Monday, April 26, 2010

I crack myself up.

Yes, well, despite the fact that I did not blog the last bit of this experiment, I did stay strong to the end.

Total loss: 17.2 lbs.

woo hoo!

I stuck to the no starch or sugar rule for one week after that. You are suppose to do it for 3 weeks. But my husband and I left for Europe and I wanted to enjoy myself. Guess what? I didn't gain any weight!

It's now been a month. I have been exercising more. I'm trying to do P90X at least 3 times a week and go jogging or to the gym at least 3 times a week.

While I do enjoy treats, I'm more careful about how much I eat.

I'm ready to step up the work outs and loose again, even if it's at a slower pace than with the hgc.

Over all, I'm so glad I did the hgc. It was exactly the jump start/ cleansing I needed.

Would I do it again?

Maybe.
The part that makes me hesitant is just how strict you have to be about everything: the types of food you eat, the toothpaste you use (no mint), the lotion you use on  your body, etc. You really have to be in the zone and psyched up to complete the program. At least I felt that way.
Also, I really need to exercise. I love being out doors and now that the weather is nice, I want to be moving and going. With hgc, the more you exercise, the hungrier you are. They generally discourage it for the 21 days you are on the restricted diet. 

Otherwise, I did not feel hungry or have headaches like I usually do when I'm on a calorie restricted diet. I did not experience ANY negative side effects. I had even had more energy.

When I started the diet, my size 14 pants were pretty tight.
Now I can wear my old size 10 jeans that I've been hanging on to forever.

So there you go. My very scientific analysis of the hcg program.

Friday, March 5, 2010

day eighteen: -.8

Woo hoo! I've now lost 15lbs!

Sorry I haven't posted any pictures! I remember at the end of the day when everyone has gone to bed and its just too dark, etc, etc.

I did have a friend stop by today and she said it looked like I'd been loosing weight. That made me feel awesome.

Elise made chocolate chip cookies today. They smelled really good. I wasn't very hungry though. I woke up with a tummy ache from that chicken last night. It was worth it.

I felt better after a shower. It snowed a lot last night and this morning.
I didn't exercise at all today. Well, I did my little sit-ups, stretching, push-ups routine, but that was it. I spent a good chunk of time looking for a cute coat to buy for London. I found it. The kids were home from school today. I love having them home. I took some pictures of an adorable little boy. I spent a good chunk of time playing with those photos. It's been a while since I've done that. So, now I'm going to spend a chunk of time reading. "Catching Fire," to be exact.

Tomorrow I will run. I feel the need, for speed. (ok, ha ha, I admit, that's a funny image, now stop laughing.)

Staying strong. to. the. end.

Total loss: -15.2
Days remaing: 7

day seventeen: -.4

It's starting to get hard. I just make such good food.
I've resisted all the goodies. ALL of them.
On this day I met my match.
I fell to chicken, fried in butter, smothered in coconut milk, curry and ginger.

Can't you see? Just try to smell how incredible that smells. Add some jasmine rice. mmm...that smells good, doesn't it?

It beat me.

But I bounce back! I will prevail. I didn't have any rice, just the chicken. It was good. sooo good.
I paid for it in the morning though. I didn't feel very well.

Amazingly, I still lost.

Total loss: -14.4
Days remaining: 8

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

day sixteen: -.8

Aww....yeah.

Today was a good day. Wednesdays are the busy ones, but it didn't feel too rushed today. Except when I forgot to bring the fruit bowls to the PTA thing tonight and I remembered as I was picking up Claire from Gymnastics. Then I felt a little rushed. But the rest of the day, no.

Claire's parent teacher conference went well. She is such a wonderful little girl. I'm looking forward to Sam and Elise's tomorrow.

I know I have a ways to go, but I just feel so good. The jeans that I could not even fit into 3 weeks ago are actually a little loose. I can start to see my face when I look in the mirror and not just cheeks and chins.

I'm still so amazed at how well I can function on so little food. I really feel like I have more energy and better mental clarity than I did before. (I suppose the mental clarity is all relative.)

Tomorrow I will take a picture of me eating my favorite treat:
warm strawberries sprinkled with stevia. mmmm.....

