Sometimes an email just makes your day!
That’s what happened when I emailed my friend and fellow writer, Suzanne Norquist, to ask how her BENew journey is going. It’s responses like hers that make me jump up and down!
Here’s a clip from her email:
“The diet is going great! It has been 6 ½ months. I’m down 45 pounds with a goal of 60 pounds. I went from size 16 to size 8. My husband wonders why I need to lose more.
I climbed Mount Princeton last month with my daughter before she left for college. I had given up on hard mountain hikes a couple of years ago. I’ve stepped up my workouts and joined a boxing gym where I do the kickboxing power hour workout three times a week. It is a hard cardio workout.
I have noticed that with the harder workouts, my body thinks I needed more food. It is taking a while to convince it that it really doesn’t, kind of like at the beginning of the diet. The other day I told my husband that I was extra hungry. He asked me what the difference was between being super hungry and being extra hungry because I used both terms. And, is super hungry more hungry than extra hungry or the other way round? He is a goofball.
Anyway, it is working for me. The loss has slowed but keeps going the right direction. I’m enjoying my new clothes.”
I asked Suzanne if I could share her story. Stories like hers show us it IS possible to move forward. So thank you, Suzanne for being an inspiration to me and my readers!
Obviously I love the products Suzanne is taking since I’ve had such success with them myself, but I noticed several things in Suzanne’s email that showed she’s doing her part, too. She’s intentional about the two biggies–adding movement into her days and eating wisely. Though she supported her journey to a more healthy, active lifestyle by taking good, healthy weight loss products, she looked at to them for support, not to be a magic wand.
As I write often on this blog I want the changes I’m experiencing to bring about a lifestyle change, not a temporary weight loss. For me it’s about support–boosting the speed and chances of success–not dependence. It’s also about health. I choose products that have nutritional value.
The BENew products helped me have more energy to add movement into my day. Along with the Body Balance nutritional supplement I take, they helped reduce sugar cravings. I believe the research that says they are attacking visceral fat and blocking carbs.
But when I made the decision to take the products I also made a decision to made positive changes and take a journey to healthier living.
How about you? Do you believe in weight loss support products, or would you rather go it on your own? Have you used products as a magic pill? Did that work for you long term?
(And, friends, this post is not a guilt trip. We’ve all longed for a magic wand to zap away our problems. We’ve all stuttered-stepped in our journey to change. It may be that you’ve tried a product that has worked for your friends but not for your body. There is no judgement here, just a desire to have a balanced approach to weight loss no matter the method you choose.)
Magic pill or sensible support system?
Tagged: benew, body balance, celebration, inside out weight loss, magic pill, magic wand, weight loss, weight loss journey
Thanks, Sheila. It made me so happy to hear of her success!
[…] do it with determination. Think through the story I shared on my last post and make the choice to be all in. Use healthy products AND make incremental lifestyle adjustments […]
I think I spent years looking for a magic potion or trick to help me lose weight. Nothing like that ever worked for me though. What I learned was there is no magic about it, it’s hard work and changing bad habits for good. The word diet means the food we eat, our nutrition. The weight loss industry seem to have turned that meaning into a short term programme to lose weight. Nothing short term works. Losing weight is about permanent change in what we eat and how much we move. 🙂
I agree . . . the BENew products provided support for me, for sure, and I may have lost some weight without effort on my part, but I wanted lasting change, not short-term, so I used them to support me in the change, not to do all the work. ;o)