Thursday, December 10, 2009

Round 1/Phase 4/Day 13

At last...Flo has made her appearance. The bee-atch has been threatening since last week...and finally, she shows...with a vengeance. Honestly...menopause can not come soon enough.

Up .6 this morning, but between bloating and such, I'm not too worried. It is, in fact, the life of a dieting woman.

T-minus 8 days and counting until fun-in-the-sun. Yep. My honey and I are giving each other a tan for Christmas. Rather than face our families, we are leaving the country. Does it get any better?

Must work for at least an hour or two.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Round 1/Phase 4/Day 11

Down 30 lbs. as of this morning.

Can technically eat "what I want," but have been opting for proteins, good carbs and limited alcohol...obviously paying off...down 4.7 lbs. since official last weigh-in. Not surprised. Staying within my caloric range, drinking upwards of a gallon of water a day and engaging in moderate's how weight would normally be shed, no?

It's not exactly difficult, this maintenance phase...but it's also not that easy. The hard part is slowly working in new foods and eating everything (good or bad) in moderation. I understand now that part of my weight issues have been poor eating choices, but the bigger problem is eating Too. Much. Food. No one needs 12 ounces of protein at dinner. No one needs a salad with more calories than a Big Mac. My favorite trick is to use my salad plate for all meals. It is plenty large and if my food doesn't fit? Chances are, my portions are super-sized.

So all that said. I'm learning to adopt these new habits as second nature. For example, had a lovely tomato based black bean soup for lunch...was served with decorative tortilla chips on the top. Technically, a small thing like that at this phase would not be a problem, but I figured, I don't 'loooove' them so why eat the wasted calories...small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

Found a Cooking Light recipe for meatloaf (289 calories a serving) that I'll make for dinner tonight...will serve with a tomato, cucumber, feta & basil salad (say a 1/2 cup)...good protein and veggies. Will try to save room for a piece of fruit for dessert. I know, similar to the VLCD meal plan...with a few exceptions. Again, trying to look at my HCG journey as a life change, not just a diet.

To my plugging along,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Round 1/Phase 4/Day 5

So, still down 28.3 lbs. Go me. Slowly working in more and more foods, but still no sugar or starches. Think I'll stick with that rule indefinitlely. Drinking more, primarily champagne, but not to excess. Basically trying to execute good and reasonable choices.

And, it's not that hard. I really do eat way more food than ever before (about 1300-1400 calories each day), with a strong focus on protein. Thank god for Greek yogurt (love the 2% Fage)! Breaky is usually a tub of that, small tub of sugar-free pineapple tidbits and one tablespoon of sliced almonds. Filling and really yummy.

Also readjusting my fave recipes now. Made my signature "Hamburg Soup" with 93% burger, sausage and only green veggies (onion, spinach, celery) potatoes or barley.

My honey and I both have a nasty cold...thinking Chicken Pot Pie...only, no potatoes, peas...minimal carrots and lots more meat! Will still bake with puff pastry, but won't eat any. I'm learning it's all about planning and making good, healthy choices.

We'll see. Need to rest now.

Sorry for being an absentee blogger,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

round 1/Phase 3/Day 5...down .6 lbs.

And I continue to be dazzled by how this protocol...Just. Plain. Works. It's crazy...I'm telling you.

Had a delish piece of "naked" grilled salmon (about 3 ounces) on top of a lightly dressed caesar salad (parmesan yes, croutons no)...lovely. With, of course, 32 ounces of water and two cups of black coffee, lightly sweetened with Stevia. I am the picture of discretion.

Looking forward to dinner already...thinking an omelette (my first) is in order...two large eggs, a spot of cream, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar and some diced tomato...oh yeah...bring it on.

Breaky today was another favorite: small tub of 2% cottage cheese, sugar-free pineapple tidbits and 1 tbl. of slivered about stick-to-your ribs...and all for just a measly 203 calories.

Trying to work/write at the library this afternoon...hoping for a few less distractions.

Must get the day going properly.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Round 1/Phase 3/Day 4...holding steady!

Amazingly, I'm eating in the 1300 range for calories each day...enjoying treats like all-natural peanut butter on my apple; olive oil in my dressings and loads of protein...yet, I'm still exactly at my last weigh-in...or minus 26.3 lbs. Sweet!

Also making every effort to get to exercising...been walking at least 10,000 steps each, it's a start...small one, I know. Now to motivate to "really" in hop on the elliptical or work out with the medicine ball...firm up my hot new bod.

No matter how you slice it, I feel great...and don't look half bad, either.

Fretting a bit over Turkey Day. Heading to my honey's family's house for dinner...can only eat turkey, so do I bring my own veggies and insult my hosts or just not eat anything but the bird? I don't know. I do know...I'm not be honest, she (the sister-in-law) is just not that good a cook! Not to mention, every vegetable is cooked to shit, so the desire factor is low to none. But again, a plate with just a few slices of turkey on it is not going to make me any friends.

Ah, screw it...I'm a princess and I'll do as I damn well please. So there!

Back to and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Round 1/Phase 3/Day 3

.4 lbs. below final weigh-in, so hovering between 25&26 lbs. off.

No cocktails yesterday, but plenty of protein and good carbs. Also lots of H2O too.

Feel good today. Motivated to get cracking as far as work and responsibilities go. I've been a little deliquent what with completing projects and staying focused. But that's done. Today starts a new page.

Off to take the pooch on a brisk walk; shower; work; visit Dad after lunch; then more work. All good.

As for food...hmmm, might need to buzz to the store for some meats...prep a few chix breasts (for easy eating) and pick up a steak for tonight! Yum!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Round 1/Phase 3/Day 2

Up 1.0 lb. from yesterday, putting me exactly at my last weigh-in figure. That with consuming more food than I've had since the load days AND partaking of 2.5 glasses of champagne! Dare I say, I'm feeling confident that the HCG process works. Of course, it is considerably harder now given the myriad food choices available, but I'm working hard to stay focused. Plus, when in doubt, I pound back a big ol' glass of water.

