Monday, February 9, 2015

Detox Cleanse Diet Kit For Health and Weight Loss

I was given the opportunity to try this Detox Cleanse Diet Kit by Team Innovations Labs. I want to be as thorough as I can in my review, because I don't think it's a good idea to "play around" with diet pills. Even the naturally derived ones. I do however, need to lose some weight and feel better. I'm going to have several sections on this review post, so you can scroll over the ones you don't want to read. All the information about the actual product as far as what it is and what it does is on the amazon sale page, so you can click through and read that there. This post is just about my "test".

A Background On Me

Why did I agree to review this product? I've been up and down in weight most of my life. In my teen years I weighed around 130 pounds, made my way up to 180 in a stressful marriage in my early twenties, and back down to 130 and a size 6 in my mid-twenties.(After the divorce.) Lather, rinse, repeat. I married again in my late twenties, then two kids later I was up to 197. Divorce number two completed and I lost 35 pounds and was actually fine with myself at 162. Being much older then at 37, I wasn't going to try to look like I did as a teenager again. Then, my oldest daughter Anna got cancer. We've been in and out of hospitals, and long stays in the hospital really "help" you put on the pounds. 

Over the last two years I have gained quite a bit back, and am now almost back up to 190, if I'm not there already. I actually have no clue and don't want to know. So how am I going to measure success? Inches. My biggest area of concern is that same 'ole big fat belly most women over 40 complain about. If you are curious, I am 41 years of age now, and weight loss is a LOT harder than it used to be. Right now the largest part of my mid-section measures 43 inches. Yikes! If by the end of this review it measures less, I'll feel this product was a success.

I know you have seen other weight loss products tested here on this page, and so far...nothing has been right for me

Beginning Impressions

I'm a little unhappy with the product packaging and internet information. I understand that this company is new, but if you're going to give someone a product that they should ingest (which could always be dangerous) they need the correct information right away. The print on the bottles is exceedingly difficult to read, and does not match the information given online. 

For instance, on the Garcinia Cambogia Advanced bottle it reads that you should only take two capsules a day. On the amazon sale page, it reads that you should take two before each meal, and not to exceed 6 capsules a day. It then further instructs you to take two or three after your evening meal so you won't get hungry at night. Is this a proceed at your own risk suggestion? 

For the other product, Slender Cleanse Advanced, on the sale page at amazon, there is a photo of the label. (I'm assuming so that you can actually read it.) Online it states that you should only take 1 caplet 30 minutes before each meal and not to continue use for more than 7 days at a time. On the bottle I received it says take two caplets with your morning meal and if you tolerate it well, take two more with your last meal of the day. On that one, the recommendation is to not take the product for more than 15 days. Which is it guys? I have been following the instructions on the bottle. I can only hope it's the right one at this point. 

Day to Day Reactions 

On day one I felt pretty much nothing. I was still just as hungry as ever, and by the evening I developed a headache. That's not uncommon for me. Almost everything I do for weight loss gives me a headache and makes me feel sick on the first day. It was mild and bearable. 
The second day I noticed a change in my sweet cravings. I have a sweet tooth! There was chocolate sitting right there and I didn't even want any. (On the first day I think I ate like 10 Hershey's kisses.) I definitely noticed a decrease in appetite, but not a major one. By the evening, I needed some Tums. I felt...weird. Not bad, but I could definitely feel that something was stirring around in my belly. The Tums helped.

Today is day three, and I woke up feeling great. When I, uh...well, "used the potty" (sorry!) I could tell that the cleanse part was definitely working. I have actually had more energy, and that's rare for me, because all products that claim to give more energy haven't worked for me longer than a day. Maybe this one won't either, but I'm happy to have energy even for a day at this point. I've complained about how I feel and my weight so long that it is wonderful to just feel good. I put on a cute top with jeans, sent a pic to my boyfriend and told him that his adorable girlfriend felt awesome today. I have to know how that made him feel great because being stuck at the hospital (yes we are at the hospital now and will be through this whole test.)

It has been wonderful for Anna as well, because I have been in a better not-so-stressed and tired mood. We read a book together and talked on the phone to her sister for almost an hour. If days 4-15 go like this, I'll be using this tag-team of products every 8 weeks till the fatty-fat-fat is gone. 

2/12/15 : Days 4, 5, and 6 have gone much like day three. I still have more energy. It's not like a burst of all day energy, it's like especially in the mornings I at least HAVE some energy, where I didn't before. It is so crucial to our situation, because being in the hospital and going through medical procedures can be depressing. I NEED to keep Anna's surroundings clean, and to clean up..I need energy. I'm pleased. Even if that's all I got I'd think this was worth it, but I'm happy to report that on day 6 (today)... I've lost one inch in my waistline. Bam! I didn't measure anywhere else because waist is all I care about. So, yay! So far so good. 

