Product Review: PHENTERMINE Fan or Foe?

Several months ago, I life became both an obstacle and excuse preventing me from maintaining a regular schedule at the gym.  I had a trip coming up, and I was looking to drop weight.  At the time I was interested in a quick solution that would allow me to maximize my efforts in weight loss.  I spoke with a doctor regarding my interest, and without hesitation, he prescribed me Phentermine.phentermine37BigSpecks

If you are not familiar with Phentermine, I will simplify it by stating it’s doctor prescribed appetite suppressant that helps you to lose weight with little to no physical activity and reportedly provides you with an abundance of energy.  The appearance of the pill varies with your prescription from your doctor-(mine looked like the red, white and blue capsule below).  My doctor warned me to make sure I ate several times a day, and continuing my exercises for maximum results.

The first day I took, it, I noticed my appetite was reduced, but I was still able to eat, and I felt pretty good.  A few days later, I had no appetite for anything.  I was forcing myself to eat any tiny bit of food, and drink even water.  I was losing weight and dropped two pant sizes within a month.

imageseon_blueI was excited to lose the weight before my trip, and told myself that I would use my refills afterward along with returning to the gym to reach my goal.  The challenge with that plan was that Phentermine was not providing me with the energy it advertised.  Because I had no appetite and often went the entire day without eating anything more than a half sandwich, or half a bowl of cereal, I had no energy to do much of everything.  I was tired all the time.  I couldn’t take anything additional for energy because most energy supplements and beverages contained caffeine and I am caffeine sensitive.  I didn’t want additional caffeine in conjunction with what I was already ingesting through Phentermine.  Ultimately, my weight loss became totally dependent upon my reliability of the pill.

Another challenge I experienced with my taking Phentermine was that it caused major constipation.  Regularity is highly reliant upon a well-balanced diet, and water consumption.  My negligence in both left me “backed up” and I sought relief through using Now (brand) Magnesium Citrate supplements.  I still suffered because I still did not have an appetite and not drinking much of anything.

After using Phentermine for about 4 months, I was in a happy place image wise, but I began losing my “toned” look I worked hard for at the gym, and I was tired, so I chose to stop taking it.

My appetite remained suppressed for several weeks after I stopped taking Phentermine and my energy level was still pretty low.  After about 2 months without it, my appetite returned with a vengeance.  Now 6 months had passed that I hadn’t worked out, and I lost my motivation.  My weight slowly returned.

My experience led me to consider Phentermine more of a Foe than making me a Fan because I enjoy being active and I lost that while taking the prescribed diet pill.  EON06440Did I get results from taking it?  Yes, I did; however, I missed working out, I missed looking and feeling toned, and strong.  I missed the excitement of watching my body healthfully transition.  In the end, I was slimmer, softer (less muscle tone), and felt weak.  (I felt jiggly).

Everyone’s experience with Phentermine is different, and I think prior to taking it, one should consider what their goals actually are.  If you’re looking for a quick way to slim down without adopting healthier habits and nor creating an overall lifestyle change, then Phentermine might be for you.

However, if you are like me and desire a healthy life, over being “skinny”, then I suggest skipping the pill and developing a plan that will help you reach your desired goal.  Allow yourself to re-learn what to eat, and how much you should eat and start working out!  Set small goals that will lead you to your ultimate goal and enjoy every part of it.  After all, your main focus is to change your life for the better.

 

Charisse

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Conscious Eating

e713e2b413191066e11ed3f228d54b28Many blogs, and websites, like She’s Evolving, that are committed to adopting a healthier lifestyle address conscious eating through portion control, balanced and nutritious meals, meal planning and the list goes on.  Although all of these things are important when considering your health and eating rituals, it is not often when we explore deeper matters that affect us all, but stem from a bigger picture.

Although it is vital to me that She’s Evolving shares all of its information from a positive prospective; I am just as committed to sharing knowledge that will help bring awareness.  She’s Evolving is not a platform of trying to conform everyone to a single opinion; however, it is a platform to expand upon information that will encourage people to consider, to share and discuss, to learn from and continuously grow.

Nutrition LabelI have never pretended to be perfect in my own evolution process to lead a healthier lifestyle.  I am human, and like everyone, I have my periods where I want something greasy and cheesy.  Honesty is relatable.  With that being said, although I am very conscious about what I eat, (and feel guilty whenever I’m on the junk food train), by reading labels, cut out carbonated and sugary beverages, and try to make healthier choices; I can openly admit that outside of sodium, sugar, carbohydrate and fat information stored on the label, I am ignorant to the process beforehand.  Like most people, I am very limited in knowing where my food came from and as much as I thought I knew about reading the labels, this video let me know that I have so much more to learn and think about.

Talk to any health coach or nutritionist, and they will confirm the importance of having a well-balanced meal, and carbohydrates should not be eliminated from your diet, but instead, they should be monitored.  Fitness enthusiasts will share the importance of having protein in your diet to repair cells and create new ones, to build and repair tissues and they are aware that it is an essential building block, and key in creating and maintaining lean muscle.  So we learn these things and immediately commit to boneless, skinless chicken, and seafood high in protein and packed with Omega 3’s.  But yet again, we don’t think beyond that and consider the what story behind our protein sources.

Here are a couple very interesting articles to consider.  They left me wondering about what I am putting into my body and how it could or will affect me.

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/06/mass-fish-deaths-millions-found-dead-world-past-month.html

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/08/16/fda-finally-admits-chicken-meat-contains-cancer-causing-arsenic/

*Disclaimer, the videos and links provided in this post were not written by She’s Evolving and are solely shared with the intended purposes of bringing awareness only. 
 

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Change Requires An Introduction…

If you are a regular follower of She’s Evolving you probably have noticed that it has been a long while since I have last posted, and even during that time, my posts were infrequent.  Time management has been my enemy lately, and although I miss writing and sharing everything that I learn, am learning, in the process of doing or experiencing; I have been struggling to find balance between working full-time and going to school full-time.  But I do miss sharing with you, and reading your responses so I have decided to do something about it.

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In the interest of my blog and of all of you, I have decided to invite a contributing author to continue sharing stories of health, nutrition, exercise and personal growth.  Please welcome Liana!  Like most of us, she is on a journey of metamorphosis and is very excited to share her experiences.  I will continue to post as time permits, even if that means preparing something to have Liana post on my behalf.  I still have so much to share, and so much to learn!

Stay tuned…exciting changes are on the horizon!

-Charisse