Thinking of getting my honey to make me some eggs and cheese for breaky...just a thought. A little hungry, so I'm needing a little somethin' somethin'!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Round 1/Phase 3/Day 1

Down another 1.0 lb. What a great day...I've had two glasses of fab gift to me. Made a delish meatball soup (ate a mere 289 calories for lunch) and enjoyed a nosh on some fresh roasted chix. All good, but tomorrow's weigh-in will be the real proof!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 42 effective

Down another .6 lbs for a total of 25.3 lbs. lost to date. Well into day two of the last three days of weaning off the HCG and I. Am. Hungry! Also lost another 3.25" all around for a total of 36" lost to date. Not bad for 40+ days of work.

Anxious to move into the next phase...that occurs midday tomorrow...been reading up on how to work in new foods and such. Tomorrow's treat will be a glass of doubt about it...and a little olive oil! Woo-hoo, she's gettin' crazy.

Thinking that perhaps during the three week stabilization phase I might still drop some more weight...that would be nice...still would like to hit the 60s. We'll see.

Need to get's already 11:00 a.m. EST. YIKES!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day HCG, still VLCD

Down .1 lbs. for a total of 24.7. At 172 even. Still want to hit the would just be good for my psyche.

Had to buy new bras yesterday... Wow! What a difference that makes. Wrangling in the girls in is always a good thing.

Honey has the flu. He is bellowing for me!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 40 effective...stop HCG at noon!

Down 1.9 lbs. for a total of 24.6 lbs. lost. I'll take my last weigh-in figure as of Friday! Can't believe I've gone 40 days without a cocktail. With the exception of champagne, I'm really not interested in much else in regards to alcohol for the near future. We will see. My gal pal (who has been hugely supportive) assures me my "curious" (not to mention bored) palette will betray me...who knows.

Let's see, 72 last hours of the VLCD, then I up my caloric intake to 1350 or so...need to get the exact BMR on my last weigh-in day. Those cals need to be primarily protein and good carbs. No. Starches. Or. Sugars!

Still...I'm very pleased and still motivated. Primarily because of how this protocol is designed into phases. Makes goals manageble, gives great results and seems to effectively move the dieter into longterm life changes.

Of course, I'll keep you posted.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 39 effective

-.1 lbs. Amazing, considering I had an extra cracker and an extra fruit...I was very hungry for some reason.

Slowly working in exercise as I anticipate Phase 3...never my fave thing to do, but being down a few pounds is a big motivator. Considering how sedentary I normally am, working in the 10,000 steps a day is a good start...can't hurt, that's for sure.

Speaking of Phase 3...of course I'll be right in the midst of stabilization as Turkey Day rolls around...already trying to plan my menu. Will ask family what I'm supposed to bring, but will also bring some steamed broccoli with cheese, then pop under the broiler...I'm guessing my meal will be limited to turkey and my own veg only. Let's face it, squash, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and other delectables are right out.

I will, however, bring my own wine and enjoy a glass or two. Why not? It's all good!

That's it for today.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 38 effective...

Down .4 lbs. for a total of 22.6 lost. Really hoping to hit 25 lbs. by last-weigh-in-date-while-on-HCG. We'll see.

Truly looking forward to mixing up my food choices and working in some good fats. Alas, my kingdom for a walnut!

Need to jump start the work week.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 37 effective...

Still have my "friend," but happy to say I'm down 1.3 lbs. for a total of 22.5 lost to date. With day 40 looming, I'm hoping to hit a personal high (or low, as this case is) of 25 lbs. lost.

Then begins Phase 3 of HCG. Woo-hoo...cheese, dairy, nuts and olive oil... In moderation, but oh yeah! Bring it on!

HCG has been getting a lot of press here on the East Coast. Nutritionists poo-poo it ("500 calories a day is not ever healthy, etc."), but no one concretely says it's bad (such as longterm side effects) or cites specifics to that effect.

About the only minor issue I've had is some cramping in my hands. Nothing a good shake doesn't resolve, but that's it.

All in all, I can't say enough good stuff about HCG. I've actually stuck to a protocol because the one pitfall of all diets I've tried has been dealing with cravings and hunger...HCG took that out of the equation.

And as for the nutritionists...granted, you don't eat much, but who can fault you for eating small portions of all good food? And lastly, it's 40 days at the most. Nobody ever starved to death in 40 days!


Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 36 effective

Still not losing...what with my period. Stalled at 21 lbs., with one week to go...hope to have my last weigh-in be at 25 lbs. lost...that would be amazing.

Nervous about entering Phase 3...would hate for all this hard work to go to waste. But, knowing sugars and starches are out (not just for the three weeks following Phase 2, but likely indefinitely), I should be able to hold steady. Particularly if I work in appropriate exercise.

To that end, I intend to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day...that would be good both cardio wise and just in general. Also, I am thinking of taking up yoga...I like the idea of building my core, as well as the whole relaxation aspect. I will, faithful follower, keep you posted.

Need to actually work today, so eat and be well!

Jane Doh!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 35 effective...the numbers do not lie! weight loss today...I have my period. But I did take my measurements, as I have each Friday since I started the protocol. Lost another 4" this week, bringing my total inches lost to 32.75! Holy shit! Yes, I know...if you review all my postings that doesn't add up...made a mathematical error somewhere earlier...but I checked and re-checked...from my first measurement to today's, the total is 32.75.

I'm particularly pleased with the 7" shaved from my waist and the 4.5" from my chest (you know, just under your boobalas...what makes your bras uncomfortable because you are probably wearing the wrong size...but I digress). Not to mention 4.5" off my belly, making my silhouette exceptionally more enticing.

Oh yeah, and my BMI is down 10.4%...sweet.

So I finish the HCG on Wednesday, Nov. 11, staying on the VLCD until midday Saturday...when I need to begin to increase my caloric intake. Of course, no sugars or starches, but I can have moderate portions of wine (say 1 or maybe two glasses once or twice a week)...need to closely watch the scale to see how my body adjusts to that. Really looking forward to a glass of champagne with my honey...I miss that the most.

