4 Months and Over 100 lbs Later – What is My Ultimate Weight Loss Goal? Follow Brian’s amazing health journey! Call to see if we can help you too. 970-686-9117

 

Let me start by saying that I am far from done with my weight loss journey. I have had many people ask if I was done now that I have hit the 100 lb weight loss mark…NO! Hitting 100 was a huge deal to me but I have several more goals to attain with my friends at Benchmark Medical Group in Windsor.

To recap, I started this at 333 lbs, shooting insulin 5 to 6 times a day as a type 2 diabetic and needing lots of heart meds due a heart attack 10 years ago. I had lost 20 pounds on my own from March to May and then over 85 with Benchmark since May 22. I am off of insulin and my heart meds are cut in half. Huge win so far…but there is more I want.

I have 3 more little goals ahead of me. I am getting real close to hitting the number 220. I like that number and want to see that. I can’t ever remember being 220. That is next then I want to reach the 100 lb mark with Benchmark. I started there at 311 on May 22 and want to reach the 100 lb mark since joining so 211 will be my next goal after the 220. The ultimate end point for me is 200 lbs. I have never been there in my adult life and feel that would be a great place to land on this journey. My goals could change as I achieve them but that is what is driving me now and I know with my team at Benchmark Medical Group that I will make get there but…I have already won.

Numbness and Tingling Solution

Do you suffer with abnormal sensation in your arms or legs, feet or hands? Pins and Needles, numbness and tingling, peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, complicated radiculopathy, call it what you will but whatever you call it, it’s no fun! Numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, or legs and feet can rob you of your quality life in ways that other symptoms and pain will never do.

Are You Feeling “Balled-Up”

Patients often reports that they feel that they have a “balled-up” sock sensation under their feet, that they feel they are walking on rocks all the time or are constantly dropping items or unable to pick things up because of the debilitating symptoms. These symptoms can create a situation where simple activities of daily living become difficult if not impossible.

Peripheral neuropathy can have several causes including complication of chemotherapy, diabetes, nerve injury due to trauma, infection or tumor and others. The symptoms can vary from mild to very severe burning pain, with loss or altered sensation in both hands and feet. The symptoms can arise many weeks or months after a car crash, can come from nerve injury during surgery and can also be a complication of weight gain and other metabolic disorders.

Loss of Sensation

Loss of sensation in the hands robs you of your main tool to experience the world through touch. Imagine not being able to feel your child’s hand in your, not be able to feel the touch of your spouse or lover or not knowing that you have been injured because of the nerve damage.

If a numb extremity has a small cut, the possibility of serious infection increases dramatically and the consequences can be devastating. Many diabetic patients must have limbs amputated due to complication of cuts and infections that they are unable to feel because of the peripheral neuropathy. Many patients that experience the pain of sciatica and radiculopathy have complications that lead to numbness and tingling in the feet, side of the leg or toes. If this nerve damage is untreated, the sensation loss can become permanent!

We Can Help!

Fortunately, at Benchmark Medical Group in Windsor, Colorado we may have solution to your suffering! We have many therapies that help relieve nerve pressure such as traction of the specific are where the nerve is compressed, increased circulation with the amazing Power Plate® and even medical anesthetic injections that can re-awaken nerves that have been chronically damaged. We have our Class IV laser to improve circulation and speed up the healing process and get the sensation back, fast! We have an amazing weight loss program that can get you back to normal weight quickly and teach you how to keep the weight off for life!

We have combination therapies that can get the sensation back into your arms, hands, legs, feet and toes!

If you or someone you know is suffering with these debilitating symptoms, call us today to get your sensation and your life back!

Stop Text Neck before it’s too late!

Let’s say it’s a picture that dropped your jaw with wonder. It’s the best picture you’re seen of your daughter’s 4th grade Birthday party. Or that perfectly timed catch your teenage son made on the football field. Or you’re received the best text of your life and have to respond with every emoticon that fully describes how outstanding it was! Or the perfect blogpost that you want to finish before the end of the shift. Or you’ve spent way too much time on Facebook or playing your teenage son’s PlayStation all weekend long.

Face it, we are all spending more and more time on machines that are making our world closer to each other with technology, more beautiful (sometimes) and so interesting and fascinating that we now have access to information that no generation before us has had. Faster and faster every day.

