There have been people that have asked me about my recent weight loss, so I decided to take the opportunity to write out a blog post on it. There are many blogs, websites, diets, workout programs, workout machines, and so many other things out there all with the promise of helping you lose weight. All of these methods in their own way work, but here is what worked for me. Perhaps my story can help you.
First off, I’d like to say that I am a work from home Systems Administrator for a web hosting company. That means I sit in a chair in front of my computer all day. I have three children under 5 years old, so the ability to workout and go to a gym after work just wasn’t an option. Once the work day is over its dinner, bath, bills, a little time with the wife, and its time for bed. I am about 5’9″ and as of March 2012 I was somewhere around 230 pounds wearing size 38-40 pants. I knew I was overweight, but I felt I didn’t have time and I did not think my eating habits were that poor.
Back in March of this year, my wife convinced me to accompany her to a local Internal Medicine clinic. I weighed in at 228 pounds that day. We met with a physical trainer/dietician and discussed what are normal eating habits were. Here is what I told him:
- Frozen sausage biscuits
- Occasionally some cereal
- Pork Chops
- French Fries
- Fast food items
- Few other items I cannot recall
I also told him that I drank several sodas a day, mostly Mountain Dew, Diet Coke, and that I had Sweet Tea often.
I set a realistic three month goal of weighing 200 pounds by the end. My “pie in the sky” goal was 185 pounds, which at the time seemed impossible. Heck, getting down to 200 would be a huge battle itself!
I was given a fact sheet in the office of “Dr. Oz’s” recommended meals throughout the day. There were some good suggestions on what to order from fast food, should I have to do fast food. Along with complete meal planning guides. My nutritionist advised to eat 5 small meals a day, this would improve my metabolism and help me churn out the weight loss process more effectively. He also was not very happy with my diet and advised on making changes.
The clinic also ran some blood tests on me to check several key levels in my body. The results of which were to be mailed to me.
The clinic also prescribed me two medicines to give me a kick start in my weight loss goals:
Phentermine – A once daily tablet to assist in weight loss. Its primary objective is to suppress hunger. This is to be used together with a low calorie diet.
HCG – Human Chronic Gonadotropin. A self injection to be performed once per week. This is the same hormone that women have when they are pregnant. I read about this before taking it. There is a lot of information available about this, but it is not unsafe to take and there are studies showing it successful.
To recap, for $72 I met with a nutritionist, got a weigh loss diet plan, set a goal, got some medication to get me kick started, and I was out the door. Color me skeptical that anything would change.
*Note, I met with the doctor once a month at $72 a visit. We met three times @ $72 and one final time to do wrap up and second blood test, only a $25 co-pay. In total, $241 paid.
From that day forward I started some new habits. Here is what my routine would look like:
- 1 Phentermine capsule before breakfast
- At least two 32 Oz waters with flavor mix from Target, a Diet Coke on occasion
- No regular soda
- No French Fries (for those that know me well, this seemed impossible)
- Every Wednesday, perform HCG injection in stomach (thanks Holly! Glad my wife is an RN)
- 16oz Whey Protein Shake everyday (2 days a week I might eat 2 eggs as well or some cereal)
- Chicken Wrap
- Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Kaishi Cereal
- Roast Beef Sandwich
- Few other items
- Grilled Chicken/Baked Chicken (Lots of chicken)
- Asparagus (gasp! A vegetable)
- Steak Wrap
- Pork Chops
- Lean cuisine pizza / one or two slices of chain pizza
- Pasta (smaller quantities)
- Corn on the cob
- One dinner roll (keep night-time carbs to minimum)
- Eating out? Just order a sandwich, burger or chicken, substitute vegetables for fries, drink water or diet coke
I’ve maintained this same routine since March. I stopped taking the appetite suppressant at the end of the second month as I no longer needed it. I had monthly check-in and weigh-ins with the nutritionist.
As of today I am at 188 pounds, that is a total weight loss of 40 pounds in just over a 3 month period. I have been off of HCG for over 2 weeks and by maintaining my diet, I have continued to lose weight. I went from a size 40 pants to a size 33-34, which I have been out of for years. I’m very happy I kept my “old” clothes because I needed them!
The important factor here is that I have not exercised at all. All of this has been from eating less, killing soda, adding in tons of water and protein. I feel healthier and plan on sticking with this for the long haul. In order to tone up and have better physical health I have been advised to start some sort of workout, whether that be walking or jogging a bit each day, nothing crazy (or insane-ity).
Hopefully this information will be helpful to people. Especially those that need a kick-start or a place to start with their weight loss plans.
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