Thursday, October 26, 2017

Month 2 Completed on Phentermine, and Hitting it Hard


Today marks exactly one month since I started taking Phentermine, so I wanted to do a weigh in even though it's not my usual day for that (Sundays and the first of each month). I started phentermine at 258 pounds and in the first month I dropped 17 pounds (amazing to me!). The second month, I lost 7 pounds and am currently 234 pounds. After sharing my thoughts the other day about whether I'm eating too little and how I have tried to eat MORE than my hunger dictated once or twice a week just to keep from being too low overall, I got lots of feedback that just confirmed to me that I need to quit that. I need to just let this drug do its job and eat only to hunger, even if that's only 600 calories a day. I'm sure I will be hungrier on some days, but since this is possibly my last month being prescribed phentermine I am going to hit it hard and eat only what I need to. I'm also going to push the biking and walking because I laid off the exercise a bit last month (as the results show).

My goal for this third month on phentermine is to get the most weight off I can before having to stop taking phentermine, or having it stop working (which my doctor said is usually 3 months). Will see what I can do... and see what she has to say at my checkup next month! Thanks for all the input and support!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you should be very concerned that in your second month you lost 59% less weight than you did during your first month. 17lbs vs 7 lbs is not a good sign. Obviously those extra eating days were not a good idea. Time to dial it back and get ready for the withdrawal.

Lyn said...

Anon~

part of that is because I dropped 9 pounds the first week when I went from high carb to low carb. During the rest of the first month, I lost 8 pounds. I think 10 pounds would be a good loss for this month, but you're right... dialing it back and seeing how much I can lose! Even more would be great!

Anonymous said...

More on the loose skin: The faster you lose, the less chance your skin has to adapt to your new body size. This is especially true if you are losing without exercise or weight training. Listen to Diana--When she stayed on maintenance for awhile and continued her weight training, her skin began to recover somewhat.

Anonymous said...

Completely disagree with your Anon comment - you always have a big drop when you first start losing weight. 7 pounds in one month is terrific! Good luck with month 3. - Beth

Anonymous said...

Seven pounds is 59% less than 17 pounds, and when one is on a strong appetite suppressant, weight loss should not slow down at such a rate. Lyn admits that she still eats when not hungry, hence she us experiencing plateaus and a much slower rate of weight loss. Clinging to old habits like panic eating while on phentermine does not bode well for her success wgen the doctor discontinues the drug in four weeks. Seven pounds in a month would be great for someone not on phentermine.

Lyn said...

last Anon~

again, any time one starts a low carb way of eating, there is a large water/carb bloat loss. For example, when I started Medifast I dropped six pounds the first week. I don't think I ever lost six pounds in a week on Medifast again. As a result my first month loss on Medifast was 15 pounds, and even though I followed the plan strictly, I lost 7 pounds/month for the next 4 months. That's just how low carb diets work.

I do hope I can lose *more* than 7 pounds a month this month, since I am eating less calories than I was on Medifast plus biking and walking. We'll see!

(oh, and p.s., there is no "panic eating" going on; see the comments on my last post for examples of how I was increasing my calories 1-2 days/week).

kimberly said...

This seems right on track to me. The studies I've been reading about phentermine look at people that can lose 5% with 10% being upper bound on weight loss. You've already lost 9%, and will likely increase that with the following month. If you lost another 7 lbs you would be at 12%. The increase in loss is probably due, as you mentioned, to going low carb. I think the results sound wonderful!

Anonymous said...

My confusion is this: are you now eating to hunger, or beyond hunger, or are you letting yourself stay hungry to lower your calories? Also I do not see you biking often on your mission page. When will that start?

Lyn said...

last Anon~

I am waiting until I am hungry to eat, and then eating as small amount as I can to satisfy that hunger (I sometimes just drink water to see if that is all I need). That is, until dinner, when I sit down and eat a full meal with family (but smaller portions and lower carb choices). For example, today I got up and had coffee with cream in the morning. Was not hungry so waited until I was (around 1PM) and had a sugar free Greek yogurt. Was hungry again around 4 and had plenty of water, so had about an ounce of cheese. It's almost 5pm and that's all I have had, but I am getting hungry so might have 4 or 5 almonds while I prep dinner. My dinner is going to be a piece of my low carb meatloaf, some baby carrots cooked in butter with a bit of honey added, steamed peas, and a small serving (1/4 c or so) of mashed potatoes. Gravy also. I may or may not want something more before bed but if I do it will be 100 calories or less.

As for exercise I did bike yesterday and probably will tomorrow. Today I was outside doing yard work which got me sweating pretty good!