Saturday, October 30, 2010

R2P3D17 (-1.2lbs LIW)

Wahoo!  Just a very quick (and rare on Saturday) post to let you know it worked!  Yipeee!

Happy Halloween!  See you Monday!


Friday, October 29, 2010

R2P3D16 (+3.0 LIW)

Arrrgh!  It is a steak day for me.  Got to get control of this.

Thanks for all your advice ladies.

HH, found that on a site called  I didn't realize that it was NOT your site.

For good advice go to HH's site:

I reread my P and I.  I will stop worrying that I have messed up my hypothalamus reset and just focus on this steak day.  It will be fine.  I will be stopping by the market after work to pick up some grass-fed beef.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, October 28, 2010

R2P3D15 (+2.2 LIW)

Oh no!  Up above the safety zone again.  So, I have never done a steak day.  I looked it up and found this on HCG Coach:

It is absolutely imperative that the Steak Day be done IMMEDIATELY the day the 2 lb limit is breached. If this is not done, it is counterproductive to do a Steak Day the next day, or to do 2 in a row, as this will skew the hypothalamus' function again so that it will slow metabolism and increase cravings. The reason Steak Day works is that more calories were eaten the day prior and the body can have the reduced calories and respond correctly the very next day. But when a Steak Day follows a day that did not include additional calories, it will not respond correctly.

So, according to this, I have messed up.  I should have done this a couple of days ago when I first popped up to more than 2 lbs over LIW.  And now I am over again and still didn't do it right.  I really need to get to the store and stock up on steaks. 

So, what do you think?  Should I use the weight I am tomorrow as my new LIW/LDW as this suggests:
When the Steak Day is missed for the correct day, the correct procedure is to take one's weight on the following day as the new LDW (Last Dose Weight), and then proceed from there to do the Steak Day correction if the weight exceeds 2 lbs above this new LDW.

Or should I follow this:
"If the Steak Day is missed for the correct day or postponed to the next day, dieters need to follow several days of strict dieting in order to correct the situation."  Then do I use my original LIW? 

Help!!  I want to normalize and keep my weight off until I do another round in January.

What do you recommend that I do?  What do you do?

Thanks for the help, enjoy the day,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

R2P3D15 (+1.8lbs LIW)

Back in the safety zone!  Steak day averted for now.  Whew!

I just ate nice and clean yesterday and had no almonds.  I only had one fruit and that was in my green smoothie in the morning.  I am hoping to get a little more off so I have some wiggle room.  More clean and almond free for me today, but I will have this pear that is perfectly ripe and staring at me.

Okay, a couple recipes.  I like to enjoy these things together.  The crackers are made with almond flour so I have had to set these aside.  I will work on an alternative nut flour or coconut flour recipe.  I think I can do almonds, but I will have to keep it to one serving a day.  Darn it.  I will wait to test that theory until the GI issues and the weight is back down to more comfortable levels.

Almond Flour Saltines
 2 C blanched almond flour (this doesn't work as well if not blanched, but still good)
1/2 tsp salt (I like fine grind sea salt myself)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbs oil of choice (I use grape seed a lot, but could do olive, coconut or even butter)
large grain salt to sprinkle on top (again, sea salt, but course grind this time)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.  This breaks up any lumps in your almond flour and mixes the 2 ingredients well.  Add egg and oil and blend until combined.  Your dough will easily form a ball at this point.  Place dough ball on silpat mat or a parchment paper (I have used plastic wrap or waxed paper in a pinch, but don't bake with these!).  Using a sheet of parchment (or whatever) to cover the dough ball and roll it out nice and thin.  Go for as thin as you can but still be able to fit on a cookie sheet.  I fine I have to do a little dough remodeling if I go off the edges.  That's okay, this is a very forgiving dough.  I like to score the dough with a knife or pizza cutter before I bake; makes it super easy to break the crackers apart after they are done baking.  Sprinkle the coarse salt over the top of the crackers just before you put them in the oven.  Bake for about 15 min.  Check them to be certain they are lightly browned.  You want them crunchy, but not burnt.  The longer you can bake them without burning them, the crunchier they will be.  Allow the crackers to cool and then break them apart.  Store in a tightly sealed container to keep them from getting stale. 

