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    Quote Originally Posted by alcoholswab View Post

    Holy smokes and or cows, check out my total weight loss...





    Now that's my total weight loss for this journey since February 4 of this year, but still that number feels important somehow.

    I have evicted a small cow!

    AWESOME JOB ON THE WEIGHTLOSS!!!!!!!!! and yes i know i was yelling
    Congratulations; that is inspirational

    Quick check in; down 1.2 today; still no hunger and feeling good. Not as scary this round at least I knew what to expect.

    Have a great weekend everyone; may check in but with the holidays who knows. Enjoy everyone




    R1/P2 post load 227.4
    R/1/P2 End Weight 208.8
    R2/P2 197.0 LIW weight

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    Thought for the day...
    A good friend will bail you out of jail, a great friend will ask "How did we get caught?"



    I've made up my mind. I'm not wasting any more time. Here I go again....

    (does a Whitesnake dance montage on top of some_random_car in the parking lot)

    After some musing about the weight I have lost to this point post-hCG I have decided that my course to give the drops away, and leave my round up to the whims of a clinic that hates me

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    lmao I find you quite amusing and cool to talk with :b

    I actually had lost 12 pounds in the first 8, then got a stomach virus from my little one and that threw me off this entire week. I really can't complain about the 12.3 pounds though
    Damn that's even more impressive. Great job~

    Quote Originally Posted by marion93 View Post
    Thank you! So far I am doing great! This is R2P2VLCD8 and I have had next to no hunger (only one night on VLCD2) and I have reduced 9 lbs, including load weight.

    They say that Round two is supposed to be alot harder than Round one, but for me it is easier. Probably because my fiance is doing it with me this time. During Round one I had SO much to learn...I had been a bachelorette with no kids for most of my life and NEVER cooked. I had to learn all the food prep, meal planning, shopping skills that comes so easily for all the moms out there. This time, I have the skills and, go figure, I turned out to be a good cook! Oh, and if I can figure out how to load pictures on this thing, I have got alot of P2 Food **** shots to share!
    Damn, 9 pounds if fabulous.

    BTW Nilly meet Marion93, Marion93 meet Nilly. You two are the closest in your round, out of this group, so form a sisterhood. It's up to you if it includes traveling pants...though we keep waiting for Blau to send us our tickets to Spain for summer 2012 (hopes that on some level Blau is a secret bazillionaire and will take the entire loading group to her villa).

    If the picture is on the internet you simply put a [img] before the picture's URL and a [/img] after it.

    If the picture is on your computer then you click on the little paperclip next to the smilies button (might only be something you can see in the advanced mode that you get to by pressing the button near the submit reply button) and follow the bouncing ball. I am not a good person to lead you on how the attachment windows work after that, since I am on a Mac and things are generally a bit different for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by roxies_mom View Post
    HOW IS YOUR FOOT? I had a shot in my knee yesterday....yay! Now I can put on my heels without pain! I hope you're feeling better!!
    I don't want to jinx it, which is why I have been quiet (shh, don't wake the beast), but it's fine and in saying that it's amazing. I feel like I have 600 liters of steroids running through my body, so I am hoping this isn't a temporary thing. I'm trying to less on it, but I walked a lot yesterday (escorted Santa around, since there's hooligans about that wanna keep a fat man down...weird that the fat man wasn't me this time lol).

    Thanks for asking. Grats on your knee happiness, I know exactly how you feel

    Quote Originally Posted by NannetteB View Post
    Congratulations; that is inspirational

    Quick check in; down 1.2 today; still no hunger and feeling good. Not as scary this round at least I knew what to expect.

    Have a great weekend everyone; may check in but with the holidays who knows. Enjoy everyone
    Danke, I aim to help if I can.

    (Captain Morgan pose)

    (cues the wind machine after donning his cape)

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    {posted this elsewhere as well, but hopefully someone here has some ideas}

    This is probably a wonderful situation to be in, but I keep losing post hCG, which is fine since I have so much more to lose, but I am wondering if it is healthy. I seem to remember hearing that some people are reset after hCG and can lose without the drug. Simeons spoke of people having a difficult time getting past a certain weight that they had been at for an extended period before, perhaps this is the same mechanism, except my body is losing to get me back to that weight?

    My LIW was 270.6 pounds.

    Phase 4
    Day 1: 267.6 lbs.
    Day 2: 269.4 lbs.
    Day 3: 269.8 lbs.
    Day 4: 269.4 lbs.
    Day 5: 268.0 lbs.
    Day 6: 268.6 lbs.
    Day 7: 267.8 lbs.
    Day 8: 268.2 lbs.
    Day 9: 274.2 lbs.
    Day 10: 271.2 lbs.
    Day 11: 269.6 lbs.
    Day 12: 271.0 lbs.
    Day 13: 273.4 lbs.
    Day 14: 270.0 lbs.
    Day 15: 268.2 lbs.
    Day 16: 267.2 lbs.
    Day 17: 267.6 lbs.
    Day 18: 266.4 lbs.
    Day 19: 266.8 lbs.
    Day 20: 262.8 lbs.
    Day 21: 261.4 lbs.

