Saturday, December 31, 2011

Direction change- Phentermine!!!

Well I've struggled with finding any kind of "Phentermine tracking" blog. I wanted to find something to read along my journey with it but have yet to find more than a handful written by actual Phentermine users  I figured if I was looking, there are probably countless others who want to get an idea of what its like for other people before they give it a shot.

So I've made it my new "job" to educate people on every single thing that happens while I use it. 

For those of you who don't know,  Phentermine is a prescription diet aide. Its an appetite suppressor not a "fat burner". It helps boost your metabolism when paired with a diet and exercise.

I've heard some Requiem for a Dream-esque stories of people becoming addicted and dependent on the medication, some even taking it for the maximum allowed time of 6 months, losing upwards of 60-100 lbs, and then being off of it for a single DAY and immediately going on a binge and eating all they couldn't eat while they were taking it, and of course then gaining it back.

I'm not scared of that outcome at all. I've weighed between 110-120 lbs ever since I turned 13. My highest weight tipped at about 130, and that was when I became obsessed with working out and built LOTS of muscle and drank protein shakes to gain some weight and get more shape. I've always been healthy, I eat well, have fast metabolism, etc. 

I think I'm a pretty good candidate for the Phentermine. I am 23, 5'4", and after 3 kids back to back, I weigh 152 lbs. Not too big of a deal, and I'm toned from working out a lot during the pregnancy and even immediately after. With my last pregnancy (4 months ago) I topped off at 190 lbs. At 5'4", thats a LOT of weight. I've worked out constantly since my c section in September, and have dieted more than I'd like to admit. I no longer eat anything processed, everything I eat is fresh protein and veggies. I drink lots of water and still keep my fitness level up. But my weight loss has stalled, I've reached that dreaded plateau and can't get past it. 

So I went to a place a couple of towns over called Doctor's Diet Program and sat around for about 30 mins waiting before I walked out with the bottle of Phentermine. I started it as soon as I woke up the next morning. I weighed in at 152 when the doctor checked my weight, and we sat my "goal weight" at 120 lbs. This is a good, healthy weight for me and its what I'm most comfortable being. 

So day 1 went well. I was prepared to feel crazy, to be shaky and anxious and paranoid. But I was pleasantly surprised. I took my first dose when I got up, on an empty stomach as directed. I sat around for about 45 mins, waiting to "feel it". I didn't actually expect to, I thought it would take a few days. But I was WRONG! 

I literally felt a surge of energy somewhat like an energy shot when it hits. Not "massive" not insane, just a little jolt of energy that encouraged me to get up and going a little sooner than I usually would. I didn't lay around trying to convince myself to get up and start housework, I just got up! Needless to say, I got a lot of cleaning done. Not like a speed freak would, just like I usually do, but faster. I didn't take as long because I didn't have to take breaks and rest. 

I did everything better than usual, scrubbing the dishes cleaner, washing a few extra loads of clothes and actually getting them all put up, just my normal daily duties, I just finished them a lot sooner than I normally do. My mouth didn't get dry too often, but I like soda so I wanted to have a Pepsi. Tasted like CRAP. I'm serious it was God awful. My mouth rejected that almost immediately! Tried Mtn Dew, same thing. It all tasted like cough syrup! So I went back to my water and chugged it and chugged it. I didn't get hungry a single time all day and by the end of the night I had to force myself to take a bite or two of what my husband was eating just so I could say I ate. It tasted like crap as well. It was more of a texture thing really and it almost felt like my mouth didn't want to chew if that makes sense.

The next morning, I took my second dose, and had the same results. Cleaned, couldn't eat., was in a GREAT mood. I'm extremely moody and pissy a lot of times to be honest. I pick a lot of fights with the hub just to be getting my frustrations out. But since my first dose of the Phentermine I've been SO PLEASANT! Not high, I swear, just so much more calm and focused and nice. I'm able to just say ok, thats fine, instead of arguing or getting worked up about stupid things. I was even able to ignore tantrums from my 3 year old and 2 year old while their 4 month old brother was crying and not freak out about it, but instead just distract them and have fun and make them laugh. They even seemed to hug me more lol. 

This stuff honestly seems to be working more like an anti depressant for me to be honest.

And of course I know you're wondering about the weight so far.

I thought I was crazy when I stepped on the scale and I didn't want to tell anyone what it said because I thought they'd think I was lying. But then I read some blogs saying almost everyone had that exact same reaction only to find out it was normal.

So here's the weigh in after 3 doses of the Phentermine (that would be 3 days, of course):

Start weight: 152      Current weight: 146

So that's 6 pounds in 3 days, and I just have took the 3rd dose so it hasn't technically done its job yet.

And I've been up since 9 am and its 12:30 pm now and I've yet to be able to force any food down.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chelsea Houska Hair How-To

Any Teen Mom fan has probably seen Chelsea on Teen Mom 2 and wondered how the HECK she gets her hair so freaking cute. I searched and searched and searched for the way to do it and even watched the how-to videos on youtube but none of them quite came out right. I did find one that was similar though, so I took what I picked up on hers and added a few of my own tweaks and came out with something more like what I was going for. My webcam decided to be a POS and lagged really bad so I just did some quick pictures instead since its really simple and just extremely repetitive!

