Thursday, March 1, 2012

Weight Loss Sucks: The Truth About February.

I freaking hated February.

While I was debating about writing this or not, I decided to go for it. My main reason of hating Febraury is that I got put on Ortho-Cyclen. Yes, TMI, I know, but I've never done birth control before and now I know why. Not only did I want to EAT EVERY THING IN SIGHT! I also gained almost 7 pounds back in 13 days, had a bloated up belly, boob cramps, some other side effects I'll just keep to myself, and I just wanted to cry. Cry, cry, and cry. I couldn't tell if I was going into a depression or turning crazy.

So birth control, you are not for me. Peace the frak out.

After I decided that I was never putting a pill in my mouth again, I was at work and noticed one of the girls there had lost a lot of weight. (I work 6 am to 2 pm so I no longer see people who I normally see.) I asked her what she had been doing. She said she had been going to this doctor in town for her weight loss. I had some extra money and said screw it, I'm giving this a try. I have no energy for anything due to my new schedule and all I did all month was stuff my face with a zillion calories. If I didn't get those pounds back off, especially since I worked them off in January from the holidays, I was gonna...well, probably just cry again and eat a donut.

So I went to the doctor and he did the whole checking the thyroid, vitals, yadda-yadda-yadda, and gave me a prescription to Phentermine. A few of my friends and even a couple family members had used it a few years back and loved it. Everyone warned me the first couple days you may feel a bit weird. I was nervous because me and any type of prescription drug just doesn't see eye to eye anymore. And the fact when I was 18, I took that Anna Nicole TrimSpa (Baby!) crap and on the 3rd day I passed out while doing a perm in cosmetology school. No joke. It was ridiculous. My mom came to my apartment with food thinking I was starving myself or something. Another reason why I wasn't going to do any sort of pill unless I was seeing a doctor.

The first day of taking them, I was kind of hyped up. In a way it sucked because I also got a bit of the plague back so imagine trying to rest on your couch because you have a fever yet at the same time you just wanna get up and clean the entire place. (I still stayed on the couch and watched Veronica Mars, btw.)

The second day, I was still a bit anxious, but not too terribly bad. The third day I think I experienced what some call "phen rage" or maybe it was just PMS. I dunno. Verizon go an earful from me though. So then I went to the health food store and picked up some Passion Flower. I'm a naturally anxious type of person anyways, but I don't like prescribed mood stabilizers so all-natural with zero side effects is a-okay with me. After a couple weeks I plan on ditching those, but I think it was a wise choice for not only me but everyone who has to deal with me. As the days continued, I feel less and less anxious.

The only other side effect I have is dry mouth. The plus side is that I'm drinking way more water and getting rid of water weight FAST! By the fourth day I was already down 6 pounds. (I think my birth control was making me retain water because after a couple days of not taking it my bloating went down big time.)

So here is my weigh-ins for February

At the beginning of the month I weighed: 189.7
In the middle of the month I weighed: 197.5 
As of this afternoon on March first I'm at.....


Sooooooooo if you based it on last month, I've gained 2 ounces. If you've based it on my flip-flop, I've lost 7.6 pounds! As much as I would like to say I lost that in addition, I'll take being back to the same size and my pants not tearing into my gut.

Since I'm doing good on the tons of water, hardly any fried foods/take-out, I'm just going to keep that up and then add in my new goal:

Time to start walking! I want to do 10 miles a week. The weather has gotten really nice here so I'm ready to hit up the walking park!

Now that I've rambled on, how is your weight loss going? 


  1. I'm glad to see that you are being truthful and open about your journey. Weight loss requires determination as well as sacrifice. You know , it also entails sliding back as well as going forwards. Just don't let the backs outnumber the forwards. You can do this , I know you can!

    Birth control is a tricky thing and it can do bad things to a woman's body. I'm no longer on it because I had a brain aneurysm in 1990 and was told never to take it again.

    You've taken a lot of positive steps so just keep on that track. If you need any recipes or just to talk feel free to pm me at GM and I'll give you my email if you want. Or we can "talk" on pm at GM. Just know that there are people pulling for you!!! Me included!!!

    1. I can definitely see how birth control is a tricky thing. It may work great for some people but I am not going to try another brand to see what happens - that was like PMS for a month lol I never knew you had a brain aneurysm - how scary! Glad you're okay!

      Sounds good to me! I'll definitely be hitting you up for some recipes soon. Right now I've been lazy about cooking-cooking, but I know I need to start. Thank you for your sweet comment :)

  2. Hey Darling!

    Birth control is really weird, no question. When I started taking it years ago I went a little crazy for awhile. theBF and I have discussed it since then and he was all "huh, I was wondering why you were acting like that". Yeah babe. Until my body adjusted there was a lot of screaming and crying going on. No good. However, now that I've adjusted (and looking back, that took MONTHS) I really enjoy the fact that I know EXACTLY when that time of the month is coming.

    On the other hand, I'm pretty sure it's at least partially responsible for my difficulty losing weight. I have a bunch of teeny-tiny friends who eat way worse than I do, and are always slimmer than me.

    I live in epic fear of weight-loss pills though. My body has weird reactions to a lot of stuff.

    This month I've decided I'm actually trying to follow how my super-fit friend eats and exercises. She eats a ton, but she also exercises everyday. I think I've gone too long eating too little that my body thinks I'm starving or something, and all it tells me to do is eat and sleep.

    I'll let you know how it goes.



    1. Yeah, I'm totally not giving it months to balance out LOL I've had a few friends that are having trouble loosing weight and they've been questioning if it's because of their birth control. Good luck with yours! Definitely tell me how it's going :)


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