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Thread: Lovely Losers 2021- ON TOP OF IT in October!!

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    MissM, how cool that you were able to live in Ireland and visit the Aran Isles! I knitted my Aran-style sweaters (three so far) over the last couple of years. Now I'm acquiring yarn for ganseys, which are the "ancestors" of Arans and knit on much smaller needles. Long term projects.

    Re ketones: my measured ketones are never very high, barely enough to call myself "in ketosis". I think it's because of the t2d, which is actually a disease of excess insulin production. I consulted VirtaHealth, which has a program to reverse t2d; they said on average their participants only measured 0.3. I quit measuring, but continue the WOE.

    Re: salts: low carb diets tend to be deficient in potassium too, so I use Lite Salt. As to magnesium, I use Mag24 to help manage restless legs, which can also be associated with low carb eating. (Note: eating low carb means you aren't getting the supplements commonly added to bread, flour, and dairy milk; as well as the salt and sugar added to processed foods. Tradeoffs.)

    Congrats on getting so close to your goal! I'm probably going to need one more round to get to mine. I'm holding steady at 137.5#, though I had hopes of losing a bit more.

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    Good Sunday morning, Lovelies -

    PearlyMae, I hope is Penny is home soon!

    It's fffffor-rrr-rrr-ty tttt-two degrees this morning! The heater woke me up, then my cats wanting breakfast.

    P3d11, 1007 cals yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PearlyMae View Post
    To all the long timers here and please pass it on.
    Candy, who was on Lovely Losers and Vanities many years ago, passed away in Sept. There was a post on Facebook from her family. She was a fun, loving, witty, wonderful lady. I am so shocked and saddened. P

    P, sorry to hear this, not familar her, but sad to hear of this anyway. Wonder if it was covoid related. May she RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raleighgrl View Post
    Thank you! I didn’t know that. Grabbing some now.


    You may want to start on a low dose, 1 tablet a day--I get the 500 mg tablets. But I take daily, on or off hcg. Have always (my entire life) had issues, so it's part of my daily routine. Sometimes I take 2 a day. Take them at night before going to bed. Leez gives very good advice on the dosage. But you can start at one a day, and increase until you find a dose that works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gz9gjg View Post
    Good Sunday morning, Lovelies -

    PearlyMae, I hope is Penny is home soon!

    It's fffffor-rrr-rrr-ty tttt-two degrees this morning! The heater woke me up, then my cats wanting breakfast.

    P3d11, 1007 cals yesterday.

    Definitely fall-ish weather in the air! I love fall!

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    Good Sunday morning Every Buddy, as our P. says! BTW, Hope she is home, or on the way home with Miss Penny today and they are safe and warm with her sissy. It is going to be a cool, fall day here in Kentucky, but beautiful. We are going to a chili cook off today--friends house , for some charity fund raiser. The band will be providing the live music, so it will be lots of fun, perfect day, in an absolutely gorgeous setting, tho leaves are not really changing that much yet here, but the weather is perfect for chili. Last night they played at a huge antique car show for Crusade for Children Charity fund raiser, and I didn't eat or drink at all. I was so proud of myself! Now today, will be another story--definitely plan on indulging in some chili for first time this year. I love chili.

    Today is P4, day 10, inching down bit by bit. Down 1.2 from last dose weight. And truly ate P4ish Friday and Saturday. Friday nite wanted to test the waters a little--husband came home a little later than usual so I asked him to bring home Taco Bell for dinner--I was in the mood to test it. I ordered 2 hard tacos and 2 soft beef tacos. (I'm a big eater!) Was anxious to see if it would cause a gain the next morning, Next morning actually dropped .2 Saturday a.m. Then yesterday, had my usual protein only breakfast, lunch before gig ended up being a sugar free pnut butter sandwich on low carb bun, grabbed a Keto ice cream bar to eat on the way. After gig, too late to fix a proper dinner, so just ate plantain chips with warm gouda cheese dip for dinner. And pineapple chunks after for dessert! Not the most balanced eating for the day, but it was what was easy and at hand. Again a little concerned about what scale would show this morning, but again it it surprised me by co-operating and NOT giving me a gain. Down another .2. I don't mind incremental, tiny dips. Any dips are fine with me. Any stablizations are fine with me. And it is so exciting to see I can eat some "normal" meals, like Taco Bell occassionally, and not see a huge gain the next morning when weighing. I know, it is not something I should do all the time, and prob something that many of you ladies would NEVER EVER do, but I'm not a purist like many of you. I don't live the whole food only organic life style that many of you live, so I want to enjoy easy meals that I don't have to prepare at times. Just happy that I can once in a while. Life is good! I really feel hcg protocol has made it possible to reset ny body to burn normal amounts of fuel so that I can eat more normally and not have to count every calorie and gain weight eating 1000 calories a day. It seems almost too good to be true but it is. Cutting out all those processed sugars and starches, so important.

