Moving Out

Today we move out of our ‘almost first apartment’. For the first six months of our marriage we lived in an apartment across town. In retrospect, we were hardly there long enough for it to count as our first apartment–it was almost more of an extended honeymoon. At the time however, it was very  much our first home.

I was sick with a very bad cough and cold for the first month after moving into our current apartment, and perhaps the fact that this delayed unpacking contributed to it not feeling like home at first. Whatever the reason, I remember running errands near our first apartment a couple of months after moving, and starting to cry because I just wanted to turn down that lane and go to what still felt like home.

Our current apartment had some perks, however, and once we finally settled in, I really loved living next door to where Colton worked. He came home for lunch nearly every day, which was by far my favorite thing about the arrangement. Him walking to work, and me getting access to our one car most of the time wasn’t a bad bonus to the situation either.

After about three years of living here, I started to get very tired of apartment life. The tiny kitchen was frustrating, and I so loved the idea of having a washer and dryer IN MY HOUSE instead of having to carry my laundry down the steps and sidewalk every week, no matter the weather.

The perks I mentioned above broke through my grumpiness though, and I started to appreciate the reasons we chose this apartment in the first place even more.

And now we’re moving.

We found a house with a very decently sized kitchen, and a washer and dryer right in the kitchen (not even basement steps to deal with!), in addition to having a nice deck on the back and a little more space in the living and dining areas for having people over. I’m finally getting to test out my dream of having black kitchen cupboards that are red on the inside (just the inside of the door, but still, red). We’re putting up better quality curtain rods than the cheap, flimsy ones that seemed like such a good idea on a newlywed budget.

And yet…

I cried when I packed our wedding monkeys. I took down most of our wall art several days ago, but I couldn’t bring myself to take down the dragon pictures until today. Most of our first six years of marriage happened here. We went from thrift store furniture (okay, consignment stores) to actually having color schemes for most of our rooms. I ran a food blog and youtube channel from that tiny kitchen for about a year. We had over more people at a time than could reasonably fit in our apartment.

And it’s time to move on.

I suspect that I’m really going to love living in our new house, and that the adjustment will happen quickly. Once I’ve left this apartment for the last time, it only be empty walls, and it won’t be so hard to say goodbye. It’s the in between of being here, but not really here, with everything that made it ours already packed up in boxes that seems hard.

I’m looking forward to unpacking tomorrow.

A Plexus Experiment, Part 5

Read my previous update here.

I’ve now been using Plexus products for about 4 months, and I had a few odds and ends of life that I wanted to update about. Since several different kinds of things have gone on in my life and community since my last post I’m not going to try to give a full overview, just mention a few notable topics. (And I really am going to try to post some normal life updates on my blog too, at least, if life stops being quite so crazy.)

 

Being Busy and Fatigue: I’ve had some really tired days in the past month, but they were related to doing a lot more than I used to be able to do. I’ve been able to push through some very busy days and weeks. I’ve had to crash (sometimes hard) afterward, but my recovery time was also noticeably shorter than it would normally be after such intense activity levels. Today I’m still feeling in recovery mode, but I’m managing to tackle errands and laundry in the same day, which I didn’t used to be able to do even on a good day. It’s amazing how quickly Plexus is changing my definitions of good days and tired days!

 

Weight: My weight has been fluctuating more than is normal for me in the past week or so, but I have now lost at least five pounds since starting Plexus, and I think it’s a bit more.  I need to take some measurements, but just judging by how my clothes are fitting, the fat loss continues to be more dramatic than the actual loss by the scale. (I’ve had a couple people start to notice that I’ve lost weight, and they say that normally happens after ten pounds of weight loss.)

I was just starting to exercise again, partly to see if it boosted the weight loss, but that was when life got really crazy busy, and I couldn’t spare the energy. Hopefully I can restart some light exercise this week and see what happens.

 

Plexus X-Factor Multivitamins: I decided to test out the Plexus multi-vitamins, but since I started taking them right about when one of my busy weeks hit, it’s hard to compare and figure out if they made me feel any different. I’m currently experimenting by switching back to my old multivitamin. I’ll let you know the results of my full vitamin experiment when it’s finished.

