I have a blog and one day one of my readers asked about my weight routine, so I listed the exercises, they are here http://just-a-mom-thats-more-than-enough.blogspot.com/2007/06/lifting-weights.html
Right now I do two or three sets, some exercises I can do more of then others. I do 12 reps each. I am using 5 lbs weights at this time, but getting ready to step up a little. I use 10 lb weights for the curls. I find that the entire workout is good for me at this point. It doesn't kill me, but it's not a piece of cake either. When it starts getting easier, I ramp it up.
Boca burgers are soy patties. I like them. I also eat seafood and sometimes turkey and chicken. I prefer meats that I have cooked myself and which are organic. I do eat whole wheat english muffins and pita bread. I have a bowl of rolled oats every morning. I don't use oils to cook because I use a steamer and steam everything, so no oil. Once in a very great while I want butter, but it has been months since I have wanted it. When I do, I use the butter spray, I choose not to believe it's not butter. No fat. But I don't use it much. I do use it for my kids because I don't want them eating butter or margarine. I have a child with autism who was also bulking up and just getting rid of the butter has helped him. Salad spritzers are a little oil and flavoring in a spritz bottle. It's very nice and good for the diet. There is a wee bit of HFCS, but not much and I don't use it often.
I drink very little dairy, but still some. One thing I have learned is if I try to get every single thing out of my diet that is "bad" I am going to get obsessive and go nuts. So I try to take a path that is do-able for me. Not everything will be perfect, but then again, I am not perfect either, so it works for me. As time has gone by, I have been able to incorporate more and more things into my diet that I wasn't able to before which are healthy for me. So at this time, I am pleased with it. It's a far cry from the 6500 calories and 370 grams of fat I was eating before.
As for the Meridia, I am taking a low dose and have no side effects. I keep a very close eye on it and I am under the doctors care for it. I think it will be ok. I plan to wean off of it in a couple months or so. I see it as a crutch, I don't really want a crutch, but at this point my plan as a whole is working. I am going to keep steady on all three facets (eating, exercise, medication) of my plan at this point. I thank you for looking into it, I did a lot of checking before I decided to do it. Right now my bp is at about 113/68 and that's not bad. My pulse rate is about 65 resting and that' s ok too. When I started out with Meridia my bp did go up to about 141/101 and I was alarmed. I contacted my doctor and they said to go to taking it every other day. I did that and it came down. Since then I have gone to the 5 mg and soon I will go to 5 mg every other day.
As it is, I have been able to get off of a lot of other heavy hitter meds, nexium, xanax, soma, ibuprophen (a gram a day) and allegra D. So, all in all, I think I am doing well. I am happy. Thanks for writing, I hope that I answered your questions. Have a wonderful day!!