General Diet Plans and Questions - Merida #2---anyone else out there???

04-01-2001, 08:04 PM
Robin, took your advice and started an new thread.

I am taking Merida and although I would not want to give anyone the wrong impression--it is not a wonder drug, but it has done wonders for me. When I began, at the end of January, I had a bit over 100 lbs to lose (25 lbs gone so far). Obviously with that much to lose I had a HUGH appetite.

I had gained my weight, after a car accident, in a period of about 5 years. I had tried for the past 2 years to take the weight off. I tried the "begin on Monday" diet. Then when that didn't work, I cut down on food intake gradually. I just couldn't do it. I would suceed for days, weeks, and then begin to eat more out of control than ever.

After about a week on Merida, my appetite decreased noticably. I almost couldn't believe it. I could eat sensibly and not feel like I was starving. Of couse, I am eating low fat, drinking plenty of water, and exercising. I am IN CONTROL. My highlight was actually last night. For the first time since beginning I went to dinner at a friend's home. She had all these delicious appetizers, served chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, caesar salad and yummy deserts. I had small portions of chicken, salad and potatoes--no appetizers or deserts. And, most importantly, I enjoyed myself without having to eat everything.

I'm sure that some portion of this is "mind over matter' but so what, it works for me.

If you read any prior posts, I am well monitored by my doctor, an endricronologist, who sees me once a month. I also did not have high blood pressure, problems with chlosterol (sp), or any other factors that would have perhaps prevented my from taking Merida. The only negative side effect I have experienced so far is dry mouth.

Good luck to you and let us know, when you begin.

04-03-2001, 11:44 AM
i just popped my first soon to tell if it is working..i will keep ya posted...i too have about 80-90lbs to lose and i have to see my dr in 30 days for a check up before he will give me another months prescription. i printed out all my ediets information and am starting that eating plan today....i did it over the summer last year and it is pretty easy to follow. they have me on 1900 cals a day.

going to fix a nutritious brkfst!!! gotta go...robin

04-03-2001, 12:12 PM
I know my screen name is a little annoying. Does anyone know how to change screen names? Anyway, Meridia also does wonders in controlling MY appetite. It is the first thing I have used that has controlled it. I thought you all would find this information from interesting (they have a great web site).

Sibutramine is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for aiding in weight loss. It works by blocking the re-uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine in the body, thereby enhancing the feeling of being "full" and reducing overall food intake.

Sibutramine is no panacea. People who use the drug still need to exercise and restrict calories. And, the weight loss associated with the use of sibutramine is conservative. In a yearlong trial, people who used sibutramine had an average weight loss of only about 10 pounds more than people who followed only calorie-reduced diets.

Sibutramine, however, also has been shown to help maintain weight loss over long periods. In another study, 75 percent of those who took the drug sustained 100 percent of lost weight at 12 months compared with 42 percent of people who received an inactive substance (placebo).

Anyone thinking about using sibutramine should first consult his or her doctor. Sibutramine is a controlled substance. It was approved for use by people who are clinically obese, defined as:

Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30

Having a BMI greater than 27 and medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obstructive sleep apnea.
People who have any of the following conditions should not use sibutramine:

Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure. Sibutramine can significantly increase blood pressure in some people. Those who take the drug should monitor their blood pressure regularly.
Coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia or stroke
Liver or kidney dysfunction
Untreated or undiagnosed hypothyroidism
Anorexia nervosa
Sibutramine also should not be used by someone who is:

Age 16 or younger
Pregnant or breast-feeding an infant
Using monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIS) such as selegiline hydrocholoride (Eldepryl), phenelzine sulfate (Nardil), or tranylcypromine sulfate (Parnate). These medications must be stopped for a minimum of 2 weeks before starting sibutramine.
Taking serotonergic agents used for depression such as fluoxetine hydrocholoride (Prozac), sertraline hydrocholride (Zoloft), or paroxetine hydrochloride (Paxil).
Using other prescription weight loss medications such as phentermine or over-the-counter and herbal medications supposedly effective in weight loss.
People who use prescribed migraine headache medications or who take prescription pain relievers such as meperidine hydrochloride (Demerol), fentanyl (Duragesic), or pentazocine hydrochloride (Talwin) also should not use sibutramine.

