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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.

A Kick Up The You-Know-What

This is amazing. Robin has an HCG clinic which helps people in their hcg journey.
This video is a sneak-peek into a half-hour consultation which she does with every client before they start the protocol under her mentorship.
Although Robin (weightlossApocalypse on youtube) is very harsh at times in her manner, she speaks a lot of truth. And it’s truth I needed to hear.

This protocol is not for pussies. It is hard work, and you need to be prepared to do it. Even more than that, you need to understand some key things about the world around you (you will always be surrounded by gluttons) and decide now how you’re going to cope with that.

The mental back-side-kicking and then putting-back-together Robin does here is very constructive. And she knows what she’s talking about. She literally wrote the book about HCG dieting- totally updating, critiquing and explaining Dr Simeons initial studies. It’s called Weightloss Apocalypse.
A lot more information and scientific understanding of the HCG protocol has come out since he wrote his book. Even when he wrote it, Dr Simeon admitted that he didn’t know how or why certain things happened the way they did on his programme. That book explains those things and even strengthens the validity of his work, and the success of his protocol.

P.S. Another kilo down 🙂

My Motivating Inspiration

This video is of a girl I follow on youtube, username hcgblondeambition. She has a vlog.
She started out the same weight as me, so watching her lose weight, and knowing she pushed through all of her insecurities and fears to do it, inspires me greatly.
She did a great vlog about commitment, which really helped me to focus and get over myself 🙂

Powering Down….

It seems my blog will be updated every couple of days, instead of every day. That suits me better anyway, as I don’t really have a huge amount to say, and you’d get bored anyway 🙂

So be it.

Im starting to do two things: 1) see a difference in myself, and 2) feel like the honeymoon is over.

1) I’m feeling fantastic, and can see a definite change in my face and arms. That feels good, and is very motivating. I’m dressing better and even painting my nails! That’s funny for me, as I’m usually not all that interested in girly things. But it’s a good indicator that I’m feeling better about myself. When I start wearing make up everyday, that’s when you’ll know I’m totally kicking arse 🙂

2) But yes, the hard stuff has started to become a little more prevalent than I’d like. I’m getting a little obsessive about food, and fantasizing about pigging out. I’m still trying to be super-mum and baking for the kids, which is utter torture. But I don’t want them to miss out, so I am keeping the old routine. The honeymoon is definitely over though, because now I’ve started counting the days until phase 3, so I can eat more- and more variety. So I’m not as in love with you anymore hcg, but you can still keep powering my weight down if you wanna stick around.

 

Over the last two days I’ve lost another 900grams, and when you’re hooning down through the numbers like that, you are just not allowed to whinge. So today’s blog stops here 🙂

And we’re off!

As I had suspected, the stall was very temporary.

The next day I had a 400gm loss, and today another 600gms. So, a kilo in two days.

Im cool with that. 🙂

 

I’m loving the lack of hunger on this diet, and I’m drinking like a fish. I’ve discovered Alpine Tea (phew!), I’m satisfied with the food I’m eating, and I’m over the moon at the losses.

 

I’ve collected quite a collection of herbs and flavoured salts so far, and I actually look forward to all of my meals because they taste so great! It’s a wonderful thing to love your food.

 

However, my dream life betrays me. Last night I dreamt that I pigged out on brown sugar on toast (go figure) and felt so upset with myself that when I woke up and realized that I hadn’t crashed my diet I was quite relieved. Great impetus to continue onwards. I understand that if come off this before 18 days are up, that my hypothalamus won’t reset, and I do not want this whole protocol to be pointless. I want to lose those fat cells forever, and right now they are getting munched away. Forever. (goodbye you little buggers)

 

 

A stall already?

Yesterday I lost 800grams, and was super-stoked. Almost a kilo! Overnight! Unbelievably amazing weightloss speed. At this rate, I thought, I’ll be fitting my old sexy jeans in a few months! (let’s not mention that my old sexy jeans last fitted me sixteen years ago.)
Oops. 😉

I’m sticking to the protocols like glue (except for maybe a miniscule amount of vegetable oil that my garlic salt says it has in it. But I’ve been using that since the beginning, and I’ve had great losses each day) so it came as a real shock today to find no weight change.
I weighed in at EXACTLY what I weighed yesterday. I have my period today, so I’m guessing that must be it. My friend says I’ll probably find a good loss tomorrow, but I’m really not expecting much for the next week during this time. Keeping expectations low here. 🙂
If I stick to the protocol, then by the end of my period I should see a big drop that will get me to where I would have been anyway.
Flippin’ bloating 😦

I’ve forgotten to take my drops twice before meals today alone, and had to take them fifteen minutes afterwards. Must remember this! I get so busy looking after the kids that it’s hard to judge when 15 minutes before my lunch might be. One hundred and one interruptions can happen between making PB&J’s and actually starting on my own food.
So I’ve misjudged and even forgotten because of it. But i havent missed any yet, and i know I’ll get better.

