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