Check with your doctor if you take cough suppressants, tryptophan, or lithium. These medications have been reported to be associated with a rare, but serious "serotonin syndrome" which requires immediate medical attention.

04-05-2001, 11:04 PM
Hey Everbody! I've been trying to get online all week!
I've got to get DSL. Although wireless internet has just come out, I wonder how long that will take to come to Central Illinois.

Hey Nikolas, you're right, it is amazing that there is no
one size fits all weight loss. The last time I was on the food program I'm on now, I really liked it but now I don't think I can stay on it. I'm finding I can't avoid eating out at least once or twice a week and the Meridia is working almost too well on my appetite. I have NEVER been a picky eater, so I never minded not being able to choose my meals, but now it's driving me crazy. I'm spending too much money to throw away so much. It's funny because I hadn't noticed just how miraculous Meridias effects have been. I've become finicky!!! Never thought that would happen.

04-05-2001, 11:45 PM
I have been taking Meridia for 7 days now. I have not found it to be as good as Redux was for me. With Redux I felt "normal" and was hungry, ate a regular amount and got full. Meridia has helped a little bit, but you still really have to watch what you eat.

I have had no side effects, not even a dry mouth. The pharmacist said I would feel dizzy and light headed for a few days, but that didn't happen either. It is just another thing that if you work it, it will work for you. This is an interesting thread because most people are doing different things and are different sizes. I say do whatever works for you. Let's just get healthier!

04-06-2001, 12:11 AM
well today was day 3 and so far so good...on ediets i plan my menus for the week and doing good following until tonight...dh had a late meeting and i had to take the baby with me to take my oldest to his art class, so i had an hour to kill and then had to drive thru to get dinner when all that was over because everyone was starving...i went through jack in the box and not even the little bit interested in the sour dough jack hamburger and fries...i ordered a chicken teriyaki bowl and that was that....since i really didn't have any veggies i ate 2 oranges for a snack and not hungry at all...usually at night is when i get into trouble...i stay up late and raid the pantry...haven't done that for the past 3 nights!

nikolas - that is great 25lbs in 8-10 wks? i have had dry mouth too...that seems to be the only side affect...i need to start exercising, i lost the little key thing to my treadmill....i am going to have to see if somebody sells those.

don'tworrybehappy - thanks for the meridia info...

dakota - do you not feel normal on the meridia? i feel fine, my appetite has just decreased alot.

i have to go get another load out of the seems like i have been doing laundry steady for the last 2 days!!!!


04-06-2001, 10:08 PM
dakota-----my Merida info told me that it took 1-2 weeks before the Merida "kicked" in, so don't worry if you don't feel its effects as yet. It will supress your appetite just give it more time. However, I know it is not redux. Evidently from what I've read redux was more like "speed" so it really curbed your appetite. Don't worry about cutting down on food intake---give it another week and take the stress off of yourself. Check in.

Don't Worry---thanks for the info. It reminds us that we need to be careful and watch for potential side effects.

CeeCee-----you may want to start looking thru low fat cookbooks and coming up with easy recipes that you can rotate throughout the week and have the leftovers for lunch. I take tuna, turkey breast (from the deli), eggs with a tiny bit of light mayo, and then leftovers from my evening meals for my lunches. I drink a can of V8 juice every day at lunch so I don't have to drag veggies and fruit, both fresh and in cans. I know it is so easy to use preplanned meals but as you say it is so expensive.

Robin-----sounds like you are off to a great start. Wait until the Merida really goes to work the weight will be falling off. I too love to stay up late at night, usually to read. I still get ansy so I have treated my self to a blow pop every night. (I am a real sweet eater).

I have just switched to one of Richard Simmons hour tapes (Broadway Sweat) and was able to keep up for almost 40 minutes tonight. Our group leader says we MUST exercise. I am finding that my weight loss has slowed down so know that I have to do more to raise my metabolism.

Well this is a loooooong post. Facing another weekend with good eating habits. Hope everyone does well.

04-07-2001, 11:49 AM
I just stepped on the scale this morning and have lost 5 lbs!!!! in 4 days!!! and it is that TOM, which i know i have some water gain....i am very excited....

