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Preparing My Body For An 84 Mile Hike Across England

SculpSure Preparing to Hike Photo

The PIN of my first bank debit card spelled out the word ‘FOOD’. This wasn’t a quiet cry for help but it was also no accident. I was 13 years old and that’s precisely how I decided, of free will, large belly and sound mind, to announce my arrival into the world of neighborhood banking and personal finance. 3-6-6-3. FOOD.

I was a fat boy. There’s no other way to say it. An adjective of any softer a hue would only masquerade the truth. Fat I was and fat, unfortunately, I still am. Only, it’s not simply called ‘fat’ any more.

As an adult my kind of girth is now labeled obese, a modern onamonapia-quality buzz word I never heard once as a child. It’s a word, fittingly, too large to be a debit card PIN. Whether the term was actually in circulation in the 80’s or not, I’ve been clinically obese for at least two and a half decades but as a topic of discussion it is still very, very new for me. Obesity is a battle I face daily — being active, making wise food choices, not eating a entire dinner while making dinner — but it’s a battle that, at age 40, increasingly seems like one I will never win. I no quitter, but remaining hopeful that the hard work at the gym and my best efforts in the kitchen will ever be enough is becoming a challenge. My body is sore and there are still too many chins on my face.

SculpSure at the gym

You might think the words above would be difficult to share publicly but that was a breeze. I ain’t telling you anything you couldn’t gleam from seeing a photo of me, even a photo taken from above which makes me look WAY less huge. This next bit though, this isn’t easy to admit but we share everything here right?

Over the past few months there have been more than a few Google searches along the lines of “how can I lose weight fast?” and “how do I suppress my appetite?” traceable back to my IP address. Those kinds of quick fix remedies and, really, any solution devoid of nose-to-the-grindstone hard work, are wildly out of character for this guy who likes to do most everything the hard way. However, since turning 40 this past January, bumbling the best health and wellness stretch of my life, and the undeniable fact that my wardrobe has shrunk as I’ve expanded and it’s now a struggle to fit into the new, smaller clothes I bought and wore last year, I began to think about shortcuts to become, if not slim, significantly less obese as I prepare my wide body to hike 84 miles across the skinniest part of England for charity this summer.

SculpSure out for a run

After only a few Google searches, it became clear that the end would not justify the means. It would be unwise for me to cheat by putting pills into my body to achieve weight loss, but there is another way to reduce the most stubborn fat from my love handles and abdomen. Something new, something non-invasive, something futuristic: SculpSure.

Body contouring is brand new to me but a 25 minute SculpSure procedure that, over the course of 6-12 treatments, may destroy nearly a quarter of fat cells in those annoying spots that seem immune to my weight loss efforts (yeah, I’m looking at you, love handles!) is highly intriguing. Of course one would still need to be active (isn’t everyone wearing FitBits now for this reason?) and fall in line with an appropriate and balanced diet, but the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment feels like a helping hand instead of a quick fix on the road to weight loss and increased self-esteem. Also, maybe with SculpSure those size 40 Lee Jeans and the other abandoned clothes in the back of the closet will be back in play in a few months time and maybe, just maybe, this guy won’t be begging for the sweet embrace of death after hiking 84 miles along Hadrian’s Wall over the course of 7 days this summer.

Find a doctor near you for a free consultation to discuss whether SculpSure is the right option.

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3 Comments

  1. I can relate to your post. I’m over 50 and have been battling the scale for years too. Long-term programs are better than the quick fix, the key is sticking with it. Good luck on your Cross-England Trek, you are with a group of friends and should be able to ace it.

  2. Oh Jeff. You write so elegantly and honestly about my struggle with food/weight as well. I have been up and down the weight ladder multiple times, mostly up, with brief moments of down-itude. And as you know, although I’m a big guy, I’m not as tall as you are, so I have even more problems (And I’m 10 years older)

    I’ve been doing a 30 minute a day regimen for the last month, partially inspired by Dad 2 and Dai Manuel and partially by you (although I think it was a couple of years ago you were talking about your regimen) This month, I worked out 30 minutes a day, pedaled on my recumbent exercise bike 230+ miles, and did 400+ pushups. Didn’t lose a pound. But I feel better, and it’s something, and I’ve a long way to go.

    While I’m vaguely interested in this treatment, I think it sounds like something to do to get rid of the last 5 lbs, not the last 35 lbs (you) or the last 65 lbs (me). As well, following the link about Sculpsure, this fine print throws me in a bit of a tizzy. (Delayed Adipocyte Death was the name of one of your bands, wasn’t it?)

    Temperature reached during treatment (42-47ºC) [107-116 degrees Fahrenheit] necessary to damage structural integrity of cell membranes leading to delayed adipocyte death(a, b, c)
    a. Moussa N, Tell E, Cravalho E. Time progression of hemolysis or erythrocyte populations exposed to supraphysiologic temperatures.” J Biomech Eng 1979, 101:213-217.
    b. Gaylor, DC. “Physical mechanism of celluar injury in electrical trauma” Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ph. D. Dissertation. (1989).
    c. Franco W et al. “Hyperthermic injury to adipocyte cells by selective heating of subcutaneous fat with a novel radiofrequency device: Feasibility studies.” Lasers Surg. Med. 2010, 42:361-370

  3. Sculpsure says:

    Jeff, this is fantastic! If you have any questions, or interest in finding a physician near you, check out our site: http://bit.ly/SculpSureNearYou

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