Another night with too little sleep!
Weigh-in was at 5:30 am again. That is just too early.
Yesterday was the same, and I was a zombie all day. I could not function. I was scatterbrained at work, and when I came home, I ate a late lunch (I think it was like 2:30...but it's a fog) and crashed. I slept for maybe an hour, but never did feel right.
We went for a walk, but it was damn cold and very windy, so only walked a mile and a half.
Then we came home and had a late dinner. I know it was after 7...perhaps closer to 7:30.
I had 1/2 apple in the morning, 1 cup of tuna and 2 pieces of string cheese for lunch. For dinner I had two 4" quinoa patties and maybe a cup of green beans, both with abundant amounts of olive oil.
I have no idea how I'm going to get through the day. I have no idea how DH functions on this amount of sleep every day.
It's raining today and will all day, so who knows what I will get for exercise.
Not happy about this and don't care who knows.
I ate about 1500 calories yesterday. I walked EIGHT AND A HALF MILES. All of that was at a pace that made me sweat. 5.5 of it in the morning, 3 in the evening. I burned over 1000 calories according to my app. There should be NO reason for a gain, and EVERY reason for significant loss.
Once again, thcalories in, calories out? My ass!
See, if I just had a life where every day I could devote 2 or 3 hours to exercise, I'd be able to keep my weight stable and possibly even reduce!
I didn't even eat dinner last night...exactly. I exercised lated (treadmill for 2 hours) and by the time it was over it was dinner time, but I wasn't hungry. When I was hungry it was too late to eat dinner, so I had a beef stick and a Baby Bel. I guess that could be considered dinner. All total, perhaps 1000 calories for the day.
I have 3 days in which I can exercise the minimum 2 hours per day. I'm working from home most of the week. There are no plans to eat, drink or be merry. It's time to play catch up and hopefully break some new ground before my birthday dinner in a few weeks. I'd really like to get down one more size so I can fit into this dress I bought last year.
It's cold outside. It's almost as if winter is trying to reclaim some ground here.
Up an indeterminable amount
Up at 5:30 a.m today for an appointment on my calendar that I'm pretty sure doesn't actually exist, but I have no way to check, so...I'm up. I was up anyway. I was up all damn night.
We rode 14.5 miles yesterday. Our first ride of the year was 4 miles. My body was tapped out by the time we got home. There was no coasting on this ride. It was 2 hours of constant peddling. Before we left neither of us had eaten much. For me, that was less than a cup of my faux potato salad (my moms recipe with cauliflower instead of potatoes), perhaps an ounce of raw milk cheddar and a piece of no-sugar, no-flour banana bread. So, we took a couple of beef sticks to eat right before the ride, and some pistachios for after.
When we got back, we were both just spent and needed to eat right away. I had <cup of brussels sprouts, 100g grass fed burger and another piece of banana bread. We stayed up late waiting for our daughter to get home and had a couple of drinks, which for me was wine. All total though, my calorie counting app said I still had hundreds of calories in my 'bank.'
My legs ached all night and I experienced hours of night sweats that kept me up alternating between the blazing power surges that made me sweat and the freezing that resulted from being soaked. The temperature outside plummeted last night and we didn't turn the heat back on inside, so it was freezing in here.
Somehow I need to function today.
DH was up 3.5 lb. when he weighed in! I got on the upstairs analog and it looked like a 2 lb. gain up here. I have cramps this morning too. I didn't even bother going downstairs to weigh on the Wii. There is no conceivable way I could have actually gained weight after yesterday, so I don't care what registers on the scale. Perhaps tomorrow after sleep and a Epsom salt soak I hope to have tonight the scale will be nicer to me. I would also love to fit in a nice yoga today if I can find the energy. I need the stretch. If not, tomorrow.
Meh. On with my day.
I expected that or worse.
We had a fun night, with food, friends and drink. I tried to stick to what I know works for me. My party selections were my own mock potato salad, cheese (no crackers) my own sugar-free, gluten-free banana bread, cantaloupe. Before anyone got here I had a beef stick and some cheese.
Somewhere into the third class of wine I decided the crumbs in the bottom of the corn chip bowl looked good. I'd estimate I ate the equivalent of maybe 3-4 full sized chips.
What I did do a little different is that 3 different times, I took the PGx, 2 each time. That is two more than I'd been taking the last couple of days. The suggested does tops out at 4 before EACH MEAL. And what I can say is that while I did take a taste of this or that (like with the chips) I was so full, I didn't want to continue eating anything in any great amount. So it is working in that regard. In fact, that cheese I had earlier with the beef stick...I poured some curds out onto a paper towel to let them come to room temperature before eating. By the time I got to them, the PGx must have expanded, because I ate a few curds and then just didn't want the rest. I gave them to my husband.
