Since starting to take an interest in myself a few weeks ago, it filled me with the desire to do something different and so I got a keratin hair treatment. I now desire it even more as I am feeling better daily. Here are my starting stats:
(1) Weight 218 (lost 7 pounds on my own when I started to change my eating habits); (2) PH level was 5.5; (3) chronic pain daily as I have outlined in my previous posts; (4) when I would wash my hair, it would come out by the hands full. I would say to my husband, "I am shocked I even have hair left". He blamed it on the hair color, the hair spray, etc.; (5) skin dehydrated a lot even though I would drink a fair amount of fluids but not what I should have; (6) nails brittle; (7) up to 3600 mg of Advil daily to ward off pain (to be able to tolerate it ... not totally alleviate it as that was not possible); and (8) lack of sleep for various reasons ... pain, insomnia, stress!
I have been on the program since June 18th and today is June 21st ... four days! Here is what I can tell you thus far: (1) As to my weight, I do not know. I have decided to only weigh one time a week because again, as much as I love losing weight, it is not why I started this program. PAIN was my driving factor! I will let you know after 1 week what I have lost; (2) PH level as of this morning was ... are you sitting down ... I am so excited to say 7.0!!! Yep, you heard me right. As exciting as that is, I realize that one day of 7.0 is not a total victory. I have to get my body in such good health that 7.2 is my average daily PH level. So, in essence, I need to reach a 7.5-8.0 daily level so when I cheat, as we all do, then my PH level will drop to a 7.2; (3) I am not out of pain by no means, but I can honestly say the past two days have been so pleasant. My pain levels have been so much better. This alone fuels my desire to continue with 7.2 to see where it takes me. Heck, I am thinking that if this continues on an upward spiral, I could be playing softball again next year! Being out of pain is the primary reason I am giving 7.2 an opportunity to show me it is for real. I researched it, listened to testimonies, and then viewed first hand what it is doing in the lives of others and I decided it was for me ... if you can relate to anything I have shared, then 7.2 is for you too ... check it out here; (4) I told my husband that I did not know whether it was the keratin treatment or 7.2, but my hair loss has just about diminished. It is truly awesome!; (5) I have improved on my liquid intake. I drink mostly green tea ... Arizona Green Tea Zero because it has less than 1 gram of sugar; my skin is looking better but not where I want it yet; (6) nails have improved 100%; (7) I have not had Advil in two days. This is a HUGE feat. It does not mean I am out of pain by any means. Because of how I have suffered over the years, my tolerance for pain is quite high. What I consider workable pain would be horrible for most people. I am still in pain, but the fact that I have not taken any Advil ... again that is BIG! Let me stop here for a minute and comment further on the pain issue.
You have to again realize that I live with pain daily. As much pain as I suffer with, I am sure the young lady I told you about that suffers with MS has far greater pain than mine. She is living a life today that is steadily improving and is of a far better quality than she has had in YEARS!!! Feeling my level of pain today and remembering what 7.2 is doing for her only drives me on. I feel certain that if I remain on this program and get my PH levels where they should be, I too will have a pain-free life. It is a day that I could only achieve through God's grace. I feel in the pit of my soul that He brought this program into my life ... and the lives of others ... at just the right time! The effects of taking daily the amounts of Advil that I was ingesting comes with issues of its own. It will play havoc on your internal body over time. To be two days without any is truly an answer to prayer.
Getting back to my list above, let's jump to #8. I still suffer somewhat at night with insomnia and stress so I cannot say I am peacefully drifting off to dreamland, but it is improving. I am not waking as much as I normally do and that has to be because I am not in as much pain as normal, but this area needs to improve more.
I have another thing to share that I thought was pretty great. On Thursday night, when I got home from my Bible study, I was pretty wound up. I ended up going to bed after midnight ... then tossing and turning as I do ... then the alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. I had to get up. I could not afford to hit the snooze button for work reasons. I thought to myself, "How in the world am I going to function on less than 5 hours of sleep?" I can honestly say once I washed my face, I felt good. I joyfully went through my day feeling energized and ready to take on the world. After dinner, I met my husband in town and we went to the mall, then out to dinner. Came home, fiddled around a bit more, and turned in about 11:00 or so. I could not have done that ... I am certain ... without the 7.2 products that I start my day with and take throughout. I can tell you personally and without a doubt I would not have succeeded through this day without something being different!!!!
I contribute this burst of energy on the 7.2 Recovery pills. I give them favor for many reasons. I have decided to increase my dosage of them to see how it effects my sleeping and pain levels, but I want to try not to take any after a certain time of day. Being that all 7.2 products are organic and have no chemicals, pesticides, or the other ingredients that we dangerously take into our systems daily through processed foods, junk food, fast food, etc., you can basically take all you want as long as you maintain a healthy PH level. You have to also remember that too much of a good thing can turn on you! Balance and understanding the program ... which is very simple ... 7.2 has made their tools very user friendly ... is the key to success.
Before I degrade myself in sharing these photos, let me comment on one thing further. The expense of 7.2 at first was something I too had to take into consideration. I prayed about it daily. I truly felt led to take this leap of faith. I kept hearing, "What price do you put on being pain free!?" Yesterday as I was driving down the road and just again thinking of where my life was going on this program and the expense of it, this is what God showed me. I am saving over $300 a month on groceries ... I am saving over $300 a month on prescriptions were I taking all that the doctor had prescribed ... if I get completely off Advil, that is another $50 a month savings ... I am going to the doctor less which is saving me co-pays! This more than covers what I pay for 7.2. AND, just what it is doing for me is priceless. We all know that with pain and low self-esteem comes depression which brings a list of negative reactions of its own! I could write a book just on the effects of depression! It is a horrible disease ... yes, it is a disease ... but one that is controllable. Take that leap of faith today and you will not regret it.
Ok, here is what I have put off sharing ... the pictures ...