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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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Pains of Maintenance

So what’s harder: losing weight or keeping it off? My weight has ranged from 141.5 to 147.5 in the last few weeks. Most if the time it’s somewhere around 144-145. I like the way I look best at 143.5 and below. I can’t say it isn’t tempting to try and get to 139.5 just to see 130-something on the scale but everyone keeps saying I don’t need to lose anymore weight. I don’t know. I know staying on top of it is a job. I eat according to my mood. If I’m sad I can’t eat. If I’m angry I want to eat everything and if I’m happy (which is rare) I eat good and stay within my calories. I’ve tried twice to up my calories from 1200 to 1500 or 1700 but I keep eating around 2,100 calories instead. So frustrating…I’ll get it together eventually. As long as I weigh myself everyday I can keep tabs on it when I start missing days my weight creeps up over 145.

I’ve been teaching more than ever. I’m up to ten classes/week, not counting occasional sub jobs. For instance, this week I am teaching 12 classes. I’m so over subbing. It just isn’t the same when it isn’t your class and it just isn’t worth the $20 anymore. I’ve decided to change my class load. More details on that in a later post.

Personally, I’m a complete mess. I’m officially in therapy now. Trying to figure out how start putting my life back together. Right now I don’t really give a damn about anything and it’s starting to permeate to those around me. I feel stuck, lost, and worthless. And it’s apparent that it’s not going to get better anytime soon and not without some serious work on my part. I’m taking 5HTP, St. John’s Wort, and GABA daily just to make it through the day but some days it isn’t strong enough…

To avoid ending my post on a negative note, I want to share my new food love: Vegan 1 Protein Powder. Vegan 1 is made by Nutrition 53, the makers of Lean 1, used by Smoothie King. I like Lean 1 smoothies but they contain sucralose and they are supposed to be gluten free but it’s hard to be completely sure since they just say that they are and the powder isn’t actually labeled that way. Vegan 1 is a gluten free and free of artificial sweeteners. So far I have tried Banana Cream, Chai, and Chocolate. They are all good but the chai and chocolate are especially good. Some days they are more filling than others. Cannot quite figure that out but I highly recommend them 🙂

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What Now? Now What?

Ever since I finished my degree a month ago I have been struggling with what to do next. Three or four years ago I evaluated my life and made a list of goals. I was always complaining about my weight and a guy I was dating at the time (August 2007) told me if I didn’t like something about myself, change it. I didn’t like the comment. But it stuck with me and after a year or so I took the two things about myself I liked the least (my weight and my undergraduate degree) and decided to make goals to change them. It has taken some time but I finished my Nutrition Degree and my weight is pretty close to where it needs to be, SO NOW WHAT? I don’t know. I honestly do not know.

There are things I need to do like get my finances in order and pay off my school bills. There are things I would like to do but have no control over like getting married. But what to I want in life that is under my control? I don’t even know what I like to do anymore. I like teaching fitness classes but I don’t love it like I used to. I enjoy helping people at the store but something is missing. I don’t know if all of the turmoil in my personal life has just taken a toll (fighting back tears as I type) or if I have just reached a crossroads in my life. There’s no hurry to make new goals but life needs direction and I’m just not sure where I’m headed.

Should I apply for a dietetic internship? Should I resume or discontinue being a biofeedback technician? Should I take the exam to become a dietetic technician? Should I pursue another fitness certification like R.I.P.P.E.D. or Yoga? Can we build a bigger store one day? Should I stick around to see or should I leave and spread my wings? Should I date or does it make me too much of a basketcase? Am I losing my mind?

