Monthly Archives: January 2015

My first attempt!

Yes! Tonight is my first night of not following a recipe! I can cook, but generally, if you take the recipe away from me and I go free-style, everyone ends up hungry in the end! So this is big! But our kids are gone tonight so I only have to please me and the hubby for dinner! 

I knew I wanted chicken and Brussel sprouts since that is what I had on hand and unthawed. I can do this!!

First, some olive oil and pressed garlic cloves in the pan, then add chicken… Yep, I’m doing great!  But I better get fancy so I added some onion powder, black pepper, a little salt, and basil. No… I didn’t measure any of it! But it looks good and is smelling good too!



So, now what. I have “fresh” Brussel sprouts and a bag of kale. Let’s sauté that up! Added some green onions and a few slices of red onion to that, as well as some black pepper, very little salt, and crushed red pepper. It’s smelling okay at this point but it’s missing something! Ah! A couple dashes of red wine vinegar! I love the color this has!



Now, how shall we eat this green chicken loveliness? Got it! Put the chicken and veggie mixture in an 8″ wheat tortilla and sprinkle a table spoon of Parmesan cheese on it. Roll that baby up and put it in the pan to warm… Let that cheese melt!



Verdict…….

Hubby gave me a 9! Yes! A 9!!!!! I hardly ever get 9’s! (Yes, he does rate my cooking on a scale of 1 to 10 and I am totally okay with that!)

Wow! He’s not the only one who’s impressed! Yum!

*nicole

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Say what?!?!



Yep! That was me! A skeptic!

I had been seeing these Plexus testimonials for months and I wouldn’t take the leap. I did do my share of research on it though! And then I thought… “Have I ever researched about the aspartame in my diet pepsi!” And “Have I ever done this much research on any other over the counter medicine or supplement I am taking?”

When I realized that on a daily basis I had been blindly accepting so many things that I put in to my body I decided to stop researching and find out for myself the truth of this amazing product line!

My main reason for wanting to try this product was for the health benefits. I am always tired, bloated, sluggish, not at the “top of my game”, anxious, and lately have been suffering from continuous infections. So the thought of an all-natural product being able to help change those symptoms was definitely appealing. And in all honesty, the thought of weight loss wasn’t a bad thing either! I mean, I’ve been sporting my post baby muffin top for 7 years now!



So I jumped in feet first! I decided to start selling this product because there are SO MANY testimonies of positive results… Many of which I know personally. But the idea of getting the product at wholesale cost was what sealed that deal for me.

I ordered the “Plexus Triplex” which is the Plexus Slim, ProBio5, and the Biocleanse. I started taking them on Thursday, January 22, 2015. By Sunday, I was noticing changes:

  • I fell asleep easier and I was more awake when I woke up. 
  • I felt more energized during the day. It’s not energy like I am on speed or something, just more awake and alert. Often I would fall asleep if I was sitting and watching tv and I could tell that definitely wasn’t going to happen on Plexus!
  • I had an active infection when I started the plexus and was not on any meds at the time. The symptoms began to disappear!
  • Concentrating on my work was improving!
  • My anxiety level was definitely going down!

I was definitely in awe of how fast things were improving in my body!

On my first day, my weight was 200 pounds. My measurements were:

  • Hips: 44.5″
  • Belly: 44.5″
  • Natural waistline: 40.25″
  • Chest: 43″

One week later my weight is 190!

My measurement are: 

  • Hips: 44.5″
  • Belly: 43.75
  • Natural waistline: 39″
  • Chest: 43″

That’s a total of 10 pounds and 2 inches gone!!

Now before anyone freaks out, let me tell you this.

  • I was a multiple times a day diet drinker. Diet coke, diet Pepsi… It didn’t matter, but I drank A LOT of soda!  A LOT!
  • I could empty a pot of coffee in the morning and then some!
  • I work from home so snacking just came naturally. 
  • We ate a ton of processed foods.

Since starting the Plexus:

  • I have not had a single dark soda in 6 days. I don’t even WANT one! We have a standing dinner night with my in-laws one night a week, and I can always polish off at least 2 diet pepsi’s while we are there. This week I didn’t even think about grabbing one out of the fridge! I did have a 7-up with dinner the other night, but even that was my only soda during this time! And I DON’T MISS IT!
  • I am averaging one cup of coffee a day now. 
  • I have virtually NO snack cravings! When I feel hungry I drink some water and wait 20 minutes and if I am still hungry I grab some almonds or something small and voila! All better!
  • As mentioned in my previous post… We have been taking steps to cleaner eating so we are not relying on all of the processed products we once consumed on a daily basis.
  • I downloaded a food tracker app on my phone to make sure I was eating properly and I am consistently getting 1200-1300 calories every day.
  • The only requirement with Plexus is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day, so I have been putting down my 100 ounces.

