Health and Wellness Thanks to Plexus

Health and Wellness Thanks to Plexus

It was definitely worth the try, and I hope you can say the same
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I've been waiting for something to come along that would give me the energy and motivation to get back into a daily healthy routine. I was down on my luck for so long, and I was about to give up, but then I saw one of my Facebook friends post about this thing called Plexus. I have heard of it before, but I was not interested at first since it reminded me of something I had tried to do before that was similar to another company: ItWorks. I did not want to try Plexus when I heard about it the FIRST time because ItWorks did not work at all for me. However, I figured that since I was seeing it AGAIN that it was some kind of sign. So, I asked more about it. And thus, my journey began!

Everyone who knows me knows that I've been a slave to coffee pretty much my entire life. The know about my love for chocolate, too.When I was younger I ate a bunch of junk food. That's all that was ever available in the house. Health was never really discussed or practiced in our home and I never really cared....until I got into high school. Here is what my life was like before Plexus:

4-6 cups of coffee everyday. A can of Coke Zero whenever I could get my hands on it. Chinese take-out once every two to four weeks, and spending money on what I defined as healthy snacks where I work EVERY time I had a shift (roughly 4 days a week).

When I moved in with my aunt and uncle I started to crack down more on my health. I started going to the gym everyday and eating better. I lost 17 pounds in less than a year!But I still wasn't doing as well as I potentially could, and I never reached my weight/health goals. And when I moved out on my own I had stopped working out because of time management.

I started college, began taking care of my brother, and started to work more (via my current on-site job, + work study AND an online writing job) I thought I would never get back into routine, but then I stumbled upon Plexus.

Today: I am finally back into routine. I have so much more energy, I sleep AWESOME, I no longer crave daily morning coffee or Coke Zero, I stay away from sugary snacks and foods, and I stay full after meals. I don't eat nearly as much as I used to, I have been losing a few needed pounds (and keeping them off)! And overall I just feel so much better.

My body thanks me, my wallet thanks me, and I thank Plexus!

Plexus is a health and wellness company that offers natural, plant-based supplements helping with a range of issues: overall health, weight management, digestive health, pain relief, and more. Originally, Plexus was created for diabetic individuals balance their blood sugar levels, but eventually graduated to helping everyone with all kinds of health issues.

The number one product in the business is Plexus Slim or the "pink drink": a berry flavored drink you mix with water that balances blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and lipids (lipids make up fat). It is a natural way to balance your whole body.

When your body is balanced, it burns the right kind of energy (stored fat), and you naturally become more energetic since your body isn't being depleted of the energy you need; you sleep better, and wake up more refreshed! It also helps individuals to make better food choices and detoxes your body so you have healthy bacteria, and lose weight if you need to! The other products are capsules that work together to help with digestive, pain, and overall health. Some capsules work together with Slim to increase results even better and faster.

I have become a better version of myself since starting Plexus, and I am so happy about it. I am so excited to be apart of this business. I want to help others achieve their health goals as well as mine, so I invite all of the readers of this article to ask me any questions they have, and to come forward if you have any health or financial goals (big or small)! that you want to tackle. If you believe in miracles and/or signs, this is your sign. Come get it!

My philosophy: to be truly happy on the outside, you have to be happy on the inside.

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25 Motivational Quotes To Get You Through Tough Classes

Showing up is half the battle.
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We all come across those classes that we just think we cannot pass. Every day is a struggle and each assignment, quiz, or exam makes you feel even worse about the class. Here are some of the quotes I have found that help me stay motivated.

1. A little progress each day adds up to big results.

2. Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be.

3. At any given moment, you have the power to say, this is not how the story is going to end.

4. Do it now. Sometimes “later” becomes “never."

5. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. --Oprah

6. Don't look back you’re not going there.

7. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

8. Every day is a second chance.

9. F.A.I.L. First Attempt In Learning

10. Fake it till you make it.

11. F.E.A.R. has two meanings: forget everything and run or face everything and rise. The choice is yours.

12. Good things come to those who work.

13. If you’re going through hell, keep going. --Winston Churchill

14. Life is tough my darling, but so are you.

15. Make it happen.

16. No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, show up and never give up.

17. No regrets in life. Just lessons learned.

18. Nothing is impossible. The word itself says: I’m possible. --Audrey Hepburn

19. Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

20. Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.

21. "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."--Franklin D. Roosevelt

22. When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

23. "You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way." -- Jennifer Freeman

24. Your attitude determines your direction.

25. You only fail when you stop trying.

Hopefully you found some motivation in these quotes. I did not come up with any of these quotes, but they help me get through those tough days where I think I am never going to do well.