These are easily adaptable.  You can add herbs and spices to the mix and on top.  Experiment and enjoy. 

Or have them with this awesome dip I adapted from Joyful Abode.

A-Freaking-Mazing Artichoke Dip
8 oz cream cheese, softened (either at room temp or in the microwave)
1/3 C sour cream
1/4 C mayonnaise
1 C chopped spinach (fresh or 3/4 C frozen, thawed and drained is fine)
2 small cans or jars of artichoke hearts, chopped (you want the plain old, non-marinated kind)
1/2 tsp garlic salt (or more depending upon your taste)
1/2-1 tsp chili powder (or if you want it spicy hot, add 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne)
1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese (cheddar is good too), plus more to sprinkle on top

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish, sprinkle some cheese on top.  Broil until cheese is brown and dip is bubbly on the sides.  Try to control yourself.  This is good.

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

R2P3D14 (+3.0 LIW)

Grrrr!  Not sure what happened this weekend, but I went from almost 2 lbs under LIW on Friday to 3 lbs over LIW today.  I should do a steak day today, but I am not prepared.  I will do a lot of clean eating and drink a lot of fluids and see if that takes care of it.  If not, a steak day is in my future.

There may be a couple of things contributing to this gain.  At the end of last week I started weaning myself off of the synthetic thyroid that I use to supplement my regular NatureThroid prescription when I am doing Phase 2.   I am not feeling my usual cold hands/feet symptoms of low thryoid, but have noticed more hair in the drain and then there is this gain....

I am also thinking that I have developed an intolerance to almonds.  My tummy and intestines have not been happy lately.  Not good for a gluten free, low-carb girl.  I use almonds or almond flour in so many things.  I had a rough gut transition from P2 to P3 and wondered if it was the almonds.  I went for 3 days without an almond product and felt better.  But then I read about others having a hard time with the P2 to P3 transition and thought I had wrongly accused the poor nut.  But now I am having lots of GI issues and can't help but blame that little nut.  That could be causing some inflammation, but probably not 3 lbs worth. Sigh.

So, how about a recipe?  This one may not be new for most of you, but I am going to post it.   Since I am staying off of almonds, this is a life saver for me.  It is the glorious and time proven Oopsie Roll!  I love these things in the morning with a sausage on top.  Delish!  They also work well as a bread or roll substitute (you want to make sure you set them out to dry out though).  So, without further ado...

Oopsie Rolls
3 large eggs, separated
pinch of cream of tartar
3 oz cream cheese or cottage cheese

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Using a mixer (I use my Kitchenaid stand mixer), whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.  Carefully transfer the now fluffy whites to a large bowl.  In the dirty mixer bowl combine the yolks and your cheese product of choice.  I use cream cheese.  Some people say it should be firm, but I have used it firm and softened and things turned out virtually the same. 
Add the yolk mixture to the fluffy whites.  Using a spatula, gently fold the yolk mixture into the whites until there are no streaks.  Careful here, don't deflate your whites too much, hence the folding.
Spray a cookie sheet or line with a silpat mat or parchment paper (I think either liner works best).  Spoon the mixture onto the cookie sheet, forming 6 mounds.  Slightly flatten each mound; not too much though, the oven evens things out pretty well.  Bake for 25 minutes, until just slightly browned on top.  Maybe golden is a better description.  Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a bakers rack to cool further.  I will usually leave mine on the rack to cool/dry for a few hours.  Some people leave them out overnight.
Storing:  I usually store mine in either a large zip bag with parchment between each roll or in a large tupperware-style container (again, use the parchment between each roll) in the refrigerator.  They can also be frozen.  I do recommend that before you use them you get them out and allow them to warm up/defrost and dry out a little.  Otherwise, they can be sticky.  I find that if I pop them in my toaster on the lightest setting and stay close, this heat them up and dries the outside quickly and I can use them right away. 
Options:  while plain works for most things, you may want to alter these, depending upon their intended use.  Add a little herbs and spices to the yolk mixture for savory rolls.  Dry mustard and dill are great additions, but pepper (use white if you don't want little flecks, but I don't really care and use black) and onion powder is also a good choice.  If you want to use these for sweet treats (as mini tart bases....) add a small amount of stevia or other P3 sweetener to the yolk mixture.

