Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Are you worth discovering what it was that led you to a place of being overweight in the first place?
Are you worth deciding that you are fed up with where you are and you are finally ready to take action?
Are you worth the dedication it takes to rediscover (or maybe discover for the first time) the best you?
Are you worth saying "No." to things that you like for a small time frame so that you can say "Yes." later and feel good about it and not feel guilty?
Are you worth a new wardrobe when you melt away the stored fat in you and nothing you own fits anymore?
Are you worth finally feeling proud of yourself when you look in a mirror instead of disgusted?
I know that once I figured out that "I am worth it!" It has changed my life. I have added years to my life and life to my years (cliched but so true). My family is proud of me, my kids are proud of me, my husband is proud of me and I am proud of me. This week I have been hearing over and over - "You look so great! And your pictures don't even do you justice!" I love it, but I worked hard to get here... and I am worth it!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
When in Maintenance 1 it is very hard to get in all your calories so there are a few foods that will become your best friends... one of those is unsweetened coconut flakes! So this dish became a favorite the first time I went through Maintenance and now in my second time of Maintenance it is still a go-to dish for me and it is SO EASY!
This is a picture of my dinner - meatloaf with marinara sauce, fresh green beans with onion, deviled eggs with avocado instead of mayo and of course, my ambrosia!
1 can Mandarin oranges (natural juice not syrup)
1 can Pineapple chunks or tidbits (natural juice not syrup)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix together in a bowl and enjoy!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Salt and pepper to taste
14 oz ground chicken breast (buy chicken breasts and ask the meat department to grind it for you)
1/2 tsp of dry mustard
1 tsp of onion flakes
4 Melba Toast rounds, crushed up
1/4 cup basic chicken broth (no sugar!)
1 Tblsp Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids (find at a local health food store)
10 drops Stevia Apricot Nectar drops (or orange or mango or nothing :-)
1. In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, cook the spinach and garlic with a little water until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.(1 protein, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 breadstick)
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Transfer the spinach mixture to a cutting board and chop coarsely. Place in a large mixing bowl with the ground chicken, mustard, onion flakes, and breadstick crumbs and mix well with your hands. In a small bowl combine the broth, liquid aminos and Stevia, add to the chicken mixture, stirring well to combine.
4. Transfer to a nonstick loaf pan and pat down firmly and evenly. Cover with foil and bake until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Makes 4 servings. Each serving has 130 calories
Friday, June 10, 2011
1 cup of coconut oil melted
1 cup unsweetened cocoa (Hershey's is great)
Stevia to taste (I use 8 packets of the Sweetleaf granules and about 4 droppers of KAL liquid Stevia as well)
Flavor with a multitude of choices...
Melt the oil and mix with the cocoa. Add the stevia and mix. Add any flavorings you want. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. After it sets, pop out and put in freezer bags to store. Enjoy!
The batch I made tonight I divided in half and added Peppermint Sweetleaf Stevia to half and Chocolate Raspberry Sweetleaf Stevia to the other half. I didn't skimp on the flavoring because I have made some and not added enough stevia and then it is pretty bitter (like really bitter dark chocolate). Much better to err on the side of too much than too little. I added 3 or 4 droppers of flavoring to each batch and it turned out fantastic! There is so much you can do with this too...
Add nuts (as they are allowed)
Add peanut butter (obviously sugar-free)
I actually mixed some greek yogurt with stevia and coconut to make a filling like for a Mounds bar - pour a little chocolate and set, add the filling and set and then add a little more chocolate to top it off - yummy! Make the peanut butter ones with the same layered effect.
Have fun with it and enjoy!
I have just finished my 2nd Round with Hcg and am in the process of going through Maintenance to stabilize. I started out at 199.7 lbs when I began on January 10th, I am currently working on stabilizing at 138.4 lbs. I have gone from a size 16 to a size 4 in 5 months. The Hcg diet has been the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time.
Let me re-state that the Hcg diet is not for the faint of heart - it takes will power and determination, but when followed correctly it is the most freeing diet I have ever done (and the most effective!)
