Sunday, September 17, 2017

EverlyWell - Results from HOME!

As I neared 40, I began noticing changes in my body.  I was gaining weight regardless of my meal choices.  It was frustrating.  I began to dread turning 40.  Never mind the eye creases that were beginning to appear as well.  But that's another story!  

I was super concerned about my metabolism.   What on earth was wrong with me?  I've heard some women say "my metabolism crapped out at 40".  Ugh! NO!    When I spoke with my doctor about it, she just said watch what you eat and exercise.  Gee, thanks, doc.  I already do that!   

When I had the chance to try out an EverlyWell Metabolism test, I definitely raised my hand.    

The test itself arrived super quickly to my house.  I read the directions and I was supposed to do the test first thing in the morning after only being awake for a short amount of time, and only after drinking water.   

This part maybe was the hardest part for me because I would get up, drink green tea, grab the box and smack my forehead!   Ugh!  I had to wait another day.  Then I would repeat the same pattern again the next day.  

Finally I got my act together.  I did the blood test and saliva test.   Both were super easy to do.  I packaged up my samples and popped them into my mailbox.  All I had to do was wait.  And that wasn't hard either.    A few days later I received an email letting me know my samples were received and my results would be available in a week.  A week later,  the email came.  And........

1 out of range.  I was intrigued.  What was going on?  

Digging a little further, I see this.  My testosterone is WAY off the charts.   Like crazy.    So, of course, I clicked on it the yellow box to see why and to find out why testosterone is important.  

Okay, infertility.  At 40 and with two kids who are 14 and 8, I'm completely okay with this.   Perhaps if I were younger and wanting more children, I may more concerned.    

Then I needed to check out the other results, because of course I zeroed in on the "trouble" area!  

Learning more about cortisol was pretty eye opening.  I feel like I'm a super stressed out person and I worry ALL of the time.  However, my cortisol levels appear to be low during the time of the test.   

And my thyroid gland appears to be working within the expected range.  Which definitely makes me feel relieved.   I worry about diabetes as it runs in my family. I also realize this test alone isn't the only determination for diabetes.   Under my husband's insurance, I'm required to have my blood sugar levels tested yearly.   This past year, my levels were within normal but only 2 points away from pre-diabetes.  I'll definitely be paying attention to this next year as well! 

How do I feel about EverlyWell's results and explanations? 
I feel like the results were shared in a very easy to understand way.  It was informative and helped me to understand my body.  While I completely understand it is not a substitute for a doctor, I fully intend to share these results with my physician when I have my next appointment.

A Discount for You!  
If you use the code METABOLIZEME, you will receive 10% off your Metabolism Test order.  

Other EverlyWell tests 
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall! #prAna

I received two items of clothing from prAna to review.   All opinions expressed are my own.  

Goodbye summer.  Hello Fall! 

A gorgeous beautiful time of year.  The trees begin to change.  Nights are cooler.   I freaking love fall.    I'm back to school.  Structured days.  Crazy busy.  Teaching all day, coaching in the afternoon.  Then getting my kids to where they need to be - soccer games, soccer practices, dance.   But I absolutely love it.  

In addition to the gorgeous clothing, prAna makes, they focus on making sustainable clothing.  prAna makes clothing that is Fair Trade and uses recyclable materials and hemp.  Doesn't that make you feel good?  I know it makes me feel good about choosing prAna! 

Penelope Pullover
I've always loved the name Penelope.  It's a beautiful name that sounds inviting.  The Penelope Pullover is definitely inviting.  It's amazingly soft.  The color is a warm cream.   The cowl neck is my all time fave.  I want to live in this shirt.  

Sage Jogger 
When I look in my closet, it's full of prAna.   I have an assortment of Kara jeans, the best, stretchiest jeans I've ever worn.   I had to expand my horizons this time around and chose to try out the Sage Jogger.  I absolutely love the stretch of them.  So comfy.  I'll be honest.  The first night I wore them, I fell asleep in them.  I'm not one to fall asleep in my regular "day" clothing.  But I didn't even notice.  So much stretch.  Incredibly comfortable.   I love how versatile they are.  I can wear them to school with some slip-ons and look professional and feel comfortable.  Then I can slip some sneakers on and a hoodie and they rock the casual look too!  

Discount Code (for you!) 
It's time for you to update your fall collection with some beautiful, sustainable clothing from prAna.  I have a 15% discount code for you MS15JB.   The code expires October 12, 2017.  So hurry!  

Tell me, what prAna clothes are your must-haves?