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Where have all the vitamix black friday deals gone?

You ready to take control of your life and commit to  a better you?

Tis the season and now is the time to take that step and decide to make a better you. Your New Year’s resolution may be a couple of months away but now is the time to decide on how to achieve your goals and take advantage of the deals that show up. With Black Friday comes a lot of shopping temptations and promises of a better life. What is true is that this time of year will allow you to find and create the life you want at  a discount.

If you have ever considered investing in a blender to create better health and a life filled with happiness and longevity then you can not ignore some of the deals that show up this week. In particular you must check out the Vitamix Black Friday DEAL. If you are serious about change and about improved health then this is the perfect place to start. If you happen to procrastinate too long then not to worry as the investment in a Vitmix blender is a positive and wonderful consideration no matter the time of year.

What is most important is that you believe and that you stick to your weight loss plan. If now is not the time for the investment then wait for when the time is better. The Vitamix can wait and a deals will always be ready for you when the time is right.

It will be here when you are ready!

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Control the Impatience IS HARD!

I think going back to the limiting belief series is a great idea, as well as my need to have a chat with my impatient side.

There is no question that my impatient side wants to see results. I, like many people, am not trying to lose a significant amount of weight. In fact, if I stay at this weight, I’d be great, especially if this non-binging path continues (it’s been almost 40 days which for me is HUGE). I do my best to give myself credit every day in a success journal for all the NSV’s because there are just so many. And that helps a lot.  I grapple with the same question, if part of me wants to lose 6 more pounds,  and I accept myself, why is it so important to me to lose 6 more pounds? And then is this relaxed intent? Saying I’m fine now, but I also want to lose? It’s a bit confusing. But it’s definitely a mental game…

I want to be the highest expression of myself. And I know very CLEARLY that this means a person who makes healthy choices that support innerand outer good feelings. The 6 pounds are somewhat superficial. They won’t make me a better person, parent, daughter, wife, etc. On the surface, I believe there is some metaphysical trophy I feel I will receive if I can achieve that weight. But really, like many people I know, I feel I’ve changed so much from the sneak eating binger who would make herself sick in secret and then terrorize herself and her loved ones due to shame and guilt. I’m so, so happy that me is gone.

It’s really helpful to read how people work through these issues as I feel we are grappling with similar stuff.

About the soul’s gift issue, I didn’t address it maybe because I feel like this is one area where I’m quite at peace. I’m a teacher, I teach new immigrants and in particular I have a human rights program with them, and I LOVE my job. I love what I do and feel so fulfilled by it, that it’s never a question for me. When I’m with my students, engaged in human rights education, I don’t notice time pass, I am so fully energized, it’s great. And I also love being a mom.  I think the eating issues come from the fact that as a teacher, married to a musician, we struggle financially and there just isn’t much down time. Food was my “pause” in all the stress. But now that I have been using other renewal strategies, I really have no urge for food when I really need a pause.

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No More Weight Loss? Weird Symptoms!

I did the HCG diet in 2008. I did 2 rounds of it and lost a total of 40lbs. Then in Sept of 2008 I got pregnant which was an amazing thing because I have had infertility for all of the 22 years of my marriage and only one child that was 13 at that time. Sadly though I miscarried that baby at 16 weeks. But we decided to try again and I got pregnant in Aug of 2009. I ended developing Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome and my son was severely growth restricted (IUGR) so he was born at 29 weeks weighing only 1 lb 1 oz. It was a rough start but he is a happy and healthy 2 year old now!

With my two pregnancies I lost an additional 20lbs because pregnancies are hard on my body and I was able to keep the weight off until my milk supply started to drop down. Then I started to gradually gain some of my weight back. I have gained back the extra 20 lbs I lost during my pregnancies and I am staying at the weight I was at when I got pregnant. Now that my son is older I want to lose more weight and continue to be healthy and start to get more active.

