My original journey through the Simeons Protocol was documented here at: My Hcg Protocol to My Authentic Self.
I may continue there, but I'm trying to put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak, and since I have the ability to have it all in one place, here I am.
It was February of 2009 when I began that journey. By the end of 2009 I was 80 lb. smaller after 4 rounds of Protocol. By the following year I'd dropped another 5 lb. pretty much just living. I did try to do protocol at least 2 more times, maybe three, trying to get down to 116, which would have been my optimal BMI weight according to my Wii (and other charts). I have two of those documented, but I got lazy about doing so publicly, so I'd have to dig my private journal out to be specific.
In any case, the reason I think there was a third time was I remember thinking, "Three strikes and you're out! Obviously your body likes 126-132." At that weight I was a size 4-6 and pretty happy. I'd started out at a size 18-20!
So between the failed attempts to lose more, I maintained. Not only did I hang out there pretty effortlessly, like I said I lost about 5 lb. just by adopting a 'new normal.' I ate about 1500-2000 calories per day depending on how active I was; I did not restrict fat; I ate meat (I had gotten fat being a vegetarian for 20 years.); I cut out most grains, most of the time; I eliminated 99.9% of sugar.
I had tried to modify my diet to that extent before I lost the weight many times. It was different this time. Like I said...it wasn't really hard at all after protocol.
Fast forward to June 2011.
I had not had Hcg in my system for months. I need to preface what I'm about to share next with that bit of information because I know people will want to somehow associate my life-altering event with Protocol. If I were on protocol when the following happened, I might too, but I wasn't.
On a trip to Singapore to give a presentation on Kangaroo Care for preterm babies, I endured a 22-hour flight, both to and fro. I was booked in 'economy.' I developed 'Economy Class Syndrome'
The treatment was 9 shots of Fragmin (a blood thinner) into my belly and 3-6 months of Coumadin. When my lab work came back I discovered that I have two genetic mutations that make me more prone to clots, so I was told I may need to be on Coumadin (which is rat poison, BTW) for perhaps a year, or maybe the rest of my life.
I had gained a lot of weight already on Coumadin and felt like death warmed over. I had a doctor who was willing help me manage the situation more naturally.
By December 2011 I decided I needed to get the weight off. I had spent the summer hiking and biking...2-3 miles minimum walking every day, many dates 5-7 miles, and between 13 and 28 miles biking. I had lost no weight eating reasonably. So I began another round of Hcg, with 'loading' starting the day before New Year's Eve.
Blot clots are a theoretical risk on Hcg. However, during 2 pregnancies and several rounds, even with a genetic predisposition, I did not have issues. Obesity is also a risk factor for blood clots. I weighed the risks and benefits and decided if I was at risk anyway, I'd rather chose the risk that put me back in the skin I felt comfortable in.
I am taking supplementation that keeps my blood 'thin' and 'slippery' and I also take enzymes that have been shown to dissolve blood clots.
This is my 5th day of Very Low Calorie Intake (VLCI). I've lost about 7 lb. I feel great. So far I've walked every day (M-3 miles, T-2, W-3, T-1) and I am about to get out for another walk today.
A couple of times in the first two days I thought I was hungry, but realized there is a bit of a conditioned response to being home. When I'm not home, I don't feel it. Yesterday I didn't notice it so much, and today I didn't even eat all my fruit selection because I was full. I might still eat it after my walk, but just like all the other times that protocol worked for me, I feel just fine.
On another note, I know that my supplementation is not over the top or anything as I am bleeding and clotting appropriately. I got my nosed pierced a week ago, just before starting the program, and I'm healing well. :-)
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.