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Day 21 of 90: Birthday Week, a Cold, and a Taper

21 days down. My stats:

Weight: 131.5 (loss = 3.5 pounds)

Chest: 38

Waist: 31.5 (.5 inch loss)

Hips: 36.5 (1.5 inch loss)

Bicep Circumference: 11.2 (.2 inch gain!)

Thigh Circumference: 21.75 (1.0 inch loss)

I’ve lost .4 pounds this week, a total  of 3.5 pounds total. My measurements did not change this week, but I am honestly surprised that I did not gain this week.

My triumphs this week: I lost .4 pounds this week,. I’ve built up to 3:10 minutes on holding the plank in my 30 day challenge. Taken and passed my CFP Tax Planning Final Exam. One class left to go!

My struggles this week: My two-year-old passed a cold on to me, so I have been consuming lots of fluids, more orange juice than usual and eating more. I was supposed to treat this week as a taper for tomorrow’s half marathon and the taper turned into doing nothing most of the week. My birthday was Thursday, which led to eating lots of sweets and a few big meals this week. So, I am very surprised to have sustained a loss this week instead of a gain.

Xenadrine…. First Diet Pill I Ever Tried

Xenadrine

According to Web MD, “One of the most popular weight-loss supplements in the United States — considered a ‘nutritional supplement’ and not a drug by current FDA standards — is Xenadrine, made by the New Jersey company Cytodyne Technologies. The main ingredient in its original formula, Xenadrine RFA-1, is ephedrine, derived from the ephedra plant. Ephedrine increases metabolism, the process by which fat cells are broken down and converted to energy, and it suppresses appetite. The effects of ephedrine are like those of amphetamines, also known as speed, and for some they can be deadly. Ephedrine can raise one’s heart rate and blood pressure, so people with heart conditions and high blood pressure are warned against taking it.” Full article : How Safe is Xenadrine?

I was introduced to Xenadrine while reading a Fitness magazine when I was in my early 20’s (so, about 10 years ago, more or less). At the time,  I was active and exercised regularly, but still wanted to drop 10 more pounds. So, off to GNC I went. This was my official trip to GNC, and most definitely not my last. The friendly salesperson had no problem pointing me to the diet pill section and was kind enough to offer stronger diet pills than Xenadrine,  but I declined. I picked up my bottle of Xenadrine and headed home to give them a try. Continue reading