General Diet Plans and Questions - Merida #6---Is Anyone Else Out There

07-04-2001, 12:14 AM
We were going on the 2nd page so I decided to start another thread. Everytime I do this I think of D'ont Worry Be Happy who originally started this tread. I was so glad to find it. I do hope that she is well.

WELCOME VioletRose. Glad you are joining us. Also check out the live chat---you can meet some really nice people (although I tend to get a bit silly). Sounds like you have done a super job with TOPS. Congratulations. I also don't like to mention to some people that I am on Merida. Think a lot of people view it as a crutch and don't approve. Sort of like having an epideral instead of natual childbirth. I have mentioned this before, one woman in my group thought that I just didn't get hungry therefore it was very easy for me to take off weight. Don't I wish.

Frosty, sorry you can't get the Merida discount in Canada. I agree however that it is worth it without the discount. I was watching the Red Sox play the Blue Jays on Sunday and noticed that the Jay's players had on vibrant colored uniforms with Canada on the back. That's how I found out about Canada Day. Your hike sounds fantastic. Wish I could hike---my fused ankle stops me.

Littlebear do make sure you eat enough. Not just for your health but if you starve your body it will protect itself by slowing down your metabolism and you won't lose any weight. In many diet plans if a person is not losing weight but doing everything right, they will get their points/calories increased. So take care.

Committ2it, I hope you have good luck returning to the 10mg. I was surprised to hear about your heart racing on the 15mg. That sort of sounds like what the "speed" type of pills would do. Yikes, I will be hesitant to go on the 15 mg. Let us know how you are doing on the 10mg.

Take care and we can do this together

07-05-2001, 11:49 PM
Hi Everyone and thanks for the warm welcome. What time and day is the chat? I would love to join in sometime!

Your analogy between the meridia and the natural childbirth vs. the epidural is so on the money! Why do people assume that if you take a pill, all your problems are solved? I guess they feel threatened by the possibility that you might succeed.

I saw my doctor today for my first month check. Everything looked good, although I haven't lost any HUGE amount of weight. According to the scale at TOPS, I had lost 3 lbs after 3 weeks, but at the doctor's office, it was only 1 lb after almost a month...EEK! So of course, she's giving me the 15 mg prescription now. After reading some of your side effects, I'm a little hesitant, but I'll give it a try. I really need to get back to exercising, I've gotten so lax as far as that goes. I think it will make a big difference once I start doing it regularly again.

Hopefully July will be a better month!

07-06-2001, 03:26 PM
Hi everyone,

i am new to the forum, but I've been lurking for a while...
I just started Meridia, and have been on it for almost 3 weeks after hitting a wall with WW which I started in January.

I'm going for my first post Meridia weigh in - hopefully it will be good! I have DEFINATELY noticed a significant decrease in my appetite which has made is SO much easier to stay on program.

Has anyone else noticed this -- my first week on Meridia I was "buzzed" and my heartbeat was a bit faster. I didn't take it for about 4 days after the first week (TOM). Now, i feel like I have evened out and I don't have the same side effects (except for dry mouth and increased bathroom breaks).
I do however, feel like I am bloated more. Has anyone else experienced this? No serious gastrointestinal issues, just poofy tummy!


07-06-2001, 11:37 PM
Another new poster--how exciting. Welcome WineBratSF. That is an unusual moniker. I guess I was lucky when I started Merida. I had no unusual side effects and I HATE to take new drugs. I had the prescription over a month before I filled it. Glad things have settled down for you. My tummy is always poofy so I can't tell--very poofy as a matter of fact,lol. My only side effect has been dry mouth.

Violet Rose, the live chat is anytime. You just click on "Visit the 3FC Diet Support Chat at the top of this board. I only go on at night but there are people on at all different times. Let us know how you fare on the 15mg. Given that you have been losing weight for a long period of time, I would assume that your weight loss would slow down. Do you exercise. I find that exercise has made the difference for me. Also, I have been doing mostly aerobic exercises and now will be learning muscle building. Everyone says that you need to vary the type of exercise you do.

I am getting weighted on Tuesday night. I only weight myself once every two weeks so we shall see. I had a bit of a slip (more like a full fledged slide) on July 4th but got right back on my food program.

Take care all.

