If I were doing this for the first time, I would probably be depressed. I might even think despite the 20 lbs. gone that this 'doesn't work.' In fact, because I lost more the first time I did it, even with experience I thought it wasn't working because I didn't lose as much as fast, but then again, I started out 30 lb. beyond my goal weight, and I really am at a pretty nice place right now having released 20 lb. of fat. I'm back into a comfortable 8, which my husband is quite happy with. I'd like to be a 4-6. I know that the smaller a person is when they do this, the less they lose, because one usually only loses 10-15% of your starting weight per round. 10% would have been about 16 lb., which I've surpassed. 15% would be about 24, which I could see in the next 5 days or so. Which, BTW, the leading 'successful' weight loss program says I could lose in per YEAR. I calculated the cost of that program and how long it would have taken me to lose that first 80 lb., and I would have been only 1/2 way there at TWO YEARS...but I would have been $24,000 lighter! Well, I actually wouldn't have been anywhere near that because I would have quit with so little progress.
Anyway, I lost more when I was bigger because I had more to lose. I'd still like to hit that 15% mark or perhaps a little more. I'll do the rest with diet and exercise. I know I can once I start to build muscle and incorporate 'intermittent fasting' (IT) days.
I don't know why I'm struggling a little with being 'overweight' according to the Wii, which calculates BMI. I know it's bullshit. I know it just from seeing people at work, and from my own experience. I would look like a bobble head if I were as thin as the BMI calculations say I should be to register 'normal' on my Wii. But I also ready this article on NPR that explained it well, and just now when I went to link that article I found this one that translates the ideas in the NPR one into a Lilliputian/Gulliver visual I can really get behind.
I committed to 6 weeks, longer if it's still working. Despite my dismay at the scale this morning, there is no way I actually gained on what I'm eating. I'm moving, but not overdoing it. I'm drinking plenty of water. I slept like a rock last night. My TOM has passed, and this far beyond that one glass of wine, I can't blame that. I have no clue what this is about. I will have to check in with the Tanita, but even then if my hydration level or time of day is different from the last time I used it, I won't get an accurate reading.
In any case, even with the set back that isn't a set back, I've not woke up hungry or went to bed starving. No headaches, no cravings for things like bread or sweets. I'd really like to get my fats back into my life, especially after reading a sample of Eat Fat, Lose Fat on my Kindle.
So it's at least another 5 days, including today, with 3 days of VLCI eating left. If I haven't gotten into the 130s (on either scale) by then, I'll consider it over.
A few minutes later--
OH! I had sauerkraut for lunch yesterday! Now granted, there may be no reason for this day, but I do remember thinking I might have a gain (not that I envisioned over a lb.!) from the salt and not to worry about it. I just couldn't fact cauliflower or steamed cabbage again. I didn't want lettuce for both meals and I only have one cucumber left, which I need for work because it travels well. So, yeah. That could be it. It might not be too.
I added fish oil to my supplements both times today. I've felt pinching in my calves. It's not a pain, or swelling, or anything like that. Just an odd pinching. And since I don't know what it is, I decided to add the fish oils back in. And I did yoga. I'm about to do the hot tub.
DH asked me what the total was for the week. Down .1. that was depressing!
I'm not hungry and feel fine, so I would think the Hcg is still 'working,' but maybe there's something else going on with ME. Maybe it is time to stop. It makes no sense to eat 500 calories per day (or even a bit more, in any combination) if there is no loss. I may not feel hungry, but I know I can maintain on more food with perhaps a little more exercise. So if all I'm doing is maintaining, I don't really want to continue to eat the same food in the same amounts.
I'll have to meditate on this. And see what tomorrow brings.
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.