Monday, November 30, 2009

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
20.2 lbs.!!!
stall (same weight as yesterday.)
Out of bed: 8:00! 

Breakfast: 2 packs peach tea, 1 berry, chamomile,yerba mate tea + stevia
HCG: 8:30
Lunch:12:30 Ground beef and Tomato  100g.lean organic ground beef 250g. tomatoes, 1 tbs salsa
Snacks: 2:00 fuji apple, 4:15 med. orange
HCG: 3:30 ahhhh so late in the afternoon!. i keep forgetting. :(
Dinner:6:00 85 oz. cooked canned crab (which i think is equivilant to 100g. cooked,) 250g. asparagus.
Snack:2 bags blueberry tea WOW! (the stuff is so good, i wonder if it's legal on hCG :) !!! )
HCG: 10:00 (ooooops!!!!!)

Bedtime:11:00- Chocolate smooth move + mixed berry tea. YUMMY. ;)
Other: b12
Cheating: (WHICH I WILL CALL JUSTIFYING) i was being stupid and JUSTIFIED tearing the breading off of a fried shrimp they were sampling and eating it, then JUSTIFIED  eating 2 tiny dime size pieces of chicken from another sample. stupid, stupid. 1 stupid for going to costco during sample time + 1 stupid for telling myself that eating those 3 bites was o.k. = 2 big fat stupids.  it was so not worth it. oh well tomorrow i'll be stronger. 
Reactions: I  gave in a teensy weensy bit to temptation, which i think is because I didn't take my hCG on time AND i wasn't drinking water regularly. i was just having herbal tea until 12:00. Dang. I'll do better tomorrow!!! :)
Looking forward to: Not being asked by my 3 year old if there's a baby in my tummy for the umpteenth time. ;)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

hCG phase 2 day 21

20 lbs gone!!!!

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
20.2 lbs.!!!
Out of bed: 8:00! 

Breakfast:berry, chamomille, mate tea + stevia
HCG: 10:00
Lunch:12:30 Shrimp and Tomato  100g. Shrimp 250g. tomatoes, 1 tbs salsa
Snacks: 12:00 fuji apple, 3:45 blueberry tea- my new favorite!!!!
HCG: 2:00
Dinner:6:00 100g.Steak, Onion
Snack: 8:30 med. orange

HCG: 10:00 (ooooops!!!!!)

Bedtime:11:00- Chocolate smooth move + mixed berry tea. YUMMY. ;)
Cheating: took a tiny bite of my kids teriaki chicken....but QUICKLY spit it out!  Phew! That was a close one. :)

Reactions: Great day, enjoying the yummy food, but craving ranch and breaded chicken.Someday!!!

Looking forward to finding ski pants that actually fit!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

255.2 hooray!!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

hCG phase 2 Day 20

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
18.4 lbs.!!!
Loss (-1 lb. 4oz.!)
Out of bed: 8:30! 

Breakfast:berry, chamomille, mate tea + stevia
Lunch:12:30 Chicken Tomato Bake-  

100g. Organic Chicken, 250g. tomatoes, cilantro, 1tbs fresh salsa, salt, & garlic.  Pan cook just until tomatoes and are warm. Enjoy.

Snacks: 2:00 peach tea 4:00 fuji apple 6:00 orange


Dinner:8:00 100g.Steak & Asparagus & salt & 21. simple. yummy.
Bedtime:11:00- Chocolate smooth move + mixed berry tea. YUMMY. ;)


Reactions:The will power I posses while on hCG is astounding to me. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I COMPLETELY REFRAINED FROM SWEET YUMMY THINGS THAT WERE CALLING MY NAME CONSTANTLY FOR NEARLY 3 WEEKS IN A ROW! For once, I feel in control. I have power over food, and not the other way around. I am really striving to improve my views about food so that when I leave the safe compound a.k.a. THE PROTOCOL, I will still be as strong and determined to eat what is pleasing, but not to excess. To enjoy without overindulging. Partake without plundering. Food is meant to enjoy and I know that if done with prudence it is a wonderful thing. 

