Monday, April 30, 2012

R3P2D39V33 TOM and Restocking My Cupboard

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 39 VLCD 33
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #32
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 161.0
Today's Wt: 161.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +0.6lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -13.2lbs

Ergh, TOM is pissing me off.  My numbers keep going up and up but I have to remind myself it is because TOM is right around the corner.  Last time TOM visited, I pretty much gave up, took a planned interruption because my weight was stalled or went up.  I just have to keep focused and remind myself it is because of TOM.  I've been having normal BM's the last couple of days but somewhere I'm retaining water.  I shouldn't be complaining of such a small gain because before TOM presents itself, I usually gain 5 to 6 lbs, off protocol.  I just need to keep a positive mind set and chug along.

I have to make a confession.  I'm a coupon fanatic!!  So this morning I set my alarm for 3:30am and snoozed a bit but finally headed out to walk the neighborhood.  I picked up everyone's unwanted flyers from their driveways while they slept.  There's a Spanish newsprint that is given to everyone around the neighborhood but no one reads them or picks them up, so I figured I'd help myself to them and do them a small favor.  I even asked my friend, who lives 2 blocks away, to give me her unwanted coupons.  She had to fish them out of the trash but they were still good.  I picked up about 6 papers and even one from last week that these people never picked up.  It was a win for me because there was a coupon for a free box of tissue paper for purchasing a 12 roll size toilet paper of same brand.  Fortunately for me, I have a dollar off coupon for the the TP, so I win, win!!!  There were also coupons for a dollar off 2 bags of Cheetos and Albertson's has them on sale with their coupon, so I pay $1.19 per bag.  After I came home from my coupon hunting trip, I went back to sleep.  I awoke again around 7:30am and had my coffee.  I went to Sam's to get dog food and some potting soil.  Then I headed out to Albertson's on the west side of town since they're well stocked.  I got me some more red wine vinegar (BOGO FREE), $1.50 apiece, some more garbanzo beans (88 cents per can), the Cheetos and since they had the Silk Almond Milk on sale all month, I found my 55 cents off coupons and bought it. The Duncan Hines cake mixes were on sale for a dollar. I picked up some more chicken since it was BOG2 FREE.  Can't beat that.  The trick of course, is to get the packages of similar price so you win and not the store since the take off the least expensive price of the packages.  I stopped by my mother's store to pick up some plastic milk cartons.  I plant on making my moveable garden in them.  Then I went to the other Albertson's by her house.  I got some more Cheetos (I have soooo many coupons now LOL) and the FAB detergent was 99 cents with their in-store coupon.  Don't need to tell me twice. I went in 3 times with 3 different cashiers so they wouldn't recognize me as the same person that just came through their line.  Then I headed to Costco to refuel since I was in the area.  I ran in and bought my "crackers" because I don't believe they're going to stock them anymore.  As soon as this stock is gone, that's it, no more crackers.  I will learn to make them myself since they contain brown rice, quinoa, sesame seeds, flaxseed and that's basically it.  I ate them during my Phase 3 and I had no issues with them.  I would just snack on them while watching tv.  I didn't find the seaweed chips so I don't know if they sold out or if they moved them.  I was just there Saturday so who knows.  I didn't want to stick around too long since I had my milk and chicken in the car and it was mighty warm out this morning.  Then I headed to Albertson's closer to my home, actually there's two of them, so I visited both.  I still have plenty of coupons so guess where I'll be tomorrow? You guessed it, Albertson's.  It's also the last day of the monthly and weekly ad, so I will be there.

I'm off to say a few Hail Mary's and Our Father's for all my coupon sinning I did today!! I also need to figure out where I'm gonna put all this stuff at.  Did I mention the eggs were on sale too!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

R3P2D38V32 Sunday Morning

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 38 VLCD 32
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #31
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 161.2
Today's Wt:161.0
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -0.2lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -13.8

TOM must be lurking or I'm retaining water from being so sore from yesterday or even both.  I was really debating about my injection today but I just did it, since there should only be 10 days left in my vial, technically 9 now.  I just hope if TOM is lurking, he better show up quick because I don't want it around when I retake my test.  I forgot I had bought some avocados at Costco yesterday so I will have to keep watch on those.  I may need to freeze them if I don't finish my injections in time.  After my fall yesterday my ear looks pretty bad.  I thought it was just red but it's actually bruised.  I have several bruises in strange places but that's to be expected. I may need to invest in a new pair of running shoes too.  I went to bed early last night, after reading a few chapters of The Hunger Games, since I was exhausted from my morning torture.  My cat kept crying at my door every hour on the hour.  I finally gave in at 5am to see what the fuss was about.  Turns out they were out of water.  Oooops, I gave them some water and she finally left me alone.  I weighed myself at that hour out of curiosity and it read 161.6.  I was no, I don't like that number so I fell back asleep.  When I finally awoke at around 8am, I weighed myself again and got that zero at the end.  I was surprised since I did hurt myself yesterday.  Also I ate too much. I had forgotten that I had eaten an apple between my meals and for dinner I had tomato again.  I pretty much repeated my lunch for dinner forgetting to omit the tomato.  I may have eaten an extra WASA cracker but I don't recall.  Oh well, I needed the extra nutrition for nearly killing myself yesterday.  I managed to water my poor palm trees this morning.

