The other day someone asked me if I was on GLP-1 medications. After all, I’m a big fan of them. So much so, I’ve partnered with a provider to offer these weight loss medications at a fraction of the cost.

Anyway, I told her yes, and I shared my story. After reflecting on it for a few days, I thought you might want to hear about my personal weight loss experience with this miracle medication.

My Personal Experiences with GLP-1 Medications

Why I started GLP-1 Medications
So….I’m about to get very personal here, and share something I haven’t shared publicly before.

My weight had started to creep up a couple of years ago, as my life took a very stressful turn. My brother was suicidal and most days, I felt like I was the only one keeping him alive. We spoke all the time on the phone, and usually he would talk about killing himself. I wanted to be there for him – and I was – but it was taking a psychic toll on me. I remember going on vacation and wondering if he would kill himself because I couldn’t be there for him to talk him off a ledge again. At the same time, my business was struggling. And I found myself unwilling to track my food anymore in order to manage my weight. In fact, I had little energy and enthusiasm for life since so much of my energy was consumed by fear and worry. Everything is connected.

Anyway, I was in a tough spot: I didn’t want to do another diet, and yet, I was not happy with my weight going up. It’s a terrible place to dwell, a kind of purgatory where you want a different life, but you’re not able to take action.

I had heard about GLP-1 medication two years ago, and how it helped to regulate appetite. I felt like I needed help. I was tired of thinking about food, and my weight, and I couldn’t bring myself to go on another diet, so I decided to give it a try.

My personal experience with GLP-1 treatments began with Wegovy (aka Ozempic). Just so you know, Wegovy IS the same thing as Ozempic, from the same manufacturer, Novo Nordisk. The thing is, Wegovy is approved for weight loss and Ozempic is approved for diabetes treatment. The difference is that Wegovy is prescribed at a higher dose. The active ingredient in both of them is a peptide called Semaglutide. I heard that pharmaceutical companies aren’t actually allowed to patent peptides, so the way they got around this in order to make their millions was to patent the delivery mechanism (the pen you use to inject yourself) and the dosage scheme. When I signed up for Wegovy, it was very expensive at $1349 a month. I paid $849/month because I got a coupon worth $500 off. Some people’s insurance will cover them for this medication. Mine wouldn’t, even though I met the BMI requirement.

After two months, I switched to the generic version of Wegovy – called Semaglutide – for about $500 a month in order to save money. (Just so you know, you can get it for much cheaper than that through my partnership with CareValidate.)

Initially, I faced challenges such as severe fatigue which fully resolved after a few months. Not everyone experiences fatigue, but I sure did. It may have helped that I switched to a compounding pharmacy, and that they mixed Semaglutide with B12 to help with energy. (Remember, semaglutide is the active ingredient in both the brand and generic versions.) The B12 may have helped, but also, my body may have just adjusted to the peptide. I didn’t experience any other side effects.

My weight loss was so slooooooooow compared to others. I averaged about 1 pound a month over 12 months. My nurse practitioner told me I might need to titrate up to the full dose before I would start to see significant results and so I patiently increased my dose.

Month 1 – 0.25 mg for 1 month. I lost 1 pound.

Month 2 – 0.5 mg for 2 months. I lost 2 pounds. Total: 3 pounds.

Month 3 & 4 – 1.0 mg. I lost 4 pounds. Total: 7 pounds. Some weeks I lost only 0.25 of a pound.

Month 4, 5, 6, 7 – 1.7 mg. I lost another pound. Basically, I bounced around a bit and stalled.

Month 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – 2.4 mg. I lost 4 more pounds.

Total: 12 pounds lost on Semaglutide in a year.

Now, I didn’t have as much weight to lose as other people, so progress was slow. This happens as you get leaner. But I also felt like I didn’t experience the same appetite suppression that most people did on GLP-1 medications. I felt like I still had to be mindful of what I ate, and how much I ate. I guess it’s like any other medication – people are on a curve where you have non-responders, light responders, normal, and high responders. It’s the same thing for side effects. Everyone is unique.

Anyway, it was working – slowly – so I was patient, and kept going. I’m not sure many people would tolerate only losing 1 pound a month at a cost of $600 a month but I really liked not feeling all that hungry – that was huge for me. I felt like I finally had a “normal” appetite like my husband. I enjoyed losing weight without tracking my food, dieting, or feeling deprived. I basically ate whatever I wanted, just in smaller amounts. While the medication was pricey, I am certain that I saved money on groceries and eating out.

My whole life I have had a strong hunger drive, and it has been the root cause of my weight issues despite eating healthy and being active, so not dealing with excessive hunger and not thinking about food all the time was freeing. It’s kind of hard to explain until you experience it for yourself.

