Come on, ladies, don’t raise those eyebrows at me. Don’t pretend you don’t love using your period as an excuse to miss work, skip a work-out, eat a chocolate bar the size of your head and PMS salads that consist of potato chips drizzled with full-fat ranch. What? I’m the only one who does that? Well, you get my point.
Well, I’ve discovered a new way that it is a blessing. It is a blessing when you are on HCG drops and a very strict diet because you are not only allowed, but actually advised, to go back to your normal eating habits until your cycle is over. (They say you will feel like death is coming for you if you try to stay on the 500-cal diet during your cycle but I seriously felt fine the first half a day I did it, forgetting that I was supposed to eat more.) I may have taken the eat “normal/healthy” thing a bit outside the guidelines the makers of the diet had in mind, but I’m enjoying it. Trying not to enjoy it too much, but I have partaken of a few chips. And ranch dressing. *evil grin*
So I’m not sure how the weigh-in on Thursday will go since I’m not only retaining water but probably gaining a bit of non-water weight, but yesterday I was down another 2 lbs., making my total loss TWENTY FREAKIN’ POUNDS. Just imagine what twenty packages of butter (or 80 sticks) would look like and that’s how much fat I’ve gotten off this old bod since I started the blog in May. Woo-hoo!
Just wanted to give you a heads up on what’s going on so you’re not expecting a ten pound loss and I report a two-pound gain. These days don’t count as days on the diet, even though I’m still taking the drops, so right now I’ve got 16 days (8 pounds) under my belt with the drops and I’ll start counting them again once Aunt Flo bids me adieu. Usually I’m glad to see her go but I’m feeling a fondness for her that I haven’t in…never. lol. She lets me eat potato chip salad and cookies. She’s a pretty cool Aunt.
Anyway, this HCG drops protocol should be done a minimum of 21 days and a maximum of 45 so I’m looking at completing it somewhere around October 15th unless I lose more than expected and I can end it sooner. Whether I’m done with it or not on my birthday, I have tentatively decided I will eat the same food as my friends and family at the party and have a small piece of cake. Because it’s my birthday and I’ll eat cake if I want to. So there!
Oh, oh oh! I forgot to say! I entered a bunch of breads, cakes & cookies into the fair this year and I won ten ribbons (I plan to post recipes for those without links in the future):
2nd: Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze (class: oatmeal raisin cookies)
2nd: Carrot Cake Cookies (class: filled cookies–thanks for that recipe too, M!)
2nd: Carrot Cake
2nd: Hamburger buns (thank you to Laura for that recipe!)
3rd: Apple Cake
3rd: Pound Cake
3rd: Pumpkin Bread
3rd: Kansas Wheat Bread Basket
I didn’t take pics of all my winning entries but here are some:
Carrot Cake Cookies
Sugar cookies (I decorated them like the sheep from the “Sheep Thrills” logo for the fair this year. After snapping this, I added black to the feet for hooves which was cute but the edible marker ran once I wrapped them in plastic which made them look pretty awful.
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Sparkle Cookies
Kansas Wheat Bread Basket (includes french, whole wheat, honey oatmeal, garlic parm breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, a sesame seed bun, and some really ugly but tasty pretzels):
Governor’s Cookie Jar–it didn’t place but I wanted to show you the logo that I used to make my sugar cookies–it’s on the jar: