So here’s how I gained my weight.
My family is Irish, so we’re big-boned… big-tushed, big-hipped, big-busted… you get the idea. We’re a curvy bunch of girls. As a teenager and young woman, men ogled my Marilyn Monroe curves. Though buying clothes was always a nightmare, I was proud of my hour-glass figure.
Things changed drastically while I was pregnant with my daughter. I had severe toxemia in my lower extremities, and the doctor warned me about gestational diabetes and even pre-eclampsia. After I had my healthy bundle of joy, Ari, in 1998, postpartum depression set in due to my unhappy marriage, and the weight gain really started. I only wish Plexus Slim had been around then.
Fast forward a few years, and I’d managed to lose the weight a little at a time. I was happy and looking forward to my future with my music — I’m a writer and composer — as well as my greatly anticipated divorce. I was in the middle of a workshop that would get my music out into the world. I thought I’d found my road to happiness… Then everything changed.
The weight gain I’m dealing with now in 2011 occurred due to the stress of dealing with the rebuilding and recovery of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Before Katrina, I ate very healthily and was very proud of my regained voluptuous figure. However, because of the devastation of Katrina, we lived off donated food, military MRE’s, and whatever we could find in line at the distribution centers for months afterward. I gained a taste for sugar, salt, and carbs (which I had overcome to lose my postpartum weight gain). We were grateful to have food, don’t get me wrong, but it was the beginning of the end for me, health-wise. I was then stuck in my unhappy marriage because Katrina wiped away any chance of moving out.
The stress of it all just compounded upon everything else, and my thyroid shut down, never to budge… except to help me gain more weight. I thought it would be hard to lose the weight because I had lost it before. Except now, I was older, and — I hate to admit it — the body and hormones change as you get older. They certainly did with me. Add to that living through the worst natural disaster the United States had ever seen, it was truly insult upon injury.
For the past several years, I tried various low-carb, primal, dairy-free, gluten-free, even beef-free “diets,” but nothing kickstarted my weight loss.
I joined Plexus in August 2011 to earn money on the side (now that I AM happily a single mom! ), and I didn’t really think Plexus Slim could help me. But the main ingredient affects the hypothalamus which controls insulin. At the Monday meetings, I heard testimony after testimony of diabetics losing weight and getting their insulin under control. I thought, “That’s great, but I’m not Diabetic… yet.”
Diabetes runs in my family on my mother’s side. I have lasting images in my head of family reunions in Louisiana, when we’d visit my mother’s side of the family. Every time, her grandmother had had yet another part of her body amputated, till she was only a head and a torso. I definitely do not want to accept that inheritance from my family… And then there’s the heart disease and high blood pressure on my father’s side, and cancer on both.
So I tried Plexus with the Accelerator, and the first week was slow. Then it started happening. I was losing weight! After 6 years of gaining, gaining, gaining, this was the first time the numbers on the scale were going DOWN instead of creeping up.
I will absolutely stay on Plexus till I meet my goal… and probably thereafter for maintenance and overall blood sugar control.
Thank you, Plexus!