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    I have found its best for me not to weigh on days when i would have to weigh early. You know what is going on, but it still messes with your mind.

    P3D13: Steak day was successful. Down 2 pounds and 1 over LIW.

    So 2 steak days so far and neither got me back to LIW, so will probably end up adjusting upward a pound. Hate to give up any pounds, but its better than doing endless correction days.

    More than halfway through P3. Hope the rest is smooth sailing.
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    PI D4: up .6-- 189.8. Still within the 2lb range, and day two of my period (usually days 2-3 are the worst). Yeah I'm up, but I'm still within my 2 lbs, and frankly, the past 3 years, I've gained 4-5 with my period, so I still see it as a win. It's all water weight, and in a couple of days, it'll fall back off and I'll be back on track. After that, maybe Sunday, I'll start back on P2.

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    Any New June Loaders out there?

    Morning all, I'll be starting my 2 day load soon. It's been about 3 years since I've done an HCG round and at 59 y/o, I'm the heaviest I've ever been. Between my adult son's mental health issues, Covid, my mom's 5 year bout with dementia and recent death, and now moving on to take care of my father, I managed to completely lose myself and my health. I have always been thin, active and a consistent work out person, but circumstance beyond my control (which is of course debatable) I have found myself too heavy, blood pressure issues and borderline A1C. I've been working on my "mental self" for the last few months and finally ready to "right the ship". I've never had any health issues and when they slowly creeped up on me it took some time to come to terms with. Getting MY life back to putting myself first is going to be a hard transition but one that I'm ready to do. All i can say is, there is a huge difference between 49 and 59 y/o when is comes to health, exercise and taking care of your body!! Luckily, I have the support of my family embarking on this next stage of taking care of myself and that is at least comforting and helpful. But, I'm thinking I'm going to need a little extra support from "those going through the process" so I'm here to hold myself accountable and also provide support for others.

    I just got back into town last night from taking my dad to the cardiologist. I'm meal planning and getting to grocery store so that my I'm prepared for the journey. My NP (who manages my bioidentical hormones) provided the HCG and I have a 60 day vial. I'm not sure how I will use it but planning to do a 30 day round and perhaps push through a bit longer if I'm able. I'm trying to stay flexible and listen to my body but not give myself any excuses for not finishing the 30 days. I didn't have the option to get a 30 day bottle so the good news is that I do have the flexibility. I've never had more than 20 pounds to lose and on previous rounds I've always pretty much lost the weight all over. But, my tummy area seems to be carrying a ton of the 30 lbs. so I have no clue how this round is going to go because i've never had so much weight in my stomach area. For reference, during my 40's i weighed about 140 and i'm 5'6". I was very active and played tennis, worked out with weights and walked at least 5 days per week. I was very active. In my 50's, my weight bumped up and down between 145-155 lb. The last 3 years i've gained 15 lb. and I'm at 173 lbs now and my stomach is BIG! It seems the extra fat packed on in my middle.

    I'm telling myself that I'm just in time to take my health back, work on new eating habits, keep them and slowly start back with my weights. I've been walking for a month so I will continue to walk while on HCG. I will slowly start back on weights as I transition into P3 and P4. Most importantly, I will work daily on getting my mobility back in my hips, back and shoulders. Doing nothing for 3 years in your late 50's really hits the mobility issue hard!!

    I'm looking forward to helping and supporting others as in the past I've found this forum very helpful in the past. It seems like there is less people on the forum as compared to 5 years ago. But, maybe I haven't explored enough. I honestly don't want to even load!!! Typically, once I start my injections, I'm not super hungry. (hope I didn't just jinx myself)! But, I'm a rule follower mostly and will load for 2 days on mostly healthy fats and get on with he process.

    Be back in a few days with my start!

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    HI KMac,

    We are in similar places in life, I think. Caregiver sandwiched between adult kids and parents and trying to navigate peri/menopause and all the changes that brings, combined with years of taking care of others at the expense of our own health. Time to fill your cup back up so you can keep helping. I'm not loading right now, but my PI will end this weekend--hormone therapy completely changed this round, so I am off the map, lol. I will back in the throes of P2 with you. It does feel a lot lighter around here than it was even just a couple of years ago, but people circle back around, so maybe that will happen soon. I'm sure there are still plenty of lurkers who read and don't post, as well.

    PI D5: back down .3. Seems like the worst of it has passed. Hopefully that means I'll be more consistently in the right direction going forward. Gonna wait til Sunday and jump back in on P2. I was gonna do 2 weeks, but Sunday will be period day 7, which should be long enough to wait. I want to maximize my hormone cycles to the extent that I can make that work for the rest of this crazy round.

