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I've been trying different things. I'm using Diet Pro software from Radium Technologies to do my tracking. SparkPeople does a lot of the same stuff. I did Weight Watchers in the past with some success. I did NutriSystem with some initial success but then stalled out. I did Atkins for a couple months. I've also done Medifast. I would recommend Medifast except that the products are mostly soy. This is a problem from a couple of standpoints. For one, the soy in the diet caused some problems with my hormones. Also, the soy is not organic, and it is not even non-GMO. With that much of the food being soy, that is a serious problem in my mind. I also tried the Master Cleanse along the way. It seriously messed up my metabolism. I began gaining 2# a week and ended up regaining ALL the weight I had lost on my second round of Medifast and then some. I completed a round of the hCG Diet in hopes that it will reset my metabolism, as it promises to do. I wasn't very good about the stabilization phase, so I kind of bombed out on that. I can say that most people I know who have done the stabilization phase properly have done well with it.

I read "The China Study" back in 2010. I tried veganism for a few months, but it turned out to be a problem for me. I developed a physical type of depression. I added animal foods to my diet again, and I've been fine since. A close reading of "The China Study" reveals that the most vegan people tended to suffer from infectious disease and deficiencies. The fact that a vegan diet must be supplemented with B-12 should be indication enough that the diet is not natural to man. After all, B-12 pills are not found in nature.

Unfortunately, the weight gain continued, and I have recently been at my highest non-pregnant weight. I have decided that enough is enough. Right now, I am trying a diet of my own making based on what I did with Medifast. For the shakes, I am using a couple of different products: non-GMO Genisoy Soy Protein Shake and organic Garden of Life Raw Meal. I'm using Clif Builder's Bars when I'm away from home for the day. Along with that, I am eating one meat and vegetable meal and a serving of fruit. I will continue my social life, which includes eating out at restaurants around three times a week. We'll see how it goes. I'm off to a good start. On day 2, I was down 3.6# already. But then, that's a typical first week occurrence.

I live in Torrance, CA, and I have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness at the corner of PCH and Crenshaw. I also have an Equinox membership at the Palos Verdes club. I would love to have a female workout buddy at either of these locations.

“The key to quality nutrition is spending time on food preparation and cooking.”
-- Scott Jurek, ultramarathon racer

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-- George Bernard Shaw

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"You On A Diet" says a woman should weigh what she did at 18. I'm not sure how realistic that is, but I'm willing to see how close I can get.

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I'm Roxann. I live in the Los Angeles area.

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    I'm so glad to see that you are back and blogging again!
    1849 days ago
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    Thanks for suggesting that website -- I did a reading which hit specifically where I am. I'm hanging on to it for a few months to help gauge my progress.
    1868 days ago
    The HCG teams are not private by choice. That is a condition imposed by SparkPeople. The HCG Diet goes against what they teach, so they won't allow open communication about it. If you want access to the HCG teams, try this:
    Where there are invitation links, you can get in directly. Otherwise, you will have to contact one of the team leaders.
    1899 days ago

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    Thank you for posting all the spreads in SparkTarot room. I will enjoy them!
    1900 days ago
    Hi, I'm starting HCG soon and found your post on the spark thread. I went to look for some HCG groups and found they were all private. I guess I understand why but I wish they weren't. I am someone who did initially lose a lot of weight when I joined spark in 2008 but I have since put someback on and having a terrible time trying to get it back off. I am getting married in September and really, really want to get 30 lbs off of me by then and I have been doing the spark way since January and gotten nowhere so hence why I want to try it. Could you tell me where you purchased yours from and also invite me to the team?

    2039 days ago
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