07-07-2001, 06:41 PM
Thanks for the info on the chat. I tried it out. Cute program! I'm used to the more basic stuff like IRC so I love the java chats with all the cute graphics!

I'm starting my 15 mg prescription on Thursday so I'll be sure to check back in and let everyone know how I do on it. I'm a little nervous, but I never had any side effects with the 10 mg, so I hope the 15 will be the same for me.

I'm starting to wonder if my appetite is all in my head! I thought if I wasn't feeling hungry all the time, I would do better and I have done a "little" better, but I know I can do more. I did it before and I will do it again! Just can't give up!


07-08-2001, 04:56 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't been to the board in a while and was pleased to see some more new people. Nik you've done great keeping up with everyone. I've been on vacation, but happlily I haven't strayed from my eating program (1500 calories). I'm still taking the 10 mg Meridia (since April 23) and doing great. The only problem I seem to have is sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night and I've had around 4 to 5 hours of sleep, then I just can't get back to sleep. My husband finally reminded me that I could use the time by getting up and studying (I will be taking an Old Testament Bible class in August) so now I have a plan...if I don't fall back to sleep within 30 minutes I'm going to get up and read.

I also don't understand the people that object to the use of Meridia. I think they just don't understand what it is and does. Personally it just keeps me from getting stressed out about what I'm going to eat and when. It doesn't seem to curb my appetite but I can tell that it lets me quit once I feel satisfied. As for gaining it all back once I quit taking the pill - I just don't intend to let that happen. Once I lose my 150 lb. (I am 1/5 there) then I plan to continue to eat healthily and continue exercising. I also will have tighter fitting clothes and won't try to fool myself about my weight any more. The main reason a diet hasn't worked before is because I had so much weight to lose - it just seemed impossible. Now I keep a journal and can see the difference in my life already. (stairs are easier and so is walking distances - also my knee hardly hurts anymore) The journal reminds me of how it was before I started losing weight.

I had to have a "spacer" put on my wedding ring. It was a whole size too big and I was afraid that I was going to lose it, but I didn't want it cut back yet because I have more weight to lose! Also I've measured and have lost 20 total inches so far (from 7 areas). I'm pretty happy about all that I've been able to accomplish so far with Meridia. It's not magic, but it does seem to help some people!

07-09-2001, 11:53 PM
Hi everyone!

I had a great weekend! We had a bit of a mini family reunion (my older brothers and their families). We enjoyed some quality time together and bonded.
I didn't exercise or really watch what I was eating so, the scale did show a 2 pound gain - but it was worth it.
Now I am on a week of holidays, so I plan to get back on track and lose the weight!

07-10-2001, 01:41 PM
OK so I went to my weigh in on Friday.

ARGH! The SAME half a pound i've been battling, was BACK on that darn scale.

I'm HOPING that it's the lack of exerice that's killing me - I hurt my back and haven't been able to do my cardio as much as I was doing. BUT really, I am SO frustrated! I have been eating SO much less since starting Meridia - I just have a very small appetite, so I can make better (SMALLER) choices and eat small meals more frequently.

I think the "poofy tummy" has settled down too. Must have been my body getting used to the drug.

OK, I'm NOT going to give up, I'm NOT going to give up!

Thanks for listening to my rant...I REALLY want to get rid of this extra tire around my middle!

07-10-2001, 03:40 PM
Hello everyone,
Yes, I'm a newbie. What a wonderful site! And boy do I need it right now. I've been batteling my weight for some time now. I started Merida and I've lost 8 pounds in about 5 weeks. Not great, but not bad either. I am finally able to stop eating when I'm satisfied. That's something new to me.
But I've got a rough time ahead of me, and don't know how I'll be able to handle it. Yesterday I was let go, or laid off from my job. The initial shock hasn't worn off yet. Maybe if I can keep my chin up, I can finally start to take walks and get a little excersize. On the outside I'm laughing and happy about it. On the inside I'm crying and feel humiliated. I was the only one they cut. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. But it's so hard to stay up at a time like this.

07-10-2001, 11:42 PM
debdub welcome to the board and welcome to this thread. I think 8 lbs in 5 weeks is fantastic. Remember for many of us we have been gaining weight steadily over the months and years so to even maintain our weight would be a major hurdle. To lose weight is an accomplishment. We all want to lose weight fast but unfortunately for most of us it does not happen that way.

