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    The way I eat while on the road is the way I eat at home. I do the hog drops from AnuMed. I take them throughout the day.....probably about 5-6 times.
    For breakfast I have black coffee or green tea. Iíve never been a big breakfast person so not eating in the morning is not a big deal for me. My lunch and dinner mirror each other. I take a dinner plate and put a 3 to 4 ounce piece of protein on it. Lean beef, skinless white chicken, white fish, shrimp, lean veal, egg white veggie omelette are all choices I make. I fill the rest of the plate with veggies preferably steamed, baked or roasted. Green beans, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, are my favorites. Restaurants are very good at preparing thing precisely to your request if asked politely.
    After a few days I feel better, my hunger has diminished, and I have the energy to stay busy and keep my mind occupied. I try to watch less TV when I am doing VLCD I tend to mindlessly eat when in front of a TV. P2 is a great time to tackle into tasks youíve put off or have been to tired to start. I also stop two times a day for 10-15 and do NOTHING. Some call I meditating, other reflecting. I find the act of slowing down and quieting myself makes a huge difference in my success. Sometimes I just stop and listen to music. It really helps me.
    I hope this helps.

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    Shrinkingashley, My plan is to do it for 40 days. I have a high weight also. You can do it. Journaling on this forum helps. You are not alone. 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by twabell View Post
    The way I eat while on the road is the way I eat at home. I do the hog drops from AnuMed. I take them throughout the day.....probably about 5-6 times.
    For breakfast I have black coffee or green tea. I’ve never been a big breakfast person so not eating in the morning is not a big deal for me. My lunch and dinner mirror each other. I take a dinner plate and put a 3 to 4 ounce piece of protein on it. Lean beef, skinless white chicken, white fish, shrimp, lean veal, egg white veggie omelette are all choices I make. I fill the rest of the plate with veggies preferably steamed, baked or roasted. Green beans, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, are my favorites. Restaurants are very good at preparing thing precisely to your request if asked politely.
    After a few days I feel better, my hunger has diminished, and I have the energy to stay busy and keep my mind occupied. I try to watch less TV when I am doing VLCD I tend to mindlessly eat when in front of a TV. P2 is a great time to tackle into tasks you’ve put off or have been to tired to start. I also stop two times a day for 10-15 and do NOTHING. Some call I meditating, other reflecting. I find the act of slowing down and quieting myself makes a huge difference in my success. Sometimes I just stop and listen to music. It really helps me.
    I hope this helps.
    This is so inspiring. I’ve always dreaded P2, but you look at it as a gift! I’m going to change the way I look at things. From now on, I’m going to be grateful for P2 and make it a special time to reflect, get of my but, angle get things DONE!
    -Shrink
    ROUND 1

    Pre-loading weight: 245 lbs

    VLCD1: 243.3.
    VLCD2: 241.0 (-2.3)
    VLCD3: 238.1 (-2.9)
    VLCD4: 237.1 (-1.0)
    VLCD5: 237.1 (-0.0)
    VLCD6: 236.3 (-0.8)
    VOCD7: 236.3 (-0.0)
    VLCD8: 234.3 (-2.0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by twabell View Post
    Shrinkingashley, My plan is to do it for 40 days. I have a high weight also. You can do it. Journaling on this forum helps. You are not alone. ��
    How many days have you done so far? I think 40 sounds perfect to me. I can do it, right? I mean, I can do anything for 40 days!

    -Shrink
    ROUND 1

    Pre-loading weight: 245 lbs

    VLCD1: 243.3.
    VLCD2: 241.0 (-2.3)
    VLCD3: 238.1 (-2.9)
    VLCD4: 237.1 (-1.0)
    VLCD5: 237.1 (-0.0)
    VLCD6: 236.3 (-0.8)
    VOCD7: 236.3 (-0.0)
    VLCD8: 234.3 (-2.0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkthin View Post
    Good Morning Lovelies,

    Mo55: I would add things like dairy in gradually. I would review the P3 rules, maybe also the hcg chica site too, and see what you find. I think nuts are better tolerated without weight gain for me in P4. Also, i wonder if it makes sense to figure out how many calories you can eat in real life? I know if I did 1900 calories a day I would gain, but thats my metabolism. Good luck and I hope things are better today!

    RK
    RK. Yes! I would really like to know how many calories I can eat in real life. I went to see a nutritionist last year (at a major university sports medicine department, so I know she knows what she is talking about) and did the Metabolic Rate Test (hooked up to a breathing tube to measure oxygen use). My results show a high metabolic rate (compared to other people of my age, weight and height), so she advised that to maintain my weight I eat at the high end of my maintenance range which is 1480-1920 calories. She gave me a diet that modeled two choices: 1750 and 1900 calories/day. Life happened and I never did track my calories afterwards, but I thought right now was a good time to try: after this round I'm more or less at my ideal weight, so what does it take to maintain it? I was shooting for the 1900 but I have to agree with you, given the creep in weight, that it is high. Despite the fact that I have a robust metabolism, and I exercise 3 to 4x/wk, I am otherwise pretty sedentary during the day. That probably means I need to eat at the lower end of the range. I'm a little frustrated but I guess this is what I need to do to nail down how many calories I can eat per day to maintain this weight. I do not want to count calories for the rest of my life, but if I know what the right amount looks like for each of my meals I shouldn't have to count, right? The complication is that right now I have to be careful and add foods gradually, as you point out. *Sigh*.

