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Sunday, August 30, 2009

After A Wonderful, Relaxing Weekend!

We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend camping at one of our favorite state parks in Arkansas this weekend.

It wasn't as challenging as I thought it might be because we carried everything that we needed to continue on our journey to being healthy and lose weight. We took our bathroom scales and our food scales as our program instructs us to do.

We had Red Snapper for lunch on Saturday, steak for dinner on Saturday night, hamburger steaks for lunch on Sunday and grilled shrimp tonight now that we are back home.

I lost an additional 1.6 lbs and Roger lost an additional 2 lbs. while we were gone.

We spend a lot of time talking about how much we would normally be eating while we were gone. It was like we would give ourselves permission to "pigout" the entire time that we were gone camping. We also did that anytime that we went on any type of trip. We would buy junk that I normally wouldn't buy at home.

I was very proud of myself and Roger because we watch so much TV last night and never ate anything except an apple apiece and drank tea. We never suffered from the feeling of being stuffed and miserable. We bought the first season of Prison Break and now we are hooked...we watched so many episodes until 1:30 AM this morning and my hubby stayed awake the entire time. LOL!

My current weight is 167.8 with a total weight loss of 15.8 lbs in 17 full days. My goal is to lose 17 lbs. in 20 days. This will be halfway for me on the number of days that I can go in this round and halfway of the total number of pounds that I am allowed to lose in this round.

This is the first time that I am giving the actual website to the weight loss center that I am going through in Missouri. Yes, I live in Arkansas and they do a great job for those us who are not local and can't come in to their facility to weight, get measured or for the support. I can call them anytime that I need them and they call me twice a week for my weight, answer any questions that I have and encourage me. Everyone in their office is either currently on the program or has already been through the entire program. This is what sold me on them. They aren't skinny ladies just telling you what someone told them to tell you. They speak with you from their own personal experiences and they follow the proper protocol of Dr. Simeon's research.

Check it out: Pounds And Inches Away Look at the before and after pictures...Stacey is the lady who is standing in one leg of her jeans. This is my support person. She has lost 120 lbs. since August 2008. She knows from personal experience how this works.

All that I ask you is...if you are interested in this program and want to try it. Please contact me personally so that I can give you the phone number to the location that I use...there are two. I love Stacey and she is awesome. Also, if you sign up...please tell them that I referred you. Email me and I will give you my full name since I have chosen not to put it on my blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 17 - Friday

Today, I was down just .2 lbs but that's ok. We are going to start walking this weekend...not power walking because it increases your appetite but leisurely walking.

It has been an easy day so far.

We are getting ready to go camping for the weekend and I am still packing at 5 PM. We will be gone all weekend without internet access so...I will catch you all up when I get home on Sunday or Monday.

Thanks for following me through my journey to a new me.

Love you all....have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Day 16 - Thursday

The pictures on the left are from 2 weeks ago on 8/12 and the ones on the right are from today. There is a noticable difference...maybe not a huge difference in all areas but it is showing.

I decided to take pictures again with each time that I measure but since that was an after thought...I had to do it a day later. I wore the exact same clothes as the first time and will continue to take my pictures in them as I go along.

Yesterday proved to be an easy day when I had to meet with our ladies group at Shoney's but the problem that I have is explaining the protocol with the ones that want to know more about the program. My goal is to read through the entire manuscript that Dr. Simeon wrote and try to understand it and be able to explain it rather than just accepting it.

As for the weight loss, I knew that I was smaller but when I got dressed in casual clothes that I normally don't wear at home and they were really loose also too big...then I really noticed.

The measurements yesterday just about floored me. It was hard to comprehend that I could lose 3 inches in one arm! I'm still in shock.

Today, is going to be a busy day and hopefully, it will also be uneventful.

Again, today was an easy day as far as getting hungry and any food cravings...there aren't any. I took Tyler to McDonald's after football practice and watched/smelled him eat all the way home without any problems.

Now, do I want a french fry? Absolutely! I'd love to have one but it is not an option at this point. It has to be a mental choice if nothing else. I want to be thinner and healthier more than I want that french fry.

I lost another 1 lb today which puts me at 14 lbs. in 15 days. I have officially broke out of the 180's and now the 170's...I weighted 169.4 this morning! Wow!

Breakfast: Tea
AM Snack: None
Lunch: Cabbage and Beef
Afternoon Snack: Orange
Dinner: Cabbage and Beef (didn't want to cook) :-)
Evening Snack: Orange

I got so busy today that I forgot to take my afternoon drops and now I have to try to get two rounds in's already 8:50 PM.

