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  1. redefiningme's Avatar
    Micki, let herbs and spices be your friend! I make different dishes all the time. Also, have you checked out the HCG Gourmet Cookbook? It's on here somewhere.
  2. robinjanae's Avatar
    Thanks Micki. I think the hardest part of the m/c is I was past the point that a normal m/c happens. I always wonder if I did something wrong or was there something I could have done to prevent it. I just don't know. All I know is it happened for a reason I just don't know why.
    The diet is going pretty good. Last week was kind of slow but I know that will happen. We eat a lot of chicken. I find that my safe food. I don't really like fish so when I do cook it I find myself eating it as fast as I can.
  3. robinjanae's Avatar
    You are on the downhill slide. You have done so good. I understand about the food being boring but I try to stay with the simple too. I’m too scared to jump around and try something new when what I have been doing works. I think another 10lbs would be awesome. If I lost 10 more pounds I would really do a happy dance
  4. JCollins's Avatar
    wow you are doing so great! Have you tried all the Walden Farms dressing and sauces? I picked some up today and will try marinating with them and use for salad dressing.
  5. MickiG's Avatar
    Hi Robin,
    It sounds like you have a beautiful and happy family! Thanks for your post.
    And congrats on going back to college! That is great.
    I am sorry to hear of your late miscarriage. It is heart breaking and don't be hard on yourself for being depressed, you are grieving.
    I have had 3 m/c myself. I was 35 when I had my first one, and 42 the last one. 2 in one year, then I had my youngest daughter and she was perfectly healthy.
    How are things going with the diet for you? Wishing you the best of luck!!
  6. HealthierMel's Avatar
    Sorry about your blues and hunger . . . I hope it gets better for you. Is your dosage ok?

    I love rainy days too robinjanae . . . I have my own song for it . . . Summer Rain . . even when it is not summer.
  7. robinjanae's Avatar
    Micki I hate the hungry feeling hope you made it through ok! I never really liked the rain until I moved here. I've learned how beautiful it can be and now I love to fall asleep with the sound of rain on our roof. I could do without the tornadoes though they scare me!
    Hope you have a good day tomorrow
  8. robinjanae's Avatar
    Hello Micki,
    So sorry to hear about your son!
    I love this idea! Well my name is Robin. I am 35 years old. I have been married to my hubby for 13 mostly wonderful years I have 2 beautiful girls and a dog that I love very much. I am from Colorado but move to my hubbyís hometown in Arkansas; it has less than 200 people.
    I married the love of my life 13 years ago. He is the light of my life and I donít know what I would do without him. He is from a small town in Arkansas. My hubby was in the army when I met him. Once he got out of the army we moved back to my home town but the city life just wasnít for him. So we moved to his hometown a little over a year ago.
    I was 18 when I had my oldest daughter Janae; she just turned 17 and is in the 10th grade. Iím glad that I will have an extra year of her being at home before she starts college (who knows she may stay at home for a little longer). She is so much like her mother in so many ways some good and some not so good. She is turning into a beautiful young lady. Since we have moved to Arkansas she has grown into the person she always should have been. I never thought my Janae would deep down be a country girl. Itís nice to see her loving the country way of life. Oh, and the boys just love here down here (I say itís because they are trying to branch out their family tree lol).
    My youngest is sweet sweet Hannah Rose; she is 11 and in the 6th grade. Hannah Rose has the sweetest spirit I have ever seen. She will give you the shirt off her back if you need one. I love that Hannah Rose is the kind of person that makes friends with the kids no one ways to be around or are made fun of. I always knew Hannah Rose belonged in the country and she proved that when we moved here. She is always willing to feed or take care of the animals day or night and she loves to walk in our pastures.
    I went back to college last year and hope to complete my nursing degree. I love my dog Wickett more than life itself. No matter what kind of day I have or what kind of mood Iím in he is always happy to see me. I am learning to live a simple life without the hustle and bustle of the city, although I find it hard at times.
    I have been over weight most of my life. Since April I put on almost 20lbs. I was in a deep depression after having a late term miscarriage. I breaks my heart every time I think about what could have been or should have been but I have to thank God everyday for what I do have.
    Iím looking forward to a happy health new me!

