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Michele's Success Story

Michele | Henderson, NV, USA
Already lost 107 pounds!
Nick name in the forums: Rhapsody
Starting Weight: 259 pounds October 1, 2002
Current Weight: 152 pounds June 2, 2003
Weight lost to date: 107 pounds June 2, 2003
Goal Weight: 145 pounds July 15, 2003

Shelly's story is truly one of success and inspiration. Ever since she started to gain weight, a lack of self-confidence and general support from others only led to depression and increasing weight gain, preventing her from achieving the active lifestyle she had once lost and was yearning for. Shelly started phentermine in October 2002. She made informed and sensible changes to her eating habits and introduced vigorous exercise to her routine. All this, together with support from her friends at the forum, has she been able to reach where she is today - as a happier, self-confident, energetic individual.

"Wow - Where to start. I am achieving my weight loss mainly because of exercise, hard work, determination, and because of the support that I have received from this website. When I first started dieting back in October of 2002 I did not want to tell anyone in my life, i.e. family and friends, that I was dieting because I didn't want them to say anything or to think, "Here we go again" or "Not again- she'll never lose it." I had tried every diet out there that there was...the cabbage soup diet, the no carb/high protein diet, the 30 diet magic diet, along with numerous other gimmicks..."take this twice a day and you'll lose 10 pounds in two weeks." I felt all alone when I started trying to lose the weight because none of my family or friends believed that I could do it and I don't think that even I really thought that I could have done it. It took everything in me to do this. I had to want it for me, which I did. I had become depressed over my weight and the more depressed I became, the more weight I gained. It was ironic. I didn't stuff my face full of food and I couldn't understand why I was gaining.

From this site I learned that it wasn't the amount of food that I was eating but what I was eating. I learned to make healthy choice as to count calories. I found out that the value meal that I had for lunch was 1,800 calories, the fast food dinner was around 1,900 calories and hold on, one pound is 3,500 calories and I only burned 2,200 in a day. I became educated concerning weight loss from coming to this forum and learned from people who could relate because they were facing the same struggle that I was and battling the same issues. I found out about fitday.com, a site that kept track of your calories and food. I had thought that while I was trying to lose weight that I had to completely give up everything that I liked. I learned that wasn't the case and that in order to succeed that I would have to approach this as a lifestyle change.

I learned the importance of drinking water. I also attribute the biggest part of my success to exercise. I hated the word before finding this site. I figured that back in October I would just lose it without excercise....I figured that I could. After coming here I learned the benefits of exercise and how to start out slowly. The first time I only did 10 minutes on the bike and I remember how I ached and couldn't feel my legs afterwards. I would lay down on the couch for 15 minutes! Now I do 200 crunches, 40 minutes on the bike, and 20 minutes of weights and sometimes I'll run on the treadmill all in one workout, and I go 5 times a week. I now love to exercise and the way it makes me feel. At my heaviest I had no energy. I would get out of breath while doing anything. Two years ago I took my little girl sled riding and I felt like I was dying after going up the hill twice. This time we went and I think I had more fun than her- I went up and down ten or more times. I have arthritis in my lower back and I used to get back pains all the time. Now I rarely get a back ache and I can't remember when the last time that I had one was.