 

Plexus Ease: I’m so thankful I decided to try Plexus Ease! I routinely get hormone headaches as a side effect of some of my fertility medications, and they usually come at time of the month when I’m really trying to avoid ibuprofen. The Plexus Ease doesn’t completely take away the headaches, but it does lessen them enough to make it a lot easier for me to ignore them. I’m loving having a product that I can take on the spur of the moment to make my life a little more comfortable, without having to weigh the pros and cons of the side effects from OTC medications. (Full disclosure: I did have some massive pain that was either very sore muscles from helping in a move, or hormonal pain from missing major medications because of pharmacy issues, or likely a combination of the two. Plexus Ease didn’t even touch that pain, I resorted to ibuprofen in the middle of the night so I could sleep. So, I’d say, it’s good at what it does, but that’s not everything.)

 

I’m so excited about the changes I’m seeing as I continue to take Plexus. I’m staying caught up on my household chores more consistently, and interruptions to my routine are now just minor inconveniences instead of hurdles that throw off my whole week. Yay Plexus!

 

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A Plexus Experiment, Part 4

Read my previous update here.

I’ve now been taking Plexus for about three months. I haven’t been updating on the results as often, because the longer I’m on Plexus the less dramatic the changes are. In fact, a big part of my adjustment to being on Plexus at this point is figuring out what Plexus DOESN’T change, so that I can start to set new expectations of normal.

 

1. Being an Introvert

Better health may help me to do a better job at pushing through when I need to, but Plexus products will never change the fact that eventually social interaction builds up mental stress for me, and that I need down time to clear my mind between social interactions. This means, unfortunately, I still can’t schedule social events for every night of the week without serious repercussions.

2. Medication Side Effects

Again, better underlying health can help generally here, and improved health might even eventually help me to eliminate some of my prescriptions, but for now, certain medication side effects are inevitable, and when I’m on certain medications, I will have nausea and sleepiness.

3. Hormones

Because of the medications I’m on, this is closely tied to the previous point. Better general health can eliminate some of the worst ‘side effects’ of fluctuating hormones, but I firmly believe that we’re meant to cycle our activities based on different points in our cycling hormones. There are certain times in a woman’s life that are more suited to quiet reflection than to mountain climbing, despite what some obnoxious commercials might try to have you believe.

4. Lyme Bacteria and Toxins

This is one that I DO hope changes eventually, but for the moment I have to accept that I have Lyme bacteria living in my body, and likely have bad reactions to being around mold. This means that as my health improves, I still have to take some changes slowly and carefully, or I’ll overload my detoxification systems with all the bacteria and toxins that are being cleared from my system.

 

What all of this means for right now is that I’ve seen an improvement in my base energy levels on Plexus, but I do still have fluctuations in energy and some bad days. Most noticeable to me are the days that I start out feeling tired, but manage to tackle a decent chunk of my to-do list anyway. This means that the definition of a tired day is starting to change from ‘death warmed over’ to ‘not quite peak condition’. I do still have the occasional day where it’s hard to get anything done (mostly due to medication side effects), but they are farther between.

I had to temporarily stop taking the ProBio5 as it seemed to trigger either a Lyme flare up or a candida detox reaction, and I’m now starting it back up, but taking it only every other day to try to mitigate the intensity of the detox reaction.

I have lost about three pounds since starting Plexus, which is a small amount, but a big change, since my body has previously freaked out and acted like I’m starving to death any time I managed to lose any weight. In this case, the weight loss has been very low stress and low effort, and it’s possible I could even lose weight a little faster if I were putting more effort into it. Also, I’ve noticed a change in how my clothes are fitting, so I suspect that actual fat loss is a bit higher than the scale indicates.

I will continue to update occasionally if I notice changes in how I’m reacting to the Plexus products, or see significantly more progress. Also, I will likely do a couple of posts explaining a bit more about the basics of the products and ordering options, since I’ve had several people asking questions, and it would be convenient to have be able to direct them to written explanations. Before I do that, though, I’m also going to try to get back in the habit of writing blog post about my general life more often, especially as better base energy levels are just starting to translate into sticking more closely to my routines and to-do lists.🙂

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A Plexus Experiment, Part 3

Since last week I’ve finished my round of hormone medications and started getting some energy back. I always have mixed feelings about getting my energy back, because it means my hormone levels have dropped and I’m NOT pregnant. On the other hand, if I’m going to be NOT pregnant anyway, it’s nice to at least have my energy back, instead of also continuing to feel bleah.

As my hormone levels have settled back down toward normal, I’ve had a few days of being not very hungry, as I often do about this time of the month. The difference is that normally my blood sugar will drop and I’ll have to eat, or I’ll at least need a little chocolate for an energy boost, or something. This time around I’ve been fine with simply eating a lot less food, which is a huge sign to me that my metabolism and blood sugar are starting to function more normally.

