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Jessica Starr Nichols


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Brain Phase is for the Birds

I am sorry to report that the Brain Phase has not gotten any better. I am approaching the end of the third week of this phase, and I still feel weak and a bit deprived of energy. Despite not losing a pound in the past two weeks, I am still extremely motivated to reach my goals. It is very difficult to continue exercising, eating exactly what you are supposed to, and following the rules exactly when there are little to no results. I like results! I am doing my part, now my body needs to follow suit, or so it should according to my logic! 😜

Dr. Bart Precourt warned me that I would reach this TEMPORARY plateau. I am going to keep it real with you, there have been several times, I have wanted to say, “screw it!” The important thing is I haven’t! When everyone around me was eating a big juicy burger and fries at my granny’s birthday, I ate blackened salmon and a bowl of broccoli, or when my patient ate fried chicken and ice cream at lunch, I diligently cooked and ate my eggs and spinach. By nature, I am a rule follower. I do not like disappointing people, and so many people have invested time, money, and energy into helping me be healthy. That is why I haven’t given up. I also know if I go back to the lifestyle of poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and depression, I will never recover. I NEVER want to be that person again!

I do not want you all to think there has been absolutely no progress at all. Although the scales have not changed in two weeks, I have lost inches, and others are finally starting to comment on and notice my weight loss, and results are being seen in my clothes. As of this morning, I have lost 35 pounds, 34 5/8 inches, and my scrub pants are cinched above my belly button and baggy like clown pants. I have been wearing clothes that I have not been able to wear in years. Last night I went to a play with my granny, my sister, and my mom, and I wore a dress that I have not been able to wear in 4 years. I did reach my goal of weighing what I did when I found out I was pregnant with Weston, and my next goal is to lose 30 more pounds by Valentine’s Day. When I reach this goal, I will weigh what I did when I got married. I know the progress will continue to come as long as my dedication remains. It is just difficult to keep going when your body is clearly not receiving the message to get with the program. Hahaha!

Monday, I begin the final seven days of this 110 day journey. On November 17, I get to see Dr. Bart and the Balance 30a team. I cannot wait to see all these sweet souls that have been so encouraging and kind, and I cannot wait to see what Dr. Bart has planned for the next leg of my journey. This has been hard, and long, and I am not oblivious to the fact that it is still going to take a lot of time and dedication to get to where I want to be, and it is always going to be hard. I think what it comes down to is you have to ask yourself, “do you want to continue to be an unhealthy big tub of goo” or “do you want to be your best?” For me, I want to be my best! Next week I will be breaking down all the detailed results of my 110 day journey of True Cellular Detox. Come back, read all about it, and be inspired to be your best!

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Oh The Brain Phase

So far the True Cellular Detox has been a land of rainbows and butterflies, but the first week of the Brain Phase has been a doozie!

The Brain Phase involves a lot of steps. Every morning for the first seven days, I took a morning packet, a Brain packet, and the sublingual cytodetox. In the afternoon, I took an afternoon packet, a Brain packet, and the sublingual cytodetox. At bedtime, I took the night packet. The second week is back to just one packet every morning, afternoon, and night. I began week two today, and boy did my body need a break! The first five days, I was nauseated for about 3 hours every morning. The nausea subsided Saturday morning, but I’ve been EXTREMELY lethargic since beginning the Brain Phase as well. I’ve continued with my burst workouts, but I am going to be completely honest and let you know that I had to give myself a pep talk and make myself exercise last week. I am not sure if it was the intensity of the Brain Phase or if it is PMS or if it is how busy life is right now or a combination of the three, but I am so thankful for a week of fewer steps and rules to follow.

Following the Prep Phase, I posted the results of my toxicity testing, and I was blown away and amazed, but nothing compared to the results of my testing following the Body Phase! As I mentioned a few posts ago, when I first met with Dr. Bart Precourt and his Balance 30a staff, my Neurotoxic questionnaire score was over 20, and it is now down to an 8. HUGE improvement! My original MetaOxy urine test results were 7+. After the Prep Phase, my toxicity level was between a 5 and a 6, and as you can see in the photo above, the toxicity level has decreased to between a 1 and a 2. This was mind blowing! Lastly, the results of my VCS toxicity test have gone from 65% in July, which was highly toxic, to 89% at the end of the Body Phase, which is just 1% away from what the testing depicts as “healthy”. In the seventy-seven days since my initial consultation, I have lost 34.6 pounds and 32 inches. All of these results are the driving force behind my determination to keep going despite the tough times that came with the beginning of the Brain Phase.

