Thursday, January 31, 2008

R3P2D4 Getting Back into the Groove

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 VCLD Day 4
1ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection#4
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 173.2
Today's Wt: 171.6
1.6 lbs LOSS overnight

Well, looks like TOM is finally on his way out!! I had cravings yesterday but I fought with all my might not to give in. I had a better day yesterday but had the hardest time finding a Western Union close to work. I went to 2 different places and they only did money orders. I remembered Kmart had one so I went in, filled out the paperwork and proceeded to the counter. The cashier saw me standing there and gently told me that the machine was out. I must have had a look of sheer disappointment on my face but she quickly let me know of another store close by that had one. I thanked her and took the paperwork with me to the other store. Finally, I was able to send that money off. Talk about testing me. After work, I went straight home. I decided to up my protein for dinner because on the forum, that has been the discussion topic for breaking stalls and what not. So I had 150gm of chicken for dinner. That seemed to help me this time but I'll have to test that theory again tonight.

Yesterday's Menu:
B: 12oz. coffee w/half & half, 2 pkts Splenda, 12oz. black coffee
L: Boca Burger with grape tomatoes, 1 whole grapefruit
D: 150gm chicken, cabbage, cilantro, garlic soup w/sliced serrano chile

Biz, I didn't get to answer your question, but I believe I gained 3.6 lbs during my little interruption. I should be getting back to normal before this weekend, thanks for checking in on me.
Jen, yes my taxes are done and my refund should be here soon, woo hoo!! Yes, now I can concentrate on getting back into the groove!!
Monica, yes they are done and I always take time out for myself, sometimes I think a little too much, but what the hey, you only live once right?
Renee, thanks for the hugs, I really needed them!!
Ewewho, I don't think its lost all potency, I think that's just my excuse for sabatoging my own diet. I usually like to make a fresh batch every 21 days or so but I'm going to buy a preg test just for fun. Yes, all my kitties are fixed, 3 males and 1 female and they are indoor cats now since we moved to our new house 3 years ago.
Becca, yes I'm going to try that preg test! You were right, I did have a good loss today, thanks for sending the vibes!!
Lili, I think my batches are only good for 21 days as well, so Saturday, I'm mixing a fresh batch!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

R3P2D3 Apologies to Everyone

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 VCLD Day 3
1ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection#3
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 173.2
Today's Wt: 173.2
0.0 lbs LOSS/GAIN overnight

First, I'd like to apologize to everyone, I did read everyone's posting yesterday but I just didn't get around to commenting. Second, I want to thank everyone for their comments and today I'm feeling a bit better. I had to revise my menu from the day before because it is so easy to forget what you ate. I had written in down in my food journal but I posted from memory.

Even though I started counting again at injection one, I believe this batch has lost its potency, it is getting to 3 weeks old now. So Saturday, I'll mix a new batch since TOM should be gone by then. I left work early yesterday just cause I felt like crap. I wanted to get some cash out of the ATM before leaving work so I could stop by the grocery store on my way home but I left my debit card at home and I had no cash on me whatsoever. I got home and checked my mail and all my 10-98 forms were there so I worked on my tax return and sent it off!! I took my kitty to the vet to have his stitches removed, he had a hernia so that was fixed at the same time that he was "fixed". I came home and fell asleep for about 30 minutes. I experimented with dinner yesterday plus I caved and ate some chocolate to feed TOM, aarrrrgh!!

Yesterday's menu:
B: 12oz. coffee w/half & half, 2 pkts Splenda, 12oz. black coffee
L: Boca burger and about 12 grape tomatoes
D: curry chicken & zucchini soup with cilantro and plenty of garlic
S: chocolate bar w/almonds and a handful of potato chips

Again, thanks to everyone and hopefully today I should be back on track!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

R3P2D2 Don't Ask!

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 VCLD Day 2
1ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection#2
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 173.8
Today's Wt: 173.2
0.6 lbs LOSS overnight

I was really stressing yesterday. I called the lender and argued back and forth with them. They made threats and I explained back that their scare tactics were not going to work on me. That rep didn't like any of my answers so she finally put a manager on. The manager and I worked out a small deal but its only temporary but the calls should stop for a bit.

I had a super crappy day yesterday. After making that phone call, everything went downhill from there. I decided to take the kitten in to have his stitches removed and when we got in the car, the car wouldn't start. I kept getting in and out of the car to check this and that, that I ended up hitting the side of my head while getting back in the car. I just started crying. I kept trying to call my father but he wouldn't pick up. He finally called me back and came over and gave me a boost. Turns out the battery didn't have any water in it. Well, by that time it was too late to take the kitten in so I'll have to do that today. Then TOM decided to make a visit as well, so let's just say my dinner options were the pits. I just couldn't deal with the stress. I ate some chocolate and peanut butter to soothe me a bit. After my daughter arrived home, her attitude wasn't much help. So here's my menu and oh, I really don't want to be here at work today.

Yesterday's Menu:
B: 12 oz. coffee with 1/2 & 1/2, 2pkts Splenda, 12 oz. black coffee
L: rotisserie chicken breast on a mixed greens salad, 5 grape tomatoes, and a bit of fresh red pepper
D: Fritos, a bowl of Cocoa Puffs cereal and 2 pieces of chocolate w/peanut butter

That's it and let me tell you stress is the pits and then TOM on top of it, let's just say I am not a happy camper today. Hope everyone else has a great day!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

R3P2D1? Pheeeeew!!

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 VCLD Day 1
1ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection#1
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 173.8
Today's Wt: 173.8
0.0 lbs GAIN/LOSS overnight

Wow that is pretty shocking, I think I ate more yesterday than the day before. Breakfast was my butter and olive oil sauteed veggies of peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplant and shredded skinless rotisserie chicken. Snack was melba toast and Laughing Cow full fat swiss cheese wedges (3) and a piece of chocolate with peanut butter. Dinner was a ribeye steak with Jack cheese (at the request of my daughter), sauteed mushrooms and onions. Later for a before bedtime snack, I had a rotisserie chicken thigh since I won't be able to have dark meat chicken starting today. Just don't want that chicken to go to waste, ya know? I was experiencing some hip pain this morning but I think it has more to do with stress. Well, my mom finally called me yesterday evening to wish me a happy birthday, sheesh Mom, 2 days late! Oh, well at least she finally called, right?

Okay, I took my injection this morning and it took forever!! I tried to give it to myself on my bum, but I started getting nervous. I have always given them to myself there but today I just couldn't. I ended up injecting in my thigh and I was still a little hesitant but I did it. I think Aunt Flo dropped by to visit my daughter yesterday so that means, she will be visiting me very soon. She and I seemed to have synchronized recently so that is how I am able to tell. Works for me because TOM is usually every 5 weeks for me and now its every 4 weeks like it should be.

Anyway, a few years ago I bought a mobile home and my father and his wife co-signed for me. When I bought my current house, I could not find a buyer that could pay up front so I had to do a rent to own basis. Everything was going great the first year, then she got married and she was deported to Mexico for being her illegally, yikes. Her husband has done his best to keep up with the payments but now we are 3 payments behind. Now there is only 2 years left on that loan but there is no way for me to come up with that money on my own. I pay my mortgage first before that mobile home. So this lender is calling everyday and is calling my father and his wife as well. Now I'm in a bind and don't know what to do. I don't want to take out another loan to pay for that balance because I will still have to make that payment. So I am up in the air. If anyone has any experience or some way to guide me in what to do or know someone that can help me, I would appreciate it tremendously. I was thinking of doing a commercial like Ms. Lili did but I don't know if that would work for this situation.

  • Biz, there it is, that thorn in my side, the nightmare that never ends, etc. Yesterday's menu was just as nummy. Sorry about the baloney and hot dog, just had to have it and now that is out of my system for a while.
  • Jen, thanks for the heads up on the soft cheeses, now I gotta figure out what to do with that 6 pack of cream cheese. Oh, maybe I can make those pumpkin double layer cheesecakes and freeze those!!
  • Becca, yes, I am going in the wrong direction but its due to my mini break that happened so early in the game. I'm back on track today, so we'll see what tomorrow's weigh in holds for me!! Did you get plenty of rain? We've only gotten a sprinkling and I'm sad about that. My poor palm trees look pathetic.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

R3P2D13 Enjoying the Short Ride

Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 13
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 172.2
Today's Wt: 173.8
1.6 lbs GAIN overnight

Ha, gained the same overnight. Well, I really enjoyed yesterday's meal as well. Started out with an omelet again using the same veggies and adding in some bologna and a hot dog wiener cut up. Don't ask me why, but I was craving it. Lunch was a bunless cheeseburger with Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions, a bit of avocado and some steamed cauliflower. For dinner was the other half of that cheeseburger that I didn't finish and added some sauteed eggplant. I forgot to throw some on the grill while I was cooking the burgers. I did indulge in a small piece of chocolate dipped in some peanut butter, but the burger was much better!! Didn't do much yesterday except cook. Might as well enjoy it because tomorrow its back to P2 food. My poor planning has made me decide to start counting the injections beginning as it was the first. Some of HCG buddies have agreed as well. I don't regret the decision I made but its for the best. I haven't decided how long this round will be for so I'll just go with the flow. That reminds me, Aunt Flo should be dropping by here soon as well.