I looked over the newspaper this morning briefly and noticed they're some pretty decent coupons.  Can you guess what I'll be doing tomorrow?  That's right, shopping!!  That's all I have to report this morning so let's see what the rest of the day holds for me besides cleaning this hellhole I call a home.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

R3P2D37V31 Darn, Darn, Darn!!!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 37 VLCD 31
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #skip
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt:160.8
Today's Wt:161.2
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +0.4lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -13.6

I wasn't expecting a gain this morning since I got to sleep in later than my normal work week.  Must have been those extra WASA 7 grain crisp and light crackers.  I did have a couple extra and that was my only cheat. They have the same calories and carbs as the Melba toast, but these are more like cereal since they're so light and airy.  After looking at the numbers, it really isn't that bad.  I believe TOM is going to try and rear his ugly head soon, I can feel it.  My side was hurting yesterday, ovarian pain.  Felt as if I had a huge gas bubble stuck in my gut on my left side.  It's not intense but just bothersome.  This morning my nerves were all worked up because of my test.  So my body decided that I needed to have a BM before I left.  It wasn't much but glad I did it because I did not want to have to go during the test.  I did have to pee during my test but I had to hold it.  I managed to fall over a 4 foot wall and cut my ear, hit my head on the metal frame but I got up and kept running.  The running part of the test sucked because my time was slower than the last time.  Sheesh, what the hell?  So as I sit here typing, I can feel soreness coming over different parts of my body.  I cut the underside of my elbow so I'm unable to rest it on the arm rest.  So to reward myself for doing so poorly on my test, I went to Costco to spend money.  That always makes me feel better of course, my bank account doesn't appreciate it.  Since it's Saturday, surprisingly enough, it wasn't packed but it was 10 am.  I found what I needed and left.  I dropped off some items with my daughter.  I got her some pita and pretzel chips for her hummus and some roasted seaweed chips for her to enjoy at school. I left and went to Albertson's on the west side of town.  I love that store because it is always well stocked compared to the one by my house on the east side of town.  Since the west side is the ritzy part of town, that store caters to the rich so they have an extensive variety of items I don't find at mine but I just hate the drive over there.  From there I went to the International Market.  That store is freakin awesome.  I found a huge jar of tahini paste, turmeric powder in many different sizes, and relatively inexpensive, garam masala powder, sesame seeds and my Goya seasoning packets in the economy size.  That store is just awesome but again, it is out of my way. Now I will be able to make my own hummus since I have the tahini paste and the garbanzo beans were on sale at Albertson's.   I finally made my home by 12:30pm.  I was somewhat hungry when I finally arrived home so I made me some coffee (since the Keurig demo wasn't ready yet at Costco), a hamburger patty, Romaine lettuce, sliced tomato and a bit of red onion.  My mock burger, oh and some yellow mustard for flavor.  I know we are not suppose to mix veggies but to me, onion doesn't count for a veggie nor tomato.  Tomato is a fruit so I haven't had an apple or strawberries.  I did skip my injection today but I'm not sure if I'm ready for a planned interruption.  If I calculated it correctly, I should have 10 injections left but my test retake is in 2 weeks.  I may take my interruption next week just so I can have more food during the retake and hopefully TOM doesn't show up during that same week.  After my injections are completed, I will switch to sublingual.  I need to get this weight off as quickly as possible and get my butt in gear and in shape if I want this career change.  I know I didn't become overweight overnight, so I shouldn't expect it come off that quickly.  This protocol does help tremendously though and it works quicker that any diet or exercise program I've tried before. Enough of my ranting, I need to go work on my kitchen faucet.  I purchased a new one at Costco, so now I need to install it.

Friday, April 27, 2012

R3P2D36V30 Stair Steppin'

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 36 VLCD 30
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #30
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 160.8
Today's Wt:160.8
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +/-0.0
R3 Total Loss to Date: -14

Depending on how I do tomorrow at my test, that is going to determine if its time for me to take a planned interruption.  I've been going to bed late so I'm exhausted all day.  I have energy however, without plenty of sleep I just feel as if I'm walking around in a haze. I took a nap right now when I arrived home from work & the grocery store but that only lasted 30 minutes.  I obviously am going to start stair stepping in weight loss.  My ticker graph shows that.  I wish it was just a downward spike but since I'm female, we know that's not gonna happen.  I'll take whatever I can get at this point.  Last time I did this protocol in 2008, I managed to get down to 154 but with taking care of my daughter, I didn't take care of myself by maintaining so I went back up to 190.  I did not want to start there but I did and now look at where I'm at.  My second round wasn't that great for pounds lost (9lbs total in 30 days) but the inches sure came off.  Of course I didn't take measurements but my arms aren't as huge as they were before and all my clothes fit very loose except in the waist.

