Healthy and getting there

I started a journey back in January and had no idea that I would be where I am now today. Wellness. I started trying to lose weight again but didn’t have much success in the 4 months that followed, even with medications from my doctor designed to help me lose weight. 

I only lost 8 pounds those 4 full months and had side effects from the medications that were nothing short of wretched. My heart was pounding and I developed a twitch in my lip and eye on one med. The other one made me feel terrible with tummy trouble. No fun and definitely not something I wanted longterm.

A friend of mine kept posting about this program she was using and she had my attention. I had talked to her a few times before but I guess you could say I wasn’t ready yet. Now, however, I was ready. She called me and I listened to her story and to the stories of some of her friends. They got me on the products and lifestyle a month ago. And thus it began.

You can see that the 8 pounds really didn’t make much of an impact on my photo.  The program is so easy.  I lost 6 pounds in the first 8 days during the body reset portion of the program.  Not only that but I lost 8.75 inches! The program promises 5-15 pounds gone in the first 8 days and there I was at 6 pounds.  I was hooked! 

Since then,  I’ve gone on to lose a total of 10 pounds and 16.5 inches!  3 inches are gone off my waist alone and I’m down a pants size which at my size is incredible.  Besides the weight loss,  I feel amaxing.  Yes,  amazing but with an x. 

This is now.  Today,  5 weeks after trying these products for the first time,  I am succeeding in my quest for health.  The products are all plant based and so good for a variety of reasons. They help with sleep, anxiety, depression,  energy,  inflammation and pain.  I am off 4 medications already and plan to get off more with the help of my doctor.  

With the 3 pictures above you can see my progress.  As the saying goes,  the proof is in the pudding and my pudding is melting away quickly now!  I’m no where close to being done with this journey.  I’m still at the beginning but I want to shout from the rooftops and share these products with the world!  They work.  For more information, leave me a message and I’ll share more with you! 

Here’s to more weight gone and many more inches melting away!  Have a great week everyone! 

Feeling Great and Losing Weight

Losing weight is tough, right?  Well,  I’ve discovered the best system to not only lose weight, but heal your body from a cellular level. With these products,  I’m looking so much better,  but I’m also feeling great!

I’m in my 3rd week and now I’ve lost 7.2 pounds and 15 inches.  My energy is fantastic but not jittery.  It’s a smooth, awakened energy without the side effects that other products can cause.  I’m sleeping so much better, too.  As I said before,  these products heal.

The products themselves are all plant based and full of vital vitamins and minerals.  They are specially formulated with different purposes in mind for each but work in harmony to get your body working at its optimal level. 

The supplements plus rich vanilla smoothies and healthy diet plan work together seamlessly to provide you with all the nutrition and healthy living tools you need.  I find that I feel 10 years younger already and I can only imagine how gear I’ll feel when I reach my weight loss goal. 

I believe in this program.  I’m becoming a better me and sharing my story and these products with others helps me to change lives each day.  My life has certainly changed over the last 2.5 weeks and now in 8 days, my daughter has lost 7.4 pounds and 9.75 inches.  If the company didn’t believe in their product,  they wouldn’t offer and respect their money back guarantee.  

It’s not even all about the. Weight loss products.  It’s about being well.  Are you exhausted?  Anxious? Depressed?  Over weight?  Diabetic?  Have thyroid issues?  Have chronic pain? These products can help!  Naturally! 

I’m already off 2 meds.  I have no more pain from my degenerative disc disease  in my bank or from my arthritis.  My IBS is no longer an issue.  I’m totally regular which hasn’t happened ever in my life.  You get one life.  One chance at your health.  Why not choose to make it a healthy life the natural way with great plant based supplements instead of taking medications with a ton of side effects?

I’m always free to chat about this amazing program.  Just shoot me a message or send me a FB friend request.  I love helping people get healthy while I do the same.  I am a registered nurse so it’s my nature to take care of you! 

Have a spectacular day ya’ll! 

Deirdre ūüĆļ

Living Lean

I Have leaned so much these last 5 days. I actually found myself not eating enough, but thanks to my incredible support I’m getting back on track. My coaches are amazing! 

When I was feeling down tonight because food didn’t sound good, I called one of them. She so kindly gave me her time and for another coach on the phone and we chatted away for a good 20 minutes to see what was going on with me. I wasn’t eating enough. I was starving myself of important calories and nutrients.  

With their help, they got me back on track, advised me what to do to get to feeling back to amazing and to seeing great results! They even want to talk again tomorrow to check up on how I’m doing. What other company would do that but this one! 

