It happened this week… the magical Winter of Christmas came this week and my Christmas decorations missed it. Oddly enough, most everyone’s Christmas decorations were already down by the time our snow hit. I shared with my wife as we drove through the nasty, white sludge the pain I felt of being robbed again as the “magic” was left as little more than an annoyance and an unpaid day off work. I guess that’s just how life goes sometimes…
I’ve debated whether or not I wanted to use this forum to discuss another lifestyle change that we have made. Back in November, my wife and I added a perfect compliment to our new healthier eating patterns. Until now, I have not shared that information here as it is not why this weight loss blog was originally created. However, in the interest of transparency, I’ve decided it is necessary for me to discuss an upcoming decision I have made regarding my weight loss with you all. To do so, I must talk with you about my decision to invest in essential oils for my family.
Back in November, I asked a group of friends if they would be willing to listen to a co-worker share her passion for essential oils. My goal was simple: be a supportive friend for someone I care for deeply. Honestly, I sat through her sharing quite critically and spent the entire time looking online for information to debunk the things my co-worker was sharing with our group. Sorry Jenni 😉
When she finished with her presentation, I made it quite clear I felt that the information she had shared was “bullshit,” but was grateful that she had take the time to share something she feels very strongly about with us. As a result of my efforts in setting up the class, I won a sample… a sample of any oil I wanted. Ever the open-minded researcher, there was one oil I wanted to try: Panaway – an oil known for its soothing qualities on tired and sore muscles.
After the class, my wife and I went to Hobby Lobby and I decided to try my sample before we went in. “Look honey, ” I said sarcastically, “I’m rubbing the magical oil on my ankle.” With that, we went into the store and began our shopping. About 20 minutes later, I texted my co-worker from the store and said, “Oh my lord I think it really works.” With that, I explained to her and my wife how, though I still felt the origin of the issue I used the oil for, I had experienced a warm, numbing effect that brought me significant relief. My interest was peaked. For the next week, I could hardly do anything but read about essential oils and listen testimonials online. To make a long story short, my investigative process led me to find out that the oils I wanted to try were more expensive than the starting kit, so I just bought the kit.
What has happened in the weeks since, has been nothing short of a miracle. Both my wife and I have found natural relief from everyday struggles. The major areas of improvement have been sleep quality, natural aides for managing headaches and sore muscles, and relief from allergy/cold symptoms without resorting to medicines. However, my biggest testimony comes from the improvement of the skin on my right hand. Since I was very young, I have had a special type of eczema that I could not control or eliminate despite using every lotion, soap, and even through use of steroid creams from my doctors. With my essential oils kit, this condition has become a memory (only six days after I received the products I used on it).
So, why am I telling you all this on my weight loss blog? Well, I’ve made a decision. Young Living is starting a two-part weight loss challenge tomorrow which will run in two 60 day phases. I have decided to enter this competition. Why? Well, the prizes are amazing and it could result in me getting my hands on more oils and even some cash.
This will not altar anything else that I am or have been doing in my life. However, I will be taking a product that they offer and, thanks to the last four months of my life, I will be able to tell if this makes any change to my current weight loss or not. If anyone wants to know more about the product that I am taking, you can email me and I’ll tell you individually. However, I’m not advertising, nor do I get any money from using this product. My ONLY reason for using the product and entering the competition is the chance to get those prizes… PARTICULARLY the oils because they have made such a difference in my life.
I know this may sit badly with some of you that are reading my blog, but I hope you can respect my decision to make choices as I see fit for my life. This blog will not become about the challenge, but it will include my experiences and my progress. Otherwise, you can expect the same great (haha) content that you’ve always encountered here.
For now, though, it’s back to taking my life back…
- September 11, 2016: 450+pounds
- Today: 376 pounds
- Total loss: 74 pounds (27.7% of my total excess body weight)
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