I have been following my ediets plan of 1900 cals a day, i may skip a salad here and there though, they have me eating 4 cups of salad a day..i can handle 2 well and then i usually just cut up a cucumber or something for the 2nd one. i am allowed 190 cals for a snack, they have ideas on my meal plan, which i use or if i am craving something sweet, like favorite...i eat those skinny cow icecream sandwiches, only 130 cals and 2g of fat...delicious.

well it is officially the weekend, the time i tend to screw up my diet, but after stepping on the scale this morning i am destined to succeed!!!

just wanted to share my news...will check in later..robin

04-07-2001, 12:53 PM
Well, I was afraid to step on the scale because when we went to Miami I wasn't watching it too well but I have lost another two pounds for a total of 10 pounds lost now. This is a milestone for me because I was gaining and losing the same 7 - 8 pounds for about 5 - 7 years. I know if I continue this I'll be able to lose the remaining 15 - 20 pounds and fluctuate between 140 - 148. I'm 5' 6" and I feel & look thin at that weight.

Robin - good luck - you have a lot of motivation and I think you're going to succeed. I like the flowers in your post - how do you do that?

Nikolas - you are living proof having lost over 25 pounds that if you're motivated you can do it. I think in the literature they give people saying the average weight loss is around 10 pounds is to cover themselves because the people doing the study thought they may have a placebo and maybe not the real thing and who knows how motivated they were and if they exercised or not. I'm exercising three times a week for an hour (walking on my treadmill). Now I can walk outside for an hour if I feel like it because it's getting nice out. TTYL

04-08-2001, 01:33 AM
before i forget, i was going to tell you how to get the picture under your name.

at the top of the page look for profile, and click it..that will bring up your profile.
next, click edit options
scroll to the bottom and it says avatar (i have no idea what this means) click on change avatar.
that will bring up 21 pics, click on one and it will magically appear under your name.

well there we go...alot of people have custom pictures, i do not know how to do those....i am just happy that i figured this out.

this weekend going pretty good so far, i am hosting a tupperware party sis sells it...i have noticed its not that popular anymore, everyone here really seems to be into pampered chef stuff...i guess because you can get rubbermaid cheaper and it seems to be just as good as the tupperware. after the party we are taking her out to the cheesecake factory for dinner!!! yikes!!!! i am trying to plan ahead what i am going to eat, and of course no cheesecake...bummer...
i am going to have to get some charms blow pops, that should take care of my sweet tooth, or tootsie roll pops?? one of them....

guess i'll go to bed now...have a busy day tomorrow.


04-08-2001, 10:48 PM
Just checking in---thanks for the info Robin. Hope I now have a picture under my name.

Robin=== what a great jump start. I too lost quite a bit at first, 7 lbs in the first week but then of course it slowed down. Wow 4 cups of salad a day. I am lucky if I eat two salads a week. The # of calories sounds right also. If your body thinks it is being starved it just says "Forget it" and shuts down so that you can't lose any weight. Obviously this is not the medical explanation but glad I know it now. When I first started to try to get this weight off, I cut back to 1000 calories a day and it did not work

Don't Worry=== it is fantastic that you have lost 10 lbs.....I love those even #s. I am 5'7" and at 145 lbs, I am able to wear a size 10 so that is my goal weight also. Think the height helps me carry the weight though not the weight I'm carrying around now. I would have to be 7'5" and then, maybe, I'd look OK.

Had a good food weekend. Went to a friend's house for dinner tonight and was very careful. We brought all the fixings for ice cream sundaes and (sniffle, sniffle) I was able to keep my lips off the goodies. Brought my seltzer water and just kept drinking.

Have a good beginning of the week

04-08-2001, 11:17 PM
Thanks for telling me how to add the picture to my posts. I have a few ideas on low fat eating. If you get a take-out pizza, don't eat the cheese - scrape off as much as possible but if you like mushrooms and green pepper have those ingredients like I do. Always have a lot of inviting, washed fruit and vegetables in plain site when you open your refrigerator. Keep a sandwich-size Ziploc bag of Jolly Ranchers in your purse. I get the giant bags of Jolly Ranchers at Sam's Club - you really can't crunch these down real fast. In the morning if I'm hungry and have time I put one cup oatmeal (regular kind, not instant); one cup milk and one cup water in a microwaveable pan. Microwave on medium for 7 minutes. Top with low-calorie maple syrup. Sounds like a lot of oatmeal but you will be surprised how this fills you up for a long time. TTYL (Talk to you later)