In related news, I’ve lost 1 1/2 pounds in the last three days. I have no idea if it’s going to stay off, or will come back as soon as my appetite goes back to normal.

I think I’ve had one really good high energy day in the past week or so, but the more amazing thing to me is having frequent moderate energy days. Even some days where I thought, meh, I don’t feel that great, I was still able to do my basic chores without a problem, and even do do some decluttering after I got some extra rest. And when I did feel bad enough to just need to rest for an afternoon, I didn’t feel like I was behind on a ton of stuff that should be getting done right then.

I’m finishing up the big ‘declutter our whole apartment’ project that I started back in January, and right now I’m waiting on a photo album and prints that I ordered to complete my photo sorting project. I decided to wait on sorting through memory box type stuff until after I finish the photos, which leaves me looking around wondering what project I should be working on.

The dishes are done. Laundry is as caught up as it’s supposed to be at this point in the week. I COULD vacuum or clean the bathroom, but they’ve been done recently enough that I really don’t have to.

Believe me, I’m not anywhere near getting bored, but as far as I can tell, I’m completely caught up on everything that I’m supposed to have done right now, and that never happens. I’m starting to feel like there’s a chance that this new level of energy will continue consistently. I’m starting to wonder what I could do that I haven’t even considered putting on a to do list, because for so long I’ve had to assume that I wouldn’t have energy.

I think this Plexus experiment has been a distinct success.

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A Plexus Experiment, Part 2

I wrote my first post about this Plexus experiment after a little less than a week on the Plexus Slim. It’s now been a little more than a week since that post, so I wanted to make a few notes in order to keep tracking the experiment properly.

The difficulty with trying to track the experiment properly, however, is that I can’t keep all the other variables in my life consistent: I have hormone medications that I only take at certain times of the month. Last month the combination of medications that I’m on made me completely miserable and barely functional for over a week while I was on them, but also got my hormone levels to where they needed to be for the first time in a while, so I decided I could live with a little misery for now if they were at least being effective.

On this month’s round of medications I’m feeling tired and draggy and slightly miserable, but much more functional than last month. I’m tentatively chalking that up as another win for the Plexus, but I’ll have to at least wait and see if my hormones are good again this month before I give Plexus credit for making me feel (slightly) better.

I lost back the three pounds that I gained in my first few days on Plexus, but my wait is continuing to fluctuate somewhat. (I can’t imagine that has anything to do with those hormone medications, can you?)

One interesting thing I noticed after taking the Plexus Slim for the little while is that I stopped wanting sugar in my morning coffee. (I often have decaf coffee or brewed cocoa in the mornings–with my normal fatigue, caffeine actually backfires more often than not.) Now, I use natural-ish sweeteners like turbinado sugar, and I don’t have a lot of sugar cravings, so when sugar sounds good to me I usually figure there’s a reason and go with it. I think that reason is normally that my body is looking for quick and easy energy because my metabolism needs a quick boost. The couple of weeks before I started the Plexus, sugar in my coffee had been sounding pretty good in the mornings. So, while it could be the blood sugar balancing effect that was causing sugar to stop sounding good, I suspect it had more to do with the metabolism boost so that I didn’t need the quick energy so much anymore.

I did add in the BioCleanse to my routine, after I’d been on the Slim long enough to get some idea of how well that was working for me. Some people say the BioCleanse gives them an energy boost and some people say it makes them sleepy, so I started off taking it in the early afternoon. I figured I’d either get more done, or take a nap, and either way would be good.🙂 BioCleanse was the product I was perhaps most skeptical about, just because the ingredients are so simple, and mostly things I’d already been including in my vitamin routine. To my surprise, it does seem to give me a gentle energy boost right about the point in the afternoon where I’d normally be slowing down. It could just be placebo effect, of course, but sometimes even a placebo effect is helpful.

I started to also add in the ProBio5 (a probiotic), but stopped because I didn’t want to risk adding detox symptoms to my medication side effects.

So, I guess the summary is that the Plexus still seems to be helping, but due to unusual circumstances it’s still hard to tell exactly how much it’s helping. The real test to me will be how quickly my energy comes back after I’m off this round of medications, and how long it sticks around after that. I have had good energy weeks before, but to have more than one strung together in a row would be very unusual.

Read Part 3 of my plexus experiment here.

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