I have been reading Dr. Atkin's book to refresh my memory and looking at his Induction diet, it looks very similar to Dr. Simeon's Phase 2 of allowable foods. I feel that since Dr. A's book is more recent that maybe his research of allowable foods would be P2 friendly. This is only my theory but something I would like to experiment with since Dr. A. founded his study here in America and not in Italy. I will be reading more today and give more insight tomorrow.

Does anyone know if you can freeze cream cheese? I was cleaning out the fridge and came across a 6 pack of cream cheese that I bought that is good until March but I don't want to keep in the fridge that long and let it spoil, so I would like to freeze it. Wish I had realized I had it so I could have enjoyed it during P3 but I turned a blind eye. Trust me it has been staring at me in the face every time I open the fridge but I completely ignored it. It wasn't even in the back of the fridge, it was right there in front saying hello every time I opened it. Strange that just yesterday I realized it was there.

Well, I'm sure I have more to say but right now I have something troubling me and I don't know how to handle the situation. It has been a thorn in my side for the past 3 or 4 years and it is rearing its ugly head again.

  • Biz, it not just you, I was thinking exactly the same thing since I was only on injection 7, but it helped me get closer to LIW at least.
  • Jen, yes, I hope it comes off the first couple of days but I'm not sweating it. Hey, I'm not really sure what you meant by your last line, sorry!
  • Ewewho, relaxing yes, away from the daily grind, no phones, no one yelling at me, etc.!! Yes, that's why I wanted the tote bag as well, I now have 2 and want to use them when I go grocery shopping. It takes me a while to get used to the idea but I like not having all those plastic bags laying around the house and I feel bad when I throw them away. My cats think they are some exotic treat cause I always catch one cat chewing on one. Sometimes I don't even know where they find them cause I have them tucked away. I try to put them in my car the night before but I usually forget because I get sidetracked very easily. Believe me, as much as I go to Wal*Mart, I always, always forget to take the bags to their recycling bins. The cashiers have a hard time with the totes too, they have their routine of shoving everything in those plastic bags. I usually go through self checkout anyway!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 12
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 170.6
Today's Wt: 172.2
1.6 lbs GAIN overnight

It was worth it!! I ate my omelet around noon because after updating my blog yesterday morning, I decided to get a early start on my shopping. I stopped my Wal*Mart to buy a hoodie that was on clearance and a flannel men's jacket that was also on clearance. Yes, these are for me. I stopped by the World Market as well to purchase some hammered glasses plates, dinner and salad size, a couple of cute espresso cups and some miniature condiments. They were giving away a tote bag if you made a $25 purchase. I stopped by one of the local grocery stores to buy some zucchini, jalapenos and some 69 cent tv dinners for my daughter. So my omelet consisted a few more ingredients hence the zucchini, jalapeno and the eggplant I had forgot that I bought earlier in the week for this reason, topped off with sliced avocado and a couple of grape tomatoes. I didn't get to have that salad since I was stuffed till the evening. At around 5pm I fired up the grill so I could cook up that chicken breast before the dark set in. On my birthday's eve my daughter had asked if she could go to the mall with a friend so that I could still enjoy my day without her here to bother me. I told her that I would be home alone most of the day so that when she got home, she and I could enjoy my day but she chose to go with her friend. She was looking at me funny when I was cooking that chicken breast and says, "You're having chicken for your birthday?!" I explained to her that yes because that was what I was craving. I didn't want to have to go into a whole drawn out explanation about the diet. So, I had my dinner around 6:30pm and then my sister called. We spoke for a while but I ate as this conversation took place. In addition to my dinner, I had grilled eggplant slices (2), yuuuum! My daughter arrived at around 11:00pm and I was so ready for bed by then. Needless to say, I didn't get my full 8 hours in last night, I awoke around 6am and the cats pouncing on me didn't exactly help as well, since my daughter forgot to feed them last night or give them water. I did get up around midnight to give them water because the kitten was dragging the water dish around the kitchen and I knew it was empty.

So here is my dilemma. Yes I am enjoying this break today and tomorrow as well since I went overboard buying the veggies and chicken, I will resume the injections and VLCD on Monday, but should I just restart counting as injection one? I think I may have to since this interruption took place way too early in the game. I was just so anxious to start that I thought I could make it through my birthday on VLCD, but that didn't happen. I shall ponder this throughout the day and reread P&I.
  • Biz, yes I promise I will not have any junk during this small disruption, and thanks for being my cyber mom, and keeping me in check!! Luv ya!!
  • Jen, well now I want pork chops, but I work with a bunch of them so I get plenty of pork at work, he he!!
  • Wendy & Ewewho, thanks for stopping by and thank you for the birthday wishes!!
  • Crystal, you are just too funny!! I was a good one, thanks!!
  • Becca, I gave plenty of warning, and yes, I am much younger (mentally rather than physically, ha!)
  • Lili, thanks for the links and I will continue to research.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 11
TodayLIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 170.4
Today's Wt: 170.6
0.2 lbs GAIN overnight

Yesterday's menu (I was bad):

  • B: 12oz. coffee, 1/2 & 1/2, 2 pkts Splenda, 12oz. black coffee and a Cherry Mash candy (yikes, never had I before and don't care for another)
  • L: Chicken Caesar salad from Wendy's w/o dressing or croutons (they ran out), a few tostadas w/salsa, 2 small cookies
  • D: leftover potato chips (my daughter was 1 hour overdue from school), seedless cuke w/ACV Dijon dressing (tasted like crisp pickles), later a skinless rotisserie chicken thigh (my daughter wanted the skin so that helped me resist)

Yes, everyone in unison, please...................... Oh, stop you're making me cry!!!

I didn't get up until 7 this morning with only one disruption at 3:30am because that's what time I normally or abnormally get up to get ready for work. It is foggy here this morning which is also a rare occurrence. My day yesterday went a little better after I spoke to my Sargeant about the situation that occurred the day before yesterday and he talked to the guys about it. Of course after the shift meeting a couple of guys came and started teasing me about it, which was not cool but whatever!! I decided to go to Sam's after work rather than this morning to get my birthday meal supplies.


I bought avocados, red & yellow peppers, mushrooms, Monterrey Jack cheese (2lbs), a rotisserie chicken, grape tomatoes, ground beef and some more Hoodia. (The Hoodia is being clearanced out for some reason, need to research why). Wow, I need to eat a lot in the next couple of days. So for breakfast I will have an omelet of eggs, ham, peppers, mushrooms, onions and cheese!! For lunch will be a salad with shredded rotisserie chicken and unknown dressing, I forgot to buy some blue cheese dressing. Dinner with be that butterflied chicken breast with sauteed red & yellow peppers, mushrooms and Mont Jack cheese melted on top with a side of steamed cauliflower. I had my sweets yesterday so not sweet stuff today, I like food better than birthday cake or cookies. Hey, maybe I should pick up some low fat cottage cheese and strawberries and have that as my birthday treat, hmmmmm, makes me wonder, that way if I have some left over, I could still use it when I start P2 again!

I had called my father yesterday to let him know that I would be off today and if he could please do me the favor of taking my daughter to school like he normally does, and he just burst out laughing! I didn't understand why so I explained to him that I wanted to just sleep in and relax today, so he complied. So this morning since I got up early anyway, I was in the kitchen making a pot of coffee and he came in and commented on the coffee, I offered, he declined and gave me a hug for my birthday! He asked me how old I was and I gently replied, "28", the look on his face was priceless!! He looked so dumbfounded I wanted to laugh. He finally realized I was joking and told me, "you wish!!". He knows how old I am. He didn't notice the weight loss but then again I was wearing baggy warm-ups, a thermal shirt and a sweatshirt over that so I guess that would make it hard to tell, but I think you can tell in my face but whatever!!

Well, today will certainly be a test and I know everyone is watching and waiting. I myself am curious to see what happens. Everyone have a great day and I am going to go shopping later for myself!!

