So, not everyone who reads this blog would know this – I have talked about this on my YouTube channel before, but not a lot in this vlog.
I’ve been struggling for years to lose weight. In the past 4-5 years I hit some of the highest weight I’ve ever weighed, finally topping at 196.5lbs sometime last year. I kept trying to lose it, but nothing I did seemed to work. I sought out help from doctors, personal trainers and nutritionists. I followed all the advice – I cut out sugar and processed foods from my diet. I stopped drinking things like soda, switching to water. I wrote down everything I ate so I could track my calories. I made sure I exercised a minimum of 30 minutes several times each week. At once stretch I was doing a 30 minute cardio workout 6 days/week, plus strength training every other day as well. The weight just wouldn’t budge.
I knew losing weight would get more difficult as I got older, but I never thought it would get completely impossible.
Earlier this year I went for more blood tests, metabolism tests and a fitness test to try and come up with a new strategy. My blood work all came back good. Better than good actually – my cholesterol had dropped dramatically (from 290 down to 190), and all my other numbers were in the healthy range as well. I figured that at least was due to my change in diet and exercise, so it was having *some* benefit, even if my weight stayed the same. I took that as an encouragement to continue instead of going out to stuff myself with ice cream (which I still crave some days).
Anyway, a few months ago I decided for the heck of it to try some new supplements in addition to the regular vitamins I usually take. I added a Garcinia Cambogia & Coconut Oil supplement to my diet (I won’t mention the brand because this isn’t an endorsement).
Anyway, within a couple of weeks of taking it, I started noticing my weight had dropped a bit. My weight has always fluctuated by +/- 5lbs one way or another so I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Then it kept going down. All of a sudden I had lost 10lbs, then 15lbs. Now it’s been about 4-5 months and as of today, I have lost 20lbs. I haven’t changed anything else in my daily routine, so it must be from that supplement. I originally started taking it on a whim, knowing full-well that studies have shown only an average of 2lbs of weight loss from this kind of supplement. I also made sure there was nothing dangerous about taking it – and for me it wasn’t (just as a note of caution if you are on statins for cholesterol or anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, check with your doctor before considering a supplement like this).
Anyway, I’m sure you can imagine I’m thrilled at this weight loss success after literally *YEARS* of struggle. I still have 30-40lbs more I need to lose in order to get to a healthy weight and I’m hoping it will continue to come off. I will just continue to take this journey one day at a time!