Rear in Gear

03/12/11 – My accountability page.  Rantings and ravings on the entire process of dieting, exercise, sweating, crying, depriving myself of that junk food I love. 

I’ll be recording the numbers for all to see and what’s worse than that?  Posting before, during and after pictures while I’m doing this crazy challenge.  The after pictures, I’m actually looking forward to.  The before?  Not so much.  During?  Don’t want to think about it.  I’ll think about that – tomorra.

Tomorrow!  It begins!  Drum roll?  No?  Ok.  Maybe at the end.  😉

3/13/11 – 177 lbs.  Size 14 jeans.  Size large shirt.

Day 1 - March 13, 2011 - 177 lbs

Ate 1,363 calories today and walked for 15 minutes on the treadmill at a speed of 3.5.  I suffered while I fixed Hallie a yummy grilled cheese and turkey sandwich.  Waaaaaa!  No sweets today!  No chocolate!  No cookies!  There may be hope for me, yet.

3/14/11 – 176 lbs.  I lost one!  Probably water but, hey, a pound’s a pound and I’ll take it, or lose it, as the case may be.  😉

Fixed Hallie and Mama chocolate chip muffins for breakfast and gave Hallie all my keylime sodas.  Waaaaaa!!!!  Ate around 1,976 calories today (yes, I got weak and ate some of the chocolate chip cookies I baked for Hallie, this evening) and walked for 16 minutes on the treadmill at a speed of 3.7 and added arm reaches – a little more difficult this time.

3/15/11 – 177 lbs.  I found that pound I lost.  It was lurking in those chocolate chip cookies I pigged out on last night!  Argh!  Why do I even tease myself by baking them?!  I don’t want Hallie to miss out on her beloved favorites.  She’s thin and young and deserves special treats.  I need to learn some self-discipline.  Like an alcoholic cannot control alcohol, I cannot control anything sweet, like chocolate, or cookies that I love. – back where I started from!  Dangflabbit!

Total calories 2,220 – YIKES!!  I was soooo hungry today.   Treadmill 20 minutes at speed of 3.8 – worked up a nice little sweat.

3/16/11 – 176 lbs.  Lost that pound – again!  Let’s see if I can keep it off this time.  So, how is this possible with all the calories I put in my mouth yesterday?  Does that mean if I exercise more (say 30-40 minutes at a speed of 3.8 or 3.9) and eat closer to my allotment of 1200 calories, I could lose another pound or maybe 1.5?  Let’s see.  I will eat much better today.  That lost pound surprised me.  Reaching and grabbing onto that self-discipline today, or perhaps a lot higher.  God?  Ya there?

Treadmill 10 minutes at speed of 4.0.  Played a plethora of ball games with Hallie in the back yard yesterday & Frisbee & badmitton, etc.  Consumed total calories:  2,188.

3/17/11 – Found that pound again!  Argh!  Weighed in at 177.  No one to blame but myself.  Ate the wrong stuff.  Baked brownies for Hallie and Mama and I knew I should not have had any, but I did.  Four!  Plus, Hallie and I played outside all day and I made us a picnic lunch, fresh with our favorite sandwiches, chips, and cookies.  The only good thing about that lunch was that I had water instead of coke.  I could have a pity party and wallow in the guilt, shame, pain and frustration I feel with myself, or I could just be honest with myself, deal with it and move on.  If I have any determination and motivation, I need to get moving more and eating less.  I need to quit playing ping-pong with my eating, exercising and weight.  Will I do it?  We’ll see.  It’s Thursday.  I started this thing 4 days ago and what do I have to show for it?  Ok, one thing.  I’ve been exercising every day, which is a good change but I need to do more, so today, I will do more.

4/17/11 – Losing weight.  Just not as quickly as I would have liked.  Mostly because I haven’t been trying as hard as I should have.  In the process of setting up a new regimen and plan to post updated pictures in one month.  By then, there should be a somewhat significant difference in photographs.

5/18/11 – Ok, I know I said I’d post on the 17th.  I didn’t.  I lied.  I worked all day in the yard, mowing, etc.  By the time there was someone around to snap a picture, I had no makeup on and was exhausted.  I promise you don’t wanna see me without my face on.  Put a fear in ya the likes o’ which ya never seen.  And would never wanna see again.  😉  Ok, maybe not that bad, but I’m a paleface and I gotta use a little color, or else I pretty much look like a corpse.  Anywho, I’m a little bummed, since I’ve only lost 3 lbs, but hey, 3 lbs is 3 lbs and I’ll take it.  Today and for the last several days, I’ve weighed in at 174.  Getting on the treadmill a few times a week.  Not every day like I should and I’ve totally cut down on the junk, so I am eating healthier and less amounts of food.

