The HCG Diet Plan with HCGChica http://hcgchica.com HCG Chica Wed, 20 May 2015 04:06:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Episode 24 – Phase 3 Success on the hCG Diet Protocol – hCG Diet Interviews http://hcgchica.com/episode-24-phase-3-success-on-the-hcg-diet-protocol-hcg-diet-interviews/ http://hcgchica.com/episode-24-phase-3-success-on-the-hcg-diet-protocol-hcg-diet-interviews/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:06:34 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=11629 In all my private emails back and forth with many of you hCGers, often someone will mention something to me about their journey, in passing, that I realize is important info to pass on to the rest of you. This … Continue reading

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In all my private emails back and forth with many of you hCGers, often someone will mention something to me about their journey, in passing, that I realize is important info to pass on to the rest of you. This woman, we’ll call her Laura, happened to mention that she did very well with Phase 3 of the hCG protocol and had been maintaining for 3 months.

Since we are ALWAYS needing more help for the volatile Phase 3, I pressed her for more details and she agreed to a written interview- I hope you find it helpful!

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Interview with Laura – Phase 3 Success

Laura: You helped me to keep on track and I’ve kept my 30 pounds off from the hCG Diet now for 3 months!

Rayzel: Thats great that you’ve been maintaining for 3 months now! Would you mind sharing your basic stats with everyone – age/height/starting and current weight, your clothing size change?

Laura: I’m 60 years old, 5’8” and my starting weight was 195 and my current weight is 167. I’ve dropped 2 pants sizes going from a size 14 to a size 10!!

Rayzel: I’d love to hear how you are doing that- how do you eat now/what’s your life like that you are able to maintain your 30 lb weight loss?

Laura: I think my success was kick-started after Phase 2 when I VERY SLOWLY introduced new foods. I continued eating the same foods as in Phase 2, but increased the quantity. I would add one new food every 2 weeks and really watched my fat intake.

Rayzel: Okay can I ask for a few more details here? When you say you increased just your p2 food intake, did that include the P2 fruits? Can you give me an example of what you might have eaten on say day 5 of Phase 3 as far amounts of these foods go?

Laura: I started off with just my black coffee with 1 packet of stevia for breakfast. Lunch was typically a salad just like in P2, but I increased the grilled chicken or steak to 4-5 oz and used balsamic vinegar (no oil) and seasonings for dressing. Again, for dinner I just increased my protein from 3 oz to 4-5 oz. and added a salad (dressing as above) and a green vegetable. I ate apples and strawberries.

Rayzel: Then you mentioned you added a new food every 2 weeks- was this literally 1 new food, or 1 new food group? Could you give me examples? How did you decide if it was a success or not? Did you have any foods you add cause gains? etc.?

Laura: It was a food grouping. First I added dairy. I added cream (half/half) to my coffee. Checked next day for weight gain and all was good. So the next week I added cheese. Still okay. The following week I added eggs. Scrambled, hard boiled, any kind. I waited another week before adding oil. Everything was great…no weight gain at all. Then I added oatmeal to my morning breakfast. I was starving all day and even though I stayed on plan, I was up 2 pounds the next day. Several weeks later I decided to try again with crackers and I had the same reaction. Bread also caused a weight gain.

Rayzel: Awesome, thanks for that. Last question about that- so by the end of the normal 3 week phase 3 period, what new foods would you say you had you incorporated by that point?

Laura: Just to clarify I’d say my 3 week P3 was actually 4 or 5 weeks. During that time I added almonds, avocado, all vegetables except starches, and most fruits (no banana or pineapple). I added pork to my proteins at this point.

Rayzel: Wait I said that was the last question about this portion but now I have another one- so during the 3 week phase 3 period, how exactly did you find your weight stabilizing out? Did you do any steak days during that time? How soon before you started feeling like your weight was staying about the same on a regular basis each morning?

Laura: My weight was actually pretty stable, but as I said, I was super cautious. I did do a steak day whenever my weight was up 2 pounds, and the weight always fell right off.

Rayzel: Okay continue with your story!

Laura: I’ve managed to keep the weight off by limiting carbs and mostly focusing on protein. I work out 4-5 days a week….

Rayzel: Oooh interruption again! May I ask what your working out consists of? Duration and type of workouts?

Laura: During P3 I was doing the treadmill (45 minutes going from an incline of 1 and going up every 3-4 minutes to an incline of 12) on one day then a brisk 3 mile walk the next day and so on.

Rayzel: Okay continue ;)-

Laura: I eat good oils, dairy, fruits, eggs, and vegetables (no starches), and no grains or sugar. I discovered during phase 3 that grains do not agree with my system. I always gain if I eat them, so it was a pretty easy decision to omit them. I can get by with a little bit of sugar, but if I over indulge the scale will show it. I weigh every day and jump on anything over a 2 pound gain!!

Rayzel: When you hit that just over 2 lb mark, what do you do? Steak day or what? How often would you say you find yourself doing this? And what are the results of the corrections you do?

Laura: I still do a steak day, or an apple day. I think over the 3 month period I’ve probably done about 4-5 correction days.

Rayzel: When you say vegetables, no starches, which vegetables do you not eat, and what are some examples of ones you eat pretty frequently?

Laura: We have salad every night and they usually include bell peppers, onions, avocado, tomato, etc. All green vegetables especially asparagus, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not green but I also eat a lot of cauliflower. I’m big on roasting vegetables in the oven at a hight temperature until they turn golden brown!!! Yum. Still don’t do corn or potatoes although I just recently tried sweet potato and I tolerated them just fine.

Rayzel: What do you do for a treat in Phase 3 life?

Laura: I treat myself to your fruit ice-cream (made in the food processor) or sugar-free crustless, pumpkin pie. I also will have a glass of white wine a couple of times a week. I recently made a flourless peanut butter cookie that was good oh and “cheesecake” type desserts sweetened with liquid stevia.

Rayzel: Another quick question – at what point in Phase 3 did you add pumpkin? There is some debate on whether or not pumpkin fits into the Phase 3 food list since it’s a higher starch vegetable. Just curious about when you started including that from time to time.

Laura: I didn’t add pumpkin in P3 only recently and it has been fine. No reaction.

Rayzel: Okay, continue….

Laura: I also try to limit my sugar-free intake to Stevia or Non GMO Erythritol. I’m just starting to introduce almond and coconut flour so we’ll see how that goes. I discovered if I keep some “legal” treats on hand, I don’t feel “cheated” when my husband is eating his desserts. Actually he likes my sugar-free desserts too!

Rayzel: So am I getting it right that you didn’t introduce nuts or dairy at all in the main 3 weeks of phase 3 then?

Laura: No I did have both nuts (almonds only) and dairy (half and half) in Phase 3.

Rayzel: Thanks so much for sharing all this – what’s next for you?

Laura: I’m looking forward to doing another HCG 60 day program after the first of the year. I’m happy with where I’m at, but would like to target some “fat loss” in specific areas. I love how HCG does just that! If I lost another 10-15 pounds I would be thrilled!

I love your website and wish to thank you so much for taking the time to educate all of us and offer support on the HCG program. Your website was an invaluable resource and I referred to it often…and actually still do! You made me feel like I had a friend to lend a helping hand throughout my journey. Thanks!

Rayzel: Thank you! I really appreciate the time you took to answer these questions and help everyone out in crazy phase 3.

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

                                                              – Aristotle

Hello my dear hCGers.

As some of you may know, with the growth of my blog, I have recently taken on the help of an email helper, Lucelle. She. Is. Awesome. She is doing a great job of pointing you guys in the right direction for simpler questions that I already have a blogpost about, or that I have answered by email before that she can reiterate to you. However, there are still many emails that really need me to personally respond, and this is something I really enjoy doing, as I love connecting with you, and no doubt MANY of you reading this have indeed had possibly even multiple personal replies from me.

However, I want to take this opportunity not only to share something personal that requires me to take a little private communication break, but also perhaps to share thoughts that will you get some of you thinking about your own situations in life, because I don’t want this just to be about me. I want to provide value to YOU if you are taking the time out of your busy day to read this. Perhaps there is a little tweaking your own path could use, and maybe this will get your brain wheels spinning.

Just to be clear, all this soul searching the past week has made me realize I need to take an email sabbatical. For the next month or so, I will be mostly out of commission for emailing and messaging through Facebook.

Where to Find Help

Before I get to the whole self-help-yourself-over-a-P2-meal-of-4-strawberries thing, let me give you a few links and info that will help you during this whole “email sabbatical” shin-dig.

1. Lucelle, my helper, will still be responding to emails and Facebook private messages. She is able to point you in the right direction in many cases.

2. I have a search bar in the footer of my site.

3. I have a FAQ section that is getting more beefy by the week.

4. Other areas of the blog you may need:

5. It’s perfectly okay to email or send messages with ideas for content you would like on the blog. This actually helps me know what to create in the future for you guys.

On to Inner Human Growth (Got Your Strawberries? Add a dusting of stevia. Trust me, it’s way yummier).

I read portions of a book not too long back about introverts vs. extroverts. Actually 3 books on the subject.

The theory behind these books explain that being introverted or extroverted is different from being shy or outgoing, and that you can easily be an outgoing introvert, or a shy extrovert. I believe I may be an outgoing introvert. One of the defining things about an introvert is that re-fueling requires being alone, and this is definitely me.

“We can’t underestimate the value of silence. We need to create ourselves, need to spend time alone. If you don’t, you risk not knowing yourself and not realizing your dreams.” – Jewel

I Love People

I LOVE people. Especially helping people. Teaching is in my genes. My mom is a music teacher, and both her parents were teachers. If you’ve seen me in my videos I connect with people, I get excited by my connections with people. I’ve been able to translate this into my videos because very early on I became aware of WHO was watching the videos that I made. So when I stare at the black lense of my canon and talk to it, I don’t see a piece of plastic and glass, I see you guys.

How Do You Re-Fuel?

The books discuss that introverts don’t hate people – especially if you’re an outgoing introvert, you still love to be around and interact with people. However, being around people takes energy out of an introvert, whereas for an extrovert, being around people infuses them with renewed energy. We all expend energy in various ways in life, and we all need to refuel. What takes energy out of us, and what puts energy back in us seems to be different depending on your internal makeup. Ignoring this can lead to more energy going out than coming in, which eventually will lead to, you guessed it, death by chocolate. Okay that’s my attempt to make a little joke about something that is actually quite serious when it comes to your quality of life.

“Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.” ~ Susan Cain

Based on what I know promotes a feeling of wholeness and balance within me, I think I do tend towards this introvert side, where I love to be around people, but after a time, feel a strong need to be alone in order to regain my strength and mental clarity. If I don’t respect this about myself, both my physical and cognitive capabilities start going downhill, and fast.

Have you ever noticed this to be true of you? I didn’t actually realize this in and out energy balance to myself until the past few years and that I could operate more consistently and feel more stable emotionally and even physically when made sure to alternate more high energy/output occasions or tasks with more reflective/down periods to recover.

Here’s another quote that makes you think:

“Isn’t it refreshing to know that what comes perfectly natural for you is your greatest strength? Your power is in your nature. You may not think it’s a big deal that you can spend hours immersed in something that interests you—alone—but the extrovert next door has no idea how you do it.” Laurie Helgoe

My Added Complication

An added complication I have in my life is that I’ve been dealing with a mysterious chronic illness for over 12 years now. Earlier on the symptoms would come on with a vengeance, but then seem to disappear for awhile. Over time though, the symptoms became more a part of my daily life and no longer went away. My current belief is that on top of my confirmed diagnosis of Hashimotos thyroiditis, I have chronic lyme disease. The severity of the symptoms DO vary. I am fairly stable in general these days because I have eliminated almost completely from my life certain activities considered normal to everyday life that bring on symptoms. Despite this however, the illness is still there, in me, so the problem is I never know when symptoms will be more severe than usual, and for how long symptoms will last when they are there. I have come to realize that this health condition escalates the output of energy when I’m involved with people and escalates the recovery time for refueling as well.

I know that I’m not the only person with this going on because, yes, I get lots of emails from you guys telling me of your personal health struggles as well. Obviously I totally relate and resonate with these struggles.

Why I’m Sharing Personal Stuff

I’m sharing all of this more personal stuff because I want you to understand that the decision I am sharing with you – the need to take a sabbatical from private communication that I offer through my blog and social media, has nothing to do with YOU. You guys are great. It’s only natural to want and seek solutions to conundrums or troubles you are facing on the hCG protocol. In fact that’s what I’m always encouraging right! Don’t give up, seek solutions, don’t just wonder and leave it be. Find solutions, analyze.

But being in my current state and having a blog that has gotten a little more popular on google the past year means I am getting a lot more email and private messages than in the past and I have been feeling especially overwhelmed lately. I am still just this one person, and I am finding lately this constant feeling of pressure, sadness, and just an overall sense of not being good enough, because I can’t seem to keep up with all the messages. I feel so guilty when I see emails waiting in my que to hear from me, or blog comments going unanswered. I worry you will think I’m ignoring you, or that I don’t care. It bothers me just as much as if a friend had called me and left me a voice message and I just never returned their call, or it took me 3 weeks to do so.

While my blog doesn’t have the answer to every single hCG question you could ever come up with, at this point it does contain quite a bit of information to help you succeed. On top of that, there is now my newly published hCG Diet Workbook for Phase 2, with a length coaching section that I spent a great deal of time crafting and that many are finding very useful to them (just read the Amazon reviews! 61 and counting!)

So in my usual overly-wordy way, I’m sharing with you all that I need to take an email/private message sabbatical.

Is there anything in your life that you need a short break from? It doesn’t have to be a month. Often just 1 DAY of a break from whatever particular thing is starting to make you feel drained, can make a big difference.

I have a VERY hard time setting limits for myself because I often feel so driven inside to get things done. Do you struggle with this too? I have learned through multiple experiences now that whenever I start to feel totally sucked in and my brain gets into this weird feedback loop where I’m trying so hard to focus but in reality not getting anywhere, I realize what I actually need to do is not try to focus harder, but to just go do something entirely different.

Crossfit serves me very well for this. It’s a completely different activity that completely distracts me from whatever is on my mind and leaves me feeling refreshed.

How about you? What specific activity can you do that is DIFFERENT from your same ‘ol-same ‘ol, even for a little bit, to help break that overwhelm-brain-fog feeling.

What I Will Be Doing

It’s not that I won’t be working on hCG related matters. But I need to take some time out to work on deeper content for the website and the future P3 & P4 workbook – information that can be evergreen and be reachable by all of you, instead of just one.

I have always tried to maintain a balance between interaction on a one-to-one basis with time spent on blogpost articles and videos, and overall, I feel I’ve managed it pretty well. I’ve never felt that I should spend my time on just one or the other. Individuals ARE important. I will always believe that. But of late I find myself almost entirely focused on email replies and no other work is getting done, and this is off-balance for me – and for you as well, as in the long run, you will benefit more by having available to a large number of you something I’ve spent time crafting and researching. Additionally like I said, when I don’t get enough “alone” time, my own inspiration, happiness, and productivity really suffers as my brain gets foggier and foggier.

This goes back to the introvert idea. What I find happening to me lately is that I can’t focus on the articles I’m trying to write and such because of having so much outside input. I find myself scattered and distracted.

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~ Rollo May

Which reminds me of a little story that gives you a little window into my own nature.

I was in labor at the hospital with my son, ready to start pushing. Only my husband and the nurse were in the room. However I found it distracting and it was very difficult for me to focus on this obviously important task at hand. I had already asked for all the lights to be shut off, as I found the lights extremely distracting. Because I wasn’t alone, which is usually what allows me to feel focused, I was feeling incredibly scattered and incapable.

I finally asked my husband if he’d mind going into the adjacent bathroom, and closing the door so I couldn’t see him. Yes I did! Nicely of course.

I asked the nurse to leave as well.

She said that’s not protocol and that no one had ever requested this before.

I said, please, I need to be alone, I can’t focus with someone else here.

She reluctantly said she’d leave but that she’d still have to pop in and check on me every 10 minutes or so. Thank goodness!

Once I was alone, in the dark, I was able to give my full effort and concentration to the task. At the tail end, now feeling more like a “pro” at pushing ;), when the little slippery guy was ready to slide out into the world, I was okay with the menagerie of medical personnel making their way back into the room, including the doctor – who was warned by the nurse and rest of the staff to please not say a word, which to her credit and the rest of the staff, they respectfully stayed silent while I pushed the rest of my little baby boy out into the doctor’s hands.

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I was actually close to having a c-section prior this. To be honest, I’m not sure what would have happened if my need for privacy and aloneness hadn’t been respected. The ability of my brain and the power of my body were completely different once everyone had gone. I felt powerful and strong and capable and focused.

Anyway- that’s my little story to show you a little piece of what makes up me.

“Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”~ Nikola Tesla

I will be still be writing and posting content, as well sending out my weekly email newsletter to you all. I just need a little break for a bit from all the private one on one communication. My guess is a month or so.

Even now I feel nervous to make this decision. I feel like I’m going to miss out on something important somehow. And I feel like I’ll be letting you down – whoever of you take the time to pour out your story to me. But I’m trusting that you will understand my need to not self-combust.

What Happens When You Don’t Work With Your Nature

I feel that I didn’t at all understand how I as a unique person, operate best, until the past 5 years. What this means is I wasn’t able to flourish as I could have. I spent a lot of time trying to do things that were just not me. As a result, I never felt very confident about anything I did, which didn’t exactly help my self esteem, especially when those very same things others were doing with such expertise and confidence.

What’s interesting is, by doing more of what works with the type of person I am, I have actually learned to do more things that are hard for me as well. Interesting result. I also discovered that I’m good at, or can learn things, that I didn’t initially think were “me”.

But it all started with doing what came more naturally and easily to me FIRST.

That’s what got the whole wow-I’m-growing-up-and-wearing-recycled-yoga-mat-shoes-because-i-hate-heels ball rolling.

Thank You for WHO YOU ARE

Thank you all for being the great people that you are. Really and truly, my one on one communications have actually been one of the most enlightening and refreshing parts of this whole experience online. In fact, without it, I don’t think I would have had the drive or motivation to create as much content here as I have. I just need to create a little better balance and this break will help me achieve that so that I can come back refreshed and have a better system for helping you all out in the best way possible both for you and for me.

This thought puts it well, and how I feel about the kind of people you all are:

“The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.” Rainer Maria Rilke

The few times I have expressed a feeling of overwhelm, I have always gotten email replies from some of you telling me things like “we understand! Take some time out for you. We appreciate what you do so much but you have a family as well.” etc.
No joke.

I think only twice, out of literally thousands upon thousands of private emails, facebook messages and blog comments I’ve received and responded to, have I had someone express a complete lack of understanding for my one woman show.

So that means 99.99999999% of you are gold! See those people in the background below? Those are some of you hCGers. Some time back when I was about 75% done with the Phase 2 hCG Diet Workbook I was starting to hit a wall. I sent out an email asking to MEET you guys, so I could be inspired to get the last chunk of the workbook written. I asked you to send me your photo and share a little about your story, your struggles. I got many replies and had all the photos you all sent me printed and put them up on my wall.

I truly value the involvement and connections that I get to have with so many of you. After having a little down time from private communications, I will be back with a better, more organized set up for continuing to make those connections happen.

So how about YOU? Do you need time alone, quiet time to re-fuel? I’d love to hear your thoughts and story on this – just keep in mind I won’t be replying 😉 – But if you’d like to share for the benefit of everyone else reading, please feel free! It’s just so nice to know you’re not alone with how you feel right?
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April 30th – hCG Injections SALE – 1 Day Only http://hcgchica.com/april-30th-hcg-injections-sale-1-day-only/ http://hcgchica.com/april-30th-hcg-injections-sale-1-day-only/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:07:52 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=13079 US hCG Shots is one of the most affordable options for U.S. made hCG online. They are having a 15% off sale for 1 day only – today, April 30th. The discount is on all products and kits in stock. … Continue reading

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US hCG Shots is one of the most affordable options for U.S. made hCG online. They are having a 15% off sale for 1 day only – today, April 30th. The discount is on all products and kits in stock.

15% off everything and anything in stock, till midnight April 30th only.

Use coupon code 15%offall through this link:

Buy from US hCG Shots

Copy and paste the Coupon Code above on the bottom left of the Shopping Cart Page before Checkout

This is one of the companies I got to visit with in person in Florida back in January btw – I met their entire staff and got to see the inside of one of the pharmacies they use where the hCG is made. And yes, HANDSTANDS happened! How could we not when I found out one of the customer service reps is a fellow crossfitter? Score!

Handstands with US hCG Shots Customer Service Rep! Oh yeah, and he was also super nice. :) hcgchica.com

Here’s a breakdown so you’ll know how much you’d be saving

I rounded everything off by a cent – let’s just keep it simple right? 😉

HCG Injection Kits:

  • 28 Day hCG Injection Kit: $200 usually, 15% off = $30 discount – sale price: $170
  • 56 Day hCG Injections Kits: $360 usually, 15% off= $54 discount – sale price: $306

HCG Injections + Lipo Combo Kits:

  • 28 Day hCG Injections + Lipo COMBO kit: usually $340, 15% off = $51 discount – sale price: $289
  • 56 Day hCG Injections + Lipo COMBO kit: usually $640, 15% off= $96 discount – sale price: $544

B12 Shots and Lipo Shots:

  • 30 ML Methylcobalamin b12 Shots: usually $350, 15% off = $35 discount – sale price: $315
  • 30 ml Cyanocobalamin shots: usually $60, 15% off = $9 discount – sale price: $51
  • 30 ml Lipo Shots by themselves: usually $300, 15% off = $45 discount – sale price: $255
  • 10 ml Lipo shots: usually $160, 15% off = $24 discount – sale price: $136
  • 10 ml MIC shots: usually $150, 15% off= $22.50 discount – sale price: $127.50

For anyone who is planning a round of hCG, I hope that helps!

Remember, you can find all my tutorials for injections – how to mix, how to inject, all that fun stuff here:

Injections Tutorials

(keep in mind, the mixing instructions for all the US companies is the same – so I don’t have one specifically for US hcg shots yet, but you can simply follow my tutorial for either Nu Image or Advanced hCG)

Lastly, you can get all the basics on the diet to start it out right here: hCG Basics

There is now also the Phase 2 hCG Daily Tracker and Guide all in one which you can find on Amazon!

