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Patty Traughber | Corydon, IN, USA

Nick name in the forums: JoRae

Already lost 54 pounds!

Starting Weight: 267 pound

Current Weight: 213 pounds

Weight lost to date: 54 pounds

Goal weight: 170 pounds

At 5'7", weighing 267 pounds, Patty Traughber realized how big she was when she fell from a horse whose footing gave way underneath her. The incident encouraged her to make a lifestyle change. Since beginning Phentermine in November 2001, Patty has lost 47 pounds.

Patty Traughber's Picture
October 1, 2001
267 pounds
Patty Traughber's Picture
September 1, 2002
220 pounds

"I've always been heavy. My smallest was a size 12 during junior high school. In high school, my weight seemed to sneak up on me. Before I knew it, I was a size 18. On my wedding day, in 1994, I was up to size 22. When I got pregnant with my first child, the extra weight never came off. After giving birth to my son, the pounds seemed to just find their way to my body. Then, after three years of carrying all that weight, I became pregnant again. I gained more weight than I could ever imagine. But, in the back of my mind, I still saw myself as a size 12.

I didn't realize how big I actually was until I fell off a horse. I didn't fall because I was thrown or bucked off; I fell because I didn't have the power or strength to hold myself up in the saddle when the horse's footing gave way underneath me. So, after recuperating from a pinched nerve in my back, I realized that was it - I had had enough of being fat. I couldn't ride a horse, I couldn't play with my children without losing my breath, and I hated being the fat mom in the classroom of my 6-year old son.

In November, after seeing what Phentermine did for a friend, I talked to her. She gladly gave me her doctor's name and one week later I was sitting in his office. He prescribed me Phentermine and in the first month, I lost 17 pounds. I had never lost weight before! I loved the feeling of my clothing being too big instead of too tight. My husband supported me then AND continues to do so.

I started Phentermine in November 2001 at a heavy 267 pounds. Today, one year later, I weigh 220 pounds. I'm still working for my goal of 170, but with no deadline. If I reach it, I reach it. If I don't, I don't. I know I will never feel so bad again in my life. And to know that is a wonderful feeling. I didn't change my life for anyone but myself. I know my children and husband will love me, no matter what size I am, but it does feels great when your children say, "Mommy, I can reach all the way around you now".

When I first started Phentermine, I had to force myself to eat. I didn't restrict foods from my diet, but I did reduce the portions. I still eat what I want when I want, and I drink lots of juice and watered down tea. Knowing that I am not supposed to eat something makes me crave it that much more, so I still buy the chips and dip, but I no longer have the urge to eat the whole bag.

Although I have not been back on a horse since that horrible day in October 2001, I'm building the confidence and self-esteem that I need to get back on and ride a horse like I have always dreamed of.

I'm a work in progress. I know that I have come a long way. I know that I still have a way to go. But with the friends and support I have found at Phentermine.com, I know I can do it. Everyone in the forum has been so nice and understanding of what I am going through. Knowing that someone else is there/has been there helps a lot.

I came to Phentermine.com wondering if Phentermine really worked or if was just another gimmic, not knowing that I would find a network of friends to support me and encourage me to reach for the stars. And I'm still reaching and loving evey minute of it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it."

Patty

A new lifestyle
Phentermine.com
What is the deciding factor that made you decide to change your lifestyle?
Patty
Falling off a horse, knowing that I couldn't hold myself up in the saddle. I felt ashamed and embarassed. Not only for me, but for my husband and children, as well. I didn't like what I had become and where I was going.
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What was the most difficult adjustment to your new lifestyle?
Patty
Not really finding the time to exercise but incorporating it into my everyday life. I had time, but establishing the routine to do it everyday was a challenge. I'm thankful for the friends that I have made in the Phentermine forums. They have helped me more than they will ever know. It helps just knowing that they are there to see me through my ups and downs.
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What is the most rewarding part of your new lifestyle?
Patty
Knowing that I will climb back up on a horse and ride and not being afraid whether I will have the endurance and strength to hold my own weight. The compliments that I receive are out of this world. I am not afraid to walk into my son's classroom and have to wonder if he's embarassed to call me his mommy.
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Do you have any words of advice for the Phentermine.com community?
Patty
Don't give up. Take one day at a time and live life as if there was no tomorrow. You never know what is gonna happen in the next 5 minutes.