As for food, I'll pump up the protein (as urged) and the fruits and I get to work in dairy and eggs! I love's incredible, edible, versatile and delectable...woo-hoo.

Oh, and exercise...need to begin exercising. But I think I'm okay with that I've lost some weight...I feel more energized to get that's good. Bought a pedometer (I walk the dog a lot) and I picked up a 10 lb. medicine ball for doing lunges and such while watching TV...hey, every little bit helps.

Need to start my day!

Eat and be well...I know I am,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 34 effective...

Traveling weigh-in...but I was good. Though I was right...the red menace is in town...taking names and numbers. Still imbibed tons of water and the typical 500 calories...maybe 525...I might have had a little extra chicken (so, shoot me...what-ev).

Heading home today...not a good road warrior...I'm more your basic doubt about it.

Have a piece of fruit (small Granny Smith(, 3.5 oz. of lean steak that I cooked yesterday, ample H2O and Wayfarers. I. Am. Good. To. Go.

Safe travels to and be well to you.

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 33 effective...

Today's entry is short and sweet...Auntie Flo is due, so I'm up 1.0 lb! Arrrggh. And, no, I did not cheat.

Traveling through late tomorrow... Prepped my food accordingly, so I should be set.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 32 effective...

Down .1 lbs. Not much, but I'll take it.

Considering going to the Dominican Republic for Christmas. Can't decide which family to visit during the holidays? Screw it...leave the country. Works for me. Ca$h is tight, but it's also a question of sanity...and, leaning strongly towards the sun-and-fun idea.

Then again, working so hard at this protocol and being fairly successful, I do deserve a reward, right? What a concept...donning a bathing suit and not dreading it...who am I? Oh yeah, that's right, the new and improved Jane Doh!

Speaking of new and improved...tried a pretty good recipe for All Beef Chili last night...HCG friendly, too. Heat a large dutch oven (dry) to medium hot. Add 1 pound lean top round beef (all visible fat removed), cut into 1" cubes. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Brown. Add 2 chopped onion and 4 cloves minced garlic. Cook until softened (about 5 mins.). Add 3 tbl. chili powder; 1 tsp. ground cumin; 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Stir until fragrant and to coat onion and beef. Add 3 cups low sodium beef broth (check that there is no sugar in it...the natural section of the grocery store should have this...usually says "organic" on the label). Bring to a boil, then lower to simmer and cook, partially covered, for approximately 1.5 hours. Check and stir frequently. About 30 mins. in, add a squirt of tomato paste (again, make sure there is no sugar added)...the tube variety is great for this (beats opening a can and tossing it). When the liquid is cooked down to a thick sauce consistency and the meat is fork-tender, you are ready to eat. Serve 3/4 cup, topped with chopped red onion, tomato and scallion. If in Phase 3 of the protocol, add some cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if you like.

Here's an interesting bit of news. As I near the end of my 40-day protocol (a mere 8 days to go, then 3 on the VLCD without HCG), I'm finding myself feeling a little sad, almost. I've felt so good during this process and am a bit skeptical that this weight I've taken off will stay off. I will, of course, stay vigilant during the 3-week "reset" period...avoiding, most importantly, all starches and sugars...but, I don't this where the "too good to be true" adage comes to pass? I really hope not...that would be oh-so-disappointing.

Must face my work day.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Day 31 effective...

Down .5 lbs. bringing the total to 21 lbs. lost. Feeling and looking pretty good. Though I am starting to dwell on adding things like cheese and olives to my diet...missing those items in a big way.

Had an odd experience yesterday...took a wee sip of my honey's Horny Toad Margarita (Hornitos, lime juice, Grand Marnier on the rocks, of course) and it tasted awful to me. Making me wonder if HCG's claims that your cravings will change over the course of the protocol is proving true. I mean nothing! And let me tell you, I love the Horny Toad.

As my feeble mind pondered this odd turn of events, I vaguely recalled reading once that a new habit (good or bad) takes three weeks to stick. Seeing as it has been over four weeks since my last "beverage of moderation," have I (horror of horrors) moved beyond the drinking stage? Egads! Though, make no mistake, champagne is not in this category...I'll choke that back even if it tastes like turpentine to me...that's a whole social/romantic event that will not be sacrificed to the diet Gods.

It is Monday and another work week begins. Need to plan food accordingly as I'll be traveling a couple of days...looking forward to that challenge.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 30 effective...

I missed my first post to the blog yesterday. Completely skipped it...oops! Failed to weigh-in, too. What is up with me? Not like I was hiding from a cheat or something.

Today's weigh-in was not a good day. Only down .1 lbs., bringing the total to 20.5 lbs. lost in 29 days. Might have to do with the somewhat fatty piece of steak I had no choice in eating. There was no other protein available and I needed to eat something. Long story. I'd prepared my lunch and fruit, but was assured we'd be home for dinner. No such luck. Arrghhh, further proving, the best laid plans......

Might also be at yet another plateau or it could be my period is coming early...either way, losing has come to a crawl. And I stress, I've not cheated.

Was thinking of continuing an extra few days after the full 40, but no, I'll move into phase three as instructed. I'm dying to mix my diet up a bit and would give my left tit for a little fat (oooooohhhh, olive oil).

It's Sunday. My honey wants Chinese food...again (yes, he always wants Chinese food...if I would agree, he'd eat it everyday). Which means I get hot tea, H2O and four steamed shrimp with cabbage, onion and celery. Go me!

Better posts tomorrow! I promise.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day full month of HCG!

Banner day today. Down .9 lbs. for a total of 20.4 lbs. lost and I've trimmed off an amazing 22.25" overall! I am beyond convinced of the effectiveness of HCG. Feel great...looking good...what more could I ask?

Had a fab VLCD-friendly meal with my honey last night: baked haddock with a sprinkle of Greek Seasonings and wafer-thin sliced red onion and tomato on top...20 minutes @ 375ºF. Served atop 1/4 cup of homemade salsa (chopped cukes, toms, red onion, cilantro, vinegar, salt, pepper and a few dashes of hot sauce), with a side of steamed spinach. Fabulous and even "himself" liked it!

