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random question...I know you are allowed a tablespoon of milk a day....is there a reason this couldnt be yogurt? Maybe in a smaller amount?

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ok I'm gonna do this! Seeing your successes makes me think this could work If nothing else at least it will hopefully jumpstart me on a grain free diet...which is something I know I need to do! I'm sure I will have more questions...thank you for being here. Oh I do have a question now...where did you get your scales to weigh the meat? How much do they cost?

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congrats! So, curious if anyone has noticed any other pleasant side effects with HCG? There's a few that I hear often and some I've experienced...just wondering...
loose bowels, insomnia and crazy, weird dreams.

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I have no idea about the milk/yogurt thing. I don't drink the milk.

I got my food scale at Super Walmart in the kitchen gadget aisle. It was $19.97 (I just found the receipt in my purse today lol). I love it! I can almost gauge now how much 100 g is. I get pretty darn close, but I always measure anyway just to be sure.

I'm proud to say I'm having an emotional rollercoaster day and I did NOT eat my feelings! If you care to read the whole story it's in the mental health section. Anyway, usually I would get really upset and treat myself with ice cream or chips or something else bad in order to make myself feel better. Today, I didn't even have the desire to do it! This diet has really caused me to alter my feelings towards food. It's like seeing it in a whole new light.

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ok I'm gonna do this! Seeing your successes makes me think this could work If nothing else at least it will hopefully jumpstart me on a grain free diet...which is something I know I need to do! I'm sure I will have more questions...thank you for being here. Oh I do have a question now...where did you get your scales to weigh the meat? How much do they cost?
Yay!
I got my kitchen scale at Target a few years ago...I believe it was less than $25, may have even been in the $15-19 range? It weighs up to 11 lbs in either ounces or grams.

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I'm proud to say I'm having an emotional rollercoaster day and I did NOT eat my feelings! If you care to read the whole story it's in the mental health section. Anyway, usually I would get really upset and treat myself with ice cream or chips or something else bad in order to make myself feel better. Today, I didn't even have the desire to do it! This diet has really caused me to alter my feelings towards food. It's like seeing it in a whole new light.
Awesome!! no emotional eating on a turbulent day!! That's an accomplishment.


Oh and as for the milk/yogurt thing? I don't know. According to the protocol you can sub fat free cottage cheese for a protein. If you had yogurt it would need to be fat free and plain...so no fat or sugar and you'd have to calculate that in to your daily calorie total. Not saying it is a good idea or not...because I don't know.

I don't have the tbls of allotted milk just because I have no need...don't drink coffee, don't like milk in my tea. I've just in the last few days stopped eating the melba toast as I am wanting to be dairy, grain and gluten free entirely. So far so good!

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This diet has really caused me to alter my feelings towards food. It's like seeing it in a whole new light.
That is what I am hoping for most of all. I think I want to skip the melba toast too because I don't think i like it and i am afraid it will be a trigger for me. Do i need to substitute something to make up the calories? or do you think i can just skip it?

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Maybe it's just me, but I'm always over 500 calories if I eat everything on the list. I'm close when it's just 2 meats and 1 fruit. Maybe because I'm using ground beef (I'm sick of flank steak). Do you use Fitday.com? I track my weight and log my food there.

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I'm up .6 today. I knew a gain was coming. I haven't had a BM in days. Plus, my period is due tomorrow, but who knows if that will happen. It's so wacky now because of the hcg. I see Smooth Move tea again in my future. Natural Calm hasn't done a thing for me unfortunately.

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how much are you taking?
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I'm down 1.4 this morning, which is good because I stalled for most of last week.

Today I'm doing a buffalo chicken salad for lunch and fajitas w/ flank and onions for dinner.

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Oh and as for the milk/yogurt thing? I don't know. According to the protocol you can sub fat free cottage cheese for a protein. If you had yogurt it would need to be fat free and plain...so no fat or sugar and you'd have to calculate that in to your daily calorie total. Not saying it is a good idea or not...because I don't know.
I don't think I'd start w/ yogurt, but that's just me. Simeons said vegetarians could use cottage cheese, but they shouldn't expect the same results.

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Coming back out of the woodwork to post my results of the last several days.

