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My 8WW journey begins

April 25, 2012

Hi! For the sake of this blog, you can call me “Jane”. I recently learned about the 8 Weeks to Wellness program from my chiropractor, and decided to give it a try.

When I did a web search for info, all I got was the official website for the program, and a bunch of testimonials. Not much real info about what it’s really like. So I decided to chronicle my experience in a bit more detail. Good or bad, I plan to tell it like I see it.

I decided not to use my real name simply because a lady doesn’t discuss her health in public. So I will be Jane. Please respect my privacy. I am putting this out there so that other people like me can get a better idea of what the 8WW program is all about. It’s a big commitment, physically, emotionally, and financially!

Now, on to my motivation to participate in the program.

I am in my early thirties, have a young child, a full time plus job, a side business, and not a lot of time to spare. I am relatively healthy- my weight is in the upper end of what is considered healthy by current medical standards. I have no major medical problems. I continue to struggle with post-partum depression more than a year after my child was born. I had an accident a couple years ago that knocked my back out of whack, then I got pregnant, gained over 60 lbs while pregnant, had another accident while pregnant, and then a c-section delivery that it took months to even begin recovering from.

So now I find myself weak, out of shape, heavier than pre-pregnancy with a lot less muscle mass and tone. I went to the chiropractor about the back pain that had been a chronic issue since the first accident in 2010. He has worked wonders on my back, and expects me to recover 100% with no lasting effects, which is wonderful. He told me about the 8ww program, and I was interested, so I attended an orientation meeting to learn more about it. After the meeting I decided to sign up.

My goals for the 8 weeks are to regain my lost muscle mass, tone, and fitness, to lose the last of my baby weight, and to get off the depression meds and kick the depression completely.

The program is expensive- I do not know what it costs with no insurance but I would guess somewhere around $2500. I have excellent insurance, so I did not have to pay nearly that much! I am also able to incorporate my current course of chiropractic treatment into the program, so that is money I was spending already.

I have my initial appointment tomorrow, then bloodwork Monday. I will actually begin the program on May 7.

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