R3P2 - 4-7-8 starting weight for R3 is 158.2

Friday, February 22, 2008

P3 DAY 2 - Snow Day

LIW 151 on 2-21-08
Today's weight 151.8

I had a bounce back from my Wednesday weight, but I guess that's why it's good to have a little cushion because a little weight bounce is pretty common when coming off of the HCG. Unfortunately I won't be able to monitor my weight during the next 5 days so I will be just trusting that the HCG has done it's job and I will be able to maintain as I should. I am eating lots of protein and veggies and some cheese and fats. I have also had a few crackers with my chili today but I figure it's similar to the melba toast or grissini so I hope it didn't do too much damage. I went out for mexican food last night and they brought me the wrong salad. It was supposed to be a fajita salad with a salsa dressing, but they brought me a chicken avocado salad and there was some pretty sweet strawberry vinagrette on it. So I tried to avoid it and just eat the chicken. I am trying not to stress too much about what I'm eating and have stocked our condo with lots of fresh fruits and veggies along with nuts and cheese for snacks.

So here I am in beautiful and snowy Park City Utah. It's supposed to dump 18 inches tonight and I think we got at least 6 inches during our walk around Main Street tonight. But skiing tomorrow should be great!

I'll try to check in periodically and I'll post when I can. Have fun all you losers!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

VLCD #34 R2P2 - Last day on R2 VLCD!

(Starting weight first round: 198 10-5-7)
(R1P2 LIW 160.4 12-18-07 )
R2P2 Starting weight 167.8
Weight lost this round 16.8 lbs.
Monday's weight 151.0 (And LIW)
Tuesday's weight 150.8
Today's weight 149.8
Loss of 1.0 lb

You know that it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, so when I woke up on Tuesday and was only down .2 lbs from my weight the day before, I made a snap decision not to inject, but to use the previous day’s weight as my LIW. So my last injection was on Monday and my LIW is 151.0 lbs. I was holding out hope that I would be able to end this round under 150 but realized that I was fixating on a number and I needed to listen more to my body and go with what felt right. I had been feeling more hunger in the past week and had started thinking more and more about the P3 foods that were coming up in the near future and since I had gained .6 since Sunday and then only lost .2 of that on Monday, it just made me realize that I wanted to be done. So it’s a day earlier than I was planning, which gives me the day before I leave on my ski trip to be able to eat P3 foods. And I’ll be able to get my mind and body ready for keeping to plan on P3 so that I can sail through it without the gains that I had on the last one. I know it’s possible to do it, since I maintained successfully the first time I went to P3 during the middle of my first P2 round when I did a planned interruption so that I could travel to Ohio for a funeral. On that trip, I didn’t take my scale, I didn’t stick religiously to the “no sugars no starches” rule and I also didn’t really spend too much time thinking about how and what I should be eating. I just tried to get plenty of protein and fresh fruit and veggies every day. And then I ate whatever anyone else was eating and just tried to leave the breads, pastas, potatoes and desserts alone. There were some mornings that we didn’t have time to cook breakfast and I ate toast with peanut butter and other times I sampled things that were no no’s, but stopped with just a taste. And I came home within the allowable 2 pounds over my LIW. I was surprised and pleased that it went so smoothly since I didn’t have the time or emotional bandwidth to devote any energy to the maintenance effort and although I did monitor my weight on my MIL’s old analog scale, I really wasn’t sure how that would relate to my actual weight once I was back home and using my own scale again.
Now the next time I went on P3, it was an entirely different story. I planned it to land during the Christmas holiday so that I wouldn’t feel deprived and like many of us, I completely fell off the no sugar and starch wagon during this time and ended up 4.0 lbs over my LIW. I did everything wrong on this P3. Eating the wrong things and then NOT doing a steak or egg day on the day I experienced the gain. So my first week on R2P2 was spent losing that and the load weight again! And I consider that a big waste of especially valuable HCG time because the first week is when you experience your greatest losses and having to RE-lose what you had already lost the first round is just NOT the right way to go. So lesson learned and noted for the future…

So this explains why I’m on my final day of VLCD today and will you just look at what the scale had in store for me this morning? I’m actually in the 140’s today! Just like Biz says, a watched pot never boils. So when I gave up the idea of that NUMBER that I needed to be, then presto! It just naturally happened in its own time.

So I will be sure to keep posting during my P3 so I can continue to keep myself accountable and have a record of what I'm up to...

Update on MM: She did a 23 day round and had lost 12 pounds as of this morning. Her goal was 15, but she says that all her clothes are fitting great and she even fits into a size 4 now! She's very happy with her results.

LO is having a more difficult time. She is not a cook and has struggled with finding things to eat that she doesn't have to literally choke down. She gained 6 lbs on her load days and although she lost them within the first two days of her VLCD, her losses since then have been slow and erratic and she has gained on a couple of occasions. She still hasn't noticed any changes in how her clothes feel on her either. I have been trying to get her to eat more protein and veggies since I don't think she's been getting her full calories in and have been trying to share my soups and chili with her. I'm very impressed that she has stuck it out and seems determined to follow through. She will be finished with P2 next week and I'll give you an update on her total losses at that time. But please send her all the losing vibes you can!


Biz, I knew to check for fillers, but I had to buy them at the grocery store and there wasn't much selection. Plus I was not feeling to great so I just grabbed the ones that weren't chewable. So it's not your bad... it was my bad, but I survived and the Vitamin C flush did the trick, I have no signs of a cold today whatsoever... So I'm happy! And since I quit my injections a day early we're only one day apart... Scrambled eggs with sautéed onions and a sprinkle of cheese for breakky tomorrow! Mmmmmmm...

