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Chrissy's Success Story

Chrissy | Savannah, GA
Already lost 91 pounds!
Nick name in the forums: Chrissy21880
Starting Weight: 235 pounds May 1, 2002
Current Weight: 144 pounds June 29, 2005
Weight lost to date: 91 pounds June 29, 2005
Goal Weight: 130 pounds August 15, 2005

There is no secret to Chrissy's substantial weight loss of 90 pounds, just eating right and exercise. Chrissy only started to take phentermine after she began to lose weight, and with phentermine she meticulously recorded her diet, exercise and measurements.

"Looking back through old pictures, I can see that I was always a "body conscious" person. One picture in particular comes to mind. I was about 7 years old and I was lying on a lounge chair in my bathing suit, and I was wrapping my arms across my belly, so it could not be seen. I was not really a "heavy" child until about the fifth grade, when I weighed 130 pounds, vs. the normal 90 or so. I struggled with my weight for the next four years, and eventually lost the "baby fat". I started high school at 130 pounds. I began dating a guy at 14 who would eventually become my husband. Going "out to eat, to the movies, etc", I was up to 175 before my high school graduation.

As soon as I graduated, I moved into my own apartment, started college and started a new job all in the same month. I am sure you can all remember how you ate when you first started to cook (pasta, fried things, things to grab on-the-go). My weight began an upward spiral that I honestly felt I had no control over. I had tried, at various times, to "eat right" by only eating low fat items, but paying no attention to the calories, the carbohydrates, or the amount that I was eating. I never made it more than a few days on these "diets".

As my weight climbed higher and higher I became more and more withdrawn and depressed, and frustrated with myself for the lack of will power that I had. I began noticing that the sizes of clothes that I was buying were going up. First 16, then 18, finally peaking at 22. I was miserable. I could barely walk to the other side of campus without being "winded". What really got me, though, was the inability to lean over and tie my own shoes. I know that's a bit silly, but I honestly couldn't do it. I couldn't really even bring my foot up on my other knee to do it that way either. I knew I had to do something but I didn't want to try another "diet". At first, all I did was watch how MUCH I ate. I would try to only eat half of what I would normally eat, which was really too much as well. I also quit cooking so many fried foods, and went to more healthy ways of cooking. Through these changes I lost twenty pounds, making my weight 215.

After I graduated from college, I knew that my long engagement was getting ready to end and I would be getting married soon. On January 1, 2003 (five years after being proposed to) my boyfriend and I started the Atkins diet. I read every thing I could find on the Atkins diet and what Dr. Atkins had to say made sense to me. I carried around the carbohydrate counter book like a bible. I strictly followed the diet and I lost 24 pounds by my wedding day. I was very happy with my success. I almost felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders the day of my wedding. All I wanted to do was eat a piece of the wedding cake! I was somewhat worried that I would go "carb-crazy" since I was allowing myself to eat carbs again, but I no longer craved pasta and bread like I once had. Somehow, though, I managed to keep the weight off, and even lose ten more pounds over the next year and a half, bringing my weight to 181 pounds.

At the beginning of the school year, a fellow teacher told a group of us about a friend she had that had lost "so much weight" on phentermine. I was extremely skeptical of the idea of using "diet pills". I had tried various pills in the past, only to stop them soon afterwards because of the side effects they caused (racing heart, dizziness). The co-worker assured us that her friend had not had any side effects and looked "so good". I put the whole thing out of my mind until I noticed that a few of my co-workers were losing major weight. When I realized that they had started taking phentermine, I started to do more research on it, and decided to try it for myself.

When I began phentermine, I also began a notebook that listed my measurements, and for each day I wrote down what I ate, and if I had done any exercise. I didn't really change what I was eating, just how much. I did begin to work out on a somewhat regular basis, going after school and walking briskly for two miles on the treadmill and doing the elliptical machine or the ab roller. With the help of phentermine, I went down 42 pounds to 139 pounds. After coming off phentermine, I put ten pounds back on. I have recently begun phentermine again to lose the weight I put on and to get me to my goal of 130 pounds. I have 14 more pounds to lose to meet my goal weight. I am trying to follow the advice of the forum members and lose the weight in a healthier way, and to keep it off this time!"

Chrissy

A new lifestyle
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What is the deciding factor that made you decide to change your lifestyle?
Chrissy
I was tired of always being "the big one". I wanted to be healthier and not follow the road that I had seen so many of my family members follow - to obesity. I knew that there was a dark road ahead for that lifestyle.
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What was the most difficult adjustment to your new lifestyle?
Chrissy
The most difficult thing would have to be learning to accept myself as I am now and not always seeing that overweight person in the mirror. I still have a hard time when someone comments about my weight loss and how "skinny" I am now. I have to learn to accept a compliment and be proud of my accomplishments.
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What is the most rewarding part of your new lifestyle?
Chrissy
I think the most rewarding part is beginning to get my self-esteem back. I am beginning to care more about the way I look and how I present myself. Also, it doesn't hurt that I am now buying clothes in a single digit size! That's pretty rewarding as well!
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Do you have any words of advice for the Phentermine.com community?
Chrissy
Don't try to lose weight because someone else wants you to. You have to want to lose the weight for yourself. Also, keep posting! The forum is an awesome place to gain support and ask questions.
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145 pounds

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