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    Great conversations, great tips, great inspirations. Thanks all!

    FINALLY! A small woosh. Now, if I can just KEEP it. Bouncing up and down within the same half pound is,,, well, if not discouraging, definitely not encouraging. Loved seeing a pound off today. That puts me back in my 'window' for last round. That goal weight was not a good one, though, as I barely maintained it through P3, let alone when things got rough. As Mo said, Life Happens. I did better a few pound below that, so will try that and make the last LIW the TOP of the window instead of the bottom. I know, 3-5 pouonds, how can that matter. Sigh. It matters. I think it was too close to some stubborn set points just above it so went zooooom right back to that, then that lead to another one about 5 pounds up from that and from there it was Katie, Bar the Door!

    LAST DAY of this job. I was so thrilled to get it and I did like the work and the people, but found the office culture here Extremely Boring. Nobody talks or socializes at all, and since I started two people left and one went to 3 days a week, so it is like a crypt around here. SILENT. And NOBODY EATS! Or drinks coffee! The part timer eats discretely at his desk, the secretary smokes and doesn't appear to eat or drink anything at all, and the bosses either just stay on the phone all day or go out together (husband and wife, so not complaining) but then are gone for hours. I am not one to goof off at work, but there is a difference between that and everyone silently in their offices with their doors shut.

    I have NO iDEA how I am going to make a living. But I am excited to see what is next! God is good!

    Onward!
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    Years ago when I was on this forum, it was so busy that it was almost impossible to keep up! There were constantly new threads, and tons of replies to every thread. But now it’s so quiet! What changed? It’s ok, I’m not complaining. I have a chance to get to know you all better in a way that I couldn’t before! I’m just curious!

    I’m actually having success this round. I’m so excited to be doing something, not just wishing I was doing something. It feels good to be taking my life back.

    I’m someone who loves languages. I’m working extremely hard right now to learn Korean. Even though I’ve finished college, I’ve been taking classes at the community college and doing everything I can to learn for about 2 years. Well, my husband encouraged me to apply to a program in Korea! I’d go for 5 weeks and learn for 4 hours a day. It starts in July. I want to go there at a lower weight so I can enjoy the adventure! I’m so inspired to make this round count and really get things right. I think having a wild dream is helping with my focus!

    -Shrink
    ROUND 1

    Pre-loading weight: 245 lbs

    VLCD1: 243.3.
    VLCD2: 241.0 (-2.3)
    VLCD3: 238.1 (-2.9)
    VLCD4: 237.1 (-1.0)
    VLCD5: 237.1 (-0.0)
    VLCD6: 236.3 (-0.8)
    VOCD7: 236.3 (-0.0)
    VLCD8: 234.3 (-2.0)

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    Ok, I've managed to mess up p3/4 & gain a few extra lbs. I'm Not a happy person!
    I wanted to wait another week b4 I started my next round, but I'm not sure I should weight (Haha, get it?) Anyway, I'm going to load this weekend & see how it goes.

    My hubby made it through knee surgery Monday & I've been "holed up" here @ home being a BLOB! OK, done venting. Missed you all. Sorry I haven't had time to check it or read all the posts yet. I have noticed a few new names....cool! The more the merrier! 😁

    Take care everyone!

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    Hi there Lovelies! TGIF!

    TWA - Great job dropping so much while on a road trip! Hoping the rest of your round goes similarly!

    Mo - I'm highly suspicious of those nutritionists... Maybe they've gotten better, but the last one I went to was still into low-fat everything. AND she was about 50 lbs overweight herself! That did not impress me. One of the things I have learned from this diet and the P3/P4 stabilization phases is that my body knows to tell me when it has had enough food and I don't have to count calories. I just have to listen very carefully and not do "sport eating". The longer I maintain a lower weight, the easier it becomes.

    Pearly - That is a very sad office environment! It is probably good you're done with that. Hoping that something better comes along for you. Sometimes losing a job is a blessing because it forces you to try something else. I went from being a Software Engineer to a freelance Bookkeeper. I am so much happier and realized how toxic going to an office every day was for me. I set my own hours and schedule now, and work from home. Ahhh... The down side of that, is that if I don't work, I don't get paid. Wishing you much luck finding a new gig.

    Ashley - Here's my hope for why it is so quiet on here. EVERYONE who used to post a couple of years ago has lost all the weight they need to lose, are at goal and maintaining But seriously, I find it much harder to find things to post about on P3/P4. No big overnight whooshes, just plain old "still at the same weight". I don't really want to post about what I'm eating since many of you are in P2 and don't need to read that stuff. That said, congrats on your losses so far. It is SO motivating and makes it easier to stay the course. And going to Korea to learn Korean - what an adventure! By July, I'm sure you will see a big difference and having a goal like that really does help!

