Sunday, October 30, 2011

Another Update

Hi gang,

Long time, I know... things in the new town are going along well, I'm adjusting to my new life.

Feels like I always apologize for my absences lol, but again, sorry.

Weight wise, I'm not doing too badly. The road trip up here garnered me a 3 pound loss, which is no mean feat. Since I've gotten settled, I've gone up and down a bit, and am currently sitting at exactly 10 pounds over LDW, at 122.1.

This week I will be eating HCG style (a bit more protein, a tad more fat), in an

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Sunday, September 11, 2011


Well, again sorry for the long absence... seems to be a pattern of late. Once I'm settled in my new home, etc, I hope to be a more regular poster.

I ended my round (38 days) on September 1st with a weight of 112.1 (a pound over my goal weight, so that was fine). Since then, it's been a challenge, a week in Orlando Florida, where over all I ate well, but the socializing and drinking that went along with all of that didn't do me any favors.

Now, I'm in my last few days in my old home,

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Round 5 Phase 2 Day 37 - 19.6 released!

Again, sorry about the absence... lots to do.

Only two more days on HCG to go. I messed up for a couple of days, going off protocol (a couple of twizzlers and oreos, and I really do mean only a couple, but it meant a 0.7 gain from yesterday, I had broken the 20 pound barrier).

But... cut me some slack. I've done incredibly well given the breakup, the total changing of my life, emotions etc.

Today and tomorrow however - tons of water, nothing with sodium in it, and no sugar. I want to

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Round 5 Phase 2 Day 23 - 116.8 (16.1 released!)

Hi gang.

Well, I'm having to apologize once again for dropping off the planet. As you can see, I've stuck to the HCG diet even through the emotional wreck that has become my life. I am very proud of myself for having done so, for having turned up for me, for not having succumbed to emotional eating (although I have had to stare down cookies and ice cream and candy bars, I won't lie).

I will continue with phase 2 until the end of the month, after which I'll go on to a phase 3ish style of

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Round 5, Phase 2 - Days 8 & 9

Hello from your fave (or not-so-fave, I don't know lol) Debbie Downer.

Day 7 - 124.4 (nice surprise drop of -1.8)

Day 8 (today) - 123.4 (-1.0, and back at the top end of a "normal" BMI - yay!)

Things are still tough around here. Heartache all over the place. Ex started dating someone the same day he dumped me. And we still live together. So the stress, hurt, sadness, anger, pain, etc etc are extreme.

I am very proud of myself for keeping on keeping on. He is not worth blowing my

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Round 5 Day 7 - 125.2, -1.0

Well, my life might be turning to hell, but at least the weight is still coming off, and at least I'm sticking to the HCG diet despite all of the stress. I'm kind of proud of myself for that.

Wow, that was a positive statement lol.

Spent time today with a girlfriend, and other than that have been clinging to my blogs. I'll try to become more entertaining and positive, as we go along.

This is me, hanging in there, and still releasing

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Round 5, Days 5 & 6

Day 5 - 127.1 (-0.8)

Day 6 - 126.2 (-0.9)

It's going well, diet wise. Very proud of myself for last night, the other half and I are no more as of yesterday (but still cohabitating, can you say stress), and I went to a girlfriend's for dinner, brought my Protocol food and stayed on plan. Believe me I'm alternating between never wanting to see food again and wanting a non stop carb fest. I'm staying the course. The end of this relationship - HE - is not worth abusing myself. Gone through

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Round 5, Days 2, 3 & 4

Total lost so far: 5.0 pounds. Day 2 - 131.8 (-1.1), Day 3 128.9 (-2.9), Day 4 (today) 127.9 (-1.0)

Other than a brutal detox headache the last couple of days, I am very pleased with how things are going. I'm still going rogue, with the ground turkey and the cherries and blueberries, and averaging in the 470s range calorically. So far, so good. I'm sleeping a bit more, which I expected to have happen, and right now thankfully have the time to do that. Sleep is so important while on the HCG

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Round 5 Update

Sunday -Round 5, Phase 1 (loading) Day 1. 131.8

Once again, I did one loading day, it seemed plenty the last couple of rounds, and truthfully I don't think I could take two days of gorging at this point. Honestly folks, it is NOT as fun as it sounds. Without going into the details of what I ate (because depending on where you are at this process it can be triggering), I concentrated on healthy fats, full fat dairy, bacon and other high fat protein. Minimal sugar, minimal carbs. And the gain

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Things I've learned about maintenance

Note - these are things that I've learned about MY maintenance - your mileage may vary.

That almond milk is best in coffee or tea, either that or take it black. Whipping cream while low in sugar causes cravings.

Stevia is better than splenda. Goal is to get to little or no sweeteners. And no, or extremely seldom, diet sodas.

That cheese, sour cream, cream cheese are cravy, “Intolerant” foods for me and should be consumed in small, infrequent doses, however sugar and starch free

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Little Progress

Well TOM is kicking my butt this time, to the point where I feel dizzy and sick...weird. I've never felt like this during.

Anyway, slight dip in the scale, I weighed 128.4 (a release of 0.1). I'm making conscious choices. I've been reading a lot on the various blogs I follow about retraining the brain, establishing new neural pathways, etc through my reactions to stress, or even visual temptations, as a way of overriding the old pathways that are in place after years of unhealthy

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Friday, July 8, 2011


Well, I think I can definitely admit that I stay away from blogging when I'm frustrated with what's going on in my journey. And that's not good, because this is the time I should be posting a lot.

Right now, I'm at 128.5, day two of TOM, and I had a binge last night. Small by old standards, but a handful of Twizzlers and a couple of graham crackers are definitely NOT part of my eating lifestyle. I gained 1.6 from yesterday due to the extra carbs. It's water retention, I know that. Still, I

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Holding Steady

Well, here I am at 125.3, lost a whole 0.4 in a week lol.

No complaints really. I want to be losing weight, but at least I now know what maintenance needs to look like. My typical day lately has been 3 coffees in the morning, (with 2 TB cream in each), lunch is a nice sized salad with my homemade sugar free ranch dressing, and a protein (a lot of the time that's a couple of hard boiled eggs with a bit of butter in them, or leftover meat from the previous night's dinner). Dinner is typically

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Ups and downs

Well, I certainly wasn't planning on letting six days go by without posting. Life is what happens when you're making other plans, I guess.

It took me the whole of last week to go from 126.4 to 122.9, and then we went out Saturday night, drinks were had, but the scale was slightly lower the next morning. Yesterday, for father's day, we had a BBQ at the other half's sister's place, and I decided to have a small (and I DO mean small) piece of German chocolate cake. It was

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Monday, June 13, 2011

As if I Needed Proof!

Sorry about the long absence... last week was going fairly well, my apple and cheese day got me a half pound loss, and for the rest of the week I was hovering between 120-121.

Then came the weekend. We had a 50th birthday party for a friend (staying overnight at her house), so I decided to relax and eat what was offered and have some celebratory drinks. Anyway, Saturday night, and Sunday (we were still at her home) yielded a 5 pound gain.

Wow. If I didn't have proof that a low carb

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A better day

Today's weight was 121.1, better.

