Phase 3 (Maintenance. Day 21 of 21): Friday, 04/15/11: FINAL DAY!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Phase 3 (Maintenance. Day 21 of 21):
Friday, 04/15/11:

START: 0545 hrs.

Good morning. Here’s to another day in the books!

Weight this morning: 225.0 lbs. I’m even with yesterday’s weigh in of 225.0 lbs. but like yesterday I’m 5.0 pounds over my next goal. This is the WAKE UP! I was talking about earlier. I’m here… Today is my last day of P3. It’s like I’m abandoning an old friend on a trail and going to get help or something. I know I’m going to be back, I’m just hoping my friend will be there and be okay when I do get back.

As noted before I’m 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. I’ve been served notice that my wife’s already planning a return to the protocol to lose some more so I guess I’m destined to tag along with her when the time comes. Until then I’m going to finish this here P3 stuff up (today) and march into the P4 (lifestyle) starting tomorrow morning. However, I don’t anticipate too much of a difference between these two phases. Thanks to Sandy’s little tip, if I keep my daily calorie intake between 1,600 and 1,800 and maintain my current level of “conditioning” I should be holding steady at 222 lbs. - 226 lbs. At least, that’s what the “protocol” 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 I’m not sure what I have in store re: this overall plan. I have some hints but nothing conclusive. Once again I’m 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 won’t be posting any more blogs relating to hCG after today… well, not on a daily basis at least. I’m itching to share some normal, everyday information re: what’s 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 I’m thinking that’s going to be my focus in future posts… 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 I’ll take a brief side trip and git ‘er done!

I already have some interesting pics from the Curlew and Molson areas of the state. They’re courtesy of my last trip over to the east side. I’ll crop those up and post them on here soon. I’m 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.

I’m 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 passerby’s can read, digest and decide whether or not to give it a try. I’ve mentioned on SP that both sides of my family… my Mom’s and my Dad’s… come from pretty “burly” stock. So, weight maintenance is in order for most of us. They can do what they want with the info… I’m contemplating just throwing it out to them so they can see through the “nay sayer” crap.

I will post one more blog re: hCG that will hopefully sum it all up from my perspective. Remember, I was a borderline “nay-sayer” 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, I’m really long winded here so I’m saving the rest for later… Thanks again for joining me on this adventure!

Now, on to the daily log… 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 breakfasts… I even used a variation of this (everything halved and only two cheeses) for my P2 breakfast a couple of times.

-2 tangerines
-3 cups brewed tea
-6 splenda

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 Ray’s BBQ sauce
-5 steamed brussel’s sprouts
-.125 oz. sesame seeds
-.5 tsp. Tapatio
-3 cups brewed tea
-6 Splenda

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 Brussell’s 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 Juanita’s 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 Tracker…1,550

Total steps today: 18,842. Roughly: 10.7 miles /3.2 + hours of total walking or equivalent activity for the day. (192.6 minutes)

I’m going to miss this hCG place. It’s become a part of my life and it’s been good to me.

Alright, here’s to wrapping up the last day of this regimented plan. Now I’m on my own… kinda.

I’m 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 there’s some things that should be addressed, especially for those who are curious about the program but aren’t 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.

Thanks again,

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Hi Dennis,

    I have really enjoyed sharing your adventure with you and I know you will succeed with the maintanence part.

    As far as any special place for you to take pictures of--it doesn't matter because every place in our state is beautiful. I just enjoy reading about your trips and looking at the pictures.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter! A few of us are getting together in the small dining room downstairs for dinner tomorrow afternoon. Judy is cooking and ham and I am taking a green salad and whole wheat dinner rolls but I don't know what else is on the menu. It will be good whatever it is.

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    2618 days ago
    A very interesting journey. Wishing you the very best results in this new lifestyle. Please do continue to post everyday life as those are very interesting to me when you travel it makes me feel I am along for the ride.
    Have a great weekend.
    We are going to the driving range this PM to hit a few balls and then a short round nine holes on the course this evening.

    Keep your commitment to your health and well being. Sandy
    2625 days ago
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