  • Crystal, yes it got better but you know how men are, not sure if I had emotional issues as well, but we won't tell them that, shhhh!
  • Biz, ah yes, inquiring minds want to know. I will jot down as many notes as I can throughout the day and report to everyone in the late morning!!
  • Jen, yes today is the day I indulge!! Hoodia seems to help me but if I'm stressing, its worthless. I'll shoot you an email about what I do, that's a whole other blog, mmmm that gives me an idea.
  • Monica thanks for the warm well wishes, I slept better last night and today will be a better day!!
  • Becca, thank you as well, funny, "hope your interruption goes as planned", that pun is too funny girlfriend!

Well, off to enjoy the rest of my day!! Thank you everyone for stopping by and all the birthday wishes are joyfully accepted and appreciated!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

R3P2D10 Birthday Eve

Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 10
No Injection Today
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 171.0
Today's Wt: 170.4
0.6 lbs LOST overnight

I am happy to say that I am that much closer to my LIW, finally!!

I didn't get very restful sleep last night, I went to bed early but didn't fall asleep until about 9-9:30pm. I awoke around 2:30am and could not fall back asleep. I started stressing about finances and a situation that occurred yesterday with one of the officers, but that is a whole other blog. I came into work today and felt that everyone is giving me a hard time. For some reason, I have been real emotional the last couple of days, strange that I didn't have my injection either of those two days as well. Anyway, I wanted to be in a better since today is my birthday's eve and I wanted to be in a better place. It is very cloudy today with some showers and it should be the same tomorrow. I don't mind it though, it is very rare that we get these types of days here in the desert so I enjoy them.

Yesterday's Menu:
B: 12 oz. coffee w/half & half, 2 pkts Splenda, 12oz. black coffee
L: grilled chicken salad, iceberg lettuce(bleh) and tomatoes
D: 1 Hoodia capsule, 1 Slimfast Optima shake, handful of Fritos

Yes, I know, my dinner options were not great but that is what I chose.

Biz, the hoodia just helps to make me feel full. There are no stimulants of any kind in it so I just use it in the late afternoon because nighttime is the worst when I feel hungry and want to raid the pantry, fridge, under the stove j/k!! I do really well during the day without hunger, but once the sun sets, I am transformed into some nocturnal beast that needs to feed!!

Monica & Renee, yes, unfortunately my mini break came too early in the game due to poor planning, but we'll see what happens.

Jen, no damage done by the Pringles but I should have made a better selection. (I'm still in shock about Heath as I watch all the entertainment news)

Crystal, thanks for the early birthday salutation and your menus sound so yummy, but I can't have any that right now, so I will live vicariously through you until you start P2 again!

Becca, yes I am the soon-to-be-skinny guinea pig (snort, snort) and I sure will keep you posted!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

R3P2D9 Huh!

Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 9
No Injection Today
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 172.4
Today's Wt: 171.0
1.4 lbs LOST overnight

Now, when I post my menu for yesterday, I don't want to get blasted, I am just being honest and straightforward so I do not mislead anyone or myself.

I reread P&I yesterday, and yes Miz Biz, it does state that I should wait for that planned interruption until after I have 20 injections under my belt. So I have chosen for myself, to stop the injections for the next 72 hours and eat no/low carb on Friday for my birthday. I shall resume injections on Sunday. This shall prove to be very interesting. I have my birthday menu pretty much worked out already but I'll have to go grocery shopping beforehand. I won't post that yet because I begin to salivate thinking about and I don't want to short out the keyboard at work. (That would be hard to explain.)
Yesterday as I logged into my Yahoo mail, I saw that Heath Ledger had died. I couldn't wrap my head around this and thought it to be a hoax. Sorry, just had to throw that in.

Sorry, I would post more by the ADHD has kicked in and I can not get my thoughts straight and I need to get to work!

Yesterday's Menu:
B: 12oz. coffee w/half & half, 2 pkts Splenda, 12oz. black coffee and another 1/2 cup
L: chicken w/mixed greens salad, Dijon ACV dressing
D: handful of Pringles and 1 Hoodia capsule

Jen, yes just those few bites will add up quickly on the HCG. I'm still working on getting back down to LIW before I really start counting and obsessing over my numbers. And, thanks, yes it will be my 4th 21st birthday, he, he!!

Monica, unfortunately my daughter can be quite lazy and I couldn't depend on her to have put that casserole away. I had to scoop it all out and put in a plastic container in the fridge. Now, she can serve herself all she wants, that she will do. Yes, that tiny of PB was very dee-lish and I am content now.

Biz, thanks for the heads up regarding the planned interruption, but I shall keep everyone posted on what happens with me. Oh, and thanks for posting the recipe, I will have to try it very soon!!

Crystal, ditto on the friendly reminder but like Biz said, I need to do what I need to do.

Renee, ah yes, CHEESE! Regarding the P2 food, I do the same with my daughter, I just make plenty of fish and veggies, portion mine out and it is up to her if she wants to eat it. By law, I am only required to provide food, not necessarily what she wants but I did my part. J/K she likes fish just not chicken. I'm getting better with my schedule its just dinner time has be around 3 or 4 pm for me and that's the part that sucks.

Marshall, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad I'm not the only one that likes that crusty sometimes burnt edge, its the bomb!!

CB, thanks for stopping by as well, hope I don't go to crazy on this interruption. Be sure to keep us posted as well on yours.

Becca, I crack myself up, that whole protocoland was a fluke. I meant to say "protocol and" but I didn't space it so it ran together. We can all thank my HCG induced ADHD for that, haa!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

R3P2D8 Need to be Scolded, not Punished

Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 8
1.1ml HCG (183.33iu) IM Injection
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 171.6
Today's Wt: 172.4

0.8 lbs GAIN overnight

Yesterday's Menu:
B: 12oz. coffee w/half & half, 2 pkts Splenda
L: chicken fajitas on a bed of mixed greens, Dijon ACV dressing Snack: demitasse spoon of PB
D: chicken cabbage cauliflower soup, 3 tsps. of potato casserole

I upped my dose a little this morning because I'm using the same amount as the last 2 rounds and don't feel it working. My real problem is my new work schedule. Since I work dayshift now that means I'm home during the evening hours when I'm usually hungry and my daughter is home eating anything she wants and not gaining an ounce. My first round I worked late from 1pm to 10pm and I brought my dinner and by the time I would get home I would just go to bed. That is all different now. I need to read up on my EFT techniques and learn to get busy at home and not think about food. I deviated yesterday because I made my daughter my famous potato casserole that she loves so much. I made it for her so she would have something she likes to eat while I'm on P2. After it came out of the oven I taste tested it. Just a teaspoon mind you. I ate my soup. Later as I was getting ready for bed, I went to the kitchen to fix my lunch for today. I had to put the casserole away because my daughter will just leave it there overnight. As I'm putting it away, the crusty out edges were calling my name. I only picked a few off but since it was baked cheese I couldn't resist. I then had a couple of teaspoons and stopped. I don't know what got into me. Earlier in the day I had a demitasse spoonful of PB, a very tiny amount. I probably could have gotten away with that but not the potatoes.

I'm debating if today should be my last injection for a planned interruption. Friday is my birthday and a large chicken breast smothered in Jack cheese, onions and peppers with some steamed cauliflower on the side, sounds very good to treat myself for that special day. I am going to reread P&I regarding this matter!!

After reading Miz Biz's blog a little spark went off in my head and I completely understood every word. I'll get into that later in the day or tomorrow's post.

Jen, yes my last round and this round I have incorporated broccoli and cauliflower. Becca used a clinic before and they allowed these foods, but I'm laying off the broccoli and using more cauliflower.

Becca, I didn't gain but it's catching up to me now. I like my cauliflower steamed because if I eat raw, I would want Ranch dressing to go with it, ha!!

Miz Biz, thanks for the mild scolding but I didn't take it to heart yesterday like I will today, thanks for the enlightening post today!! Can't wait to try that Thai Hot and Sour soup!!

Renee, yes, I'm laying off the broccoli but not the cauliflower, I think cauliflower is in the cabbage family so I'll be eating more of it.

