R2 VLCD Day 12: -3 TOM

January 31, 2010

VLCD Day 12: Lunch (Sashimi over lettuce)

Today’s Weight: 165.4
Today’s change: -3
Total R2 weight lost: 13.7
Body fat / Daily change: 29/- 0
BMI / Daily change: 24.9/ -0

I’ve decided to reign in my rebel behavior for the remainder of TOM.  I don’t have a reliable grasp of results for anything experimental – I question everything during TOM.  So I’ll be a good little HCG girl and stick to Dr. Simeons P2 food until TOM is gone.  After that, it’s ON.

I bought some B6 – it acts as a natural diuretic.  I’ve been taking 200 MG three times a day.  It would appear that it has helped with the water retention since I dropped 3 pounds.  I feel better too.  I usually always have B6 around but have forgotten to buy some for MONTHS.  Never again will I be without it during TOM.

I’m excited about tonight, TRHM is taking me to Gruene Hall, which is a very famous dance hall in Gruene TX.  Live music, boot scootin’ boogie, and the warm embrace of the man I adore.  I can’t think of a better way to spend my evening.

My meals:  no mid-morning snack – I just didn’t think of it, which means my hunger levels are indeed better.  I still have sashimi on my mind – I went to Central Market this morning for produce and also picked up some sashimi.  The sushi guy asked me how many pieces and I was eying it, trying to figure out how much to get, and I wound up guessing 8 pieces.  I weighed it when I got home and it right at 97 grams, so it was a gosh darn good guess.  Sashimi for lunch over lettuce with wasabi and Braggs liquid aminos (instead of soy sauce).  And yes, that is a small bit of cucumber in the picture – can you believe it.  I can’t get away from them.  I could eat sashimi every. single. day.  I ♥ sashimi.  Mid-afternoon snack:  1 whole apple.  Dinner:  Grilled chicken over lettuce with sweet mustard dressing.


R2 VLCD Day 11: +.8 TOM

January 29, 2010

VLCD Day 11: Lunch (Jay Robb shake and the dreaded, evil cucumbers. Yes evil! Don't let that cute little face fool you!)

Today’s Weight: 168.4
Today’s change: +.8
Total R2 weight lost: 10.7
Body fat / Daily change: 29/ -.2
BMI / Daily change: 24.9/ +.2

Hating on TOM. Oh well.  My body fat went down though.  I’ll take it, but mostly because I HAVE TO *sigh*.

I also bought some macadamia nuts today – Gena suggested this as a way to jump start good weight loss again.  I counted out 8 little nuts, felt guilty, and put two back.  The six nuts I had (in the morning) were quite delicious.  I was anxious to see how I did with my weigh-in after adding these.  Having said that – this ingestion of the macadamias is not a good indicator of how I do on them due to my stupid TOM.

Also, some good news to share – before I left for work this morning I tried on a rockin’ leather jacket with a fur-lined hood that I have – I can now wear it for the first time in over 3 years!!!!  It’s actually a little loose.  I was so freaking excited, thinking WOW I can wear my size Larges again!!!  Woot!  Then, I look at the tag.  This jacket is a MEDIUM my friends!!  Un-cussin’-believable.  And it’s loose.  Yes, loose.  Sorry, I just had to say that three times.  I still don’t quite believe it.   That really made my day, and I needed something like that today because I am still just not feeling well from TOM.

The other thing I noticed this morning when I took my body fat and BMI reading – I’m no longer showing as “high” body fat/BMI.  I’m down to the “normal” category.  I started out in the “very high” category.   Not that this changes my goal but it was also a nice little perk this morning.  I’ve been waiting and waiting for that!  Oh and for what it’s worth, for anyone that knows me that keeps telling me I don’t need to lose more weight – my doctor said I can lose another 25-30 pounds if I want to.  I’m just sayin’.

