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.
I have been on this program for 7 months now and I am happy to say that I am down 45 pounds. To be honest, when I started, I wasn’t sure that I would last a month, so I am very proud of my commitment to stick with this and do what is best for me and my health. I feel so much better about myself and I love when I put clothes on, and they no longer fit. I have had to buy new clothes and some of them are so loose they just about fall off of me as well. At the end of my last maintenance phase I will be measured to determine how many inches I have lost. I am really looking forward to that discovery.
I am starting my last week of HCG shots for my third round and then I will have six weeks of maintenance before I am officially done. Due to finances I will not be able to do another round of the program after this one. I have come a long way and will continue to eat right and exercise and do what I have learned over all these months to continue to lose the remaining weight in order to reach my goal.
Throughout this whole experience I have had lots of stress and roadblocks, but I have maintained and continued to lose, and I feel like I am still going strong. If you have the desire to loose weight and put forth effort you can do it too.
As of Tuesday, April 28th I began my final round of HCG shots. I am still getting two lipo shots per week as well. For the next six weeks I will take a shot first thing each morning. In addition, my calorie intake will drop to around 500-600 calories. My goal on this last round is the loose at least 20 pounds. Once the shots end, then I will go through six weeks of maintenance before the entire program is over. At the end I will be measured to see how many inches I have lost since the beginning.
I had done some measuring myself along the way and was surprised to see that I had lost 4.5 inches in my boobs, 6.5 inches in my waist and 3 inches in my hips. My beginning measurements went back to March 2019 when I was at my heaviest. No wonder I needed new clothes last month. Even though the weight loss is not where I would like it to be I still have to look at the positives and seeing the inches fall off is definitely a positive and something I am very proud of myself for accomplishing.
My final weigh in and measuring will not be until July, but with the way time is flying by, it won’t be long before that day comes. In the meantime, I will strive to do the best I can to stay on track for the next 6 weeks during HCG and then stay strong for the final six weeks so I can get the most bang for my buck as this program is not cheap.
It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this program for 21 weeks now. I am proud of my accomplishments thus far and look forward to reaching more goals as I continue my program through July. I am now in a 6 week maintenance phase of my second round and it is getting harder and harder to stay on track. For the last two weeks I have been working from home due to the COVID-19 virus and most everything in our town is shut down. Being at home makes it easy to get off track, plus I’m not getting my usual walks and stair climbing that I was doing each day. I have tried to start walking around the neighborhood, but it’s not very appealing and I have to force myself to go out. I have eaten more food that is not on my “approved” list than I should be and in doing so I beat myself up and want to give up. The thing that keeps me going is when I look in the mirror and see the difference that all my sacrifices have made.
Although I said I didn’t want to buy any new clothes until I had lost 50 pounds, there was no way to keep wearing what I had as I was starting to look like I was wearing bags every day as my clothes were literally falling off my rear-end. It makes me feel good about myself when I see the progress I have made and get to buy smaller clothes. I went through my closet and drawers and pulled out two bags of clothes to give to people in need.
As of my weigh in on the 30th, I am down a total of 33 pounds. Over the past two weeks I haven’t lost but 1 pound, but I know this is due to me eating stuff I’m not supposed to be eating and not getting the recommended foods I’m supposed to have. I have to get back on track or I will never reach my goal.
Please pray that I will have strength and stamina to get through this phase and continue to loose weight.
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.