Sunday, February 2, 2014

Portion Control...the Easy Way

The obsession began in my teens.  I have an older brother who lives in Memphis, TN.  Many week-ends during high school and college I would visit him.  Being from a small town, Memphis is where all the action was.  I saw many a good concert during those years. :)  One week-end while visiting my brother he took me to a restaurant called Red Lobster.  That was it!.  The damage was done!  I have eaten at many nice restaurants  since then, and have enjoyed my meals.  However, nothing compares to Red Lobster in my book.  Anyone who knows me well knows that if given a choice, I will choice Red Lobster over ANY restaurant.  

I quite literally can hear the restaurant calling my name during Endless Shrimp weeks and Lobsterfest.  My stomach knows no limits when I am there, thoroughly enjoying my food.  Therefore, I was more than a little apprehensive last Friday night when my husband and I took our twins who were home visiting from college to my favorite place in the whole world.  (I have purposefully stayed away from there the last few months...not trusting myself.)

I have done so well on Plexus Slim.  (I am down 15 pounds now!) The sweet cravings are so very low, and I get full quickly when eating my meals.   It is like portion control without having to do anything or without feeling deprived.

I guess Red Lobster was to be my biggest test.  Could I eat there and not go crazy?  Could I leave the shrimp scampi on my plate and take it home for another meal?  I was nervous, but, I kept thinking about how I was always surprised when I sat down to eat something I really liked and would become full very quickly since starting Plexus. 

Well, of course, I ordered my favorite, the combination of 3 shrimp choices...Walt's favorite shrimp, shrimp scampi, and shrimp Alfredo.  YUM!  
I started with one of the mouth-watering garlic/cheese biscuits.  I LOVE those too!  However, they didn't taste as yummy as usual.  The salad was good, but, I began getting really full about half way through it and didn't finish it.  Then came the main course.  My plate was so huge, we had to move things around on the table.  

Of course, it was delicious.  But, I was full.  I mean full like I couldn't eat very much at all.  After several bites I was done.  It was inconceivable to my family that I stopped so soon after receiving my food.  

I was so happy I took a picture of the food left on my plate.  WoW!  I left Red Lobster feeling full and more importantly, feeling good about myself.  I have passed the final test!  Plexus Slim has curbed my appetite at Red Lobster!  I am a believer.  Portion control at its simplest!

This is my plate AFTER I finished eating all I wanted!
Oh Happy Day!

I will not be nervous now anywhere I choose to eat!
My new motto!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Still Losing Weight...But Gaining Health Benefits

I've lost another pound...the easiest, most healthy way I have ever lost weight.  I am down 14 pounds in less than 3 months without dieting or exercising.  I have lost inches and inches...even an inch around my neck and have gone down 2 pants sizes.  My blood pressure went from hypertension level to almost, nearly normal, and I don't experience any of my sleep apnea symptoms anymore.  WoW! 

 I started taking a probiotic a couple of months ago.  I wasn't even sure what a probiotic was supposed to do.  I just knew I had a severe immune deficiency and all the antibiotics I take daily, (875 mg twice a day...a total of 1,750 mg. daily), were killing all the biotics in my body, good, bad, or ugly.  Even with all the antibiotics, 2 types of allergy medicine, and Vitamin C I was taking daily, my immune deficiency is so bad that I would get a sinus infection that would wipe me out about every month to 6 weeks.  The infection would continually get worse and last 1 and 1/2 weeks to 2 weeks, with me doubling up, sometimes tripling up on my antibiotic.  

Of course, every year or two, my doctor has to increase the amount of antibiotic because my body becomes accustomed to the dosage and it needs more to work at the same rate.  I have had this condition all my life, therefore, I am now taking enough antibiotic to heal a hospital of people, and I still get sick...really sick.

My deficiency is so bad that an allergist wanted to send my blood work to Duke University to have it analyzed at one point.  Speaking of doctors, not one doctor or specialist ever mentioned a probiotic to me.  Wonder why not?  It's just common sense.    

When I began taking Plexus, I kept reading about the probiotic they make, ProBio5, and was curious if it might work for me.  I decided to try it.  Since I began taking it, I have not had one sinus infection.  I should have had at least 2 pretty severe bouts at this point.  I haven't.  My good biotics are being put back into my body and getting rid of some serious yuck going on in there.  

I have cut back on my antibiotic on the week-end.  I am about to cut out 1 pill every week-day also, and see how it goes. I would love to be able to completely quit taking an antibiotic every day! I have also cut out one of my allergy pills a day. 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Losing Weight...and My Engagement Ring!

I have been married for almost 29 years, and I haven't been able to wear my wedding band or engagement ring for at least half of those years.  I even had it stretched once.  

A few years after having my rings stretched, and being the stubborn person that I am, I decided I was going to wear the wedding set even if it was too tight.  I would not get those rings stretched again!  That was ultimately a bad decision on my part. :)  I ended up at the jewelry store, my finger swollen and purple,  having my engagement ring cut off my finger.  

