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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaredd View Post
    Ok I am new to all of this!
    New to HCG
    New to Dieting (never did one before)
    New to counting calories
    Like I said, new to it all!
    I haven't fully completed my profile yet. Tomorrow I start loading day 1 and I am truly skeptical as to my ability to ingest so much food! It actually sounds worse than the 500 calories does!
    I have decided against the cleanse b/c frankly, I have NO desire to spend that much time on the procelain throne and I believe that might be just what hapens in a cleanse (right?).
    So far I have been stalking tis site and reading a LOT!!! Some remaining questions I could use help with.......
    How do you weigh the exact amount of Chicken, Beef, etc....?
    How do you (being honest here) keep from hurling all that load food back up? I tend to have a weak stomache and I really am not sure I can do that much!
    Also, is it a bad thing to add some power walking to this?
    Thanks in advance for any answers and I will hopefully get to update my profile today. But the stats I know are
    5' 1" Current weight is 158 and my goal weight is 120.
    Ready........., Set.........., Wait a minute.....!! What were we doing again? :-)
    Welllll, not to scare you off, but when I loaded, I felt SO sick to my stomach - uncomfortably full because I wasn't used to it. The first round I loaded with stuff I thought I'd miss (LOTS of fat) and the second round I felt like I basically just carb loaded (I was kind of on no carbs already and just went NUTS with the bread . It was hard to sleep with such a full stomach and I was not looking forward to day 2. I don't think you're supposed to eat as many carbs as I did loading but I will say that for me, it made the first 2 LCD days MUCH easier than I thought. Easier than the first time. So you just have to push through it and realize that there is a REASON now that you're eating so much food .

    During the LCD, you weigh your protein uncooked to 100 grams. I use a food scale I got from Bed Bath and Beyond that measures in grams. You can walk on the diet. I am normally a 3-4 times a week exerciser but have never done it on LCD but have no problem getting back into it on Phase 3.

    BEST OF LUCK! I hope you end up loving it and feeling as good as I do/did!! Stay on the forum - it is a godsend!!

    Oh, and search for the HCG gourmet cook book, that is my new favorite thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaredd View Post
    Ok I am new to all of this!
    Ready........., Set.........., Wait a minute.....!! What were we doing again? :-)
    First advice is to read Pounds and Inches. There is a link to it here on the forum, or just google it. You can download for free. While it was written a lot of years ago and many on the forum deviate from it, it IS the bible, so when in doubt refer to it. Sounds like you've read or heard of Trudeau's book as you mention the cleanses. I didn't do that. Some do, many don't. It's one of those things that in the original diet protocol was not done. So don't worry about that.
    The loading. It is important. If you load properly, you will have significantly less hunger the first few days as your body adjusts to both the hcg and the reduced calories. There are different approaches. Some eat all the carbs/sugar they can stand because they will be without it for awhile. Most recommend you focus on healthy high fats (almonds, avocado, high fat meats etc). I did a little combination of both. But on my last load I consumed an average of 4000 cal/day. More than twice what I would normally eat. You will feel bloated and full and probably miserable. I doubt you throw up, but then I don't know what you are used to eating. But suffer through it; you will be glad you did.
    Use a food scale to measure the food. Focus on the protein. Don't worry about the veggies. 2 cups is kind of the rule, but most eat as much of the veggies as they want. I know I do. The rest is pretty self explanatory. An apple is an apple etc.
    Pounds and Inches says "mild exercise" is okay. Many do more. I think it depends on what you are used to. If you are used to power walking you will probably be fine, if you are not, it's probablly to start in P3. Also, sometimes - and I'm dealing with that right now - if you are not used to exercising and get sore, you will retain water, and it will hinder your weight loss. It's temporary, but frustrating. I did some heavy duty yard work a couple of days ago, and have lost .2 in two days. So, just listen to your body.
    What kind of hcg are you using? I uses hhcg drops, so know nothing about rx and injections. If you are using that there are threads here that can help if you need it.
    You are lucky you are new to dieting. Many of us here have tried everything, without success, especially as we've gotten older (I'm 56). You can see my stats in my ticker. We are very close to each other in goals. I have a half inch on you in height. I'm in P2 of Round 2, and I can honestly say it's the easiest thing I have ever done, all things considered. Not saying it's perfect. It is strict, and does get boring, but it does work if you just stick to the protocol and don't think you are smarter than the diet. Also, just to properly set expectations. The 1-2 pounds a day is mainly hype. Men can do that but the average loss for women is .5-.75 pound/day, so know that before you start.
    Good luck. You'll find lots of good support here on the forum.
    Barbara





    R1: 172.2 to 155.4 in 26 days. 16.8 lbs. and 14.5 inches lost; P3/P4: 6 weeks; end wgt 154.6 addt. 2.25 inches lost. No CD's!
    R2: 157.2 to 142 in 30 days. 15.2 lbs and 8.5 inches lost: P3/P4: 10 1/2 weeks; end wgt 147 addt. 1 inch lost. Dang Holidays!!
    R3: 147.8 to 131.6 in 30 days. 16.2 lbs and 10.25 inches lost
    P3D1: .4 above LDW - WTH?