My meals:  6 Macadamia nuts in the morning.  Mid-morning snack:  1/2 apple.  For lunch I had a Jay Robb shake and cucumbers.  I swear to God I thought all the cucumbers were gone.  When I looked in the fridge this morning for a quick veggie to take for lunch – there were more dreaded cucumbers.  I think they evilly multiplied while the fridge was shut.  I KNOW what happens when the light’s turned off, I wasn’t born yesterday 😉 Plus it’s the only explanation of how they multiplied.   I have f***ing cucumbers in my fridge!  Well – had.  I ate them.  No more f***ing for those cucumbers. 

My usual 1/2 apple for mid-afternoon snack.  Dinner was almost-chili AGAIN with my 100 grams of grilled chicken.  I’m tired of that too, but it was there and needed consuming.

Ahhhh Saturday, sweet sweet Saturday – come let me hold you close and embrace you.  I’m SO happy you’re here.

R2 VLCD Day 10: -1 TOM

January 29, 2010

VLCD Day 10: Lunch (Almost-chili with chicken)

Today’s Weight: 167.6
Today’s change: -1
Total R2 weight lost: 11.5
Body fat / Daily change: 29.2/ -.2
BMI / Daily change: 24.7/ -.0 

I was right (and you too Gena), time-of-month (TOM) is here.  At least that explains the gain yesterday.  I do pretty much feel like crap – HCG makes my TOM worse.  And, after days and days and days of days of NOT going to the bathroom – I’m losing water in a way that no one wants to, if you catch my drift.  This is normal for me during TOM.  *Blech*  I wonder if it’s my body’s way of compensating for the water gain…..hmmmm.  Enough of that.  Let’s move on. 

Every day when I come to my blog to enter a new post, I pause, and read the saying at the top of the page:  You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.  I purposely placed the quote there when I created my blog, so I could see it.  I love this quote.  It really captures what all of us are trying to do, whether we think of it consciously or not.  And it also reinforces what I think is a very important methodology for reaching our goals – visualization.  Before I started, and the whole time I’ve been doing HCG I’ve visualized my success.  I especially do this during times when I’m feeling tempted or weak, or when I’m having negative thoughts, like I do when TOM comes 😉

There has been more than one occasion when visualization has saved me from eating, say, a giant piece of cheesecake.  Or ice cream.  I think about sliding on those size 8 jeans that are waiting for me, and what I will feel like when I do.  And I know, with no doubt, I *will* be putting them on!  I imagine wearing a sassy little dress and seeing myself in the mirror and thinking  “Wow I look great”.   I imagine sliding my hands down my hips and feeling hip bones again (and they’re starting to emerge, so this visualization is coming into reality!  Sweet!).  Visualization has contributed a great deal to my success.  It helps keep me on track and focused on my goals.  Give it a try. 

Mid-morning snack:  1/2 apple.  Lunch:  almost-chili with my 100 grams grilled chicken added in.  Mid-morning snack:  1/2 apple.  Dinner was a work-related function, thank God at a sushi place (at my request, it was nice of everyone to accomodate me).  To be honest I would not have gone if it had been anywhere else.  I want absolute certainty that I can eat without worry if I’m not preparing my own food.  I had sashimi over lettuce and ample amounts of wasabi.  I tried to take it easy on the low-sodium soy sauce because I’m already retaining water.  Admittedly I had more sashimi than I should have – it was probably about 6-7 ounces of raw fish, so about twice my allotted protein.  I don’t feel I did all that bad considering I was in hands-reach of all kinds of decadent sushi rolls that I can’t even begin to describe now because I *really* don’t want to drool on my keyboard.  Or think that closely about them, for real. They looked so good, and I promised myself I would go back to this place later. 

TGIF, peeps!

R2 VLCD Day 9:+1.2

January 28, 2010

Today’s Weight: 168.6
Today’s change: +1.2
Total R2 weight lost: 10.5
Body fat / Daily change: 29.4/ -.0
BMI / Daily change: 24.7/ -.0

Take a deep breath, Christy.  You’ll have these days.  You had them in Round 1, and you’ll have them in Round 2.  It’s GOT to be water weight, I did not cheat at all.  In fact, I thought I was going to have a good weight loss day!  That’s what I get for thinking.  I did consciously say to one of my friends yesterday morning that I felt like I was retaining water – I was not going to the bathroom as frequently as I normally do.  It could be time-of-month, it’ll be upon me soon, and I thought I was starting to feel a little crampy today.