My other three driving forces are my husband, my Banks, and my Weston. I want to be healthy for them. I want to enjoy every moment of this life with them. They are my heart and my loves. They are worth persevering for. So, as I begin week two of the Brain Phase, I am praying for renewed strength and energy, because life certainly is not going to slow down anytime soon. I would appreciate your prayers too. Thank you all for reading my little blog and for walking this journey with me. I am incredibly thankful and humbled.💕


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One Phase Left

As The Body Phase comes to an end on Sunday, I am excited and amazed at my results, but I am also praying that my success continues after I finish The Brain Phase.

Throughout these last seventy days, I have thought a lot about my life and choices I have made. My early and mid-twenties were filled with mostly terrible decisions, but as I grow older, I am able to look back see God’s grace in my life and His provision. Life has been hard, but through it all, I now know my strength, and I also know that time after time, things in my life have seemed impossible, but God has turned the impossible into the possible. My greatest decisions in life have been: 1.) Giving my heart and life to Jesus Christ 2.) Choosing to keep and raise my oldest son 3.) Marrying my Adam❤️ and 4.) Starting True Cellular Detox. All of these decisions have been life-changing, and although I am not where I want to be, I am definitely thankful I am not where I once was.

Ephesians 3:20, is my life verse and my favorite verse. I love it, because it displays the power of my God! He can do anything in and through us, we just have to be willing. My entire life bears witness to this verse, especially these last seventy days. I pray everyday that He will give me the power to keep going and to stay strong in this journey, because I am going to tell you, the urge for a Coca Cola is REAL from time to time. Hahaha! As I have mentioned in previous posts, I encourage anyone who struggles with their weight or health in general to call the Balance 30a team and make an appointment to see Dr. Bart Precourt. They are kind, compassionate, and truly bring light to your life. I am so grateful for each and every one of them and how they have impacted my life.

Let’s get to the goods, the first picture was taken July 4, 2016, and my fabulous bathroom selfie was taken today, October 6, 2017, in Mrs. Betty’s bathroom! Mrs. Betty is the precious lady that I take care of everyday. As a side note, old people surely do love artificial flowers. Hahahaha! When I began this journey seventy days ago, I weighed three pounds more than I did in the top picture. As of this morning, I have lost 31 pounds and 28 inches. I absolutely cannot believe the difference in my clothes, my skin, my energy, my sleep, my mood, my emotions, and my sex life. My clothes are big. I am able to wear things I stashed away and secretly hoped I would wear again. My skin is clear and bright. The loose skin is going to be an issue, but as I mentioned in my last post, I will find someone to nip and tuck that mess when I lose all my weight. I have tons of energy and actually become fidgety if I sit for too long. I sleep soundly throughout the night and wake up energized and well-rested. I have not broken into tears or lashed out due to hormones being haywire since the day I met with Dr. Bart. My sex life has always been amazing because my husband and our marriage is amazing, but when I tell you it’s good, it’s GOOD these days! 😍 I am also proud to share that I am only four pounds away from my personal goal of weighing what I did when I got pregnant with Weston by his 5th birthday, which is October 16. I believe and know I can accomplish this!

I will begin the Brain Phase, which is the final phase of the Detox process, on Monday. Check back next weekend for another update and a brief summary of the Brain Phase and what it entails. As always, thank you to everyone who has loved and supported me over these last 70 days. I love you all!😘


