A few months back I started using essential oils, doTERRA specifically. As you may or may not know I am struggling with secondary infertiliy That is where you have trouble getting pregnant when you already have a child. It has been rough. We've been trying for about 2 1/2 years. So while researching which oils can help with infertility I came across Candida. Everyone has it, but when you have an overgrowth it can cause problems. I have some of the sypmtoms so I'm thinking I have an overgrowth. So I am trying to get that under control.
Candida is a yeast bacteria. So in order to kill it off you have to starve it. So that means eating no sugar, yeast, carbs, etc. It is a very strict diet and it is very limited to what you can eat. IT'S TOUGH!!! So I'm taking this chance to kick off a weight loss challenge!
Did you kow there are 30 weeks left in the year? So It's going to be a 30 week challenge. I started last Wednesday so June 4th is week 0 because it was just starting weight. So this is where I put in a favor, don't judge me on my weight. I'm putting this all out there in hopes of the trend of no one reading this and I don't have to worry about anyone really knowing. Hahaha Also, I figure if you look at me you know I weigh a lot so it really isn't a secret AND I don't EVER want to be this weight again. My whole life I have been overweight. Ok not whole life, but in school I was always one of the bigger girls. My weight has haunted me pretty much my whole life and I don't know how many people actually know that about me.
So week 0 I started at 262lbs (remember no judging). My end goal is 200lbs. To put this in perspective when I got pregnant with Ryder a little over 3 years ago I was 215lbs, so it's been awhile since I've been that skinny! (Yes I consider that skinny now).
Back to the candida, to fight it I am doing a cleanse. I'm cutting out sugar, carbs, breads, soda, pork, etc. Pretty much eating chicken, veggies, some fruit, and brown rice/ quinoa. That is the jist of it. I am no as strict as I should be in fear of quiting. I tried this a few months ago and didn't last as long as I wanted to because I felt like I couldn't eat anything. It is a very tough diet especially when you are around others. Last night we had a family potluck so I ate the guacomole we brought (I ate it white blue corn chips which may be a no no, but I gotta do something), fruit salad, chicken without the skin, and a little bit of chili. I really wanted the potato dishes, but those are off limits.
In addition to just diet I am adding in doTERRA Supplements. First is their lifelong vitality supplements (LLV). There are reccommended to everyone. People have seen huge improvements from them! I've just been taking them for a little over 2 weeks and I'm not up to a full dose yet so I can't personally testify. I am also doing a supplement called Zendocrine and then GX Assist for 10 days and then PB Assist after that. Here is a link to info on all of those. This part of the cleanse I am only doing for 1 month except for the LLV I am planning on doing that as long as I can afford it.
In addition to those supplements I am also adding doTERRA's metabolic blend Slim & Sassy. This comes in oil form as well as soft gels. For this first week all I have done is the softgels 3 times a week. And then I've just done the oil blend on my ring finger (My ring can't come off so I'm hoping this will help slim it down faster than the rest of me). They also have Trim Shakes that are meal replacements. Those have been great to make a quick "meal" I usually blend it with a little fruit and kale or spinach. (You can see more about slim & sassy in the link above.
The last time I did this cleanse I started using Slim & Sassy in the beginning, but stopped after a week or 2. Not really sure why. After I stopped that is when I really started craving and wanting the other food. I'm sticking with slim & sassy this time!
If you want to take this challenge with me go for it! I've made me a little chart to put in the bathroom by our scale to record everything and to remind me all day. Everytime I go potty I'll see it! And since I'm drinking a ton of water I go a lot. My week starts on Wednesday, but you can do whatever you want. I did starting weigh in last week and week 1 is this week, however if you are just starting and want to be done in 30 weeks then starting weight will be week 1 as well. Also, every 6 weeks or so there is a spot to put your goal for that week. That way you help yourself work up to the end result.
Now when I say join me I don't mean you have to do the whole cleanse part, just eat healthier than you do now. Also remember that the key to weigh loss is diet AND excersise (cardio & weight lifting). My awesome sister-in-law and I are working out a gym schedule so we can swap baby sitting so we can go 2-3 tiems a week. Hopefully more after a week or so.
With this all said I weighed myself today (no quite a full week) and I'm down 4 pounds! It is motivating. I know that it wont drop as fast later on, this is because it is a huge change in the way I eat. I just want to take advantage of it while I can.
If you are taking this challenge with me I would love to know about it! Good Luck if you do! And send happy thoughts my way!
***The doTERRA link posted is to my personal shop. You can order through that if you have essential oils you want to try or you can contact me directly. Those are retail prices, if you are interested in getting them cheaper it is super easy. Let me know and I can help you with a wholesale account.