Positive first week! (Duromine with PCOS and hypothyroidism)

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  1. Gettingmylifeback

    Gettingmylifeback New Member
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    Starting Weight:
    80.2kg
    Current Weight:
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    Height:
    162kg
    Lost:
    3.3kg
    Goal Weight:
    65ish
    Hi everyone, I have just started duromine for the first time and so far it has been a positive experience. Some stats so far:
    HW-86kg
    SW -80.2kg
    CW - 76.9

    I have struggled with my weight my whole adult life and after having my third bub a year ago I had put on 13kgs. On my daughter's 1st birthday, I realised I would be 30 soon and had wasted my 20s being too unhealthy, overweight, unfit and ashamed to get the most out of life. I changed my eating and exercising habits and managed to lose 5kgs. Despite working with a dietitian and exercising 2x a day 5days a weeks I could not lose any more. My doc has said this is most likely due to me having PCOS and hypothyroidism and offered me duromine as reducing weight will help the symptoms of both.
    I am currently on day 8 of 30mg and at weigh in yesterday I was surprised to see I am 3.3kg down!
    I have not had many side effects. Just thirst/dry mouth and the first 2 nights were rough.
    The biggest thing it has changed for me is allowing me to be more conscious of the times and amount I am eating and drinking.
    I have really enjoyed lurking here the last few days and reading everyone's journeys! Good luck everyone!
     
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    @Gettingmylifeback I just read your introduction and am wondering how you are getting on?
     
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    Hi, currently 2.5 weeks in and going well thanks!
    CW is 76.1kgs
    "Only" lost 800g last week but after reading through people's experiences I was expecting a lower loss. Still a little disappointing, I'm not going to lie haha.
    But I am using this week to focus on eating enough calories each day and forming sustainable eating habits.
    It has poured here all week and all 3 kids have been sick so I haven't been able to exercise at all apart from 20mins a day HIIT style in my lounge room and my active job. Hardly any side effects now, occasional dry mouth and late night.
    Despite the scales not moving much I had 2 NSVs this week!
    1. I bought my first pair of Lorna Jane tights. In a MEDIUM!
    2. My body fat %has decreased from 36.9% to 34.8%
    Trying to focus on the positives and hoping I get that bit closer to my 1st goal of 75kg next week!
    I was just wondering what kind of calorie intake you aim for while exercising? I have been struggling to get in more than 600/700 a day and I am thinking that may be why my loss has slowed so much?
    Thank you!
     
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    @Gettingmylifeback - you are doing fantastic! You have lost just over 4 kilos in 2.5 weeks!! Thats a great result!

    I really like your attitude and determination in focusing on your sustainable eating habits :). With kids I know how hard it can be and sometimes you want to just say "bugger it, too tired tonight, lets just go out and buy ???....." So go you!

    I always recommend a skipping rope as an investment for cardio! They are cheap, can use them anytime/anywhere, and they get that heart rate hopping!


    Well done on your NSV's - that's AMAZING!!!

    I actually think your calorie intake is really low, unless you have had some type of bariatric surgery done in the past?? If so than I can see why you are having so little calories. If not, it is something that will definitely contribute to slowing your up your weight loss.

    The recommended daily intake for women to lose weight is 1200 calories. A lot of ladies here start up at around the 1,000 calorie mark - however we are always adjusting, especially when becoming regular with exercise as our bodies need more fuel to function properly and run healthily...

    Have you looked at your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate)? These will give you a good insight into what your body burns just by doing normal every day things.

    I would definitely try and at least push your calorie intake up to 1000, and see how it responds.

    Hope I have helped a little, and I can't wait to continue reading more of your journey :)
     
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    Hi , I have just started duromine 30mg for 2 days and it's my second time. The 1st time I took 15 days only (managed to lose 3kg and keep it off) and discontinued due to terrible mood swing for a month. I was miserable and irritated easily. I have tried so many dietary supplements yet to no avail. I was stress as I can't lose the weight and continously crave for foods. Exercise is out of questions and since my craving is strong, my diet is unmanageable. I decided to give duromine another go coz I don't believe anymore with other diet products.
    This time around I monitor my eating patterns carefully and ensure I eat smaller portion every few hours.
    I don't experience nasty side effect, perhaps little dry mouth and headaches at night time. I still feel hungry but appetite is small. Hope to see some good result after a week!
    Starting Weight - 79.7kgs
    Current Weight - 79.7kgs
    Goal Weight - 68kgs
    Weight loss - 0kgs
     
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    Hi @June - Welcome to the forums!

    So glad you have decided to give it another go :)

    Its great that you are monitoring your eating. Eating every couple of hours will get your metabolism up and at them. Are you tracking your calories too? If you haven't already have a look at "My Fitness Pal" or "Lose It" - they both have free options that are just great. Both will track your calorie intake as well as break down how much protein, carbs, fats, sodium and sugar you are consuming. For me Lose It, has been really great and has allowed me to get a better grip on what I am putting into my body.

    I noted that the first time on Duromine you went 15 days before getting terrible mood swings. I wanted to ask about your diet at that time - had you cut out all sugar or were weaning yourself of it? Sugar withdrawal is one of the things that can really make your moods go all over the place. Before taking Duromine I was a huge coffee drinker, around 8 cups a day with 2 sugars and milk. I cut right back to 2 or 3 with only 1 sugar and no milk. I was feeling so emotional, but couldn't figure out why. A lovely member here posted me some info in regards to sugar withdrawal, and it clicked that this is what was happening to me! Even though I hadn't cut out all my added sugar entirely I had gone from 16 teaspoons down to 3 and my body was not happy!

    Here is a really good article if your interested.

