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  1. #37
    thanks Lou. I enjoy going back and reading past rounds. It has been a journey. Hopefully I can find a way to not have to go back on it again, but life finds a way to answer that. I might make this an every January thing.

  2. #38
    Today is last dose day and I wish it were a happier day. I injured my left leg playing tennis on Sunday. I have a strained or pulled hamstring and tweaked my knee somehow during the same time. I don't remember injuring my knee but it swelled up after the match. I am thinking it is related to the hamstring injury. It was really tight last night and my left leg was bloated. I was strict on the protocol otherwise should have had a good drop this morning, but instead I gained a half pound. Add that to yesterday's slight gain and I am finishing my round with 2 consecutive gain days. That is disappointing, but at the same time, I am happy where I am. Leez's comment above will prove correct in a couple days. There will be a substantial drop. I really don't trust today's weight as a true final weight to use. I really feel it is inflated due to my leg injury. I will use Sunday's weight of 214.2 as my set weight and do my best to keep it there.

    All in all, I have lost 18lbs this round. Right now I am at 215lbs. I haven't been this light in over 20 years. I lost 5 inches off of my waist, 3 inches off of my hips and 1 inch off of my thighs. I did not take measurements at the beginning of my first round last February, but combined for the last 2 rounds, I have lost 8 inches off of my waist, 6 inches off of my hips and 2 inches off of my thighs. Had I taken measurements before my first round, the losses would be way more substantial. My guess is that I lost most inches the first round because I had more abnormal fat to lose at that time.

    Today should be a happy day, but instead I am bummed with my leg injury. I hope it isn't going to be a problem. My tennis game is rounding into shape and I am carrying less weight on the court. Really excited to get playing. I really don't want to spend the next couple months rehabbing a knee injury. But I honestly don't think it will come to that. Just rest for a week and go from there.

    Phase 3 begins Thursday night, 48 hours after my last dose which will happen today around 4:30.

  3. #39
    checking back in. Still dealing with my leg injury. Limping around. It is definitely a hamstring injury. Doesn't seem like there is much of an injury to the knee, thankfully. The area of my hamstring that is inflamed is behind the knee area so the whole knee area is swollen. Pain goes from the top of the calf to about 6 inches above the knee. Swelling has gone down.

    So after the injury, weight has gone up, .2lbs on Monday, .6lbs on Tuesday and another .6lbs on Wednesday. With reduced swelling, weight did go down 1.2lbs this morning so things are normalizing. I really believe I should use 214.6 as my set weight for phase 3.

    Speaking of phase 3, it begins tonight as my 48 hours from last dose expires today at 4:30. Tonight's dinner is going to be a chunk of grilled salmon. Might top with some melted lemon butter with tarragon and capers. But the star of the show will be a caeser salad (homemade dressing - avocado/coconut oil) with some avocado chunks in it. I totally miss my homemade caeser salad.

    I will be going to the store to stock up for phase 3. I will be making homemade mayo for my blue cheese dressing for salads. Plenty avocados. I will mainly be keto for phase 3. I am travelling the week after next. My game plan for travel weeks on phase 3 is to do intermittent fasting. I might continue for the rest of phase 3 as long as I am not losing below the 2lb limit. But for the next 10 days, I will have eggs for breakfast to catch up on my fat reserves.

    I am only 10lbs below where I ended up my last round in August 2019, but I look much lighter than that. I am getting a lot of comments on how thin I look. I can really tell in the mirror. The losses are dramatic. I bought a bunch of size 36 slacks last August and now they are loose on me. I could fit into a 34 now, but it would be pushing it so staying with the current size is going to be fine.

    Phase 4 plan is to do intermittent fasting on weekdays with breakfast on weekends (before tennis). This will help keep daily calories at bay a bit and make my meal prep life much easier. My eating style will be mostly keto with some small cheats mixed in here and there. Those cheats will center around work and family meals. As usual, my main vice will be wine.

    Beyond that, we will see. I am not going to make the proclamation that my journey is over. Life happens and a small weight creep is likely. I don't plan on any new rounds in 2020. I have done 3 rounds in the last 12 months, and I really need a break. If anything, I will most likely do another round in January 2021. Who knows a January round every year might be the ticket. Elimination diets are a good thing. It stops bad habits in their tracks and resets cravings and eating habits as a whole.

    More than anything, I will continue to be a strong advocate for this diet. I will come back around here often so if you are reading this and have a question, just post it here and I will get back to you as soon as I see it.

    See you on the other side.

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    Sorry to hear your injury turned out to be significant. P3 should be good for healing, though, because of increased amounts of protein. Glycine rich foods are very helpful to healing (Bone broth, chicken skin, gelatin/collagen) so get those in if you can. Getting enough vitamin C is also important.

    There have been several posters that use a once-a-year round strategy to keep themselves at goal weight. Good luck with your P3, and if you do happen to drop a bit more than 2 pounds below your LIW, I wouldn't try to correct that (unless its a very significant loss--like 10 pounds). The inflammation has muddied things up so maybe just see how things level out in a week or so.
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  5. #41
    Thanks Leez, I really appreciate the help and insight. I honestly believe that the injury is mainly diet related. But it is 100% user error on my part because I know that my body is depleted on meager energy stores and I simply pushed it WAY too hard. I pushed hard Thursday night for over 3 hours, another 3.5 hard hours on Saturday and a match on Sunday that went under two hours, but I was really doing some intense running with a lot of direction change. Yes, you can exercise and work out on this diet, but I took it well beyond what is a sane level. Nobody to blame but myself.