Posture Is Important

But how often do you stop and look at yourself while you’re using the device in your hand, or how you look when you are slumping over your computer all day? When was the last time you saw a picture of you posture while you are slouching on the couch watching a marathon of Netflix movies? Unfortunately, our abnormal posture for hours on end has serious consequences and those consequences include neck pain and “text Neck. This is the consequence of having our head tilted down and bent and shifted forward while we shift our ribs backwards and make our shoulder round instead of upright like they should be. This posture eventually overwhelms the muscles, tendons ligaments, bone and nerves and the result is neck and head pain and upper back and arm and had pain as well as the sharp burning pains that feel like hot knives in between our shoulders that can lead to severe pain, disability and needless suffering with illness and poor health.

If you are suffering, you really must ask yourself these questions,

  1. What am doing to cause this pain?
  2. When is my posture poor?
  3. What can I do with my job positions and computers, devices and other technology that will reduce the total time in abnormal postures?
  4. Who can help?

The answers are,

1) Your Pain Is Caused By Nerves

Your pain is caused by nerves that are recognizing abnormal loads damaging stresses and firing sensations to your brain that you perceive as pain. Your body is trying to communicate with your brain to tell you that your positions are causing stresses and strains and this is leading to tissue damage. Stop the ongoing tissue damage and the pain will lessen if you haven’t had it too long. If you catch this pain and abnormal tissue soon enough, the pain often goes away completely. If you wait too long it can become permanent and chronic!

2) Your Posture Might Be Distorted

Your posture is poor anytime you are shifted or twisted or bent or stretched in a position away from normal for a prolonged period of time. If the posture is very distorted, it can only be a few seconds before your body will tell you to stop, but if it’s an insidious posture like text neck, it can cause slow damage over time leading to permanent abnormal posture. When your posture is normal, your head sits over your torso, your torso is over your pelvis and right above the mid-point in between your feet. From the side, normal posture is the ear lined up with the shoulder, the shoulder in line with the hips and the hips over the ankles.

Your posture is likely poor when you sit in front of a laptop, when you use a tablet or large phone for videos, texts threads, and surfing and its likely you don’t realize how much time you are spending like in abnormal postures. It’s likely you have poor posture if you ride a motorcycle, drive a truck for extended periods or work in many of the trades and industrial fields. Factory workers are at risk of posture-caused pain and suffering as are nurses, surgeons, therapists and veterinarians. Poor posture lurks on the trains we ride in the planes we fly in and those not-so-luxurious beds that we find in our hotels across the country. Poor posture is epidemic and the consequences are with neck pain and low back pain being some of the biggest reasons for disability in the world!

3) Be Aware Of Your Posture & Position

You can reduce the time in abnormal postures by first being aware of you position as frequently as possible. Doing a “posture check” to see how your body is positioned can begin to condition you to make good posture a habit. If you begin to work on your posture when you cook, brush your teeth, sit in the car on the way to work, and how you sit at the office, stand at your station, or whatever you may do, your awareness of better posture habits will begin to “work” on improving your posture, but you will need to be dedicated and check in frequently.

Unfortunately, most people who try to change their posture find that they are “stuck” in the abnormal posture and sitting up straight causes more pain, causes muscles to fatigue and acts as a negative reinforcement against improving posture. This vicious cycle will eventually lead to pain in both good postures and bad and can become permanent pain with suffering and disability as the end result.

4) We Can Help!

The doctors at Benchmark Medical Group in Windsor are truly experts in the field of postural and structural rehabilitation. Using CBP™ Structural Rehabilitation, CBP™ Chiropractic, Power Plate® Physical Therapy, GNAT total body rehab, weight loss, ergonomic and postural education and so much more, the doctors at Benchmark can show you where you posture needs to improve and we have the tools, expertise and technology to lessen your pain, make you stronger and show you the ways that you can change your posture.

We have specific Mirror Image® traction and gentle exercises than can restore normal structure and function to damaged spine, improve pain and range of motion and assist in stabilizing abnormal spines to allow more exercise, better posture and better overall health and quality of life. Our research is 2nd to none, and out application of the art of Spinal rehabilitation has benefitted more than 7500 patients in the northern Colorado area.

Come see what we can do to change your posture and your life! Stop text neck before it stops you. Ask us how 970-686-9117

Take Control of Your Cravings

Everyone craves something, whether it’s just to put your feet up at the end of a long day or the “I Must have chocolate every day at 4:30” cravings. The desires are deep seated in most cases and the problem with feeding your desires is some of them make you stronger and some of them wreck your life. No one thinks that it’s deadly to have a bowl of ice cream and a cookie before bed. We know it’s “Bad for you” but deadly? hardly.

