Thursday, April 12, 2012
Today marks the 6 month mark since my start of Phase 3 on my last round of HCG. Iíve been maintaining my weight for 6 months now! I did 2 rounds of HCG. I started R1P2 on 7/1/2011 at 223 lbs. I started R2P2 on 9/10/11 at 195 lbs. My LIW was 10/9/11 and it was 178 lbs. (so two more days of VLCD brings my P3 start date to 10/12/11 - 6 months ago!) My current weight is 179.6. Iím pretty happy with that! My life has certainly changed for the healthier since Iíve done HCG.
After the new year I got the wild notion that I wanted to run a 5K. I mean itís only 3.1 miles right? Some people walk them. So if I walk, then I walk. But itís something I wanted to do. I want to wear the T-shirt proudly! Lol When I signed up I made the goal that I would RUN the whole thing. No matter how slow I would NOT walk. I started training in Jan. I never ever thought Iíd be a runner. That was an ďeliteĒ group as far as I was concerned and I never thought Iíd be a member! I currently run 4-5 times a week. My longest run so far has been 5 miles. I work out with my personal trainer twice a week. (Iíve had a trainer for almost 2 years, that is nothing new, but I did switch trainers, so I have a new person) My trainer is helping me with my running form now. Thatís caused me a bit of a set back as I try to figure out how to run more efficiently. Itís all worth it in the end though. Iím already thinking of my next goal. . . a 10K? A half marathon? I donít know! Since I started running Iíve been maintaining a different weight range Ė one that is about 5lbs higher than Iíd like. My highest weight since the new year was 183.6. I was just at that weight on Monday! Iíve hit it several times. I did research and it seems lots of people put on lbs when they start running. So Iím trying not to panic. I will say that my weight fluctuates more from day to day than it did before I start running. I can only attribute that to more muscle and therefore more potential water retention as my muscles repair and build themselves. At least this is what Iím telling myself! Iím way more fit than I have ever been in my life. My cardio is so much better and Iím a stronger person. So I still consider this to be stable in terms of HCG. Iím happy with where I am SIX months out!
Iím posting this because it can be hard to find long term success stories. And while 6 months isnít really long term, itís something. All those naysayers seem to imply that as soon as you start eating normally you will blow up like a balloon. I think I am proof that doesnít happen.
I struggle just like the next person. But Iím pushing through and Iím doing well. I still try to eat high protein/ high fat. But carbs are still in my life. I have a crazy sweet tooth. So until I find a dentist to extract that tooth (HA!) I canít seem to avoid chocolate. I rarely eat bread. I donít eat pasta. I donít eat potatoes Ė except French fries occasionally! I do have chocolate and we do eat pizza for dinner at times. You gotta live life and mine involves chocolate and pizza at a minimum. I tried to give up chocolate and candy for lent and I failed. I was replacing those items with so much more food that I finally just started eating chocolate again. It was better to eat some calories from chocolate than 3 times the calories from foods that I was trying to get satisfaction from. Iíd like to reduce the amount of chocolate in my life, but for now it is what it is. Iíve had to occasional soda. Thatís a slippery slope for me and I really try not to drink many. I can totally see myself going back to drinking multiple sodas a day like I use to. So I really keep this under control. And generally if Iím going to have one I get all my water in first. I drink a minimum of 100oz of water most days. Some days I get as high as 144oz. I drink all the time. I do not wait till Iím thirsty. I notice now that drinking is becoming a habit and thatís a good thing!
I will admit that Iím trying to lose weight the ďold fashionĒ way. This was a secondary goal of starting to run. Iím trying to track foods and workout. I got the working out down pat. Iím tracking, but I am not seeing a decrease in my weight. It makes me wonder if I can lose weight without HCG? I couldnít before. This was a miracle diet for me. So maybe I canít ever lose normally? If that is true then I may consider a 3rd round. Iíd like to see what 165 looks like on my body and Iíd like to fit into a size 10 instead of being in this limbo land where some brands I canít fit into any size. Itís terrible when one size falls off of you and the next size down fits like a sausage skin! Geesh. That gets discouraging ya know?
Iíve been blogging off of SparkPeople: http://hoofbeats95.blogspot.com/ That started out as a blog about my riding. Iím a dressage rider. But I wasnít keeping it up. So now itís mostly about weight. Weíll see how that goes.
Iíd just like to say that Iím still here. I will still answer questions and offer support. HCG was a life saver for me! Looking back I have no idea where Iíd be without it. If I gain weight back it will NOT be because of HCG failing me. It will because I made bad choices. Pure and simple: it will be my fault! So those of you that are in P2, P3 or just starting to consider HCG. I wish you luck, motivation and best of luck on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.
No blog is complete without a photo. I wish I had my hubby take a good one of me this week but I got sick yesterday and have just not had the energy. This photo is also on my blog that I linked above. This was taken on Monday. I had a training session with my trainer and then I ran a few errands. I bought myself a gigantic hollow chocolate bunny (more details about that in my blog). I did tell you that I still eat chocolate right? LOL! Anyway I had no idea my hair looked so crazy. Iím giving the hubby a look like ďare you ever going to take the photo?Ē I think I look fat (I commented about that in my blog too). But this is just proof that I have not blown up and gained it all back like some people implied I would.