If you didn’t catch Part 1 of my story, please click here to read how I’ve lost over 50 pounds with SENSA and went from a size 22 to a size 8*! Here’s part 2…
Hey All! I’m back to tell the rest of my SENSAtional story!
Remember my start date of 11/12/11? That was almost two weeks before Thanksgiving and the kick-off of the holiday season and baking. You know what that means, right? FOOD! Lots and lots of FOOD! At first when I began SENSA, I was what you would call a “closet” sprinkler… didn’t want anyone to know I was on a weight loss program just in case I and/or it failed. But to my surprise, I began losing weight the first week and continued week after week. Yes, remember all of that FOOD I mentioned, it was all still there, but I had SENSA, my “will powder” in a box at my side. So I was able to have that Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixings, just less, much less. I even had pumpkin pie! When the weight began to melt away, I came out of the closet, sort of speak and let everyone know what I was doing. 5 lbs, then 10 lbs, then 15 lbs and in March 2012 I hit 20 lbs! I was now at a cross roads with myself. Should I or shouldn’t I begin an exercise program? With SENSA exercise was not needed to lose weight…remember? That’s one of the things that got my attention. Well, my schedule didn’t really allow exercise with my busy life. But again, I knew including exercise in my weight loss journey could only benefit me. So, I went to my local gym, the one my daughters used before they went off to college, the gym that all of my “fit” friends went to, the gym where you should already be thin before you walk-in. Yes, these were all of the things that were trying to keep me from checking the gym out, but I found that inner-strength and walked-in and asked to speak with a sales consultant to purchase a membership. Yes, I just joined a gym; the membership card has my name on it, not my daughter’s name. This was another HUGE step for me.
Now what do I do? Well, gym clothes were first on my list! I at least need to “look” like maybe, just maybe I could belong to a gym. So, a shopping I went. Now that I’m decked out in my new gym clothes, when is a good time to go? Back to finding time to work out…I am a night owl, so I thought evenings would be best to work out, but I had meetings with my volunteer and church activities, so it was hit or miss the first two weeks on landing on a time. Okay, so, I really wanted to make this work, so I decided I needed to put my “big girl pants” on and come in at 7 am for my personal training sessions. UGH! I am so NOT a morning gal! Well, I never in a million years would think I would be “one of those people” that have a Personal Trainer, but for me, it works. To know that someone is waiting for me 3x a week at 7 am pulls my sorry butt out of bed. She never has the same work out for me, so all parts of my body are given a chance to hurt. LOL!
After my 30 minutes, I do some cardio; I run 1.2 miles on my fairly new friend the Elyptical. Since my time in the morning is limited, I can’t increase that, but I do increase my levels. Started at level 1 and I am now at level 9. You are probably thinking “over achiever”, but I am so not! I hadn’t exercised on any regular basis for 20 years! This was something I knew I needed to do to be a healthier me. You know, at 51, gravity is so not your friend and everything internally has to work that much harder…going back to my feet, ankles and breathing issues I “used” to have. These issues have all disappeared since I have dropped 52 lbs thus far! Yes, that’s right, 52 lbs and still counting. I never thought in my lifetime skinny and Gaylene would be used in the same sentence, and now they are. I have dropped 7 sizes. I started at a size 22 and I am now sporting 8. I went from a 2X T-Shirt to a Medium. Gone is the 1x Women’s blouse, it’s a Medium now baby! Oh, let’s talk about jewelry, yes that’s right jewelry…down 2 ring sizes and I had to have an inch taken off of one of my necklaces. Who would have thought? All clothing that is too large (even by one size), is donated immediately and of course, replaced with the new size that I currently wear. That’s part of my incentive is wearing the smaller clothes that fit. Yep, kinda of expensive, but I’m so worth it. Didn’t think so before, but now, there is no stopping me! Oh, I forgot to mention, not a day goes by that someone doesn’t comment on the new me. Those that haven’t seen me in quite some time, don’t even recognize me. That goes for my own mother! When we are out shopping, she is looking for the larger Gaylene, not the petite Gaylene. Yes, now I can say petite and Gaylene in the same sentence.
Not a day goes by, that I am not sharing my SENSA story. Family, friends and even strangers are stunned when I show them my before and after pic. A benefit I didn’t even expect from this journey is inspiring so many people. Most start SENSA, some do something else, but I have inspired them to make changes to their current lifestyle. Who would have thought being sick in bed would have got me to this…my happy place! I’m not done losing; I want to be a size 6, whatever that weight ends up to be…thinking another 20 lbs. Which will bring me to another goal most of us secretly have…being our actual Driver’s License weight! LOL!
Let me leave you with this…to be successful at anything, you can’t just dip your toes in the water, you need to dive in and be committed on whatever you do! SENSA was the catalyst to my lifestyle change; it was ME that made it happen! Good luck to all you who dare to make the changes you’ve been dreaming of for so long!
*Sensa works for 60% of users. The average weight loss of those users is about 9 lbs over 6 months without instructions to diet or exercise. Weight lost with SENSA®, continuing with SENSA® Advanced. Incorporated exercise and sensible diet. Compensated for excellent results.