Lili, wow what an adventure you had, glad you back and thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

R3P2D7 Short Post

Round 3 Week 2 of Phase 2 Day 7
1.0ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 172.0
Today's Wt: 171.6
0.4 lbs LOST overnight

Yesterday's Menu:
B: 12 oz. coffee with 1/2 & 1/2, 2 pkts Splenda, 12oz black coffee w/2pkts Splenda
L: chicken cabbage, celery soup Snack: Healthy Harvest Berry Medley Applesauce cup w/cinnamon
D: Tilapia seasoned w/herbs de Provence and broccoli, 1 small orange

I didn't cheat at all yesterday but I may have eaten too much broccoli for dinner. I think I will lay off the broccoli for a while and see what happens. I got up early today and went to Wal*Mart to stock up on frozen dinners for my daughter. Yes, there are days that she does not want to eat what I am having. I looked at the cauliflower there and it was gorgeous. I brought out my competitor's ad and they matched it. I got 2 big beautiful bunches for a dollar each, woo hoo!! I do better with the cauliflower than the broccoli. I also went to Sam's to get my organic spring mix salad. I just love it and it is fairly inexpensive for the amount that you get. I also got my half and half because it is less expensive there as well. I still need to make a few more trips for groceries but that can wait till tomorrow. Yesterday I felt so antsy that I wanted to do something like crochet or cross stitch but I didn't want to begin a new project that I probably wouldn't finish. I did some laundry but I haven't even begun on the kitchen, uggh! Oh well, I have a four day weekend coming up so I may start then, ha who am I kidding!!

I believe I'm beginning to have PMS since TOM is a couple weeks away and he just went away about 2 weeks ago. Hope everyone's having a great Monday, hopefully you got the day off!

Miz Biz, yes that sandwich was absolutely deeelish, even though it was very small it was yummy! The bread was butter and toasty, the chicken was flavorful along with the sundried tomatoes and spinach with a creamy asiago cheese sauce. Yes it was awesome for something that came out of the microwave!!
Renee, yes I should throw them out but I think I'll just take them to work and let the guys eat them. Trust me, they will be devoured in a matter of minutes!
Jen, glad you find joy in my layout, I'm hoping I will emerge a beautiful butterfly soon from my fat cocoon, ha! When I'm done here, I'm going to catch up on everyone's blogs!!
Monica, yes, I promised myself if I ate that sandwich and chips that the rest of the day would be nothing but water to flush the sodium out quickly.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

R3P2D6 Sunday is for Confessions

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 Day 6
1.0ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 172.6
Today's Wt: 172.0
0.6 lbs LOST overnight

This is what I did yesterday, I was catching up on my soap (Y&R) and ate my version of shrimp Hot & Sour soup. It was too spicy and really wasn't all that great except for the shrimp. A couple of hours into my soaps I started to get hungry and started on my water. After watching 5 hours of soaps (in warp speed thanks to fast forward) I gave in. I heated up a Stouffer's chicken asiago paninni and munched on a few Ruffles. I decided that that was all I was going to eat the rest of the day. Let me tell you, that was an awesome sandwich and it was very tiny. I don't feel all that bad but just down that I gave in. I just remind myself that it was a very small sandwich and was a total of 500 calories for the day. Not sure about the soup because I really didn't finish it. I'm happy with the loss since I did go off protocol and still lost something. Anyway, I loafed all day and worked on crossword puzzles, cryptoquotes and jumbles just to keep my mind off of food. I'm really not hungry just that dang hand to mouth habit. I should start crocheting just to keep my hands busy!! Oh, after I ate some of those Ruffles, I threw the bag in the trash!! Unfortunately, there are still some Fritos lingering around here. Now that Miz Biz is on P2, I need to get my game on!! Haaaaa!

Here's yesterday's menu synopsis:
Breakfast: 1 16oz coffee w/stevia and 1/2&1/2, 1 16oz. black coffee
Lunch: shrimp hot & sour soup
Dinner: (around 2:30pm) Stouffer's Chicken Asiago Paninni and Ruffles chips
4 tbls. milk of magnesia

Oh, you are guys are just too funny!! It made me laugh to read everyone's comments this morning.

Jen, I'm shorter than you, so I know exactly what you mean by those pesky 10 lbs. looking on us.

Becca, yes, no shopping until more weight comes off. I did get some medium sized blouses at Penney's the other day because I like to color red and my other red blouses are just too big!! Those are my new pajamas for summer. So I only bought 2 and 2 t-shirts, medium as well. Of course I haven't tried them on yet but I will soon!

Monica, thanks for stopping by, yes, I do come down hard on myself and expect too much, but I'll take what I can get. Yes, I am very anxious to get past my LIW!!

Biz, I'm getting a little scared now that you are back on P2, I just have to remind myself of that when I want to cheat again!! Just because I started a few days ahead of you doesn't mean you won't catch up to me quickly. We are very close in weight right now so it's on girl!! j/k

Saturday, January 19, 2008

R3P2D5 Moving along

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 Day 5
1.0ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 175.2
Today's Wt: 172.6
2.6 lbs LOST overnight

I'm already beginning to slow down. I am trying my hardest to not cheat. They're bringing donuts to work again (the bad side to working in a police station, right?). I was prepared this time and took my lunch. After work I went to SuperTarget to pay my bill, errrgh. Then I headed back to Penney's for some more clearance. I was looking for a nice coat but they only had X-Large and one small left. I got the small of a microsuede coat with faux fur inside for my daughter. It felt so yummy soft! If she doesn't like it, hopefully by next winter it will fit me!! Yea!! I was looking for a bomber jacket but I only found the ones in the mens department made of corduroy and much cheaper but I didn't buy it since I splurged on the coat for my daughter. Man do I love clearance prices. Anyway not much to do today except catch up on my soaps (Y&R) and clean my kitchen. Yes, I've neglected it again, but now that I'm on P2 again, it should keep me busy from wanted to eat everything I see on tv while I'm loafing. I went to Wal*Mart this morning and bought my Women's World weekly magazine and some tv dinners my daughter has been bugging me for. She knows that when I'm in P2 there isn't much variety for her because I will not cook a seperate meal for her. I know that's mean but I can not have temptation around me. Don't get me wrong, I make plenty of P2 friendly foods such as fish and veggies so that she can have a normal sized portions rather than measured like mine. She likes fish but not chicken. I just remembered I forgot to buy some Morning Star grillers. Those are the best tasting vegan burgers out there. The Boca are okay but Morning Star is way ahead in the game. I have to try and hide these from daugher because she actually likes them!! Oh, well, guess I'll have to make another trip to the store tomorrow or Monday. Oh yes, I have Monday off, wooo hooo!! I'll be off on Friday as well since it's my birthday!! Then I'll be off the following Monday as well. I'm on a 3 day weekend then I'll have a 4 day weekend. Wow!!

Have I mentioned that when I'm on P2 I get ADHD? I get so hyper and clearheaded that I can't type because my mind is going 500 miles per second and my typing is only 65 words per minute. So I'm apologizing now to everyone because during these times my comments and blogging don't make sense sometimes. My mind feels like Taz and I just wish my body could keep up as well. Man, if that was the case, my entire house would be spiffy, inside and out!! Ha! Since I can't concentrate on one thing I begin a bunch of projects then I can't finish one. Someday I'll get it right. I joined Flylady but that's getting a little crazy with all the emails.

Alright enough mumbling here's yesterday's menu:
Breakfast: 1st cup (12 oz) of coffee w/2 pkts Splenda and 1/2 & 1/2, 2 more cups (12 oz) of black coffee
Lunch: one Boca burger w/tsp of salsa and a tbls. of yellow mustard, 3 cups steamed broccoli, 1 grapefruit
Dinner: cabbage celery soup, minimum broth, steamed tilapia atop the soup, 1 small orange

I tried something a bit different in my soup yesterday. I added a bit of fresh parsley, a dash of cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder (too lazy to chop fresh), and a dash of cinnamon, yes cinnamon. The cinnamon actually tasted sweet but I was going for savory. It was okay but not to die for. I'm not sure if I will try that again but it did give it a unique flavor. Maybe if I hadn't the fish so maybe I'll try it with the chicken. Hmmm, more experimenting to be had.

Miz Biz, I did better yesterday and took my lunch to work with me. I can't wait to see your progress when you begin P2 again, you'll be on my heels and probably zoom right by me, we'll just have to see!

Ed&Jen, wow thanks for stopping by and you two are doing fantastic!! I'm sure you can freeze shredded cheese if its the packaged kind since it contains cornstarch or some type of flour to keep it from sticking together. If its freshly grated cheese, I wouldn't recommend it, but personally I have never froze shredded cheese, just bulk or blocks. Oh, and Jen, I really envy you at your weight right now, I can't wait till I arrive there!!

Crystal, yes unfortunately I have the card too!! I gave up my Macy's card a few years back, but I love my Penney's clearance! They closed the outlet Penney's a couple of years ago but the went and built a brand new one very close to my home!! Talk about wanting my money!! I'm trying not to buy too many clothes because I want to save that for when I'm a much smaller size! Oh, and they are building a new Savers close by as well, man I am going to be broke!!

