I have lived for the better part of thirty years with some type of back issue from minor discomfort to sciatica in my lower back. Over the years, I would deal with the back issues as they came. In 2013, I finally had back surgery to relieve the pressure on my sciatic nerve in my lower back because I could no longer feel my feet. That fixed the worst of my back problems, but left me with all the other issues in my back and body from aches and pains to limited motion in my neck and shoulders.
Back in March of 2016, my family convinced me, after almost three months of trying, to go in and see Dr. Marla to help me. Initially, it was not for Chiropractic care. It was for the Ideal Protein Program. You see, I am also insulin resistant. So I have an extremely difficult time losing weight and keeping it off. A struggle I have had for more years than I care to count. I went to see Dr. Marla because my wife and daughter had gone to the Ideal Protein Class and came back and told me about a person, who had almost the identical problems that I had with weight loss. He was successful in his efforts to lose weight with this program. This finally gave me hope that I can do this as well.
I came to see Dr. Marla and did a complete review of my situation. To my surprise, it was not the Ideal Protein Program that was the pressing need to begin with, although that followed very quickly. It was the Chiropractic care. You see, my back was so tight and out of alignment that it was causing me many problems that I was unaware of like loss of energy, headaches, lack of motivation and the list goes on…. I was to go twice a week for adjustments, but it only took a few before I noticed a significant change in how I felt. Aches and pains were going away, energy levels and concentration were on the rise. I started to feel good again. But this was only the beginning of my journey, because I still had to deal with my weight.
Within a week, I was 100% on board with the Ideal Protein Program. It was not like anything I have tried before. The food tasted very good and I was eating small amounts all day long and drinking plenty of water. I started to see results instantly. The weight started to come off and the measurements of my body began to shrink. I also noticed that this is the only program I have tried where I have maintained my lean muscle mass and for the most part only lost fat weight. I will say it has not always been easy in this program, but my Family and the Hilltop Staff (Dr. Marla , Rochelle and Stephanie) have been very supportive and have held me accountable throughout my journey. It is the first program that has given me hope and I have not been miserable going through it. I get plenty of everything I need.
When I went to see Dr. Marla the first time, I was completely unaware of how Chiropractic care and the Ideal Protein program were so interconnected together. As I look back at everything, losing the weight is helping my back and aches and pains and getting adjustments is giving me the positive attitude and energy to lose the weight. I don’t look at these programs as two separate programs, but one program full of small positive changes that are helping me with one big lifestyle change. I wish I would have begun this many years ago. Thanks, Dr. Marla!