    But hamstrings heal on their own with rest so I should be right as rain in a couple of weeks. Extra fat and protein will do nothing but help, I am sure.

    The weight came down this morning and I agree with you that there should be even more coming off. It would not surprise me to see a settling around 213.

  6. #42
    Phase 3 update. As with the previous round of 2.0 my weight jumped up about 4 pounds as soon as I transitioned to P3. Didn't really go crazy on food. But wine? well, yes. But as soon as the wine stops, the weight comes back down. I am within 2lbs of LDW so all is good. I am nearing the end of P3 but will probably continue going strictly keto in order to drop some more weight. I would like to get to 210 in the next couple of months. I will eat carbs, but it will mainly be social, family and business situations where I don't want to explain my eating and diet plan to everybody. For me allowing carbs back in like bread, rice and pasta, even in small amounts leads to a relaxing of discipline and I slide back into old habits. Really cannot afford to do that so I must remain strict and vigilant. Sucks getting old.

  7. #43
    aaaaaaand I am back. Again.

    Well this has been a crazy year. 2020 started out with solid weight loss on the 2.0 protocol. Was stabilized fairly well, then Covid hit. I have been healthy but with all of the stress, drama and fear in the air, as well as being stuck at home, I really hit the bottle pretty hard. Too much wine, and WAY too much beer. Food really wasn't a problem until recently where some bad habits re-formed. Final tally is that I regained all of my weight and I am exactly where I was when I began my January round.

    So I am climbing back on the horse. Back on another 23 day round of 2.0 protocol. Using Intermountain drops. This time, I will have my lovely wife along for the ride. We just dropped my son off last weekend for his first semester of college and we are off and running. Loaded Saturday and Sunday and today is the first day of VLCD-2.0.

    Goals: for me, I just want to get back in the sub-220lb zone. 215 would be great. My preload weight was 235 which is a little over where I began in January. My measurements are exactly the same as January with my thighs being a little bigger. I honestly do not want to go too far below 215 if at all because that would force me to buy a bunch of new clothes. 215-220 is a great weight for me. Obviously I want to do a better job of stabilizing and doing better in phase 4. These were extraordinary times and I will just leave it at that.

    Plan: as I said above, 23 day vlcd. Same for my wife. She is very excited about doing this diet with me. She has lost a good amount of weight in more traditional methods in the last year but has had some bad food habits creep in lately and she will see benefit to the elimination of carbs, sugars and fats for a while. I will continue to play tennis, but don't want to make the same mistake I did in the last round where I pushed way too hard.

    Anyway, that is my story and I am sticking to it. I will be checking in with progress

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    Welcome back, wilsonblack (hey...that rhymes ^_^ )

    It seems like the covid stress weight affected a lot of people.

    Great that you have a diet partner this time. Wishing you all the best on your current round.
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    Thanks Leez!!

  10. #46
    Checking in. 5th day of VLCD-2.0. Going fine. I really burned myself out on cold leftover grilled fish on the last round. Still cannot deal with that too easily this round. Weight loss is on par with last round. Not really hungry. No cravings for random things yet. Feeling pretty good.

    I am noticing diminished brain function on the tennis court from the lowered calories. Not tired but making errors I never make, especially later in the match as my fuel runs low. Really need to take it easier on tennis. My plan is not to play at all the last 5 dose days. My goal needs to be keeping my game as sharp as possible and not go balls to the wall like I normally do. Save myself physically until phase 3 begins. With the diet, no reason to train hard for weight loss. But I love to compete. That is what I have to temper.

    Heading into the first weekend of VLCD. Tennis tomorrow and some shopping/food prep on Sunday. Hurricane heading our way so that might make things very interesting/unfortunate in many ways. Hurricane recovery and HCG diet are not exactly a perfect match. Hope the storm goes elsewhere or comes in as a small tropical storm instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonblack View Post
    Checking in. 5th day of VLCD-2.0. Going fine. I really burned myself out on cold leftover grilled fish on the last round. Still cannot deal with that too easily this round. Weight loss is on par with last round. Not really hungry. No cravings for random things yet. Feeling pretty good.

    I am noticing diminished brain function on the tennis court from the lowered calories. Not tired but making errors I never make, especially later in the match as my fuel runs low. Really need to take it easier on tennis. My plan is not to play at all the last 5 dose days. My goal needs to be keeping my game as sharp as possible and not go balls to the wall like I normally do. Save myself physically until phase 3 begins. With the diet, no reason to train hard for weight loss. But I love to compete. That is what I have to temper.

    Heading into the first weekend of VLCD. Tennis tomorrow and some shopping/food prep on Sunday. Hurricane heading our way so that might make things very interesting/unfortunate in many ways. Hurricane recovery and HCG diet are not exactly a perfect match. Hope the storm goes elsewhere or comes in as a small tropical storm instead.
    In one of my rounds a few years ago I was running from a Hurricane during P2, and was away from home for a week after evacuating. I did well while being held up in a hotel in Georgia though. By the time I returned home, I'd lost 5 lbs, and finished out my round about a week later.
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    sdwis:

    I certainly hope so. I am in Houston and we are still in the cone so it is possible we get a direct hit but the original forecast has it going east of us. I am prepared either way and have enough food to last. And a generator to keep the fridge running in case of power outages.

    Update:

    1 week in and weight loss is good. Down nearly 9lbs from pre-load weight. Slightly ahead of last round. Down 2 inches in hips and waist. Slightly better than last round. My wife is down 2 inches as well. Didn't catch her weight loss but she is doing well.

    Doing this diet with your spouse is a much better way to go. We keep each other accountable. Less likely to do the small cheats that beckon from time to time.

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