    ROUND 2
    (January 3, 2012 - March 27, 2012)

    Phase 1
    (December 10, 2011 to December 31, 2011)
    December 10: 261.0 lbs.
    December 11: 263.8 lbs.
    December 12: 260.8 lbs.
    December 13: 260.8 lbs.
    December 14: 261.6 lbs.
    December 15: 261.0 lbs.
    December 16: 263.4 lbs.
    December 17: 266.8 lbs.
    December 18: 264.4 lbs.
    December 19: 261.0 lbs.
    December 20: 256.0 lbs.
    December 21: 255.2 lbs.
    December 22: 254.0 lbs.
    December 23: 253.4 lbs.

    Each time you see a large jump up in weight, that's me being naughty both as a way to let me hair hang out, but also to test my body post-hCG.

    After seeing the above, would you worry?

    Would you do another round?


    Eliminating the binge that I did on December 15/16, that lead to the serious gains after, my weight was somewhere around 10 pounds under my LIW, but eating almost totally clean since then has dropped my weight another 6.6 pounds in 4 days! That doesn't seem healthy. I eat incredibly healthy as a rule, but it's possible I'm not getting enough calories. This doesn't seem to be the answer though, since I've heard that dropping 500 calories from your diet per day will lead to a 1 pound loss over the space of a week. I am losing over a week's loss in a day, and I'm certainly not missing out on over 4000 calories per day, since I don't even eat 4000 calories in a day lol.

    Help

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    Exclamation The benefits of the Paleo diet:

    I want to share this video with you. Please watch it. This doctor reveresed her MS by eating a hunter/gather diet.






    Originally posted by Dr. Mercola,



    A Paleo Diet Success Story

    The majority of Americans eat high amounts of processed foods, which are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, grains, and harmful chemical additives of all kinds, such as MSG, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Unfortunately, this kind of diet is a near-foolproof prescription for chronic disease… Not only are you getting lots of what you don't need, you're quite simply not getting enough real nutrients!

    While two-thirds of American adults are now either overweight or obese, many if not most of them are also, simultaneously, malnourished.

    According to the graph shown during Dr. Wahls speech, less than half of all Americans get enough vitamin B6 and magnesium in their diet. More than 70 percent do not get sufficient amounts of iodine, and a whopping 80 percent do not get enough omega-3 fat from their diet. This, by the way, is why animal-based omega-3 is one of the few supplements I recommend to virtually everyone. In comparison, ancient peoples and natives around the world who have not significantly altered their diet over time, consume anywhere between two-fold to 10-fold the amount of today's recommended daily allowances (RDA) of nutrients!

    Dr. Wahls altered her diet to reflect the Paleo-style diet of the hunter-gatherers of old as follows:

    3 cups daily (equal to one dinner plate, piled high) of green leaves, such as kale, which are high in vitamins B, A, C, K, and minerals
    3 cups daily of sulfur-rich vegetables from the cabbage- and onion- families, mushrooms and asparagus
    3 cups daily of brightly colored vegetables, fruits and/or berries, which are a good source of antioxidants
    Wild fish for animal-based omega-3's
    Grass-fed meat
    Organ meats for vitamins, minerals and CoQ10
    Seaweed for iodine and selenium
    She eliminated processed foods, grains, and starches (which includes potatoes and corn). Amazingly, she began to notice significant improvement in just three months, and at the nine-month mark of her new diet, she was able to go on an 18-mile bike ride! This is astounding when you consider that over the past seven years her condition had deteriorated to the point that she had to sit in a reclined zero-gravity chair and could only walk short distances using two canes.

    That is the power of nutrition!

    I'd like to add a few suggestions though. Two factors in particular that can have a profound impact are vitamin D and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Vitamin D deficiency can play an important role in MS, and aspartame toxicity has been known to mimic diseases such as MS, so addressing these two items should be at the top of your list—in addition to improving your diet, of course; not in lieu of dietary changes.

    The Links Between Lack of Sun Exposure, Epstein-Barr Virus, and MS

    Optimizing your vitamin D levels, which is one of the best things you can do for your health in general, is also one of the best preventive strategies against autoimmune diseases like MS.

    A large number of studies have confirmed that your risk of MS increases the farther away you live from the equator. In fact, a lack of sunlight was identified as a risk factor for MS as early as 1922. Within the United States, your risk of developing MS roughly doubles if you spend your childhood—up to the age of 15—in northern states than if you live in the south.

