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Weight Loss Journey ~ The Beginning

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Yesterday I took my first Phentermine pill to start my weight loss journey.  This will be a pill that I take over the course of a year.  Studies show that the average weight loss while on Phentermine is 24 lbs.  So, depending on what you do during this time you can lose more or less.  As I am at my highest weight right now, even losing 24 lbs, I would be ecstatic.  Although, I am looking to lose a minimum of 60 lbs. I’ll still be overweight, but, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I know people say, “love the skin you have”. And I do!  But, I also have health issues with high cholesterol. My thyroid medication is higher than it should be and is currently suppressing my thyroid. I don’t want to lower the dose though, because I’m afraid I’ll gain even more weight. So, I do hope that once I’ve dropped some weight and remain on my healthy habits, I’ll be able to lower that dose. Fingers crossed.


Day 1


Day 1

At this time, I’m not going to post how much I actually weigh right now. I’ll post that once I’m down a little bit lol.  I do have a tracker off to the side that will change each week when I update my weight. I’ll probably do a blog post every two weeks with my success or my failures.

While taking Phentermine, I know that there will be side effects.  Some of them include:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation 


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I did take the first dose today. So far, none of these have occurred.  Uncommon symptoms that may occur per WebMD, that are serious and should be reported immediately are:

  • fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat
  • mental/mood changes (i.e. agitation, uncontrolled anger, hallucinations, nervousness)
  • uncontrolled muscle movements
  • changes in sexual ability/interest

So, there are the basics for this. Right now, I know I’m not suffering from Sleeping issues as I am tired and about to go take a nap after writing this post lol.

I will be increasing my movement during the day (obviously not during my nap time mentioned above). I have the fit bit and will get that charged up again and resume wearing it tomorrow. During breaks I’ll walk more around my work complex. Every little bit helps.  I’ll work in some cardio and strength training. Jumping Jacks, Sit Ups, Push Ups, etc. I’ll work in more weights as I build up my muscles. I will need to start hitting the gym at my job too.  I know.  Why aren’t I using it more??? I have no idea.

Ok. So there’s the beginning of my weight loss journey. I am hoping to keep myself motivated and that keeping myself accountable by posting about it every two weeks will help.  I know I tried it before, but, I don’t think I was as motivated as I am now.

Stay tuned!



  1. Alli Rutherford Smith

    Sounds like you are beginning your weight loss journey informed and educated. Good for you! Congrats on the first day of the rest of your life! Looking forward to watching you hit your goals. Good luck!

  2. franckxethee

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. You look determined so it will be just a matter of time before you get that ideal weight.

  3. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Starting a weight loss journey can be intimidating, but good for you for getting started! It sounds like you are well prepared and on track to reach your goals. Best of luck for a successful journey!

  4. lisa

    Weight loss is so hard. But it is a journey and you have to stay motivated! Good luck with this!!

  5. Mitch

    Thanks for sharing! I feel like doing this publically would help me, right now nothing is working diet wise, because I am not ready mentally.

    1. Jacqui (Post author)

      That’s what the problem was with me. I wasn’t ready mentally. Hitting the mark I did? A wake up call.

  6. Miranda (Anosa)

    Good luck on your weight loss journey and I hope the pill really helps you achieve the weight you desire. Staying motivated can be hard but not impossible

  7. Brandy

    Good luck! I think my sis tried this or my mom – forget which. I just can’t bring myself to try, but I will follow along as I am curious how it works for you 🙂 Good luck!

    1. Jacqui (Post author)

      I was talking to one of the insurance companies we have an option to use about open enrollment questions. The representative confirmed that this pill isn’t covered by cigna, and gave me suggestions on how to get it cheaper. She said she used it herself and had lost 40 lbs on it.

  8. It´s Really Kita (@itsreallykita)

    I’ve never heard of this! I’m looking to lose as well since I am having back issues.

  9. Liz Mays

    I hope you’re able to meet your goals! Tracking your progress should be really helpful in providing you with motivation!

  10. Bella

    Best of luck on your weight loss journey! I hope that you get what you expect from this pill and start seeing changes.

  11. Marysa

    That’s great you haven’t had any side effects yet!

    I track my steps on my phone, but I wish I had a FitBit. Sounds like you have a great plan for getting in exercise. Good luck, looking forward to your updates!

  12. Stephen Parry

    Honestly bravo to you for documenting your weight loss journey and good luck with it all! Loking forward to seeing the results!

  13. Rebecca Swenor

    Congrats on starting your weight loss journey. I love how motivated you are to loss the weight and think it is great you have it planned to walk around your work complex too for exercise. Exercise is so important. Thanks for sharing your journey and good luck.

  14. Nicole Haas Etolen

    Goodluck on your weight loss journey, You are an inspiration to me. I want to plan my weight loss journey

  15. Bonnie Gowen

    Thank you for sharing your beginning of your weight loss journey. I too am on one currently as well. Cant’ wait to follow your journey.

  16. Mimi Green

    Fingers crossed for you, you can totally do this. It will be more than worth it in the end.

  17. Amanda Love

    I wish you luck and I hope everything goes well. The secret to weight loss will always be 80% of what you eat and 20% exercise.

  18. Krystal

    It can be hard to get motivated in the beginning, but it gets easier. Looking forward to your journey!

  19. Jeannette

    Sounds like you are ready for this weight loss journey! I know that it can be hard to stick to it, but in the end when you hit your goal you will so SO happy with what you have accomplished!


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