But when we couple that extra fat and calories and carbs we are eating every day, right before we are inactive and sleeping, it’s a ready-made disaster for your metabolism, your cardiovascular system, your gut nerve endings, the pain you’re suffering from and your overall health and wellbeing.

If you start to check off the list of these “little” things that we do as small habits, we can begin to see the pattern of why heart disease and diabetes and cancer and pre-mature death are growing so rapidly. If you are sleep deprived, Check that off. What about the number of minutes you spend focused on exercise per week? Do you let life get in the way of your exercise and “can’t find the time”? Unfortunately, you put inactivity with an imbalance in carbs and insulin, you will suffer eventually, and it is slow death with low energy, weight gain, no sex drive, bad posture and just feeling like a slug.

Take Back Control

When we slowly let our life and our body weight and our health and exercise get out of control; we are in a dire situation in deed. Heart failure still kill almost ½ of us and the steps we take to prevent it can keep us around for decades, but if we choose to “let our health slide” for the kids’ soccer and dance schedule, for our husbands and wives’ problems, for the boss, and our jobs and school and everything that we let get in the way. If you let your life prevent you from exercising and taking care of your diet, you posture, your muscles, gut, brain and heart, unfortunately it will cost you your life. Don’t let this happen!

If you want to know the steps necessary to understand how you got where you are, and then shown a clear path to turn it around, ask us. We have answers. We have a team of providers and technology that can help you get your life back.

You don’t need to be controlled by your cravings, your desires, and habits, there is a solution and we can find it together. When you know that the “little things” that you are doing to your body and health are costing you time with your kids, your love life, your strength, vigor and endurance, isn’t it time to seek the way out?

We Can Help You Lose Weight

We can help you lose weight, we can get you back on your feet again after injury and poor lifestyle, we can fix your posture and improve your overall health and well-being with our unique team approach to your health and ultimate function. We can help you reach your health dreams and goals, but we can’t do it unless we can talk to you. Please, take our helping hand in guiding you down the path of the best a healthy life can give you. Don’t Delay your happiness any longer! It’s killing you. Let’s change that now.

Transform Your Body with Fat!

Fat is a double-edged sword. If the fat in your body and the fat in your diet is the wrong kind, or if there is too much of it, or if it is out-of-balance with your protein and carbs, the results can kill you. Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, hormone disruption and may other diseases are all worsened (or caused by) too much fat or the wrong kind.

Fat matters!

Both on your body and in your food, if it is healthy and well-functioning, it’s protective, nutrient rich and the fat you choose can enhance your entire brain and body. There’s a reason some of those fats are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s).

However, in order for you to know what is the best fat to choose and how it won’t increase body fat, you must first understand that if you’re going to live off of your fat, you can’t let sugar get in the way. When you are burning sugar (carbs, glucose, etc.) as your first energy source, you will never get to use fat in the way that your body can and should. Unless you are a marathon runner or working out to Olympic Levels, your body will choose to burn sugar first.

Typically, when we eat more than a certain amount of carbs (in grams) we end up using that as our first source of energy, and any dietary fat that we consume is stored in the form of fat instead of be broken down into the specific fat’s components. We don’t metabolize our fat until we start using it as our first source of energy, either burning our own body fat (if we need to) or burning the fat we eat in our diets.

Understanding how to reduce carbohydrates, increase fat and protein should be done in a supervised environment, as the numbers can vary from person to person depending on so many variables. For example, an athletic young man may burn fats as a source of energy most of the time at levels of 100 grams of total carbohydrates eaten in a day. A middle-aged woman may require as low as 15-20 grams to fully use fat as the primary energy source of the body. This is not easy to do for most typical American diets. That is why the expertise of the physicians and weight loss coaches at Benchmark will treat each person uniquely.

No one is exactly the same and it’s foolish for diet companies to treat everyone the same. The factors of metabolism, hormones, sleep, medications, inflammation, posture, strength, hydration and more are all an important of what needs to be measured to really transform your life and show you how the lifestyle changes that you must make in order to survive and thrive are made.

Once you are burning fat as you first source of energy, amazing things happen.

