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    MissM,

    Your plan sounds great. I have never done a prolonged PM, but I can see how it would restore motivation. Long rounds are so . . . long.

    Regarding a paid program to help with maintenance: an alternative would be to simply continue tracking your eating. I use an app on my phone, which I can also access via browser, called FatSecret. It is tied to a huge database of foods, and allows me to track my eating and weight, plus it has an active community forum. Continuing tracking has helped my stabilization.

    Regarding exercise: Adding weight lifting will add weight. Not necessarily a bad thing, but contrary to the goals of hcg protocol. I would continue your walking and pilates until you are done with P3, or even P4. After that, assuming your weight is stable, then adding weight training is a great idea.

    Have a great round!

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    Savannah,

    There's nothing wrong with re-setting your goal, if you like how you look and feel. I have in the past gotten down below my target weight, and I was very happy there; but I'm currently 8 to 10 lbs above that, and my clothes fit so . . . I may do another round in January to drop down, but I may not. I think I would get as much or more benefit from doing light weight lifting. I haven't decided yet.

    As to being "boney", that's more a question of muscle. When I finished my last P2, I felt really flabby but gradually tightened up during P3. I did continue walking for awhile, until it got too cold and snowy. Now I'm thinking about re-starting with a health club and doing weights.

    Good luck with your round!

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    Thanks for your input, gz9. You helped me realize that I would be no more likely to follow a prescribed, paid plan than I would to track food using my (paid) app or other tool. I guess I'll have to figure out how to do things differently if I'm to get a different outcome. As I mentioned in WB's thread, just sticking with the habit of stepping on the scale daily would be a step in the right direction. Maybe by the end of this round I'll get to a place of tracking food faithfully. We'll see.

    With the weight lifting, I'm not "adding" it, I'm simply continuing it. But I take your point. It could slow the number on the scale because it's about adding weight in the form of muscle. If that's the case, I'm good with it. I'd much rather weigh more because of increased muscle mass than weigh less because of diminished muscle mass. I'll do my best to keep what I've built at the very least.

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    MissM,

    I think it sounds like a solid plan. I was kind of at that point Thanksgiving of waiting until after Christmas and realizing that I could still get 23 shots in and still enjoy prime rib for Christmas. I MAY enjoy a few low carb spirits during the PI, but will do my best not to indulge too many of those days while the whole family is home celebrating.

    For exercise, I’ve been doing about 45 minutes of yoga 5 days week. I had a hard hike last week and it stalled me. My energy hasn’t been as good since that hike either. Yesterday I even skipped yoga. So my conclusion is 500 calorie protocol simply isn’t given us what we need for our muscles to heal if we are pushing ourselves hard physically. I’m also 43 years old so it’s probably a factor as well.

    Deciding on a goal weight is definitely not easy. I feel like my body composition is what quite a bit this round.

    Wilson,

    Cheers to lean waists, feeling good, and looking good.

    GZ,

    I’m exercising as well. Some toning has been happening while the pounds have been coming off. My goal is to end when the the clothes in my closet are fitting. My stomach has flattened and waist is lean, however, my butt and thighs/hips need to come down a bit more.

    AFM, I’ve lost 0.6 this morning and finally below my artificial alcohol/dehydration loss from Sunday!!! No more slips!


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    Good morning lovelies. Yesterday was uneventful, but I didn’t have much of an appetite last night, so I had fat free cottage cheese for dinner for the first time this round. I stuck to protocol and lost 0.8. Total loss is 13.4 for the round. It’s slowly going down.


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    Congrats, Savannah!

    I was extra hungry yesterday so I ate a little extra protein. I lifted heavy, so it makes sense. Not hungry yet today, so I'll roll with it.

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    Hello all.

    I've been checking in to this thread lately to get psyched back into HCG mind. Planning another round after the New Year.

    Backstory:
    I'm down 26lbs in the last year (was down 30lbs, oopsie), in 2 long hHCG rounds with 10 (now 12) left to goal weight. Currently 4LBs above LDW which was back in Sept.

    Not going nuts over the holidays but getting it all in now so I don't have to feel deprived in Jan. (0ver)-ate a regular Thanksgiving dinner and doing another one at my house this weekend.



    My only hesitation about doing a round in January is the fact that it's already cold enough in my area and Hcg makes me cold by itself :-)
    But I have a feeling I may be one of those ppl who does a tune-up round every January so I might as well get used to it.

    Anyway, don't want to prolong this by waiting for warmer weather, antsy to fit into my entire wardrobe (down to a couple of pairs of pants still tight and out of fashion anyway.)

