I’m a little behind on updating everyone here, so here’s an update on my little HCG diet blog posts I’ve been doing since starting the HCG diet.
Today is officially day 20. 20 days of taking the HCG shots in the stomach. 20 days of eating 500 calories a day. 20 days of me taking essentially pregnancy hormones. And 20 days into creating and becoming a HCG diet success story.
I know this topic stirs some of our readers up. Some agree with us, some are indifferent, and some are anxious to see how we do on the HCG diet – both now and how we do once we complete the 40-day cycle. So let me go ahead and update everyone on my journey…
My weight loss so far on the HCG diet
As you can see by my stats before I began the HCG diet, my starting weight was 242 pounds. So today I weighed myself and I’m now at 224.0 pounds. So that’s 18 pounds of fat lost in 20 days. Not too bad if I do say so myself!
My blood pressure is WAY down as well. I started this with blood pressure that was way too high, and had been for a good couple of years. My doctor had told me several times that any more higher and I’d need to be put on blood pressure medicine. No thank you. My blood pressure was around 140/95. Sometimes higher.
My blood pressure is now 124/80 and continues to get closer to the normal/healthy range, which I believe is 120/80. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
Confession: Now I can’t continue to beat myself up for it, but Jane and I had a couple of back-to-back cheat days thanks to a halloween party. We had planned on having a couple of drinks, which is fine if you do it every once in awhile. But what is not fine is what happens after you have a couple of drinks. Inhibitions go down, and that leads to munching on food. Which it did.
I figure during out little weekend ‘oops’ that I could have lost another 4-5 pounds if I didn’t do that. But, like the Doctor said on Wednesday, we can’t beat ourselves up about it. Everyone slips once in awhile and it’s totally OK if you don’t make a habit of it of course. And it’s how we learn and build our will power I guess!
Building Our HCG Success Stories
But 18 pounds of fat lost in 20 days thanks to the HCG diet isn’t something to sneeze at either. Jane is doing great as well – she’ll be posting her HCG diet blog post soon.
My clothes are fitting looser. I’ve noticed a night and day difference with my breathing. It’s not that I had any big problems or anything before – but I’ve noticed a big difference now. It’s easier to breathe – which I’m sure is from having a lot less weight on me. I’ve also noticed that I breathe slower and don’t get a tad-bit out of breath running up the stairs like I used to.
And I’m feeling better and better everyday. I noticed my “morning hangovers” that I had just become used to are gone. I call them morning hangovers – but they were not from alcohol, they were from food. I almost always ate at night. A bowl of cereal, ice cream, a snack, whatever there was. Late night I got hungry and I ate.
Now that I don’t do that any longer, I notice that getting up in the morning is a heck of a lot easier and I don’t feel like crap anymore in the morning. It would take me a good hour or more to snap out of my ‘morning hangover’ until I felt better. Now I could literally get out of bed, put on shoes, and go out for a brisk walk or even a jog. Crazy how fast these changes are happening!
When I first started the HCG diet, going without breakfast was tough. Just drinking a cup of coffee without a big bowl of cereal in front of me just didn’t feel right. I loved breakfast.
Now, I’m totally cool with just drinking coffee. No hunger pains, and I’m used to it now. Granted, once we finish our 40-days on the HCG diet, we begin a 1,500 calorie diet for 4 weeks. We’ll then be eating eggs, fruit, and a veggie for breakfast. I won’t argue with that!
Jane has become a GREAT healthy cook and found a lot of great HCG diet recipes that she’s been trying out. Lunches are usually a ton of lettuce, tomato, celery, and grilled chicken. It’s satisfying and holds us over until dinner. Because our stomachs are shrinking, dinner is usually quite satisfying – even filling.
I was SHOCKED at how small a “normal” portion of food was. I thought I’d be starving my ass off all the time, but I’ve become accustomed to it.
One of the biggest things I love about the HCG diet is that you REALLY learn while you’re on it. You really have to stop and think about everything you’re putting into your body.
During this diet we’re not using anything that is unnatural – from deodorant to soap, we’re only using 100% natural products. Why? Because there is animal fat in a lot of those products and it can be absorbed into your skin. Disgusting. I know.
I’m really learning a lot and really think totally differently about food. I can see how EASY it is to become overweight in the USA. Even if you think you’re eating healthy and good food, like we had thought for years, you’re not. Becoming educated on natural foods and what is REALLY put into many of the foods you see in your grocery store will change your thinking forever.
It’s also VERY much affected our little Monkey and his future as far as the foods we feed him now and will feed him as he’s growing up.
For the people who give us a hard time about the HCG diet, think about this for a minute… There are so many hormones in the foods you eat now. Do you eat chicken? If you’re not eating organic chicken, you’re taking in some growth hormones. The same goes for any meat that you eat. And I’m beginning to wonder if they are doing something weird with fruit and vegetables. WHY are apples, oranges, peaches, etc. 3 times larger now compared to what they were just a year or two ago?
So odds are that you and just about everyone else out there are injecting all sorts of man-made growth hormones with the foods we eat. No wonder why America is fat. Hormones to slow down metabolisms in animals, hormones to to grow bigger faster, hormones to who knows what. They are all in the food you eat – if you’re not careful.
So I figure while we’re on the HCG diet, we’re injecting a heck of a lot less hormones than what we were eating before, when we thought we were eating fairly healthy.
So that’s the deal. I feel great. We go for our 30-minute walk or bike rides everyday. And those times where I do get hungry, I just eat an apple and I’m good to go. (Where as before, if I was hungry, I’d eat whatever ever-lasting food in our pantry we had).
In the next 20 days, I should shed at least another 15 pounds of fat. That’ll put me at 209 pounds. I know that many people continue to lose weight during the 4-week 1,500 calorie diet because you can exercise more than just 30-minutes a day. So maybe by the end of this year or around the beginning of next year, I’ll be at my goal weight, 190 pounds.
The next step will be to get a personal trainer and start lifting weights. Maybe by the middle of next year I’ll finally look like the Tarzan we all know and love.
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