Use coupon code 15%offall through this link:

Buy from US hCG Shots

Copy and paste the Coupon Code above on the bottom left of the Shopping Cart Page before Checkout

Hope that helps you guys! Here’s a couple pics I took with some of the staff.

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hCG Diet Interviews Episode 23 – 20 Inches Gone From Her Waist Alone – Kimberly http://hcgchica.com/hcg-diet-interviews-episode-23-twenty-inches-gone-from-waist-kimberly/ http://hcgchica.com/hcg-diet-interviews-episode-23-twenty-inches-gone-from-waist-kimberly/#respond Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:02:44 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=12533 Kimberly and I had such a great time discussing her hCG experience. Here’s her basic stats: Height: 5’9″ Size change pre hCG: Size 26 Size change after hCG diet: Size 12 Inch loss from her waist alone: 20″ – Did … Continue reading

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Kimberly and I had such a great time discussing her hCG experience.

Here’s her basic stats:

  • Height: 5’9″
  • Size change pre hCG: Size 26
  • Size change after hCG diet: Size 12
  • Inch loss from her waist alone: 20″ – Did you catch that? That’s twenty inches. Wow.

The personal journey of Kimberly on the hCG Diet Protocol – as told by Kimberly

This is my personal experience and I just happened to be a nurse. As a nurse, I am not diagnosing or giving advice. I am simply sharing my private life, away from nursing.

HCG my story, as a child I was very athletic and active but at the same time I seem to be 20 lbs over weight. Before puberty I was called chubby and in my teens I was that girl who would be cute if she would just loose 20 lbs. As an adult, I slowly gained ten pounds here and there until in my late 20’s I was almost 300 lbs. I am 5 foot 9 inches and I did have a bone scan to reveal I am medium bone density.

Before finding HCG, I did go to a private consult with a physician who performs lap-ban surgery and he rejected me saying that I would starve to death with the procedure due to my metabolism. I was showing signs of a diabetic (insulin resistance). He did say the best number for me to achieve on the scale was around 175lbs, even with bariatric surgery. I was of course disappointed and a year later I found the Atkins diet, my husband did great on the diet, but I was unable to loose beyond the first 30 lbs. I was practically starving myself and still, just stall after stall. So for me the Atkins diet only made me loose 30 lbs, period.

I am 31 and its early winter, I was diagnosed with a life threatening tumor the size of girl’s soft ball surrounding my pancreas. I was given 6 weeks to live, (long story-shortened) I recovered and have been tumor free for 13 yrs now. Back to my overweight. I am in my early 30’s with only 40% of a pancreas which takes a year to recover from, during that year due to the extent of the procedure I can only eat “slip foods” (starchy soft food like oatmeal and rice etc., mainly mushy high sugar foods almost like what an infant would eat) So of course my weight is now again almost 300lbs. I go this way for a couple of years, and then I find my cure. HCG.

20 Inches Gone from her Waist Alone - Episode 23 of the hCG Diet Interviews- stories of real people - hcgchica.com

1. My first protocol with HCG, I did read Dr. Simeons book on hCG, Pounds and Inches, and I had to secretly order my HCG from an India pharmacy. I only do the injections of real HCG. (For current options where you can purchase hCG Injections online, go here).

2. My first round of HCG was very emotional, I had to deal with all of my eating disorders to achieve success and the weight melting off was a great reward for having the courage to deal with my emotional baggage. All over weight people have meaning behind food, it serves them some way beyond nutritional building blocks for the body

3. I had to give up using Splenda, it has dextrose from corn syrup as a de-clumping agent and is an insulin trigger and it is just shy of one complete carb per packet, as a nurse, I have to say that 1 cup of Splenda is 24 (real) carbs for my diabetics that I monitor their nutrition. I of course like all dieters was using this stuff by the cups for cooking/baking when it was introduced.

4. I had to permanently clean out my kitchen, and for me, I knew I could never return to my old way of eating after the HCG protocols, even on super maintenance, I have to be very strict.

5. I finished a 4 week round, and I was hungry half of every day, but I have been hungry most of my life. Yes, I read your post on adjusting hcg dose, ect. It was a good post!

6. I do load clean, no carbs on HCG injection loading days

7. On maintenance, I was not able to maintain my weight loss if I ate coconut oil. I have no idea why. Avocados are a huge no-no for me, they are high on the “insulin response chart” So yes they are low to moderate glycemic, but after digestive enzymes attach to avocados they make a high insulin response, they made me gain weight really fast, so none for me.

8. Over several years of HCG, remember it was hard to get your hands on HCG 6 yrs ago, and it was costly so I had to budget it out. I lost almost all of my un-needed pounds, resulting in going from a plus size 26 to an average miss size 12. Thanks to you, I can now order it in USA and hope to get down to a size 8 in the next two years. I lost almost 20 inches alone from the circumference around my body an inch above my belly button.

9. To help me keep my food choices under control I do follow the Dukan Diet 100 food list, except now I also avoid dairy and all soy (soy hates me, LOL) along with night shade vegetables, (tomato, eggplant, and peppers) due to leaky gut syndrome which causes cardio vascular disease.

10. The following is now the really good stuff, my tips for HCG and some things I have noticed. Ketosis state really does make you notice food more than normal. I notice when I am on a low calorie diet I see food packages more vibrant and can smell like a hound dog. It is a normal response from your body to help you find food.

11. For me I only eat meat on the injection part of HCG, it’s a personal choice, I am just a meat eater and the veggies to me personally, are wasted calories.

12. I do make myself wait at least 16 hours before consuming calories even on injection days, it’s part of my insulin resistance program of intermittent fasting.

13. Ketosis does mess with melatonin uptake, your body thinks you need to be alert to find food, so yes it does cause insomnia, I take 5 mg of melatonin from Swansonvitamins.com

14. Yes, I take a boat load of electrolyte vitamins, due to no veggies ect. Swansonvitamins.com

15. Mustard is my best friend, I use it on almost everything, and also the mustard dry spice

16. Side effect of mustard is it is high in vinegar, and vinegar makes a large majority of people over spill potassium, I am one of them so I have to take a lot of potassium supplements to avoid leg cramps

17. To avoid extra calories, I use the cartoon of egg whites to make all kinds of omelets, I enjoy the dill weed (looks like chopped up grass) as a spice on eggs, found on bake and spice isle

18. Swansonvitamins.com has gum that is birch wood xylitol all other xylitol is from GMO corn, I use this to help sometimes when I just simply need to chew, crazy sounding I know but sometimes I just simply miss the act of chewing and will also chew on a plastic straw, I will chew that sucker to pieces! I have cold sensitive teeth, but my husband he is an ice chewer

19. One tip is to get a blender like what you have or mine, I have the ninja blender and it makes ice into almost a powder, I will brew a strong cup of herbal tea say like blueberry and chill it overnight and make a slushy with it. Ice-herbal tea-stevia= sweet heaven no calories.

20. I use the stevia extract packets with zero calories with erythritol

21. Slushy’s are our answer to everything, need a dessert after your last meal, got a sweet tooth, want something but not really hungry, every single time the answer for us is Slushy.

22. We also use essential oils such as lemon and orange oil just 3 drops makes a 16 oz slushy

23. My theory on the inches lost part of Dr Simon’s book pounds and inches, I call it “my donut” As a nurse I have worked as a hospice nurse and as a Medicaid nursing home nurse in both I have seen people of all walks of life lose weight intentionally and due to end of life. One common factor they all had was a “donut.” We have two types of fat, white and brown. The white is the fast easy weight that any diet will make you lose around 30lbs., but then we have the brown fat that is wrapped around our organs and internal parts. This is where enlarged hearts and the term fatty liver comes from. Have you heard the term “baby fat” it is the extra pounds that females carry to help them when pregnant, it is always around the lower stomach, thighs and butt. This is the easy white ready to shed 30lbs that anyone can lose. On HCG we lose that white fat easy and fast, so then our body has to mobilize and change brown fat into more “baby fat” this is what I call a “donut” you will notice it is around an inch thick and it will be a large circle around your belly button, (I will show where in the video) so you will not see a change on the scale but you will lose inches around your body but now your pants seem tight due to the new storage of white fat around your belly button. I will be able to explain this easily with being able to point to my body, my co-worker a nurse practitioner who also uses HCG agreed with my theory of white and brown fat mobilization.

24. Tip when cooking on HCG go to Target and get a microwave steamer, I will show mine in the video, it is amazing who wants to cook when you can only have 500 calories, this does the cooking for you

25. I buy turkey 99% fat free and steam it into four meatballs each around 100 calories each

26. Buy a full length mirror, mine is from Walmart it is an over the door full length mirror, it helps me stay accountable during the maintenance part

27. You must a positive body image to be forever successful, there is no buts to this, its mandatory

28. I do recommend meditation, I use Kelly Howell owner of brain sync she is amazing I have used her meditations for a decade, it got me through my tumor healing, she has a subliminal guided meditation for weight loss, I highly recommend it, many of her meditations are on youtube, to get a free sample

29. Last but not least, is your emotional state. Why are you wanting to shed weight? If the reason isn’t for yourself you will fail and HCG is not a hormone you can play around with, it is a very serious when changing your body chemistry, it can be an amazing change, if it is honored! I can’t stress enough how cheating on HCG is not like any other diet when it comes to cheating. You cheat, you are not only letting yourself down, and you are messing up your body chemistry. I know, I totally screwed up my second ever protocol.

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This one is going to be short and sweet (ha! well short in hcgchica world which is probably long in most other worlds), because I mostly just want to highlight the fact that I’ve maintained my weight loss from the hCG protocol with hCG injections for over 2 years now, with no further hCG use during that time.

My other exciting news has been the release of the comprehensive hCG Diet Workbook – something that took me 6 solid months to complete. It is now published and up on Amazon for you guys. You can learn more and see inside the hCG Workbook here, or purchase it on Amazon here and remember that the first month it’s for sale, April 19th-May 20th 2015, you get a special thank you gift FREE – and it’s something of true value, not just a dirty sock. 😉 You can find out how to get the thank you gift here.

Before the hCG Diet, at the end of my final round, and 2 years later without any futher hCG use - this was with hCG Injections - hcgchica.com

In the near future I will be sharing my personal updates with regards to how I’m actually doing that right now – maintaining – my challenges and successes these past several months, to help you troubleshoot and succeed at your own journey.

Side View - Before and After the hCG Diet with HCG Injections - hcgchica.com

This .gov article on pubmed states that “weight loss maintenance may get easier over time; after individuals have successfully maintained their weight loss for 2-5 y, the chance of longer-term success greatly increases.

This is encouraging since I am now in this range. I remember reading something like this when I still in the middle of my hCG journey and feeling like that seemed like a long way into the future. And now it’s here. This is all not simply to be like yay me but to encourage you guys that this CAN be done.

Body Shot Before and After the hCG Diet with Injections - hcgchica.com

I finished my final round of hCG in November 2012 and it’s now April 2015, 2 years and 5 months later. My bodyfat percent is currently 16.5% (per hydrostatic bodyfat testing – see below). About 21 lbs of me is fat, and the rest of my 126 lbs is muscle, water, bones, and oh yeah, my all important organs! Gotta have those. Even got my good ‘ol wisdom teeth still.

Body Fat Test Results 2 Years After the hCG Diet - Still 16-17% body fat - hcgchica.comI began my journey at 34.5% body fat percent, which was 59 lbs of fat on my short 5’1″ frame. This means there is almost 40 lbs less fat on my body.

Body Fat Percent Before Starting the Protocol - hcgchica.comWhat You Need to Know

The most important thing that you need to know is that my weight is not static. I ain’t no concrete statue man! I have a range on the scale between 124-128 lbs where I’ve been at any given time the past 2 years with a handful of days where I hit 129 lbs. I make both almost subconscious and conscious corrections on a regular basis in response to what I know about a combo of these three things:

  • my weight on the scale,
  • the way my clothes are fitting, and
  • how I’ve been eating in the recent past week or two

Between these three factors, if my weight is pushing the end of my comfort zone, I will consciously be more cautious in some way – either for a day by fasting, or eating more clean than usual for a few days to a week.

The reason I feel this important to clarify is because I think my concept of weight maintenance meant staying the same weight all the time, so just so you know, these small fluctuations are okay and a normal part of life if you know how to respond to them consistently and not let them get out of hand. Because we’re ALL going to either over-do it here and there occasionally, or be dealing with a hormone issue that can cause weight gain.

hCG Diet Results- Maintaining Weight Loss from HCG Injections for 2 Years! hcgchica.com

These jeans are a size 2, but I say I’m technically a size 4 because that’s what’s comfortable to wear most the time. It’s all about comfort for me these days! I just realized something looking at the above picture – can you imagine how much less pressure is on my spine and back with all that fat gone?

I think you really should check out the video though – you’ll see me having body fat testing done before the diet and then 2 years post hCG – seeing it side by side is crazy!

Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing Before the diet, and 2 years AFTER the hCG diet completed - hcgchica.comHydrostatic Body Fat Testing Pre and 2 Years Post hCG - hcgchica.comHydrostatic Body Fat test 3

Hydrostatic Body fat test hCG Diet 4

I know hydrostatic body fat testing is not accessible to everyone, but I really encourage to give a little google search for it in your area – knowing your actual fat loss results is so empowering AND it’s also helpful when you “gain weight” that testing shows to be muscle, which was the case for me. If I hadn’t done that testing, it would have been harder to know exactly what was going on.

Body Shot images are everything! hcgchica.com

Maintaining hCG Weight Loss IS indeed possible - hcgchica.comMy face shrank that is for sure. You can see it all on camera lol since I was you-tubing my hCG journey right from the day 1.

hCG Diet Face Pics During hCG Weight Loss Journey - watch my face shrink! - hcgchica.com

Me and Hubby - hcgchica.com

Loves me regardless - love my boy! hcgchica.com

Lastly, I just got an iPhone finally! Yes, the power of better video while I’m on the go, in my hand. :) Could be a little dangerous given how camera happy I already am.

So my question to you guys is, would you find it helpful if I took more video of my daily life as far as what I eat, or what I do to maintain etc in a more casual way? Would this be something you would like to see?

And don’t forget the hCG Diet workbook is now published and up on Amazon for you guys. You can learn more and see inside the hCG Workbook here, or purchase it on Amazon here.

 

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It’s here! The hCG Diet Workbook is FINALLY here! http://hcgchica.com/hcg-diet-workbook-book-for-injections-homeopathic-drops-500-and-800-calories/ http://hcgchica.com/hcg-diet-workbook-book-for-injections-homeopathic-drops-500-and-800-calories/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:37:56 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=12963 Before you is the front and back cover of the newly published hCG Diet Workbook guys! I’m going to take you INSIDE the workbook though today so you can visually see it and get a feel for what it’s all … Continue reading

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Before you is the front and back cover of the newly published hCG Diet Workbook guys!

I’m going to take you INSIDE the workbook though today so you can visually see it and get a feel for what it’s all about and see if it’s up your alley.

And if you’re wondering why the cover suddenly looks different from the draft, well we had a showdown on Facebook and this one ended up being the winner. Oh yes and I trapped my parents and brother till like one in the morning on video skype to force ideas and feedback from them at gunpoint – oh wait, it’s skype, that wouldn’t be threatening. Nevermind, they were actually glad to help. Thanks fam and FB fans!

Cover of hCGChica's hCG Diet Workbook - hcgchica.com
Many of you have already been expecting the book’s release and know you want it, so for you, you can find it below. The rest of you, read on because I have lots to show you!

Buy hCGChica’s hCG Diet Workbook

OH! and don’t forget that I have a special thank you gift for everyone who purchases the book between April 20th and May 20th – and it’s not a dirty sock. It’s actually something that I am hoping you will find very helpful in your weight loss journey; a 5 Day hCG Coaching Course. Check out the details of the thank you gift here.

Why Is an hCG Diet Workbook Better Than Ice Cream?

Well, now I don’t know if I’d go THAT far, but I’ve given up some things in life that I thought were good for something that I found was even better. Quarts and half-gallons of ice-cream made me happy in the past for 20-30 minutes at a time. Being fit and healthy all day every day makes me happy, well not 24/7 because that’s just not possible, but, well a LOT of the time.

This workbook may be the ticket to catapult you over whatever hump you’ve been facing with weight loss or hCG.

I began this as merely a few scribbled designs of tracking layouts in a notebook. It included drawings of features I knew would be useful on a person’s weight loss journey with the hCG protocol. I’d kept my own records during my rounds, but wanted something that would give the ability to track more than I did, and in a way that was easy to read and gauge progress and patterns. I also felt the need to share some of the things I’ve learned along my weight loss journey that were the main reasons for my ability to not get frustrated with my weight loss in general, which was important to the entire thing (all extra weight) ever getting fully accomplished.

Here’s a peak at the daily Phase 2 Tracking pages:

There are 9 weeks, yes 63 days worth, of this, each day with either a unique Quote or hCG Tip.

Daily Tracking Sheets for Phase 2 of the hCG Diet - part of hCGChica's hCG Diet Workbook for Phase 2 - hcgchica.com

I wasn’t sure if this project was even worth pursuing originally as far as wondering how many people would actually want something like this, so I asked my facebook page about their thoughts on my idea. Boy I think the only other time I got so many comments on one status update were my before and after hCG photos! Even now, I have continued to get a lot of excited emails and messages about the workbook- mostly asking if it was done yet!

Sorry it took so long….but I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait once you delve into it with your bare hands. :)

Why A Workbook from hCGChica?

In case it matters to you, because many ask, I specifically used hCG injections for all my own weight loss, and have been maintaining my weight loss, from a size 16 to a current size 4, with no further hCG use for almost two and a half years now. What I share in the workbook are many of the main reasons I was able to achieve this, when previous attempts at dieting and maintaining failed.

Additionally, I am a very visual and detail oriented person so I spent quite a bit of time carefully laying out the tracking areas and diet instructions in a way that I hope will be visually easy to digest – which is important because this protocol can be a bit overwhelming when you are first learning about it. This is something I can’t actually do in a blogpost because the formatting doesn’t allow for it. I was able to go hogwild in the book with this!

Here’s an example – Overview of the hCG Diet

Overview of the hCG Diet from hCGChica's hCG Diet Workbook - hcgchica.com

4 Main Features to the hCG Diet Workbook

  • Coaching Discussions
  • Diet Instructions both for Original Protocol and Modifications I feel comfortable mentioning (clearly differentiated in the book btw)
  • Quick Glance Tracking for Phase 2 & 3.
  • Daily Comprehensive Tracking for Phase 2

Examples of the Coaching Areas

Expected Weight Loss on the hCG Diet - from hcgchica's hCG Diet Workbook for Phase 2 - hcgchica.comNow if that awesome stick figure cartoon doesn’t make you want this workbook, I don’t know what will. 😉

Beginning of the Coaching Article on Stalls During hCG:Stalls on the hCG Diet - from hCGChica's hCG Diet Workbook - hcgchica.com

Yes, essentially in a nutshell the 60 page or so coaching section is telling us all to not be insane. Oh I know all about it, I was crazy-bones too once! But my effort here in the coaching section is to explain the logical reasonings that I came across during my weight loss journey and through my research not only about what’s realistic, but more importantly, WHY it’s realistic – I find that makes it easier to accept and feel positive about.

Let’s break up all this black and white with a brief color interlude of fun:

Flexible for Use with Multiple Ways of Approaching the hCG Diet

This is probably one of the most important things that you know. I designed this workbook to be flexible, because with the number of people doing the hCG diet, there are quite a variety of ways that people are approaching it now, and as I explain in the workbook, in the end, after you’ve done your research, you have the right as an adult to make your own choice about how you choose to do this diet which I fully respect.

The workbook accommodates the following:

  • Both hCG injections or homeopathic drops
  • Various lengths of time ON the diet – there are 9 full weeks of daily Phase 2 tracking
  • Counting of calories, each meal and per day – so you could easily track 500 calories or 800 calories, or anything between.
  • Breakfast fields, snack fields aside from regular Lunch/Dinner areas
  • Modified food choices – some that I feel comfortable mentioning specifically, and blank fields for adding your own unique foods.

Daily Tracking Log for hCG Diet - from hCGChica's hCG Diet Workbook - hcgchica.com

Above again is what the DAILY tracking area looks like, and…

below you have an example of the Quick Glance tracking areas:

Quick Glance Weight Tracking for hCG Diet - hcgchica.com

More Quick Glance Tracking Stuff: Inch Loss

Inch Loss Tracking for hCG Diet - hcgchica.com

If you’ve seen enough and feel this post is getting too long, you can buy the hCG Workbook here:

Buy hCGChica’s hCG Diet Workbook

But wait, there’s more!

Trouble shooting Log:

Troubleshooting Log - hcgchica.comWait, what? I’m telling you you’re going to have trouble on hCG? Just stop it! Enough hCGChica!

Like I said, this is all about being REAL. Many things are not worth being concerned over, and yet there are some things worth addressing, so instead of burying our heads in a drawer full of goal jeans, we can troubleshoot the problems. I will make a video tutorial in the future on how I see this are being used.

The Table of Contents:

Table of Contents - Workbook - hcgchica.com

Table of Contents for the hCG Diet workbook- hcgchica.com

I hope this help you get a clearer picture of what the workbook has to offer. If you do end up trying it out, I’d love to hear your feedback through email hcgchica@hcgchica.com – let me know how its working out for ya!

Buy hCGChica’s hCG Diet Workbook

And don’t forget to claim the special thank you present that is NOT a dirty sock. When you email your receipt – it doesn’t have to be the actual physical receipt, it can just be a screenshot of your confirmation of your order, or whatever you have on hand like that to show your order.

Thank You Gift - 5 Day Coaching Course - hcgchica.com

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Hey you guys!

I wanted to give something as a gift for everyone who is supporting the release of the hCG Diet Workbook, by purchasing it during the first month it’s for sale, April 19th-May 20th. I decided to put together a 5 Day Video Course that would have some of the most important things I’ve learned in my weight loss journey – things that prevented me from succeeding in the past with weight loss.