Thank goodness tomorrow is my day off and I get to sleep in cause I am tired. We are going off camping this weekend and see how we manage with that challenge of being away from home. It shouldn't be a problem because we are taking all our stuff with us including our bathroom scales and food scales. We will see.

Goodnight all!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 15 - Wednesday

I was down .8 lbs this morning after not losing anything yesterday.  Yeah...I'll take that.

I am very tired this morning for some reason but I'm trying to push through.  Hopefully, today will be uneventful.  My plans are to will eat dinner before going to our ladies meeting tonight and not be tempted with others eating salads, desserts and/or drinking cokes.

I plan to incorporate a little walking this afternoon into my weight loss plan.  They don't want you to really exercise because it increases your appetite but a little aids in the weight loss process.  I will do this a couple times a week and see what happens.

Oh my is 11:30 AM and I just remembered that today is measurement day.  So before I drink anymore and before I eat anything...I've got to go measure.  Be right back!

Can you hear me screaming?  I am!  It is in excitement, disbelief, amazement, shock and utter JOY!!!

I've lost 21 3/4 inches in 2 weeks!!!  Here's the breakdown:

Neck:                     -1/2 "
Right Arm:           -3 1/2 "
Left Arm:              -2 3/4"
Upper Chest:        -1 1/2"
Chest:                   -1 "
Midriff:                 -1 1/2"
Waist:                   -1 1/4"
At Belly Button:     -2 1/4"
Hips:                     -1 1/2"
Right Thigh:           -1"
Right Knee:           -1 1/2"
Right Calf:             -   3/4"
Left Thigh:             -1"
Left Knee:             -1"
Left Calf:               -   3/4"
Total Lost          -21 3/4" in 14 days!

Tonight, our ladies group met at Shoney's and I sat there watching one eat a hot fudge cake, one eat chicken salad and fries and another eating a turkey club sandwich...none of which bothered me.  Praise The Lord!!!

BTW:  Never made it to the walking was a very busy afternoon.

Breakfast:  Tea
Morning Snack:  None
Lunch:  Steak and grilled onions
Afternoon Snack:  Orange
Dinner:  Tomatoes and Beef...aka...pastaless spaghetti
Evening Snack:  None

Day 14 - Tuesday


There wasn't a change in my weight this morning at all.  It wasn't up nor down.  I am still at 171.4, but that's ok. 

I'd rather not lose any as gain some.

Tonight will be a challenge as we have to leave this afternoon going to Little Rock for the high school football jamboree.  We will have to pack our food to take with us since we won't make it back in time to eat dinner and it will be too long if we wait until we get home.

More on that later :-)

This afternoon we had to travel to Little Rock (2 1/2 hours) to watch Marion Patriots play in a jamboree.  We knew that we would not be home to eat dinner and wasn't sure how to handle it.  We originally thought that if the boys stayed until all the teams played that we might get to try eating out and see what happened but they left after their last round.

We packed our cooler with tea, cut up spinach, salad dressing, seasonings, salt, diced grilled chicken, fruit for game, bowls, forks, paper towels and our drops and then off we went.

After the game, we knew we had time to eat before the buses pulled out so we went across the street to the golf course, found shaded parking and I fixed our dinner.  It was very simple and it worked out perfectly.

All in all...great day.  The weight loss is slowing down for both Roger and I  but slowly I am still losing...some days none, some a little and others more.  That's ok...I'm happy.

Breakfast:  Tea
AM Snack: Melba Toast
Lunch:  Cabbage and Beef
Afternoon Snack:  Apple...too to the stadium with us
Dinner:  Grilled Chicken Salad
Evening Snack:  Orange

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day 13 - Monday

**Post from Monday night**

Maybe it's not going to be an unlucky day...#13.  LOL...but I'm not superstitious anyway.

I am down another pound today, which means that I lost .8 lbs because I was up .2 yesterday morning.  I have officially lost 12.2 lbs. in 11 days.

My current weight is.....171.4!

Breakfast:  Tea and Melba Toast
AM Snack: None
Lunch:  Cabbage and Beef
Afternoon Snack:  Apple
Dinner:  Steak and Onions
Evening Snack:  Orange

Monday, August 24, 2009

Day 12 ~ Oh, my...not again! - Sunday

**This is actually the post for Sunday, August 23rd**

Today is Day 12 and I was up .2 lbs. and I know that isn't much but it is still frustrating to see the scales do in any direction except down.

We got up and went to church so I went without eating or drinking anything except a cup of water in Sunday School.  I weighed again when we got how after going to the bathroom several times and it was still at .2 lb increase.  So, I drowned my sorrows in grilled steak and onions for lunch!  LOL!  All the while, staying within the bounds of our program.