04-09-2001, 01:12 PM
well, i am glad to see everyone has a lovely picture under their name...

today is day 7 on meridia, but i had to weigh for ediets because i signed up on a monday...anyway...6 days following my plan i have lost 7 lbs!!!!!!! yeah me....

yes, i know it will slow down this week but i am just enjoying the 7 gone now....aaahhh ..i feel lighter already :) actually, the good thing was i have been floundering between 245 and 250 forever it seems, and haven't been able to get past 245 and this morning i was at 243!!! that is a big accomplishment for me. i am also going to start walking this week.

jolly ranchers, that is a good idea..i will have to remember that...

nikolas - i was at the cheesecake factory last night eating my salmon salad and not having cheesecake!! i can sympathize with ya about the sundaes.

gotta go check on my boys...bye ..robin

04-09-2001, 03:27 PM

I have been contemplating taking Merida. I just need something to give me a little help. I know I need to eat right AND exercize, but I always seem to get off track....

I have been afraid to take Merida, but have been reading all your posts and am encouraged to try it. About a year ago I went to a diet clinic advertised Merida. When I got there the doctor wouldn't give it to me, he said he was afraid it was going to be another Phen-Phen. He gave me Phendermetrazine(sp?) which I told him I cannot take, it makes me feel awful, heart palpations, jittery.... So he gave me a different dosage. It did not help.

I was wondering where you go to get Merida? A regular doctor? Anybody have any bad side effects?


04-10-2001, 11:41 PM
Elle===== my Merida was prescribed by an endricronologist who heads the Obesity Clinic at a hospital here in Boston. However, any doctor can prescribe Merida. In my case, I did not go looking for Merida or any medication. I just made an appointment with this doctor (waited 4 months to see him) and after getting info from my primary, taking my history and running some tests he and I discussed options. I just chose Merida. The only side effects that I have had is dry mouth. However, I am monitered carefully. Merida is not like phenphen, and it should not make you jittery. Hope this helps--Good luck.

Don't Worry=====thanks for the suggestions. Think I will try the oatmeal. Bet it does make you full.

Robin======7 lbs in six days--SUPER. It is so satisfying to get under a weight that has been impossible to do before. I have sooooooo much weight to lose that I just try and take it one day at a time. People are starting to notice my loss now and although I'm pleased, I don't want to lose focus.

Keep on going everyone.

04-11-2001, 12:02 AM
Howdy, howdy, howdy! I'm officially under 350 lbs!!!!
(I actually, reached the milestone last week, but then I made homemade beef jerky for my dad for his retirement and ate too much of it. Not nearly enough to really affect my weight-loss but the salt caused me to retain 6 lbs of water - OVERNIGHT!!! So a couple days of drinking nearly enough water to drown myself, and there went the 6 lbs and 3 more!) 346 lbs, I haven't seen that number in almost two years. About 25 lbs from my highest weight, and 15 lbs since I started taking the Meridia five weeks ago, woohoo.

Nikolas - I'm way ahead of you (Did I tell you I collect cookbooks - most are low-fat or easily adapted to low-fat, such as oriental?). I'm still trying to keep things simple, because portion control is such a problem for me, especially when I'm doing the cooking. Today, I made a small lean beef sub for lunch. After work I stopped at the oriental grocery store in town and was able to avoid the snack aisle (the most fun! have you ever tried dried squid? Ok, I'm more adventurous than most, I'll admit, but it's sweet, slightly salty and not "fishy" - and it's light pink. It's low fat, but I'm sure is deadly in sodium). I did buy some shrimp, curry paste, a few vegetarial indian dinners and some indian pasta thinner than italian angel hair. I baked a potato and made a quick shrimp curry to pour over the top of the potato.

dakotalassy - What Nikolas said about taking Meridia a while to kick in was definitely true in my case. The longer I'm taking it the more effective it seems to be getting, but the changes have been so gradual that they sneak up on me. Like what I said earlier about becoming more picky. I do think it is true that I do have to pay closer attention to what I'm eating on Meridia than other diet drugs, but for me I think that is a good thing. Since Meridia doesn't completely mask my hunger I feel like I'm eating more like a "normal" person and choosing the foods I eat instead of them choosing me.
I went out to eat last night (a rib place, my weakness).
I sampled but did not take "my share" of the deep fried appetizers. Shared my salad with my (disgustingly thin, even though she just had a baby two weeks ago) sister, didn't finish my (delicious garlic butter topped) roll, ate about a third my bake potato (with decadent toppings including bacon and cheese - and I didn't even make it through the toppings), and gave half of my ribs to my dad. A month ago, I would have had two rolls, my own appetizer, would have used butter and more sour cream on the potato, and would have finished everything else (including the potato skin). I would have left the restaurant feeling as though I were about to throw up and or have a heart attack.

