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    PearlyMae, perhaps you could make a graduated increase schedule? Such as 10% raise 3/1, 7% raise 6/1, 7% raise 9/1. That way you get up to appropriate rates but ease them up.

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    I woke up to a power outage this morning, shiver! Fortunately I have lots of warm clothes and a gas stove, so I could bundle up and make coffee. The power company guys are on-site so hopefully they will get things going soon.

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    Goal!

    P4 Month 2:

    Brick, I did not know about hcg then.Thinking hard, it was probably more like 3+ years but only because I didn't know about hcg. When I found out about it I never even considered it would mess up my hormones! LOL. I never seemed to.

    Good advice, Gig. I'll think on it!

    Okay, no therapy session today, so you can all stop holding your breath!

    FINALLY, I am in my GOAL POUND. Not just at the screaming edge of it,but nicely in the middle. FINALLY.

    I could not quite get there during the last round, (and many other rounds too!) But boy, was that a nice surprise this far into P4.

    I think my plan is to stay very, very vigilant and keep in that window for ...well, a long time! I need my LIW to be my set point, not that one 12 pounds up from this that I keep creeping up to every darned time.

    Cross fingers.

    ONWARD ALL!
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    Thank you jayk.

    Gotcha pearly. Thanks for clarifying that.

    Didn't sleep, 6 hot flashes significant enough for me to fully wake. Wrote to doc this morning about dosage of patch. I feel like I need to get this part of me more balanced before introducing hcg. Fortunately I respond quickly to the patches so I just wait for doc.

    Thinking March would be a great month to start, provided I get the hrt better.

    It's good to be here and hear familiar mind set and rhetoric. Will make jumping in a round much better.

    As for Ohio, 61 glorious degrees with doors opened to let fresh air in. Enjoying it, cause winter comes back Sunday.

    Catching up with personalities and happenings.

    Have a fabulous day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    I've had it come out well doing the baking method. Its just a pain to keep turning it and watching it until you can peel it away from the parchment paper. It takes a way lot longer than the recipe suggests its should before it really dries out. Fruit leather trays in the dehydrator is so much easier.
    Yes I think I didn't wait long enough, so if I do this I will have to have patience lol.

    gjg , that sux to have a power outage in winter, but thankfully you have a gas stove and warm clothes. We have a small generator and a propane heater if that ever happened to us.

    PearlyMae congrats on your goal.

    Brick, all I know is HCG seems good for many people with different issues going on. I was so happy when I stopped having the hot flashes. I lived with those from an early age to just maybe 4-5 years ago. I know Leez and I would talk about them on the forum back then. I have never done any hormone therapy's or anything. Just was in Menopause from an early age for some reason.

    I have to do reports, payroll etc because we have what's called Self managed care for my husband, and hire a caregiver. So got the T4 summary done last night, and today I have to get a WCB (Workers Compensation) report done. Then my yearly stuff is done. I don't get paid to do any of it. They don't believe in paying family to do anything.

    We had a light skift of snow last night, so not too bad. I wish we were in the sixties lol. Enjoy it haha.

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    I'm STILL talking about hot flashes. Nothing has ever touched them. Tried BHRT twice, and no joy. Its going on 15 years of them now. So tired of the constant wake ups every. blessed. night. So I don't know if I'm a good test case, brick, but I haven't found that taking or not taking BHRT during a round makes any difference. Likewise, I've taken thyroid meds and not taken them during rounds and noticed no effect one way or the other.

    Cheering for Pearlie at connecting with your goal pound. What a great feeling to be there, but a key seems to be eternal vigilance, doesn't it?

    P3D6 and at LIW. End of cushion. This is the longest I've ever kept one going into P3. Have to chalk that up as a victory. Fighting lack of motivation daily, which I think is related to too much time indoors. I keep starting projects then abandoning them after a few minutes. We have sunshine today, so about to get out for a brisk walk. I feel like I have to do something to mentallty shake things up. Maybe physically too.
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    Woops. I'm below my window. I almost took a photo of my scale reading today. I need to figure out what I ate the past few days. Yesterday I was down 1.2, today another 1.2.

