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The Pampered Princess

I spilled purple nail polish on my favorite pair of grey slacks today. (Booooo!!!) I went to Macy’s to buy the same slacks and got a size 6! (Yaaaay!!!) I haven’t been a size 6 since high school! If you don’t think this is a big deal, just remember I was wearing a size 9/10 only two months ago!

Six more days left on my diet, and I’m definitely starting to notice difference in my features now. Here’s a before and after close up of me. The first is during my May trip to San Francisco. The second is from this time last week.

Now here’s a set of photos spanning over the past 6 months. In order: January, May, April, April, June & last week.

I kept hearing people say that I don’t need to lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, I never felt OBESE, but by any medical standard, I was overweight for my age, and height. I’ve found myself saying that same thing to people a few times, “What weight!?!? You look great!” Now I stop myself, because I know that I know my body and my comfort level better than anyone else and I should give others that same courtesy. It’s about what I see when I step out of the shower and am standing and looking at myself in the mirror. I got to a point where I didn’t like what I saw. It’s important for me to feel comfortable with me.

After today I only have 6 days left on the VLCD phase of the HCG protocol. I’m excited at the progress, which was even better than my last round (September of 2011). I’m even more eager to start up Insanity again to begin re-conditioning myself. I’m happy with my progress because I don’t feel like I’ve just lost weight, I lost “abnormal” fat. I feel happy, healthy and energetic.

For anyone out there who is considering the HCG diet, I caution you to speak to those who have successfully done it, not those who know nothing about it. I’ve met several people who hear about it and talk about how unhealthy & dangerous it is. I say: Do what works for you and I’ll do what works for me. This is not a NEW, “fad” diet. It’s been around and it’s helped me and NUMBEROUS people that I know personally. It it’s not for you, don’t do it, but don’t judge those who do. Yes, it’s a hormone, but so is Estrogen. It’s something that is naturally produced in the body. Educate yourself about the diet by reading Dr. Simmen’s “Pounds & Inches” and then talk to your doctor or nutritionist to find out if the protocol is okay for you.

I recently learned that a steak burrito at Chuy’s has something like 1,380 calories. ¡Ay, caramba! So as I’m nearing my weight loss & fitness goal and feeling great about myself, I’ve been treating myself (and my girls) to much needed pampering sessions in leiu of the delicious but unhealthy Mexican Fare that I love. I intend to continue to reward myself responsibly for all my hard work! Enjoy yourselves! I know we will!!!

Royally Yours,


QOTD: “The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perception.”

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Do you know what today is???

…It’s our anniversary!!!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the Tony Toni Tone throwback reference. Anyway, today marks the 9th year that I’ve been married to the hubb-ster (although we’ve actually been together for 15 years as of July.) Hooray for solid family units!

Okay, okay, okay…so everything that could go wrong has been going wrong over the last few weeks and I’ve been super stressed. That’s the reason I have neglected my blog. But I haven’t neglected my diet! My 1st half of my Insanity Round ended at the end of July and my HCG Protocol started on August 1st. Here we are today, August 16th, and I’ve got 11 dropped pounds to show for it! Woo hoo! I’ve really been working to keep my strength up. I can’t do much by way of cardio on 500 cpd, but I’ve been doing my treadmill at an incline, keeping up with my push-ups and really working on my core. I can definitely see a change. I saw SOME change during Insanity, but I really felt I needed to kick-start my actual fat-loss to get motivated. Plus…IT WAS KILLING MY KNEES! (Let me point out that I’ve always had knee pain, so this was not caused by the Insanity workout. It just aggravated it.)

Sunset over Galveston Bay during our “Duck Tour”.

So on to the bad news: We took a mini-vacation to stay at the family condo in Galveston this past weekend. (Hence the photo of the gorgeous Galveston Bay sunset) I was SOOO looking forward to my cheat days. They were not what I hoped they would be. Here were my indulgences:


  • Chili Cheese Nachos on the Pleasure Pier with a Diet Coke


  • A bread bowl filled with Crawfish Etouffee from “The Spot” for lunch. (No, I didn’t eat the bread bowl)
  • A margharita
  • An order of Shrimp and Grits from Bubba Gump for dinner
  • Another margharita


  •  A disgusting taco salad (no beans, and no shell) from the bowling alley for dinner
  • chips and dip (queso and artichoke)
  • a few of my daughter’s fries

I felt horrible after each cheat. It was SO not worth it. I didn’t gain anything from it (weight-wise, healthwise, or otherwise), but my weight loss progress was so nominal as to be hardly noticible on those days.

As of Tuesday, it was back to the grind! I am really excited to finish my HCG round and start on Insanity again on the 27th of this month. I hope to have lost a total of 15lbs by then.

Wish me Luck!

Sobbingly Yours,

~ Frenchgyrl

QOTD: Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.

Update 8/17/12: I can’t beleive it, but last night I went to Little Ceasars to order hot wings (white meat w/no carbs right?). They told my daughter the wait would be 15 minutes AFTER she paid so we waited. After 15 minutes she went in to get the wings. They told her that they forgot to put them on. To pacify us, they gave her the wings AND a free, fresh pepperoni pizza. I was doomed. In the words of the great Forrest Gump: “…that’s all I have to say about that.”

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