    My mom had oral surgery a couple of weeks ago to have dental implants put in for her dentures. Headed out in a few to take her to get the stitches out. Praying things go smoothly for her going forward as well! It has been a bumpy ride this past 6 months!

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    p4 147.2. holding steady under LIW. started cooking pressure cooker recipes for a change. my 96-1/2 MIL likes that the food is soft for her. chicken thighs spinach onions cauliflower garlic in a tiki marsala spicy sauce On the side my husband and MIL added baked potato. i opted out. Potato instead of rice works better for my diabetic husband. Rice sends his sugar way up.
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    Has he tried black or brown rice? Because they are higher in fiber, they aren't supposed to cause the same spikes as white rice.

    PI D6: down 1.1, 188.5. Puts me back down where I was when I started my PI. I'll happily take it! I knew once my hormones settled back down, that would happen. I also moved the LDN to the morning to see if that would help eliminate some of the sleep issues I've been having. Last night wasn't the best sleep I've had, but it was a lot better than it has been the past month.

    I'm going to talk to the doc about lowering the progesterone dose back down bc it was too high. I think I'm also going to push back and advocate for her to go ahead and start the estrogen based on all the other symptoms I've been having, since this whole current menopause movement all over social media has been all about how drops in estrogen cause all these different things and how docs shouldn't dismiss patients! Just bc I'm not having extreme hot flashes doesn't mean I'm not experiencing perimenopause in nearly every other way! Time to put her money where her mouth is, as they say!

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    Good Morning everyone,
    Day #1 load for me. I'm off to the grocery store to make sure I'm ready for VLCD#1 and grab some avocados. I don't typically like the loading days. In general, my issues aren't over eating. They are not taking the time to eat cleanly, grabbing fast food daily and drinking wine at night. String a few years of that together in the late 50's and you land on ME. I'm powering my brain up for the first week. From past experiences, I know each round can be different. I've had both easy and hard rounds in the past 12 years. I know it's important to get off to a good start to set a good pattern so I'm going to be very intentional about weighing and counting calories etc. That seems to have served me well in the past instead of "winging" it. I have no clue what I'm going to do with 60 days of HCG. I may be reaching out for information on a PI mid way through. But, I've got the flexibility of the summer ahead and I'm going to play it by ear and go day by day. My goal is to lose 20lbs with the HCG and then move into counting Macros and weight training to build some much needed muscle back. I know I won't get back to where I really want to be with HCG this summer because I've gained too much weight. But, the kick start will go a long ways to get me back to exercising consistently and of course.......re-vamping my eating habits. The craziest thing to me is that I am someone who grew up on a farm with year round gardens, I love all vegetables........no joke! So, there is no excuse other than laziness, habit and time management for me not to change my eating habits. With the looming health issues of borderline BP, cholesterol and A1C and negative self image.....I really don't have a choice in the matter.

    Happy friday to all.

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    Welcome back KMac, and hopefully this round will be one of the easy ones for you.

    @Jenny: Happy news that the scale is back down to where you started your interruption. Good luck with your doctor. We know our own bodies best.

    P3D16: one more week to go.... I'm right at the top of my window, but at least not over it. Maybe I'll just hang here for a while and I won't have to up my LIW. Feeling good and not puffy. Maybe the essentrics workouts are helping with that and a little reshaping is happening now. At the beginning of P3, I didn't feel like my shape had changed at all. Now I'm seeing a little bit less of the torso bulge. May the shrinkage continue.
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    Progress is progress!! Take it where you can get it!

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    JennyV, as a type 2 diabetic, rice is rice. "Slow carbs" and "net carbs" are mythical. Starches, sugars, grains are pretty much all the same to my BS reading and A1c. Some dieticians claim potatoes are OK, and maybe they are for people taking diabetic medications; but not for me. Also, fiber is really only neccessary if you eat a lot of plant foods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gz9gjg View Post
    JennyV, as a type 2 diabetic, rice is rice. "Slow carbs" and "net carbs" are mythical. Starches, sugars, grains are pretty much all the same to my BS reading and A1c. Some dieticians claim potatoes are OK, and maybe they are for people taking diabetic medications; but not for me. Also, fiber is really only neccessary if you eat a lot of plant foods.
    you hit the nail on the head. rice turns to sugar whether it is white brown or wild rice. big spike so he avoids. potato causes increase but not as much and overnight resolves itself
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    PI D7, last one then back to P2 tomorrow: down .4, 188.1. Not sure how to finish "counting" my round with the PI in the middle. Heading to the grocery store in a bit to get back in the zone for tomorrow.

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