I am sorry to hear you were laid off. This is happening to so many people around the country. I know it does not make it easier for you but there are many others in your situation. If you can, try to take some time off in between jobs. It is summer and if you have unemployment it can be a good time to regroup and think about what you would like to do in your next job. And don't be ashamed (I know easier said than done).

WineBratSF, think is might be the lack of exercise that is keeping you fighting the battle with that same 1/2 lb. Take care of your back and hopefully you will get by your plateau.

Frosty, so glad you had a wonderful weekend. Sometimes we just have to have that bit of extra food. That two pounds is probably already gone as I write this.

Amy, sounds like you are doing very well--20" WOW. I remember you were having trouble sleeping. Think your husband has a wonderful idea. You might as well read if you are up. I am not sure how the Merida helps me. I still have some days when I am hungry hungry but other days when I could care less. Think the Merida keeps me "in control"

Got weighted at my group tonight. We can choose whether or not to get weighted. I get on the scale every two weeks. Have lost 58/59 (it is not a digital scale) since the end of January. I still have quite a bit to go, so I just take it one day at a time.

Take care all. debdub, you will be in my thoughts.

07-11-2001, 12:03 PM
Hi Everyone!

Nikolas - Wow! Your weight loss keeps me inspired. Now on my second month of Meridia I have now lost 12lbs. It hasn't been as easy lately as it was in the first month so hearing about your success helps keep me focused.

I have been sick this week so it has been easy to not eat. I am starting walking and hoping this will help also.

Take care everyone!


07-13-2001, 07:00 PM
Success at last!

Into my 4th week of Meridia, and FINALLY my plateau is broken...
Hopefully, it's just my body realizing that it WANTED to let go of those darn pounds! (4.2 this week)

Happy Friday the 13th ALL!'

07-16-2001, 02:02 AM
It would seem like everyone is doing well - congrats winebrat and Nikolas on your weight loss!

I hope you are feeling better commit2it...

My week of holidays are over - boy did they ever fly by! So back to the regular routine tommorow. I did manage to lose the 2 pounds I regained so I am at Ground Zero - I've lost 12 pounds to date and am at the lowest weight I have been at in over 1 year. From here on, all loses I make will be new ground.

I get married on Oct. 20th and would love to lose at least another 10 pounds before then. I know I can achieve at least that!! Hopefully closer to 25 pounds!

Have a great week everyone!

07-16-2001, 04:51 PM
I am fairly new and not on Merida. Just stopped by to say hi to Nikolas who turned me onto this site.

Don't know about everyone else but Nik is doing so well on Merida. She has lost more than anyone in our whole group (we don't see weights but all of us can tell)

Much luck to all of you who are trying. It is a hard road. I have now lost 38 lbs but it is very slow sometimes. I want to lose a total of 60 and probably should lose a few more.

See you at group Tuesday night, Nik.


07-17-2001, 03:28 PM
Here's an update (I've been away a lot and haven't been in chat in weeks!). I weighed in at my doctor's yesterday and after three months I've lost 38 pounds!!! I still have a long way to go because I'm now at 270, but I can wear a smaller size clothes and even they are getting too big for me. I just wish there was a way to shrink my skin - I think I've stretched it beyond it's rebounding point. But if I need surgery after all of this then it will be worth it.

07-17-2001, 03:44 PM
Glad to hear so many of you are doing well on Meridia! After my first month I weighed in at the doctor's office with only a one pound loss (eek) and she decided to UP my dosage to 15 mg. But I decided instead to switch to Xenical. The Meridia made me feel a little weird, I had a constant pressure in my head (almost like sinuses?) and at first I thought it was just me, but when I stopped taking it, it did subside. Maybe it just wasn't for me?

Anyway, good luck to those of you still on it and I hope to read of more success stories from you!