Since I often eat, not only when I am not hungry, but when I am painfully stuffed-to-bursting full (which is why diet drugs haven't worked for me very well in the past), I didn't really hold much hope for Meridia, but I needed to take the chance. I still can't believe it's working, and part of me is waiting to wake up.

04-11-2001, 10:43 AM
Cee Cee - Congratulations on sticking to your diet - it IS especially hard when going to a restaurant. My sister-in-law picked a BRUNCH to go to on Easter at a fancy hotel. Hopefully they will have a lot of fruit, salads and low fat choices. Thankfully my daughters are teenagers now and don't really want all the Easter candy. I read in Prevention magazine that any kind of hard candy in moderation is fine though - sugar is not really the problem - it's the fat (like in chocolate).

I said this in an earlier post but the reason the doctor said Meridia was all right for me even though I needed to lose only 20 or 30 pounds was that I have a low HDL and both my parents have had heart attacks. LDL has to do with your diet (how many fats you consume) and HDL is determined by heredity and how much exercise you get. My HDL is only around 27 but it can be increased with a low fat diet and exercise. Cee Cee - I can relate to your sister being thin because one of my daughters probably inherited my husband's HDL (which is 65) and she is constantly eating steaks, peanut butter, etc. and never gains and the other daughter really has to watch her fats like me. The ratio of my LDL/HDL puts me in the moderate risk range for heart attack. It's good to know what your ratio is. Women don't realize that heart attacks are really something to be concerned about - a lot think that they usually happen to men. Well, good luck everyone and I'll talk to you soon. Joan

04-13-2001, 03:29 PM
Well, here we are, getting ready for a holiday weekend. For most of us in the past, we had already consumed all of our kids Easter candy and we had to go to the store this weekend to replace it. We had planned a several course meal for Sunday or planned to consume half our weight at a holiday buffet. NOT THIS YEAR. We have dutifully taken our Meridia and are more under control than before. I am beginning to feel fuller sooner, but then all my life I have never waited until I was hungry to eat. It was something I did all the time, hungry or full.

I congratulate those of you who seem to be having tremendous success. Whether it is the Meridia or just a new found resolve to get healthier, keep it going as long as you can. The "newness" will wear off and you will have to draw on that inner strength to keep going. Web sites all over the internet show it can be done. Let's do it together.

Happy Easter or Happy Passover to all my efriends.

04-14-2001, 02:10 AM
dakotalassy====what a great post. LOLed when I read about consuming the kid's candy and eating, eating, eating on Easter all in the spirit of the holiday. How true. I don't know or care anymore if it is or is not the Merida--whatever it is, it works.

CeeCee===congratulations to you for reaching that milestone. How wonderful. Sounds like you have some unusual tastes in food. Wish I did. Unfortunately, I am a picky eater (except when it come to candy and any foods that are guaranteed to put weight on). The psychologist who heads our group would love you. She is always encouraging us to try new foods and new spices. Variety and more variety. Keep up the good work.

Don't Worry====good luck with your Easter brunch. I just suggested a brunch to my S-I-L for mom's day. I know it will be VERY hard for me but my M-I-L loves them. We have several great hotel brunches here in Boston. They usually do have plenty of fruit but there are just so many good things---drooling now as I think of them.

Good luck to all over the weekend.

