HCG Update

I’m on Day 15 of 42. I weighed myself this morning for the first time and I’m 11 pounds down. I’m off to a great start. The meat I ordered from Grassroots Coop has been really good and at 100g per serving it’s lasting me awhile. I need to drink more water but other than that I’m doing well. I’m a little tired as can be expected with restricted calorie and carb intake. Meal prepping has helped tremendously. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning in addition to trying to get out of the house on time with a baby. I’m not starving, this is loads better than fasting for sure.

Here are the supplements I’ve been doing:

Europharma Thyroid Care (my temperature was below 98 degrees at the doctors on 9/29/18).

Himalaya Guggul (thyroid)

Natural Factors Estrosense (trying to these hormones back in line)

Vitamin D-2 1000IU (vegan to avoid oil while on HCG)

Calcium Magnesium Citrate 1:1 (Helps with PMS, bowels, cravings, etc)

Whole Earth & Sea Multi (I prefer Natures Plus Source of Life but this is what I had on hand)

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HCG Time

After a month of following a 30 day vegan challenge in support of my sister, I find myself 15 lbs heavier than my six week postpartum visit. I’m sure those pounds were there before the vegan challenge but I don’t have a scale and I can’t fit into any of my clothes so I couldn’t really gauge any progress. Last week, I had to get on the scale at the doctors office and it was devastating, traumatizing, a harsh, harsh dose of reality. I’m fat. Again. I was miserable all day Saturday but by Sunday morning I knew what I needed to do. The HCG Diet. I did a round of the HCG diet in either 2009 or 2010, I can’t remember for sure. I started at 188 and ended at 173. Fifteen pounds wasn’t a big number for thirty or forty days (I can’t remember how long I did it) but I looked completely different because it was fifteen pounds of fat. I had a piece of chocolate almost every day and was always around 600-650 calories. This time I’m in complete compliance, I can’t afford to waste potential weight loss on a craving.

I have been reading The Plant Paradox and Medical Medium Thyroid Healing so I decided to order some high quality meat for the diet. Who knows how much grain fattened meat affects our metabolism but I need all the help I can get so I ordered pastured chicken breast and extra lean grass fed beef from Grass Roots Coop online.

Monday and Tuesday were loading days, I didn’t stuff my face but made sure I ate some fatty food. I ate some Keto cheddar biscuits I made the day before, Katz Gluten Free mini pies, I had three pieces of Against The Grain pesto pizza, Big Italian unwich from Jimmy Johns, and a couple of Base Culture Paleo brownies on Monday. Tuesday I ate a Udi’s sausage/egg/cheese biscuit, three Pumpkin Spice Katz gluten free donuts, chicken thigh, two drumsticks, some avocado, and another Base Culture brownie. I bought two pounds of tilapia to get started. Wednesday morning I cooked six of my 100g portions and cooked enough spinach for the next three days. My first time meal prepping. So far, it’s been great and absolutely no cheating.

36 DAYS LEFT

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Vata Kapha Food List

FRUITS

  • Apples (cooked)
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Prunes (cooked or soaked)
  • Raisins (cooked or soaked)

GRAINS

  • Amaranth
  • Durham Flour
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (basmati or wild)
  • Seitan
  • Sprouted Wheat Bread

BEANS

  • Lentils, Red
  • Mung Beans
  • Mung Dal, Split
  • Soy Milk (served warm)
  • Soy Meats
  • Tofu (served hot)
  • Toor Dal

DAIRY

  • Buttermilk
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ghee
  • Goat’s Milk
  • Yogurt (fresh, not store bought)

NUTS/SEEDS

  • Almonds (soaked & peeled)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

OILS

  • Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Ghee
  • Mustard Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

SWEETENERS

  • Fruit Juice Concentrates
  • Honey (raw)

VEGETABLES

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots, Cooked
  • Chilies (in very small quantities)
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Green Chilies
  • Leeks
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onion, Cooked
  • Peas, Cooked
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach, Cooked
  • Squash, Winter
  • Watercress

MEAT

  • Chicken (white meat)
  • Eggs
  • Fish (freshwater)
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey (white)

All spices good except salt

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I just can’t eat it anymore

Nuts. I love them. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, almond butter, I love them all. But I’ve come to the realization that my body doesn’t love nuts. Every time I eat a Base Culture brownie (cashew butter being the main ingredient) I blow up. The last two days I’ve done an experiment with almond butter after fasting for seven days and I blew up. It’s a no, folks. I can’t do nuts. I don’t know if it’s the lectins, the fat, the kapha dosha overstimulation or what but I’m kicking nuts out of my diet like gluten, quinoa, and oats. I guess I’ll have to try Ripple non-dairy milk because all my go-to plant milks are nut based. I really liked this sunflower milk we tried at our health food store years ago but it didn’t go over well and I’ve never seen it in stores. I just use it for the occasional protein shake anyway.

This will be an adjustment for sure but this probably explains why I don’t do well with Simple Mills crackers and cookies, either. Can one even eat Paleo or Keto without almond flour? No worries, I’m on a vegan challenge for the rest of September anyway.

