How I Lost 130 Pounds and Fell in Love With Bacon
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My story of
how I gained and lost 130 pounds is intertwined between psychological
drugs and diet. First, Id like to give a bit of history. Ive
been on different medications for ADHD, Insomnia,
and Bipolar disorder since I was 8 years old. Im
now 24, so two-thirds of my life has been neurologically influenced
when I was 8. I was having issues concentrating at school, and rather
than looking at my diet or questioning the educational merits and
practices at my public school, a neurological disorder was determined
to be the culprit. I was sent to a psychiatrist who after
some tests diagnosed me with Attention Deficit
and Hyperactivity Disorder; in order to cure this diseases,
I was put on Ritalin which is an amphetamine that is similar to
another well known drug cocaine.
When I was
on Ritalin, I began to respect and never question authority. Much
like a zombie, I just existed without actually living. About 5 years
later, at the age of 13, I was put on Adderall another type
of amphetamine. This can cause issues with temper, heart problems,
began fluctuating more often and going through puberty didnt
help. I got into a few fights and got into more than a few arguments.
As a result, I was then sent to another psychiatrist who diagnosed
me with Bipolar disorder, at the age of 13. I was then placed on
a bipolar drug, known as Depakote, that would begin to truly destroy
prescribed to patients to prevent seizures, causes massive weight
gain as well as, in my case, a drop in IQ and ambition. I had always
been quite energetic, but this completely wiped me out. In order
to compensate for the drop in IQ, my dosage of Adderall was raised.
And then, in order to compensate for insomnia due to Adderall, I
was put on an anti-schizophrenia drug called Zyprexa that also causes
weight gain and severe drowsiness. All this happened within a year.
Then the inevitable
happened, and my body crashed. One night, at the age of 14, I collapsed
to the ground. I was suffering from atrial fibrillation i.e.
severe irregular heart beat brought on by the mixture of
drugs, the largest culprit being the Adderall. I was sent to the
hospital, where an electrical cardioversion the restoration
of the heart rhythm through the use of electrical shock was
used to get my body into working order.
As a result,
I was taken off of Adderall and put on a heart medication. Adderall,
being a stimulant, was the drug that prevented the weight gain side-effect
of the other drugs that I was put on which I was on due to
the side effects of Adderall. On top of this, the heart medication
I was given slowed me down even more. By preventing my pulse to
get high, the drug didnt allow me to exert enough energy while
exercising, and a lowered my ambition to do anything. So the inevitable
happened again, and I began putting on a massive amount of weight.
From the ages of 15-18, I went from being 180lbs to 330lbs.
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September 12, 2011
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