Roger has lost 16 lbs. in 4 days!  Go figure!  But, that's ok because I want Roger healthy even if I'm not because of his high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease that runs in his family.

Dinner was good and it consisted of grilled Red Snapper and a salad.  Not much hunger today either.  If I get hungry between meals...I grab one of my 2 fruits for the day.

Counting down the days....28 to go!

Breakfast:  Tea
AM Snack:  Melba Toast
Lumch:  Grilled steak and onions
PM Snack:  Apple
Dinner:  Grilled Red Snapper and Salad
Evening Snack:  Orange

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Day 11 - Saturday

Today's weight was 172.2 with a loss of 1.4 lbs. since yesterday and a total weight loss of 11.4 pounds after 10 full days on this program!!!

Today is Day 11 and all is still good...I have 29 more days to go in this round.  It was an easy day again today and I wasn't hungry again today.  There were a couple of times that I felt empty but not really hungry so I had my fruit this morning and again this evening.

I found out more information about the HCG and why you can only go 40 days or 34 pounds per round and why there must be at least a 6 week wait between round 1 and 2.  You can develop an immunity to the HCG if it is taken more than this length of time and the weight loss will stop.

I also found out when you finish the 40 days or 34 pound weight loss why you must maintain your ending weight during this period of time.  It is to allow your body time to recognize the new "set" weight for your brain to realize this is the new acceptable weight to maintain.  It might all sound weird to ones reading this but once you read Dr. Simeon's manuscript of his becomes very clear and makes sense.

Breakfast:  Tea
AM Snack:  Melba Toast
Lunch:  Cabbage and Beef
Afternoon Snack:  Apple
Dinner:  Hamburger Steak and Tomatoes
Evening Snack:  Orange

All in's been another great day.

Day 10 ~ Oh, It's A Good Day! - Friday

**I forgot to post this last night...this is for Friday, August, 21st**

DAY 10....I'VE LOST 10 POUNDS!!!!! In 9 full days on this program. I can't wait until Day 14 when I get to take measurements again and see the inches that have been lost! The protocol states that you will lose inches when you aren't losing many pounds. That is exciting too!

Today was the first day that I wasn't hungry and I didn't eat all my food.  It was an awesome day!

Breakfast:  Tea
AM Snack:  None
Lunch:  Cabbage and Beef
PM Snack:  Apple
Dinner:  Chicken and Spinach Salad

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day 9 - Thursday

Well, today has been pretty uneventful. I weighed in this morning and 1.2 lbs....technically, that means that I lost .2 lbs in 2 days because I was up 1 lb. yesterday and down 1.2 lbs. today.

Total weight loss in 8 full days is 9.2 lbs. YEAH!!!

Oh, well...trying not to get discouraged early on. The good thing is that Roger started on Monday and Tuesday with his gorge days and his 1st low calorie day was on Wednesday. He is doing really well. He dropped 5 lbs. from Wednesday to Thursday but he gain 4 lbs. on his gorge days.

I am preparing myself now that he will catch me and pass's a guy thing...they lose faster than women do. I'm still not going to like it but if he loses the weight and gets healthy...that's all that matters.

Ok...the acceptable foods to eat on this program as I promised:

Meats: 100 grams weighed raw per meal only!
Beef: Steak, Roast, Extra Lean Ground Beef (93% or better)
Fish: Orange Roughy, Tilapia, Flounder, Chilean Sea Bass, Red Snapper)
Crab (NOT imitation)
Crab Legs

Vegetables: These can be eaten ONLY with a MEAL...not as a snack
Asparagus - unlimited
Beet Greens - unlimited
Cabbage - unlimited
Celery Chard - unlimited
Cucumbers - unlimited
Fennel - up to 1 cup a day
Lettuce (any kind) - unlimited
Onion (red, yellow or white) - up to 1 cup a day
Radishes - unlimited
Spinach - unlimited
Tomatoes (Regular, Roma or Grape) - up to 1 cup a day

Fruits: 2 per per meal or they may be kept out for snacks
Grapefruits - 1/2 per day
Lemons - 1 per day
Strawberries - 1 handful...your hand only

Bread: 2 per day...PERIOD
Melba Toast - 2 slices per day only
Grissino Bread sticks - 2 sticks per day only

Maybe sweetened with Stevia or Sweet 'n Low only
You may have 1 tablespoon of milk is allowed per day

All spices are acceptable as long as they do not have any sugar or derivative of sugar.

Essentially, you are eating 2 meals a day. Those meals MUST include a protein and vegetable. You are allowed your bread stick or Melba toast (1 per meal) and your fruit (1 per meal) or the bread and fruit can be skipped and kept out for a snack.

