Phase 2 Day 22 VLCD

Weigh-in = 138.2lbs (-1lb)!!

Measurement day (Inches difference shown in brackets is from measurements last week, not from the start of the program):
11″ right upper arm (=)
11.5″ left upper arm (+0.25″)
33″ chest (-0.5″)
25.5″ waist (smallest part of torso) (=)
34.25″ low waist (hip bones) (-0.75″)
37.75″ hips (fullest part of body) (-0.25″)
20″ right upper thigh (-0.5″)
20″ left upper thigh (-0.25″)
13″ calf – right (-0.25″)
13″ calf – left (-0.25″)
30.25″ stomach (at naval line) (-2.25″)

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Phase 2 Day 21 VLCD

Weigh-in: 139.2lbs (-0.2lb)

Today was really, really tough. It was a Sunday, I had had a lazy Saturday but that had meant that beyond a trip to the grocery store, I hadn’t seen anyone, and I was really down about my weight continuing to stall. I felt fed up, isolated, lonely and bored and this led to me getting quite depressed. I felt on the verge of tears all day and was super sensitive. I started to wonder why everyone in the world (what this really means is everyone on Facebook) had happier lives, more fun weekend plans, had no struggles with their health or weight…of course, people probably think the same looking at my Facebook profile but you don’t have that clarity when you’re in such a funk.

I would strongly recommend joining an online support group as you go through HCG. They really saved my bacon yesterday (food pun unintended). They kept me going with encouragement, reminders that in your final 10 pounds your body has to work really hard to shed any weight and it will fight the HCG along the way, so things will slow down. I stayed POP, though out of self-sympathy I had an extra tablespoon of Chocolate Delight, above the allotted 2 tbsp you’re allowed. Continue reading

Phase 2 Day 20 VLCD

Weigh-in = 139.4lbs (+0.2lb)

Today was really tough mentally. I was finally on a good run past the 140lb barrier and with only 10 days left I was starting to think I might be able to do it – I may be able to get there…but now this stall has made me wonder if I’ll keep losing at my current rate – which is about 1lb every 4 days. That would mean I’d be lucky to lose another 3 pounds by the time my 30 days are up.

Looked at my calendar to have a ‘real talk’ with myself. If I need to keep going past 30 days, fine. I may as well do all I can to get the results I want because I really don’t want to do another round. If I did do another round I wouldn’t be able to until the New Year and I don’t want that hanging over my head.

Looking at my calendar and travel dates, realistically the longest round I can do this time is 37 days. Which would give me an additional week. If I did keep going this slowly, it would mean maybe a total weight loss of 5lbs more. That would at least take me down to 134, and maybe the inches lost would mean I would be happy there. But I want to get down another 9lbs, and I am wondering if another 17 days could do that. Realistically it should easily be able to – 0.5lb a day should be the LEAST we lose on this plan. So I have to cling to hope but days like this make it tough. Continue reading

Phase 2 Day 19 VLCD

Weigh-in = 139.2lbs (-0.8lbs)!

At last! Nearly a whole pound lost today. Again I had to weigh myself three times in the morning before I got the lowest reading, which is strange. But still, thrilled for such a low reading. Hopeful I’ve busted through that 140lb barrier and can keep losing all the way down to 130 now :).

Seems there may be something to that Cali Kicker after all – and I didn’t have any cayenne so I didn’t even have it with the ‘kick’! I’ll have to get some cayenne in my shop tomorrow. Continue reading

Phase 2 Day 18 VLCD

Weigh-in = 140lbs (-0.4lbs)

Close to the 130s! Weight loss is still SO. SLOW. What’s going on?? As I get close to Day 20 (when I would only have 10 days left), it’s making me nervous that I’m still 10 pounds away from my goal…

I’m getting a little obsessive about the numbers, because I am constantly trying to calm my anxiety that I won’t lose what I want to. I don’t want to have gone through all of this to have to do another round, or to not be where I want to be at the end of this round. Continue reading

Phase 2 Day 17 VLCD

Weigh-in = 140.4lb (=)

Same exact weight – to the ounce! – as yesterday. I’m hoping to go back to losing close to 1lb a day now that TOM has gone, and it doesn’t seem to be happening. I may get a whoosh once three days have passed from the end of TOM, but we’ll see.

I decided to do some Cali Kickers, as those are recommended to help get metabolism going. They are: 1 cup room-temp or warm water mixed with juice of half a lemon, half a packet of stevia and a dash of cayenne pepper. Some add apple cider vinegar to it so I have too. I had one tonight and will have two tomorrow – morning and night – and for the rest of the plan. One woman posted in the group that she did one one night and woke up to 5 pounds loss! Continue reading

Phase 2 Day 16 VLCD

Weigh-in = 140.4 (-1.2lbs)

At long last, some loss! Strange thing is when I woke up I was exactly the same weight. Waited 5 minutes and I’d dropped quite a bit. Strange…

Was at a conference today for work that was right across the street from my place, so I worked from home in between conference sessions. Was easy enough to stay on protocol today but good Lord I am getting bored of the same foods day in and day out. I went over to a friend’s house tonight and really enjoyed the social interaction. I don’t know why I feel the need to ‘hide out’ so much on this diet. I think the main issue was that I was weak for a week or two, but now I have more strength and energy, I can go out a bit more. Continue reading