I have been connecting with a LOT of new people this past month! It seems every single day I hear somebody refer to their weight in SOME context. People are sick and tired of being “sick and tired”. People are sick and tired of the exhausting efforts they are taking, trying to “lose” fat and get their long lost bodies back. That being said, people are desperate to try almost anything. With, THAT being said, companies are willing to market almost anything so little Ole vulnerable YOU will spend your MOULA! I swear to GOD, if I hear that “skinny green tea” commercial on the radio ONE MORE TIME I will poke my own eyes out.
One thing I am discovering is that the general public needs to be educated on the HCG diet protocol, and the products available on the market. I am starting to see various hCG diet ads plastered all over the place. It is becoming readily available in Canada. You can even buy a certain product at a certain national health food store (buyer beware…please read ON!) Here is my message…DON’T BUY HCG PRODUCTS ONLINE or from any random unknown source. Only buy online or from a store if someone referred you to a product because THEY used it, THEY felt great doing the protocol AND you can physically see their results (Definition of “physically see results”: They have noticeably lost a great deal of FAT, and inches off their body. They have a nice clean complexion and overall look healthy). Save your FRIGGEN money and buy your products HERE LOL (just kidding! Not really.)
What you must realize is the hCG Diet Industry is actually quite demented. OKAY, it is VERY DEMENTED. I have had people come to me because they were overwhelmed by the number of different hCG products available. “Which ones are safe and effective?”, they ask. I have had several people in the last month come to me because they bought a product online. Some of them tried the protocol using the product they bought online (it didn’t work out so hot). One person was a little hesitant to use the product based simply on the appearance of the product once it arrived in their mailbox. There are many myths about the HCG diet protocol. There are myths, because people buy crappy products and have horrible side-effects doing the protocol. They experience unbearable hunger, mood-swings, nearly file for divorce (don’t laugh – one girl actually told me that), etc. “Why?” you might ask. Well, if you are doing a low-calorie diet using a product that contains NO form of HCG – you are starving yourself and will experience symptoms similar to that of a starvation diet (divorce included). That is all.
Because of these stories of people having nightmare experiences doing the protocol, thus the “myths” and “rumours” started. Because of the “myths” and “rumours” people believe it is the actual “hCG” component that caused these horrendous side-effects. Truth be known, because people believe it is the “hCG” component that is so naughty, companies have actually removed said “hCG component” from their products, and added a bunch of other miscellaneous “fat burning” crap so they could market it as “hCG Free!”. “hCG Free” equals BAD news for the general public, and their health, if they do the protocol using the “hCG Free” product.
My goal is to educate and raise awareness for the general public, health-care providers, personal trainers, nutritionists…the list goes ON and ON. When using Robin Phipps Woodall’s Mind:Body Method following the hCG Protocol people see results and feel great. I am hosting an information session in Red Deer on November 1, 2012 at 7:00PM. Please click on this link to find out more details. Share with your friends and colleagues. Help me spread the word and continue to educate people and change lives! http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/424375877630052/
If you are considering starting the protocol, I highly (HIGHLY!) recommend you click on the picture to the right and order the book! Set yourself up for 110% success! (And no, I’m not affiliated, nor do I get paid if you BUY the book!)
It has been just about a year since I stopped “dieting”. I remember standing at my kitchen counter last November, looking out the window, and saying to myself “I surrender!” I accepted myself and my physical appearance. I breathed a sigh of relief. I was tired. I was tired of beating myself up. I was tired of feeling guilty. I was tired of failing. I just wanted to live my life and enjoy each day without thinking about exercising, eating, not eating, eating too much, or eating to much of the wrong things.
Here’s the thing. I’ve been “dieting” since 1999. Here is a photo I took today of my “diet library”. And believe me when I say…my library was much bigger. I got rid of a pile this size about five years ago. You know, more diet books and fitness magazines that clearly didn’t work for me. I was still yo-yo’ing. It didn’t take long to accumulate more.
