe the Lord dropped these products into my life for this time and His purpose.

With the knowledge base that He has shown me over the past 3 years, I know that this is time to fight, to get strong and to live the life HE gave me!

What valuable tools I have in my journey to reclaim health! I have much to be thankful for. I plan to use them all, especially this next 6 weeks as I participate in a Biggest Loser contest online. I am 10 lbs away from my goal and I cannot wait to make my Plexus “Before and After” widget! I plan on adding my 4 P’s to that!

So, friends, what can you do over the next 6 weeks to work on reclaiming your health? Think on it. I know there’s something you can do!

Sugar-Free Can Be Hard To Find…

Since beginning the Blood Sugar Solution food plan this June, I’m trying to be as sugar-free as possible; ketchup was a biggie on the list of things I was clinging to that had sugar in it.  I loves me my ketchup.

*cue Carly Simon’s Anticipation*

So, I began scanning the Pin…everything uses sugar, even if you search for “sugar-free.” I suspect the Pin needs to adjust their algorithms or whatever it is they follow when you search something. Even in my 2 vegan cookbooks I had no luck…SUGAR!!!  What is with these vegans, anyhow? Everything is loaded with sugar. I decided to just wing it…

My final version does have a scant amount of sugar in it from the secret ingredient…BUT, it’s scant *congratulatory bow*

VintageChyck Ketchup

5 oz tomato paste (a tube)
4 oz sun-dried tomatoes in oil, oil drained off slightly (i used Jeff’s Naturals)
1/2 c veggie broth (or some good bone broth)
1/8 tsp cayenne
1 tbsp dried, minced onion
1/2 tbsp dried, minced garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
dash of salt (less than 1/8 tsp)
2 tbsp ACV
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp water (or more, depending on how thick you want it to be…all together I probably added about 1/2 c)

I whizzed all of this up in the blender on high, then popped it in a sauce pan to cook together a bit…it still didn’t have that slightly sweet kick, and I couldn’t decide what to put in it. One Whole30 recipe I found used dates, but, alas, I don’t have any.

I was going to put a tbsp of brown rice syrup in it and when I reached for it, I found

PICKAPEPPA SAUCE!!!!  

 

 

 

 

I threw 1/2 tbsp in, stirred and oh.my.sweet.ketchup!!!! I let it simmer together about 10 mins, and put it in a jar…it’s 3.5 cups….it’s resting in the fridge to let the flavors meld a bit more.

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Look at that yummy tomato goodness! It didn’t thicken up, and it’s a good consistency. I had it on eggs the following morning, and oh.my.yummieness! I admit, the tongue did wonder what happened to the beloved ketchup of old, but quickly got used to this new, exciting flavor. I’m planning a burger night next week, and, well…I will let you know 😉

I’ve got a list of books I need to have on hand, and the top o’ the list is The Paleo Approach, by Sarah Ballentyne. It’s far too chock full of info to merely take out of the library from time to time. Thankfully, she has a great blog, The Paleo Mom. I can be happy until I have some Amazon mad-money.

On the Plexus front, things are going terrific! I feel 150% better, have energy again and get great sleep. Hair and nails growing like weeds. Hip pain virtually gone. If I never lost another pound, I would continue using these great products. I feel healthy!!! And, that’s great! If you have any questions about Plexus, drop a comment or email me. I’d be glad to discuss it with you and choose what product would be right for you.

Till next time, my friends! Stay happy, be healthy and live the life God gave you! Be blessed!

 

Busy, Busy, Busy! Update

Oh, my, I had BIG plans for July…blogging, business building, etc
Guess what didn’t actually happen? But, life is like this.
Big Scout went to camp on June 18th or so. Well, that was the WRONG DAY. *grrr* Drive 2.5 hours back home only to repeat the journey the following day. We booted him out of the car and went back home. (well, I did kiss him goodbye) His plan was to come home for his birthday weekend (July 4th, yay!)
The day before we were scheduled to go back and get him, the alternator on RetroMan’s car blew. Okay, it’s almost the end of the month, we’ll fix it next week, we still have my car to go get Big Scout.
Well, no. THE VERY NEXT DAY my alternator blew.
That’s life at the Big Blue House. SO, I was without a car for a bit over a month. In which time, one would assume, that I had plenty of time to write, read, build business, etc. Well, whatever happened, July blew by without a warning, then I had to get back in gear for August. Because, you know, August is:
Back to school
Back to Bible study
*eeeep!* it’s been non-stop since August 1. It’s a good and blessed life. I hope to be blogging semi-regularly again in September.
If you’ve been watching my Facebook posts about Plexus, here’s a quick health update:
~ I have FINALLY broken through that 5-7 pound plateau that has been plaguing me for years. Officially down 11 pounds since June 1. It’s weird to need a belt, and I actually TUCKED IN my shirt today. I haven’t done that since before I had Young Scout. I’m happy to lose slow, it stays off that way.
~ Emotional/mental health has been real good (okay, back-to-school was a cry-fest, but other than that…) I’ve only just noticed this in the past week. Good side benefit!
~ MY HAIR!!! I need a hair cut desperately (and color, but we won’t go there)
~ Nails are holding up well…doing them over the weekend, I’ll show you on FB or IG 😉
Of all the diets, products, etc, that I have attempted through the years, this works. Plain and simple. Yes, I have continued to follow the Blood Sugar Solution program. Plexus products have given me a terrific tool in this battle. I’m not starving (the BSS program is full of healthy foods and fats, yet, there were times I was just plain hungry). The products agree with my body far better than those suggested by Dr. Hyman and are far more affordable. I am confident that continuing on this course is what will get me to the goal of #regaininghealth
Is Plexus for everyone? No. That’s why they have the terrific money back policy that they do. Plexus has a 1% return rate. That’s an awful lot of people who it DOES work for. Just sayin’
If you want to hear more, message me or email.
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Thanks for popping in! Till next time, Be Blessed!