For a long time, I've made it a goal to never let "bad" food into my home. And I was successful. The only problem is that whenever I would go out to a restauraunt or party I would allow myself to eat whatever I pleased since I wasn't over indulging at home. Only problem is, there is free food at every stop along the road and a cheep fastfood on every corner. Finding tasty food that I couldn't justify buying became a hobby. I would stuff myself at parties, where people ARE watching, make trips to Costco JUST for samples and raid my parent's refridgerator whenever the opportunity arose. 

So today, instead of helping myself to several servings of cake at a gathering, I simply visited and enjoyed the company. In the future, I know I will be enjoying much of the same foods, but only at a rate that they are still enjoyable. 

hCG phase 2 day 19

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
17 lbs.!!!
+ .2 
DANG YOU TOM, good thing you'll leave me soon!!! :)

Out of bed: 8:00! 


Lunch:3:00 strawberry salad

Dinner:5:00 hCG chili, tangerine tea
Snack: 9:00 1 delicious, crisp fuji organic apple, mango tea
Bedtime:11:00- Chocolate smooth move + mixed berry tea. YUMMY. ;)

Reactions:Today, I impressed myself. I was around DELICIOUS food at two different homes for 6 hours today and I didn't take a lick of it!!!!! Someone mentioned that they admired my self control. I wish it was all me, but at least I have hCG to help motivate me to stick to something. It was a little disappointing to see the scale go up a bit, but I know when TOM is done around here, the scale fairies will be visiting me again!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

hCG phase 2 Day 18

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
17.2. lbs!!!
Loss (1.4 lbs!!!!)

Patrick's Stats
(he's my husband)
Starting weight: 234
His Current weight: 212
  His total loss in 18 days:
Amazing huh!?!? Guys are lucky.:)

Out of bed: 7:30
hCG:8:05 {11 drops}
Breakfast:wild berry/chamomile/yerba mate tea
HCG:12:30 (11 drops)

Lunch:1:00 Shrimp and Onions- 100g. shrimp, 1 150g.onion sauteed, sage, salt, cayenne, Braggs. YUM!!! + passion fruit tea

Snack: 2:30 1 delicious, crisp fuji organic apple + double bagged Country Peach Passion TEA... which I LOVE!!! 
hCG:5:30 {11 drops} 
Seriously Stupendous  
Shicken Strawberry Spinach Salad-  

100g. organic chicken, 8 med. organic strawberries, 2c. organic spinach, cilantro, 21 seasoning salute AND the best hCG salad dressing I've created so far! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Delicious to the last bite!

 {my dressing was a bit "soupy" so I listed less liquid in this recipe.}

The recipe: 
  • steep 2 packets of strawberry herbal tea in 1/2 cup of water.
  • combine in blender: 3 or 4 of your strawberries from your serving, a garlic clove, 2 tbs. rice vinegar, a few pieces of onion, the concentrated strawberry tea, 1 or 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, several leaves of fresh cilantro, salt, & LOVE. (measurements are approximate)
  • blend
  • enjoy!!! 

p.s. Shicken was actually chicken. ;) And the salad dressing...It was wonderful! I'm mainly soo excited because I made salad dressing today that I actually thoroughly enjoyed!!!!!!!!! It's hard to accomplish that without using oil in my opinion. It was perfectly wonderful, really!  
Liters of Water:1,2,3 
Other:Sub-lingual b-12, garlic pill.
MY brown "skinnier pants" fit me again!!!! I can usually only wear these right after giving birth, which is when I'm the skinniest.  HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
I even did a little happy dance. :)

I think today is and exclamation mark day ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

In other news...I'm not going to have the Melba toasts for a week. I'm not going to eat ground beef for a week either. I just want to test and see if these are slowing my progression at all. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

hCG phase 2 day 17

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
15 lbs 14 oz.!!!
STALL.... oops!

I am having trouble getting to bed at a reasonable hour!!! A weird problem, but since on hCG I always stay up too late since I have soooo much more energy! I'm a mother of 3 kids under 5 and have been staying up WAY too late since I actually feel so good and am motivated to work on the house. I need to all the lights and computer turn of at 10 p.m so I can get needed rest. I think that going to bed at 1 a.m. and waking at 7:30 is the reason I didn't loose today!!!  They say to sleep between 10 and 6. I've been failing that plan miserably! At least I'm not sleepy!