Looking forward to lunch today...treated myself to some lobster...will serve on a bed of dark greens and tomatoes...decadent, but at minus 20+ pounds, I'm so worth it.

Happy Friday all!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 27 effective...

So, I've done the thing you are not supposed to do on this protocol. I've travelled without my scale, which means no weigh-in today.

Yesterday was an over-protein day...must have consumed 9-10 ounces, but still came in under 500 calories total. Only tomorrow will tell.

Despite trying to plan in regards to food while on the road, this is not an easy thing to accomplish. Fruits and select veggies travel okay, but protein is tough. Hence my overload. Arrrgghh.

I guess though, if I'm going to err, extra protein is the way to go. Beats cowing down on a Big Mac or some such other temptation!

Heading back home today, which means getting into the straight and narrow*. Hoping to see good numbers in the morning.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

* lyric reference is courtesy of The Who.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 26...effective

Down 1.4 lbs. this morning for a total of 19.5 lost! In a mere 25 days. Wow! I continue to dazzle me.

Never did give into my cravings yesterday...amazingly...and happily I was rewarded with a close to 1 1/2 pound decrease.

Need to travel for a biz/family obligation today and tomorrow. On this diet, an endeavor of this nature requires considerable planning. Aside from not forgetting my drops, I need to pack my scale; ample shelf stable veggies (thinking celery and radishes); easy-to-eat fruits (apples, oranges); a couple Melba Toasts (for the hungry horrors), as well as research and make careful choices regarding restaurants for my main meals. I'm dealing with a lot of shit here!

Oh yeah, and lots of bottled H2O...I don't trust most communities' tap water (I know...unfounded...but, that's just me).

Need to start my day.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 25...effective

Down another .9 lbs., for a total of 18.2 lbs. Decided a diuretic was in order...feeling a little bloated, what with all the H2O. Feel much better being down close to a pound never hurts.

Fired my client, as promised. God, did that feel good! And, to further divest myself of dead wood, I cleaned out my closet...again, awesome feeling in all ways.'s something new...I'm having my first real tough day...craving anything with fat! Not really bad fats like french fries...more like melted, gooey cheese (preferably with a few brown, crisp bubbles)...oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

I was at a business lunch at my fave Mexican bistro (Agave, Newburyport), partaking of the CoCo Special (half portion of naked grilled chix, shredded lettuce, chopped toms and a few slices of cucumber (vinegar on the side)), but boy did those nachos look tempting...and I HATE nachos. What is up with that?

Cravings be damned, I did not succumb and I live to lose another pound (or so)...did I tell you I'm averaging .7 lbs per day...sweet, huh?

That's it for now!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 24...effective.

Back to -17.2 lbs., bringing me to 179.5 lbs. Still not sure why Sunday was a gain day. Annoying, to say the least.

And to add insult to injury, it is Monday again. Now that a series of high-pressure events are over and done with, I'm looking forward to some quiet time with other less stressful clients. In fact, speaking of clients, I am so firing my annoying hair dresser. No, not for a lousy hair cut (tho that's a topic for another time...I am so NOT a "texture" gal), for just being a general pain in my ass who does not pay his bills. Reason enough, no? Ah, the relief one feels when divesting themselves of life's dead wood.

As for the diet...I have come to the realization, I'm not the 1 lb.-per-day person most others seem to be when on the HCG protocol. And, I assure you, gentle reader, it is not because of even the occasional cheat. Further proving, nothing is ever easy.

Well, except for my husband. He cuts out ice cream and loses 3+ lbs. a week. It's enough to make me sick! Ice cream! My lips have not tasted ice cream in two long, lonesome years. But I digress...

Came up with a nifty chicken topper...oil-free salsa. Not the biggest fan of peppers (upset my tummy, don't you know), I created my own fab version of salsa: chopped cukes, toms (both reduce bitterness), red onion and cilantro with salt, pepper, several dashes of your favorite hot sauce and red wine vinegar to taste. Chop onions first and "bloom" with several shakes of vinegar (again, reduces bitterness), then chop remaining ingredients. If in phase three, a few tablespoons of olive oil adds further depth, but during phase two, the vinegar only is really quite good. I've enjoyed it on white fish and shrimp, too.

That's it for today. Back to the salt mines.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day 23 effective...what the eff?

I gained .6 lbs. yesterday. How is that possible? No cheats. Went for a long walk and drank over 100 oz. of H2O? Arrrggghh. Disappointed, to say the least.

In fact, I only consumed 478 of the allotted 500 calories. This is not good. Oh, and no, I did not use oil based makeup or body creams. Haven't since I started this thing. Been going with the natural look... Not always pretty, but what can you do? Hope my period isn't coming, as I only finshed that 10 days ago.

More info to come tomorrow.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 22...effective.

Down another pound for a total of 17.2...go me!

NOTE TO SELF: when ordering a "naked" caesar salad at a restaurant, be sure to tell the-not-so-bright-server that naked means no dressing, croutons or cheese. Though, I must say, the dusting of parmesan that remained on the lettuce leaves I diligently tried to shake clean, was really, really delicious...and, yes, I still lost a pound this morning.

Okay, so I am still 18 days out from the end of my 40 day protocol, but I'm already thinking about the next Phase...maintenance (lots more protein and veggies/fruit, plus good fats (olive oil, nuts, etc., but no starches or sugars).

Came to the sad realization that there are many things I will never likely eat again. I'd say, in moderation, what harm? But, I know myself...moderation and my fave go-to snax do not mix. Kind of like plaids and stripes (I don't care what Tim Gunn says).

So, farewell, I say, to my dear friends: Chinese chicken wings (extra crispy, don't you know); french fries (any kind, any time); puff pastry (I'll still indulge in my absolutely delicious homemade chicken pot pie, but it will be a considerably smaller portion and lacking said pastry); and pasta (okay, maybe not the occasional Dan-Dan noodles ("one noodle at a time"), but on the whole, ba-bye).