I. Just. Don’t. Know.

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Getting out of hand

142-5  I’ve lost five pounds since Sunday 😮

I’m getting ready to sub my third class of the week and I’ve been to Hot Yoga three times. I didn’t eat enough Wednesday and yesterday I was too sad to eat. My sister says I need to snap out of it and she’s right. My ex boyfriend isn’t worth all of the tears and starving myself over. I’ve gone past my goal weight so I guess I’ll either have to start maintenance because I’ll still probably lose another 3-4 lbs with more subbing and Zumba Convention coming up and I don’t need to lose anymore. People are starting to ask me if I’m sick or have a health problem…Probably because I’ve been looking to damn sad. Not anymore. I’m at my goal weight I should be elated. It’s taken me a real long time to get here. I haven’t seen this side of 145 since 2005 when I gained thirty pounds in about three months. Never again, way to hard to get it back off.

I’ll be back to post later about Garden of Life’s RAW Fit which I believed has helped me reach my goal and I need lots of positive vibes to pass my personal trainer exam in 10 days!!!

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The Heartbreak Diet

Weighed in this morning at 147.5 pounds. I’ve lost ten pounds in about five weeks which is pretty significant and very noticeable. I’m starting to get the “withering away” and “you need a sandwich”comments which is hilarious because I’m barely into a size 6. All of my size 6 pants fit and I didn’t keep anything smaller except for some size 4 pantsuits, haven’t tried those yet. Two and a half pounds from my goal then my focus turns to more toning. I figure I must have about 7-8 pounds more muscle than I did when I was this size in 2003/2004 because I weighed between 136-143 lbs when I fit into these same clothes before. Muscle and fat weigh the same but muscle takes up less space.

So what prompted all of this weight loss after 2.5 years of minimal weight loss: Dating. Food just isn’t as exciting when I’m dating. I eat less. Maybe I’m subconsciously a little more motivated but there is something to it because I always lose weight when I have a boyfriend. Five weeks ago my boyfriend and I broke up and my appetite went with the relationship. There were a few days I didn’t make it to 1200 calories or get even close. That’s been the catalyst for my recent weight loss, hence “The Heartbreak Diet”. Most of the days were sandwiched between days I ate more so it kind of resembled the 5:2 diet or 4:3 diet I’ve blogged about previously (2 or 3 500-calories days in between regular days). I think that prevented my metabolism from slowing down and seemed to actually help my metabolism. It hasn’t hurt that I’ve been subbing a lot of classes in addition to my own teaching load. And I’m still tracking my calories on myfitnesspal everyday. I have consistently been eating 1,100-1,900 calories/day. I have been eating some carbs including a small dessert everyday such as a Jennie’s macaroon, Amy’s Gluten Free Cookies, or a Nana’s gluten-free cookie.

I tried out a couple of hot yoga classes last week and loved them. Can’t wait to go back this week. I might turn into a yogi yet….

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My Diet Journey in pictures

Before ChaLEAN Extreme

Feb 2012 – Before ChaLEAN Extreme – 173 lbs

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Aug 2012 – After Insanity – 164 lbs

152.5 lbs

July 2013 – 152.5 lbs

Finally after two years of blogging I am actually posting pictures. My weight topped at 213 lbs in 2008 before I started this journey. I started 2009 at 209 lbs and lost over 20 pounds on multiple Master Cleanse fasts in January and February of 2009. My weight plateaued at 188 lbs until I did the HCG diet in August/September of 2010. I lost 15 lbs and weighed in at 173 lbs. I never gained any weight after the HCG diet but subsequent attempts at following the diet again were unsuccessful. I weighed 173 lbs at Zumba instructor training in June 2011 and 173 lbs at Turbo Kick training in February 2012. My weight had been the same for going on 17 months when I started ChaLEAN extreme and started weight training and the scale finally started to move. Since then, I have lost 20 lbs. I actually have not done a lot of weight training the past eight months because teaching PiYo twice a week gets me enough strength training and I teach Body Pump occasionally. My weight loss the last four months has really been attributed to myfitnesspal. I been averaging around 1300-1600 calories/day. Usually once or twice a week I will eat 1800-2000 calories and once or twice a week I will have a day or two under 1000 calories. I think there is some truth to the intermittent fasting ideas I have read on Dr. Mercola’s website: The 5:2 Fast Diet I mentioned in last month’s post is one approach although I think its a bit extreme. There are lots of different books on the topic and I certainly have not had a chance to check them all out and give it an all-out endorsement. But it might be something to consider for those at a plateau as a way to wake up the metabolism.