Let's see what tomorrow holds for me.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

R3P2D35V29 What? Wow!!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 35 VLCD 29
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 29
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 162
Today's Wt: 160.8
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -1.2lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date: -14.0lbs

Wow!!! I am stunned!! I truly wasn't expecting that this morning especially since I felt I didn't get all my water in early enough during the day, didn't take a nap, went to bed late and I worked out. So I sit here trying to duplicate what I did yesterday.  While I type I munch on a pint of strawberries.  It is warm out today but not as bad as yesterday.  I did get on the treadmill today after work but not for long since I don't want to get all sore before my test on Saturday.  I am nervous about that test but only time will tell how I will succeed that day.  Anyway, even though I felt I didn't get enough water yesterday (tried to make up for it by drinking non-stop during the evening) I was peeing a lot.  Guess my body finally released those water packed fat cells as stated in P&I.  Plus from being sore from Friday my body probably finally released all that water.  I also took some MSM and potassium  to help me after my workout.  There are so many things that I did yesterday, it's hard to pinpoint what worked.  I went to the grocery store again today, what fun.  I also went to my favorite Wal*Mart Neighborhood Market but this time, I got a male cashier and he had no issues with my coupons.  I'm happy again.  I just have to remember to get in line with a male cashier, LOL. So now I'm home pondering about yesterday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

R3P2D34V28 What Is A Happening?

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 34 VLCD 28
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 28
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 162
Today's Wt: 162
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +/-0.0
R3 Total Loss to Date:  -12.8lbs

Hmmm, my body seems to be happy at this weight, but not me!!  I'm guessing I'm losing lots of inches this week because my Dickies from last week (new size 8) fit completely loose yesterday and my size 12 dress pants I wore today were extremely loose that they almost fell off every time I got up from my chair.  My practice yesterday was cancelled and I was a bit disappointed and a bit relieved because I did not want to be out in the heat (98 degrees yesterday).  I did manage to get in a small workout today and since I'm not used to working out, I don't expect to see a loss tomorrow, again.  My arms are feeling sore now but I really need to work on my upper body strength to pass the physical test for my new career.  It's not easy but I feel I can commit this time.  If I don't make it this time, I will continue to work on my fitness and try again in the fall.  My running is for crap and I really need to work on that as well.  I'm munching on strawberries like they are going out of style.  I bought so many last week that there is no room in my fridge for my other food so I don't want to waste them.  Plus my daughter is not here any longer so I have them all to myself to share with my rabbits.  I tried a small dot of balsamic vinegar on them but it's a very powerful flavor, good but very powerful.  Luckily I only used a drop.

I was thinking today that I may have to take a planned interruption here in the next couple of weeks.  If I don't pass my test this Saturday I can try again in two weeks but I may not have my running down by then.  I'm not a runner so that is my obstacle.  I'm already on my 28th injection so I will be okay to take an interruption and be able to eat more protein and fat to sustain me while I train.  Once I find out if I made it or not, I can restart injections and resume protocol.  This is what I shall ponder over the next few days and definitely after my first test.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

R3P2D33V27 What Is Going On?

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 33 VLCD 27
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #27
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 162.
Today's Wt: 162
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +/- 0.0
R3 Total Loss to Date: -12.8 lbs

Ok, this is starting to get a bit aggravating.  I'm blaming the early morning weigh in. At 4am, can't expect to see a huge drop.  Also, may have to lay off the kefir.  I'm not drinking much and I'm counting it as my fruit for the day.  Guess I should look up the calorie and carb count, not to mention the protein powder I use in it.  I have to go practice today and I'm really not looking forward to it but I have to do it.  If I want to change careers, I need to go to practice.

Last night I didn't do much except for my chores and mopped the kitchen and bathrooms.  Exciting right?  After all my trips to Wal*Mart yesterday, I felt I needed to do something around the house so I felt somewhat productive.  Today was just another day at work, a visit to Albertson's for some vinegars that were on sale and Wal*Mart again where I fought with the cashier about my coupons.  She didn't understand the coupon so she said she couldn't accept it.  So I left with my coupons and not the items.  I really hate that Wal*Mart Neighborhood market, they are so rude.  I avoided it yesterday for that reason and it slapped me in the face today.  So now I will have to visit my other friendlier Wal*Marts.

My stomach is growling right now and I just had my apple.  I don't want to eat my protein until after practice but that may not happen. The eating, not the practice LOL.

Monday, April 23, 2012

R3P2D32V26 Ahhh, Mondays Off!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 32 VLCD 26
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #26
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 161.6
Today's Wt:162
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +0.4lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -12.8lbs

Sheesh my body just does not want to go into the 150's.  I know it was a small gain but it may have been from all the kefir I drank yesterday.  I made strawberry, vanilla protein kefir smoothie for my daughter to try but she didn't like it.  She said it was too "tangy"and not sweet enough.  I explained to her that it was good for her and it was just like yogurt only better and more liquidy but she still was still displeased.  I commend her for at least trying it though.  So now I have this huge bottle of this smoothie that is delicious to me, so I will drink it in place of my fruit for today or at least my lunch portion.  I've had a busy morning, I've been to Sam's and three different Wal*Marts because I had awesome coupons for a product that is carried exclusively at Wal*Mart.  Good thing is all these Wal*Marts are close to my home so I didn't drive out of my way to visit each one.  I also found the Melba toast at only two of these Wal*Marts, the other only carried the "snacks" and those are not good for protocol.  Needless to say, I'm well stocked again in groceries.  I love that Sam's carries stevia packets, those are so convenient versus the liquid.  I like both liquid and powder but I'll just use the liquid at home.  I noticed that they also have Almond milk and it is way cheaper than at the grocery store.  I just have to wait until I"m in phase three again and that isn't going to be for a while.

