I do not profess to be a medical professional of any kind. I do not offer medical advice. I don't feel I know very much at all for that matter. What this blog is, is my own experiences through my weight loss journey. All the ups, downs and in betweens. I will share what works for me and what doesn't. I appreciate your love and support, because, afterall, support through this life changing experience is so important and essential. You are more than welcome to ask questions...but please remember, again, I am not a health care professional and I will answer you only based on my own personal opinion and experiences.
Dr. Simoens Protocol

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I am back

Good morning everyone.

I am back at the very low calorie diet. I had to stop the shots back in August because I was trying to stop smoking and found that doing both just didn't work for me. I paid for that with some weight gain, but As of this morning I am down 11.6 lb and on my second week.

I have had a number of questions about stalls. What causes them and how to get around them.

First I am not a doctor, but through experience I have found illness, stress, not followiing protocol to the letter and the lack of sleep has cause me to not loose weight.

Second, could be our expectation of what loosing weight is supposed to look like. "I want it now" (great line from Willy Wonk film), is not how it looks. That is a Yo-Yo diet, quick and fast. Where has that gotten most people, weight gone and then regained.

If nothing else, HCG should be a time of learning. If you eat healthy, get rest and pay attention to what your body does and says, then you will have success.

I look at this whole thing as a rebirth. We are born, but can not walk, we learn to roll over firt, then on our hands and knees. From their we learn to pull ourselves up and then we take our first steps. Not long after that first step we learn to run.

Our weight didn't magically appear, but with the help of HCG in can disappear. That is up to you. You have to be realistic in your expectation. Average loss is .2 -.75 lb per day, not 5 and 6 lbs (if that happens it is a bonus)but with that you have to know that there will be stalls. Your body has to catch up. Inches are just as important as pounds lost.

A word to the wise HOLIDAYS ARE COMEING be prepared if you are on the diet or if you are on maintance. There is no written law that you have to over indulge. You can enjoy the holidays and the over abundence of food. Be wise in your choices of what you eat and don't set yourself up for failure. If all else go off the diet (shot or drops) inadvance and get on maintance. Then again be wise in the food choices. The time you have been on the diet should have taught you what you should be staying away from, small amounts of unhealth food, eat on a small plate (7 inch or so), bring your own side dishes that are healthy. It all works and you will feel better about the holidays.

Have a great day and happy loosing.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

First Week Down

I started back a week ago and the scale has been very good to me...I am down 13 lbs and I went shopping because none of my clothes fit me anymore. I am in a straight 18 now that was from a 24/26 in January.

I take the shots and find I have soooooooo much energy and I am going to need all this when school starts in 2 weeks. I am a student, full time and I carry a full load of studies ontop of everything I have chosen to quit smoking after 50 yrs. I need to be healthy all the way around.

If you are on HCg and are a follower, jump on in with questions or comments.

I hope to post about every 4 to 5 days so you all can help me track my progress.

Happy losing....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My 12 Weeks are over

As of August 1st I finished up my 12 weeks of maintance and was a success, no weight gain.

I have dropped 9.8 lbs and the week isn't up yet. I am back on the VLCD and am loving it.

Success is all in how much you want it and I want to be at my ideal weight for my health.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I am back again...

Waving at everyone...School is over until mid August...now I can concentrate on me.

Good news is I have been off HCg since the second week of May and have maintained my weight. I still have another month to go, but it has become easy to know exactly what I can eat and what I can't.

I devised a plan, figured out the calorie count and know what will cause me to gain.
I do go out to dinner, I do enjoy the foods I allow myself to have, but I DON'T go overboard with my eating. I do eat 3 times a day and a couple of healthy snacks also. I don't skip meals....very important....that is how you put on weight...being very hungry and over eating.

I have learned to listen to my body..that little knawing isn't hunger so I feed it Ice tea, water or coffee (both iced and hot), I have learned to have food cooked MY WAY and substitue what I want. If not I get up and leave.. My husband eats like I do because it is healthy and he is beginning to see and feel the difference.