But it's not all doom and gloom...really, it's not. As I've mentioned previously, this is a life change for me. The 40 day jump start is getting me where I want to be weight wise (quickly, I might add, as it is no secret, I have the attention span of a gnat), but make no mistake, completion of the process does not give me license to go back to MickeyD's, et al. If I do, I guarantee I'll gain all the weight I lost back and then some.

I've even been thinking about alcohol and how to best work it back into my life. Reality: I miss sharing a bottle of champagne with my sweetie...and can not wait to get back to that. But thinking seriously that I may give up wine and such in total. I've noticed that, rarely do we finish a bottle of bubbly and crack another...the two and half glasses gives a nice glow and all is good. Wine, on the other hand, we can't seem to open that second (and sometimes third) bottle quick enough. No wonder I'm hungover and feel like ass in the morning! That's a bottle and a half...for just me! YIKES...I feel a headache coming on just writing about it.

But, alas, who knows how I'll fare? Only time...and my daily blog...will tell.

Wishing a great Saturday to all.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 21...effective...week four begins.

Down another 1.0 lb. for a total of -16.2 lbs. Also it's Friday, so that means measurements. Down another 3.25 inches, for a whopping -17" overall. Most impressive is a loss of 5" at the waist and a decrease of 2" at the bras are waaaaay more comfortable with that bit of extra room and the back rolls of fat have decreased significantly. Cool, huh?

Interesting revelation last night. Seems my friends had wagers on how long I might last on this "protocol." Two weeks was the longest. All anticipated I'd be weak and faint...craving a cocktail, like nobody's business. Ha! Look at me edging into week focused as ever. In. Your. Faces. Naysayers.

Last night's fete was fabulous. Great media coverage; better time and, quite frankly, I looked really good. Though I did feel a smidge foolish eating celery at the table (while everyone else noshed on , but a girl's gots to do what a girl's gots to do. I did swipe a steamed asparagus spear off my pal's plate...yes, it's allowed.

Will be eating out both major meals today. So, that means:

• What to drink? Lots of water. Perhaps an espresso.
• What to order? Likely a side salad (lettuce, cukes, tomatoes and onions) with a "naked" grilled chicken breast (of which I only eat half or 2/3's, depending on the portion size) with a little vinegar. Dinner is at my honey's fave Chinese restaurant, Ocean Wok, so it's the usual tea, H2O and steamed shrimp with cabbage, onion, celery and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
• Chance to be the social animal I am? Priceless.

Yay! My sister is looking forward to an afternoon off and a visit. Woo-hoo.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 20...effective

Now we are cooking with gas...down .6 lbs. from yesterday for a total of 15.2 lbs. in 19 days (I weigh in early in the morning, so though it says Day 20, I am only partway though the actual day itself as I type my oh-so-informative missives).

Big event tonight...need to bring my own food...can't trust myself with well-prepared hotel fare...shame really, but to be fabu, one must sacrifice cupcakes from Sweet and other fine treats (because quite frankly, this hotel's mac-n'-cheese in a parmesan crisp cone appetizer is to-die-for!). And. Yet. I. Will. Not. Indulge.

Can't wait to sport my LBD...I've never worn it (bought it two years ago) and I'm really thrilled it fits.

And to put all queries to rest, because you are no doubt wondering, "What ever will she bring for eats?" I'm thinking grilled lean steak (I'll do it on the G Forman Grill) sliced into bite-sized pieces, celery sticks and an orange...already peeled and sectioned. Easy to pop in my mouth without anyone noticing and all will keep fine at room temperature. Always thinking, that Jane Doh!

As for water...the hotel best have plenty of San Pellegrino and lemon on hand, preferably served in a champagne glass.

It's high noon here on the East Coast, or the Right Coast as I like to call it. Need to get some work and last minute prep done for tonight's fete.

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 19...effective...finally!

Finally...-.4 lbs. Took long enough!

Close to entering a new decade...that's when you drop below a 0 into the next lower ten pounds. Always a milestone and feels great...accomplishment-wise. That's why I always like to start a diet in the middle of a I can enter a new one fairly quicky. NOTE TO READERS: never start at 1-something-9...takes too long to get to that next 1-something-9!

FYI: Legal Seafoods is a fab restaurant for this protocol. Met up with a high school gal-pal last night and our cutie-patootie waiter couldn't have been more accommodating with my 3.5 oz.-of-naked-haddock-this; double-steamed-spinach-that...he just nodded politely and plied me with Saratoga H2O...all good!

Wore a cute little velvet suit that had not seen the light of day (or evening, for that matter) in more than two years...go me.

Glad to be on the losing side of things was a long four days. I know...I didn't get fat in three weeks, why should I think I'll get thin in that amount of time...but, the thing is, I'm eating so little, I find it hard to believe my body can't give up a measly ounce or that too much to ask?

Okay...back to work for this cowgirl.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 18...effective...not

Arrgghh! Still stuck at 14.2 lbs. Haven't lost an ounce since Saturday (it's Tuesday today). Annoying, to say the least. And, yet, I persevere.

Did something for me today...had a cut and color, plus I was treated to a complimentary warm towel facial and a paraffin hand wax. Very pleased. Went a little darker...winter is coming, after all. Looks good in a Serena – Samantha Steven's wicked-groovy-egocentric-lookalike-cousin – sort of way.

But alas, work beckons. Absolutely no time to chit chat. Big event on Thursday night.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day 17...effective

14.2 lbs. lost and holding. Arrgggh. And I didn't even hit 500 calories yesterday or the day before. Whatever. It's a protocol, not a flippin' diet. I'm making life changes. But, hell, throw me a friggin' bone, please.

But I digress.

And if making these life changes weren't challenging enough, everybody wants something. Clients...particularly the non-paying ones...are like gum on my shoe. Bottom of the priority list for you. Others are worth the effort and concern, but it's take, take, take. Then, at the dentist, it appears and old filling is too far gone for repair and a crown is in order. $hoot me now. And so it goes.