Hopes are still high, and right now I weigh less than I did before I went away for Christmas. And that is very cool.

Just. Keep. Going.

Two Days Of Awesome :)

The last two days have run into each other through sheer busyness, so here’s a double-banger.

Yesterday when I woke up I hopped on the scales and………..2.6 kilos down! Amazing!
I knew I had lost weight because I could feel a tiny but noticeable lack in the lumpiness on my saddlebags. (shudder)
I thought maybe I was just very enthusiastically looking for differences somewhere (ANYWHERE!!!!) and had prepared myself for another day of no weight-change. So, what a great surprise.
Yesterday I also discovered chow-mein, using mince and cabbage done in a dry stone frying pan. Fry off some garlic, onion and mince until a little bit caramelised, then scrape that yummy goodness off the bottom of the pan and chuck in a cup of water, bit of salt and two cups of cabbage. Cook it off til no water remains… totally delicious. I actually ate that twice yesterday, once with chicken instead of mince.

 This morning I weighed in to find another 400 gram loss- did a happy dance, and started packing. Today was a day in the big city. We live way out in the country, so prep for going into ‘town’ is quite a feat. Four kids and all their various car entertainment needs, water, and my lunch ready-made in a box to take. Drops in my purse. Bullet-proof.
What I packed in my lunchbox was simply delicious, and I had it for dinner too. Dry-fried chicken (golden and crunchy) tossed through baby spinach leaves with a dressing of lemon juice and garlic & herb salt. Best meal I’ve had yet.

I survived McDonalds with the kids, chocolate on special at the Warehouse, then fish and chips for tea. Yes, I know. But it’s the school holidays and it was an adventure day. Get off my case.
Well done me.

I’ve developed a coping strategy of keeping a list in the kitchen on which I write down all the foods I am tempted with, ready to indulge myself on the next loading days. This helps me to not feel deprived- I am just going to have ‘it’ later, that’s all 🙂
So far, after three days of phase 2, it looks like I’ll be buying half the supermarket confectionery aisle, most of the menu at McDonalds, and a good helping of old-fashioned baking treats at my next loading phase. (Brandy Snaps……ooooooooh)
Well, that should help with the fat reserves!

Having said all of that, I’ve realised that I absolutely LOVE eating the way I am on this protocol. It is so clean, and I feel great. Something I didn’t know and should have realised years ago is that I am severely allergic/intolerant to wheat/gluten. How that manifests itself is with intense lethargy and borderline depression. When I came off wheat a few months back, it was like waking up to how everyone else must feel all the time- and it was revelational. I went back to eating all the usual crapola over Christmas and boy did I pay for it. Weight-gain (normal for Christmas eating for anybody), extreme fatigue, fog-like brain and depression. This combination led to me being in bed for two days when we got home from our holiday. Wheat: I know you now. And I’m not letting you wreck my life anymore. Christmas was just confirmation that we should definitely get a divorce.

The perfect bum

The perfect bum

I’m aiming for this look right here.

So here’s my motivation pic. I will be visiting this page often 🙂

Day 2, Phase Two.
Today I weighed in and had no loss- but that probably has everything to do with me changing scales- I upgraded to digital. So, a loss in translation between the two different sorts. Nevermind- I’m pretty happy with how that didn’t rock me, and I’m just going to keep going anyway even if there are small speedbumps like this one. I’m pretty used to clean-eating by now, after six months gluten-free and low-carb. So carrying on with this is going to just be an easy continuation of what I’ve already been doing- but with the added bonus of perhaps losing some weight 🙂
Low expectations = delight in even the smallest advances.

Today about morning tea time I experienced the lifting of all hunger, and even a surge of energy. I’ve found myself not wanting to sit down- rather I’ve been shifting furniture to create a different environment for myself. Funny 🙂 Found myself thinking that it won’t be so hard to do this for 21 days if the hunger is at this level. I’ve read about people finding hunger disappearing whilst on the drops. Looks like that’s also true of me. Win. 🙂

Food today was egg omelet with tomatoes and onions cut through it. Pretty yum. Thank goodness for stoneware frying pans! I’ve enjoyed a handful of strawberries for afternoon tea, and I look forward to another lot tonight as supper. Dinner will be zero-fat mince and lots of lettuce.

Hopefully tomorrow will show a loss.