Today’s post is about health and wellness rather than home decor, and since the events over the last month have greatly affected my household, I feel this topic completely relevant to maintaining a happy home.
After feeling outrageously wonderful for the last month as a result of an Isagenix cleanse, I can’t help but shout from the rooftops the whys and hows of this new me. Or shall we say, the rebirth of the old me.
A little over a month ago I was exhausted.
Like any other 38-year-old mother with 3 children, working a couple of jobs, barely maintaining a home, and scarcely connecting with my husband, I thought the exhaustion I felt was normal. Whenever I had dark circles under my eyes and went out in public, people would say, “Are you okay? You look really tired.” And my go-to coping mechanism was to make fun of myself.
“Oh these dark circles? They are my new accessory. I haven’t figured out how to make them a different color, though…”
“Hook me up to a coffee IV! I’m on my 5th cup and I’ve gotta do something to make it through the afternoon!”
On the inside, my mantra was,
“Oh f*ck it. I’m going to drink this obnoxiously large latte and sprint around the house cleaning until I crash.”
“F*ck it”, seemed to be on repeat in my mind all day as I had lost hope thinking I would never NOT BE TIRED. That living life on fumes was normal. You see, I had tried it all…
I did yoga for my mood, cardio for my endorphins, swallowed Evening Primrose Oil twice a day for my skin and cramps, a mulit-vitamin for whatever it’s supposed to help, an anti-depressant for my anxiety, meditated on Bible verses and motivational quotes whenever I felt my throat closing up, went Gluten-free, ate vegan for a month, cut out carbs, cut out fruit, cut out sugar, just ate salads, didn’t eat salads, kept a food diary, and the list goes on and on!
Despite my diverse approach to finding a solution to feeling better, I still felt tired and moody and overall, crappy. At the same time, I was diagnosed with several conditions which was convincing me more and more that feeling like crap was just how it was going to be. My list of medical annoyances included:
- Hailey-Hailey disease – No kidding, this is the name of an actual hereditary genetic skin disorder that produces blistering and painful rashes. Ick.
- Constant dull headaches and the occasional migraine.
- Chronic fatigue
- Lichen Schlerosis – another genetic skin disorder with more itching and pain and grossness and major discomfort.
- Inflammatory arthritis – enough said.
- And most recently, Sjogrens disease – an auto immune disease that attacks the glands that make tears and saliva. Big deal, right? Some eye drops and extra water should do the trick, but alas, no. How about painful corneal ulcers, extreme light sensitivity, blurred vision, and numbness of the hands?
I was on and off a slew of medication, most that barely “fixed” my conditions and some of which made the symptoms worse or made me sick. I took steroids, nonsteroidal meds, applied corticosteroid creams and topical antibiotics, silicone plugs were inserted into my tear ducts, and drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
I couldn’t take it anymore! I was sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time, despite the fact that I had tried to lead a “healthy” lifestyle. The exhaustion of trying all the time and overthinking every bite with no change in how I felt physically or mentally sent me in another direction. That f*ck it attitude of eating whatever and whenever I wanted because I ” deserved” a treat for feeling bad, was working me into an early grave. I could feel it.
My spirit was desperately trying to stay positive yet I grew more and more tired everyday. Through the fog and weariness, I started paying attention to a lovely friend who shared on her Facebook page about feeling amazing and never going back to running through her days on fumes and coffee. I had seen her posts before and I “liked” her status updates and went on with my day. But sitting in this deep hole of exhausted desperation, I started to listen. Her story was so similar to mine, the lack of energy and unpredictable mood, dragging myself through afternoons and collapsing on the couch after putting the kids to bed.
I wanted someone to tell me exactly what to do. I was so tired I couldn’t put one more expectation on myself. I couldn’t add ONE MORE THING to my to-do list. My friend told me her secret, which was not a secret at all because she had been talking about it for months! She was so excited and energized, and full of hope that there could be better days ahead, and I absorbed her testimony because it mirrored mine. She had no agenda other than to share her story with me and I appreciated the honesty.
It was all about this magical product called Isagenix.
I thought it was expensive and was leery of the word “cleanse” but I wanted to FEEL BETTER. I reasoned for a month that the cost was too expensive, yet I couldn’t quite shake the thought of having energy, breaking through the fog, and being in a little less pain.
After a month and a half later I feel really, really, insanely good! Like feeling this good should be illegal. Now, I’m not claiming this is a miracle product but it has proven to be pretty magical for me.
Hailey-Hailey update – I haven’t had a Hailey-Hailey flare up for a month and a half, which is fantastic! It’s a painful condition and really debilitating mentally, so that fact alone is a WIN.
Headaches – I have had 2 headaches over the past month and a half and I know that is because I caved and gorged on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on Halloween and ate a little bit of birthday cake. Otherwise, my headaches are gone…
Fatigue – GONE. I have so much energy now and I thrive through my day instead of dragging through it.
My annoying Lichen Schlerosis? No flare ups! EEEEEK!
Inflammatory arthritis – Now, it’s not gone but my pain is lessened and the swelling is down in my hands, knees, and feet. WIN!
The Sjogrens – I was using gel to hydrate my extremely dry eyes and I don’t have to use that anymore. I can also wear contacts all day again!
This is my story and this product is not for everyone. But maybe it’s for you, my friend. Let me know if you have questions about Isagenix, because I would love for you to feel as amazing as I do.
After writing, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, doing homework with the kids, bath and bed time rituals, I still have the energy to watch a full episode of Boardwalk Empire without falling asleep on the couch and put the moves on my husband… WIN!
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