Round 2 was easier in one aspect because I already knew what I was doing, having learned the ins and outs of the protocol while completing Round 1. So I didn't have to think as hard but it still took about a week to get back in the swing of things. I was concerned that the weight wouldn't come off as quickly on Round 2 but looking back on the completed Round I lost 30 lbs in the same time frame as the first round... about 40 days. I have trouble finding fault with those results. I plan on doing one last round when I finish up with this round of Maintenance in the middle of July. I have the last 12-15 lbs to lose and I figure at this point I am too close to my end goal to not reach it.
One thing I have learned during this round is that while it is vital to follow the VLCD protocol to a "T", it is equally important to follow the Maintenance exactly as specified. I made the mistake of going on a long awaited vacation with my husband (the vacation was not a mistake, but the timing certainly was) while still in the first week of Maintenance. I was not as structured on doing what I was supposed as I should have been and thus I have been having a heckuva time stabilizing. I have had more steak days than I ever thought possible and I am still not out of week 1 of Maintenance. I told my mom yesterday that when I finish my last round and enter Maintenance for the last time I will not be leaving the house for the first 2 weeks of it in order to make sure that I don't have this trouble next time. The vacation was fantastic, but I do regret not being more diligent while out of town. I am hoping that I can still rectify the situation but I have a funny feeling that the only way to do that will be to go to "clean eating" for 3 or 4 days in a row (clean eating is protein and veggies only - I will have to give up my fruits and I will miss them terribly) and then at that point I should be stable (fingers crossed). In order to do so I will make a trip to the store to stock up on veggies and meat.
I say all this to say, everyone makes mistakes and messes up at some point but the Hcg diet is not to blame. The only reason I am having issues right now is my own weakness while on vacation. The end result is that I am still at 138-140 lbs and I look great in a size 4 (smaller than I was when I got married almost 16 years ago). My 14 1/2 year old daughter wears a size 2 and I wear a size 4...really??? Isn't that crazy? My secret weapon is still and will remain the website that I ordered my product from and their customer support system. Check them out at
http://www.myhcgplus.com/a/5920 or click on the picture below to go straight there.
I am currently on my 4th week of Maintenence and will start a 2nd round of the Hcg protocol after my 6 weeks of Maintenence is up. I might hit my goal weight in my 2nd round and then I'll go through Maintenence one more time and be ready to move into Life Phase which means that I should never have to struggle with my weight again as long as I follow the Life Phase protocol. Basically, make smart choices, don't deprive yourself but don't get more than 2-5 pounds above your goal weight again. That is one of the reasons I picked this diet, I never want weight to be a struggle for me again.
The hardest thing for me is that some people have a preconceived notion about this diet and they make a judgement on it as soon as they hear that is what I'm doing... "I know someone that did that diet and it didn't work for them." "I heard that is dangerous!" "Why would you want to do a diet that puts hormones in your body???" "Have you been having side effects?"
If someone does the diet and doesn't get results, they probably aren't doing it properly and don't have the right support system and info. When done properly it isn't dangerous at all - in my small town I know of two different doctors that administer the diet through their offices and another doctor that recommends it. What I use is homeopathic heat imprinted and is not the actual hormone, it just gets the results. When done properly there are no side effects except feeling better, having more energy and looking fantastic!
I plan on posting more info with hints and suggestions and following my 2nd round as I move towards my goal weight. In my first round I lost 29.5 lbs in 32 days and without trying I have lost a little more in Maintenence (not the goal, but my body seems to like having my metabolism jumpstarted again after all these years!). I am down 38.2 lbs for a total of 19.13%. I will post a couple pictures, but stay tuned for more as things progress over the next couple months! (The first picture is when I started at 199.7 and the second picture is when I finished the first round at 173.6 - I am 161.5 right now.)
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WHERE I ORDER MY HCG PRODUCTS FROM YOU CAN CLICK ON THE MEASURING TAPE ABOVE MY PICTURE OR CHECK OUT THIS LINK.