Vi :D

07-17-2001, 04:05 PM
Hi Ladies. Thought I would pop in to say hi. I've been lurking for a while and recently started posting on the support and 100 lb. threads. I totally agree with your statements on Meridia. Reluctantly, I tried it after stalled efforts at losing. I've been on it about 2 months, with a 10 pound loss, much slower than I would have expected, but it's going in the right direction. No drug is a crutch. I don't want to be on Meridia forever, but if it can help me over the difficult periods until new habits can be established, then it's worth it. My worst time was right after work. I used to walk in the door fixated on what I could eat, sometimes opening up the fridge before I even took my coat off! Now, I feel full on less (which really helps) so 1/2 sandwich really is enough. If I keep eating, I'll feel gross the rest of the day. The food fixation is also diminished--when I come home from work I can open the mail, change, feed the cats, whatever, and then decide what dinner will be. My doc offered to up the dosage, but I'm sticking to 10mg for now. I want to increase exercise first. Haven't had any side effects. I'm losing about 1.6 pounds per week, which for someone my size (315) eating about 1200 cal, is slow. I never had the big 8 or 10 pound losses larger people often experience in the initial weeks. If I have to fight for each pound, so be it.

Hope to check in from time to time.

07-17-2001, 05:25 PM
Catmum...might I suggest that you aren't eating enough?
I know it sounds bizarre, but I had a two month plateau on my weight loss, and after changing some of my eating habits and eating MORE, I actually lost 5 pounds.
If our bodies don't get enough fuel (even with Meridia), then they go in to starvation mode, and actually slow down. I have a feeling that 1200 calories isn't enough for you...I am at 255 and i eat 1500-1800 calories a day and have lost an average of .75 pounds a week, with high losses on the weeks where I ate more and exercised...

Anyway good thoughts are with you!


07-18-2001, 07:25 PM
I've often thought the same. I've gone weeks when the scale has barely budged, and I've thought undereating could be the culprit (although most who have not walked in our shoes never believe that). I also need to increase exercise. The program I'm (at doc's office) emphasizes 2000 calories worth of exercise per week, over and above your normal activity level. My office is about 1/2 mile from the train station, so I get a 1 mile walk in every day. I have to look at that as the baseline and build from there. The 2000 cal. requirement also means as you lose you have to do more to meet the 2000 cal, either increasing time spent exercising or intensity. The doc's staff also discusses case studies of long term weight loss, and the steady exercisers were, no surprise, more successful in maintaining a loss.

take care all

07-18-2001, 09:17 PM
Hi everyone and welcome catmum.

VioletRose sorry to hear that you had a problem with Merida. I am sure that others have had unpleasant side effects also. That is the nature of drugs and you were wise to note your symptoms and stop taking it. You will have to let us know how you do with Xenical. My doctor offered it to me also, he let me make a choice. It is interesting to know that you can take both Merida and Xenical together (no thanks)

catmum, I still think your weight loss is wonderful but do agree with winebrat and you that you can eat too little. Then your body goes into a protect mode and you will not lose. I have to watch that sometimes also.

I do believe that exercise is the key. It is the only thing that can raise our metabolism. I have had a back problem and was not able to exercise for three days. Believe it or not I was bummed out. Started slowly again last night and hopefully can pick up where I left off after seeing physcial therapist tomorrow.

Amy WOW WOW WOW you have done a fantastic job. 38 lbs. We will all be like twigs together. lol. Keep it up.

Taco, see that you posted here. The meeting last night was good wasn't it. Love most of the people. See you next week.

Frosty have not seen you on chat and I did not know you were going to be a bride. Congratulations.

Take care everyone---

07-19-2001, 12:29 AM
Hi Nikolas,

I had my first weigh in today after starting Xenical on Friday and I lost 5.75 lbs. But I had a big gain last week after I stopped the meridia, so it could just be a coincidence. I'll have to wait and see how it goes next week!

I can definitely tell you that the Xenical does at times have some gross side effects (like they warn) but hopefully once the body adjusts, that will too!

Don't blame you on not wanting to take both at a time. I think it's too expensive! My Xencical would have cost me $125, except for a coupon on their web site, which brought the price down! The 15 mg of Meridia was going to cost about the same, so I figured I would make the switch, rather than going with the higher dosage.

Sounds like you have been doing great with the Meridia though, so keep it up!


07-19-2001, 01:30 PM
Hi All.

I totally agree about the exercise portion! That is my biggest struggle, but I also recognize that the weeks where I do get to the gym or walk, that I lose MUCH better than the weeks I don't.

Catmum, you're doing great. I had a few weeks there that I was really frustrated too. But you're doing great, and just keep plugging away (that's what i tell myself too)! Sounds like you are doing good on the exercise though.

