Barbara, a 53-year-old executive assistant in San Francisco, is taking the VitaMe Challenge. Between June and August, she’ll be sharing her story here on our blog as she takes her custom supplements every day, while trying to cut sugar and re-start her yoga practice.
There may be plenty of research and science around vitamin and supplement use, in general, but when it comes to taking supplements yourself, looking for results is, well, weird. It’s challenging to write about my experience, because I can’t prove what is the result of taking vitamins. I suppose I could have headed to my local phlebotomist to have a bunch of blood work done, which I could then compare to blood work after the fact. Then I would have some sort of measure that there are things happening inside of me that could be directly correlated to taking vitamins on a consistent basis. But I didn’t do that, and I don’t think most of you will either.
Therefore, I will have to remain subjective and tell you what I’ve noticed. I’m about a third of the way through the VitaMe Challenge, and I’m sure that I’m seeing some real effects.
#1. It’s great for my hair and nails.
My nails and hair are growing like CRAZY!! I do not have good fingernails under the best of conditions. I keep them very short because I type a lot, for one thing, but the other thing is that my nails just aren’t “good” nails. They are weak and when they get too long, they break. So I just keep them filed back and unpainted. But right now, they are ridiculously long. And they have remained long – all of them! — to the point that I have to file them back every few days just to keep them manageable! I rather like them long-ish – they are quite attractive – and I am inclined to do something fabulous with them, like, say, paint them! That would be novel since they haven’t been painted in well over a year.
Now let’s talk about my hair. Like my nails, I keep my hair very short. (I am very low maintenance and greatly dislike any personal hygiene that takes any length of time.) Because my hair is so short, I have to visit a hair salon every six weeks or it becomes unmanageable. Enter: unmanageable hair two weeks after my last cut. Seriously?? But gosh is it healthy and shiny!! (But no, I’m not going to continue growing it long like my nails.)
#2 (literally). Ahem.
What I’m about to touch on is a subject that makes some people squeamish, but in the spirit of truth in journalism, I am going to go for it.
My bowel movements are amazing. There. I said it.
I won’t go into detail (you’re welcome), but let’s just say they are a) daily, b) healthy, and c) easy. You may infer whatever you like beyond that.
#3. I’m exercising.
One goal of mine was to get back into a yoga practice, something I ditched a year ago because of the expense. I am still struggling with the expense factor, and thus I have not resumed my yoga practice. However, I have been getting other exercise, including walking and at-home Pilates, which I am greatly enjoying, and I am proud of myself for that accomplishment.
#4. Sugar cravings are hard to kick.
When I started this program, I wanted to get healthy and get off sugar. Working where I work—at a candy factory—this is a challenge. There’s obviously nothing I can do about it (a girl’s gotta work), and while I would love to say the supplements have reduced my sugar cravings, I can’t say they have. On the other hand, I also can’t say that they haven’t and that I’m just eating candy because it’s here and I can.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this update, and I’ll talk to you again soon!
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- My three biggest health goals are:
- My biggest healthy-living weakness is:
- What motivates you:
Then, take our health quiz to find out what supplements you should be taking for your specific health needs. For the next 90 days, take your VitaMe pack every day. Share your progress with us online at Facebook, Twitter, or on your own blog. Send us your questions, feedback, and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org — we’re here to help, and we’ll help you stay on track!