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  1. Week 6 - Done!

    Well, that seems to have just flown by!

    Once again, it has been a full on week! This week we finally did the big parts of the move, such as move the beds, the couches and the cutlery. Why didn't we think to get plastic utensils?! I may not have an appetite, but a girl needs to eat!

    I decided to see the doctor for my weekly weigh in on the Friday, as Saturday was the final moving day, and there just was absolutely no time to see the doctor then.

    No gym this week, but still healthy eating! I know - I am the poster girl for a successful Duromine journey! Well, more like the poster was thrown in the bin by the marketing exec...

    Good old Mrs Monthly came along this week, and I wasn't expecting much change in my weight. We just battened down the hatches and steered clear of the dreaded chocolate! Oh man, I miss shovelling chocolate into my pie hole without a 2nd thought!

    I'll cut it short - I reached my first mini milestone! I have been hoping to reach the 75kg mark, even being happy with 75.999999kg. Except my body decided to do one better! Friday I weighed in at 74.9kg! I also managed to get down to 73cm around my waist, which takes me to 1cm away from my waist goal!

    Yesterday I decided to put on a pair of jeans I haven't worn in about 2 years. I did try them on before my Duromine adventure, and I couldn't get them past mid-thigh. Yesterday, they zipped and buttoned up without any muffin top! This was truly a win in my eyes!

    I will admit that I am not looking forward to my next weigh in. Moving house is horrible, and your meals just don't make sense. Friday for lunch was a McDonalds cheese burger and small fries, dinner was a little bit of broth and a couple bites of my udon noodles, the chicken it came with and 3 mini spring rolls, Saturday lunch was a burger and chips, and dinner was nachos. But today is a new day, and I have been and will be sticking to my normal meal plan.

    Keep up the good work everyone! You are all fantastic in your own weigh... way!
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  2. When I first looked into Duromine, and did the research on what others were feeling, I wasn't so sure I would reach the 5 week mark. The very few bad reviews and all the symptoms listed scared me a little, I must admit. But here I am!! 5 Weeks done and dusted!

    Last week was hard. Like, really hard.

    Not food hard. Not motivation hard. Just... hard hard.

    Last week, work just seemed chaotic. My work load has been crazy for a couple months, but the last few weeks have just topped those now breezy seeming months before. There have also been a few concerns in my personal life and relationship outside of my control (which thankfully have now been smoothed over), and on top of it all, I am moving house!

    Shame on you, mom and dad. I don't WANT to be an adult and move. YOU GAVE BIRTH TO ME! I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS?! WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY BILLS?? HOW DO YOU DO TAXES?!

    Each week I do this, I realise how much of a drama queen I really am.

    On top of this, I had insomnia! Why does the Universe want me to be double the miserable sow I already am?? This meant that I went to the gym a whopping 1 time! UGH!!!

    9:10am came around again on Saturday, and I hopped in the car, and headed to my lovely doctor, who is probably sick of seeing me, and cursing me for taking time away from sick people. I'm sorry Doc, but I am sick. Sick of being lumpy cottage cheese, when all I want to be is a nice gouda!

    We discuss my insomnia and read through my food diary. He judges me for my Lite n Easy burger (just let me live, man! The whole thing is only 312 calories!) but tells me to step on the scale.



    I'm down another 2kg and a further cm down around my waist, even after a difficult week of frustration, aggravation, sadness, disappointment and stress! TELL VICTORIA SECRET I WILL WEAR THE FANTASY BRA NEXT YEAR! I AM A SEXY BEAST!

    So right now, I am 8.3kg from my personal goal weight, and 13.3kg from my mothers goal weight for me

    I hope that everyone else had a lovely week, that you are reaching your goals, and you are as proud of yourself as I am of you. Sometimes we need a little light and a little love, even when times are tough.

    That, or cake.
  3. Happy Monday, fellow foodies turned food fighters!

    What a tumultuous week it has been! Crazy at work, crazy at home, crazy sitting in the corner of my shower singing Koomba-yah my Lord.

    Crazy doesn't mean stop. While the world is crazy, we still need to find time and patience to continue on our Duromine journey. Our calories still need to be counted, and our exercise. Sometimes it is very hard to continue on the right path, and sometimes we really want to stray to the 'Dark Side'. The 'Dark Side' generally involves cookies, cakes and deep fried goodness OH MY GOD I JUST WANT TO EAT IT ALL!!

    Despite such a tiresome week, I was determined to make it work. This was my first week on the 40mg dose of Duromine, and I am pleased to report - No crazy side effects! I mean, I did get cold knees a lot. Is that a thing? You know how you get a cold sweat when you have a bad flu? Yea, well this feeling was only felt on my knees! I have been quite puzzled at this, but it has been refreshing in this horrible heat!

    I have, however, come to the realisation that I go through a cycle. Like a light switch. Just a complicated light switch with needs and emotions. One night, I will have fantastic sleep, the next, I have little to no sleep, and so the cycle continues. I can't complain too much. At least I get a break in between each shitty night.

    As per usual, Saturday rolls around, and I get ready for my weigh in. I search through my very empty wardrobe (thanks parents, for moving house and leaving me UNFABULOUS!!) for something very light. Is it legal to go outside in your undies? Will the people who reside in my area judge me?? Probably. Old prudes!

    Doc calls me in at my scheduled time of 9:10am. I strut into the room, food and exercise diary tucked under my arm, ready to face the scales! Remember what I said before - Aim low - avoid disappointment! My cool demeanour, masking my fear of picking up an additional few hundred grams. But no - He will NOT smell the fear on me today. He only gets to smell the Dove underarm deodorant keeping the sweat at bay!