That does make me wonder if any of that gain is all that fiber still making it's way through. I drank at least 100 oz. of water over the course of the night that would have been absorbed by the fiber. And I weighed at 9 am. Sometimes that makes a difference. So does not sleeping well, most of the time. I flipped and flopped a lot last night, though I didn't get up.
Time will tell. I'm thinking the PGx is a good thing.
Today DH has said will be a 'nice day.' I'm not sure how nice, but it may include some outdoor activity. Even if this gain is 'real' I should be able to get it off before the week is out. 21 days before my birthday, which I also already know will need recovery time as far as weight goes.
Once again, I am perplexed. I got no exercise yesterday with the rain and the busy. I worked, I went shopping, I made dinner. That was the extent of my day.
I ate around 1500-1600 calories. I had two classes of wine.
Today might be similar as we are having a little get together. I hope to have time to yoga, but it's still raining so no outside walking. We'll see about treadmill.
The only thing that has changed is the addition of the PGx. Could I be s
I was actually sort of surprised by this.
I did move all day yesterday. Once I started my spring cleaning, I didn't stop until I was just spent, leaving the mopping of two areas, the super vacuuming from top to bottom, and a couple of closets. Otherwise, every window in the house, bathroom and kitchen floors scrubbed twice on hands and knees, winter clothes packed, every surface from ceiling to floor dusted in 60% of the house. Thus, there were a lot of stairs traversed and much 'up and down' on the step stool and from the floor. I barely stopped to eat some almonds and 1/2 pear and then had my BLT salad for dinner. I took the PGx I just got before both meals.
I guess so far I can say it is as advertised where fiber is concerned. I'm not sure how I would gauge the blood sugar stabilization as I do not check blood sugar levels. I'll be able to report on weather it aids in weight loss, though.
Last night DH commented that we should go for our evening walk as we had both either been losing (him) or holding steady/losing (me) for the last few days and if it works, don't mess with the routine. However, my feet were just aching and I didn't have it in me. I didn't' do yoga either. I never took a break. It seems to be ok though, at least for me. I haven't talked to him yet today to see what the scale told him. Tonight we won't be able to walk as it's raining and the forecast says this will continue through tomorrow. Maybe I can convince him to do the more difficult yoga with me tonight. If not I may just have to do treadmill. Maybe both. We also just got the new Wii Dance 3, which I tried the other day. It might be fun to dan
Zero Day and FDA Rant
So, for me today was a zero day, which is perfect. Another busy day with oodles of intentional and incidental movement, so we'll see what tomorrow brings.
However, I'm sort of miffed right now. Simeons' Hcg protocol saved my life. I'm not being hyperbolic. At 212 lb. on a 5'1" frame, I was no longer participating in my life and was ready to check out. I hurt all the time, I couldn't do anything I wanted to do, I was an embarrassment to myself and my family. No matter how hard I tried to reframe that, for years, it was just the truth.
I tried EVERYTHING conventional wisdom says MUST ALWAYS work. It did not. I fell for every nonsensical BS weight loss gimmick when everything else failed. That's why there is $58 BILLION dollar weight loss industry, you know...because what 'they say' works, doesn't. If it did, we'd all do it. We go for the stupid 'easy pill' because we've tried working our ass off and starving ourselves and that didn't work, so why not? We are willing to try anything. We are stilling ducks.
So, willing to try anything, I tried Hcg. AND IT WORKED!
At the time, I couldn't afford the $3,000-$6,000 that doctors were charging to do this. I ordered prescription strength online and did it myself. Once I knew that not only did it work, but I was still healthy (actually much healthier) and it was easy to keep off, I approached a doctor to see if he would offer it for a more reasonable price than what others were charging. Some people NEED medical monitoring and some people NEED support.
But some people don't. And some people may be able to scrape up the $200-$300 it costs to do it alone, but not 5 times that amount or more. Thus, it is important that Hcg remain available to those that need it.
However, it is now getting very hard to find, and in trying to find it for some friends of mine, I am reading that it is because the FDA is 'cracking down' on it. Now, I know they are doing so on 'homeopathic' Hcg, as they should. Homeopathic organizations do not regulate and have not approved Hcg as a homeopathic preparation. There is no evidence that homeopathic preparations work the same way that Hcg in prescription strength does.
The 'study' that the FDA uses to 'prove' that Hcg is worthless for weight loss, done in 1964 (known as the ‘Frank Study’) was conducted by Capt. Barry W. Frank. (Frank, 1964-Find this and other studies at ‘hcg Protocol LINKS’ in resources) It was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and is often cited to ‘prove’ that the protocol doesn’t work. Every parameter of the protocol was altered for this ‘study’: the Hcg was was not administered daily, nor was the dosage correct; the number of calories was doubled; finally the fat/carbohydrate/protein ratio was completely off. The Simeons protocol called for a daily intake of 200 g. protein, less than 50 g. carbohydrate and less than 50 g fat. The Frank study allowed only 85 g protein, 31 g of fat and whopping 133 g of carbohydrate! Naturally the results were different than those adhering to the Simeons protocol!