Many people get caught up on the 500 calorie diet but the whole thing hangs on the HCG hormones drops. You can't diet and lose weight in a healthy manner if you try to just do a 500 calorie diet.

The HCG hormones caused your body to burn it's own stored fat for energy. This is where the weight loss comes in at the higher numbers. It also works to reset/fit your metabolism to keep the weight off after the program.

If you have any questions...please ask me. If I don't know the answer, then I will find out the answer for you.

Breakfast: Tea
Morning Snack: Orange
Lunch: Steak and Grilled Onions
Afternoon Snack: Melba Toast
Dinner: Tomatoes, Ground Beef...aka Pasta Free Spaghetti

So for's goodnight!

Day 8 ~ Not A Happy One! - Wednesday

As of yesterday morning (forgot to post yesterday-Wednesday) I had completed one full week of the HCG diet weight loss program.

Well, it didn't end on a good note! When I weighed...I was up 1 lb.!!! I was so frustrated because I knew that I hadn't cheated and was so disappointed. Add that I still didn't feel good on top of that and I wasn't a happy person most of the day yesterday. My ear is still stopped up and hurting and I'm back on my antibiotics/decongestants...did that have any affect on my weight loss?

I asked that very question when my support who called for my morning weight. Actually, they called me on Tuesday but I was tied up and had to call them back yesterday morning. So the weight that they asked for was from Tuesday not Wednesday. Thank goodness.

I told her about the weight gain and we discussed possibilities for the increase. We discussed the new medicine that I am on, lack of sleep and increase in the salt in my diet.

I am trying to make some changes in the sleep and decrease the salt intake and see how things go tomorrow (Thursday). As for the new medicine, she said it takes a couple of days for the HCG to recognize the new stuff in my system and accept it. Ok...I'm taking her word for it and not quitting the meds like I want to. However, I already have a hearing loss in my left ear, which is the ear that is giving me I can't lose the rest of the hearing for a few can I? If it isn't better by Friday then I'm going to the doctor.

I will share more about what I can and can't eat, as well as, the strictness of this plan on my Day 9 post.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a better tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day 7 - Tuesday

Today, I am beginning day 7...which means in case you didn't know...I just finished 6 full days on the HCG diet program.

As of this morning, I have lost 9.2 lbs and weigh 174.4 lbs. I am pleased and very excited with the progress that I've made.

It hasn't been easy but the scales are very rewarding every morning of the sacrifices of food that I made the day before.

This morning when I got up I knew immediately that I wouldn't make it until lunch time without anything to eat. But, I have managed to hold off until 10:40 AM before eating strawberries and drinking tea.

My ear is still stopped up and hurting so I am back on my decongestant and antibiotics. I was afraid to take the antibiotics because they make me sick at my stomach when I'm not trying to make it on 500 calories a day. But, thank you, far, they haven't bothered me.

My afternoon was uneventful and I ate dinner about 7 PM. Dinner consisted of a salad with special dressing and grilled chicken.

All in's been a good day :-)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Day 6 - Monday

Today has been a learning day for me. If you wait to long to get sick.

I ate dinner last night at 6 PM and didn't eat again until noon today. Can you say...way too long!
By the time I had lunch, I was lightheaded, headache and very hungry. After eating, I was still lightheaded, headache and very nauseated. It was so bad that I had to go lay down for the rest of my lunch hour.

What did I learn today? 18 hours is too long to go without eating.

I had a orange this afternoon for a snack but didn't get to eat dinner until 8:30 PM which consisted of grilled steak and onions. It was very good and filling.

Other than that, my day has been pretty uneventful.

I am down 8.4 lbs. and very excited about that. My moods have been good except when I had to go to the high school orientation that was so disorganized and the coach didn't let the football players out until 7 PM and it started at 6:30 PM. Needless to say, we didn't get home until 8:15 and I had to cook my dinner. So...I'm a little grumpy and heading to bed very soon.

Am I Convinced???

I told myself that when I reached the 10 lb. mark, in a reasonably short time, that I would be convinced that this program will work for me. Well, I am nearly that time quickly. I was at 7 lbs. yesterday and I am hoping for more this morning.

I haven't weighed in yet because I like to get up and start moving around and go "potty" as much as possible to rid my body of any extra fluids that are lingering from yesterday and last night as possible.

I have researched the homeopathic HCG protocol online and also joined an online support group for additional information. There are many places out there that you can buy these drops and some come with recipes and the additional information. However, what I paid extra for is the support of ladies that I can call anytime 6 days a week AND they call me twice a week during the 40 day weight loss period and once a week during my maintenance.

I wouldn't have made it through last Friday if it weren't for Stacey, my support person. That is what I am paying for.