    Doc takes a look at my diary. I can see he looks puzzled. Oh no... What have I done? Have I drawn something phallic? Are there smudges of chocolate on the pages?? No... He is looking at my exercise. I want to fall to the floor and beg for forgiveness! How dare I show my face in his rooms, after only spending 2 mornings in the gym this week! The insomnia has ruined me and my exercise routine. I may as well roll my tubby, wobbly body out of the room, like a gelatinous tumbleweed of sorrow!

    I stepped on the scale...


    I AM DOWN!!!

    I turn to the Doctor and give him an excited smile. Its written all over my face! I have gone down on the scale again, and it feels so good!

    Then this man... This wonderful man... This intelligent, compassionate, beautiful man, says something which makes the smile grow.

    "Without clothes, I would put you at roughly 77.5KG"

    Doc.. Can you leave the room so I can test this theory?

    I was elated! I had lost weight again! Even though the week was stressful, sleep eluded me, and exercise was not what I wanted, or needed it to be, the number on the scale went down.

    So I treated myself to 2 Krispy Kremes yesterday. YOLO

    In short, enjoy the small wins, work hard with the time and enjoy the energy you have!
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  4. Again, Saturday rolls by. I have my food and exercise diary tucked under my arm as I step into the doctors practice. Have you ever wondered why it's called a practice? Shouldn't they not need to "practice" medicine if they have the degree? Did you know tacocat spelled backwards is also tacocat??

    I know... I am just rambling...

    This week wasn't great. The meals were perfectly fine - Not a cheat meal in sight. The exercise was great! I mixed it up a bit from my usual 10km cycle and weights. I added a little extra cardio in the form of boxing and a couple high kicks, trying to relive my glory days as a fighter. I gymmed consistently Tuesday - Friday. But when I stepped on the scale, there was a change. AN INCREASE!! How?! Why? When?!?!

    Yes... I gained a good 400g. I felt a little disappointed. How could I gain on Duromine, while my food, exercise and ingestion of tablets is all in order? I admitted to my doctor that I had begun feeling hungry again over the previous 2 or 3 days, but stuck to my meals. Never going above 1100 calories!

    My body betrayed me! How dare I gain weight when I have worked so hard to lose it!!! I got over it. I accept I am a little bit of a drama queen. I chalked it up to the fact I may have gained some muscle mass, as I had been continuing to lift heavy, and was okay with this reasoning. What I was not okay with, was that my waist went from 75cm, to 76cm! Again, I know I am a drama queen...

    My doctor upped the dosage to 40mg. Thank goodness Duromine is known to up your heart rate, because when I saw how much this was going to cost me ($155.00), my heart just about stopped! Today is day 2 on the 40mg, and I feel nothing. No headaches, no nausea, no agitation (apart from my necklace which is bugging the crap out of me!!). I did feel a little more sweaty, which proved to be a concern after I just applied a healthy layer of orange fake tan to my otherwise blinding beacon of white light of a body. Do I just rock the streaks of orange and tell people I am a little late to the Halloween celebrations?

    I digress...

    Last week didn't provide good results, but I have to remain grateful for the weight I have lost to date. I am under 80kg, which is a huge win. I have a better understanding of my food and exercise being on Duromine (not that things have changed since before I started!). I will continue to feel positive and push ahead. Only I can influence my own thoughts and feelings towards this small setback! Plus, I am back to 75cm around the waist as of this morning. Just sayin'!

    I hope you all have had a positive week, and continue to push hard!
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  5. Week 2 has been done and dusted!

    I have heard a lot of people say that week 2 is the most soul crushing week, as many people seem to lose little to no weight after their first week of incredible weight loss. I wasn't going into my review with my doctor with high hopes. Week 2 came with another challenge - My menstrual cycle! Cue eerie music! As most women know, this time of the month comes with weight gain, bloating, severe cravings, and 0 energy. All ingredients for a diet disaster waiting to happen!

    Weigh in 2 for week 2 took place on Saturday 10 November 2018. Not only was it a weigh in, but it was a body composite scan too. Yippe - I get to see how much fat I have. Oh God, please don't let me be 100% fat like a walking, talking, fleshy land jellyfish!

    I have a motto I live by - Aim low, avoid disappointment! And boy I was aiming low! I walked into the doctors room, expecting to have lost nothing, all while thinking back on the delicious Atkins chocolate bar and ice cream I ate on 6 November, and cursing myself for giving into sweet, sweet temptation!

    Well, was I surprised! The scale moved! I was down a further 2.4kg! All I was hoping for was to drop to under 80kg. I would have been ecstatic with 79.99999kg. No. It was not 79.99999kg. It was 78.9kg! My heart was racing. I don't know if it was because I took my Duromine 3 hours prior, or out of pure excitement.

    My current results are:
    • Weight: 78.9kg
    • Fat mass: 30.6kg
    • Muscle mass: 45.8
    • Bone mass: 2.5kg
    • Visceral fat rating: 6
    Oh - and my waist shrunk more! From hovering between 81 and 80cm, all the way down to 75cm! Oh to be a true hourglass figure again...

    The scan also indicated my idea body weight - 59.9kg. I thought this to be a little too thin, and have aimed for 68kg to best suit my body type.

    While last week was a blur of pain, exhaustion and sneaky treats, this week will be about the exercise again, and continuing to lower that number on the scale each week!

    Best of luck to everyone doing their weigh in this week. You have got this!!
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