Thursday, July 31, 2014

Days 9-12 Shake Days, Days 13-14 Cleanse Days, Day 15 Shake Day

We are Halfway through our first 30 days!

I apologize for being lazy about blogging! Last week I had work classes during the day and finals at night. Friday night I went down to Mom and Dad's to spend time with my niece and nephew before they go home to Alabama to go back to school. We swam at the spring, had a scavenger hunt outside after dinner (I had my delicious IsaLean Pro shake!), and stayed up late watching an old episode of the Hardy Boys on Netflix. The next morning we woke up early and went to a conservation area that keeps a well stocked catfish pond for kids to fish in. It is catch and release. Both of the kids got fish.  After that I came back home to get back to work. 

Monday and Tuesday we had our last deep cleanse of the month. I will miss them until next month, but I am glad I can workout more in the next few weeks and really tone up. I can tell I have lost inches, as I am able to wear pants I haven't fit into for about a year! I also have seen a lot of encouraging posts recently from other women with PCOS that have had normal cycles 1-3 months into their Isagenix journey. That really excites me, as I am doing this primarily to overcome my PCOS and have a baby, but also to tone up and be healthy. 

I never used to have energy. Any time of the day I felt like I could lay down and take a nap! And by nap, I would sleep 4-6 hours and then go to bed that night as normal. I was zapped. I was also very cranky and moody. I am sure Stu appreciates the nicer, better me that Isagenix has allowed me to become!

It is amazing what your body can do when given the right tools! It can repair damage, cleanse itself of toxins, and reduce inflammation resulting in weight loss, more energy, better skin, and a new you! I love that this program is tasty and so easy to follow. Everyone is encouraging. I wish I had started months ago! 

Here are my before and after pictures. Just think, I still have 15 more days left in my 30 day challenge! The picture in the white bra is day 1 and the picture in the blue bra is day 15.

The picture from the back, to me is most impressive. You can't suck in back fat! I love that I don't have extra rolls under my bra anymore!

Recently I have been trying to write down my goals so I can achieve them. The thought comes to mind, what can I accomplish in the next 90 days? And in the longer term, where will I be in 5 years? In 90 days I could still be unhealthy, exhausted, and moody, with bad skin, still wanting a baby, and depressed about my infertility.  Instead I chose hope. I chose healthiness, energy, beautiful skin, relief from my PCOS, and a chance to get out of debt for good. 

Where will you be in 90 days? Will you still be fat, sick, and nearly dead? Will you be at war with your body? Shelling out money for medications and doctors visits that will never address the real problems? Or will you join me and choose hope, healthiness, and life? There are twenty 90 day periods in 5 years. Will you be stuck in the same rut you are now? Afraid to try a nutrition system like Isagenix because you think it will cost too much, though you are buying toxic foods and paying doctors bills and buying more medications? 

Take a leap and choose hope. What do you have to lose?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deep Cleanse- Days 6 & 7 and Shake Day 8

Stu and I had our first deep cleanse days Monday and Tuesday. The cleanse is a unique component of Isagenix's system. It does not work by depleting your system as with laxatives or as a colon cleanse. It cleanses on a cellular level and provides nutrition throughout the day to keep your body from going into starvation mode, all while burning fat! It resets food cravings and insulin sensitivity, detoxifies, and simply allows the body time to work on itself.

The cleanse doesn't taste bad like I thought it would. It sort of tastes like grape juice, but different. You drink the cleanse 4 times a day, along with the IsaSnacks 3 times a day, Ionix Supreme 2 times a day, and tons and tons of water! For those of you that assume the Isagenix system works by "starving" the person using it, you couldn't be further from the truth. People that loose weight on Isagenix have been proven to lose fat and gain muscle. It isn't water weight, and it isn't atrophy.

On day one, Stu and I did get hungry, but it really wasn't bad. The biggest battle was mental. I tried to think of it as a fast. I did start craving fried foods and anything with carbs by the end of the evening. I attributed that to the fat burning, as carbs would be the easiest way for my body to get energy, instead of making it work to burn fat.  Stu and I were both very cold, a common side effect, but we laid outside in the sun for a while and we watched movies.

On day two I had to go to work, so I packed all my cleanse portions and Ionix portion in water bottles and wrapped my snacks and accelerator capsules in tinfoil and brought them all with me. I did get a wave of nausea around portion 2 of my Cleanse for Life, but I ate 2 IsaSnacks and it went away.

The sense of accomplishment this morning was huge! It may be in my head right now, but I feel great, have lots of energy, and I'm pretty sure my abdomen is flatter! Stu looks thinner already too! He said since cleansing he doesn't get as hungry. Our next cleanse will be Monday and Tuesday, then we will have "shake" days for the rest of the month.

I would like to be back at the gym, but this is finals week, and I have had Epic training at work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. After this week I will be much more free to focus on physical fitness. And housekeeping :/

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 :)