Friday, February 17, 2012

Phentermine To The Rescue!

After much debating with myself I decided to go to a weight loss clinic for help starting my weight loss and lifestyle change journey.
I need help.
I can’t do it alone and I am sick of being overweight, unhealthy, a slave to food and tired.
I need energy!
I need energy to eat better and exercise!
No matter how badly I want it I have not been able to do it.
At first I felt this was me taking the easy way out and I didn't want to do that.
However, I no longer feel that way. I HAVE been trying to eat better and exercise AND have been failing!
Failing miserably!
Very miserably!
In fact, I keep gaining weight!
I can do good for one day and then I lose my will power which is when I end up sitting on the couch in front of the TV while I eat chips - large amounts of chips! Followed by more chips. Or maybe followed by ice cream. Or pudding. Or candy. Or Popsicles.
You get the picture.
Being fat and lazy was winning! And I was beginning to think I could never win.
I want to feel better about myself!
I want to be fit!

By Monday I had decided I wanted to be prescribed Phentermine. I called my primarily care doctor's office and inquired about the pill. The reception told me they would not prescribe it and if I wanted to get it I would need to go through a weight loss clinic. Immediately after hanging up the phone I Googled an office in Louisville and emailed them for prices and more information. While I waited for a response I looked up reviews on the product. They were very encouraging. Side effects people reported seemed like things I could deal with. I figured the benefits would outweigh any of the negatives I read about. Shortly after emailing the clinic I got a response telling me the prices and a little more information as I had requested. I talked it over with my mom and Matt and then decided to sleep on it. As with every drug, there are risks involved. Risks I was willing to take. Being overweight makes my risk of having a stroke, heart attack or several cancers way higher then they need to be.

It wasn't until Wednesday afternoon I decide to call and make an appointment.
I made the appointment for the very next day which was yesterday. I wanted to get the appointment over with as quickly as possible before I had an opportunity to change it again. I wanted to stick with my choice. I am already glad I did.
All day before my appointment I was nervous.
Nervous because I knew they would be drawing blood and giving me a shot. I hate needles.
Nervous about the unknown. Would they tell me I was too fat? Too thin? In bad health? I didn't know what to think.

I arrived at my appointment early and had a chance to ask another lady who was also waiting a few questions. She has had a wonderful experience with the pill. I could tell from how she looked she had been successful.
I signed in; had no paperwork to fill out since I had already printed the paperwork from their website and had it all ready. I got called to the back very quickly. They weighed me, checked my body fat, checked my pulse, checked my blood pressure, drew blood, gave me a B6/B12 shot, checked my thyroid, listened to my heart and breathing and gave a nutrition class. Then the doctor asked a few questions and gave me the option of three different appetite suppressants. I had already done the research on Phentermine and know some people who have been on it so I knew before ever going to the clinic that was what I wanted even though she said all three pills would work the same.

Fast forward to this morning....
I woke up feeling wonderful!
I KNEW today was the first day of the rest of my life (in reference to my body and health)!

I peed and weighed myself - my scale, as of this morning, said I weighed 206.5. The doctor's scale read 211.1 when mine read 207.something yesterday.
Next week when I go to the doctor's office I will weigh myself right when I get home before I eat anything to know what the exact variation is.I then measured different areas of my body and took several 'before' pictures (for my eyes only). I took some with just undergarments on and some fully dressed. I think I am going to print one of these pictures and place it on my bathroom mirror to keep me motivated.

I took half a pill this morning at 6:40 AM (will take the other half tomorrow followed by a full pill the next day) - the pill is suppose to last 13 hours. I am not sure how long it really will last so I wanted to make sure I took it early enough so I wouldn't be up all night; late enough so it wouldn't wear off too early in the evening and I would be starving.
Once the pill is taken you are not suppose to eat for a full hour.

Let me tell you - I FELT like a million bucks!
I had so much energy!
What a wonderful feeling!
About 20 minutes after taking the pill my throat felt like I had 'cotton mouth'. My throat, not my mouth - people from the reviews I read and even my doctor said I might experience dry mouth - no one mentioned my throat. It didn't bother me. I drank 26.3 fluid ounces of water and was good to go.
I have drank so much water today! Which then makes me pee a lot, but I am loving this! Once I am off this pill I need a new pill that gives me the 'cotton moth' feeling. :)
Do you know if they offer it?
If not, I need someone to invent it. Fast!

