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    APRIL, I don't see that anyone answered your question about the timing of the start of P3. I count all VLCD as P2, including those AFTER the last dose/injection. Therefore, the first day of P3 is the first day of the P3 diet. This seems to be how others on the forum count P3 days also, as they are always excited about P3D1 when they can finally have that avocado, or whatever they have been waiting for...
    Hopefully someone will chime in with confirmation.
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    Hello again,

    So great to get caught up on how all of you are doing, challenges and all....

    Today is VLCD 9 and I'm down to 170.8 - so a 6 pounds loss since starting this round which I will celebrate. I wish it was more, but having TOM for 5 of the 9 days, I'm pretty sure has had some impact.

    I made it through my 50th birthday weekend with no cheats, and no weight gain - so I'm going to celebrate that as well.

    I'm just going to vent/rant a bit here - so please feel free to move to another post *lol* - Women's clothing sizes drive me crazy !!!!

    I have 3 different wardrobes - one for my daily work, one for the business my husband and I own with another couple and then a casual relaxed/at home type wardrobe.

    So for example, in Ralph Lauren I currently wear a 16, in Old Navy I wear a 14 and in my Jag Board Shorts I'm an XL !! I'm 5'7 and consider myself fairly average build overall - i.e.: in proportion. This sizing is kind of crazy. I'm down 21 pounds since I started and my Ralph Lauren sizing remains the same, so do the Jag Board shorts, but in Old Navy I have come down to 14, from a size 16.

    I've just gone through the pants in my wardrobe and while I haven't actually lost really a size, I've had to pull out 28 pairs that no longer fit. Yes, gratefully at least for the right reason, they're too big / look unprofessional etc., but still...

    I'm resistant to buying anything new while going through this process, so I don't have to throw out good money - but I also want and need to look professional in my working environments. I'm surprised about the pounds and inches, as I had always heard you go down one size every 10 pounds... but for me, that clearly isn't true...

    Oh well, enough of my rant. The good part is the numbers are still going in the right direction... down....and that's all that really matters....

    Wow.. sorry got to go, where does the time go???

    Check in with you again later...

    Happy weight releasing....

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    I was just looking at my Weight Loss Tracker and realized that in just 5 more pounds, I will be half way to my goal! I need to make a final decision about my non-food reward for this milestone. It can't cost us anything, because with both of us out of work, we have hit the end of our savings. My first paycheck on the new job isn't until the last few days of August, so... I am trying to think of a few free activities that don't require much in the way of walking due to my current health status. A hike sounds so nice, but would not work at this point. Maybe a swim at the lake? I am allergic to chlorine, so the lake would be a nice change from having itchy hives.

    Oh, hubby was offered a job 2 days/week yesterday, at his old rate of pay. It is in his field (brewing). Jobs in that field have been hard to find locally, and we aren't ready to relocate for another year, so he is looking outside his field. A few other positions are hopeful...waiting to hear. The 2 day/week position is an off-hour position (can only brew when they are closed due to the way the equipment was set up), so it could work around a full-time job once he accepts one. That would help us get our savings built back up, so he has accepted the position. Not sure yet when he will start, but at least it will bring home, with his 1 day/week job + tiny janitorial account, more than his current unemployment (because they subtracted the money he has been earning).
    I am Roni (Ronnie)



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    R5 LIW: 224 (-11)
    R6 LIW: 214 (-10)

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    Dmbgrl Sorry to hear about your slow losses. What are you eating besides chicken? I usually have slow losses with beef or turkey, so stick with fish.

    April01 In P2, I lose the most with fish, so I try not to eat fish in P3 and P4, so I wont be tired of it when its time to do P2 again. Except last night, I seared some albacore tuna with some creamy spinach, and it was soooooo good! Like T1ghtwad, I count all VLCD as P2 even the ones after the last dose.

    Robineka Good questions. For me its all addictive behavior and chemical addictions as well. Im an emotional eater, dont chew enough before swallowing, and overeat. Im trying to change all of those behaviors. Outside of that, a lot of what we eat contains chemicals in it to make us addicted. Im trying to these phases of HCG to knock out these addictions and bad behaviors. Hopefully after 6 months of consistency, Ill be over them for good.

    Pearlie Congrats on the losses and for getting into those pants! Keep up the good work!

    T1ghtwad Sounds like your weight loss catching up! Good job! Hopefully next week youll have greater losses than you think. Congrats on being 5 pounds away from your half-way goal!!! A swim at the lake sounds like fun! Glad to hear about your husband getting a new job especially one he can keep if he gets another during normal working hours.