I love this company and I believe in it. I believe in this lifestyle. It’s all about real food and amazingly wonderful supplements. Who doesn’t want to be healthier? I can now help them thanks to this company. Anyone who wants information just has to ask. 

This program is so good I want to share it with the world. The energy, the overall wellbeing, the fantastic health benefits all in one box! Feeling great with only 3 days left of this initial phase.

Detoxing My Body

It’s day 5 and today is a sluggish day to be sure. Although I’ve had tons of energy up to now, today I feel my body really working through the process of detoxification.  I’m not surprised. 

This day shall pass. I’m sure tomorrow I will wake up with all my energy again and ready to take on the world. When you think of the years of dietary abuse my body has been through, it’s only natural that it will take these days to detox. Reading up on this process, I’ve learned to take it easy, eat plenty of fibre and drink plenty of water today. Taking a nice hot shower will also help the process. 

I’ve got to tell you that I no longer crave sugar. I no longer crave greasy, fast food. In fact, my biggest problem is eating enough food! Drinking my eater is the easy part. I love water! I am definitely well hydrated now.

I learn something new about myself everyday. I also learn something new about this business! What an extraordinary line of products we sell to help change people’s lives. It’s certainly changing mine. 

Day 2 of the Big Journey

This is exciting but difficult. Change is hard whatever it may be, and for me that change is my love for food and making it quick and easy. I know it’s only the second day and it will take time to make my changes a habit. I’m not depriving myself either. I believe in the weight watcher’s approach to a new me. 

If you deprive yourself, you just focus more on what you can not have and that stinks, but having a little bit in moderation at certain times always helps me. Tonight, I was craving Mongolian beef. I had a small portion of beef and smaller portion of rice, but it was enough to satisfy my longing. I had budgeted calories in my day for this dinner, too, so that I had enough in my bank, so to speak, to enjoy my dinner and not have to worry about ruining my diet on the second day.

It’s so difficult to want to trim down my calories each day while wanting to boost calories for my kids who are still growing and in need of them. While they enjoy earing healthy, they also enjoy comfort foods, too. I guess I’ll have to learn how to make those a bit healthier and more calorie friendly since hubs is joining me this time around. It won’t hurt the kids either to have those comfort foods in a healthier version. Granted, most of our homemade food is already fairly healthy, but could use some tweaking. Another experiment for hubs and I. 

Our greatest challenge is always what t of eat first dinner. I see that we will finally be planning out our menus like I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now, but the challenge will be adding the healthy aspect to our recipes. Any ideas? We love our crock pot and I see some ideas meandering around in my brain with ingredients and the like to attempt. I’ll be sure to share my creations if they are tasty. 

Thus endeth day 2 of our journey. So far, so good, but I can tell you, I could really go for some ice cream right about now. Too bad I won’t be having any. ūüė£

Peace and love guys!

Deirdre

A Better Life

What a beautiful morning to be alive. No, the weather isn’t perfecr, although the temperature is lovely. The sky is somewhat overcast, but I began my day early this morning As I seem to do more often As I get older. 

 As I sit here drinking my cup of coffee, I marvel in the small gifts we’ve been given in this life. So many gifts. Even those with much less than me have something to be grateful for and that makes me smile. Just the thought that the less fortunate can be so grateful for what they have in this life. Yet there are so many with more than I have who are always wanting and expecting more. They are never satisfied with what they have simply because they are searching for happiness in materialistic items instead of seeing the true blessings which surround them daily.

I have been richly blessed. I have a truly loving family, a home to live in which always requires some maintenance or another, good on my table and clothes on my back. I wouldn’t say I couldn’t use a little more of this or that, but we have what we need. Truly, in the darkest times, God always provides for us.

Recently, hubs and I went to a Cardinals game and as we were headed home, a panhandler was approaching cars. One look at her and you could see that something was not right with her. Hubs and I talked about her misfortune. How sad for her because she was someone’s child, possibly sister or mother. Now she was there in the streets begging for money. I prayed for her. She did not approach our car, as the light turned, but my heart ached for her. 

Most of the time in our city, we are panhandlers in the same spot. They get in and out of a van and scam people on the same street corners, but my heart told me this was different. U felt that the best thing I could do for her though, was pray. Other cars had given her something. I pray she got some good and didn’t drink it or buy drugs with the money she got. 

The old saying goes, everyone has something. My thought is that this is more true than one realizes. Over the summer, when in was so sick, there were several times in was afraid I would die because I didn’t feel like I was getting any better. I can’t imagine having something worse, but there are many loving with much worse. So today, I choose to cherish my life and make the most of my days, each day. Life is so short and only God knows when he will call us home. I’m a very different person now than I was last year at this time.