My apple and cheese day has been a good one, with the exception of having 4 slices of sugar free bacon. Other than that, and cream in my morning coffee, I've had a good day. Calories are around 1400.

Moodwise, today has been a much better day. I'm still upset about a few things, but I'm making a point of turning my attention away from the negative. Just breathing, finding the joy and beauty in things. All is well. Not perfect, but better, well.


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Monday, June 6, 2011

A long overdue update

Wow, six days since my last post - how the heck did that happen?

Well, the upshot of things, is life got busy, I was "trying" to eat Sugar Free, gaining slowly, but to my credit, eating clean, just too much. I was also trying the whole getting up at 5am to go to the gym (with only 5 hours sleep since the other half keeps us up till midnight most nights, I am NOT a no sleep girl). Yes, I am in a mood. Sorry.

Yesterday, I decided that it was going to be day 1 of the sugar free protocol...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Looooong weekend update

Well, I hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day weekend, and grateful to those who've served. We were busy, busy, BUSY.

Weight wise, I did the best I could with social events, and as of today, I am up to 119.8, so exactly 4 pounds up from my LDW.

And I'm okay with that. I figure I needed to feed my body, and also, I did a lot of research about the path I have chosen, including getting the book Primal Blueprint, which helped me (I hope, we'll see over the next few days) figure out the

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Days 1 & 2 Update, and on to Day 3

Day 2, I gained a pound and weighed 116.8, and day 3 (today) I am weighing in at 117.7.

Why, you ask? Well, I went a bit overboard, and ate a lot of protein. Both days were in the 1800 calorie range. And that's done now. It felt good, like it was what I needed, so I went with it. But today, I'm taking a different approach, and modeling my day after the experimenters on the Sugar Free Protocol. I'll see how that goes, then do that for a couple of days to bring the weight back in line.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Phase 3 and a new protocol - Sugar Free Protocol - 115.8

I know this comes as something as a shock. And know this, I have no regrets about doing the HCG protocol. It saved my life. I would never have lost all my weight without it.

But it's time to do something else. When I woke up this morning a pound heavier, something in me said enough.

I've been doing a lot of research about high fat/moderate protein/low carb eating, and had already decided that this would be my approach after P2. I had, however, planned to do the 72 weaning off period,

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Round 4 Phase 2 Day 29 - 114.8 (-1.6)

(sorry, this sat in draft last night while I watched my hockey team win, hence the late publishing)


And 19 odd pounds in four weeks isn't half bad either!

Came in at 463 calories, which is good. I had a ryvita slice (or 20 calories worth) as I was hungry. The hunger is really bothering me, as is the lack of energy. Even with potassium, I'm getting calf cramps and head rushes. But if anyone asks, yes, for 19 pounds it's worth it. I've dealt with worse on diets lol.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 28 - 116.4 (0.0)

And today, the same. I came in at 418 calories today, and added 20 calories of Ryvita crisp bread, I was hungry this afternoon. We'll see if that hurts tomorrow.

We went bowling this afternoon, I had a small amount of Diet Pepsi. I'm just in an "eff-it" mood at this point. No, I won't actually cheat, I'm not crazy, but there have to be some small pleasures. Anyway, enough whining, I don't have long to go. And what other diet can you lose 17 pounds in 4 weeks with? I tried on all my size zero

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 27 - 116.4 (-0.1)

Man, I have to admit I am ready for Phase 3. To the point where I seriously considered not taking my evening dose and just getting through the three days until P3.

Sheer stubbornness determination pulled me through! I really, really, REALLY want to get back to 111-112 (the range of Round 2 and Round 3's LDW). So, on I go. I only have 7 more days, after all. I definitely have learned that the 23 day round is ideal for me, the last one ended at a good time, and I would have been happier last

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 26 - 116.5 (-2.0)

Well that was nice! Amazing what relaxing just a little will do (or maybe it was the pickle lol).

Anyway, just wanted to share that, I'll (probably) be back later to give a summary of the day.

Have a happy

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 25 - 118.5 (+1.0)

Man I was mad this morning. Stayed that way through most of the day.

In fact, I almost quit this round of HCG today, I was that frustrated. But I didn't.

What I want is more important to me than how I want to react. So, I had an 'eff it' day. I had a pickle with my cucumber with dinner. I had salt, I had hot sauce. Calorically, I came in at 419.

What will be, will be. This evening, as I sipped my coffee while watching a band at our local coffeehouse, I realized that I need to relax.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 24 - 117.5 (-0.4)

And there it was, gone...

I mixed up a new batch of HCG this morning, figuring at day 12, the old batch was losing its effectiveness, and judging by the lack of hunger today, I'm thinking I was right. We'll see on the scale tomorrow.

Today was a full day, working, singing at a seniors festival (mostly the other half there, but I did sing a duet with him), and bowling (getting better and better, and that ball is seeming lighter and lighter). Calories came in at 446, I decided at the

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 23 - 117.9 (+0.4)

Sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason to what the scale says! I'm not worried about it though, I'm sure tomorrow will be better.

I ate 478 calories today, and have been feeling some hunger, not sure if it's real hunger or just feeling mentally ready to move on to Phase 3. However, with only 11(!) more days to go, I'm going to make up a new batch of HCG for tomorrow, so I can get the biggest bang for my buck this last stretch on protocol.

A little more about the maintenance that I was

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Round 4 Phase 2 Day 23 - 117.9 (+0.4)

Sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason to what the scale says! I'm not worried about it though, I'm sure tomorrow will be better.

I ate 478 calories today, and have been feeling some hunger, not sure if it's real hunger or just feeling mentally ready to move on to Phase 3. However, with only 11(!) more days to go, I'm going to make up a new batch of HCG for tomorrow, so I can get the biggest bang for my buck this last stretch on protocol.

A little more about the maintenance that I was

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 22 - 117.5 (-2.0)

Nice!! I was very pleased with that!

Today was another salt/hot sauce free day. My caloric intake was 456.

I spent the day in a flurry of research, not only on a very interesting weight loss concept (which I'll share later when I truly feel like I know what I'm talking about), and some equally interesting maintenance concepts (and again, I'll share later). But with both, I feel a strong sense of hope that my maintenance will go smoothly. Lots of questions got answered.

Anyway, I'm

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 21 = 119.5 (+0.5)

No idea. None. Had a diet soda yesterday, but I've done that before with no issue. So, who knows?

Anyway, I loaded up on the water today and had no salt or hot sauce on my food, we'll see if that gets rid of the blip.

Calorically I came in at 447, and had chicken at both lunch and dinner for a change, and also because I needed to go to the grocery store (I won't lie lol).

