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  1. MarleyMom24's Avatar
    What did you say happened to Doyle?!
  2. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Thank you for the encouragement, I really appreciate it! I'm right here with you!
  3. hcgchigirl's Avatar
    you can do it!!! Im so sorry that those other HCG sources were so ineffective/crap....we can do it together!!
  4. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    OOH! Thanks, yes I'll be in P3 January 14th!
  5. Dubbles's Avatar
    Good, I see now why she said that. I really didn't understand at first. So u are ready to go to P3, right? Happy times are here!
  6. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Thank you! I know, I actually can't even believe it. It wasn't until today that I actually realized how close I am. I thought it would never happen... it's been so stressful but I'm almost there. I expected it to be super-slow, I even wondered if I could take the weight off in a short round, but I strategized and it paid off. I really can't believe it, It's just hitting me...

    My goal was 12 pounds this round - which puts me at a solid 21% BMI. I wasn't sure if a short round would be enough since I lost so slowly my last round. This round, I lost the first 7 pounds in 5 days - I just calculated it, wow! However, after my cheat I was too scared to weigh myself for 4 days and when I finally did, I was up 3 pounds from before the cheat (who knows how much I had actually put on?). So, since January 4 when I weighed myself I've lost 5 pounds. I hit it hard with high-protein days so I know that's why I lost so fast. But, I'm wondering if the weight will actually stay off. I'll find out tomorrow because I added in a whole head of cauliflower.

    So, in sum, I've lost 10 pounds since 12/24.

    I'll take your point when I hit goal (I still need to think positively!) - eat more calories (can I have any fat?) and stick with the VLCD for another 14 days. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes. I'm absolutely not going to do another round for anything, never again, so I WILL stabilize.
  7. Dubbles's Avatar
    Wow, good for u! Only 2.2 lbs to your goal weight?! Fantastic. Hmmm. Not sure what I would do. There are some on the boards a lot more experienced and knowledgeable than me, so I hate to go against some of them, especially in regards to the resetting of the hypothalmus.... I would suggest, though, your upping your protein portions, maybe, if u reach your goal weight. Just upping your calories, with the suggested foods might make u feel like you are less on the p2 phase of the diet. If I'm getting you correctly, you are dealing with an extra week before going to p3, right? If it was going to hinder my successful p3, then I'd probably follow their advice and stick it out--but I'd still up my portions a little, if I had reached my weight. You don't want to lose good fat, remember. I'm just curious, since you are so close to your goal weight, what have your losses been averaging? Have they slowed down a whole lot. U should be proud of yourself, what an accomplishment.
  8. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    I want to add (if you happen to read this) that I expect to hit my goal weight soon. I have 2.2 pounds left to lose which was another reason I hoped I could end next week. I'm not dying to stay on the protocol if I'm not losing weight, I would much rather move onto P3.
  9. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Yes, I do like the pellets now. I find they take quite a while to dissolve but I'm getting used to it. My last round I finished my hhcg drops and went to subQ. My dose wasn't quite right for the injectable but at that point it didn't matter since I was on a roll with the VLCD. In fact, I was on the protocol for about 60 days at that time, with a planned interruption. But I chose the pellets this round (after starting and restarting) because I like the homeopathic modality and they seemed the most fool proof.

    I had a rough start this round, I kept screwing around and not getting it together. It was terrible around the holidays for myriad reasons but I finally pulled it together to start VLCD on December 26. I'm formally counting my two load days as December 24 and 25 (even thought there were plenty of load days before then). Counting those two days, my understanding is that my lpw (last pellet weight) would be Thursday 1/13 and my P3 would start P15.

    However... New Years... ugh... a cheat.

    I asked the boards if I could end my round 23 days after my start date - 1/15 - and I was told if I want to really get my hypothalamus reset and stabilize I should extend my round and count 23 days from January 1. If I count 12/31 as my 'load' day then lpw would be 1/20 and P3 would start 1/22. (A day before my birthday, no cake for me!)

    I'm not crazy about this idea, but if it makes sense I'll do it. Do you have any opinion?

    Thanks for your comment!
  10. Dubbles's Avatar
    I think I'm missing something. How many days have u been on hcg total? And u can count the 2 days hcg while loading. The very minimum you do then is 23 days + the very low calorie days after stopping. I don't understand the counting your round from after your cheat day. So glad u are feeling better, I've never had real hunger issues on hcg. Knock on wood. So, are you liking the pellets now, since you found the right dose? Good luck.
    Finge
  11. Dubbles's Avatar
    So true. And Beth's last comment--Please yourself, not them--is very wise advice for all of us. Thank u Beth.
  12. Beth_M's Avatar
    haha.. makes them feel better about the big plate they are eating

    Please yourself, not them.
  13. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Aha... thanks for the rational, thoughtful strategy! That actually feels quite a bit better to me. I'm not thrilled about making others uncomfortable. It's so interesting, I feel like eating big plates of food pleases other people, makes them feel more at ease. Strange...
  14. Beth_M's Avatar
    As far as the restaurant goes... other than the food poisoning idea. Could you *maybe* get BF to share a plate with you? Say you've had to deal with way too many holiday meals already and you're wanting to eat light so you can enjoy XMas day's meal.
  15. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    You must have some experience with dining out cover-ups! I know you do!
  16. Dubbles's Avatar
    Laughing out loud--quite a scenario you've cooked up! Nothing I can add, but have fun, whatever u decide!
  17. Abinco's Avatar
    I am from Syracuse NY Ginal5. You guys have gotten lots of snow ha? I love it up there! I live in Ga now. Tarte, I agree with the boyfriend advice. Loved Beths! Good luck to you! Glad your dinner worked out hope the week goes as well. You can do it!
  18. ginal5's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tarte-tatin
    Thanks for the valuable advice! Jeeze... maybe I will split up my time! Boyfriend has *some* maturing to do, that's for sure.

    Gina, I would love to come over! It would be fantastic getting to share life at home on VLCD. Now, where do you live?

    We went out to eat - as I knew we would - and my strategy worked. I ate a tiny bit of chicken (I planned on it) and he ended up eating most of it then taking the rest to-go. Didn't even notice what I ate! Wow... lucky me.
    Pack your winter duds I live in Albion, NY right between Lake Erie & Lake Ontario.....50 miles east of BUFFALO.
  19. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Right! Great idea, I can pick those up tomorrow. I love the idea of everything being super-organized and tidy. Thanks for the well-wishes about staying with my boyfriend. Maybe complaining about it ahead of time will make it an absolute breeze! At least the complaining will help me sleep better at night.
  20. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Thanks for the valuable advice! Jeeze... maybe I will split up my time! Boyfriend has *some* maturing to do, that's for sure.

    Gina, I would love to come over! It would be fantastic getting to share life at home on VLCD. Now, where do you live?

    We went out to eat - as I knew we would - and my strategy worked. I ate a tiny bit of chicken (I planned on it) and he ended up eating most of it then taking the rest to-go. Didn't even notice what I ate! Wow... lucky me.
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