    Hope everyone has a great Sunday! Look forward to hearing from everyone! Will check in later, to hear from you all!

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    Dubbles, I am envious that you can eat as you describe!

    I am reading a bit of tension between your WOE and my keto diet. Type 2 diabetes lurks and is never fully curable. Fortunately, I consider that I am eating "the good parts" and skipping the stuff that would make me sick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gz9gjg View Post
    Dubbles, I am envious that you can eat as you describe!

    I am reading a bit of tension between your WOE and my keto diet. Type 2 diabetes lurks and is never fully curable. Fortunately, I consider that I am eating "the good parts" and skipping the stuff that would make me sick.

    But gz. remember I don't try to be 130 lbs either. And you like to be itty bitty, I'm thinking.

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    Dubbles, everybody has their own body type. My Father was 6'1" and 135# when he and my Mom got married in 1952. She was 5'4" and 99#. So I come from a family of thin, small boned people. I maintained 130# -140# while working a desk job, until menopause, when I gradually went up to about 185#. I was in the 170# to 185# range for almost 10 years and could get some of the weight off, but couldn't maintain. Then I started getting high/abnormal A1c readings. When I got the t2d diagnosis, a light went off. I found hcg, started losing, learned about t2d reversal with keto . . . and I finally can keep the weight off.

    Everybody has their own preferred body type, and their own health issues. And t2d can kill you, blind you, and cause circulatory issues that force leg amputations.

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    Good Monday morning, Lovelies -

    PearlyMae, is Penny home yet? I hope she is doing well -

    It's only 39° this morning. Yuck. But we are supposed to get sunshine the next three days, and 68° on Wednesday. Amazing for October in Michigan.

    P3d12, 1041 cals yesterday. I missed lunch because I was in the middle of a project.

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    Happy Monday, all!

    Dubbles, I am THRILLED for you! That kind of flexibility is just great. Seems like you're living the dream.

    gz, t2d is nothing to mess around with for sure. It became t1d for my mom who ultimately died from it after experiencing most of the worst illnesses that come from unmanaged blood sugar. It's a major driving force in my health journey.

    And your point is well taken about everyone having different body types. That's the truth. We also each have our comfort levels and extent to which we'll go to get/stay where we want to be. I was thinking about how truly amazing hcg is and yet how there are many people who simply wouldn't be willing to do the protocol. It really does take some mental fortitude.

    All is well here. I'm staying off the scale until my period comes for my own sanity, and staying on the VLCD in ways I know work best for my body. Right now the plan is LIW Friday, though I wouldn't mind stopping earlier than that so I can enjoy a P3 meal with BF on Sunday. I give him credit for rolling with my diets, though I also think my restraint ultimately benefits him. He's lost 20 pounds over the last year or so just by joining me in counting steps and starting to be mindful of reading packages. He still indulges his desire for fast food, but for some people, Dubbles included!, that can be part of a sustainable diet.

    Really looking forward to joining folks in the post P2 world and continuing the experiment! Last year I stabilized well through the holiday season after my first round, so I know I can do it! Then we'll see if doing another round in January is in the cards. The creep after my second round last spring was incremental but real (no doubt caused largely by not weighing myself and too liberally enjoying alcohol, chocolate, nuts and pork rinds, and dairy).

    I know the longer I can stay within a lower range the better adapted my body will be for the long run. Mid 130s I think is ideal for this body and this vain ego that also loves to eat. But this is the first time in my life I've gotten this low on the scale and even come close to maintaining it. My body's set point for my entire adult life was in the low 160s. So it's significant. But my tolerance has changed. I can feel in the low 140s that I'm more myself. And I feel downright fabulous once I get under 140. I very nearly got below 130 in my last round, but that's when I started looking and feeling a bit too thin.

    Anyway, we'll see. I'm just so grateful to be getting closer to my fighting weight and not desperate because the scale is creeping up. Lord how I would love to step off this roller coaster!

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    MrsStrong, I wast to thank you for recommending "Primal Body, Primal Mind" by Nora Gedgaudas. It's a really interesting read.

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