Post # 17
It’s not 1200 calories of lean cuisines. Somedays maybe…but there is always a fruit or vegetable serving or 2 thrown in there. Sometimes I even treat myself to a sugar free jello pudding. My diet was ridiculous I’m glad you agree. Some people are nuts enough to tell me that it’s not bad just dont eat all my fries or leave a piece of the bacon cheeseburge on the plate….that’s like a 3500 calorie meal in itself if you include all the beers being drank as well! Ridiculous. Totally embarrassing to admit too.
I do the lean cuisines because of the portion control, My body is getting used to what I’m supposed to eat so when I eat meals my Fiance cooks I use the L.C meal containers to get the appropriate portion. Plus I totally love that I get to eat cheese pizza, shrimp alfredo, chicken fried rice, chicken carbonara and I know it’s healthy for me. If I made those things at home I would eat 3 times what I should, use the whole milk Fiance gets from the cows and probably use lots of butter because my Fiance cooks and he likes his food rich.
I love the meals. I also love making homemade salads and using minimal dressing. I am a brocolli/cauliflower feen haha. Love them and I dont know why!
I thought about meeting with a nutritionist but I want to take this one step at a time. Sometimes when you do everything at once you become so overwhelmed you fail….been there done that millions of times! I hate it!
I’m not prepared to stop the pills yet, I just started but when it gets closer to me getting off the meds and do this on my own I’m going to look for moral support and continue to hold myself accountable….the boards help me do that by admitting my pant size and my weight and my flubs for the day! Thanks for your response!
Post # 18
Meh. I’m sure if I addeed up the real calories i had at the mexican restaurant the other day I’d be embarassed, too, lol,.
I started out on lean cuisines when I first started learning about dieting and portions, too. Then i became amazed at how I didn’t need that ginormous plate of food I was used to.
Soon you can learn how to make all those things yourself! I can whip up a pretty low calorie pizza myself now but it always tastes so great.
If you like salads, I go to this specialty place that sells fancy, delicious, amazing balsamic vinegar. I buy fruit flavors (pomegrante, seriously, fabulous) and douse my salad in that. It’s naturally sweet b/c of how long it’s age, has no bite b/c it’s high quality, and has no calories. Plus the benefits of a vinegar.
No, agree, things can be overwhelming. I went to a nutritionist after I plateaud. I was eating like 6 times a day, always hungry, and we trained myself a little. We balanced the KINDS of foods i was eating, yet still kept me at 1500 calories/day. Changing what/when I ate (even tho it was the same foods) melted 8 pounds off.
I totally get that when you reach a point where nothing works and you’re overweight, prescription diet pills give you a motivational boost and help you get going in the right direction. I know I’d be reaching for them if I suddenly found myself in that position!!! =]
Post # 19
I also struggle with my weight, always have in fact. I am currently eating 1200-1400 calories a day and exercising three days a week. I have been losing 1-2 pounds a week.
Losing weight is partially how many calories you eat, but it’s also WHAT you eat and your portion sizes. I am no diet expert, but 1200 calories a day of lean cuisines would leave me very very hundgry as well. If you are curious here is a typical day for me right now.
Breakfast: 1 portion dairy, 1 portion carbs, 1 portion fruit. This morning I am eating two whole wheat wasa crackers with light spreadable skinny cow cheese and two clementines.
I always aim for half of my plate to be veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs for lunch and dinner. For lunch today I will be having left over tilapia from last night, salad and a 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta with olive oil and sundried tomatoes (a 1/2 cup is a serving of carbs) I often eat a lean cuisine at work for lunch but add a salad to that meal as well which fills me up.
I try to have two snacks a day, one in the late morning and one in the late evening. 100 calorie packs of snacks, hummus with veggies, a piece of fruit or 25ish almonds are all great options!
Dinner will similar tonight. Lean meat, steamed veggies and whole wheat rice, pasta or couscous.
Some other tips are drink lots and lots of water. I also try to eat veggies off of my plate first since they fill you up! Also, I love reading the hungrygirl website and sparkpeople.com
I also agree with ejs that it might be helpful for you to meet with a nutritionist. They are helpful and have great healthy eating ideas! Good luck with this hun. I didn’t want this post to sound preachy, but I really disagree with the use of diet pills. Learning how to eat healthier has made me feel more empowered about my body and weight.
Post # 20
5 miles in 25 minutes? That’s like elite marathon runner pace. Wow.
I also am not on board with diet pills, but I’m glad you’re working with a doctor.
Post # 21
I’m with @hotchild on the diet pills thing, but then I’ve ::ahem:: known people ::ahem:: with problems with… erm… amphetamines. I’ve actually taken Phentermine before, and it’s fun. Fun can be bad. Be careful! Glad you’re working with a doctor, OP.
