Cutting grains and sugars from my diet has been the best thing I could have done! Everyday is bringing something new in health and weight loss. I am currently 4 lbs below my last drop weight (LDW), but the fat shifting is still going on! Of course, it also helps that I am in full ketosis (I don't burn carbs for energy, I burn fat).
I have been shopping in my own closet. I have found a couple of skorts that I bought from a catalog YEARS ago (12 years to be exact). One of them fit OK, the other was too small (although I could squeeze in them, blah). Now, I am wearing the "too small" one and it fits perfectly! Not to say I am a skinny minnie, but I am in virgin fat territory (VFT)! Meaning, I am thinner then I have ever been before.
I will be ordering my next batch of HCG on May 22nd. I will be ordering 45 days worth, and after 2 weeks, I find that the HCG is working well, I will order another 45 days worth and go long again. It just works better for me, and I would never encourage anyone to deviate from Dr. S's protocol.
There is a lot to be said for having a new and in many cases, better outlook on life. Having a life revolved around being fat, and frankly, eating to stay fat, is no life at all. So many people sell themselves short. On the HCG forum, so many tell me that they admire my strength, admire my will power, admire my staying power, and then say they could never do what I do. That makes me sad. Sad that they have so little faith in themselves. I am not doing anything magical. I am not even really trying. What I am doing different is thinking. I am weighing (no pun, truly) out the pros and cons. Is it really a "con" to stop eating bread? Bread (and it's various cousins: cake, cookies, muffins, doughnuts...) is not the end all, be all of life. If you were told by a doctor that bread was toxic to you, and would kill you the next time you ate it, would you really miss it? Your life compared to a slice of bread, you choose. That's where I am. I am only 1 slice of bread from going back to 350 lbs +.
Now that I am down 64 lbs, I don't want to go back up. I have MONTHS invested. Attitude adjustments, family changes, a healthy perspective instead of consistently being pessimistic. Life holds new adventures and new challenges! I have wasted my whole adult life hiding behind my big, fat belly. Pretending that I didn't care. Being "funny" and self depreciating. Wishing that I could wear the cute clothes my friends were wearing. Going into a 5, 7, & 9 store and being told that nothing would fit me (true story), to which my size 0 friend responded that all the clothes here were far to big for her!
Truly, I have no secrets or magic formulas. I do not spend hours at the gym. I am not doing much more than walking with a purpose and cleaning my house. I am also eating healthy foods, being as clean as possible. This Mother's Day, my middle son said to me "Mom, I like you", meaning "you look great!". That warms my heart so much.
Almost any diet will work, to a point, if you stick to it. Yo-Yo dieting doesn't work for anyone. Even if you don't want to "diet" per se, just eating veggies and meats, cutting out process foods, grains, starches, sugars, will show on your waist line. Why not eat the foods that are good for you in any quantity you want? Have real butter! Eat steak! How about a whole plate of yummy broccoli?
Yeah, I am pushing Primal/Paleo. Why? Because it works. I don't push HCG, mainly because even with all the research, there is still no rhyme or reason why it works for some and not for others. Here is the best piece of advice I could give anyone. Do your research! With the Internet at almost every one's disposal, there is no reason that someone should live in ignorance. Get different opinions, research the pros and cons, study both sides of a diet. Keep an open mind. Don't get locked into an idea, just because it sounds good. A friend of mine said that she was going to do HCG, since I had lost so much weight. I advised her to look it up, yes, HCG makes it easy to lose weight, but ONLY if you stick to the 500 cal diet. A diet that consists of restrictive food, no treats, no fat, no variety. She started arguing for her favorite foods (broccoli, zucchini, brussel sprouts, green beans, none of which are permitted in P2), then for her favorite meats, then about drinks, then she decided that HCG wasn't for her. Being 20 and in college makes doing HCG downright hard! Being 45 with small children to take care of makes HCG easier to use (at least for me!).
I have said before, my goal is to be healthy, to live long enough to see my children grown, losing weight is just a side effect (and a good one too!). If health is your goal, why not start researching? Read, read, read. Get different opinions. Find out what works for you. Here are a few suggestions:
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
This one is on my Kindle. I listed this one first, because it's a hard hitter, but isn't preachy about one way of eating. One of the best books to learn about how food affects the body.
Real Food What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck
This is the book that started it all for me. This is where I started learning about whole food/real foods. This is also the first time I read about someone who was vegan and found out that the vegan diet was lacking to the point of illness.
Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora T. Gedgaudas
A lot of science and research went into this one. A lot of why's and what for's are answered. Although a bit different from the other Paleo/Primal stuff out there, Nora's info is well organized and told with a bit of humor. The best part is that in information isn't "dumbed down", but put out straight across, some thinking required!
Those are great starter books. Give them a shot, see what you think!
*Note* A bit of editing and addition was put to this posting. My 4 yo decided to type up some opinions, except, he doesn't type! All was corrected on June 6th, 2012.