Or maybe the stall was because I have started putting 2 melba toasts into my day 16 of the diet when I was avoiding it before ?? I only have eaten 4 other melbas the whole rest of the time. Then again, TOM visited today for the first time in 2 years because I've been pregnant or nursing that long!  Who knows. :)

Out of bed: 7:30! 
HCG: 8:05 {12 drops}

HCG:12:30 (12 drops)

Lunch:1:15 Shrimp and Tomatoes-

100g. shrimp, 1 250g.tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne, Braggs, cilantro. YUM!!!
Snack: 3:30 1 delicious, crisp fuji organic apple

HCG:5:30  {12 drops}

Dinner:90g. Sole white fish, 1/2 a cucumber + 21 seasoning salute, salt

I only had 90g. of fish because I took a 10g. nibble of beef I was grilling.
+ strawberry slushy -

8 med strawberries, strawberry tea, ice, stevia. YUM


Reactions:I looked in the mirror and know I am looking better! Also, my clothes are feeling roomy! How nice! My husband told me that may waist looks thinner. I think so too. ;)

Monday, November 23, 2009

i had a dream

during my dream, i was eating all sorts of non-hcg diet foods. i  was eating mac n cheese and donuts.....and in my mind i was thinking, why am i ruining my wonderful progress, but kept on stuffing.

good thing that was JUST a dream!

carbs will only be put into my mouth in the far distant future.....something like jan. 9th!?!??!

dang, that seems like a LONG way away, but i know that following this for 6 weeks, then doing the 3 weeks of maintenance is best for me!

i just can't wait and longer to take off the weitght!

2  phase 2 weeks down, 4 to go!!!

15 lbs down.....84 to go!!!!

and for the record.....not all dreams are to be followed, especially not this one! 

hCG phase 2 day 16

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
15 lbs 14 oz.!!!
Loss (-14oz.!)

Out of bed: 7:30! 
HCG: 8:05 {11 drops}

Breakfast:herba mate/chamomile tea/ mixed fruit tea mix {so i can actually stomach the herba mate.} + stevia


Really (quick) Chili + a MELBA TOAST- 

100g. onion/garlic ground beef, 1 can organic tomatoes, chili powder, 21 seasoning salute, Braggs, cilantro

Snack: 4:30 1 old apple with tough skin {dang it! i should have gone grocery shopping!!! I only ate 1/2 it was so nasty!

HCG: 6:00

Dinner:6:15 Chicken Cabbage Cuisine- 100 g. Organic Chicken breast, 1tbs dry onions, 1/4 head cabbage,1 melba toast, Braggs, 1tsp fresh sage and thyme. {delish! I now, officially, LOVE sage!!!}
Snack:9:30 p.m. 1 orange
Bedtime:1 a.m.!!!! 1 - Smooth move tea w/Wonder cocoa and stevia. it tastes o.k. It actually reminds me of what coffee would taste like.

Other: sub-lingual b12,
Cheating: 1 tiny bite of my kid's chicken nugget w/ breading pulled off. why??????????? it's so dumb now  that I'm thinking straight. It was a measly amount!!!

Reactions: ahhhhhh! i need to go to bed at a reasonable hour! problem is that I started Grocery shopping at 8:30, went to Costco/ Trader Joes/ Fresh N' Easy. I didn't get home until 10:30 and didn't finish cleaning and putting away food until 12:30! Bad girl!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

hCG phase 2 day 15

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
15 lbs!!!
Loss (1 lb!)

Out of bed: 9:30!

Breakfast: Nada.
Snack: 1 Apple
Lunch:Ground Beef / Spinach Stuff. - 100g. organic ground beef w/ dry onion & fresh garlic, 200g. fresh spinach, 1 tbs. house salsa, Braggs, cumin. {yum! i''ll make this again!}

Dinner: Sole + Cucumbers- 100 g. white fish, 200g. organic cucumber. 15g. cherry tomatoes, salt, 21 seasoning salute.
Snack:1 Orange, Fruit Zinger Tea. {YUM!}
Bedtime: 10:30 - Smooth move tea. 