Renee, thanks for stopping by, I know you are very busy and congrats on your losses as well. When you have a chance, I wanted to find out how you put bullets in your layout, can you show or tell me how?

Friday, January 18, 2008

R3P2D4 Not Bad

Round 3 Week 1 of Phase 2 Day 4
1.0ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection
LIW: 168.2
Yesterday's Wt: 178.8
Today's Wt: 175.2
3.6 lbs LOST overnight

Well look at that. To be honest I was hoping for more but due to my work schedule I have to get up so early. Anyway, I am happy with the loss. I went to JC Penney's after work and bought a jacket and some hoodies (clearance is the best!). It was really cold here yesterday, the high was 43. Crazy!! When I arrived home I got on the scale and it said 178.2, I was disappointed but this morning was a surprise.

For breakfast yesterday was 1 cup of coffee w/Splenda (2 packets) and some 1/2 & 1/2, then 2 more cups(12 oz. each) of black coffee at work
Lunch was a chicken Ceasar salad from McDonald's with no dressing or croutons, 3 grape tomatoes and I threw out the carrots. Lots of water.
Dinner was cabbage and celery soup in chicken broth and more chicken, 1 whole grapefruit and more water

I know I shouldn't have had that salad but I came to work very unprepared but that salad was my best option. I wasn't really hungry but I had to eat something. I went to bed early and I was not hungry. The only problem I'm having is that I got used to the hand to mouth habit again. I kept wondering why my coffee was so lonely then I remembered I didn't have any cookies. Later when I got home, there were bags of chips everywhere to be had but I resisted. My daughter got home and I didn't know what to make her for dinner so I made her a grilled cheese sandwich. I wanted to bite into that buttery bread but I resisted and realized it wasn't worth it, especially since it was my first VLCD day. I cleaned out the fridge of fatty foods like bacon, pepperoni and froze my Gouda and Gruyere cheeses.

Today I did bring my lunch and I defrosted some chicken and fish for dinner. Not to eat both for dinner but just to have it defrosted.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

R3P2D3 First VLCD

Week 1 of Phase 2 Day 3 (3rd Round)
1.0ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection
Today's WT: 178.8 LIW: 168.2
10.6 lbs OVER LIW

Ok, I said I wasn't going to load but yesterday I enjoyed some foods that I knew I would not be having for a good while. I had my usual raspberry shortbread cookies with coffee in the morning. Later I had a egg, potato and chorizo burrito (fat one, too). For lunch I had a chile verde burrito with beans and some tostadas. I went straight home from work and fell asleep for 2 hours. I think that was a bad idea but I was tired. Later after my daughter got home from school I made grilled cheese sandwiches. Mine had ham as well. I had a piece of chocolate and some Ruffles before going to bed. I didn't really want to load but I just wanted to enjoy those last few chips. I believe this morning I'm suffering with some sodium bloat. I got up a little late this morning and I didn't fix my lunch for today. I will have to buy a salad somewhere just to hold me over till I get home and fix my meals!!

I'm still wondering about the dog. I just can't get it out of my head that someone deliberately left him there. I will try and contact animal control later today and see if they can tell me the status of this doggie.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

R3P2D2 Much Better!

Week 1 of Round 3 Phase 2 Day 2
1.0ml HCG (166.6iu) IM Injection
Wt: 176.4 LIW: 168.2
8.2 lbs OVER LIW

Today's injection was much better. A girl at work who used to work in the medical field looked at my boo boo yesterday. She stated that I probably injected SQ instead of IM. I thought to myself, that's strange because I thought the 1 1/2 inch needle was all the way in. Then she proceeded to tell me that I was more in the middle of my bum that the outer upper quadrant where we are suppose to inject. She went ahead and rubbed the area and the "bubble" was gone. She said she would inject me every morning if I just bring my stuff with me. The only problem with that is she would inject me too late in the morning and I would not be able to go to sleep at night. The HCG gives me so much energy later in the day that I have trouble falling asleep.

On my way into work yesterday I was driving on the loop and I don't know what possessed me to look at the inside shoulder lane. When I looked I saw a Westie sitting there debating whether to cross or just sit tight. I started to think about turning around and picking him up but there was no exit for me to get off at. I came straight to work because I didn't want to be late and get in trouble. I had one of the officers take me back to look for the dog. He was still there in the same spot where I saw him only this time he had curled up into a ball to go to sleep. I grabbed him and put him in the patrol car and we brought him here to the station. I called animal control and luckily the dog had a microchip. Now I can't stop thinking about the dog but at least I know he is safe now. I just hope they get a hold of the owners and return him home. I drove by that same spot this morning and thought about him again. I don't know why I can't stop thinking about the dog. It's weird.

I didn't really load yesterday, I just ate what I have been eating. I had shortbread cookies with coffee in the morning. Lunch was a pasta tv dinner and dinner was lots of crackers and Laughing Cow cheese wedges.

Biz, regarding the loading, I just plan on eating the same way since I'm already way over my LIW. It almost seems that my second round was a waste of time since I've gained almost all I lost. Just hope it comes off quickly.
Crystal, thank goodness I asked that girl at work to look at my boo boo, she rubbed it out and now I just have a small bruise. I think I hit a vein as well, but everything is fine now.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

R3P2D1 Ouch!

Week 1 of Phase 2 Day 1
0.9ml (150iu) HCG IM Injection
Wt: 176.0 LIW: 168.2
7.6 lbs OVER LIW

Well I did it. I gave myself my first injection this morning. I hesitated a bit while doing it and now I have a bubble under my skin. Not sure what I did but it sure hurt!! Anyway, I think I'll just eat like I have been and on Thursday I will start VLCD. I am so ready! I have been feeling very yucky this past week. Don't know how else to explain it.

I had to weigh myself very early this morning so that may be why there is such a huge gain.

Will post more later, have to get back to work!! Pooh!!

I picked up my kitty at the vet's today. Poor little guy, he is so out of it.

Monday, January 14, 2008

R2P4D8 To Inject or Not

Week 2 of Phase 4 Day
Wt: 175.8 LIW: 168.2
7.6 lbs OVER LIW

I'm a bad girl. I decided to play hooky for the whole day! I get next Monday off as well. Anyway yesterday's menu was more bad choices. I had my usual raspberry shortbread cookies with coffee. We had taquitos for lunch and waffles and sausage links for dinner. I'm still trying to rid the house of all bad food. There are lots of potato chips still here so I guess I'll have to take those to work when I go back.

So my supplies should be here today and I'm wondering if I should just inject once they get here. Seeing as the first 2 days of injections are moot, I don't see if that should hurt me and I can start VLCD on Wednesday.

I'm taking psycho kitty to the vet today. Thank goodness, some peace and quiet for the next few days.

That's it for today since yesterday I didn't do anything but loaf around and watch TV.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by, glad ya'll like the new layout!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

R2P4D7 Uh Oh!

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 7
Wt: 175.8 LIW: 168.2
7.6 lbs OVER LIW

I made some very bad food choices yesterday. I had my usual raspberry shortbread cookies with my coffee in the morning while I worked on my new blog template. I hope everyone likes it. For lunch my daughter and I a cup of Ramen (too much salt). Oh, but before that I had eaten a ham and cheese sandwich with some sour cream and onion potatoes chips. My daughter was bugging that she wanted pizza for dinner and I told her that I had no money because I had to pay the mortgage this week. She offered to buy the pizza with her own money, so I told her I would take and she could go in and order it. She scoffed at the idea of her actually doing this herself. We didn't get the pizza. She then reminded me that we had frozen pizzas but that they were gross in the microwave. This is her way of hinting that she wants me to heat them in the oven. I went ahead and put them in the oven, they were small pizzas and so I added some more pepperoni and mozzarella to them to give them some more body. I drank water but I don't think I drank enough to flush out all the sodium I had yesterday. Hopefully this is the reason for the major increase in weight today.

I pretty much stayed home yesterday and loafed. I caught up on my soap, Y & R, and vegged the rest of the day. Very relaxing. I need to figure out what I'm going to do tomorrow. Since UPS stated on their note that they will be trying again tomorrow to bring me my package between the hours of 2-5. I may have to work a half day so I can get off by 9am. I can go to the grocery store and get what I need before the sales end and I run out of money. Then around noon I can drop off the kitten for his very needed neutering and be back home before 2 to sit and wait for the man in brown. I am getting very anxious now especially after seeing my gain today.

I hope everyone likes the new layout of my blog. As I was explaining to my daughter, I am in a cocoon right now and I shall emerge a beautiful butterfly when I reach my goal weight. Thanks Crystal for the link of templates.

