I am also doing hcg and my weight loss has been a little slow and i noticed on your last post that you don't use mascara, is there a reason? did you find it to be something that slows weight loss? Now that I read that I might try the rest of my time not using it.
btw i just found your blog and I love it, it is keeping me motivated thanks for that! I hope it keeps working for you!
I have read that mascara slows weight loss. So I don’t use it. I did post some information on a blog yesterday (or the day before I can’t remember) that gives some information on what I use. :)
Almost a pound… So it’s OKay would have liked to see at least a pound My body just LOVES the 200’s I swear. This time however I will not get frustrated at this and allow myself to go back up. I’m so close I can smell it. I have 5 days left on stage one and would have to lose almost a pound a day in order to reach ONEderland… :-/
On the brighter side, one of my tenants where I work came in yesterday and said I looked skinnier. (he saw me last month). Also, some contractors came in that did some work on our facility in January of 2010 and said I looked like I lost alot if weight. Two in ONE day!! It’s always nice to hear.
I’m pushing it… My first goal is in arms reach :D Let’s see if I can do it!
Small loss today, but at least I’m moving in the right direction. I’ve kinda stopped obsessing about getting out of the 200’s this week. Don’t get me wrong… I want it! But it’s looking less and less like it’s gonna happen for me in 6 days :-/. Oh well, I’ll get there SOON!
I haven’t seen any blogs from my two girls that where doing this along with me…. You still doing ok? I look forward to reading your blogs… Please post.
I’ve decided that I am going to continue to blog while off protocol and eating in stage 3 and 4. I feel it helps keep me focused and aware of my progress. It may not be everyday like now… But at least a couple times a week.
I went dancing last night… Told myself “no more alcohol for the remainder of the protocol stage 1” … And I’m happy to say I didn’t!!! Nope, not even a sip. Believe me, I had alcohol pushed in my face all night! (how come that doesn’t happen when I can drink!?! Lol)
One thing I notice that was different is that I lost my steam towards the end of the night, and that NEVER happens. With no alcohol (calories) and only 500 calories a day I burned more than I consumed in the 3 hours of dancing. For the first time ever at the club… I had to sit down. After about 20 or so minutes (and one hot lap-dance later) I regained my energy and went to dance for the last 20 minutes of the night (however not as energy packed as usual) I can see why when you are on HCG they discourage strenuous activity.
I’m super excited to take on this last week on the VLCD stage, and am elated I made it this far. Hopefully I can break the 200’s during this week. Only time will tell.
I’m thankful I broke 207… But secretly wish it was more. Yesterday was another apple day… Oh joy. Today marks my 3 week weigh in. I have averaged 5.4 pounds per week (0.77 pounds per day) Only 8 more days in stage one. I’m really looking forward to doing low carb (no sugar, no starches) for 3 weeks. It will be a welcome change, with FAR more food choices. I’m still REALLY looking to break the 200’s before this phase is over, and hope it happens… But I know I should be happy with where I’m at. Breaking 200 is something I’ve been trying to do for over 2 years now, and haven’t seemed to be able to break.
I had someone ask me to do a blog about what products I have been using. I think that something that has been hindering my recent weight loss has been that I started to use my foundation and lotion again. They are both oil free so I figured they would be fine (which they still might be, but I don’t want to take my chances and want to lose every pound I can. Yesterday I stopped using them. )
I currently use a powder foundation by Clinique, only lipstick (no gloss or moisturizing lipstick), Mac paint pot + eyeshadow (I use the PaintPot as eyeliner as well) , and powder blush. I DO NOT use mascara while taking HCG.
For personal products I use the same deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner as before (it is said you just have to wash the shampoo/conditioner immediately and do not let them sit). I changed my body soap to Dial bar soap. I HATE bar soap and is very drying, but liquid soap has fatty oils in them that seep in the skin. My Olay body wash is patiently waiting for me… :D
I think that’s the only things I have changed as far as products go.
Hopefully I will see consistent loss for the last 8 days… But only time will tell. :D
everyone is different and react differently to products. These are merely things that I have found that worked okay for me.
I’m SO freaken frustrated! I did PERFECTLY on Thanksgiving… And this is what I have to show for it? I literally want to cry. I brought all my food with me the entire day and avoided all the tasty desserts and all the rest. I throw my hands up… Don’t know what else I could have done. Not sure why I’m stalling… But I guess another apple day is in store? Blah.. Something better give….