My hunger levels are better.  I think all I had to do was bitch about it vehemently and then it resolved itself.  I’ll definitely employ that technique again based on it’s effectiveness 🙂

Today I had a appointment with a new doctor, just a first visit kind of thing to establish the patient/physician relationship.  I knew I was going to be honest with her about:  quitting smoking, losing weight, how I lost weight.  What I wasn’t sure about was how she would react.  When she asked me the question that I KNEW she ask (how I lost the weight), I told her using HCG.  She said:  “Oh!  Good for you!  Are you doing the injections and the 500 calorie diet?”  You could have knocked me down with a feather.  My new doctor, by pure coincidence, actually SUPPORTS the HCG protocol.  This is complete and total validation for every decision I’ve made regarding HCG and everything I’ve done.   How lucky could one girl get, randomly getting a referral for doctor that not only knows about HCG but is supportive of it?  That makes me happy.  I’d like to shout from the rooftops:  I TOLD YOU SOOOOOO!!!  Hee hee.

I decided this morning to throw something in the crock pot again, I just love the convenience of doing this.  I put about 5-ish cups of NSA organic chicken broth in it, along with 1/3 head of chopped cabbage, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder (note, all my spices are organic).  I particularly love the chili powder that I bought just before this round started – it is a blend of ancho, cinnamon, cumin, and few other things I can’t remember off the top of my head.  It’s super yummy.  So when I got home I could smell the delicious aroma of my almost-chili all throughout the house.   Since it wasn’t yet perfect, and I wanted it have a major spicy kick, I added just a tad of my atomic New Mexico chili powder, and then threw some chopped cilantro in it.

Mid-morning snack:  1/2 apple.  Lunch:  Jay Robb protein shake, and THANK GOD the last of the dreaded cucumbers.  I only had them because I didn’t want to throw them away, and I had to literally force them down.  I don’t think I’ll be eating cucumbers anytime soon.  And interestingly, the two times I’ve had the protein shake I’ve stayed fuller, for longer than with a “real” HCG meal (and I use that term loosely don’tcha know).  Full to the point that I forgot to have the other 1/2 of my apple for an afternoon snack.  Dinner:  Almost-chili with tilapia.  I portioned out my almost-chili in a bowl and sliced my raw tilapia verrrry thin.  I added it to the chili and put it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.  The tilapia was so thin that’s all it took to cook it.  Yummy for my tummy!

My protein shake at lunch was much better today (thank you Gena!!  YOU ROCK!).  Gena had the same experience when she tried them, and suggested adding cinnamon and a packet of stevia.  I did, and also threw in a handful of ice and blended it in my Magic Bullet.  It was better than palatable  – it was almost good!

R2 VLCD Day 8: -.6

January 27, 2010

VLCD Day 8: Lunch (Grilled Chicken, Sweet Mustard Dressing, and Tomatoes)

Today’s Weight: 167.4
Today’s change: -.6
Total R2 weight lost: 11.7
Body fat / Daily change: 29.4/ -.0
BMI / Daily change: 24.7/ -.1

It’s on my About Christy page – but I wanted to talk about it here as well.  This round I’m taking Fertigyn.  R1 I took HUCOG.  Why, tell me WHY why why, did I think that changing something that was working for me was going to be a good thing?  My results are great, I’m not complaining about that, it’s just that I’m cussin’ hungry.  *Sigh*  Oh well.  I’ll forge ahead with the assumption that it’s going to get better.  Based on this first week, I would recommend HUCOG over Fertigyn.  The second thing I don’t like about Fertigyn is it comes in one of those snap-off ampule tubes.  HUCOG comes in a rubber-stoppered vial.  When I remixed on Sunday and opened the first Fertigyn ampule it shattered and there was glass in the vial.  I threw that one away and opened another.  I haven’t gotten the hang of opening the ampules, even though I have a ampule opener that’s specifically made for this task.  You would think it would be an easy no brainer, but NOOOOOOOO it has to be a pain in the ass.  And a dangerous pain in the ass at that!  If anyone is going to inflict a serious flesh wound on themselves with a glass ampule, it’s me.  I have numerous scars to prove how accident prone I truly am.  Really – what was I thinking?????

