Wednesday, August 10, 2011

23 days...17 lbs and 7% body fat later......

3 Mile walk on the weekend.

OK, I haven't been able to write this the last 2 weeks or so but I sat down this am and got it done. No more "teasing" about my weight loss!

After my CCSVI surgery in February my body started to change and adjust to the new open blood flow. We're not sure if it is a direct correlation to that, but soon after I developed hives.
My GP prescribed steroids and other medications, but when all of that was not successful the conclusion was "things should get better in a year or so". Hard to believe, but the hives cause skin and heat sensitivity that keep me nearly as housebound as MS did. It was time to take things into my own hands.

I decided to go back to what has always worked best for me - nutrition. Post-treatment I had been feeling so much better I slipped a bit off the Swank diet. Not a big surprise I suppose, but not something I'm proud of either. I considered returning to Swank but decided that a nutritional cleanse approach would likely be the most help for hives.  Through research and talking to friends and family I came across what sounded like a possible solution, Isagenix. 

The Isagenix system looked very promising. It is a high quality, all natural (and gluten free) line of products designed for nutritional cleansing and rejuvenation. Their synergistically designed program cleanses the vital organs without being invasive or depleting. They offer a ton of products and options to get you started toward a healthy balance, so many products it was a bit overwhelming at first. So my wife and I decided to try the 30-Day system which contains a good mix of products. 

We like Isagenix because it is not a diet or a fast. It is an enzyme transport system that facilitates nutrient delivery, digestion and absorption of 242 carefully selected nutrients. 

The Isagenix products are made with organic herbs, high quality vitamins and a uniquely processed mineral blend. Nutritional cleansing increases the health benefits you’ll receive from the ancient health practice of cleansing. The herbs, vitamins and minerals that aid cleansing do two things:

* Accelerate the removal of impurities from the body (.
* Nourish the body with vital nutrients to rapidly revive health.

A cleansed and revitalized body is stronger, resists illness better, is more efficient and performs at a higher level than one that is filled with impurities. 

My review after 23 days is nothing short of outstanding. It was easy to familiarize myself with the program and plan my meals. I found a really handy app for the iPhone that tracks everything, called MyNetDiary (also available for Android). I weighed in, recorded my measurements and began my journey. I was surprised to find I am not hungry on this plan! Within a week I started to notice subtle changes in the hives. They weren't gone but the outbreaks were becoming fewer and less intense.  I felt better enough that I wanted to take a walk, which I hadn't been able to do in a while. It was great being outdoors again. I noticed I had a lot more energy. A bonus side effect came when I weighed myself at the end of the first week and found I had lost 10 pounds! Now 23 days in, I am down 17lbs and 7% body fat. I continue to have plenty of energy and am increasing my walking time every day. My wife has noticed diminished back pain, increased energy, and she lost 8 pounds. Bottom-line we feel awesome. Isagenix really works.

I can't encourage you enough to give this a month and see if it helps you. There are so many benefits! If you have any questions about Isagenix or want to get started on a program email me here or call my cell if you have the number. I am able to get you in at wholesale prices. I also want to stress that to get results, you need to stay on the program. You can't expect anything to help you if you don't stick to it. I will keep you updated on my progress as I continue. I will be going right into another 30 day after I finish this one. Can't wait to see how things go next month!

More soon as always.

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