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Made it through the Holidays! Whew! No Weight Gained. Tips 4U

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM
 I made it through the holidays without gaining any weight. I can hardly believe it. I have to admit there were days that I was very nervous about getting on the scale.  Had I eaten too much? Did I exercise enough?  Is my weight really stabilizing?  These were some of the questions running around in my head. 

It's one thing to shed weight, it's another to "maintain" it.  Did I cheat? Yes, sometimes.  I always felt much better the day after a party or social event when I got back to my normal food routine.  You see, I am not depriving myself.  I love my foods.  And my goal is to eat what I want, guilt-free.

My weight seems to have settled in between 162 to 162.5 which is just fine by me.  I am still getting all kinds of reactions from people who haven't seen the skinny me yet.That is always rewarding.  I've lost 20% of my body weight and it feels so good.

6 oz, and only 3 fat grams. 160 calories, 14 g of Protein.   I like to add fresh pomegranate seeds and some raw organic unsweetened coconut flakes to really feel decadent. 

and ...I am learning how to make healthy candy from red grapefruit peels.  Very tasty.  So tasty that really just one small strip is all you need or want.  Weighing every day is so important as it has helped me get to know my body better.  The slight ups and downs of water weight or whatever can drive one a bit bonkers but so long as I fluctuated back to between 160 to 162.5 I am okay.  Next on my list of to do's is firming everything up by hiking and yoga. 

So, if you are someone ON THE FENCE about starting this diet.  Just do it Nike.  We'll support you here.  Look for postings from Gigi here as she shares honestly and candidly how her Phase 2 VLCD is going. 


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Reply Gigi
5:02 PM on January 19, 2012 
I just wanted to write a quick note. I have a great recipe for low fat low calorie 'dessert'. I cut an apple into slices, sprinkle them with cinnamon and vanilla, and then two tablespoons of redi-whip fat free whipped cream. It only adds 10 calories to the dessert. It's amazing. I have a great picture of it, but don't know how to upload it here.
However, I do have a word of warning. I definitely had a couple of plateaus so far and was getting frustrated with them. The first was around my period, so I figured, okay. But when I had five days of the same weight I finally did a plateau breaker. Great. It worked. But then, three days later, a new plateau. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Thank you, Susan, for looking at my food intake and catching it. Even though I was rigorous about the 800 calories, I wasn't paying attention to the fat grams. I didn't think 20grams a day was that much. Guess what? It was!
Susan really helped me see what I was doing. One diet coke = 3 days stalled weight loss. Extra fat = 3 days stalled weight loss. Too many calories = 3 days stalled weight loss. Are you seeing a pattern? So even though I thought I was being slick by eating skinless boneless chicken thighs, my body knew better.
The biggest thing about the diet is to control fat intake. That's what allows the HCG hormone to release your body's own fat stores and 'melt' them by using them. Once I got my fat intake less than 10 grams a day, the pounds started dropping again. I've also cut out sodas with aspartame and found Zevia (different flavored sodas sweetened with stevia). And I still only drink one per day at most. I also increased my water intake to at least 10 cups per day. And I added ruby red grapefruit instead of two apples a day.
The recipe for dessert was good, but it was a slippery slope. I am not a 'sweets' person, but during my 'PMS' week, I was definitely craving it. And eating sweet stuff triggered more cravings. I finally ate one piece of Ferrero Rocher dark chocolate after three days of obsessing about it. And I made sure I enjoyed everything about it: scent, texture, how it melted, taste, everything. And then I stopped. I realized that it definitely stalled me for the next three days.
So now, when I think about eating something that has higher fat, I stop and think: 'Is this worth three days of no weight loss? Three days of taking the drops and getting no results?' And the answer is a resounding 'NO'. That's like being an asthmatic and holding the inhaler in one hand and a cigarette in the other. What's the point of taking the drops and wanting to lose weight when I undo it in the next bite.
Someone once said that your 'why' is more important than your 'what'. And that is absolutely true. When I'm tempted, I just remember my 'why': to continue to feel better and better in my body. And I feel great already. So how good can it get?
I'll let you know when I'm done. And I'll send Susan the pics of before and after to post. Gulp!
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