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My doctor started me on a weight loss pill called Contrave. I am one of the lucky ones as my insurance will cover this with prior authorization. I have been on this medication a little over 5 weeks. I have been on the full dose for less than 2 weeks. The listed side effects were scary but if my doctor felt it was worth it, then I was willing to give it a try. I had a little dizziness at times but nothing really bad. Other than that I really didn't have any of the scary side effects although the constipation is a little annoying. I can not even begin to express how happy I am with this. I have battled food addiction my whole life. I was a chubby kids, a fat teenager, and a very large adult. I would try to diet and I could make it for about 2 weeks before I went completely crazy and binged on everything sweet I could get my hands on. I would eat an entire meal and stil put away a huge bowl of ice cream and continue to snack while watching tv. I didn't know what feeling full was because I could always eat. Contrave has almost completely fixed that for me. I don't have the cravings. I don't run to the store at 11pm for donuts and ice cream. I don't feel the need to stop at McDonald's every time I drive past. Those urges are all but gone. I get a little twinge every now and then where I think that ice cream sounds good, but in a few minutes that thought goes away and doesn't bother me any more. There is no more obsessing over food. I am so happy. In a little over 5 weeks I ave lost 20 lbs. I am eating smaller portions because I know when I am full! I actually have a full point now. I am also eating things that are so much better for me because I am not craving the garbage I ate before. This is a wonderful tool that has helped me tremendously. All of those judgemental people who think pills are bad and you should just be able to quit....I hope one day you know what it is like to truly have an addiction and be almost helpless to fix it. You slowly watch it ruin your life and you can do nothing but turn right back to the cause of your problems because it is the only thing that makes you feel good. 

I am so happy with the progress I have made, and I really hope that in the future I will be able to slowly come off of the medication and maintain my new lifestyle.  

Just too funny.

After work I stopped at my mom and dad's house where my two oldest children, and my sister happened to already be. My mother, sister and two girls were seated around the island and I stood just off to one side chatting with them. While I was standing there, my nephews rubber snake caught my eye. I picked up the rubber snake and being the person I am I decided that I would just hold it next to my mothers head until she turned around and saw it, I didn't figure it would elicit much of a reaction since she had bought my nephew the snake, but I am willing to give it a shot.

Well, my mother turns her head to say something to me and sees me holding this snake about an inch from her nose. She screams, jumps out of her chair, slaps me in the boob, runs around to the other side of the island and exclaims,"You made me pee my pants!" At this point I am laughing so hard I am in tears, my sister almost falls out of her chair and my kids are in hysterics. My father coming charging up the stairs wondering what on earth is going on because of my mothers scream and sees us practically rolling on the floor with laughter and my mom in the corner with her legs crossed still muttering about peeing her pants. As my dad starts laughing my mother runs to the bedroom to change her pants.

That is the best laugh I have had in a long time. They say that laughter is like jogging on the inside...well my insides got a great workout tonight. lmao


For those of you who may feel the urge to feel sorry for my mother, don't, this is how our family has always been, and she dishes out as good as she gets.

Is it my turn yet?

I am suited up and ready for my walk on the treadmill. I say walk because I am not at a fitness level yet where running is an option. I have on my workout clothes, my sports bra, and my new tennis shoes. I grab a water from the refrigerator and start walking toward the room that houses my treadmill and other workout equipment. I have had my treadmill for over 2 years. It has less than 5 miles on it. If it were a car it would be considered mint condition.

I am hoping to sneak into the room without being noticed by my children. I know they won't think to look for me there, so once I am in I will be home free. Unfortunately, my youngest daughter spots me and follows me into the room, as usual she is carrying our chihuahua around with her. I don't think the dog has had to walk more than a few times on its own since we brought her home.

I get onto the treadmill to begin my walk, the belt starts to move and so does my daughters mouth.

"Mom, can I have a turn?"

"Not right now. Maybe later."

I start walking, a slow pace to get warmed up.

"Can I come on with you?"

"No dear, you might fall off."

"No I won't, you aren't going fast."

Smiling, I tell my daughter, "Isabella, please go play."

and then she does it...that whiney thing children do where they can make a one sylable word stretch on forever, "But Mom." only it sounded more like, "But Maaahhuum." with a small pause for a effect "Me and Pita wanna be by you."  She is six years old and already starting witht he guilt.

"Fine, but please be quiet."

That lasted all of 5 seconds.

"Are you done yet?", and a big sigh "Can I have a turn?"

I wasn't really in the mood to get onto the treadmill to begin with, and I couldn't see spending the next 45 minutes under the watchful eye of my daughter and the dog, so I said, "Yes, I'm done." and got off the treadmill. I believe I logged about 5 minutes total.

I started to leave the room, and as I did I heard my daughter say, "Pita do you wanna walk too?" Before I could turn to say no she set the unsuspecting dog onto the moving belt. Luckily the speed was still set to low so she just sort of plunked off the back end instead of being thrown into the wall behind it.

"Isabella, the dog can not use the treadmill!"

"But, Maaahhuum"



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