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Sunday, January 2, 2011

December 31, 2010 - Reflections

141 pounds. Well, it seems like this past year was a bit of a roller coaster ride. My diet kind of fell apart after a vacation in August. I hovered around the upper 130's for about three months afterward. Lately, I've gone past that mark.

The contributing factors: bread, pizza, beer, temporary lack of interest for veggies. Carbs are not my friends. They FEEL so good, though! I knew this, but now I have the actual proof and must somehow either put them out of my mind completely or put some extreme moderation in place. It's a change in mind set and circumstances.

Aside from the vacation, there were other factors. In June, I secured full-time employment for three months. With my job, I found myself starving when I got home and too tired to cook proper meals. Hence, more than the occasional trip to the drive-thru and local restaurants.

The plan going forward: cut back and eat right starting Monday. I know it's not advised to go on a low calorie diet without the hCG injections. But, I'm willing to try it for a week to get myself started. I won't restrict myself to 500 calories, but somewhere between 500-1000. I'll eat the recommended food from the diet. If this doesn't work, makes me sick or I find I just can't do it, I'll buy the remaining items necessary to start another round of true hCG dieting. I don't have that much to loose, and I'm grateful that I haven't gained back everything I lost.

Overall, I think the hCG diet was a positive influence over my life. It gives me the confidence to start again in a new year and move closer to my goals. I was slightly disappointed that losing the weight didn't reduce my high blood pressure. It must not be as simple as that. So, I vow to get myself into a doctor's office in 2011 and address that issue. And, I also plan to be more active in 2011. I'll start with brisk walking at least every other day. Once my kid learns to ride a bike, we'll take bike rides throughout our neighborhood and beyond.I'll have to structure my days due to my schedule and on-call status. Plus, I must now watch the stock market since I'm committed to being a more informed and better trader. I've made some mistakes, but am learning from them. My better trades clearly out number the mistakes. As far as diet and health go, no more excuses!!! That includes the weather.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 19, 2010 - Update

132 lbs. Well, it's been 2 months since the end of round 2. I wasn't able to maintain the 125 or whatever lbs. from my last injection date. Mostly due to the loss of commitment. For whatever reason, I could not stay away from popcorn! I'm not talking the bagged kind. I'm talking the regular kernals popped in olive oil in the Orville Redenbacher microwavable multi-popper. Plus, we went on vacation to see family in Montana. It was inevitable that some pounds would be gained back...6 lbs. in 8 days. But hey, eating and drinking with the family will do that.

So now I have to reconcile myself to the fact that round 2 was a bit of a bust because I can't seem to find the willpower to get below 132. There have been plenty of steak days in the past 2 months. I even shared that tidbit with my family in Montana and they got the same two pound loss results. I proved it to them. The partaking of a round 3 is in my future, but there will be no popcorn in the house when that takes place!! I'm still on a bit of a bender on the stuff. Not that eating a bunch (I mean a bunch) of popcorn is all that horrible for one's diet. There are many other things that would be much worse. But, I need to somehow regain the commitment I had under round 1. My stash of mixing vials is depleted, but I have enough of everything else to run a 5000 hCG semi-cycle. If I were committed, I could probably lose the last 12-15 lbs. To be honest, I'm not sure my body will allow me to lose what I want. My body might put a stop in at 125 or so because most of the "bad fat" is gone. It's worth a shot to try it one more time knowing what the pitfalls are and how to navigate them. Knowledge is power. Maybe round 2 was destined to play out the way it did. There were certainly no popcorn cravings under round 1. And, that popper hadn't popped popcorn in practically forever since I too, was a quickie baggie type for the last 10 years or so.

Another round will be started before the end of  this year. I have to know whether I can achieve my desired weight. Even though most of the pounds are off, it hasn't really changed my blood pressure. This needs to be taken care of and an appointment must be scheduled in order to go back on meds. While this was never a first choice, it's necessary after all.

I'll be back....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 36 Round 2

126.5 lbs. Trying to correct what I did 2 days ago. Yesterday was a steak day, but instead of an apple I had a bowl of ice cream!!! So, I only lost one pound instead of the two. Better luck today.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 33 Round 2

126 lbs. Well, I'm out of hCG and think that this will be one of those shorter rounds. I really have not had the will power to be as committed as I was in my first round. Not sure why this happened. Maybe it's because I'm closer than ever to my goal of 115-120 lbs. I've had popcorn almost every night for the past 2 weeks. And, we're not just talking a little bit of popcorn! I've found that it doesn't hurt the scales. You just don't lose any weight the next day. In essence, I've been maintaining the same weight for weeks now.

My plan at this point is to try and lose another 5 lbs. by watching my caloric and fat gram contents. I will also eliminate carbs and sugar as is required in phase 2 of the hCG diet. So, I will be following the protocol, more or less. I had some salad dressing that needed to be eaten and that probably did me in the other night. I will get low-fat salad dressing from here on out.

This diet has been a success and the most sound thing I've ever done. I also really believe that I need to start a regular walking regimen that gets my heart rate going and tones my body. Not your grandma's stroll in the morning type of walking. Prevention magazine outlined a good plan that also incorporated the stretchy bands for the upper body. Not sure if I can do that and walk at the same time, but I think I'll give it a whirl.

Temporarily, I have full time work due to the death of the regular carrier whom I've been subbing for over the past two years. I am busy. If I can just adhere to the rules with whatever works best for my hectic schedule right now I can get through this. We have summer camp coming up next week and a week's vacation in August to tempt me. If necessary, I can always do another round later. This is the diet I will always come back to. The others, and I've tried them all, are just too slow for me personally. I want it now!

Phase 2 is where the cheese comes in. I sure do miss the cheese and am so glad that it contains no carbs!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 24 Round 2

128.5 lbs. Still can't shake the popcorn routine. I don't know what's wrong with me and my willpower lately. I did so well on Round 1. Today I make another promise to myself to do better.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 21 Round 2

128.5 lbs. I am bouncing around on this round like there's no tomorrow! Every day I want to cheat! Plus, I've had upsetting circumstances, birthdays and parties galore. I've got to get a grip. It's likely I'll need to mix up more hCG to get me through this stage. I have vacation in August! I really wanted to be on phase 4 by then. Even the best laid plans sometimes end up failing.... It is by no means a crisis, but I expected to be further along than this. I've lost my discipline and can't locate it!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 17 Round 2

129 lbs. Yesterday I was 126.5 lbs. I cheated mightily with a milk shake and plenty of popcorn. I think I've had my popcorn fill as of late.

It's time to get serious again. Given the events of the past week it has been difficult to stay focused. Today is Monday and I plan to do better. I've come so far and this is no time to backslide. Working full time, even if it is somewhat temporary, in this heat it really shouldn't be too hard to continue to drop these last few pounds. I just need to keep my eye on the prize. Plus, yesterday I did buy 3 pairs of jeans.....size 4. Can't have that be for not.