    Wow this is much longer than I thought it would be lol
  9. Newjulie's Avatar
    Hey Micki! What's happening? Did you get your dinner yet? Do you have to stay late at work? Do you have an apple to eat? Check in later and let us know how you did.
  10. Newjulie's Avatar
    Yeah, Micki! Ready to move forward again...that's great!
    Turbo Jam is serious! I did that for a while. Her energy is amazing...and she is so likable.
    I did about 40 mins of Zumba last night. I am really loving the 20 min ab routine. No floor exercises--- makes me happy!
    We are sunny here today and despite the fact that it is almost Dec I had to turn the heat off and open the sliders.
    Have a great day! So glad you lost your thanksgiving gain.
  11. MickiG's Avatar
    Thanks Jarrett, Julie, and tryn2getfi. t
  12. tryn2getfit's Avatar
    Hi Micki. Thank you for sharing your about me. It is nice to know who someone is, other than as a tiny picture and a screen name. I read some of your blog and I am so sorry for what you have been through and hope they catch the person who took your son. What a beautiful family, it broke my heart. It is nice that you have so much family so close by. It really helps to have your family near for support and encouragement, not just for your loss, but for your journey now as well. I hope you have lots of success and reach your thin and healthy goal.
  13. Newjulie's Avatar
    Hi Micki, I am so glad we met here! It is great to get to know you. I live in NJ and am a born & bred Brooklyn Girl! We had one tree and they wrote a book about it! Hehehe .
    My kids are grown...daughter Dina has 1 son, Zachary, the light of my life; son Paul lives close by. They are wonderful kids.
    I am considering a career change soon. Trying to get everything in order. I currently lease space in local malls and the recession has made this a heartbreaking profession. I used to feel like I was helping people start a business and support their family. Now... Not so much!
    Gotta run... Having blood work done...interested to see the results after 3 wks on hcg! XO
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  15. MickiG's Avatar
    Hey Julie,
    I will need to read up on the cycling. I have seen it but haven't paid much attention to the details. Do you think you will be doing 3 rounds? I will go poke around a bit.
    Any plans this weekend?
  16. Newjulie's Avatar
    Forge Ahead, my friend~
    Glad you enjoyed the day. I was wondering what you thought of cycling. I plan to do a complete session for R 1 including the 3 weeks each for P3 and P4. In round 2 I am thinking of trying the 2 wks on P2 and 1 Wk on P3 cycle. I would like to get as much weight off as possible as quickly and healthily as I can. Of course the last cycle will be a full one, including P4 - dont want any issues stabilizing. But the cycling is intriging to me. Maybe its a NY thing - born and bred. I find the concept of waiting longer and longer between rounds a little offputting. I am interested to hear what you think. Have a great night.
  17. Newjulie's Avatar
    HI Micki,

    I think you are doing terrific. I get discouraged too --- just a teensy --- when I see the scale only moving a couple of oz. But then I think about the total lost so far and I am ok with it.
    You have already lost about 15 lbs in only 20 days! What other plan would have given you those results. At 2 lbs of loss per week, maybe you would be donw 6!
    My friend, by comparison --- you are on fire! SO it takes longer --- still wont be as long as it would on other plans. I know you know this, I just wanted you to hear it from someone else. Glad we are in this together. Makes it easier for me!
  18. Glinda's Avatar
    (check my response to you on my "Refections from a Newbie" blog... after you were checking on me. I rambled a bit about starting P3.)

    Today is really my second true day of P3. Friday should have been, but I pretty much stayed on VLCD out of fear. So yesterday, I had P2 proteins, just bigger portions. Hit around 900 calories. I think I'm supposed to get up to around 1500. Folks say to be careful with fruit, so I'm not ready to risk it. Just focused on protein and fat. The key is to add one new food at a time. After 3 days of eating it, if the scale doesn't show a gain, it can be considered a safe food and you can add another. So I'll have eggs for a few days then try cheese, then nuts, then fruits, then nut flours.

    I just told my BF that I can't wait to start Round 2! I love the idea and concept of stabilizing, but I'm also looking forward to losing again. This is the easiest/hardest thing I've ever done. :-)
  19. MickiG's Avatar
    Sounds good!!
    I start on Dec 12. How long have you been on 3? Is 1200 what you should have? You can have fruit, right? I haven't looked into it in depth- one phase at a time

    Quote Originally Posted by MickiG
    Good luck Glinda! Even though you are scared are you enjoying some food?? I hope so!
    Tell me what a day o ffood looks like for you now in P3?

    Don't let that head freak you out too much!
    I know when I feel bloated or didn't lose I feel more fat fo rsure. It is weird. And the puffiness from water retention? Makes me feel like I didn't lose any!
  20. Glinda's Avatar
    For breakfast, I had 2 fried eggs with some sugar-free bacon. Lunch was ground beef on lettuce with sf salsa (we'll see how the tomatoes do). Dinner was a small steak with butter. Cocoa crack for a snack. Just under 1200 calories. I'll try eggs for a few more days, then I'll add cheese. I want to just add one thing at a time and give it a few days before adding the next new thing. I'm really looking forward to trying the cauliflower pizza crust!

    When do you begin P3?
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