Well, I'm PMSing this week so it's REALLY hard to stay on track.
I will NOT eat 1000 Jelly Bellies for lunch! I will not!

TTFN - time for my bananna and raspberry breakkie.

Hi All.

07-20-2001, 10:02 AM
For those of you paying for your prescriptions, I decided to do a little digging last night on the AETNA US Healthcare website and I found out that they *will* pay for weight loss meds (like Meridia or Xenical) if your BMI is over 30 or if it's over 27 and you have certain medical conditions. I guess some of them try not to make that well known, but after seeing that some people had insurance covering their prescriptions, I decided to check! So make sure you check very well with your insurance plan!! I switched to Xenical and it was going to cost $125 so I'm thrilled to know this!

07-20-2001, 11:22 AM
I recently took a trip to Mexico. It's only an 8 hour drive, and one tank of gas from where I live. While I was there, I ran into a woman that buys her Sibutramine, in Mexico. It's called Raductil, but she claims it's the same as Merida. I talked to a Pharmacist, and he told me it was the same thing as well. It's in Pharmacias everywhere. She said she paid about $50.00 for 15, 15mg. capsules. She has a perscription, but prefers to buy it this way because she said it's cheaper. I checked into the laws here, and from what I understand, if I'm interpreting it correctly, (And I may not be,) You can legally purchase and transport enough pharmaceuticles for 6 months of personal use across the US border. Has anyone tried this Raductil? And is it really the same thing as Merida? Does it work just as well? I may be making another road trip to Sunny Mexico if so.

07-20-2001, 11:48 AM
First, welcome!! There are great people on these boards.
Second, I urge you to be cautious about buying Rx drugs outside the US. While the formulation may be the same, there's no guarantee that the drug is unadulterated, as it's not under the control of the FDA. Merida is still a controlled substance in the US (although my doc told me the FDA may de-list it soon). One side effect of Meridia is an increase in blood pressure, so please be careful.

My insurance (United Healthcare and Express Pharmacy) pays for weight loss drugs, fortunately. My co-pay for a month's supply is about $15, and I called the mail order pharmacy program we have, and they cover Meridia as well--$30 for a 90 day supply. If your benefit plan includes a mail order Rx option, you can get supplies of maintenance drugs (insulin, BP medicine, etc.) for a low co-pay. For those of you with group health insurance through your employer, note that the decision of whether to cover diet drugs is not just up to the ins. company. Your employer also decides whether they are covered. If the employer doesn't want to pay for them, the ins. comp will act accordingly. So, if your ins. comp tells you they are not covered, don't give up! Go to your benefits office and ask. You can point out that covering the drugs is cheaper for the company in the long run. It's cheaper to pay for $1000 of drugs today than long term treatment for heart disease, cancer and other conditions obesity contributes to. Be persistent!

07-23-2001, 12:59 AM
Wow, I'm envious of you that have insurance! My mom (we're partners in business but she is covered under my dad's policy) has tried to find health insurance privately for me at a reasonable cost and it is impossible. I have asthma and she's been told that I need to get to 175 lb. before they will insure me. What a pain. The good thing is this is even more incentive to take the weight off! For now I'm pleased with the weight loss so I'll gladly pay for the Meridia and the doctor's visits. I just wish that I could find a cheaper way to get a tummy tuck once this is all over with (I've been told it will cost around $7,000). Believe me, I'll find the way to pay for it if I have to get a second job, but if anyone has any other ideas I'm open for suggestions. I wonder if I went to a teaching hospital and let a novice work on me?? Then I wonder...are my thighs and upper arms going to need work too? I already know that I need a boob job...I've needed one of those for years! Oh well, that is down the road and maybe I'll hit the lottery by then :)
Good luck to everyone.

07-23-2001, 01:43 AM
debdub agreeing with catmum. be careful what you buy that is not regulated by FDA

amy, have you gone onto the Merida site. They send you a card and you get 25% off on your first three month supply and then 50% off the next three months. I just got my doc to write me a new scipt and took it to another pharmacy. My pharmacy probably would have gone it but just went up the street. My insurance will not cover Merida but will cover Xenical.