Normally I eat breakfast by 6:30 so eating today was a bit late for me but that's okay. I ate some baby carrots and then waited a couple of hours and I ate some beef jerky. For lunch I ate 1 cup of grapes and a packet of tuna. I chewed on 2 sticks of gum while at work to help me as well.
On my lunch break I walked around outside for 26 minutes start to finish. I was very proud of myself. At home I took Wyatt around the block. Of course, we walked slow since he is short and has small legs. I am hoping to lift some weights tonight and maybe do some stretching.

Another good thing I did was drop off paperwork to join the YMCA. They have a program where they help with the monthly fee so I applied for it since the amount they are charging is a bit of a stretch for me. However, I have already gotten a phone call from the lady saying I do not qualify for the financial aid since I make more then $25.000. WOW that's low! Maybe I am better off working out on my Wii and walking. I still might join - I just gotta think it through.

This pill has given me so much energy and the power to resist food and drink lots of water.
Day 1 is not over yet but I am sure I will be successful all day.
I can hardly wait to see how I'll look and feel next week.
I know I can do this!
I can exercise and eat better thanks to this pill!
Keep reading as I report about my experience on this pill. I promise to write about the good stuff and the bad stuff. I do not want to mislead anyone.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm In The Wrong Profession

Who knew a photographer would cost so much money???
I am definitively in the wrong profession!

Matt and I have already talked about this some - I think while I'm off being a stay-at-home mom I will take some Photography and Photoshop classes and this could possibly be my new profession in a few years!
What you think???
No, I am not kidding!
I LOVE taking pictures!
AND it would be AWESOME to work only a few days a month outside of the house along with a few days inside the house on the computer and make as much, if not more, then I do now!
Yes, I do know it would be slow starting up, but that is okay since I was already planning on not working during this time. :)

Me, Matt and my parents went and talked to a photographer yesterday to get specifics on prices and details for our wedding.
Prior to going, I had guessed it would be $200 for 3 hours. And even at that I thought I was guessing high! Obviously I have never hired a professional photographer!

I had my list of questions ready:
Do you have my date available?
What do you charge for a few hours?
Does this include picture touch-ups?
Can I have the rights to all the pictures?
Will I get all the pictures opposed to a certain amount?
Will I receive them on a CD?
If you cancel what happens?
And of course my mom always knows the extra questions to ask.

The lady we met with charges:
$500 for 4 hours
$50 for gas
$350 for the rights to the pictures


Let me say that again.


All I could think about while there was "Along with everything else we are paying for in reference to the wedding, the amount sure keeps jumping up quickly!"

Was a bit overwhelming to me considering I thought it would be around $200.

She does touch-up the pictures and will deliver them to me on a CD which is something I was looking for.
Since my mom knows her she is willing to waive the $350 for the rights to the pictures. This is wonderful! Means I would own everything about the pictures and I can print as many as I want, when and where I want. This is important so I don't have to worry about picking my favorite pictures and/or not having enough pictures.

I only had my friend Heather's photographer's prices to compare to which were $100/hr and no gas or anything for the rights to the pictures. (Count really consider the gas a factor though since we are the ones who chose to have our wedding in a more remote location.)
I was smart enough to write down her number and tell her I would get back to her today though. I did this so I could compare it to other prices. While at work today I looked up a few and this seems to be in line with other prices.

I looked up and contacted the two photographers I had heard about by word of mouth. One hasn't gotten back to me and the other charges even more. I found a few on Craigslist and a local YardSale website and contacted them as well. Based on what I am getting I feel confident this woman is the best for us. So I called her this evening after stressing all day. In the next few weekends I have to give her half the money and we will sign a contract. I am glad this in one more item I can cross off my 'To do' list.

We are going to make sure we get our money's worth by taking family pictures with both sides of the family after our wedding.
Jeans and white t-shirts with my parents, brother, grandparents and my mom's brother and his wife.
Jeans and black t-shirts with Matt's mom and sister.
It will be nice to have all these pictures. 

Matt hates pictures and this is a wonderful reason to knock out family pictures. I already asked if I can have any pictures taken during my allotted time and she said yes. I am worried a little bit about the timeline, but I am just praying everything works out.

