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!

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!

Six Week Check In

It’s humbling to read back on all the different phases I’ve trudged through on this journey to better health. Humbling because I can clearly see God leading me to the path He wants me to be on, and the detours that I sometimes like to wander down. All have led to this one, and I feel pretty confident that this is where I need to put some roots down.

BSSbook-smToday is my 6th week with the Blood Sugar Solution program by Dr Mark Hyman. It’s been a good, a little tough, time. Mainly, my sugar cravings have been busted, unless I’m a bit off plan. The recommended supplements in the program are what ultimately brought me around to researching Plexus products.

My weight is down 8.5 lbs, waist is down 5 inches, my BMI has gone from 27.2 to 25.7 (this number moves irritatingly slow) and my W2HR is down from 62 to 56. All in all, I’m happy with the results. It’s hard work, and yes, I’ve stumbled, but it hasn’t degenerated into an all weekend carb-fest or anything like it used to be. I will stay on this program the way it is for another 6 weeks and reevaluate what I might be able to reintroduce and what I need to permanently stay away from.

Now, let me walk you back a bit. The Blood Sugar Solution was recommended to me by my doctor after I complained that no matter what “program” I tried, I could not lose more that 5-7 lbs. It didn’t matter how long I stayed on it, what I did or did not eat, etc. She recommended Dr. Hyman’s website, and also Dr. Sarah Gottfried‘s. Both stress the importance of balanced hormones and blood glucose levels. This is a path that I’ve been flitting around since my foray into the Trim Healthy Mama phase about 2 years ago. Then, I went vegetarian, then vegan and, well, here I am.

What I’ve discovered, or rather, what I already knew, is that one program/food plan/diet does not fit and fuel all body types. My oldest son, the Dog Walking King of Boston, thrives on a vegan diet. I did not. I have many friends who love and do well with THM. I did not. Weight Watchers, Atkins, whatever. I know people who do great and those who do not. I am usually among the “do nots,” and part of that for me is a spiritual struggle.

Let me backtrack further: my family health history is anything but. On my father’s side we have multiple sclerosis, diabetes, kidney diseases, some vague ear issues, and early onset heart issues. My oldest brother started his heart issues at 45, and my father passed from multiple heart issues at 66. My mom’s side is no better, with thyroid, cancers, diabetes. She succumbed to Fatty Liver Disease in 2006. My mother did not smoke, nor drink, but she was diabetic and on at least 10 different medications. No wonder her liver gave out!

YIKES! And, for most of my life, I have figured that any or all of these diseases will inevitably become mine. I mean, look at this, the deck is stacked pretty high against me, right? Plus, I do have my own issues of high blood pressure and low thyroid. It’s only a matter of time.

Well, NO! That is not true! I can take steps to regain my health and reverse the family “curse”! I will not go down without a fight, lol.

The information I have been accumulating over the past few years points to the facts that my body does not well tolerate dairy or grains. *sob* And, that may very well be for this time of gut healing and hormone balancing. I may, at some point, be able to add back whole grains, sweet potatoes, corn and yogurt. For now, verboten. And, that is finally okay with me.

You see, a huge part of this, for me, has been, “But I don’t wanna ______.” I don’t like not having my bagel, my grilled cheese on whole grain bread, my creamy Bullet Proof Coffee. I certainly, after waiting for 5.5 years for Dunkin Donuts to come to Colorado, don’t like not being able to go run and grab a coffee and a chocolate chip muffin.  I want to have that treat, whatever form that treat might take.

However, it is within my power, and with my health in mind, to forego these things. For one, none of it is good FOR ME. It’s probably not good for you, either. All of those things turn into glucose in your system, and glucose in large proportions is bad. It causes sugar spikes, sluggish energy levels, and it makes a body HANG ON TO FAT. Yes. Hang on.

It’s also a proven fact that you need to move your body to keep it in good shape. I’m not talking Ms. Olympia shape, just daily functioning without problems shape. I don’t want to have to exercise. I’d really prefer my weight just come off with no effort taken by me whatsoever. Well, I am not under 30 anymore, and this doesn’t “just happen.” I do need to move, and move on a daily basis. It can be as little as 10 minutes of Pilates or a 1 mile walk. The solution is to do it.

I suppose this is one of those “preaching to the choir” posts. One that is really just a stream of consciousness reminder to myself of all the things that need to be done to take care of this shell while I am here on the earth. I suppose, more importantly, that I am tired of reading “shaming” blog and social media posts that make you feel like a failure if you can’t drop 67 pound in 30 days, if you’re not using BeachSupremeMegaShakes or so strictly following the Carrot Diet that you are Trump orange.

In any case, I hope my post, as I hope all the others do, has blessed you in some way today. I’m working on a planner comparison post for later in the week, having received my personal-planner last week. Also, a think I might start a series on how balancing hormones is so important to overall health. What would you like to read about here on the blog?

Until next time, Be Blessed!