Monday, May 30, 2011

VLCD 13 -14 Happy Memorial Day!

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 177 (lost .5 lb, total of 12.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

I am not following protocol right now nor will I be for the next few days. I cheated BIG time Saturday and plan on cheating all day again today. However the next couple of days I will be fasting (and praying) for a specific need. I will also be fasting 3 days in July. (We fast 3 days every January and July.) I am curious to see how fasting effects me on this diet. I will keep you posted.
Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

VLCD 12 - GAIN!!!

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 176.5 (gain .5 lb, total of 12 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

Well, I gained .5 lb. I went out of town to some friends house last night and as soon as we got there they ordered us pizza! They had no idea I was on a diet. I was starving and ate 2 pieces. Then we went out for frozen yogurt! :(
It's not gonna be a good diet weekend for me. We have to go out of town again today (all day) to help another church outreach and they always feed us. Then Monday is our church's annual picnic. Plus its that TOM. I may be doing a steak day soon! I guess if I planned better I wouldn't be in this predicament. But really I don't care if I am on hCG for the rest of my life ( a slight exaggeration) - I am going to lose the weight!...........eventually *sigh*

Friday, May 27, 2011


starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 176 (lost 1 lb, total of 12.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

Down another pound. I ate pretty well yesterday. I got a Southwest salad at McDonald's for lunch - I had never had one and I regretted it as soon as I opened it. They put their own dressing on it and it tastes a little sweet. It also has Doritos type chip strips on it - I picked off as much as I could and only ate about half the salad - but ate all the chicken. For dinner I had rotisserie chicken and an apple.
My kids roasted hotdogs and made smores in the backyard :( I stayed inside - far away!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

VLCD 10 - Stall

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 177 (no loss or gain, total of 11.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

It was not a very good day yesterday. I cheated. I bought a 2 cheeseburger meal from McDonald's and ate it all! I planned on not eating anything else for the rest of the day - and I didn't but I ended up getting a headache -of course! I took pain medicine but it didn't help and I went to bed throwing up and throwing up again at 1:30 a.m. I didn't take my evening hCG AGAIN. Needless to say the cheat was NOT worth it. I guess if I'm gonna cheat I need to continue to eat protocol foods afterwards to keep from getting sick. Luckily there was no gain. I still don't feel very good today though. 
Lesson learned.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

VLCD 9 - Movin' on down

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 177 (lost .5 lb, total of 11.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

I think I forgot to take my hCG last night.
I am going to pick up some potassium/magnesium supplements tomorrow because I am experiencing muscle fatigue. I can hardly fold a shirt without my arms getting tired, weak and sore.
Other than that doing pretty good. I am anxious to hit 175 - haven't weighed that in about 2 years. Then I will have 25 more lbs to lose to hit my first goal. I doubt I will make 150 lbs this round but the closer I get the better.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

VLCD 8 - I want JUNK!!!

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 177.5 (lost 1 lb, total of 11 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

Oh boy I struggled yesterday! I wasn't really hungry I just wanted junk food. I wanted ice cream and cookies and to just pig out! I think it may be PMS. I don't know. I do plan on continuing the hCG through that TOM. We'll see how it goes. I want to say that even though I wanted to I did not pig out. I did have about 10 mini marshmallows and a big bite of broccoli cheese rice (my family's dinner) but other than that I was pretty good.
The things I ate off protocol were: sugar free, fat free jello, a baby dill pickle (maybe 2 - can't remember), 1 Lindt dark chocolate, 1 Lays potato chip. I guess I'm not very good at this diet but at least it's still working!
I am having issues with Blogger today - forgive me if I don't respond to comments for a while. I'm trying!

Monday, May 23, 2011

VLCD 7 - A Good Day!

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 178.5 (lost .5, total of 10 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

I upped my hCG dose just a tad. I was feeling hungry all day - not starving but hungry. I was taking .5 mL and I upped it to .55 mL and what a difference! I finally was not hungry! I ate lunch at noon but didn't eat dinner until 9pm and even then I probably could have just gone to bed and been fine but I was feeling hungry by this time so I ate some cottage cheese, 2 baby dill pickles and an apple.
Thank you all who have been leaving comments and e-mailing me. I really appreciate the support and encouragement. I do reply back to you - so if you don't normally go back and read the comments after leaving one you might want to.
I also updated my measurements after 1 week. There were some changes - which is nice! Still not feeling any slimmer and my clothes aren't fitting any better yet. But I hear it takes about 5 more lbs for that.
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

VLCD 6 - I cheated...

