Alright, I know I have some faithful followers and some people that randomly stumble across my site. Some of you that read this will know me personally, and some will not have a clue as to who I am. But I’m going to say up front I’m going to be real, I’m not writing this for pats on the back or for anyone to feel sorry for me. I’m going to state facts (whether that be about how I felt at points in my life, or what I was told, or how I was treated), and it’s life. It’s past. But it made me who I am today, and provides the little voice in my head (no not the crazy town voices) that guides my thoughts and reactions on occasion.
I started a
weight loss life change program on July 4. It is through a company that promotes healthy lifestyle whether that be with what we use for beauty aides, lotions, food…everything that we consume physically (inside and out). Those that know me are rolling their eyes because they’ve heard this before, they’ve bought stuff from me before, and they know that I have ended up back where I started. Trust me, I know. I’ve tried EVERYTHING!! And when I say everything, I mean it. I’ve tried weight watchers, IT WORKS, Advocare, 3 Day Military Diet, 21Day Fix, PiYo, and basic exercise and eating right. I saw results with some of the programs, and yes it takes effort of doing the exercise and making meals to see results, but I would not keep the results. Some of it is because I am a carb addict, ice cream fanatic, and I love to eat JUNK. The majority of these plans allow you “cheat days” and ways to make it so you can just count the calories and points and mark it off if you decide to have the candy bar and soda for lunch instead of food. Some of the programs have supplement packets that you have to take at certain times of the day prior to eating and after; with my work schedule and my lunch hour never being at the same time (if it happens at all some days), it was hard to have success because I couldn’t take the supplements when I needed to. They are good programs, they just didn’t work for me.
I’ve always been a large person. I was bigger than my friends growing up, never one to be the petite one. I didn’t have to worry about sharing clothes! :) I was called “buffalo butt” and “thunder thighs”, never picked first — who wants the chubby kid on their team. I was the size of the Jolly Green Giant with flaming red hair and freckles, so needless to say I was never the one picked to go on dates either (maybe my size didn’t have anything to do with that…still not picked for that endeavor). LOL. As I got older, continued to put on weight the voices and failures of my past were the voices and “cheering section” of my present.
On July 4, I started the Arbonne “30 Days to Healthy Eating” program. This program focuses on cutting out foods that are inflammatory, that cause allergic reactions to individuals, and that cause people to gain weight. It focuses on eating the food the way God intended — fresh and without additives (such as GMO’s, and antibiotics that cause the animals to grow faster). I was diagnosed with MS in 2010 and have numbness and inflammation problems due to how the illness affects my body. I had a rash on my abdomen for two and a-half months that I was treating with Bactrim Cream and cortizone with no success of it going away. After one week on the program, the rash was gone. Now into week 4 I have less numbness and irritation than I had previously. I have also lost some weight (I have many more pounds to go)…BUT mainly I feel better. I’m focusing on eating healthy foods that fuel my body instead of junk that gives me a quick high – sugar boost.
Has it been easy? Not always, especially since I work at the hospital and there is food there all the time that people bring in. Tempting me to eat crap. I have saved a lot of money by not eating out all the time. You don’t realize that the $10 a meal adds up until you’re not doing it anymore. I have my cravings, but you learn to eat good to curb those cravings and to break the hold that carbs and other foods have on your system.
Have I been 100% the whole time? No. I failed. Or actually I took my nieces and nephew on a day trip and ate some food. My plan is to be 80/20 in life. If I eat 80% clean and have 20% of times that I go out with friends and family….I’m good with that. I know how I feel having cleaned my system, and how I feel by not having all the toxins in my system to be willing to stick to the 80 if not higher percent of clean eating.
Sorry for such a long post. But I hope this encourages someone to keep going. I have battled my weight for many years, and I finally feel like I may have a winning hand. If you are interested in this program that I am on, please feel free to contact me. We can do this!!
You can check out products that can be purchased at: http://EleishaMarch.arbonne.com/