I am currently 38 years old and about 60 lbs overweight. I've always struggled with my weight but I've never been as heavy as I am now. In the past, I could always lose some weight with diet pills. I severely abused phentermine for a couple of years. I lost a ton of weight and everyone said I looked great. Little did they know that I barely slept, was agitated all the time with a near constant headache and racing heartbeat. I also did some "party" drugs like ecstasy and cocaine and such like. I finally decided to stop all that mess and I've been clean of all of it for about 7 years (except alcohol). Without the drugs and including a herniated disc in my spine, I gained the weight back and then some.
Now, I'm working with a fitness trainer and trying to lose weight the right way. I'm eating right, working out 6 days a week and drinking enough water to make me want to move my desk at work into the bathroom! But it's very slow going. I'm working so hard (for 4 weeks now) and I've only lost 5 lbs.
Is it possible that all the past abuse of my body is affecting me now? Does my metabolism not work right because I messed it all up with drugs? I'm trying not to get discouraged but I don't know how to make this go faster! My trainer said I just have to stay focused and it will happen. We've discussed my past pills/drugs and she's not sure if that has any long term effects of slowing my weight loss now.
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