Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Well, thought I'd wrap this up....
Yes, I've stopped taking Relora.
My sensitivity has returned and my feelings get hurt again and I find it hard to let go of comments that I imagine are negative toward me - even when someone's kidding.
However, my deep depression HAS left, which is VERY nice. Wish I could have the lowered sensitivity WITHOUT the depression, but, there it is.
Note: I did, the last few days, reduce the dosage to 1 pill a day to see if I could even out the effects. All it did was keep the depression and heighten my sensitivity. Oh, well.
As far as my waist goes. It's gained an inch. While I was taking Relora I craved (and I mean CRAVED) carbohydrates! And my will power seemed to be non existent. Here's a confession: I stood there at the Whole Foods bakery case and ate a cinnamon bun, a cheese danish AND a snickerdoodle cookie all within 10 minutes! It's like I couldn't stop! (I did give my 2 year old daughter bits and pieces, but I consumed the most of it!) It was insane! Now bakery items DO temp me as a general rule, but this was something altogether different. And the bakery case debacle wasn't the only event of the carb/sugar shoveling! (Just in case, you're wondering, I DID take the empty bags and wax paper up to the register and paid for them :-))
Another note: My carb/sugar cravings have calmed down considerably since stopping Relora.
Still another note: I've gained 9 lbs back. Granted, some of that is water retention, but the rest is fat, from gorging myself. To my credit I still entered everything into my food tracker. It hurt to do it, but it's there.
So my conclusion is this: Relora is not for me. The negative effects ON ME far outweighed the positive. Every body is different, though, so it could (and DOES) work for others.
Now, off to get rid of those pesky last pounds..........AGAIN!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Not much to report except how I'm feeling.
Up side: I don't get my feelings hurt NEARLY as bad as I did before I started Relora. I like that side effect. I seem a bit calmer, too.
Down side: I am depressed. I feel "down in the dumps" a great deal of the day and, as a result, have reached for carbs and even some red wine as "comfort". Now I know this is a problem and it's started a downward spiral. The worse I feel, the more I eat, the worse I feel, the more I eat.......
Because I've overeaten the past few days, I can't really measure the effect Relora might have on my belly fat. I have one more day on this bottle and I'm not sure whether to continue or not. Even if it does whittle my waist down a bit, is it worth the side effects??
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
OK, so I got my DEXA scan today and my body fat % is 20.8%! Better than I thought!
Also, since I started my "time of the month", my attitude and mood have been much better. I am one to get my feelings hurt real easily and I noticed today that I'm not taking offense over small comments as I usually do.
I had my measurements done at the gym and also had my body fat % done with that handheld device I usually use. Interestingly, the hand held device returned my body fat as 19.3%! (Note: I took the hand held device test within 45 minutes of the DEXA scan and didn't eat, drink or exercise between the two.)
My measurements for my waist, abs and hips are: 28", 31" and 35.5" respectively.
We'll see how it continues.
Also, I have been craving sweets and carbs pretty bad.
Still taking the max dose every day. 3 capsules a day. One in the morning, one at lunch, and one at night.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
OK, so I have to be kinda candid here. I am depressed and I don't mean just an emotion. It's weighing on me. I've lost my temper twice this morning and I haven't even got the kids up, yet!!
Now, I AM on PMS. I should start my "time of the month" in a couple of days so it could just be that, but I also have a "hopeless" feeling that I haven't had in a long time. (Birth control pills did that to me several years ago.)
Anyway, no change in the way my clothes fit, but my cravings for carbs is VERY strong. Again, this may be because of PMS. We'll see.
I also bought some red wine and drank two glasses yesterday to "take the edge off". That, again, is something I haven't done in years.
I don't want to put the blame on Relora, yet, but if these symptoms persist for the next two or three weeks (or, heaven forbid, get worse!) I'll have to stop. I can't live like this! Plus, I'll make my husband and children miserable, too!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Measurements - Largest part of my belly - 35.5" (Now this is really around my hip area. It is where the "pooch" is.)
The smallest part of my belly - 28.5" (just under my last rib)
Note: Because of my buffet foray on Sunday, I'm a bit bloated so these measurements may be affected by that.
Another thing to note: I'm feeling pretty depressed today. However, it is kinda close to my "time of the month" and it's gray and rainy so I'm not going to blame the Relora right now for that. Just making a note of it...
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