I forgot to post on my weigh-in day but I’m pleased to report I lost .8 pounds last week. Not phenomenal, but I’m still trucking along.
I received the HGC drops on Saturday, which set back my start date a few days and I began yesterday, Sunday August 29th. Throughout the HCG protocol, you take ten drops of the HCG under your tongue, hold it there for thirty seconds before swallowing. You do not eat or drink anything for thirty minutes after taking it. The first two days are much different from the remaining weeks of the diet (you do it for a minimum of 21 days and a maximum of 42, with four weeks off each time), as you are “loading” up your fat reserves so that the rest of the diet goes smoothly.
“Loading” is very much what it sounds like. You’re pigging yourself out for two days, keeping yourself in a constant state of being stuffed. If you watched the video in my last post, you know that this diet says there are three types of fat: 1) structural fat, which is part of your body’s makeup and is necessary for cushioning tissues, etc. 2) fat reserves, which your body stores for emergencies when you aren’t eating enough calories, and 3) abnormal fat, which is the fat it stores beyond what is needed in the reserves. Apparently this type of fat is harder to burn and the HCG hormone facilitates the process of using it.
So the first two days are required to make sure your fat reserves are fully stocked because, if you are like me and have been losing weight, your fat reserves are low. Fat reserves are the first thing you burn when your body needs to compensate for inadequate fuel. It will then reach for your abnormal fat, but the HGC makes it a lot easier for your body to release it. Anyway, if your fat reserves are low, this makes the HGC protocol very miserable for the first week or two as your body is not wanting to access the abnormal fat since your reserves are low and since you are on a very low-calorie diet (VLCD), you will feel lousy if you aren’t able to use the abnormal fat.
So I’m winding up day two of the HGC protocol and am really ready to start this VLCD. I hate feeling stuffed and although I’ve been trying to stay stuffed all day, it has been impossible for me. I dared to get slightly hungry before dinner both yesterday and today. But I have seriously been eating tons of high-calorie foods and I think I’ve done a decent job storing up my fat reserves:
Breakfast: THREE of the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls that I made with extra sugar. The first made my heart lurch. The third nearly killed me.
Lunch: my beloved Gourmet Supreme burger with fries and a REAL Pepsi from Spangles. It has probably been about eight years since I’ve drunk an entire regular, non-diet pop, and it just felt so wrong! I felt like I’d been hit by a semi after eating all that and now I remember why I eat hamburger salads instead.
Snack: half a tub of sour cream and chive dip with potato chips (I soooo miss this comfort snack from my childhood! It was one of the only junk foodie things we ever had and it was special b/c we only got it like once a year.)
Dinner: Chinese buffet. *groan*
Breakfast: the other half of the sour cream and chive dip with potato chips and a Dove dark chocolate bar. Health food to the max!
Lunch: one piece of Pizza Hut supreme pizza, an ounce of cashews and a bag of Pretzel M&Ms
Dinner: Ultimate breakfast at Village Inn: Ham steak, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, 2 eggs, hash browns, three pancakes with (not sugar-free) syrup, followed by a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Because you can’t eat at Village Inn and NOT have a slice of pie. Besides. I had an excuse this time.
After dinner snack: Chocolate Turtle Cookie (just another of the million things I’ve made for the fair competitions)
So I’m sitting here, still stuffed to the max. I should be good to go for a month of starvation–lol.
One thing I have noticed is that the HCG hormone is definitely affecting my insulin sensitivity. I need a lot less insulin for each meal. Usually I would have taken 7-10 units of inulin just for the pie at dinner, but I took 8 units total for the entire meal, including the pie, and my blood sugar still dropped afterward, which is why I had the cookie that I sooooo didn’t want to eat. This makes sense to me since HCG is a hormone found in pregnant women and I noticed that when my hormones change around my period, I need a lot less insulin then too. It’s nice that it makes me so sensitive to insulin, thus requiring me to take less and save money (yes, I am so cheap that I hate paying to live!), but I will have to be sure to have glucose tablets with me at all times in case a low hits. I am adjusting my insulin accordingly and hope that I won’t have to deal too much with low blood sugars as they are such a pain in the rear and can be dangerous, although I’ve never been hospitalized for one in my 9 years of being diabetic.
Hey, you know what’s crazy? The only fruit & vegetables I’ve had in the last two days was in the strawberry rhubarb pie!! OMgosh, I’m so ready to drown myself with salad and lean meat tomorrow. And apples! Bring on the health food!
If you want to witness my poor attempt at what was going to be a vlog today, here you go. I don’t finish many of my thoughts and don’t explain things well and tend to ramble so I decided I’d be better off typing. I figured out I should probably organize my thoughts before doing a vlog and probably shouldn’t do them first thing in the morning, unshowered and in my PJs, and when my mind has still got the fuzzies. In any case, my memory card ran out and then I didn’t have time to do it over properly so here’s what I managed to record. Unedited! Don’t hate on my Tweety Bird PJ’s. Or the jiggle in my rear. Or that spot of white flour on the table. Or the ten million dish towels stuffed into the oven handle. Or the sacks of flour and sugar strewn about the oven and counter behind me. Or that dirty spot on the floor. Just don’t hate.