Then I heard about the new drug, Mounjaro by the pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly. Mounjaro is made using the active ingredient Tirzepatide. It is FDA approved for treating type 2 diabetes, but is also used off-label to treat obesity. I got excited because it was supposed to be more powerful, with people losing more weight on it than on Semaglutide. I asked if I could switch to it, and I was able to get the compounded generic version, called Tirzepatide. The downside was that I had to start all over again, titrating up to the highest dose of Tirzepatide before I started to get results. It took months to reach the highest dosage. While many people lose weight on lower doses and don’t need to titrate up, I was not so lucky. Fortunately, I did not regain any weight during this time.

Switching to Tirzepatide was a real game-changer for me. There have been zero side effects for me, and it made a huge difference in controlling my hunger and cravings. It also helped me bust through a six-year plateau to drop an additional 6 pounds. It’s been amazing not to obsess over food all the time and still enjoy my meals, just in smaller amounts—it really changed things for me. I hardly ever think about food, except when a week has elapsed and the meds are wearing off and it’s time to give myself another injection. I feel better, look better, move better, and my bloodwork and blood pressure has improved.

Although I lost less weight on Tirzepatide, I had much less to lose, and I have to say, I feel more “normal” on it, with less “food noise”, which is the preoccupation with food. If I had to put a number on it, I would say Semaglutide turned down the dial on my hunger and cravings from a 10 to a 7. Tirzepatide turned it down from a 10 to a 5. In fact, I have to remind myself to eat sometimes.

But you know how life throws curveballs, right? My beloved brother did end up committing suicide, and then I lost my sweet mother-in-law 4 months later. And then I had to say goodbye to Coach Tiffany, who has been with me over 4 years. I shut down the coaching programs and contemplated selling the business. Now I am pivoting into GLP-1 medications and exploring other opportunities so I can keep my business alive. It has been 8 months of loss, grieving and massive change. Thankfully, I’ve been maintaining my weight on Tirzepatide throughout.

Sometimes, just maintaining your weight when life becomes hard is a victory in itself.

Only now am I feeling ready again to go after my goal weight of 160 pounds, which is even less than what I weighed back when I did HCG in 2018. I’m getting my mojo back, and gearing up for that final push. I’ve started running again, with my new lighter body, and it feels so good. I have also started to buy new clothes in a smaller size. I imagine how much better it will feel to hike, and do yoga, and how my muscles will be more defined when I’ve reached my goal weight. I look forward to getting a physical done so I can get life insurance at the cheapest possible rate. I also feel more peace of mind knowing that I have greatly reduced my risk of heart attack and stroke, which runs in my family.

I see GLP-1 Medications as a way to help people become healthier, and the benefits are multi-faceted:

Appetite Control: GLP-1 medications can significantly reduce hunger, helping you eat less – or at least more normal amounts
Craving Control: Addicted to sugar or junk food? Those cravings go way down (for most people) on GLP-1s.
Weight Management: These medications support gradual and sustainable weight loss.
Metabolic Health: Improvements in overall metabolic markers, such as blood pressure, are common.
Flexibility: The ability to adjust dosages or take breaks from medication offers adaptability based on lifestyle changes, such as travel.
Cardiovascular Health: Beyond weight loss, GLP-1s may offer protection against heart disease, which is crucial for those with a family history of cardiovascular issues. This was an important aspect for my family history.
Reduced Dependency on Medications: Studies have shown that weight loss achieved through GLP-1 medications can lead to significant improvements in metabolic health, allowing some patients to reduce or discontinue other medications. For instance, a clinical trial found that patients using GLP-1 treatments for weight management were often able to lower doses or stop taking medications for type 2 diabetes and hypertension as their overall health improved. (Source: Diabetes Care Journal)

Losing weight and getting healthier is no small feat—it’s a personal path that’s unique for everyone. We all want to find ways that really work for us, fitting smoothly into our lives without feeling like a constant struggle. While my experience might reflect a slower progression, and is not typical for most people on Semaglutide or Tirzepatide, the improvements in my quality of life and health are undeniable.

I believe GLP-1 medications are wonderful tools to support a healthy lifestyle – but they should never replace one. It’s so important – possibly even more so while losing weight – to focus on food quality, lots of protein, daily activity, strength training, and a wellness routine in order to build healthy habits and prevent muscle loss. The whole point of losing weight is to improve our health and well-being, right? Well, that was a big part of it for me – and maybe to also fit in my favorite pair of jeans again. 😉

If you’re considering whether GLP-1 medications could be right for you, I encourage you to explore this option further. You can book a free 15-minute call with me here https://calendly.com/adelefrizzell/glp1medication or Get Started today at https://careglp.carevalidate.com/partner/adele-frizzell-llc

PS: Do I plan to stay on these meds forever? Stay tuned!.

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