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 179 (no change, total of 9.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

Yes, I cheated. I ate spaghetti and french bread for dinner with my family. I guess you could say it was a planned cheat. After I got sick the other night and I ate off protocol (nice way of saying I CHEATED!) I felt really good the next day and decided maybe it was a good thing I ate. So I thought I might do that every few days or so because it might help me stick to the diet longer and feel better every now an then.
Sundays are very busy days for me too and the extra energy has really helped so far. I didn't lose or gain so maybe I have been lucky so far but if I cheat every now and then and end up gaining big time then I will re-evaluate.
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

VLCD 5 - WOOHOO FINALLY under 180 lbs!......go me, go me

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 179 (lost 1 lb, total of 9.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

I know God is really helping me too. Thank you Jesus!
I can't wait to weigh 175 - I haven't weighed that in a couple of years. And to consistently weigh under 180 (like throughout the day) would be nice too. I am so excited. I actually had a piece of Lindt dark chocolate yesterday too! I only plan on doing that once a week or so.
I bought some Whey protein at Walmart and I am looking forward to trying that. I will replace my protein with that once and see how I lose. I have read that some people lose really well on that. I'll let you know!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2011

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 180 (lost 1 lb total of 8.5 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

Yesterday was much better. I had more energy and wasn't as hungry. I started taking my hCG a little later in the day and think that helped some. I also ate cottage cheese along side a piece of chicken and realized later I should have had it instead of the chicken. Oops! Oh well still lost!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

VLCD 3 - NOT Good!

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 181 (lost .5 lb)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

I was so sick yesterday. It was not a good diet day for me at all. I was hungry all day and I ate everything I was allowed but got a bad headache. (I think I mentioned earlier that I get headaches if I don't eat or don't eat enough.) I was throwing up at church that evening. I ended up eating way off program and still went to bed sick. I didn't take my hCG last night because I was already feeling like I might throw up. I did still lose half a pound and I will try again today but I am going to start researching the rogue style of the diet and see if I can't do something different.
I have been taking Excedrin everyday with lunch to fight off headaches and up until yesterday it has been working.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 181.5 (lost 2 lbs)
current goal - 150
ultimate goal - 135

2 more pounds lost! I guess me scale only weighs to the the half pound. I didn't know this. I am not going to go out and get another scale right now - I just bought this one about a month ago before I knew I would be doing hCG - and scales are expensive for a good one! So, maybe once I hit a stall I will go get one that measures to the tenth of a pound.
Things are going very well so far. One of my favorite dishes (off diet) are taco salad. I made that last night - minus the cheese, chips, beans and sour cream. So it was just meat and lettuce with my favorite hot sauce and it was still good! I was hungry at times yesterday - starving right before dinner but nothing too bad.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

VLCD 1- Holy Cow!!!

starting weight - 187 (188.5 after loading)
current weight - 183.5 (lost 5 lbs)
current goal weight - 150
ultimate goal - 135

I lost 5 lbs in one day!!! Yipeee! I weighed myself before I went to bed last night and had already lost 2 lbs from that morning. Overnight I lost 3 more! I had a hard time eating all my food too - I didn't quite get it all down. Not because I wasn't hungry - I was. I just could not stuff another bite of salad in my mouth. I drank some hot tea and then a cold bottle of water and it helped with the hunger quite a bit. I don't know what I am going to do because I hate veggies and I just can not eat all this salad - its a lot! I went to eat my lunch yesterday and I filled my bowl 2 and half times with salad and steak!
So my starting weight was 187 but after loading I was 188.5 and this morning I was 183.5. I am so excited :)
Thank you all for following the blog and for your comments and support!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Post Loading

