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At age 20, I was 160 pounds. By the time I was 25 I had gained 100 pounds atop that, and it wasn’t muscle mass. I had developed a very sedentary lifestyle as a writer, without changing my eating habits. This meant I was taking in calories without effectively burning them off, and this meant I was putting on the pounds. Still, I didn’t look too bad apart from a bit of a beer belly, so I didn’t feel too motivated to change things besides trying to diet now and again.
My wakeup call came when I rather abruptly started having very horrible pains up and down my left leg. Sitting, walking, or driving my car became agony. Nothing I did was relieving it, so I went to a doctor. She told me that the X-Rays showed misalignment in my pelvis, which was causing sciatica; basically, the bones were being squeezed out of place and pushing against the nerves in my lower back.
“This is from your weight. I don’t want to sugarcoat this, because you have a chance to fix it. If you lose weight, you can reduce the pain in your leg. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up in a wheelchair.”
That’s a pretty clear message for anyone, so I started looking for ways to shed the pounds.
I ruled out a diet change pretty quickly. I don’t exactly eat all junk food, but there are some things I like a lot that I’d have to cut out if the only thing I was going to do was change how I ate.
Exercise seemed promising, but I found it was very difficult to move and do the exercises I needed to do with the sciatica problem. I’d be five minutes into the exercise and my leg would be screaming at me. Twenty minutes in, and I’d be sitting on the ground trying to stop the pain. If I was hurting this much after such a short time, there was no way I was going to be able to exercise enough to really bring down my weight.
What I needed was an edge. I didn’t want to do Fentermine, because I’d heard very bad things about what it could do to a person’s heart. I wanted an all-natural supplement with very few if any side effects.
Thankfully, my research lead me to PhenQ.
What is PhenQ?This means PhenQ can promote healthy weight loss without jeopardizing my heart. At first, I was doubtful about it. I’d heard all about “supplements only buy you expensive pee,” from a bunch of people. My research into PhenQ seemed to suggest this wasn’t true. Others had talked about the genuine results it had given them, and the before/after pictures with some of these articles were very impressive. Hoping for the best, I decided to order a three month supply. If it didn’t work by then, I’d be out some money but it was worth the risk.
No Magic Bullet: Lifestyle Changes
While I was waiting for my PhenQ to arrive, I did more research and looked into healthy, alternative ways to losing weight. I’d learned from a lot of sources online that no supplement was going to do all the work for me. I had to change the habits of a lifetime in order to lose weight, there would be no magic bullet to solve everything.
So, I sat down and did some research to build a lifestyle change that would work with PhenQ in order to help me get in shape.
First, I defined the problem. I was overweight to the point that my weight was causing me pain. This actually meant it was harder to work out; as I said, I couldn’t be on a treadmill for very long without it hurting my joints.
The solutions were there, in a three pronged approach. First, I would boost my metabolism with the PhenQ, so that I could get more out of the workouts I would be doing. Second, I would choose workouts that I could do without aggravating my sciatica. Third, I would make one small change to my diet every week, so that I could get used to it instead of just giving up everything I loved and making myself miserable enough to quit.
My doctor told me that part of why I was having back troubles was that my core muscles were weak, particularly the abdominal muscles. This meant that I had to carry more of my weight with my back, which was deforming my spine. So, the first part of my exercises would be healthy improvements to my core. I decided to visit the local gym, which is an inexpensive one that doesn’t require a membership contract, and use all their core machines to strengthen my abs, back, and chest.
I also read that healthier joints, stretching, and range of motion activities could reduce sciatica pain. My gym has a yoga program, so I decided I’d sign up for that and try stretches. The yoga instructor had a nice talk with me, and she agreed that my exercise plan was a good start, and even gave me a few pointers for how to do it.
The Journey: Week By Week
To give you an idea of how this all went, I’ve made a week by week account of my exercises and the PhenQ’s effects.
Weeks Six and Seven
That might not sound like much, but remember that my doctor told me I was still on the border of being able to correct my sciatica. I just barely had enough weight to be causing it, and losing those seventeen pounds took the pain away.
It definitely wasn’t just the PhenQ, and it wasn’t just the exercise. It was the combination of the two that made it work. PhenQ is an exercise and metabolism enhancer, and in my case it definitely paid off. I’m taking a week’s break from exercising to go to a convention with some friends, but I’ve ordered my next three month’s supply of PhenQ already, and I think I can’t wait to get back to the gym.
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