2017-04-27 12.36.17Okay, so I haven’t been as regular about putting updates as I wanted to be. To be fair, I did plan and go on a two-week trip to London and Italy in these last seven weeks, and that has taken up all of my free time of late. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s back up.

For the first two weeks, I didn’t feel much different other than having more and softer bowel movements–not usually full-on diarrhea, but very soft–and having extremely low energy to the point where I would sometimes nap for 3 hours in the afternoon and still collapse into bed at night. After talking to Liz, my mentor, I learned that that is a completely normal reaction to the die-off that is happening in my gut. The first few days I also was EXTREMELY depressed and had some intense cravings, also a result of the candida screaming for mercy as it was being destroyed.

By week 3, my energy started to pick up a little, and my cravings began to subside. I also noticed that my mood improved a bit. I wouldn’t say that I was happy, but I didn’t feel such a heavy cloud of depression hanging over me. That was definitely something, considering how desperately low I was to begin with. Remember that that’s what caused me to contact Liz about the Plexus in the first place.

The real test came, though, when I went on my trip to Europe. My husband and I flew all night with not more than 2 hours of sleep the entire night, then averaged over 20,000 steps of walking every single day we were there. Some days we would eat breakfast and then not stop again until about 6 or 7 at night with no lunch break; but I always did fine. I was definitely tired and very ready for dinner at the end of the day, but I still had energy to walk home, and my spirits stayed high even when running on no fuel. For me, that was huge! I tend to get very weak and VERY grumpy when I haven’t eaten for a long time, but that didn’t happen at all on our trip.

Another thing I noticed on our trip is that, while I did partake freely and often of the gelato and other goodies that Italy and England had to offer, I felt no desire to binge, and I even passed up treats several times. That’s a huge deal for me because I’m very weak when it comes to treats, and I seldom have been able to pass up a delicious pastry or other tasty morsel that is staring me right in the face. But I did it several times on my trip. Hooray for Plexus! As a testament to my self-restraint, I was only up a pound and a half by the time I got home from Europe. Typically I gain at least 3 pounds on vacations, often 5 to 10 pounds. So I’m thrilled with the fact that I gained so little on this trip.

Since I’ve been home, I have struggled with jet lag, and I keep waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning, unable to go back to sleep. But I’ve still had plenty of energy to get through the day. By bedtime I’m hardly able to keep my eyes open, but throughout the day I have done very well, still finding time to exercise and (for the most part) remaining pleasant and happy when interacting with my family.

However, since I’ve returned home my cravings have come back in full force. I believe the reason for the setback is because I cut back on how much biocleanse I was taking while in Europe so that I wouldn’t find myself in desperate need of a bathroom when there wasn’t one nearby. Now that I’m home, I’ve gone back to taking 4 a day, and I feel like my body has started the detox process all over again. Ugh. Hopefully it will go more quickly this time. I’m supposed to be drinking a ton of water while I’m on the biocleanse, and I haven’t been good about that at all. So I’m going to make more of an effort this time to get plenty of water and see if that helps. I’ve also been a bit overwhelmed as I’ve had to jump back into my busy life so abruptly, and my cravings have always been linked to stress. I fully expect both the cravings and the stress to subside as I settle back into a good routine.

At this point, I have not yet seen improvements in some of the areas I was hoping to. For example, my weight is basically the same as it was 7 weeks ago. But I feel like some of the big ones–depression, low energy, needing to sleep all the time–have improved. I’ve also seen less bloating and fewer body aches, and I’ve managed to remain healthy while everyone around me has been sick with a fever, cough, and sore throat. I’ve definitely noticed enough of a difference to keep going with Plexus, and I am trying to remember that I can’t just stop making other healthy lifestyle choices in the hopes that the Plexus will do everything for me, which is kind of the attitude I had the first week. My hope is that as I more actively work to be healthier, the plexus will support me and help bring that about more quickly than it would otherwise happen.

Today’s weight: 168.2
Body fat %: 39.3

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