    My scale told me 1.4 but my calculator told me 1.2, so TESS must have rounded up at some point. She does that. Usually when I gain, she rounds up and when I lose, she rounds down.
    B!7<#.


    But while I think I was just doing the usual, and it is probably just a gravitational shift here in the mountain area and won't last, I'LL TAKE IT!

    I am celebrating with a Keto pancake and sugar free syrup. I know how to party.

    Jayk, you are one tough lady. You do so much.

    I absolutely HAD to do some kind of hormone therapy when hot flashes started. I also got an anxiety attack with each one. I was ready to jump off the roof. Certifiable. I could not get anything else done. 20 some years later, I still get one each morning about an hour after I get up. Thankfully no anxiety, but it is like clockwork. Steam comes out my ears for about 10 minutes.

    More snow today. I shoveled the back patio and some of the sidewalk so the teeny dog could go out and not be up to her ears, but it has already filled back in. The bigger small dog is up to her chest.

    So glad to spend time with you all everyday.

    Onward!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    I'm STILL talking about hot flashes. Nothing has ever touched them. Tried BHRT twice, and no joy. Its going on 15 years of them now. So tired of the constant wake ups every. blessed. night. So I don't know if I'm a good test case, brick, but I haven't found that taking or not taking BHRT during a round makes any difference. Likewise, I've taken thyroid meds and not taken them during rounds and noticed no effect one way or the other.

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    I hear you. 56 and still struggling. I have noticed though, and some diet guru people refuse to believe me, that for me, it is widely affected by the amount of carbs. And maybe not the amount but transitioning from higher to lower and back. I have higher and lower carb days just as a natural flow of eating some fruit, yams, etc. and notice this. It seems I either need to keep my carbs under a certain threshold or stay above a certain threshold. I just haven't really fine-tuned it because it would make it so that I am carb-counting again I eat low-carb as is and it is more my personal threshold. If this makes sense. It is why I gained weight last year: I was happily above the threshold for a while, feeling better with libido and fewer hot flashes. It's one or the other for me it seems.
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    Congrats, Pearly!

    Jayk, I hope your new job goes well!

    I hope everyone else is doing well too.

    Brick, welcome back! I think I remember you from back when. Been back a couple of times myself!

    I am doing very well, and today I was right at my LDW. The last time I checked was after my mug cake with almond flour when I jumped up a little while ago. Then, I ate a dessert off protocol a week ago but decided to not weigh myself so it had been maybe two weeks. I trusted myself and the process and voila. I am very happily eating a lot of food and calories. I thought for sure I would be above my window but I had to do what came naturally within the protocol to see if I could. I so desperately need to get away from hyper-focusing on eating. This has given me confidence!
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    Hello there! I've been dealing with some nasty frustrations with all I'm trying toward the end of my first P2 cycle. I've learned I can't eat just one meal a day; I just wasn't able to shovel in that much protein in one sitting, especially with the higher Zepbound dosage (10mg) I started Monday. Then, I missed my fruit so much and was missing taking my supplements and my collagen. So, for today and the next few days thru 2/13, I'll keep the IF window and just squeeze the two meals and snacks into it. Seems to be working now. I just can't cook very well, so made some unappetizing chicken, sirloin, etc. The thing that's saved me again and again is buying cooked cocktail shrimp without the sauce. It's the best thing to grab if I'm out during the first couple of hours of my eating window.

    All that being said, I've lost an additional 6#'s since 2/1! Only 2.2 to lose by Wed to reach my new goal of 20#'s. That would be amazing and mean that I may only have to do 2 rounds total. I'm confident I can get there or at least pretty close. Then there's planning and strategies for P3 for three weeks, then 3 weeks of P4 before I start R2. This is a lot of focusing on food and timing, whew!

