Phentermine Success Stories

Glenda's Success Story

Glenda Foster | Grandview, MO USA
Already lost 80 pounds!
Starting Weight: 227 pounds May 9, 2003
Current Weight: 147 pounds November 20, 2003
Weight lost to date: 80 pounds November 20, 2003
Goal Weight: 135 pounds January 1, 2004
Glenda Foster's Picture
May 24, 2003
212 pounds
Glenda Foster's Picture
October 25, 2003
154 pounds

After seeing a psychiatrist who had noticed her mood swings, Glenda faced the fact that it was her weight that was unhappily affecting her as a person and her life. After carrying out research on several weight loss meds, she decided to take phentermine to aid her in her weight loss journey. To this day, by adopting a healthier lifestyle, Glenda has lost up to 80 lbs.

"I have a friend who is a psychiatrist. He had noticed I was not my usual self and gently approached me about my mood swings. He offered his help and asked me if I would like to come by his office to see if he could help. I was very reluctant to open up to him, as he was a close friend. But, since my insurance would take care of 90% of the expense, I decided to try it and see what I thought. Dr. Paul gave me a series of 3 emotional tests (verbal) and told me he thought my depression was from not liking myself. I admitted to him that I was very unhappy with my weight. He asked me how much I weighed, and I told him I didn't want to know! I was afraid to know. Dr. Paul didn't put any pressure on me to find out. We talked about emotional eating. I asked if there were any meds that were safe and which could control my appetite. He said there were and gave me 4 different meds, asked me to do some research on them, talk to my GP, and call some pharmacists to see what they thought. I decided to try Phentermine because that was the drug that I had the most positive responses from. I started the drug in April, 2003 and was on it for 2 weeks before I got up the courage to weigh myself. I felt I had lost some weight, so I got on the scales at home and I weighed 227lbs. (I call 227 lbs my "official" weight, because that is the weight I am sure I weighed....but I know if I weighed more than 227lbs in the beginning of my journey.) I was shocked. I wondered how much I weighed 2 weeks before! At that point, I started keeping a journal of my emotions on a daily basis. I also kept track of my weight on a weekly basis (every Friday I "officially" weigh myself, and I graph it on a chart). I was pleasantly surprised to see an averaage of 4.5 lbs. coming off every week in the first few weeks. I chart my weekly loss, as well as how much weight I need to lose. I set goals for the next week on this chart, too. I am honest in setting the goal...I take into account on what is going to be coming up socially that would involve foods at parties and I am realistic about the goal I set. I started walking (April, 2003) around a track so I could measure the distance I was walking. I walked an average of 4 times a week and was averaging 4 to 6 miles a day when I walked. Walking helped get rid of the stress and also speed up my weight loss. I have noticed in the 29 weeks I have been on Phentermine, I have only had to show one week of weight gain (1 lb.) The journey hasn't been easy. I have attended weddings, funerals, family reunions, parties, and meals out socially with friends. I have had to discipline myself to not celebrate with food. I focus on the event or celebration and the people that are around me. I have found I like to read, so I spend my alone time doing just that. I have found I eat when I'm bored (so I keep busy), when I'm upset, when I'm celebrating happy things (I now focus on the people I'm with instead of food they are eating), and that has to stop! So far, I have lost 80 "official" pounds! I want to lose 12 more pounds. I hope to do this by the first of 2004! I KNOW I CAN DO IT!!!!!"


A new lifestyle
What is the deciding factor that made you decide to change your lifestyle?
I noticed I wasn't seen as the person I wanted to be seen as. Fat people don't get treated with respect. I had been successful in losing weight before, so I know the difference in how fat or thin people get treated by other people. I wanted to gain respect from others, as well as like myself better.
What was the most difficult adjustment to your new lifestyle?
Being persistent, disciplined and taking each day at a time. I tend to get impatient and when you have a lot to lose, it takes a while. I also found that my friends socialize by eating....I'm a very social person. I had to find new ways to socialize. I make up for this by treating myself to non-food rewards when I reach a "mini-goal" that I set for myself. I treat myself to a massage, new clothes, new makeup, new cologne or special bubble bath and lotions!
What is the most rewarding part of your new lifestyle?
I have gained respect for myself. I no longer feel depressed. I feel like I look great, and that is a gift I have given myself. It came from me and not from someone else. I have people approaching me on a daily basis and they ask me how I have done it! They envy me!
Do you have any words of advice for the community?
Phentermine is wonderful. It has curbed my appetite and given me energy. Dr. Paul says I have done 90% of the work myself, Phentermine aided me. I highly recommend it I would also like to add that I have been successful because I drink at least 2 liters of water each day! This is so important to lose the weight, plus it is good for your skin, your muscles, etc!

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