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    Hey RK and Leez,
    Not happy today with another 0.5 increase on the scale. Ready to get back on P2 Friday and will REALLY watch what I eat and drink today and tomorrow. Hoping it is mostly water weight...

    RK - I have a hard time figuring out a 40 day chunk of time for this protocol as well. I print out about 5 months of calendars and try to fit it in between "events". I travel for work every 8 weeks for 4 days. I have come to the realization that P2 and that trip don't get along, so work around that in my planning. I'm still 20ish lbs from goal, so I know there is another round in my future... Taking Super Bowl into account, that would give me a 27 day round before my next work trip. Fingers crossed nothing else crops up. I don't think a PI will work for me again, so that's not even an option.

    Leez - Sorry to hear your elimination diet experiment went awry. Good that your antibodies are down. Hopefully your other "interventions" keep things headed that direction. I miss bread too, but just not worth it to try to work it back into my life.

    Have a great rest of your week all!

    2016 SW: 186.2 GW: 115 HT: 5'3"
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    Fake drops round:158.7 February 2017
    R1 SW: 158.7 LDW: 152.5 March 2017
    R2 SW: 151.3 LDW: 144.0 May 2017
    R3 SW: 135.9 LDW: 130.9 October 2017
    R4 SW: 137.0 LDW: 132.0 March 2018
    R5 SW: 142.6 LDW: 132.1 November 2018
    R6 SW: 144.8 P2D15: 136.9 -7.9
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    Good Morning Leez and Linderlou and everyone else,

    Leez, That really stinks! Elimination diets are hard at baseline anyway. I also had that experience with elimination diets. The only thing I learned was that If I have bread I have to buy imported non GMO flour, make it myself and only very occasionally. I have Hashimotos, which makes weight loss a challenge and I can just imagine what real autoimmune disease can do to weight loss. Maybe you could do a short round when the weather turns nicer worse case? Also, I am a big low calorie home made Vegetable soup in winter girl, it really helps me get my veggies in and keeps my calories down. If that helps. I have one with beans that my family loves, I freeze it in quart size portion freezer bags, (not P2 or 3 ha ha) LMK if you would like the recipe.

    LinderLou I don't know why you are gaining! However, please be consoled that like me after a Planned Interruption it is like the first week of P2 for me. I am down .8lbs today, and was down a whole pound yesterday. Talk about feeling renewed motivation!

    Personally though, it is a challenging time of year. I think it takes all my self control to be POP, i have to "dig deep" to keep my usual good humor to deal with life. I am having sleep issues again, so tonight will be a bath in epsom salts and the Natural Calm. I am also going to get some bright light this morning as I once went to a sleep doctor and that helps. Any insomnia fighting tips would be helpful. Thank you so much.

    Have a wonderful day!
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    rk, I'd love your soup recipe. I have trouble getting enough veggies in in the winter too. No cold salads for this girl when my fingers are already icicles. ^_^.

    A spring round might be a possibility, but yeah--no more winter rounds for me. I've done a couple and I get that HCG chill effect, so the only time I'm warm in P2 is when I'm soaking in a hot tub.
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    Early day, so no time to weigh this morning. I didn't want to see the number anyway... Hoping I jump back in with the losing first week rate too, like you RK.

    RK - Hope you get through your sleep issues. Not fun, no matter what the reason. Hope the bright light helps you. We finally had a little sunshine today and I made sure to sit outside and enjoy the warmth and sun on my face.

    Leez - I freeze too. Actually, I find it easier to deal with in cold weather as everyone else is freezing too. No one gives me a sideways look when I ask for the heat to be turned up, or put on an extra layer of clothes. Now, in the summertime, when it's 80/90 outside and I put on a sweater, I get many more funny looks... ;-)

    Ever onward everyone!