If you make these please share how you use them and how you alter them.  They have so many uses it would be nice to share your brilliant ideas with everyone else.

Enjoy the day,

Friday, October 22, 2010

R2P3D10 (-1.6 LIW)

WAAAHHHHHH?!?  Don't know why I was so low this morning.  Not complaining, just wondering... and enjoying!

Okay, survived all the chaos of yesterday and this morning.  I am still busy, just not feeling as stressed as yesterday.  Will only be able to post one recipe today as work projects are screaming at me. 

So, this recipe is for some AMAZING P3 candy bars.  I call them candy bars 'cause they are just that good.  In fact, they are so good they are dangerous,  so consider yourself warned.  He he.  It will take a lot of control to eat one bar.  I got the original recipe from the lovely Lauren at Healthy Indulgences.   She has some fantastic low-carb and grain free recipes.  She isn't posting much these days because school takes up most of her time, but she has archives of great recipes you might enjoy.  I did end up using the 1/2 tsp honey cause it seemed like a negligible amount carb-wise (about 3 carbs to the whole recipe).  You could always sub for more P3 sweetener of your choice. 

Anyway, I present to you:

THE Awesome Bars 
1/2 cup cashews, toasted
1/2 cup plus two tablespoons pepitas, toasted
1/4 cup sesame seeds (could also use golden flax seeds)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (could also use any other nut butter)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon raw honey
1/8-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons erythritol
1/8 teaspoon pure stevia extract (I use NuNaturals Clear Stevia drops)

Easy Chocolate Ganache Topping
4 squares of 100% cacao chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (could also use coconut oil or
non-hydrogenated palm oil shortening)
1 tablespoon erythritol
1/4-1/2 teaspoon pure stevia extract
1 teaspoon organic heavy cream (or full fat coconut milk)

For Snack Bars:Toast coconut and nuts in a dry pan over medium-low heat or the toaster oven, until slightly browned.   I started out doing each kind of nut and seed separately, but saw that this was going to take more time than I had.  I ended up tossing all the nuts, seed and coconut flakes into the pan at once.  I kept a constant vigil and stirred constantly cause nuts go from toasted to burnt in a flash.

Pulse nut and seed mixture in a food processor just until nuts are chopped.   I had quite a few chunks remaining and that is okay, you aren't trying to make nut butter here.  Melt coconut oil and nut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds or until just melted.  Stir until smooth.  Add vanilla extract, honey, erythritol, stevia, and sea salt, stirring until all is dissolved and incorporated.  Fold into nut mixture.  Press into an 8 by 4 pan with a spatula.  I used a loaf pan.  Quick set in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.  

During last 5 min of firming process, mix up ganache.  Melt butter (or whatever you decided to use) and chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds or so.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.  Stir in cream, erythritol, and stevia, until mixture is completely dissolved and blended.  Check for sweetness and add more Stevia, if necessary.  Spread over cooled bars immediately and put back into freezer until chocolate layer is solid.  Cut into 6 bars.  Store in the refrigerator, covered with a paper towel and plastic wrap.

Try not to eat more than 2 in on setting.  I dare you.  

Seriously: enjoy,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

R2P3D9 (+0.6 LIW)

Weight is holding steady, wish I could say as much for my brain and stress level.