I too need my stomach done. The only way that I have heard of insurance paying is if you keep having a persistant rash. Yes I know, yech. But at the hospital I go to, there is a procedure where they remove only excess skin and it is much less expensive. I will wait until I am done losing and then check into it.
Sure I can use other "tucks" but will not have the $$$ so will concentrate on stomach.

debdub how is your job hunting coming?

Just left chat---it is almost 12:45 here so I am off to bed

Take care

07-23-2001, 12:02 PM
Thanks for the input on the Mexican Merida. I don't have insurance, or a job, so of course saving a few bucks looks real good to me. Too good sometimes. The job hunt isn't going real well, but I can get unemployment for 6 months, or until I find something, whichever comes first, so that will help. We live in a small community, and it's a tourist town to boot. So jobs in my field are pretty much unheard of. I'd have to drive to the next town over for work, which is only about a half hour away, but I'm also taking care of an uncle that had a mild stroke about 4-5 months ago. He lives a block away from us. He's coming along pretty well, although he fell down some steps again on Saturday, and got banged up and bloodied. He can't do his own errands, shopping, laundry, dog walking, cooking, or get to any of his many doctor appointments, etc. I take care of that. So it's been a big load off my shoulders having been laid off actually, now that I've had a few weeks to get over the initial shock, and think about it. We're just tightening our belts for now, and hoping for the best. Everything happens for a reason. And I really needed the rest. I was on my way to a meltdown with all that on my plate plus a full time job.
My weight hasn't changed at all. I'm not eating as much, the Merida has been a wonderful tool. I can finally stop eating when I'm satisfied. But I'm not getting any exercise, so I suppose that's where I'm falling short. It seems I've hit a wall. I'm so busy taking care of two households, you'd think that's exercise enough, but it's not. The only time I sit down is at the computer, at dinner, and when I fold clothes, and I get to sit down for a long time today. Got alot of laundry to fold. I'm actually looking forward to it! Gonna put the tv on, get a big glass of Sun tea, and fold heaps of clothes. It's gonna be a lovely day.
Hang in there everyone, keep your eye on the prize. It's all about determination. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. We can do this!

07-23-2001, 03:02 PM
Okay Deb, anyone that can see a huge pile of laundry as a good thing, well they are a hero in my book! I hate laundry and it is a discipline I had to get myself into when I started my "New Life" after my divorce six years ago (that and doing the dishes after every meal). Then I think, if I can discipline myself to do laundry and dishes, why can't I do the same with food and exercise? Well, with the help of Meridia I've been able to do that with food, and hopefully I will be in the routine after the Meridia has gone. Exercise is still tricky. I've yet to find something that I enjoy...but while I'm on the hunt, I'm getting lots of different ways to burn calories!

Thanks for the info on the discount card Nik. I have actually used it for the past two months (the first one I paid regular price for but my pharmacist went ahead and used it for the next month just like it was my first time so maybe it doesn't make a difference?). After I've reached my goal I will talk to my doctor about options for my leftover skin. I figure I should wait to prove to him that I will make it to goal. I'm confident but I think I'm having to prove myself to lots of skeptics! Yet another reason to succeed!!

07-23-2001, 03:37 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am curious after reading the previous couple of posts regarding tummy tucks....I have about 100lbs to loose. Will I need a tummy tuck? I thought if I lost slowly that my skin would shrink back if I was exercising regularly. Am I wrong, will I be left with tons of skin hangin' everywhere???

Just wondering.....


07-23-2001, 03:38 PM
Thanks Amy, but I'm no hero! And I hate doing laundry as much as I hate doing dishes every blessed day and night, or shopping for groceries,...or excercise. (I'm pretty sure I was born to be a thin beautiful princess, but there was a terrible mistake made somewhere along the line. But That's ok. I'm a beautiful princess on the inside.)
I DO love to sit and watch the Discovery Channel, or Home and Garden TV, but don't have the time. And what better opportunity than when folding clothes? I forget all about it being laundry day, and then it's all about a little much needed quality time with my tv.
It's all in how you look at it. And that's what works for me. Now if I could just find a way to look at the excercise thing. I know what you mean about excercise. I haven't found any excercise I actually enjoy. So, I walked for quite a while, with no results. Then the uncle had his stroke. So there went my free time. Even if I could find a way to make the time to do it now, I'm not sure I would. (I keep telling myself I would, but I think I'm lying to me.) Unless I found something that I truly enjoyed...which hasn't happend yet.
You keep forging ahead with your battle. Little by little, if we stay focused (which isn't easy) and determined, (which is harder still) we will get there. Don't give up. Don't give in. Show all the skeptics, and yourself, and the world around you, your inner strength. (Even if you don't have determination, or inner strength, pretend you do. Eventually it will become a habit, and you'll have some for real.) Inch by inch, we'll get there. You'll see. Inch by inch.