So, on Friday 8/6 I weighed in at .2lbs less then the day before. Saturday morning also showed me down another .2lbs. Then Sunday morning, I gained back those .4lbs, which was very, very frustrating as I haven't cheated at all. Monday (yesterday) showed no movement at all. Then this morning I was down 2lbs!

I only have a week of so left, so I'm hoping for no more stalls. I'm down about 14lbs, and would love to lose at least 4-6 more. Wish me luck!

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how much are you taking?
I'm doing 1/2 tsp still. I should probably up it.

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I'm doing 1/2 tsp still. I should probably up it.
Oh yeah, thats a tiny amount! Take at least 2tsp. If nothing happens, take 3tp the next day. You'll be glad you did!

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Oh sweet lord, 2 tsp worked. Too well. Definitely going to try 1 tsp next time. lol.

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Well, now you know.

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Well, I'm glad it worked! I do 3 tsp every night and have for years...love that stuff! Sounds like 1 tsp would be better for you right now!
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Down 1lb today. Yay!

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it's just a matter of hanging in there! Way to go, mama! Admit it, this sounded NUTS a few months ago!
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and you seem to be getting out of bed earlier....
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I still kind of think it's nuts.

I've had some early mornings the past couple of weeks, this week in particular I have somewhere to be by 10:30 at the latest every day. Today is no exception. Off to a crazy day...

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Down 1.4 lb again today! 2 weeks left of VLCD for me!

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Rock on, ladies! You guys are doing great!

After my poo-stravaganza yesterday, I am now down 1.6 lbs. I'm going to start trying 1 tsp daily of natural calm and hope that keeps things moving. I don't want to wait until it's all backed up again. lol.

Total loss so far 22.2 lbs!

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Total loss so far 22.2 lbs!

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Today I pick up my Rx....tomorrow I start loading

I am still kind of anxious about the whole thing...normally I plan and research much longer...but that is an issue. I never get around to starting that way!

I need to order a cheesecake from my favorite bakery lol

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I researched it for months before I jumped in. My initial thought when I heard you only eat 500 cal during P2 was "I must have heard that wrong. There is NO way!" I first heard about it from Dr. Eisenstein. I'm on his email list and he was constantly sending updates on his weight loss. I was shocked at the numbers! So I watched/listened to his webinar on it.

I still waited several months before I decided to do it. (I probably would have done it sooner, but I ended up unexpectedly pregnant and then had a m/c). I did some more research after that happened and was like LETS DO IT!

The rest is history! You'll be so glad you took the plunge! The results are nothing short of amazing!

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Down .8lbs today. That's 16lbs total in 18 days. Not bad, considering I am doing this as a vegetarian.

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-20.6 lbs in 23 days on VLCD
-33.2 lbs total

One thing I'd like to add to all that we've discussed here, especially for those just thinking about it or in the early days of the protocol:

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Your weight loss may not be linear and that is ok...it doesn't mean you've done anything wrong.
I've been up and down this last week and had to trust the process, which is hard after the early days of watching the pounds come (seemingly) melting off.

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It is hard to see the scale start to slow down. Today I'm up .2 lb. I did 1 tsp of NC last night. Obviously 2 tsp is where it's at. I have to make sure to time it out perfectly today so I have a couple hours available if you know what I mean.

I had a small cheat last night. I ate 145 g of flank steak instead of 100 g. I also had Bragg's liquid aminos (which I never usually have because I avoid soy that isn't fermented) and I went a little hog wild with it. I'm chugging the water today so hopefully I can flush it all out.

Tomorrow is my last day of drops. This weekend I'll be at my ILs house suffering through birthday cake, brats, cheese & crackers. With no drops to keep me going, I'm REALLY afraid I'm going to crack. DH is already helping me mentally prepare. He's helping me plan out my meals and stuff. I know my ILs are going to be all "why are you on a diet?" I just plan on telling them I'm on an elimination diet to help find out what I'm allergic to. That's really not far from reality. I know I have food sensitivities (eczema).

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Down .8lbs today. That's 16lbs total in 18 days. Not bad, considering I am doing this as a vegetarian.
That's great! Congrats!!!

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