Water: 1,2,3,4
Other: sub-lingual b12,
Cheating:15 g. tomatoes. oh.. and a few lettuce leaves from my neighbor's garden....which really isn't cheating! ;)

Reactions: I've felt great!!!! Tons of energy, good mood, and I'm loosing again, so that's even better!!! It's getting WAY easier to watch my children eat the food I would enjoy eating, but I'm not as tempted, and I'm soo satisfied already. I really do enjoy eating like this!!!  The main thing I struggle with is taking hcg when I'm supposed to. I always get my 3 doses in but am not consistent with when that happens. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Starting weight:
Today's weight
Total Loss:
14 lbs!!!
Loss (1 lb!)

Out of bed: 8:00

Breakfast: Tea
Snack: 1 Apple, 1 melba toast.
Lunch:(4:00 a VERY late lunch) Chicken and Pico

- 100g. organic chicken w/ 250g. fresh tomatoes, 1 tbs. house salsa, Braggs, fresh cilantro {dang, I sure was hungry}

Dinner:5:00 Beef 'n' Onions. 100g. organic ground beef, 1 med. onion, and sage. 
Snack:1 Orange, 6 different bags of tea!!!
Bedtime: 1 a.m~!!! + Smooth move tea. 
Water: 1,2,3,4
Other: sub-lingual b12,
Cheating: NONE!
Reactions:I am getting to bed WAY TOO LATE.....but we were having sooo much fun having  friends over. We enjoyed talking over our cups of herbal tea. :)

Also, today, we unintentionally exercized! A little "geo caching" turned into an hour hike! Then we ran errands and I didn't get home to eat food until 4:00 crazy! Not eating that long would have never worked without hCG. I was sooo ready to eat, but I was just fine hunger wise!


I'm on stall day 3. I knew it would come. I just needed a little reminder that it is NORMAL!!!
I found this great article I wanted to share.  

click here for original article

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This is only Temporary
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Even though most people lose an average of .5 to 1.2 pounds per day on the HCG Diet, that is an average and not what occurs every day. Even if you are strictly following the protocol while taking HCG there will be days that you do not lose and even gain slightly. This is normal and to be expected. You will lose the most weight the first week, which is great because that is when you need the most encouragement. We normally would be happy to lose that in several weeks but we get spoiled very quickly. Hopefully this post will help you understand what is normal and that you are still losing inches when you go through these stalls and plateaus on this protocol.
Dr. Simeons explains that after fat has been extracted from your fat cells and they are empty, as the body is breaking down the cell it tends to replace the fat with water.  Since water is heavier than fat the scales may show no loss of weight although sufficient fat has been lost to make up the deficit in the 500 calorie diet.  As the cell breaks down, the water will be released and you will find yourself going to the bathroom a lot and down in weight the next day. This is what occurs when you do not cheat and stay the same for one to two days.  This always happens towards the end of a round.
A normal plateau lasts 4-6 days and usually happens in the 2nd half of a round. Those who lose more than the average always plateau at some point. A plateau always corrects itself if you do not give up. But because you are already use to regular weight loss it causes unnecessary worry. Dr. Simeons explains that even though the plateau will correct itself most people find it helpful to do an apple day.  Pg 34 Pounds and Inches Protocol.
An apple day begins at noon and goes for 24 hours. Instead of the normal 500 calorie diet for the day, you have 6 large apples whenever you feel hungry. The only other liquid you should have that day is water. The apple day usually promotes a loss of weight the next day, primarily due to the elimination of water. The water is not normally regained when the 500 calorie diet is resumed the next day.  Pg 34 Pounds and Inches Protocol.
A plateau can also occur when you reach a former level of weight you were at for some time.  This one can last even longer but will always correct itself. Go by how you feel.  I have never gone beyond a 7 day plateau without doing an apple day which always seems to get the scale going in the right direction. (Pg 35 Pounds and Inches)  I even enjoy one once in a while. I usually try different types of apples and make different types of applesauce and a baked apple.
Reaching a formal level that you where at for a long time can also cause an interuption in weight loss that can last 10 days to 2 weeks but is rare, especially in the first 2 rounds.  I have hit a longer stall on my 5th round but once again it will correct itself.  This was also an indication to me that after multiple rounds you need to be extending your transition phases. Amazing to me that I would get stuck at a weight I was at for quite a while 30 years ago. Our bodies are truly remarkable.
For woman they will also usually see a plateau or even an increase a few days before and during their period. This is still due to water weight and it will correct itself.  Stay on course.
If the above reasons do not correct a plateau it is almost always a dietary error or possibly oil your body is getting somewhere. Time to do some detective work. I have a list of questions to ask yourself under Phase 2 to review. If you are good on all them, it will correct itself.
November 3, 2009 at 11:49 PM by Vicki

Friday, November 20, 2009

hCG phase 2 Day 14.

