Wednesday, January 20, 2010

15 lbs down exactly!

15 down is a great feeling! My pants are once again too big and my chin is noticeably smaller. Although, I'm sure no one else would notice this because it's my little pet peeve. Last August I weighed in at 206 lbs and today I way 180. And I'm still feeling great.
Yesterday was the hardest day that I've had on this diet and today I know exactly why. I'm taking echinacea and everyone else in my house has a cold. I think that the echinacea helped avoid all of the symptoms for me except aching muscles and fatigue. I have so much on my to do list with deadlines and I spent all day exhausted and worrying. At about 4pm yesterday, I wanted to go into my usual emotional eating mode to sooth the stress and I couldn't. Grrr, I was totally mad at that. I wasn't hungry, just pissy. Today, I feel glad that I was aware of my feelings about it.
I feel much better today, getting a few more things done and feeling much more peaceful. Looking forward to the next phase but without a sense of urgency.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sooo much better than the last time.

I can't believe how much easier this round is. Good for me, but also good for my family. I've been back to cooking again for them since I don't seem to feel hungry at all and love the smell of food. It's a good way to keep my mind off my stomach. I cook theirs when I'm cooking mine, so I feel calm knowing that I'll be eating soon as well.
I'm also so much less cranky too, unless it's shot time. The last time I did the diet, the shots never hurt but left bruises on my arms and legs almost every time. And those little bruises itched pretty bad too. This time was a breeze. No pain AND no bruises. Well yesterday, when Matt was kind enough to do the duty for me, he must've hit a nerve in my arm or something because when he poked in, it hurt like a mother... Then he plunged, even though I'm screaming, and that STUNG! I've had a baby naturally, and I've had a dry socket, among other huge painful experiences, and I'd like to think I can deal pretty well with a little sting, but I actually cried this time. What are the chances of hitting a nerve? Probably one in a million. Interesting though, Matt was a real crabby ass at that time and we were a little edgy with each other. Maybe he did it on purpose. ;)
I made the best chili for lunch today with buffalo and my veggie being tomatoes. I added some fresh garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt. And I really let it simmer for a while. A couple of days ago, I added fresh chopped basil to my tomatoes with a fresh garlic and balsamic vinegar dressing. That was wonderful as well.
I've also had a few flops. I love grilled onions topped on meats or pizza or anything appropriate. So I thought I would choose onion for my veggie and grill it in the George Forman grill. Then I added some curry to a can of tuna and mixed it all together. When I'm eating normally, I love curried tuna wrapped in lettuce. But this was the most vile, disgusting thing I've ever eatin". And the taste stuck with me for a while as well. I'm sure that you all knew it would be nasty before I told you, but I guess I had to learn my lesson. But as sad as I am to admit this, I actually gave the onions another go the next day. Yes, that is how stubborn I am. This time I cooked them in a pan with some garlic and paired it with a lemon garlic tilapia. You'd have to admit that it sounds a LITTLE better, right? WRONG. It was equally as bad. Maybe by the time I do this diet for the 5th time, I'll actually have a clue.
I'll post total weight lost in a few days.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Post 2 of Phase 2.(what a boring title...yawn)

I am already halfway through this 20 day VLCD round. I've lost 11 lbs and still doing well. I think the only real annoyance is that I've been a little more tired throughout the day, nothing too major, and some brain fog. That is definitely a pain in the butt. I can't seem to remember what's do you call those things we use to communicate? Oh yes, words. :) And I have very little motivation to get things done on my daily to-do list. I admit that I'm allowing the rest of my family to eat junk through this diet because I have no motivation to cook them healthy meals. I really don't feel guilty though because I feed them pretty well most of the time.
I would really like to do this at least one more time before summer. I've defintily got the pre-weighed frozen meats for another round. I didn't bother to do the math when I was preparing for this round. Hey, less work next time.
To all a lovely day!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Let's try this again.

Hi all,

Sorry that it's been so long since I last posted. I'll give you a quick rundown. I only ended up doing 5 weeks instead of 6 on VCLD. I'm positive now that I had a round of shots that were bad in some way and in the last couple of weeks I was extremely hungry and felt sickly. I tried with no avail to get a replacement batch but the creep at the pharmacy wouldn't budge. When it was all said and done, I lost 28 lbs. in that 5 weeks.