All you have to do is email your amazon book receipt to freegift@hcgchica.com and the coaching course will be emailed back to you!

If you don’t know about the workbook and just randomly arrived at this blogpost, you can check out the hCG Diet workbook here.

Thank you gift for those who buy hCG Diet Workbook - hcgchica.comThank you guys so much, this has been such an incredible journey of learning and connections – I feel so honored to be in contact with so many awesome people in the hCG community and to get to be a small part of seeing each of you transform your lives just as I’ve been able to do with this protocol.

I hope both the workbook and the video course will help keep you motivated and help you to have that balance between inspiration and being realistic to keep you sane enough to complete this journey successfully!

There are some of you hCGers behind me on my office wall right this very minute. :)

I would love to hear your feedback on how the workbook is working out for you once you start using it! You can email me here: hcgchica@hcgchica.com

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Can’t Sleep on the hCG Diet! Why It’s Important and How to Fix Problems Sleeping http://hcgchica.com/cant-sleep-on-the-hcg-diet-why-its-important-and-how-to-fix-problems-sleeping/ http://hcgchica.com/cant-sleep-on-the-hcg-diet-why-its-important-and-how-to-fix-problems-sleeping/#respond Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:58:03 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=10716 While we know that sleep in general is a must, we are going to discuss…. Why sleep is important especially when on a diet like hCG. (seriously, there’s a way cool scientific study I found that has to do with … Continue reading

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While we know that sleep in general is a must, we are going to discuss….

Why sleep is important especially when on a diet like hCG.

(seriously, there’s a way cool scientific study I found that has to do with weight loss and sleep- read on for that!), but even more importantly…

how to actually DO it. Sleep.

Most of you may be already thinking, ‘yeah I KNOW I need to sleep – that’s my problem, I can’t!’ So we will talk about grand interventions, as well as ordinary tips that we all tend to forget, all of which can really make a big difference in your ability to fall asleep. One in particular helped me, both on and off the hCG diet, when I was having a particularly hard time falling asleep at night.

But first, yes that’s my little guy. On an image about the hCG diet. I know, totally weird. That’s what happens when you arrive at a blog written by a mommy who lost 50 lbs with hCG and lived and maintained the weight loss to tell the story :)  He was about three years old at the time. Okay, there’s no use in pretending I don’t really remember specifically. He was exactly 3 years and 4 months, something I know because I keep photos of him carefully organized on my computer by every month and year of his life, and I recall he was passed out on the couch because he was sick with the flu. I miss those days a bit because my son is currently growing up so fast! That was him then, and this is him now. Sigh.

3andahalf-5andahalf

And yes of COURSE that’s a diaper on his head. Where else would it go? Maybe from this you can tell I’m one of those got-pregnant-later-in-life-which-means-I’m-a-laid-back-mom people. Yes I am. I also used to let him pull all his clothes out of the drawers when he was 11 months old because he was creating a pile of “rocks” for his toy bull dozer to push.

If you’d like to leave my blog now because I’m still talking about my son I totally understand, but we really are getting to the main point, I promise.

Sleeping Like a Baby?

We often hear the term “slept like a baby”, and while some of us as brand new mothers who had active newborns might be inclined to disagree that this term means sleeping a lot and deeply, since that was my exact opposite experience, the truth is, my son eventually did sleep a lot. They can easily sleep 12 hours a night (the key word was eventually – perhaps the phrase should be more like, “slept like a 10 month old”, or maybe even “slept like a 14 month old” since my son did NOT, I repeat DID NOT sleep through the night until fourteen months). And that amazing ability they have to fall asleep WHILE sitting up, or reading a book, or eating a cracker, or amongst 200 loud people at a wedding, if tired enough.

I have underestimated the importance of sleep many times.  In fact I still probably do. It’s 10:47 pm as I’m trying to finish this blogpost and I feel like I likely won’t get to bed for another couple of hours. But then I also sleep in later than most probably (9a.m.) so it’s possible it evens out.

My son was recently saying he wished humans didn’t have to sleep and that he hates to sleep and I honestly I had to agree with him! I think we have so many things we want to do and accomplish it’s hard to get ourselves to stop and take a break. But I explained to him just why it’s so important and it’s part of the design of our bodies.  And it’s even more crucial on hCG actually.

I want to talk about why this is – what can happen when you don’t get enough sleep on hCG and how getting enough sleep prevents this. And lastly of course, many of us WANT to sleep, we just can’t. And while you’ll probably never be so good at sleeping that you can achieve this state while at your niece’s 200-guest wedding, there are two specific grand-intervention type things are known to help, and some more ordinary tips that we can forget but that actually can have grand effects.

Which yes, after all that, we have finally arrived at the meat of the discussion.

Less Sleep = More Muscle Loss and Less Fat Loss

According to this small study done in 2010, between 2 groups of people that were tested on the exact same diet, though the TOTAL weight loss over a 2 week period was the same, the ratio of fat loss to muscle loss was QUITE different. This was due to the factor they were testing. One group was sleeping only 5.5 hours a night, while the other group had a full 8 hours a night.This study did not involve the use of hCG of course, but I feel the principle will most likely apply to any weight loss efforts.

Here’s the weight loss and sleep study summary:

“The volunteers lost an average of 6.6 pounds during each 14-day session. During weeks with adequate sleep, they lost 3.1 pounds of fat and 3.3 pounds of fat-free body mass, mostly protein. During the short-sleep weeks, participants lost an average of 1.3 pounds of fat and 5.3 pounds of fat-free mass.”

Check out the short video on this study here.

I checked into the details of the study, and the body fat determinations were made using DEXA scans, which I’ve talked about before- they are the current gold standard for measuring exact body fat percent and very accurate.

This is so fascinating you guys!  Even I had no idea the potential that sleep has on WHAT we’re losing. The implications of this are huge – since fat takes up more space on our bodies than muscle, and since retaining more muscle over fat will lead to an overall much better metabolism, we can see why the final results we get on this diet could be drastically different.

I’d like to put this idea into perspective with a made-up example:

Say 2 twins who have the same starting weight lost 20 lbs with the hCG diet. The only difference is one slept 5-6 hours a night, while the other slept 8 hours a night during the protocol.

The potential based on the discovery in this small pilot study is that the twin who slept 8 hours a night could say, end up a size 6 because 50% more of the weight they lost was fat, and the other twin (who lost the SAME amount off weight btw) that slept only 5 hours a night may be a size 8-10 because less of the weight they lost was fat and more of it was muscle.

Additionally the twin who lost more of their weight as fat could potentially eat more calories on a daily basis and maintain due to having a higher metabolism because of having more muscle. This example is purely hypothetical as we don’t know how many exact lbs translate to dress sizes lost, but the truth is, the person who has more of the weight lost as fat WILL be physically smaller inch wise/appearance wise and WILL be able to eat more and maintain. How much exactly of course I don’t know.

Mindblowing you guys.

Being awake more hours of the day = more hunger

The same article I referenced above also had this to say about sleeping less: “When sleep was restricted, dieters produced higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger and reduces energy expenditure.”  You can learn more about how the hormone ghrelin affects you here.

Additionally another study was done showing that less sleep equated with lower leptin levels (lower leptin = more hunger) and higher gherlin levels (a hormone that causes those growling hunger sensations sounds – more ghrelin – more perceived hunger).  Of note in this study as well is the TYPE of additional food they felt compelled to eat in this state: a craving “especially for calorie-dense foods with high carbohydrate content” – of course the exact opposite of what we’re allowed on the hCG protocol, which would obviously present a tremendously mentally draining problem while on the diet.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because you couldn’t sleep?  I’ve done that and sat in the dark on my couch with my ipad researching from 3-5 a.m. and I felt so hungry I actually felt sick to my stomach.

When I’m asleep during those hours however am I feeling hungry? Nope.  So being awake more of the time in a 24 hour period, than someone who is getting 8-10 hours of sleep, can affect your hunger which results in a change in how much you will want to eat or end up eating when on the diet.

To which you might be saying, YEAH, well, I’d LIKE to sleep….that’s what I’m having trouble with!

There are 2 possible reasons for difficulty sleeping on hCG.  One is…..

#1 Why You Can’t Sleep: Elevated Cortisol

One possible reason for difficulty going to sleep is elevated cortisol. When you have a healthy cortisol pattern going on, it’s raised in the mornings when you are (ideally) most alert and productive, and gradually falls to a low point at night so that your brain and body can kind of power down and let you head off to slumber.

However, when on a diet, this overview on studies of dieting show that cortisol is indeed often raised during such times.

The 2 Faces of Cortisol

Today’s Dietician on: Cortisol

Signs You Have Way Too Much Cortisol

Cortisol and Weight Loss

Stress, Cortisol and Damage to Weight Loss

The reason cortisol can become elevated while on this protocol is that you ARE doing something rather, well, exciting.

I’m not sure you’ll see that as a scientific explanation in any specialty journals. 😉

But seriously, Eating far less, forcing your body to switch over to fat burning mode and relying on your fat stores for fuel, is in itself a “stressor” on your body, which can put your adrenal hormones, including cortisol more on alert during this time.

Doesn’t mean it’s bad – the only way to achieve great things in life sometimes IS to do something that involves some type of stress. But it’s also important to keep that within balance.

This is also one of the reasons that in general I don’t favor or recommend doing very long rounds of hCG, because perpetually raised adrenal hormones can caused adrenal fatigue and make recovery difficult- versus doing hCG in rounds of 3-6 weeks, for most people, seems to be short enough that your body doesn’t get overly taxed and the breaks between allow your body to sufficiently recover and stay healthy.

This can make going to sleep difficult, since typically cortisol is supposed to actually be lowest in the evening but on the diet, cortisol can actually be raised at night. Raised cortisol will make you more alert, making it hard to fall asleep.

#1 Solution to Elevated Cortisol

One way to address this issue is with a supplement called phosphatydlserine.  Foss-fuh-what?  Don’t let the name scare you off. There can be other reasons for trouble sleeping, but if elevated cortisol is the problem, this really works!

Basically what this supplement does is normalize your cortisol levels. It will help your body lower the level when they’re higher than they should be at a certain time of day, and raise them when they should be higher during specific times of day. That’s a simplified explanation, and if you want more you can certainly google it. This was my problem when I was having trouble sleeping for a time, because the very evening I took it the first time, I was able to sleep just fine. This is one of those things that works when you take it, and doesn’t need time to build up in your system for weeks or anything.

This is one good quality brand of phosphatydleserine.

This article explains just how stressors in life can affect our bodies, specifically our cortisol levels, and how phosphatydlserine can mitigate this.

#2 Why You Can’t Sleep – Messed up Melatonin ie. Body Clock Gone All Whacky

This seemed like a pretty informative discussion on the use of melatonin and how it relates to sleep.

Dr. Oz has an interesting article on Melatonin as well and how it may not be the magic bullet for sleep.

But then there’s the other side with articles showing melatonin really does help sleep.

#2 Solution to Messed up Melatonin

Honestly, it can be really confusing and hard to know who to believe. In the end, I usually take actual results of real people over theory or explanations, and I do not know that some hCGers do indeed feel that melatonin has helped them get to sleep, at least for a time, at different periods in their life.

It sounds like if you DO try taking it, that it’s best to keep the dosage pretty low and that many pill forms have a higher dosage.

As such, I was able to find smaller 1 mg dosage tablets of melatonin here.

Trouble Falling Asleep Because You’re Hungry

We already discussed that being awake too many hours during the day can cause more hunger than for others on the hCG diet. Aside from this however, if your dosage of hCG is off, this can cause hunger as well, which then snowballs into difficulty sleeping, causing more hunger, making it hard to seep, and so on.

You can get extensive guidance on hCG dosing here.

If this doesn’t fix your hunger, it may be wise to either save a small portion of your 500 calories as a snack before bed, or to allot just a little more calories in the form of an extra 50 gram protein serving and/or veggie just before bed.

Because in the end, you may be following the dietary rules of the hCG protocol exactly, but if you’re not sleeping half the night, you will be facing poor results regardless. Raising calories just a little, if it enables you to sleep, will most likely get you better results in such a scenario.

Still, before doing this I’d look at all the other suggestions we are discussing in this article – hCG dosage, timing of caffeine, and that FOSS-FUH stuff (phosphatydlserine) or melatonin.

Hot Shower Before Bed

I have a habit that I didn’t even realize I had until awhile back. I realized I must take a hot shower before I go to bed. Doesn’t matter what time it is, 10 pm or 2 am, whenever I’m finally ready to hit the sack, I find myself taking a hot shower first. When I don’t do this, I can’t seem to go to sleep. My feet will feel cold and take like two hours to warm up and I will not fall asleep before that finally happens. Also the shower seems to really relax my whole body so that when I hit the pillow I just feel….good. A perfect state to be in before falling asleep.

Caffeine Intake – How Much and When It’s Consumed

I am pretty sensitive to caffeine- possibly more than most people because I don’t do well with Coffee at all – even one mild cup of Joe just leaves me feeling jittery. Must be a liver problem. However, I DO find that 2 cups of black tea (this is my favorite – you ca try it in a box of tea bags to see if you like it first, then buy in bulk looseleaf like I do) is the perfect dose of caffeine to bring me from that unmotivated place each morning where I feel like I’d rather not accomplish anything every again, to that feeling of, ahhhh, I think I have an idea! And I think I can carry it out!

However, beyond that, I have discovered that 2 things negatively impact my ability to sleep well in a very noticeable manner- those 2 things are:

  1. Having decaf tea beyond my 2 cups of black tea, doesn’t matter what time.
  2. Having caffeine, decaf or not, anytime after about noon.

The reason I discovered this is because I actually sleep very well, but every time I start having additional decaf black tea again, or drinking decaf later in the day, I have fitful rest and feel like I wasn’t really asleep for much of the night. As soon as I take it back out, I’m sleeping deeply again.

Turning the Power to Your Bedroom Off At Night

This one change made me sleep like a LOG. A real, dead, log, laying in some quiet dark forest with no night creatures about. Seriously, don’t knock this one till you try it for a few nights.

And what I’m assuming is that by sleeping so much deeper, the sleep is much more restorative.

Okay so this might be a new idea to you guys, and depending on how your home circuitry is, might be a challenge. About two years ago, my family and I started turning off the power to our house at the circuit breaker every night (except for the circuit that our fridge was on). The reason we chose to do this was based on research we’ve been doing on the negative impact EMF’s are having on our health and because we both deal with some chronic health conditions that have greatly impacted our life in recent years. If you’re interested in reading more about this, this is one of the books we read:

Toxic Electricity

People are still debating a LOT on whether this stuff (emf’s, electricity charges etc) is truly harmful to your body or not, so I won’t get into that here. One thing I DO know that can’t be debated is that I started sleeping MUCH better once we turned off our power at night.

We paid about $300 to have an electrician adjust a few things on our circuit breakers so that the power to our bedroom and surrounding rooms could be off at night, while the kitchen was left on for the fridge and freezer.

One other very, should I say, weird thing, happened when we initiated this. I felt really depressed for like 3 weeks. I stuck with it because I knew that there’s no way the electricity could be something I actually needed, so I chalked it up to some form of strange detox, and soon enough, the depression lifted, I was of course sleeping much better, and we haven’t looked back.

It’s VERY easy to do. At first when my husband suggested this I thought it sounded like a pain, but it’s totally not. Basically each night, whoever is last to bed, turns off their computer, flips 1 switch on the breaker, then heads to bed. Takes all of 30 seconds.

 Falling Asleep Easier When You Do Something Active in the A.M.

I read that this is the case. If it’s true, I have no idea because I don’t consistently exercise in the morning. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t and I haven’t paid attention to whether or not it helps since as I said, I sleep quite well all the time now since turning off our circuit breakers and not drinking caffeine beyond a certain time of day.

Getting Sunlight in the A.M.

Another thing I read that I can’t really comment on, but sounds like worth a try. I’ll try to research this further in the near future and add it here when I get a chance.

Sleep is when YOU turn off and your BODY turns on

Part of what my son and I discussed when he expressed his wish that God didn’t make nighttime is that when we go to bed and sleep is the time that all the “workers” in our body wake up and starting doing their jobs.  That they can’t do much work while during the day because our body is too busy doing all the stuff we need done while we’re awake like thinking, talking, walking, digesting, etc.

This is obviously very simplified, but the point is there.  We forget what is actively going on while we’re asleep because well…we’re asleep!  And we can’t visually see it.

So the next time anyone tries to make you feel lazy for sleeping, you could rightly say the definition of sleep is misconstrued and that you were busily working while you were asleep-

busy losing weight. :)-

 

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10 Things to Know About Miracle Noodles | Zero Calorie Noodles on the hCG Diet (or Shirataki Noodles) http://hcgchica.com/hcg-diet-10-things-about-miracle-noodles-zero-calorie-noodles-or-shirataki-noodles/ http://hcgchica.com/hcg-diet-10-things-about-miracle-noodles-zero-calorie-noodles-or-shirataki-noodles/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:56:12 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=3260 Miracle Noodles, Zero Calorie Noodles, No Calorie Noodles, Shirataki Noodles, whatever you want to call them – they are not part of the original hCG protocol, just to be clear from the outset. I’m pretty sure these noodles did not … Continue reading

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Miracle Noodles, Zero Calorie Noodles, No Calorie Noodles, Shirataki Noodles, whatever you want to call them – they are not part of the original hCG protocol, just to be clear from the outset. I’m pretty sure these noodles did not exist for Dr. Simeons, in Italy, in the 1950’s, because it looks like they originated in Japan and the world wasn’t nearly as accessible then as it is now.

I used these noodles almost daily for 3 of my hCG diet rounds, and would gladly do so again, and I’ll try to share more info here with you about why I feel that they aren’t a problem. Since I’ve been maintaining my weight loss from hCG Injections for almost two and a half years now, I feel this opinion does carry a little clout. You can listen to me blab about them when I was actually using them on hCG if you feel like it below:

Me Blabbing about Miracle Noodles during Round 5

Me Blabbing about Miracle Noodles during Round 3

You will have to of course make your own personal decision whether you feel comfortable using these on the hCG Diet or not. I’ll just try to give you some details from my perspective – what they are made out of, how they seem to interact in your body, and my personal experience using them.

If you decide to use them, you can purchase them online with these brands:

Miracle Noodles. This is the brand that I currently eat and love. The others may be just as great, I just haven’t had a chance to try them yet. Available noodle cuts: Angel Hair, Rice, Ziti, Fettucine, Spaghetti. Shipping is free.

Skinny Dip Noodles. Free shipping. Cuts available: angel hair, fettuccini, macaroni, rice pearls and (exclusive) lasagna! Now that sounds fun.

Nooodles (that’s 3 o’s!)

Miracle Noodles Okay for hCG Diet - hcgchica.com

The Need to Knows About these Ambiguous Clear Noodles

#1: They Really Are Zero Calories – If Cardboard Tasted Good, You Could Eat That on hCG Too

The question, how exactly can noodles, that take up a bunch of space in your bowl, that you can clearly see with your own two little eyes, have no calories? That’s like saying the moon has no mass right? Well, here’s the reason.

These noodles are made entirely out of soluble fiber and basically go through your body undigested. So it’s kind of like eating cardboard to your body. That is what I gather anyway. I hope you’re not considering eating cardboard by the way. If you’re getting that desperate on hCG, then we need to talk and you need to check your hCG dosage for better hunger management.

They are made from what’s known as the Konjac root, composed of water and glucomannan, which originated in Japan. You can read more about their origin and makeup on wikipedia.

There’s actually an interesting article on how fiber interacts with our bodies. One thing of note it mentions it that soluble fiber binds with toxins in our body and if we aren’t getting enough fiber, “the toxins that we should be eliminating through our bowels get reabsorbed into the bloodstream”. It’s commonly understood that toxins are stored in fat, so I have felt that sometimes when we feel crummy on the hCG protocol is may be caused by toxins being released into our bloodstream as we are losing fat at a more rapid rate than usual. Based on this, these noodles which are pretty much entirely soluble fiber may actually be more than just neutral on the hCG Diet, they may even be helpful- at helping our body eliminate these toxins instead of reabsorbing them and continuing to feel sick.

#2: Shirataki Noodles or Miracle Noodles? What’s the Dif?

Shirataki noodles are basically just the non branded version of Miracle Noodles- the miracle noodles can be purchased online and are a bit pricier purchased under that name brand, but it’s also easier to find them this way.

The Shirataki noodles as you see here in this image below can be purchased at most local asian markets or ethnic markets, as well as the more on top of things organic type grocery stores like Whole Foods- you will find them in the refrigerated section.

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The ingredients of the Shirataki noodles will often say “yam noodle” or “yam flour” in paranthesis on the package. There has been some confusion over people seeing this and then thinking the shirataki noodles contained actual yams as we Americans think of them and thus starch but this is not the case. The asian shirataki noodles are actually made purely from soluble fiber (fiber meaning our body does not digest it as any calories to us) from what’s called the Konjac Root in Japan- whoever translated this onto the package from chinese put it as “yam” but it’s really the Konjac root and NOT yams that it’s made from.

Here’s what one package of Shirataki noodles looks like:

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#3: Be Careful not get the ones with Tofu

When you are at the store, there are actually noodles labeled “shirataki noodles” with varying ingredients. Some have tofu, which have calories and carbs, so you want to avoid these. So when picking out your noodles, be sure to check the ingredients and make sure they do not contain tofu.

#4: I Ate Miracle Noodles on Phase 2 of hCG and I Gained – Doesn’t That Mean They Don’t Work for Me on P2?

Some people will stay “I don’t care if they are supposedly 0 calories or have no carbs, I had a gain, or I stalled when I ate those noodles.”

While I don’t believe in blanket statements that a particular thing will always or never work for everyone, there is a very logical explanation unrelated to fat loss when it comes to gains or supposed stalls while eating these noodles that is most likely the cause of this.

A. While these noodles are just fiber and have no carbs or calories, they still have a significant amount of bulk to them. If you eat one pound of noodles, and you haven’t gone to the bathroom by the next morning, you have one pound extra of food sitting in your intestines. It’s not fat, you just have more food, more bulk, sitting in your intestines.