04-14-2001, 11:42 AM
seems like everyone is maintaining this holiday, that is great...

you are right about the's kind of ashame you lose so much the first week and then are disappointed the first week i dropped 7, and right now am showing an 8lb loss..another 7 would have been great, but impossible i know. official weigh day is on monday, so i will keep you posted of my final number for week 2.

i finally got in a little exercise the other day, unfortunately i have not found the time to continue it for the week. i need to work on that..

my ediets plan is still working great, i am able to eat what is on the menu and not feel like i am starving thanks to the meridia.

cee cee - congrats on your loss.

baby is crying..gotta run..have a great holiday..robin

04-16-2001, 11:52 AM
week 2 weigh in...down 2, total for 2 weeks 9lbs.

hope everyone is doing well...have a good week


04-16-2001, 10:10 PM
I did fairly well, yesterday considering all the food that was set out for Easter. I did have one piece of pastry but even having had that my fat grams were under 30 and calories were under 1600.

Sometimes it is almost scary that I actually can control myself around food. Again, I can't give Merida all of the credit but I can't imagine being without it.

Robin, unfortunately, the psychologist who heads our group tells us ALL of the time that exercise is a MUST if we are going to lose weight and keep it off. I didn't really do all that much when I first started in late January but when the weight loss started slowing down, I knew I had to bite the proverbial bullett. I try and exercise 7 days a week and usually end up with 5/6. Actually once you get into the habit, you find yourself just doing it.

Hope everyone is doing well.

04-17-2001, 01:36 PM
Hello everyone. I am glad to have found this board and to also see everyone is really doing well. I just filled my prescription for Merida and took my first one this morning. I have tried WW, Atkins, and all the other possibilities, SB, Somersizing, etc. MY QUESTION IS THIS: I think I am sensitive to carbs and sugar (yeah, the old insulin resistant problem). Is it okay to be on Merida and use a low carb, hi protein and somewhat high fat diet or do I have to count calories and fat grams? I am willing to do this if I must but I was wondering about this option of perhaps staying on Protein Power (not counting calories and only having 30 grams of carbs daily including veggies with less pasta, bread, and sugar). Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated and welcome. Thanks, Happywisdom

04-17-2001, 09:11 PM
Hi All! Considering all the food (and family stress), Easter went relatively well foodwise. Today, however we had a "food day" at work, and all the food was set in the empty cubicle near my desk. I ate a lot less than on previous food days (but that's not saying much). Someone brought simosas (deep fried egg-roll type pockets filled with mashed potatoes, peas and spices). They were so good! Well, at least tonight I didn't decide the day had beel "blown" and eaten everything in sight.

04-17-2001, 10:56 PM
welcome, happywisdom. To answer your question, Merida is an appetite suppresant, so it does not matter what type of food plan that you are on. I just happen to be on a "traditional" approach--- low fat, low calorie and exercise.

I read the "Sugar Busters" book and found that it really made sense. Very low sugar, no whites. Sounds similiar to what you are doing. I decided not to try it because I love sugar and love pasta (could never get used to the wheat)

Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

CeeCee, glad Easter went well for you. Boy those simosas sound delicious. You have the right attitude....just because we eat a little to much sometimes does not mean that we have "blown" it for the whole day. Stick to it.

04-17-2001, 11:51 PM
Hi there,
I am currently following weight watchers. It is very slow going.
I was in my hometown today and could have (just about did) dropped into a Drs. office for Meridia but I chickened out.
All those possibilities scared me.(the ones that somebody had previously posted)

I will still continue to think about it and check everybody's progress on here.

04-18-2001, 02:47 PM
Hi everyone, I got on the scale today after one day and lost 3 lbs which I know is from Easter dinner and two meals of chinese food this weekend. but it looked good on the scale anyway. I feel good so far, my appetite has diminished somewhat but I feel tired in the evening so I eat some carbs. I am soooo happy Meridia does not make me feel speeedy like other diet pills did. Have a great day ya all.

04-19-2001, 01:12 AM
well, glad to see everyone did well over easter...we stayed home and i fixed ediets bean burritos, not your typical easter feast...but it was good.

nikolas - yes, i started exercising this week, i walked for 45 minutes on monday and tuesday and will squeeze in at least 1 more day before the week is up. i needed to get the hang of my eating routine before i added another change to my life. so far, so good...and i am having to work exercising in around my childrens schedules, which isn't easy. my goal is 3 times a week and i can only go up from there.

happy - congrats on your loss.

