For as long as I can remember, when I’ve looked in the mirror, I’ve thought don’t worry this is my before picture/reflection and it’s about to change. But guess what, it never does change. I’m a middle-aged man who eats mostly well (yes, I still have a beer and a burger once in a while) and hits the gym at least 3 days a week. I’ve tried countless diets like keto, paleo, atkins and others I won’t even mention as they are so crazy and not sustainable to change my body and finally see the “after photo.” But no matter what I’ve done the bulges around my lower abs and love handles just don’t budge. I swear they came from my grandma and it’s just not fair.
There are times I ask myself, “why do I even try” it seems if I put in a ton of effort nothing changes, and it I put in no effort nothing really changes either, so I felt stuck and quite frankly a bit depressed. I have friends who can go to the gym for a red-hot minute or eat better for a week and start to see positive changes in their body, but not me. I’m not looking for perfection but I also hate every time I get dressed, stand up to do a presentation, or go on a first date and have the internal banter about what outfit makes me look less bad.
About 6 months ago, I was watching TV and saw a commercial on CoolSculpting. I admit at first, I was like, “great one more thing I’ll waste money on that won’t do a darn thing.” But I started to do a bit more research and was surprised to learn that it’s FDA cleared, safe, effective and has been done millions of times around the world. For me, learning that it’s been on the market for almost 10 years was encouraging, I’m in sales and know if a product or service doesn’t work, the public revolts and that offering goes away fast- 10 years is a heck of a track record.
I’m in Scottsdale Arizona so I started to look for CoolSculpting providers and was a little shocked to see how many there are. I feel fortunate, because of my background that I knew it was important to find the right provider. I’ve spent my life selling products and services that other companies offer and telling my prospects why they need to work with me versus the guy down the street. So when I found Bodify’s website, heard from them within minutes of requesting CoolSculpting before and after photos, read their Yelp reviews and talked to their staff, I just knew it was the place for me. I did, I’ll admit reach out to a few others who never even got back to me and one office said they didn’t know if they offered CoolSculpting although it was right there on their website- this of course didn’t leave me feeling overly confident.
I’m all about experiences and customer service, it’s why I never stay at a Motel 6! From my first interaction with Katie at Bodify I knew I was in good hands. She made me feel right at home, asked my about the fat on my body that bothers me and even walked me through why she couldn’t tell me how much it would cost to treat me. At first I was a little annoyed, was CoolSculpting out of my price range, but after hearing why a consult was the next step if I wanted to know my personal transformation (I think that’s why she called it) treatment plan, it made total sense.
I love her analogy, if I called a dentist to say my tooth hurts how much does it cost? There is no way that dentist would ever know without seeing me as every situation and person is unique. I felt it was worth the drive and 45 minutes of my time.
Boy am I glad I went. Katie isn’t the only impressive member of Bodify, I was blown away by everyone. I showed up, they had the hot green tea I had suggested and made me feel comfortable and right at home (not easy for a man going into a CoolSculpting spa). I watch a short CoolSculpting video that laid out everything about the procedure and got me to think of some important questions to ask. When I met with Hailey, I was able to ask every question and was happy to hear how easily the answers rolled off her tongue, clearly she’s a CoolSculpting expert.
After the treatment plan was built, I saw a variety of impressive Bodify before and after photos I was willing to take the plunge! The treatment was easy, I was sore and tender for about a week, which is normal. I had to do self-massage, although it wasn’t my favorite the Bodify team let me know how critical post treatment massage is to my results.
It’s only been two months, but I went in for my 1st follow up appointment and wow! I’m already so happy. My love handles have visibly changed a good amount, my abdomen has changed but not as much. The team let me know this is nothing to be alarmed about I still have 2 months for full results! I’m excited and can’t wait to see more.