Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Misconceptions



As I started my Belviq journey, there was a private group set up for Belviq Users on facebook.  I love to see new people that join and start their journey with Bevliq.  Watching each as they go through the same journey I am going through.

One of the biggest misconceptions that most new Bevliq patients have is appetite suppression.  Belviq doesn't neccessarily supress your appetite.  You still need to eat!  Hunger is a natural feeling that you must pay attention to.  What is important is how MUCH you consume during your meal.  That's what I tell people starting with Belviq to look for vs. feeling hungry.  You will want to see how much you eat during a meal on Belviq and compare that to how much you ate without it. 

I hope you are all having a fantastic summer thus far.  Drink LOTS of water and remember to get your exercise in!!!  It's hot down here in Texas, but I still am pursuing through this heat and getting to the gym several times a week.


DISCLAIMER - I am NOT a physician. I am just an ordinary person taking Belviq and I like to share my tips and tidbits with those who are either on Belviq or considering taking Belviq for the first time.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1 year with Belviq

Well - what do you think?  Do you think Belviq really works? 











This was an impromptu photo so I wasn't wearing anything flattering.  BUT WHO CARES? HAHA!! 

Yes, BELVIQ WORKS!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

photo comparison

This one is not drastic at all. But this was me in February and then now.  You can see progress still in the face and then in the middle section. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Belviq = confidence

Everyone knows my story of how I was picked on as a kid and I didn't have many friends in high school.  I never hung out or did any bad things like I should have (haha).  Since I have lost weight, I have gained more and more courage to go hang out with those from my high school days.  Here is a picture that was taken on Saturday.  I actually felt great around them.  A little anxiety in the beginnng but as the evening went on, I felt more and more comfortable.  I had to leave early (10:30 pm) to make the 2 hour trip back to Houston.  Otherwise, I would have stayed.












This is the first picture I have taken in a group that I actually liked.  When I posted it on facebook, I had compliments on how great I looked.  Thank you Ashley, Memo, Celia, Katharine, Tamara, Michelle, Terri Sue, Lara, and Charlotte for the hospitality and good times!

My workouts are going good.  I meet with a PT once a week.  He is WORKING this girl.  I expect results.  I may not see weight loss for a bit as muscle will be heavier than fat and that's ok.  I want to see INCHES.  After all, it's the inches people will notice, not the actual pounds.









Thursday, May 29, 2014

not belviq related - local kid needs your help

A friend of mine has a child who is very seriously ill.  I got the opportunity to visit him one day at Texas Childrens Hospital and he is just the most remarkable 12 year old around.

He was diagnosed at birth with NEMO - a complex disease caused by genetic mutations.  This year, they are anticipated his medical expenses to exceed $50,000.  Insurance doesn't pay for everything they are doing to try to save his life!!!!!!  Without these procedures, he wouldn't be here today.

I set up a give forward account where my friends and their friends can donate, even if just a dollar.  This weekend, I am going to make some jewelry and open an etsy store and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Jackson.  So, I am asking for any and all donations to go to this cause.  Here is the link:

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/s1s4/jackson-biven-s-nemo-medical-expenses

please share!!!!!!  This is really critical!

XOX Ellie

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lady in red

WOW - I can't believe how great I am looking every day!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Obesity is....

What obesity is….



Many people who read my blog are those looking for help with their fight against obesity. I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how obesity has affected my life. If you relate to any of these, I want you to know that there is hope. I found that hope and every day I move closer and closer to a healthier lifestyle.



This is what obesity is to some:

Embarrassment when I am at the doctors office and they ask me to step on the scale.

Choosing to stay home over social activities because of the way I look.

Taking pictures only from the neck up to hide my stomach. Also taking pictures from a higher angle to make it look like my face is thinner than it really is.

Eating an entire bag of chips at one sitting.

Only able to buy closes at a plus size specialty shop.

Being completely out of breath just by walking up a flight of stairs.

Not able to close the seat belt on an airplane and having to ask for a seat belt extension

The doctor telling you that if you keep up at your current weight, you will die from heart disease at a younger age.

Being made fun of at school – being called a cow or other weight related names

Having various family members embarrassed to be around you in public.

Having constant bone / joint problems from the excess weight

Not wanting to try on clothes in public

Crying at night because you feel so bad about yourself

Being unable to connect romantically or intimately and maybe not even getting asked out on a date in over 10 years.

Having no drive or motivation.

Thinking about your next meal before the current meal is over.

Sneaking food where no one sees how much you really eat

Thinking that I must finish my entire plate and not waste food.

Only taking quick shower vs. long baths because you don’t want to look at your own body
 
Tired of hearing people say how easy it is to lose weight - you just have to put your mind to it!

Feeling rejected

Feeling ugly

Feeling lazy

Feeling shame

Making excuses

Feeling hopeless………



What is obesity to you?
 
 
What ever it is - there is HOPE.  I found it.  I am thankful every day for Belviq.  It changed my life.  It's still a constant struggle, but I have gotten so much further with Belviq than I ever have with any other weight loss program or method that I have ever tried.  It is a lot of work, but it's so worth it!!!