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    Finally got everything in and I start loading tomorrow. Doing injections.

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    Barbaras and sportsgal, thank you both so much for the advice. I do have the cookbook and the pounds and inches printed and laying by my bed. That's my reading for tonight. I need all the research I can get my hands on so thanks again!
    I am using hhcg drops and start my load in the morning so yay!
    Bella42203.... I am not sure yet how to quote but I am right there with you! I am waking up to a bowl of cereal and all the muffins I can stand! Good luck and happy losing to us all!
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    Bell! I start my loading tomorrow too! I don't think I will have a problem eating lots of fatty foods..... Kind've how I got here!!! I am 5ft1, 226 lbs tonight and have not seen under 200 in who knows how many years (just turned 40 in June). Hoping I can break that with a 40 day or 34lb round!! I am starting my dose at 125, Ovidac injections. Anyone have recommendations on the dosing for your load days? I am excited and I AM going to accomplish this!!!!!

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    Kim - Hi. Welcome to the thread. You'll get lots of support here. I get the impression from your post that you are going to forego your Raw Vegan while on hcg? If so, fine. If not, I think there are some Vegan threads on the forum that would allow you to stay closer. Don't know anything about them as I eat meat, but you may want to check them out. Good luck.

    Linda - I'm with you. First, it's not like homemade mac and chesse is hard to make or takes a lot of time. And second can't believe people would rather have the box. My great niece and nephew are the same. I've even tried to sneak homemade in - no luck. Think they are hooked on all the preservatives! Looks like you've done really well on hcg.

    Denise - Welcome. I think you will find those cravings diminish greatly the longer you stay on the diet. You are supposed to gain while loading. It helps with hunger during the transition. It's a big change for your body. 3 pounds is not bad. You're doing great.

    Bell41203 - Welcome to the thread.

    aunteeee - Welcome. I do hhcg, so don't know anything about dosing. There are threads here that can help you with that. Ask Grammy or Post your Questions here are two that I know of. There may be more.

    AFM - -.4 Think my water retention from sore mucsles is going away, but I now have poison ivy, so I still have a little inflamation. 5.4 in one week is not bad though, and I measured today. For newbies - DO NOT forget to do that. You will find when the scale stalls, sometimes you are still losing inches as hcg works it's magic. Just this week, I've lost 1/2 in. each in bust, waist, and hips. So I'm not going to complain. Have a great Saturday!
    Barbara





    R1: 172.2 to 155.4 in 26 days. 16.8 lbs. and 14.5 inches lost; P3/P4: 6 weeks; end wgt 154.6 addt. 2.25 inches lost. No CD's!
    R2: 157.2 to 142 in 30 days. 15.2 lbs and 8.5 inches lost: P3/P4: 10 1/2 weeks; end wgt 147 addt. 1 inch lost. Dang Holidays!!
    R3: 147.8 to 131.6 in 30 days. 16.2 lbs and 10.25 inches lost
    P3D1: .4 above LDW - WTH?

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    HI Gang. Welcome to the Newbies and get ready for some wonderful learning and losses!

    I've had a "typical" week 3 for me... losses slowed down considerably. But this has been my best P2 yet and I'm thrilled at the total and average loss. More than that, I'm thrilled at the resolve and determination I see in myself. My husband says it is a new me. He probably feels like he's cheating with another woman!

    We're going to a friend's for dinner. I never do that, so this is a new challenge. I told her specifically what I can't/can have, and she promised to support me, but she is a person who doesn't have a weight problem, I'm skeptical. I have a plan and if all else fails, I will have salad and eat protein when I get home. I will not be undone by a well-intentioned get together with friends.

    Do you guys measure in P2? I haven't, but I'm tempted. For you newbies, be sure to measure and write them down! It is awesome to watch THOSE numbers change, even when the scale isn't moving so much. I lost most of my inches in P3, so be ready for that, and DO P3 BY THE BOOK! It is critical to long-term success. Some people measure everything: neck to ankle, bilaterally. I just measure the basics: chest, midrif, waist (now that I can tell the difference between the two), hips, one thigh and one bicep.

