Friday, June 27, 2008

tomorrow!

Well, I'm 0.4 away from being at my 30 lbs lost! woohoo! I'm hoping tomorrow I'll be there. How exciting.. in 37 days, I've lost 30 lbs! That's not including the load days. That's pretty impressive to me! Right now I'm in between sizes and am waiting to go down a little bit more. I'm ok with my shirts being too big for now. I'm too cheap to get new clothes that fit now if I'm going to be out of them within a couple weeks!
I think I missed my hCG dose this morning and I was not really hungry all day. I think it happened last time too. My idea is tomorrow to go with a much smaller dose (under 125 iu) to see if that is better for me. It is so hard to know the right dose because I don't know if my hunger is from 'starvation-dieting' previous or if it's from my hCG dose. I've been giving different doses 3 days to see it there's any change. I also am stopping my Armor Thyro meds. I noticed yesterday I was having heart palpatations & wooziness when I'd walk up the stairs or moving heavy things. Today I felt much better. I've heard some people have remissions during the protocol.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

not today!

Losses were nill or very small today.... Hubby was a bit disappointed and thinks it's from the spoonful of ice cream!! I ate a few spoons of cookie dough, then remembered I was supposed to take some epsom salts to clean out the constipation. SO I'm not sure which one caused my stall. I am also not sleeping well (because of pain) which also slows the losses down too. Well, tomorrow is a new day.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Doing the slide.... what a loser!

Happily my new goal is to focus and try to hit the 160's by Sunday. It's been over 7 years since I've seen that number. Pregnancy #3 put me over. I did get back to the 170's after that child, but then got pregnant 2 more times very quickly after that. I'm so very excited at seeing the numbers slide down! woohoo!

Hubby's on his 3rd day and he's doing exceptionally well with the protocol & being very obedient in the limited food choices. With his rate of losses... I'm sure he'll bet to goal very quickly. One exception... we're doing eggs as a protein choice because we're not huge meat eaters. We also occasionally eat cottage cheese with strawberries and seem to do well on that. We found the Daisy brand, even though it's small curd (we like large curd best) it has no artificial ingredients or starch fillers and tastes very nice. Sometimes we add a forkful to our hamburger & tomatoes to make a lasagna type meal. I add a forkful to salads to make them more palatable for me. I also like doing mandarine oranges on my salad too. I may have to do that one today.

But my happy news is that I think I've found the doseage that is right for me.... I'm doing 250 ml and my hunger is not constant like earlier. I seem to not be quite consumed with eating as I was earlier this week. Pfwhew! I've noticed I'm at a weight where my rings fit like they did when I was thin and no more swelling so bad. I think I'll have to take some measurements again to see if I've lost any more inches.

I found this body fat calculator that is using the formula the US Navy uses: http://www.bblex.de/en/calc/navy.php

Using normal BMI calculators are very incorrect for those who have a lot of muscle. Normal BMI says I'm at 31% bodyfat. The Navy one says I'm at 26%. Here's a link to another one that takes more measurements and ends up very close to the Navy one: http://www.davedraper.com/bodyfat-calculation.html

they've got an excell spreadsheet link on the top where you can just put in your numbers & the sheet will calculate it for you. Much easier than trying to do all those calculations by yourself!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Day 8 R2

Today is my 8th day on my 2nd round of VLCD and I've lost 6.4 lbs. I'm way down from my first round stats, but I've not eaten like I did the first round either. I am again constipated and will drink some epsom salts today to get rid of the build-up. That should make the losses greater tomorrow. Hubby started his very low calorie diet (vlcd) today. But he's got a migraine and probably won't be eating much anyway.

My amt of hCG is at 250 cc and I'll give it a couple more days to make sure it's working properly before I decide to change. Lots to do today so this post will be short.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Day 3 R2

Day 3 of round 2 and I am finally over my LIW (last injection weight) of 179.8. Today will be a resting day from cleaning trees. My pain is telling me to take it easy today and to leave some work for hubby! It wouldn't be fair to have me do all the hard work!! lol! I took some magnesium last night and got the ol' bowels moving and the bloating has been relieved. Pfwhew!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Day 2 R2

Today is my 2nd day on the VLCD. I was happy to see over 2 lbs lost since yesterday since I knew my body was releasing.. I was peeing buckets again. I may have slowed myself down a tad by working outside moving cut down tree branches & logs. Today I think I'll take it a bit easier and not push so hard to give my hip a rest as well.... But then again, I have a difficult time slowing down on the days I have the energy to do work!

