Monthly Archives: February 2014

Newbie Tips

I’m going to bullet-point these, as they flow out….

  • When you’re loading, being a complete pig. Eat everything fatty in sight. If you’re not constantly eating and being a ridiculous pig, you’re doing it wrong.
    I mean overkill.
    The more you eat and the more you gain on this phase, the more weight you will lose and the less hunger you will feel on the losing phase. believe me. It’s counter-intuitive, but it’s true. Go hard out.
  • Preparation is KEY. Get yourself the meat you want to eat during Phase 2, and a box of zip-lock bags. Bring it all home and divide it up into 100gram portions and put it all in the freezer. I did the whole 21 days at once.
    Defrosting a single portion of meat and making whatever you want with it is so easy, and you’ve got zero hassles with food prep. One less reason to stumble,and it’s a blessing if you’re doing a meal for other people in the house at the same time. Which reminds me:
  • Fill up on water before dinner if you’re still cooking for others and sitting at the table with them. Eat your meal with them, but don’t come to the table without a tummy of water. It helps.
  • Get some amazing seasonings. I bought myself an assortment of flavoured salts to season my meat. Lemon juice and ‘Garlic and Herb Salt’ from Masterfoods is amazing. I bought lots of herbs and spices, and made every meal a taste sensation. I actually missed it when I was on maintenance. But I’ve saved the seasonings for when I am back on protocol, so as to have something to look forward to.
  • Hold the drops in your mouth for as long as you can. For ages. A couple of minutes if you can.
  • Weigh yourself every day and fill in the chart. Trust me. Do it.
  • Drink a lot of water. You’re supposed to have two litres a day. This makes a big difference to whether you lose a lot.
  • Don’t exercise a lot. In fact, if you don’t normally exercise, don’t do it at all. Because you’re on such low calories, if you burn more through exercise, your body can go into fat-preservation mode as a starvation response, and we don’t want that do we?
  • Buy a really good stoneware (or equivalent) frying pan so you can dry fry meat. It is so delicious and even caramelises a little…..you don’t need oil and it works a treat. Makes it heaps easier.
  • Green tea takes away hunger. Also, for a power-hunger-and-sweet-craving-killer, put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in half a glass of water and skull. Works a treat. (Make sure it’s Braggs brand, with the ‘Mother’.)
    I drank my two litres of water in halves. One litre early in the morning before work, and then just coffee or green tea during the day…..then another litre at night after the working day was done. Otherwise I just lived in the loo all day 🙂
  • In the first couple of days of phase two you may feel headache-y. This is a detox and only lasts a day or maybe two if you’ve been used to eating lots of crap. Take panadol and keep going. You may also feel very tired in the first day or two- don’t worry, this goes away when your body starts giving you the energy you need directly from your fat stores. You may even feel better than you have in ages, with enough energy to do everything you need to do, and with a spring in your step.
  • Sleep the first few nights might be broken- that settles down too.
  • This diet is not hard physically. You have very little hunger. Where it is hard is in your mind and your emotions. We are so used to using food as a crutch or a coping mechanism, or even just to feel happy/celebrate, that when the usual foods are taken away we can have a real crisis. In my first round I needed hot baths, a massage, a lot of cuddles from my husband and a long tearful phone-call with a friend.
    Personally my revelation was how scared I was to lose weight. I never thought that was possible because of how long I had wanted to be thin- but the fear was there.
    For some people, it is the fear of failure. For others it is the recognition that food has become their secret friend. For everyone it is different, but in this diet the weight comes off so fast that you can be confronted with some deep issues. I’m giving you a heads-up so you know to tell the difference between head/heart-hunger, and body-hunger. And get a buddy that can listen to your paddy-throwing when you’re just feeling racked off about everything and throwing your toys out of the cot. Cos you will.
  • Just. Keep. Going.
    You can do anything for 21 days. When you see what has happened in those 21 days, you’ll be amazed and encouraged- guaranteed.

Maintenance and some Newbie tips :)

Hey there 🙂 Long time, no blog.

