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ROUND 5 Begins! and so pumped!

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Today is the end of the second load day. I am so pumped and ready to get going! Have gained 3 lbs loading the past day and 1/2. This morning I found my journal from the beginning of Round 1 and read through it. WOW! I am so glad I kept that experience on paper. It has already helped me realize how to do this again. I've been off hcg since the beginning of May so I feel like my body has had a long enough break. Round 1 was amazing! Round 2 so so. Round 3 and 4 was such a struggle, I thought my head was in the game but apparently I had some emotional issues to deal with and since I have I am sure I can be more successful this time. I planned all along to do this round anytime after July 4th. Just had to wait for some traveling to be over with. HERE I GO! I have gained back about 16 lbs, so yes those are going to be the first to go. But I am shooting for at least a 30 day, maybe moving into a 40 day this round. I really want to get below 200 and beyond. My goal is 140. I'm at 223.8 today. My advice to you? Keep a journal.

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  1. MaryContrary's Avatar
    Maxine, thanks for the PM and the encouragement. Wow, round 5 begins? Your dedication is very admirable! my round 1 wasn't so spectacular, and my maintaining isn't going very well either. This diet is strict. but I guess that's why it works. Can I ask what weight you started at in the beginning? please tell me the next round will be easier! :-)
  2. Maxine's Avatar
    Mary,
    I started at 243 - 245. I have constantly watched my weight increase no matter what I did.
    I had my thyroid removed 3 years ago because it grew quickly the spring before and was 6x it's normal size. It was cutting off the oxygen to my brain and choking me. Then 3 weeks later I had a hysterectomy so I have NO hormones. Dieting was a waste of time for me before hcg. However, I did diet the year before the thyroid issues, wondering if that caused the thryoid to go haywire. ??? anyway, round 2 was hard. I would suggest really being careful and make sure you have the time required between rounds. I think Dr. S made that suggestion for mental as well as physical preparedness. Gained back some of R3 and all of R4 so really it's another "here I go again". but my attitude is much better this time and I cannot believe how great I feel. First time in 20 years I have some actual energy. Not from the hcg, but from the weight lost. I really think the weight I've lost is the bad fat that hurts your organs.
    Where are you in this? What weight have you started at? You can do this. You just have to want it bad enough. My doc told me to lose weight or die. Well, I figured I could at least die trying. or live trying. Up to my attitude. And that has improved too. I'm currently at 219 lbs and a size 16W which shocks me. The 219 in the past has always been at least an 18. I look much better right now than I should, but that is just more incentive to get going. I'm not convinced my hcg drops are real though. Long story and I'll have to share that another day. But I'm doing ok. Just slow. Oh well, a loss is a loss and slow is not always bad.
    talk to ya soon
    Maxine
  3. MaryContrary's Avatar
    Maxine, I read your post at work yesterday but I have so much to say/ask so I waited til I had time to write it all out. As well as your blog, you keep a paper journal? Man, I just don't know if I'd have time. I write down stuff like my weight, measurements and some exercises I've learned over the years in my binder. I'm blogging here now and have an online journal on a lowcarb site. I started at 255 or so, my heaviest weight EVER! I'm up 20 lbs since last year and hadn't really even noticed. I was sick with bronchitis, etc from november to february, and probably should have put off surgery but the end of Feb I had a hysterectomy too. Had so many problems with oxygen and breathing throughout my recoup time. I also think I have thyroid problems too. I had lost a couple pounds fairly easily when I started taking a herbal supplement called ThyroSense from a canadian company I heard the doctor on a talk radio show once. I'm thinking now that my round of hcg is done, I should start taking it again. (maybe I should have continued to take it even while I was doing the hcg drops?) Are you doing drops or injections? I get what you mean about weight/size. THis is where I think hcg is NOT a placebo, there is no way a person would normally lose so many INCHES with so little pounds lost. I posted a before and after picture in my album and the flowered blouse I have on in the 'after' picutre--last time I wore it I was at least 10 or 15 lbs lighter. I guess my situation (so far) isn't lose weight or die, but I'm so tired of feeling so old. I'm 48--going on 64 lol or so it feels like some days. Can't wait for some energy to just hit me!