I took my future mother in law to the doctor, and while we were in the office, someone backed into my car, and

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 20 - 118.7 (-0.5)


Last night's barbeque was fun, with a little drama thrown in. A neighborhood cat had gotten hurt, and we'd found it on the side of the road. At first we thought it had been hit by a car, but when we took it to the vet (in my arms, and I held the poor guy all through the exam and treatment) it turned out he'd gotten the worst of a fight. Anyway, kudos to the vet who came out on a Saturday night, and kudos to our friends at the barbeque who were all part of making sure the cat wasn't

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Round 4 Phase 2 Day 20 - 118.7 (-0.5)


Last night's barbeque was fun, with a little drama thrown in. A neighborhood cat had gotten hurt, and we'd found it on the side of the road. At first we thought it had been hit by a car, but when we took it to the vet (in my arms, and I held the poor guy all through the exam and treatment) it turned out he'd gotten the worst of a fight. Anyway, kudos to the vet who came out on a Saturday night, and kudos to our friends at the barbeque who were all part of making sure the cat wasn't

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 19 - 119.2 (-2.1)

Woooooooo Hooooooooo!!

I couldn't wait until tonight to share that release!

What a relief, I was somewhat scared that I'd be stuck for a week trying to get that gain off, I've read such horror stories about what a deviation from protocol can do. And now I'm in the teens again! Haven't been here since February, it's a relief to be getting back down here again.

Today we have a barbeque with some friends we met while going to dog training, I'll eat first, no way am I trying to maneuver my

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 16 - 120.5 (-1.1)

A very nice release!

It was a busy day, had a couple of exhaustion moments, which tells me I'm mighty close to TOM. My caloric intake for the day was 469, I'd bought some long English cucumbers, and their flavor was to die for!

Anyway, I want to keep this brief, going to bed early. Hope you all had a great

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 15 - 121.6 (+0.2)

Um. Not sure what happened there. I think it might have been that half glass of Diet Dr. Pepper last night. Just in case, I won't have any for the rest of P2.

I liked my reaction to that gain this morning. Calmness. Serenity. I spent a little time thinking as to what it might have been, and then I moved on. Think there's some growth happening there folks!

Calorically, I came in at 424 for the day. It was a good, work filled day, I have to try to get to bed earlier tonight, that' s the

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 14 - 121.4 (-1.0)

Nice! Hope this keeps up for a while!

It was a busy day work wise, food wise I came in at 448 calories. Just had the usual, beef/tomato/apple for lunch, and chicken/cuke/strawberries for dinner. I am usually a routine eater anyway, especially when I'm maintaining a steady weight, with 4 or 5 regular choices for lunch and dinner and breakfast usually being the same every day with maybe one or two fluctuations, but still, I find it surprising how little I crave any variety at all while on

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 12 - 122.4 (-0.1)

Happy Mother's day everyone!

Another rest day! My first batch of HCG didn't last quite as long as usual, as I had a few days were I took 0.55 rather 0.5 cc doses, I had increased hunger and for me at least, a slightly increased dose to build up the HCG is quite effective with this. As a rule though, people start too high and need to reduce their dose. My dose is the standard 166 IU, except for those few days when I went slightly higher.

Today we took the other half's mom to a local diner,

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 12 - 122.5 (-0.9)

Nice! I'm in waving distance of the teens now!

Today was fun, we went to our local Farmers Market with the other half's mom, I bought some asparagus and some tomato and cucumber plants that I'll plant tomorrow. It was cute, the other half drove home and got our dogs to surprise me, so that was fun. There are always people with their dogs at this market, and I guess he could tell I was missing our boys.

Right next to the market is a very large Goodwill, so we went there first, I scooped a

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 11 - 123.4 (-0.2)

Well, that's definitely my body taking a rest day!

Feeling good, a tad tired this evening, so after the movie we're watching (The Switch with Jennifer Anniston) I'm going to hit the hay.

Today I switched back to 96/4 beef and so came in at 434 calories for the day.

I'm not too talkative this evening (obviously) so apologies for the very short post.

I'll be back tomorrow, have a good

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 10 - 123.6 (-1.0)

Love it!!

Today, the exhaustion that sometimes hits me when the detoxing phase comes along hit full on. I slept almost 2 hours this afternoon, and here it is, 10:15pm, and I'm heading for bed as soon as I write this post. I feel good, I'll take some more potassium before bed, but thems the breaks. I'm sure I'll have my usual energy again tomorrow!

We had our first bowling league night tonight, and my arm and shoulder are tired out too lol. It was fun, the other half said I did very well

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 09 - 124.6 (-0.7)

I enjoyed seeing that number again! It's 0.1 over Round 1's LDW. Happy happy!

Today was another 475 calorie day, I won't bore you telling you that I ate pretty much what I ate yesterday lol.

I had fun in the kitchen for the other half this evening, I'd been poring over recipe sites looking for recipes to adapt to P3, and had a creative spurt. I bought puff pastry, sauteed onion, celery, mushrooms and collard greens in olive oil, made a white sauce with provolone melted in it, some garlic

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 8 - 125.3 (-1.1)

Wow was I ever happy to see that number this morning!

Today was another good HCG diet day, I came in at 475 calories again, the usual 93/7 beef, tomato and apple for lunch, and decided to shake it up a little (LOL) with chicken, celery and half a grapefruit for dinner. Man I really enjoyed that celery (not being sarcastic here), it was nice, not too peppery and crisp.

So far I'm feeling good, minimal cravings at this point, which is normal for me at this point in the protocol. That is,

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 7 - 126.4 (-0.1)

Well, I wasn't too thrilled with THAT release, but hey, it's still in the right direction!

Today I skipped the diet root beer that I had yesterday, as well as the green tea chai that I had yesterday, I have a feeling it was one or the other that slowed me down. Or, perhaps my body just needed a rest.

I came in at 475 calories today, eating 93/7 beef, tomato and apple for lunch, and chicken, asparagus and strawberries for dinner. When I did my shopping today, I picked up some more 96/4

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 6 - 126.5 (-1.1)

Awesome release, gotta love phase 2!!! Especially the first week or so of it!

Cold wise, I still have an annoying cough, but *knock on wood* I'm almost over it. Thank goodness!

I had a high day calorically today, yesterday when I made my rush shop in Giant while the other half and his mom went to Taco Bell (I had nothing to cook in the house that I could have, and we got home much later than I thought we would), I grabbed some veggies and chicken and 93/7 beef, not my usual 96/4 (they

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2 Day 5 - 127.6 (-1.0)

Another good release!

I find I'm impatient to get through this part of it, I want to be back in the teens...yesterday lol.

Just riding that feeling of impatience out, and noticing just how much of a food addict that I am. We went bowling today, in fact the other half bought us both balls - I've only ever bowled with a house ball and what a difference! And being the girlie girl that I am... it's so pretty lol. We bowled three games, I learned a lot, and now we'll just have to see tomorrow

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Round 4 Phase 2, Day 3 - 128.6 (-1.3)

And another nice release!

Today I came in at 414 calories, having hamburger, tomato and half a red grapefruit for lunch, and chicken, asparagus and strawberries for dinner. Man I love asparagus!

This cold is still kicking my butt, it's got a major hold of my sinuses, I'm hoping it passes soon, I'm determined to stick to my guns though. The other half, bless him keeps wanting me to take syrupy cold meds or halls, and I'm just not willing to wreck my progress. I'll be more miserable gaining

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Round 4, P2, Day 3 - 129.9 (-1.8)

Nice again! I love phase 2!!! I'm happy to be back in the twenties!

I was thinking today of the old Weight Watchers slogan "Before. Before you know it." Well, with HCG it really is like that!

