Friday, February 12, 2010

Stabilization...Day 90

Down another .2...soon to break into a whole new "decade" with my weight. Very exciting...I haven't been in the 50s in over 10 years!

To recap, I recently did one round (sublingually) of the hormone HCG (Oct to mid-Nov, 2009), dropping 25.3 lbs. & 36” overall (7” off my waist alone), almost three months later and eating a 1400 calorie diet, coupled with moderate exercise (at least 10,000 steps a day), I’m down a total of 35.9 lbs. & 47” overall (9” at the waist).

I think the naysayers of this miss the whole point of the HCG’s hard, but it’s for a finite amount of time (no more than 43 days) and it’s about resetting your relationship with food/booze, etc.

I had friends laying bets I’d never last...but with the results I saw each day...and continue to see, I can not complain. And, truth be told, I have alcohol consumption is considerably less (still like to toast a glass of bubbly (sometimes 1/2 bottle) with my honey)...but red and white wine are out.

I’m not saying forever, but, quite frankly, neither tastes that good to me anymore. Champagne is still yummy, but again, a little bit goes a long way! Also, I’ve completely cut out the “whites” (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc.) and with the exception of 1 or 2 peanut M&Ms as an occasional treat (and, yes, I’m content with just one or two), no sugars, either. Certainly no cakes, cookies, candy, etc.

I track every calorie I eat (peanut M&M: 10.3 calories); exceed one gallon of water consumed each day; and weigh-in every morning.

Have successfully worked in a nice variety of what I consider my “new” idea of a treat: all natural peanut butter (1 tbl. w/granny smith apple (96 & 95 cals, respectively)), tiny box of raisins (45 cals), 5 dried apricot halves (110 cals), 10 pistachios (40 cals), 5 macademia nuts pcs. (35 cals) , I don’t feel deprived.

Anyway...I feel great...have kept the initial weight off and continue to lose...and I've had no side effects to speak of...okay, I was having some issues with my hands cramping if I picked up something heavy. And considering the woeful amount of potassium I consumed during the 43-day protocol...I'm not surprised. But now I take magnesium each day (along with a couple of fish oils and a multivitamin) and I've not had the problem since.

My take? If you are serious about making a life change, try this. Make no mistake, it's hard...but not impossible.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stabilization...Day 88

Hunkering down for a Nor'easter here in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts. Happily, we on the Northshore should dodge a snowy bullet, but alas, it is never over until the fat lady sings...and that would have been me, but given my extraordinary weight loss...well, that is up for debate!

Whipped up a leftover veggie-chicken-cheesy delight last night. Need to tweak original recipe (give it a lower-cal, protein-packed Jane Doh! punch), but will post when perfected.

A plateful of this sin weighs in at only 150 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Me. Likey.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!