I’m looking forward to my visit to the LA Cenegenics facility on Monday. While googling around I saw a suggestion for “cenegenics scam.” That caught my attention! Have I been duped? I was (and still am) worried that I am getting value for the money I’m spending. The article I read from that search mostly seemed to be saying that Cenegenics is providing supplements and drugs (most notably HGH) that one could get from your own physician. However, in my experience, my physician is not terribly interested in prescribing tests to address aging issues (like reduced hormonal output) nor is he interested in things like bioidentical drugs (he has me on Premarin). I’m going to continue to wait-and-see. I’m pretty sure that the doctor I meet with will prescribe stuff. After all, I am going there to get help with issues like my energy level, weight loss, etc. and I’m hoping they will have stuff to give me that will help. I guess, ultimately, there’s only one way to find out.
This, of course, is the problematic side of the internet. You can find all kinds of information but it’s really hard to know what’s for real, what are just people’s opinions (informed or otherwise) and what is just an expression of a person’s biases.
I’m actually hoping that blogging my experience will help others to know what I experience and whether I feel that I’ve been helped. I remain optimistic that Cenegenics knows something since they’ve been doing this for 16 years and now have 7 centers around the country. Seems like you’d have to get something right to be able to sustain and grow that much. Or, maybe I’m just justifying a significant financial outlay.
I’ll be heading up to LA on Sunday to stay with my son and his girlfriend so that’ll be nice to have a little visit with them. My appointment is at (ulp!) 7:00AM. That is freakin’ early for me. I called to see if they could make it later but was told that it’s a better time to travel as LA traffic gets really wacky later in the morning. Given my experiences with LA traffic I have no trouble believing that so I kept the 7AM time. <sigh> And I was hoping for a nice blowout (wine, martinis, food, dessert) before embarking on the New Improved Me journey. I don’t think I’d enjoy the fitness test and such while being hungover.
In advance of my appointment maybe I should describe (for myself if no one else) what I AM hoping to get by going to Cenegenics.
- Energy. I definitely feel that I don’t have the degree of energy that I would like. I pretty much always have trouble waking up and hauling myself out of bed even when I’ve had a reasonable night’s sleep. I often start feeling really sleepy in the late afternoon although I get my second wind around 6PM. I feel like my default state is “tired.” If you ask me what I want to do, what typically pops into my head is lie around and watch TV. I don’t, usually do that, but if I’m honest that’s the way I feel. Like everything is an effort.
- Weight loss. I have fought the same 40 pounds or so for a long, long time. But this past year I’ve picked up a delightful extra 10 pounds. So, on top of feeling low-energy I’ve got too much of me to drag around. My weight wreaks havoc with my ability to feel good about myself, my body, my sexiness. I have tried pretty much every weight loss plan there is. Most recently I’m doing a low-carb/paleo type thing but my results are dismal. Very discouraging.
- Youthful look. I’m told I look young for my age which is awesome when it happens! I’m blessed with some good genetics and my skin is relatively unwrinkled and unmarked by age. (I’ve been religious about the sun and sunscreen for years.) However, I believe that I could definitely look better. Obviously, weight loss and more energy would help but I’ll be curious if there are other things I can do.
- Fitness. This has become increasingly important to me. For years, I’ve extolled the virtues of exercise and fitness to my mother (who is turning 90 this month), harangued her about letting herself go and having no muscle tone, etc. But when I take an honest look at my own efforts…let’s just say they’re lacking. I’m pretty sure that an improved level of fitness and physical activity would help in lots of ways but particularly with respect to aging. I’m not sure what they can do for me in this area other than suggest ways for me to workout. If it were that simple it wouldn’t be a problem for me (or anyone else)…we’d all have rock hard bodies.
- Mental alertness. I feel I’m still pretty acute mentally. I’m a software professional and I haven’t really noticed much change in my ability to focus or execute intellectual tasks. I do sometimes have to strain to remember a word or an actor’s name…things that rarely happened to me earlier in life. And it scares the crap out of me when it does happen. My mother (again…turning 90) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a couple of years ago. Her mental decline is quite frightening and sad to witness. I realize that I am not her. I have remained mentally engaged, I’m always learning new things, etc. but if there are therapies or programs I can do to maintain or, even increase, my mental capabilities now and into the future…sign me up.
It’s an ambitious list and I know there are no magic bullets. Whatever the doctor at Cenegenics recommends I’m sure it will require participation on my part (i.e., I can’t just take the recommended drugs and/or supplements and expect a miracle). And that’s the rub of course. I have embarked on “programs” before…my follow through record sucks.
If anyone reading this has had experiences they’d like to share I’d love to hear from you!