NOVEMBER 2008 on November 3, 2008 11:48 am
11/1 [224b] Atkins like diet.
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11/5[221.8] I'm still doing the Atkin's like diet. It's pretty easy to do. I'm not hungry at all anymore (in fact I wonder if my band has somehow tightened). I can eat all protein and salad comfortably, without chewing it to a liquid. I never have a stuck. I love it. My weight is SLOOOOWLY going down, but it is trending down at least. Started doing some form of cardio for at least 30min per day.
Yesterday was the most relaxing day off ever. I took mom and went to the hot mineral springs resort in Cascade Locks. I was in the jacuzzi from 3-9pm. The water wasn't 104 like usual so I was able to stay in the whole time. Mom and I ended up talking the whole time. She's decided to do the RNY pretty soon. She weighs around the 400s I think, so this will be good for her. I ended up eating 3 eggs for breakfast, and then nothing else the rest of the day. I wasn't even hungry. At all. That may be why I'm down today!
11/7 Must have been dehydrated after the sauna. So what happens? I gain 5 pounds back instantly. I'm sooooo sick of this, I truly am. My body is completely and totally suck at the 224-227 range. It is not letting go. Time for drastic measures. I'm meeting a HCG doctor tomorrow and will probably start on that protocol. I'm sick of dieting. I'm sick of seeing no results with moderate exercise. I'm sick of this lapband either acting like a noose or disappearing on me altogether. I'm just sick of it all! I wanted to have lost at least 50 pounds by my 1yr bandiversary but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. I'm disappointed and disheartened. I'm resorting to a 500 calorie diet and the hcg shots. If this doesn't help, maybe weightloss is never going to happen for me. I'll write more after the doc appointment tomorrow. My sister and mother did this protocol before and had very good results. They each lost 33 pounds in six weeks. Without dieting, they've managed to keep it off for over 2 years. Mom is going back on it because she still has 149ish pounds or so to lose. I just hope this can break my mid-220s range weight.
11/8[228.8ND] Started HCG injections today.
Body Composition Test
Water = 42.4% (goal=60%) BMR = 1936 cal/day
Current Weight=228.8 Current Fat = 88.5 lbs = 37.8%
Target weight = 177.6 Target fat = 37.3 lbs = 21%
Lean body weight=140.3lbs Weight to LOSE = 51.2pounds
11/9 [228.8] -43 pounds in ONE YEAR My bandiversary came and went, and I celebrated today by starting the HCG protocol. I saw a naturopathic doctor and she recommended some vitamins I should take in addition to the HCG injections.
11/10 [229.4] The two days of eating Olive Garden and pumpkin cheesecake sure shows on the scale! I hope this weight comes off pronto.
11/11 [226.4] I'm really sick of fighting the same weight for over half a year. How I can not lose weight while barely eating I have no idea. Only a short while ago I was really tight, unable to eat more than 4 bites, afraid of food, and HUNGRY. Well, now I'm eating 500 calories a day, barely hungry, and wide open lapband and losing weight (so far). Go figure! The theory behind HCG is a very low cal diet, and the injections that *theoretically* loosen up stored fat for consumption. I figure 6 injections over a period of 6 weeks can't hurt in the long run, and meanwhile maybe it will help me continue losing weight while letting my esophagus/stomach rest from the months-long ordeal of being too tight. I'll probably get flamed for all this, but I made this decision with wide-open eyes and it's the right one for me at this time.
11/13 [223=-0.8] Well, I only lost .8 pounds today. I wonder if it's because I ate buffalo twice? Or maybe it's because I didn't meet my 500 Calories. Hmmm... I will try to go with exactly 500 Calories and no buff today. Drank a gallon of water.
11/14 [221.6=-1.4] Woohoo... I'm riding a magic wave of euphoria. I'm getting sooo close to getting out of the 220s. And this was without dehydrating like crazy in a sauna. I'm pretty happy right now. I'm thinking there is still hope for my weight loss. This weeks alltime high was 229.3, I've lost 8 pounds this week in the last 5 days. I'm pretty dang happy. I'm perfectly ok with giving my band a rest and letting these Hcg injections plus the 500 calorie diet work for me until I get to the 170's and then maintaining with the band. You know, I'm eating 3.5oz of protein and the rest veggies (exactly like the bandster diet) and losing weight! I'm not sure I was eating 300 calories when I was so restricted and sticking to the protein and veggies. I guess the best restriction for the band would be to be tight enough that a 1.5cup meal suffices, you aren't always hungry, and you can eat roughly 250Calories per meal. I don't think I EVER reached that point. I could either eat too much or too little, never just right. Maybe that's why the band didn't work so well the last 7 months or so. I'm taking prenatal vitamins like the doc says I should. I'm feeling pretty darn good. :) I'm not really hungry, I just have to fight head-hunger sometimes.