    So, all that is to say, seeya round the neighborhood :-)

    ETA - ok, I thought about what I had posted and realized it's not the whole story. One thing I love about HCG is it resets your brain - food is fuel during P2, nothing more.
    Yes, yes I know it's supposed to be pleasurable too, but P2 is an appetite reset for me.
    Lately my appetite is growing for non-hunger reasons, which is how I got in trouble in the first place. So I'm kind of counting the days until i can get into P2 tbh.

    For example - Monday - had car trouble, had to miss work...big hassle...super expensive repair...no car for 3 days... you get the picture.
    I emptied my Mom's Christmas stocking that I had put together for her cause there was a box of candy in the toe and...ate them all in 24 hours.

    So, yea, folks, my car isn't the only thing that needs a tune-up.

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    I had extra protein too. Had about an 8 oz grass fed NY strip for dinner. Most of the visible fat was cut out by the butcher but some was still there. Burned out on cold, leftover grilled shrimp and needed a heavier meal for sanity sake. Been between 223 and 222.4 the last 3 mornings. Steak for dinner, a little heavier on the protein calories than recommended and a 2lb drop this morning. Cannot tell you how many times that has happened on past rounds. Tennis the previous night so was likely holding inflammation water yesterday morning. All good.

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    miscast: 4lbs over LDW is really good and it sounds like you have this down. I am a bit cold natured too and hate to be cold. I am not sure how much HCG contributes to that to be honest. I agree with your point on the mental reset. That aspect is at least as important, if not more than the actual pounds and inches lost.

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    MissCast, sounds like you’ve been doing quite well with your maintenance.

    Wilson, awesome on the 2 lb loss. My husband is also doing hcg with me. Yesterday he ate about 2/3 of a rotisserie chicken that we picked up for the kids, light and dark meat minus the skin, plus the smoked lean burgers we had for lunch and dropped 2+ pounds also. He still lifts weights and has been struggling to overcome his “cheat DAY” that took place last Saturday as well, so who knows.

    I had a minimal loss of 0.2 this morning.

    I also woke up looking like a chipmunk this morning. I saw the dentist. He put me on antibiotics for an abscess along and scheduled an extraction with bone graft for future implant Monday 12/21. Tuesday is my 23rd injection.

    Has anyone had dental work on VLCD? I need HELP with food ideas to not break protocol before the 24th. Anyone ever been in this situation or know of others that were and how they successfully managed it.


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    Savannah, I'm so sorry about the dental work. I haven't had the experience you're looking for, but I do tend to do well with pureed veggie and chicken soups in P2. They get creamy with the cooked chicken blended up.

    MissCast, I feel you. Especially about the appetite reset. That is the biggest relief and enjoyable part of P2. It's so great to lose so much of my interest, dare I say obsession, with food while on HCG. I just don't care about cooking or eating much of anything beyond the simplest protocol foods. Wish I could figure out how to keep that going. I thought keto might be the answer, and it might be--as long as I stay away from trigger foods like nuts, dairy, and overly-delicious porky things like bacon and pork rinds. Anyway, I digress. And I agree you're doing great with maintenance. The creep is scary, and for me, I stop weighing when the creep drives me crazy (makes no sense, I know); so the fact that you know where you are in terms of weight and that you're not much above where you ended is a really good thing. Enjoy your holidays and see you on your January round. And let's work on figuring out how to manage that hunger and impulse to eat beyond P2 together. . . .

    WB so interesting about the increased protein. I'm playing with it this round and more interested in protein than in veggies or fruit overall on a day-to-day basis. Glad you listened to your body and had a big drop!

    AFM, I stocked up on some protocol foods at the grocery store, planning ahead for some P2 versions of Christmas traditional foods like cioppino. Yesterday at Costco was good. I had zero interest in all the stuff I normally would need to talk myself out of buying. Today, though, as I made the rounds, I started to feel a little sorry for myself and questioned my decision to do a round over the holidays.

    I know I'm definitely feeling better as I slim down--and would most definitely still be on the runaway train if I hadn't stopped the treats and overeating when I did. But the goodies were calling to me a bit. Actually it was more nostalgia and memories of Christmases past with the people I most loved who have passed. The treats won't bring them or the experiences back. And overeating the sweets and starches will ultimately only lead to unhappiness and contribute to my own suffering and death.

    A little melodramatic? Maybe. But this kind of self-correcting talk is actually pretty helpful to keep me on track.

    This has also been my first week in a month fully back on track with my regular exercise routine. Feeling sore but good. Like I'm headed in the direction of being where I feel like my best self. That's a very good feeling, indeed.

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    MM: I really believe the key is that the increased protein should be a singular meal preceded by many regular sized meals. That is the pattern. Maybe it shocks the system or something.

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