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Beginning a Healthier Lifestyle with a Little Assistance

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Last week I had my annual physical with my Dr.  The main discussion we had was my hypothyroidism. It seems that my pill is a little higher dose than I should have and it’s currently suppressed.  We talked and decided to keep the same dosage. Mainly because I’m afraid that I will gain more weight than I have already.  As it is, I’m at the highest I’ve ever been. My cholesterol is high as well. My cholesterol can be weight managed. The problem? I’m not able to manage my weight! This is a very helpless feeling and I’ve made it clear to my Dr that I am not happy with where I am. We discussed options for me to begin living a healthier lifestyle and that lead to the discussion of the weight loss pill Phentermine.

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But, we also discussed my going on cholesterol medicine.  My fear? The horror stories I hear about it damaging my liver and kidneys. That will defeat any purpose of trying to live a healthier lifestyle! So, I have to weigh the pros and cons. I’ve had high cholesterol since 2009.  Seven years later, it’s no better.  With my family history of heart conditions, I’m thinking I’ll have to bite the bullet and just go on the darn things. That’s assistance number one. If I decide to do it.

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The other thing we discussed was the elephant in the room. (No pun intended) My weight. If I want to live the lifestyle I want to live. Hell, if I want to live long enough to see my daughter become an adult, get married if she chooses and giv

es me grandchildren, I need to be healthier.  I need to be fitter. I want to be able to keep up with my grandchildren if I’m so blessed. So, we talked about my going on a diet pill.  Starting this coming weekend, I’m going to start Phentermine diet pills.  They consider this a “long term” pill. I will take them for one year.  The average weight loss per studies is 24 pounds.  So, I can lose a little more, or I can lose a little less.


For me to even consider this? You have to know, I’m desperate.  I rarely take the easy way out of anything.  Not saying this is going to be easy. The side effects alone are going to be a pain in the @$$. But, I am determined to get my life back on track. So, it seems diet pills are going to be what helps.

I’m not going to count solely on those pills though. No, I’m not. As I said, I rarely take the easy way out. Yes, I’m going to get off my @$$ and actually do something.  Hello, walking and jumping jacks. Hello sit ups and push ups. My weight loss goal is 60 pounds. I’ll still be higher than I want to be, but, I’ll be lower weight, happier and most importantly healthier. The 60 pound weight loss is over the course of 18 months.  I’m setting it for that long so if it doesn’t happen right away, I’m not disappointed and give up like I have done in the past.


So, starting next week, I’ll have monthly updates on my progress.  I hope you stay tuned! My weight loss tracker is over to the right on the front page. I haven’t decided if I want to put my actual weight lol. I’ll decide that later 🙂

How many of you had to start using Phentermine to start living a healthier lifestyle? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!



  1. Alli Rutherford Smith

    It’s inspiring to see that you are taking control of your health. The path is not easy, but it’s doable. I’ll be cheering you on and am looking forward to all the updates. You can do this!

    1. Jacqui (Post author)

      Thank you!!

  2. swood97

    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid when I was 12, which was 45 years ago. I struggle with weight but it isn’t completely related to my thyroid, some of it is lack of exercise and proper nutrition. I can’t even imagine how many times my dosage has been changed through the years. While losing weight isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, it can be done and I believe you can do it because you sound determined. I’m rooting for you!!

  3. lisa

    Diet and exercise really help your body. It’s definitely not easy, but it’s doable and I know you can do it!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger

    Hypothyroidism definitely makes it hard to manage your weight. It’s amazing how much that little organ does.

  5. Brandy

    I have high cholesterol .. it runs in the family. I will be 35 this year and headed to a physical in November so will find out how high it is still then. It’s scary but I won’t take meds for it. The reason being – my father tried meds, he tried diet changes, etc and it stayed the same. I say I will do my best to lose some weight and see how it goes…. while having doc check it!

  6. Maureen

    I wish you the best on this journey to be healthy! It can be challenging, I know because my weights fluctuate a lot and lately I’ve put on a lot of weights from stress and injury. I hope you will find ways that suits your body. Sending you luck!

  7. Stephen Parry

    Honestly – it is so important to take care of your health – and area that so many people just let slide! Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

  8. Rebecca Swenor

    I can’t wait to hear how you do on your weight loss journey. It truly is a life style change. I hope it works for you. Thanks for sharing your story and once again can’t wait to hear how you do.

  9. tiarasandtantrums

    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism when I was pregnant with my third child . . . I am managing but as I near 50, it seems to get a bit harder. Coupled with other minor health issues, the compilation of all of them is more aggravating than anything.

  10. Jeannette

    Very very inspirational! Good luck and stay motivated because I know how hard it is to want to get off track. I cannot wait to see your progress.

  11. Aisha Kristine Chong

    So true. Discipline is one thing but something some guide and help to push you to help you – is one thing that makes it all helpful to actually be healthy. Thanks for sharing your story! Can’t wait to read more about it.

  12. Chrishelle Ebner

    I feel you about the elephant in the room. My weight has always been a problem. I think I need to get some medical assistance with weight loss too. Of course a healthier diet and exercise would help too.

    1. Jacqui (Post author)

      The thing is, I did Weight Watchers years ago. Lost almost 40 lbs. Felt great! But, life happened. My mom went into the hospital and never came out. I started dating, I was going back to college full time, Single mom. I was handling everything until my mom went into the hospital. She was in there almost six months before she passed away. I never felt the motivation to get back to that weight. I gained everything back that I lost and then some! But, I want to be able to feel energetic while traveling. I’m 43 and at times feel like I’m in my 60’s. Not to offend anyone in their 60’s who feel much younger! LOL. You are my goals! 🙂

  13. Ricci

    This sounds like a great, obtainable goal! I need to set one for myself. Why is losing weight so dang hard??

  14. rebekah

    This is a post I really needed. I’ve been planning on getting healthier!

  15. Kristy

    As a busy mom it is so hard to make the daily choice to take care of our health. Kudos to you for taking the step and sticking with it! Great idea to have monthly updates so you can keep yourself accountable.

  16. mimicutelips

    Using a weight tracker is a great idea, kudos for possibly sharing your truth. lol We have to do what is best for us and what is going to give us the best results. Good luck on your new journey.

  17. Christina Aliperti

    I have hyperthyroidism and I have been putting off my appointments. You made me realize that I don’t need to feel helpless, I can take control of this and get healthier.

  18. CourtneyLynne

    Good luck on this new journey!!! A healthier lifestyle, no matter what it is that triggers it is always a good thing!

  19. aly mashrah

    That is so awesome that you are taking control back into your life. I have the same struggle with weight loss and I’m taking steps each day to reach my goals. Good luck!!


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