Starting weight:
Today's weight:
 Total Loss:
13 lbs. 4 oz.

Breakfast:3 in 1 tea - Chamomile tea, Yerba Matte and Apple cinnamon, stevia.

Ground Beef Fiesta In A Bowl 

- 100g. organic ground beef w/ dry onion + fresh garlic, 260g. fresh tomato. 1/4c. cilantro, 1 tbs. house salsa, Braggs
Snack:Med. Organic Gala Apple.{That I wished was the fresh toasted cinnamon  bread my kids were eating. My super human abilities at resisting are amazing.}
Orange Zinger Tea - double bag w/ stevia

 Grilled Chicken/Asparagus Curry- 

 110g. Organic Chicken Breast, 250g. asparagus, dried onion, curry powder, salt. good taste, but i added a bit too much curry. :)
Snack:1 Orange
Water: 1,2,3,4

Other: sub-lingual b12
Cheating: 10g. chicken at dinner

Reactions: aside from the stall, things are awesome!!!

cheaters never prosper

Cheating never pays off, even if it's just a little extra meat. For the first time during this diet I actually didn't loose. I've been o.k. For the past couple days I've been bracing myself every single day. Yesterday, instead of 261 the scale read 262. Now today it reads 261 again.  Oops. Maybe it was the extra bites. Maybe It's because I stayed up past midnight 2 days ago and was a bit crazy and jumped at the chance at a ticket to watch New Moon with my dear friend. Maybe I was due for a stall anyways.

Whatever it was, I need to be a bit more careful. Really, what's the point of "justifying" a bite of a not-so-tasty hot dog meat. I guess if that's all I consumed at the party, I fared pretty well. I pretty sure that it didn't count as a portion of my "beef.
ha ha. :) I'm not crying, Just WONDERDING if it's my eating or just a stall. What really needs to happen is for me to follow some goals....things I already knew.

  1. count calories
  2. drink 5 liters of water
  3. have the computer shut off at 9:30 so I get my self in bed!
  4. stop mixing foods!
  5. follow the plan explicitly. 
I've realized that a stall is a good time to analyze your ways! I have a few areas that "need improvement."

Top Ten Mistakes on the 500 Calorie Phase of the HCG Diet

1.    Not eating enough fat on your load days.  Dr. Simeons explained that it was a fundamental error on the HCG protocol not to eat a lot of fat on the load days.  By eating or gorging on food (particularly fat) for 2 days when you start taking the HCG, it helps to build up your normal fat reserves so you won’t be as hungry the 1st week and helps in your transition to the 500 calorie diet.  Those that do not gorge on their load days will end up being hungrier the 1st week and not losing as much weight.
2.    Not sticking to the 500 calories or serving sizes.  Dr. Simeons clearly states 100 grams of protein.  In ounces that is around 4 oz. raw or 3-3 1/2 ounces cooked.  Eating a little more of everything will reduce your desired results.
3.    Not drinking enough water.  You should set as your goal to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water.  If you are 200 lbs that should be 100 oz of water a day.  If you drink 16 oz. bottles of water that is 6 ¼ bottles of water.
4.    Drinking diet drinks such as Crystal Light, diet soda or other diet drinks.  People can still lose drinking these but it will definitely reduce the amount you would have lost had you kept to only water, teas, coffees, and mineral water.
5.    Eating the same protein, fruit or vegetable for lunch and dinner.  You need to vary these for lunch and dinner each day.
6.    Eating beef that is too fatty.  American Beef is very fatty.  We suggest using very lean cuts such as London Broil or Round Steak.  Even extra lean hamburger can be to fatty.  Try having the butcher cut the fat off a lean steak and have it ground into hamburger meat.
7.    Cooking with oil or applying anything with oil to your body.  This is a very sensitive diet.  Your body is in a fat burning mode. Your body will pull the oil right through your skin or use the oil from your food instead of pulling it from your fat reserves.  There are a lot of alternatives that can be used but do not use anything with oil on phase two.
8.    Getting sugar in your seasonings, etc.  Sugar is in everything.  Check out our sugar list and learn the many names of sugar.  Start reading labels, especially on your seasonings.
9.    Trying to eat out while doing phase two.  You can eat so much better on phase two from home.  If you are trying to do this diet eating out all the time you will pay a lot for bland boring food that rarely satisfies you.  Not to mention the chemicals, etc. that are used to “juice up” restaurant food.  If you eat out too often it will definitely reflect in your weight loss.
10.    Not getting enough sleep.  Most people find they sleep better on this diet.  However we find that people who eat to late and do not get enough sleep seem to lose less on the HCG diet.
Remember results are typical on phase two of the HCG diet if you follow all the phases of the Dr. Simeons HCG protocol.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