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    Cant wait to hear how you get on :)
     
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    Thankyou @Rava ! How does one work out their metabolic rate?
    Good luck @June I hope you have a better experience this time around!
    I am currently at the end of week 3!
    SW: 80.2
    CW: 74.7
    Total loss:5.5kg
    This week I have focused on eating more calories and forming sustainable eating habits.
    Currently my diet is:
    Brekky: coffee(skim milk no sugar), porridge with fruit
    Morning snack: carmen protein museli bar (a little high in sugar but has to be eaten on the run and the protein keeps me full)
    Lunch: chicken and pumpkin salad
    Dinner: usually a stir fry, or spaghetti bolognese with zoodles, or chicken/fish with veg
    If I find myself craving something sweet I will have a yogurt with almonds and 97%dark choc or 2 tbs of coconut icecream.
    I have found allowing myself to have those foods kills the craving but also as they are rich they are hard to binge on. I hope that this will help me beat the cravings once I am off duromine instead of just banning them and not learning to control it.
    I have also been walking this week and started back at the gym doing body pump classes.
    Stoked to have lost again this week after plateauing last week!
    TMI (dont read if period talk offends you)
    NSV this week is that I got my period for the first time in 2.5 years! Weird thing to be excited about but with PCOS it is a sign that the weightloss is lessening my symptoms and my body is starting to work again!
     
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    @Gettingmylifeback - the weight is flying off you! 5.5kg is a huge loss! It took me 6 weeks to lose 6 kilos!!

    I'm glad to read you upped your calories, and going by what you are eating you are doing really very well - you got this :) What is your calorie intake at now?

    In regards to cravings I like how you are approaching them - really sensible IMO, and how good is it that your body is responding!

    You have definitely got this, and I cant wait to read more of your journey!

    PS: If you haven't already, don't forget to take your measurements - I think you will see quite a big shift!
     
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    Well it will be 4 weeks tomorrow!
    SW 80.2
    CW 73.5
    Total lost 6.7kgs
    Bit of an up and down week this week. The kids have been coughing all night keeping me up and I ended up with tonsilitis. So not much exercising has been happening. Eating well, have been meal planning and prepping which is helping me stay on track with all the exhaustion and work, tafe, mum life.
    I have been enjoying weights at home still, trying to tone and work on my arms and bum. Starting to see results earlier now there isn't so much fat on top of the muscle haha.
    Seeing go tomorrow for a weigh in and to chat about continuing. I am a bit nervous that he won't give me another script. I still have another 10ish kgs to go to be in a "healthy weight" range. I feel confident that I will be able to continue the meal plans and exercise I am doing currently but I am worried that without the duro my weight will stop dropping because of my issues.
     
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    Hi Gettingmylifeback, was reading your post today and thougbt you might find this exercise option interesting. Last summer while on duromine I used an old exercise bike everyday and the bonus was not just toned legs and stomach but the arms actually became more toned and muscular than when I was in my 20's!!! Good bonus for no extra work and keep up the great work!! ☆
     
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    Sorry, forgot to mention I also have pcos (insulin resistant) so you are welcome to chat anytime here!! jo
     
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    Thanks @Jo666 ! I am still waiting to get an appointment with the specialist for pcos to chat about my hormones/metformin etc. Are you on medication for your pcos?
    Just popping in for a quick update as life is insane atm, end of year for you!
    HW:84kgs
    SW: 80.2kgs
    CW: 72.1kgs
    Currently in week 6! Huge milestone today with 12kgs total lost! Half way to my ultimate goal! Feeling great about everything atm. I have started taking duro every 2nd day as we have had a rough few weeks. Kids are still sick, work has been crazy etc. Managing to keep my eating on track quite well despite having 2 birthdays and loads of cake around
    The weightloss has slowed a bit but I have been exercising a lot more. I am loving going back to gym classes and feeling my strength and fitness continually improve. I even have baby biceps! I did an unassisted sit up for the first time post babies today!
    The slowed weight loss has allowed my skin to catch up a bit and I am noticing a huge reduction in the loose skin around my tummy and thighs.
    Even though the scales haven't moved much the past 2 weeks, yesterday I tried on a pair of high waisted size 12 shorts expecting to not get them zipped. They did up easily and were even a tad too big!
    I definitely feel I am getting my life back, I can run around with my kids without being winded and am happy to take photos with them. I am more confident leaving the house and attending big gatherings without stressing for days beforehand about what I will wear to hide my hugeness.
    I am so greatful for this forum and the helpful advice I have gotten!
     
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    @Gettingmylifeback a 12kg loss and a size 12 too big - AMAZING!

    I am so glad to read that you are feeling great and to now know you have some baby biceps happening (which gave me a giggle when I read it as that's how I describe mine :p)

    Hope this week has been a great one, and cant wait to read your next update :)
     
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    Hi all, sorry it has been so long. I just finished my last script after taking it every few days.
    At the end of the duromine part of my journey my stats are:
    HW: 84.7kgs
    SW: 80.2kgs
    CW: 62.8kgs!!!!
    That's right I am only 2kg off my goal weight and have lost a total of 22kgs!
    It has not been a straight forward journey. I have had slip ups and weeks I have gained weight but I got there! I never gave up and I feel fantastic.
    I have done so many things I never would've done before like rock climbing and wearing a bikini. I actually look forward to going out and having fun instead of being anxious about how I look.
    Thank you for all your support ❤
     
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    Holly mackerel!!! Your story is AMAZING!!!! When you have time and if you have such a desire, please tell our community more about your ups and downs and how you managed to change your mindset every time you needed it. May be, you'll even add some before and after photos. You have no idea how much inspiration the real success stories with Duromine help hundreds and thousands of people to finally get a grip and go forward.
    I applause to you! BRAVO!
     
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