Again, if you're at all interested in learning more about this protocol.. visit the forum www.myhcgjourney.com and ask questions there. A lot of people have been doing this for a year or so to lose 100 lbs and are still having success. I know a lot of people frown on such a radical procedure because our general thoughts on weight-loss are so skewed by the thoughts 'if you'd only exercise more and eat less...' and '500 calories is NOT safe!' and so on...but they don't understand the whole synergy of this medical protocol that was studied & researched 50 years ago and only now has come to America. It's about resetting a damaged hypothalamus gland. For those that overeat for other reasons, then this protocol will also help bring to light those reasons so they can be dealt with. So if you're reading and you're skeptical.. do not look at this as just another diet plan that will put on more weight when you're done. This is a scientific medical protocol to set things right for your future. You will have the tools to keep your weight of for the rest of your lfe.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

2nd Round: Loading Day 1 Sublingual

YEAH!! My hcg came in today & I AM SOOO EXCITED!! I thought I was going to have to wait another week. Once I realized I had all the supplies needed to take it sublingulally (under tongue) this time, I started today! Perfect timeing since we celebrated my youngest son's 3rd birthday a couple days early because hubby will be out of town on Monday. So DQ cake was in my protocol!! I'm working very hard at loading properly this time. I don't want to be hungry like I was the last time..

Ok, so sublingual method is cheaper in a sense because you don't have to pay for all the needles & syringes & bac water. But you potentially use more hCG this round. I'm trying it to see how well I do and can change after 3 weeks.

INSTRUCTIONS:
SUPPLIES:
~ 80 proof or higher liquor (tequila, vodka, rum, etc)
~ a syringe to measure in cc or ml,
~ a small brown or blue glass bottle with a lid.
~ water
:::: Mix 5 ml water with 5 ml liquor in a small brown glass bottle. Since I got the hCG with the rubber top, I just injected a bit of water to dissolve the powder, then I drew it out and squirted it into the brown bottle. I'm trying 150 IU's so my doseage is .15ml in morning and .15ml in evening and put it under my tongue.


Pretty easy. So today & tomorrow are loading days with the hCG in my system. The loads are to fill the fat cells to keep from hunger during the protocol. Whatever pounds you gain during the loading days are lost within the first 2 days of the VLCD (very low calorie diet). It is best to not load on sugar things like candy. Go for the high fat stuff... cream cheese, ice cream, nuts, mac & cheese, donuts, brownies, etc. I don't normally eat like this so it is very strange for me. But I am stuffed tonight and am very uncomfortable. ugh!

My hubby will be starting a week later because he is going out of town awhile. I know I could wait for him, but I am to anxious to get this weight off already. I'm sure he'll be done way before me though, but maybe not!! I'm thinking constantly about where I'll be in the next 3-4 weeks. I lost 23 pounds the last 3 weeks... If I do that well this round.. wow... I could be down to the 150's!!! IN 3 WEEKS!! Oh I'm praying I'll do that well!! I think I will because my fat is sooo loose & buttery right now. It's kinda disgusting to see it jiggle so much. It's like play-dough... getting ready to be released!!

Can you tell I'm excited??

Thursday, June 12, 2008

P3 day 5

Well, I've been on phase 3 (resting btween injection phase) and I've been surprised I've maintained within the 2 pounds of my last injection weight (LIW). I've not eaten totally according to instructions, mostly because I have a difficult time eating with the summer humidity in the air! I've started drinking pure whey protein shakes from Mercola.com (no starch or sugars added..bleck! not the tastiest of shakes) to help increase my protein intake to keep from metabolizing my muscles and causing an increase of weight. I feel very blubbery again and keep thinking I'm gaining. I think my fat cells are re-adjusting & hopefully loosening for a loss of inches here soon. That would be nice to see! Time to get into a size 10 for sure instead of 12 being too big & a 10 being too tight!

I was able to find a barely fitting 2-piece swim suit to sunbathe in private on my deck. I've not done that in YEARS!! I'm preparing to look fabulous for my much smaller size in the next couple of months..yea! I can almost taste it!