To be honest, the reason I haven’t blogged through maintenance is that it’s been a bit boring.

Staying within a pound of the last days weight from Phase two for the last three weeks was not exactly riveting blog material. But I’ve done it 🙂
I am only a little over what I was when I stopped phase two, and I should be able to correct that amount with one Steak Day. (nb newbies, a steak day is explained here: http://hcgdietinfo.com/hcgdietblogs/2010/08/steak-day-hcg-diet/)

Maintenance was a really tough for me. I responded way better to the strictness of the VLCD Phase than I thought I would, and I really enjoyed knowing EXACTLY what to eat, and exactly what NOT to eat. So when it came time for maintenance I felt very unsafe and unsure. I was all over the place with my eating, not really knowing what to do with myself, and terrified of putting the weight back on by accident. After three weeks of restriction, the freedom was too much for me! I went on an internet trawl and found this: http://www.hcgperfectportions.com/hcg-diet-sample-menu-for-phase-3-hcg-sample-menu/
It gave me a very good idea of how to structure my meals and what to eat, and I had so much variety that I was in heaven! I LOVE eating this way, I’m feeling so good!

One quick confession: a couple of days into Maintenance, I cheated. I bought a can of coke and a small bag of chips and a cookie, and I sat in my car like a thieving criminal down a dark alleyway, and I started to eat. Wow, low moment much?
About five chippies and three swigs of coke into my shameful binge, I started feeling sick. Like, really sick. I felt so bad that I couldn’t keep eating. The taste made me feel ill and was no longer enjoyable. The sugar made me nauseous and the chips were way too processed-tasting. The cookie was waxy, chemical-ly and super-sweet. Everything tasted so gross in fact, that I drove to the main street and dumped everything in a bin.
“THANK YOU GOD!!!!” I screamed from my heart! Finally junk food tastes gross! The sugary hit I used to get from Coke just made my taste-buds curl up and cry stop, you’re hurting me! It was a one-time-only foray into the way things were, and it was not good. I confirmed to myself that I never ever ever want to go back there. This diet has changed everything. In such a good way.
I am FREE!

So now I am staring down the face of another loading weekend this weekend, as I am ready to start the next round of drops. And knowing how much I don’t want any of the things on the loading list that I wrote while whinging and whining when I had cravings during my first round of drops, how on earth do I go about stuffing myself like a pig this time???
Well, thanks to HCGCHICA, I have discovered something called ‘clean loading’. I am busy making my menu for that, and will enjoy NOT feeling like crap and NOT re-instituting my sugar and carb addiction, and NOT filling my body with the chemicals that made it fat and sick, on my next load.
http://hcgchica.com/loading-low-carb-clean-hcg-diet/

Oh- one tip that saved my life on Maintenance- the best chocolate I have ever found- even better than Cadbury Dairy Milk- low calorie, sweetened by Stevia….. I had one a day at night-time with a cup of tea, and felt like a queen indulging herself. Check it out. No sweet cravings, no binging. Just looked forward to one of these each night, and ate the whole. damn. thing.
http://www.vitalitybrands.com/well-naturally
Thank you Jan, my wonderful fellow hcg-er, who has gone before me!

Here’s to my next round! I’m determined to crack the TEN KILO LOSS mark this time. And I have new clothes all ready picked out to celebrate. Because dang, gotta enjoy the fruit of the labour! And my clothes are already loose on me from last round- they’ll be useless after the next one 🙂

Ipad Blog fail, and final blog of round one :)

This is a video of the text of my blog. Confused? Last night I blogged a looong and wonderful post about my final week (and a bit) of round one- then my ipad froze and wouldn’t save what I wrote. I mean, at all, in any way.
I was going to lose everything, when my husband said “Why don’t you video it while it’s still on the screen, and upload the video instead?”
So, here it is. Pause at the place you can see each part of the blog before I scroll up in the video.
I believe it is worth it 🙂
P.S. YEE HAAAA!!! Round One overrrrrrrr…….watch the video to see how much I lost in total.