Now, go out and make the most of today. Don’t let a day go by without seeing or talking to those you love. Let them know they have impacted your life. They may not know it. Don’t let another day go by without doing that one thing that you’ve been putting off forever. Take the trip, eat the cake, but if nothing else, tell them you love them and don’t end on a sour note.

A Brand New Day!

I was thinking of several things to write about over the last hour while the house has been blissfully asleep, but none of those subjects seemed to just flow from my mind or fingertips this morning. First, I will tell you, I’m feeling much better and, at long last, I’m on the road to recovery, barring any other small setbacks. For now though, I’m free! Pablo, my trusty drain, was removed Monday. Although it was certainly uncomfortable coming out due to it’s location, it was a heck of a lot better than going in! Now, at long last, nearly 7 weeks after my surgery, I can start to get stronger and get moving without reatrictioms! Hallelujah!

In other news, well, summer is already half over and it is time for us to look forward to the new school year. Can you believe it? Stores have school supplies and school lists out. I, for one, am not ready to think of summer ending and school starting just yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love the routine of the school year, but I love the lazy days of summer just as much. This year, having been robbed of my summer this far, I’m ready to enjoy my summer at long last. Today is my brand new day! It’s the day I say, “carpe diem”! I have to get stronger, which is my new daily endeavor. I’ve discovered some days I’m still very tired, and other days I’m filled with energy. Today is a sleepy day, unfortunately, but I’ve been busy all week so far. I suppose every third day to rest at this point isn’t bad. One day at a time. I will heal and gain my strength back, one day at a time. 

Summer Is…

Summer is my favorite season. It always has been. With the exception of this summer, it means swimming, playing outside, spending warm summer evenings with friends and kids outside. In essence, it’s a time for renewal and reconnection that we aren’t afforded while we are stuck indoors on cold winter days.

Summer is a time to play in my garden and watch things grow. I love watching things grow.This year, due to my health, I didn’t even get my tomatoes in the garden and my entire garden looks like a den of weeds, as I’ve been unable to tend my beautiful pride and joy. I do miss sitting there in the mornings to have my coffee, but I hope to be able to tend it soon.
Summer is a time to spend with family. When I was growing up, I was very fortunate to be able to go on holidays with my family. We went to my family’s home in Ireland. I learned to work on the farm and I loved every moment. I not only got to meet my cousins far away, I got to have wonderful relationships with them. I have to tell you that family truly is everything to me. Growing up in a town where I had no cousins, I loved and appreciated those holidays to make the special bonds with my cousins more than you could imagine. Probably even more so since I had no sister growing up. I have only the one older brother who means the world to me, but I always longed for a sister. I saw the bonds with my cousins as if I had sisters for those weeks we were together. I know they couldn’t understand that since they all had sisters of their own, but I treasured their “sisterhood” in those summers more than anything you could put a price tag on.

One of my favorite Summertime activities is to play with my son in the back by my garden while having my coffee in the mornings. You see, he’s a secret agent and I’m headquarters. I’m base command with the computer. He’s going to save the world and sniper the bad guys with his stick rifles. Ah, his imagination. Sometimes it’s an alien invasion. It’s how boys think. You can not change that. He wants to protect and serve. I miss that this summer very, very much. I don’t miss the silly game, I miss spending the quality time with the boy I love most, my boy. He, like all boys, grows too fast. He’s my baby boy and he’s the only boy I have. He’s my youngest child. Now, he’s been reduced to getting things for me This summer. He’s been caring for me instead of the other way around. He’s wonderful too, just like his father. 

Summertime is generally healthy time. This year? Well, it’s more of a let’s not succumb to these wretched pancreatic surgery post-op complications summer. It technically is a get healthy summer, although I’m unable to swim and unable to even walk very far. I’m finally on the mend, I think, provided there are no more complications. I was even able to stay up past 9:30 PM last night. Not much longer, but I’m beginning to heal I think. 

Summer will remain my favorite season. I long to take a nice dip in the pool. I’d love to get on the tennis court. After all that I’ve been through this summer, I appreciate summer and life even more. 

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This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence was “Summer is…” and as usual, our host is the extraordinary, Kristi. Check out everyone else’s posts! It’s always a fun read!


Feeling Better 

At last I have some answers. I’ve been dealing with this for so long but the corner has finally been turned and now I can truly begin to heal, or so I surely hope I can!