07-23-2001, 05:41 PM
debdub you have your hands full. Sounds like the lay off was a blessing in disguise. It is wonderful that you are taking care of your uncle. He is very many people would not spend that much time with their own parents.

There is a super post on this diet thread "Doing it the old fashioned way" written by aphil who I chat with online. She mentions exercise, exercise exercise plus she has some super insights. Anyway, I know it is tough, I too work full time and in the fall, winter, spring work one additional night a week. I am always "on the run". My favorite saying is "With all the running that I do I should be 100 lbs". Anyway I have come to realize that it is the exercise than can make or break a long term weight loss effort. I sat in group for three weeks listening to the leader talk about exercise and thought "I don't have the time to exercise." Think what finally got me was a woman in our group who worked full time, was on oxygen and she had started to do the treadmill every night. So I began and it was slow and I still don't have the time but I do it whether I get home at 6, 8, or 10. Do I enjoy it? NO. But I do get a sense of satisfation afterwards that feels so good. I make it easy on myself (for the present) by using Richard Simmon's tapes so they are right at home. Hopefully you will find something that you like to do---good luck and keep us informed.

Elle, don't go thinking that you will need a tummy tuck. First of all, I am old so my skin does not have the resiliancy of someone that is in their 20s, 30s. Also, and this is from doctor who may be a crazy, but because I put on 100 lbs in about three years he says that the loose skin will not tighten as much as it would if I had put the weight on gradually. Actually this makes no sense to me but that was his answer when I asked. I am drooping all over right now and it is very attractive. People wonder why I am wearing long sleeves in the summer. lol. I am sure you will do just fine.

Amy perhaps you and I can find one doc and get a two for one special. We can also donate our skin.

Take care everyone-----we are all together in this.

07-24-2001, 10:45 AM
I'm not an expert on skin, and I plan to ask my doctor, but I'm guessing that since I've been grossly overweight for the past 20 years, then I have stretched it beyond its limits. I have massive stretch marks on my stomach and so I figure I'm doomed. Plus, I am losing at an average of 3 lbs. a week so that may be too fast but I have so much to lose I don't want to take 5 years to do it.

07-24-2001, 07:24 PM
Hello everyone, I have been posting on the 100 lb. club site, but I saw this one about the meridia users and I wanted to tell you my story. I started taking the meridia last June and to this date I have lost 20 lbs. I do not have a problem with side effects, and I feel just fine. The meridia curbs my appetite so I can make good choices about what I eat. I am also on a food combining program ( ). This site will help you choose the right foods to eat for good health as well as losing weight. When I reach my goal I will have established a good way of eating for the rest of my life. Some of you may want to check it out. Also I wanted to ask if all of you have checked to see if you may have a thyroid problem. This can hinder weight loss also. You can find out by doing this... Every morning for about three days, check your temperature with a thermometer before rising,lie still without moving around and keep it in your mouth about 5 minutes. Keep a record of your temp. If it is 97.2 or lower for that time period, you need to take a natural thyroid supplement. You can order them at that web site I mentioned earlier for $16.50 for 90 tablets. I hope my input has helped some of you, God Bless and keep up the good work.

07-24-2001, 08:56 PM
The reference to 'thyroid' caught my eye here...

I went to the website you referred to above and they are claiming that a whopping 40% of women suffer from thyroid problems. Sorry, but that is not what the medical literature says. Hypothyroidism (the condition that causes weight gain, among other symptoms) affects about 1% of American adults, and maybe 10% among the elderly.

And taking your temperature is not a surefire way of finding out if you have a thyroid problem. The only way to tell for sure is to be examined by a doctor - including a blood test...

Here's another interesting article:

Jenny-O - Is there any way you can get your money back for those thyroid pills? As you will see from the two articles above, they don't work...if you really DO have a thyroid problem (very rare) your doctor would have to prescribe hormones...