Now, I have found this new weight loss supplement.  I am going to try it for 7 days and let you know if there’s anything to it.  Not giving the name out, yet, as I’m not sure about it.  Want to make sure it works before I get the word out about it.  Gimme 7 days and I’ll get back to ya.  24th or 25th = results of experiment.

5/18/11 @ 174 lbs (loss of 3 – big whoop)

If my hair looks a little darker in these latest pics, it’s because I’m trying to get back to my roots.  Medium blonde rather than bright yellow in-yo-face blonde.  😉  So, a bit less harsh with my skin tone, don’t ya think?

5/19/11 – 173 lbs.  Yep, lost 1, so I’m down a total of 4 lbs.  LOVE this diet supplement.  Fills me up and takes away my hunger.  Awesome!

5/20/11 – 172 lbs.  YES!  Lost another – total of 5 lbs.  Tons of energy!

5/24/11 – 170.5 lbs.  Yeah, baaaabyyyy!  I’m gettin’ down.  Lot more gettin’ down to do.  Workin’ on it.  Love this new supplement.  I’ll go ahead and tell you what it is I’m doing. 

I was checking out the Canton Flea Market with Mama and there was a booth set up for this diet supplement.  The girl that explained what this stuff does was very knowledgeable about the health benefits – lowers blood pressure, promotes healthy weight loss by burning fat, not muscle.  Also promotes healthy blood sugar levels, healthy cholesterol and lipid levels.  It is safe and diabetic friendly. 

The added capsule boosts the weight loss, increases energy, appetite is suppressed and desire to hydrate the body is increased.  I love this stuff.  It is called Plexus Slim & Plexus Slim Accelerator.  I started with one packet of the Plexus Slim (the free sample that the salesperson gave me). 

They tell you to mix it (Plexus Slim powder) in a bottle of water, but it was so sweet, it hurt my teeth, so I made a shot.  I mixed it with a little water in a shot glass and drank it like that.  I chased it with a 20 oz. bottle of water and I drank a total of 56 oz. of water that day.  You are actually supposed to drink 64 oz. with or without the supplements. 

I lost 2.5 lbs by the next morning.  I simply did not get hungry, which is so unlike me and I drank more water.  I even cooked Hallie supper and I simply was not hungry enough to eat.  I felt full.  The fish I cooked didn’t even sound good to me.  I was shocked.  I then ordered the 7 day trial pack, which is 7 days of the Plexus Slim (powder) and 7 days of the Accelerator (capsules).  

I’ll keep you posted.  Yesterday, I ordered the 30 day supply (powder and capsule), because I have one more day of stuff left (I skipped one day) and I do not want to run out.  I believe this stuff will help me reach my weight loss goal.  I don’t have any health issues, except for being overweight, so the help with cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. is just an added bonus.

Drink that powder in 2-3 swallows of water in a shot glass (beware of the sweetness:  STEVIA EXTRACT & LO HAN EXTRACT) and take the capsule with it, first thing in the morning.  Don’t forget to chase it with a 20 oz. bottle of water.  I just use our used Dasani bottles and refill with tap and keep in the fridge.  And drink 56-64 oz. of water throughout the day, finishing all your water at least 4 hours before you go to bed.  You don’t want to be up all night running to the bathroom.  😉

Maybe I will be selling this stuff one day.  When I reach my goal, I may consider it.

Oh, and just like every diet out there, this doesn’t work for everyone.  I’ve read the stuff posted online by people who have used this stuff.  Worked for some.  Not for others.  I’ve tried a lot of diets out there and, so far, this has worked the best for me.  It’s hard for me to get the weight off.  It hangs on for dear life.  Plexus Slim is helping.  Hope it helps you, too.

05/31/11 – Down to 169.  I have to tell you why and update you on this Plexus Slim stuff.  I had a seizure at 4:00 Saturday morning and scared Hallie to death.  She was terrified.  She called Mama and she came over.  They said I was asleep with my eyes open and it was nearly impossible to wake me.  Had fever for two days, severe nonstop headache, nausea for the first day.  They nearly called an ambulance.  I don’t know if it was a reaction to the Plexus Slim or something else, but the Plexus Slim was the only thing I’ve done differently, and although it’s all natural, herbs can still mess with you.  Hallie and Mama made me promise to not take anymore of the stuff.  I just thought I’d update you.  I wanted to warn you.  I had been taking the stuff for 8 or 9 days.  And I’ve never had a seizure before in my life.