    Another previously established risk factor is the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes glandular fever. Over a decade ago, German researchers demonstrated the association between EBV and MS, showing that in contrast to control populations, 100 percent of MS patients had antibodies against EBV! The authors suggested that EBV might play an indirect role in MS as an activator of the underlying disease process.

    In one recent study, published in the journal Neurology, researchers assessed the relationship between ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) exposure in British MS patients.

    Using English national Hospital Episode Statistics, they obtained the prevalence of MS and infectious mononucleosis (caused by the Epstein-Barr virus) during the seven-year period from 1998 to 2005. The UVB intensity data was collected from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration. After evaluating the relationships between these three variables: MS prevalence, Epstein-Barr virus prevalence, and UVB intensity, they found that UVB exposure alone could explain 61 percent of the variations of MS cases across England.

    When they combined UVB exposure and incidence of glandular fever, 72 percent of the variations could be explained.

    The authors concluded that:

    "UVB exposure and infectious mononucleosis (IM) together can explain a substantial proportion of the variance of MS. The effect of UVB on generating vitamin D seems the most likely candidate for explaining its relationship with MS. There is a pressing need to investigate the role of vitamin D and EBV and how they might interact to influence MS risk to identify potential prevention strategies."

    Guidelines for Optimizing Your Vitamin D Levels

    Ideally, you'll want to optimize your vitamin D levels by getting regular sun exposure (either outdoors or using a safe tanning bed) as your skin also creates vitamin D sulfate, which is water soluble and can travel freely throughout your body. As Dr. Wahls mentions, sulfur is one of the essential nutrients missing in MS, and according to research by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, vitamin D supplements are unlikely to provide the identical benefits that you get when exposing large amounts of skin to the sun, as oral vitamin D supplements are unsulfated.

    Still, studies using oral vitamin D supplements have had positive results, so if you don't have access to regular sun exposure, taking a supplement would definitely be wise. One such study, published in 2004, found that women who took vitamin D-containing multivitamin supplements were 40 percent less likely to develop MS than women who did not supplement. Keep in mind that this study was based on FAR lower vitamin D dosages than what we now know are needed, so if you optimize your levels, you're likely to reduce your risk by more than 40 percent…

    From my point of view, there's simply no question that one of the most important physical steps you can take to control your health is to make sure your vitamin D levels are optimized to between 50-70 ng/ml year-round for general health, and between 70-100 ng/ml when treating autoimmune diseases such as MS, heart disease, or cancer.

    As for dosage, if you're taking an oral supplement, it's important to understand that there's no dosage at which "magic" happens. The most important factor is your serum level, so you'll want to get your level measured regularly to determine if you need to take more or less than the general recommendation to stay within the optimal range. That said, based on the most recent research by GrassrootsHealth—an organization that has greatly contributed to the current knowledge on vitamin D through their D* Action Study—it appears as though most adults need about 8,000 IU's of vitamin D a day.

    The Dangers of Aspartame

    According to some experts, such as Dr. Russell Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, the damage caused by ingesting excessive amounts of aspartic acid from aspartame can cause serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.

    Aspartic acid is an amino acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins) it significantly raises the blood plasma level of aspartate and glutamate.

    Dr. Wahls mentions the importance of antioxidants for proper cell- and brain function. The aspartate and glutamate in aspartame have the opposite impact. Too much aspartate or glutamate in your brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. This is why aspartate and glutamate are referred to as "excitotoxins," as they "excite" or stimulate your neural cells to death. Aspartame also rapidly metabolizes to methanol, another potent neurotoxin.

    Aspartame toxicity often reveals itself through central nervous system disorders and compromised immunity, and can mimic the symptoms of and/or worsen several diseases that fall into these broad categories.


    Here's the original article:


    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...1223_DNL_art_1


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    Good morning everyone I'm down 1.7 today. I'm so happy to be losing again! Who knew a stomach virus would screw your entire week up?!

    I have a question. I just bought a spray moisturizer at Whole Foods and was wondering if someone could tell me if it's ok to use. For some reason I have a hard time with that lol :b

    The ingredients are: water, sd alcohol 40, PEG 8, sodium PCA, eucalyptus globulus oil, fragrance, borax, ploysorbate 20, monolauren.

    Its the oil that I'm confused about. Thanks for the help <3
    ~ Gina ~



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Good morning everyone I'm down 1.7 today. I'm so happy to be losing again! Who knew a stomach virus would screw your entire week up?!

    I have a question. I just bought a spray moisturizer at Whole Foods and was wondering if someone could tell me if it's ok to use. For some reason I have a hard time with that lol :b

    The ingredients are: water, sd alcohol 40, PEG 8, sodium PCA, eucalyptus globulus oil, fragrance, borax, ploysorbate 20, monolauren.

