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Back for the End of 2014

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What a year.

I injured my back in April that caused sciatic nerve pain for several months, adopted a puppy who has habitually been waking me up in the middle of the night every night since May (but she's getting better), husband got a corneal ulcer that took him out of work for nearly two whole months (praise the Lord that his eye is now fully healed), my mother-in-law died last month due to complications from untreated diabetes and heart disease (talk about an incentive to get healthy--everyone in the family is now a hypochondriac), plus the typical stress and bouts of depression (for which I briefly got a Prozac prescription) that comes with life, and I am sitting at 178.8 last time I looked.


I've been keeping a somewhat steady record of my weight all year, and I was about 168 in April. Not too bad, but definitely not the best. Since then I've packed on about ten more pounds, and I'm just about as bad as when I first discovered the hCG diet. I can't fit into any of my jeans without using a hair tie to keep the top button closed, my shadow looks like Alfred Hitchcock's, and I feel about as sexy as a walrus (which means hubby suffers too, LOL). I AM READY FOR A CHANGE.

On the good side, one of my snowbird friends from church tried hCG over the summer, and she's looking great! That was really an inspiration to get me fired up about hCG again, and since it's one of the ONLY diets I've ever tried with REAL results, I went ahead and ordered my 30-day supply. If it arrives in time, I should begin loading this weekend, and starting Phase 2 on Monday.

I've found that the hardest part of this diet (aside from P2, which is usually gut-wrenching agony for me) is always maintaining once you're in P3 or P4. It's so easy to think, "Oh, it's just a pound. I'll be fine," and go back to eating too much of the wrong thing. And then you lie to yourself, saying, "Oh, I'll just do two hours of cardio tomorrow or do a smoothie day or eat lettuce," etc, etc. But that never happens, c'mon. Let's not kid ourselves here. I've learned the hard way that the best way to maintain your weight is to...

STOP making excuses for your bad habits RIGHT NOW
PUT DOWN that [insert bad food here] or you WILL regret it
CHANGE NOW before you're 5 or 10 pounds heavier
NEVER plan to fix tomorrow what you can fix TODAY

I'm a lot more well-armed, I think, this time around. I've got a lot of new recipes (especially healthy soups, which is my new "thing") and my husband has noticed he's put on weight too, so we're both doing a "no dinner"/"light dinner" thing, which makes it a LOT easier for me to do my hCG. It's also starting to FINALLY cool off in South Florida, which means I can go outside in the evenings and walk the dog without fear of getting eaten alive by mosquitoes (I'm allergic, go fig--I should have been born in Greenland). All in all, I think it's a good time to try hCG again--and after all, there's no time like the present.

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