Wow! I can’t believe I have finished yet another month on my weight loss. I am so excited to be down a total of 47.4 pounds. When I started this journey I had no idea how hard it would be nor if I would last more than a month. Here I am at an eight month update and still going strong. I have to admit I haven’t lost as much as I had wanted to as my goal was to lose 75 pounds over 9 months. I still have a month to go, but I don’t see that I will reach my goal, but that is okay. I will not let that get me down, instead I will glory in what I have accomplished and keep going and fighting until I reach that goal.
A couple weeks ago I pulled out my wedding dress from 2014 and was happy to see that it doesn’t fit anymore. Well at least not like it did the day I got married. It’s TOO BIG now. Go me!!!
I am in my last month of the program with only about 3 weeks left. I’m anxious to see how many inches I have lost, which I know has to be a lot because everything I was wearing when I started this program is now too big and has either been given away or thrown out. About a month ago I bought two pair of shorts and they are too big now as well. There so baggy in the butt it looks like I have a wad of something in there that shouldn’t be, but it’s just the fabric bunched up.
Once I’m through with the program I’ll post a before and after photo. If your on the fence about changing your lifestyle and learning to eat healthy and get the extra weight off, go for it. Don’t hold back. Your health is too important not to take care of yourself.
In addition to taking care of my health I have decided to take care of my mind and by doing so I have started therapy to determine how to deal with some of the issues in my life and the traumas that I have sustained over the years. This year is all about taking care of myself for a change.
Time for another update. I’ve been doing this now for 4 full months. The first 12-week round was not that bad. It only took a few days to get use to giving myself daily shots, which only lasted for 6 out of the 12 weeks. During the last 6 weeks of the first round I got to add additional food items each week, which was great, and I maintained all the weight loss that I had the first 6 weeks. I was very proud of myself for not falling back into old habits.
On the 1st of this month, I started back on the HCG shots that I must do every day for 6 weeks. The first two days I was in what they call upload mode where I was able to eat whatever I wanted. This was where I splurged by getting Chinese and Dairy Queen. The good part about doing that was when I went to my weigh in that Monday after starting this on the weekend, I had only gained 1.6 pounds, but by the next week I had lost 3.8 pounds, so I didn’t do too much damage. The bad part was trying to get back into less and less eating as you are very restricted when taking the shots.
I’ll be honest, the first couple weeks were a real struggle. I didn’t want to give up the delicious nuts I had been eating, but after seeing only a 0.8-pound change in one week to the next I knew I had to give them up as they were causing me to stall.
By the last check in for the month I had lost 6.2 pounds in the month of February. Not where I really want to be in this process, but better than no weight loss at all. My total weight loss to date is: 27.2 pounds.
I’m trying to stay positive, but it’s hard as I don’t see myself loosing as much in the second round as I did in the first and that is really getting me down. I’m not giving up. I just need to fight harder. I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time and I know I can do this. The sacrifices I am making will be worth it when I reach my goal. It might take me longer than anticipated, but I’m not giving up.
The picture below is of me in July 2019 verses me in February 2020. I can see the difference in the shape of my face and it further shows me that I am doing this. My clothes all look sloppy, but I don’t want to buy new ones until I’ve lost at least 50 pounds. Luckily, I know how to sew, so I think I’ll just alter the clothes I have in order to make them work for me now and then reward myself with something new when I reach one of my goals.
I have two more weeks of HCG shots and six weeks of maintenance before starting a third round. Once I get through round 3, I will have to figure out how to maintain my weight loss on my own as I cannot continue to do these rounds. Pray that I will have the strength and will power to keep going as the struggle to give in is more real on some days than others.
Here we are at the end of another month on my weight loss journey. For the past six weeks I have been going through a maintenance phase, which included adding additional fats, carbs and proteins each week. During this six weeks I have maintained the 21 pounds I lost during the first six weeks of the program. To me that is a success. I will admit I had days that I ate things that weren’t on the program, but I never over indulged, which allowed me to stick with the pounds lost.
On Saturday, February 1st I will start back on the HCG shots as well as doing two days of uploading before going back to the foods only allowed during phase 2. My goal during the next six weeks is to loose at least 25 pounds.
Here we are at the end of another month and I am so excited with the progress that I have made. As of today, I have lost a total of 20 pounds. In addition to the weight loss I am down 5 inches in my waist and 3 inches through the chest.
When I started this program, I wasn’t sure if I would be successful at it, but I am beyond pleased with my progress so far. I ended my first six weeks round of HCG shots on the 19th. I had three days of maintaining the same types of foods before I was able to start adding more fats to my diet as well as berries. On the 23rd I started my first week of Phase 3. It was hard to stick to the plan during that week with it being Christmas and I was out of town a few days, but I was back on track on the 27th and am looking forward to the next few weeks.
For three weeks I will continue to add berries and approved fats, then I will start adding grains. The first week will only be at breakfast and then each week after will add lunch and then dinner. Once I am through Phase 3, I will repeat the process from the beginning.
I also had another round of blood test on the 23rd to make sure my hormone replacement pellets were doing what they should be doing. I can tell that my fatigue has improved as well as other symptoms I was having. On the 30th I received a booster pellet as some of my numbers were still not where the doctor wanted them to be. I wish I had done this a long time ago because the changes I am experiencing right now are amazing.
Time for an update on my weight loss. I am so proud of myself. Other than going off plan for Thanksgiving I have stuck very close to the “rules.” I have completely given up my sweet tea which is a big deal for me. I only drink water, except for my night time meds that I take with 2 oz. apple juice. I won’t lie and say it was easy because it wasn’t. Drinking water all day sucks.
On the 14th I went in for my pellet insertion for the Hormone Replacement Therapy. The only thing that hurt at the time of insertion was the needle of lidocaine to numb the area where the pellets would be inserted. I didn’t feel them go in, but boy I felt them over the next few days. I didn’t think my rear would ever quit hurting. By the end of the month I could tell a little difference in some things, but we will have to wait till my six-week follow up to see how the numbers change on my blood work.
My last weekly appointment for weigh in was on the 25th and in the last month I have lost 11 pounds. If I can stay on this track, I will exceed my goal in 9 months. I know some months will be harder than others and I know it will not be easy doing this, but I am determined.
I asked my husband if I met my goal what would I get? A cruise? He said, “you should be happy with good health.” Definitely not what I wanted to hear. I’ll just go on a cruise without him and then he’ll wish he had jumped on board with me in this journey.