Former Workout Junkie Jackie Schaefer and Her Budding Triumph Over PCOS
Former Workout Junkie Jackie Schaefer’s Major Turnaround, Mind, Body, and Spirit
Jackie Schaefer of Chicago, is a writer who attended the La Verne California Total Transformation® program less than two weeks ago... If you want to experience the changes you see below, consider joining us on Long Island in a couple of weeks by emailng us at Info@InformedBeauty.com for more details.
Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), shortly after the birth of my second child. PCOS is a disease you can't see; it affects the reproductive system, adrenal glands, and thyroid. It is also linked with hypoglycemia, diabetes, and an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. I began suffering from symptoms such as acne, thinning hair, fatigue, and hypoglycemia. My doctor wanted to put me on birth control as the solution to my symptoms and treatment for my disease. I knew this was not the answer for me, so I set out on my own to search for the answers. I simply didn't believe what my doctor told me; that my disease was terminal and I would have it for the rest of my life. In my search I came across Kat's website. I told myself that as soon as I could, I would participate in her program as I felt she had the missing link I was looking for in restoring my health; it was the only way I felt I could be successful in overcoming my disease. I had tried changing my diet in so many ways over the years and dabbled in supplementation, but I still wasn't achieving the results I was looking for. When my opportunity finally came along to participate in Kat's program, I hopped on it, telling myself I was ready to make the necessary changes to get better. It was an intense 5 day program that exceeded my expectations in every way. By the fourth day, inflammation was receding in my face, from underneath my eyes and throughout my entire body; I began to notice a difference in my waistline. Then my energy returned at a level I had not felt in years. I had been in the habit of taking naps for so long. At the end of the program, I didn't feel the need to sleep in the afternoon.
Now, less than two weeks later, am doing really well. My face is looking very different: my skin is clearing up and the wrinkles around my eyes, forehead, and mouth are much less prominent. I feel firmer- all over- and my clothing is relaxing around my waist. I'm beginning to look as I did when I was exercising like a mad woman- without the strenuous workouts. I am also sleeping much better than I have in years and when I wake up, I get up and immediately start my day. I am in the kitchen, making something to eat, taking my supplements, and off to action. That, in and of itself, is amazing to me. I have never been a morning person- I normally loathe mornings. Now, I am beginning to like them; I feel great when I wake up. I am, however, staying up kind of late because I have all of this energy and I want to use it until it's gone. I need to focus on a better sleep schedule now, but clearly my sleep is more effective now.
My most profound change, however, is a new and beautiful sense of inner calm. I am alert and peaceful inside in place of being a caffeinated cat on the ceiling. I do not have energy dips or cravings. I'm not running out to buy Green and Black's Dark Chocolate Cherry bars! This may sound strange, but I will say it anyway. My intuition is kicking in stronger than ever before and it's unlocking doors for me inside- in a spiritual manner. Does that make any kind of sense to you? I am calm, my moods are stable- yet I have this feeling of greater inner depth. Feelings are rising to the surface from within that I need to address. I can only imagine, Kat, that you went through the same thing... [Note from Kat: YES, Jackie, it is unbelievable what the spiritual impact has been from both a cellular and instinctive resensitization that happens from the program and before my own recovery I was incredibly disconnected. Whatever anyone’s spiritual pursuit is, if we are drugging ourselves in any way (food, vice or prescription meds) we are distanced from the strongest signals from within, I TRULY believe. Once connected I do not think that the “study” of spirituality is necessary. I believe that your inner direction is newly and loudly heard again)].
The program has me inspired to overhaul my kitchen. I have been on a buying frenzy and my kitchen looks much the way our host’s did after your overhaul. I am utterly consumed, but it feels wonderful and I am so thankful I have the time and resources for all of this now... it was just the right time.
[Update several days later]
My energy continues to increase fifteen days later. Acne is clearing up. I have no muscle soreness or fatigue. I have clear mental focus and a calm inner spirit in place of a nervous nature. I wake up happy, alert, and ready to start my day. For me that is a miracle in and of itself as I have never been a morning person. In five days, I was able to overcome my addiction to coffee. I no longer have cravings for chocolate or even that occasional glass of wine. When I eat, I feel satiated and full of energy. My experience in this program has been priceless. In this short amount of time, I have regained aspects of my health I had lost years ago and had little hope of every returning. It has changed my life.
I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for all of this. I do not think words can adequately convey. I had been waiting all of this time to participate in one of your programs (I knew it was the only way I would be successful) and I feel so honored to have been a part of the LA team. We are all a gorgeous bunch of gals- each special in our own ways. We are the seekers, yes, however you are the catalyst for setting us on this path of profound change. So, I thank you Kat, once again for being the beautiful, strong woman you are to do what you do; you have blazed an amazing trail dear friend. You seemed to have paired us all together as if you knew we would get along well with one another. I miss my dear roommate. Marilyn is coming to Chicago in October and I will be looking forward to meeting her for dinner one evening during her stay. Just to hug her again would be wonderful. She said she was off of her diabetes meds. I was in tears reading that email from her-how fabulous.
Jackie. And yes, you may use my full name!