11/15 [219.8=-1.8] -10 pounds since 11/10. NEW GOAL: 199 Pounds OMG, I busted my first goal of the 220s!!! I can't believe it works this well! I ate 150g of meat instead of the 100s at lunch and dinner, but counted the calories to be 500. I ate dinner at 5pm yesterday so maybe that's why I lost 1.8 pounds since yesterday. And yesterday was my no-injection day. I've been drinking a gallon of water per day too! I'm pretty darn happy and excited about this. I don't think my clothes are any looser though... Who knows? I'll take scale weight over fit weight that's for sure!
11/16 [220.4 =+0.6] Well Debbie's birthday party went very well. I caved in right around the time I started serving everyone with the plethora of cakes we had! I couldn't stand it anymore. I only gained half a pound, thank you LORD!!
11/17 [219.8=-0.6] Well Debbie's bridal shower cheat on Saturday night cost me two days of weight loss. I *think* it was worth it, but I could have been down 2-4 pounds more! I only had my injection at 5pm because I forgot the other one in the fridge. I started on the weekly injection today and will do them every Saturday from now on. That little mistake cost me 100 bucks! My conservative short-term goal weight is 197 by Christmas.
11/18 [218.4=-1.4] Yes! I'm back to losing! God this is wonderful! Thank you LORD! I think my 16s are getting a bit looser in the ass and waist and calf. Not in the thighs yet. No idea about the flabby arms. These stupid organic crackers I bought for Alexander keep tempting me like crazy. But will not go there. I'm losing roughly 1.5 per day (cheat day excluded). If I stick to it 100% I'll be at 199 in.... 13 days... on DEC 1! That would be the coolest. If it stays that way... then by Dec 23rd I'd be 164.5? WOW. I LOVE to think about the possibilities, it keeps me 100 percent on diet. The only struggle is to actually eat the 500 calories. I actually do force myself to eat. I'm disgusted actually. I sure wasn't expecting this side effect. I'm also not hungry at all. Period. I do crave the crackers though, which is weird since I never really eat crackers to begin with. Maybe because of my cheat night I'm detoxing carbs again. I expect to lose this feeling also. I feel like I'm getting sick of the protein though, because I'm forcing myself to eat. It'd be nice to just not have to eat.
I never thought I'd think that way again. The band was so tight for so long that I was always wanting to eat because I was hungry from not being able to eat anything but some slider foods (which I usually forced myself to avoid). I'm a total carb addict. I admit it. Life isn't worth eating protein and veggies LOL JK
11/19 [218.0=-0.4] Well, I only lost .4 pound. Bummed. Feeling kinda sick today. Nauseous, bone tired, etc. Uggghhh... LOL, I read what I just wrote (...only lost .4 pound) LOL I mean, hello! I was stuck at a weight for 6-7months!!! I need to learn to be more grateful and not have such a bad relationship with the scale! Going to the hot mineral baths tomorrow. Not sure what I did wrong yesterday other than I ate an extra egg white last night and 1oz beef jerky. Will follow everything by the book today to see if it helps. Felt very sick, zero energy, nauseous, and totally uninterested in eating food at lunchtime. I'm feeling pretty run-down today. Alex woke me up at 4am throwing up, had to give him a shower. Fun, Fun!!
11/20 [218.4=+0.4]!!! NOT in ketosis. Feeling sick and crappy!
11/21 [218.0=-0.0] Well I'm still plateaued. Been 100% on diet. Drank over a gallon of water. Have not pooped yet though. TOM should be sometime soon?? Tasted sauce in babe food 3 times. Ate a tidbit of bread.
11/22 [216.4=-1.6] I was stuck at 218 up until today. That's a pretty long plateau. On the other hand, I think my clothes are getting looser. Well maybe that extra chicken breast last night helped me lose the weight. I am in ketosis for sure now.
11/24 [215.4 =-0.4]Started my injections (daily) today. Hopefully they work better? Ate 3 peices of hot dog yesterday and licked spoon of sauce 3 times. Also had some gum. Drank 3/4 gallon. Craving carbs yesterday.
11/25 [215=-0.4] Well I'm losing .4 everyday. I guess the weightloss is stabilizing? I guess I'll take a .4 loss per day. That means I'll lose 12 pounds a month, pretty good since I'm slowing inching toward the goal. So at this rate, I'll be 203 by Christmas. I was hoping to get under the 200s though. FitdayLog:Losing 1/2 pound per day :( Did it all perfect. I even cut out the lotion. Take MCT oil. Drink 3/4 to 1 gallon of water per day. Reduced my veggies to a palmful only today. Intake only 350 Calories. Ate 1/2 shrimp from Liviu (cheat). Some hunger.
11/26 [214.2=-0.8] Called the doc about decreased weight loss. She says to hang in there for a few more days until Monday, and see if it increases back up. That I'm doing everything correctly.