Post # 22
Phentermine really is not for everyone. Obesity runs in my family. The trend is stopping here! My mom is on Nutrisystem and she’s lost 15 pounds in 3 months. I cant afford it or I would do that. I know this sounds bad but at this point I do not trust myself to make my own foods, I end up screwing up when I do. This is kind of military style for me. I’m strict strict strict. I apperciate all your suggestions and opinions. I dont know how long this will last but I’m going to roll with it!
jaylii9 – can I move in with you? haha. Just kidding. You sound like you eat amazing everyday. If I was surrounded by at least one person that was like you I wouldnt’ be in the position I am in! It’s very hard to work in an E.R. sometimes we dont get to eat at all and sometimes it’s 3-4 p.m. before we can grab something, by then the cafeteria is closed so we grab candy or order pizza. We drink sodapops because we dont have water nearby unless we store some bottles in the fridge…those only last so long. The temptation is everywhere but my favorite thing to say which is aweful, when people brag about eating take out I just say “well I hope your pants dont fit tomorrow” They know I’m joking but it kinda feels a little good for me because it’s as if these people want me to fail and to join them in their obesity misery. Not this time! I just brag about the 300 and under calories I consume and how amazing it tastes! It works! (I hope you dont think Im a jerk…we give each other a lot of flack at work to make the tension go away when we have serious patients come in…we’re family!)
Post # 23
Sage – that is huge of you to admit that you had a problem! You are right fun can be a big problem. I dont like to tap into fun anymore. I take the pills exactly like I’m supposed to because I’m tired of being fat. If I gain anymore weight I wont be able to shop in the misses section and just 2 years ago I was in the juniors! I gained weight so rapidly I have stretch marks on my stomach like a pregnant woman. I’ve never had a baby. That is humiliating. This is the only serious method I can afford. Gastric Bypass and the Lapband are far too expensive for my puney salary. I hope you and the other bees help me through this experience. I want to do this the right way and get the results I deserve! Thanks for your post!
Post # 24
I am officially 7 pounds down and I have lost weight in my bust and in my pant size!!! I’m very excited. I’m going to start exercising again tomorrow. I’ve held it off to see how my body reacts to the pills. It’s doing AMAZING!!! I have so much energy and I feel so great! There was one day I completely forgot to eat besides lunch….the er was intense and I didn’t pack anything but my lean cuisine. That was a not so good day. Now I’m making sure I snack every 2-3 hours and making sure I keep up on my water consumption.
I just wanted to let you know that everything is going great! Take care everyone!
Post # 25
Hey, I think that phentermine is fine as long as you are working under a doctors care! I use the beaded fastin from a weight loss clinic in dunwoody ga. The beaded fastin is a lower MG but it works great for me with no side affects as well. I have lost 50 LBS in 3 months by using them and I also use there shake and food program. I have also been able to maintain the weight loss even when I dont take them. I am starting the diet back up because I need to lose maybe 30 more LBs! I love reading everyone’s post! Congrats on your weight loss!
Post # 26
I was on Phendametrazine and lost like 15 lbs, but gained it all back and then some when I went off of the medication with no diet changes.. Boo! Just thought I would share my story. I was only on it for like a month.
Post # 27
Do you need a prescription for phentermine?
Post # 28
Yes you do need a prescription.
Just wanted to add my experience. I have in the past taken phentermine and had really nasty side effects. It gave me heart palpitations, I had dizzy spells and made me severely depressed.
I have very mild dysthymia (which is chronic low mood) and the two weeks I spent on duromine I went from very normal mood to suicidal. I have never been that depressed in my life, and I have had some very nasty experiences. Apparently it’s a fairly common side effect, so please be careful if you’re thinking of taking it!
Also, I gained all the weight barring one kilo back.
Post # 29
Congratulations on your weight loss, but please please please be careful. I don’t want to sound preachy or anything but I thought I’d share my experience.
1,200 calories is not sustainable. I started my diet at 1,200 calories thinking it was reasonable for my height (5’1″). To make a long story short, I ended up losing about 30 lbs. I was the skinniest I had ever been. I also lost my period, my hair, my sex drive, bone mass and a whole host of other things other than weight.
I’ve since had to gain weight back and it was the most grueling and painful experience of my life. I retained water for 2 months and my body was sore to the touch the entire time. My hormones went crazy and about half my hair fell out. (Your body does not have adequate energy for cellular turn-over on a 1,200 calorie diet. So when you start eating more… your body will start getting rid of all the hair you would have lost.)
Anyway- not trying to be a buzz kill. I just don’t want anyone to go through what I went through- especially around wedding time!
Post # 30
yikes!! I hope you feel better :-/
Post # 30
be careful with phentermine 37.5. i lost 12kg during 2 mo but also losing some hair…