I started out at 187 lbs next day was 185.5 lbs. I didn't really count it as a loss because I was loading and I knew it could go up or down and up it went. Today - after 2 days of loading I weigh 188.5! Bummer :(
I guess I was hoping for another loss - oh well.
VLCDs start today. Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Loading Day 2

starting weight - 187
current weight - 185.5
goal weight - 135

I am not feeling as tired or as grouchy as yesterday. Thank God! I could not deal with being like that day after day. So, hopefully each day will be better. I also haven't experienced the energy boost from the B12 that I have heard people talk about. Bummer :(
It is extremely difficult to hold the drops under my tongue for longer than a couple of minutes before I swallow. It doesn't taste bad but my family say it smells pretty bad. I also keep forgetting to not eat or drink for 15 minutes.
My husband says that my body is very hot to the touch after taking the hCG. He thinks maybe my body is "burning" the weight off. I don't know about that. But whatever works!
Went to KFC buffet for lunch and made everything as fattening as possible - adding gravy to the potatoes, and eating dessert - something I don't normally do.
I have been grilling my food and portioning it out for next week. Not looking forward to the low cal days but definitely looking forward to dropping some weight!
I decided my first goal would be 150 lbs. That was my goal to begin with but I do ultimately want to get down to 135. It may take me a couple of rounds.
God bless!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Loading Day 1 - Already Screwed Up

starting weight - 187
current weight - 187
goal weight - 135

This is going to take some getting used to! I took my hCG and tried to wait 10 minutes before swallowing.  Yeah - made it 2 minutes and I HAD to swallow. I was afraid the taste would be terrible (it wasn't bad at all) and I was also a little worried the hCG mixture would make me sick to my stomach so I immediately ate some cereal. As I was eating I remembered I'm supposed to wait 15 minutes before eating. Crap! Oh well - too late now. I am looking forward to the energy boost the B12 is supposed to give.

3:34 pm
Well, I've been really grouchy and after lunch - about 1pm - I got extremely sleepy. Even my husband noticed my mood swings and if this keeps up I know he'll make me go off the diet. I still feel like I could lay down and sleep the rest of the day away. I don't know if this is because of the hCG or not. I'm gonna research it in a bit. I ate at the Pizza Hut buffet and ate way more than I normally do so I don't feel hungry right now at all but we are going to go out later and get some ice cream. I know I'm not eating as much fat as I should be. Its hard to do and I am so sleepy................

I didn't do a very good loading day. But I did go to DQ and get a DoubleStuft Oreo blast. It was yummy! And fattening!
I was pretty sleepy all day from 1pm on. I did check and lots of people have problems with tiredness and grouchiness on hCG. If this keeps up I will have to do just 25 day rounds instead of 40 days.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Loading Day 1 Tomorrow!!!

I'm so excited!!!! Can you tell!?
Getting ready to mix up my hCG right now.
I have been eating whatever I want whenever I want for the last couple of weeks because I knew I would be going on this diet. Wish me loading luck!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quick note

I found a forum I love and wanted to share it. I'm sure there are lots more out there but so far this one does what I need it to. You can type a few words in the search box and it will bring up other conversations that have already taken place so you can see what others have to say about it without starting a new thread.
For example, I wanted to know if I could use Sweet-N-Low on Phase 2 so I typed in Sweet-N-Low and read what others had to say. I found that some people use it with no problems but others prefer not to.
Here's the link:

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How I feel before hCG

This post is more for my benefit than anything. I want to be able to look back and see how I changed physically and emotionally. (Can you tell I have high hopes for this diet! )
Before hCG:

aching back
pain in knees when walking up stairs
pain in feet
sweating in between rolls of fat (gross!)
bad posture
haven't worn shorts in years
sleeveless shirts embarrass me because of my fat, flabby arms
don't enjoy shopping for myself
don't feel sexy AT ALL
hate pictures
always wear black or brown

Monday, May 9, 2011

Just checking in..... let you know I'm still here. I am starting hCG in 6 days! I can't wait! I will go shopping for all the food thursday or friday and I plan on weighing it and separating it out ahead of time so I don't have any excuses to cheat! I do plan on going just a little rogue on phase 2. I have 50 lbs to lose! 
One of my main goals is to wear a sundress. I have always admired sundresses and I have always wanted to wear one but never have. My hubby likes them too but has never seen me in one. I told him if I get down to 135 like I want - he can buy me one :)
Wouldn't this be a cute one!? - And notice it's NOT black!

I'll be back  to let you know how Day 1 of loading goes. Planning lots of all-you-can-eat buffets!

