In 4 months I lost 25 lbs. It wasn't very difficult for me. Then about a month ago I decided I had a problem with "substances" mostly alcohol but thought I'd quit taking the Adderall I have prescribed for ADHD. While I was at it, I thought I'd try life without the Prozac I have prescribed for depression and anxiety. Baaad idea...I didn't fall ALL the way apart but realized something....I need the Prozac for my sanity
. Prozac has a very long half-life so stopping it cold turkey isn't super obvious as a lot of it is left in your system and breaks down a little more each day, making the process very gradual BUT I didn't realize you shouldn't stop Amphetamine's (the Adderall) cold turkey! OOOps. I was a crying, paranoid, angry mess. I also realized Adderall really
helps with attention and focus (mainly at work) but without it, I quickly gained back 5 lbs. It was working wonders on the ease of weight loss. I feel kinda like a cheater.
I am now back fully on all the medicine I need but still off the alcohol. I guess some substances are good while others aren't. *duh* I checked with my doctor when was feeling soooo mentally "off" and told what I had been experimenting with, she thought it was a dumb idea so I added everything back. The Adderall is an immediate drug that doesn't have to build up over time so I felt better in that aspect immediately. The Prozac takes a few weeks to start to work again. She reminded me of a particularly hairy time I had in 2007 after trying to go Prozac-less. I had forgotten that apparently! She did comment though that the 25 lb weight loss, in large part from Adderall was VERY concerning to her...I reminded her I still weighed 248 and wasn't going to starve to death. She said we'd have to "re-evaluate" how worthwhile Adderall was for me when I got to my goal weight.
I also told her I added walking 30 minutes 3-5x a week and was following a 1980 calorie a day diet not just popping Adderall.
She liked that part. I've re-lost the 5 lbs I gained, btw.
Anyway, I AM back and mostly all in one piece!
First Mini-Goal: Lose 10 lbs. Met 2/22/2010
Second Mini-Goal: 20 lbs. down Met 4/23/2010
Third Mini-Goal: Lost 10% body weight (27 lbs down) Met 9/13/2010
Fourth Mini-Goal: Lose 8 more lbs to = 40 lbs lost :
Back on track
:9/5/2011 First goal: get back to 246