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A Freakin’ Hiatus

So I’ve been seriously MIA. Big life changes have happened. Seven weeks ago I gave birth to a little girl. I’m living in a whole new world. I came off birth control in February of last year in hopes it would help me lose weight. It didn’t. A few months later, I was surprisingly pregnant. I weighed in at 195 lbs at my eight week appointment, I was mortified. My final weight in my last week of pregnancy was 212 lbs so I kept my pregnancy weight gain at a minimum. Last week at my six week checkup I was 197 lbs ☹️ I need to lose 30 lbs just to get to something reasonable. I’d like to do some fasting but I’m breastfeeding and struggling to make milk as it is, I’m sure fasting won’t help. I went to an Ayurvedic astrology consultation when I was eight months pregnant and I was told I was a Vata-Kapha. Vata Kapha certainly makes more sense than the Vata Pitta I had been typed as before. So, two Ayurvedic consults, two times being typed as a Vata. Apparently, I’m just a rare overweight Vata.

So how to get back into shape…I want to get back into kettlebells. My workout space has become storage for all my yoga props (100 blankets, 90 blocks, 20 meditation cushions, 20 yoga wheels), so I don’t know where I’ll workout, not to mention I can’t get my daughter to sleep on her own long enough for me to get a workout in. I’m also contemplating getting a kettlebell certification. There’s an RKC training about three hours away in November, that would give me six good months to train. RKC certification is only $899 now that it’s gone down to two days instead of three days. But will I use it? It too much money if I don’t use it, but I do love kettlebells. Gotta mane a decision by the early bird deadline May 18. I’ve already got at least three yoga trainings this year so I can finish up my 500 hour certificate. I’m also considering getting my Pilates mat certification. I taught Pilates as a course at University in the fall with zero training. I thought the class was going to get canceled due to not enough registrants but I was wrong and was totally unprepared. I’m slated to teach again in the fall but again I don’t know if the class will make. I’m teaching warm Pilates this summer for another instructor on hiatus but by the time I could get my mat certification, the teacher would be back. I don’t love Pilates so would it be $450 well spent? Decisions, decisions.

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Fit Pregnancy

So, it’s been awhile. I haven’t posted since January. I had not been on any new workout programs or diet plans, so I have taken quite a hiatus. And nothing disrupts a rhythm quite like finding out you are pregnant. Here I am 27 weeks in, still teaching 13-16 classes a week. I’m teaching body pump still only having to decrease my weight on the squat track. I’m attending 4-5 yoga classes/week (power or ashtanga). Other than difficulty sleeping, I feel pretty good.

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Enter Buti Yoga: Unleashing the Beast

I am officially a Buti Yoga instructor! I LOVED my training. The other buttisattvas were amazing, my trainer, Talen Lane, was special. I’ve already got my first class lined up an I still can’t believe I did this but I am so glad I did. So here’s my official review…

Day One

We started the day in a circle and went through introductions including “How Buti found me”. I loved this start. Most of the trainings I’ve been to haven’t even had simple introductions and this always bums me out because one of the best parts of a training is meeting new people so Buti gets started off immediately with community. Next is the master class. This was my first real live class. I had a mini class (about 30 minutes) at the Music City Yoga Festival in November. I didn’t enjoy the master class as much as I wanted to because I was a little (or a lot at times) lost. Idiotically, I picked a spot in the back corner of the class and I couldn’t hear anything Talen said and I certainly couldn’t see her either. Coincidentally, several of us in the back row moved up the next day so we could see. After the master class, we spent most of the day going through the manual page by page, pose by pose. About 4:30 pm we got to tribal dance, which for me was the most fun part of the day. After that was work in smaller groups to practice for our demos the next day. Finally, some sequencing guidance from Talen and then ended a long day about 6:30. 

Day Two

I wore a crop top. This alone is an amazing feat, I don’t show my belly in public. People will get a flash every now and then by accident while I’m teaching class but to purposely show up in a crop top says a lot about how comfortable, confident, and empowered I felt after Day 1. There were 21 people in our group which meant 21 demos. 21 demos x 10 minutes = 210 minutes = 3.5 hours…That’s a lot of buti! Strangely, two girls came down with flu like symptoms so we ended up with 19 demos, after about 15, we were DONE, like burnt toast. But we powered through and the energy was amazing!!! I’ve never experienced anything like it. I thoroughly enjoyed my demo and I got great feedback from Talen and my sisters. We ended the day in a circle and everyone shared what they learned from the weekend. We made all the way to last person and what she said made almost everyone cry. It was a beautiful end to an amazing weekend. 

Before I signed up for training I felt like I needed to get certified. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Now, I feel like I need to teach this class. Talen ev n wrote on my feedback form “you need to teach!” So March 4, I will teach my first Buti Yoga Class. Whoo-eee!