The thing is, I am really nervous. After my second round in 2008 I started to develop some weird symptoms. At the time I thought I was having heart attacks or something going on with my heart but each time I went to the doctor they said everything looked good and they diagnosed me with anxiety and panic attacks. Which is weird for me because I have never had any problems with that. And any anxiety I was having was because of the weird symptoms I was having. I was jittery, my heart would race, I couldn’t tolerate heat during the summer or loud noises. There was a day I went on a camping trip with our church for the young women and I was one of the people helping cook all of the meals for all of the girls. I was standing at a large grill cooking breakfast and I got light headed, dizzy and my heart was racing. I couldn’t stand there near that heat or work that fast or hard. I had to walk away. I was completely scared because that is not like me. I have always been active and able to do the things I need to do. Then suddenly I was able to handle anything! I also remember going to see the final Mummy movie with my family and I had a hard time handling the loud noise of the theater so I just covered my hears, laid on my husbands shoulder and fell asleep. It was to much for me to handle. I was so scared at that time because they couldn’t find anything wrong with me but I felt like I was going crazy!

I have always been pretty healthy and then suddenly I couldn’t do anything. It is so hard to describe what it was like for me. I went to see conventional doctors and alternative doctors hoping they would be able to figure out what was going on. All I was told by the conventional doctors was it was anxiety and the alternatives said I was having adrenal fatigue. But there had to be more to it than that which has been driving me mad.

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Recovering from Weird Symptoms after Pregnancy

At the time I was having the weird symptoms I was taking potassium supplements. I didn’t dare not take them because I noticed that if I didn’t take enough I would have more sharp pains in my chest. When they did my blood work my potassium was actually high. I told them I was taking supplements and they told me I didn’t need them but again, I felt I did.

I need to clarify, we don’t eat a lot of junk foods. It is just the foods my son will eat more readily. I love to bake but I don’t do it very often. When I do I will use alternative ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut palm sugar, coconut oil, honey and so on. I try to avoid white stuff at all times. And if I do make goodies I will eat a couple and give the rest away. My neighbors love it when I bake because they benefit from it. And you can ask any of them, I am a health food junkie. My daughter always talks about how I am so much healthier then any of her friends parents. So I am truly more health minded when it comes to food then most.

A typical breakfast for me would be either, a bowl of fresh mixed berries, walnuts and some greek yogurt…all organic. Or I like to eat oatmeal with cinnamon, honey and hemp milk. I was eating a lot of oatmeal for a little while to help my milk supply. I also like to make smoothies for breakfast. My new thing is the breakfast muffin that I saw on Dr Oz. It has ground up flax, 1 egg, honey and cinnamon in it. You microwave it in a mug and eat it. It is probably the only thing I cook in a microwave because I avoid using them.

A typical lunch for me is something like a salad or other fresh vegetables. Or leftovers from the night before. Dinner usually consists of a chicken main dish with some sort of fresh fruit or vegetable side dish. I love to cook and try new and healthy recipes. I also love mexican food I make a lot of that. What I would consider junk food for any of these would be whole wheat pancakes from pancake mix I make, not store bought. I eat that maybe once a month. German pancakes with whole wheat flour. I don’t put syrup on them, I put greek yogurt instead. I avoid processed meats so I rarely eat sausage or bacon unless I find a good nitrate/nitrite free brand.

Dinner junk food is anything I eat away from home. If fast food I try to eat protein and less carb. I don’t ever eat at McDonalds but I do like going to Wendy’s. I typically get chicken nuggets and a side salad. I prefer to eat at home though so I only do that if I am away from home. I avoid carbs the most. I try to eat fruits and vegetables and protein foods with every meal. So I do eat pretty good. But I am not perfect and I will eat other things. My son is not fond of vegetables or any bland foods, which is common for preemies to have aversions to foods. So I have to hide them in foods. Like I make yummy spinach and chicken enchiladas. He will eat that because it has lots of flavors. But if I have fresh or cooked vegetables he won’t eat them by themselves. He is a tricky eater. I will find something he likes to eat and then when I try to give it to him again, he won’t want it. I have to wait a long while before he will eat it again. Having a preemie has so many challenges.

Anyway, I guess it is hard for anyone here to understand what I had going on. Even the doctors didn’t know. All I know is I didn’t have any problems until after I did the diet and they went away as soon as I got pregnant. That makes me think it was all hormone related. I am used to being my own doctor so I guess I am the only one that will be able to figure this out. I just wish my body would lose weight easily. But it never has, another side effect of hormone issues. I have worked out for months only to lose a max of 5-10 lbs. HCG was the only thing that actually worked for me. I lost weight and my hypothalamus reset and I maintained the weight…until my hormones started adjusting again when my milk supply was dropping. My body is good at maintaining my weight. I was the same weight for years, no matter if I ate bad or ate well and exercised. I don’t lose it easily and I don’t really typically gain it easily…except for after having a baby and he starts weaning. I recall the same thing happened with my daughter. I lost weight breastfeeding her and then as she was weaning I started to gain weight. Oh well, I will try to get this figured out.