I bet you can't wait!

Total loss: - 14 lbs !
Days remaining: 9

day fifteen -.4

Aaack! I just can't stay on top of these entries.

Hooray! I'm now 13 lbs healthier. 5 more lbs and I will have lost 10% of my previous weight. Which is good. Very good.

So is the grapefruit I've been eating. Who knew grapefruit was so incredibly delicious? In fact, quite a few things I would have passed up at the buffet table for brownies are so appealing to me now. And brownies? They just don't have the same pull.

That's all for now folks, 3 year old is screaming for me to get off the computer.

Total loss: -13.2
Days remaining: 10 (only 10 more days?)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day fourteen: -0

The scale.

The too-much-hope-pinned-on scale.

The thing is, I'm so ok with this.  You know why? Because I am wearing jeans that are a whole size smaller than I could wear 2 weeks ago!

I have stuck very faithfully to this plan. I know that it will work out in the long run. I think I didn't drink enough water yesterday, my fingers felt a little swollen in the morning.

I ran today. Hard. I even beat my 10 year old son. I felt my muscles work hard and I loved it. 
WOO HOO!

I love have energy and feeling good about myself. Even more than I love the scale. So while I will continue to monitor my progress this way, I am going to take my biggest cues from how I feel.

I am more than half way done with the program.

25 days. You can do anything for 25 days, right?

The thing is, I don't feel hungry or deprived. It's a little hard for me to think right now, of eating more. I'm sure it will change, but one thing I've learned (re-learned) is how to tell when I'm full. Eat slowly and when you're no longer hungry, stop eating. This is HUGE, people.

Two words: Costco muffins.
That's what I resisted today. It was a mighty dragon, but I was mightier. booya!
Oh yeah, and my homemade, buttery, garlic bread sticks. I might have gained a pound just from all the butter I was touching. My house smells heavenly.

But I am a whole size healthier!

Total days:14
Days remaining: 11
Total loss: -12.8

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Days 11, 12, 13 -1

I'm ok! I'm ok!
I have not fallen off the deep end or off the wagon. I've just been lazy about reporting.

Still feeling pretty good. I'm just amazed that I can function all day and even be happy on only 500 calories. I've been doing light exercises as well.

day 11: + .6 and a little discouraged because I've been SO faithful to this plan. But I had started working out and I probably wasn't drinking enough water. Plus, my friend told me it's normal to plateau for a few days. I made pizza again. It smelled soooo good. I also made cinnamon rolls. That was a mistake. Of all the treats I've made over the past 12 days, those were the ones with the potential to do me in. Folks, I want you to know I stayed strong. A month ago I would have snarfed down a cinnamon roll in 2 minutes and then have eaten all the kids leftovers and then I would have licked the frosting out of the pan. Yes, I felt pretty strong that night. Not one. single. lick.


day 12:  - .8 phew... the plan still works. My sacrifices are paying off. We went to Ikea and I summoned all my powers as we walked by samples of swedish chocolate. yay me!

day 13: - 1.0  Yippee! We're back in business. I made the yummiest pancakes for dinner tonight. I also make my own syrup. (no high fructose corn syrup here!) Just plain ol' high calorie brown sugar.

I've been talking a lot about what I can't eat here in these reports. Here's what I do eat. It's pretty much the same thing everyday:

Breakfast:
Herb tea with a tbs of skim milk and a packet of Truvia

Lunch:
Grissino breadstick, 4oz cod fish, one apple, 2 cups of either cabbage or spinach.

Dinner:
Grissino breadstick, 4oz chicken breast, 2 cups of either cabbage or spinach.

Treat:
Strawberries with a packet of Truvia

Plus lots and lots of water.

In 12 more days I'll be able to add in lots more food. Just no sugar or starches for 3 weeks. I feel so liberated from my bad eating habits. I know I still have a ways to go, but I really look at food differently. Some people can go their whole lives without worrying too much about what they eat. I am realizing that I am not one of those people. I will always need to by conscientious about what I consume and how much.

And that's just the way it is.

Total days: 13
Total weight loss: - 12.8
Days remaining: 12