hCG phase 2 day 13

Starting weight:
Today's weight:
 Total Loss:
12 lbs. 4 oz.

Breakfast:Camamille + Fruit tea

Lunch:Chinese Chicken 'n' cabbage salad- Organic chicken, 2c. cabbage, 1/2 an orange dressing: 1 lemon juiced, red wine vinegar, Braggs, cayenne, garlic cloves, stevia, pepper, juice from the orange. {pretty yummy! will be REALLY yummy when I can add some oil.}
Snack:1/2 a Med Orange,

Dinner: Fish N onions-100g. Sole white fish seasoned w/ braggs and fish seasoning, 1 red onion sauteed in water, 3 tomatoes.

Snack:Med. Organic Gala Apple., Blueberry tea.

Water: 1,2,3,4
Other: sub-lingual b12
Cheating: 1/3 of a turkey dog at a party

Reactions:No bowel movement at all today(why I think my weight was up)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

hCG phase 2 day 12.

Starting weight:
Today's weight:
 Total Loss:
13 lbs. 6 oz. ! 
 {The scale is becoming my friend!}


Breakfast:Blackberry Zinger and Chamomile tea.

Lunch:Quick chili + 1 melba toast- Organic ground beef, dried onion, 1 can diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, Braggs, a tad of ACV and Salt. {soo satisfying and delicious}

Snack:1 Organic Gala Apple. {crisp and delicious}

Dinner: Chinese Chicken 'n' cabbage salad- Organic chicken, 2.5 c. cabbage, 1 chopped green onion, dressing: 1 lemon juiced, red wine vinegar, Braggs, cayenne, garlic cloves, stevia, pepper. {pretty yummy! will be REALLY yummy when I can add some oil.}

Snack:Orange Julie's Delight- Whole orange, Ice, water, stevia.{in all of it's frothy goodness.YUM!}
Asleep: 12:30a.m. 

Cheeting: I ate an extra 15grams of chicken and 1/4th of an all natural hotdog. and it was yum. i think i'll regret it tomorrow.

REACTIONS: Food today was tempting. I think it's because I only had 3 liters of water today. Tomorrow I will do better! Also, I forgot to take my 3rd dose of hCG until 11p.m. arg!!!

fat is uncomfortable.

I'm amazed. It's working, just like I hoped it would. The last couple of mornings I've braced myself for a stall, but so far, the pounds keep dropping. I'm sooo ready to get rid of weight that only brings heart ache. Heart ache that I've really tried not to think of because it was no use. Many, many moons ago I decided. This is just the way I am. I remember feeling helpless even 10 years ago. I have always been when it comes to going to workout. I've had a consistent habit since I was in high school. I would workout like crazy, and it felt good. In my early college years when I worked at the Athletic Club, I remember a trainer asking me what my weight loss goals were. I replied that I didn't have any, and that I just wanted to work out for the rest of my life. I didn't want to have a goal of pounds to loose because I didn't want to face the disappointment of not being able to achieve it. Ten or more years have passed by and for the most part, I've held the same belief. I had no desire to set myself up for failure. I would try a very strict diet here and there, but I could NEVER convince myself to have a goal weight because I never could imagine it coming to pass. I would just say my mantra, "do the best with what you've got."  That's all I could say to myself to deal with feeling out of control about my weight. And I really like being IN control.