    2016 SW: 186.2 GW: 115 HT: 5'3"
    Pre-HCG SW: 175
    Fake drops round:158.7 February 2017
    R1 SW: 158.7 LDW: 152.5 March 2017
    R2 SW: 151.3 LDW: 144.0 May 2017
    R3 SW: 135.9 LDW: 130.9 October 2017
    R4 SW: 137.0 LDW: 132.0 March 2018
    R5 SW: 142.6 LDW: 132.1 November 2018
    R6 SW: 144.8 P2D15: 136.9 -7.9
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    Good Morning,

    Yes I am freezing too. Don't know how anyone does this diet in real winter weather! I slept really well last night. Took this CalMag (that natural vitality no longer makes, so back to Calm Sleep when this runs out). Also, the bright morning light really helps me. Leez, I was in an epsom salt bath last night and said, "this is the first moment I feel really warm" ha ha. Great minds think alike.

    LinderLou I am down another .8 today. It is phenomenal for me as I usually lose a steady .4 a day if I am lucky. It is all due to the Planned Interruption as it is like week one again.

    Leez, I will post my Veggistrone soup recipe once I clean it up. I am a huge soup fan. I freeze soup in quart size ziplocks. Freeze the bags flat and when they are solid you can stand them up so the look like books on a shelf in your freezer and take up less room and are easy to find. Last night I took 2 sheet pans, lined them with foil, in a 425 oven roasted big pans of tomatoes from the 99 cent store, sprinkled a little Thyme, salt and pepper, a head of garlic wrapped in foil and sliced purple and yellow onions. The onions and garlic got done in 30 minutes, the tomatoes took 45 and then I pureed it in a blender with some chicken stock (Costco). Then reheated it. Everyone loved that here and it was very easy. I don't use any oil, I never peel the tomatoes. These were Roma and cherry tomatoes, but any would work. If I wasn't dieting I would have garnished the bowls with goat cheese, maybe fresh basil but honestly it wasn't needed. I thinned mine with water and chicken stock because I wan't sure how many tomatoes would be allowed, but it was super easy and low cal.

    Hang in there. I hope you all have a good day. LinderLou Do you have any idea why your weight is going up? If you are cheating a lot that's ok, just would be great if you could figure out the reason! Once a few rounds ago for me it was Blue Cheese! I gained so much weight the next day! So now I never eat that until after P3 and 3 weeks of P4 has passed, so glad I know that.

    Have a focused weekend--always the hardest for me! But I will push through and look at restaurant menus and call before I go.

    Best Wishes,
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    Hey ladies.

    RK - Glad to hear you are getting better sleep and your soup sounds really good except that I don't do tomatoes. They're too acidic for my system. It limits my menus in many ways, but have learned to live with it over the years. I could be sensitive/allergic to so many other (worse) things...

    I discovered in one of my first rounds that I don't tolerate peanut butter. That was a big surprise and revelation to me. I love it, but have steered clear of it ever since. As for my weight going up during my PI, I'm hoping, like you said, that it's water, and will come off quickly. I've been really good about only eating P2 or P3 foods, and nothing new at all, so I'm thinking a couple of things. 1) I had really nice drops the week before, so my body might just be fighting to get that weight back. I've usually entered P3 after at least one week of a stall on P2, so kind of already stabilized, OR/AND I was only on D15 of P2 when I started the PI. Maybe just not long enough... Whatever... I won't do it again, and just hope I can salvage the rest of this round.

    That said, I have a question about counting P2 days now. Do I just deduct the 4 days of the PI and start counting today as D16 instead of D20? I'm thinking yes, but wanted to confirm. Still up in the air about pushing through the Christmas holiday or stopping there. I guess it depends on if I hit a slowdown/stall around then... Hmmm - what to do?

    2016 SW: 186.2 GW: 115 HT: 5'3"
    Pre-HCG SW: 175
    Fake drops round:158.7 February 2017
    R1 SW: 158.7 LDW: 152.5 March 2017
    R2 SW: 151.3 LDW: 144.0 May 2017
    R3 SW: 135.9 LDW: 130.9 October 2017
    R4 SW: 137.0 LDW: 132.0 March 2018
    R5 SW: 142.6 LDW: 132.1 November 2018
    R6 SW: 144.8 P2D15: 136.9 -7.9
    LinderLou

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