The other thing that is helpful to me is that we are practically getting together our own little support group right here in Marion. There are several people that are a week ahead of me and I will be a week ahead of several more who are signing up today and some that will start next week.

When I talked to the couple that are a week ahead of me on Saturday, I finally felt like...I can do this. They supported everything that I was feeling and said because they just went through the same thing the week before. They were able to tell me what I will be going through this next 7 days also.

So, between our local participants and my support through the company that I chose to go through...I will without a doubt be successful and you can too!!!

Even though, I haven't hit the 10 lb. mark yet...I am convinced that this will work for me.

I haven't completed my 1st 7 days yet but I am so excited about the results thus far and what is to come.

If you are genuinely interested in starting this weight loss program with me...please email me and I will personally give you any and all details on what you need to do.

Don't take my word for it and see what other are saying about it. Let the numbers speak for themselves.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Day 5 - Sunday

Today has been a great day in the Lord and with my weight loss program. I weighed in this morning and had another 1.6 lb. loss. My current weight is 176.6 down from 183.6!

I chose to follow the same plan as I did on Saturday and that was skipping breakfast and only having tea to drink.

We went to the early service and Sunday School so by the time I got back home...I was starting to get hungry. On Thursday and Friday, I wouldn't have been able to sit in the same room with donuts and not go crazy but it didn't bother me today.

Roger grilled the rest of the T-Bone steak and a red onion for lunch! Oh, was delicious and very filling.

After lunch, we went to the movies and watched G.I. Joe. I sat beside Tyler and Roger while they ate movie theater popcorn and drank cokes...without any problem.

I snuck my tea in the movies and only had one drink throughout the entire movie.

We left there and went to the Whole Food Market to buy liquid Stevia drops and organic lettuce. I spend $2.50 for organic romaine lettuce and it still tastes bitter to me as that and iceberg has all season this year. I give up...looks like I will be sticking to spinach and red leaf lettuce for the duration of this program.

By the time that I got home after 5 PM...I was taking the headache and was sick at my stomach from not eating any fruit between meals.

We got home and Roger grilled Orange Roughy for dinner. I had that with my salad and I am very satisfied. Once I ate headache went away and I feel great again.

Since I'm not hungry...I am skipping my fruit all together today and going to bed very soon.

I am hoping and praying that tomorrow when I am home alone and back at work the food cravings and hunger battles won't begin again.

I am taking one day at a time and see where this journey leads me.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Shouting His Praises Today! Day 4

**From this point forward...I will refer to the day being the days on the low calorie diet and HCG hormones only...not including the gorge days.**

I am shouting praises to the King of Kings today!

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, determined and strong after 2 terrible days. When I went to bed last night/this morning...I was ready to quit the whole program. I wasn't discouraged by the weight lose but because I felt hungry and very deprived....throw in the emotions and I was a mess.

I am proud to say that I got up to another 2.2 lb. weight loss! That is 5.2 lbs in 3 days. PTL!!!!!

That fueled my already determined fire and I was off and running this morning. I chatted with a friend/former associate pastor who has been on the program and his wife is the friend who got me started. He saw from my Facebook that I was struggling and he was very encouraging.

He reminded me that I was too stubborn to quit anything and I would achieve what I set out to do because I wasn't a quitter. He told me that it was hard for him to do it the first week also and he confirmed what Stacey, weight loss support, had already told me that next week would be completely different.

He also suggested that I hold on to my fruit until the afternoons to help curb my appetite. I found out yesterday morning that I was fine only drinking tea for breakfast until I decided to "eat" breakfast at 11:15, at which time I had 1/2 of a grapefruit sprinkled with Stevia.

It seemed like immediately after stomach and craving woke up. Then the battle was on all day.

This morning...I skipped breakfast like the program recommends but it isn't mandatory and I have done fine all day.

For lunch, my friend had told me of a concoction that another participant made and I tried it. It was delicious and within the boundaries of the program. It filled me up and I just had an orange at 4:20 without any cravings all day.

My lunch meal was a small can of crushed tomatoes, one hamburger pattie (pre-measured and cooked by Roger), beef broth, chili powder, oregano, minced garlic and garlic salt. I crumbled the beef up and put it in the bowl with the tomatoes and added the other ingredients. Popped it in the microwave and wah lah....chili without beans or spaghetti without pasta. It was delicious! I was totally stuffed when I was finished with the bowl.

Tonight, Roger is grilling shrimp. Now, let me tell you a secret...I don't eat "naked" shrimp. goes back to my childhood when I used to watch my daddy buy 10 lbs. of fresh shrimp in Florida and clean it. He would cut the heads off and de-vein was nasty. I love fried shrimp but not "naked" shrimp.