In the time between early September and New Year's Eve, I gained back about 18 lbs of that weight. I've had some health issues during that time that I've been treating and doing much better. So now it's time to give it another go. I feel stronger and more balanced than I have in a long time. It's time to pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on those damn jeans!

To tell you the truth, I've been back on VCLD for 7 days now. I waited to blog to see if I could stay on it successfully and so far I am blown away by how much easier it is this time having gotten my shots from a different pharmacist. I wish more than anything that I had the name of the last pharmacist that screwed me, but sadly I threw away the package without thinking. My body and brain were starving by that point. Anyway, I've lost 7.6 lbs in the last 7 days and feeling great. I have much less hunger and much more energy than I did last time. And I'm only doing a 20 day round this time which is so much easier mentally, hopefully creating more success in the long run. I admit that I was a little scared after my last experience.

I learned so much from the last time that made this round much easier. Like, it's o.k. to take an appetite suppressant if you need one. And for me, decaf coffee between 2 and 4 pm really helps me get through that time. I've been adding some stevia, cinnamon and vanilla to my coffee to give it a sweet dessert taste. And drinking so much hot tea, my stomach is bloated with liquid by the end of the day. That's partly due to the extremely dry, cold weather in Colorado these days. I could really do without getting up to pee several times a night though.

This time I'm taking it easy. I'm going to blog every few days instead of everyday and I'm going to try and move my body a little more this time than last time, and most of all, I'm not going to stress about any of this, even if I have a day (or more) when I've lost no weight at all.

Ta Ta for now!

Friday, July 31, 2009

A little problem

I'm sorry that I haven't written all week. I've ran into a little problem with my second vial of HCG. Not a big deal, but I did have to start phase 2 while I wait for a new vial. Trust me, it's no skin off my back. I get to eat whatever I want as long as it has no sugar or starches. Taco salad, here I come! I get to have a lot of yummy food that I haven't had in what seems like years, but was really weeks.

This may be a blessing in disguise because the lady at the clinic told me that people often stop at 3 weeks, go to phase 3, then do another 3 weeks of the shots. This is so that they can maximize their weight loss. Most people loose a bunch of weight in the beginning, then it slows after a few weeks. When I start again, it'll be like it was in the beginning of this round. I had some significant losses those days.

So I will write again when I start phase 2 again. I'm not sure when that will be.
Ta-ta for now!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Day 28

Today I'm down to an 18.6 loss all together. I'm creeping up on the big 2-0. How exiting. My fat pants are unwearable and I'm fitting into most of my size 16s again. Without a muffin top! :)
Yesterday I tried an apple day. I had 6 apples through out the day to try and speed up my loss. It was pretty easy. Much easier than a steak day and my loss was higher than the day before. I might try and do it a few more times to try a make up for the days that I gained or didn't lose anything.

My sister Amy wrote a comment yesterday that was really helpful. She told me to stop freaking out so much about pounds and start paying more attention to inches. She did tell me to do that in the beginning of all this but I really haven't kept up. So I'm going to start taking my inches again. This morning I measured for the first time since I started and was amazed. I lost 3 1/2 inches around the biggest part of my waist, 3 inches off my waist, 3 inches off my butt, 3 1/2 inches of my thigh, and 1 inch off my arm. I should've measured my chin. lol

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 26

Yesterday was one of the hardest days on this diet. When I woke up and got on the scale, I had lost nothing at all. Zip, Zilch... True, I didn't gain. I'm thankful for that. But this was different than the other 2 times I gained. This time, I had been cutting my calories by leaving out fruit and Melba toasts for days to try and get out of a slump. When I gained, I had control of that. This time, it was out of my hands completely. It really shook me up. So I decided to do my version of a mini-steak day. I don't think it would even count as one. I had an apple at about 1:00 and then another at 3:00 after stupidly taking my vitamins on an empty stomach. Then had dinner at 5:30, which was 100 grams of steak and a Melba toast.

I guess my efforts worked because I woke up to a 1 pound loss this morning. I'm at 17 lbs lost all together and (drum roll).... I'm back in the 180's Yay! 189.4 to be exact. I am officially on my 80's comeback tour! I'm feeling nervous that he slump will return so I think my big goal today is to get myself feeling positive again.