Yes Mary, P3 again and I plan to do a better job of it this time, I promise!

Monica I'm thrilled with how good I feel now. It will make the trip much more pleasant! I bet you can't wait for this round to be done! Hope you make your goal...

Shelly, yes don't forget next time you feel a cold coming to start that flush right away. It's the best!

Monday, February 18, 2008

VLCD #32 R2P2 - not to worry, I'll be fine...

(Starting weight first round: 198 10-5-7)
(R1P2 LIW 160.4 12-18-07 )
R2P2 Starting weight 167.8
Weight lost this round 16.8 lbs.
Yesterday's weight 150.4
Today's weight 151.0
Gain of 0.6 lb.

Okay, so the good news is, I'm feeling better today. The vitamin C flush combined with my strong immune system seems to be fighting this cold bug off very nicely. Not much congestion or sneezing today at all. I kept up the vitamin C flush even after discovering that the tablets that I bought had corn starch in them. I figure that was really the lesser of two evils and I DO NOT want to be sick this week. Not just because I'm going skiing, but also because I have lots to do at work this week since I'll be gone for several days and I can't afford to miss work or not be working at 100%. So even though that may have been what caused this little gain, I continued to do the flush today. I just skipped the evening grissini to make up for what little calories that might come from the corn starch. So it is what it is and I'll take whatever consequences come with that decision.
I was hoping to be able to post some pics since my daughter took a couple of me today, but she hasn't sent them to me yet so it will have to wait until tomorrow. And incidentally, tomorrow (that's my Tuesday since it's still Monday night here in AZ) will also be my last injection. I want to be on P3 by Friday when we leave for Utah. I'm so looking forward to this trip and it will be great to be eating almost "normally" again!

I will update on my friends tomorrow after I find out all the details of how they did over the weekend...


Monica, yeah it took us two years before we painted any of our rooms and my husband had to keep nagging me to finally choose some colors. Once we did, we were just floored at what a difference it made. I used to like just plain white walls, but no more! My problem now, is that I've run out of color schemes that I like...

Lili, is buffered C better for your stomach? How is it working for you?

Biz, I'm laughing because I ALWAYS jinx myself when I start anticipating that next decade. I should just keep my mouth shut and let it happen and THEN celebrate! So I'll just take whatever happens because tomorrow is IT! I'm done... and just two days behind ya!

Hey BB! I wonder if the vitamin C flush will work for alzheimers too! LOL! Did the air filter help with the cold? haha...

CB, we took our two 8 year old grandsons skiing when they were six and they hated it, but this year we took them and enrolled them in all day snow board lessons. One of them did great and the other said he liked it but sat out the second half of the day in the instructors hut taking a nap! So the next time we went we didn't take him, just the other one. NOW, he says he wants to go again so I guess we'll give him another chance. But NOT this trip! This is just for the grownups! We're going to have a good time! And I guess I'm just one day behind you on the P3! So have fun and I'll think of you when I'm swishing down the slopes!

Jen & Ed, yes you have me pegged as a "green" gal! My brother used to call me a "tree hugger" because I recycled! Haha, I sure do miss the big lug... And you know I am feeling better today, so maybe it wasn't the Vitamin C flush. Maybe it was the new "paint fumes" cure! LOL!

Hey B, I knew your hubby was in Iraq. I must have been having a senior moment to have forgotten that!!! And you know he is going to be so surprised to see how much you've changed and how HOT you are that I'm sure you'll both be busy for quite some time... ;-)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

VLCD #31 R2P2 - Vitamin C for me...

(Starting weight first round: 198 10-5-7)
(R1P2 LIW 160.4 12-18-07 )
R2P2 Starting weight 167.8
Weight lost this round 17.4 lbs.
Yesterday's weight 150.6
Today's weight 150.4
Loss of 0.2 lb.

I'm giving the vitamin C flush a try. Several people suggested it and Biz was kind enough to put the details on her blog for me so I bought some and started it today. So far, I'm still congested and sneezing but I'll keep going and see what tomorrow brings. We had all 5 of our grandchildren (the local ones, we have 3 more who live in NC) for part of the weekend but today they all left and my husband and I got some painting done in our basement. It's a finished basement (which is actually pretty rare in Arizona) where all of our kids bedrooms were and now we've only got one kid still living with us so we're working on getting a nice guest room set up as well as a sewing/office/exercise room for me. It also has a very large family room down there that we are repainting. So picking colors for paint and fabric for the curtains has been my challenge lately. I love the color green, but am very conscious of how easy it would be to overdo with too much of a favorite color, so keeping that in mind and trying to come up with slightly different color schemes for so many different rooms has taxed my creativity to the max. I did some faux painting upstairs and it looks nice so now my husband wants me to do some more downstairs. But there again, I don't want to overdo and end up with too much of a good thing, so we'll play it by ear and see how each room comes together.
My ski trip to Park City is coming up fast, we're leaving on Friday, so I just have a few more days on P2. I haven't decided yet when I will stop, but it will have to be no later than Tuesday to be able to be on P3 by Friday. I would love to be in the 140's but I won't stress about it if I don't make it, because as we all know... Stress causes slower losses!
Happy losing all you losers!


Yes Biz, I'm so close I can taste it!

Thanks Mary, I'll let you know if I make it tomorrow!

Thanks Monica...

And Jen, I just had to stop for a bout of sneezing, so I hope I can shake this thing quick too... At least before Friday!