Here is my week to week picture comparison! The top picture is from last week and the bottom is one week later!



MY MUFFIN IS SHRINKING!!

I am beyond excited about these products and how they are making me feel! Even my husband is noticing and trying it out for himself!!





Thanks for sharing in my journey! I’d love to share this product with the world, so let me know if I can help you get to a healthier you as well!! Don’t make the same mistake as me an keep putting your health on the back burner!



*nicole

Www.nicolewelsh.myplexusproducts.com

The Start of my Journey: Our Diets

This week I embarked on a new journey in my life. I am taking a step forward to improving the health and wellness of myself and my family.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is always a big step, sometimes a leap of faith. Making the decision didn’t come easy for me… But I wanted to do something that was going to improve the overall health for my family.

So first… Our diets.  My husband is a country boy who thinks every meal should consist of red meat and white potatoes. He has an abnormal aversion to most white food items, so sour cream, cream cheese, mayo, etc are all out of the question for food options.  Our kids are carb and sugar junkies.  Our 9 year old son could polish off a roll of saltines in minutes if you let him, and our 7 year old daughter has an enormous sweet tooth.  Finding dinner recipes that met everyone’s needs often meant boxed mac n cheese, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and other processed or quick to make meals.

Something needed to change.  I knew that trying to cut any one thing out or adapting a strict diet plan was something that simply would not work for us. So I started doing some research and simply eating more cleanly (less processed meals), looked plausible.

I compiled a menu of recipes where veggies were the main ingredient. I informed by husband that we would still have red meat, but it would only be 2-3 times a week. The rest would be chicken, pork, or fish. He was willing to give that a go with me.

Here were our recipes for our first week:

Monday: Baked Salmon, Asparagus, and Brussel Sprouts – I have to admit, this was AWESOME and everyone cleaned their plate!



Salmon recipe

Tuesday: Balsamic Beef Roast with Roasted Veggies (yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and red peppers) – the beef roast was a little sweet but the kids scarfed it down in a bun with barbecue sauce!



Balsamic Beef Roast



Roasted Veggie Recipe

Wednesday: Baked Parmesan chicken and roasted cauliflower. This chicken was a hit but the cauliflower… Not so much. We are going to try it again though, just cooked a different way.



Baked Parm Chicken



Parm Caulifower

Thursday: Cabbage and Kielbasa skillet. Epic fail! We like boiled cabbage but the skillet recipe turned everyone away. 😦



Cabbage and Kielbasa Skillet

Friday: Baked Chicken with Veggies (spinach, artichokes, and onions). The chicken rocked the show for everyone. The veggies, not as much, although our daughter loved the cooked spinach and picked it all out of the pan!



Baked Chicken, Spinach, & Artichokes

Saturday: Beef, Kale, and Mushroom stir-fry. The kids weren’t a huge fan of this one either. Son decided he doesn’t like mushrooms now! 



Beef, Kale, & Mushroom Stir-Fry

So… Overall, we all ate a bit better this week. No one starved. We found some things we liked and some things we didn’t. Some recipes we will be keeping and some will be going in the trash.

But we are taking steps towards eating more cleanly… Even if our steps are small and are rewarded with frozen pizza on Sunday!



The Power of Plexus

Plexus is a health and wellness company with an array of products to help you achieve a healthier you!  We all know that health is generally not our number one concern. I know we like to think it is, but really, in between work, kids, your spouse, housework, social events, and life itself, what are you really doing to improve your health?

I was faced with that question recently. What really, was I doing to help improve my health? What was I doing to model to my children, that taking care of yourself was an important part of life? What was I doing, to get myself healthier so that I can have the energy and stamina to keep up with them every day?

The answer was harsh. I wasn’t doing anything! I was just going through my days, drinking soda, eating unhealthy snacks, not exercising, and not doing a single thing that would help improve my overall health! That’s when I was introduced to Plexus.

Plexus is a health and wellness company that originally started with a breast check product, and has evolved to a comprehensive line up of all natural products that give you the opportunity to do something for yourself to achieve a healthier you!

I sat on the fence for a while, listening to many people I know talk about how much better they felt and how much weight they were losing. I researched the company to find out if it was a scam and looked for testimonies online that would prove the products were not as successful as I was hearing. I COULDN’T FIND WHAT I WANTED TO FIND!

Plexus is a legit company, with very legitimate products that are improving peoples lives! So I jumped off the fence, joined the company, and am on my way to a healthier me!

I hope that you will follow along and see, like I did, that it is time for us to put ourselves first, get off the fence. Let me help you take your first step to getting a more healthier you!!!

*Nicole

Official plexus website: http://www.nicolewelsh.myplexusproducts.com