On November 6, 2013, when I began drinking Plexus Slim, I couldn't get my wedding band or engagement ring on without forcing them.  Let it be said that I can learn from my mistakes.  I wasn't about to wear them when it hurt to put them on.

About mid-December I tried the wedding set on for fun.  I had lost several pounds and I was hoping they would fit on my finger.  They did!  They went on without any force, and better yet, they came off the same way!  I was so proud!  I began them wearing immediately.  It was a milestone in my weight loss to be able to wear my rings again.  

The next few weeks as I lost more weight, my engagement ring became so loose that the diamond in the the setting would end up turning and facing the palm of my hand. Another good feeling.  

Well...yesterday when I got home from work I noticed that my engagement ring was not on my finger.  The band was still there but, not the engagement ring.  Of course, I panicked.  After all those years of not being able to wear my rings and now I had lost my engagement ring!  

I began retracing my steps...from putting my teaching bag down, to the garage where I had played with my dog, Max, when I first arrived home, to the mailbox, to my parking place at my school, along the path to my room, and finally to the sink where I had washed my hands right before I left to go home. 

My husband and I just stood silently at the counter, looking down at the left-over soap suds in the bottom of the sink and humongous holes in the drain.  My heart sank.  I rushed over to my desk.  Sometimes when I put lotion on my hands, I take my rings off and lay them on the top of my desk.  Nope.  I knew in the back of my mind heading over  there that the engagement ring would not be found.  Why would I, even as absent-minded as I am sometimes, put one ring back on and not the other.

I was priming myself up for a good pity-party.  I was ready to sit down behind my desk when I noticed my husband reach down underneath a student desk and pick something up from underneath the leg bar of the desk.  The leg bar is a metal bar that sits about an inch from the floor and balances the legs of the desk.
As he stood up, he was holding my engagement ring in his hand.  

Apparently, my ring slipped had off sometime after my students left yesterday, and I didn't even feel it.  That's scary.  It just slid right off my finger and I didn't feel a thing!  I believe I have learned 2 things from the experience.  1.  If I want to wear my ring, I will either have to get it resized, get a ring spacer, or wear it below my wedding band.  2.  If my rings are too big, my clothes must be too big.  You all know what that means! :)  :)  :)  I have always wanted the problem of having to go shopping because my clothes are too big.  I have lost 12 and 1/2 pounds on this 4 foot, 11 and 1/2 inch body since November 6, and my clothes ARE getting too big.  It's a great feeling!  

There is a saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."  For me, nothing feels as good as knowing that even though I am losing weight now, I will be able to continue to lose it, next month, and the next month after that...  For way too long, when I began a "diet" or took pills, over-the-counter or prescription, I knew they were a temporary fix.  Now I am doing something that I will continue doing for the rest of my life as I continue to improve my health.  You just can't beat that! 
As I have said before, it is the easiest thing I have ever done!  

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Plexus Slim 7-Day Challenge Contest / Giveaway

Hey everyone!  Don't forget to enter the Plexus Slim 7-Day Challenge Packet Giveaway.  It ends this coming Friday.  Plexus Slim is delicious!  In addition, to this healthy, all-natural drink, you will receive a 7 day supply of Accelerator pills speed up your weight loss.  Just take them with your Plexus Slim each day!

Scroll down just a tad to the entry post.  If you have already LIKED my Facebook page or followed my blog, enter anyway!  Entering will put you in the drawing.  Have a great day!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Giveaway - 7-Day Plexus Slim Packet

I just can't say enough great things about Plexus Slim and what it has done for me!  I haven't just lost weight, I have gotten healthier...lowering my blood pressure, and getting rid of my sleep apnea...just to name a couple of things!  I am giving away a 7-day supply of Plexus Slim and the Accelerator pills to some lucky person!  It is a $29.95 value.  
I believe you will love it! 

 Read my previous blog posts to read more information and facts about healthy, natural Plexus Slim. (One post is a video of a doctor who breaks down each ingredient in Plexus Slim).  

To enter, scroll down to the Entry Box, (directly below the picture), and click on one or both of the entry choices to follow my blog or LIKE my Facebook page.

  If you have already liked my Facebook page and/or followed my blog, click on the entries below anyway!   This will put you in the drawing too. 

The contest runs from January 6 - January 10, 2014.

 The winning name will be automatically drawn by a computer when the contest ends and the winner will be announced!
Good luck!  
Let's lose weight and 
keep it off this year!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Plexus Slim - 10 Great Things

I am just a normal person.  I am a  school teacher with 3 grown children, (well, they are all in college, but, I wouldn't consider them adults yet). :)  I have a husband whom I've been married to for 29 years this coming March, and I have a dog named Max.  Like many other normal people, I have also fought the weight loss battle for the majority of my life.  

I have lost and gained a tremendous amount of weight over the years.  I have lost it in some of the most unhealthy ways possible, only to gain it back plus some each time.  If you've tried it, there is a good chance I have too!  At this point in my life, I know in the back of my mind that whatever I am doing or taking really isn't going to work, but, I usually try it anyway.  Then it doesn't work...not for long anyway.

