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post #21 of 1914
Hmmm. Down today, about a half a pound. I had a two hour ballet class last night and I ate late, so I think that had something to do with it because I've been losing a pound a day or more this week. I'm not worried though, all is good. Woke up starving this morning, though, so may have melba and fruit for "breakfast." Seems easier for me to eliminate dinner than breakfast or lunch...
post #22 of 1914
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Shed another 1.4 lbs yesterday.

That's 6.2 lbs in 3 days.

Feeling good!
post #23 of 1914
Woot!

I'm down 2.4 lbs!
post #24 of 1914
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Woot!

I'm down 2.4 lbs!


Awesome!

I try not to over-sell the protocol to anyone...as I know it's not for everyone nor is it 'easy' but, all that said:

ISN'T IT AWESOME!!!
post #25 of 1914
Dude, I'm having a really hard time with this. I miss cheese. I miss snacks. I miss breakfast. I'm only 10 days in and doing the 40 day protocol is seeming near impossible right now, especially when I have to cook "real" meals for the kids and DH.
post #26 of 1914
one of the things that I love is a smoothie. I use frozen strawberries, blueberries, water, fat free powdered milk, cocoa powder and splenda and blend. i can either drink it with a straw of freeze it for awhile then eat it like sorbet.

I dice and cook apples with splenda and cinnamon then cool and eat with cottage cheese.

there is also tons of recipes at happilythinnerafter. i love the macaroon recipe.
post #27 of 1914
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Dude, I'm having a really hard time with this. I miss cheese. I miss snacks. I miss breakfast. I'm only 10 days in and doing the 40 day protocol is seeming near impossible right now, especially when I have to cook "real" meals for the kids and DH.
I still eat breakfast. I just eat an apple that I "borrow" from my lunch. My real struggle is from 10-3. I just want to stuff my face non-stop. So I eat my apple at 10. Once I feel hungry again, I do more drops, wait a half hour, and then start making lunch etc. I eat basically at 10, 1, 3:30, and 6. At 6 I have my melba toast "borrowed" from dinner. I've learned that you can be flexible with the drops, which is nice. I take them at 9:30, 12:30, and 5:30.

Cooking for DH and the kids is tough though. That is probably one of the hardest things for me. I want to lick the ketchup off my kids' spoons. It looks so delicious! Just typing that made my mouth water.

Last night I made meatballs for dinner. I weighed out my beef first and set it off to the side. I made their meatballs and started cooking them on the stove (in bacon grease! ). I made mine and ate before their food was even done. That seemed to help a little. That ketchup though. Oh man. Looked soooo good!

Today we did baked chicken for dinner. I zested a lemon and used the juice to bake them in a casserole dish. The kids actually like chicken so it's not a sacrifice on their part. I just made sure to eat my weighed portion. I love side dishes, but because I had an enormous (3.5 oz) plate of spinach with my homemade dressing I didn't even think about it.

The recipe for the dressing was
strawberries (I used 6)
2 tbsp ACV
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper

I only used 2 tbsp of this because it was pretty flavorful. It was pretty damn amazing!
post #28 of 1914
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Dude, I'm having a really hard time with this. I miss cheese. I miss snacks. I miss breakfast. I'm only 10 days in and doing the 40 day protocol is seeming near impossible right now, especially when I have to cook "real" meals for the kids and DH.
That would be tough. Sorry you're having such a tough time of it.

You don't have to skip breakfast. Just use something from lunch...like PP suggests. Take your apple that you'd have alloted for lunch and sprinkle it with cinnamon and bake it. Or something like that.

I can't recommend The HCG Dieters Cookbook (I linked to it in a previous post) enough. Tonight's dinner was her recipe for Cinnamon Chicken and another recipe for Sweet Japanese Cucumber salad. I added my half grapefruit segments to the cuke salad and the melba toast was used in the chicken dish. It was all so good and flavorful.

I adore her recipe for chili and really enjoyed the crunchy chicken salad made with diced apple and diced cukes.