    Gem - Sorry about your gain. You did SO will with all the vacation, travelling and such. If this is a good time to do another round, I say - go for it. You know what to do. Glad hubby is doing well after his surgery. Those knees can be a lot of rehab.

    AFM: Going out of town for Super Bowl weekend, so spending most of today prepping food to share at the party. This time I get to partake of the deviled eggs I'm making. Yay! Today I was 0.2 above LDW, so nothing to worry about. I'm pretty sure I'm at an old setpoint. Next round planned for mid-March to finally get BELOW this weight and closer to my ultimate goal.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

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    R1 SW: 158.7 LDW: 152.5 March 2017
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    R3 SW: 135.9 LDW: 130.9 October 2017
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    It's Saturday! Yay!

    Gem, seriously, you did so well this far and I'm sure that knowing in the back of your mind that you would be starting another round influenced your choices. I sometimes think that is the downside to this protocol. We know we can do another round so we let ourselves go. I heard something recently that I thought made sense: instead of messing up and then having to go into punitive mode and correct, plan for an indulgence by lowering your intake in advance, then you can enjoy what you are having without guilt. I know, its not a novel idea, but it struck me since I am in P3 trying madly to maintain. And, of course, it's easier said than done. Anyway, I look forward to hearing how you are doing in your new round. I hope your husband is healing from his knee surgery. I don't know what he had done, but I had both my knees replaced 3 years ago (at the same time) and my husband did an awesome job taking care of me. It's not easy schlepping after someone, so take care of yourself. For what it's worth, according to my doctors I made stellar progress after the surgery, but I remember it as an extremely difficult time and was totally preoccupied with my legs 24/7 for at least the first 6 months. I don't know if that was because I did both knees at the same time, but it was way harder than I ever thought it would be. Just because people get their knees done all the time does not mean that it has gotten easier! BUT, I LOVE MY KNEES! I am able to be physically active because my knees work and I am so grateful. It took me at least a year to be able to say that, but I got there in the end.

    Linder, I hear you on the nutritionists. I have a master's degree in Food Technology and my mom was a nutritionist. We used to be appalled by the positions the American Dietetic Association used to take on the old food pyramid, despite the fact that it was obviously wrong. They have gotten better and have entered the 21st century but I think some of the old guard still are not on board with current thinking. That said, I do think the nutritionist I went to is up to date in her thinking, perhaps because she is part of an Academic institution that engages in research. As soon as I mentioned being low-carb-ish, she immediately started talking keto and steered her nutrition advice to fit that goal. That impressed me.

    Pearly, here's hoping something new comes along that is vibrant and exciting!

    TWA, good job losing while on the road. I have done that myself and I think as long as you have access to the right food it is not so bad. For me, being busy and distracted from thoughts of food helps me when I'm on HCG (and even when I'm not!).

    Ashley, as Linder said, many of us are in P3/4 and unless you are struggling like I am, there is not a lot of food detail you want to go into in front of the P2 people! But, I always want to hear from the P3/4 people when I'm in P2 because I look forward to being where they are and I like hearing about the challenges and the wins. It keeps me motivated.

    For you football people...Happy Super Bowl tomorrow!

    Mo

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    Good Morning Lovelies,

    I jumped on here a few days ago with the plan of loading but had to postpone due to husbands last minute surgery. So happy to finally start this round (load day 1). Iíve recently been eaten a lot carbs and sugar since starting HCG two years ago and itís an eye opener of how horrible they make me feel.

    Hope everyone doing well ...look forward to chatting with you all.

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    LOVELY LOSERS 2020 - JOYOUS in JANUARY!!!!

    Thank you, Mo!
    Welcome back, Jesse!
    Happy Weekend, evah buddy!

    Yes, Auntie Pearlie is in a GOOD mood! My back and hips are so stiff they are killing me this morning. Double ibuprofen doesnít seem to be doing anything so I did the bio freeze thing and I hope that that takes affect soon.

    So I was more than a little worried about weighing this morning for fear I would lose part of that pound I lost yesterday, from Inflammation.

    But I lost 2 pounds. Two more pounds to be clear. Yes I slept a little later than usual so I might lose a little of that by Monday and be back up some, but I am sure gonna do my best not to. And Iím never weighing at 6:30 in the morning again anyway! So 8 AM may just become my new normal! LOL

    Did I eat perfectly? Iíd say 95%. And the other 5% was more timing than wrong food. I ate a little late last night and was afraid that was going to be bad.But all that turned out OK for once.

    OK hereís the deal. I was going to say I learned this lesson before, but obviously thatís not true. I have experienced and been taught this lesson before, but I seem to refuse to actually learn it.

    The lesson is: 1. Trust the process. 2. Be patient. 3. Just keep doing it. And the result: It works.

    Man, that is such a hard lesson to actually learn. Trudging through the patient part and the part about keeping going when youíre not losing: really really hard. The part about results: priceless! LOL

    So, who hoo, happy weekend!! Iíll post Our sweet Christyís fave graphic if I can find it.



    Onwarrrrrrrd!
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    Ps: I canít change my ticker on my phone and it doesnít show up on Talkatap anyway. But I am exactly at my last LIW!!!!!!!

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