I am swamped at work, at home, at my kids' schools where I do volunteer stuff.  You name it, there is not a part of my life that isn't pulling me in 20 different directions.  Ahhhh!  I don't even have time to check up on all my favorite HCG buddies and other bloggers.  Love to you all.

So, I have more recipes I really want to share with you, but just don't have time today. 

I hope you understand. 


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

R2P3D7 (+0.2 LIW)

Wowzers, really loving how steady I am holding this time!   And I am loving my P3 food choices.

Terribly busy at work today and life outside of work is crazy too.  Feel like I am juggling too many balls and dropping some of them.  Yikes.  Need to get this stress under control or I may not see my weight stay steady.

Got today's recipe from Babyfro at Living Without Wheat.  I read it and it sounded fabulous as I haven't been able to eat or use Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup since being diagnosed with Celiac.  The bonus is that it is totally P3 friendly.  So now, I bring it to you:

Creamy Mushroom Soup
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces button mushrooms (I used cremini)
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 sprig of flat parsley
  • Salt and pepper

In the medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until the onion is soft and translucent, then add the mushrooms and the remaining butter. Let the mixture sweat for about 8 minutes, taking care that the onion doesn't take on any brown color. Stir in the chicken stock and the parsley and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour.
After an hour, remove the parsley and discard. Let the soup cool for a few minutes, then transfer to the blender and carefully blend at high speed until smooth. Do I have to remind you to do this in stages, with the blender's lid firmly held down, and with the weight of your body keeping that thing from flying off and allowing boiling hot mushroom purée to erupt all over your kitchen? I used my Vitamix and it worked perfectly.  Made the soup so creamy, thick and smooth.
When blended, return the mix to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and bring up to a simmer again. 

I admit I added a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream before I even tasted it. I am not sure that this was necessary and think that with all the butter being emulsified in the blender it would have been creamy enough on its own.  

This was so delicious, decadent and filling on its own.  I also used some in a batch of stroganoff that I made and served over cauliflower rice.   My mom, then I, used to make it with the canned stuff.  This was honestly the best batch of stroganoff I have had since my diagnosis.  It was comfort food at its finest all because of a homemade batch of creamy mushroom soup.


Monday, October 18, 2010

R2P3D6 (+1.0 LIW)

Not bad, not bad.  1 lb over last injection weight.  I am happy with that.

Sorry about the no post on Friday.  I was out of town having a crafty day with a girlfriend.  I brought P3 snacks, ate out and kept my weight in range.  Wahoo! 

Here are my promised measurements from round 2:
Arm, 2" above elbow: lost .75 inches
Waist, 2" above navel: lost 3.0 inches
Hips, 2" below navel: lost 6.25 inches!!!

That last one was really hard to measure this time and may be a bit off.  Now that my waist is smaller, I am curvier and the darned tape wouldn't stay in place.  LOL.  Now I know why I need new clothes.

Here is another yummy recipe.  I am sure you have heard of making mock-mashed potatoes with cauliflower.  I actually made a batch a few years back, but I didn't like it.  I decided I had to conquer this one.  I think I did.  My husband liked the results, but my kids did not.  In my defense, the 8 year old doesn't like any potato products so no surprise she didn't like Fauxtatoes.  And my 3 year old liked the first few bites (he kept calling it hummus), but didn't want much more.  Well, he is 3 and he is fickle.  LOL.

I wanted these to be creamy and a little tangy.  I really didn't want to taste the cauliflower.  I didn't measure exactly, but I approximated my amounts below.  Keep in mind that heads of cauliflower vary greatly in their sizes, so you may need more or less of the ingredients listed below.  

Deluxe Fauxtatoes
1 head cauliflower, cut into chunks and steamed until fork tender
3-4 oz cream cheese
1 Tbs butter
2 oz cheese (I used cream Havarti, but it would be good with cheddar too)
3 Tbs chopped scallions
salt and pepper to taste

Place steamed cauliflower and next 4 ingredients in food processor and process until smooth and creamy.  Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.  Makes 4-6 servings.