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Unbelievable! Unique Hoodia Changed My Life!

One day, I was more tired then normal and I was feeling weak and sick. I decided to go to the doctor because I thought something new was happening. Maybe my blood sugar levels were off. So I went in asking for a blood test for my blood sugar. That is when they suggested a pregnancy test. I was sure I couldn’t be pregnant because after so many years of trying I didn’t think I ever could get pregnant again and I was thankful for my one child I did have. But the test came out positive! I was so surprised and I did not believe them so they did a blood test to confirm it. Amazingly all of my prior symptoms went away! No more racing heart, no more shaky, jittery feeling…no more of any of the crap I was feeling. I was having normal pregnancy symptoms! And after the miscarriage I was back to the energetic.

Well, to jump forward I started to think that I was probably going through some crazy hormonal crap. Losing the weight must have put my hormones in shock or something. I don’t really know for sure because nobody tested that or even knew to test for that, but knowing my hormone imbalance history, I am pretty convinced I was going through symptoms similar to what women experience when they go through menopause and the weight loss pills most of them take after pregnancy.

Except for me, instead of losing my fertility, I was getting it back! I chart my cycles and have for years and I am more fertile now since losing the weight then I have ever been. I still chart and I still have a regular cycle now. I am glad I am back to feeling normal again but this is why I am scared to do any diet again. I am not sure what caused all of that, if it was the losing weight rapidly or taking the pregnancy hormone. But I do know it happened and I was not crazy!

I need to point out that after I did the diet I continued to eat really well. I went to mostly organic, eating raw and mostly vegetarian. I ate meat just not every day. And I preferred to eat fish or chicken. I ate that way until I got pregnant with my son and then I decided to add more protein to try to prevent that miscarriage. I was taking a whole food prenatal and I was eating healthier then I ever have. I continued to do that up until after he was born.

And then I had to adjust my eating to my environment because I was staying at a Ronald McDonald House where they fed us and I had no control of what food they made. Spaghetti was something they made often and so even though I had stopped eating pasta, I would eat it then because I was not able to focus on taking care of myself at that time. I was spending so many hours in the NICU with my son and juggling time with both of my kids. Even though I wasn’t eating as healthy as I was before I continued to lose weight because I was breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a great weight loss program for me! I was able to eat pretty much anything, pizza, pasta, desserts and so on and still not gain any weight back. At first I was scared I would gain it back but then when I realized I wasn’t I kind of gave in. I still ate healthy foods, but I was also eating some of the unhealthy stuff as well. Not a ton, but still more then I was used to. And I was able to continue that until he was about a year old and then as my milk supply started to drop, the weight slowly started to come up. Even when I adjusted my eating and stopped eating some things I was eating, I was still gaining weight easily. So I am convinced my hormones control my weight loss/gain.

My son is 2 now and I have gone back to eating mostly raw and vegetarian. It has been a challenge though because where he was a micro preemie we have to work hard to help him gain weight and so my focus has been on high calorie foods for him, plus he is a picky eater so I am constantly trying to find foods he will eat! And naturally, he likes a lot of junk foods. I was able to eat these foods with him until I started to gain more weight. And so now I am avoiding them, but again it is still hard, especially if we go out to eat and I know he will eat the pasta so I order the pasta to share with him because I can’t order a salad. He does not eat vegetables unless I hide them in foods or cover them with something like ranch dressing. But even with that, right now I am trying to eat raw with every meal and to go back to what I was before I got pregnant. I am doing pretty good at what I eat, but I have noticed that my weight is not going down. Even when I have been eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables all day.

Again, I know it is my hormones that control my weight loss and so I am thinking I need to do the diet again because it reset my hypothalamus. Will keep this updated!