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No, You Aren't Wrong. You Should Call Out People On Their Bad Behaviors

If someone has to be the bad guy, at least know how to do it correctly.
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I'm often seen as the motherly friend due to my age, life experience, and chosen profession which fundamentally requires you to be a caring person by nature.

I give a lot of advice and I listen to a lot of problems, most of which I'm able to put some contribution in to help my friends solve their issues. I am frequently asked a similar question over and over again.

"This person is doing this. Do I call them out on it?"

Confrontations happen every day in classrooms, on the job, in dorms, with coworkers, in apartments, in families, and with friends. Sooner or later, you will have to confront someone and you're going to have to know how to do it correctly.

I had a friend, Christiana, who came to me with this very question. In her instance, a classmate who had exhibited poor behavior over the semester came into class one day only to pick an argument with the professor. The argument was purely centered around ignorance on the student's side and they refused to accept the answer the professor was providing, even though it was the correct one.

This whole incident ended up taking a large amount of learning time away from the whole class and could have easily been avoided if the student had done a basic amount of research. When Christiana told me about this, she also added: "I want to tell her I didn't appreciate how she acted, but I don't know how."

This is what I call "the call out conundrum."

You KNOW a person is wrong but you don't want to seem confrontational or rude.

Here's the thing, you won't. At least you won't later on.

In Christiana's case, she had every right to confront the student and call them out on their behavior because she's a student at this university and she paid to be in that room so she could learn. The professor's salary is paid regardless so they didn't have anything to lose, but she did.

No one likes confrontation. It's uncomfortable and often breeds hostility and an over-exaggerated reaction from the people you did confront. But there's one great benefit to doing it.

If you call someone out, they can no longer plead ignorance.

Meaning, if you tell a person straight to their face: "Hey, I didn't like the way you acted/spoke/inferred something. It wasn't right for you to do." then that person can no longer claim they didn't know their actions are wrong.

Yes, it's 2018 and we still have people who live in such an ignorant bubble that they believe everything they've done is the right thing until someone directly tells them that it was wrong. Yeah, these people exist.

By calling them out once on their behavior, they can no longer say they didn't know any better because they DO know better. You told them they were wrong already. So if they do it again, you KNOW they know they're wrong.

So how do you confront someone the right way?

1. Identify the problem and ask yourself why it's wrong.

It sounds silly but sometimes when you confront someone, it could be something that's not actually bad. I don't really like it when people hock big loogies and spit on the sidewalks, but me going up to a random stranger and telling them they're disgusting if they do isn't going to change their actions and they probably won't care if I like it or not. If you're going to confront someone, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons.

There's a difference between something being wrong and something you don't personally like. If you are unsure, ask for a second opinion from someone who is unbiased in the situatution.

2. Confront them when you're calm.

It is better not to confront someone in the heat of the moment (in most cases). You know they did something wrong, but if you confront them right after it happened chances are you're going to be too emotional about it. Your argument will deteriorate if you come in angry or sad or if you throw in curse words every other syllable.

The only exception to this? If you see something actually illegal. If you see someone steal, harm, assault, or do anything else that is against the law to another person or property, confront them right away (after you tell the proper authorities depending on the severity).

3. Prepare for backlash.

No one likes to be confronted and no one likes to be told they're wrong. That's just human nature. If you confront someone their bad behavior, be prepared for them to either get hostile or for them to deny it. Remember, the end game is not to start a fight, it's to inform someone that they need to change their behavior/attitude.

4. Be prepared to be wrong.

It happens. Sometimes things are written that are factually wrong. Sometimes we say stuff without thinking or we don't know the whole side of the story on both sides. If you call someone out and you happen to be wrong about it, just apologize and move on.

If you followed the first three steps, you did it in a calm and collected manner and prepared an argument. Arguments can be refuted and be wrong. It's okay to be wrong.

5. Remind yourself you did the right thing.

No one likes to be the bad guy in the room. But if you see something that's a direct violation of your school's, job's, or your own personal (within reason, see #1) code of ethics or set of rules, you should say something.

Because of the Bystander Effect, if you're in a large group, we will tend to automatically assume someone else will do the dirty work for you so you don't have to.

Don't assume this ever. Everyone will start to think someone else will confront them and eventually no one will do it. Step up and do it. If you confront someone and you are a part of a large group, chances are someone else has the same feelings you do and will back you up if you need to.

Being the bad guy is never fun. But if you know how to confront someone correctly and it's warranted, call them out on it. Instead of being silently frustrated over someone's poor behavior, make it known.

Be aggressive, or it's not going to change anytime soon.


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