I'm back at my "floor" today WOOHOO!!!! I was actually shocked to see 137 anything on my scale this morning, considering I was left alone with the halloween sugar cookies I baked for my kids last night and TWO OF THEM bit the dust... right in my mouth =/ I felt terrible after eating them! Hopefully my weigh in this morning will keep me from screwing it up tonight when all of the trick-or-treating commences!
So yesterday I felt yukky, my tummy wasn't right. I had a small banana at work because the apples were rotten in the breakroom. We aren't supposed to have bananas on P3 but apparently it caused me no ill will. I'm down a pound from yesterday after a banana, tons of scrambled eggs with cheese & spinach, and most of all the SCRUMPTIOUS chocolate mug P3 friendly cake I had last night! THIS... will be carried over into P4 with me no doubt!
The biggest issue - finding Almond Flour. Even my health food store didn't have it. Whole foods is a good 45 minutes away from me, but people say you can find it there. I ordered it online from honeyville.com. WARNING - EXPENSIVE lol! But I have a 5 lb bag and I bet you it lasts a lonnnnnng time. It's so worth it to me to have this cake! The cake is special to me lol! Oh, I've also heard if you have a Trader Joe's or a Kroger you should check there for Almond Flour. You can also use coconut flour in this recipe. I'm just showing how I made mine :) And I think coconut flour is one of those things you can only find online. Anyway, enjoy!
Chocolate Mug Cake
This recipe is for one serving and is cooked in a coffee mug in the microwave
4 Tlbs. Almond Flour
4 Tlbs. Sugar Alternative (I use baking splenda)
2 Tlbs. cocoa powder
3 Tlbs. milk
3 Tlbs. oil (I used olive oil)
Splash of Vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Mix all dry ingredients in mug, add egg and blend thoroughly. Add milk, oil and vanilla and mix. Place in 1000 watt microwave for three (3) mintues. (I am doing 2 minutes in my 1250 watt microwave) Do not cover mug. Cake will rise over top - do not be alarmed. Let cool and place on plate. Add a little whipped cream to top.
I tried this for the first time last night (my almond flour just arrived!) and it was HEAVENLY!!!!!
Well, I guess experimenting in P3 is something you have to do, and just see how your body reacts to different foods.
Things that I know cause me to gain: Sugar-free ice cream, Sugar-free pudding, getting the SUGAR-FILLED latte at McDonalds instead of the sugar-free latte I ordered!
Things that haven't caused any problems: my red wine. WOOHOO! Peanut butter cookies (1 cup all natural PB, 1 egg, 1 cup splenda, dash of vanilla, mix, spread on cookie sheet & cook 10 mins at 350), YUMMY stuffed bell peppers -- stuffed with extra lean ground beef, and rotel dip (including reduced fat sausage!), I've had no problem with cheese at all. Scrambled eggs - good stuff. I've even used cream cheese (fat free) in TONS of recipes and with no gain!
The last two pounds, in case you are wondering - came from the darn sugar free snacks I posted above. I will not be fooling with those again! I've been told that in P4 it's better to have the sugar-filled ice cream than sugar free because sugar free is a bunch of CHEMICALS! I believe it!
I have had a total of 3 steak days. They work like a charm each time & bring me back down! I did a steak day yesterday & I'm doing high protein today. Friday I was 138.0. I'd like to go back there lol!
I'll be attempting my first Almond Flour recipe probably tomorrow. It's called "Chocolate Mug Cake" =) I'll post how that goes, and the recipe!
After much consideration Sat. and Sun. I decided to take my last drop Sunday morning (just a day 1/2 earlier than originally planned) because the Prednisone was literally making me starve. I needed some eggs! 2 egg whites/1 egg & spinach = made me feel MUCH better. I found that I could only eat 1/2 of it. Amazing how your stomach will shrink after 28 days of hardly anything lol! Since I was at 137.4 yesterday morning, I've decided that if I ever hit 140 on the scale again, it will be time for a "steak day".... to bring my weight back down.
Bought lots of P3 food last night at the store. Starting with adding in scrambled eggs only right now since I've just come of the drops. I'm not *supposed* to add in anything and stay on my VLCD's through tomorrow evening, however, note the steroid/hunger problem above & you'll see why I'm adding in eggs. Some of the first things I plan on making when I begin to add to that -- stuffed bell peppers, P3 friendly jalapeno poppers, P3 low carb all natural peanut butter cookies (maybe this weekend on those)!