The best advice I can give anyone about dieting is:

Be realistic with your goals
Make a plan and stick to that plan
Don't beat yourself up if you slip up...move on

Monday, May 10, 2010

Getting Enough Sleep

Did you know if you don't get enough sleep every night it will affect your weight loss? I didn't believe this until I had to do a long turn on homework (1am Math). I got up the next morning at the normal time 6am, made my sleepy way to the scale. OMG I know I stuck to the diet to the letter. I was up a 1.2 pounds...I was stunned and went back to bed because I just couldn't function. Slept 3 more hours solid. I weighted once again and low and behold I as not only down the 1.2, but another pound. So I lost a pound for that day..this was back in my 2nd round.
A healthy body is a rested body. I have proof that getting enough sleep is all part of this weight loss. I feel better and can focuse on what I need to do during the day and at school. ( I am a full time college student and a senior citzen), so be warned "Sleep is important" your body needs time to rest...do this and your body will be good to you.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My First Week Back On VLCD

I am so excited that I am back on the road to weight loss yet again. I managed the 6 weeks off with a 2 pound loss (still in the realm of ok). I only gained 1.2 lbs on my load, kind of scratched my head at that because I loaded like a starving pig (and sick as a dog).
I can happily report that as of this morning I am down 10.8 pound and feel wonderful. There will be another closet cleaning in the next few weeks, everything is just baggy on me. Wooooooooohooooooooo.
It is important that you stick to the protocol because it works. Don't do your own thing because that is why the diets in the past have not worked. Put you first along with your health and you will win. Have a wonderful Mothers Day All

I have borrowed information from my Daughter.

This is important stuff to know because the not knowing why things happen can cause you to stop what is working.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Break through that awful Plateau!

okay...here I am 4 weeks into Round 4, P2 and only down 5 lbs -
but I have to explain...
I experienced a very rare type of plateau
And I want to let you know about my experience and how you can push through it...
Essetially your hypothalamus creates a blueprint of what it "thinks" your perfect weight should be - how this happens, is if at one time in your life you have lost a significant amount of weight - maintained it for some period of time - and then rather quickly, gain weight back + more.
So my experience started about 11 years ago, when my youngest son was almost 2 years old...I worked my bootie off for about 6 to 8 months - exercising everyday for more than an hour each morning - and changed my eating habits - really trying to lose the baby weight that I had packed on from the previous 6 years (4 boys were so worth each of those horrible little pounds :o) ) I did a good job - losing about 45 pounds in that period of time. I kept it off over a year - continuing to exercise and eat right.
After that first year though, I started experiencing some horrible "female" troubles. No matter how much I exercised, I slowly started to gain weight....then I ended up having a hysterectomy and that's all it took - I gained 65 lbs back (20 more than I had lost!) I was so depressed but at least I was not having those "problems" I was having so I had to count my blessing where they were...
Fast forward to right now...When I reached 181 pounds - my body went back to that previous weight that I spent about a year at all those 11 years ago...My body was saying that 181 was the perfect weight and didn't need to go lower - although I know for a fact that 165 is my ideal and goal weight.
More than TWO WEEKS at 181 and no fluctuating...I was getting depressed...I was being other's cheerleader and yet even after losing 70 lbs, I was not happy with this stall!!!
I went in research mode - I read everything I could get my hands on - and finally found an article about plateaus and stalls and found the information that I just gave you - but now to fix the problem -
Basically all I could do was to stick it out - NO CHEATING!!! which again was a little depressing with no downward movement on the scale...but keep with the injections and keep up with the 500 calorie diet...and eventually your body will get with the program and start dropping the weight again.
And I'm happy to say - this morning I am weighing 177.2!!!! the 170's!!!! I haven't been there since before baby #1 almost 18 years ago!!!!
So again - at week 4 I have only lost 5 lbs - but so grateful for those 5 lbs being gone!
Two more weeks and I'll take the loss that I can get...but I will take the summer off and if need be, I will do one more round to lose those pesky few last pounds! I'll keep you updated on that when it happens.
On a super amazing note - I went shopping the other day - and i put on a size 10 jeans - AND THEY FIT...zipped up, fit like they were made for me and will be going back when I lose 5 more pounds (I reward myself when I hit little goals). And bonus - my blood pressure and heart rate were "that of a runner" quote from Dr. Hottie!
Keep going because you are worth it! I am living proof that this protocol works! I am here for you all and I'm grateful too for all the support I get from readers and my family and friends!
take care and happy mother's day to everyone!
Posted by my family is 4ever at 2:30 AM