B. Soluble fiber, which what these noodles are composed of, draws in water – so when you eat the noodles, they also absorb more water into your intestines than usual, and that water weighs something as well.

So most likely, if you see a “stall” or a “gain” from eating these noodles, which I did as well, it’s not a true stall or gain- just those noodles sittin’ in your stomach en route.

Zero Calorie Noodles aka Miracle Noodles - hcgchica.com

#5: They Have a 1 Year Shelf Life

If you are purchasing them online, the noodles are sold in bulk packages of like 10. The nice thing about them is that while they come ready to eat (no cooking necessary), in the sense that you can essentially eat them out of the bag if you really wanted to (although you probably won’t quite do that), they still have a shelf life of about 1 year, so you it works out just find to buy them in bulk since they last for quite some time.

#6 Do These Taste Like REAL Noodles?

If you mean, do they taste like the kind of noodles you get at an italian restaurant, NO. Do they taste like the noodles you’d get in a bowl of soup at a Vietnamese restaurant? Pretty much. What this means is some people HATE these noodles, and some people love them. I love them.

#7 Preparing the Noodles to Fit Your Taste…or er….Texture Buds

Some people do not like the texture of the noodles because they are rather slippery feeling. This made me start thinking about our taste buds, but it really isn’t a taste thing, it’s a texture thing, which made me start wondering why don’t we discuss having texture buds? We obviously have them since we often discuss the mouth-feel of something!

But I digress. Being that the texture of the noodles is not what everyone is accustomed to, you need to know how to best prepare them for your personal taste/texture buds.

A. Rinse them well. I have this little handheld mesh strainer. I simply cut the bag open, pour it into the little mesh strainer, and rinse with very hot water.

B. If you find the texture funny, put them in soups. You don’t notice the texture at all then. I ate Phase 2 soups pretty much daily on my final round of hCG with the miracle noodles and they were so. good. It was very filling and it was fall when the weather was getting cool.

C. I like to cut mine up with scissors while in the mesh strainer still because I don’t tend to care for long noodles. Or you could just buy the “rice” cut noodles.

D. If you’re okay with the texture you can actually use them as you would other regular noodles- tossed with Phase 2 meat and veggies, etc.

#8 Where To Buy These Noodles

Once again, if you decide to use them, you can purchase them online with these brands (and the first two have free shipping so you can’t really go wrong there):

Miracle Noodles. This is the brand that I currently eat and love. The others may be just as great, I just haven’t had a chance to try them yet. Available noodle cuts: Angel Hair, Rice, Ziti, Fettucine, Spaghetti. Shipping is free.

Skinny Dip Noodles. Free shipping. Cuts available: angel hair, fettuccini, macaroni, rice pearls and (exclusive) lasagna! Now that sounds fun.

Nooodles (that’s 3 o’s!)

OR your local ethnic or organic grocery store may carry them – if they do, you will find them in the refrigerated section. Places like Whole Foods most certainly carry them.

#9 Recipes for these Noodles

I’ve started a Pinterest Board for Phase 2 hCG Diet Recipes made with Zero Calorie noodles – it’s a bit sorry lookin’ at the moment, but I hope to be adding more to it soon. If you have some recipe ideas, please post them in the comments below!

#10 If This is Too Off-The-Wall From Original Protocol For You

If you feel that this will not suit you in Phase 2 and that you need to stick to the original hCG protocol, that is totally fine! Just remember that if it comes down to a duel between you and cheating one day – a bowl of zero calorie noodles with a tablespoon of tomato paste is a much better choice than that bag of potato chips. It’s just nice to have something up your sleeve in an emergency. 😉

 

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Modifications to the hCG Diet Protocol – What Works and What Doesn’t http://hcgchica.com/modifications-to-the-hcg-diet-protocol-what-works-and-what-doesnt/ http://hcgchica.com/modifications-to-the-hcg-diet-protocol-what-works-and-what-doesnt/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:05:27 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=12787 Some people feel the only way to do the hCG protocol is to do it exactly as Dr. Simeon’s wrote it. Others I am seeing feel they can pretty do anything they decide on hCG without consequence. My personal feeling … Continue reading

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Some people feel the only way to do the hCG protocol is to do it exactly as Dr. Simeon’s wrote it. Others I am seeing feel they can pretty do anything they decide on hCG without consequence.

My personal feeling is that there is a balance somewhere in the middle. I have observed myself as well as a lot of other people doing this protocol now, and by and large the main difference for those who maintain their weight loss or not has not to do with how strictly they followed the protocol per se, but what changes in their eating habits as well as lifestyle habits they make long term. This is not to say that any modification is okay, certainly not. But when I get occasional emails of disgruntled ones saying that only Dr. Simeon’s exact original instructions work, I need only to point to myself as an example to know that is simply not true. With all the modifications I have made, I have been maintaining my weight loss without any additional hCG rounds for two and a half years as of mid 2015, I have an excellent metabolism, and I haven’t been eating “low carb” in over 2 years. Some modifications, done smart, DO work.

I’d like to share modifications I have made, and under what circumstances I made them, and how I feel they turned out.

Modifications That Went Well:

There are several little adaptations I’ve used as I went through my own journey that I found to be just the thing for me, but some of them could be considered “off protocol”.

It’s important that you read the circumstances under which I made each of these modifications, because I do believe that makes a difference.

For instance, on rounds where I ate off protocol vegetables, it’s important to note that I was also not eating the Phase 2 fruits and grissini/melba – so if you were to make the same modification without removing the Phase 2 fruits, this may not work as well.

1. Doing a little 7-10 Day Pre-hCG Diet.

The purpose of this was to clear my system of carbs and eliminate sugar cravings.

2. Loading “Clean” on the hCG Protocol.

The purpose of this was a few fold. Mainly it was to ensure that I didn’t experience sugar cravings being a previous sugar addict and binge eater, but also I desired to make sure I could start losing new fat as soon as possible and get into ketosis more quickly.

3. Removed the Phase 2 Fruits and Replaced with Veggies or Fat Free Yogurt

This is not something I did every round. I did this only when I was breaking my sugar addiction, as I found even the sugar in fruit to cause cravings for me. You can read all about how I incorporated this modification here.

4. I DID Mix Vegetables – but there is a caveat.

Again, this is not something I did every round, but my final round of hCG I chose to allow the mixing of veggies because I was not eating the Phase 2 fruits and I felt this gave me a little more leeway with my vegetables. The key, as you’ll read more about in the actual post on this topic, is to be more conscious of how much you are eating when you mix veggies, so the calorie count doesn’t get out of hand.

5. I Ate Off-Protocol Vegetables

I did this my final round as well. Again, the other factors you should know is that this was done on a round that I did not eat the phase 2 fruits or grissini/melba toast, so I felt there was more leeway for me with the vegetables since I had eliminated a large source of the carbs from the protocol. The reason I chose to incorporate some different vegetables is because a food sensitivity test I took showed I was somewhat allergic to many of the vegetables on Dr. Simeon’s list. This was an experiment that I feel turned out well for me.

The vegetables I incorporated that were off protocol:

  • Broccoli
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Crook Neck Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms (yes I ate these daily in a P2 style soup)
  • SMALL bits of raw carrot in my salads – and we’re talking like 1/4 of a carrot, just for flavor.

How did I decide what vegetables to add in? I looked carefully at their carb content and chose vegetables that seemed to be lin line with those on the original list.

6. I Ate Miracle Noodles Daily During Phase 2

This is something I did on 3 of my rounds and I think it helped me greatly! Miracle Noodles also known as the non name brand Shirataki Noodles (caution – NOT the ones containing Tofu!) have no calories. They are simply soluble fiber, made from the Konjac root.

I would eat an entire package daily in soups during Phase 2. This made me feel more full and satiated. The only type of “weight gain” I feel one will experience from incorporating these is the 1. bulk of the noodles themselves (they weigh something), and 2. extra water that the noodles may absorb while in your intestines. This is transitory – it’s not real weight. I do not feel eating this impeded my actual fat loss on the protocol.

I have an entire blogpost JUST about these darling little zero calorie noodles if you’d like to learn more.

7. I Ate 99% Fat Free Ham

The main importance as I see it with the proteins on the hCG diet is that they be extremely lean, with as little fat as possible. Secondly, meats without hormones I feel is probably pretty important as well. Usually the hormones or toxins would be found in the fat part of the meat, so if you are eating super lean meat, this is hopefully not a problem.

With that in mind, I did eat 99% fat free ham during my final round in my salads as a Phase 2 protein – the regular ol’ 100 gram serving. This does contain more salt than some meats, since it’s processed in a way, but I was okay with this as I have a hearty sodium intake most of the time.

8. I used Subcutaneous Injections (SQ), Not Intramuscular (IM) for hCG

This got brought up to me recently as an issue, because Dr. Simeons originally gave his patients the hCG by intramuscular shots and the suggestion was made to me that not doing this will yield results that are not as good. Today, almost everyone uses subcutaneous injection for hCG, and these are the needles that are sent with all U.S. based hCG kits now.

Certainly there is nothing wrong with using IM injections, but in my observation and research, there is really no difference in result using one or the other, and the Sub-Q injections are much easier to handle, since the needles are much shorter and only going into your fat, vs. your muscle.

I used Subcutaneous injections for my entire hCG weight loss journey. In fact, I have never done an IM injection. The main four reasons I feel they are perfectly fine to be the standard today are:

1. Same no-hunger effect on the right dose of hCG.

When your dosage of hCG is dialed in correctly, the no hunger effect Dr. Simeon’s describes hCG producing in the body is the same. As an example, my final round, when I was actually getting quite lean, I injected 125 IU daily, with a Sub-cutaneous needle of about 5/16″ long, and was so un-hungry some days I felt like I didn’t need to eat at all.

2. Weight loss amount is the same

I have gotten feedback from individuals who have used both IM and SQ shots and their weight loss amount was no different.

3. Able to Maintain Weight Loss

I’ve been maintaining my weight loss for 2.5 years as of mid 2015.

4. My hydrostatic body fat testing shows the majority of my weight loss was indeed fat.

The hCG hormone is supposed to preserve lean muscle and go more for utilizing your fat stores on such a low calorie diet than would otherwise be the case if you did such a low calorie diet without hCG. I had hydrostatic body fat testing done before and after every round and the majority of my weight loss has been fat. I maintain a 16-17% bodyfat now (on me this is about 20-21 lbs of fat on my body), which is in the athlete category for a woman. Since I started at 34.5% bodyfat (on me this was 59 lbs of fat), this is significant and shows the level of fat loss I experienced.

Modifications That DIDN’T Go Well For Me:

Some of you know who have been with me awhile know I had 1 round of hCG out of my whole weight loss journey that was a complete fail. I’d like to share some unintentional modifications I used during this time and what happened.

1. Unintentional Changes

There is a very strong connection I feel between choosing to make an adjustment, vs. the feeling of giving in to something that you hadn’t planned on. When I feel like I “gave in” I feel bad about my choice because it’s the opposite of what I had intended to do.

2. Replacing whole foods with frankenfood.

My only failed/screwed up round was my 2nd one. One of the things I did wrong that I tried to reason away, was the eating of some special “cookies” that were made up mostly of fiber and sugar alcohols. While I carefully checked them and planned on only eating what would amount to the same calorie count as say my Phase 2 fruit, or my Phase 2 vegetable, that is often NOT what ended up happening. This is because they are still essentially junk food, and while on Phase 3, eating these occasionally might be a nice replacement for chocolate cake, they were not a wise choice to be replacing my fruits and vegetables with. I would find myself eating more than I should, because they tasted sweet and sugary. And did I mention I was then not eating whole fruits or vegetables? Yes, not a wise choice.

Modifications That Don’t Seem to Go Well for Others:

1. Doing the hCG diet for longer periods of time

The original protocol was designed to be done in 3-6 week batches, wherein you would then take a break from the low calorie diet for several weeks- in fact with each round, these breaks get longer and longer. You read all about required breaks from hCG here.

Some have chosen to experiment with doing this diet for longer than 6 weeks. This sometimes goes fine. The key word here is sometimes, and really should say rarely. Who does this work for? On a rare occasion there is an individual who is highly motivated, has worked through their emotional issues with food, etc. and just has their nose to the grindstone to get ‘er done.

More often than not though, despite wanting to be this special person, those who attempt rounds of 8-10 weeks find themselves getting really burned out, cheating, and kind of flipping out when the diet is over because they stayed on too long and their will power and self control is totally shot.

2. Taking Shorter Breaks from hCG Than is Usually Required

The reasons this doesn’t often work out well is very similar to the reasons for not doing the diet longer than 6 weeks or so.

This protocol, while efficient and amazing, is still a lot of hard manual labor in a way for your body. The breaks in general are really needed to give your body time to recover and stay stable. The breaks prevent you from developing chronic deficiences. My particular concern with these longer rounds and shorter breaks is the effect it can have on the Adrenal glands. Adrenal fatigue is a very common condition these days, and being on a diet like this can indeed make the adrenals work harder than usual. This is okay as long as you take those breaks and don’t stay on too long. But if you don’t, Adrenal fatigue can easily be the result, which is no small matter to recover from.

 

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hCG Diet Interviews – Episode 22 – Men on hCG – 65 lbs Down in 8 Weeks http://hcgchica.com/men-on-hcg-diet-65-lbs-lost-in-8-weeks-interviews-episode-22/ http://hcgchica.com/men-on-hcg-diet-65-lbs-lost-in-8-weeks-interviews-episode-22/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:04:57 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=11595 This one is for all the males out there. For any of you who think it’s impossible for a large grown man to be comfortable on a 500 calorie diet, perhaps James’ input will help you re-think that. The hCG … Continue reading

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This one is for all the males out there. For any of you who think it’s impossible for a large grown man to be comfortable on a 500 calorie diet, perhaps James’ input will help you re-think that. The hCG hormone does not appear to be a placebo in light of user feedback like James, who at 6’3″, with a very active job, can take 200 IU of hCG a day and live on a 500 calorie daily diet for 8 full weeks, without hunger comfortably. I feel pretty certain if there was placebo effect involved, it would have worn off pretty quickly. You can check out my other male hCG interview, Nathan who lost 110 lbs in 6 months as well.

Ladies, lets all try not to be jealous okay? I know I know, men have it so good when it comes to weight loss. But we’ve got some advantages men don’t have too right? Let’s take this time to support and applaud how well they can do on this protocol!

James

  • Age: 53 years old
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Starting Weight: 410 lbs
  • Currently: 345 lbs
  •  Weight Loss: 65 lbs in 1 round of 8 weeks long.

