Well alli the over-the-counter version of Xenical is going to hit stores June 15th. I'm sure there are a ton of fat chicks (I can say this I was/am one) going to be camping outside of a Walgreens in hopes this will be their miracle. I know you are gonna pop two or three at a time to make them "full strength" right? Here's some advice from me: save your money. There isn't a diet drug I haven't tried and I do believe Xenical was the worst IMHO. Lemme give you the visual... hideous orange grease shoots out of your ass like a jet propelled rocket and sometimes without warning. Serious anal leakage. The trick is you are so horrified by this process that you cut out fats and lose a little weight. I was on it for a month lost 8 pounds... so not worth it. Seriously you know you've hit rock bottom when your anus is leaking orange oil.

I love the treatment effects (direct from the myalli website)

gas with oily spotting
loose stools
more frequent stools that may be hard to control

"The excess fat that passes out of your body is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza."


I will never eat pizza again.

Edited to add: People on OH keep asking if it's OK to take post-op. I can't imagine any Dr. in there right mind giving it to a post-op person and it's sad to think someone post-op by choice would get back on that diet pill rollercoaster. We had WLS to get off that ride.

Just my 2 cents.

Action Plan for Stress-Free Eating

I watched a great interview the other day with Stacy Halprin. Well the interviewer kinda sucked but Stacey was great and I am jazzed about getting her book. It's billed as an inspirational and motivational guide to help people maintain the weight loss after weight loss surgery. Perfect. I'll take it. Hey and I gotta support a fellow NYer. This entry is from her Action Plan for Stress-Free Eating. Good stuff.

• Eat while sitting down in a relaxed atmosphere.

• Eat at a comfortable pace; stay conscious of the process.

• Chew every bite many times before swallowing.

• Set your fork or spoon down on your plate between bites.

• Take a moment to feel grateful for the food and the person or people who prepared it for you.

• Pay attention to the internal signals that tell you when you are full.

• Savor the flavor of each mouthful of food.

• Remember that food should be valued for its nutritional traits. Continuing to eat after the point of satiety overloads the digestive system, resulting in a buildup of toxicity in your physiology. (It takes twenty minutes for your brain to know that your body is full)

• Eat freshly prepared foods.

• Sit quietly for a few minutes after finishing your meal. Focus your attention on the sensations in your body.

• Don’t watch TV, drive, or have upsetting conversations while eating.

• Don’t eat out of boxes or bags. Put your food on a plate or in a bowl.

• Don’t eat while highly emotional.

• Think of your capacity for food as an “appetite gauge”—where number 1 on the gauge means you are famished and 10 means you are completely full. Eat when your gauge is around number 2 or 3.

• Eat to a schedule. Do not eat erratically due to high levels of stress and a busy life.

(adapted from Stacey Halprin's book "Winning After Losing")

Non-food rewards

Food is too often used as a reward when we've been "good" or when we need comfort. Here's a list of non-food rewards we can "treat" ourselves with:

A personal training session
A pedicure/manicure
A new book
Day trips
New workout clothes
Some new bath products or perfume
A girl's night out
A movie
A day at the park/beach
Cellphone ringtones
A new plant or fresh cut flowers
Fancy panties
A bubble bath
A new purse

Nutrition Labels

What's it all mean? This is an awesome guide to breaking down nutrition labels.