    Have a great weekend! Know the protocol; stick to the protocol.
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    Linda - I do measure all the way through. I do neck, bicep, bust, midriff (check out that muffin top), waist, hips, one thigh, one knee, one calf. I got this from somewhere. I really haven't seen much point in the neck, knee thing, but whatever. For the newbies - yes do this. I've lost a little over 20 lbs, but an inch around my bicep, 3.75 from bust, 2.5 from muffin top, 4 from waist, 3.25 from hips, 2.25 from thigh. For me that works out to 2 sizes down. Funny - your husband cheating with a new YOU! Couldn't agree more with your advice. I'm only starting my second round, so not the pro you are, but I did P3/P4 by the book my first round, and stablized beautifully. Never had to do a correction day. And I never felt deprived with what I could eat.
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    R1: 172.2 to 155.4 in 26 days. 16.8 lbs. and 14.5 inches lost; P3/P4: 6 weeks; end wgt 154.6 addt. 2.25 inches lost. No CD's!
    R2: 157.2 to 142 in 30 days. 15.2 lbs and 8.5 inches lost: P3/P4: 10 1/2 weeks; end wgt 147 addt. 1 inch lost. Dang Holidays!!
    R3: 147.8 to 131.6 in 30 days. 16.2 lbs and 10.25 inches lost
    P3D1: .4 above LDW - WTH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeside Linda View Post
    HI Gang. Welcome to the Newbies and get ready for some wonderful learning and losses!

    I've had a "typical" week 3 for me... losses slowed down considerably. But this has been my best P2 yet and I'm thrilled at the total and average loss. More than that, I'm thrilled at the resolve and determination I see in myself. My husband says it is a new me. He probably feels like he's cheating with another woman!

    We're going to a friend's for dinner. I never do that, so this is a new challenge. I told her specifically what I can't/can have, and she promised to support me, but she is a person who doesn't have a weight problem, I'm skeptical. I have a plan and if all else fails, I will have salad and eat protein when I get home. I will not be undone by a well-intentioned get together with friends.

    Do you guys measure in P2? I haven't, but I'm tempted. For you newbies, be sure to measure and write them down! It is awesome to watch THOSE numbers change, even when the scale isn't moving so much. I lost most of my inches in P3, so be ready for that, and DO P3 BY THE BOOK! It is critical to long-term success. Some people measure everything: neck to ankle, bilaterally. I just measure the basics: chest, midrif, waist (now that I can tell the difference between the two), hips, one thigh and one bicep.

    Have a great weekend! Know the protocol; stick to the protocol.
    Welcome Newbies: Stay glued to the board and go to the chat Forum if you need real time help and advice. It can literally save your diet the first week or so. People usually are in R2 and have lots lots of suggestions for helping you get through this time.

    Well Linda.. I think I would have a hard time trusting my welfare regarding this diet to a thin friends.. giggle.... Best wishes on that. I'm sure you will handle it with gracey and style.

    Ok.. so today is VCLD3 for me. I lost another 3 pounds yesterday. I am so happy. Got on the scale and I'm at 178 today. I know this will probably slow down.

    So glad to be here with everyone. Have a great weekend.

    Terry

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    Awesome to see so many new people joining! The more support the better.

    As for measuring. I never did. I did not want to know my waist size! I measure with a particular pair of pants. They always hang on my towel bar. They have been changed ou twice as the first motivational pair is now baggy!

    I lost another 3.6 today! I had no loss yesterday, so that number reflects 2 days. I am still in shock from this week. I gained 5 loading over the weekend and lost that and another 6.6 for a total of 11.6 lost since Monday! My goal is 20 pounds this round. As my ticker shows, I also reached the half-way point! Yahoo!!

    How is everyone feeling about their week? I am off to clean out the closet. Our community is having a garage sale next weekend and I am ditching the fat clothes for good!!
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    R1: 7/16/11: 229
    40VLCD: 8/26/11 LIW 202.8
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    R2: 40VLCD: 10/26/11 LIW 181.6
    -21.2 (W/ 5# loading lost 26.2 again)

    R3: 1/1/12 : 183.8 (gained 2.2 from LIW)
    1/3: 187.2 (after loading)
    1/10: 176 end of week 1 (11.2/7.8 down preload/post load weight)
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    Anyone loading on September 24 and 25?

    I'm a 30-something single mom who's constantly over-worked, frequently stressed, surprisingly sarcastic and always caffeinated. My favorite pastime is shopping and... P.S. I'm ALWAYS on a diet.

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    You sound just like me. I am starting for the first time. I started loading yesterday. I haven't got a scale yet but will get one today. I weigh more than I have ever weighed though (except for pregnancy). I have always exercised and ate pretty well. I saw 2 people at work lose 20-30 pounds so I am definitely going to try this!

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