It has been a little over a year since I found a magic pill that everyone who has only known me at 204lbs wants. Or, so they think. Metformin is not something I would recommend to everyone. Especially, to people who unlike me, can work out and eat healthy to lose weight. I was contemplating eating Styrofoam pellets for meals prior to going on Metformin as 1200 calories a day, cycling like a mad woman, and eating mainly salads just was making things worse. How the hell does one work out so much only to have to buy bigger gym shorts every few weeks? I have a ghetto bootay, but that and my size WMDs were getting way out of hand. If I didn’t know any better, someone was spraying both with MiracleGrow in my sleep.
I’m on a hormone cocktail. My friend told me I’m on tranny pills…. And mean that with no ill intent. My body apparently forgot that it is female and I had to go on another hodgepodge to help my acne and hair falling out. Did that mean I was both a boy going through puberty and also an old man?
On a good note, my exhaustion has gone away for the most part. I still have crashes and periodic hot flashes since I guess I am also 50 year old woman. On a bad note, it creates digestive issues. Until you get used to it, life is a little scary in the morning. Sometimes, I still have the issue of not getting out the door on time, to put it nicely. Time away such as running around subways or in the woods can be a difficult situation. For camping Memorial Day weekend, I went on a prune juice “cleanse” beforehand and had to skip my dosage. This bear was not taking a shite in the woods. Well, was trying not to. The last morning of the trip was a bit of an emergency mossy log fiasco.
For those of you who keep gaining weight no matter how hard you work to lose but can’t even maintain get checked out for PCOS. With my Hashi’s, then PCOS, then insulin resistance diagnoses it became apparent that two of my hormones were at “normal” levels, but in opposite ratios to one another. My doc did a full work up on me across the board regarding my hormone levels and blood sugar levels. Luckily, he is a smart cookie and recognized the bassackwards action going on in my body.
Metformin isn’t a diet pill. It regulates your blood sugar so you have energy to work out again which will reverse you from developing diabetes if all goes well. I still have energy crashes, weird cravings, and various body oddities I will get into later. However, going from 135 lbs to 204 lbs with muscle wasting really makes all the negatives balance out in the end. At least for me it has. I am now down to 164 lbs after a year and slowly losing but gaining back muscle mass.
For those who think it is a diet pill, it allows for me to educate the a little more on what it is like to not look sick while living with several chronic illnesses. I usually leave out the part about the morning bathroom cha-cha-chas. Good thing I know how to dance.