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The Magic Bullet

I believe I have come to the realization that the magic bullet is motivation. When people are truly motivated, there is very little one cannot accomplish. Without motivation, tasks take great effort and often fail. New Year’s is just around the corner and my exercise classes will be full with newly motivated individuals to get in shape. Our health food stores will be filled with newly motivated people who want to get healthy. But most of them will gone by February and most certainly by March, casualties of the cursed “New Year’s resolutions”. No real motivation behind their goals, a loose commitment at best, doomed to fail. I know it all too well. Not necessarily New Year’s resolutions, I don’t usually bother with such. But I am very well versed in lacking the motivation it takes to make true change.

So how does one obtain this magic bullet? Where does true motivation came from? And if we find it, how can we sustain it?

Today, I do not have the answer; BUT for the rest of this month I will be finding answers. Stay tuned…

In other news, I see I haven’t posted in three months. Yikes! The most exciting news is I am getting trained for Body Pump. This Saturday in Memphis is my training. I filed my Intent to Graduate form so barring a disaster, I will complete my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science in August. I have about two months to figure out what dietetic internships I am applying to. I have about a  50:50 shot of getting matched. I have been teaching PiYo in place of a regular Yoga class for three weeks at Parks & Rec (same place I teach Zumba & Aqua Zumba). I am really enjoying it; surprisingly, considering I didn’t love my training. Speaking of trainings I didn’t love, I went to All-Star Presenter Camp in October. I really didn’t know what I had signed up for but I had NO IDEA it was a two day training on verbal cueing. Whoops! I met some nice people but it was basically two hundred dollars down the drain.

My workout regimen has been kind of nonexistent outside of my seven group ex classes. I finished PUMP and attempted a Rev Abs/Insanity hybrid. That lasted all of two days. I don’t really care for RevAbs and School + learning PiYo really detailed me the last month, too. Les Mills Combat should ship in a couple of weeks. I look forward to getting started on something new. Right now I am working on Body Pump 84 for my training and my CPT cert that I need to knock out before next semester. I’m signed up for AEA certification in March and I need at least 6-8 weeks to study for that. It never ends.

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The Trouble with Carbs

CarbEaters Anonymous

Me: My name is Kim and I am a CarbEater

Members: “Hi Kim”

Yesterday at 4:30 pm, I opened a package of Glutino Vanilla Sandwich Cookies. I ate half the package yesterday and today I ate the other half minus 3 cookies. I was saving the last three cookies for after Zumba. After class, disgusted with myself, I threw the last three cookies out of my car window. It was symbolic.

I have let my eating get out of hand since Zumba convention. I haven’t been logging my food on myfitnesspal, which hasn’t helped. I haven’t been getting enough protein and I have been eating sandwiches again, which makes me crave carbs like crazy. And last week, I had two full packages of Against the Grain bagels. [sigh] The neverending cycle.

Every time I get like this, I bear in my mind my metabolic types: parasympathetic dominant, Thyroid body type, Kapha Dosha, Type O Blood. Sugar is the worst thing for parasympathetic dominance, thyroid type, and kapha dosha. Low carb diets are recommended for parasympathetic, thyroid type, and Type O. Fats and sugar causes Kapha imbalance (I overeat two things, nuts or sweets). WHY IS THIS SO DAMN HARD?! Clearly, I need to follow some combination of the diets, so here goes (YES, again – this is a diet blog, if at first, I don’t succeed…).

