Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's On It's Way!

We got good news today...our first shipment is on it's way. It should be arriving by the end of next week. This shipment is almost all "spoken for", so if you're interested let me know asap. Today was my last "drop" day for this round. Luckily for me, it is really hot here in So Cal right now and that usually dampens my appetite. Hopefully, it won't be too hard to do the 500 calorie days without the HCG. I've already told my friends that if my eye is twitching on Sunday at church, it's just 'cause I'm really hungry. Monday morning the kids start school (yipee!) and I am already looking forward to my annual girlfriend breakfast after we get the kids off to their new classes. Yummy omelet, here I come! Phase 3 will be interesting. Matt has kept his weight off while not strictly adhering to the phase 3 rules-he's had breads and starches. Overall, he is eating better, but he's still eating a lot and the weight is still staying off. I know I won't be so lucky so I'm really planning to stick to this part of the diet too. I don't want all my hard work to go to waste :)
***Tip of the Day: I couldn't have done this diet without the Kirkland brand pre-cooked, sliced chicken breast (in the refrigerated section) from Costco. It has such a good flavor and is so convenient.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Now THAT's More Like It...

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I'd post a few....BEFORE...

I really can't believe I'm posting this picture!

And AFTER...

MUCH better, wouldn't you say???

Sorry I haven't posted in so long...we've been busy with family vacations, a wedding, and the "adoption" of my sisters three kiddos while she and her new husband are on their honeymoon. This last weekend was very rewarding for me. It was so nice to see people I haven't seen in awhile and actually feel GOOD about how I look. I'm not "there" yet, but it's getting closer. To date, Matt lost a total of 20 lbs (three weeks on HCG) and I've lost a total of 19 lbs (5 weeks on HCG) and 34 lbs. total. Wow. ***We are expecting our shipment of HCG within the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much for all your patience. I have three more days on the drops and two 500 calorie non-drop days after that. We'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Backordered Blues

I just talked to the manufacturer and apparently the product is backordered for 4 weeks. Their lab just moved and they are a little behind. That said, we are on a priority list to ship as soon as product becomes available. Our interest list is growing by the second, so don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested.

***Tip of The Day

In 'n' Out Burger has been a lifesaver for me! With four children and their busy schedules, there are times when I just don't have the time or inclination to cook. Order a hamburger, protein style (wrapped in lettuce), double meat with tomato only. Matt likes to add onion as well-make sure it's not grilled! I didn't trust that you could have two patties at first so I actually bought a burger and came home and weighed the meat. Each patty was only 33 grams!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Our Journey So Far!

My husband and I started the HCG diet three weeks ago using the homeopathic drops. We are so pleased and happy with our progress! To date the man is down 19 lbs. and I am down 14 lbs. I had been dieting previously (Jenny Craig) and it has taken me only three weeks to lose what it took me 3+ months to lose on Jenny. We follow Dr. Simmeon's diet protocol (with a few variations) and the 500 VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) has been extremely "doable".

Recipe of the day:

Lemon Zest Crab cakes
3.5 ounces real crab
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 T. onion powder
1⁄4 t salt
1⁄4 t. pepper
1 t. dry mustard
Juice of 2 lemon wedges
1 T. parsley
1 t. lemon zest
Mix everything together and put into 2 small patties. Place in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes and place on serving dish.

***I subtracted a little crab and replaced it with 1 egg white to four patties (double recipe). This helped bind the ingredients and hold them together. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. SO YUMMY! I served it with asparagus. What a treat.