I forgot that yesterday I was munching on rotisserie chicken which is a no-no for phase 2, but I had purchased it on Friday so my daughter would have something to eat when she arrived.  She only eats the legs and wings so I didn't want the chicken to go to waste so I ate the breasts, not at the same time but for the last couple of days that was my protein for the day.  I need to cook my chicken for the week so I have prepared meals versus trying to figure out what to eat at the last minute.  I'm going to go now and figure out where I'm going to put all these groceries at.  I need to separate chicken, ground beef and pork chops (for Phase 3) and freeze them. The pork chops were a steal for me.  On Mondays, Sam's usually puts the meat at a discounted rate since it didn't sell completely over the weekend as they had anticipated, but its a win for me.  I wanted to go to Costco again but time just got away from me.  I don't like going in the afternoon or early evening there, its too hot and it gets packed.  My daughter fell in love with some seaweed chips I bought from there so I need to get her, her own stash to keep while she's away at school.  She says its my fault that she is now addicted to them. Now I'm off to the kitchen and hopefully to some more losses.  Have a great Monday everyone, it's almost over!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

R3P2D31V25 Happy Earth Day!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 31 VLCD 25
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #25
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt:162.0
Today's Wt: 161.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -0.4lb
R3 Total Loss to Date:-13.2lbs

I finally got to sleep in this morning, I woke up around 6 but stayed in bed until 7:30am.  I got up to get some coffee, weigh myself and read the paper. I reviewed the sales and decided I needed to water my poor, neglected palm trees.  I pulled some weeds too since it was a nice morning.  I did my part for Earth Day.  Once I was done, I looked over the Target ad and saw a tank that I really wanted so I hopped in my car and headed to Target.  I was still early enough so it wasn't crowded, I like it like that.  I made my purchase and came home.  I got a free Target reusable bag on top of that.  So now I sit here, catching up on my blog and debating what to have for lunch and dinner.  My daughter is still home with me and she's still asleep.  We'll watch movies together today until she has to go.  Her semester isn't over yet so she needs to go back to college.  Sadly, she hasn't mentioned anything about my weight loss so I don't even know if she noticed or if she is just keeping it to herself.  I don't want to ask or pry because I can already see her rolling her eyes and making a snarky remark. Oh well, I'm sure she noticed since everyone at work has noticed and she hasn't seen me in about 6 weeks.  Teenagers, what more can I say.

Everyone have a great Earth Day!!

R3P2D30V24 Sore??

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 30 VLCD 24
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #24
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 162.0
Today's Wt: 162.0
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +/- 0.0
R3 Total Loss to Date: 12.8lbs

Not much to report today, went to work at 5am and didn't feel as sore as I thought I would.  I went to Wal*Mart to find those bonus packs of Atkins shakes but no go.  They did work out a deal with me so I'm happy, I finally got my shakes in strawberry!!  My daughter came home yesterday because she was going to babysit during the evening so I was very happy to see her.  I stopped by Kohl's because I had $20 in coupons and Kohl's cash so I got some shoes I had been eyeing, happy, happy.  I called my daughter after leaving Kohl's to see if she wanted something to eat because I knew she wouldn't make anything for herself or eat the leftover chicken from the night before.  She requested Whataburger, the green chile double no doubt.  Believe it or not, I was not tempted to eat the fries or take a bite of the burger when she offered.  I surprised myself.  Actually I couldn't smell it which would have tempted me but I could not pick up the scent, strange huh.  Oh, while I was at Wal*Mart, I checked out the strawberries, man they were huge!!!  I bought 3 lbs!!  My daughter got one and it covered her entire palm.  By the time I got home I was tired and the soreness in my legs began to increase.  I guess it was from finally resting and not using my legs.