going to bed, nite all..robin

04-20-2001, 11:41 PM
Hi everyone,

It is very encouraging to see that everyone has been having such great results with this. I saw my doctor this afternoon thinking she would prescribe the same stuff I had 2 years ago.Not so, apparently its been taken off the market (at least here in Canada) :eek!: That is really scary, knowing that you've taken drugs that were dangerous enough to stop selling..I wonder if it was the PPA thing? Anyhow, she prescribed meridia for me and after checking 3 drugstores, I found one with it in stock. The pharmacist gives me the bag and then says to me "This wont work unless you exercise". I felt like telling her "I'm fat but I'm not stupid" I think this is the first time in a long time that I have felt so encouraged. I cant wait to start tomorrow! ;)

04-21-2001, 12:28 PM
toomuch, it was nice to "meet" you last night on the live chat. Good luck with your Merida. You know how positive I feel about it. Keep posting and "see" you on live chat

04-24-2001, 11:03 PM
Hope you all haven't gotten sick from Merida and left me alone.

04-25-2001, 01:30 AM
so sorry you are here all alone...i am still on the meridia and doing great...i weighed monday and was down another pound, that makes 10 lbs in 3 weeks. i also got in 3 days of exercise last week and am shooting for 4 this week, so far i have done 2.

i think it was you who said the "meridia high" would wear off and then it was time to do some good old fashioned healthy eating and exercise. that seems to be where i am at right now. the meridia still helps with me not feeling hungry all the time, but it is not as strong as it was the first week. i guess you eventually adjust.
i know some people think it is a "quick fix" to weight loss, but it's still have to work hard at it. it just helps you get to the point where you can.

well, that is all i have to say for now..i will try to check in at least on mondays to let everyone know how my progress is going...

take care..robin

04-25-2001, 11:49 PM
I'm still here too. I've just been working such late hours, I've been crashing almost as soon as I get home.
It's taking it's toll on my eating habits too, I've been gaining and losing the same two pounds over the past ten days. I need to get down to business.

04-26-2001, 11:16 AM
Hi Nikolas, Robin, and Cee Cee. Yes - I'm still here too. I got a little side-tracked after pigging out at the Easter brunch. I really couldn't help it because it was at an elegant hotel in the Chicago suburbs and they had about 100 different kinds of foods. The next week I was afraid to weigh myself because of the combination of that and the certain time of the month weight gain. I did weigh myself a few days ago and have maintained the 10 pound loss. Now that it's warm out it's so pleasant to walk outside - May is my favorite month. I'll have no problem taking a one-hour walk three times a week. Good luck in sticking to your diets everyone. Joan

04-26-2001, 07:24 PM
All I can say is WOW! Although I was optimistic after hearing about all of your great results, I didn't really want to get my hopes up too much. I have been taking the meridia since monday and have already lost 5 pounds! I cant wait to see what happens with an altered diet/exercise routine! There is finally hope for me!

04-28-2001, 01:04 AM
Glad you are all still out there.

Robin, you are doing sooo well. Congratulations. I know the feeling when people assume that Merida is a quick fix. A woman in my weight loss group commented to me on Tuesday night that I was doing so well because the Merida stopped me from being hungry.....don't I WISH it was that clear cut. Some days I am still very hungry. The Merida helps but you still have to have control.

CeeCee it is hard when you are working a lot to get a handle on eating. I need to plan my meals otherwise I'll just eat whatever is on hand. Don't worry, you'll get back on track

Don't Worry Be Happy---glad to hear from you since you started this topic. I am going to a brunch like that on Mother's Day. I remember you saying you were going to go to an Easter brunch and I thought of you when I made the reservations. This is a hotel brunch also, and I have heard it is delicious. It is $55 per person so imagine there will be a lot of food. Don't know yet whether I'll eat everything or try to be careful.

TooMuch glad you are doing so well with your weight loss. Merida is soooo terriffic at the beginning. Don't get me wrong it still works for me but less so. My doctor told me that eventually (when I tell him) he will increase me to the 15mg dosage. I am trying to hold off until I really feel I need it. Keep it up

I am exercising 6/7 days a weeks now with Richard (Simmons). I do his hour long Broadway Sweat tape. So glad the nice weather is finally coming. Our pounds will just fall off.