    Its the oil that I'm confused about. Thanks for the help <3
    Congrats on your loss!
    According to Pounds and Inches, you need to stay away moisturizers or skin products that contain oils during p2. I have heard of people who use mineral oils and seem to have losses. But I try to stay with oil free moisturizers during p2. I've found that pure aloe vera jell works well during p2.


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    Thank you

    and thank you again. I bought it because the girl at the store said everyone on hcg who goes in there purchase it. I'll bring it back and try to find the aloe vera gel. My hands are SO dry
    ~ Gina ~



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    Good Morning All, and Merry Christmas Eve Eve (as my goofy daughter likes to say). Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish members!

    Yesterday was an early Christmas at our house - one of our daughters left for another state today, so we celebrated early with her and her boys. It was fun - a little stressful because her youngest seems to think climbing the fireplace is a good idea, even when there's a fire going, but overall, a good time. I made lasagna, caesar salad and garlic bread. My first foray into pasta and my first piece of bread. I am up .4 today, which I take at this point as maintaining after bad carbs as I can fluctuate .4 either way even after eating completely clean for days in a row.

    I have been obsessing about calories and I think it is a disservice to myself. I have decided to stop logging all of my food. I found that when I watched it too closely, I wasn't eating enough. So, I'm still paying close attention to what I am eating, I'm just not journaling it right now. I'm sure I will again when P2 comes around again and definitely for P3, but for the rest of this round, I'm done!

    Swabby, I wouldn't be concerned about the continued weight loss. I guess if you were at goal and still losing weight, then yes, I would be. But for now, perhaps you just kicked your body into gear and it is doing some of the hard work on it's own without your conscious efforts... You know I kept losing on P3 - I'm still 6lbs under LDW. I decided not to worry about it, and my body stabilized on it's own around 6-7lbs below LDW. Some of us are textbook losers, some are not.

    Hope everyone is having a good day!

    ~Fatty

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromFat View Post
    I want to share this video with you. Please watch it. This doctor reveresed her MS by eating a hunter/gather diet.



    Originally posted by Dr. Mercola,

    Here's the original article:

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...1223_DNL_art_1
    Absolutely the best link I have clicked on in awhile. I have a mancrush on Dr. Simeons and Mercola, and dig Ted/Ted Med with a passion. MS is very close to me since I have a relative with it. Then there's the path we're moving towards (much more paleo eating).

    So this is a home run of epic proportions.

    Thanks so much, it means the world to me to trip over it faster, rather than slower

    (many hugs)

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    Thank you, Alcoholswab, for the picture advice. I will be attempting to load those pics soon.

    Oh, and Hi Nilly! How is the Round going?

    Freedomfromfat, thank you for the link. I haven't watched yet, but I LOVE Ted talks! I must make time to watch after lunch today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Thank you

    and thank you again. I bought it because the girl at the store said everyone on hcg who goes in there purchase it. I'll bring it back and try to find the aloe vera gel. My hands are SO dry
    I don't watch tv anymore, don't really buy magazines and got tired of the "if it bleeds it leads" media, so I am really in a bit of a bubble (I hear that there is a wall somewhere around China that someone threw up, I hear it's great, I should go see it if that's true).

    Is hCG that mainstream that it's not strange for a retailer to speak of what all the other customers had done?

    (feels like he is coming across as being scared of coming outside, and the fact that he's pale as a ghost is not helping his case either)

    Quote Originally Posted by fatfighter View Post
    I have been obsessing about calories and I think it is a disservice to myself. I have decided to stop logging all of my food. I found that when I watched it too closely, I wasn't eating enough. So, I'm still paying close attention to what I am eating, I'm just not journaling it right now. I'm sure I will again when P2 comes around again and definitely for P3, but for the rest of this round, I'm done!
    I am in the same boat 100%. It's funny how weird I am at time. The closer I look, the worse it gets.

    Quote Originally Posted by fatfighter View Post
    Swabby, I wouldn't be concerned about the continued weight loss. I guess if you were at goal and still losing weight, then yes, I would be. But for now, perhaps you just kicked your body into gear and it is doing some of the hard work on it's own without your conscious efforts... You know I kept losing on P3 - I'm still 6lbs under LDW. I decided not to worry about it, and my body stabilized on it's own around 6-7lbs below LDW. Some of us are textbook losers, some are not.
    Good perspective. I like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and knowing it's not a friggin' train.

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    Hi again everyone

    Marion: This is my first round of hcg and I have to say I'm confused but it's going well. I'm down 14 pounds and I'm on VLCD 15. Can't really complain hehe


    I found an Aloe Vera Gel and I'm wondering if this is ok to use. The ingredients are: Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantion.

    Thanks.
    ~ Gina ~



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