Friday, April 20, 2012

R3P2D29V23 Out of Shape

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 29 VLCD 23
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 23
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 163.4
Today's Wt: 162.0
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -1.4lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date: -12.8lbs

Okay, I like these numbers!!  This morning was rough for me.  I tried to go to bed early but it just didn't happen.  Then my neighbor decides to cut wood panels while I'm trying to go to sleep.  I woke up tired.  I left work early to go to a practice test, that whooped my butt.  The run felt great but I just wasn't fast enough, again!! Next Saturday is the real test.  The wall is also my obstacle but I will try my best.  I went to Costco afterwards and spent too much money as always but I'm well stocked in my "crackers".  I didn't find Melba toast this time so I will have to go to Wal*Mart to get some more.  My legs are starting to feel sore so I will have to research what will take some of the pain away.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

R3P2D28V22 Downwards, Downwards Please

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 28 VLCD 22
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 22
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 164.6
Today's Wt: 163.4
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -1.2lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date: -11.4lbs

I'm back on the downward train, woot woot!! Not much for an exciting day today. I drove to 3 different Wal*Marts again today looking for those Atkins shakes in the bonus packages and one store had them but not in the strawberry flavor, errrgh!!!  I bought some chocolate and vanilla but the vanilla I can get at Sam's and I really didn't want chocolate.  I want strawberry dammit!!  That was the most excitement I've had all day.  I'm home from work now and just need to relax and maybe take a nap. Tomorrow I have a practice test before the actual test next week so we'll see how that goes.  Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

R3P2D27V21 Hmmmm

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 27 VLCD 21
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # skip
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 163.6
Today's Wt: 164.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +1.0lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -10.2lbs

I wasn't expecting that, another pound gain.  I skipped my injection today and I'm eating clean today.  No more Panda Express, LOL.  I'm not swollen or anything but I guess the food was a bit caloric and sweet, so not a good combo for Phase 2.  I'll just have to wait to see what tomorrow brings.  Friday I plan on going to Costco to stock up on a few items, not many since most is not Phase 2 compliant.  I'm only working half a day anyway so I'll have plenty of time to look around. Today I went to Wal*Mart to buy some Atkins shakes that were on sale, and of course, they didn't have any.  They had to 4 packs but the they're suppose to have a 4 pack with 2 bonus shakes which they did not have at this time.  They better get them soon because the sale ends Saturday, conveniently.  Not much to post today, it was a pretty ordinary day for me today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

R3P2D26V20 Darn You Tax Season

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 26 VLCD 20
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 21
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 162.6
Today's Wt: 163.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN:  +1.0lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -11.2lbs

I hate my early morning weigh ins. So I'm not sure if I gained a pound or all my drinking from Saturday and Sunday, or indulging in few extra Melba snacks last night, finally caught up to me.  I'm blaming the early morning weigh in.  I didn't cheat with any bad foods even though I'm craving Nutella, hummus, cheese, etc., but I haven't eaten any.  Sadly already today, I somewhat cheated.  Panda Express was giving away a free single serving of Angus Steak for tax day, I visited 3 locations LOL.  So tonight, dinner is chicken breast and Romaine lettuce.  I've already taken my potassium because some servings tasted salty, some tasted sweet, so I hope the potassium pushes all this through.  It was worth it just for today.  It had a few asparagus spears, mushrooms and onions plus that sauce that was different at each location.  I don't feel swollen so those servings may have been small enough to hopefully not do much damage but I won't know till tomorrow morning.  I'm enjoying some Lemon Lift tea right now hopefully that will make my pee all this excess sodium as well.

Monday, April 16, 2012

R3P2D25V19 Back Home

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 25 VLCD 19
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 20
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 162.6
Today's Wt: 162.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +/-0.0
R3 Total Loss to Date: -12.2lbs

I didn't get to blog on Saturday or Sunday since I had to go out of town on both days and by the time I got back in the evening, I was too exhausted to even look at the screen.  So I'm behind in emails, blogging and freebies.  The good news is I didn't lose or gain this weekend even after indulging in a few beers, jello shots, tequila shots and a buttery nipple.  I'm not proud of myself for drinking so much but I am proud that I didn't indulge in any of the food they were serving or offering.  Everyone was just looking at me strangely when I would pull out my little container of mixed greens and chicken. I did get a taste of the enchiladas they were serving but just one little bite, they were sooo dry, I didn't even want any more.  Yesterday was rougher because there was more alcohol being served and I was pretty wasted.  How I got home, don't ask.  I had to stop and put gas since the 2 day round trip drive drained my tank then I came straight home.  My whole body hurts. Who knew that bowling used all those muscles in my butt, legs, arms and abs.  The ones in my butt are the really shocking ones.  They hurt when I walk and sleeping was a bit uncomfortable because I just hurt all over in general.  Right now that I sit in front of the computer, I don't feel like going to the store but I need to since I couldn't do it all weekend.  There's always tomorrow since the sales don't end until tomorrow but everybody does the same thing I do, wait till the last minute. Oh well, I'll review the ads and reevaluate what I need versus what I want.  I haven't even looked at the Sunday ads for the major retailers.  Gotta get my butt in gear, just as soon as it doesn't hurt as much LOL.

Friday, April 13, 2012

R3P2D22V16 Happy, Happy!!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 22 VLCD 16
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #17
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 166.6
Today's Wt: 163.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -3.0lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date: -11.2lbs

It took me 3 days to lose what originally took me to lose in 14 days.  But after analyzing my journal and calendar it was due to TOM being so close when I started this round.  Now TOM has come and gone for another 4 weeks hopefully.  Now I hope the losses continue.  I'm glad that I zoomed by 164 because that's where I was stuck before TOM came along. Yippee!!