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Rayzel: This is Episode 22 of the HCG Diet Interviews with Everyday People. I have snagged another male to interview. It’s something that I have a hard time getting a hold on. There are a lot of men doing this diet but they’re just not as around for me to find and to make the time. I have James with me today and I really appreciate him taking the time to share how his journey’s going so far. He’s still in the middle of his weight loss journey. He’s lost 65 pounds with 1 round of HCG which is pretty exciting. So we’re gonna talk all about that and just a little bit of his past and his current lifestyle now. You’re in P3 right now, right?
James: I am right at the end of P3. I’m actually eager and excited to do the next round.
Rayzel: Cool. That’s awesome.
James: I’ve been like that before but I’m really excited and eager to go to the next round right now.
Rayzel: Tell us just real quick how old you are, how tall you are, basic stuff like that.
James: I am 6’2” and I think I used to be a 6”3. I am 53 years old. Today I weigh in at 345 point something. I have been as heavy as 485 before. Started watching TV interviews and pictures of guys that are only 600 something pounds lined up on Big {inaudible} and couldn’t {inaudible} and I’m thinking, Lord I am only a little over hundred pounds away from that. I’ve got to do something. I started having panic attacks and just didn’t know what works so that came out and it’s just all kind of stuff you know. But I’ve found HCG and I started under a, well, actually I was fortunate to get to start under a medical supervision kind of thing that isn’t using the big shots. I hated shots. I mean if I could have taken a shot, honest to God, in high school I would have become an intravenous drug user. I had friends that did it but I could not take a shot to save my life so just started taking shots. I was [inaudible] everything and now thank God it’s come out with this little diabetic needles and half the time I don’t even feel them much less it doesn’t hurt I can do it.
Rayzel: That is true. The little subcutaneous needle, that’s what he’s talking about, for injections. For anyone who’s nervous about injections then you’re not sure. It’s not like going to the doctor and getting some big shot. They’re really tiny needles, they’re short and they’re very thin. So like he said when you injected it to your fat which is what you’re supposed to do. You really don’t even feel it. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about, this maybe the round that you just completed, you said you started this particular round at 411 pounds, right?
James: I did.
Rayzel: How long did you end up doing this round? How many days were you on the diet would you say?
James: Well, this is the only thing that really works for me in my life. I did lose a lot of weight with HCG and then I just let myself go back to doing everything I was doing before to half gallon ice cream, you know, stupid stuff. Life turns on you, you get depressed, and you lose a business here and there, whatever. You try to turn yourself to what makes you feel good, that stuff that’s killing you. But anyway, in a while, I decided that I wanted to do HCG again. I couldn’t find a doctor around here, it costs a fortune to buy it, so I started looking at the internet and I found your webpage. So I have had the benefit of ordered through your webpage and then I got the product that had the B12 with it. I thought that would be cool. I’m thinking seriously about trying the product that’s got the fats
Rayzel: Oh yeah like the lipo shots
James: I’d like to see what that’s about. Anyway, I did the last round and what I ordered and the amount I was taking gave me 50 shots so I’ve decided do 50 shots. I was still losing weight everyday so I thought {inaudible} or anything. I skipped a day a week. So I scratched it out very close to maybe 8 weeks.
Rayzel: Cool. So about 8 weeks on the low calorie diet and you lost about 65 pounds. Did you load for 2 days like usual or?
James: I did a fat load.
Rayzel: How many pounds did you gain loading?
James: I did a clean load. I’m serious. The clean load- I never thought about that before but it makes so much sense because you end up doing a whole bunch of sugar and carbs when you’re trying to fat load. Let’s have pasta, let’s have pizza, let’s- Ice cream’s got fat and you know I just decided not to do that and part of it is like, “Oh your fat enough you don’t need a fat load” but because I read his manuscript and because I believe in reading his manuscript big time if you’re gonna do this. I decided it was important to do that. I did the fat load for 2 days and then I started right in.
Rayzel: Great. Did you gain weight during the loading?
James: A pound or 2 maybe.
Rayzel: [Inaudible]
James: You know sometimes it can be a little weird because I’m really sensitive to salt and so a whole water is in a heartbeat so you know honest to God one day even that heavy I can fluctuate 5 or 6 pounds if I eat a big salt meal. But I think I only did 1-1/2 or 2 pounds doing the fat load but I honestly dropped 15-20 pounds the first week been thinking about it.
Rayzel: For anyone who doesn’t know, when he’s talking about a clean load the original protocol you load on high calories for the first 2 days of the diet before you go to the low calorie. Originally it was kind of just you eat whatever as long as it has fat but oftentimes it would include things that had sugar and carbs but what I ended up doing for a few of my rounds was loading without sugar and carbs but still making sure to eat a high fat diet and I found that to be much better for me just overall. So that’s what he’s saying he did. The nice thing about it is that usually when you load clean the loading gain is usually not much. You can count on that which is nice because it’s nice to be losing new weight as soon as possible.
James: Yeah it is. Fortunately for me my weight drops out of my face first. It’s like this huge motivator. The scale’s going down. The face is whatever.
Rayzel: So people notice it probably pretty quickly then.
James: Yeah and pretty soon I’m due for a haircut. Every time I get a haircut, “Oh you’re losing so much weight.”
Rayzel: That’s that little trick. Cool.
James: I tell you one thing. There comes a man when I was doing probably a few years ago. I got down to just under 300. My son was going to this Boy Scout thing. The keys and the [inaudible] you can’t get on the boat if you’re over 300 so [inaudible]. But I had a picture snapped at me at a Mother’s day with all my grandsons, my wife Rene and I looked so drawn out. I look like such an old man. I was used to looking at this fat guy for years and this scared me. My mom went to her 50th reunion it’s like “When have a change” he said, “Well fat builds up the wrinkles.” I’m like “Yeah right.” And to some degree it might but it freaked me out. So this time I’m taking time to look in the mirror every day. You know what I’m getting older slow; you get a wrinkle or 2. I’d rather be slimmer. I’d rather not to have to be walking off curves and second guessing myself. I walk almost every day a couple of miles around the lake and another few pounds I’ll be on my bike again. Now I got on the bike last time I was doing HCG. I hadn’t been on a bike in 30 years and I got to where I am because I hate exercise. I cannot stand it. As a kid we have to do this presence physical fitness thing and it was the worst. I couldn’t do the pull up, I was always last running. I hate, hate it, hate it, exercise. And I got this picture when I was 18/19 years old. I thought I was so fat. One picture I’m curbing up my stomach and the other picture I’m there and I’m skinny as a rail and it just freaks me out that I thought I was fat.
Rayzel: Isn’t that funny? Perceptions of ourselves can be so off when you look back.
James: They really can.
Rayzel: So it sounds like you just weren’t very strong or something even though you were thin.
James: I don’t know what it was.
Rayzel: Yeah like “I just hated exercise, I couldn’t do it.”
James: I got this picture where I’m flexing a little bit and standing there or something and I heard a man a couple of years ago say they did this big study with women that are working out in these clubs and they’re in front of these big mirrors and very rarely can they lose weight because they’re seeing this picture of them overweight every day and that’s the picture [inaudible] I got rid of the mirrors on my [inaudible]. I got this big 3×4 flip poster of me, that was gonna be my before picture right? Rip and cut then I’m gonna have an after picture now I’m like “My God, get me back there!” So I’ve got that on my wall and once in a while people walk and they were like-
Rayzel: What? What is that?
James: That’s the picture I want in my mind. Sometimes I think hope that’s not the picture you’ve got in your mind but you don’t look like that yet.
Rayzel: Yeah, right. That’s interesting too what you mentioned about the mirrors. You know I talk about CrossFit all the time and there are no mirrors at CrossFit gyms. There’s no mirror so I think that’s a good thing. You don’t know what you look like so you’re just there to work hard and see what comes of it.
James: When you do start losing weight like you know because I’ve done this round before and I hate that I went back up 300 pounds and then I got to go back down. But from like 400 to 350, I mean, people can see in your face and you can see your belly shave off a little bit and you know, shirts that you couldn’t wear once you go you start looking back a little bit and that’s all cool.
Rayzel: Yeah.
James: When you start losing from between for me, 350 to 300 that’s gonna be different for everybody. Then you start really seeing yourself different and you get this little that’s like, “Wow is that a leg muscle?” you’ll work it and not only is there a shape here and then sometimes you’re like laying in the bed or just something happens and you’re like “I feel thin” or “I don’t feel this fat around me, I feel like what might be a normal person. I just feel like I’ve got this walls on me right now and it’s the coolest feeling and I’m learning to try to capture those feelings. I’ve been trying to write those down and I’ve heard if thoughts like that come to you and it all somehow actualizes or get them in yet you’re gonna lose them so I got a journal I drive around with. I don’t journal a lot yet but some that I work on but at least throw down that thought.
Rayzel: I love that you say that because you’re right there’s those sensations where you feel like “Oh this is a very comfortable normal feeling in my body” and you’re right it’s a very good feeling. Like when my clothes fit more comfortable now and I just feel like, I don’t know, it’s just not an issue for me- I was only about 50 pounds overweight to start with but it’s still a good amount of weight. I’m only 5’1’’. I just remember in the car I felt just very uncomfortable driving in the car just because the seatbelt would just always cut in to my fat. It’s like I could never be just comfortable just sitting. I just wasn’t comfortable all the time. I don’t worry about that now.
James: That’s funny. Driving the car was one way I measured my fat loss because- I have a tape measure but it’s like the steering wheel is digging into your belly right? Well, after a few days of HCG, a week or so. It’s like” Hey, its stop dragging my belly anymore” and “Hey there’s a finger width now” and now I’m up to 3 fingers width.
Rayzel: Awesome! That’s perfect. That’s a great stuff to have. At the end you’ll have your measuring tape with how far away from the steering wheel your belly is.
James: The measuring tape for me is hard because just figuring it out and what not, pulling too tight so that you get- I wanna do my measurements like that I’ll do them without looking previously. So frequency where I was, I got these little tricks with me but you know we need them.
Rayzel: Actually speaking of measurements I’m working on a little workbook right now to help people keep track. It’ s kind of like a tracking hCG diet tracker I’m working on and it’ll help track what you’re eating, your weight, but also measurements; how to kind of accurately measure yourself with like maybe doing it once a week or something. I think that would be helpful.
James: I was thinking something, you’re [inaudible] you got yourself in. A lot of times [inaudible] talk about this, and they’re like hormone, you know, you growing boobs, I already got boobs, [inaudible] but it’s not an issue. I mean, again if you just read the manuscript- is it Simolton?
Rayzel: Simeons, Dr. Simeons.
James: But if you read that thing, you’ll realize it’s not an issue. My wife unfortunately for her, she’s so frustrated sometimes because she still has this bulge in her belly to get rid of her so she’ll keep on hCG to get rid of it but she doesn’t lose any weight like when you don’t have any more fat really to lose your body it’s not gonna work. So we [inaudible] and I like that aspect.
Rayzel: Right. Sometimes I have a little excess skin so I still have those like bulge in my belly just because there’s excess skin there that’s not fat so.
James: I thought it’s pretty brave of you to show that on your webpage. You’re so cool.
Rayzel: Well I wanted to be real cause I for so long, and I’m a woman, so it’s different but you know I was raised looking at fitness magazines so I thought that’s what a healthy normal person looked like. They have no excess flab anywhere, anything imperfect, so it’s kind of like no matter how thin I got because I actually was fairly thin in high school. No matter how thin I got I felt like I didn’t look good and that I was overweight and I wasn’t. Now with CrossFit it’s completely changed my whole outlook on women and what’s strong and healthy looks like and because they all look about like me I feel like hey I look great! I think it’s like exuding that like these are the normal things that a woman looks like and be proud of that.
James: You know what you go back to those renaissance painting and you see those women on those paintings and they got bellies, they got, they you know whatever but men are still abs perfect, you know. Oh please.
Rayzel: Yeah that’s interesting. Well maybe I can ask you now when you first discover the HCG because like you said a lot of men have concerns about the diet. Did you have any concerns yourself before you started it that you were worried about after reading what the rules were?
James: I did not. I’m not a big research guy I kind of go on like that sometime. So after reading the book The Weight Loss Cure, all that stuff but reading Simeons protocol I just realize thousands of people have done this. Basically no bad effects, you know.
Rayzel: So do you feel like that really help you then though reading those books versus if you have not read those books and someone just told you “Oh there’s this diet hCG you eat 500 calories”, would you have been more sceptical then if you hadn’t have the details?
I can’t imagine that I would have done it and I can’t imagine why anybody would. If they don’t read the manuscript and got some misunderstanding of what’s behind this? To me understanding this is everything. It’ll motivate you when you’re down, when you don’t want to do this. One thing that gets me through is I’m a late night eater. I mean I go all day long and not eat but when I want to eat at night you know, so trying to quit eating around 6 is whatever. So my wife will- she had leftover coffee in the crockpot or whatever. She will put little cream in it and really get away from that but she put stevia in it and she’ll make coffee ice cubes for me. So when I want to eat something at night, I want something sweet. You let those coffee ice cubes melt just a hair and they’re e not hard to crunch and you can suck them, you can beat them. You feel like you’re chewing eating something, you feel like you got those great tripe treat and coffee cubes have gotten me through more hardships than you can imagine.
Rayzel: That’s a great tip. I’m gonna put that on the blog post that goes with the interview. That’s a great idea. Very cool. That’s awesome.
James: I got a great thing I just did this last week of Phase 3 thing. Anyway instead of potato salad uses the cauliflower. So then the same stuff and it’s like man this tastes basically like potato salad just you know.
Rayzel: That’s fantastic, that’s great. So just going back real quick to the advice about researching the diet, you know for, if you’ve just heard about it and then you feel like sceptical. I think that’s a normal reaction that’s fine. It’s fine to be sceptical. Just you know it might be worth researching further before you make your final decision because it’s true like you said when you actually research the premise behind it and even for instance a lot of people were like that’s a female hormone. That’s the pregnancy hormone. It is true that women produce it a lot when they’re pregnant but actually men do produce very tiny amounts of the hormone in their body. I did research that so it’s not like it’s never in a man’s body, it is, it’s just small amount and that really is what you’re taking on the diet is very small amounts so it’s not really as crazy as it sounds on the outside.
James: Again, if your me, this protocol you’ll see how I get in to all this and actually found this beneficial for boys and issues. And it helps right now with their issues. You talk about investigating stuff, unfortunately people go to the internet and they go, hCG this is the worst thing in the world, that’s where they’re gonna stop. They’re gonna listen to people that haven’t done it. I’ve never heard anybody or seen any interview of somebody that honestly done HCG that had bad effects. No one got up there and said “Hey you know what I lost a kidney”. I just haven’t seen it.
Rayzel: Yeah, well it’s funny too because there’s actually a lot of flak for like just low calorie diets in general and fasting. But the more research I did on that. I still believe in the use of HCG, I feel like it just makes the whole thing work so beautifully. But honestly even when I started researching fasting more it’s not, people have made a lot of hoopla about that being unhealthy too but when you’re very heavy, your body does burn fat even on just a regular low calorie diet so it is yeah, you can’t always believe what the mainstream media or blog say.
James: I keep [inaudible] your webpage but honestly chica that’s and I think these interviews are good cause people are seeing more people other than yourself. But people can see if you want to really do something or you’re really walking through something, you know and you’ve been doing this 2-3 years or whatever and it doesn’t seem to be adversely affecting you. I mean you know I never stop to check all those [inaudible]
Rayzel: No, no, that’s good. That’s good.
James: I just you know when I was a kid, high school, we did stupid stuff. I did drugs and [inaudible] like Oh you did that you didn’t die okay. But with this again thousands of people doing something that they’re not having the bad effects. I mean I’ve done a lot of fasting before and I’ve done it you know to try to [inaudible] and things like that. I’ve done 30 and 40 day water fast.
Rayzel: Wow. You have. Interesting.
James: Again you can drop 40-50 pounds doing that but when you start eating again and in a week you got it right back and worst.
Rayzel: Right. We should talk about that, yeah tell me about that cause you said before- I didn’t mean to interrupt you but just before you said you’ve lost weight hCG before but then you had a rough patch in life so tell me the comparison with how the weight came back on after hCG versus after fasting like you said.
James: With fasting it just came right back but with hCG, you know, I lost a business, [inaudible] my wife, no money and you know just being stupid but it took months and months, I mean it took a couple of years to get that 100 pounds back on me. That was just being foolish for the whole time. I mean I hardly tried and then when you just even try to do something then you don’t really go anywhere. You just kind of held up and then boom you’re climb some more. The very first time I did HCG because of the fasting and not wanting to lose muscle because I don’t want to lose whatever would be helping me. I’ve done Atkins before and well I was doing nothing but 95% fats. I was eating macadamia nuts trying to lose weight in Atkins you know. I still love macadamia nuts I can’t stand a little. That’s news for you if you really love something just gorge on it a little while
Rayzel: Then you get sick of it. I don’t know that never happened with me and ice cream. I still have to avoid it.
James: Well there are great stuffs there [inaudible]. The first time I did HCG I went for the hydrostatic testing, you know the water tank. I went in to the water tank and tested before and after to make sure I was not losing muscle.
Rayzel: I’m so glad you did that.
James: Again, that helped me see that for myself it’s working. I was in a situation where they can hook me up with electrodes and try to differentiate body fat and muscle. Like I said how much water your body is actually utilizing and all the fancy words with. I did all of that. Not only could I see it but they could all see it. People at the doctor’s office and everybody can see it happening.
Rayzel: Do you remember the details of the test results, by chance, before and after? I know it’s been a while.
James: No.
Rayzel: Could I get them later somehow?
James: I’ll do my best to try to dig those up.
Rayzel: If you find it because I that’s actually the kind of thing that I wish more people had access to because you’re right that’s pretty much the ultimate proof.
James: Well I haven’t thought about any of that in such a long time. I barely, I’ve got some before pictures, my wife man, she posts those on Facebook when I first open up a Facebook page and it was one of the ugliest me sitting down fat. Why would you put this on my page? I don’t know how to get it off. You know, stuff like that. [Inaudible]. But she’s actually; bless her heart she’s been faithful to put up with someone who’s heavy and coming from a background where she doesn’t like heavy. She even got up to, well I’ll get in trouble, best stop talking, and her story is her story. She’s mighty grateful to be back down.
Rayzel: Let me see here. Let me see where I’m at. Oh so maybe what I can do is if you do find the test result type stuff, I’ll put it in the blog post or something. I would just love to see that. I wish more people could do that testing.
James: Well, I guess, when I started this round honestly I just so mad at myself that I’ve gotten heavy again and let this happen. I took some before pictures but I was just so mad. I took one without clothes on and you can’t see anything personal unfortunately, all you can see is fat. It’s ugly picture. So you might not get that one until I get to be abs and cut.
Rayzel: But I’m sure you’ll get there. It seems you’re in a different place mentally after going through what you did. Would you say what’s change about your outlook that’s making it feel like this is the time that you’re gonna keep it off this time.
James: I am doing a lot of things in my life to persuade my heart of different things. That’s a whole long story that this forum doesn’t allow but it has a lot to do with how you see yourself, what you see, the pictures you allow to stay in your [inaudible], the self-talk you allow to keep self-talking. I’m just learning to put those [inaudible] send it a way and change that. So that’s got a lot to do with it and I think the other is I did lose the weight and I gained it back and it’s like well I will never would come here again. I gave away all my big clothes. Because of it I have one pair of pants to wear through the winter. I’m just like not buy any, I’d go to Goodwill or something, get a couple of pair but I’m just not go over again. But now thankfully I am [inaudible] back in the closet. You know there’s a time before I’m not gone with my shirts tucked in for 30 years or 40 years and I ended up in a restaurant situation and I didn’t have anything to wear and my wife bought me a shirt to wear so I went to the [inaudible] and I had to tuck it in and it’s just like. Oh it was weird, it hugged you but it’s like I’m super embarrassed. This is a milestone. That’s what’s different. I’m learning to grab a milestones when something feels a little different it feels good. Right. Something I can do is like Wow I can pick my foot up and wash it. I can put my leg on my knee to tie my shoe. I can tell you a bunch of things that are just too much information. Fat people. Fat, fat people. You know Dr. Simeons he calls a 300-pounder a colossus. I’m like “Oh my God, they’re not totally obese, they’re a colossus. My God!” You got the colossus thing with you.
Rayzel: That is the weird thing about how things seem to have changed since when he was around and doing it. Somehow it seems like the food, the types of ingredients in our food are different meaning making us heavier than ever before. That’s interesting.
James: You know how you do in your blog about [inaudible] but I was just reading a very, very respected public figure and doctor and I don’t know, I didn’t check this stuff myself but he was saying that China and India are now the 1 and 2 leading nations in the world for diabetes. European countries are it’s almost 40% of the population has diabetes. And the number, I forgot how many billions, it’s like 2. Something billion people are overweight in the world. You’re asking me what’s different and I think I’m just kind of waking up to realize it is totally my responsibility. I can blame my mama, I can blame a lot of thing but I have a choice today. God gave us the power to choose life and death and [inaudible]. I choose life today.
Rayzel: And you can break that mould you know. I believe that because my family history in my mom’s maternal side, my grandfather, they all pretty much died of complications of diabetes and they were all larger people and they all have very big appetite which I do. Like I said, my husband’s 6 feet tall, I’m 5’1’’. Even to this day I probably eat much as he does but I think since I CrossFit it’s okay, it works out but you know I eat really healthy but I can eat a lot of food. There’s some genetic component there where we’re very attracted to sugar and a lots of it and of course that turns into diabetes and you know being heavy and then dying of complications of that. That’s a big thing in our whole family line and I feel like I’m kind of breaking that cycle because I realize like “Okay, I’m inordinately attracted to sugary foods.” My husband’s not. He can eat a piece of pie and be done with it and move on and he won’t be thinking about it after that but I’ll be kind of wishing I could have eaten the whole pie if I do that. That’s always how it’s been for me. So I realized I have to make some really drastic changes in my life to break away from that end result and I feel like I have. You can do that but you have to be able to recognize it and then make a drastic change.
James: Well, I’ve got some really- I thought we could take this in a different direction. Something that I recognized when I did the hCG the first time before I did it, I parked and I was late for a movie one night with my wife and so I ran or try to run to get into the theatre and well my knee started to hurt and my knees hurt for 6 or 8 months and you know I was in bible school I was trying to [inaudible] taking pain meds and stuff and yada yada ya. Well when I ran into the protocol part of this does is moving get rid of fat but actually rebuilds fat in your heels, in your knees, in different places where you’ve lost it and that was my experience. Honest to God I had to negotiate a full ridge curve like you wouldn’t believe. These knees, it couldn’t sleep, there’s no position that it can be comfortable in and 2 days before I finished that first protocol. I actually woke up with no pain that day. Dissipated little by little but I woke up with no pain in my knees and I went on to- it took me a month to get my regular gait back. I didn’t realize I was walking weird because of the pain. The whole month to walk regular again and then I made this mistake that some people might make and I thought I would mention and that is “Oh wow, I lost 65 pounds that was the easiest”. You know HCG is the easiest thing I have ever done and I personally can’t imagine doing something that’s easier. Is it easy to do? No. Okay. Well, let me say it this way, it is not without effort. You have to make an effort but the reward of the effort in HCG to me is more powerful than anything. I still have to watch myself because you know what he talks about the abnormal fat “This is the only way to unlock the abnormal fat like HCG is the only answer.” There are other answers. But my knees kept hurting me and I’m sorry- the point is I found it so easy to lose the weight that when I got off hCG it’s like within 3 days there were my birthday and family took me for an all you can eat King Crab leg. Woo yeah! And for a few weeks after that it’s like well I can lose this weight again. I didn’t get to do this for 6 weeks. What’s the difference? I got a whole different mindset now. It’s like, let’s not go back to this or let’s get our body to a place where [inaudible] crab legs, I won’t get some crab legs. But I found it so easy to lose the weight that I did not value what I have done and I went back to being foolish and eating and doing all the things that’s gonna screw your hypothalamus and take you back to where you were with the mindset of “Oh I can just do hCG again”. That is a trap.
Rayzel: It is. It is true I think that it’s something that a lot of us have fallen victim to. I kind of ended up in that spot for a little bit initially too because when I actually- to be honest when I first started the diet I didn’t really have any intention of changing my eating habits long term. I really didn’t. I was so kind of addicted to the way I ate. I just didn’t see how and I’m probably repeating myself from another interview where I talked about this but yeah I just didn’t see how I really could make that change because I was just so addicted to all the foods that I ate. It was kind of like with the short range thing in view. I’m sure I could do a diet for a few weeks and then whatever happens after that, I’ll figure it out then but thankfully once you start to see the changes that can take place and how you can change. You start thinking more and kind of gradually implement any changes.
James: I think what you’ve done with the exercise is totally beneficial for you. I actually have walked in that and I like it. I missed it. Before when I got riding my bicycle I got to where I liked riding it and I hate exercises badly as I did. It’s really something. I have [inaudible] certainly I remember when I look at how skinny I was when I was 18 it’s crazy, crazy, crazy. But I don’t know what’s there that I don’t know now. I do know that you don’t get to go camping with your kids because you don’t want to walk around. You just don’t wanna do stuff when you’re so heavy and you just missed out on moments in life so I don’t want to miss out on too much more of the moments of my life.
Rayzel: Those are nice thoughts you know.
James: You know that’s one reason to do it but you got to do it for yourself. You can’t do it for your wife; you can’t do it for yourself. Certainly you can use those as motivators but when you get miserably heavy. You’re not really too worried about anybody else if you’re me.
Rayzel: Those are good thoughts. I agree. It’s like wanting to be there for your family. I think those are add-ons but like you said ultimately I think it has to be motivated like you said by the desire to do it for yourself too. That reminds me, this is kind of a different subject but, my husband he’s kind of a musician, like he can play just about any instrument. When we were younger I would sing and he would sing and he’d play instruments but I’m not really- it’s just not really my thing but I tried to learn guitar for him like 4 or 5 times now. He doesn’t mind like he’d never press but I’d be like “Oh I wanna do this for him” but I don’t really wanna, I just don’t care that much. So I’ve tried like 4 times and it just never work. I give up. It just never works because it’s not in my own heart. It only carries you so far if it’s not there inside you.
James: It really does. This last round I did. I didn’t do it, I don’t know if I mentioned that or not-
Rayzel: No actually I want to talk more about that in a minute too like the logistics. No that’s good why don’t we go ahead and go there now. I wanted to talk about like the actual logistics of while you were on this round. How many calories you ate? What your dosage was? How, you said you have a labor intensive job so why don’t you talk about that now.
James: Well I did lose a 20-year business about 3 years ago and so this last 3 years I’ve been in sales but it’s appliances [inaudible] and for the last 6 months I’ve been working to launch another business so I’’ve been just helping with the deliveries. So this last round I was physically working very hard. You know all the refrigerators and washers and dryers and things. I live in the Atlanta Georgia area. It’s pretty hot in summer and literally I would sweat through shirts and clothes like crazy. Even though I was doing all that I still pretty much stuck with the 500 calories. I mean if I thought I was a little hungrier or I thought I want an extra big piece of chicken I didn’t care [inaudible]. It made sense to me, you know, whatever. My wife was very helpful there, almost too helpful because she’s always like this is a serving and I’m like put that half a cup thing away and give me a bowl. So I would go along with the servings and I would try to drink water. I try to get the concept of drinking water. I don’t even drink with my meals anymore. I got it in my head somewhere that you digest food better enzymes and stuff isn’t so diluted. That’s just in me now. So I try to, I think about it I try to drink water 30 minutes or well before I ate. Or if I was hungry at night, I’m a night time eater, I told you that. I would like, go drink a big glass of water first and just see how you do in 5 to 10 minutes. If you think you just got to have that piece of fish, I try to eat protein if I was gonna cheat. My energy was really great and even the times I thought I was worn out it’s like you know you just move all kind of machines you’ll be tired anyway. In times I’ve done it before I get towards the end of it and I would get kind of light headed or I couldn’t stand up too quick cause you think you’d pass out. I didn’t go through that this time and that might be because I didn’t eat the fruit. I chose not to eat the fruit and I didn’t miss it. Once in a while I might have an orange slice or something but I just didn’t miss it.
Rayzel: So overall then for the makeup of the 500 calories you have the protein and the vegetables and then did you replace the calories from the fruit with something else?
James: I might give myself a little more; eat more bites of the vegetable or whatever. You said something in one of your videos just give us some explanation to why you thought Simeons did 500 calories and he didn’t want you to be so regimented because you know this much fish and this much steak is gonna be different calories. It made a lot of sense to me. I just decided I won’t gonna worry about it too much plus this idea of just eating to hunger and not overeating or stop when you’re just kind of not hungry anymore. That’s a new one for me you know. I know that’s a good thing but the thought of doing it is trouble. It’s funny if you just stop and think about it. I tell myself every year Red Lobster does this thing with the all you can eat [inaudible] I mean we’ve been there before and we pride ourselves on boring 12, 15, and 18 servings of this stuff and last week it was like Oh it’s trip festival again I’m gonna drive down there before I go back home and I thought about that and then I’m learning to listen inside you. I’m learning to not think about my head or my habits so much but it’s like what do I really want? And I thought about going to Red Lobster doing that and it’s like I don’t really want to do that. So I’m wanting what I don’t want to do it just because it’s a habit and I’ve done it the last 10 years you know I have to go do it and boy I tell you what being able to get away from stuff like that or give yourself that little facts like you wake up the next day and you go man, I nearly trash myself eating last night. [Inaudible] and you feel so good the next day. Perk me up when that scale reward you. Well that daily reward and I still do the daily weight because that is a reward.
Rayzel: I think like you said part of that stems from really valuing the progress that you’re making now like you value what you’ve accomplished because even for me, even to this day, every now and then when I go to a grocery store I might see a package of gluten-free cookies and I use to buy those and eat the whole package and still on occasion there is a fleeting thought through my head of like it would be fun to buy those and eat them all but immediately following that quick thought is like I value all that I’ve achieved far too much to do that. It’s just not worth it and then I move on. But it’s not like I never, I still occasionally have a little thought like that.
James: You know there’s some mind battles when you’re doing this low calorie diet. I was [inaudible] one day I [inaudible] and they smell so good I couldn’t believe it. A mustard sandwich just seems like the end of the world so you still have some mind battles. I have noticed on each little deal you get on this kick and you kind of do that the whole time. This last time I got into mustard. I have mustard on my fish, I have mustard on my chicken and I love mustard and I love mustard with them. You would ask me about just doing thing. I loaded clean.
Rayzel: You loaded clean and overall you already explained that but just to clarify it because people are so worried about it. You are a tall larger man that works hard and you ate 500 calories a day and you didn’t feel really weak and hungry so you had good energy, you weren’t hungry overall.
James: That’s the truth. Again I think it has a lot to do with your mind and your expectation. I don’t know how people do it but in mind I was like okay if a 100 pound woman and a 300 pound man both do 500 calories then what’s left unlocks what they need. In my mind I’m like okay if I’m working my tail off, slept like a dog and drinking water like crazy then my body is unlocking even more of the fat store beginning what I needed.
Rayzel: Actually that makes sense because I don’t know if you’ve ever read Robin Woodall’s book it’s called Weightloss Apocalypse, but anyway she talks about it seems counter intuitive but once you think about it oftentimes it’s actually thinner people that have a harder time on the low calorie diet because they just don’t have as many fat stores and hCG can’t stimulate as much leptin as when you’re a larger person you do have a lot more that your body can utilize so it is true you actually can do it almost more easily, the low calorie.
James: I think [inaudible] he’d just get so frustrated because I’ll get up and I’ll be dropping a pound or two every day. I have my days where I go 2-3 days and nothing would happen or I would eat salt and it’ll step up. But I mean to go through, to be at the end of the 40-50 days and still be knocking down 2-3 pounds a day sometimes. Oh it’s the best feeling in the world. It just makes her so mad. But then I think generally men do lose it easier.
Rayzel: They do. They have more muscle mass to start with to and testosterone and all that. But anyway speaking of pattern of weight loss. So you said you would have a large loss some days but then other days you would not lose anything for 2-3 days, is that how it would be?
James: Yeah I got a few of those.
Rayzel: Because it’s good to know what’s normal, like you said, what to expect. Some people kind of freak out if they don’t lose weight for a day or 2. Like Oh my gosh, it’s not working but usually the pattern is not super consistent. Sometimes it’s big and then nothing and then big and that’s okay.
James: I think when you know you’re eating right then you don’t have to feel guilty. When you do something foolish then that sets in on you and then that scale gone up and you’re oh that’s what happen or maybe that didn’t happen maybe I just ate a little extra salt or something else irritated my body where it wanted to save itself but you know I do[inaudible] makeup thank God. I find a reason to thank God every week.
Rayzel: That’s the one for this week.
James: Yes. You know I would just really get in the way back too if I knew that I was doing pretty much what I needed to do. I would just keep [inaudible] whatever you do have like this 3 pound drop you’re like okay we’re probably not going anywhere tomorrow so that happens and you just have to rationalize it and again to take a look at your webpage. You have so many videos that help you understand when things aren’t quite going alright or you have so much information in there. It’s just incredible.
Rayzel: Thank you. Thanks. And I think what you said is what you have to keep in mind is you don’t want to overanalyse things like you said because you could just drive yourself crazy cause most of the time you are doing everything right and you just kind of need to wait it out so I think that that’s good advice.
James: I think I only had 1 time this last time where I went 3 days and the 4th day I didn’t go anywhere or I’d gone up a pound or 2 and not go anywhere. So that’s when I would normally do an apple day but when I’ve decided you know why would I do an apple day, you know, it’s totally sugar and I don’t want to do that so I would just fast that day and the thing about hCG is I’m generally not hungry. You can ever separate the mind battle from real, real hunger. You realize you’re not hungry so the people that talked about the dangers of low calorie stuff. You know if you learn to listen to your body and that’s what I’m getting from you a lot to just kind of listen. It’s like what would I want to eat? Why am I craving maybe there’s something there I need? I’ve had enough to eat I don’t need it anymore. I need a rest or whatever. It’s a new experience for me chica. Cause I you know, I think it is for a lot of people.
Rayzel: It is. Yeah. The dose that you were on, how many iu?
James: Is it Rayzel or chica?
Rayzel: Rayzel. That’s fine.
James: We refer to you as chica right?
Rayzel: Either way is fine. So what dose of HCG were you taking on that round?
James: 200.
Rayzel: 200iu. Okay cool.
James: It is easy to pull up into shot and I figure that will work for me now. I thought about towards the end of it and I wonder should I reduce this a little bit and I just never did. I stuck with that.
Rayzel: It sounds like you felt comfortable on it.
James: I wasn’t hungry I was trying to listen to my body and I watch your videos about how to judge your [inaudible] so I was like am I hungry? No. Do I have a problem am I weak? Whatever. I didn’t sense that.
Rayzel: That’s great. I have noticed for people watching that men in general seem to need a slightly higher dosage than women. I have just noticed that most men feel good on 175-200. My dad actually did a round sometime back. He was on 175. I think he actually started in 150. He was pretty hungry, he was struggling, he was getting really grouchy and then he went up to 175 and he’s like I don’t know, it’ s okay. Then he finally went up to 200 and he seems to feel a lot better. He wasn’t feeling so hungry. The grouchiness went away so it does seem that men do good on a dose around there.
James: That happened to me in my other round years ago where I just feel like I was doing nothing and I was doing a regimented thing with somebody and they wouldn’t give me [inaudible]. So I had to figure out.
Rayzel: It is nice to have a little bit of control over the way you carry out the protocol so that you can judge for yourself what you need.
James: I tell you it’s nice to be able to get something in the local pharmacy. I’m not a research person. You seem like you are and I really trust your sincerity. I trust the research you’ve done. I think you go a long way in trying to build something to really help people. And because of that I trusted your references, your referrals. It is nice to be able to [inaudible] I don’t have to mess around and spend an 800 or a thousand dollars. I was in a situation one time where the doctor just let me order directly from a pharmacy. They send it to me at this cost. It’s like $18 a bottle and I had a year prescription for it. Whenever I run out I was like [inaudible].
Rayzel: That’s the thing about doing this diet. I mean no matter where you get hCG whether you go to a clinic or you get it online, I feel like there are, that’s why I put so much information in my website is because I feel like there’s a lot of things that the people dispensing the protocol don’t know because they’ve never have done it and people struggle because they don’t have those details that they need to do the protocol properly so that’s why I’m always telling you to read my blog post on this site to help find a good dose for you and to learn how to get rid of cravings and all that cause those are all the things that make it work for real is paying attention to all that.
James: You know chica, I’ll say this to you, people who has come to an end of this, I always get nervous when I’m coming to the end of it because when I’m on it, the food is so limited but it’s so easy for me because it’s like A-B-C and so now I got all this choices again and you’re losing and you’re just like you want to keep losing. I find the people that in groups that I’ve done ball with whatever they’re just trying to squeeze every little thing they can or whatever and I think what they did is they end up fixated on the food. I try with being fixated on the food and then when I’m eating I’m trying not to, you know, I’m sitting in front of the TV or do something where I’m scarfing it down but you know try to chew that food up until it’s liquid in my mouth and enjoy the flavors and stuff and when you really come off it though you really enjoy other stuff. There’s thing who go through the market [inaudible] she’s never made while I’m doing the diet [inaudible] but we’ll go through the market and I’ll see things like lychee nuts or just things that I’d like to have and so I put it on a list. That’s the other thing I just run into something and it’s like Oh I got to have that. It’s like you can have it in 4 weeks, you’ll have it the rest of your life. So we make such a big deal and I have and I still do, sometimes you make such a big deal about food. Some of our biggest fights have been when I was doing HCG before and it wouldn’t taste good or she would burn something or just something I was like, so disappointed.
Rayzel: I know, like that’s all was gonna get to have and it wasn’t satisfying. That’s so funny. That’s why when in regular life I tend to order the same food at a restaurant like when I find a dish I like I always order the same thing because I’m so afraid that if I order something else it’s not gonna be as satisfying.
James: Fortunately for me my wife is extremely, extremely, good cook. The downside of that is it makes going out to restaurants and stuff because you get disappointed. That is you know I don’t have to go to a restaurant. So we’re learning some of that. We invite a couple over, invite somebody over. Make a deal, make eating a deal and enjoy it.
Rayzel: Why don’t we wrap this up with just talking a little bit about P3 now because you mentioned that you’ve actually lost a little weight in P3. Why don’t you tell me how you’re eating? What types of food you’re eating now in P3 while you’re staying stable.
James: Well I definitely decided to stay away from the starches and the sugars and I pretty much stayed with what I was doing before and just added a couple of things in for those first 2-3 weeks. I had to had one or two nights or whatever where I was like I wanna have something cool here. I saw my [inaudible] so I would do that but I’m pretty much been eating what I want to and I still have a thing about wanting to eat at night so I’ll just try to eat protein, make some cheese chips or just something that’s not carbs or my ice cubes, we made other kind of cubes. I don’t particularly care for, I’m trying to get away from Splendas and sweeteners and couple of that mess. I don’t think we’ve got sugar in the house. We’ve been using Splenda now for a long time and but she found some coffee flavors that did have Splenda and stuff that I’m like for occasional treat it still be [inaudible] what I’m doing before and where you don’t feel like you’re totally deprived or anything and you’re still enjoying life and that’s last P3 I’ve had some corn chips the last few days and I’ve had some stuff and I had a few nights where it’s like I think I’m going to brace here a little while because you know we’re still trying to get business going. We’re still dealing with real life and I’m not body beautiful yet so. So I have few night where I would just graze for whatever but I get up the next morning I’m thinking I’ve had a couple of days where I won’t even weigh. It’s like the scale’s gonna kill me I don’t even want to see it. I’ve decided I’ll go in here anyway and I will be shock to find out I didn’t gain any weight so that has been a tremendous experience for me. Now I’ll eat some salt or something, I will so I’ll chill back off of this for a day or so and I’m staying right there. My ending weight is 349. I really wanted to be under that 350 park you know. But at the end of the day I had always weigh less in the morning than in the end of the day. The other day [inaudible] I would step on the scale I was 342 and I’m like [inaudible]
Rayzel: Yeah, yeah, cool.
James: So like I said I’m staying 344-345 right now and not really trying to lose weight right now. It’s just like I’ll put my efforts, efforts back when I go back on track.
Rayzel: Obviously you’re making good choices because you’ve lost 5 pounds or so in P3 even so.
James: I mean I can see mine again, way too much information for people but we’re colossus. Only when you can see your ankles, when you could push on your skin and it doesn’t leave the imprint of your finger anymore, I mean these things are cool. I’ve had some issue, I had the side of my leg was just stinging and going numb and I started a couple of nights I woke up and it’s just what I think shingles would feel like. My leg is on fire I couldn’t touch it whatever. But since this last round that’s pretty much all gone away and you know I don’t know what I look like right now. I’ve made a mistake of going to a dermatologist the day before this and so I’m going to be looking [inaudible] couple of days. They thought oh it looks to be precancerous let’s just freeze it for the heck of it. When I did that and I have absolutely no idea why [inaudible] sorry.
Rayzel: The cool thing about this is I can edit anything out so that’s what’s cool about pre-recording it’s not like it’s live.
James: I don’t think people will watch a 2 hour video anyway.
Rayzel: Why don’t I just ask you one last question and that’s just-
James: You know I’m gonna think of a million things as soon as we sign out after this.
Rayzel: Later like God I thought about this.
James: I will tell you this though. This is pretty cool. I found this yellow rain jacket years ago and it’s like a 2X. I was up in the 7Xs. The short I have on now is the 4X and loose. I had this 2X jacket and when I did get down like the 300 I decided just I said because one day I’m gonna be able to wear this. Inside I’m [inaudible] it’s still a little snug but it’s like Oh my God I can wear it.
Rayzel: That is so cool.
James: It’s very cool. It’s still in the closet but I’m still looking-
Rayzel: It is actually really- it’s just a weird feeling a little bit when you have experiences like that wherein like for instance when I first started the diet I have bought a couple of items of clothing that didn’t fit yet but that I was looking forward to fitting into. But then as time went on eventually those clothes were huge on me. The clothes that I couldn’t get into were now way too big. It was just a weird feeling. It’s like I couldn’t even put that on before and now I can’t even wear it because it’s too big.
James: Well now I’m coming into thinking of looking into my wardrobe again and coming back into which is very cool. I think it should be obvious and but we haven’t even talked about it and that is the self-esteem that comes. Now people are like “Oh James you look so good you must be proud”. And there’s this little voice in me going I’m not proud, I should have never got this big. So I didn’t really let myself do the little whatever but I’m learning, and you know what you got to let yourself do the little whatever so what you screwed up you’re working on it again. Let yourself enjoy the accolade. Let yourself- you know you don’t have to in a lot of stuff just say “Hey thanks.”
Rayzel: Yeah. It’s good because you have value to offer from it. I’m actually writing this blog post about why I’m glad I was overweight at one time. It’s taught me so much. It’s not that I’m proud that I got that way but everything that I’ve done since that time- I mean this my whole website wouldn’t be around if that hadn’t happen. If I hadn’t had something bad happen and then turn that around and use HCG and I learned so much through the whole thing then yeah the website wouldn’t even exist. It’s true all the experience you have whether good or bad you can use to inspire other people.
James: I have this correlation with the weight loss but it also correlates into this story where I must be one day and somebody said something about winning the lottery. I’m like I don’t want to win the lottery. My wife almost got mad said “Aren’t you tired of where we’ve been? Why would you not win the lottery?” I don’t like being here. I know God didn’t put us here. It’s not his desire. He has better things for us and I don’t want to stay here but while I’m here I wanna learn what I can so that I never have to come here again. I know what it’s like to be just big and I don’t think since I was 20 years old. I want to be near that 240-250 range so it’s like why do you want to get [inaudible] and I’m like I’m shooting for a strong healthy 250 and let’s see what that feels like. I know the chart says I’m supposed to be 185 and I was like I just can’t see it right now. Let me just get down to 250 and then let’s see where we’re at and where we will go. But I would like to get there. I will get there. I have more confidence in it now and in the confidence you know I got a business that were cranking up but I’ve got some things I want to do and man I need. I need the self-confidence. My wife’s like “People just generally don’t like, there’s [inaudible]” and I’m like yeah she’s there’s a lot of truth to this much as we don’t like it. There’ a lot of truth to it. I still need to get myself worth other than what I look like and that’s just part of it.
Rayzel: Yeah. Yeah that goes together though. Well I’m so glad that we got to talk now because I do figured when you get to your goal and it’ll be so fun to do a follow up interview when you get further along and see how you’re doing and just everything that’s transpired since now.
James: I’ll give you a shout when I get through the next round and I’m sitting at 290 instead of 345.
Rayzel: Yeah, sounds really good. Thank you so much for being on here today.
James: You’re quite welcome and I really I feel like I’m talking to a star right now but at the same time chica it’s weird because you come on this video and you’re talking about your family and you get pictures of your kids and that kind of stuff so sometimes we feel like we all know you and you’re our biggest buddy and you’re my grandma we’ll be able to pick up the phone and call you. Well and you know basically you don’t know me but it’s okay cause what you’re doing, it’s really imparting yourself to folks and I personally really appreciate it. I hear people slamming you here and there whatever and I’m like you know, people will slam people that are doing something. Your motive seems like you really want to help people not to build something that helps you make a fortune.
Rayzel: Thank you and I do tell people that I do love to help people but it is true if I couldn’t make income from it as well I’d have to go get a job from somewhere else to support my family and I think people would recognize that like I couldn’t work 30 hours a week for free. No one can do that. So it goes together. But it is true, I love doing this and it’s- I don’t have to do all this, I don’t have to do these interviews or make all these- like you said I research hours and hours for every article I write because I feel like this has changed my life. I feel like if I hadn’t found this I don’t know where I’d be. I don’t know what would be happening. I feel like I’d really be missing out on my life and my family.
James: You know for the people that have the arguments that very low calorie is dangerous or this is dangerous or that is dangerous. Being obese is dangerous.
Rayzel: Exactly.
James: My blood pressure is down now. I didn’t have to take meds before but I probably should have and just you know stuff that other people are still going through that I don’t go through.
Rayzel: Yeah Episode I think its 18, I haven’t published it yet but it will be published by the time this one is published but she’s the woman who her body fat percent is currently 23%. She’s lost 120 pounds in a year and she was at the point where she said before she found hCG she was very heavy and she said the next time she needed to call 911 cause it had happened before she had this surgery and all this crazy stuff, she’s like, she had decided the next time that happen she just wasn’t gonna call. That’s where she was at. She’s like kind of like giving up like I’m that’s it, I’m kind of done, I don’t know the solution. Then she ended up finding HCG because she’s like I’m gonna try one more time. She discovered HCG and now she’s lost over 100 pounds. She’s planning all this surgeries to get rid of her excess skin. I mean she’s excited about life. She feels so much better. So it’s changed her life.
James: I wish her well with the surgery and stuff I’ve got to look at that too, you know when you’re that huge. I do believe the picture and stuff I’m seeing where HCG tightens up your skin and things like that. There’s a couple of natural things, a couple of frequency things, a couple of things I’m gonna try to work with and just see if we can’t go that route first. I’m glad for her. I’m looking forward to seeing that.
Rayzel: I think in another couple of weeks I’ll put that one out.
James: She [inaudible] and which is like I’m just afraid every time I’ve got to lose some weight but who’s afraid to do this but you know that now my son- I have a 33 year old son that has lost 60 pounds doing hCG, I don’t know if I told you that or not- he’s just got through with the round and he weighs less now than he did when he was 22, he’s never been a big person but he is excited but my mom will listen to him. He’s more thorough, I did it, Jim you do, you get all that stuff it’s more practical. She’s like “I’m thinking about it”. So I gave her your web page I said just go read the manuscript. Go read Pounds and Inches. I haven’t look at that yet and I said its okay mom but when you get a chance read a couple of pages. I said it’s really interesting reading to me.
Rayzel: It is. Well it’s just kind of like this weird, when I first started reading it I was like, “Whoa, this is just weird, I don’t know it’s like something I’ve never heard of before” and it’s very intriguing but like you said it made sense.
James: Well you know I’ve been accused of being a conspiracy theorist. But it makes a lot of sense to me that big, big, big [inaudible], big medical, big [inaudible] really has no incentive for anybody to really be healthy. But again it boils down to maintain our responsibility for myself and trying to listen to my part and doesn’t have the need to. You want to sit there and say I won’t forget there cause you went there once and you went away from it and you know I’m just gonna go there and I do look forward to doing this interview on another round around December
Rayzel: Yeah. That’s gonna be awesome.

