Monday, July 21, 2014

Days 3, and 4, and 5- Shake Days

For days 3 and 4 I had to switch the Isa Shake Day schedule for night shift. I ended up throwing in an extra snack of salted cucumbers as a snack on Friday night, since I did my shakes earlier in the day. Saturday night I did the regular schedule, just at night instead of morning. For Sunday I skipped a shake and had my breakfast shake, snack, and dinner since I slept in so late. I went to bed at a normal time after that.

Friday night at work my headache multiplied after the antics of my sweet patients. I have been drinking tons of water to try to prevent headaches, but it just wasn't working. I broke down and took some Aleve. I also had a snack (the salted cucumbers), and that seemed to help a lot.  I think I just tried to change too much too fast. I have done CrossFit Wednesday and Friday and ran Thursday. I made sure to rest Saturday and Sunday.

Since then I have been headache free! 

Saturday night for my meal I had salmon, spinach, and broccoli. It was amazing!  On Sunday I made chicken cacciatore and steamed broccoli.  

The shakes taste better and better as I go along. We will be doing our first "deep cleanse" on Monday and Tuesday. I'm a little nervous, but more updates on that to come!

In other news, I have already seen a 1" loss on my lower abdomen! We will definitely keep the updates coming!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 2- Shake Day

I'm not going to lie to you folks. Today was rough. I woke up with a headache, and it has not gone away all day, though when I drink my shakes, Ionix Supreme, and Want More Energy it does seem to help. I have been tired and I feel sore all over from Crossfit yesterday. I have tried increasing my water and took 2 IsaFlush this afternoon to try to get my headache to stop. I took a nap as well. When I woke up from my nap I was a little hungry, and the IsaSnacks didn't cut it, so I ate a pickle.

For lunch today I had a chicken breast cooked in olive oil and 1 tbsp butter, seasoned with salt, pepper, and italian seasoning. I also diced up a small onion and cooked it in the pan with the chicken along with 2 minced cloves of garlic. To go along with that, I cooked Brussels Sprouts. I put olive oil in a sauce pan and put the sprouts in along with salt and pepper. I turned the heat up between medium and high and shook them around occasionally to blacken them. When they were nice and burnt in places I turned the heat to low and covered the pot to let them steam a little. Everything tasted oh so good.

I had a Human A&P II test this evening, and after that I ran 2 miles, since I did not go to CrossFit today. When I got home I drank a Want More Energy, which was very refreshing and tasty, and my IsaPro shake.

Today was Stu's first day at work on the system, so I threw everything he would need in a Walmart bag last night and hooked it on the door handle for him to grab this morning. He said he didn't feel hungry today and had his usual energy level. For his lunch, Applebees, which is where he works, has a menu of meal under 550 calories, so he selected one of the choices. He has the chicken freshcado.  He did CrossFit again tonight. The workout was touch and go squat snatches, then 21-15-9 kettle bell snatches and burpees.

I am up to Joshua in my Bible reading. I am glad I read through all the laws, but relieved they are over.  Tomorrow will by my first day on Isa that I am working a night shift. I am not sure how that will play out yet, but I will research some schedules online and let you know.

On a positive note, when I woke up this morning, I remember distinctly feeling that my stomach was nice and flat, not bloated or anything. I am excited to show you what I look like after my first cleanse!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 1- Shake Day

Today was our first day of Isagenix. When starting, you always start with a few "shake days" before "cleanse days". Today was a shake day. The schedule looks like this.

We drank our Ionix Supreme upon waking up. It tasted like a nice fruity tea.  The shakes are great. They are creamy. The only problem is, as a sugar addict, right now I wish they were sweeter. I am sure as I detox more I will think they are sweet enough.  For our 400-600 calorie meal we had a chicken breast cooked in olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter, seasoned with salt, pepper, and italian seasoning, asparagus sautéed in olive oil with salt and pepper, and some organic carrot sticks.  Our lunch was about $5 for both of us.