I have a bowling tournament tomorrow which will continue through Sunday and it's in another state. Okay, okay, it's a 20-40 minute drive depending on traffic and weather but it is in another state.  It's suppose to be windy so hopefully it will be to my advantage if its blowing behind me, I can just coast and let the wind take me but if it's against me, there goes a whole tank of gas.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

R2P2D21V15 Yippee, On My Way Down Again

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 21 VLCD 15
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 16
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 170
Today's Wt: 166.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -3.4lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date: -8.2lbs

Well, looky there!! 6.4 pounds gone in 48 hours, and the first 3 pounds without even trying!!  I had a headache from hell yesterday so I finally broke down and took some baby aspirin first.  After that didn't work, I took a couple more.  That didn't help, so finally at around 7pm, I took one Excedrin tablet and finally started to feel better.  It finally went away by the time I went to bed.  I wasn't terribly hungry yesterday but thought that maybe that was the problem that was causing the headache but even after having dinner, it still wouldn't go away. This morning I'm feeling much better but tired.  I didn't sleep to well or enough which sucks.  Let's see what tomorrow holds for me.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

R3P2D20V14 Down Without Even Trying

Round 3 Phase 2 Day  20 VLCD 14
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 15
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 173
Today's Wt: 170
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -3.0lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date:

I lost 3 pounds overnight and I hadn't even taken my injection until this morning.  I ate very clean yesterday and wasn't expecting a drop this morning.  TOM is finally on his way out, thank goodness.  I have an extreme headache now and I don't know where or why I'm having it.  The only thing I can think of is detox from all the crap I ate while on break or lack of caffeine.  I had chicken and a large tomato for lunch today and I'm defrosting some tilapia for my dinner.  I did have a kefir smoothie this morning since I figured the HCG would not kick in right away today. I'm having an apple as I type but it is aweful.  Hope my rabbit likes it.  I took a baby aspirin so let's see if that helps my headache go away.  Work sucked today, but that was expected since I was off the last 3 days.  There's not much to report today but I sure was happy to see that drop this morning.  Now if only my blue mood with go away with TOM.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

R3P2D19 Blue Go Away

Round 3 Phase 2 Day19
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #skip
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 172.2
Today's Wt: 173
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +0.8lb
R3 Total Loss to Date:

TOM is here with a vengeance.  Good thing though, so tomorrow it's back to VLCD and injections.  I feel like real crap today, still.  I didn't go to work today so I'll probably get flack for it.  But the way I feel, it's better that I'm not there.  I'll deal with that tomorrow.  Hopefully once I get back on VLCD, I'll start to feel better and the losses begin again.  I was able to gain back all my weight from the beginning so it will be like starting over.  Nothing I can do about that just move forge ahead.  I just hope the blues go away too.

Monday, April 9, 2012

R3P2D18 Soo Drained!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 18 Break
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #skip
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 168.4
Today's Wt: 172.2
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +3.8
R3 Total Loss to Date:

I knew TOM was lurking!!! I just wish I would have figured that out on Friday.  I have been exhausted since last week and this weekend was no different.  I took a long nap on Saturday, Sunday and today I refused to get out of bed.  I did get up around 6:30 but laid down on the sofa in the living room.  It wasn't very successful since my rabbit decided to do laps around his cage.  I was not motivated this morning at all or yesterday.  I basically haven't done shit all day.  I finally mustered up enough energy just to go to the store to get a few items.  Very few.  A gallon of milk (for my kefir grains), eggs since they're on sale and fresh strawberries because they were on sale too.  The potato chips were on sale too but I managed to skip those.  I finally feel a bit more in control since TOM is rearing his ugly head finally.  That explains the no loss and the massive cravings.  I will start over again tomorrow because it is just not happening today.  I will get a fresh start in the morning and hopefully I will have the energy to get through the day since this whole weekend was a wash.  The dishes are barely getting done today, not that there were many but they got done.  I need to strain my kefir grains and get them in some fresh milk.  My cats will be happy since they are the only ones able to enjoy the kefir right now.  I will make me a strawberry smoothie today with my kefir but the rest of the week, it will be off limits.  Now I'm off to go loaf on the sofa and read the newspaper.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

R3P2D17 Easter Day Break

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 17 Break
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # none
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 165.6
Today's Wt: 168.4
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +2.8lbs
R3 Total Loss to Date:

Happy Easter Everyone!!

My break is going better than I thought, I'm reloading which I know is completely off protocol but I really feel that I needed it.  I'm packing on the pounds like never before.  I have a feeling TOM is lurking which is what was causing my cravings and stall.  I've eaten Mexican pastries, Oreos and some Doritos.  Today, if I venture out, will be Carl's Jr. Damn you Carl's Jr. for sending me coupons!!!  I want to try their Southwestern Patty Melt and the coupon is 2 for $5. I've noticed my allergies are at an all time high since pigging out on carbs and refined flour and sugar.  Now I know what the culprit is to my allergies.

