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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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    In case you have not read my blog saying so, I want to let you know personally that I am leaving SP at the direction of God's Spirit in me. Not sure what the future holds, but I sense that the time spent here is needed for that work that is coming to me.

    I've been praying about what to leave my friends with as I prepare to leave SP. As I sit here today, knowing that I need to speak with each of you before I go, the thing in my heart is just to tell you like it is. I will miss you here on Spark. Spark is a very uplifting and positive environment, and that is because of friends like you. I will miss you, but I will not forget you. I am printing out my friend list with your pictures / icons and username on it, and I will be praying for you.

    I have put a link to my FaceBook page on my blog for those who would like to stay in touch there, and I reset my privacy settings so you can friend me. Be sure to include your username in a message on the friend add so I will know who you are. Also, if you would like to receive my devotionals and articles, you can send me an email address via my SparkMail and I will add you to my mailing list for Darlene's Ponderings. Whether we meet up on FB or in our futrure I have you in my heart and will continue to hope for your good progress in life.

    Until we meet again,
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    2148 days ago
    Hi, Roxann!

    Stopping by to check in and see how you are doing and to hopefully encourage your journey. I am focused this month on my way of thinking about food and health issues. Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks within himself, so he is" (NASB). Our thoughts greatly influence the things we do and I am realizing that I too easily revert back to old habits because I am not convinced in my heart and mind of some changes I need to make. So I am deliberately working to take every thought captive to obedience, recognizing those thought processes and search out new ideology / theology to correct my belief system where health issues are concerned. I pray for you and I today as we work to change from the inside out in ways that make us new creatures through and through.

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    2259 days ago
    Stopping by from Balanced Living for Abundant Life team to see how you are doing. This is a new month to start afresh or continue on our journey to being healthier. Stop by the team and check out the new threads and challenges. Hope to see you soon!

    2262 days ago
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    I know that your first Round you used the HCG Dieters Gourmet Cookbook quite a bit. I was just wondering, is this book mainly for Phase 2 suggestions or do they go further and have Phase 3 suggestions/ideas as well? I am about to start Phase 3 and wondering if it would still be worth it for me to purchase the book.
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