This is frustrating. I drank ALL my water and ate perfect, GAH! Today is Thanksgiving at 5:17 pm. There has already been 2 meals (one I had to cook) but didn’t stray one bit. I really can’t wait for today to be over… All this food is VERY tempting. I swear if I don’t step on that scale and see a loss tomorrow, I might cry. COMMON SCALE… DROP!
Still down over 15 pounds in 19 days, so I can’t complain too much, but I really wanted to break the 200’s with this round. It’s gonna be close.
Well… It’s a small loss, but it’s a loss non-the-less. When I step on the scale and see the small losses I get disappointed, but I need to get out of my head that I will lose a pound a day, and realize what I’ve done so far is amazing. As a woman, my average weight-loss should be anywhere from .5 to 1 pound a day, and I’m averaging .8. I’m right on track!
I’m not gonna lie, I felt a bit hungry last night, and into today. I am upping my dosage slightly to see if it helps. It’s not unbearable, but its still hunger :-/ I don’t like that feeling.
The apple day was a success… Thank God because it was not fun. I’m a little over 5 pounds above my lowest weight. And just over 7 till I get to wonderland! I have my eyes on the prize, and REFUSE to hang around 200 again without breaking through… REFUSE!
Back to the regular VLCD eating today… It’s actually welcome after yesterdays eating… Ugh.
I want to address two of the girls that I follow here on Tumblr that are also doing HCG… I am unable to post notes on your page, so I will leave then here. One of you is eating whatever 500 calories you can come up with (as I can tell from your posts) and Is not losing consistent weight… That is why! In order for you to be successfully doing HCG you MUST follow the protocol eating plan. You can find that plan on the link I left below (previous post) under the option HCG Diet Phase 2 you should read all the information there… Don’t throw away your money! Commit 100%!!!
To the second girl: STOP CHEATING! just commit yourself to you (23-30) days fully! Remember you will be able to add more food choices soon enough. If you are gonna do it, do it right! You have a great tool to help you do it!
NOOOO!!! ugh… I hate the gains, even if they are tiny. So what I need to do is look at my diet yesterday and find any mistakes, or anything that could have contributed to the gain. 1. Cottage cheese - they say you can have it on the diet, but they also say that some people don’t have success with it. 2. Water - ok ok… I didn’t get my water in, BAD Amber. 3. Still on my period. … Almost done though THANK GAWD!
Today, as promised I am doing an “apple day”. Pretty much every 3 hours or so I will have an apple, and that’s ALL I will have except for small amounts of water only when I feel thirsty. (but the apples have enough water in then that I shouldn’t be). This is supposed to push me through my stall. We shall see…
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I feel like it is needed to say, please do your research. This diet is not for everyone and before you decide to commit.. look at information from BOTH sides (good and bad). Then, decide for yourself if it is something you want and CAN do. I am simply supplying the information on where I get mine from.
YAY… out of the Two-Teens! Haven’t been here in a while. It feels good, my pants are starting to fit comfortably again… ugh they were getting SO tight! I’m glad I made this decision to do HCG. I know there is a lot of skeptical people out there, and I know the had part is going to be keeping it off after the VLCD part is complete. As long as I follow the rules, I should be fine.
The rules aren’t too hard. For 3 days after stopping the drops, I stay on the VLCD eating plan. Then, the following 3 weeks I have NO sugar, and NO starch (similar to Atkins…I’ve been there done that…simple). Then, the next 3 weeks I can slowly add back healthy sugar and starches (ie., beans, whole wheat, starchy veggies and fruits). Finally, another round of the drops.
It seems overwhelming, but as long as I take it one step at a time until I hit goal, I feel like I can do it. Are you still out there? Are you still with me?
14 days to go…
**FYI: my highest weight before I began working on becoming healthier, in January 2008 was 262.2… that’s a overall weight loss of 53.4 pounds lost**
HALF WAY THERE!!!! I’m not gonna lie… Sticking to this low calorie diet it tough… So many temptations. I’m proud to say I’ve remained steadfast. (except for the alcohol twice… But I won’t make that mistake again). This diet is all about planning…without doing that, you will fail. Plan your meals, set alerts to take your drops (in my case), set alerts to weigh in, drink your water….etc.