    KimberlyD -- Congrats on making it through your 50th birthday weekend with no cheats. I usually dont buy too many clothes while losing weight, but like you want to look professional in my working environments. So, I usually will buy at least 1 or 2 pairs of pants and aim for loose blouses that look good even if I keep getting smaller.

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    AFM...
    I'm finally in P4, with only 10 more days before I start another round. I'm taking it slow by only eating a sweet potato every other day and indulge in a glass of apple juice. I'm also adding dairy now in P4, because it kept making me gain in P3. I had a couple of cups of whole milk Greek yogurt... threw in some blueberries and raspberries... and dipped pieces of cocoa crack -- it was soooo good! The scale has gone up some, since I'm adding carbs and dairy, but I'm still 1 lbs. under LIW.

    Before the next round, while I'm in P4, I plan to experiment with the cocoa crack a bit more. I'd love to make some turtles or even try to make my own peanut butter cups. I'm loving the fact that I can make my own candy. With all these new things I'm learning, I'm hopeful that when I'm done with HCG this time, I can keep it off for good.

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    Kimberly,
    Sizes really are funny things. That 10 pound a size thing seems to be an average. The higher sizes are further apart, the tinier sizes are closer together. I sort of think the difference between a 2 and a 4 is probably in ounces!

    That said, I have done two things while losing, as I, too, have to 'dress' every day. Every. Single. Day.

    1. Second hand shops can help you find a few professional pieces such as dress slacks to get you through to the size you want, for a lot less than even Walmart stuff, although the clearance racks of Walmart can also garner you a few pieces. You don't need much. Black slacks can be worn several times a week with different tops, same with a black skirt. And you don't have to worry about high quality investments, as they can all fall apart on you in few months when you will want to get better stuff! Nice, big thrift shops run by charities are cheapest. Avoid the 'consignment' shops. They cost too much for big label, out of style clothes!

    2. This time around, when I gained back half the weight I'd originally lost, (steroids for a bout of bronchitis and of course, comfort food and eating for quick energy when it went on for months. ie. Donuts, pizza and fries, tra-la!) I bought a bunch of clearance summer dresses from Kohls and Steinmart, mostly online. They are fun bright colors, easy care, and completely shapeless, lol. I don't think I paid more than $20 per dress average. Trapeze dresses, which are a variation on the old 'tent' dresses, and other ones that fall from the bust with no waist. Because we have no air conditioning at work, I wore those sleeveless suckers with my old, flabby arms right out there in front of God and everybody and Did. Not. Care. NOW, I am closer to my lower weight and all of those dresses STILL WORK. Another 10 pounds and I might have to close up the armholes some, and even wear a belt, but nuthin wrong with that! In other words, regardless of what weight you are at, don't spend much money, but buy ( or trade with a sister or good friend!) some fun stuff that makes you feel good, and if you can revise them later, great, and if not, well, you didn't spend a lot, so give them away and go on.


    My humble opinion!



    Tight, a reward that is not food and does not cost money and close by and little walking . whew. That is tricky! Find a puppy (someone else's) to play with? Add purple strands to your hair? Go to the library and check out books or dvds to binge on? Turn off the NEWS for at least a week? Good luck!


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    PearlyMae -- LOL @ "Purple Strands," "play with someone else's puppy," and "avoid watching the news..." LOVE them all! LMAO....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PearlyMae View Post
    P3 Day 3

    Nothing like a good night's sleep to make the world brighter!

    I was dragging tail big time all day yesterday (my Dad would have called it "making three tracks! One for each foot and one for my tail!) but I stopped my freelance work last night at 10:30 instead of finishing it, and went straight to bed. I think I was asleep before I got both feet in.

    And, I'm down another .8! WHOT??? I don't think I am 'losing in P3," I think I am finally showing on the scale the losses I should have had in Week 4 P2.0. I was just battling that 'fat cells filled with water cuz they are afraid to shrink up" thing. Anyway, I'm IN the 135 pound (135.8 LOL) and am pretty darned happy. I am wearing my nice white pants that have not been wearable before, and tho they are still tighter than when I bought them, at least I got in to them before Labor Day!

    Onward!
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    That is SWEET! I'm so glad it's going good for you PearlyMae


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    Quote Originally Posted by KimberlyD View Post
    Hello again,

    So great to get caught up on how all of you are doing, challenges and all....

    Today is VLCD 9 and I'm down to 170.8 - so a 6 pounds loss since starting this round which I will celebrate. I wish it was more, but having TOM for 5 of the 9 days, I'm pretty sure has had some impact.