These were done long before our chicken, but they reheated well in the microwave.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

R2P3D2 (+1.6 LIW)

Ahhh!  Wow, that shot up fast.  But it is still within the limits...barely.  I think I know what's up (or I am making lots of excuses...)

-TOM, if it is coming, is due on Sunday.  I never know if I will have one 'cause I use the Mirena IUD and almost never have one.  About the only time I have one is on HCG.  I could have one since I am only barely off the HCG.
- I volunteered at an event last night that had me on my feet in a very hot room for 4 hours straight.  Fool that I was, I had a sweater on that I couldn't take off.   I drank a lot of water, but never needed to pee.  Bad sign.  I drank more when I got home, but could never satisfy my thirst.
- I ate when I got home and it was quite a bit too late to be eating.  And I ate a full-on meal despite the fact that I had dinner before my volunteer shift and snacks during.  All of it was P3 okay foods.  Then I went to bed with all that food in my gullet.  Not good.

Okay, so this could be some timing issues and some bad choices.  I am trying good choices today.  I am eating when I am hungry and stopping when I am satisfied.  I can save any leftovers for a snack, if needed.

Let's hope I see a stabilization tomorrow or I am going to have to do a steak day already.

My neck is a bit better today and the pain in manageable.  I do see a chiropractor for my neck and ironically I had just seen him Tues afternoon.  Then I went home and wrestled with my kids on the floor.  I think I reversed anything my Chiro had done.  

And now for a recipe; Onion Cheddar Biscuits.  I got this one from Comfy Belly.  I modified it ever so slightly out of necessity.  Her original called for a tablespoon of honey which I removed and 1/4 C of fresh onion, chopped, which I didn't have.  I used dried, mince onion flakes as a sub.  I also added 1 Tbs of water to help accommodate the dry onions.  She also recommended oiling the tops, but I found that a bit excessive considering how much fat (good fat) is already in these babies.   And next time I don't think I will put the baking dish of water in the oven with the biscuits.  I think the nature of the ingredients will give these bad boys a nice crunchy crust anyway. 

These remind me of those evil cheddar garlic biscuits that are served at Red Lobster.  I LOVED those things until I found out they were killing me.  I made these on Tuesday night in anticipation of P3.  I served them with my kids' dinner.  My 3 year old said, "no thank you" but my 8 year old loved them.  She could only do half though.  No wonder, they are pretty rich.  When my hubby came home later that evening he heated on up in the toaster oven and gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Grain Free Onion Cheddar Biscuits

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of low carb baking powder (see below)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs dried, minced onion or onion flakes or 1/4 C fresh onion, minced.
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 1 egg

Preheat the oven to 330 degrees F.  Place a baking dish, with water in it, at the bottom of the oven to create a crunchy crust on the biscuits.  Combine all the dry ingredients and blend well.  Whisk all the wet ingredients until frothy (has bubbles), and then combine it with the dry mixture.  Blend the dough mixture well and allow to sit for 5 mine (to reconstitute the dry onion flakes).  Spoon dough out into 6 balls on a stick-free or lined baking sheet. I use a stick-free backing mat or parchment paper.  Bake for 15 minutes, and then lower the heat to 300 degrees F and bake for another 15 minutes.  Check after 5-10 minutes. Mine were done early.

These can be stored in the refrigerator and warmed up later. Reheat at 300 degrees F for about 6 minutes.

Low carb baking powder can be made in small batches by combining 2 parts cream of tartar with 1 part baking soda.  Without the cornstarch this will start to cake in a week or so.  You can always just use straight baking soda as a low carb sub.

Once I had a chance to try these I loved them.  They were delightful as prepared, but I will make a couple of additional changes next time.   They were nice and moist, but pretty oily.  I am going to try these without the addition of the butter.  If they need more moisture I will add more water or maybe an egg.  They were a little loose, so I am more likely to try adding an egg next time.  I would also like to try them with fresh onion and maybe a little garlic.