So, yeah… Still down only 12, but at least I lost the gain from yesterday. If I step on the scale tomorrow and I’m not down… I’m doing an apple day. Today marks my 2 week weigh in… I averaged 6 pounds lost per week… I’ve NEVER done THAT well… Even on Atkins.
On an up-note… I drank all my water yesterday… Yep… All 8 8oz glasses * pats self on back * and am planning to do the same today. :)
Gah! My first gain! Boo no good. It wasn’t massive so time to regroup today and get it off. I did start my menstrual cycle today (sorry guys tmi) so I do know what the gain is from (that and probably lack of water again yesterday). Today however so far I am drinking tons more water. I also must commit for the remaining 16 days left on stage 2 not to have anymore alcohol. Non.. Zip..Zero.. Zilch. Nada (you get the point)
Tonight I’m going to Disneyland elecTRONica. I must eat before I go and NO ALCOHOL! … nope not even a sip. I thought I could get along with just having a couple of shots of gin since there is very little carbs or “other” stuff, because I did it last week and still had a loss… But could have been luck. Oh well… Thats not hard ;)
Another small loss :( BOO… I am about to start my period though, so that might have something to do with it. Also, last night I went out dancing and had a couple shots of Gin (not in the diet..) so that may be a contributing factor as well. My water intake has been crap. I am getting MAYBE 1-2 bottles of water in a day… that must change. I will try to make a conscious effort to get all 8 servings in today. Common Amber.. make this worth it!
If I don’t see a significant loss within a couple days, I may do an apple day to boost my weight loss… we’ll see, one day at a time. :)
A average of a pound a day… Not bad. Today was a little hard on getting dinner in because I went to the mall with my friend and my daughter. As you are probably aware, the food court has near NOTHING I can eat on plan. McDonalds, Hot Dog on a Stick, Chinese, Philly Cheese Steak… Gah! As my friend and daughter sat there and ate Chinese food I wandered off to a small fresh deli place. I asked them to make a grilled chicken salad without all the extras… Just the lettuce. I also asked him if he can add apples to it… And wala…plan approved dinner :D There was one problem… NO ONE had red wine vinegar! Luckily I remembered I had got a packet of some the other day when I got my daughter Subway and put it in my HCG kit I carry around with me. SUCCESS!
Well, 11 days in… Only 19 left to go. I’m approaching half way.
Side note: T.O.M is due to visit in 4 days… Curious on how and if my weight loss will continue through it.
Today we celebrated my moms birthday. I bought her a red velvet cake (my favorite) and vanilla ice cream. I won’t lie, it was HARD to keep from taking a nibble. My mind kept saying “common a little taste won’t hurt… I will be worth it, even if you don’t lose tomorrow… Etc” but… I stayed strong and didn’t even take a taste. I let one of my other senses be satisfied… My sense of smell. Boy oh boy did I.
I find myself admiring the variety of food others get to enjoy in front of me… But I am dedicated and won’t waiver. I’m one third of the way there… I still keep reminding myself “only 20 more days”
A side note: if you are having trouble losing weight on this diet make sure you look closely at what you are eating. Measure your meats to 100 grams. Only eat the veggies on the original protocol and DO NOT MIX VEGGIES! I found a couple recipes online that had 2-4 veggies per plate! This is NOT allowed if you want results. Some people I have read have cut out the Melba toast and started losing. Also… Do NOT use lotions! I have very dry skin and use Olay Face Cream with NO OIL…. and it doesn’t seem to interfere with my weight loss… But everyone is different. Also, don’t use liquid soap, I have bought Dial to use in the shower and continue to lose. Yeah, I hate bar soap too… But I’m willing to suffer for one month for what I want… Are you?
No gain from yesterday! YAY! Not much to say today… It’s a little tempting when people eat in front of me… It looks sooooo good. I keep reminding myself… Only 21 more days. It helps to remember this is not forever and in no time I will be able to add a lot more variety to my food. I cant wait.
Another good day. Eating out or away from home has proved challenging though. On Fridays I typically don’t go home from work, I forgot about making something to eat and was stuck wondering what the heck I was gonna eat.
Before my friends and I got the the club I stopped at KFC and ordered a grilled chicken breast. I took off the skin and dug in. They didn’t have any veggies that I was able to eat on protocol though. That was a bit of a bummer.
It was also hard having to watch all my friends drinking at the club, and mr unable to drink a thing. I did give in though and had two shots of Gin. I figured if it sets me back… Then I will take the consequences as they come.
