Wednesday, January 11, 2017

#NSNation #sponsored post

tabula rasa

I'm wiping the slate clean and starting fresh this year.
These last few years have been rough, I feel like I've been doing 20 rounds in a boxing ring,
and like I've been beaten to a bloody pulp.

Within the last few years, I have undergone so much stress - it was labeled chronic.
I felt (well, still feel to some degree) like the weight of the world is on my shoulders.
Despite meditation, relaxation, therapy, exercise, medicine...the works, nothing seemed to help.
The more I tried, the more wound up I became.

All this stress really lowered my immunity, putting me at risk for numerous health issues.
chest pain
asthma
bronchitis
pneumonia
allergies
exhaustion
major clinical depression
generalized anxiety disorder
panic attacks

you name it, I probably dealt with it to some degree.

It all started when Rich had to have another back surgery a few years ago, I was just starting
school.  The stress from his injuries and surgery, plus the pressure of school did a number on me.

I started praying for peace and also for understanding to gain some insight into how much
my husband was going through with his emotions.  I literally asked God to help me understand...
not that that was a mistake, but I was not prepared for what God had in store.

Initially, it started with chest pain, unexplained.
The doctors said it was most likely due to stress and diagnosed me with costochondritis.
I jokingly laughed and said it was basically a made up name to keep me from thinking I was a nut, especially since many people have never heard of it before.

After about a year of dealing with the constant pain in my chest and doing all the tests to be sure it wasn't something more serious, the pain started to subside to some degree. 
I do still have issues with this now and then, mostly when I start having panic attacks
or experience some other issue with anxiety.

Due to all the stress and mental angst, I still had a low immune level,
this put me at risk for bronchitis and in Dec. '14  I ended up being hospitalized from it.

I was given steroids and antibiotics and eventually released from the hospital, sent home with oxygen tanks, a concentrator, and enough tubing and hoses to wrap around my house three times.

In Nov. '15 - if you remember - was the start of a whole 'nother round and round of bronchitis,
pneumonia, and hospital stays....if you've been a long time reader, than you may remember
that whole scenario from that year.  Over six months of steroids off and on and antibiotics, etc.
and of course, the stress and other issues

I managed to make it through December this past year ('16), without incident
Thank God!

However, January got me.

Ended up getting sick again, I could feel myself getting weaker,
my lungs were hurting.

So I went to the doctor and they said I was literally one step away from the hospital - again.

They prescribed the strongest antibiotics and steroids that they could give me
and urged me to strongly take it easy, and go directly to the hospital if I felt worse.
The next step, would be IV antibiotics and steroids, plus bed rest.

There have been many other numerous issues that have come up through the last few years
too many to mention here.

But the bottom line is...

all the steroids, stress and general junk
has caused me to gain some major weight.

especially belly fat....which is a major issue with those who deal with stress.
All those commercials that talk about belly weight gain and stress
producing the hormone cortisol....yep, they are true.
and it's super hard to lose weight - believe me, I've tried.
I've exercised, I dieted, etc...nothing works.

This all lead me to think about reaching out to Nutrisystem.

Nutrisystem really worked for me - I lost about 40 pounds when I did before.
I had super energy and felt fantastic.

Nutrisystem graciously agreed to sponsor my weight loss program again.
I'm hoping this will be the jump start I need to get back in the game and make some
lifestyle changes - healthy changes that will help me lose the weight and win this battle that I'm fighting.

I will be embarking on this new journey within a week or so and I seriously cannot wait to get started.

If you would like to join me in my journey and cheer me on once again...I would appreciate it
to the depths of my being.

So be prepared to follow along and rediscover Nutrisystem with me.

Here we go.....




**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored



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