I did not get to do the entire 15 days of this test, because Anna started treatment and we have been so very very busy. I did do nine days, and I did lose another inch on my waistline though! I honestly will do this again in eight weeks, and I can't wait. I have noticed that since I stopped, I have gotten a bit of my sweet tooth back. Still, I notice that just a little is enough. I don't totally overdo it like before.


For me, this product works. I am grateful to it and plan to use it again. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just Say No

When I was a pre-teenager the Nancy Reagan "just say no" campaign was on the television all of the time. Just say no to drugs. It was a great concept, and if I remember correctly pretty successful. "No", the universal word that means the same in every language, is very powerful; yet, we don't use it often enough about anything. What do I mean?

I mean that for so many of us, if someone asks us to do something and we don't want to, sometimes we'll do it anyway just because we don't know how to say no. If we do say no, we feel like we need a really good excuse to say it. We will offer more information than is necessary and explain why we cannot do what is asked so that we do not have to feel guilty about saying no. 

On the flip side, people have gotten very brazen about asking for an explanation. No wonder some of us have gotten to feel like we need a good reason to turn people down. Asking someone why they cannot honor your request is asking them to defend themselves. It is essentially saying that you will be upset unless the person you are asking can adequately defend their reasoning. We don't want our friends to be angry or upset with us. We don't want the pastor of the church to think we're lazy, bad people. We don't want the teacher at school to think we're horrible parents.

I'm taking back the power of no! Recently a Facebook friend asked if I'd like to host a party for her new business. I didn't respond to the first request because I saw that it was a group message and she was trying to see if any of her friends were interested. That's how those things go, you have to ask everybody. I've done those multi-level-marketing businesses and I understood being asked. When I didn't respond, a week or so later I got another message asking if I was interested. I thought, she must not know what we are going through. I got ready to type a message about how we are at the hospital, and dealing with Anna's cancer and bone marrow transplant. It occurred to me, I don't have to do that. I can just say no, thank you. She doesn't need an explanation, just an answer. I simply responded no thank you and she gracefully accepted my answer, thanking me for such a quick response.

I'm not saying there aren't times we need to give of ourselves when we don't want to. Obviously we need to go against our selfish nature and do for others; however, we don't have to do every thing that others ask us to do every time. There's no need for elaborate explanations.

Just say no. It's okay. Really.

If the person making the request cannot except your refusal as it is without questioning it, maybe you should evaluate who that person is to you and what they mean to your life. Those who appreciate and value us should be able to accept a no without demanding an explanation.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anna Reached a NEW Milestone!

It's been a really long time since I did a MeCP2 post. With the lymphoma, MeCP2 has taken the back-burner, but it's still been very prevalent in our lives. Can you even imagine what dealing with cancer treatment is like for a kid who has special needs?

Yet, even through all the rigorous cancer treatment, we have seen Anna make strides in her development and ability to learn and understand. Normally, I would not have posted the photo above. Her hair is disheveled, she has dark circles under her eyes, and she's a little bit pale; but, that shirt she is wearing is special. Why? Because it was the first time she ever put on her shirt by herself. Ever. In her entire eleven years.

There is a broad spectrum of how MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome affects girls. We know that in boys it's really harsh. It's a rare disease, and extremely rare for girls. It took a long time for girls to be included in the studies because the original thought was that girls could not have it. In a few girls that we've known, they have been like to function with varying degrees of severity. In some girls, the duplication trans-locates and attaches to another chromosome, making their symptoms much more severe like the boys. I said that to say that if you have a MeCP2 girl, understand that she may function differently than Anna. It's great to get an idea of what you may be facing; but, we've learned about girls that function better in areas than Anna does, and girls that lack the functionality that Anna has.

 I will cherish this photo forever. In families where the development is "normal" from the beginning, a thing like putting on your own shirt is natural and expected. In our world, it's a great accomplishment to be celebrated! For years, Anna could put on anything that you could pull from the bottom up. Her diaper/pull up (no she is still not potty trained), a skirt, or stretchy pants were never an issue. She could put on socks and shoes, though sometimes she still needs help. It wasn't until mid-way through year eleven that she all of a sudden one day said she was ready to put on her shirt by herself, and believed in herself that she could do it. She didn't want me to watch her, but went into the bathroom and came out with a "ta-da"!

If your child has MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome and you are searching the internet for information, you are welcome to read my other posts about it. There are links at the top and side of this blog that go to those posts. Also, if you haven't already, look up the Facebook page  for families. It's a great way to connect with other families, hear their stories, get an idea of what you are facing, and move forward.

Thanks for celebrating Anna with me!