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Eating only Roast Beef? No Way

I’m not sure what it is, but I cannot stomach chicken this round to save my soul. It repulses me. Maybe it’s the chicken I’ve purchased or the way I’ve cooked it, but it’s just blechhhh! I’ll tell you what I am eating, but I am certainly NOT recommending it to others in the way some people come on and say, “Hey, I’ve been doing something off-protocol every day with such-and-such and it’s working for me! You should try it, too!” Not at all. I don’t think I’m cheating, but just doing something unusual. (Oh, I hope) I’m wondering if I’m doing myself a disservice, even though my losses are fabulous. I’ve been eating roast beef for both of my meals for this entire round except for two or three days. It’s removed from the fat (in the pan) right away, rinsed off, shredded, fat picked around, seasoned well, frozen. I know it’s good to switch things around every now and then, but this really is working for me and I love the taste of it.

I’m down 26# in 27 days, so clearly I’m doing well at losing. (Loaded REALLY well) My concern comes in when I think about how I’ll stabilize. After a horrible round 2 (as far as stabilization and maintenance), I don’t want to do that again. I know some people cannot handle beef. I tend to do poorly on hamburger, even the leanest. But I’m doing really well on this. Am I shooting myself in the foot? Again, I am not suggesting you do this. I may be totally off-protocol and not realize it

However although I personally do fine with beef, I know many people don’t, especially not twice a day. But if it seems to be working for you what are you worried about? do you think there is some cosmic penalty wanting to drop on you 2 months after you stop HCG? There isn’t. but why are you eating the same thing over and over anyway? That is not nutritionally sound. switch it up. if chicken is out then consider fish or shrimp. There are lots of great things you can make.

Seriously some of my friends find cooking the chicken in parchment paper pouches has really helped, stays more moist and don’t mind eating it, use lots of spices to give it flavor.  Often throw in a garlic clove with it.  Perhaps that will help you with chicken. Who knows!

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Injecting the Right Amount of HCG

The amount of HCG has nothing to do with days. The difference between, let’s say 2000 units and 5000 units is 3000 units. just like it would be with dollars. a dose is 125 units. So you divide the size ampule you have by 125 units and that tells you how many 125 unit doses you will get. If you have 2000 unit ampules then each one will last for 16 doses. If you inject then it is 16 days. A 5000 unit ampule will give you 40 125 unit doses. If you do so that is fine because that would be twice a day and it will still be good for 20 days. But if you are injecting then mixing 50000 units is not so good since you would have 40 125 unit doses but it wont be good for much more than 20 days after mixing. I often tell people to fill syringes and freeze them. then defrost one at a time. People do that often. I have used a lot of frozen HCG. your other option is to keep in in the refrigerator and throw it out when it is no longer working. I would rather try freezing.

Simply put, the 5000 and 2000 iu vials refer to how much hcg you have. You mix a 5000 iu vial with 20 ml bac water and inject . 5ml once per day. One 5000 iu vial will give you 40 doses but it will only remain potent for 20 days once mixed. Then you’ll need to mix a second vial.

You can inject different amounts of liquid that can hold the same amount of IU. For example, if you mix with more liquid, you will need to inject more liquid in order to get the same amount of IU. If you mix with less, you inject less liquid volume in each dose. Here’s a chart from my book that shows you how it works.

However, there is no relationship between IU and ML until you mix. ML is a measure of volume. IU is how many units. so after you mix there will be some amount of units in a certain volume of solution.

Or think of it this way, you can dissolve 2 spoonfuls of sugar into 1 cup of water. Or you can dissolve 4 spoonfuls of sugar into 1 cup of water. Both will be 1 cup in volume, but one will be twice as sweet because you put more sugar in it. You can put 2 spoonfuls of sugar into 1 cup of water. Or you can put that same 2 spoonfuls of sugar into 1/2 cup water. The second solution will have more sugar in it per 1/2 cup and be sweeter or “stronger.” If you take 1/2 cup of the first solution, if will half as sweet as the second one.

The same goes for HCG as well, as far as strength of the solution. If you mix 5000 IU with 10 ml, it will be a solution twice as strong as one mixed with 20 ml. So you would take half as much volume of liquid in a dose to get the same amount of HCG as in the second one. In the first solution, there would be 500 IU in one ml, but in the second, there would be 500 IU in two ml. To get a dose of 125 IU from the first solution, you need .25 (1/4) ml, but from the second one, the dose would need to be .5 (1/2) ml, twice as much in ml, to get that same 125 IU.