One thing I'm seeing clearly is how much of late I've been using food as entertainment. I'm not hungry, or particularly cravey, but when I have a moment of spare time, I'm noticing that my first thought is of eating something. So, a focus will be to find other things to entertain myself with, other

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Round 4, Phase 2, Day 2 - 131.7 (-2.1)

Nice release!

Well, it was a late night, my Canucks won in overtime, so bedtime was around 1am. And I was up at 8 this morning, not enough sleep really for protocol, but that's not a nightly occurrence anyway. Generally I want/need more sleep during the HCG diet.

The cold has struck, but I'm not feeling that bad, and will rest whenever I can. I am focusing on getting my 12 waters in a day, and I am sure that this is helping. I put an icepack on my head last night and found it helped

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Round 4, Phase 2 (VLCD) Day 1 (+1.1, 133.8)

Not a bad gain for loading! I attribute it to having gained a couple of pounds due to over indulgence the last few days before this round AND to the fact that I focused on high protein, high fat choices for my loading foods, instead of starches and sugars.

Today went well, I felt good after the first couple of hours (I still had loading bloat and misery for the first couple of hours this morning, and I hadn't slept well last night for the same reason). After that though, I felt good, had a

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Round 4, Phase 1, Day 1 - Loading - 132.7

Well, here it is, my one and only loading day. Having only one loading day worked well last time as it was just after Thanksgiving, which due to a family reunion had been a week-long indulgence (although I ran every day and ate as well as I could, there was definitely more fat in my diet than usual during that week, especially on Thanksgiving Day). Since it worked well last time, and I like the idea of only one day of stuffed to the gills misery, I decided to do it again this time. Plus the

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fears, hurt feelings and Round 4 (a vent)

Tomorrow is round 4. Thank goodness, it’s such a relief to finally have it here! Today’s weight was scary, 132.2. But this lack of control, this time of constant sugar cravings is almost done.

Today at Denny’s for our post Easter service brunch, I said to the other half that I’d been indulging in the carbs I’d been eating (including the pancakes I ordered with my brunch) as a way of saying goodbye to them. I said something about this next round of HCG and that I was then staying

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday update

Only a couple more days to go. Holding steady at 129.3 today.

I'm enjoying a hardboiled egg along with a smoothie for breakfast lately, and I'm finding that it's holding me through the morning. Lunch the last couple of days has been a salad and a 3 eggs scrambled in 1tsp olive oil and with a slice of cheese. I've been staving off the "I need sugar" cravings until after dinner, of course it hits then, but that's only for a couple more days.

My smoothie consists of a frozen (sliced before

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Closing in

on Round 4, and can I just say I can hardly wait? Or weight as the case may be? okay, I apologize for that one, that was cheesy, even for me LOL.

Today's weight, 129.4 (up 0.6 from the day before).

Today was interesting. The last few days have been brutal, extreme (and I don't use that word lightly) cravings, moodiness, and bloating and pain in my fingers and joints (thanks, sugar). Yesterday I was a total wreck, crying over the slightest thing all day, just an icky day where I kept

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And the countdown begins...

I received my HCG in the mail today - it took only 7 days to get here, that's a record for me! I feel like starting tomorrow, that's how sick I am of how I'm feeling and looking right now.

But, at the tail end of TOM, I'm figuring I'll wait a couple of days past the last day to be sure it's over. Which means I could start as early as Friday with loading. We'll see.

I know I'll rock Round 4, at least the VLCD and P3, but I'll admit that P4 has me a little scared. That said, I do believe

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday, Monday

Well, the weekend was a little crazy. TOM is in full force, and I completely lost it on Saturday, I was H-U-N-G-R-Y, and I wanted chocolate. So I had it. Lots of it.

Which meant that I gained exactly 3 pounds by Sunday. So, Sunday was an apple and cheese correction day, and I lost 2.1 of those 3 today. So, over the weekend the net gain was 0.6.

My HCG has cleared customs, so I anticipate receiving it tomorrow or Wednesday. Assuming TOM is completely over by the weekend, I may start Round

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Holding Steady

The last two days I've been 127.8 and 127.6 respectively, so even if I'm not crazy at being at this number on the scale (and the bloated uncomfortable feeling that goes with it), I am pleased that I'm just staying steady.

The level of self recrimination I'm feeling is both silly and useful. Silly in that I'm in the twenties for goodness sake, a range I hadn't been steadily in since the mid 90s. Useful in that I'd rather catch it now than deal with a higher number. The twenties can become the

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Here I am!!!

After a crazy few days, both on the scale and just life in general, here I am.

The scale fluctuated between 126.4 and 127.5 (with fluctuations up and down), and we had a whirlwind of social activities and eating of course.

As a result, I am on a major sugar rollercoaster again. I ordered HCG today, and am planning on doing round 4 as soon as my next TOM is over.

I'm going to do a couple of correction days this week and try to get myself down again. I would really love to be in the

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PL Day 23 - 126.4 (-2.1, LDW +13.6)

Wow that was a nice loss!

Today was a clean eating day, eggs and cheese for breakfast (this has become my daily routine, and I enjoy it enormously), lunch was a little different, I mixed broccoli coleslaw with 2 TB of salsa ranch dressing by Litehouse (a new favorite), and 4 oz of chicken breast. I sprinkled a little shredded cheese on top, and voila! a nutritious, delicious and filling meal!

Dinner was 4 oz steak, and my veggie side was steamed kale (I sautee chopped onion and mushrooms

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PL Days 18-22

It's been a crazy ride over the last few days, fluctuating from 124.5 on Friday to 128.5 today. We were traveling on the weekend, and that meant eating and *ahem* drinking, and junk food. Yesterday was a clean day until we had some evening errands to do (we bought a great used but new-to-us bedroom set for very little, the catch was it was an hour's drive away, so there went the evening), and dinner ended up being Taco Bell. Still lost 0.3 though.

Today has been clean, except for some

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

PL Day 17 - 125.0 (-1.6, LDW +12.2)

Wow, well that was a nice release! It was so good going to bed last night, knowing I didn't have to be afraid of what the scale would say today. I'm happy to say that I had a similar day today, calories about 1438, so I feel good about that.

I am contemplating whether to just wait until May (or at least after next TOM), in order to give myself a chance to see what clean eating and exercise could do for me. Thanks again to Tam for writing such a thought provoking comment on my post yesterday!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PL Day 16 - 126.6 (-0.2, LDW +13.8)

Not bad at all. If I did that every day, it would be a 1.4 loss for the week (which was my norm on conventional diets).

Today I came in at 1400 calories, it was a fish day (not a corrective day, just a coincidence lol). Lunch was a tuna melt great recipe (slightly tweaked, a little less tuna, a little more egg, and pepper jack cheese instead of swiss) that I found on one of my favorite blogs, Escapefromobesity. It was really satisfying and I had a side of green beans with it. Dinner was

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PL Day 15 - 126.8 (-1.1, LDW +14.0)

Well, while that wasn't the best result I've gotten from an apple and cheese day, but I'm not going to complain about a pound!

