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      Sunday, July 08, 2007

05:16 PM - 07/08/2007

The topic: Alli


I’m sure lots of you have heard about it.  Some may have even tried it.  Some would never try it because of the “side effects”.

I bought a starter pack the week it came out. And let me tell you about the side effects. If you don’t overindulge in fatty foods, there are none. 

The recommended limit on fat grams per meal, with Alli is 15 grams. That’s per meal. Since I’d already cut back on most fat in the diet, it wasn’t a problem.  Some sort of high fiber cereal consisting of dirt, sticks, grass and leaves for breakfast.  Lean Cuisines, Subway sandwiches or something from the local Mexican eatery for lunch. And since it’s been so hot, I’ve just been skipping dinner, maybe having a piece of fruit. And lots of water.

Last April, when I split out the ass in my largest pair of pants, I figured it was time to do something.  I’d vowed to never buy a larger size than I had on and the only alternative (besides wearing dresses or skirts or going naked) was to lose weight.  And that’s what I started to do.

I did pretty good to start, but in May, the sun was absent.  The clouds just hung around day after day.  My spirits took a nosedive.  I need the sun.  It’s a necessary part of my being.  They call it “May grey”.  I hoped we wouldn’t also get lots of “June gloom”.  The beaches get it more than we do inland, because of the marine layer. 

And I baked. And I ate what I baked.  I made dinners.  And I ate dinners.  And I gained back half of what I’d lost.

Then the sun came out. And it was good.  My spirits lifted, my resolve came back. And the weight loss was back within reach.  Then Alli came out for sale without a prescription.

Well, let me tell you, I like it.  Even when I don’t think I’m going to lose anything, I’m losing.  Maybe only two pounds a week, but that’s better than putting on two pounds a week.  And the Alli keeps you honest about what you’re eating. 

Because, once, just once, I got hit with the “side effects”.  We’d been shopping all morning and on the way home stopped at McDonalds. I got a Big N Tasty with cheese (22 grams of fat) and fries (20 grams of fat).  Then I took my Alli.

Felt great the rest of the day.  Fast forward to Sunday morning.  And my first visit to the bathroom. I just started laughing.  I told Brian I was seeing one of the “side effects” of the previous day’s lunch.  It wasn’t pretty.  I was glad I was at home.  And that pair of panties ended up in the trash.

But I haven’t had a burger since.  Nor have I had French fries.  I have had Subway sandwiches with avocado.  I have had bacon and eggs and potatoes fried in butter and buttered English muffins.  I’ve had cheese enchiladas and rolled tacos with guacamole.  I’ve had cheese pizza (I love cheese pizza). I’ve had Coldstone ice cream.  I’ve had Taco Bell taco supremes. And I’ve had no “side effects” from any of this.  I wonder if I’d just had the fries or just had the burger, what the result might have been. 

I’m not in a big hurry to find out.  And I guess, that’s the point of the Alli.

And, oh yeah, at Friday’s weigh in?  I was down sixteen pounds.

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