We did our CrossFit workout at noon. It was 5 sets of 3 deadlifts, increasing weight with each set, then 7 sets of 7 deadliest, 14 toes to bar, and 21 double-unders.  I scaled my toes to bar with 2:1 abmat sit-ups.

I have been drinking so much water throughout the day. I am not a big drinker or eater, so that was the most challenging part for me. I feel great, except I am very tired this evening. I didn't remember about the Want More Energy. I will have to try those tomorrow. For snacks my husband had a few additional carrot sticks later in the afternoon. We did like the IsaSnacks. They are similar to large chocolate flavored fiber tabs. I am looking forward to tomorrow, Day 2.

Let me know if at any time you have questions or would like to try Isagenix yourself.

I also made sure to continue my bible reading. I am still in Deuteronomy.

Big changes are coming folks, I can feel it!
Today is the day!

Stuart and I received our Isagenix in the mail today. I say today because it is 1 am and I haven't gone to sleep yet, therefor I still consider it to be Tuesday. I am so excited to start our new journey. I can't even tell you what a gift it will be to be healthy, energetic, and free of PCOS. I have decided to make a commitment on my blog to be honest and not try to hide any facts or symptoms I experience from doing the Isagenix plan.

We took our before and after pictures tonight. I have to say, I cannot ever remember taking worse pictures. Only the fact that it will get better/prettier from here keep me from deleting them forever! Here is what I am starting the Isagenix system with.

Here is a list of my measurements. My weight is 142.3 lbs. My total inches are 309". That is the sum of each required measurement of my body.

I hope those of you reading these posts will see big change, both with me and Stu, and realize health is a huge gift. Our bodies were made to glorify God. They are not to be garbage dumps. There is no where in the bible that says it's good to be fat and lazy, or to kill yourself slowly with obesity, diabetes, smoking, etc. I say all this to say, you can change! There are no excuses to be unhealthy a moment longer!

If you would like to make that change today, go to the Isagenix website and order yours today! I would venture to bet you will never regret it, and never look back!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Goals for a New Me!

Stuart and I are about to get fit!

I have been struggling with my PCOS A LOT recently. All of our friends are to the age they are having babies. I have been trying very hard to get pregnant for over 2 years to no avail. I have faith that I definitely will be pregnant someday, I just wish it was sooner than later. It is such a hard disease to manage with the chronic fatigue, sugar cravings, weight gain, acne, emotional roller coasters... I really feel bad for poor Stu! While posting about my PCOS online recently, a woman I know from Crossfit messaged me that she too used to suffer from PCOS. You heard right, used to. She changed the whole way she thought about nutrition and started using Isagenix. Since using it she has not had any symptoms of PCOS whatsoever, and is completely off medication. Plus she looks amazing!

I started thinking, what do I have to lose in trying this? It is a lot cheaper than my doctors visits and medications to get pregnant, not to mention I am starting to feel like a guinea pig! By using it, Stu and I will lose the weight we were never even able to get rid of doing CrossFit. I will have energy to spare, cut my addictions to sugar and carbs, and have amazing skin! That doesn't sound like a loss to me!

I have signed up with Isagenix and ordered our first box today. We are both so excited to try it after seeing all the success stories and reading about the company and their high quality products. Since speaking to her, I have heard of several other women not having PCOS anymore after changing their unhealthy lifestyle and starting Isa.

I have decided to document my and Stuart's progress here on my blog. I will post our pictures, inches, pounds, workouts, and food choices here. I hope this blog can help other women that feel trapped and even hopeless to PCOS and infertility. We are very excited to change our lives. I also want to take this time of cleansing to change my heart as well by making sure I spend more quiet time with God and by continuing to read my Bible. I am to Deuteronomy!

If any of you dear readers along the way have any questions for me, or want to know more about Isagenix and their products, please do not hesitate to comment below, or email me at

In other news, I am currently bridging from LPN to RN at Mercy School of Nursing. I work for Mercy at their brand new 60 bed inpatient rehab hospital. It is beautiful! Stu continues his work for Applebees, and is the GM of the store in Nixa. Our two dog children, Abby and Mason continue to be a hot mess.

