“Girl! you’ve really slim down, look at that tummy, it has flatten down!” my mom exclaimed the other day over dinner.
“Huh? Maybe cause I’m in an all black outfit and it’s loose, that’s why,” I shrugged, aware that apart from the husband, my mom is absolutely one who doesn’t mince her words.
“No it’s not. Wah, maybe your mom here should also go for what you did to slim down!” she muttered.
I’d admit, the flabby mommy tummy I was once quick to conceal is now less flabby to the point that my husband does make me feel slightly conscious whenever I walk around in my bandeau from the bathroom to the wardrobe to decide on what to wear for the day.
“What? Are you looking at how much my flab has reduced?” I’d tease, to which he’ll say “It has definitely reduced.”
It has been 2 months since I embarked on Halley’s Mini Slim Programme – a weight management programme that comprises of 4 sessions of doctor consultations and 3 types of medication to be taken over a course of 3 months to help with effective weight loss.
I was prescribed Duromine (to be taken first thing in the morning “when your breath is still bad”, Dr. Terence Tan stressed), Nopal (a fibre supplement to give a sense of fullness for a longer period of time thus reducing the need for too many snacks to be taken before lunch and dinner) and Xenical (taken once either during or after dinner to allow undigested fat to pass out of my body through bowels) along with a thorough run down on “what-to-expect” which he patiently explained and prepared me for.
Initially it took some getting used to, especially having to remember to take the medication at certain periods of the day. There were times I simply forgot due to impromptu dinner appointments (and I left my meds at home) or late lunch due to a busy day at work (I’m to take Nopal approx. half to one hour prior to meals), only to feel guilty about not being consistent. Fortunately I managed to work this out by the second week, by pre-packing my medication into my handbag and setting alarms on the phone on when to take my Nopal pills prior to mealtimes.
Of all the 3 medications, Duromine was the easiest to remember taking since it was the first pill of the day. On the first day of taking Duromine, my heart palpitated slightly. I recalled Dr. Terence Tan sharing that it was normal to have this as a possible side effect and that I could reduce the prescribed dosage by half during the first week if the palpitations were too much for me to manage. I ended up keeping to the prescribed dosage, because apart from feeling excited and sometimes a wee bit breathless especially if I was rushing from one place to another for meetings, it also gave me renewed energy which helped in work and kids-time productivity. By the 5th day, I wasn’t conscious of the palpitations any more.
When Dr. Terence Tan gave me heads up on expecting “oily outputs” with the consumption of Xenical, little did I anticipate the literal context of it. Yet as weird as it sounds, it actually motivated me to take the medication more consistently. My bowel movement progressed from an alternate day habit to a daily affair – especially after big, hearty, fattening meals – often making me feel “detoxed” after every visit. And although it bugged me a little to always have to be near a loo when I first started on this medication, for just in case moments, my body soon worked a way around it. I didn’t need to visit the loo after every meal after 2 weeks, or perhaps I didn’t have as much undigested fats to pass out of my body with the conscious change in food choices.
The Mini Slim Programme has been quite a life changer.
Not only has it made me more conscious of what I consume, especially when it comes to declining ‘happy hour’ drinks, it has also allowed me to be more open to eating other kinds of staples apart from my favourite white rice, pasta and potatoes such as salads, lentils, brown rice, quinoa; which has also introduced more variety into my diet.
That said, I had my “cheat days” too, especially when it called for a celebration or toast to end a long, crazy work week. During those instances, I’d be mindful to drink lots of water and keep away from refined carbs and sugary treats for the remaining meals as much as possible.
Importantly, I liked that I didn’t have to “starve” my body with this programme. I was given the go-ahead to eat all 3 main meals of the day as long as I didn’t over indulge in portions nor on a particular food type, stayed away from sugary drinks and fruits as much as I could help it, and consistently took my weight management medication.
The once snug clothes don’t feel as snug on me anymore, and people have stopped giving me suspicious stares if they should give their seat up to me whenever I’m on the train. I also feel more energetic and less lethargic these days. Although I don’t feel drastically lighter or significantly slimmer, I do feel more confident than I did few months back, and I am starting to make an effort to maintain my current weight/body shape voluntarily through light exercises these days.
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