As promised, I’m off the HCG drops as of yesterday. I was worried that it would be hard to stay on the low-calorie diet the last two days without them (it is recommended to stay on it two days after discontinuing use since the HCG is still in your system) but yesterday was just about as easy as all the days with them. I’m feeling just a little bit hungrier today and ate a snack of a few ounces of turkey between breakfast (Honeycrisp apple) and lunch (a bunless bison burger).
I was hoping to report that while on the HCG drops, my total weight loss was 15 pounds because I weighed in at 148.6 yesterday and thought for sure I’d be 148 by this morning. No such luck. Today I weighed in at 149.4-my exact weight from Tuesday (which means a total loss of 13.6 while on the drops). I didn’t even have my allowed two pieces of fruit yesterday because I forgot them, which means I somehow managed to gain a pound while under-eating! The body works in mysterious ways sometimes. But I’m going to stay positive and work hard, including exercise, to not only stay where I am but lose more.
So here’s my results during the first week of The Hot 100 challenge (there are now 94 participants–if you haven’t joined, do so now–Friday is the cut off and it would be so cool to have 100 participants!):
*2.8 pounds lost
*Increased the time on our dog walks from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Admittedly, this is solely due to Jessie, our dog’s, increased energy now that the weather is cooler. The real exercise starts tomorrow and I’m actually kind of getting excited about it!
*I took a multivitamin every day!
*My average blood sugar for the week was 146. That’s up from the 7 day average two days ago because I forgot to take my Lantus on Wednesday (it took me all day to figure out why I couldn’t get my blood sugar under 180!), but it is down from the usual 155. Win!
*I definitely got in my fruits and veggies since they are a staple on my strict diet. This will be more of a challenge once my food choices are up to myself, but I do not foresee having any problem with it since I like vegetables and can tolerate fruit. (Anyone else weird like me that likes veggies more than fruit?)
The main goal for this next week is DO NOT GAIN WEIGHT! To do this I will:
*Track my calories on paper or on sparkpeople.com, journaling everything I eat, and keeping them at 1,200.
*Steer clear of major sources of refined sugar and flour. No dessert or white bread/rice/pasta.
*Exercise (I’m talking aerobic and strength training) at least four days this week. I want to say every day, but since I haven’t been on a workout regimen in so long, it will probably take some time to get back into good enough shape that I can do that.
And of course I will continue taking my multivitamin and eating at least four servings of fruit and vegetables every day.
I didn’t realize it until I was calculating my total loss while on the HCG drops, but my total loss since the beginning of this blog is now 25.6 pounds! I just went past my 25-pound milestone! Woo hoo! Let’s celebrate with some comparison pictures (I will take photos wearing the black and white exercise outfit soon for better comparison but this is all I’ve got for now, which were taken in a hurry before we left for a Bible study):