I also have a snapshot of my home gym equipment. The photo doesn’t even show the treadmill in the family room, the Wii Fit, the weighted hula-hoop, the chin-up bar, work-out videos, exercise ball, and yoga mats. Then, there’s the “slam-man”, the Vitamix, the boxing gloves, expensive running shoes, sports bras and other fitness “attire”. Because seriously, you can’t work out properly if your clothes don’t look good (insert sarcasm).
I came across this YouTube channel about a month or two ago – I was quite intrigued. Robin Phipps Woodall wrote the book “Weight-Loss Apocalypse”. Her videos’ were so captivating I decided to order her book. She tells her client’s like it is. She’s not afraid to drop the f-bomb either. I have had quite a number of “ah-ha” moments while reading her book, and watching her videos. Thanks to her research, and theories, I have come to understand that my problem wasn’t that I couldn’t lose weight, or that I didn’t know how to lose weight. My problem was that I identified myself by the way my body looked and my addiction to trying to lose weight. Over the years, I never addressed the fact that I was emotionally connected to food and dieting. As a society, we have greated the visage that it is normal to be gluttonous. Quite simply, I over-ate and always felt I then needed to punish myself by food deprivition or intense exercise. The moment I “surrendered”, was the moment I was able to finally move forward.
I continue to maintain my weight after following the protocol in January. In fact, this morning, I weighed in at 153.5lbs. I don’t weight myself everyday anymore, I haven’t weighed daily for months. I eat when I am hungry. I don’t feel guilty when I eat something I “shouldn’t”, because I only eat when I’m hungry. I’m FREE…and it feels so DAMN GOOD!!
Everyone has a story and a different relationship with food. Are you emotionally connected to food? Do you chronically diet and exercise? Can you surrender?
You only get one chance at life and one body to live it.
You may be struggling with an ailment, chronic pain and discomfort or mental illness. Recognize and acknowledge that your “temple” isn’t as it should, or could be. There are people out there very passionate about what they do and are more than willing to help you. Don’t give up when the first one you see tells you there is nothing wrong. Only you know your body. Carry forward.
I saw the same chiropractor for 11 years. He did the same treatment at each visit. Many times the pain and discomfort of my back, hip and shoulder pain brought tears to my eyes. Often, I could tolerate the pain, it was the fear and frustration that brought the tears. I felt I was too young to have such chronic pain and be so limited with what I could do. I tried physiotherapy and massage therapy. Neither helped.
I was referred to a local chiropractor by a family member that went to school with him. Within two weeks of treatment, there was an extreme difference in my mobility and pain levels. His assessment was thorough and he often treated different areas of my body with every visit. He used Graston Technique on my upper back, hips and butt. It hurt like a bugger. I had no idea I had years of scar tissue built up, which was causing the chronic pain. I felt free of the pain that held me hostage. Losing 30+ pounds shortly thereafter made an even bigger difference. According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, carrying just 10 pounds of extra weight adds an extra 30 to 60 pounds of force on your knee with each step.
What are you waiting for? Start taking care of yourself. You will be so glad you did.
Most people aren’t aware that a deficiency in Vitamin B12 may be a contributing factor to fatigue, anemia, weakness or depression. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements “Neurological changes, such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, can also occur. Additional symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. The neurological symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can occur without anemia, so early diagnosis and intervention is important to avoid irreversible damage.”
Most of your body’s required nutrients should primarily come from food sources, by having a balanced healthful diet. Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Fortified breakfast cereals are also a good source. However, it is important to read the product label to determine which, and how much added nutrients the cereal contains. You may also want to double-check the ingredients.
There are some circumstances where it’s good to have additional “Vitamin B12 Insurance” by utilizing a high quality dietary supplement. The following groups are those most likely to be Vitamin B12 deficient (source: Office of Dietary Supplements):
- Older Adults
- Individuals with Pernicious Anemia
- Individuals with Gastrointestinal Disorders (such as Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease)
- Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery
- Pregnant and lactating women who follow strict vegetarian diets and their infants
Pregnant and lactating women may also want to consider supplementation if they feel they are not eating a balanced healthful diet rich in Vitamin B12.
