OK. Looks like some commenters are wondering why we stopped posting about the HCG diet – and wondering what our results were.
Well, for me, I lost a total of 28 pounds on the 40-day diet. Jane lost a total of 26 pounds. Why didn’t we keep everyone updated on posts? For me, it was not worth my time. It took some strong will and motivation at times to avoid eating in the evening when I was up working late. The last thing I needed was to spend time reading all of the negative comments left by people.
Jane and I are positive people. There were quite a few down-right rude and obnoxious comments left by people that never made it to the public because we simply deleted them before the comments went live. It amazes me how many negative people there are and how much extra time people have on their hands. Moreover, it amazes me how much effort some people put into trying to bring others down – while they obviously need to be focusing on themselves.
I had thought it would be good and fun to keep everyone posted on our progress. I thought it would motivate people to begin to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether they chose to do the HCG diet on their own or they chose another route. It didn’t matter. As long as we motivated a few people to start eating healthy and start taking care of themselves, then we succeeded in my book.
As I sit here typing this, I’m wearing jeans that I haven’t worn in a good three years. They are size 36 button-fly Lucky jeans. I tried these on before we began the HCG diet and I couldn’t get them on high enough to even button the first button. They now fit very comfortably. I’m wearing shirts I haven’t worn in years and I feel a hell of a lot better about myself.
Over the next few weeks we’re on a loose 1500 calorie diet. Basically just watching what we eat, weighing ourselves daily and making sure we don’t gain more than 2 pounds. If we do, then you do what is called a “steak day”. In January, we are going to do another round of the HCG diet. Once we finish that, I’m sure that Jane and I will be right where we want to be. Whether we post about it or not is undecided. More than likely not – at least for me.
I’m the type of person that keeps a good distance between myself and negativity. Misery loves company. Like attracts like. And for whatever reason, the HCG diet really attracted some interesting characters to our blog.
I created this blog shortly after we found out Jane was pregnant to have fun and document the journey. It was the best present that I could have given Jane. It made us so much closer as a couple. We learned so much together. And it was an activity that we could do together. It was an absolute blast. If you go back and read posts I wrote while Jane was pregnant, you’ll see a much different tone. It was fun.
Then after Monkey was born, that’s when everything changed. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that this is a blog and we welcome people’s comments. But there were times that people really crossed the line with comments that were never published. I’ve quickly learned that there are 100,000 different parenting styles out there – and many believe that the way they choose is the ONLY way. And if someone chooses a different path – then they are always wrong in their eyes – and have no problem letting us know.
It’s crazy. Even laughable. We’ve always had comments from people wondering if this blog was real, wondering if our Twitter account was real, wondering all sorts of things. I can’t help but laugh. We’re what, more than two years into this blog now? I can’t imagine any couple spending 2 years of their lives making up hundreds of blog posts, running contests, reviewing products, etc. I can assure you, there is VERY little money keeping a blog like this going – even though we have a few thousand unique visitors visiting our blog daily.
So sorry for going on and on here – just wanted to get a lot off of my chest that has been on it for a long time. My posting frequency went down, down, down as many of you know shortly after Monkey was born. I just didn’t want to be around all of the craziness sometimes going on with comments. Now don’t get me wrong, 95% of you are awesome. We have many VERY loyal readers and I want to say thank you, we appreciate you, we look forward to your comments, and appreciate you spending some time on our blog. We really appreciate you.
But it’s that 5% that drives me nuts; drives me away. They take all of the fun out of it, you know? For example, if I post about what happened the other night while Monkey was sleeping in bed with us, we’d get hit by a lot of negative comments on why Monkey should not be sleeping in bed with us. Some would make it to the blog, while many others would be deleted due to being too rude, obnoxious, include swear words, etc. Seriously guys, some commenters are NUTS. So much so that we’ve had to literally block people’s IP addresses so that they cannot ever view our blog again.
So for all of you wondering where Tarzan went – the above explains everything. It’s not that I’m gone – I’m on this blog each and every single day and spend a good 30 minutes to an hour a day going through everything and making sure things are running smoothly.
Maybe once Monkey is a little older I’ll be more motivated to post again about our daily happenings. But for now, I feel that Monkey is at an age where too many people have too many opinions on what is right and what is wrong. At the end of the day, YOU have to do what YOU feel is best and right. Parenting is a never-ending learning process. Sure, you can learn a few things from others, but at the end of the day, parenting is learned by being a parent.
There’s not one book or DVD in the world that can prepare you for what it’s really like to become a parent. There isn’t one person in the world who can truly describe the feeling you get in your stomach when your son falls on the pavement – and gets his first skinned knee with blood running down his leg.
No one can explain the feeling you get in your heart when your little baby is sick and not feeling well. I literally want to pull my heart out of my chest and do anything and take my little Monkey’s pain away and make him feel better.
There is no way of knowing what it’s like being a Father or Mother until you are one. It’s one hell of an emotional roller coaster – and I can see how it can get the best of people, changing them into Parenting Monsters. And for all of those out there, that I’ll now label as “Parenting Monsters”, please, for the sake of yourself and everyone around you… LIGHTEN UP.
So that’s the deal everyone. And to address some random comments recently… Yes, this blog is real. Always has been. Yes, Jane and I did very well on the HCG diet. Both feel great. Look good. Wearing clothes we haven’t worn in years. And we’ll be doing one last round in January to get to our ideal weight. Eating habits changing. Exercising more. I’ll even tell you guys that Jane ran a marathon recently! (So proud of her! I would have joined her, but I tore a muscle in my leg)
As far as ads on our blog, it’s how we are able to keep this blog up and running and cover the hosting costs. If being able to go to Starbucks a couple of times a month from the profits of this blog makes us rich, then sure, this blog made us rich.
As far as why we don’t post daily – but try to post at least a couple times a week or more, well, read the above. I don’t want to speak for Jane, but I’m sure she feels the same way I do on a few things I mention above.
I hope that everyone had a great Turkey Day and I hope everyone is excited as we are about the upcoming Holiday that has something to do with big guy in a red suit. Our little Monkey LOVES christmas lights and looking around the neighborhood with us. He is full of “oooooh’s” and “aahhhhh’s” when he sees the lights and yard decorations.
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