Well, today...I'm gonna have to learn to eat "naked" shrimp and love it. I have to have variations of my meals to keep from getting bored. I am even going to cook asparagus...I don't eat that stuff either. Hopefully, I can figure out how to cook it and it will be good. I'm praying! LOL!

Today's Menu:
Breakfast: Tea
Lunch: My concoction of a chili without beans or spaghetti without pasta
Afternoon Snack: Orange
Dinner: 3 Jumbo grilled shrimp with a romaine lettuce salad and lemon dressing
Night Snack: ??? Might not eat one

I am still in a good mood tonight and it was a much better day. We went to Kroger to buy shrimp this afternoon and ran into another family of 3 from our church who is doing it as well. The man has lost 16 lbs. in 12 days and his daughter has lost 9 lbs. They all said that they get hungry but it does get better the second week. I am looking forward to that.

We are going to Memphis tomorrow to the movies and I am going by the health food market to pick up the flavored Stevia and see what else they might have to help me on my journey.

The only problem I see tomorrow popcorn at the movies!!! Ughhhhhhh!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Praise The Lord....It's Day 5 aka Day 3

I have survived since Monday but technically, I have only been surviving since Wednesday because they don't start counting until the first day of your low calorie diet starts. I have 38 days left in this round! Oh, my...that sounds like a long time.

The food desires are what's hard for me. Being that I work from home, don't get out much and go at my own pace...probably doesn't help much either, huh?

Yesterday was a very hard day for me. There were several times that I asked myself..."can you do this?" and said to myself "this is too hard, I'll never make it and yes, you will because you want to lose the weight and be happier and healthier!" I'm not sure that I convinced myself but we will see.

Today, is my day off and between cleaning house, working in the yard and taking Tyler school clothes shopping...I'm praying that the food cravings and desires will be minimal, at best.

I will update this blog all day as the day goes along and post it tonight...that is why you will see "thoughts" throughout the day.

9:55 AM...I got to sleep in this morning and it felt good. Roger got Ty up and off to football practice for me...what a blessing! Thanks, honey!

I could tell when I got up this morning that my hands were swollen and I was retaining fluid...too much salt yesterday...I know! How do you eat cabbage and lettuce without salt...uck. My weight loss will probably be less than if I had cut back yesterday...I haven't weighed yet. I will do better today with the salt.'s today's weight....drum roll, please! 180.4...that is 3.2 lbs. in 2 days. That is great! I'll take it.

I just had my "breakfast" at 11:15 AM and looking forward to lunch which will be a spinach leaf salad with lemon dressing and grilled chicken. After to Memphis to shop for school clothes. I will take an apple or Melba toast to Memphis with me so if I get hungry...I will have a snack. I will also pack my small cooler with my own ice tea. I don't need to be tempted on my first day out and about.

My weight loss support lady, Stacey call me to check on me. They will call twice a week during this round (40 days) to check my weight, listen and encourage. I told her about what I have been battling and she assured me that it was normal.

She said that the first week, my body is detoxing all the bad foods that I've been eating. Next week, my body will have a reserve of HCG built up and the food cravings will have diminished. I have to admit that I am nervous about being able to hang on until then. She assured me the benefits and sacrifice of my favorite food for just short of 10 weeks will be worth it when I am able to add them back and not gain weight. I have to stay focused on the end result.

I hate to sound like I am whining and that I am weak but this is a mind game with me right now.


Ok...getting out and going to the mall was harder than staying at home. Tyler had to have an Auntie Ann's pretzel and popcorn at Target. My mouth was watering and I wanted it so bad! I just wanted one kernel of popcorn to hold in my mouth and just let it desolve there. Oh, I can taste it now just thinking about it.

I drank my tea on the way to Memphis but had a bottle of water at the mall. Well, it didn't help!

I bought some garlic roasted Melba toast rounds at Target and couldn't wait to get in the car to eat 2 of them. They tasted sooooooo good! I just held them in my mouth, savoring the flavor. I had my tea going home from the tasted so much better than water.

Roger was at home grilling dinner for us. He grilled T-Bone steaks and I asked him if I could lick his plate and chew on the bone because 100 grams/3.5 oz. of raw meat...cooked just didn't seem like enough. I am having problems finding lettuce that taste good this summer. It is all bitter and taste nasty, which makes eating a lettuce only salad...well, a little difficult.

I am hoping that being it is Day 3 and day 5 without hormones...was the reason I was so emotional today. I came home from the mall and jsut cried. Everything in me is screaming...I can't do this.

Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit with Stevia and tea
Lunch: Spinach salad with grilled chicken and tea
Late Afternoon Snack: 2 Garlic Roasted Melba Toast Rounds
Dinner: Grilled T-Bone steak, lettuce salad with lemon dressing and tea
Late Night Snack: Will be an orange or apple

Lord Jesus, please help me get through the first 7 days. I can't waste money on something that I quit on, I don't have the willpower to do it on my own, I am tired of being overweight and I long to be a healthier size. Lord, I'm just being honest with myself and my readers...this is hard, right now but I am trusting that it will get easier and the benefits will be worth the sacrifice. Please help me to remain faithful when I am weak and wanting to cheat. I can't do this by myself and I need your help.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Day 4 - Saturday

I was thrilled to get up and weigh this was 181.8. I'll take anything that I can get!

Today, I decided to hold off on eating breakfast until around 10 AM since I got so hungry yesterday before lunch. I had a half a grapefruit with Stevia sprinkled on it with a glass of did the trick...satisfied.

Lunch is Italian cabbage, red and green cooked together last night with spices. I added a piece of ground beef that Roger doctored with Italian seasoning and cooked for me last night as well. I chopped up the beef and ate it all together. Actually, I was quite surprised at how good it was.

Cabbage is one of the vegetables that are unlimited as long as it is eaten within that meal. This helps me to save my bread and fruit for later in the day. I am really stuffed right now.

4:30 PM...This afternoon has been harder...I'm hungry or just want to eat something...not sure which right now. I am holding off, trying to stay busy until it is time to eat dinner. Everything I see...I want to cheat and eat it but I haven't and won't....God, help me to remain faithful to this program.

Finally, at 7:50 PM...I was able to eat dinner. I had to take boys to football practice at 2:30, work until 5 PM, go to Fred's, go wait for them to finish 6-6:30 PM, run them home, wait for them to jump in the shower, pick up 2 more and run them to a swimming party that started at 6 PM. No time to eat between all the running and I didn't want to eat early and be hungry before bedtime.

Tonight's dinner was salad with romaine and red leaf lettuce, homemade dressing, lemon juice, Mrs. Dash, my 1 piece of Melba toast and tuna. Thank goodness that lettuce is an unlimited veggie. It took awhile but I am now full and satisfied. I am saving my last fruit of the day until later tonight.

It seemed more like a struggle today than yesterday but I survived. Hopefully, the scales will reflect it in the morning.

On this program you weight every morning and hopefully, there will be a loss again tomorrow. Until then...goodnight!

Today: Mood - Better than yesterday with very little if any irritability, positive and encouraged by a nearly 2 lb. weight lost this morning,

Food: It was a battle today because I wanted to eat. I'm not sure if I was hungry or just wanted to eat. Everything I saw in the refrigerator and pantry ie. chips, white cheese dip, chicken salad, ham, macroni and cheese, cereal...well, you get the picture...don't you. I remained faithful.

Problem: I did eat a little more tuna than the 100 grams that I weighted out. It will probably show up on the scales in the morning and I felt so guilty right after I did it. I will do better tomorrow.

Lesson: Don't get so hungry that you think you have to eat more than is allowed to be satisfied.

Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit with Stevia and tea
Mid-morning Snack: None
Lunch: Italian cabbage and ground beef patty and tea
Afternoon Snack: 1 piece of Melba toast
Dinner: Salad...romaine and red leaf lettuce, special allowed dressing, lemon juice squeezed on top also, 1 piece of Melba toast and tea
Bedtime Snack: 1 handful of strawberries
Total Calorie Intake: 500 calories plus 3 "injections" of HCG

Day 3 - First Low Calorie Day

Wow, day 3 (yesterday) and the first low calorie day was difficult to say the least. On day 1, 2...I really wasn't hungry and didn't want to eat but I think, knowing that I couldn't eat...made me want to eat all my favorite foods.

Day 3:

I got up and weighed in at 183.6 and I'm 5'4", took my measurements and made my before pictures. When you see yourself in pictures and the numbers in black and white...I asked myself...why did you let yourself get this way? Well, I decided that I can't dwell on that but rather, I doing something about it now.

(No, I'd never were this shirt out in public but put it on because it was form fitting (uck) and I wanted to see all the "extras" that I am carrying. Normally, I'm in an oversized t-shirt.)

For breakfast, the plan calls for just tea or coffee but allows you to eat your bread or fruit. Lunch and dinner are the same choices...1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit and 1 bread. Keep in mind that if you eat a fruit for breakfast or comes off of your lunch or dinner is not extra. The total for the day = 2 proteins, 2 vegetables, 2 fruits and 2 breads...PERIOD! You can have all the tea and coffee you want as long as they are sweetened with Stevia or Sweet 'n Low. That's not a problem for me because I make 3 gallons of tea with Sweet 'n Low at a time for our family. They suggest you also drink water but I'm not a big water drinkers and I need my caffeine also.