My initial surgery was over a month ago and I’ve been so terribly ill since then. Many trips back and forth to the hospital as well as Pablo, the drain placed 26 days ago. Pablo was initially working well, but started malfunctioning. I began flushing him a bit more frequently. I continued having fevers and feeling terribly lightheaded and detached from the world. I tried my best to eat and not I felt the same.hing had flavor. I had 3 antibiotics. ¬†My labs still looked the same and still showed the abscess was much smaller but remained. From a 7 cm to a 3 cm abscessed area which is an improvement for sure, but finding out that I can help this to go away faster? ¬†What a golden opportunity to be proactive in my healthcare.

I have never in my life felt so sick. ¬†I have never felt like I would never get my energy back or be able to once again go for a walk without passing out. ¬†I have made one walk since my surgery. ¬†It was a the only day I felt good. ¬†I walked 4 houses up the street and back again. ¬†It was to my dad’s house. ¬†He didn’t answer the door either. ¬†Hubs and I didn’t have our mobile phones either to give him a call, so we walked back down. ¬†The next day, I felt just as terrible as I had previously and remained that way until yesterday. ¬†I do listen and I do everything I’m told to do. ¬†I’m a very good patient. ¬†I know what I have to do and I do it.

After being in the nursing field for 29 years, I should know a thing or two about how to get better, but this has been the absolute lowest point of my existence. ¬†Honestly, I was ready to seek healthcare elsewhere if it weren’t for Dr. Burke finally giving me the answers I was seeking on Thursday. ¬†Hubs took me to my sinogram, where dye is placed into the drain and then x-rayed for drain placement and to see how much fluid is still present. ¬†It’s really very cool. ¬†What we were shown is that although my abscess is much smaller, the abscess is made up of pancreatic enzymes which is trying to eat my body instead of processing food because of where it has leaked to. ¬†There is a small pathway which has formed which we need to help seal up. ¬†We can do this by flushing and creating the proper pressure in there, a neutral pressure, allowing the nasty, thick drainage from the pancreas to drain. ¬†If I gavage it with the saline 5 or 6 times a day, it will allow the thick drainage to flow more freely and therefore, it will be released more easily.

Guess what! ¬†It’s been working great! ¬†No more fevers, and I feel much improved. ¬†I sure won’t be running any marathons. ¬†In fact, I’ll have to work up to walking any great length again, but I’m getting there. ¬†And I’m planning on more writing. ¬†I’m able to focus a little more clearly already. ¬†Just think, maybe, just maybe, I might get a little bit of my summer after all! Wouldn’t that just be awesome! ¬†I know the Hubs, the kids and I would be so thrilled. ¬†Thank you for all the prayers and good wishes. ¬†Keep them coming. ¬†You have no idea how much they mean to me. ¬†Your kind thoughts are so wonderful. ¬†They truly mean so much to me. ¬†I can’t thank you enough for caring about little old me!

Just Done with the ER

When you go to the ER and you have 20 years of experience as an RN, wouldn’t you think just perhaps, someone, anyone, might listen to the reason you’ve come in! Logical? Yes. Does it happen? Not precisely. 

So, I have a drain in my belly, I’ve named it Pablo. Pablo has been doing a great job of draining the nasty infection out. You see, after my complex abdominal surgery, I got a fun and exciting 7 cm pocket of infection. Yep! Nothing like a little nastiness and 3 different antibiotics, placement of a drain and another hospitalization to lift your spirits! But that’s been my luck this last month.

Yesterday, I flushed my buddy, Pablo, with 30 ml of saline. The reason? Well, always flush it with 10ml but I noticed it wasn’t flushing easily and guess what? Nothing was coming out! What a pain!

After the usual time given before the next flush, it still hadn’t any output. Not good. So not good because it also was hurting a ton more! Something was wrong. We called the intervetional radiology department who told us to go into the Damn ER! Yuck!

So, my labs are no different. My WBC is still 18.2 which is high after 3 antibiotics. I’m running another low grade temp too. My platelets are 511 which is high. They did another CT scan to check placement but didn’t touch the actual problem!! The actual drain going inside my body which isn’t working! Does anyone listen? Really hear me?

The answer is no. All that happened in my long night at the ER IS this. More bills for me, everything is “okay” even though the infection is still there. Oh and the infected goo coming around my tube is also “normal”. And unless my temp which happens every day, gets above 101, no one actually cares. So here I am continuing to know that something is wrong but no one knows or actually gives a cheap until I guess I’m much closer to death’s door! Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but I’m beginning to feel that way! 

I’m tough and I’ll get through this, but honestly, what happened to doctors listening to you? My dad is a retired doctor and he’s had it with these doctors taking care of me. He just may have to get involved in order to get me fixed up! I’m okay with that. We shall see what happens tomorrow. One day at a time and still the stupid Norco for the pain. If I didn’t have my husband I’m telling you, I’d be off my Damn rocker by now!