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My Plexus Journey: Week Three

I cannot believe I have been on Plexus for nearly a month. I don’t feel like there is much new to report this week, but I am increasingly thankful for the products I am taking. Yesterday I had my monthly checkup at the Birth Center. My lab work was perfect and baby brother has a strong heart beat. He’s low and active just like his sisters were. At my last appointment the midwife was worried about my weight gain, since my pre-pregnancy weight was not quite in the desired range. I think that’s how it was kindly put. Oye. That’s always fun to hear. Well praise the Lord they were quite pleased. Five pounds in twenty-three weeks. I was thrilled to bits and truly feel good. Thanks Plexus!

Some gals seem to thrive when pregnant. They love everything about it. They feel attractive and they literally do glow. I love pregnancy for the end result, but I’ve never been one who loves being pregnant. There’s so much crazy that goes with it. Odd hormonal changes. Random swelling. Nausea. Upchucking. The belly is just out there. Random comments from strangers. Lots of blood work, and the end hurts like a beast. I’m not even going to touch on the postpartum thing. Its glories might be enough for me to wish I could be pregnant an extra month if it meant that nonsense would go away. 

God is so gracious though. He is a master of design and distraction. For many women pregnancy is difficult. For many women getting to pregnancy is hard. If someone gave you a personalized list of all that was going to happen to you during pregnancy and labor, you probably wouldn’t say “I’m lovin’ it” like you’re at McDonalds. The reality is more like Nike: “just do it.” What does God do though? When you hold your child for the first time, whether it is your first or your fourth, everything rough that had happened during labor or pregnancy melts away. You forget. You are distracted by this little miracle.

Though I am currently thinking about the end of this pregnancy, knowing baby has to have an exit route, I can be joyous in incredible anticipation. At the end of the day I will get to hold my son. Everything will have been worth it and his daddy and I will bask in awe of him.

As per usual, this post has taken a turn I wasn’t expecting. I was simply meaning to update y’all on my Plexus journey, but something else happened. I’ll try to circle the wagon and pull this together. A lot has me thankful. Whenever days are rough I make thankfulness lists and am quickly reminded of how good I have it. These lists quickly lead me to worshipping the goodness of our God. This week I truly am thankful for this growing peanut inside me. I guess he’s actually a grapefruit according to the Bump. I am thankful that I feel energized this pregnancy. I am thankful that has come in the form of a company I never thought would be part of my life. There are so many people who struggle with things day in and day out. We are often tricked into thinking they are just part of life. For me fatigue and my weight were like that. They were battles I felt too overwhelmed to fight. If this sounds like you please reach out. They don’t have to be and you definitely don’t have to battle them alone.

You know where to find me. Here on the blog, my Facebook page, or my Plexus Page.   

It’s Friday y’all! Add that to your thankfulness list!

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Week Two: It’s the Small Victories 

Yesterday was crazy. If my husband weren’t passed out in exhaustion, he would nod his head vehemently in agreement. I woke up late, and the girls did their rising and shining painfully early. As a result they weren’t really shining. Their bulbs were in fact out. For this momma early mornings are a key block of time for alone productivity, and that was now shot. Sometimes it’s hard to recover. 

All that being said, this day was headed for disaster. Not only were the girls’ bulbs out, but they were now hangry. I was all discombobulated and had forgotten about a dental appointment. This left Matt readjusting since he needed to be home to watch the girls. To make matters worse I went in for my appointment an hour early because I had gotten the time wrong. I came home, broke the news, and after about a half hour went back to the dentist. 

Thankfully my appointment was uneventful and thankfully Matt survived at home. By the time I returned the girls were shining. They love their daddy and relish having him to themselves.

Later in the afternoon, when I sat down to write and recoup from the crazy, I realized I had been on Plexus for exactly two weeks. (No idea what I’m talking about? Check out last weeks post HERE). I was also perplexed because for the first time in a week I could have eaten everything in the house. It perplexed me because I had not been tempted until today to have my usual stress snack fest. I was so excited on that score but what on earth was wrong with today? Then it hit me. My unopened slim packet was sitting there on the counter looking up at me. I had forgotten my pink drink!