Take care, everyone

05-02-2001, 12:56 AM
i forgot to post on monday, my weigh day....i lost another pound..that makes 11 in 4 weeks! and i have upped my exercising to walking 4 days a week, at the moment i have completed 2 days.

nikolas - i have noticed that it is not so much being hungry all the time (but sometimes i am) it is the fact that i want things that i haven't been eating...not really craving them, or hungry for them..just really want it!
i haven't giving in to that much, did have a couple of handfuls of m&m's that i bought the boys...wasn't hungry, just new i hadn't had candy in 4 wks.
i noticed you don't post weekly you weigh weekly? and how much have you lost now, if you don't mind me asking.

glad to hear everyone else is doing great...

meredith..i lost 7lbs my first week, after that it has been 1-2 a don't get discouraged..that first week is usually a big water loss. it would be nice though to lose 5-7 a week, but very unhealthy...are you following a diet plan while taking the meridia?


05-02-2001, 10:35 AM
Hi - just checking in - I have lost 2 more pounds so I feel good. May is so beautiful for walking outside with the flowers on the trees and the tulips out. I heard to get the maximum aerobic benefit out of exercise you should get your heart rate up and keep it up for at least 45 minutes so I make sure I walk for an hour three times a week. I also heard this at a Weight Watcher meeting "A moment on your lips, a lifetime on your hips". When you REALLY want to polish off the rest of the doughnuts or chocolates in the box did you every try this? Chew them to get the taste and spit them out instead of swallowing them! I know it sounds really nuts but hey, it's better than being bulemic. I bet a lot of people have done this - just wouldn't admit it!

05-03-2001, 10:34 PM
Hi everybody!

I'm still working a lot, but the weight is dripping off (a slow, irritating, middle-of-the-night, faucet kind of dripping, but hey what can you do?

Yesterday I got busier than usual at work, and went about 12 hours without eating. It wasn't a good idea, and I don't plan on making it a habit, but I was amazed that I made it through without even thinking about raiding the vending machine (although I probably should have, at least for some pretzels).

It it amazing to be less controlled by thoughts of food.

05-04-2001, 02:59 AM

I have been following the post on Meridia. I have been considering taking it for some time. I have an doctors appointment on Tues to discuss taking it....All of your posts have been very encouraging. I was wondering how long its been on the market...longer than Phen-Phen was???

I wanted to give you guys some info i found on a Meridia You can get a discount card from the pharmacutical company for discounts on meridia right from the pharmacy-- 25% off 1st three months and 50% off next three months. I called to get my card today.

When you go to the website, you have to join their "point of change" program and then follow the links til you get to the discount card info .


05-04-2001, 06:19 PM
Thanks for the info on the discount. I called and they are going to send a card out in 2 to 3 weeks. I want to go ahead and get started before that. So I guess I wont get a deal. But thanks

05-04-2001, 10:45 PM
Elle, Littlebear I'd love to hear about discounts. My insurance doesn't pay. So far, the Walmart has been cheapest around here $90 and change for 30 pills (10 mg, and when I was on the 5mg dosage I paid $92 at the local Walgreens).

I went out to eat with a friend tonight. We went to a Chinese/Viatnamese restaurant. I had Vietnamese chicken soup with noodles cilantro, mint, lime and bean sprouts. It was so good, and while I'm stuffed from all the liquid (the soup and three or four glasses of ice water), I don't feel like I'm about to have a heart attack.

I almost bought some Hagen Daas gelatto at the grocery store (hey, it sounded low fat, you know, like gelatin. 290 calories for a 1/2 cup!!!) I bought Edy's WholeFruit Fruit Ice Bars instead (80 calories, and very yummy).

A coworker commented on my weight loss (I didn't even know it was noticeable yet). So far, about 20 lbs lost on Meridia and about 30 lbs from my highest weight.

05-04-2001, 11:51 PM
Hey you guys/gals:

After reading the last few posts on this thread, I did a little research on the Net - the lowest listed price I could find on Meridia was $79.87 for 30 capsules of either 5 or 10 mg. (15 mg was $104.87) at

I also have to add something here - A couple of months ago I signed up for prescriptions by mail - you order them online and then within a week or so, you get your prescription! It's so cool - beats waiting in those looooong lines at the drugstore. (Did you ever notice how the person right in front of you never seems to have their information??) That convenience, along with being able to price shop, is terrific! Do give it a try sometime if you haven't tried it...