    I made it through my 50th birthday weekend with no cheats, and no weight gain - so I'm going to celebrate that as well.

    I'm just going to vent/rant a bit here - so please feel free to move to another post *lol* - Women's clothing sizes drive me crazy !!!!

    I have 3 different wardrobes - one for my daily work, one for the business my husband and I own with another couple and then a casual relaxed/at home type wardrobe.

    So for example, in Ralph Lauren I currently wear a 16, in Old Navy I wear a 14 and in my Jag Board Shorts I'm an XL !! I'm 5'7 and consider myself fairly average build overall - i.e.: in proportion. This sizing is kind of crazy. I'm down 21 pounds since I started and my Ralph Lauren sizing remains the same, so do the Jag Board shorts, but in Old Navy I have come down to 14, from a size 16.

    I've just gone through the pants in my wardrobe and while I haven't actually lost really a size, I've had to pull out 28 pairs that no longer fit. Yes, gratefully at least for the right reason, they're too big / look unprofessional etc., but still...

    I'm resistant to buying anything new while going through this process, so I don't have to throw out good money - but I also want and need to look professional in my working environments. I'm surprised about the pounds and inches, as I had always heard you go down one size every 10 pounds... but for me, that clearly isn't true...

    Oh well, enough of my rant. The good part is the numbers are still going in the right direction... down....and that's all that really matters....

    Wow.. sorry got to go, where does the time go???

    Check in with you again later...

    Happy weight releasing....

    xoxo
    I hear you on the cloths size. Ralph Lauren run small across the board ...including kids sizes...size 16 is 14. The inches loses will catch up. Your body literally loses everywhere so it may a bit of time. Hang in there with it


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    Quote Originally Posted by PearlyMae View Post
    Kimberly,
    Sizes really are funny things. That 10 pound a size thing seems to be an average. The higher sizes are further apart, the tinier sizes are closer together. I sort of think the difference between a 2 and a 4 is probably in ounces!

    That said, I have done two things while losing, as I, too, have to 'dress' every day. Every. Single. Day.

    1. Second hand shops can help you find a few professional pieces such as dress slacks to get you through to the size you want, for a lot less than even Walmart stuff, although the clearance racks of Walmart can also garner you a few pieces. You don't need much. Black slacks can be worn several times a week with different tops, same with a black skirt. And you don't have to worry about high quality investments, as they can all fall apart on you in few months when you will want to get better stuff! Nice, big thrift shops run by charities are cheapest. Avoid the 'consignment' shops. They cost too much for big label, out of style clothes!

    2. This time around, when I gained back half the weight I'd originally lost, (steroids for a bout of bronchitis and of course, comfort food and eating for quick energy when it went on for months. ie. Donuts, pizza and fries, tra-la!) I bought a bunch of clearance summer dresses from Kohls and Steinmart, mostly online. They are fun bright colors, easy care, and completely shapeless, lol. I don't think I paid more than $20 per dress average. Trapeze dresses, which are a variation on the old 'tent' dresses, and other ones that fall from the bust with no waist. Because we have no air conditioning at work, I wore those sleeveless suckers with my old, flabby arms right out there in front of God and everybody and Did. Not. Care. NOW, I am closer to my lower weight and all of those dresses STILL WORK. Another 10 pounds and I might have to close up the armholes some, and even wear a belt, but nuthin wrong with that! In other words, regardless of what weight you are at, don't spend much money, but buy ( or trade with a sister or good friend!) some fun stuff that makes you feel good, and if you can revise them later, great, and if not, well, you didn't spend a lot, so give them away and go on.


    My humble opinion!



    Tight, a reward that is not food and does not cost money and close by and little walking …. whew. That is tricky! Find a puppy (someone else's) to play with? Add purple strands to your hair? Go to the library and check out books or dvds to binge on? Turn off the NEWS for at least a week? Good luck!


    Onward
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    SIZES: I think the pounds per size depends on shape, too. If your weight is all in one area, you will lose inches, and thus sizes faster. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true...you can regain a LOT of inches really fast, and your clothes will not fit with just a small gain on the scale! For those of us more "evenly distributed", it usually takes many more pounds to lose the same number of inches in ONE spot, so our sizes change slower. BUT, if you take measurements in a LOT of places on your body, you will be losing inches faster in many of these places than the "other" people do. I am "evenly distributed", and when I lost 35 pounds, I barely lost 1 pants size.