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Hunger After HCG is Normally Normal

A few days ago I received a message from one of my students:

“I’m on my fourth injection day. I was wondering did anyone else go through hunger pains and when do they go away if at all?

My hunger was just constant and gnawing, not overwhelming, but only went away right after I ate. I never had any strong cravings except that bread and butter and peanut butter sounded good. Today, I was glad to eat what I could, but was satisfied. It is day 13 for me.

I have been so hungry on this diet. I’ve had the hunger headaches, stomach growling, etc. I thought can I do this and then I tell myself yes you are going to do this. I did go to my clinic today and they told me that this usually goes away, but until it does to eat as much spinach and cucumbers as I want for snacks. B/C they said what is happening is the HCG hadn’t made it to my hypo. yet and my belly is use to alot of food and the spinach and cucumbers will fill that full feeling my stomach is use to. Also these two veggies has the lowest amt. of calories. I also have yeast in my mouth or thrush and that is where they think the headaches are coming from. ”

First, every one of us experiences different levels of hunger…from: I can’t eat all this food, to wow… I get really hungry now & then. I can tell you that for me if took about 6 days of 500cal before my hunger diminished. And even now after starting my 2nd round, I still have days when I’m hungrier. But absolutely nothing that won’t go away with tea or water! Can’t even stress enough how important that water is.

I believe that everyone should follow Simeon’s diet exactly. That is exactly what I said when I said, “First, you MUST not cheat.”

However, I do not believe, when one falls from glory, that they should be abused. There are too many that carry their torch to the point that the want to light up the offenders (or burn them at the stake)! I don’t think that is necessary or right. I know, from my own experience, that I must follow exactly Simeon’s protocol. Some say they do not have to, and I wish that was me, but it is not. I can gain from eating maybe 100 calories off the diet, so I couldn’t advocate for anything but strict adherence. Therefore, I always advocate for folks to follow it exactly.

But I do not advocate the criticizing of others who do not follow it so I say “they criticize anyone who doesn’t follow the diet exactly.” I don’t think beating someone up who already sees the rising scales is a reasonable choice. Therefore, I said, “And there are some that want to help, so they tell you that you need to follow the diet to lose correctly. I don’t adhere to the critical way of thinking.” What that means is that I don’t believe anyone needs criticism but rather generally needs help.

I guess I don’t see how I gave conflicting information. But I’d rather that you searched someone else’s posts and found fault with them instead of me. I might change my mind about some things as I go through the third round of hCG in a few weeks. I’d rather not be watchdogged.

However, that being said, I agree that people should read the Simeon’s protocol repeatedly. I learn something new all the time. IMHO, it just shows what a tremendous genius the man was–his mind was far greater than my own.

Last but not least, you MUST not cheat, and some people have upped their doses to get less hunger.

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Big Problems – Pregnancy and Weight Loss

With my two pregnancies I lost an additional 20lbs because pregnancies are hard on my body and I was able to keep the weight off until my milk supply started to drop down. Then I started to gradually gain some of my weight back. I have gained back the extra 20 lbs I lost during my pregnancies and I am staying at the weight I was at when I got pregnant. Now that my son is older I want to lose more weight and continue to be healthy and start to get more active.

The thing is, I am really nervous. After my second round in 2008 I started to develop some weird symptoms. At the time I thought I was having heart attacks or something going on with my heart but each time I went to the doctor they said everything looked good and they diagnosed me with anxiety and panic attacks. Which is weird for me because I have never had any problems with that. And any anxiety I was having was because of the weird symptoms I was having. I was jittery, my heart would race, I couldn’t tolerate heat during the summer or loud noises.

There was a day I went on a camping trip with our church for the young women and I was one of the people helping cook all of the meals for all of the girls. I was standing at a large grill cooking breakfast and I got light headed, dizzy and my heart was racing. I couldn’t stand there near that heat or work that fast or hard. I had to walk away. I was completely scared because that is not like me. I have always been active and able to do the things I need to do.

Then suddenly I was able to handle anything! I also remember going to see the final Mummy movie with my family and I had a hard time handling the loud noise of the theater so I just covered my hears, laid on my husbands shoulder and fell asleep. It was to much for me to handle. I was so scared at that time because they couldn’t find anything wrong with me but I felt like I was going craezy! I have always been pretty healthy and then suddenly I couldn’t do anything. It is so hard to describe what it was like for me. I went to see conventional doctors and alternative doctors hoping they would be able to figure out what was going on. All I was told by the conventional doctors was it was anxiety and the alternatives said I was having adrenal fatigue. But there had to be more to it then that.