Breakfast:  black coffee.  Alot of black coffee.  Then alot of green tea.  Mid-morning snack:  1/2 apple.  Lunch:  Tomatoes, grilled chicken, sweet mustard dressing.  Mid-afternoon snack:  1/2 apple.  Dinner:  baked tilapia and steamed asparagus.

It’s hump day!!  I love hump day 🙂  That means it’s almost almost Friday.

R2 P2: Week 1, Summary and Measurements

January 26, 2010

Ok, week 1 is behind me. I was glad in R1 when week 1 was over, and this round is no different.  I’ve felt a little wobbly, mentally trying to get myself in the zone.  It’s like I’m doing this, no matter what, and the whole time my brain is going “FOR REAL???? AGAIN???”.  Regardless – 11.1 pounds down, which included around 4 pounds of load weight.  Not too shabby!  And this week I’ve lost 1 inch in my waist and 1 inch in my hips – all of my other measurements are the same.  Week 2?  Bring it.

  Today’s Measurement Total Change
Upper chest 38 -4
Bust 42 -3
Midriff 35 -3.5
Waist 32.5 -6.2
Hips 40 -6
Right Thigh 21.5 -4.2
Left Thigh 21.5 -3

*NOTE – The total change column is the total of inches lost since R1 D1

R2 VLCD Day 7: -1.2

January 26, 2010

Today’s Weight: 168
Today’s change: -1.2
Total R2 weight lost: 11.1
Body fat / Daily change: 29.4/ -.4
BMI / Daily change: 24.8/ -.2

So my losses have slowed a bit, that’s expected, and I am by no means obsessing or freaking out over it.  I do, however, think there is room for improvement and decided to try something new.  I’ve mention the HCG forum that I’m a member of before – I check this forum frequently just to see what’s going on the HCG world.  There’s a thread on replacing one protein a day with a Jay Robb protein shake.  I decided to give this a try.  I do think it’s important to use the Jay Robb protein shake ONLY, because it’s made with stevia.  The egg white vanilla protein powder has no fat and it’s low in carbs.  Today was a good day for this experiment because I had an appointment in the evening to go to.

And speaking of……my appointment was with a photographer.  I’ve been pondering and plotting and scheming what to do for TRHM’s up and coming birthday (late February).  I decided to have some pin-up style photos done for him – very tasteful and classy but smokin’ hot sexy pictures.  I found a photographer that specializes in this type of work and I had a consultation appointment .  One of my girlfriends went with me and we had fun!  The actual shoot will be Feb 12 – so by then I’m expecting my weight to be down quite a bit more.  Overall by then I should be around 50 pounds lighter than when I started this journey – is that not amazing?  I’m currently obsessed with what to wear (or not wear) and I got some good ideas from the consultation.  One thing I’m thinking, that is quite obvious for this Yellow Rose of Texas, is the whole southwestern, load-on-the-turquoise-jewelry and cowboy hat and boots theme…I’m excited, and yes, nervous.  Who wouldn’t be?  I have to say this will be great motivation for the next few weeks.  I’ve kind of felt like my head wasn’t in the game, even though I was doing what I needed to do.  Baby, watch me go now.

Mid-morning snack:  1/2 apple.  Lunch:  Grilled chicken, cucumbers, and sweet mustard dressing, even though I’m REALLY getting super tired of cucumbers.  I’m not sure why I even bought more this past Saturday, but I did.  So eat them I must.  Mid-afternoon snack:  1/2 apple.  Dinner:  1 1/3 scoops protein powder and 8 oz water.  I expected the protein shake to taste better than it did.  I thought it was kind of nasty to tell the truth.  But I drank it anyway.  Oh and about an hour before the protein shake I had some of my leftover sautéed cabbage. 

I thought the protein shake experiment was successful and I’ll be having them again, even if they are gross.  Next time I think I’ll have it at lunchtime and see if it makes any difference.

Time to carpe diem!  Cheers!