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One Month Weight Loss Update!

I didn't make a new year's resolution to lose weight. I simply wanted to do it for my health, but I was always tired and sluggish. I didn't feel like exercising. But enough was enough. I knew I had to stop eating junk food and chocolate (Oh, how I love chocolate!) and get serious about my health.

That's why on January 17th, I started a 30-day weight loss program with a drug called Phentermine. (Phentermine is only available by prescription. Contact your doctor before starting a weight loss program.) I did some research on phentermine because it came up during my weight loss search. I read about all of the side effects of this drug: heart palpitations, forgetting to eat, insomnia, constipation, dry mouth...and there are more. But, I also heard all the positive about it. I read people's stories about how they were losing weight for the first time in their lives and it was because of phentermine.

So, I decided to try phentermine, along with B12 shots. I take one phentermine pill every morning (an hour before breakfast) with a full glass of water and I get the B12 shots once per week. I decided to write this post because, when I researched phentermine, I saw some outrageous weight loss numbers that people were posting about how much weight they were losing without exercising. So I thought I'd share my experience with it.

I started the B12 shots on 1/17/15.

I started the phentermine on 1/19/15. (I started 2 days after the B12 shot because I was out of town that weekend and wanted to start clean on the 19th.)

Week One - I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes every day. The phentermine seemed to give me a burst of energy and clarity. I also noticed that I wasn't hungry at all. I had to make myself eat something. The nurse at the clinic told me to follow the Atkins diet, so I ate mostly meat this week. NO BREAD. NO PASTA. NO RICE. NO POTATOES. (She also said to limit carb intake to 30 grams per day.) I did drink more water than usual. Phentermine causes dry mouth, so it makes you reach for water all the time. I use Crystal Light packets in my water and that's how I get my water for the day. I went to the weight loss clinic on 1/23/15 and I had lost 5 pounds.

Week Two - Same exercise. I walked/jogged on the treadmill for 30 mins every day. It seemed that the burst of energy I had the first week had worn off. I also noticed that I was getting hungry around 2 in the afternoons. I ate mostly meat again this week, veggies and very little carbs. I went to the weight loss clinic on 1/30/15 and I had lost 4 pounds.

Week Three - This week, I skipped the treadmill and did a high intensity cardio work out every day for 30 mins. I still feel like I'm getting hungry some days around 2ish, other days I don't feel like eating at all. It varies. I ate mostly meat and veggies. I was also feeling like I wasn't doing enough to lose weight this week, because I didn't feel like I had lost a pound. The most I thought would lose was 1 pound.  However, I went to the weight loss clinic on 2/6/15 and had lost another 4 pounds!

Week Four - This week, I did a combination of cardio and treadmill workouts. I didn't feel like I was doing enough this week and found myself looking in the mirror often to determine if I'd lost any weight. I went to the weight loss clinic on 2/13/15 and had lost 3 pounds.

So in FOUR weeks, I've lost a total of 16 pounds!

Things I ate for Breakfast during these weeks:
-cheese/egg scrambled with a slice of wheat bread
-half banana
-half apple
-dry cheerios
-smoke sausage (no bread)
-lowfat Yogurt

Things I ate for Lunch during these weeks:
-small salad
-whole banana
-whole apple

Things I ate for Dinner during these three weeks:
-Roasted Chicken Bites (Bojangles)
-Fried chicken
-hamburger steak
-regular steak
-baked chicken

Things I had for a snack:
-Air popped caramel rounds
-100 Calorie snack packs

It's funny how right before I started taking phentermine, I was eating a bag of plain M&M's like they were going out of style. They are my favorite. Now, I have no cravings. I don't eat candy, chocolate, cookies, potato chips, ice cream - nothing unhealthy. That really surprised me because I never thought I'd give up chocolate!

Going into my second month, I'm hoping to have similar results! Does Phentermine work? Absolutely! However, it is a strong drug and as I stated, available from a doctor only. I would also recommend exercise at least 30 mins per day, five days per week.

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Vasanti BrightenUp! | BIRCHBOX | Product Review

I received a sample of the Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator in my December 2014 BIRCHBOX. Just the name of the product had me anxious to try it. Face it ladies, we all have skin problems and are looking for the next thing to try to help relieve/prevent breakouts. So I tried this exfoliating cleanser and it was awesome! It contains coconut, aloe vera and papaya. I'm all for natural ingredients and this product is 99% natural. No parabens. No sulfates.
The directions say to wet your face then massage in a circular motion. I have to tell you...the micro-crystals rubbing against my face made me feel like I was in a spa, getting a professional facial. Awesome! I would highly recommend this product. It left my skin feeling smooth and clean.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Highly Recommended

Product Review - Beautiful Textures (Texture Manageability System)

So with all the buzz about the Beautiful Textures, Texture Manageability System, I decided to pick up a box of the product from Walmart. I've been natural for 3 years and since I am a 4C natural, my hair is tightly coiled, so I thought this would be a nice alternative to natural hair to be able to wear my hair straight for 4 - 6 weeks without having to get a relaxer.

So I followed the instructions and shampooed my hair with the shampoo in the kit. Then I followed up with the leave in conditioner. I blow dried my hair then I flat ironed my hair. The first day I flat ironed it, it was beautiful. The second day, my hair was completely frizzy and poofy. I was so disappointed being that I had an event to go to and the hair didn't hold up like the produce claims it would. Maybe it works for other hair textures, but not 4C hair. And the shampoo really strips all the oil out of your hair. It leaves your hair very dry and brittle. I would definitely not recommend this product and I will not try it again.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Not Recommended