Tuesday, January 19, 2016

a little update :)

I have so many reaching out to me on my facebook page and my email that I thought I would send an update:

In October, I had a bilateral knee replacement surgery on my left knee.  For those of you following my blog, you all know that this was something I knew I was facing for about 3 years.  The recovery was tough.  BEYOND tough.  I had a really bad reaction to medication.  I was only going to be off work for 2 weeks, but ended up being off work for 7 weeks.  For 2 months, I couldn't pick up my leg to even get in the car.  I had to literally pick it up with my hands to get it into the car.  It just didn't go as planned.

I gained about 10 or 15 pounds during this time because of inactivity.  I couldn't even do basic grocery shopping for the longest time, so I had to eat what I could.  I am VERY lucky that, even with the holidays, I didn't gain more than that!!!

I am in a better place now with my knee.  I still can't work out yet, but there is hope around the corner and I will soon be able to get back into the gym.  I also started back on Belviq yesterday to help jump start my diet patterns.  I don't plan on being on it for long, just needed a little motivation!!!

Anyway, that's the skinny, or the fat of it all.

Hope you are having an awesome 2016.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Hey everyone - I know, it's been a LONG time.  But, I had to share.  Remember how my Triglycerides are always high?  I think the last time I reported it was borderline.  Anyway, at one time, it was 400 (anything over 200 is high and optimal range is under 150.  Well, I am happy to report this very momentous milestone that occurred for the first time in 8 years:

Yup, My Triglycerides are considered "Optimal".  I am so happy!!!  Now, my cholesterol still needs work!!!!  I'm "barely" over the borderline rage so I have some work to do!!

Anyway, I am still maintaining my weight with no issues at all.  No gains which make me happy.  One of these days I'll get back on track but for now, I am happy and just enjoying life.  Maybe when it cools down!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Hey everyone!!

I hope all is well.  I am doing great!!  I am working with a personal trainer 3 times a week.  I just started back a few weeks ago. 

I have some AMAZING NEWS:   The time has come where I no longer need the aid of weight loss medication.  Belviq and Bel-phen was amazing and got me to where I am today.  But I have been off of both for a little while and I have pushed through a long plateau and now I am doing this completely on my own!!  I never thought I would get to this point.  But I am here!!!


 I have also started a new meal regimen.  I start off in the morning with a protein shake as a meal supplement.  It's chocolate and has chia seeds which are rich in omega 3's.  Now, for those that know me will remember - I HATE SHAKES.  Protein shakes generally taste yucky.  But this shake is YUMMY!!!  It literally tastes like chocolate milk.  It comes in powder form and I mix it with vanilla silk.  With the Silk, I get my entire breakfast for 200 calories.


Here is a breakdown of the Supplement Facts:

Taken from the IDLife website: 

The Power of Chia
Known as “running food” by Aztec Warriors, and deriving its name from the Mayan work for “strength,” Chia seed has a rich history of being a powerful nutritional supplement with its use dating back to 3500 B.C. Aztecs and Mayans consumed Chia seeds regularly, grinding them into flour, pressing them into oil and drinking them mixed with water to increase stamina, endurance and energy over long periods for battle.
Chia seeds are considered a “super” food because they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. The nutritional benefits of chia seeds include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more - even protein! Even more amazing, chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their own weight and expand to curb your appetite, so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density (or calories) of foods while doubling the amount of fiber.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Here we go again...

I took my blog offline for about a month because of some drama that was going on with some investors.  But, I found that I started losing motivation again.  My blog kept me going, it was like a diary and the positive affirmations I got really helped me push through. 

So, I am back at it - only this time, my focus is ME - not THEM.  I know that I also helped a lot of people through my blog and many have asked for me to reconsider.  So, I am also doing for those that are like me, looking for a change.

That being said, I still am where I was when I left off - no gain.  I look great, feel great, and now I am ready to push forward.  I have taken some much needed me time. 

I bought a cute black and white dress yesterday, it's a little snug, but will fit great in 10 pounds.  So, those that have followed me will know, I am motivated by clothes.  I will hope to be in my cute dress by the end of April.  Wish me luck.  For now, here are a few newest (BLURRY SORRY) pictures.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

01.22.15 weigh in

I am happy to announce another new mile stone.