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End of an Era…Bye Bye Zumba

Yesterday morning, I bagged up the last of the my Zumba clothes I hadn’t sold on eBay and gave them to a Zumba instructor friend. Today I cancelled my ZIN membership. Starting February 1, I will be a Zumba instructor no more. I am switching my Aqua Zumba class to Aqua Dance and I’ll be saving $30/month. I haven’t taught Zumba in almost two years and I haven’t missed it. It is somewhat freeing to be closing that door. I never would have become a yoga instructor if I had not been a Zumba instructor first. In fact, Zumba has brought a lot of people into the group fitness world that now teach Body Pump, R.I.P.P.E.D., yoga, boot camp, etc. Every group exercise organization copies Zumba’s model and charges monthly fees now to stay certified. Love it or not, Zumba revitalized and revolutionized the group fitness industry. The hysteria has faded, the classes have thinned but Zumba is still relevant. For me, Zumba was a great first chapter. I am grateful for the experience but Zumba was a phase for me whereas yoga has become my passion.

Wednesday I started a new venture as adjunct faculty at our local university teaching yoga. This weekend I reached 1,000 teaching hours and I’m now officially an E-RYT 200 and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). I’m busy planning my yoga festival for March but after that I will begin working on my first continuing education course to teach locally. There’s a great opportunity in town to teach continuing ed because there are not any studios that provide any workshops currently. I’m willing to step out and try it. I’m not any closer to starting my YouTube channel but I just need to carve out some time and hit record. 

My Buti certification is next weekend. I still can’t believe I’m doing this, it seems so surreal. It’s completely unnecessary but I just couldn’t pass it up. There’s something about Buti I’m drawn to, it’s weird. I’ve spent quite a bit of money on Golden Ratio protein (chocolate I really like, I haven’t tried vanilla yet) and the vegan paleo plan. I lucked out and got a free bundle for the training so I got three DVDs, a buttisatva sports bra, and another slim down plan. I haven’t been able to do any Buti workouts for two weeks because I injured my groin either in lifting class or coincidentally, subbing Zumba. A couple days later I hurt my neck doing a headstand when my neck was already hurt from sleeping poorly (not a good idea). And then when my neck returned to normal, I tweaked my finicky shoulder. I’m starting to feel every bit of 35. I just don’t bounce back like I used to. I’m taking Europharma’s Healthy Ligaments & Tendons and Solaray’s MSM with Glucosamine. Hopefully, I can start back Sunday and get a little preparation in before training on Saturday. 

Out with Zumba, In with Buti!

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Week 1

Here are some pics from my food this week.

  1. Kite Hill cream cheese and yogurt – Really good. The chive cream cheese is insanely good.
  2. Siete Tortillas – I have both the almond flour tortillas and the cassava & coconut tortillas (which are not vegan because they have lard, but I’m not concerned about being 100% vegan). I like the almond flour ones just a little bit more but they are both good.
  3.  The Golden Ratio is good as advertised and pretty filling. I haven’t tried the vanilla flavor yet. It is also not vegan because it has collagen in it. It has 30g of protein per serving which is a great start to the day.

I did Buti workouts on Sunday and Monday, went to lifting class on Tuesday and ending up teaching a Zumba class unexpectedly, went to Hot 26 on Thursday. I forgot to work out last night which is silly on my part but I injured my neck on Thursday night doing headstands after class so it was probably for the best. My neck is doing better today.

Next week, I would like to get in another couple of Buti workouts during the week and make it to barre class at 5:30 am next Friday. I woke up in time yesterday but my neck was killing me so I decided to go back to sleep.

I have felt pretty good all week. I was really bloated most of the week but not so much the last two days. I was really hungry the first two days but my appetite has calmed way down and I am starting to notice the urge to eat out of boredom or craving but not hunger. I have failed miserably drinking 100 oz of water per the week one Buti plan. Most days I haven’t even gotten 50 oz of water, today included. That is really going to be the goal of week 2 .

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Let’s Do This!

2017 is here and I’m excited to start my new Paleo Vegan plan courtesy of Buti Yoga. I have a Tone subscription for a month so I have access to about 100 Buti workouts. I did my first workout Friday night, Tone 145 and I did Tone 156 tonight. My Golden Ratio protein won’t get here til Wednesday but so I’ll be using Bone broth protein powder to “wake and shake” until Thursday. 

The Paleo Vegan slim down is 40% fat, 30% protein, and 30% carbs. This is a great ratio for me, I’ve tried a vegan diet so many times unsuccessfully because I eat too many carbs, but since the plan is Paleo, I won’t be eating grains. I usually do my own thing when it comes to diet and that hasn’t worked so I’m going to follow this plan to the T. This package (Buti Yoga’s silver bundle -included the diet and the DVD, mala was separate) cost me $60. It may sound like a lot but it’s much less than a Beachbody workout. I plan to do Buti workouts five days a week, it’s just not realistic for me to do one on Wednesdays or Saturdays. And let’s be real, five days a week is a HUGE improvement over zero 🙃👍🏾 And I need to do the workouts to get myself ready for Buti certification…only 27 days away!!

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