The proof is in the tape measurer. And, drum roll please … the first results show 4 5/8 inches trimmed from my midsection in less than an hour.
I’m not kidding. I witnessed it with my own eyes, or at least I saw the difference the dreaded tape measured before my UltraSlim session and immediately after.
Although generally as much an enemy as the scales, this go-round the tape measurer fast became my friend, though I admittedly wasn’t a fan when I first entered the procedure room at the doctor’s office, there for my first UltraSlim session.
In fact, when Lauren, one of Dr. Tim Kosterman’s great assistants, came toward me with it, I wanted to scream noooooo way. I thought better of it, though, remembering my promise to myself to give the session and the requirements that came along with it every chance to work.
To bring you up to speed, I’m on a road to thinner and, after some research and a talk with Dr. Kosterman, I have opted to try the UltraSlim system, a non-invasive body slimming procedure that removes fat and reduces inches without surgery. There are no needles, no incisions, no recovery time and no reported side effects. Mind you, this isn’t a quick fix nor a miracle procedure that ensures I will be a slimmer, trimmer me until the day I die. No such thing exists except a change of mindset and eating habits that ensure we are taking in less calories than we burn in a day’s time. UltraSlim just helps put you on the right path; the rest is each person’s responsbility.
So, I agreed to be measured, albeit begrudgingly and with more than a modicum of embarrasment.
Once that horrific task was done, the session began. It was, quite frankly, a breeze. You just ease onto a table, read your texts, do a little work or make some phone calls while the machine does all the heavy lifting. Interruptions occur every eight minutes as your assistant returns to instruct you to turn over. You stretch out on your right side, then your left, then your stomach and finally your back; 32 or so minutes later you’re all done.
Or at least I thought so, until Lauren returned, pointed at a plush white robe and said “put this on, you’ve got some shakin’ to do.”
The grin told me I was in for a surprise, and a laughable one I might add.
It seems once the procedure opens the fat cells, you have to take a few minutes to, well, shake them up a bit, and start moving them in the right direction so they leave your body.
I slipped on the robe and headed out the door as Lauren instructed, and there, waiting in the hallways was this machine that looked much like a treadmill.
I was told to step on and, more importantly, hold on. Doing so without question. Lauren grinned again, my first clue that something was about to happen.
Like the speed of light, she flipped a switch and the machine began to shake me from my head to my toes. It didn’t warm up to a faster pace, it went from zero to 60 in a flash, taking my body on a journey far more rigorous than any twist I’ve ever attempted to do on the dance floor.
Ten minutes later, it stopped.
Back in the room and ready to dress and head out, I got surprise number two — a garmet much akin to what my grandmother used to call “a girtle.”
Noooo way, I thought, thinking of what that body-binding garmet was going to feel like when a hot flash commenced.Again, I remembered my promise, took the garment and squeezed into it, knowing it was being used to help keep my body’s shape in tact as the fat seeped from my cells and my skin began to loosen because of it.
I told you losing inches, or weight, was never easy.
But lose it I did. My pants already feel looser and my resolve — to walk more and drink six or eight bottles of water every day, eat more meat and veggies and partake of less sugar — was stronger.
The program is working in more ways than one and I’ve just got started. Who knows what will happen by the time Week 8 rolls around.
I’ll let you know then. Keep your fingers crossed.
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