In July, I began a drug research study at the Diabetes Center at my local hospital. I took an FDA approved medication twice a day and met with a dietician and a nurse every two weeks. The purpose of the study was to monitor the effect of a Lifestyle Modification Program on people taking the drug vs. those taking a placebo. I won't know what I was taking for another few weeks, but my nurses are fairly confident I was taking the drug due to my nausea throughout the study.
Twice a day I gave myself a shot in the belly. Everyday I followed a meal plan that expected a lot more vegetable eating and smaller portions. For the last six months I've written down everything I've eaten. I've gone over each item and my blood sugars, taken at least twice a day, with my dietician. I've increased my activity per the plan.
Yesterday was my last appointment.
When I started, I expected that I might lose 10-15 pounds. I surpassed that within the first month. Seeing results was an amazing feeling and encouraged me to continue.
Here's me in July 2007, a week before I started the study.
Yesterday we did my final weigh in and waist measurements. In simple terms, wow!
July weight: 256 lbs.
January weight: 203 lbs.
July waist measurements: 47"
January waist measurements: 40"
July pant size: 22Plus
January pant size: 16 (At Old Navy no less)
And I look like this:
Please, scroll back and forth. It's crazy. I almost can't believe it myself and it's me, who I see everyday.
Actually, I lost another 7 inches. From where? Here's a hint.
Alison has asked to take photos of my hair this afternoon when she gets home from school, so I'll post those later. :)
ETA: My hair needed to be washed by the time Ali got home from school and I didn't get a shower until late last night. Unfortunately, then I didn't blowdry it and today it is flat. So instead of a AGT photo shoot, here's pic from Sunday that looks pretty good. :)