The next time I post, our box will be here and I will show you just how much Stu and I stand to lose, and ultimately, to gain :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Where has the time gone off to?!?

When I last left you, I believe I was about to be consumed by final exams, not to mention the working full time and the wedding planning! How stressful! I apologize for my leave of absence! In the mean time, I have been out of school the month of May!

It's been a very nice month off from my most time consuming activity. Nursing school is so busy! I'm supposed to still be studying NCLEX while I am off, but I haven't been doing that as much as I should.

On May 3, Stu and I met with our charming engagement photographer Jenn Ocken! She and her brothers have a fantastic eye for capturing photography in motion. I hate traditional posed photography sessions, and Jenn was just the cure! We had our session in downtown Memphis, after a couple of cocktails at The Majestic to loosen up. When Stu and I first started dating, he lived on S. Main St., so it was our old stomping ground. We took pictures on the trolley, at the bar next to his apartment, at the location of our first "date", and on the roof of the Peabody, where he proposed! He even graciously re-enacted the proposal for me! I giggled through the entire session. It just felt a little silly. Now I can say I have made out with Stu all over Memphis! We joked later that Jenn kept telling Stu to put his hand in his pocket. Maybe he was doing an awkward Ricky Bobby impression?

You can view our beautiful photographs here by clicking the link and entering your personal email address. If you would like to share your favorites with me, which I would enjoy very much, leave a comment with their numbers, as I cannot view the favorites you select on the photography site.

Last Thursday I met with our wedding photographer, Bob Ocken. He also does amazing work, and I have been looking forward to working with the Ocken's for some time now. I'm the kind of girl that has been planning a wedding since I was 8 years old, and the Ocken family has been on my watch list for a few years. I like photography that tells it's own story. I can't wait!

I have picked out the bridesmaid dress, which I won't share, but I also found great shoes to go with them! I got these beauties at my friend Lindsey's store LuLu's in Oxford, MS. She has a great eye for style, and I can't wait to see the girls with these on! I love a great pop of color!

In other news, Stu and I have been working on a wedding website. It should be great, and I will post the address as soon as it is complete! I hope to have Save the Dates sent out by the beginning of next month. I am very excited for these, they should be beautiful!

School starts back Tuesday, but I am not so excited about killing myself again, even just for 2 more months. I will really appreciate the extra time and money I will have after graduation. It will mostly go towards our beautiful wedding, of course!

In the mean time, I am excited to visit with Stu and one of my best friends, Sam. She is about to start law school and I will be visiting her in her new apartment this week. I can't wait for some much needed girl time!

In case you aren't keeping track as well as I am (which I am positive none of you are!):

319 days until the wedding!

72 days until graduation!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sick and Tired

I am so tired of school! I only have next week and then finals before I am off! We get to be out the full month of May before we come back for two more months during the summer. It will be a much needed, well deserved break for me. May will fly by faster than I will want it to for sure.

I haven't updated lately, but there really hasn't been anything going on. I go to school Monday through Friday and work Friday through Sunday. I sleep when I can. I make myself workout after school even when I am exhausted. I am at the hospital 6 days a week, 3 with pay and 3 without (aka Clinicals).

Stu and I take engagement pictures in 18 days! I have been trying to eat 9 fruits and veggies a day and drink all of my 8 ounces of water. I workout and take my vitamins. Hopefully the pictures will be really good! I ordered 2 dresses for them from Urban Outfitters. I won't tell you which ones until after the pictures come back. We will hopefully be mailing out save the dates by the beginning of June.

I keep saying if the money and the clock could keep up with my ever planning brain, we would be having a wedding by now! Only 358 days until wedded bliss! If you get a spare minute today, please pray for my ever increasing stress level and for Stu that I won't drive him crazy!