Then one day I was more tired then normal and I was feeling weak and sick. I decided to go to the doctor because I thought something new was happening. Maybe my blood sugar levels were off. So went in asking for a blood test for my blood sugar. That is when they suggested a pregnancy test. I was sure I couldn’t be pregnant because after so many years of trying I didn’t think I ever could get pregnant again and I was thankful for my one child I did have. But the test came out positive! I was so surprised and I did not believe them so they did a blood test to confirm it. Amazingly all of my prior symptoms went away! No more racing heart, no more shaky, jittery feeling…no more of any of the crap I was feeling. I was having normal pregnancy symptoms! And after the miscarriage I was back to the energetic, vibrant me I was before I did the HCG diet!

Well, to jump forward I started to think that I was probably going through some crazy hormonal crap. Losing the weight must have put my hormones in shock or something. I don’t really know for sure because nobody tested that or even knew to test for that, but knowing my hormone imbalance history and how everything played out, I am pretty convinced I was going through symptoms similar to what women experience when they go through menopause. Except for me, instead of losing my fertility, I was getting it back! I chart my cycles and have for years and I am more fertile now since losing the weight then I have ever been. I still chart and I still have a regular cycle now. I am glad I am back to feeling normal again but this is why I am scared to do the HCG diet again. I am not sure what caused all of that, if it was the losing weight rapidly or taking the pregnancy hormone. But I do know it happened and I was not crazy!

“Update: Stay tuned and I will tell you exactly how I recover from these weird Symptoms”

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Ways to Maintain Weight After HCG

Well I lost my big chunk of weight summer 2008 and kept it off. The weight I lost the next year was off and then on, then off again a couple of times. But anyone who regains has stopped following Dr. Simeons advice to correct as soon as you are up 2 lbs. that is the key. And there is no paleo-ish. You either eat paleo style or not. and I expect that paleo-ish would be a way to regain. again, especially, if you dont correct when necessary.

I have been doing paleo for over a year and a half. It is great for maintaining but not more weight loss. I want to lose a little more so for that I use flex belt. Since using it for weight loss is very easy, actually slow but easy since you only need to wear it when you have time. And you don’t have to worry about not having the time to exercise.

On the other hand, HCG stops working after a while. It is like your body learns how to ignore hcg after many tries. i got to that point last year. I had no trouble following the rules but my weight loss was painfully slow, about 8 lbs in 30 days in addition to the load weight. that happened on three rounds. no hunger; no cravings; but very little losses. So I figured I can do that with JUDDD and not have the Simeons restrictions. If i figured 30 days of p2 and 21 days of p3 that is 51 days until stabilization for 8 lbs loss. On JUDDD i dropped 10 lbs in 42 days and was stabilized immediately. Although I did JUDDD for 2 more weeks without any further loss. took a break for 5 weeks. And now I am JUDDDing again. Sitting right now at 7 lbs below LDW.

Some people just don’t master maintenance eating. They gain a few lbs, they don’t correct, then they just decide to do a short round once a year and not worry about it. But that is the kiss of death because after a while your body learns how to ignore the hcg signals. At least mine did, but it means the hcg doesn’t work like it used to.

Gaining the weight back is because the person ate the wrong things. Paleo diet is best for maintaining. Did you know the reason we like crunchy things is because our bodies are set up to eat insects? Think about that next time you eat a chip… LOL

I am hanging out on the list to help newbies on their way, since the list gave me so much information and help, I am trying to help others on their way in return. I don’t always get it right, but I love to be corrected!

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HCG – Long Term Questions You May Need to Know

Some of my students recently have some questions about the long term but I was finding it difficult to give them a good answer, so I am open to any answers from those of you that did HCG years ago.

They are noticing some of their friends from a year or two ago that had, they thought, been through and lost all the weight they wanted. Here is the question, once you have lost all the weight and are to your goal, do you find you have had to do additional rounds after 6 months, 1 year or more? It seems that many people start gaining the weight back gradually after a year or so. I know some have talked of JUDD and that sounds doable following paleo-ish style eating. But if you are doing paleo-ish eating anyway, why would the weight start coming back on? They just don’t want to have to do a round every year for the rest of my life. Can those of you that have lost the weight and kept it off for more than a year talk about your experiences with this?