P3 here we go -- NO SUGAR NO STARCH for the next 3 weeks! I can totally do this. Just so glad to have some scrambled eggs! =]
Exactly four weeks ago today I weighed TWENTY POUNDS MORE than I do right now ;) (Post loading). How cool is that?
I stalled yesterday - getting close to the end - close to goal of 135. I broke my stall with VODKA! Someone on the forum lost 3.5 lbs drinking vodka, so I had two shots in my mineral water/vanilla stevia. It was NASTY, but I'm back down again hahaha! I feel dehydrated, a bit. Five more days on P2! I'd BETTER make it to 135. I take my last Hcg drops for this round tomorrow.... I can't believe it!
Here is a picture - sort of an "after" even though my after won't be until Thursday. :)
138.0 this morning at weigh-in time, I seriously can't believe it! I thought I was going to be gaining due to the Prednisone I'm taking? 3 more pounds and I have enough for my goal this round! YAAAAY! My abs still hurt from doing the jacknife on the Wii Fit night before last....
WELL! I was hoping to break into the 130's today, but weighed in this AM at 140.0 LOL! Tomorrow will be the day!
The doctor put me on Prednisone and Bactrum for my sinus infection from hell.
And guess what? Prednisone makes you HUNGRY and RETAIN WATER!!! Goodygoodygoody. I can deal with the hungry part, but I really REALLY want my goal weight in the next 7 days. No water retainage!!! I'm just going to keep on doing things right, and if I GAIN - I won't be posting on the blog until the effects of the Prednisone are long gone & my true loss shows up!
I played Wii Fit for the first time since May. I was so HAPPY seeing that my BMI is 23 something now!!! I tired easily though. Don't let it fool ya, you don't have extra energy on a 500 calorie diet!
Well, I have a feeling the scale won't be moving down in the morning. Had a birthday party at the Japanese Steakhouse - ate some (though very little) of the onion soup. It was too good. Ate some lettuce with spicy lump crab meat. I just have a feeling!
I grilled 8 servings of extra lean ground beef on the George Foreman today. :)
Today has been great. I feel re-charged & ready to finish up this round with results I'll be happy with. I was only down .6 this AM, but it's okay... I certainly like it better when it's a whole pound, but finally being so close to the 130's is getting me pumped, and I have decided I can do this an extra week. :) So 30 VLCDs it is! Went to Publix and bought some more EXTRA lean ground beef & tomatoes. My new favorite dinner lol. I cut the middle out of the smaller tomatoes & put the ground beef in the middle & bake them with some garlic powder and stevia. (I grill the ground beef on the george forman first). 8 more pounds to go - hopefully I can do this!
Moving on down in the numbers! I am still not happy here though. I couldn't quit.. nope!
Had a luncheon at work today. I had lettuce, with some chicken (verrrrry little) because they had Chicken Marcela ... hope I didn't screw anything up, I scraped everything off of it, and picked out fat. My salad dressing ... some tabasco lol! We'll see if this screws up my loss in the morning. I hope not!
This is my personal blog relating to my daily experiences while on the HCG diet. Hopefully it will help encourage others on the protocol, and at the same time, help me to look back and see my own progress. :)
I am 31 years old, recently married, have 2 children and 2 step-children. I haven't struggled with weight loss until recently, maybe over the past two years. In my pregnancy with my youngest child, who is now almost 7, I gained 70 lbs, and within a matter of 9 months was able to lose 75 lbs like it was nothing. Four years later I had packed on half of that weight, but went through a divorce and lost the majority of it. After the stressful part of the divorce, I started to get "happy" and gain it all back. ;) So today, 3 years later and just married to an amazing man, I'm happier than ever, and also bigger than I've ever been (excluding pregnancy). I've found that casual dieting doesn't work for me. I have no willpower when it isn't "black and white" for me. That's what attracted me to the HCG diet... I came across a couple of friends who introduced me to the HCG diet and had lost 50 and 20 pounds and looked AMAZING! I decided, even though the protocol is very restrictive, this diet was for me. It's a lifestyle change, and the maintenance to keep the weight off is exactly what I've needed! My goal is to lose 20-25 lbs, and keep it off!