My hcg tracking said the other day that my shipment is at US customs. I'm not sure how long it sits there, but the normal shipping is 3-4 weeks. I ordered May 30th so it looks like I have at least another week on phase 3. I am very anxious to get losing again!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

P3, day 1

Today is my first day on phase 3.. resting time from the hCG. I need to learn how to eat the full 3000 or so calories each day, sticking to healthy fats, fruits & veggies. I've done well this weekend while on a trip to the other side of the state to visit friends & a graduation. Surprisingly, I was not hungry. Something that should have happened more while ON the hcg. I did very well staying on the 500 calorie diet.

The first couple days eating full calories are not typically full calorie days because it takes a couple days for the stomach to handle so much food. I'm a little concerned that I will not be able to eat the full amt because I'm not used to eating so much food. I'm one of the few people that actually gained weight by not eating enough, so this is a VERY important step for me to do correctly. I've maintained my weight so far and I'm supposed to stay within 2 pounds above or below during this period. I've heard that even though my weight stays the same, my body is still re-structuring itself and I may still lose inches. I'm very excited for this nice change and am excited to see what else happens during this phase. The time can go from a couple days to 6 weeks of this rest, depending upon how my body & mind can handle it. Dr Simeons suggests 3 weeks because the body doesn't stabilize until after 2 weeks. I think it will take 2 weeks to get my hCG shipment to arrive so I will probably go with that route. I'll see when I get to that point.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Day 27

Well, today is my last day of injections. I guess I did better than average at 20 lbs lost in 23 days. The average is 15 lbs in 23 days.

I went only 4 weeks, the minimum is 23 days, the average first round is 6 weeks. I have 72 hours of the VLCD (very low calorie diet) and then I must begin to eat the regular amt of calories, not including processed foods or sugars. I must eat a lot of healthy fats, protein, vegies & fruit,while keeping potatoes, corn, peas, etc to a minimum. This is a practice run for my body to start learning how to regulate and metabolize what I eat. The goal is to stay within 2 pounds of my LIW (last injection weight) of 179.8. The protocol says most people will waver up & down the next 3 weeks and will stabalize after that time. I think I will stay on P3 for 3 weeks, depending upon what all happens in that time & if I receive my shippment of hCG in time.

My husband is considering doing a round to get himself back to his weight. He's hoping to be able to fit into his Marine uniform again. I happily weigh less than him!! woohoo!! It was very depressing to know I weighed more than my hubby!! We are also considering trying sublingual hCG to see how that works. Mostly to save money. No needles or syringes to buy. If it doesn't work the same for me as the injections within the first 2 weeks, I'm going back to the needle.

Here's an excellent article about maintenance on P3... . I will post this on the links to the right as well.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Day 26

HELLO 170's!!! EEEEEE!! I'm so excited to see the scale show 179.8 today! I was very good last night while eating out. I only ate my tiny steak & only the lettuce from the salad. I had to pick out the cheese. It was soooo tempting to eat just one of my hubby's fries... but I didn't!! Even though I could recover from a slight cheat, I don't want to mess up my hypothalamus and cause massive gain later.

I only have a few days of injections left and I will be taking a planned break until my hCG shipment comes in. Hopefully it will only be a week, maybe two weeks. I'm praying the shipment is FAST & nothing goes wrong!! I'm a little scared to go on protocol 3 where I am to eat MORE, but no sugar or starch to help train my body to keep burning my food instead of storing fat.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Day 25

After a hard working weekend that put me on crutches which caused me to stall a day from the muscle soreness... I'm back on the losing slide again! I ate all protein yesterday & drank a lot of water to help flush my system. I'm feeling much better today concerning the pain & stiffness and I'm very excited to be closer & closer to the 170's!! It's been over 4 years since I've seen those numbers right before getting pregnant with child #4. It took me a year of working out at the gym 3x a week to lose 20 lbs and get to the 170's that year earlier. This hCG stuff is so AWESOME!!! To see the tiny things of changes... my ring now can slide off my finger... my belly sucks IN when laying on my back instead of being a blob of jelly, my hands & wrists are not puffy and I can feel the bones, the muffin-top effect of my belly over my pants is decreasing and not sticking out so much, my face is changing and I'm starting to look like I did years ago.... I AM SOOOO EXCITED!!!

To feel happy when I look in the mirror.. well, that's a blessing & a miracle.

Thanks for your comment, Victoria. I am greatly watching you & your husband reach your complete goal any day now. How exciting that must be for the both of you! To be at the END of this journey!! woohoo!!