So what is this pink drink? Most people think its just some weight loss tool and that makes them skeptical. That is indeed often a result, but there’s just so much more to it. I’ll be fleshing this out more as I write. For me weight loss isn’t exactly part of the natural trajectory because I’m pregnant. I do have to be careful though. I got that lovely talk from the midwife about keeping the weight gain on the lower end of the scale this pregnancy. Oye.

It has taken me a long time to circle the wagon, but thanks for bearing with me. Today was a small victory. Being a stay at home mom is a job I wouldn’t trade for anything, but lets face it – its rough sometimes. Sometimes a day of meltdowns can easily turn that serving of sanity Raisinets into the whole box. Sometimes getting out of bed feels like you’re Sam and Frodo on the Mount Doom homestretch. 

Yesterday was indeed crazy and a lot went wrong, but its only been two weeks and I already notice a difference in my body thanks to Plexus. It’s much easier to exercise and care when you don’t feel like sludge. Days are easier when you don’t feel like you’ll die if a nap doesn’t happen. It’s easier when I am much less tempted to eat off the stress. With the pink drink I feel like I have some serious help in my corner. Can you relate? Do you need some help? Talk to me. 

We’re all in this together. Happy Thursday Y’all! Friday is coming!

 

Frustration, Research and Change

I have spent the past few months researching, learning, and trying to discover how to keep my family as healthy as possible on a shoe string budget. It has been exhausting and often discouraging. I have been reading more about gut health than I ever thought possible. I battle fatigue and my weight. I have a grave relationship with sugar, and am tired of finding artificial dyes and other such nonsense in food and supplements.

Aside from my children, one of the aspects I love most about being a mom is the community. We are often all in the same boat. I am not the only mom budgeting. I am not the only mom trying to keep her family as healthy as possible. I’m not the only mom researching health issues. I’m not the only mom wondering if being constantly exhausted has to be a new normal. I am not the only mom struggling with her weight. I am not the only mom with a crazy sweet tooth. I am not alone.

Through research and my momma community I encountered Plexus. When ladies I trusted began to talk about the positive effect this company has had on their health and the health of their families, I half listened, half balked, but I couldn’t shake the curiosity. I got so curious and liked their products so much that I am now a Plexus ambassador myself. No I won’t be spotted in London at the American Embassy. I’m not that kind of ambassador. I will, however, be trying to get my body under control, from a health and wellness perspective, as well as my family and anyone else I am able to help.

Plexus is a boutique line of 19 high-quality, all natural supplements. No artificial ingredients. No artificial dyes. No nonsense. They are used to get at the root of some basic problems such as poor gut health and out of control blood sugar. These are huge contributing factors in fatigue, weight management, and sugar cravings.

Right now my favorite grouping of products is called the triplex combo. It includes Slim aka: The Pink Drink, Bio Cleanse, and ProBio5. The Pink Drink helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and was originally developed for diabetic patients. When your blood sugar is in line its much easier to fight sugar and food cravings. Sustained daily energy and weight management become much easier too because your body isn’t dealing with drastic energy crashes. Hurrah! BioCleanse and ProBio5 work in happy tandem to get your gut healthy. Did you know 70-80% of your immune system lives in your gut?! ProBio5 provides five strains of probiotic “good” bacteria. These strains work to boost nutrition absorption and leave you with a gut full of the bacteria you want, not of what you don’t. BioCleanse works along side to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract. Keeping it regular people!

“Be Trustworthy. Be Honest. Be reliable. Be responsible.”

These are the core company beliefs of Plexus … beliefs I can get behind. There are things as mommas we cannot control. We cannot control the exhaustion that comes from children who have a rough night sleeping. We still have to carry on. We cannot control days where dealing with disobedience and meltdowns drains us of all emotional energy. I know I’m not alone in wanting to crawl in a hole some days. I know I’m not alone in wanting to take hold of what is in my control. If  your troubles look like mine lets do something about it. Join me. Here’s me Plexus page. I am just starting on my journey but am encouraged. Please feel free to comment here on the blog or my Facebook page, here. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you my journey. I will also be writing more about the products Plexus carries and why they have been so helpful.

I know its Monday but we’ve got this! Love you my fellow mommas!