Acupuncture or Torture to loose weight Please let me know if I should continue.
This week I visited an acupuncture specialist recommended by my chiropractor and affiliated with a hospital in our area, I thought that gave him credibility. So, unlike other times that I tried to make myself eat less which failed; and currently my eating habits seemed to be out of control, I was ready to try something new..
Two weeks ago, I tried a SkyRobic’s class for one hour you jump on a trampoline while doing exercises, which included squats, push ups and general jumping etc.. This I attempted with three other younger adults who looked in their 30’s, with an instructor who appeared to be a drill sergeant, freshly out of the marines (oh my gosh what am I thinking)?
Really, how hard could jumping on a trampoline for 60 minutes be, I can do it. No, as I spent much of the time falling and getting up, almost smashed my nose trying to jump over squares, (couldn’t get the bounce, height) and then after 40 minutes, I told the instructor I had to quit. If I didn’t I was sure I’d have a heart attack or not be able to drive home. In my mind, being 66 and staying 40 minutes out of 60 qualified me for a reward or at least a comment good try Mrs. Senior Citizen. Forget that, as he didn’t even say good job Dorothy, instead he looked at me like he was glad I got the hell out of there so he could work with the young crew and not worry about me killing myself on his watch. I even sent an email to their office and asked for a senior type of class, so far I’ve heard nothing. Therefore, I knew this wasn’t going well and I’d have to find an expert; Chinese medicine, herbs and needles (acupuncture) in reality how bad could that be. It’s just one needle and out in a flash right? Well guess what, (not so fast, and not so easy) this guy was really into educating the patient and giving his time to help me understand what he was going to do, what my body was saying to me and it isn’t just one needle, oh my gosh I was ready to bolt. Should I stay or should I run?
There I was talking to a handsome acupuncturist, who looked like a young Steven Segal with the dark hair, braid and a gentle tone, who cried out listen Dorothy, as I help you understand what’s going on with your body and how you can improve over time the whole you. He was gracious, patient, well informed, and wanted me to be aware of what the theory of Chinese medicine was. By learning about body functions, I would most certainly change and better my life and help accomplish my goals, staying healthy and getting thinner improving my stamina, sleep better and enjoy life to it’s fullest; how bad can this be for me?
Didn’t he know most women want a quick fix, short orientation as it’s hard for us to pay attention for any length of time, and please, don’t give us the facts, we’re too busy to use our brains for menial details just for our physical well being, can’t you just fix this and bill me? SO, I was determined I would try to listen because instinctively, I knew if I wanted to loose weight, I’d have to try this and dam, learn something from this gentle soul I currently wanted to run from. If he only knew what I was thinking please, just give me a needle in my ear and let me go back to work.
Let’s face it most of us are unhappy about our bodies, shape, size and our faces. Plastic surgeons are flourishing because we love to change who we are; hence having a surgical procedures, we think it will make us happier and better looking.. Even I, grandma and great grandma, currently 66 years old find myself buying facials, peels, purchasing expensive make up with the hopes I can stop aging or change something about me, ultimately whatever I do should help me feel better about me.
I’ve recently been considering either liposuction or the laser (a less invasive process) which is suppose to get rid of the belly fat which has gotten bigger in my tummy over the last few years. Now really it couldn’t be that I eat chocolate, custard, bread and butter in excess, heaven no, it has to be something in the air right or the classic reason; my metabolism has slowed down and I’m screwed…poor me..
So here I am, asking DJ to get this over with, put the needle somewhere and let’s make the next appointment. No such luck as he continued explaining what he thought I needed to know first. I tried desperately to look enthusiastic and make it through the information phase and on to the needle. Therefore, I suggested as graciously as I could, that we move on and start the acupuncture. Thinking things couldn’t get any worse, I asked where the needle would go and he smiled, oh so beautifully, as remember this guy is so handsome, and he told me there were several needles he would place in a few areas of my body. In addition, he suggested I use a special mixture of herbs etc to take home to drink to continue the process of speeding up my digestive system. Over time as the digestive system worked better, cravings for all the bad foods could diminish. Oh my gosh, now I was there 40 minutes I couldn’t bolt, that would be rude…needles were imminent and I was going to get herbs that I needed to try a small portion of, to make sure I didn’t have an allergic reaction. Allergic reaction what might that be, Oh my God is this really happening to me. Oh it could be hives, or swollen tongue. You could stop breathing, I thought. OK.. Trampolines’ that almost kill me, staples in my ear, (that didn’t work) by some woman who advertised in the Penny saver, health club memberships I paid for and rarely continued with, equipment I spent thousands of dollars on and gave away numerous times and now DJ. The Steven Segal double that I like and don’t want to run away from; while my instincts say it’s the best thing to do now… get the heck out of town and remain chubby.
What in the hell am I doing here I’m 66 years old and should be smarter then this right….? Well I wasn’t I stayed. Then to make matters worst; you have to lay on the table for the minimum of 15 minutes after he places the needles in your body parts. I made him promise he would check on me and as I laid there he slipped a door bell switch which would ring his office (as he left the room, to mix my herbs..oh my gosh) and played music that should relax me. There I was a temporary pincushion, hyperactive, nervous and so sorry I’d embarked on this journey.
I made it, I stayed, and I have another appointment I’m contemplating. I haven’t tried the herbs yet, they’re waiting on the counter for my courage. I don’t feel any different, but I have this sense I should move forward, try the herbs and return for more treatment.
Therefore, help have any of you out there done this as well. What was your success with acupuncture for weight loss, I need to know before my next appointment should I cancel or should I proceed?
Dorothy (formerly grammology blogger) currently getting fat….