Jills HCG Diet Journey
(Part 4 of 9)
HCG Day 7
Only down .2 today, but I guess that’s better than nothing and I'm feeling a little happier and more hopeful since yesterday's revelations. Today I took my second set of measurements to see what my progress was like for my first week. Overall, I have lost a total of 8.7 lbs and, drum roll please, a total of 10.25 inches! At first, I felt a little disappointed in the 8.7 lbs because 4 lbs of it was gorge weight. But, HELLO! When was the last time I lost almost 5 lbs in a week? But the measurements are really what blew my mind, because I don’t feel like I look any different, but the proof is in the math. I can’t wait until I can post my before and after pictures and info! Stay tuned!
HCG VLCD – Days 8, 9, and 10
Monday, I was down .5 lbs, Tuesday another .6, and then Wednesday I could hardly believe my eyes, down another 1.2 lbs! I really was not expecting to see such a big number after so many smaller numbers.
Being at work is so much easier than being at home. At work, I am distracted from thinking about food for a majority of the day, and it’s easier to keep track of how much water I’m drinking to make sure I drink enough. In general, at work I just don’t crave things as much.
But speaking of cravings…I have been craving sweets like crazy, mostly when I’m at home. There are times that I felt that I could kill for a cupcake. Homicidal thoughts aside, it’s weird because I generally don’t crave sweets. I enjoy dessert every once in a while, but I just don’t eat sweets that often. I think my sugar cravings are partly because my taste buds are just getting a little tired of Stevia, and, according to Customer Service Rep. Katy, partly because I used to eat a lot of carbohydrates, which are basically sugar. So, my body is asking for a sugar fix, and I am denying it. It just needs to hold out for a few more weeks, and then we’ll see what it can handle.
HCG VLCD – Day 11
Up .1 today. After yesterday’s big loss, I was a little disappointed, but my daily average is still high (10.9 lbs in 11 days), so I can’t get myself down too much. I can take a small bit of comfort from the fact that I know what caused it...the weather. Ok, maybe that’s a little broad, but yesterday was the first warm, sunny day we’ve had since the fall, so my husband and I went on a long walk. Not just a regular walk, a long walk, the kind that at the end you’re a little sweaty and out of breath. I’m sad to say that’s more physical activity than I’ve had in a while (in the last few months I’ve spent most of my free time cuddled under a blanket on the couch) so as a consequence for enjoying the sunshine, I basically stalled my weight loss. It was totally worth it.
So, my goal for the day is to drink extra water, make extra-smart food choices, and generally just take it easy. I guess that’s something I can appreciate about this diet, no exercise required!
HCG VLCD – Day 12
I must say, I am having a wonderful Friday. I weighed in another 1.7 lbs down this morning and the sun is shining! If I can keep losing like this, I’ll be at my goal of a minimum of 15 lbs lost by Monday morning! If I work really hard, maybe I can even get to my ultimate goal of 20 lbs in fewer than 30 days (if my body will allow it)!
I won’t lie; I’d like this round to be as short as possible so I can move on to maintenance. I was doing some reading in my handy-dandy Red Book (HCG Weight Loss Cure Guide by Linda Prinster) and daydreaming about all the things I’ll get to eat and do on even the first day of maintenance. My top 10 list of things I’m looking forward to (to which I refer when I’m feeling down about the VLCD) goes like this:
- Non-HCG Diet safe salad dressing
- Condiments (I love my VLCD chicken salad, but it’s just not the same without mayo!)
- Mixing vegetables
- Cooking with oil
- Facial moisturizer
- Feeling like I can survive a dinner out
- Going shopping for new (smaller) clothes! .... My husband is excited for this one, too!
Click to read Jill's HCG Before and After Journey (Part 5 of 9).