Renee, thanks for stopping by, I enjoy your recipes and will be utilizing them again very, very soon!! I just hope these extra pounds on me drop as rapidly as yours did!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

R2P4D6 Yesterday's Bad Afternoon

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 6
Wt: 174.2 LIW: 168.2
6.0 lbs OVER LIW

My nose is really stuffy this morning. Ok, first off, I am pissed off because yesterday when I got off work, I decided to go to JC Penny to look for a hoodie that they were advertising (didn't find it), so then I went to 3 different Walgreen's to exchange a mascara that I purchased because they gave me waterproof and I don't like waterproof. All three were out of the mascara in black, errrrrgh!! So as I'm driving up my street I see the UPS truck down the block from my house and I think nothing of it. I come inside and find that the cats have made a mess of my bathroom by knocking over shampoo bottles and such that were on the rim of my tub. As I proceed to the living room I find that they knocked over my pothos plant and the terra cotta pot is shattered to pieces and there is potting soil everywhere. I was absolutely LIVID. The bathroom scene I could handle but my plant? I was so pissed that I didn't even want to cook dinner so I made a sandwich. Did I mention that I had been exhausted all day?! I finally get around to unlocking the door so my daughter could come in when she came home from school and guess what? There was a note on my door from UPS stating they tried to deliver my supplies. Can we say I was through the roof?! I couldn't exactly go after him since I had already spent 45 minutes trying to clean up. (Stick a fork in me cause I am done!!) As exhausted as I was throughout the day, I was not in a bad mood at work or at the fact that every store I went to was out of what I wanted. Did I mention that the station manager called off sick as well and who has to do his job when he's out? You guessed it, me! It didn't matter, it made my day go by faster so it was no big deal. To top it all off my daughter arrives 1/2 an hour late from school. But I was not upset with her because she would not have wanted to be home when I was screaming, yelling, cursing, etc., at the cats, so I blew it off that she was late. I just reread the note this morning that they will attempt again on Monday between 2 and 5 pm. Now this puts me in a bind because I have to take the kitten in for his neutering that he so desperately needs and he needs to be dropped off before 5. Hopefully he will be by around the same time as yesterday so I can come straight home after work. I forgot to use my work address as the ship to address rather than using my billing address. Ugh!
I just hope today will be better. I slept really good last night. I went to bed at 8:30 and didn't get up until 7am. I really thought the scale would have a surprise for me this morning since I slept soo much, but no, I'm holding steady here.
Breakfast yesterday was of course my raspberry shortbread cookies with coffee (after I had the cookies I felt like I was going to toss my cookies), lunch was same as Thursday's, stir fried rice and vegetables with strips of chicken. Dinner was a ham and provolone cheese with avocado sandwich and some potato chips. Later I had a small piece of Symphony chocolate with toffee chips and almonds. My water intake was pathetic yesterday as well. Oh, at work we started a water club. We all pitch in and now we have a new water cooler. Yes, the station is too cheap to get this because they feel they provide water already with water fountains and a kitchen faucet. Blech!!

Crystal, yes unfortunately these shortbread cookies are so detectable that I need to finish the box before I start up P2 again or else I will be in trouble!!
Biz, since I missed the UPS man yesterday, I guess it will be later in the week that I begin. I am really starting to stress and this coming week doesn't seem to be any better.

Wish me luck girls!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

R2P4D5 Antsy

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 5
Wt: 174.2 LIW: 168.2
6.0 lbs OVER LIW

Yesterday's menu wasn't so hot again. I had my raspberry shortbread cookies for breakfast, then a Krispy Kreme raspberry jelly donut. Lunch was a budget gourmet frozen dinner of stir fry rice and vegetables and I added some chicken strips to. I forgot that United Blood Services was in our building and they were serving pizza. I went ahead and got screened for donating because they usually reject me for low iron levels or something else. They actually took me!! My blood pressure was decent 137/80. This is the first time I have every given blood. Anyway, after they drained me I had a couple of small slices of pizza and some juice. When I got home, I grilled a big steak and went halfers with my daughter. I had a lot of guacamole with my portion and then some more with some Fritos. I still had a small piece of Symphony chocolate with toffee chips and almonds.

I went by Walgreen's yesterday to buy my alcohol wipes since they were on sale 2 for $3.00. That was a good deal. I picked up a copy of People magazine to read the articles about people who had lost half their weight. One woman had stated that she did not fit behind the wheel and after 7 months of dieting, she now fits. Seven months? Being that I am only 5 feet tall, I have to skooch my seat very close to the wheel so I can reach the petals. I admit before starting the protocol, I was having trouble getting in and out of my car for that same reason. So thanks to Dr. S. I was able to fit better after a month, not seven. I really felt bad for all these people because many of them lost their weight over years instead of months time. I am so elated that I found the protocol as well as KT's informercial.

Now back to my shortbread cookies! Ha, and my supplies have not arrived yet!! Errrrr!

Biz and Becca, thanks for reading up on me!!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

R2P4D4 Getting Ready

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 4
Wt: 174.2 LIW: 168.2
6.0 lbs OVER LIW

Wow, I actually had a small drop from yesterday and again my food choices were not so hot. I had 2 small packages of raspberry shortbread cookies right after I clocked in for work. Later, someone brought Mexican sweet bread and I had one. I could not resist!! I bit into it and it was like biting into a cloud!! The bread was so soft, I just couldn't believe it. Anyway, then for lunch I had a budget gourmet frozen dinner of ziti parmesano. It wasn't that great but it was enough to fill me up for lunch. I took a Hoodia capsule before leaving work because the bottle says to take it 1 hour before eating. After I got home, I made a balogna sandwich with provolone cheese along with some potato chips. I was actually feeling full by the time I finished my sandwich. I decided I would not eat the rest of the evening but I ended up having a PB sandwich on one slice of bread folded.

Anyway, back to the subject from yesterday. I forgot to mention that while watching the show, I felt like walking into the television and tapping all of them on the shoulder and telling them about the protocol. I felt so bad for them but then empathized with them because I had been in a similar situation of working out hard and eating right and NOT losing or losing very little.

Becca, I need to pick up a copy of People and check it out for myself. Yes, it seems we were both on the same wavelength yesterday, cool!
cb9094, thanks for stopping by and I have been thinking about this excess weight when I begin P2. I may just have to chalk it up and and consider this weight as my loading weight.
Biz, I'm hoping to start on Monday but I'm still awaiting my supplies. I've got all the HCG I need but just don't have the mixing syringes, amber bottles, etc., so hopefully really soon I will begin. I am so ready!!! I've been cleaning out the "junk food" by bringing to work. I just hate to throw food away unless its spoiled. Call me a tightwad!
Crystal, thanks for stopping by, I did go off on a tangent or just got on a soapbox yesterday, didn't I? I just needed to vent and put into perspective for myself as they did on the show about how much we really eat on a yearly basis as opposed to just a daily basis.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

R2P4D3 Soooo Ready for P2

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 3
Wt: 174.8 LIW: 168.2
6.6 lbs OVER LIW

Okay, so I haven't been making the best food choices. Geez, this sounds like the beginning of a recent post. Anyway, I had leftovers yesterday for lunch, mexican macaroni with cheese and ground beef. When I got home from work, I made some guacamole and had it with some Fritos. Then I had some Symphony chocolate with almonds and toffee. After my daughter got home from school, I announced that it was tv dinner day since I forgot to take something out to defrost. I still had a tv dinner myself, of salsibury steak and mashed potatoes. Please understand it was a small tv dinner. I still snacked on a few Snyder's peanut butter pretzel sandwiches, very few. So overall I am maintaining at this weight but not really liking it. So on to Phase 2 very soon. I have been bringing the "bad" food to work just so I can get rid of it. These guys will eat anything!!

I watched Biggest Loser last night and became upset. I watched these couples struggling with ridiculous exercise regimens and I didn't see what their diets consisted of. I felt so bad for them. The men were losing a good amount of pounds for 1 week but the women struggled. The women only lost one or none. One woman gained a pound and another actually lost 6 pounds in one week, that was a shocker. Anyway, I felt bad for the couple that got kicked off. I thought the show was about competing to lose the most weight not to compete to stay on the show as well. So once you're kicked off, its completely up to you to continue the routine or just do as you please. The couple that was kicked off actually did make changes to their way of eating when they got home and managed to continue losing weight. The other thing that amazed me was when the couples were taken to a room and shown what they were consuming on a daily basis and adding it up to their yearly intake. That was amazing!! One person was consuming 261.4 pounds (guesstimate) of sugar a year. Wow, when you put it that way, it made a huge difference in seeing exactly what you are eating. This person was drinking 6-8 cans of soda per day as well as a few cookies per day. It sure added up and they realized that they were killing themselves. It's funny how we rationalize what we eat on a daily basis such as, just a couple of cookies a day won't hurt. Once you add it up for a year's consumption, it does hurt.
Enough for now!!