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Body Phase Update

So, two weeks into the Body Phase of True Cellular Detox and the changes are crazy! Now, the first week was quite uneventful. I didn’t lose any weight, and I had only lost two inches. That was also a very emotional and stressful week due to multiple things, but I had been forewarned by Dr. Bart that my body would check to see if I was serious about the changes I’ve been making. He told me to stay focused and committed to eating well and exercising, and my body would catch up. Of course, he was right! This week I lost just over three pounds and three inches. In a total of nearly two months (one month and 24 days), I’ve lost 23 pounds and 23 7/8 inches! Yes, every 1/8 of an inch counts! Hahaha! To put that into perspective, my boys weighed about 23 pounds at 18 months old, and they felt heavy to tote around! I don’t say this to be conceited, because I’m truly a selfless person, but I’m so proud of myself. There’s such a sense of pride I feel as I look in the mirror everyday. I’m thankful for that, because I needed that self-confidence.My ultimate goal seems so much more achievable now. I also feel so great that I don’t want to stop or give up! While the results are incredible, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies! There have definitely been times I’ve felt like Regina from Mean Girls! I feel like I cook and eat the same meals over and over again, and it’s a bit monotonous. Praise Jesus for Pinterest!!!!! You can find a Keto version of every recipe known to man, and it’s been a complete game changer. We have, of course, continued using 100% organic products, and they make everything taste better. I’ve also experienced extreme thirst, especially since beginning the Body Phase. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you I’m consistently drinking a gallon and a half to two gallons of water each day. While the bathroom breaks become exhausting, it just reminds me that my body is indeed in that state of ketosis, and it is indeed burning fat! I’m literally a fat-burning machine! Thankfully, I haven’t really craved any carbs. About once a week, I will want something sweet, but one square of 78% dark chocolate hits the spot. Prior to my visit with Dr. Bart and his team at Balance 30a, it would not have phased me to eat half a pint of ice cream three nights/week or more. I’m just amazed at how my body isn’t craving the things it once did.Lastly I’m going to share with you how pumped I was this morning when I was trying to decide what to wear to church, and I was able to wear a cute little dress I bought two years ago and was never able to wear. I refused to take it back and get another size, because I told myself that it would fit someday, and that someday was today! Whoop whoop!!!! Stretch marks on my loose skin are beginning to appear, and they aren’t cute, but when I lose all my weight, I will find a plastic surgeon to fix all that nonsense. Hahaha. I honestly can’t find anything to complain about too much, because the way I feel and am beginning to look is just incredible. I pray and ask you to pray with me that when I post an update in mid-October, 3 weeks from now, I have lost 10 more pounds! I know it’s going to be tough, but it’s possible. The reason this is important is because October 16 is Weston’s 5th birthday, and if I lose ten pounds by then, I will be back at the weight I was when I became pregnant with him. It’s been a long five years since I’ve seen that number, and it will just be a personal victory for me. Thank you all for reading, and I will update again soon!


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Ready For the Body Phase

Well, I have successfully traversed mountain number one! The 30 day Prep Phase of True Cellular Detox is complete. During this phase of prepping my body for the actual detoxification, I have felt more rested, more alert, definitely more energized, happier, less stressed, and definitely closer to God.

As of yesterday, I have lost 20 pounds and 19 inches. Four inches in the subcostal measurement, which helps gauge the decrease in inflammation around my major internal organs. Dr. Bart Precourt at Balance 30a has me take a series of tests at the end of each 30-day phase. I originally completed these tests on July 28, to give us a baseline as well as to help diagnose the level of toxicity in my cells, brain, and body as a whole. The results weren’t pretty, but I have to say, I’m blown away and so encouraged after re-taking the tests yesterday. The improvements and healing in only one month are astounding.

In the first picture, you will see two charts depicting the results of my VCS Testing. This test helps formulate the toxicity in the brain as well as measure brain performance and function. Now, when I originally took this test 40 days ago, I only scored around 65%, which is failing and depicts strong toxicity in my brain. My results yesterday were much improved, certainly not optimal, but in a much healthier range. The second and third pictures give an explanation and breakdown my results. The fourth picture is a photo of an urinalysis called the Meta-Oxy Test. This test helps determine the oxidative stress and cell membrane damage due to the presence of free radicals. My baseline test was off the charts, 7+ on the scale. Again, my results this morning were extremely encouraging. They measured between a 5 and a 6 on the scale. Hooray for improvement, progress, and becoming healthy!

Today I began The Body Phase. I will continue with supplements in the morning, afternoon, and we are adding a couple of supplements before bed as well as sublingual CytoDetox drops. My body is prepared from the Prep Phase, and now it’s time to Detox! I will also continue with my completely organic, Ketogenic diet as well as the burst workouts. I cannot wait to see and more importantly feel the results that await me in these next thirty days.

I took this shameless selfie this morning following my burst workout. The weather is incredible. I feel incredible, and as always, I’m just so thankful to my Heavenly Father for gifting me with the fruit of self-control during this journey, and my beautiful family for their love and support and encouragement, my friends at Balance 30a for their love and dedication to helping others be healthy. While I know there’s a million weight loss blogs and methods out there, I firmly believe True Cellular Detox is the only way to actually become healthy. Health is from the inside out, and this is huge for me. I’m truly in awe. Blessed to be on this journey.


