Still going strong.

As the title says, I’m still on the same path – eating well, super energy, no cheats, losing weight, no temptations and taking better care of myself overall.  I’ve mentioned the books I’ve read that have helped but I’ve also had some other help along the way that I thought I’d get into today.

I lost my job a few months ago.  The first 2 months off are what I now think of as my decompression time.  I got some little things done around the house, dealth with some paperwork,  relaxed a bit, became a full time mom again and to my later realization; didn’t do anything truly productive.  This was the chance of a lifetime to dramatically alter the direction of a few big parts of my life.  I was wasting the opportunity and I was going to regret it.

Soon comes January 1st where everyone is “New Year, New You”-ing to themselves to death…..except for little old rebel me.  I hate being a cliche, even though as I write this blog, I realize I am one big fat walking cliche in many areas of my life.  But, it wasnt long after realizing the that time was slipping away and January 1st coincided, that I begrudgingly decided to put on my big girl pants and make some friggin life changes.  I was a week behind the crowd…so I considered that still a rebel move.  Now…what to do?

One of the things I haven’t discussed yet is all the professional help I’ve gotten along the way.  Not all for weightloss, but more for my new mission of Life Improvement.  I had a ton of benefits that had been wasted year after year while working my last job.  Who had time to go for massages and see doctors?  Don’t you know I have a full time job (which tended to be more that normal full time hours), a long commute, 2 young kids and a job that is leaving me mentally exhausted every single day???  Smart move, big insurance companies; lay on the benefits to impress me, full well knowing I can’t be bothered to use them unless I am literally dying.

So you may realize know what was to come next.  It was my turn to to exhaust every ounce of insurance benefit I had available to me while I could.  The benefits lasted for many more months (thanks for whomever negotiated that!) and it was time to become an appointment making maching.  Here is the list so far:

Vision

Chiropractor

Orthotics

Accupuncture

Bio Feedback Scans

Naturopath

Blood tests

Psychotherapy and finally

Hypnosis – this last one is questionable regarding benefits, but I am working on it.  And there’s still more to come!

I think it’s obvious why I would use vision benefits.  I need glasses, but barely.  At the time I think I was looking to get new professional glasses for any upcoming interviews I might have.  I was imagining going for the beautiful/sexy, yet extremely  book-smart type, who’s glasses say she’s a touch classic with a little hipster thrown in to let you know I’m on well aware of the current environment and trends.  I’ll drink my Kambucha slowly while regaling you with the latest market moves and M&A activity.  Was I asking too much?  Probably.

Next was the boring old Chiropractor.  My back had started hurting since I had been off work.  It’s bothered my on and off for years, sometimes an annoying twinge and othertimes debilitating pain.  I related the current pain to the fact I was no longer sitting in my ergonomically perfected Herman Miller chair at the office, but insted hanging out a lot on my overstuffed couch.  Big difference.  Turns out seeing the boring chiro was a pretty good idea.  After some poking, proding and stretching (ever done a decompression treatment? It’s a modern day version of the rack, toned down for better relaxation and comfort…and so the paying clients come back again), I was informed my legs are different lengths.  Not normal or average different – really different.  This meant my pelvis was angled and my sholders angled the opposite way and one of my ribs was about to pop off.  Huh?  The pain I was feeling was caused by the discs in my lower back getting crushed and sending my nerve endings into a tizzy.  So it was off to get really cool othotics, only one much taller than the other.  See…this was exactly the beautiful/sexy look I was going for.

Accupuncture was a first for me.  There was a lot of inspection and evaluation of my tongue.  A LOT.  And after that some questions and then the needles.  It didn’t hurt and I didn’t really feel any big change, but since it’s supposed to be good for me (we all have that peson who’s told us about the miracle worker accupuncturist they see, right?) I was game to continue on.  Hey, it was free!  Conclusion:  I am holding heat and dampness (they tend to go together I was told) and my liver needed some serious help for some reason.  And there was talk about digestion and energy flows.  Sounds good to me!  Let’s stick in some more needles and fix this shit up!

Biofeedback scans – I have no idea what this is, but ‘ve been for 3 sessions.  I went in thinking they would do blood tests to figure out my allergies and food sesitivities (For years I have had hives – probably mostly from wheat, but I am sure ther’s more to it) but to my surprise, they hooked me up to some sort of electrical machine and scanned me with different frequencies for over an hour to see what my body had reactions too.  At the end I got to drink a glass of what that had these frequencies in it to correct my body’s confused response, and I would have no further issue.  Sounds like voodoo, doesn’t it?  It could well be….but if it’s real, it is really friggin cool.  Or I am a a sucker.  But a sucker who’s not paying!

My naturopath appointment lasted forever and I was surprised at some of the personal questions she got into.  She said a lot of the same things as the accupunturist: heat and damp.  What does that even mean?  Why havent I google it yet should be the real question.  On my to do list as of now.  Liver came up again and she asked I take a liver detox and a immune boost supplement.  And my adrenals were shot, but we’d work on this later.  Why the liver again?  I’m not drinking, eating crap, or anything else I can think of that wold cause issues there.  Maybe it’s my own pesonal detoxing life that is causing it in some way.  More questions to ask at my next appointment when the results of my blood tests come in.  There were a lot of them.

The next 2 practitioners are the most interesting IMO.  I’ve never been to a psychotherapist and I picked this particular one becasue she specialized in addictions, specifically sugar addiction.  When I first made the appointment, this is the area where I thought I would need the most help.  Like serious help.  Little did I know, all the new healthy food, supplememnts, and knowledge would keep me on track.  I didn’t think I had it in me, but the combination of everything is like a magical pill I didn’t know was real.  I’m still seeing her, becasue it is super interesting and it’s also motivating.  She’s like my insurance plan – I don’t think I need it, but it’s nice to have.

Lastly is the hypnosis.  This has been oddly life changing, but not in the way the others have been.  I know there are a lot of different opinions about hypnosis.  I personally have always been a fan of the Hypnotist Show and I recall draggibng my friend there in Vegas.  I think she thought it was lame, but I loved it!  Who doesn’t enjoy watching others unknowingly cluck like a chicken or hump a chair?  It’s fascinating and for that reason it’s also really hard to understand how this can be….a thing.  Are they all scammers?  Is it just for entertaiment?  If it works, why isn’t everyone doing it to make their lives perfect?  What was going on here?  I was really motivated to find out more…so I did.

It’s going to be a lot to write on that topic….so better save that for the next blog post.  I hope if anyone is reading, you stay tuned for the continuation.  I am amazed with everything that happened to me after I first made my appointment with my local hypnotist.

Thanks for reading!

L

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