What I love about her book is that she is very creative without going outside the allowed foods.

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Originally Posted by Sharlla View Post
one of the things that I love is a smoothie. I use frozen strawberries, blueberries, water, fat free powdered milk, cocoa powder and splenda and blend. i can either drink it with a straw of freeze it for awhile then eat it like sorbet.

I dice and cook apples with splenda and cinnamon then cool and eat with cottage cheese.

there is also tons of recipes at happilythinnerafter. i love the macaroon recipe.
Yummy.

So glad that is working for you.
I'm curious about using blueberries, cottage cheese and fat free powdered milk though...you haven't had problems with them? I'm only asking since they aren't 'on protocol' and that interests me.

Oh, I guess I should ask if you are on Phase 2....all of that is fine for Phase 3.

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The recipe for the dressing was
strawberries (I used 6)
2 tbsp ACV
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper

I only used 2 tbsp of this because it was pretty flavorful. It was pretty damn amazing!
I made that same Strawberry Viniagrette the other night. So perfect on spinach! I'm gonna make some tomorrow and dh has asked that I make extgra for him, he liked it that much.
post #29 of 1914
Okay - mini breakthrough. I bought some hazlenut and orange flavored stevia and now I can make fake Italian sodas. I love that.

I had downloaded the 101 HCG recipes pdf, but nothing I've made so far has really wowed me. Although, I did make some chicken "fajitas" with chicken, some chile-lime seasoning, cumin and lots of black pepper. I grilled in a foil package with a bunch of sliced onions. That was kind of inspired by the recipe, but I doctored it up a lot. I'll have to look at the e-book, it sounds like it might be a lot better than mine...
post #30 of 1914
OK, I am cautiously dipping my toes in here. Today was day 1 for me- so drops and fat loading. It did not go so well, by the afternoon I had developed a migraine and wound up falling asleep for several hours to try to escape it. When I woke up I felt better, but there's still a bit of nagging head pain and nausea. I'm not going to blame it on the diet though, as I have been running on empty all week (little sleep, lots of stress). Hopefully I will feel better in the morning. I am meeting a friend at a local French bakery/pastry shop for brunch and am really looking forward to eating whatever looks good there. Fat, here I come!

Anyhoo, is anyone else doing this as a vegetarian? I've been veg for about 13 years now. I have about 50-60lbs to lose and am hoping that the vegetarian protein subs won't hamper the results too much. I'll be using eggs, lowfat cottage cheese, and brown rice protein powder.

Looking forward to reading other people's posts on their journey. Can't wait to post after day 3 or 4 when I have lost a few pounds.
post #31 of 1914
Today is my third day and I'm doing the injections. I tried the homeopathic drops which didn't work since I was STARVING. After tons of research I do not believe the drops work and I think they are a scam. I never showed a positive pregnancy test while on the drops and my keto strips did not show I was burning fat since they never changed colors (red)

Now that I'm on the injections my pregnancy test is + and my keto strips are red...Plus I'm not hungry AT ALL.

Has anyone had the same experience?
post #32 of 1914
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Today is my third day and I'm doing the injections. I tried the homeopathic drops which didn't work since I was STARVING. After tons of research I do not believe the drops work and I think they are a scam. I never showed a positive pregnancy test while on the drops and my keto strips did not show I was burning fat since they never changed colors (red)

Now that I'm on the injections my pregnancy test is + and my keto strips are red...Plus I'm not hungry AT ALL.

Has anyone had the same experience?
The homeopathic drops are working GREAT for me.
All I can speak to is the drops I'm using...I don't know about other products/manufacturers; I'm using EVOKE.

I am not hungry at all, I'm losing weight at a wonderful rate...6.2 lbs in the first 3 days of the low cal diet.

Due to the nature of homeopathics I don't expect my drops to activate a pregnancy test. But as long as they work in my body

All that said, everyone's body/chemistry is different. I am not doubting your words that the drops didn't work for you. And I am delighted for you that the injections are effective.
post #33 of 1914
I'm down 6 lbs total!