Enter Plexus Slim.  I have been taking Plexus Slim since November 6, 2013.  I have lost 10 and 1/2 pounds, mostly through the holidays.  It is the easiest thing I have done...EVER! (Plexus Slim is a powder in a packet, similar to Crystal Light packets, that you pour into a bottle or glass of water and drink once a day.  Extra add tastes great).  I can eat what I want but, Plexus takes away many of my cravings, reduces the amount I want to eat, and gives me the willpower to put the fork down.  I get satisfied quickly when eating a meal.  Plexus is a healthy, natural drink.  I was talking to my husband a few days ago and we began discussing all the ways Plexus Slim has helped us.  I love making lists so, I decided to list the top 10 ways Plexus Slim Products have made a difference in my life.  

So, here they are:
  1.  I have lost 10 and 1/2 pounds, mostly during the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's.  That's something I would never have dreamed I could do!
  2. I have lost 4" in my waist, 1 and 3/8" in my arms. I have even lost 7/8" of an inch in my neck...very cool!  
  3. My blood pressure has gone down from 188/84 to 137/80. WoW!  I am most grateful for this!  I would take Plexus Slim for the rest of my life just to keep my blood pressure normal!  Yes, it is healthy enough to take the rest of my life, and I definitely am going to do just that!
  4. I am supposed to go to a sleep apnea treatment center this month.  Actually, I was supposed to go months ago, but, I kept canceling on them.  I snored like a was so bad that my husband slept on the couch many nights, and when my kids were at home they would close my bedroom door at night and still hear me in the family room.  (Very embarrassing...esp. since they had friends over all the time!)  Snoring was the least of my concerns though.  I would literally wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe or swallow.  It was like my throat had swollen and my tonsils were growing out of my mouth.  The last couple of years I would sleep sitting up many nights.  I was scared.  However, I was just as scared of going to the sleep apnea center and finding out I needed surgery or that I would have to wear an oxygen mask the rest of my life.  Now, my sleep apnea symptoms are gone.  I rarely snore, and I do not ever wake up feeling like I can't breathe or swallow.  That is a wonderful, peaceful feeling!  No surgery or oxygen mask for me! :)  Still another reason I will never stop taking Plexus Slim.
  5. My husband, who never has wanted to try any weight loss supplement, has seen how Plexus has helped me and has began taking it.  He has lost 9 pounds.
  6. I have more energy.  No, I don't have the kind of energy that makes me want to run around the house.  It is very subtle, similar to the drink itself. I usually come home from work and fall asleep as soon as I sit down.  Now, I generally don't.  That doesn't mean I don't ever, but, for the most part I get a second wind and am functional throughout the evening.
  7. I feel liberated.  I am not chained to any meal plans or certain types of foods.  I don't have to eat things that remind me of styrofoam or cardboard ever again!  I don't have to pass up opportunities with friends and family when eating is involved. I can have any dang thing I want.  (Plexus helps with the willpower to stop eating so you don't overdo it.)  I feel like a normal person again!
  8. I feel good about myself.  I can feel the weight loss in my clothes and I can see it in my face. There isn't a better feeling than for your normal clothes to be too big! My goal is to lose 40 pounds so I still have a way to go.  But, I know that Plexus works and will work for the long-haul, so I am confident in my ability to lose the next 30 pounds.  I know I will do it!  I just lost another 1/2 pound today.  (And I had Dunkin' Doughnuts for breakfast yesterday and Zaxby's for supper the night before.) :)   
  9. People have seen me losing weight and have wanted to order it for themselves.  I am making money by selling Plexus Slim as an ambassador.  
  10. I have a severe immune deficiency...very severe.  I take an unheard of 875 mg of antibiotics, not once, but twice a day just to stay well. Since I am a math teacher, I will do the math.  I take 1,750 mg of antibiotics a day!  Even with the amount I take, the antibiotics still do not do their job all the time.  I take antibiotics that I am pretty sure  affect all the biotics in my system, the good along with the bad.  That can't be a good thing!  I still get a severe sinus infection several times during the fall, winter,and spring anyway.  (I'm sure I have one of the 3 worst jobs for a low immune system...working with children). My last infection at the beginning of October almost wiped me out.  I was doubling up, sometimes even more than that, on my antibiotics just so I could function in life.  I cringe to think what that did to my body. I began taking the probiotic, ProBio5, that Plexus sells in November.  Wowsie!  I have not had even a hint of a sinus infection since.  Yes, I am still taking my antibiotic but, I have faith that I will be able to lessen the amounts as I go along.  However, using the probiotic is just what the doctor ordered.  Or is it?   It is amazing to me that not one doctor or specialist over the years, (and believe me, I have seen them specialist even wanted to send my blood work to Duke University for a study), recommended a probiotic to me.  Why not? Hmmm...go figure.
I could actually make a bigger list but, I will stop here.  If you would like to begin your weight loss journey to lose weight and keep it off, come join me.  I have been so thankful that Plexus came into my life!  It has changed not only my weight but, as you read, it has began changing my health.  

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