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It’s here! The hCG Diet Workbook for Phase 2 http://hcgchica.com/almost-here-hcg-diet-workbook-phase-2/ http://hcgchica.com/almost-here-hcg-diet-workbook-phase-2/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 22:43:30 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=12719 I can’t believe it! After a few scribblings on a notebook 6 months ago, many many hours of painstaking writing and design, much feedback from both my email list and Facebook (you guys are truly awesome – be sure to … Continue reading

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I can’t believe it! After a few scribblings on a notebook 6 months ago, many many hours of painstaking writing and design, much feedback from both my email list and Facebook (you guys are truly awesome – be sure to check out the gratitude page of the workbook if you guys purchase it ;), the hCG Diet Workbook is finally ready for you! It clocks in at 272 pages and 6 sections. This was not thrown together by any means. I carefully crafted this to be as useful and appropriate to us hCGers needs as possible. Since I have done this protocol, I understand what these needs are.

 Find the hCG Workbook on Amazon.com here!

My Dad and I had a laugh the other day. It went something like this.

My Dad: “Well! So now you are a published author…the first of the family.”

Me, “Welllll……kinda. I mean, it’s self-published, which means a dog could be a published author too.”

Not so notable when you realize that lol. Although, I don’t think a dog could put together an hCG workbook like this, so I suppose on some level it is special. :)

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I also have a special thank you gift for everyone who supports the release of the book by purchasing it during the first month.

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When you buy the workbook between April 19th-May 20th, just email your book receipt to freegift@hcgchica.com and you will get a 5 Day hCG Video Course that I created specially for this – brand new stuff that’s not currently on my blog.

Thank you all SO much for all the support and goodwill that you have have sent my way. Honestly the workbook would not have been completed without your positive input. It was just so much work, knowing that you all really wanted it made me keep hacking away at it. 😉 In fact, I don’t know if you guys recall a couple months ago I sent an email out to everyone, asking them to send me their photo and their story. I wanted to see WHO I’m writing to on this blog – your faces. I knew it would help me keep going. Here you all are on my wall: :)

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Video Tutorial of Workbook Coming Soon!

I will be adding a video tutorial where I’ll actually show you visually all this stuff I’ve about to talk about in a few more days – till then, here’s a little rundown of what you’ll find inside the hCG Diet Workbook for Phase 2!

It was a feeling I didn’t expect when I opened the box containing my first proof copies of the workbook in a real book. I’ve been looking at these same pages for several months, but they’ve been three whole punched papers printed of my printer in an orange binder. When I opened the box (you can see my reaction above! I waited so I could share it with you all) I felt giddy inside! It was a weird feeling – pleasant and happy of course, but just so weird!

I am truly hopeful of it’s usefulness for you guys.

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When I am deciding if I need something, I like to get as much information about it as possible. I hate when there’s only 1 image and I have no idea what’s inside.

But I may not be normal. I probably have a syndrome actually because I’ll stand and stare at a package of socks for like 15 minutes, trying to decide if I really need them, or if I DO need them, if they’re really the socks for me.