The FDA insists that the very low calorie diet (VLCD) is dangerous, and that no one should go below 1200-1500 per day, based on the assumption that EVERYONE remains stable at a 2000 per day. Bullshit! I GAIN on that and I'm active!
Now, if a person is on a 500 calorie diet without the Hcg, they will feel awful. I know. I've tried it. I've also unintentionally done it. I used drops from a new compounding pharmacy through our clinic once. They had told me the dosage was one dropper-full twice per day. After a week I was weak, starving, grumpy and actually in pain. Having done this before in complete comfort, I knew this wasn't right. I called the pharmacy to complain, at which point their advice was to take the dosage up to FOUR TIMES the amount I was taking. I quit at that point.
Our program monitors body composition, including fat percentage, on a special scale. If muscle were being lost (which is one of the things that all of those uncomfortable symptoms are from), fat percentage would consistently go UP. In hundreds of people, that has not been the case.
Since there are literally THOUSANDS of people who have been helped by this substance, including doctors themselves, WHY would the FDA 'crack down' on it?
Well, as I've explained, they had reason with the 'homeopathic' stuff. And they actually have no control how doctors use full prescription strength, so there is no 'crack down' on clinics.
Doctors may prescribe substances 'off label' and do all the time. In fact, despite the FDA warning (based on very real dangers and very real dead mothers and babies) NOT to use Cytotec (an ulcer drug) to induce labor...or for any other use in pregnant women...is ignored by doctors every single day. Doctors use this 'off label' in obstetrics with impunity, despite the fact that it is costing women and babies their lives.
So, doctors can use Hcg for pretty much anything. And Hcg is nothing like Cytotec. Think about it. When a woman is pregnant and her own body is making this stuff, she is making TENS OF THOUSANDS of times the amount used in Simeons' protocol. Every single day, she is making it is these insane amounts. For months. How often have you heard a woman being told she better not have kids because the Hcg will kill her?
If it's not a dangerous substance, and it's not addictive, and it produces no altered state of consciousness, and doctors can use it...why would the FDA make it difficult to obtain via online pharmacies? Hmmm. Perhaps it has something to do with the aforementioned $58 billion dollar weigh loss industry...that has led to an epidemic of obesity?
I spent the morning trying to locate a source for Hcg for my friend, and while it is harder to find, it is out there. One source is called 'Cheap Hcg Supplies'. Another seems to be 'Reliable Rx Pharmacy'
I have not used either online source. I do hope that they remain viable, because the ignorance surrounding this in the medical industry is astounding. It is very hard to find a doctor who has actually researched it (or don't it him/herself). When they are available, they have no problem prescribing it. And it's cheap. (Comparatively.)
I'd guess that's the real issue here. Somebody fears losing their market share, and the FDA is b
I love this, but I'm not sure I trust it.
Yesterday I easily ate 1500 calories, but I also did 2 hours of exercise. I walked 3 miles and I did 1 hour of hard yoga. Maybe it's the 2 hours that is critical.
Today and tomorrow are very busy with an assortment of stuff. I hope to be able to get the 2 hours in each day. I'll try to make that a priority.
I'll also try sprinting. I went to Marks Daily Apple to see what I might be doing wrong. I see a couple of things:
"Low-carb isn’t magic. It reins in wild hunger and tames insulin, but calories do still matter – especially once you approach your ideal weight. In fact, those last few pounds often don’t respond to the same stuff that worked so well to get you to this point. Eating nut butter by the spoonful and hunks of cheese without regard for caloric content may have gotten you this far, but you’ve got to tighten things up if things aren’t working."
Yikes. That would be me. And:
"Sprinting is often overlooked, but it’s one of the Primal Blueprint Laws for a reason. Nothing shreds you up faster than sprinting. I’d ease into sprints if you’ve never done them or are extremely out of shape or overweight. That is, I recommend you have some measure of fitness aptitude before you jump into a routine. But once you’re ready do 6-8 all out sprints (with short breaks between) once a week to break a weight loss plateau when all other attempts have failed."
I see more, but those are the two things that jump out at me intuitively. He mentions the Intermittent Fasting (IF) which I sort of do. I also read up on Cross Fit on his site. So, I'll
I struggled with my weight for over 20 years. I tried everything to lose weight. Yes, I did 'eat less, move more' repeatedly, convinced that doing the same thing over and over would someone yield different results. Desperate, having diligently done all the 'right' things and being told by several doctors that there was nothing wrong with me except that I wasn't trying hard enough, in 2009 I tried what seemed crazy: Dr. Simeons Hcg protocol. I lost 85 lb.