6/11/11 – Put back on a couple of pounds since I got my appetite back.  I was sort of sick for a week after that seizure, in the bed for a day and a half, sleeping mostly, feverish, nauseous, etc.  I didn’t do too much during that week, so now I’m playing catch up with my creative project.  I’ll post to my RTP blog home page probably later today.


17 Responses to Rear in Gear

  1. orples says:

    Herbalife, Carol is the answer to the question of healthy weight loss if you want to feel great while you lose. I lost 12 lbs in two weeks. Of course, I worked out about 5 times a week (45 minute sessions) while I was dieting. I drank two shakes a day with the herbalife powder and took Centrum vitamins as supplements. Then I ate a normal dinner at night. I even used to fix the kids shakes sometimes. I’d blend ice cream and bananas in their shakes so they’d think it was just a treat, but I really wanted them to have the nutrients. Sometimes I felt like I dropped the ball on nutrition when things would get hectic at work. I’m sure you know what I mean. Anyway, if you’re interested, you can just google herbalife, the stuff has been around for 20 or more years. It would be my first choice if I were going to try to diet any time soon. Me?: I’d rather just eat chocolate and enjoy life. You never know when a Mac truck is going to turn the corner. The extra padding might come in handy. LOL. 😉 You look great in those photos, so it’s not like you have a lot to worry about anyway.

    • Oh, as I said on one of my updated posts to Rear In Gear page, no-no-no, no more supplements for me, ever. Learned my lesson. Only exercise, more raw fruits and vegies, whole grains, lean meats, water and exercise. Oh, and exercise. Did I say exercise? With, of course, a little cheating and chocolate once in a while.

      Thanks for the sweet compliment, but I don’t think I’ll look great until I get down to a weight I can appreciate. Maybe I’ll start to feel good in my skin again. It’s been a while. Although, I am thankful I’m not as big as I could be! 😉

  2. SN says:

    I wanted to chime in. I used the Plexus Slim Accelerator for the first time last Sunday. About 1/2 hour after taking it my head began to pound, I was shaky, dizzy, my heart was racing and then the vomiting began. Very bad experience, nearly went to the ER. Today is Wednesday and the headache has finally subsided but still feeling slightly dizzy. I have not heard of anyone else having this reaction so I wanted to share my experience.

    • Sorry I’ve taken so long to respond. Yes, I totally felt your pain. As stated in one of the updates on the Plexus Slim, I had a seizure at around 4am, but I don’t remember how long after I started taking the Accelerator. I actually tried to bite my tongue off, evidently. My daughter called my mother and she came over. I was freaking both of them out and they nearly called an ambulance, until I finally came to and started making a little bit of sense. I warn everyone, do not take Plexus Slim. At least don’t take the Accelerator. It can cause damage to your body. Glad you and I both are ok now. I have sworn off all diet supplements.

    • Samantha Sargent says:

      Hi There,
      I too have had the same reactions, plus felt so drunk i struggled driving a car, so i stopped the accelerator and just drank the pink drink but now after two weeks I feel terrible, I don’t feel it is worth taking it anymore if I feel this yuk.

      • That stuff is poison. I pray you are not still taking it. I think it has the potential to kill, and I feel certain people have died from taking this stuff. My family was so scared, by the seizure it caused, they thought I was going to die. The only healthy way to lose weight is by diet and exercise. PLEASE don’t take any more diet supplements. There is no magic fix. I want you to be healthy. Please. Take care of yourself. No more Plexus Slim. No more diet supps.

  3. Samantha says:

    I’m sorry to hear these reactions! I unfortunately also had a very bad reaction to slim plexus powder and accelerator. About 30-40 minutes after taking it I had a severe pounding headache that seemed to move across my head. It was excruciating and lasted about 2 hours! I really thought I was having a stroke and would have gone to the emergency room except I had no other stroke symptoms. The headache slowly became less intense, but 6 days later, it’s still there. I think this stuff needs to be off the market or more people should hear about this potential reaction! I also swore to my friends and family, only diet and exercise from here on out.

