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Thread: 40 Lbs lost in 2.5 short rounds -- now want to introduce Crossfit. Tips?

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    40 Lbs lost in 2.5 short rounds -- now want to introduce Crossfit. Tips?

    Hey all

    I'm happy to report that I have lost a total of 40 lbs so far on 2.5 short rounds of HCG. I'm 53 years old and 5 foot 3 -- started at 203, ended Round 1 at 186 (23 VLC days total). Round 2 in July = 186 to 172 (21 vlc days). Maintained at 172 for two months and now halfway through round 3 and at 163. Prescription injections from NuImage with B vitamins and MIC. I tend to lose quickly at the beginning and very slowly towards the end, but it typically averages out to just over .5 a day.

    I wish I would have had the courage to take measurements when I started (I was just too appalled and didn't even want to know). I don't even know what size I was at the start because I refused to buy anything over a size 12 or 32 jean and just survived in stretchy stuff. Finally went jeans shopping the other day and I'm currently a size 29 / size 8, and a small / medium in tops (my waist has whittled waaaaay down -- 32 inches and I know it was at least 10 over that when I started -- but I'm happy to say that my boobs mostly stuck around and are at about 41 with a 36 band). ;-) Hips are at 41 too, so back to my original hourglass figure. Face also stayed nice -- lost the double chin but not the structual fat in my cheeks so no 'gaunt' look. Went 'clothes shopping' in my attic last week and I am back in clothes that fit me a decade ago -- even though I weighed 20lbs less then. Not quite sure what to make of that, but I'm not complaining.

    I was healthy and fit my entire life / never had a weight issue until I became a full time single mom at 40 and was juggling parenthood with a very stressful legal career and a terminally ill family member to care for in addition to my daughter. Weight slowly crept on and then went through the roof after a partial hysterectomy at 48. For comparison, when I was in law school I weighed about 105. After adding muscle through weight training I stabilized at about 125 through most of my 30s. So just horrifying to find myself at basically double my grad school size. I felt utterly and completely miserable for all the typical reasons. I'm pretty self-disciplined when I put my mind to something but 'ordinary' diets did zip for me once I was in menopause. For example, I did South Beach and weighed every portion / kept my calories at 1200 a day for a month / never cheated / exercised daily. I lost 2lbs in that month. At that point, you figure 'ok, I guess I'll just be fat -- f, this!' Then my naturopath told me about HCG. It seemed nuts but I was desperate. And, hallelujah, it is working. I am so incredibly relieved that there is a reasonable pathway back to regaining 'healthy' me.

    I realized pretty quickly that going just a bit rogue keeps me sane and on track. I mix veggies so long as they are super low carb / not starchy. One 0% Fage yogurt with coconut stevia a day makes me feel less deprived. I don't eat fruit because the sugar just makes me hungrier. And while I don't eat the grissini, I do eat about 6-8 "Mary's Gone Crackers" a day -- or maybe every other day -- because I find that they satisfy my desire for something 'crunchy' and also help with regularity )(they have fewer carbs and less sugar than any apple, so why not). I also realized that I needed a lower dose to keep hunger under control (the 15ml mark on the syringe is about the right spot for me). I feel completely awesome when on P2 and, it may sound weird, but actually prefer it to P3 when i get to start adding things back in. The strict rules are easier to follow and when on the HCG I have absolutely zero desire for the things I usually crave that mess me up when I'm not on HCG (i.e, wine and carby / savory things -- I've never had a sweet tooth). I love the complete absence of wanting or craving + how clear-headed and alert I feel through P2. Honestly, I'd just stay on it forever if that was a possibility. It seems like it just makes all my other hormones work better together - never would have thought I could feel this awesome in menopause.

    So with all that said, I'd love to hear from anyone who has added muscle building exercise in WHILE on HCG. I'm at about the halfway mark in my weight loss journey -- aiming for 125-130 sometime next spring but, honestly, I'm fine with whatever at this point. Even if I didn't lose another pound, I'm feeling pretty darn great. My pattern has been roughly 21-23 days of VLCD then maintain for two mos before starting another round and that works for me so I'll stick with it. I have been doing light to medium exercise while on HCG -- going for hour-long stand up paddles on the bay by my home during R3, taking walks, that sort of thing, and my energy levels are great / I never find myself feeling weak or light-headed. But, now that I'm this far down and feeling so much stronger, I'd ideally like to start muscle building / agility building a'la Crossfit, and continue it during my next round which I will do in January. Our local Crossfit box is owned by someone really great who has helped me come up with modifications for all the exercises I can't do 100% but I haven't started yet. But I don't want to have to take 23 day breaks from Crossfit each new round (my guess is that it will take me 1 long round and 1 short one to hit or get close to goal). If possible, I'd like to just add a tiny more carbohydrate on workout days and one more protein serving, and see if that's enough to support a weight training workout of that type while still losing at a reasonable .5lb a day average during VLCD.

    So ladies -- has anyone got tips for me? Things you've learned to do or not do? Would particularly love to hear from people who have actually tried something similar vs. people who are just guessing at what impact it might have.

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    Congrats on your success so far! It must feel great to start feeling like yourself again.

    If you are already used to a work out regimen going into P2, its ok to continue it. You shouldn't need extra food. You will notice that you will not have the same endurance levels though, so you may need to adjust the workout intensity somewhat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caffeinemary View Post
    Hey all
    For example, I did South Beach and weighed every portion / kept my calories at 1200 a day for a month / never cheated / exercised daily. I lost 2lbs in that month. At that point, you figure 'ok, I guess I'll just be fat -- f, this!' Then my naturopath told me about HCG. It seemed nuts but I was desperate. And, hallelujah, it is working. I am so incredibly relieved that there is a reasonable pathway back to regaining 'healthy' me.
    I think the above quote is how a lot of us experienced hcg. Normal calorie reduced/exercise diets stopped working; hcg seemed crazy, but we did it anyway out of desperation and found out it works. Congratulations on your success so far!

    I have not done Crossfit or any other intense exercise so I can't help you with that. I would just echo what Leez already said about exercise.

    I believe hcgchica does Crossfit, but I'm not sure if she did it during P2. You might want to check out her site and see if she has any opinion/advice on doing it during P2.

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    kind of an old post but I thought I would put up my experiences.

    I play a lot of tennis. Some doubles but mainly singles, which is very strenuous. A singles match is normally around 2 hours and has a lot of short burst sprinting. A single match can burn between 900-1500 calories (verified by fitbit - grain of salt needed). I did two rounds last year, first one on original protocol, second on 2.0 protocol. On original protocol, it was very difficult. I felt I did not have nearly enough fuel in my body to play. I could do it, but it was difficult physically. Doubles was a little easier. On 2.0 protocol, I didn't have the same issues. Played tennis a fair amount and really didn't feel so out of fuel like I did on OP. You still feel different but it is manageable.

    My suggestion for those on OP is to keep it light. You are losing a lot of weight anyway, so don't overtax yourself. Focus on light training. I would strongly suggest focusing on flexibility training, yoga, etc. Make sure your body is flexible. That way, once you hit P3, your body has a really good foundation to take on heavier training. Also a regimen of stretching and flexibility is extremely important to ward off injury so it is a great habit to get into.

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