Here's to stability!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

R2P3D1, (-0.4 LIW)

Short one today.  I am in a lot of pain.  One of my cervical discs (in my neck) is having problems.  Hurts to do anything with my right arm.

Yeah! P3.  Enjoyed the heck out of my breakfast of sausage, coconut flour waffle and almond butter.  Even had coffee with half and half again!  Yumm!

Sorry, no recipe today. 

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


-0.6 from LIW

Yeah!  Last day of VLCD!  This round has been great.  I am so happy I did it on my own (well, without a doctor and the expenses, but I had my web buddies!).  This round was easier for me.  I wasn't as hungry, I anticipated the thyroid issue and my stalls weren't too bad.

I haven't had time to do my measurements, but it is high on my list this evening.  I took them after 2 weeks and will post before, 2 weeks and end of P2 measurements ASAP.  I might even do some before and after pics, but that can be tricky considering I use my work computer to post my entries. 

I do want to mention something that has been a huge help to me on both rounds.  Flavored water.  Not carbonated or artificially sweetened, preserved or flavored water.  Water that has either mint or fruit essence in it to give it the slightest flavor.  I have been living on Hint and Metromint water.  I have one  everyday.  It is a nice change from the green tea and plan water.  If you ever see some in your local store, you really out to give it a try. 

I have moved all of my round 2 daily stats here so they don't continue to clutter my side bar.
Round 2 daily check-in:
VLCD1: +3.0 (loading weight)
VLCD2: -4.4 (bye-bye loading weight!)
VLCD3: -1.8
VLCD4: -0.8
VLCD5: -1.2
VLCD6: -2.4!!!!
VLCD7: +0.4 (TOM)
VLCD8: -0.8 (TOM)
VLCD9:-1.2 (TOM)
VLCD10: -0.8 (TOM, go away)
VLCD11: -2.0!!
VLCD15: -1.0 (WTH?)
VLCD16: -0.9
VLCD17: -0.9
VLCD18: -1.2
VLCD19: +0.4 (Hmmph!)
VLCD22: -2.0
VLCD23: -0.4
VLCD24: +0.2 (grrrr)
VLCD25: -1.4 lbs (Wahooo!)
VLCD26: -1.4 lbs
LIW: -21 lbs (Fabulous!!)
VLCD29: -1.2 lbs, over the weekend

Monday, October 11, 2010


Big and busy weekend.  Lost another 1.2 lbs over the weekend!  Did my last injection on Sunday.  My weight was down 21.3 lbs from my pre-load, starting weight.  That's in just 4 weeks (avg 0.76 lbs/day).  I am simply amazed and a little bit proud.  :)

The visit with my parents went well.  My mom was in complete awe of my transformation.  They last time they saw me was at the beginning of this round when I was loading.  There has been quite a change in me since then. 

I ended up telling them all about the protocol and they were totally cool with it.  In fact, it turns out that my mom used to get HCG shots for weight loss when I was a little kid!  She was never instructed to restrict her calories and she still lost a lot of weight.  What a surprise.  Makes me laugh at how worried I was about telling them.  They were 100% supportive and kept complimenting me on my hard work.  I heart my mom and dad!

Since my weekdays/nights are scheduled to the minute, I decided to stock up on P3 supplies on Sunday.  That was an expensive bill, especially when compared to how small the grocery bill is while on VLCD!  LOL. 

I came home a cooked and baked all afternoon.  I now have P3 munchies, low-carb granola, coco-crack covered almonds, oopsie rolls and some P3 friendly waffles, both sweet and savor, for making all kinds of quick meals with.  It was fun to do all that prep.  I feel prepared and one step closer to P3.  I decided not to make those almond butter pumpkin brownies that Jen wrote about until I am really on P3.  I did end up sampling most of my products which may have contributed to my losing only 0.4 lbs this morning.  Oh well, at least I know that what I made is tasty.  I'll start sharing those recipes on Wednesday, when I can officially be on P3 and will be eating them, not just taking a taste (or two).