 I don't think we're going to do anything at my aunt's house today, we're expecting rain later in the afternoon to evening hours.  We'll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

R3P2D16V13 Break, Break!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 16 VLCD 13
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # none
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 165.0
Today's Wt: 165.6
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +0.6lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -8.8lbs

I didn't get to blog yesterday because after I got home from work, I took a small nap and had to take a written exam for new employment, possibly new employment.  The test was 3 hours long!!  I arrived at 3:30pm, test began at 4pm and we left at 7pm.  Man I was mentally exhausted.  I arrived home and allowed myself to eat junk food.  I pigged out on some Oreos and my heart began racing as if someone had given me a shot of adrenaline!! Guess I had already cleansed my body of all sugar so those Oreos hit me hard. Well if you noticed I stopped the injections because I was unsure if we were doing anything tomorrow for Easter.  I haven't heard anything from my aunt and I also forgot my cell phone at home today.  I was worried I wouldn't arrived on time today so I rushed out of the house and after about 3 miles I realized I had forgotten it.  Oh well, it's not like I haven't been without a phone before. I'm allowing myself to eat whatever I want for the next 2 days and Monday jump back on the wagon.  Since my losses have stalled, this would be a good time for me to let loose.  Now that I have allowed that for myself, I feel more in control now.  Does that make sense? Now that I have permission to eat whatever I want, my mind says, "No, you'll gain weight eating that!!"

Thursday, April 5, 2012

R3P2D14V11 Up & Down, Again & Again

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 14 VLCD 11
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 14
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 164.4
Today's Wt: 165.0
Today's LOSS/GAIN:  +0.6lb
R3 Total Loss to Date:  -9.8 lbs

Ok, I'm just jumping back and forth the same weight which was problem when I was on Round 2.  I feel like I just started but I'm already 2 weeks into this.  I'm going for a very long round this time so hopefully I can stick to it.  I will do 40 injections then switch to sublingual which will probably last for another 30 days.  It's been a bit rough, since I stopped smoking, I now want to snack on my "crackers".  Yesterday I ate 2 hearts of Romaine, a beefsteak tomato and 100gm of tilapia for dinner.  I felt full after the second heart of Romaine but I continued to eat it.  I gave the rest to my rabbit.  I've been drinking green tea and water by what feels like the gallonful and peeing just as much but my weight will only fluctuate up and down by the same 0.6 lb.  Oh well, I'm not stressing about it just wish there was something I could snack on that was easy and wouldn't affect my losses so badly.  Live and learn. 

Work was a bit hectic today, second shift didn't show up until an hour after I was suppose to get off.  I went to Petsmart to stock up on canned dog food because I had awesome coupons and they had it on sale 2 for a dollar. My coupons were for a $1.50 off 10 cans and I had 4 of them since the sale is only until Sunday the 8th.  I used 3 coupons on Monday and now I have 70 cans!!  My dog is going to be eating very well for the next several months.  Maybe I'll find some more coupons.  Well, I think I'm going to go cook my chicken for the next couple of days so I have no excuses for not having my food, now I only have to remember to get it out of the fridge before I leave for work.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

R3P2D13V10 Deja Vu Monday

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 13 VLCD 10
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 13
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 165.0
Today's Wt: 164.4
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -0.6lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -10.4lbs

I must admit now that last night I did indulge  in draft Michelob Ultra, man it went down smooth.  I thought for sure I'd have a gain because yesterday I could not stop binging on my "crackers".  Before I left for the bowling alley, I did have my 100gm of tilapia fish.  Unfortunately, it didn't help when I got there because other teams were already enjoying chips and salsa.  A member of our team was enjoying a personal pepperoni pizza right in front of me then what he didn't finish he gave to his friend, who was sitting right beside me!!  Man I was so dying, I really wanted to cheat and get some chips and salsa to go and just pig out when I got home.  I don't know what happened to me but I just walked out of there with nothing.  I believe I told myself if I really wanted to cheat, wait till tomorrow and you can drive back to the bowling alley and just get them to go.  Guess that worked because this morning I felt guilty for even thinking about cheating and seeing that small drop just gave me more confidence to keep going.  Today I don't feel much like cheating.  I then wanted to kick myself because I realized that I had nothing to eat for lunch.  I hadn't cooked any chicken or boiled any eggs.  I then remembered that I had some Atkins low carb vanilla shakes so I grabbed one of those and an apple for work.  Now that I'm home, I'm defrosting some chicken and fish.  Luckily Romaine lettuce was on sale the other day so I bought 2 huge heads.  I'm munching on a Romaine heart right now to curb me from eating the whole box of "crackers".  I still have some beautiful beefsteak tomatoes that I bought at Costco.  I ate one the other day with some lemon pepper, Yummo!! I'll have to eat some more tomatoes before they start to rot.  So you can guess what's for dinner.  Fish and tomatoes.

Well, looking at today's weight and Monday's, I don't think I had a real gain just the fact that I had to weigh in at 3:45 yesterday morning may have been a contributing factor.  Today's "false" loss is attributed to the beer.  So I wait till tomorrow.  Cheers everyone, I'm toasting with some green tea!!

