Hello, I'm Rustybeth (it's a nickname my husband gave me). I've been through a bad few years and I've piled on even more weight than I can comprehend. I'm right below 380. I've got a great physician and she's letting me try Phentermine to see how I do. I really have bad appetite issues. I'm currently unemployed, so I've got depression and lots of idle time working against me.
I am married and have two lovely daughters (5 and 7). My husband has never been critical of my weight and is very supportive of anything I do. Really, he's a blessing.
We were happily living in Australia until 2014. I was over weight (around 280), but stable, happy, and energetic. Then I lost my job and depression set in. Eventually, we had to make the decision to move back to my home state of Texas due to the poor economy in my industry in Australia (energy). I moved back and spent a year working to get us a foothold here, and then hubby and the girls came over.
I've not found my feet, so to speak, in the house we bought. I'm a great cook and organizer, and always have been, but I've just failed since we got here. I had a bad accident in 2015 (a fall) and spent four months in recovery from a concussion and broken wrist and separated shoulder. Lots of surgery and pain medicine, little movement due to isolation of my arm, and the weight started creeping up. I had lots of rehab, but I didn't seem to get my old attitude or abilities back. Then I was laid off about a year later, and that just hammered me. Our family situation was tenuous, as my husband was an immigrant trying to get permanent residence, and couldn't even work--so we had been living off my income, and now we were trying to survive on unemployment. Well, I'll cut it short: I was more depressed and struggling and the weight got worse. I had another fall (no concussion this time). My hubby did get a job and things have slowly started looking up. We're still struggling financially, to recover from my first accident an my long term unemployment, but we have insurance through hubby's employer and I got to go back to my regular GP, Dr. Dorothy Lamping in northwest Houston, and she is a gem.
I'm so large that exercise is very difficult--mainly due to the mechanics of my body. I'm so fat that walking is difficult. I find myself worn out from a hard day of housework or going shopping. And worse, my feet hurt pretty much all the time. So, she's not expecting exercise until I get a few pounds off. I've always been successful and healthy when I eat a low carbohydrate diet, so I'm going to try to do that on a OMAD kind of plan (one meal a day). I'm hoping the phentermine helps me with the appetite issues and energy levels during the day, and then we can have healthy family meal in the evening. I really like the idea of OMAD, to help my insulin levels. I've never been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or worse, and I don't want to. I see her again in six weeks, and I'll do a fasting blood panel then. I hope my A1C is good, so she'll be happy.
I'm pouring my heart out here because I need to journal this somehow and sitting down to write (my broken wrist is my dominant hand) is still painful. I don't expect anyone to reply, as I know there are lots of new people started. I just hope that I can learn some things here and find a way to get myself going in the right direction. I need to be here and healthy for my family, so I am determined to find a way to make that happen.
My dr prescribed phentermine 37.5, once a day in the morning. She also gave me a trial of Qsymia, the free two week supply. I'm going to start with that and then swap over to the phentermine solo until I see her again. Honestly the Qsymia is too expensive, but she said we could combine the phentermine with topiramate as a separate prescription if I find the Qsymia works well. I will search the forums for that, as I am interested to see if anyone else has tried that.
I hope we all can find some success somehow with our journey towards health.