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Progress Update

So, next Friday I will begin the second phase of the True Cellular Detox, which is the Body Phase.

I truly cannot wait to see what else happens to my body during this next phase, because I’m already blown away at my progress thus far. I weighed and measured on Friday, September 1, and I had lost 19 pounds and 17 inches.

I am not a huge fan of half-naked progress photos, because I believe that God created my body for His glory and for my husband to see and enjoy. So, my progress photos will all be fully clothed. Also, I am not on this journey for anyone other than myself. I knew I did not feel well, and I wanted to and was willing to do whatever it takes to feel better. The photo on the left was taken June 25 and the photo on the right was taken this morning, September 3. June 25-July 6 were my lowest points. I felt horrible. I acted horrible as a result of the way I felt. Change needed to occur! I began eating clean on July 9, but I did not meet with Dr. Bart until July 28, and I did not begin the True Cellular Detox until August 11.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am so thankful for Dr. Bart Precourt and the staff at Balance 30a. Their genuine concern for an individual’s health as well as the support from my incredible family has helped to make this transformation possible. Now, I am going to also pat myself on the back, because sticking straight to this organic, ketogenic diet and exercise plan has not been easy, especially when we are at football games two nights/week, gymnastics one night, and church two nights. Also, do not forget working full-time during the week. It takes planning, preparation, and discipline. It is all so absolutely worth it! I am so thankful that I am feeling better, and I cannot wait to share more progress updates with you all. Thanks for reading!!!!


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Update One

After ten days of following the True Cellular Detox diet and exercise plan and taking my supplements as instructed, the results are not merely visible physically, they are also visible emotionally, spiritually, and internally.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently in the Prep Phase, which consists of taking one pack of supplements in the morning and one pack in the evening. I am also following the diet plan suggested as well as the breathing exercises, and burst workouts.The diet is not difficult at all. The hardest part was finding organic, grass-fed, full fat dairy products. Thankfully, Working Cows Dairy is one of Houston County, Alabama’s hidden gems. They had everything I needed, and it’s all absolutely delicious!!!! I mentioned in my previous post that the diet plan is similar to a ketogenic diet. Because I enjoy research, I dug in a bit deeper to see what I could learn about this high fat, medium protein, low carb diet. The results of my research were fascinating! Studies show that a ketogenic diet is quite effective in people with epilepsy, which both my oldest son and myself have. I can’t wait to see how we are affected as our bodies continue to be fueled in this way. So let’s get to the updates, because I know that is what people are mainly interested in finding out. SLEEP…the moment my head hits the pillow, I sleep all night long until my alarm sounds at 5am. EMOTIONALLY…I feel in control of my emotions. I feel happy, most of the time, and I have not burst into tears at all. OUTLOOK…I find myself telling my family to, “think positive,” “envision your future /outcome and go for it.” Prior to the Detox, I was a blunt realist. Hahahaha! SPIRITUALLY…We had just finished The 40 Day Prayer Challenge before the Detox began, and I knew that above all else, I would need to be still and let God help me do this. So, I started the prayer challenge over again, and I will continue to repeat it until I feel like it’s time to stop. My faith has grown. My trust in Him is a necessity for the results I’m seeking, and trust and faith grow through time spent with Him in prayer. Lastly, I will update you on my physical results. Let’s talk weight…I’ve lost a total of twelve pounds. Now, most of that weight I had lost in the ten day Detox Dr. Bart Precourt had me do prior to beginning the True Cellular Detox. Now let’s talk inches…I’ve lost a total of ten and a half inches. Four of those inches since beginning the True Cellular Detox. I measure my calf, thigh, hips, waist, subcostal circumference, chest, lower arm, and bicep. The subcostal circumference measures the inflammation, and I’ve lost two inches in that measurement alone, which tells me that my body is healing and the inflammation is subsiding.

These results make me thankful and proud. I’m thankful for results that push me to keep going. I’m thankful for my supportive family. I’m thankful for my future and being healthy again. I’m proud of myself for sticking to this and not wavering from the dietary restrictions or the exercise plan. I feel amazing, and I cannot wait to fill you all in with my future results.