    • Girl! I’m so glad you did not take it any longer than that and didn’t have worse reactions. Scary stuff! My daughter tried to wake me from what she thought was a nightmare, but I wouldn’t respond to her, and she called my mother from next door… She ran over and kept yelling at me until I started to respond. They were about to call an ambulance. I tried to bite my tongue off! Of course, I didn’t know until I went to throw up and my tongue was numb and felt 10 sizes bigger than it was supposed to be. I didn’t feel normal again until several weeks later. Stayed in a dizzy fog, kept a headache, colors not as bright, just all around STRANGE!!! That stuff is poison!! I wonder sometimes if I was having a stroke, too, but I suppose it was more of a seizure, since I bit my tongue. So stinkin’ weird! I think it needs to be off the market, too. I figure all I can do is try to raise awareness, blog about it, so when people do internet searches, they’ll find this info. I swore to my family, too – only diet and exercise from now on. Hard way to learn a lesson, huh? But it’s one we will NEVER forget. I’m sorry you had to go through this. I know how much it sucked! Glad you made the decision to only diet and exercise. Some people out there won’t get the lesson, sorry to say. Some just move from one diet extreme to another, in search of that magic fix. You and I have both learned there is no magic fix. We got to this point by overeating and lack of exercise. The only way to get lean is to reverse those actions. Thank you for sharing your story. I pray every person considering purchasing anything from Plexus Slim will read our stories beforehand.

  4. Beau says:

    I started plexus slim almost 2 weeks ago. At first I felt fine but then 2 days into it, I felt nauseous and had ringing and pressure in my ears. I ignored it and kept taking my daily dose. I was drinking a lot of water and eating just a little bit less than what I normally do. I was not on the accelerator because I’ve been caffeine free for 6+ months due to headaches and such. I skipped a day 3 days ago and the next day I felt great. No symptoms of anything. Like an idiot I took another dose yesterday at work and I felt fine until today. I did not take any plexus today and I now have pain and pressure in my lower jaw, my ears hurt like they have too much pressure in them and I have a headache like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’m even off balance and nauseous. I am a healthy person and my symptoms started after taking plexus slim. I did lose a few pounds but its not worth risking my health to keep it up. I’m a firefighter and I workout our every shift so I know I’m healthy. Plexus Slim needs to be researched and tested. Period.

    • You got that right! Needs to be researched and tested. It is not regulated by the FDA and this company can get away with that just by saying it is all natural/herbal. I will never again take anything that is not regulated by the FDA, and I will never again take anything that I have not researched thoroughly. I won’t take any sort of diet supplement ever again anyway, as I have promised my family and myself, because that seizure scared us all and I realize I could have died. I wonder how many have died as a result of taking the Plexus Slim products?! Well, I want to live and I want to be healthy, so I will do what I need to do to lose weight and get in shape but in a healthy way. I ate and got lazy and that’s how I put on 60 lbs of unwanted weight/fat. I will eat less and healthier foods and work out 6 times a week to get slim again. It is really not worth it to try and cheat our way thin again and put our lives/health at risk. I hope and pray that the Plexus Slim company dies out with all the complaints and negative reviews. Word of mouth goes a long way and we need to do our part and get that word out. We should help others to not throw away their money, throw away their health and keep people from getting sick on these products.

      Also, just because something says “all natural/herbal,” does not make it safe to take. Herbs can kill you just as well as overdosing meds or having an allergic reaction to something you take or eat.

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your story. Hopefully, we can save others from going through what we have. Take good care of yourself. 😉

  5. MtMama says:

    I wanted to thank all of you for your blogs. Normally, I don’t care to read blogs but this one caught my interest. I, too, was giving Plexus Slim a try. I witnessed my friend lose 25lbs on it and rave about how well she feels. So, I took the first of my 3 day samples. Felt nothing different, except a little less hungry. The second day I woke up with what I thought was “the worst headache of my life.” I was nauseated all day and felt like I was getting the flu. I chalked it up to sleep deprivation, and dehydration. I was out of town and didn’t take my other dose with me. I got home from my trip a few days later and wanted to restart Plexus Slim…so I took my dose. Less than 12 hours later I woke up again with the “worst headache of my life.” My head felt like it was in a vice and my eyes were going to pop out of my head. I am a nurse, my friend who gave these samples to me is also a nurse and “researched” the company ad nauseam….never did it mention these side effects! I am going back to “Slow and steady” to win the race; good ol diet and exercise…with some added self discipline added in there. BUYER BEWARE!