Most authors I have read in the past  several years (and I have read a lot) find some validity in the blood type theories, but specifically with the “avoid” foods. They haven’t found much validity to the “beneficial” foods. When I was thin, I religiously avoided my avoid foods. Perhaps my body likes beef more than chicken or walnuts more than almonds, but it definitely I could tell my body didn’t like avoids like sunflower seeds or wheat (which I later found out I was severely gluten intolerant). A few years ago, D’adamo came out with the Genotype Diet, supposedly an improvement on the blood type diet, but I just found it distracting and inconsistent with his earlier books. I prefer Live Right for Your Type or Allergies: Fight Them With the Blood Type Diet.

Following a Kapha Dosha inspired plan alone would cut out nuts and all sweeteners.  It would also cut out sweet, heavy fruits like dates, bananas, avocadoes, oranges, pineapple, grapes, grapefruit, and melons. Both the Kapha Diet and Type O Diet are pretty restrictive of dairy. I have done a lot more dairy lately because it hasn’t bothered me for the first time in about 7 years, but it’s also very easy to cut out. Grains are very controversial, they are not helpful for any of my body types. The Kapha diet specifically discourages oats, rice, and wheat but recommends millet, corn, buckwheat, and rye. My parasympathetic dominance plan from metabolictypingonline.com recommends avoiding corn, millet, and buckwheat. Go figure. So I consult other sources. Protein Power Lifeplan recommends avoiding, wheat, corn, millet, and rye because they are inflammatory and have connections to autoimmune disorders. The Blood Type Diet pretty much recommends cutting out all grains save for Ezekial bread, which of course is always out. This is exactly why a person should follow one plan, so to simplify things I am just going to focus on the Kapha recommendations, I can always fine tune it later. As far as my overall intake, as “protein type”, I should eat 40-50% of my calories from protein, 20-30% from carbs, and the rest from fat. That basically breaks down to a max of 50 grams of fat and 112 grams of carbs. Not hard, just need to execute.

Dear carbs,

We must stop this on-and-off again relationship, we clearly cannot be friends. I will need you to leave me alone. I will do my best to ignore you, but if you keep insist on stalking me, I will be forced to take more drastic measures. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Yours Truly, Kim

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Getting addicted to Exercise

I cannot recall a time when I have worked out as much as I am working out now. Last week, I taught the following classes: 6 regular Zumba, 2 Aqua Zumba, 2 Zumba Toning, and 1-30 minute TurboKick. I did five Insanity workouts (missed recovery due to a Biochem lab assignment), and Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones. Tuesday night I did ChaLEAN Burn Circuit 2 at 10:45 p.m. after finishing Max Plyo. The scale hasn’t moved; it’s stuck on 168 lbs. But on the bright side, my clothes are a little bit looser. I analyzed my nutrient intake on myfitnesspal and my protein intake has been around 15% and my carb intake around 50%. Definitely not ideal for fat loss. I am now aiming for I bought two new DVD programs this week: Les Mills Pump and DDPYoga. Each was over $100 apiece (although I opted for the payment plan with DDPYoga). I swear I am going to go broke buying workout programs. I just have two weeks of Insanity left. I will make it. I almost enjoy the workouts but I don’t think I will miss them. I strained an oblique muscle last week, most likely doing side suicide jumps, and it is slow to get better. I plan on having a complete review of Insanity some time soon.

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Damn Scale.

Day 16 of Insanity completed.  I weighed in this morning at 173.5 lbs. I haven’t weighed that much since January.  I’m too pissed to be frustrated. It shouldn’t be this damn hard. I have been working my tail off. 8 fitness classes a week + 6 Insanity workouts + myfitnesspal = 4 lb weight gain

So now instead of watching what I eat, snacking carefully, and logging my food I will have to obsess over every morsel of food and deprive myself. I have been eating between 1900 and 2200 calories a day. So that is getting slashed to 1500 calories. Secondly, I continue to do a poor job of restricting carbs, so here we go again, another break up with my friends fruit and bread. I am sick of having to starve myself to get any weight off. I really thought exercising and not overeating would get it. Clearly not. Sucks a fat one. I was doing better on ChaLEAN. I didn’t lose any weight, but at least I didn’t gain any. But I shouldn’t complain too much, I still have 45 more days to go.

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