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    Hi Leez and all,

    Thought I'd check in with my latest round. I got sloppy, stopped weighing and gained a bunch back after previous rounds.

    I'm doing hHCG (intermountain drops) and a version of 2.0 I call THE BMR Diet.

    Looked up my BMR for my age and was shocked into reality. You always have in your head calorie requirements that you learned in high school health class - 1800-2000 calories for women.

    I'll be 70 next month and my BMR is 1229! Oops! Granted, that's just the amount of calories to keep you alive before movement and exercise but I'm staying under my BMR, shooting to be under 1000, as in 2.0. And my life needs an adjustment after P2 as moderate activity level for my age is around 1550. Eureka, I think I found the problem :-)

    I accepted long ago I couldn't do 500 cals/day. Just not built for that. Headaches, fatigue and hunger. Maybe I'd have better outcome with injections but just never went there.

    So, outcome - As with other rounds, I lose really well the first couple weeks and then stall for ages. Usually that would be when I give up but refusing to do that this time. My goal is 30lbs.

    So lost 12lbs in less than first 3 weeks. 21 days, that's over half lb/day. Of course, water weight a lot of it from cutting out carbs.
    Am now on Day 31 and waiting for a breakthrough. It's been 10 days just wobbling around that same weight. Especially since I get very constipated not eating any grains. I'm taking a laxative once/week (on Saturday nights - look forward to Sunday's weigh-in!).

    I've been living on chicken breast, ground beef, salads and steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Breakfast has been the same for the last 31 days - one egg, two egg whites and 2 lite wasa crispbreads with a teaspoon of olive oil divided between the 2. I know olive oil isn't POP but that's what I eat and will be eating forever.

    I'm also allowing myself one cheat meal/week. Not a cheat like a loading meal or pizza or anything, but maybe a salad with cheese on it or a small antipasto. Keeps me sane and in the game.

    Anyway, I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Chief Moderator (my happy place :) Leez's Avatar
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    Those long stalls are so hard mentally. You are following your plan and not seeing scale results. It is definitely a mind battle.

    For your constipation issue, rather than the laxative periodically, it would be healthier for your body to keep elimination going. You can do that safely by taking magnesium and vitamin C. Start at recommended dose, and then keep adding another dose to that each day until your bowels loosen. If you hit diarrhea, back down one dose and stay there. That will likely eliminate the need for that weekly laxative and you will be a lot more comfortable. The cheaper magnesium forms work better than the expensive ones for this, so oxide or citrate are fine. If you can get a 20 minute walk in each day, that will help too.

    AFM, I'm in the first week of P4 and staying in my window so far, so loving that.
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    Thanks Leez,

    I do take both C and Mag oxide. Have a gram of C in a glass of water every morning before coffee. I put mag oxide in my britta - enough that no one else wants to drink from that pitcher lol.

    I know laxatives aren't great but they're a necessary evil right now. I drink a Smooth Move tea once a week as well. I just can't force down enough vege to make up for the lack of grains. I usually eat brown rice every day.

    I had a bottle of colon cleanse fiber caps that I was taking in the beginning but, don't want to get too graphic, they made my poo kind of greasy and yuck.
    I'm moving as well - Beside the gym, I bought a wood stove in Dec and forgot how much work it is!

    I should add that I've seen good reshaping, even with the stall. My clavicles have reappeared and I've traded the yoga pants for jeans that have been too tight to wear before so that helps motivation.

    Congrats on your stable P4!

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    Yes, the inches of "pounds and inches". We sometimes forget to measure that as progress along with the scale.

    I have this issue too in P2, and before I learned to attack it with the Mag & C, it caused me some severe problems, so I've have done a lot of highly motivated research on how to deal with constipation. This worked for me. The key with the mag & C is to keep increasing each day until it works. There were times I didn't see relief until I was up in the 1600-2500 mg range for mag and 3-6 grams C. Some people will need even more, and thats ok. its not going to hurt you in the short term, and eventually you will be able to cut back to more normal doses.

    Its all about bowel motility, laxatives don't do anything to fix that. There are lots of things affecting motility, as you have noticed---one being the low residue of the HCG diet. But other things can be involved too such as thyroid levels and gut dysbiosis. The mag&C gets the job done safely. Once you are constipated, adding fiber is the worst thing you can do, because it will make a blockage behind the one you already have. So it is a good thing you stopped the fiber caps. Hope you get it all sorted out soon.
    At goal since 2015. \(ᵔᴥᵔ)/ Total HCG loss: 77# [5'5" 210-133] Maintenance strategies suggestions

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