Saturday, April 16, 2011
Phase 3 (Maintenance. Day 21 of 21):
START: 0545 hrs.
Good morning. Hereís to another day in the books!
Weight this morning: 225.0 lbs. Iím even with yesterdayís weigh in of 225.0 lbs. but like yesterday Iím 5.0 pounds over my next goal. This is the WAKE UP! I was talking about earlier. Iím hereÖ Today is my last day of P3. Itís like Iím abandoning an old friend on a trail and going to get help or something. I know Iím going to be back, Iím just hoping my friend will be there and be okay when I do get back.
As noted before Iím riding right on a gain of 2 pounds so that gives me a four pound window to play with and gives me some real room for testing the waters during the lifestyle phase. Actually, it gives me a five pound window to mess around with if I include my goal weight and two pounds over/two pounds under. Iíve been served notice that my wifeís already planning a return to the protocol to lose some more so I guess Iím destined to tag along with her when the time comes. Until then Iím going to finish this here P3 stuff up (today) and march into the P4 (lifestyle) starting tomorrow morning. However, I donít anticipate too much of a difference between these two phases. Thanks to Sandyís little tip, if I keep my daily calorie intake between 1,600 and 1,800 and maintain my current level of ďconditioningĒ I should be holding steady at 222 lbs. - 226 lbs. At least, thatís what the ďprotocolĒ says. If I want to lose then I drop my daily calorie intake under 1,600 and maintain or even increase (a bit) my conditioning activity.
But, after today Iím not sure what I have in store re: this overall plan. I have some hints but nothing conclusive. Once again Iím just going to have to step in and test the waters to see where things go but I prefer that in a lot of ways.
I also mentioned I wonít be posting any more blogs relating to hCG after todayÖ well, not on a daily basis at least. Iím itching to share some normal, everyday information re: whatís happening throughout the state and am wanting to post some pics to the blog that bring pieces of our state to the reader from time to time so Iím thinking thatís going to be my focus in future postsÖ thanks for your support Brenda! Now where in the state do you want me to go and what would you want me to take pics of to bring back to the blog? If the job gets me close then Iíll take a brief side trip and git Ďer done!
I already have some interesting pics from the Curlew and Molson areas of the state. Theyíre courtesy of my last trip over to the east side. Iíll crop those up and post them on here soon. Iím also going to start re-posting to a family blog I started back in 2002 or so on blogspot. One of these days I might get a crazy hair and throw that url into my profile on SP so folks can wander over if they so desire.
Iím already contemplating re-posting some of the information re: hCG that I added here to that family blog so some of my relatives, friends and interested passerbyís can read, digest and decide whether or not to give it a try. Iíve mentioned on SP that both sides of my familyÖ my Momís and my DadísÖ come from pretty ďburlyĒ stock. So, weight maintenance is in order for most of us. They can do what they want with the infoÖ Iím contemplating just throwing it out to them so they can see through the ďnay sayerĒ crap.
I will post one more blog re: hCG that will hopefully sum it all up from my perspective. Remember, I was a borderline ďnay-sayerĒ myself coming into this. And I messed and messed, tinkered and tinkered, dabbed, tested, tweaked, confused, pushed the limits of the protocol and all that went with it. Throughout the entire period I maintained my physical fitness routine.
Okay, Iím really long winded here so Iím saving the rest for laterÖ Thanks again for joining me on this adventure!
Now, on to the daily logÖ the last one!
-3 pcs. Bacon (thin sliced)
-2 medium egg whites
-6 spinach leaves
-1 tbsp. broccoli, chopped
-.5 tbsp. onions, chopped
-1 tbsp. tomatoes, chopped
-.5 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
-1 tbsp. 2% milk
-1 slice Swiss cheese
-3 medium strips green bell pepper
-.25 tbsp. Kirkland crumbled bacon.
-1 tbsp. La Victoria Green Salsa Jalapeno Sauce
-1 oz. Kraft American cheese (slice)
-1 tsp. flax seed
-1 slice Franz whole wheat bread (45 cal.)
-1 pat salted butter
-2 cups coffee
Spark People calorie count for this meal: 484 calories.
Breakfast consisted of a 2 (medium. One egg white and one full egg) egg cheese and vegetable omelet with 3 slices of bacon, 1 piece of buttered whole wheat toast and two cups of coffee. Great flavor and filling! Throughout the Phase 3 this is one of my favorite breakfastsÖ I even used a variation of this (everything halved and only two cheeses) for my P2 breakfast a couple of times.
-3 cups brewed tea
Spark People calorie count for this meal: 69 calories.
-.125 cup 2% milkfat cottage cheese
-1.5 oz. shredded pork tenderloin
-.5 tbsp Sweet Baby Rayís BBQ sauce
-5 steamed brusselís sprouts
-.125 oz. sesame seeds
-.5 tsp. Tapatio
-3 cups brewed tea
Spark People calorie count for this meal: 190 calories.
-6 oz. chicken breast slices (2) fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
-10 strips baked French fries
-.25 cup 2% milkfat cottage cheese
-3 steamed Brussellís sprouts
--1 tsp. Tapatio
-16 oz. brewed tea
-4 tsp. Splenda
Spark People calorie count for this meal: 490 calories.
-3 York Peppermint patties
-1 serving Juanitaís Tortilla Chips
-24 fl. oz. brewed tea
-6 tsp. Splenda
Spark People calorie count for this meal: 317 calories.
Total Calories per the Spark People Nutrition TrackerÖ1,550
Total steps today: 18,842. Roughly: 10.7 miles /3.2 + hours of total walking or equivalent activity for the day. (192.6 minutes)
Iím going to miss this hCG place. Itís become a part of my life and itís been good to me.
Alright, hereís to wrapping up the last day of this regimented plan. Now Iím on my ownÖ kinda.
Iím going to write a final after action review of the hCG experience and post it to the blog in the next week or two. I really think thereís some things that should be addressed, especially for those who are curious about the program but arenít sure about some things. Hopefully I can fill in some blanks and enlighten a few re: what I thought and what I now know and believe.
Have a great night everyone! Good night, take care.
END: 2215 hrs.