If you would like to learn more about Vitamin B12 we invite you to take a peak at the Office of Dietary Supplements website.
We offer Reinforce, a sublingual Vitamin B12 oral supplement.
Disclaimer: This information should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. There is no endorsement by Office of Dietary Supplements.
Kelly Tibbets is fearless. In fact…she is fearless in “Finding Fearless” and provides some incredible insight into her journey following my weight release program. I am so grateful for her sharing, as I know many people will relate. Here is her story…
By Kelly Tibbets
I have a dirty little confession to make…. I LOVED loading! Not because I ate all my favourite fatty foods that I NEVER let myself have…. but because, for the first time, possibly ever in my adult life – I ate without GUILT.
Guilt is my second least favourite emotion (next to jealousy) – it’s so useless and self-indulgent – it really serves absolutely no purpose – unless of course you’re an axe murderer – then Guilt might make you stop axe murdering – but in a regular everyday Mama like me all guilt does is give me more reasons to beat myself up.
Guilt and food have a delicious (pardon the pun) history in my life… I have always used food as reward or pacifier. I’m so sorry, you’re sad, have some chocolate cake! Yay, you passed/won/succeeded, have some chocolate cake!
I have now been through the program twice and the first time I felt a lot of uncomfortable emotions that I wanted to ignore. The first being this guilt free loading and not hating it – does everyone say they hate it and they are lying?* Is it just our womanly nature to pretend that we don’t LOVE bacon? Err… maybe it’s just me – maybe I have never understood the skinny little bitch who leaves the last bite of dessert because she’s “too full” – Are you kidding? You’re gonna waste that? I’ll eat it! (*I did hate how I felt after the 2 days – there is a reason that this kind of eating is considered unhealthy).
The second time around I realize what it is…. I’m scared that if I admit that I LOVE food then everyone will all nod their heads in unison “Ahhh, that’s why she’s fat”. Ick, ick, icky – on so many levels. The biggest icky level being that I have thought this at EVERY SIZE I have been – even when I was “imaginary fat”.
So…. where does this leave me? Part of this whole journey for me has had very little to do with weight loss – I have realized that it doesn’t matter what size I am – all of this guilt/self-deprecation still happens. In fact, when my figure was at it’s very best in my adult life was when I was the most miserable. I have turned to a lot of different soul-searching opportunities but Yoga has been the very best therapeutic tool for healing my poor little effed up psyche.
Beyond the physical benefits of Yoga – during practice certain poses can stir up certain emotions – and in our Western Culture we are encouraged to take those emotions and marinate in them and beat ourselves up about them and just feel shitty in general. In Yoga, we acknowledge the emotion and then… are you ready for this? You LET. IT. GO. We don’t need to beat the shit out of the why, and the where and the when…. I feel guilty that I love food. So What? Who the Eff really cares? Stop the presses and notify CNN. Poor Kelly feels guilty when she eats a hamburger!! It looks so silly in black and white.
So… what’s my point? I guess what I am discovering is that while it’s interesting to discover what your issues around food and weight and fitness might be…we all really need to stop beating ourselves/our relationships/our hearts up about it. Feel the guilt, the pain, the disappointment – look it in the eye and send it some love and forgiveness and then tell it “Good-bye”. Tell it that you acknowledge it and validate it – you understand that it’s there (here is where we are tempted to search and dissect and torture ourselves looking for the why) and it probably served a purpose at some point in your life – but now? Now these emotions that prevent you from achieving your optimal health and wellness are not serving you….
LET. THEM. GO…
Remove the old garment which no longer suites you and step bravely into the new one –
weaved from an awareness gained after years of struggle and pain.
Do not lose sight of who you are in that quiet space – where only reality exists.
You’ve paid a high price to get here – no sense in giving it all back.Your life is here and now
Be present for it.
Live it wisely.
Nirmala Devi – 11/07/05
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