As of now, here is how my wedding day is planned:
11:30 - Photographer should have already arrived and will take pictures of me getting dressed with help from my mom followed by my own portraits.
12 - Me and Matt will be together alone with lots of pictures of just us.
12:30 - Pictures of Matt alone.
1 - Wedding. I want a TON of pictures! (I plan on having a list of everything I want along with the ones she recommends.)
2 - Lunch/Dinner
2:45 - 3:30 Family pictures with both sets of family in our jeans and t-shirts. 

Yes, I am wanting to pack lots in! 

Our wedding will not be one quickly forgotten!
I'll let you know why later - besides all the picture taking of course. :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Location Is Everything... Haven't You Heard?

Wedding planning might not be moving along as quickly as me or my mom would like, but at least we have gotten a few things done such as:
   - Settled on a date
   - Searched/viewed locations
   - Selected location
   - Booked location
   - 'Hired' wedding cake maker
   - Selected reception spot and caterer
   - Made a guest list
   - Ordered and received 'Save the Date' magnets
   - Ordered and received 'Thank You' cards
   - Decided on pastor (need to ask him)

I made my list look long even though we haven't accomplished as much as I would have liked.
I am still proud of what we have done.

The date was the number one decision we made - after that, the location.
I thought for sure since we chose a date in May finding a location would be very difficult - we got lucky. We found the place we wanted to get married after only looking at two places in person. In fact, we viewed this location twice. We even took our parents here to look around and we all had lunch so we could sample the food to see if we wanted them to cater our wedding. Which we did. It will be easier hiring them to cook and prepare our food instead of us having to worry about everything. Our wedding is going to be small and you must purchase at least $500 worth of food from them even though I don't think we will even need that much food. I don't like this - I guess we will be ordering an extra fruit or vegetable platter if needed to add more money to our total.

Wanna see where we have chosen to get married???
At a state park overlooking the lake!
Pretty, huh?
Try to picture white plastic chairs in front and I am thinking I want fresh white rose petals making an aisle for me to walk down. Wonder how much that would cost?

I don't particularly like the benches - I wonder if we can disguise them somehow???
Any ideas?
Maybe we can decorate them with flowers and/or garland; then perhaps you won't notice them as much.
Any decorating and cleaning that has to be done is our responsibility. I want to decorate the area we will be standing under. I am thinking white mesh material and flowers or maybe garland.
I am open to suggestions on this as well.
We will have the area all day and we plan on marrying at 1 PM so I know we will have plenty of time to get everything completed.

Here's a closer view of where we will be standing when we recite our vows.
If it ends up raining on our wedding, we will be getting married in front of this fire place.
I will be praying it does not rain.
I have my heart set on getting married outside. That is one of the few things I knew for sure I wanted even before we started planning our wedding.

We have a little over 3 months until our wedding and I am sure we can get everything done in time. Matt and I need to decide what our invitations will say since my mom and I are making those in three weeks. In the meantime I need to buy the invitations we want to use and go to the post office to buy some nice postage stamps. I am hoping they have some heart ones. The invitations need to be in the mail the following weekend (the first in March).

We need to do a gift registry somewhere (maybe Target or Wal-Mart even though I hate this store) and make a free wedding website before invitations are made. This would be the easiest way to get out more information to our family and friends. I want to do a honeymoon registry if possible. (Along with the one store.)
I have been living on my own for several years now and I really already have everything newly married couples need. Is this tacky? I'll have to ask Matt how he feels about this before I settle one way or another.

As far as food, I have many options to choose from in reference to what we will be eating at the reception.
Matt and I think we will give our guests three options for them to choose from. These are the three we are leaning towards:
Lemon Pepper Baked Fish
Tender Grilled Chicken Breast
Roasted Inside Round of Beef Served with Rich Gravy
All meals are served with warm rolls, corn bread, tossed salad, one side item and a beverage.
(No vegetarian meal it seems - need one for one of our relatives)
We are thankfully allowed to bring in our own cake. I am thinking a 2-tiered cake with chocolate covered strawberries on top. Not sure what kind of cake - I do want white whipped frosting of some sort.

Just like my home buying experience, I will post everything we do up to our wedding.
Then I will probably write about our wedding and honeymoon.
So exciting!