On a bright note, the weather is lovely today (bear in mind, it was snowing October!) and, though I'm not motivated, I will work diligently to complete my work. Perhaps even squeeze in a visit with my Dad...that would do my heart some good.

Need to eat a little something...thinking grilled chicken with sliced tomato & cukes. Simple, but good.

Almost forgot to jeans fit the other day. Haven't sported those puppies in well over a year! So, even though the number is not moving, something is...not only did they fit, but I could breathe and there was no struggling in or out!

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 16 effective.

Down another pound for a total of 14.2 lbs. Very pleased!

Enjoying a quiet day with pals watching the New England Patriots beat the ever loving shit out of the Titans. 59-0, with 10+unites left in the 4th. Yikes!

Just enjoyed a mock taco. Sauteed/steamed onion and 95% ground beef with sugar-free Mexican blend spices. Very, very good!

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 15...effective

Down only .1 lbs. And with the exception of two extra ounces of protein, I followed the diet exactly, further proving, there is absolutely no room for variation.

Not digging the slow down - in regards to actual weight loss - but I am liking the overall results, so I'll press on.

It is the weekend...always a challenge. More out of boredom and a desire to play like everyone else. But for the duration, no can do. I have a goal - to look and feel better - and I just plain need to make these life changes. As I've stated before, I'm an adult for godssakes! Well, most of the time. Okay, on occasion, but now is as good a time as any to start.

Today's goal: stay on target.

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 14...effective

Two full weeks in and I'm down 13.1 lbs. and 13.75" overall.

Not bad. Surprised, and not in a good way, at the inches lost. Some area's went up (huh?)...not sure if this is my faulty measuring technique...yet, on the positive side, my big-fat-fatty-fat-belly is minus 3.5" wonder my pants fit better!

Apple day was beyond boring...and tho I'm back over the pound-or-more loss target (1.1 lbs. this a.m.), I'm still a little frustrated. Not sure why, really...just am. And yet, I soldier on. In a way, I get a perverse kick out of sticking to the diet so well. Dare I say, I have this internal sense of superiority. Between the not drinking and eating like a flippin' bird, I just suck back my 100+ ounces of water and think to myself, "Oh, yeah. I'm all that...hold the bag of chips."

And so you get a glimpse into my warped little psyche.

Good news is, I get to eat again at lunch today...thank god. 3.5 oz. of protein and vegetable are looking like heaven-right-here-on-earth about now.

Not much to say for now.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 13...effective...bring on Apple Day!

Down just .1 lbs. Since I'm obviously at a plateau, an apple day is in order. Sticking to the diet and losing virtually nothing is not what I signed up for. kingdom for a 1/2 pound loss.

Interesting though, despite the snail's pace in relation to losing, my dedication to this protocol is not waning. Of course my honey wants to know when I can start drinking again. ANSWER: November 11. But I use that term loosely...a glass of wine, on occasion, is hardly the party mode he's looking for...oh well, it's all about life changes. And cutting back on the ol' vino is never a bad thing...weight wise and other.

Still can't get over how great clothes I haven't worn in ages are fitting...yet more motivation, from my standpoint.

Okay, must start my day. 10:00 a.m. meeting and lots of other stuff to do.

Be and eat well...I'm in apple mode!

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 12 effective update...guess who fit into her fabulous LBD tonight? Comfortably? Yes, me. And my favorite black velvet dress suit from Nordstroms is looking pretty amazing too. And that's just 12 days in and 11.8 lbs. down. Very excited and very motivated.

Day 12...effective, back on HCG

Lost the .2 and another .2...I believe I might be at a plateau. All the materials speak of hitting one when you touch on a weight you held consistent for more than 6 months...sadly, 185 is that disturbing figure.

I'm considering doing an "apple" day if tomorrow's weigh-in is more of the same. What, you ask, is that? Well, between lunch of one day to lunch of the next day, you take your usual HCG dosage and consume a mere 6 large apples (less is okay, but no more) and consume minimal you can guess, any bloat in the system (as well as anything else in the proverbial pipeline, so to speak) are flushed out. Supposedly, you are back on track the next day.

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. EST

Almost forgot to post this. More info to follow tomorrow.

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Day 11...effective first setback. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was up .2 lbs. since yesterday. And I did not cheat...haven't since I started the diet, in fact.

However, I'm not totally surprised. Though not required, I am in the habit of tracking my food intake everyday. I use this very cool iPhone app called "Edibles." The only pain in the butt is that you have to get the calorie count (I use and type in each thing that you eat (only once)...but, after you get all your typical foods in, you are good-to-go. This app also tracks your weight (including calculation of your BMI...I just dipped below 30...woo-hoo!) and credits you calories for any exercise.

As I was saying, I keep a count all day and, again, I did not cheat, but my total calorie intake for the day was (in relation to this protocol) a staggering 635 calories...I've been averaging 490-525. Still a low number, but between not taking the HCG because of my period, some not-so-great choices for my two proteins (chix and beef...I usually do one of those and a fish or shrimp), plus only 72 oz. of H2O...I'm guessing this wacky misalignment of the diet stars can easily be attributed to the minor gain.

Happily, I'm back on the HCG today and I will drink my customary 100 oz. plus of water. I am confident tomorrow will be a banner weigh-in day.

Ordinarily, a setback...even this wee...would put me into a tailspin. My mind would scream, "Why flippin' bother? Eating virtually nothing and...I. Still. Gained. Weight? That's it. I need bread (toasted and buttered...heavily), bacon and peanut butter...STAT!"

You get the idea. And yet...I'm still as committed as ever. Go figure.

As for food...I purchased the veal, but did not prep it last night...I'll let you know how yesterday's meal idea pans out.

Last night I did prepare a yummy concoction. Grilled chicken (a little salt and pepper on both sides), served atop fennel, shallot and tomatoes that I baked in the oven for 25 mins. @ 350ºF. Slice the first two ingredients wafer thin, lightly salt (to draw out moisture) and top with 10 grape tomatoes. Wrapped tightly in a tinfoil packet and placed in over (lower rack) until steamed to a nice al dente, about 20-25 mins. Top with cooked chicken (sliced), then added a few dashes of vinegar. Lovely.