It was a fun day, took the puppy to his training class this evening, had a couple of dog walking visits today, and lots of work with the other half. And I'm feeling a tad better, which is good. So much so, that when we took the dogs to the park tonight (to make up for our older dog not getting to go to Petsmart with us) I sprinted around the running track. It was so

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend Update

Day 11 - 124.6, Day 12 - 128.0, Day 13 - 127.4, Day 14- (today) 127.9

As you can see, it was a wild ride this weekend, lots of eating out, TOM, cold meds (yes, I have another cold).

Today has been an almost perfect apple and cheese day, so I'm hoping things will shift tomorrow on the scale in a downwards fashion.

All I can say at the end of this weekend, is that for me, Sonic is a no-go. That 3.4 gain was the day after we ate there. Crazy! It probably was residual Cheesecake Factory

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

PL Days 9 & 10

Day 9 - 124.9 (-1.7, LDW +12.1)

Day 10 (today) - 123.8 (-1.1, LDW +11.0)

Two days of releasing, I'm thrilled! I didn't do anything special, in fact I felt like I was always eating, but it was mostly healthy things, higher in carbs than in a long time (including a bagel each day!). I think the biggest thing was deciding to love me right now. That nothing is broken, nothing needs fixing. I've been very relaxed the last couple of days, and I'm thinking that reading "Women, Food and God" by

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PL Day 8 - 126.4 (+1.4. LDW +13.6)

Annnnd the sushi strikes again! This was actually a lot less than I anticipated gaining, probably because I pumped back the water last night, determined to minimize the damage.

Today has been better, still a little too carby, but better, so hopefully that will be reflected on the scale.

I may have to move my start date for Round 5 back a bit, since TOM should be arriving this weekend, and Dr. Simeons recommended that you let at least 10 days go by after the end of a cycle, or before the

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Monday, March 21, 2011

PL Day 7 - 125.0 (LDW +12.2)

We were away for the weekend, and while I made (for the most part) the healthiest choices I could, junk was definitely eaten, and drinks were had, so I am considering a 1.4 gain not bad, and will get rid of it as soon as I can.

It will however, not be tomorrow. Today was something of a carb filled disaster, including sushi for dinner, so I will likely not like the scale tomorrow, and will definitely do a correction day tomorrow. Probably a steak day, it's been a long time since I've done

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Friday, March 18, 2011

PL Day 3 - 123.6 (-0.2, LDW +10.8)

Not a bad day over all. Did I make it to the gym? No. Despite going to bed at 11:30 last night, the other half didn't come to bed until 3am, which I didn't notice, but when he got up again at 4:30am, that was it for me. And while I didn't get up until 9am, the sleep was poor. So, all that to say I was totally exhausted all day, and not up for the gym. I'll go tomorrow, take Sunday off, and keep at this new routine next week.

Food wise was good today, I had a planned dinner out at our local

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Phase Life (PL) days 2 and 3

Day 2 - 123.9 (+0.4)

Day 3 (today) - 123.8 (-0.1)

Well, two days of mostly clean eating, other than getting a few too many carbs in. I'll keep trying at this until I get it!

I worked out today, and am persevering with getting to the gym daily, and part of that means getting to bed as close to 11pm as possible. Which means this won't be a long post lol. I was just finding that I couldn't get up at a decent time, and between coffee and computer time/answering emails, the morning would

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Phase Life - 123.5 (-1.0, LDW +10.7)

Thanks to Jessica for the term for this phase of my journey!Today ended up being higher calorically than I'd intended, but I'm shaking it off and moving forward. It started with being absolutely ravenous at around 11:30 (I was out doing errands) and instead of doing the sensible thing and grabbing an apple, I got a candy bar, thinking "how bad can it be", and well, the candy bar turned out to be 460 calories! The nutrition label said 230 calories - but per serving, not for the whole thing,

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R3 P4 Day 60 - 124.5 (-2.0, LDW +11.7)

Wow, gotta love those 2 pound losses!

Amanda, I think you were right, that it had to do with inflammation from the run, thanks for that comment, it made me feel not so much of a failure as I was blaming myself for eating throughout the day! And thanks AutumnRose for the compliment on my time, I thought it wasn't bad for a first time out. Can't wait for the next one!

Today was sensible, coming in at 1366 calories, clean eating over all, except for the sugar free jello I had as an after

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Days 57-59

Days 57 and 58 I stayed exactly the same at 123.6, Day 59 I zoomed up to 126.5.

My apple and cheese day went nowhere, not sure why it had no effect. But it can't always work I guess.

Day 58 (yesterday) was my race day, I ran 5K at 33:47 (and that was with a potty break! I am soooo proud of myself and can't wait till my next race). I had a sensible breakfast of scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast, but it was the carby snacks after the race that sttarted my downhill slide. I ate a big

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Thursday, March 10, 2011



Day 54 -122.8

Day 55 -122.9

Day 56 (today) - 123.0

So, the last three days have been basically maintaining. Today has been the lowest calorie wise, at 1301, yesterday I was holding strong at 1250 u til hunger overtook common sense late at night, I ended up at about 1800 (some sugar, mostly cheese). I am hanging tough today, determined to stay put where I am today.

I was very proud of myself yesterday (despite the late night snack attack), because the other half put a bug

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Days 51-53

Day 51 -124.1 - Today was an apple and cheese day.

Day 52 -122.1 - Today was an over all balanced day, calorically I came in at 1517. I had a couple of sweet snacks, and will be working on keeping that to a minimum.

Day 53 (today) - 122.1 - Today has also been balanced, my snacks were predominantly cheese. I came in at 1518 calories, which for weight loss is really too high, I need to be around the 1200 mark. Working on this!

Also working on making the time to train for my 5K on

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Friday, March 4, 2011

R3 P4 Day 50 - 124.9 (+0.5, LDW +12.1)

Yuck, another half pound gain, but as I said yesterday, I tweaked a bunch of stuff yesterday, and learned a lot, so it's okay (sort of lol).

The eye is marginally better, I'm still doing my drops and hoping it leaves fast. The other half looked at me this morning (after I was done opening my left eye with a warm washcloth after it was glued shut again, ugh) and shook his head, saying it didn't look any better, but when I went to see the eye doctor this morning, he felt the swelling was

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Days 48 & 49

Day 48 - 123.6 (+1.3), Boy that was not good! I'd been incredibly hungry the previous day, no doubt TOM related (since it's now here).

Day 49 - 124.4 (+0.8), In addition to the weight increase this morning, today started not-so-well, with my left eye glued shut! I had to pry it open with a warm washcloth. Totally sore, red, puffy, and the right was too, but nowhere near as bad. the other half eventually talked me into going to an eye doc, and I have conjunctivitis (pink eye). He wasn't sure

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

R3 P4 Day 47 - 122.3 (-1.2, LDW +9.5)

Well, after the novel that yesterday's post turned into, it's clear that I need to get back to daily blogging!