Biz, you can not believe how ready I am for Phase 2. I hope these 6-7 lbs come off fairly quickly when I start up again.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

R2P4D2 Well Rested

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 2
Wt: 174.8 LIW: 168.2
6.6 lbs OVER LIW

I had dinner pretty late last night so that may account for the gain. I made ground beef and Mexican macaroni with cheese. I tried the Hoodia and it did make me feel full, but the connection to my brain and mouth from my stomach was not working. I mean that my stomach felt full, but my mouth wanted to eat and taste more of the pasta. My daughter and I had a little spat last night and it was over something really stupid. She missed part of a music video that she has seen a thousand times but according to her, it was my fault and that I had done it on purpose. I gave her the remote and told her in a calm voice that since her videos were so important she could have the remote and I went to my room. I watched some tv in my room and fell asleep around 8:30pm. I'm surprised that I even fell asleep since I had taken a nap earlier in the day for about an hour and half. I felt down yesterday and that little tiff with my daughter didn't help either. I may be needing more sun since I feel that I'm getting the winter blues.

I got an email yesterday stating that my supplies should be arriving around the 14th. Research Supply must have gotten many orders or were out of the stuff I ordered because it didn't take this long the last time I ordered. Hopefully they will arrive before then.

Well, off to another day in paradise at work!! Uuugghh!

Monday, January 7, 2008

R2P4D1 Monday, Monday

Week 1 of Phase 4 Day 1
Wt: 174.0 LIW: 168.2
5.8 lbs OVER LIW

Ha, who am I kidding, did I really every do a Phase 3? Anyway, I took it easy yesterday, did a load of laundry, washed dishes and watched TV. I ate my raspberry shortbread cookies with coffee in the mid morning. I grilled some ribeye steaks and fried some shoestring potatoes for dinner. It was dinner for me and lunch for my daughter. I had a PB sandwich with one slice of bread, folded, for a snack later. I was snacking on Pringles as well a little later, but not too many because of the salt content. I tried to go to bed at 8:45pm but that turned into 9:30pm because I could not fall asleep. I realized I missed my favorite cartoon, Chowder, at 8:30pm. He is adorable!! I think my daughter conveniently forgot to tell me it was on because she is still upset with me from last night's fiasco with the kitten.

I'm going to try to leave work early today so I can go shopping for storage bins. I need to place something under my bed because that frickin' kitten is still getting under there. I'm making his appointment today as well. He is to be neutered very soon!!! Muaa aahh ahh!! I'm so mean but hopefully it will mellow him out already. I still call him a kitten but he's 9 months old now. I have 2 older cats 11 and 7 then the 1 1/2 year old I rescued last year. I think they are tired of him as well so off the the vet he goes!!

Hopefully my supplies will arrive today, I've felt bummed this weekend and I don't know why. I think the winter blues have hit me now not to mention my financial crunch. That is a whole other blog. I am so ready for Phase 2 again, TOM is gone and I have had a 3 week break, so I think I am ready. Just need to freeze my cheeses and get rid of the junk food in the house!!

Okay, so I took a 1/2 day off from work, so I left at 9:00am (funny). I went to Sam's to buy some half & half and see what else tickled my fancy. I stumbled across some Hoodia that seemed to be on clearance. So I bought a couple of packages. Hmmmm, when to try it!! Anyway, went to Wal*Mart afterwards to pick up some more tv dinners that my daughter enjoys. So, I got home and got on the scale and it said 173.6, then I remembered that I hadn't emptied my bladder. After doing so, I got back on the scale and it said 172.8. What a difference from my early morning weigh in, eh? So now that I'm home, alone, I am going to eat some breakfast and try and clean up some more since I'm all alone!! Woo Hoo!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

R2P3 Sunday Morning

Week 3 of Phase 3
Wt: 174.6 LIW: 168.2
6.4 lbs OVER LIW

I admit, I did not make the best food choices yesterday. For breakfast I had my coffee, I ran out of half & half and used whole milk. I heated up a Griddle sandwich that my daughter refuses to eat because they are not from Mickey D's. Later I had chips, a Cherry Coke, a small TV dinner of fried rice and an egg roll. I sliced some summer sausage, smoked Gouda and ate that on some Carr's Table Water Garlic & Herb crackers, about 4. My daughter later heated up some chicken nuggets and I had 3. She then ate a PB & J sandwich, so I wanted one but opted for 1 slice of bread with PB only and folded it in half. I kept munching on Pringles most of the evening during the movies we were watching. Oh, did I mention the raspberry shortbread cookies I ate with my coffee while watching my soaps in the afternoon?
I tried to go to bed at around 12:30am but could not because I kept hearing a noise under my bed. My daughter's kitten was having a blast under there. I finally became agitated, turned on the light and looked under there. That frickin' kitten had torn a hole in the material under the box spring!! He was just having a grand ole time tearing it more and more!! I was extremely upset and started yelling. I really get perturbed when I'm falling asleep and the cats decide to play under my bed or in just in my bedroom!! Why oh why, do they do that? (By the way, have I mentioned that I have 4 cats total with the kitten.) He continued after I got him out from under my bed and ran him out but he would just return. I ended up yelling at my daughter because he is her cat and she knew I was trying to go to sleep and she did nothing to control him. She finally became upset and went to her room, slamming her door and locking the kitten and herself in there. I heard him the rest of the night trying to get out and my daughter becoming aggravated by him as well. Needless to say, I didn't get up as early as I wanted to because I didn't actually go to sleep until 2:30am because of that darn kitten.
When I finally got out of bed I released the kitten from my daughter's room. I went to Wal*Mart around 9:30am and bought the paper, my Woman's World magazine and some frozen chicken that was sale!! Then I got some frozen shoestring potatoes, why I don't know, I still have fresh potatoes that I have not eaten. Anyway, I'm just rambling now because I'm tired, not dog tired but just lazy, tired. Does that make sense? Any, I hope my supplies get here tomorrow, I'm ready for P2 again. I need to eat all this bad food in the fridge before I begin again.
Man, reviewing what I ate yesterday, I sure ate a lot!!! I will try not to eat as much today, since I have to weigh in very, very early in the morning. I say this as I eat some raspberry shortbread cookies with my coffee again!! I don't like my coffee with milk, I like half & half. The price of half & half and milk have skyrocketed!! The cheapest place for me to buy half & half is at Sam's but I didn't feel like going there this morning. Way too crowded. I won't be able to buy very much like I usually do since P2 will begin very very soon.

I wanted to join everyone on Jan. 20th, but my birthday is the 25th. I don't want to have to do an interruption so soon after beginning. Or if I wait until after my birthday but I don't know if I can wait that long. Uuggh, decisions, decisions!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

R2P3 Rest!!

Week 3 of Phase 3
Wt: 174.0 LIW: 168.2
5.8 lbs OVER LIW

Aaaah, I slept in today and it felt great. Better today than tomorrow because then on Monday I can't get my butt up and motivated to go to work 'cause I'm tired. After I left work yesterday, I came straight home and didn't feel like shopping. I got home and my daughter had just awoken, then again she went to bed when I got up to get ready for work. Anyway, I took out some ground beef to defrost and decided to weigh myself. Oh, I didn't have any lunch yesterday except for a very small bag of sour cream and cheddar cheese Ruffles. I was drinking lots of water yesterday and the day before. So, after I got home, took out the meat, and went and weighed myself. The scale told me 173.6, I thought HA!!, now I'm going to eat dinner. I opted for a bologna, provolone and mustard sandwich with Doritos, to hold me over until the meat defrosted, that was about 2:30pm. I fell asleep on the sofa for about 30 minutes, or little more, at 4:30pm, that was nice. Around 6pm the meat was defrosted and my daughter decided that instead of potatoes, to use broccoli. Fine, but I still made some potatoes for me. She saw me boiling the potatoes and then questioned me because she thought I was going to use broccoli. I told her yes, and that the potatoes were for me on the side. Dinner was made then I realized I forgot to shred some cheese on my dinner plate. Oh well, there's always today to make up my cheese intake. I just plan on relaxing today because you know I had to work the past 2 days after being off for 5, exhausting!!!