Before I would not want to go anywhere because I was embarrassed by my weight. When I was asked to do something I would always say no or say that I didn't want to go when I really did. I was afraid and always thought that people were making fun of me or thinking look at how fat she is. I used to love to swim...summer was my favorite time. I loved amusement parks. At my heaviest my favorite time of the year became the time that I dreaded. I would hate the summer and wouldnt want to go to an amusement park because I was afraid that the buckle wouldn't fit around me. I didn't want to go swimming because of how I looked in a bathing suit. If for some reason someone convinced me to go swimming I would wear a t-shirt over my suit so that I could hide the fat. I remember trying on outfits days before someplace I had to go like to my daughters school for a play or to a social gathering because I had to find the outfit that hid my fat the best or made me look less fat. I didn't like looking in the mirror because I didn't recognize myself. I didnt even know who I was anymore because the person I was loved life and doing things. I had stopped doing the things I loved because of my weight and I wasn't living my life to the fullest anymore. I have now got my life back...it's just like the people on the weight loss commercials that you see. I am healthier. I would have ended up with heart disease, or diabetes and was taking years off of my life. I went from approximately 42% BMI to 24% BMI. I am happy now. The most important thing to remember is that you can do this. You have to believe in yourself and want this more than anything. You are worth it to yourself and don't deserve to be unhappy in your own body. Any other time if I dieted if I broke my diet I would think I blew it and couldn't do anything because I couldn't even stick to a simple diet. What you have to remember is that you don't gain weight by eating bad for a day or two. You gain weight by consuming more calories than you burn on a daily basis and by making daily continuous bad food choices. If you fall off the wagon and eat wrong for a few days who cares? You don't gain 50 pounds by 3 days of eating wrong. We are human and this is a lifestyle change. As long as you eat right the next day and exercise you're on your way. If you're persistent you will get to your goal.

I have taken phentermine almost the whole time. I was scared in the beginning because I had heard things about diet drugs but I did my research and learned that phentermine was relatively safe. I also learned that it was only a tool. You can't take it and think "ok, I'll lose weight now because I took phen". It doesn't work like that. It is a tool that helps control your appetite because 9 times out of 10 when someone breaks a diet it is because they were hungry or had cravings. The phen also helped me with my cravings. You also have to realize that if you're hungry your body is telling you that you have to eat. You need food to live. When you are overweight you learn to love to eat, you need to teach yourself and restrain yourself that you "eat to live", and not "live to eat". The phen will help, but you have to do the work. You must drink your water, watch what you eat and make healthy choices, and most importantly - exercise. Exercise speeds up your metabolism and builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat and your body feels better and you in turn feel better. I did not take any other diet medication besides phentermine. I recently took a week break from phentermine and have restarted. I had to realize that I didn't gain my weight overnight and that it would take time to get it off and that I had to work really hard if I really wanted this. It has been worth the effort. I am worth it to myself. I also wanted another baby and would not have had a healthy pregnancy if I got pregnant at the weight I was. I did not want to risk my baby's life due to my weight. I decided that before I had another child I wanted to get my weight under control so that I would be healthy for the baby. I also started taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins.

I definitely wouldn't have done it without the support of this community or my phrends. I just hope that I can help motivate and support someone else to succeed like I have so that they can feel healthier and look better for themselves the way that the phrends that I've made here have done for me. The phen forum has become my second family...they were here for me when I fell off the wagon, and to support and encourage me. We do that for each other. It's like a second family. If you have persistence, determination, willpower and faith in yourself you will succeed. Just believe in yourself, that's what I did."

Michele

A new lifestyle
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What is the deciding factor that made you decide to change your lifestyle?
Michele
I was unhappy and had no energy. I didn't want to go anywhere because I was ashamed of how I looked. I also realized that I would end up with a health problem because of my weight if I didn't correct the problem.
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What was the most difficult adjustment to your new lifestyle?
Michele
In the beginning it was exercise. I thought that I could lose my weight without exercise because exercise required effort and it hurt. My body would hurt after trying to lift weights - I had no strength. From this site I learned that I had to start slowly and how to approach exercising. Now I love to exercise and look forward to my workouts.
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What is the most rewarding part of your new lifestyle?
Michele
The increased energy and self confidence that I have now. I have energy and am healthy. I look forward to doing things and have found my old self, the me that I was on the inside years ago, before I gained my weight.
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Do you have any words of advice for the Phentermine.com community?
Michele
Do not give up. You have to believe in yourself and keep on going and trying even if you mess up. It has to be a lifestyle change. Do not make yourself feel like you are on a diet or deprived. Make your plan something that you can stick too. I eat all the foods that I will eat at my goal weight but in moderation and I count my calories. Also make sure that you drink your water, watch your food choices, and once again- excercise.
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258 pounds
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155 pounds
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155 pounds

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