It was always so frustrating to try and loose a small amount of weight while exerting  a huge amount of effort and then gain it all back when I stopped the diet. I just decided to accept me the way I was and be successful, happy, productive, healthy, and kind.....even IF I wore size 24 jeans! I accepted me, but always in the back of my mind I would hope for something better. I would wonder if people would treat me different if I wasn't obese, but then again, ultimately it didn't matter what other people thought about me. What really mattered was how I felt in my own skin, and for the past couple of years I have not enjoyed being in my own skin. I would say to myself, my body is just stuck between 250 and 270 lbs. I didn't know what else to think, so I just accepted what I could not change. 

My body in it's heavy state holds me back from doing what I as a person want to be doing. Fat makes me uncomfortable, but I chose to embrace it, until I found hCG. It brings tears to my eyes to know that I will be able to loose weight and actually set a goal and be able to achieve it. That is such a huge comfort to me. Being on this protocol has been a huge success so far, and I know that it will continue to be a success for me. I'm excited to feel good inside my own body. I like me. It will be nice to like what I see when I look at an upstaged photograph. I was just looking at pictures of me from Halloween, and it wasn't pretty. I'm just glad that the pictures will tell a different story as I progress on this journey.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

hCG phase 2 day 11

Starting weight:
Today's weight:
 Total Loss:
12 lbs!

and i feel like i am looking noticeably better! 

1st dose: 8:30 a.m. 
1 c. peach tea 
2nd Dose: 11:45

1c. blackberry tea

broiled chuck steak 125 cal
300g. fresh tomatos 60 cal

150g. cucumber 24 cal
as condiments:
1tbs house pico de gallo 20 cal
orange spice tea

Sole Fish & 1 cucumber
Total Calories:

hCG phase 2 day 9

Friday, November 13, 2009

Good News!


In case you were wondering this is a great description of the hCG protocol. I found it HERE.  

Lose forty pounds in less than six weeks! Not an easy diet, but if your committed to this program, you can lose an amazing amount of weight in a very short period of time.

This diet involves using a natural hormone called hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, to assist weight loss. It is the hormone that increases significantly during pregnancy, and helps to support the growing baby in its early stages. One of the functions of this hormone is to stimulate the body to mobilize and burn extra fat cells for energy. In the weight loss program, a very small amount is used (compared to the surge in pregnancy) to stimulate the body to burn fat cells while the body is on a very low calorie diet (VLCD). Normally on a VLCD, the body goes into “starvation mode,” and in that mode our body stores fat. This is a protective mechanism by our bodies to prevent death during periods of starvation. When using hCG in conjunction with a VLCD for a short period of time, you stimulate your body to burn excess fat cells while on the low calorie diet. So, you are in fact losing the fat you want to lose instead of storing it.

The Dead-End Cycle of Dieting:

Most people who have dieted have tried many different programs with no successful results. Most diets deal with reducing calories, and this causes the patient to spiral downward into the pit of obesity. When an overweight/obese patient tries to reduce calories to lose weight, they will first burn their normal reserve fat cells. Once these are all used up, the body will move on to burning the structural fat cells (both of these types of fat are necessary, and are not the kind of fat that leads to obesity). The last fat cell on the list to be utilized is the abnormal fat, or the fat that causes people to be overweight. By the time the patient gets to this point they feel hungry, fatigued, and generally give up on the diet. This type of dieting causes patients to feel exhausted, to lose fat in the wrong places (from face leading to sagging skin versus belly, hips or thighs). It also depletes them of nutrients, which leads to further complications. This is where the hCG diet comes in and is set apart from other diets. Yes, the calories are restricted, but when this is done in combination with using the hormone hCG, the body is able to successfully burn fat. Not only is the body now burning fat, but also it is burning the abnormal fat, so people are able to lose it in the areas that they are seeking, such as belly and thighs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is hCG safe?
Yes, it is very safe. Large amounts of hCG are released during pregnancy without any harmful side effects. The amount of hCG used in weight loss programs is only a fraction of what is naturally released in pregnancy. The only contraindications for the use of hCG are any hormone related cancer, an allergy to hCG, or precocious puberty in teenagers.