Fat loss is easy and rapid and many folks will see they are burning 1000kCal a day of their own body fat!! They often will lose .5-1.5% of their body fat in 10 days and we see people lose 40 pounds of fat or more in 2 months! The body is amazing and once the obstacles to fat burning are removed, we have the amazing ability to shrink fat quickly, safely and permanently with the understanding that nutrition is for life! Once you know how to accomplish this “Burn-Fat-First” metabolism, you see and feel the transformation and lean how the human metabolism can effectively burn fat with amazing results.

Now, fast forward to the new you.

You’ve reached your body fat goal! Congratulations! (Fortunately, we get to tell people every day at Benchmark, “you made your goal!”)

Your body fat has normalized and you are now able to exercise more effectively and efficiently because you are not carrying such a heavy load. Your joints feel better and you find it easier to do things longer because your endurance is so much better. At this point your body can be given a choice to burn fat or to burn carbohydrates as a source of energy. You can now do everything in your power to improve the fats that your body is using from a nutritional perspective and the higher the quality of fats in your diet, the more your cells can truly become more pliable and flexible and this cellular change in the fatty membranes of your cells will be reflected in your beautiful eyes, your improving skin, your hair will have increased luster, you will notice that stubborn fat area are no longer as stubborn. Body fat quickly shrinks if it increases because you know how to “turn-on” your fat burning systems now. Our programs make belly fat shrink and it stays away! Fat is an excellent source of energy when you need to lose it, and once your body fat is normal, the fats you choose can continue the body transformation process. Learn how to transform you!

If you are interested in more topics like this, please join us every Tuesday at 5:30 at Benchmark Medical Group at 1180 Main Street Suite 8, Windsor CO 80550
Call ahead so we can have treats and samples! 970-686-9117

Small Steps to Big Changes

We all want a body that we love right? That is the goal of many people’s health changes, they want to look better, they want to feel better and they want to function better for as long as they can. We’re supposed to love ourselves and our bodies, right? However, most people don’t know what the first steps to better health should be and even where to begin. This not knowing “how” to do what is necessary to really be healthy is sometimes so daunting that people choose to do nothing and make no sustainable changes that result in anything that even remotely resembles health.

The Battle Is Real

Face it folks, we are in a real battle over our waistlines and our bodies and our health overall. Fewer and fewer adults in America are at or even near normal body weight, and many of those that have “normal” weight have a poor body composition and they have a skewed muscle to fat ratio that makes them even more susceptible to the biggest killers including heart attack, diabetes, other cardiovascular disease, cancer, infection, thyroid and hormone problems and early death. We are in a sickness spiral in America.

Many people need to get a grip on their health and do it quick or the damage may be irreversible. Don’t be a statistic. You can change your life. You can take control. You are the master of your destiny and understanding that it just takes a series of very small steps to make huge changes in how you look and how you feel and function. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard. Just walk farther, move more, stretch, use your body as much as you can without hurting yourself. If you can start to move again, you will get the ball rolling and small amounts of daily exercise will begin to show you results over time. And most importantly get a coach! Our therapists and trainer can show you how to move and not injure yourself.

Small Changes Make A Difference

Small changes in your kitchen can have a huge impact. NO MORE SODA can change your life! Simply taking a few highly processed fat and sugar laden foods out of your diet and replacing them with real, whole fresh foods can benefit you in a matter of days, and over time, your gut and every part of your body will thank you for making the small step away from processed foods.

Small changes in your exercise and food habits, like always preparing meals at the same time and always designating time for exercise at the same time every day can begin to program you to make small changes grow into bigger and bigger achievements. If you can get to where you are walking two miles per day, you can reduce the risk of dying from all diseases by almost 50%! Think of the time you will have to spend with your children and grandchildren!

Simply replacing all of your fluids with water can have a profound impact on hair, skin, fingernails, wrinkles and fat loss. Simply improving your mineral balance in your body can get you feeling more flexible, less pain and better sleep. Simply balancing your hormones can get you losing weight, feeling younger and improving muscle. The changes do not have to be drastic to have a profound impact.

Getting your pain under control and fixing your posture can dramatically improve the quality of your life and as your posture improves, you’ll look and feel younger and stronger. Having a CBP Structural chiropractor is an important part of the small steps that can have huge impact. Less pain and better posture means fewer sleepless nights, fewer headaches, less back pain and better overall health and wellbeing!

At Benchmark Medical, we have the physicians, the technology and the tools to change your life. Call us today to see how or custom programs can show you the small changes that you can make to have huge impact on your life and your future!

What are you waiting for? Health is waiting for you, contact us today!

Choose to Change your Life!