The chicken day yielded a nice result, with a 1.2 pound loss. It's a tad monotonous, but it certainly worked. I read about it in a great ebook on alternate correction days, at happilythinnerafter (the link takes you to her store, the hcgshop). What you do is roast a chicken yourself so that you're not dealing with hidden sugars, starches and preservatives that the supermarkets use

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Monday, February 28, 2011

R3 P4 Days 43-46


Day 43 -123.6

Day 44 -122.7

Day 45 -124.3

(today) Day 46 - 123.5

Day 43: Day 42's clean eating efforts paid off nicely in a half pound loss. Today, however, was a failed egg day... got into the cheese. At least it was still protein, but arrrgh. I still lost 0.9, but those slips drive me nuts.

Day 44: In my efforts to stay away from sweets, I was overeating on other foods. I finally gave in, had a poptart of all things and the sugar craving for once was gone -

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Days 41 & 42

Not much to say except that I'm still struggling.

Weights: Day 41 - 123.2 (up 0.5), Day 42 - 124.1 (up 0.9)

I did great yesterday (Day 41) in terms of not having any sugar, however, we had sausage for dinner, when will I learn that between the salt and the fat (and frequently the hidden sugar), sausage does not agree with me? Oh and I also had a little too much cheese.

Today has not been that great. It started with apple and cheese for breakfast, but then, I talked myself out of it.

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Days 41 & 42

Not much to say except that I'm still struggling.

Weights: Day 41 - 123.2 (up 0.5), Day 42 - 124.1 (up 0.9)

I did great yesterday (Day 41) in terms of not having any sugar, however, we had sausage for dinner, when will I learn that between the salt and the fat (and frequently the hidden sugar), sausage does not agree with me? Oh and I also had a little too much cheese.

Today has not been that great. It started with apple and cheese for breakfast, but then, I talked myself out of it.

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Days 41 & 42

Not much to say except that I'm still struggling.

Weights: Day 41 - 123.2 (up 0.5), Day 42 - 124.1 (up 0.9)

I did great yesterday (Day 41) in terms of not having any sugar, however, we had sausage for dinner, when will I learn that between the salt and the fat (and frequently the hidden sugar), sausage does not agree with me? Oh and I also had a little too much cheese.

Today has not been that great. It started with apple and cheese for breakfast, but then, I talked myself out of it.

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Days 41 & 42

Not much to say except that I'm still struggling.

Weights: Day 41 - 123.2 (up 0.5), Day 42 - 124.1 (up 0.9)

I did great yesterday (Day 41) in terms of not having any sugar, however, we had sausage for dinner, when will I learn that between the salt and the fat (and frequently the hidden sugar), sausage does not agree with me? Oh and I also had a little too much cheese.

Today has not been that great. It started with apple and cheese for breakfast, but then, I talked myself out of it.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

R3 P4 Days 39 & 40

Weights: Day 39 - 122.1 (a gain of 1.1) Day 40 122.7 (a gain of 0.5)

Day 39's gain was due (I think) to some new supplements that I tried (melatonin and 5-HTP, neither of which did what I needed them to do). Frustrating.

Day 40's gain was due to birthday celebrations, the other half's Mom turned 71, so there was a late dinner and cake. I expected a gain.

I also expect a gain tomorrow. I just couldn't leave sweets alone today. TOM is looming. Today I focused on my mantra - "I am safe.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

R3 P4 Day 38 121.0 (-0.6, LDW +8.2)

I'm glad for that loss, hoping for another tomorrow.

Today was full of veggies and meats, with sugar still challenging me. I will get to have a day without it. I will. It just wasn't today lol. Mind you, it was 2 small slips. But still, small as they were, they were slips. Tomorrow will be better.

We took the dogs out for a walk along their favorite trail, which leads to open fields that they can run in, they had a ball, and so did we. I notice when we take them out like that, that I

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R3 P4 Days 36 & 37


Day 36 - 122.1 (a gain of 2.7 because of sushi, yep you can bet it'll be another 4 years before I have it again!)

Day 37 - 121.6 (a loss of 0.5, not the best apple and cheese day I've ever had - my fault, too much cheese, not enough apples, the balance is important)

Well, apparently I haven't lost my inability to tolerate rice! I really wanted the sushi, I'd been craving it for months, I decided to see what would happen. Now I know things haven't changed.

On my apple and

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

R3 P4 Days 34 & 35

Weights: Day 34: 121.0 It was frustrating to not reach the teens within the day, but I persevered.

Day 35 (Today): 119.8 I was thrilled to see this number this morning! My day was a tad carb heavy, we (the other half and I) went to get vision tests and new glasses that we'll get in a week or so. It's hell getting old lol. I can't wait to have them though, it'll be nice to feel better driving at night, and I plan to go on a reading spree once I have my reading glasses!

So anyway, I had

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

R3 P4 Day 33 - 122.1 (+2.7, LDW +9.3)

EEEEEK!!! It was a nice meal, and absolutely adorable of the other half to spoil me by taking me to dinner, but no matter how good the meal was (and it was GREAT), nothing is worth feeling like this. And I've done this to myself way too often of late.

Today has been a mostly successful apple and cheese day. I slipped with some chocolate (valentines day chocolates, now gone, replaced with a commitment to myself to avoid sugar at all costs).

Sugar is definitely proving to be a monster for

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R3 P4 Day 32 - 119.4 (-0.2, LDW +6.6)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

That was a nice little release. I spent today eating eggs and then the other half wanted to spoil me by taking me out for a Valentine's Day dinner, so now I sit here, bloated on salt and sugar... NOT looking forward to the scale tomorrow!

What will be will be. And at least I know how to correct it, thank

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Monday, February 14, 2011

R3 P4 Day 31 - 119.6 (-0.3, LDW +6.8)

I was thrilled to see a little release, the further away (down) from that 119-120 border I get, the better!

Today was an egg day. With a few slips. A couple of gingersnaps, some chocolate. Yes, I'm still fighting my sugar demon. I'm going to have to break out the l-glutamine and Candida-G to fight this.

I've also been reading the 2002 publication of Atkins New Diet Revolution. I'm amazed at how forward thinking Dr. Atkins was. In it he mentions the perils of various artificial sweeteners,

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

R3 P4 Day 30 - 119.9 (+1.4, LDW +7.1)

I'll figure out what to call this time eventually lol.

After a day that still had a tad too much sugar in it, although a lot less than previous days, I experimented with some corn spaghetti (I'm always looking for pasta that I can tolerate, being gluten intolerant), and a 1.4 gain wasn't bad. Wheat pasta in the same amounts (a normal sized serving according to the package, 2 oz dry) would have yielded a 3 or 4 pound gain.

Today I managed clean eating, had half a gingersnap cookie as my

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Friday, February 11, 2011


I'm getting bad at daily blogging, I'll have to do something about that!

I'm also trying to decide what to call this phase of my life. Technically phase 4 is three weeks in length. I may or may not do another round of HCG this spring, right now I'm focusing on maintenance and also getting back to my LDW, perhaps a few pounds lower, through clean eating mixed with correction days. Just want to try it this way first, before making any decisions about another round.

So phase 4 doesn't fit.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Superbowl Weekend Catchup

Weights: Friday, 117.7, no idea about Saturday and Sunday, Monday I weighed 121.2, and today I was 121.1.