Enjoy the day,

Friday, October 8, 2010


Another 1.4 lbs down!  *does the happy dance*  I was ecstatic when I stepped on the scale and saw those results today. 

Of course I am feeling up and positive today with those results!  I am so glad too, cause, boy oh boy was temptation strong yesterday.  I was a little hungry, but a lot just wanting things.  Nuts, avocado, cheese...fatty stuff I can't have until next Wednesday.  Didn't do it, but WANTED to so badly.  Hang in there girl.  Results like the last 2 days will get me through any cravings.

The weekend will present a couple of challenges called, my parents.  I haven't told them about HCG, not last round and not this round.  I don't know why.  I tell most other people.  Maybe because I am afraid of them not believing in it.  Or worry they will watch me like a hawk after so they can use any gains as proof I shouldn't do it.  They aren't like that tho... They know I am an analytical scientist (redundant, I know) and that I thoroughly research anything like this.  And they usually take the info I give them and accept my choices. 

But, I still haven't told them.  They were here for loading weekend and didn't say much about all the snacks and food choices (they had their fair share too).  This weekend will be such a contrast to loading.  I have proposed a crab feed.  I am hoping they will be so busy cleaning their crab that they won't notice that I am not having butter or cocktail sauce with mine.  And that I am not having bread or rice and just lettuce for my "salad".  Weirder still will be breakfast when we go out and I order just a couple of scrambled eggs, dry and no bacon.  They know my love of bacon.  They might get suspicious.  Maybe not, I will just tell them I am watching what I eat...

Have you ever felt the need to keep HCG a secret from someone?  If so, did you ever have to eat and spend a weekend with them?  How did you do it?

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Down 1.4 lbs!  That's more like it!

I think Helderheid was right, it was a stall.  I looked back at my posts from my first round and I stalled around this time.  Perhaps I am back on track and can lose a few more pounds before I am finished with this round.  It always surprises me how much I am motivated by the movement in the scale.  I am proud that I didn't throw up my hands and give up.  I stayed true to program and things are good.

I drew up my last injections last night.  I can't believe my last one will be Sunday.  Then 72 more hours of VLCD and then on to P3!  I am so excited.  I already have all of our dinners planned out and will share lots of new P3 recipes with you.

I want to thank everyone that has given me the love to get through the stalls and pitfalls.  The ladies listed below have been particularly supportive of me this round.  They are amazing HCG resources and you should visit them for more HCG inspiration:

Helderheid at Journey to Me Via HCG
Lis at Random Thoughts and HCG
Lavender Diva at HCG & Me on the road to find out
Autumn Rose at Autumn's Rosier Days

I know there are more HCG dieters that follow me and cheer me on behind the scenes and I want to thank them too!

There are still more HCGers out there who can help too.  Make sure you look them up.  Some of them are my followers (to the right0>

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Dang it!  Up 0.2 lbs!  Combined with my meager loss yesterday I am starting to get frustrated.

I got great encouragement the last couple of days from some much admired HCG peeps.  Thanks ladies!

So, I am going to look at the big picture to talk myself of of the ledge:
-My new clothes are not plus-sized and my hubby LOVES them.
-I have lost 16.8 lbs this round in less then 4 weeks.  This includes the loading gain.
-I have lost inches (sorry, haven't posted those).
-I have lost 3.0 lbs in the last week. 

Breath, stay the course, you can do this!

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Well, it was a loss.  Not a very exciting loss, but a loss of 0.4 lbs.

Last week I bought some new clothes.  I know it may have been a little early as I have just over a week of VLCD left to go.  It was so exciting to see my newly reshaped body in clothing.  I started in the plus-sized section, but quickly realized that there was very little in there that fit my body.  That is SO very exciting!  I would like to say that I savored looking at all the racks in the "regular" sections, but time was not my friend.  I had a rare, child-free afternoon that didn't leave much time to linger.  So I cruised through my new clothing section (and it is huge compared to the plus-sized section).  I was able to find several things: a jacket, a couple of sweaters and several shirts/blouses.  All were on sale too.  Bonus.