We all have a choice in this life. Every interaction we have we have a choice that will determine whether or not we are better, happier, healthier, or more well-informed as a result of that interaction.

At Benchmark, we have made the choice to change the lives of the people we interact with in the complete transformation of their bodies, their lifestyle, and their ability to do the things they want to do. Our providers have the tools necessary to completely transform your body and your ability to use your body in the way that you desire in a way that you will not find in any other facilities.

We have techniques and tools that can completely transform you from flabby to fit; from lean-to-mean, and our performance enhancement tools can completely change who you think you are, and what you thought you could do with your body. If you are ready to understand what real transformation means, call us. Let’s talk about what your future can be.

The goals and dreams that you have about performing with your body can be realized if you are willing to do and experience what we have to offer. Come see why our patients Rave about our outcomes and experience for yourself the amazing transformation that can take place at benchmark. Learn what it feels like to be young again. You do not have to suffer; you do not have to have the pain that you are feeling now.

Our corrective Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Fitness, Weight Loss, Age Management & Anti-aging Medicine and Therapies can completely transform your body.

Choices Can Lead To Freedom

The choices that you make with your health can improve your outlook for more freedom to do what you want to do now, as well and the long term out loo of your freedom for longer and longer periods of time depending on your choices.

  • What would you do if you next choice of what you think say, or do could impact the interaction you have for the rest of your life?
  • What could you accomplish if you choose to make every choice the healthy one – the best choice, statement, or action to make the best possible outcome? What would you accomplish?

Many people in Windsor, Colorado don’t realize the jewel they have in Benchmark. We have flexible schedules, we have amazing therapists and we have the technology that gets the job done while being economical and affordable for the whole family. You are paying so much for your insurance, but what are you paying for the investment in your own health? Are you putting aside money for emergencies or are you investing in preventing illness, diseases and future problems?

Join Us For A Complimentary Educational Class

We have complimentary educational classes every week on Tuesday at 5:30 at 1180 Main Street. If you have metabolic diseases, obesity, pain, diabetes, inflammatory conditions or if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, the doctors at Benchmark may have a solution for you!

If you want to talk about true overall lifestyle transformation, give us a call. Ask about our family specials!

Windsor Weight Loss | Lose The Weight That’s Killing You!

Weight loss is not just for those that want to fit into their skinny jeans! Losing belly fat is not just important to those folks that have a 20-year reunion coming up and need to shed a few pounds.

Windsor Weight Loss

Weight loss could potentially add years to your life and provide a quality to those years that no other act of self-improvement can do. Losing weight doesn’t just improve your self-esteem; weight loss can save your life! Carrying extra body fat is a major contributing factor to the biggest killers; heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer are all complicated and in some cases caused by extra weight!

Finding a program that is effective at getting the weight off is not difficult, there are many diets and programs that are available, whether online, through the mail or with a trainer, the program you choose should be effective, it should lead to quick fat loss and most importantly, it should be simple enough to stick to the program to get to your goal. However, nearly all of the TV and corporate programs have a dirty secret, most of the dieters that lose the weight put it all back on within two years! This is why the weight loss and nutrition programs at Benchmark Medical in Windsor are completely different from others. We have a custom approach that you will not find in other facilities where everyone is relegated to the same program! We treat each patient as a unique individual and really listen to what your goals and needs are that will change your life.

Our program is a custom designed approach that is made for only you! We have a team of physicians and coaches and trainers that can give you the tools necessary to not only lose the weight quickly, but to keep it off and we have the technology to get your body more toned, fit and fabulous in the process. Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 120, we have a program that is right for you! Most of our men patients lose between 3 and 7 pounds per week and most of our females lose 2-6 pounds of body fat per week. Just think, if you get started today, you could have the best body of your life before summer!

Reducing your waistline can give you amazing amounts of energy, it can reduce snoring and sleep apnea, we can unload your joints leading to better mobility and less pain and once you have learned the lifestyle approach to nutrition, you’ll see how easy it is to not only keep the weight off, but how you can use the body fat loss as a spring-board to better overall health and fitness. What are you waiting for? Our programs could change your life and patients report seeing and feeling results in as little as one week!

You deserve to be healthy. You deserve to look great naked! You deserve to have a life that is not hindered by muffin tops and belly fat and high risk of premature death! If you have tried other programs only to find that the weight loss is slow, or that the restrictions are too much to sustain, we have a solution for you! Call us today to see how our program can give you the total body transformation that you are looking for and change your life! Call 970-686-9117 for details!

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