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  1. Kristie

    Kristie New Member
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    Hi
    So I'm new to this forum and new to taking duromine, I'm 30 years old and I've always been unhappy with my weight, but recently decided i needed to become more healthier after watching my dad not being able to walk two blocks ...
    So I went to my doctor and they have put me on 30mg of duromine a week ago at the start of this I was 130kgs and I'm 178cm tall I figured I am doing small steps to start to get used to everything and trying to set myself up not to fail...
    I have been eating yoghurt for breakfast and chicken salad for lunch and usually having subway for dinner (there low fat menu) and trying to snack on nuts thru out the day
    So I decided to jump on the scales on the 7th day and I had actually lost 2kgs!!! I hadn't even noticed it at all!!!
    So this week I joined a gym and have got 2 close friends to set up gym dates with me so we can keep each other motivated ...
    So far the side effects I've had is the dry mouth (worse the first 2 days seems to be slowing now) I had the tremors as well but I think it's cause I've had so much energy!! I've woken a few times in the night but I think that's cause of the amount of water I now drink...
    I'm really hoping that this works I'm looking at 10kgs in 2 months as a realistic goal?!
    Anybody have any ideas how I can improve my weight loss???
     
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    Hello Kristie!:)
    Welcome to our friendly family)
    First of all, I would like to say that you did right when decided to change things you didn't like in your life, this time weight.
    It does affects the health and life in general, that is a fact. So, doing the first step - starting a diet, therapy, exercises, etc.; is a huge deal that requires patience and will power. I see you have both.
    As for the side effects, dry mouth is common; tremors come often too; and the energy is rather a positive effect than an adverse reaction, isn't it?;)
    Then. 10kg in 2 months is more than realistic goal - it is achievable. The only thing you should keep in mind - is that once you started, you should stick to your new lifestyle and never step back. It can be difficult at the beginning, but you can get used to it, I know what I'm saying. Was there myself)))
    All in all, I see no lacks in your plan, and the fact that you have added gym into your schedule (working out with friends is a good idea and motivation!) makes me calm about your stable results. Most people find it very hard to exercise, especially when their BMI is over 30 and they are just at the beginning of the weight loss path. Unfortunately, you CANNOT get any sufficient weight loss without exercising or other high physical loads, even taking the diet pills. Please note that.
    So my usual recommendation for a stable / sufficient weight loss: pills + regular diet (low calorie products eaten 4-5 times a day in small portions at one and the same time daily) + loads of water + exercises (also regular and I mean exercises, not just walking). Also good sleep is needed, but considering that pills might cause some problems with night sleep, I recommend to take them in the morning.

    That's it for now, I hope you will find my advise helpful or at least some of the points. Good luck!:D
     
  3. Kristie

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    So just an small update in case anyone is actually readin this...
    So two weeks has gone by so far and I have lost 5 kilos I know it's not as much as some other people here but I figure any loss is better then no loss have also started to go to the gym. So far not to bad managed to up the treadmill from 15 minutes to 25 Minutes and I am aiming to do 2 Kms in less then 10 mins as of today I don't it in 13.13 minutes so slow but steady progress considering the first day I couldn't even go 10 minutes on it at all
     
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    Kristie, let me tell you one important thing.
    If you don't mind.

    Walking on a treadmill for 15, 25 or even 30 minutes - is not a solution. And it is not good at all for your cardiovascular system, believe me. Of course you couldn't do more than 13. No one can at first. And you should not torture your body right away. Please, don't listen to those, who say the more time you do the treadmill the better. No way. All you will get is exhaustion and dyspnea. And when you will not see the difference in weight after some time, you will be disappointed. What you need for great weight loss - is cutting (fat burn exercises). It is enough to do 5-7 minutes on treadmill (warm up) to launch your metabolism and calorie burn process. Once you did this, you need to move to some strength exercises, because they not only burn calories and fat, but also keep your muscles on place.

    Well, I know few people can do the right strength exercises without personal coach, but you can go to group trainings, like zumba, or tai-chi. They combine lots of movements and strength exercises. Plus, these groups usually train for 30 minutes, which is optimal. And you will get set of different movements, necessary for your entire body, instead of just training one zone.

    Please, don't think that I'm teaching you. No. I just want to help. Because I tried so many different options when I was in the middle of my weight loss program...

    Have a nice day!
     
  5. Kristie

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    Hi Kate
    Thanks for replying I gladly any and all help with this journey I am on...
    I thought in my first week or so I would take it easy as I haven't exercised at all in years and that is horrifying to think about now as I get up every morning at 630 to go to the gym now and then after work as well I am signed up for personal training session which start next week which I am a bit excited about and nervous as hell as well and the group classes haven't yet started at my gym as it only just opened up on Monday but there are soon to follow so at the moment I'm just plodding along with the treadmill and bike until I can learn what exercised are best for me with my trainer...
    I'm still a little lost with it all but hopefully with some help from who ever I can get it from I will get there in the end
     
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    Excellent dear!
    I agree with you. Personal training is actually the best thing to start with. So, don't be afraid you will do fine, and your coach will teach everything your body needs. Because they usually examine you at the beginning to see what your body is capable of. So I am sure the loads will be moderate and you will like training after all. Fingers crossed and good luck!
     
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    So it's now the 23 of August and I have completely changed the way I eat and what I eat and the amount of exercise I do! So I got weighed and I am now down to 123.4 kgs slowly but surely the weight is slipping off and it feels great most symptoms I had have now gone and I don't have any cravings for anything sweet at all... I'm enjoying the gym and new classes I'm taking
     
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    You're progressing, happy for you, Kristie!
    Enjoy the gym classes and new lifestyle!;)
     
  9. Kristie

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    hey all
    so been a while since ive updated ( yeah ive been a slacker of recent) so its the 29th of september and i am now down to 115kgs... while the weight has starting slowing down coming off perhaps because im off duromine now but i am still working out 5-6 times a week and have changed my eating habits and i no longer crave sweets or chocolate and people are now starting to notice that ive lost a lot of weight which i feel is good, i know i still have a long way to go but i have continued on with my personal trainer and while every session is a test i love going 3 times a week i highly suggest anyone who is struggling with it get a good personal trainer!!! mine makes such a difference and pushes me to places i didnt think i could ever go with things i would have never attempted by myself

    so far 18.4kgs down and counting, i am looking forward to getting under 100kgs but know it is still a little while off but this is the lightest ive been in years and its now the happiest ive been as well
     
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    Well Done Kristie you are inspiring me! Like you I have a lot of weight to loose. I am only on Day 2 and I weigh 115kg. I have issues with my knee so I really need to loose about 30KG MINIMUM. This is an astronomical amout so I am aiming to loose blocks of 10KG .

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
     
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    Hi Kezzamcc

    small goals are the key to start with as when i look at how much i needed/need to lose it does overwhelm me( i need to lose at least 40+kgs) , but my advise is just to keep plugging away at it, thats how im getting thru and it seems to be working so far :)
    you will have a slightly different path from everyone here ( i found i wasnt losing as much as other as quickly) but it does work esp if you combine it with good hard exercise! i have had issues with my knee ( tore my acl and tendon of the bone) but im not letting anything stop me this time i have found its all in the mind, and it has such a difference for me this time.
    i get people almost every day asking me if its worth the discomfort i suffer the next day after my personal training and my answer has been hell yes!!! im becoming a better healthier me how could that not be a good thing? whats a little pain and discomfort now when i know what im aiming for?
    and the more i do the easier it becomes and the more i like it, so just keep trying and you will get there good luck!
     
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