    Also, many of us lose more inches in P3 than we do in P2, even when the scale is fairly stable. I lost about 2" in my waist from the 35 pounds, but another 2.5" while maintaining the same loss! So be prepared for reshaping while in P3/P4 too.

    REWARD IDEAS: These are some great ideas. I already read on my kindle app and binge watch some TV when I can sit and handle the screen as I am housebound 4-5 days/week. I want out of the house as part of my reward. I can't eat out due to severe food restrictions even when not on hcg (only eat out 1-2 times/year), so I am used to bringing my food along. I did remember about an "Independence Trail" that is wheelchair accessible, and the drive is manageable (1:20 minutes), and see if hubby is up to pushing me in the wheelchair. I am picturing me pushing it myself, and then sitting in it when my feet hurt or if my toes dislocate...if I have a good day, I should be able to alternate and get some exercise in too. Poor hubby would sure get a workout though! Then we could go to the little spot on the Yuba River near the OLD Bridgeport Covered Bridge to swim (30 minutes further away). It's been years since we were there. A picnic lunch plus snacks for them. Entrance fee is reasonable as it is per vehicle. I think they are both in the same park, so hopefully both locations are covered by the same fee. Definitely something to check out!
    I am Roni (Ronnie)



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    R1 LDW: 240.8 (-31.4)
    R2 LDW: 230.6 (-41.6)
    R3 aborted
    End of July, 2021, Restarted at 260
    R4 LIW: 235 (-25)
    R5 LIW: 224 (-11)
    R6 LIW: 214 (-10)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JessieB View Post
    I hear you on the cloths size. Ralph Lauren run small across the board ...including kids sizes...size 16 is 14. The inches loses will catch up. Your body literally loses everywhere so it may a bit of time. Hang in there with it


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    JessieB, How are YOU doing? Have you been able to stabilize somewhat? Thinking about you tonight, and sending positive thoughts your way!
    I am Roni (Ronnie)



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    R1 LDW: 240.8 (-31.4)
    R2 LDW: 230.6 (-41.6)
    R3 aborted
    End of July, 2021, Restarted at 260
    R4 LIW: 235 (-25)
    R5 LIW: 224 (-11)
    R6 LIW: 214 (-10)

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    Here are my stats
    VLCD 1 178.6 (I was like 176.6 before load)
    VLCD 2 175.6
    VLVD 3 173. 6
    VLCD 4 172.8
    VLCD 5 171.2
    VLCD 6 170.3
    VLCD 7 169.3
    VLCD 8 168.9
    VLCD9 168.8
    VLCD 10 167.8
    VLCD 11 168.1
    VLCD 12 167.1
    VLCD 13 166.6
    VLCD 14 164.9
    VLCD 15 164.9
    VLCD 16 164.3
    VLCD 17 164.3
    VLCD 18 163.4
    VLCD 19 163.0
    VLCD 20 162.3
    VLCD 21 161.9
    VLCD 22 161.2
    VLCD 23 160.8 (LIW)
    (VLCD) 160.7 (VLCD)
    P3 week 1 160.7, 160.7, 160.2, 160.7, 160.7, 161.0, 160.7

    ok..I am pretty sure this must be one of the straightest line, week one's. I have added in olive oil, butter, avocado and handful or almonds, some cheese crackers (only made of cheese) , parmesan cheese on a salad, feta, zucchini, broccoli, red wine and fattier meats. I am going to look into brussel sprouts on Thursday. Tonight i am going to a wine bar and I am sure I can find something. I think I am going to stay away from the cured meats for now. I think I want to try to add in a dry white wine this week as well. My wine club sent me some new stuff that I would like to try.

    Thanks for the information. So many people are saying the 72 hours is part of P3, but I have always counted from the first day of adding in food also, but after 6 years your mind gets fuzzy and you cannot remember all the details. It sounds like everyone is doing well.

    Roni, I think def. finding yourself a treat is a good thing. i hope the money stuff settles down soon, nothing like stress to impact weight loss, but it sounds like it is not impacting yours.

    PearlyMae, so glad you transitioned and are feeling good about those clothes. I am with you, nothing feels better than things fitting right.

    Kimberly: I lost 18 pounds and some of my older stuff fits now, but my current stuff still fits they are just baggy. I know it is hard to not lose clothes sizes but I think if you held the weight in a certain spot longer it might take longer for those inches to leave. Your body is taking away the newest, less stubborn stuff first. it is funny but I think my feet got thinner. I find that my boots are looser. Now who would have thought I would gain weight in my feet.

    Hope you all have a wonderful day.

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