It was a great weekend away, in a mountain vacation home with friends. Food was semi out of my control in that I couldn't control what was being served (the organizer of our weekend is a fireman who cooks for his firehouse, so he was in charge of the food, which was delicious), however, I did my best to pick and choose the foods that would be best for me. Total gain for the weekend was

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Update on R3 P4 - Days 18, 19, 20

Which have passed in a cold medicine induced haze. Ah joy oh bliss! I go years with maybe one cold a winter, and this year, I'm getting hit big time.

Anyway, the numbers are as follows:

Day 18 - 119.1 (+1.0) no real idea as to why I gained.

Day 19 - 118.0 (-1.1).

Day 20 (today) - 118.4 (+0.4) Blaming this one on a lot of cold medicine.

Today I am doing an apple and cheese day and hoping for similar results as the one I did last week. I've not taken any cold medicine today, since

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

R3 P4 Day 17 - 118.1 (-0.3, LDW +5.3)

Well, that was a good day! A nice clean eating day.

I tried macadamia nuts yesterday, and it seemed to be okay. I tend to be sensitive to some nuts, and I'd read that macadamia nuts were some of the least starchy. They also happen to be my favorites, so it's a win.

I also had a little bit of dark chocolate. As in, I had a couple of pieces and put the chocolate away. And just now thought of the fact that I have chocolate in the house. This is also a win!

Had fun yesterday, cooked my

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

R3 P4 Day 16 - 118.5 (-1.4, LDW +5.7)

Well I would call my apple and cheese day a success! Definitely (at least in this instance) a bigger success than the steak days I've had so far in Round 3.

Today is an easy day, we're both getting sick with cold #3 of this season (I'm guessing hanging around more with the other half's sister's kids is exposing us more to bugs?) and so won't be doing much today. I'm contemplating going back to bed as I write this and it's only 10:27am!! In my defense I'm very fuzzy on cold medicine I took 14

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Friday, January 28, 2011

R3 P4 Day 15 - 119.9 (+1.2, LDW +7.1)

Can you say ouch???

I ate and ate and ate yesterday, I was just so hungry all day, I mean, pretzel sticks at bedtime from someone who typically doesn't eat after dinner? What the heck???

So, the gain was well deserved. I'm thinking a re-emergence of my sugar addiction after the birthday weekend (I've had sugar every day this week) in combination with TOM showing up just after midnight have been the cause.

And today as a correction day I've been doing an apple cheese day. Both to

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

R3 P4 Days 13 & 14 - Steady at 118.7 (LDW +5.9)

The last couple of days have been steady, I lost 0.7 from Tuesday to Wednesday, I'm having some challenges staying away from sugar, but I'm working at it, I think it's time to do a correction day of some sort. I'm thinking either an egg day, or perhaps I'll try an apple and cheese day. It's been a long time since I tried one of those. In any event, I'm not panicking over being at this weight, with consistent effort I'll be back in range quickly.

TOM is on its way any day, which no doubt has

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

R3 P4 Day 12 - 119.5 (+4.7, LDW +6.7)

As I thought about writing this post, I reflected that alternate titles for this blog entry could be:

1. Birthday Weekend Update.

2. How the Mighty Have Fallen.

3. Annnnd Back to Reality.

Anyhoo... Saturday (otherwise known as Day 9) dawned with a 3.7 gain, putting me at 118.5, which I knew was sugar and foods my body wasn't used to (like a lot of salt). Sunday, Day 10, I have no idea about, as we were traveling, and I didn't bring my scale, figuring it wasn't like I was going to be

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Friday, January 21, 2011

R3 P4 Day 8 - 114.8 (-0.6, LDW +2.0)

And I'm back in my range, happy birthday to me!

Today was a lovely day, lots of well wishes, and getting spoiled by the other half. We went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner, I had a bunch of seafood (which I love best when I'm not the one cooking it lol) and a slice of cheesecake. During the day I ate much as usual, other than a sweet or two, so we'll see what happens tomorrow.

I will likely be above range again tomorrow, and we have a lot going on socially over the weekend, so my first real

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

R3 P4 Day 7 - 115.4 (-0.4, LDW +2.6)

Well, not much of a result from my steak day, but perhaps that's the best I can hope for now that I'm at this weight.

Today, in the hope of achieving being back in range for my big day tomorrow, I decided to do an egg day, which comprised of coffee with stevia and almond milk, 3 eggs scrambled in olive oil for breakfast, 4 hardboiled eggs for lunch, 4 scrambled eggs for dinner. I varied a bit by having 3 oz of cheese (some as a snack, some in my dinner), so I'm hoping that that doesn't mess

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

R3 P4 Day 6 - 115.8 (+0.3, LDW +3.0)

And today was officially a steak day!

I was surprised to only gain 0.3 with the dinner and dessert (and still shocked at how much my palate has changed), but I think I learned a valuable lesson about how to handle dinners out - treat the earlier part of the day like a corrective day, then within reason enjoy the evening.

Today I ate a pound of steak, half a tomato (only half because it was way under ripe and I just couldn't eat it), and some mayo with the steak. Way too much mayo

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

R3 P4 Day 5 -115.5 (+0.9, LDW +2.7)

Ugh. Yep, the chocolate caught up with me. And while I tried to have a steak day today, the other half surprised me with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, I had the grilled salmon with broccoli and green beans, and ordered a piece of cheesecake to go, thinking I'd save it for Friday (my birthday). Then, thinking about all the salt etc that I consumed in my (delicious) salmon dinner, it's pretty inevitable that tomorrow would have to be a steak day anyway, so I ate the cheesecake this evening. I

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Monday, January 17, 2011

R3 P4 Day 4 - 114.6 (+0.4, LDW +1.8)

So, the net effect of our night out was +0.1, I'm fine with that!

Today we worked out this evening, it's just how the day went. I know, ideally morning is the best time to exercise, but sometimes the right time to exercise is when you can fit it in. My run was great, and when I did my ab exercises, I was much stronger, so that's great!

I had a protein shake (yogurt, whey protein, mango, peaches, a splash of almond milk) after lunch, and I think it set me off. I'd been given some chocolate

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

R3 P4 Day 3 - 114.2 (-0.3, LDW +1.4)

We had a great time last night, I had two (incredibly) strong rum and diet colas, and some cheese and coffee on the way home. I'm thinking the slight loss is due to dehydration due to the alcohol, but thank goodness it wasn't a gain. I'll drink lots of water today, eat simply, and hope for the best for tomorrow.

Almond milk seems to be fine for me, I had it in my coffee yesterday, and this morning as well. I really like it, so I'm glad I'm not showing a sensitivity.

Today's food was

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

R3 P4 Day 2 - 114.5 (-0.0, LDW +1.7)

Nice and steady, love it! So the whole milk was no issue. Today I am trying almond milk for my coffee.

Tonight we're going out, meeting friends, and I plan on having a couple of drinks, diet cola and rum, so it's carb free and as low sugar as I can make it. We'll see how that goes. I've bought a steak for tomorrow just in case, considering how very close I am to the top of my range. I'm a tad nervous, it's very soon into P4 to have a drink, but I feel like living a little, and other than

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R3 P4 Day 1 - 114.5 (-0.0, LDW +1.7)

Wow what a great day! I came in just under 1500 calories, finished off my whipping cream this morning in my coffee, and later on had a cup with whole milk in it, and what a difference in my body's reaction - no intense craving for more, so that tells me what I already knew, high fat dairy is a trigger for me.