    For those living with post-menopause, there's a brand-new med out just to treat hot flashes. May be something to talk to your dr about. It's non-hormonal and is called Veozah. It "...targets neurokinin B, a brain chemical that helps the body to regulate body temperature." We have vicious hot flashes and night sweats on my Mom's side of the family. She says it's stopped them for her. I'm also post-menopausal and have tried a number of things, but as soon as I find one that works, it's either difficult/expensive to continue like compounded bio-identicals, or my age precludes me from continuing. I'm now on estrodial and progesterone, but I'll have to stop taking estrodial by mouth when I'm 65 and start using the cream/gel or some such. We have no cancer histories, but every dr I've seen is still conservative about those studies. I truly wish I could just use The Pill. When I was on it, life was good. Just caught myself from ranting about archaic and painful mamagrams, false-positive EKGs due to breasts shadows in way of sensors, chronic UTI's, and many of the other humiliating and ignorant experiences that women have with western medical treatments. I wish we could truly progress into smarter approaches. Okay, done!

    Each of you helps me to remember that getting my health back via weight loss and lifestyle changes is so very important. Thank you for your continued sharing. I retired from business/tech consulting back in May 2022 and have never looked back. I put on about 40-45 lbs before then and no one batted an eye at my dr's office when I was telling them of the increases each visit. Nothing I did seemed to make much difference. The HCG diet is truly an unlock into taking charge of my "weight-righting" if you will!

    Yes, 'onward' for all of us!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zootalore View Post
    no one batted an eye at my dr's office when I was telling them of the increases each visit. Nothing I did seemed to make much difference.
    Sounds like my experience. My doctor was useless - put me on thyroid med instead of helping me understand pre-diabetes. When I saw my A1c reading above normal, I decided to try hcg and even though I only lost 15 lbs in my first round, the diet helped me segue into a ketogenic diet. I kept losing weight, got my A1c back to normal, and ended up losing 50 lbs. That was in 2017. I do a round every year to knock a few pounds off, but mostly I have maintained with keto.

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    P4 Month 2 The struggle continues

    Hey Zoo and MrsS! Good to hear from you both!

    I'm sitting here thinking of all of us... and we are representative of ALL of us as a medically biological gender... and how we are all suffering from the same things over and over but doing it mostly alone, thinking "It's justMe " when we are all in pretty much the same boat.

    Zoo, your list of ailments that are shared by us all was so on point! I had a double mastectomy for a was a stage 0 DCIS. But the biopsy was the most horrible treatment I have ever had (and I've had sinus surgery so that's saying something!) I laid face down on a rubber matted table with a hole in it. Was the hole for your face? NO, it was to stick your boob through so they could take little samples out of it. There was no place for your face except to turn it 90 degrees one way way or the other. They ended up suggesting three lumpectomies on one side and one on the other.

    As a 32A, that was not going to leave me much! They would then do a mammogram every three months, and if they found any more sand particles, it would be back to the biopsy room every time. Yeah. NO. I went the 'start over route.' I won't get into the woes of reconstruction, but I should have taken a National Geographic magazine with me to show the drs what breasts LOOK LIKE.

    I've had doctors tell me that hormones after 65 don't do anything for you. Luckily, my current NP doesn't believe that. My mom took hormones until she was 80 and then her docs said they don't do anything for you. She always said that was when she got OLD. I lost her two years ago at 95.

    I have seen that hot flash med advertised on TV. It's new. (I watch a lot of Hallmark movies and 75% of the ads are for pharmaceutical companies.)

    Well, enough woe is me. It's Woe is Life.

    I am down another point 2. I will take this ride and not expect it to last. But again, maybe I can get my set point reset. I am still not eating any carbs but berries, tomatoes and whatever is in dairy products. Mostly cheese, eggs, avocadoes, nuts, beef and chicken, olives, HWC.

    I am not cooking as much but am trying to cook for the dogs. They were literally eating me out of house and home with fancy dog foods. The won't eat kibble at all.

    I tried the 'people food for dogs" companies, and they were all more $$$ than I spend a month on my own groceries, for 2 little dogs that weigh 9 and 15 pounds. I used to cook for my previous dogs and they loved it. But these two.... so picky. In stead of wasting a lot of chicken or beef with adding kale, peas and carrots, oregano, and brown rice, I just did a sample of chicken breast, a couple of slices of peeled apple for moisture, and a spoonful of cooked yam. I spun it up in my little chopper and it is pate. But it is also orange from the yams. They evidently don't eat orange food.

    >raspberry<

    Onward!
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