For those of you who haven't seen Chelsea's hair, this is what I'm kind of going for:

Ok, so here we go, and I'll try to be as detailed as possible!

What you'll need:
Half inch curling iron (I just used your standard Conair)
Hairspray (I used Suave, its super light and still holds well)
Hair clip to separate hair

Frizz reducer (I used Avon Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield
Curl enhancers (I used John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecter and TRESemme Curl Activator Spray for the Thermal Creations line)
Straightening iron

Start off with unwashed hair. It holds curl better. I have naturally wavy hair but its blown out straight.
 Separate hair. This is extremely important! You need to start at the bottom and work your way around and up, otherwise you WILL miss hair!

Apply products

Wrap hair AROUND the barrel of the curling iron. DO NOT CLAMP! This is how you achieve the perfect spiral you need here. The clamp will crease it!!! Start about a couple of inches from the scalp, at the END of the barrel.

Holding the iron still, wrap your hair around the barrel. You need it to be wrapped tight.

Stop wrapping about an inch or half an inch from the tip of your hair. If you want that undone messy look this is pretty vital, plus you need something to hold onto so you won't burn your fingers!

Hold the curl for about 45 seconds (longer or shorter according to how your hair takes and holds curl.
Just lightly pull the iron out without moving the hair much.

When you release it you get a cute bouncy curl!

Repeat with half inch sections all the way around your hair. When you reach the middle just start on the other side and you'll meet!

 Repeat on the other side. Its easier to hold the barrel down on the opposite side and the results come out the same.
Here's the bottom all finished up

Now let down the top half of your hair (I have the top split as well so this is only one half of the top of course)

This really looks cute if you have layers because the curls get super messy and cute with different lengths.

It is VERY time consuming if you have thick hair but because the curls are on such small amounts of hair it holds well.
Finished product:

You can also straighten the bangs or play around with straightening bits of it to pull back.
It really creates a romantic fairy tale curl effect =]
And you'll get LOADS of compliments, trust me!

Friday, December 9, 2011

A look inside my bag (my cute Juicy bag at that)...

I came across a few different blogs with this posted, as well as a few magazines over the years, so I thought I'd do it too =] 

We women are magical little creatures and we can pack our whole house in our bag so its always interesting to take a peek into a stranger's goods without getting in trouble!

(This will also answer a few of my Facebook follower's questions of what I do with the travel sized stuff I get with coupons!

There is the "before" dump capture =D

And of course, after.

From left there's the two small bags (which have been emptied as well)...
Juicy & Dooney, of course.
Then there's Maybelline Fit foundation, PerfectSkin #2 Toner, Olay Body Wash, Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea, wallet with the basics (ID, insurance, debit, coupons, cash, etc),
Posh chapstick, Sally Hansen nail polish, Black & White bleach cream for sun and acne spots (WORKS MIRACLES!). Then there's Bath & Body Works Vanilla Sugar, Bach's Rescue Remedy (for adults and children!); Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer in Warm Vanilla Sugar, Sexy Motherpucker lipgloss, lipsmackers, Bengay (for random pains ha), Little Tummies Gripe Water for the little guy, Secret Deo travel size, MacKin's back up paci, random tampons and pads of course, the trusty ol' booger sucker for the kids runny noses, and Old Reliable, aka birth control.

Friday, December 2, 2011

ITS DECEMBER!!!! Christmas time!!!

Well, I don't know about every where else, but Georgia sure has me stumped. Its still not cold!!! Its December 2nd and its not even bundle up weather yet! I'm so disappointed! My sweater dresses must be worn! So while I'm wishing for this........
I'm still hanging out in t shirts and flip flops until the sun goes down.
Oh well!

December is by far the most busy time of the year with 3 kids.
Its insane! I got most of my shopping done on Black Friday (wahoo!) but I do still have some spoiling to work on :) Did any of you ladies go Black Friday shopping? I sat in line at Belk from 10 PM until they opened at 3 am. Crazy, I know. But it was fun! 

We're having our first Christmas dinner of the month next weekend with my oldest best friend. Pretty excited about finally having some adult conversation after a month of being stuck at home with 3 kids!

Maybe its just the Christmas spirit rubbing off on me, but I seriously have no complaints in life at the moment! Oh oh, I take that back. Anyone use Opinion Outpost? I do surveys there and use the rewards for Amazon codes. Its how I've went 8 months now without ever buying a pack of diapers! Pretty good deal! Well I've been saving since the beginning of November so I could get some Cyber Monday deals. I was pretty excited at how much I was going to snag without paying anything, when I went to cashout. There, to my surprise, I discovered their Amazon code request page was down! WTF?!? Bummer!
So here I am, a week later, with LOTS of amazon codes.... and no way to get them!
I'll seriously have over $100 by the time they get it fixed (assuming it takes as long as they said-1 week!) and  let me tell you, that digital money is burning a hole in my pocket lol. I'm ready to shop and get the stuff!

Well, thats all for tonight.
Trying to get back into the swing of things but there just hasn't been much time lately!
Maybe when I start sleeping again I'll be inspired!
But the newborn isn't having that right now!