So in case you’re like me and need to be fully briefed on the content on your socks, I am going to share with you exactly what you will find inside the Phase 2 hCG Diet Workbook, as well as what you won’t find, so you can see if it will be useful for your needs.

If you’re new to this diet and want to succeed the first time through, or if you’ve failed at this diet before, this just may be the book to change your outcome next time. In this workbook you’ll find what I truly hope is the right combination of extensive guidance, journaling & detailed daily tracking worksheets to aid your success.

Let me break down the 6 sections of the book for you guys:

Section 1: Guidance for Success

This area covers the type of stuff that no one else tells you about because they don’t know about it. It’s all the realizations that took me from yo-yo dieting for years to being able to lose and maintain. The thoughts here are based on a marriage of both logic and mental outlook.

Inside this section we’ve got:

  • 4 Reality Checks
  • Discussion on Expected Weight Loss on hCG
  • Stalls/Plateaus on the Diet
  • When to Allow Failure and How to Plan Better for Next Time
  • Should a Number Be Your Ultimate Goal?
  • Happiness & Health as an Ultimate Goal
  • Never Say Never…Or Say Never, but Then Embark on the Journey Anyway

Beyond Excited

Section 2: Diet Instructions

The complete directions for the original diet that Dr. Simeons created, along with modifications that many are using that I feel comfortable recommending. I’ve laid it out visually in a very easy to understand way – at least that was my intent. I guess the feedback will let me know if I succeeded or not!

Section 3: Quick Glance Progress

This section contains areas for:

  • Starting and ending photo
  • Tips on Measuring Yourself
  • Inch Loss Results
  • Inch Loss Tracking Log – Phase 2
  • Inch Tracking Log – Phase 3
  • Quick Glance Weight Tracking – Phase 2
  • Quick Glance Weight Tracking – Phase 3
  • Troubleshooting Log – Phase 2

Essentially, these areas are designed so that you can see a lot of your basic stats that you’re keeping track of, at one time.

Back and Front

Section 4: Main Phase 2 Tracking Area

This is the main section for DAILY tracking of your round of hCG during Phase 2. There are 9 full weeks worth of daily tracking charts! So if you have a very long round, you’re covered.

Features on these pages: Daily tip, quote, or recipe from either myself or other hCGers.

Types of stuff you can track on these pages:

  • Weight
  • hCG Dosage
  • Hunger level
  • Hours of sleep
  • Injection location
  • Drops/Pellets Dosing
  • Supplements
  • Calories
  • Simple check off boxes for foods you eat each day.
  • Liquids/Water intake – in either Liters OR Ounces!
  • Space provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner for those who include a breakfast.
  • Space to indicate if something was an in between meal snack.
  • Daily personal notes area
  • Calorie area for each meal (should you choose to do this)
  • Areas to fill in your own “other” foods of your own choosing.
  • Weekly inspirational Quote
  • Weekly personal reflection area

Section 5: Reflections and Personal Notes

This area has a section for reflecting on your entire round at the end – the triumphs, the struggles, as well as several pages of blank note area for you to write whatever you need.

Section 6: Phase 2 Calorie Count Charts

This area has the approximate calorie value/carbs/protein/fat for various amounts of the Phase 2 foods, as well areas to input your own off protocol foods should you choose to include them.

How the Workbook is Flexible and Can Adapt to Different Methods on the Protocol:

I’ll add this section soon!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask, I’m one of those have-to-go-overboard-on-research-before-i-buy type people too.

If you think it will be useful for you, you can purchase the hCG Diet Workbook on Amazon.

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hCG Diet Phase 2 Recipe – Cold Curried Chicken Salad http://hcgchica.com/free-phase-2-hcg-diet-recipe-cold-curried-chicken-salad-cookbook/ http://hcgchica.com/free-phase-2-hcg-diet-recipe-cold-curried-chicken-salad-cookbook/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:11:47 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=12747 This recipe is taken with permission from Chefy Brain. Oh, sorry you don’t know who Chefy Brain is. It’s Tammy Skye. From her highly rated hCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook. I am calling Tammy the amazing chefy-brain because how you could … Continue reading

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This recipe is taken with permission from Chefy Brain. Oh, sorry you don’t know who Chefy Brain is. It’s Tammy Skye. From her highly rated hCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook.

I am calling Tammy the amazing chefy-brain because how you could come up with over 350 Recipes for Phase 2 (between the 2 volumes of her cookbooks- volume 1 has over 200 recipes, volume 2 has 150 recipes) with such a limited food list, I just don’t know! She is incredibly creative with food and this particular recipe was delicious.

I know it is because I made it and ate in in Phase 4 while having access to french fries, so you know when a recipe tastes good under those circumstances that it’s a winner.

And while you could simply read the recipe below, I really think you should watch the 5 minute demonstration cuz my son and I have some silliness goin’ on to send a little laugh and smile your way today. 😉

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Cold Curried Chicken Salad

Posted with permission from Tammy Skye’s hCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams chicken, diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1.5 cups celery, diced (optional) hcgchica note: I think you should add it, it’s TOTALLY yummy- gives it this awesome crunch and makes it a larger serving.
  • 1/4 cup water (you may need a little more depending on the level of heat in your pan)
  • 2 TBS. Lemon Juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1 TBS. Finely minced onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1/4 TSP. Curry Powder or to taste (I often put more hehe)
  • Dash of the following:
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne powder
  • Cinnamon (oh yes, don’t skip this!)
  • Turmeric
  • Stevia to taste (oh yes, don’t skip this!)

Directions:

In a small saucepan, lightly saute chicken in lemon juice until lightly brown. Add 1/4 cup water and spices. Stir well and simmer over low heat until liquid reduces to form a sauce and chicken is cooked well (this doesn’t take long at all if you diced the chicken small). Add water as needed to create the consistency you want. Chill, add chopped apple and celery, or omit the celery and serve over a green salad.

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Episode 21: 70 LB Weight Loss with HCG Injections – Stephanie http://hcgchica.com/70-lb-weight-loss-with-hcg-injections-episode-21-stephanie/ http://hcgchica.com/70-lb-weight-loss-with-hcg-injections-episode-21-stephanie/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:08:11 +0000 http://hcgchica.com/?p=11621 Stephanie was an operating nurse, teaches nursing, and has even worked in the bariatric field of nursing. She saw and was very aware of the complications that can occur with bariatric surgery like gastric bypass. When the tables turned and … Continue reading

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Stephanie was an operating nurse, teaches nursing, and has even worked in the bariatric field of nursing. She saw and was very aware of the complications that can occur with bariatric surgery like gastric bypass. When the tables turned and she was pondering bypass surgery herself, her friend who was a nurse practioner responsible for follow up care of bariatric patients suggested she compare the pros and cons of surgery vs. the hCG protocol. This woman was helping patients who AFTER weight loss surgery, where having issues losing weight, with hCG.

You will get to hear about her 3 rounds of hCG as well as her fitness program – Crossfit! Ahh….a woman after my own heart. :)- We all know I could talk about that all day.

Stefanie:
Height: 5’6″
Age: 45 years old
Starting weight: 256 lbs
Current weight: 186 lbs
Total weight loss so far with hCG: 70 lbs
Clothing size change: Size 22 to Size 12 currently.

  • Round 1: 40 days
  • Round 2: 30 days
  • Round 3: 30 days

These rounds were done between September 2013 and August 2014 – of course she wasn’t on hCG the majority of that year- just those 30-40 days at a time.

Special Tip! Stevia-sweetened chocolate:

Lily’s Dark Chocolate with Stevia Original — 3 oz

Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips – Sweetened with Stevia

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Download Episode 21 Transcript – PDF

Or read it below:

Rayzel: Hey guys! hCGchica! Guess what? We’re on Episode 21 now of the hCG Diet Interviews. I have Stephanie with me today. She’s lost 70 pounds so far with the hCG Protocol and we have a lot of interesting stuff to talk about. One is she as a medical background in nursing and she’s actually been a part of seeing bariatric surgery and stuff like that so we get to ask her some questions today, just comparisons because some people have considered weight loss surgery but then they happen to hear about hCG so we can kind of hear her feedback on the 2 options today. So welcome. Thanks for being with me.
Stephanie: Thank you. Thank you so much.
Rayzel: I’m excited to have you. So give us just a few little basic stats like your age and height and all that stuff.
Stephanie: Okay. I am 44. I’ll actually be 45 years old this coming September. I am 5’6’’ and my current weight is 186.
Rayzel: Okay. 186. And what weight did you start at?
Stephanie: I started at 256 pounds.
Rayzel: So how does that weight loss there, that 70 pounds, how does that translate as far as your clothing size change?
Stephanie: I think that’s been the most dramatic. I’ve gone from a size 22 down to a size 12 now.
Rayzel: Wow. That’s so amazing. That is awesome.
Stephanie: It’s huge.
Rayzel: Yeah that is huge. So tell me how many, with the 70 pounds, how many rounds have you done so far to lose that?
Stephanie: I have done 3 pounds. I started at the end of last September. I have done 3 rounds currently as of August 2014.
Rayzel: Cool. That’s really neat so basically from September to now, which of course you haven’t been on hCG the whole time you’ve lost 70 pounds.
Stephanie: Yes, it’s been amazing.
Rayzel: Was it 40 day type rounds? That 3 rounds?
Stephanie: The first round was the longest round that I did and I did do 40 days my first round but my 2 subsequent rounds have been 30 days each.
Rayzel: Oh cool. Great. That’s a really good accomplishment then. Maybe you could tell me about the low point that you had reached before you started the hCG protocol?
Stephanie: I think it started almost a year prior to when I decided to do hCG. I had gone to Walt Disney World with my daughter and I remember trying to squeeze in to the airline seat and the entire time, of course you walk hundreds and hundreds of miles while you’re there and my knees hurt, my back hurt the whole time that we were at Walt Disney World and the same thing of trying to squeeze in to the seat for my rides and I’m 45 but I also have a 5 year old and a 13 year old. So really the low point was thinking about my future with them, quality as a parent can I be, and how active I could remain as a parent.
Rayzel: It’s interesting you mentioned that too cause I think that’s actually one of the things that kind of makes a lot of woman, myself as well, start to think that we have to make a change. I remember when my eating habits ad gotten so bad for a while and my son, he was like 9 months old, so he’d be in his car seat and I’d go to Target and I’d buy this whole package of cookies and I’d be eating them in my car and it’s like he’d be like “Eh, eh”. I’d given him one or two cookies and I knew that was good enough for him for now but I was thinking to myself in another year or two, he’s gonna be aware of what’s going on. He’s gonna want to be eating like me and I was like I can’t teach that to him.
Stephanie: I know. My 5-year old daughter always sits next to me at the dinner table and now that I’m eating very, very healthy, she’s so happy to be eating whatever I’m eating and so even my son had picked up good habits as well. They use to see me go for seconds and even thirds at the dinner table and I think about that now, I don’t want those habits passed on. On top of that, as a nurse, and teaching nursing in the clinical setting, I take students in variety of hospitals every week and I see our population of overweight, Type II diabetes and hypertension are skyrocketing. It’s through the roof. So I knew it was just a matter of 1 or 2 more pounds. God had been gracious that I knew at any time I was gonna cross over and I was gonna be hypertensive and I was gonna have Type II diabetes. It was inevitable.
Rayzel: Yeah, just like that clock ticking. You knew where it was headed if you kept up. I remember thinking the same thing when I would just be eating a lot of sugar and I had a blood sugar meter and I would check my blood sugar after I had consumed a huge amount of sugar and it was like 140 something, way too high for me. It scared me because I couldn’t seem to stop myself though but I knew where it was leading. My whole family, the whole side on my mom’s dad’s side, they all have died from complications of diabetes. They’ve all had it. So I was like I have to make a change. And like you said, I love now that pretty much all my son knows is healthy eating. We don’t have junk food in the house. He gets treats now and then but it’s pretty much set.
Stephanie: It’s a fun healthy treat that he has no idea if it doesn’t have a cup of sugar in it so then it’s still fantastic.
Rayzel: Well you know since you mentioned with your nursing background, why don’t we talk about that now? Tell me like what you’re background is and then what you’ve seen as far as those different type of weight loss surgeries.
Stephanie: My background is as an [upper?] I teach nursing now in a university setting in a Baccalaureate program. I’m working on my doctorates. But my background has been actually as an operating room nurse. I’ve worked everything from general surgery to open heart surgery and one of the first hospitals that I worked at actually did bariatric surgery. Not only did I see the bariatric surgery but I saw the complications that went along with some forms of bariatric surgery. Let me [inaudible] this up by saying you can have- anything can go wrong with any type of surgery but I would like to [purpose?] this by saying I considered bariatric surgery. I was to the point in my weight loss journey before I found out about hCG, I didn’t care about the side effects. I didn’t care about the complications that can occur with a gastric roux-en-y. You’re going in and you’re having major abdominal surgery let’s just keep it simple as that. So anytime you have major abdominal surgery you can have bad things that can happen. You can have adhesions in your bowels. You can have bleeding. But long-term and what we have seen in nursing and in nursing care is the side effects from the bariatric. Some forms, but not all forms, but some forms of bariatric surgery have led to low mineral levels which have a whole another side effect and side effects eating side effects. So when we talk about bariatric surgery, most forms not every form but it’s permanent. You’re thinking about doing a permanent change in your body that is not irreversible for most forms of bariatric surgery. So when we have the option now of hCG to get such dramatic results and not temporary results but permanent result. I think that you owe it to yourself to always investigate both sides.
Rayzel: I agree with that because like you said with the surgery is not being irreversible. In certain cases you may need to consider it but that is the nice thing about hCG is that may work for you and you will still be able to eat a normal amount of food when you’re done. It’s a big difference.
Stephanie: Another portion of looking at bariatric surgery and the permanence of it, I actually do hCG under the guidance of a good friend of mine who is a nurse practicioner and an RN first assist and she actually worked hand in hand with a general surgeon and did many, many bariatric surgery and then ahs been responsible for follow up care. Well her role now is she is helping this people that have had a permanent weight loss surgery who still cannot lose all of their weight and so what is she helping them with? hCG.
Rayzel: There you go.
Stephanie: Yes. And so it would benefit you to investigate both side before you ever decided to do something as dramatic as bariatric surgery.
Rayzel: Yeah I agree with that. As far as you know with the background and everything that you’ve seen, what types of medical conditions do you think would basically go away if people could lose weight from being overweight.
Stephanie: Type II diabetes, hypertension, you can see dramatic reduction in hypertension with losing 10 pounds and so what we’re talking about it really is, especially when you think about what we talked about, and I’m sure you have some recorded issues in the first rounds. The first round is always significant. It’s always an amazing round. You have a lot of weight to lose. You have a lot of fat to lose and so you’re looking at 20 to 30 pound weight loss. That can reduce your hypertension dramatically. Almost, not every person, and of course you have to follow the advice of your physician but you may very well be able to come off of your hypertensive medication if you lost 20-30 pounds. Depending on what type of weight loss you need, you can definitely see and the same if you’re Type II diabetic and need to lose weight that you could actually get your body back into where it can self-regulate.
Rayzel: That’s so amazing too. There are so many side effects with taking medications as well, aside from the actual condition. So it’s kind of compound so if you can eventually get away from that, you know.
Stephanie: Oh, absolutely, you owe it to your body definitely to try to lose the weight to get off of the medications if those are the reasons that you’re in medication is because you’re obese then by all means. The side effects alone from your blood pressure medication can be constipation. You can actually develop low blood pressure, standing and rising, based on the medication. So any times that we can get our body in back into being able to self-regulate, we owe it to our bodies to try.
Rayzel: So tell me now with your personal experience with losing this 70 pounds, how has that changed things for you, like how you were feeling then and how you feel now?
Stephanie: Oh my gosh, I had gotten to the point where I didn’t want to get off of the couch. I was literally exhausted. I teach nursing as I said and I’m very active with that but I’ve also had a passion of riding horses my whole life and it had gotten to the point where I just couldn’t advance any further in my riding because I have gotten so heavy and my knees had started to hurt and my ankles were swelling all the time. I was just carrying a lot of—because of the excess weight I was carrying a lot of excess fluid all the time and so my knees hurt and my back hurt. I hadn’t wanted to move. Now that I’ve lost 70 pounds after the first round I started boxing and kick boxing. I needed to add activity back at the end. So I got that weight off and I thought I could do this. I started working out and I started feeling great. Through my 2nd round of hCG I did boxing and kick-boxing and then at the end of this 3rd round I started doing CrossFit. And that’s 2 months ago.
Rayzel: Wooh!
Stephanie: Yey! Go CrossFit!
Rayzel: I can’t stop talking about that. Everyone knows.
Stephanie: So love it. I have worked out through my last 2 rounds. I did boxing and kickboxing 5 days a week on my 2nd round and on my 3rd round I was still doing the boxing and kickboxing and then I looked over to doing CrossFit and I’ve done that 4-6 times a week and I did that through my last round.
Rayzel: Wow. So that’s pretty significant. Maybe we can delve into that a little bit more because I get that question a lot like can I exercise on hCG or not and what I’ve found is it really varies from person to person. I could not handle it but in your case you were actually doing quite a bit of exercise while on hCG. So tell me when you did that how did you experience the rest of the diet while you’re doing that? Did you eat more than 500 calories? How is your weight loss? Can you explain that?
Stephanie: My weight loss through the 2nd round was still very significant, I think, I might have had, maybe we all go through stalls when we have it but I don’t think I ever saw a significant stall from working out. Being a woman, I think I had a more associated weight stall of course during menstruation. Right before you start your period is basically when you would see that time for weight stall but I didn’t really see that with the hCG. If anything I increased my protein a little bit. I might have gone up to 130-140 grams of protein at a time. If I felt really down, for me, I get by with using Jay Robb whey protein. I might have that in the morning if I was feeling a little bit low [inaudible]
Rayzel: So you have a shake of the Jay Robb, would that be like a 3rd protein then?
Stephanie: That would be a 3rd protein for the day.
Rayzel: Good. That’s what I often suggest to people who do want to keep trying to exercise through hCG is something like that, like adding a 3rd protein or something or so.
Stephanie: I think with the hCG and with the exercise like you said, I know you’ve talked about in several times is You have to listen to your own body and you know when you’re kind of exhausted and you’ve pushed it a little bit too far then you just step back a little bit. But I think at least get up and start walking. Don’t just do the hCG, next the time get into your 2nd rounds. It’s time to get up and start moving.
Rayzel: Yeah. It’s true on different rounds, like some rounds I felt very fatigued but other rounds I actually felt pretty good. I had good energy and at those times I could do stuff like that. At least do walking and stuff. That’s good. So overall when you did the exercise your energy overall was fairly consistent. You felt okay.
Stephanie: I felt okay. I never felt really, really bad ever. I think I I feel really good actually I have always felt great during the hCG rounds. I slept good and I’ve felt really good.
Rayzel: It’s interesting to hear people report various things of how they feel on hCG. Some people feel great, other people feel like, “I feel like I’m pregnant again and I feel like irritable” so it’s kind of interesting. So how long have you been crossfitting now?
Stephanie: 2 months. 2 solid months of crossfiting
Rayzel: So I want to hear a little bit more about CrossFit now. When you started- I know it’s only been 2 months but have you seen any improvements from start to now yet?
Stephanie: I have a same dramatic improvement, range of motion. You don’t even realize the range of motion that we lose in our everyday life of just living and what you don’t do anymore. And when you see a little toddler squat with their knees apart and their bottom down, you’re like, you don’t think anything about it until you try to do it. Then you’re like “I can’t do this.” So the range of motion, the strength that I’ve gain, my overall fitness level has increased dramatically. I look at some of the people in my gym and of course I’m like “Oh my gosh, I’m never gonna be there”. But I also look at the fact that I did a 135 pound deadlift this week and I started out at 55 pounds 2 months ago. So I see dramatic improvement with strength, flexibility, range of motion, and overall cardio level because of course there is- every day is different too when you go in to do CrossFit so you never know what you’re gonna find on the board. The support in there that you can get especially if you’re on a weight loss journey and we find it so, so, so intimidating being overweight and trying to even contemplate working out again that I believe most of the CrossFit gyms, the Box, has a very, very supportive environment. I have gotten nothing but support and encouragement. I’m usually the last kid on the block finished in my gym. Occasionally not but I get cheered on all the time and I get dramatic support so I don’t know, I’m a huge CrossFit fan. I see doing it for life. I love it.
Rayzel: That’s cool and I’m glad to hear you say that too because sometimes people do, like you said, feel intimidated so it’s good to hear you say that you feel supported in there because that’s really what I’ve observed as well. Some people feel like they have to wait till they’re thin to work out at CrossFit. Cause there are a lot of really fit people on CrossFit. When I go there, there’s a lot of really muscular, amazing like athlete looking people. So you feel like, “do you I have to be like that or am I gonna feel weird?” But actually there is a whole other set of people that are just regular everyday people who are still losing weight. Who is still might be overweight. And I feel like I see the same thing that they are supported. The other day, she’s trying to lose weight, she’s been coming, she’s probably in her mid-50s and with burpees like things like that sometimes you have to modify and that’s totally okay. Nobody makes you feel like a loser. She has joint issues and so she has to kind of be on her knees but, like you said, she was finishing last but she went til the end and it’s like the trainer guy who’s this young fit guy, he did it with her, with her like at her pace to finish- to support her.
Stephanie: I can’t tell you how many times like out on some of the longer runs where there is a young high school cross country girl. She’s come back out finished hers and come back out and run my running with me. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened that somebody has stuck it out and they’re always like “You can do this” and “You can finish”. There were some movements at first where he gave me a piece of PCV pipe just to learn the movement and occasionally I’m still stuck with the bar and learning proper form and movement and granted my weight hasn’t moved up with that but I just can’t beat CrossFit, you can’t, hands down for overall fitness not just one piece. One other thing my body loves CrossFit. I have already developing muscle. I always wanted to be that skinny girl. I always saw all this skinny girls, I wanna be skinny. I look at the CrossFit girls and I’m like, my family laughs, my husband he’s super supportive and my mom, my dad are like “You want muscle?” I was like, “Yes I want muscle like that”.
Rayzel: It’s true; it changes your perception right? I thought the same thing. I used to always look at the fitness magazines which have very thin people in the front and some people do have that body type. I don’t really have that body type. I’m sure I’m stockier and I agree I used to be actually very thin and I still felt I was fat because I still didn’t look like those models. Now, those women there like I think at first I would have though “Ooh, they look a little muscular” but now I think it’s very attractive because you know what that muscle can do. The guys think it’s cool too. So I feel so confident in my body now like I feel like I love how I look and yeah it just change my perception of myself and my body which is just so healthy for my body image.
Stephanie: Yes. I’m the same way. I’m like my lower legs have never been beautiful and so I started doing the CrossFit and I was like “Wow! I’m already laying down muscle on the inside of my leg where I’ve never had muscle and on the outside of my leg. I’m like my body does really does love this, for me, for my shape, for my body type. It’s gonna change me dramatically. I can’t wait to even see a year from now.
Rayzel: One more question then I’ll move on. I can talk about CrossFit all day. Do you feel safe there when it comes to cause you know I tell people there’s heavy weight lifting that is involved, some people thinks CrossFit is extreme, so do you feel safe? Do you feel like they’re teaching you proper form? What are your thoughts on that?
Stephanie: Absolutely. Actually the place that I go is called- I guess it’s fine to say the name of it- I know they don’t care. It’s Forfeit. It’s owned also by people that owned a physical therapy and so it’s owned by physical therapist. My CrossFit gym is very, very attuned to proper form and so I’m supported 120% when it comes to proper form and taking care of myself. You know there comes a time too where you had to know your own limits but you also have to know how to push yourself. I think for somebody that’s been overweight and out of shape. You get both in a good CrossFit gym. You’re gonna be pushed. Every day I think you’re pushed out of your comfort zone when it comes to fitness at CrossFit, when you’re new to it because you’re like “I started late today, I was tired when I went to the gym today and I looked at the board today and I thought Hmmm, I don’t know if I can do that today.” I thought that to myself and then I thought hmm, well okay I felt this way one other time but we got through it and I did it. So you have that support there and I think nobody should be intimidated. Go try a CrossFit gym. And don’t just try one because every gym is gonna feel a little bit different. You’re gonna find one that feels like home when you walked in. But I haven’t seen anybody walk into our gym that wasn’t just embraced and part of the team.
Rayzel: That’s cool. Thanks for sharing all that. Let’s move one. When it came to Phase 3 how did stabilizing go? You’ve had a couple of Phase 3 now. Three Phase 3s now. How did those go?
Stephanie: Yes. They’ve gone great. I’ve pretty much followed protocol for me and added things back in very, very slow but after my first Phase 3 I pretty much kept my 2nd and 3rd Phase 3 the same and so for me I, the end of my Phase 3 the first time. I realized I had a gluten sensitivity and so my weight became unstable every time I would have something with gluten so I ended up taking gluten completely out of my diet and my weight stabilized. For me I kept a little bit of dairy in my diet and so it took probably about at the 10th to 15 day mark I’ve been able to have a little bit of cheese. I’ve had a little bit of sour cream and yogurt and I’ve done fine with. But then I stick mainly just to the proteins and my go-to vegetables of broccoli, cauliflower. Cauliflower is my go-to vegetable now for mashed potato, casseroles or whatever I’m eating. I use a lot of bison. I used bison in P2 and so bison just increases in P3 as well as my chicken. I do some pork tenderloin in Phase 3 and my weight has stabilized every time with no problems but I am very, very careful and try to go very, very slow. That is the hardest thing and that is the best advice I can give is be patient. It’s not that you’re hungry “hungry”, you’re just hungry for taste of other food but be patient and it’ll come.
Rayzel: So when you say going slow do you mean both calories and food groups in Phase 3. Gradually adding both or?
Stephanie: I think just food groups? I have increased my calories dramatically in that 1st week and not had any problem with it. It take some effort I think to get in 1600 calories that 1st week. You’re just not that hungry. So I track, I used Loseit.com, that’s how I track my food and then the other cool thing about that if you track your food like that, you have that to-go-back to [inaudible] phase and so you can go back to those months and still look at those days and look at your food. It keeps a record of your food that you enter, it keeps a- it’s right there and so easy.
Rayzel: So now you mentioned that with the dairy you added that in sometime around day 10 or 15 of P3 is that right? So when you would start P3 what are the main food groups you were eating at that point?
Stephanie: Okay. I stick to my vegetables and my protein.
Rayzel: So it was just vegetables –
Stephanie: The vegetables, protein and adding coconut oil in everything.
Rayzel: Okay, gotcha, cool. Were you eating any like nuts or fruit or no?
Stephanie: I have. Almonds have been a go-to for me and I’ve never had any problem with them and so there’s a couple of brands of even chocolate infused almonds. It’s just dark chocolate and they’re just infused with that. Those are kind of my go-to snack.
Rayzel: Do you remember what brand those were?
Stephanie: I do, well, Sprouts in your whole foods will carry some on their both section. They’re [inaudible] to get. I just can’t remember the name of the nut, kind of, one of the major nut producer made really good ones as well.
Rayzel: So you leave those tricks for like a treat or something.
Stephanie: Absolutely. When I want something. Another thing I add back in at that time, I think I had told you about that they are packed with virgin coconut oil, it’s by Hail Merry, it’s little chocolate macaroon and very healthy packed with lots of coconut oil and I eat those. Those are my go-to snacks too.
Rayzel: Are those P3 friendly?
Those have been P3 friendly for me. I have not any problem with those.
Rayzel: What is these sweetened with?
Stephanie: I wait till probably at the 15th day, the end of my 2nd week for those but then I easily add those back in.
Rayzel: It sounds like you’re very strict the 1st week and a half, two weeks of P3 where it’s like meat and veggies and then you started adding in a little dairy or like you said you add coconut oil and then you started adding in a little bit of—
Stephanie: And eggs, I also add back in avocado usually that first day. I usually do eggs and avocado for breakfast and so I add those back in and had no problem with those.
Rayzel: And so in doing all of that your weight has stabilized within a couple of few pounds of your LDW, is that how it went?
Stephanie: Yes. I have stabilized this time it’s so funny, you’re already cool in CrossFitting and stabilizing was perfect 100% timing. Because I did stabilize about 3-4 pounds over where I ended up at but I was CrossFitting and so I was like, “I will not panic, I will not do another steak day, I will be okay” and so it’s remained very, very stable from that point. But this last time after the CrossFit, it peaked just a little bit and I went back and read that article and I thought “Okay, CrossFitting and those go together.”
Rayzel: Yeah, it’s so true. It’s like that’s the whole purpose of it, so it takes such space on your body weighs something. It’s funny how we can end up fighting ourselves sometimes because of the number on the scale but-
Stephanie: I think- I don’t know if it’s the words at in your asking questions but so I started out by the book as far as my body fat percentage or my BMI. I never had it tested when I started but I went back in I looked at BMI and our weight and so I had started somewhere in the area of 39-41 for a BMI and then I did the DEXA testing at the end of this round and I think I told you 29% body fat which is amazing.
Rayzel: It is. That’s fantastic. For anyone else who’s not aware of what a DEXA scan is, it’s basically the most accurate way you can have your body fat tested outside of being dead and you know. It’s cool, so it’s like this thing I had a couple done before. It scans your whole body, usually they’re actually is to check your bone density but now they can use them to check your body fat and it will actually tell you how much fat you have everywhere eon your body like your right arm, your left arm, left side, it’s really interesting. One thing I have found is that since I’ve done a lot of Hydrostatic Body Fat Test too, I found that the DEXA scan is higher, like I would get a higher result as far as the body fat percent and I know mentioned this too-
Stephanie: That’s good news for me.
Rayzel: Yeah. I mentioned that too because it was actually a few percent higher so it’s actually very possible that your body fat percent is 27% according to like hydrostatic so kind of interesting. But of course DEXA’s more accurate. It’s just that as far as the way the industry on line compares they use the hydro more as the way for comparison. But yeah that’s great 29%, that’s doing great.
Stephanie: I think I’m gonna do another round probably in October. I will have been off from like the middle of June, of course to start off the 4th round and so in the September first of October I’m gonna do my 4th round and I’m gonna do the DEXA again right before I do that, with the CrossFitting and I’m gonna continue to CrossFit through that round as well.
Rayzel: Good. I hope it goes good. Can you tell me how you’re eating habits have changed from then to now? How’s that different?
Stephanie: Absolutely. That’s probably been the most dramatic change. I used to be hungry all the time and so I will drive through the drive-thru and it will be nothing for me to order hamburger, 2 orders of fries and eat that or to eat fast food anytime I was hungry and since I did my 1st round of hCG I don’t eat fast food at all, anymore. I don’t drink any Coke, I don’t drink any soda, I don’t do any of the additives anymore in my water even except for a natural oil that we’ll talk about in a little bit but I eat clean and so what does that mean? It means I personally make all of my food. I’ve got 1 restaurant that is a go-to back up by my work that they make fresh food and so they’ll grill up some chicken and peppers for me and then avocado and I can have that but if it’s not fresh and it’s not made fresh I don’t eat it. I’ve taken out all of my- I’ve been experimenting a little bit with no grains and so I’ve taken out all of my pastas and stuff. I use spaghetti squash as my go-to for pasta now. I just eat clean, no refined sugars, when I want a treat I have the Hail Merry, I have Lily, other brand Lily makes a chocolate bar with stevia. I do have that occasionally but I’ll have a few pieces of chocolate and so my chocolate almonds. It’s like having an almond joy. So I just eat clean and if I don’t have something to eat clean I don’t grab something. I’m not gonna die if I don’t have food within the 5 hour period. I don’t leave with that constant pressure of I have to eat all the time. I used to have that just constant hunger, that’s gone away and I don’t have that mental fatigue of I have to eat, I have to eat, I have to eat. Today in fact I was trying to get a paper done working on my doctorate, I need to do some cooking and so I’m low on food and so it’s like Okay what do you have to eat? Well I have some eggs and some avocado until I can get some cooking done this evening. It’s just about eating clean and being busy in being a nurse it does mean that I have to do food prep now.
Rayzel: Yeah, talk about that.
Stephanie: So I might make up 2 pounds of ground bison. I’ll use that in stuffed peppers, I’ll use it for spaghetti, I’ll have it with salt in it, and I’ll just make it with tomato paste. I’ll have it a variety of ways and I might make it with a soup with it, the broth. I might make up a pound of chicken. I might cook up onions and peppers. I always try to have something or my grill is right outside the door. I always have something I can throw in the grill. Can I throw on a lean flat iron steak? Yes. And so a steak, a porkchop, anything. I think I told you the 1st time we spoke that I’ve been starving that day? I got up, I cooked up, I have boiled squash. So my squash was already made up. I threw a steak on, made that steak and that’s what I ate when I was hungry instead of I used to would have eaten a frozen burrito, thrown it in the microwave and that’s what I would have had.
Rayzel: Gotcha and you know it’s kind of funny even though in some cases it does take more time to cook healthy food. In other instances I found that it actually is the same or even less time in certain cases. The time it takes me to go drive to a fast food place and get the food and come back or you know I can make my kale salad that I love, I timed it, it took me 2 minutes and 40 seconds and that was to chop up an entire head of kale, add pine nuts in and I actually do dry cranberries the type with little sugar but I’m in Phase 4 so it’s okay and my dressing that’s homemade and I literally like 2 minutes and 40 seconds and it’s very filling and I love it. So sometimes it’s just making that transition and like you said finding what you can do like with the grilling the meat thing. Cooking a steak actually doesn’t take that long.
Stephanie: It’s so funny because I have never eaten a lot of fish and one of my very good friends is a gourmet cook, wonderful cook, and she’s told me, she’s like “We will go shopping this week, we will pick out 3 pieces of fish, a salmon, white bass and something else. I will show you how to have that made in 10 minutes and you will love it. I can even show you how your kids will love it over rice. You don’t eat it over rice, not a problem; you can steam some broccoli with it.” But she was like “Give me this week, spend 2 hours with me and I can show you how to make 3 pieces of fish in 10 minutes.” 3 different kinds and so I’m looking forward to that I have a – I think- probably I don’t know there is fully on both sides- for me I’ve never cooked much or had time to cook and so here I am at 45 learning how to cook healthy but I’m completely okay with that.
Rayzel: Yeah, when you were eating fast food before hCG, could you picture yourself like taking that time out to cook on a regular basis, could you have picture that then?
Stephanie: No, never. Our [inaudible] in the middle of my Sunday afternoon after church maybe for me when I’m working for my doctoral work or something that I would also have the oven, the stove going and I could be cooking up 2 different types of meat at one time while multitasking. I would have never have done it. Now I do it all the time.
Rayzel: It’s just like groove you get into.
Stephanie: Yes. Absolutely.
Rayzel: And I really feel hCG helps you kind of get started on that a little bit. Because you have to cook on hCG to follow the protocol.
Stephanie: I hadn’t thought about that but that is so correct. You do. It starts you back into cooking process and you have to prepare. My friends had asked or talked about or just briefly asked about hCG I’m like “For me when I’m on Phase 2 I cook up a ton of bison, cherry tomatoes, with some balsamic vinegar and those are already pre-made in the refrigerator in their little container with their little 100g and my chicken I put on skewers and I grill that so my chicken is right there and you do get you back in the habit of cooking and making your food.
Rayzel: How many meals at a time would you sometimes make on Phase 2 in advance like that?
Stephanie: Oh my God, 8 to 10.
Rayzel: Cool.
Stephanie: Yeah 8-10 most definitely.
Rayzel: Awesome. Yeah, I totally think that and part of it too sometimes when you started the day you think I could do anything for a few weeks so like I could cook for few weeks and you might not be really thinking at the time that you’re gonna keep doing it after but after you’ve done it for a few weeks it starts to become a habit it doesn’t feel so hard anymore. So then you’re like why would I go back to what I was doing, like I’m gonna keep doing this and maintain.
Stephanie: Right, absolutely, it becomes easy. I preach that all the time to various friends about hCG that it really changes your mindset and then helps change your habits. Those are the biggest thing is it changes your mindset and it changes your habit. I have, it’s actually sitting across from me I can’t get it right now but I have a metal one liter bottle that I fill every day, I’ve got about 3 different sorts of them, actually 2 to 3 of those a day but if I don’t have that bottle, if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t drink it. So again it’s just another habit. I stick my lemon oil in it, my young living lemon oil.
Rayzel: Oh yeah, we can talk about that now. She adds something to her water that makes it yummy and it’s healthy. So go ahead.
Stephanie: Absolutely. It’s Young Living Essential Oil. They’ve got citrus, lime, lemon and they’re fantastic. They’re pure oils made up like the purest form that you can get.
Rayzel: That’s food grade right?
Stephanie: Right. So I put in a couple of drops in all of my water so it gives it flavor. The oils are really, really good for you. Lemon actually helps detoxify your body and so it’s really, really good for you.
Rayzel: We’ll have a link to that in the blog post if you guys want to check those oils out, we’ll have a link to the companies.
Stephanie: That’d be awesome.
Rayzel: So now you’ve also dabbled a little bit now with a little bit of a intermittent fasting which is something else I’m a big fan of so I wanted to hear your feedback on that.
Stephanie: I think it has mental and physical benefits to it. I think mentally it just reiterates I do like the 16-20 hour fast when I do it. I think it just reiterates to my mind that I’m not gonna die without food, that it’s okay that you don’t wake up first thing on the morning and have to eat something so it just kind of reiterates that to me and then physically I just feel better by doing it. If I even see a pound spike or something it also gives me the mentally to eat cleaner the rest of the day so I have fasted that long so when I do go to eat I’m gonna eat something healthy. I’m just gonna continue that good habit throughout that day and so some of the days I might do it maybe the days that I don’t CrossFit on. I get up and I need to eat definitely a little cleaner that day and maybe not quite as high at calorie content because I’m not CrossFitting. I just think it’s a good physical and mental thing to do. I feel good doing it.
Rayzel: I do too.
Stephanie: Once a week probably the least that I do it.
Rayzel: I found it to be a great tool in that way too like you said once a week sometimes I might only do it once a month but sometimes once a week and I feel actually very alert on those days and I get a lot done because I’m not having to worry about making food or eating it. The other thing that I love about it, I don’t know if you’d experience this too but say I’ve kind of gotten into a thing where I’ve been eating slightly not as good as usual and it’s not as clean and I feel like I’m craving that. If I do a fast day it makes me crave clean. Like when I’m done with the fast I don’t want junk food. I want broccoli, a steak, that’s what I’m actually craving.
Stephanie: Absolutely, that is what I’m craving and that’s usually what I’ll end a fast day on is something really good. It’s like you have that to look forward to in your mind too. It’ s like I’m gonna cook up, for me, like a pork tenderloin tonight and maybe do a cauliflower casserole and so I look forward to eating clean like that especially ending a fast day like that.
Rayzel: That’s great.
Stephanie: One of the things that I want to give credit too and I think everybody needs. A fitbit.
Rayzel: Oh sure, go ahead, talk about that.
Stephanie: Absolutely. That really gives you a reality to how much you move and how much you don’t move and it hold yourself accountable and it’s just personal. You know you don’t have to share it with anyone. Then it’s fun, it becomes a game. You’re like, I’m gonna hit 10000 steps today. I’m gonna park in the back of the parking lot when I go to WalMart because I want my 10,000 steps. Or I’m gonna take the stairs at work because I want my 10,000 steps. So you just find yourself moving a lot more.
Rayzel: That’s cool. Does it track your calories at CrossFit.
Stephanie: It doesn’t track your calories. I think you might have a way that you can upload that but I’ve never done that.
Rayzel: Cause I thought there was some device that supposedly could track every calorie burned.
Stephanie: You get the app really quick, I have it right here, it syncs to your smartphone and yes you can track let’s make sure that it has-
Rayzel: There might be different models too, I don’t know, with the fitbit. I don’t know.
Stephanie: I think it does. I can’t find it I mean- Oh here we go.
Rayzel: Okay cause it seems like that’d be pretty hard for it to gauge accurately or not. I just had done some research that supposedly there is some device, but I don’t remember what it was, but it somehow could measure the heat coming off of your body that can then accurately translate it into calories burned or I don’t know. I thought that’s interesting.
Stephanie: I think one of the biggest things with the CrossFit and comparing it to- okay so like I would get a lot more running or miles in when I was boxing cause it usually involves part of bit of little more running even then and so much more cardio but I think what you had to remember is I’m always amazed after I do the heavy weight lifting and how spiked your heart rate is and then you’re lying on that muscle which does burn more calories on the long run and so I think you have to keep that in mind but I haven’t figured out a way to measure that. You’ll have to share if you find something.
Rayzel: Yeah, I know. It sounds so neat to me. I was curious about that. And I agree, I feel like I can eat fairly freely calorie wise because of CrossFit. I have 12 more pounds of muscle, 12 less pounds of fat since my 3rd round like I did 2 more rounds after that and then I was CrossFitting in between so it’s like that’s what those last 2 accomplished. I think it’s made a big difference. I don’t count calories, I don’t like to do that so. But [inaudible] that I don’t have to. It’ s nice if you don’t want to that you don’t have to ideally.
Stephanie: Absolutely.
Rayzel: Well thanks for being with me today. I really appreciate all the feedback. So how much further are you hoping to get?
Stephanie: I’m hoping to do at least 2 more rounds. I’d like to essentially see at least another 20-25 pounds gone, theoretically in my mind. Hopefully 2 more rounds of hCG and I’ll be there.
Rayzel: We’ll have to do another re-interview and check back in with you when that time comes.
Stephanie: That’s cool. Check back with me.
Rayzel: That sounds great.
Stephanie: How many pounds did you lose- how much did you lose on the last 2 rounds of hCG that you did.
Rayzel: My 4th round I only did, for, that’s the only round that I did a 3 week round, so it’s the only short round that I did. That round I only lost like 7 pounds. I still don’t know because I actually attempted to keep CrossFitting that round and I only did it like the first 2 or 3 days of the diet but when I did that, my weight loss stopped dead right at the beginning of the round which is pretty uncommon but usually the 1st week you will lose fairly well and I literally didn’t lose any weight for like 10 days after the 3rd or 4th day. I have some health stuff so that’s why for me I think it’s possible that it was really too much and maybe my body was like too much. No. So that’ s why I don’t know if that was the cause of that round being very low but anyways I only lost 7 pounds that one but that was also the round that my legs totally changed shape. My body shape changed more drastically, I noticed. So that was interesting.
Stephanie: I myself, I have to hear that because that’s the biggest change that I’m waiting for now.
Rayzel: Yeah, the 1st 3 rounds, my legs like they were getting smaller but they still have the overall same look. After round 4 even though I was like getting over the okay 7 pounds, I’ll take it. But then I’m like staring at my legs one day and I’m wearing shorts and I’m like “Hey, my legs looks pretty snazzy.” They actually look really attractive and I’ve never though that. They actually have this curve to them because some fat had been lost that gave them a curve. So that was nice.
Stephanie: Yes. Okay I’m looking forward to that.
Rayzel: And then actually my 5th round it was a long round and I lost I think 17 pounds. But it was a little bit superficially high because I didn’t eat any fruits on that round so I did have to stabilize higher because of that, because of the glycogen store. It is true, I think, when you’re getting down to the last bits that it can come off slower but I do think it makes less pounds make so much more drastic change on your body though so I think it’s okay.
Stephanie: Yes. That change in shape you’re talking about and I think that might be a little reason why I stabilize a little higher with the CrossFitting was I took out pretty much all carbs at that point in time. I even quit, I was in the gluten-free bran crackers in my 3rd round and I quite doing those as well.
Rayzel: That’s good that you mention that because I actually have a post. I think it’s already up but maybe it’s not. I don’t know. I have so much going on. I have so many drafts to blog post but I have an article talking about if you do Phase 2 without fruits that you will most likely have to stabilize outside of the 2-pound window because of the whole glycogen store thing and that’s totally okay.
Stephanie: Absolutely, I can live with that.
Rayzel: Thank you so much! I’m really excited to check back in with you in several months or whatever. Thank you.

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