I'm still debating the start date, my birthday is the 25th of this month so that is also throwing a kink in my decision. This Monday is the start of Phase 4 for me, yeah right, who am I kidding, I never even did Phase 3, this time around!! Haaa! Since I'm never sure what will happen for my birthday, sometimes I'm taken out for dinner and sometimes I'm just forgotten, I just never know!! Plus there is still a bottle of bubbly that is reserved for my birthday. Decisions, decisions!!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday, I probably sounded like a mad woman, but when you have a teenager(s), you basically are!!
Man, imagine someone walking in on me naked in the gym......on the scale!! At this point on the protocol, that would not leave a pleasant image in any one's mind let alone my own. Did I mention our gym is all mirrored walls? Eeeeek!!!

Friday, January 4, 2008

R2P3 It's Friday

Week 3 of Phase 3
Wt: 174.6 LIW: 168.2
6.4 lbs OVER LIW

I was so happy to leave work yesterday, I was not happy to be here, I wanted to sleep in!! I didn't even stop at Kohl's to look at some pans I wanted. I went straight home and it looked like my daughter had just woken up. That's okay, she's still on break from school till Monday. I didn't eat any lunch yesterday just some tostadas that one of the girls here at work gave me and I did have a blueberry cake donut in the morning with my coffee. I got home around 2:30pm and realized I hadn't taken anything out for dinner. I started defrosting some ground beef and by 4:00pm, it was somewhat defrosted. I browned the meat, added some boiled cubed potatoes, onions, garlic and some Goya seasoning. Dinner was done! I ate my portion with tostadas and added some cheddar cheese to mine and asked my daughter if she wanted cheese. She looked at me and sarcastically said, "No, I'm not a cheese fanatic like you!" I told her that she was not that of my womb and to leave my house!! I was just kidding and so was she. I always wonder about her, she doesn't like chocolate and she doesn't like cheese or corn tortillas. I wonder sometimes if they gave me the wrong child, but since she and I were the only ones in the labor and delivery floor, I guess she is mine. She doesn't like a lot of the foods I like which is kinda cool because if I buy chocolate bars, I don't have to worry about them disappearing from the fridge when I'm not home. She does like Snickers but that's about it oh, and Jolly Ranchers. Sorry, not much to write about today about the protocol. I'm still awaiting my supplies to arrive, then I can really concentrate on a start date. For me, the sooner the better, but there's still a lot of cheese in the fridge. Guess I should start freezing it for the next Phase 3.

Crystal, I hear ya, I myself have trouble with them pesky dishes, but that Dawn Direct foam has done wonders to help me do the dishes right away.
Biz, unfortunately, I'm not hungry in the morning until the afternoon, so I'm not eating as much as I should. As for weighing myself later in the morning, I start drinking coffee as soon as I get to work, so I think that will throw my numbers off as well. We do have a weigh scale here at work in the gym, but I don't want to be caught naked in there!!
Becca, I'm trying really hard with her about chores, I basically told her that if she didn't start helping me around the house, when she turns 18, she is outta there. That seems to motivate her a bit because she doesn't want to move out. I told her that if she doesn't go to college, she has to move out as well, I will not support her if she is doing nothing. For some reason, she thinks she's some princess and I am to be at her beck and call. Haaa!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

R2P3 Back to work

Week 3 of Phase 3
Wt: 175.0 LIW: 168.2
6.8 lbs OVER LIW

Well, my title says it all, I'm back at work today, oh joy!! Really don't have much to post today except that I had to weigh myself at 3:30am so that may be why there is another gain!! Let's see what tomorrow holds. I didn't eat very well yesterday, just a bologna sandwich with provolone cheese and mustard on whole grain bread, then a little later I had a PB & J sandwich, then my daughter wanted waffles. She didn't finish them, so I ate one and I was done for the evening. I couldn't fall asleep last night because I had been staying up late with my daughter so it was rough. I washed a lot of dishes yesterday because I had cut my fingers pretty bad over the the last couple of weeks, so I had to get them all done last night now that they are healed. I know it sounds gross but I hate using the dishwasher! I don't like it!! My daughter actually helped, I asked her to put them away and she did!! Talk about miracles! She has been helping a bit more especially after she uses a plate or a bowl, she will wash it and put it away, so that helped with my small injuries. Now my kitchen is in a somewhat order. Anyway, I only have to work today and tomorrow then I'm off for the weekend, thank goodness.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

R2P3 Day off!

3rd Week of Phase 3
Wt: 174.8 LIW: 168.2
6.6 lbs OVER LIW

Well, not much to post today. I asked for today off yesterday and it was granted. I had such a headache yesterday so I did nothing all day!!! So now I'm just home trying to get organized. Yeah, right! I went to Target this morning to get my daughter some bras and browse through their left over Christmas items. Didn't find much but they sure had a lot of stockings left, 2 aisles full. I stopped over a Wal*Mart and they had a better selection. I got some plates that don't even look like Christmas. They are a bittersweet color with embossed snowflakes. Very nice and cheap, the best!!! I picked up some large jars and some wrapping paper. I needed automotive supplies so I'll be working on my car later today.

Well, all I can say is that I'm on a peanut butter and jelly kick. I might as well get it all in now because Phase 2 will begin very soon. I am so ready for it and it shows.

Miz Biz, I hear ya, we've enjoyed the holidays a bit much, but we've got a new year to fix this, and it shouldn't take us all year either!!
Becca, thanks for stopping by, I now you've been very busy having a great time!! Teenagers, yes, that says it all!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

R2P3 Hungover?

Week 3 of Phase 3
Wt: 174.8 LIW: 168.2
6.6 lbs OVER LIW

Something I forgot to add yesterday was that after reading Miz Biz's Blog and her 10 things for 2008, I remembered one thing. I can now paint my own toenails or tie my shoes withOUT losing my breath and feeling lightheaded from bending over and trying to reach my feet!! Wow, and that was only after 20 lbs. I can only imagine what I will be able to do after losing some more, I'm aiming for 50 lbs this year. I agree with both Biz and Crystal about wearing pumps and not hurting our feet anymore. I have tons of pumps that I have purchased and not worn because of the pain. Thanks to Dr. Simeon's, I may actually accomplish my goal this year unlike years past of making resolutions to lose weight and by the end of the first week of January; throw in the towel and begin lying to myself that starting in February, after my birthday, I will try to lose weight. NOT this year!! I WILL lose this weight and not procrastinate!! There I go rhyming again. I guess the bubbly hasn't worn off from yesterday. Nah, I'm just giddy because I know by the end of this year, I will be a skinny minny, for the first time in my entire life, I will be skinny!! For as long as I can remember, I was always pudgy. My family would always make fun of me because even as a baby, no one could pick me up, or so they claim. Maybe that's why I don't let anyone hug me for an extended period of time, anyway, that's getting too psychological. So this year, no one is going to tell me about how overweight I am, now they can complain that I'm too thin. Wow, won't that be a change!!

Enough, of that. Last night I stayed home with my daughter and we watched MTV's New Year's Eve party and at midnight, I popped open a bottle of Asti Spumante. I prefer the taste of sparkling wine over champagne any day. I shared some with my daughter and the rest of the bottle was mine!! So that explains the weight gain. I ordered my supplies yesterday. Good thing, since yesterday was the last day of their holiday sale. Hopefully my supplies will arrive by the end of the week and I can get started on my new skinny body!! Woo Hoo for me!! Now that there are no more tamales in the house, that is going to help tremendously. I just need to get rid of the potatoes I bought and I will be all set!

Crystal, I completely understand about debating when to begin again, I'm still contemplating my start date.

Biz, yes, I am of Hispanic decent and I believe that is what makes it more challenging for me to be on the protocol, every corner and even on the same block are Mexican restaurants and now there are Mexican food buffet restaurants!! In this town, the diabetes rate is through the roof. That was another motivator for me to lose weight, my brother was diabetic due to his weight, he lost some weight and got it under control somewhat, then passed away from complications of his diabetes and pneumonia.
Needless, to say, if I walk into a pharmacy and ask for a box of syringes, they'll just hand them over without batting an eye, since I'm overweight and they will assume that I am diabetic. Sad, but true!! I'm not doing SQ so I order the syringes for IM, but at least I know if I run out I can just go and get some without a problem.
Miz Biz, if it wasn't for discovering your blog and bugging you to continue, I would have never started mine and continued on the protocol!! Thanks a billion for giving me the courage to share my experiences on the world web!! ((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))

Anyway, I anticipate everyone is doing well and had a good time last night. I hope everyone had a chance to reflect and realize what they are grateful for.

I'm having an ADHD moment right now, so I hope all this makes sense.