It's a rainy, generally icky day here in New England...triggering a migraine for me. Fortunately, I've excellent drugs to manage same, but definitely not firing on all cylinders. Yet, I'll soldier on*.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

* see previous "plucky Irish" reference in earlier post.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Day 10...effective

Down .9 lbs. again...11.6 lbs. total.

Feeling it around my mid-section most (I was, after all, minus 2.75" in that measurement last Friday). Wish my face (and multiple chins) would begin to show it, but all in good

Still without my supplemental HCG...getting easier on day three...maybe I stopped it too early? All documentation says to discontinue drops on your "heaviest" flow days...thought I did...oh well, live and learn.

As for food...need to think about mixing it up a bit. Perhaps it's time to work in some lobster and lump crab. Dare I say, I'm getting a little bored with shrimp, chix and lean beef. And that is not a good thing. Thinking that veal (which is allowed) is also in my future. Tho, never having enjoyed it other than lightly breaded and smothered in a beurre blanc or, perhaps, marinara sauce, my stellar cooking abilities and this protocol's limited cooking options, do present a challenge to said protein's preparation.

I'm thinking a naked grill for the veal, finished with roasted tomatoes and fennel might do the trick (place toms and sliced fennel in tinfoil; sprinkle with Italian seasoning (make sure there's no sugar in the mix) and place in 350º F oven for 20-25 mins.). I'll report on this concoction a smidge later.

Here's a cool nails are growing long, strong and oh-so-pretty! Naturally. Who knew? Actually, I guess I did...vaguely recall noticing women who are preggers always sporting nice digits. And hair...their hair, rarely styled or even clean for often more lustrous and just plain fabulous. Hoping it is only the hair on my head that enjoys a sudden fullness and such...I do not relish the thought of increased tweezing or giant bushes under the ol' arms and elsewhere. Ewwwww.

That's it for and be well,

Jane Doh!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 9...natural-forming HCG not-so-effective

Not feeling the love surviving on my body's ability (inability?) to supplement HCG during my period. This is the first time that I have truly struggled not to eat...but I'm committed to this diet protocol and failure, quite frankly, is not an option.

On the plus side, I'm down another .9 lbs., bringing me into the double digits for a total loss of 10.7 lbs. and a very clear downward trend on my tracking graph.

An interesting thing happened yesterday. I met up with a couple of gal pals for Agave in Newburyport, where the chef graciously prepared a lunch of naked grilled chicken, served on a bed of lettuce with chopped tomatoes and sliced cukes. Topped with a little lime juice and vinegar...I was quite happy.

Anyway, back to my pals. So, both noticed my just-shy-of-10-lbs. loss and were kind enough to comment, "You look great!" "Keep-doing-that-voo-doo-that-your-doing" type stuff. I'm all blushy and proud of myself, of course. Who wouldn't be? Yet, on my walk home, I couldn't help thinking, "Did/do I really look that bad?" And the answer is...drum roll please...YES!

Thing is, I've always fancied myself to be "all that and a bag of chips." Sad part is, the chips (a super-sized economy bag) have been living, unopened in my belly (you know, that fatty, icky area between your enormous hips and somewhat discernible waist) for god-knows-how-long.

So as the weight literally melts away (and I assure you, it is), I need to reassess my image of myself.

Fact: I've never been a slender person. Weight has been an issue for me since I had to wear "bloomers" in gym class.
Fact: I'm petite...diminutive...short. And even one pound looks like five.
Fact: I love food...and I'm a pretty darn good cook, too.
Fact: I have a pretty face...quick to smile...nice teeth...the only thing my Alzheimer ridden mother ever consistently remembers..."Oh, look, it's that girl with the nice teeth come to visit!"

Reality: I'll never be slender...too Rubenesque, but I'm cool with that.
Reality: I'll never be taller.
Reality: I'll always love food.
Reality: I do, in fact, have nice teeth.

And that leaves me here, on this crazy 500-calorie-a-day protocol, taking HCG drops like they are crack and positively giddy at how easy the pounds are dropping.

Causing most, no doubt, to pontificate, "They'll come right back once you start eating again." But, I realize that with the exception of increasing portions and rounding out the whole allowed vegetables/protein aspect, I am eating normally now.

In fact, I'm eating the way I should have been eating all along...and I know this. I'm friggin'-48-years-old for chrissakes. This isn't rocket science.

Fact: No one needs to eat McDonald's.
Fact: Deep fried foods are not good for you.
Fact: Cake is not a food group.
Fact: Now that I've gone a good week without these things, I don't miss them and I'm not graving them.

My goal, is to use this HCG protocol to drop some quick weight and rewire my mindset when it comes to food and food choices. Long way of saying...I'm thinking this could be the life change I needed.

Happily, today is Sunday. Baseball (ALDS series) and football (who doesn't love football?) to entertain me.

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Day 8...effective

And now we begin week 2.

Down another .8 lbs., bringing the grand total to 9.8 lbs. Not bad.

Last night was my first real case of the "frungries."* I wanted to eat anything and everything. Settled on my second piece of fruit for the day...a tad late (I was working until 9:00 p.m. - not supposed to eat after 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., I can never remember)...but no matter. A long day deserved a little treat...broiled grapefruit with a smattering of cinnamon & stevia sprinkled on top. Then 5 mins in the hot box does it...juicy and different.

And though I was still a little peckish, I opted for a good book and bed. Am I exhibiting superwoman feats of willpower or what?

Which brings us to this morning. As I mentioned, my dreaded monthly visit has reigned it's lovely vermilion vileness on me...and without the HCG, I'm feeling the challenge. Showing me, just a mere eight days in, this will not be a cake (yummmm, c...a...k...e!) walk, but I will persevere...we Irish are a plucky lot, don't you know.

Duty (and the IRS) calls, I must finish and file my taxes by the, work, work!

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

* whaddya think it means? Friggin' hungry.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Day 7...effective

Well, well...well.