Wow! After making my cup o'green tea, I used Now Stevia Extract liquid.  I didn't know it was in an 11% alcohol solution so wow!!  Of course, I used too much and pow, it just hit my taste buds.  It is extremely sweet and even watered down my tea.  Lesson learned.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

R3P2D12V9 Bump in the Road

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 12 VLCD 9
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 12
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 164.4
Today's Wt: 165.0
Today's LOSS/GAIN: +0.6lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -9.8lbs

I was expecting that because I snacked on a few more "crackers" than I should have.  Also having to weigh in at 3:45am today didn't help much either but I will attribute the "gain" because of my early morning weigh in.  I have been super cranky today and in a foul mood.  Today I am really hungry.  I ate my apple at 8am after my coffee, then I ate my chicken around 9am.  I stopped by Wal*Mart and bought some fat free cottage cheese.  When I arrived home, I immediately had to have a teaspoonful.  Then I found my "crackers" and couldn't stop myself.  I also ate 2 Garlic & Parmesan Pretzel Chips. I also munched on a head of Romaine heart just to squelch that ugly hungry feeling.  I finally fell asleep on and off for about an hour.  When I awoke around 3pm, I decided I better eat before I have to head out to the bowling alley.  There is going to be trouble there because of all the yummy food the restaurant sells, plus everyone around me eating because they just got out of work.  Sometimes the people you bowl with just don't understand that you are on a "diet" and they tend to keep shoving food in your face even though you politely decline.  That's why I didn't want to bowl. Oh and the beer but my craving for beer or any alcohol has diminished since January.  I had a few beers on my first day of HCG but they didn't affect me, or I just didn't feel them, but I just didn't crave them. 

I'm drinking green tea now and I hope that helps with my energy for tonight and also my hunger. Once I finish this cup, I will make some black tea, that will waken me up.  I gotta go play with my dog before I leave for the evening and I need to take a shower before.  Oh yeah, I think TOM is right around the corner as well.  The HCG always screws with TOM.

Monday, April 2, 2012

R3P2D11V8 I Amaze Myself

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 11 VLCD 8
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection # 11
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 165.0
Today's Wt: 164.4
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -0.6lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -10.4lbs

Wow, another drop!! I could get used to this.  I'm very happy though because I have lost everything that I regained back from loading so I'm very close to my LIW from Round 2.  Sadly Round 2 wasn't my best but now from reading the threads on Yahoo, my round 2 may not have resulted in a lot of pounds lost but I'm sure there were plenty of inches lost.  Even more sadly, I didn't and haven't taken measurements.  I probably should do that soon to understand what my body is going through while on this protocol.  This time doing the protocol has been somewhat easier since my daughter technically moved out.  She's away at college, so with her gone, there is not much junk food in the house to tempt me.  I do have some guilty pleasures lingering around here like Oreos, Doritos, Fritos, peanut butter and beans, but I have not been tempted to eat any of it.  Okay, wait, the peanut butter commercials get me but I fight the urge to grab a spoonful of the stuff.  I say to myself, it's not worth it just wait it out, and after your done with this round, you can have some.  It will keep in the pantry till then and the craving disappears.

Ugh, I have plenty to do today since I won't have a chance to do much tomorrow.  I was asked to substitute for a bowling member in their league and I have to sell tickets for our Lady Kegler Club.  I haven't seen some of these people in quite some time so let's see if they notice my somewhat new me. I just hate how late we get out of there because Mama needs her beauty rest.

I know I had more to add but while on protocol, I get ADHD and CRS severely.  I must start carrying around a notepad and jotting down my thoughts for these exact moments.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Awesome 15lbs Gone Overnight!!!

Round 3 Phase 2 Day 10 VLCD 7
0.25ml (125iu) HCG SQ injection #10
Starting Weight on 03/26/2012: 174.8
Yesterday's Wt: 165.8
Today's Wt: 165.0
Today's LOSS/GAIN: -0.8lb
R3 Total Loss to Date: -9.8lbs


I wish that were true.  Ugh why couldn't I just get that 0.2 extra overnight to make it an even 10 pounds gone!  At least I had a drop, I thought for sure I wouldn't have seen anything but a stall this morning.  I did get some good sleep last night except for my bladder asking for relief at 5am and my dog started barking.  I still had to get up somewhat early this morning to water my lawn since the hurricane winds will start up later today.  I did go to our meeting this morning and it went well.  Since we finished early, I was able to stop by Sam's and get all my pet food.  I bought some avocados so I will have to freeze those until I get to Phase 3, bummer!!  I had some evalues to cash in on so that's why the avocados were bought plus some spring mix salad and coffee!!  Man do I need my coffee every morning.  I forgot about the limes but oh well, they would probably dry up before I could use them all anyway.

I learned last night while watching "Preppers" on how to store eggs for at least 9 months without refrigeration.  I think that is awesome since they are on sale this week.  I'll give a few dozen the treatment and test this theory out for myself.  Only thing is I don't have somewhere cool to store them, hmmm.  They still last a few months though.  Also I'm running out of room in my fridge if I continue to purchase more eggs.  I have so much to do today but I am lazy!!!  I have the energy just not the drive.  This seems to be a recurring theme for me.