One of my students called Catarina lost about 50 pounds and kept it off for about 10 months. The weight start gradually coming back on after that. She chalked it up to the fact that she had an injury, was unable to do any exercise and then got depressed and started easy garbage again. Now she is having to take off the 20 lbs she gained and really would like to get down to her goal weight with another 50 lb loss.

First of all I personally do not notice hCG being prone to regain creep more than any other diet, in fact I’d say it is less, if you are correcting vigorously and immediately as the protocol indicates. Additional rounds are sometimes considered ‘easier’ when one has let their weight slide more than a pound or two, but I don’t believe they are actually necessary for maintenance. Nor do I believe JUDDD is needed to maintain, though many gals find it helpful because it essentially has built in correction days.

Different strategies are used for maintenance, it really boils down to what works for YOU and keeps you in range. I maintain the most effortlessly with low carb and grain/sugar/legume/most dairy gone. Is that a diet, or is it just what I need to do to feel and look the best? And is it a burden, compared to being fat and sick? I’d say not. But maintenance isn’t just eating the way we were before, that is a recipe for regain. There seems to be this expectation among dieters, in general, that once the losing is over there is no more counting/watching/adjusting/correcting, or that it is unfair if there is. I’d say that is the reason most people regain – an unwillingness to accept that vigilance and consistent effort may be required to keep weight in an acceptable range, and that not all foods in all quantities are helpful to that end.

JUDDD is one maintenance strategy. Paleo, calorie counting, low carb, whole foods, are others. Whatever keeps you in your goal range that you can live with is what it is going to take. And that looks different for everyone.

The body does want to regain lost weight after any diet. but the key here is to correct fast. and people seem to give up on that after a while. you can tell because they come back here saying they regained 10 or 20 lbs. that doesnt sound like they corrected when they were up 2 lbs.

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RX HCG Hunger – More Veggies?

Today is my 1st intermittent fasting day I have been hungry (stomach actually growling) three hours after eating both lunch and supper.

I am also doing the RX HCg sublingual.I had the same problem with the hemopathic last round. I switched because I have read where the RX HCg you do not get hungry. I have had almost a gallon of liquids and most of that has been water.

Is this normal the first few days? Here is my menu for today…

Breakfast
Coffee

Lunch
3.5oz chicken breast weighed raw.
handful of strawberries sliced with sweetner
1 small tomato

Supper
3.5 oz raw shrimp cooked
1/2 cup spinach
1 melba toast

Snack
handful of strawberries sliced with sweetner
1 melba toast.

I plan on having the PH2 chili tonight for supper. I only eat a 1/2c of veggies as that is usually a normal serving.I did eat one cup of spinach last night but it was canned with vinegar. I could have eaten all of it. I don’t like raw spinach though. But I know it is better for you. As for dressing I do not like the vinegar stuff. I do like the Walden Farms rasberry though and have some of it. I may try lettuce today and see if that helps.

However this is what my husband said: “no one ever said you would not be hungry the first week no matter how you dose. Why are you eating such a small amount of veggies? you say you are hungry and you can go up to 500 cals so do it in veggies. especially if you pick things like cucumbers or celery that are 4 cals per oz.”

But I meant if 1/2 cup of veggies is a normal serving? I think you can have a LOT more veggies than that. As long as your total calories do not go over 500 after adding your starch, fruit, protein and then the veggies?

I personally think that is not a normal serving on this protocol. However I will try to eat more veggies and to weigh and calculate cal counts regularly to see how it goes. the main rules I think are not to exceed 500 cals and stick to the allowed foods if I remember from the coach.

And my step-sister also said “why so few vegetables? You measure your fruit and meat, then eat the rest of your calories with veggies. You should have enough calories for several cups of spinach, for example.

The first few days are an adjustment and you may experience some hunger, but it goes away. Eating soups for your meals instead of meat and veggies is much more filling. I live off of P2 chili and chicken soup the first week. The recipes are on LCF.

Also, it may help to eat your Melba and fruit with your meals instead of as snacks, as they will have less impact on your blood sugar when eaten with protein.”

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