I'm pretty weak today. Like how I feel when I've had a stomach bug and haven't eaten in days. lol. I'm not hungry though. I made my husband and kids scrambled eggs and toast today and while it smelled amazing, I didn't feel the urge to eat it. I hadn't even taken drops yet.

Last night I took a detox bath. 2 c Epsom salt, 1 c baking soda, and a hunk of organic ginger for 20 min. I could tell it was working. After I got out, I was sweating while I was watching tv. My house was on the chillier side too. It was nice to feel like it was working to rid my body of toxins.

As far as the injectibles v. homeopathics argument, I don't know. The drops do tide me over when I feel "starving." I thought that was what they were supposed to do. I guess I'll never know how it measures up against the injectibles. I just can't afford them right now.
post #34 of 1914
Clovergirl- Enjoy your loading! I skimped a little on day 2 of loading. I really wanted Taco Bell for some reason and I didn't get it. I kept thinking about it yesterday, but made some food to scratch the itch. Good luck on doing it as a vegetarian! I'm a (humanely raised) beef eater.
post #35 of 1914
Hey - mary3

In the cookbook, do you use the onions she calls for in her recipes? I didn't think it was protocol to mix veggies and she uses onions in pretty much all of her recipes and in addition to other veggies. I'm thinking of just subbing onion powder or eliminating the "other" veggie in some cases...
post #36 of 1914
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Hey - mary3

In the cookbook, do you use the onions she calls for in her recipes? I didn't think it was protocol to mix veggies and she uses onions in pretty much all of her recipes and in addition to other veggies. I'm thinking of just subbing onion powder or eliminating the "other" veggie in some cases...
I've read several thing about this.
Some consider the onions to be one of the allowed spices, like garlic.

My take is that as long as I use it in smallish quantities (like never more than half a smallish onion) I can see it as a spice. Most of her recipes use a smallish quantity.

But there is always the chance that anything on the approved list could be a problem for someone's unique chemistry...at least that's my take on it.

So far I've been doing well with including small amounts of onion. If it seems to stall my weightloss then I'd switch to powdered form maybe.

HTH,
post #37 of 1914
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So glad that is working for you.
I'm curious about using blueberries, cottage cheese and fat free powdered milk though...you haven't had problems with them? I'm only asking since they aren't 'on protocol' and that interests me.

Oh, I guess I should ask if you are on Phase 2....all of that is fine for Phase 3.


from pounds and inches

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In countries where cottage cheese made from skimmed milk is available 100 grams may occasionally be used instead of the meat, but no other cheeses are allowed.
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Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours.
and strawberries are allowed, i assume since blueberries are low carb as well as negative calorie food (like strawberries) they are acceptable and no I have not had stalls using any of these food items. and yes I eat these on P2.

I also typically eat 4 times a day. I will have a smoothie for breakfast, lunch and dinner is veggie and protein and snack is apple. sometimes I will use a tomato as the fruit and just have that with lunch or dinner if I want. I also eat sugar free jello as stacks with no ill effects.
post #38 of 1914
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from pounds and inches





and strawberries are allowed, i assume since blueberries are low carb as well as negative calorie food (like strawberries) they are acceptable and no I have not had stalls using any of these food items. and yes I eat these on P2.

I also typically eat 4 times a day. I will have a smoothie for breakfast, lunch and dinner is veggie and protein and snack is apple. sometimes I will use a tomato as the fruit and just have that with lunch or dinner if I want. I also eat sugar free jello as stacks with no ill effects.
Oh, yeah, I forgot about the notation about fat free cottage cheese.

As for the rest, I'm delighted it's working for you! No judgement at all from me, merely curiosity.
post #39 of 1914
I forgot that about cottage cheese. Man, that sounds so freaking good right now. I love cottage cheese and apples together. Yum!

Oh and I'm down another .8 lbs since my weigh in this morning. I peed again.
post #40 of 1914
Yay. i have found that drinking lots of water, a couple cups of green tea and a few TBS of ACV really helps with the losses
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