Why don’t pregnant women lose weight if they have large amounts of hCG circulating in their bodies?
The hormone hCG works to mobilize and burn fat for the body to use when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. The body must go into a starvation state for the hCG to work. This is why it is a protective mechanism in pregnancy, especially for women who do not know they are pregnant, and live in poor economic status where they may not have enough food available to them. Most pregnant women do not fall into this category; therefore they do not lose weight, but instead gain weight appropriate for the growth of the baby. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to stimulate hCG to help rid the body of fat.

Will the low calories diet cause my metabolism slow down?
The normal response to a low calorie diet (seen as starvation by the body), is to store fat and slow metabolism to ensure survival. However, when hCG is used in conjunction with a low calorie diet, the body’s excess fat reserves are burned as energy to support its needs. This prevents our bodies from storing fat and our metabolism from slowing down during the short period of time while on the VLCD and hCG.

If I eat a very low calorie diet without hCG, will I lose the same amount of weight?
No, because on a VLCD without hCG, you body goes into “starvation mode,” as mentioned above. In this mode your body is programmed to store fat instead of burning it, in order to create reserves to make it through the period of starvation. Then when the VLCD ends, the body will store even more fat as normal calorie consumption begins, to prepare for the next possible period of starvation. This is the common cycle people tend to fall into when dieting, and this is the reason they never keep the weight off. With hCG, you body is stimulated to burn fat during the low calorie period, so it does not fall into the cycle of storing fat as reserves. This will keep you from storing unwanted fat during the diet, and from having a rebound weight gain after the diet has ended.

Will I get hungry on the very low calorie hCG diet?
This will vary for each person. Some people get hungry, and some don’t. The hCG is stimulating your body to burn fat as energy, so your body’s energy needs are being met. This will help to reduce hunger in most people, because the body has plenty of energy to use (hunger is a reflex to let you know your body needs energy). Therefore, the body does not need to stimulate the hunger reflex as a response to low energy in the system.

Will I be depleted of vitamins and nutrients on hCG and the VLCD?
First, you must remember, the VLCD is only for a short period of time. Second, every time you lose a pound of fatty tissue, which will happen almost daily, only the actual fat is burned up. All the vitamins, proteins, and minerals contained in the tissue are fed back into the body. Fat cells contain an abundance of nutrients, and that is why the body uses them as reserves.

Will hCG interfere with any medication I am currently taking, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?
HCG does not interfere with any medications, including birth control. There will be NO side effects as far as hCG and medications are concerned.

Will there be any changes in my menstrual cycle while I am taking hCG?
Patients should not experience any changes in their menstrual cycle, because the amount of hCG being used is very small. It also does not increase the chances of becoming pregnant or affect your ability to become pregnant while taking the hormone. It is not an acceptable treatment for a woman who is already pregnant or trying to get pregnant, due to the low calorie diet. Even though hCG is supposed to be a protective mechanism during times of starvation for pregnant women, we do not want to run the risk of a woman losing her pregnancy due to the VLCD.

Why are some people calling hCG the “weight loss cure”?
HCG is also being called the "Weight Loss Cure," because after taking it for weight loss, it reprograms your body to use stored fat for energy when calories are reduced for a period of time. It helps you maintain your weight and not regain the pounds you've lost. This is generally the opposite of what most people have experience with dieting, and this leads them to think of the hCG diet as the cure to weight loss problems.

How much weight will I lose on the program?
The average amount of weight loss is between 10 to 25 pounds for the three-week interval. This varies from individual to individual, and the closer you are to your body’s ideal weight, the slower you will lose weight. The slowest loser usually loses about 1/2 a pound a day.

Does weight loss slow down after the first month?
Most people will have a large amount of weight loss in the beginning, and then they begin to level off or plateau. This does not mean they stop losing weight, only that they are losing it at a slower rate (but most importantly, they are still losing). Some patients opt to do a second round of hCG, and during this time period, they can have another large drop in weight, followed by a leveling off stage as well.

Can men use the hCG program?
Yes, men can safely use the program, as long as they do not have a hormone dependant cancer (such as prostate cancer). Now, hCG is NOT a sex hormone, and its actions are identical in men, women, and children. Through an indirect path from the brain, hCG regulates menstruation and facilitates conception, but it never virilizes a woman or feminizes a man.

What does VLCD mean?
It is an abbreviation for “Very Low Calorie Diet.” You will see it throughout this
diet plan to describe the 500