    • Yes indeed! Slow and steady is the best way. Just as we steadily put the weight on, we must steadily remove it but in a healthy manner. I believe all diet pills and drinks and supplements are not to be tampered with. I will work my butt off on the treadmill and running with my dogs and eating less food and especially less junk. I truly believe that if my daughter had not been there when I went into that seizure, that I might not be alive today. I wonder how many deaths have occurred because of Plexus Slim. Might have to research that later. I’m glad you are well and quit taking that poison. Good luck to us all in our weight loss ventures! Thanks! 😉

  6. Crystal says:

    Sorry I’m a little late jointing the conversation here. I have friend who is selling plexus, and decided to do some research on it (not because I want to use it, but I want to convince her to quit), and stumbled across your blog. I just want offer you ladies some encouragement. I’ve lost almost 90 pounds and kept it off for over 8 years, no diet pills, shakes, surgery, special workout videos or equipment. Just plain old common sense and hard work. I drink lots of water and green tea, I did a ton of research into nutrition to find out how much of everything I needed to eat for weight and activity level, and did a lot of walking and strength training (with soup cans). I avoid chemical sweeteners like the plague, and use natural sweeteners in moderation. I eat as much fruit and vegetable as I want (except corn, white potatoes, etc). I learned about the differences between mono and poly unsaturated fats and saturated fats, and how much of those I should eat, and avoid trans fats. It changed my life! I went from 220+ to 135, in about two years, and before I couldn’t go up a up my stairs to use the bathroom without getting out breath, I had IBS, asthma, depression, pancreatitis, low blood pressure, all kinds of problems, but after deciding to get healthy and lose weight, a lot of those went away or at least got better. A few years after I started my weight loss, my husband and I parked our car at a lake in North Carolina, and hiked for a few days to get to the top of the tallest mountain in Tennessee, then back down to our car again. I’ve learned I can anything, if I decide to do it and work hard to get there. Ever since, I’ve been trying to convince other people they can do it too. I’m not selling anything, in fact I urge people not to buy anything, except maybe a good pair of walking shoes and a reusable water bottle. Just believe in yourself, and push yourself, and do your best to learn what’s truly healthy and what isn’t. You need to find your inner strength, the strength to limit yourself to one serving of the junk food, the strength to make yourself get up and go when you want to watch tv, the strength to change yourself to become the person you want to be. I used to think I was weak, pathetic, easily walked on, easily manipulated, with no will power, no resolute strength of character. But I have found out just how strong I am on the inside, a strength of character I never knew I had. And that has changed my life, now I’m an opinionated person who isn’t afraid to stand up for what I believe in, and I have the courage to face most of the things I’m afraid of (except spiders, lol). Until you find that inner strength, remind yourself, write notes on the cookie box, the fridge and tv. “Do I really want this? Would I rather have this or a healthier me?” Something like that. And one on the mirror that says “I am strong and beautiful and amazing! I can do this!” You know why? Because you really can. Sometimes you just need to be reminded of how awesome you are. Take a minute to think about all the awesome things you’ve done, all the hardships you’ve endured that you’ve overcome, the things you thought would break you but didn’t, the little things that make you YOU. See? You really are an incredible person. Now decide, right now, that you can do it, and then do it!

  7. Carrie P says:


    I have been reading your blog about Plexus Slim because I also had a seizure and I believe it was because of this product. I am a perfectly healthy 29 year old besides wanting to loose some weight so I started taking the plexus slim drink and accelerator about two weeks ago. I was officially on the product for about 8 or 9 days and was shopping at a store with my mom and had a grand mal seizure in the middle of the store. I was rushed by ambulance to the hospital and was admitted and in the hospital for two days. I am not seriously researching this product and am possibly looking into getting some professional help with this matter. I have been placed on epilepsy medication permanently and can not drive for three months. The doctors could not say if this was the reason I had the seizure but like I said I have been perfectly healthy until now and this was the only new thing I have tried.

    • I’m so sorry this happened to you. Wait for about a month and then get a second opinion before deciding to stay on meds. Doctors don’t know everything and I’m scared of any medication from now on. That’s crazy that they put you on meds permanently. Let me know if you take on matters professionally. This company totally needs to be put out of business before someone dies, if they haven’t already. Hang in there. Oh, the reason I said to wait a month is because I stayed sick from 2 weeks to about a month after that seizure, so maybe get yourself back to normal and see another doctor for that second opinion. Permanent meds doesn’t sound right to me.

  8. Maya Perrott says:

    Thank you for sharing.
    I wear a size 14.
    Its only anorexics trying to change people.
    Obviosly sounds dangerous.

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