I guess well have to wait to see what tomorrow holds.
Oops forgot to post yesterday… Sorry! So I’m hoping my weight loss keeps going steady. I haven’t stepped in the scale yet this morning. But a pound a day? I’ll take it!
I was talking to my friend yesterday and she is completely against this diet… I don’t know what to tell her to ease her mind except “just read about it” ugh… I know to the Un-educated eye (about the diet) it seems dangerous, crazy,…… illogical… But I don’t know how to just say “trust me… I’m not gonna DIE from doing this” LoL. Oh well, can’t please them all.
My boss is seriously considering following suit, she even called a clinic out here that offers the injections… They wanted OVER $1000 for all the lab, dr visit, HCG… Etc (AND they give you the injections to do it yourself at home!) what a crock! I told her to save her money and I know where she can buy the injections herself.
Food wise… Still no hunger. Haven’t strayed the least… Very proud of that. I was offered to “taste this” and “try that” yesterday ALOT… and wasn’t tempted in the least. All I can tell you on that is if you are gonna commit to this… Commit 100%! keep telling yourself… “it’s only 30 days… It’s only 30 days” what is 30 days to look AND feel better about ourself out of our entire lifetime!
4.4 in 4 days… Yeah… Not too shabby :))))) I just am hoping by the end of this first round I can break through the 200’s. But I’m still not gonna get my hopes up.
Today was another good day. My boss even mentioned why I was so happy. Haha… Not sure.
Right now it’s 10:46pm. I’m tired and am laying in bed ready to fall asleep, I remember two important things:
1. I forgot to write my blog for today. So I pull out my iPhone, bring up the Tumblr ap… And wright my thoughts and my day.
2. I completely forgot to eat my last fruit of the evening. I’m not hungry in the least… And do NOT want to get out of bed. I wonder if just skipping it will have any effect tomorrow. I mean… I only eat about 500 calories a day… Cutting out almost 100 of them??? Eh… I’ll just skip it and go to bed. NighNight all. See you tomorrow with yet another weigh in :)
really looking forward to your daily progress! i just started my day 2 of the drops and am very very skeptical but also excited. my starting weight was 202 but after my 2 load days it was 205.5. I really hope it helps the process, cause if not, that's 3 more pounds i have to lose. =[ But I hope i can stick to the 500 calories/day.
GOOD LUCK! make sure you stick to the specific food that you are supposed to eat. Also, be careful of the products you are using on your skin… (I’m sure you’ve read into it :) it’s starting day 5, and I stopped having hunger yesterday! I think the next 25 days is going to be easier then I thought! You should do a blog… I would LOVE to follow :))
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed with the small weight .2 loss today… But I’ll take it anyways. I look at my diet yesterday and I think I had too much salt. Also, I had 93% lean ground beef for the second time in 4 days… I’m really supposed to limit ground beef.
My stomach feels a bit flatter… That’s always a good thing. Another great thing is that today is the first day since on VLCD that I had no hunger! YAY! that brings much relief and comfort. As a matter of fact, if I didn’t consciously eat because I know I have to, I probably wouldn’t have at all. I thought nothing of food today.
I went ahead and bought some b-12 supplement drops because I read that they help with energy and enhances the metabolic rate, it’s good to take in general, but especially if you are on any type of diet.
Well… That’s all folks (for today anyways) talk to you tomorrow.
Today I stuck to plan completely again. It’s not that hard, even though I still feel a bit of hunger in the morning when I wake and right until I eat lunch. After lunch, there isn’t much more. I heard this will subside soon, and that I will welcome.
I am happy with my weight loss thus far, but want to start SEEING results. I know, I have to be patient, it’s only been 3 days :-/
I was recently sent a recipe eBook from an online friend that has done this before. This will help me with variety so I don’t get bored with my food choices, I will take a look at that tomorrow. (thank you)
Woke up this morning happy to see a bit of a loss. After dinner last night I was satisfied and didn’t feel anymore hunger for the remainder of the night. Also, this morning I didn’t feel hungry at all. I did have my apple for my breakfast instead of waiting to have it for lunch, I think that holds me off from being too famished by the time lunch comes around.