So what is my next goal? 219 by March 1st which is my birthday!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Belviq luanches new savings card

We have all heard the rumors, and it is officially here!!!!!  I am so excited that my cost is literally cut in half.  Here is the information I received today via email:

Eisai Launches New Savings Card to Increase Access and Affordability of
BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV
Card Enables Eligible Patients to Pay No More than $75 for their BELVIQ Prescription*
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ, January 20, 2015 — Eisai Inc. today announced the launch of a new savings card for BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV, the most prescribed branded FDA-approved prescription drug therapy for chronic weight management.** The new savings card enables eligible patients without commercial coverage for BELVIQ to pay no more than $75 for each monthly prescription. Those patients who have commercial insurance for BELVIQ can use the card to get additional savings if their copay is greater than $50.[1]
BELVIQ is used along with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or BMI of 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) with at least one weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes. It is not known if BELVIQ is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products, nor is it known if BELVIQ changes the risk of heart problems or stroke, or death due to heart problems or stroke.
“We are pleased to see that more and more insurance companies have decided to provide coverage for medications for chronic weight management, but there are still a significant number of patients who do not have access," said Frank Ciriello, President of the Global Neurology Business Unit at Eisai Inc. “Until coverage of these treatments becomes a standard healthcare benefit, this new card will make BELVIQ more affordable and accessible for appropriate patients who need it. The card is being introduced at the beginning of the year when many people resolve to lose weight and develop healthier habits.”
The savings card for BELVIQ can be obtained through physician offices or pharmacies and does not require activation or enrollment. Patients also can download the card at www.belviq.com/registration/ by scrolling down to click on “Register for Savings Card.”  Patients then simply need to sign it and bring the card and their BELVIQ prescription to the pharmacy to realize instant savings. The card is good for the purchase of one prescription for any 30-day period (up to 12 uses per year).
“Working with their healthcare team, individuals affected by this chronic disease should have access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of obesity,” said Joe Nadglowski, president and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a national non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by obesity. “We applaud Eisai for taking a proactive step in providing this type of program, as improving access to these medications is a critically important step in treating obesity. It is our hope that the savings program will give individuals the opportunity to address their weight and, if appropriate, utilize prescription drug therapy as part of an overall healthcare plan to improve their weight and health.”
In addition to the new savings card, patients can enroll in BELIEVE EVERYDAY SUPPORTSM (www.believesupport.com), a comprehensive lifestyle program which includes a year’s membership to Lose It!, an app for tracking calories and activity; nutrition information; tools for meal planning and tips to help patients stay motivated. 
“Losing weight can be daunting for many people,” Ciriello added. “Eisai is proud to offer support for patients who are committed to living a healthier life.”
Approximately two-thirds of American adults are affected by obesity or are overweight and the prevalence of obesity in the United States has more than doubled among adults in the past 30 years. Many health organizations and authorities, including the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health now recognize obesity as a chronic and progressive disease that carries extra health risks and needs to be treated.
Important Safety Information about BELVIQ®
·            Pregnancy: Do not take BELVIQ if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no potential benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ may harm your unborn baby.
·            Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions: Before using BELVIQ, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ. Call your doctor right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.
·            Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ have had heart valve problems. Call your doctor right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you have or have had heart problems.
·            Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ affects you.
·            Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.
·            Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your doctor right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.
·            Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.
·            Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on BELVIQ, stop taking BELVIQ and call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
·            Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ may cause your heart to beat slower.
·            Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.
·            Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your doctor if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.
·            Most common side effects in patients without diabetes: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation.
·            Most common side effects in patients with diabetes: Low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.
·            Nursing: BELVIQ should not be taken while breastfeeding.
·            Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.
BELVIQ is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because it may be abused or lead to drug dependence.
For more information about BELVIQ®, click here for the full Product Information or visit www.BELVIQ.com.
BELVIQ® is a registered trademark of Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH.
BELIEVE EVERYDAY SUPPORTSM is a servicemark of Eisai Inc.
Lose It!® is a registered trademark of FitNow, Inc. d/b/a “Lose It!”
About Eisai Inc.
At Eisai Inc., human health care is our goal. We give our first thoughts to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides. As the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., Ltd., we have a passionate commitment to patient care that is the driving force behind our efforts to help address unmet medical needs. We are a fully integrated pharmaceutical business with discovery, clinical, manufacturing and marketing capabilities. Our key areas of commercial focus include oncology and specialty care (Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and metabolic disorders). To learn more about Eisai Inc., please visit us at www.eisai.com/US
Eisai Inc. has affiliates that are part of a global product creation organization that includes R&D facilities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as a global demand chain organization that includes manufacturing facilities in Maryland and North Carolina. Eisai’s global areas of R&D focus include neuroscience; oncology; metabolic disorders; vascular, inflammatory and immunological reaction; and antibody-based programs.
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[1] This excludes patients who are eligible for state or federal healthcare programs. Additional restrictions apply. See complete Restrictions and Conditions of Use at www.BELVIQ.com.
** Source: IMS Health, National Prescription Audit, TRx data (December 2014).