Dinner was interesting, I had kale, a pork chop and scrambled eggs with a tiny bit of shredded mozzarella. So, weird, but high protein and I was SO HUNGRY!

Now for the part that had

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

R3 P3 Day 21 - 114.6 (-0.7, LDW +1.8)

Well, that was a little better anyway, so I'll count that steak day as a success!

I came in at 1470 calories today, I'm hoping that I will be in range tomorrow, and if so, then I'll consider myself stabilized. If not, then I'll continue P3 until I feel like I'm stabilized. It's not that I'm in a hurry to add carbs back in, I plan on taking my time with that (other than on my upcoming birthday), it's more that I just want to move on to the next phase, so that I can get on with things like

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

R3 P3 Day 20 - 115.3 (+1.0, LDW +2.5)

Arrgh!! Steak day today, my third of this round's phase 3. Which is okay. I just don't like that it's happening at the end of P3. So, I'll extend phase 3 by a day, possibly more depending on our plans on Saturday, and take it super easy and slow with adding foods back in.

I'm not sure what happened, I was very thirsty yesterday and drank a lot of water, so it could be water retention, it could be because I was up quite a bit earlier than usual today, and got about 3 hours less sleep than

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

R3 P3 Day 19 - 114.3 (+0.2, LDW +1.5)

Slight fluctuation, not bad.

Today, I tried cheese made from raw milk, just one ounce, we'll see what happens on the scale tomorrow. I also cut down my cream intake, by having herbal tea in the afternoon, and in the evening (although I did have some eggnog coffee, 2 coffees to be exact after dinner). So over all, a better day calorically, and dairy wise than the last little bit. Again, we'll see what the scale has to say tomorrow.

I was really thirsty through most of the day, and getting

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Monday, January 10, 2011

R3 P3 Day 18 - 114.1 (-0.1, LDW +1.3)

Nice slight downward fluctuation... I'll take it lol.

Today was a busy day, I had a consult with a client, grocery shopping, birthday party for our nephew. All in all a good day!

Calorie wise, I came in at around 1600, got the other half's son hooked on kale (guess what's for dinner tomorrow guys?). I'd made some to go with my chicken at lunch and let him try, and he liked it too. I cut down a bit on the dairy today, so we'll see if it makes a difference. Baby steps.

That's all for

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

R3 P3 Day 17 - 114.2 (+0.6, LDW +1.4)

Well, darn. But with the added calories and the cheese splurge yesterday, it was bound to happen.

I planned my day out better today, specifically with regards to my snacks. I had some chicken as a snack, and a fair bit of coffee with cream (hopefully not too much to make the scale unhappy with me tomorrow morning).

Both lunch and dinner were chicken, at lunch I had tomato and cucumber with it, at dinner, I cooked kale - yummy! The other half and his son had pizza, and for a moment I

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

R3 P3 Day 16 - 113.6 (-1.0, LDW +0.8)

I'll take it! Don't know how or why, but it was a very pleasant surprise on the scale this morning!

Must make sure we have kale for dinner tonight. Last night, the other half said "where's the kale?" when he was presented with green beans (a fave of his). He's been reading a lot about healthy eating, and now wants to do it. Never mind that I've been telling him all this stuff for years, sigh... Now that he's READ it, it's valid. Sigh. Men. LOL. But hey, if he finally starts drinking water,

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R3 P3 Day 15 - 114.6 (+0.2. LDW +1.8)

Hmm... I'm contemplating drinking black coffee for a few days to see just how much dairy is affecting my weight. Although, I did have a couple of tablespoons of sour cream last night, I find it's a filling, quick snack that instantly satisfies, but with my possible/probable dairy intolerance I likely shouldn't be having it.

Anyway... Today, I ate 1497 calories, my snacks were 2 slices of pepper jack cheese, sour cream, and coffee with cream. Ya. My name is Susan and I have a dairy addiction

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

R3 P3 Day 14 - 114.4 (-0.0, LDW +1.6)

Well, I'm not going to complain about being the same, that's the whole point of P3 after all lol.

Today I consumed just over 1300 calories, very close to my goal. I can't take all the credit, Mucinex DM gets a fair share for rendering me woozy, fuzzy headed and without an appetite.I do NOT tolerate most cold meds well, in fact usually tylenol is the only thing I take when I have a cold. But, it was kind of a good thing, I feel that thanks to today, I now have a good handle on what my meals

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

R3 P3 Day 13 - 114.4 (-0.3, LDW +1.6)

Well yesterday was a success! I'm following the same plan today, and I'm totally loving cilantro right now! I'd bought some the other day, wanting to find something to put in my breakfast eggs that would help me not miss cheese. So this morning's eggs had sauteed onion (in olive oil), tomato and cilantro, a little Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb, and some fresh ground pepper - delicious! Lunch was grilled chicken with onion, cilantro, cucumber and my sugar free ranch dressing. Also yummy!


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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

R3 P3 Day 12 - 114.8 (-0.7, LDW +2.0)

Not the most I've lost on a steak day, but it squeaked me back into my LDW range, so I'll take it!

I allowed myself mayo with my steak last night, unlike the steak day two days before, not blaming that, I'm thinking more than anything that it was the fact of having to do a second steak day so soon that accounts for the low release. But like I said, I'll take it!

TOM started for real last night, I'm in P-A-I-N, and hoping this part of it passes quickly. I also woke up to a congested chest,

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Monday, January 3, 2011

R3 P3 Day 11 - 115.5 (+1.0, LDW +2.7)

And, it's another steak day. Sigh. At first I was freaked, but after thinking it through, I came to some conclusions and decisions.

I realized though that I went a bit overboard yesterday, with the dairy, and probably calorically as well. Which leads me to my new strategy.

Today was a regular, by the book steak day (although I didn't feel like I got enough steak, you're supposed to eat steak to capacity, and I could probably have eaten another few ounces of steak, but oh well, we'll see

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

R3 P3 Day 10 - 114.5 (-1.2, LDW +1.7)

Well, even though I'd hoped for at least 2 pounds gone, I'm back in my range, so I'll call that a successful steak day!

Today, I'm keeping things simple, some cream in my coffee (not too much, I tend to overdo, as I love the texture and taste), breakfast was 2 eggs fried in butter with 1 slice cheese. Lunch will be 4 oz baked chicken breast, with mixed greens and 1 TB of my sugar free ranch dressing.

I'll boil some eggs to nibble on if I need a snack, and dinner will be pork chops and

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

R3 P3 Day 9 - 115.7 (+1.8, LDW +2.9) STEAK DAY

And today is a steak day.

We were at the other half's sister's house yesterday, I stuck to what I thought were safe choices, steamed shrimp, cheese, and cucumber salad (I had one slice of cucumber, it tasted too sweet, left it alone). Earlier I'd had strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream. Not sure if it was added salt, simply too many calories throughout the day, the fruit I didn't tolerate well, possible sugar in the cuke salad, or the fact that TOM is arriving for real any day

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