6:00 pm - feeling a tad hungry right now and have to still wait another hour and a half before I can eat again because I take my HCG at about 7:30 or so. Then I wait 15-30 minutes before I eat. The hunger isn’t unbearable but my body and brain is used to eating what, when, and however much I want to eat. It’s ok… I can do anything for a month :) I also can feel a bit of a headache coming on, but that is nothing unusual since I actually frequently have them. Sometimes because of caffeine withdrawal which I may be having. I am used to having 2… Maybe 3 20oz diet sodas a day… I haven’t had one for 3 days.
Well, 2 days down of the VLCD… 28 to go. Can’t wait to see what the scale tells me tomorrow :)
Also, my body is in Ketosis (see the below video). This means my body is burning fat and producing ketones. I had some ketone strips from when I did Atkins… It was a familiar feeling of excitement. :)
Thank God it isn’t as bad as it could have been. I’ve read about people gaining up to 10 pounds on the gorge part of this diet. Let’s just hope I ate enough these past two days however. Now that THAT is behind me, I can start to focus on losing.
10:56 pm: today went well. The morning was easy. I didn’t even start to get hungry until the late afternoon. I did have a problem finding Melba Toast though. I went to like 5 different stores, finally finding them and bought 4 boxes of them. Tonight I went to a friends house to watch a movie and even brought my food that I was able to finish cooking there.
Before I ate dinner I have to admit I started to feel a little hungry, but it wasn’t that unbearable hunger… Just enough that I new it was time to eat. I heard the 1st week is the hardest and that day 5 (on VLCD) is the peek and it gets better from there. We shall see, I’ll keep you posted.
The gain was to be expected since I ate SO much food yesterday. I honestly can’t wait to have restrictions. I work best that way. Today I have to eat a lot again… And I have to say “I’m over it.”
I have to start planning for tomorrow and the next 30 days. I have some stuff like the chicken and apples… But there is still more stuff I need. Looks like I’ll be going to the grocery store today or early am tomorrow.
I got an email on YT today… From a long time viewer telling me that her and her husband have tried HCG an thus far has had great success and that I should try it! Haha… Great timing huh? I will probably send her the link to this blog so she can follow my progress.
2:20 pm: just ate lunch and I feel like a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving… Blarge
(ugh… my thigh is almost the same width as my waist.. so I either have really big thighs or a really small waist.. or both :-/ )
Today I woke up excited… Ready to start the first day of the new regimen. First thing I did (after restroom of course) was weigh in. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the scale since eating so poorly these past couple weeks. From my lowest (during the past 2 years) I have gained back almost 20. Not great… But not as terrible as I expected.
Today was a gorge day. I had to eat to capacity. This is actually harder then I expected and am sick of eating today already (but I have dinner still left to go) Tomorrow is the same thing… and will welcome my VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet).
I have had someone ask me if I was injecting… No… I am not. I am using the drops. They sit under your tongue for 2 minutes then swallow. If these work well, I will stick to them… if they don’t give me the desired results, I may try the injections.. we shall see. I got my drops from http://www.diyhcg.com they seemed like a reliable company and read many good things about them, along with good testimonies (they were also a little cheaper then some of the other companies I came across.)
Anyhow, I need to get ready to take my drops then eat… ugh.. no. more. food! :P
Well.. this is it. I finally got my HCG in the mail today and I will begin with Day 1 tomorrow (that is a “gorge day”) Really kinda worried about that… I don’t really need to gain anymore weight… ugh. But it’s supposed to be for the good of my weight loss, so I will just trust the experts. Tomorrow I will begin my day with a weigh in, and body measurements. Kinda scared… I haven’t weighed myself in weeks! I know the first two days I may gain a couple pounds, and I am not looking forward to facing the scale.. hopefully the numbers will only go down from there.
I am SO excited to start this. It is not something that I have entered into lightly, much research has been done to come to the final conclusion that it’s what I wanted to do. It’s NOT easy… I know this, but am taking it one day, one week, and one month at a time. I know about the controversy surrounding it.. like I said… I spent over a week researching all points of view, I’ve talked to people who have done it (well, one anyways), read testimonies, watched YT videos… etc.
Thank you to who I have sent you the link to this page for supporting me. I know that not all of you (my friends) are sold on this, some are worried I am not making the right decision, or that I may cause health problems… but I thank you for supporting me anyways.
Remember, I am not ready to release this to the YT community or to Twitter or Facebook… so please… I am trusting you with my secret ;) <3