Last week in my weekly weigh in I posted about how frustrated I was with my lack of weight loss. Earlier this year I tried to go the “all natural” route without taking any medications to see if I could do it alone. I gave it my all and despite my best efforts the weight just won’t budge this time around.

I went to the doctor last Thursday and I wanted to fill you in on what’s going on.

I’m still on Weight Watchers and tracking all of my points. This program works best for me in terms of “diet” because I need the accountability for portion control. I’m just trying to eat less carbs and more protein.

Weight Loss RX

The doctor did a full EKG to ensure my heart is healthy and everything came back normal. My blood pressure is also perfect. I had blood work done and I’ll get the results later this week. One of my concerns is that perhaps there’s something wrong with my thyroid. I remember a few years back I was borderline for thyroid issues.

The doctor prescribed three medications for me:

  • Metformin
  • Phentermine
  • Maxzide

I was prescribed Metformin because my doctor thinks that I may be insulin resistant. This can cause you to not lose weight with diet and exercise alone. I won’t know for sure until the results of my blood work come back. There’s an informative article about insulin resistance at BodyBuilding.com if you are curious about learning more.

“Insulin has a powerful ability to prevent fat breakdown by its anabolic (rebuilding) properties.”

She also recommend going back on Phentermine, which is an appetite suppressant. The phentermine helps to control my cravings and thoughts about food. It’s not intended to be taken long term but it’s helping me focus on the task at hand.

Maxzide is a water pill or diuretic. It helps to release excess fluid that the body is retaining. It’s not something I have to take every day but more on an as needed basis.

Supplements

In addition to the RX medications, I’m also on a supplement regimen that includes the following:

  • Daily Multi-Vitamin
  • Omega Fish Oil
  • Chromium
  • B12 Injections

The multi-vitamin and omega fish oil is pretty straight forward. According to Web MD,

“Chromium helps to move blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the cells to be used as energy and to turn fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy.”

The doctor said that if I’m indeed insulin resistant the Chrorium will help me with this. I’m also doing a weekly B12 injection to help with energy levels.

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Do What YOU Gotta Do!

I know that seems like a lot and it is. At first I didn’t want to blog about this because I was worried about what people may think. Then I thought long and hard about it and I really don’t care what anyone thinks about MY journey! I’ve heard people say that medical weight loss is the “easy’ way out. For me, it’s not. None of this is easy for me. I feel like a prisoner in my own body that so desperately wants to escape. I feel like no matter what I do, the weight just sticks to me and won’t go away.

I had started to lose all hope that I’ll ever feel good in my own skin. In less than a week I can tell you that I’m already down almost 5 lbs! Do you know how much this has restored my hope in the process but more importantly in myself? I’ve been going HARD at the gym and turning my back to temptations. I need this. I deserve this.  I will get this.

Don’t worry about what people think or say. This is your journey and only your journey. Nobody else can do it for you. You do what works for your body. If it stops working then reevaluate your plan and try something else. Do what ever you have to do for YOU!

“Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.”
~Denzel Washington~