Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I feel amazing!

Since starting to work with the Nutrilite weight loss system, I've talked about it a lot. I love the 4-3-2-1 workouts. I love the BodyKey shakes because they taste so good and don't require a blender to come out smooth. I love the appetite suppressant chews because they actually work. I love the supplements because (let's say it together) they actually work. All around, I *love* the products that Nutrilite has put out to help people attain and maintain their ideal healthy body. 

Now let me take a moment and tell you about it just a little more. Because I'm so excited that I can't just not talk about it. I've talked about technical stuff and scientific stuff and all of the *features* of these fantastic helpers. Now, let me tell you about the *benefit*

I feel amazing! Really and truly, I feel amazing.

Before starting BodyKey I was stuck in a rather deep depression. I hated myself. I hated the way that I looked, to the point that I couldn't stand being around a mirror and would even specifically avoid my bathroom mirror (which takes a lot of effort, that thing covers the whole wall). I hated the way that I felt, hated that the slightest bit of exertion wiped my energy levels and left me not just panting, but often dry-heaving because I couldn't catch my breath. I hated that my weight gain had finally progressed to my face, which is the last place I tend to put it on. I hated that I couldn't fit my arms into the sleeves of most shirts anymore, that I looked like a tired and lazy mother of four instead of the vibrant 21 year old I want to be. I hated everything about my appearance, and most days I hated myself altogether. 

I was stuck. I was so filled with self-loathing that it had been spilling out and causing me to nitpick my husband and fight with him constantly. And I felt like I had no options. 
Sure, everybody says diet and exercise. What they don't say is how to motivate yourself to work in exercise when heaving your body mass off the couch feels like a monstrous task.Or how to eat healthy when it's faster, easier, and more comforting to head to the freezer isle or McDonalds. Or how to make new friends in this process, because your fat friends are probably going to goad you into eating but you don't have the self confidence to be the fat friend of the skinny girls for even a day, much less however long it's going to take you to lose the weight and size and tone that skin back into place. 

They don't tell you how to choose what diet and exercise plan to use. Or how to tell if it's actually working and this is normal initial weight gain because you've built muscle, or if it's going to be yet another 50 pounds if you keep this up. They don't tell you how to find who to trust. They don't mention that if you ask for help from your runner friend or your trainer friend or that one friend you have who works out like a fiend, you're going to end up hurting yourself because they don't know or understand the limitations of your body well enough to be able to actually help you. So you'll watch them on that treadmill at level 19 and feel horrible that you're winded at level one. And so you'll quit. 

The thing is, losing weight and size in modern society can be very hard! It can be so emotionally challenging and even damaging if you trust the wrong people or program. It's easy to say "diet and exercise." It's easy to say that you can exercise anywhere, but it's not easy to do it!

I'd tried everything, and I felt so stuck. I was steadily gaining more and more weight and though God gave me the mercy to carry it well so nobody would ever guess it was there, I knew. I knew when I looked at myself in the mirror and thought "time for new clothes again. I've gone up a size." I knew when I tried to find a new dress to wear for Valentines day, and not even the plus size stores had anything in stock. I knew when my doctor gave me that look that said "we aren't here to talk about your weight but if this keeps up we will be."

I knew, every moment of every day, and it was killing my spirit. I had tried everything, but I was still desperate and so I was still willing to try one more thing. 

Enter BodyKey. 
BodyKey is the newest program designed by Nutrilite. Each component comes with the scientific backing that all of the Nutrilite products do, and some phenomenal results that came out of the research phase. BodyKey is different because instead of being designed around what works for one person's body like the system my gym sells, it's designed around *your* body, around *my* body. The pieces are all designed individually around what worked for the majority of their testing group, and then the genetic test tells you how to fit the pieces together to create the picture of fitness and health that's going to work best for your specific genetic code. This isn't the Subway diet or the Cabbage Cleanse. This is real science finding the real solution that's going to really work for you. 

And boy has it! 

I'm a busy person and as much as I do love my 4-3-2-1 workouts, there are mornings I have to pop out of bed, throw on clothes and eyeliner, and leave to make a meeting. There are days when I honestly don't have 20 minutes to spare, especially not if that 20 minutes is going to make me sweat. 

Despite this, I'm slimming down! Using the genetic test results I've paired the products that are going to optimize my results, and *they really have!* Even without consistent exercise, everybody - even the cashier at Rite Aid - is starting to notice the difference! Just barely one month in I've already gone from almost not fitting my fat fat clothes (the ones you wear when you've grown out of your fat clothes), to fitting back into some of the beautiful clothes I got two shopping trips ago and having them actually be comfortable! 

The results are amazing. My arms are fitting into sleeves better, my stretchy waistband pants aren't having to stretch so much, and I don't have to do that weird thing to my shirt where I stick my elbows in the bottom to make it stretch out! I've regained a bit of mobility because of the size loss I've experienced so far. I can actually make it up a flight of stairs and not almost die at the top! I put my hands on my hips the other day, and spend about ten minutes astonished that they were so much farther in than they had been a few weeks ago. I'm still pretty far from where I want to be, but I can *see* and *feel* the progress, and that's more than I've ever been able to say before. 

Oh, and I forgot to mention, my roommate works at Pizza Hut and is addicted to french fries, so I still eat crap for dinner most nights.

Let me say that again: I eat pizza or hamburgers and fries for dinner almost every night. Ice cream is usually also involved. AND I'M STILL SLIMMING DOWN FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE. It makes me *Want* to eat healthy and work out more - just to see what happens!

The progress has pulled me out of my funk. I'm feeling better about myself as a person, which is making me more able to be a nice person (go figure) and not pick fights with my husband. 

Read: The results I'm experiencing with the BodyKey program are improving my life all around. My marriage is better, my interactions with other people - whether I know them or not - are better. 

I CAN LOOK IN A MIRROR NOW! I still see a spare tire, sure. I still notice where more needs to be gotten rid of. But I feel like it's possible now. I don't feel stuck. 

In short, I have hope. 

And I wanted to share that with you because hope is a very hard thing to find these days, especially when we're talking about weight loss in the world of fast food and gluttony. I'm feeling truly amazing, because I'm making such amazing progress, and I know it's only going to get better. 

And that, my friends, is cool.

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