I came home and did a fashion show for my family.  It was all my husband could do to stay on the couch and not jump up and ravish me.  Needless to say, he loves the new clothes.  I am waiting to wear most of them until I am finished with P2.  I don't think I will lose enough more weight for them to be too big, but you just never know.  I am leaving their tags on and saving receipts, just in case.

Enjoy the day,

Monday, October 4, 2010


Lost 2.0 lbs over the weekend.  That works. 

It was quite a weekend too.  Stared off with one of my favorite activities, scrapping/crafting with my friends.  We stay up late and craft into the night (well, it is late for us mommies of young kids).  We usually have amazing snacks that are usually on the healthy side.  It is hard to stay up that late and not snack.  This makes it tricky on HCG, but I usually save my fruit to eat late.  And I am thankful for my friends who tone down their snacks for me while I am in P2.  Love you guys!

Saturday was a BIG football game.  It was a blast.  My in-laws came down to watch our kids and DH and I got to go tailgating and attend the game together!  I had great plans.  I packed my chicken breast and cucumbers to eat at the game, but forgot my apple.  Sigh.  Then we got to our first tailgater.  It was at a restaurant/bar right near the stadium and we were visiting the owner.  It was high pressure to have some Jaeger shots (on the house) but I resisted that high-sugar, cough syrupy stuff.  Instead I caved and had a shot of Grey Goose.  Okay, I eventually had 2.  Boy oh boy!  They hit me hard.  I felt drunk for hours.  I know I shouldn't have had those shots, but the pressure to do them was intense and I really caved cause it sounded fun.  I was also hoping the couple miles of walking to and from the stadium would help (it did).  At our next tailgater the pressure to eat was just as intense.  I managed to push away most of what was offered due to my wheat allergy, but still ended up with food on my plate.  I ate the nectarine and used that as a sub for the apple I forgot.  And my DH was very sweet and slowly slipped all the other food off of my plate.  People get SO sensitive if you won't eat their food!  We opted to skip revisiting these tailgaters after the game; too dangerous!

My in-laws stayed the night which meant breakfast out the next morning.  I decided to change up my HCG food routine.  I swapped the MR shake with my lunch protein so that I could have eggs at the restaurant for breakfast.  They accommodated my request for no added fats to my eggs, but the best I could do was 2 scrambled eggs (not the 1 egg + 3 whites that I should have done).  No one questioned or pressured me since my Mother in-law has bizarre eating habits. 

Lots of hurdles, many successes and only minor setbacks.  Considering the weekend and the potential pitfalls I am pretty happy with how I did.

Hope you had a good weekend too.  I know a lot of HCGers that I adore were loading and have just started another round of VLCD.  Good luck to you all!  I'll be with you for another week.

Enjoy the day,

Friday, October 1, 2010


+ 0.4lbs.  Hmmmph! 

What the heck?  TOM shouldn't be coming.  Let's over-analyze this for a minute, shall we?

Lack of loss/gain could be from...
not drinking enough fluids
heavy workout in pilates yesterday and the resulting inflammation
thyroid being wonky
the beef I roasted last night was not as lean I had thought
HCG resistance?? Doubt it (only 2nd round, lots of time between, only in 3rd week...)

I hate the small losses and I really hate the gains.  It make this extreme deprivation harder.  I mean, I just lose some motivation.  Don't worry, I am not going to run out and cheat, it's just that I have less enthusiasm.  And when I am only doing this for 4 weeks, I have less time to make up for these less productive days. 


On the up side, I did plan out my foods for the last part of P2 and I even made all my dinner plans for P3.  I am prepared!  Now I just need to compile the shopping lists and I am good to go.

Big football game with some tailgaters tomorrow.  I have a plan and I should be able to stick to it.

Go Ducks!

Enjoy the Day,