The Gratitude Project: Get Shallow…

…with me for a minute and just entertain a recent experience that includes money, mayhem and the perfect way to confirm the Southern California Stereotype.

So I’m looking at myself in the mirror like “Girlfriend you wanna be lookin’ like this”…

… but better, ’cause well, only I can be the best version of ME, right? So I’m working out… eating right… and running around like little miss yogi with the full knowledge that even with all of that I’m not gonna truly be sporting an airbrushed version of myself.

I am Grateful For…

“The common sense to manage my expectations.”

But recently, Dye-Anne has been in my ear about getting Ultrasonic Treatments to smooth everything out and get rid of really old fat (that will stick around regardless of diet and exercise) that’s trapped just beneath the surface of the skin.

For the most part, I’ve been ignoring her. I’m not interested in the cost of the treatments at the place she’s suggesting (200+ for one treatment), AND you need at least 6 treatments to really see a difference. NO.

I am Grateful for:

“The good sense not to spend a small fortune on a treatment as if I’ve got Naomi Campbell’s budget to work with.”

But then, there’s a special, and it’s INSANE. The cost is a few dollars (no, really, a few) for one treatment. I figure if I’m gonna try it out, this might be the best time in the world to do it. So I sign up for four treatments for four consecutive days (that was the max for the limited amount of time on the special), and lay my butt on the massage table to see what’s what.

I am Grateful for:

“The opportunity to try something for less than $30, that I would NEVER consider at full price.”

The sweetest technician on Earth whips out this strange machine and goes to work on my belly (I figure that’s the most harmless area, and if I see some results, we’ll move on to the hard parts like the thighs and booty). She puts a warm wide wand-shaped device on me and turns it on. It makes a strange ‘sonar’ type sound and feels like a warm massage. It’s only a matter of minutes before I’m asleep.

She works on my belly for 30 minutes, and my obliques for 15 minutes each. Afterwards, she pops me in the sauna, and instructs me to seriously hydrate for the next 48 hours.

I’m laying in the sauna feeling like a million bucks… when all hell breaks loose:

The retail coordinator at the spa gets wind of the special… and she’s LIVID. Apparently there was a misunderstanding and we were NEVER supposed to get such a treatment at such a ridiculously low price. Now, file this under ‘If it’s too good to be true…”

She mentions my name.


I’m awake now, and wondering how this is going to affect me. Text messages start flying, and I’m mentally calculating just ‘how much’ this is going to cost me. Turns out, I was worried about nothing. Phew! She honored the price for my first treatment.

I am Grateful For…

“Only having to pay a few dollars for a treatment that should have cost a whole lot more.”

But I’d have to pay $200 for the regular price if I wanted to continue.

No dice.

So I cancel the rest of my appointments before the clerk gets on the phone to cancel everyone else (needless to say, they booked up immediately when everyone thought they were getting a deal), and promptly get on the internet to find out if there is another way.

There is.

I literally found Gisell in a random search. Her spa is close enough to me that I don’t feel like I’m doing the most, so I picked up the phone to ask a bunch of questions. Gisell is EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Ultrasonic Therapy.

She informed me that the technology is still fairly new in the United States (it’s been in Europe forever), and got FDA approval just about 2 years ago. All of the machines used in the United States have to actually be purchased here. She was NOT a fan of my back to back appointments for the treatments (all of the liquified fat is passed through the liver and either converted to energy or sent out as waste) because she said it can overload the liver. She told me that the body needs enough time to process the fat and utilize it, and that results are MUCH better if you let the body go through the process in its natural time (4-7 days). Each treatment builds on the last one, and the fat loss is permanent.

She also advises working on one body part at time (I was going to cover my whole body in the four treatments) to really maximize the results and get the body exactly where I want it to be. She said it’s like working out. You don’t do squats to build your upper body… so why would you spread the treatment all over the place? Just concentrate on the body part you wish to work on.

I dare say she had me at Hello.

I am Grateful For…

“Finding a knowledgeable person to walk me through this new venture.”

Gisell used to be a fitness instructor and personal trainer, and knows a whole lot more about diet and exercise than the average bear. She’s adamant about adapting the ‘lifestyle’ associated with Body Sculpting… a lifestyle to which I am already quite accustomed. She was very excited about the fact that I already eat healthy, work out, and hydrate within an inch of my life. So she asked me to come in for a consultation.

Meanwhile, because of the initial treatment at the other place, my abs are doing this…

like… FOR REAL. So definitely put me down as a believer. Since I already had a strong midsection, my abs responded overnight. And since the fat loss is permanent…. THEY STILL LOOK LIKE THAT! Hmph.

I am Grateful For:

“8-Pack Abs!”

I traipse up the freeway to see Gisell, and she gives me the full workup. I sign a stack of waivers and she measures, photographs, pinches and pulls all over my poor legs (this is what we’re working on). Then she lays me face down on the table and gets to work.

By the time she’s done, I feel like I’ve been running uphill for 6 miles. My legs are stimulated and energized. I felt amazing. I also went to the bathroom… A LOT. Okay, TMI. But still!

Gisell recommends that I work out after the treatment, to keep the body stimulated. So I’m doing heated yoga each time.

She signed me up for 6 treatments (at a fraction of the full price at the other place). I’m going back to see her next week.

In the meantime, after one treatment, I’ve lost a quarter inch off my thighs, and my booty is lookin’ a bit less like a sack of potatoes and a bit more like Miss Campbell. So… yeah.

I am Grateful For:

“Embarking on a new (albeit shallow) adventure to see what I can do with the Gift that is my Body.”






  1. Lily Seymour says:

    Girl who is that in the second picture, now you know I know you so you’d better come clean! I think I might have to try it, thanks for sharing, I hope ee get to see each other again sometime.

  2. ahhhsoneo says:

    i hope I can find this treatment in az. Sounds pretty good.

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