Friday, May 6, 2011

how I mix my hCG sublingual drops

This woman looks fantastic after hCG! I encourage you to visit her VLOG and see her transformation on youtube: (
I followed her advice on where to order the hCG and I am following her directions on how to mix it.


Before hCG - and hopefully never again....

   I have always been "chunky" since I was about 8 years old. Not really fat but chubby. I weighed about 130lbs in 6th grade. In 10th grade I was 155lbs. I actually started smoking cigarettes when I was 18 because someone told me it would help me lose weight - it did. But obviously not in a healthy way. I got down to 137lbs when my husband left for Iraq. It took me 8 months to lose 40 lbs.
   Any woman who has had a miscarriage knows it is more difficult to lose weight after a miscarriage than it is to lose weight after having a baby. I had 2 miscarriages and got pregnant a 3rd time. This time I finally had a viable pregnancy and after my daughter was born I immediately lost 20 of the 30 extra pounds I had gained but I still hadn't lost the weight from the previous miscarriages. I was now at 175 lbs. We moved and life got busier and we started getting food on the run or going to fellowships where food was fattening and plentiful. I gained another 10+ pounds.
   The past year I joined a gym and Weight Watchers but for some reason I have a hard time sticking to WW for more than a couple of weeks.
I went to GNC and looked at their dietary supplements. I found a bottle of hCG with a picture of Carmen Electra on it. I didn't buy it but instead went home and looked it up on the web. That is when I stumbled upon the hCG Protocol. I couldn't believe people were losing a pound A DAY on this diet! I researched for a couple of days before I ordered my own hCG but as I waited for it to come in the mail I kept researching. I am so excited to start this diet!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


My measurements as of 5/5/11:

Neck 14  3/4"      after 1 week: didn't measure

upper arms 13 1/2"      after 1 week: no change

chest (above breasts) 40 3/4"          after 1 week: 40"

bust  45 3/4"       after 1 week: 45"

waist (ribs) 38"         after 1 week: 37 1/2"

hips (including gut!)  44 7/8"          after 1 week: 44 3/4"

thighs  right - 24"   left - 25"       after 1 week:  23 1/2"  &  24 1/4"

calves  right - 15"   left - 14"      after 1 week: right  13 1/4"

I wear size 14 jeans, x-large shirt (I'm beginning to have to shop in the plus size area of stores), my bra size is 42D. I would like to get down to sz 8 jeans, medium shirt and 36C. I have been that size before so I know its possible :)
I also found that my "ideal weight" is 134 lbs to 138 lbs. (thanks Caitlin for the widget). This is a good thing to know because before when I got down to 137 I had people telling me I looked like I was anorexic - really I think they were just jealous! :)

After 1 week:  I don't feel any slimmer - even though I have lost 10 lbs since loading. My clothes aren't fitting any better. But I have heard that it takes about 14 lbs or so before you start feeling different. We'll see :)
P.S. I only measured my right calf out of curiosity. I had surgery on my right foot 3 weeks ago. I will update the other calf and neck later.

Some before pics

Facial view for future comparison. I just had foot surgery a couple of days ago so I have no makeup on and I'm in a lot of pain in these pics.

More "before" pics

This picture is really embarrassing. But I want to be honest with myself. I have had 2 C-sections and my belly hangs over at my surgical scar. I look pregnant and gross!

I was trying to find some clothes that would show everything (all my rolls). But most of my clothes are loose and black - to hide my fat.

MY hCG diet journey

Hello! My name is Marsha and I am going on the hCG diet. My first load day will be 5/14/11. I have been doing a lot of research - for about 2 weeks - and I continue to research. I love to look up the youtube videos to see the before and afters. I really wanted to do something similar to that but not videos. I want to track my journey and help others as well.
The reason I am waiting to start is because its that TOM right now and I would like to sart loading on a weekend. I received my hCG in the mail yesterday. I am going to do drops (sublingual) and I ordered it off of It cost me $70 plus another $30 for the mixing kit. I can't wait to start! I have taken my measurements and some before pictures which I will be posting. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message. I will answer as best I can since I am new to this myself :)
My next post will be day one of loading phase.
As of right now I weigh 184 and I am 5'7". I am hoping to get down to 135 lbs.