My meals consisted yesterday - Day 3 were:

Breakfast: Apple and tea
Mid-morning Snack: None
Lunch: Grilled top sirloin steak (100 gr.) with seasoning, canned tomatoes and tea
Mid-afternoon Snack: 1 piece of Melba toast
Dinner: Grilled chicken with seasoning (100 gr.), several bowls of fresh spinach with homemade vinaigrette dressing, 1 piece of Melba toast and tea
Bedtime Snack: Orange
All with lots and lots of tea!!!
Total Calorie Intake: 500 calories and 3 "injections" of HCG

It doesn't sound like much because...well, it's not much but I noticed that I got full while eating my meals and didn't have the desire to "snack" all day without being hungry like I would have in a normal day for me.

I did have a headache and was irritable a good bit during the day but laid down and took a nap in the late afternoon (4:30-5:30 pm) before I had to pick Tyler up from football and get him to church.

I skipped our ladies group last night because I had another headache and I had to pre-cook my food for the week to make it easier for me to stay focused and do well on this program.

I love my husband...he cooked all my meat...beef and chicken for me until after 9:30 PM last night. For those of you who know Roger...he crashes and burns by 9 for him to stay in the kitchen and cook after that, before taking his shower...says...he loves me and wants me to succeed!

We cooked all the meats, sealed them with our Food Saver, washed all the spinach, cooked cabbage for the week, washed and cut celery, strawberries and lettuce. I made some homemade dressing for my salads and will make more tonight...different flavors.

The programs comes with a really good cookbook and the recipes sound....actually...yummy!

I finished the night off with an orange and a glass of tea...then, it was off to bed. Wait and see what tomorrow holds.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In The Beginning...

When I see myself in pictures...there are pictures that I don't feel like I look as big as I do in other pictures. Our family picture on the beach...I don't feel that I look as big as I do in the pictures at the bottom of this post. Go ahead and scroll down and look...I know you want to or already have. LOL!

I am actually on day #3 of this journey that I am praying helps to transform my life into a healthier, happier ME!

I am participating in the weight loss program like nothing that I've ever heard of before. It takes a completely different approach to obesity. Yes, I am admitting that I am obese. I want to lose 50 lbs. and with this program...I believe it is attainable. It consists of taking HCG (pregnancy hormone) drops 3 x a day and maintaining a 500 calorie diet. You can't do one without the other!

So, I will recap what has been happening on Day #1 & #2.

I choose to try this new weight loss program after seeing the remarkable results of a friend. I signed up and ordered the protocol on July 31st, knowing that I couldn't start it until August the 10th. I wanted to get home from vacation and we had another camping trip set up previously with another couple for this past weekend.

On day #1 & have to gorge...literally, gorge while taking HCG hormone drops 3 x a day. This is to replenish your fat storage so that when you go to a 500 calorie...yes, 500 calorie diet your body will burn it stored "bad" fat instead of the good structural fat. If you burn the good, structural fat...that is when you end up with saggy skin and a hollowed looking face.

Dr. Simeons did his research over 30 years ago on obesity and this is what he found that works with every body type...both male and female.

Round #1 = 40 days or 34 lbs. which ever comes first. Then you get off the program x a minimum of 6 weeks. The first 3 weeks, the HCG is still in your system and you can eat regular foods still eliminating sugars and starches. The next 3 can go back to eating whatever you want.

As for day 1,2...I was so sick of eating that I thought I would throw up. You have to gorge on the highest fatty food you can get down. I thought it would be fun but it was very hard.

On Tuesday, Day 2...I went shopping at Kroger and the Marion Marketplace to buy all my produce and meats for this week. I am not really good at picking out meats and I haven't ever bought some of the vegetables that the plan allows you to have...but, the hunt was on. I also went to Wal-Mart and bought new bathroom and it weighs you in increments rather than half and whole pounds and kitchen food scales that weighs your food in grams. Both of these items will be a huge help on this program...they are a must! You can't guess at your food and lose weight.

What I do like about this plan is that you can have steak, chicken, veal, certain kinds of white meat fish, crab legs, shrimp and lobster. The catch can only weigh 100 grams...RAW!

Now, I am on day #3 and this is when the real weight loss begins.

Dear Lord...I look huge in these pictures and compared to these other ladies. But, it doesn't matter what anyone else is about how I feel. When a person doesn't not feel good about affects nearly every other area of their lives.

I am thankful that God set my body up with aches and pains with the weight that I am because my feet, ankles, knees and hips hurt and I know it is from carrying this extra weight that my body is not designed to carry.

It's time to do something about it and I am!