was never a slim person so why the sudden problem? I refused to blame the problem on the excessive weight until medical conditions are excluded (healthcare is free in the UK). I started with the Physiotherapy exercises to aid my mobility, but there was no improvement. The Orthopedics ruled out any bone condition, my BP, and blood sugar levels were okay. The Endocrinologist confirmed my glands were okay. The Neurology and Neurophysics consultants reassured that my nervous systems were okay. Various body parts and full body scans without any diagnosis. Through these period I contemplated ending it all because I could see the future I had anticipated fading away from me, I saw psychiatrist, and psychologist, I was diagnosed with borderline depression with three choices: take control and deal with my situation, join support groups to encourage each other, or start taking antidepressants medication; I decided on taking control of the situation.     

Since there wasn’t any underlying condition I knew I had to deal with the increasing weight in contrast to mobility. I wanted my own sustainable solutions: gym was not an option due not keeping to it in the past; the need to increase my activity level was imminent.  I tried few weight loss programs.

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I joined Ardyss using their antioxidants and body magic vest to disguise the excess fat; I wasn’t getting any results. I tried the Organo Gold coffee which made no difference. From coffee to the Iaso Tea with Total Life Changes it helped in the short-term but I lost some money due to lack of product delivery.  I finally decided that none of these companies will work for me. I started my own research into adapting my food content to that aiding weight loss.

I learnt about superfoods benefits to the body, I then discovered there are some superfoods that aid weight loss such as Oats, Chickpeas, Apple, Pears, Beans, Plantain, Dark Chocolate, Chicken and Lean red meat, Banana, Lentils, Edamame, Broccoli, Pearl Barley, Quinoa, Salmon, Green Tea, Avocado and a lot more. We adapted our meals to these foods which are filling and reduced the need for binging. I stopped sugary drinks.  Mid-2015 my weight stabilised, no longer on the upward trend. However the joints pains persisted.

I am well informed to know that pain-killers stay in the liver for a long time, most of my Doctor friends are not willing to take the analgesics; In fact, they always turn to herbal medicine or find other alternatives. This is because Panadol is toxic to the body, and it harms the liver it will remain in the body for at least 5 years…..!! Yet I was prescribed with stronger pain killers which could lead to other complications. I found alternative solution to cope with aches is to drink lots of water or submerge my feet in a basin of warm water so that it brings the blood pressure down. Since Panadol is a pain killer, the more you take, the lesser would be your threshold for pain (your endurance level for pain). 

My positive disposition to life brought many positive turnarounds to my mental, physical and financial wellbeing; including retraining as Career Adviser late 2015. I chose the career not just because of my passion for developing peoples’ potential but also knowing I could do the job on a wheel chair since it was becoming imminent I might soon need one considering my impeded mobility. I researched into herbs for managing pain and discovered five super spices: chilli, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and turmeric. Chilli was stable in my diet but the other four I sparingly used them.  My wife and I mix these other four spices together and drink it as tea every morning till date. After persistent three months of taking my super spices, and increasing physical activities, I started noticing reduction in my pain and my waist line size started reducing, but this was gradual about 1kg loss per month was my achievement through the tail end of 2016.

We spent New Year 2017 with a Doctor family of ours who was concerned about my mobility, obvious obesity, and related problems. I have reduced to 163kg at this time. She insisted that I should go on Usana reset. I was extremely reluctant about getting into another organised weight loss program but, due to my respect for her professional integrity and my research on the science behind Usana, and the founder, Myron Wentz, an internationally recognised microbiologist, immunologist, and pioneer in infectious disease diagnosis; I agreed to do the reset for a week; surprisingly I lost 3.5kg at the end of the week.

It was the catalytic effect of the supplements that gives me energy to aid activities and mental alertness that wowed me. I work in academies and it became so much easier for me to walk from one end of the corridor to the other, climbs three levels of stairs, walk to shops, getting in and out of car with ease, these are basic mobility issues that I was losing at a drastic rate and I joined the Adult swimming classes.  I felt I was really gaining my life back and it was a reality. The help of their Men’s Healthy Lifestyle WhatsApp group cannot be over emphasized. I became accountable for my weight. At the end of the reset I went back to improved version of my healthy eating with ease of reducing portions as the supplements optimises my appetite.   The weekly weight measuring helped me to isolate Wheat based food such as bread and pastries as adding so much weight to me. I take them as treats whenever the occasion arise and I trek my treat out, hence my slogan Treat and Trek not Treat and Wreck.

Though I am still work in progress, as of December 2017 I weighed 136kg that is a loss of 27kg excess fat over twelve months. I decided to become an Independent Associate with Usana because of: their stringent manufacturing processes, participation in ongoing scientific research, their insatiable drive to produce exceptional products; the testimonies of professional athletes and Olympians, and also everyday people who believe health is a vital part of a long, happy life. After nearly a year into Usana I am meeting my unique health needs with InCelligence helping to build cellular resilience, optimise cellular function, and enhance my body’s natural ability to adapt to my unique needs. There are evidenced based research that confirms that optimal nutrition means a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and special phytonutrients. CellSentials from Usana delivers this in pure, effective ingredients and formulations designed for optimal nourishment, enhanced protection, and innovative cellular renewal. It is above and beyond your average multivitamin.

I now so much value my health, value my revived life, this is why my story matters. Living a life that matters must be full of actually doing all sorts of things that matter. Doing things that matter doesn’t mean I have to create my own huge global-spanning movement. No. Instead it’s contributing to the largest, global-spanning movement in the history of the world! Finding ways to live and be the person that God has created me to be. This is not about following religious rules or law. This is about love! This is about loving God, loving life, loving others, and as a result, having a life that I actually choose to live.

Doing things that matter won’t happen by accident, they happen on purpose. My story has become exactly what I led it to become! I only have one life to live, and no one is responsible for it but me; I want to experience life to the full. I have allowed the seemingly impossible to become possible? I made every day choices that caused me to live differently? I loved God and others with selfless heart; I never allowed fear to stop me.

I decided to pursue this journey, dreaming wildly, live differently, loving recklessly, and lead courageously all for the glory of God; at the end I want to discover I had a life that is well-lived. My Usana network is fast tracking this desire to nourish, protect, and continually renew my health and build wealth on the way for myself and others.

Don’t just think it, do something today!! Try the True Health Assessment it is free, confidential and very comprehensive, I can give you free coaching with the personalised recommended supplements so you can have it your way, you are the only one that can limit you. You can contact me directly through the Usana website. Become someone! Tap into the boundless potential coded into your cells, and unleash the best version of you locked deep inside.  Wake up every day and choose to be who God has called you to be.I hope my story will inspire you to start loving life and living it your way.

Sam Abayomi Soyombo is a Nigerian resident in Scotland

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