Guess who's down 9 lbs. and minus 10"? Oh yeah. 2.75" from my waist, alone. This HCG works...forget it's complicated name...I now christen it: getting-results-and-getting-'em-now!

I find I'm actually getting greedy with the weight loss. Was down a mere .9 lbs. this morning and was, quite frankly, a little miffed...particularly since I was exceptionally good yesterday, despite lunch out and meeting pals for cocktails (okay, they had cocktails, I had water...with lemon, though, so it was still really special).

My friend (and I use that term oh-so-loosely) is due in a few days, which means no is rumored that my body will produce enough HCG during the heaviest days...hmmmm, we'll see. Of course I'll share all the gory details.

Speaking of the aforementioned "friend"...I shared my preferred method of protection with my gal-pal at lunch yesterday (well, hell, this is the stuff we girlie girls talk about...well, isn't it?)...but I digress. Anyway, she'd never heard of it. Sooooo, thought I'd bring it up here.

Having never been overly successful with the ol' pontoon (ah, for those who never met Drusilla Lemonjello, it's what her college house mother (yes, she was in college when there were house mothers) called tampons...after I stopped howling at that visual, it's what I've called them since)...anyway, so when the wicked cool, but somewhat messy Instead came along, I was all over it.

What is Instead, you ask? It is basically a diaphragm-type collector that you can't feel, doesn't leak and you can leave it in for 12 hours. Though, I highly recommend removing it in the shower. I've tried otherwise and the bathroom ends up looking like a murder scene. If I disappeared and CSI ever came Anyway, that's my free plug for the day.

Back to the diet...about to have lunch...gulf white shrimp, steamed with cabbage and fresh lemon. Talk about awesomey* defined!

Photo shoot tonight, then it's on to the weekend.

Be and eat well,

Jane Doh!

*credit due to sweet William for my new favorite word.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Day 6 effective update...lunch at Burton's was diet friendly. My lunchmate scored 1 1/2 gulf shrimp. And I ate well.

Dinner, tho, was over the top. My own extra lean beef chopped in the processor to hamburger consistency.

Steamed/sauteed a whole onion (heated about 2 tbl. Of H2O in a non-stick pan) with Greek seasoning until tender and just starting to brown. Add hamburger, breaking up. Comes out like a steak and cheese (sans cheese, of course). Yummy.

Feeling beyond fantastic and can't get over it. I wouldn't say this protocol is's not. But the results are so gratifying, it makes sticking to it that more satisfying.

Weigh-in (as usual) and first week's measurements tomorrow.

Day 6...effective

Down another pound for a total of 8.1. I am dazzling myself!

Challenge today, to a business lunch at Burton's Grill...will likely give the chef a run for his money on the whole ordering thing, but hey, I'm committed to making this work.

And, found another huge sex drive is through the roof! Twice this morning...what is up with that? Oh, wait...I

Interesting...woke up for the first time a little hungry. Had my coffee (with my allowed single tablespoon of milk (thank the lord for that)) and that did the trick, but odd to get some pangs now. Everything I've read mentions the first few days being tough...probably just me...I never seem to follow the bell curve.

As I watch the pounds slip away, I can't help but see myself in some of my more fabulous thin clothes...that sweet LBD, the silk polka-dot number and, of course, the jeweled colored velvet sheath. Best of all, my girlie-girl heels (which I never stopped wearing, even at my heaviest) are so much more comfortable.

It's all good, as am I.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Day 5 effective update...actually finishing the day 19 calories below 500. Not trying to (usually 20-30 cals over), just worked out that way. And, yes, I'm not hungry! 5

...Day 5 "effective," that is.

Here's the skinny (well, not yet), so I'm doing it...the whole HCG diet "thang"...500 calories a day (easier than it sounds) drinking (not as bad as I expected)...overall life change (about time).

Things to know: I'm 5'0" (5'1" on a big hair day); 48-years-old (or 29 and 231 months); started at 196.7 (hence the pseudonym); and a mere five days in, I am down 7.1 lbs. Plus, I feel great.

Not familiar with HCG? It's human chorionic Gonadtrophin...the hormone baby mamas produce that diverts nutrients and such to the growing lil' one. And don't ask me how to pronounce it either...all I know is it works. I'm not hungry and the pounds are quickly slipping away.

As I understand it, the whole idea is to reset your metabolism through a defined, short-term dieting effort (no more than 40 days, no less than 20 on the HCG).

Short story of how it works: you stuff your cake hole for 2 fabulous days with any and everything (the more fattening the better) while starting the HCG drops (6 times a day, under the tongue). Day 3 you begin the 500 very low calorie diet (VLCD) selections of fruit, veggies and protein (2 fruit, reasonable amounts of veggies, 7 oz. protein (2 servings of 3.5 oz.)).

Plus you need to drink at least 68 oz. of H2O everyday. Take measurements at start; weigh yourself every morning (after a piddle and sans clothing). Keep a log of this info too, cuz' seeing the numbers drop is great motivation.

For all the details, read the founder's protocol here ( a quick search of "HCG" doesn't hurt either.

What I can't get over is my energy level and, for lack of a better word, just a general feeling of euphoria. Not sure if it's the hormone or pride in losing weight.

Anyway, trying to get creative with prepping the limited food items...particularly fond of steamed shrimp and spinach with greek seasonings. I'm also forcing myself not to drop out of my social life just because I'm dieting.

Call me a masochist, but I'm still going to bars and restaurants...I am, after all, the consummate social bunny. I'm just drinking lots of seltzer and doing my best Meg-Ryan-in-the-deli scene from "When Harry Met Sally."

No, not that one...but more than a few people have said, "I'll have what she's having" when they see my special-order dish! My favorite Asian restaurant in NH – Ocean Wok – makes me a steamed lunch portion of shrimp (6...I eat 4 and give two to my honey) with cabbage, onion and celery. A little lemon juice, lots of hot tea and I'm living large. And in no time, that will be figuratively speaking versus literally!

I'll keep you posted.

Eat and be well.

Jane Doh!