As I’ve mentioned in the past I’m current on Duromine which is an appetite suppressant however the problem that I found with the latest drug test is that it gives off false positives to amphetamines because the active ingredient in Duromine is phentermine (the predecessor to Duromine was fen-phen which was made up of fenfluramine/phentermine where as Duromine is made up of phentermine/topiramate which doesn’t damage heart valves that the original one did). The active ingredient is similar to amphetamine thus gives off a false positive during a drug test even though the ingredient doesn’t have any of the euphoric or hyper stimulant effects of amphetamines. For me the amount I take is 15mg which is the lowest dose possible and I’ve been watching out for symptoms with no negative side effects – I can go to sleep without any problems, wake up no problem, no jitteriness etc. Maybe my high tolerance to caffeine has flat lined me to any possible stimulant effect that it might have had on a normal person along with the fact that I’m a pretty big guy too. Anyway, hopefully that’ll get all sorted out and I can hit the ground running next week because I really want to get earning some money because the amount I’d get on the emergency benefit as a seasonal worker is rather, well, crappy but that being said I’ve got some opportunities line up in other areas with one being with my old work place and another being through a recruitment company although I have to admit I lean towards going back to my old job since it is a role that I’m already trained to do and familiar with it.
Another thing I’ve started to do is go for a power walk each night where I walk down to the end of the the street my street connects to and back which is around 5.8km – not as a ‘counter balance’ to what I ate during the day but rather as something that gets those ‘happy hormones’ firing. These ‘happy hormones work as a great way of curbing appetite and cravings plus I also feel a lot more alert after having a good power walk – a clear mind so that I can focus on updating my blog etc.
It is funny how I used to be a dyed in the wool advocate for Diet Coca Cola but part of being better financially I have actually stated moving over to Pepsi Max and holy crap I knew Pepsi was cheaper but never as cheap as it has been today at Countdown – $1 for a 1.5L bottle from the Pepsi range with the usual price being $2.50 for a 2L vs. $3.99 for a 2.25L. Part of this bargain hunting and rebooting to a better financial future I’ve setup a long term savings accounts where you get interest bonuses if you don’t do a withdrawal with the added incentive of ‘more than one withdrawal attracts a $5 transaction fee’ which serves as a good incentive not to touch the money unless I really, really, really need it.
Anyway, tonight I’m going to go for another power walk. These days what I do is have my main meal at lunch time and at dinner I have a light snack like a meal replacement drink (Up and Go low sugar) or a breakfast biscuit. It is actually working out better having my ‘main meal’ earlier especially when it comes to work as well – metabolism works fastest during the day so best to keep the night meals as light as possible. Regarding my next weigh in, I’m going to weigh myself in probably around 4 or 5 December to see how things are progressing but I’m pretty confident based on how my clothes are fitting better (and fitting into clothes I couldn’t fit into before) that I am gradually getting towards my ideal weight. My big long term goal is 85-90kg which would be about right for a person with a height of 188cm.