On a similar topic, but not exclusively Whole30, I have been toying with the idea (yet again) of getting trained as a health coach. I have helped a number of people to change their eating habits and loose weight (and quite frankly, they do a better job of keeping it off than I do… the curse of being a snacker who can’t figure out how to break the habit…) and I love being a part of that and seeing people’s lives changed for the better. There’s an online course that I would love to take, it looks marvelous and has a good reputation compared to other online schools I’ve looked at… but alas, the ever-present problem of I-don’t-have-money-right-now keeps me from even applying. Maybe in a could of years, after my car is paid off. We’ll see. In the meantime, I read books (a new one on balancing hormones is currently in the mail heading my way – so excited!) and blogs and try methods out on myself, and cringe and squirm when I read conventional health magazines. Uuuggghhh. I used to get a couple of health magazines when my interest was budding, but I ended up cancelling them, because they are seriously full of lies. I’m a first-hand witness to the effectiveness of many things they call quack solutions, and I’ve seen the damage done by the ‘healthy’ eating habits they promote. Continue reading
Four years, Weight Watchers, the 17 Day Diet, HCG Weight Loss Solution and a total of 50 pounds later…
I know I already did a weight loss post, but I was browsing through pictures tonight and found some old ones that made me go YIKES, so I thought I’d do a comparison. I’m not trying to brag here, or show off (although I DO think this outfit would benefit from stockings with a seam up the back of the leg, don’t you? And maybe a little hat and gloves and clutch purse…), I just want to share my excitement and encourage others… a struggle with weight is not hopeless. It will take time and determination. Even now, I have more weight I could lose if I decide to go through another round of HCG. I could be a size 10 people. 10. There was a time in my life where I thought that was impossible. I thought I was just a big girl and always would be, it was the way I was made. I thought even if I wasn’t fat, I would still be big. Well, let’s just say I was delusional. I’ll never be a string bean, but neither am I destined to be huge forever.
I still plan on eventually doing a post about HCG, explaining as best I can what that’s all about and how You Too Can Look Like This. *snarky laughter*
So. I’ve been on this thing called the HCG Weight Loss Solution. Basically, you take these drops, eat a strict diet, and lose weight rather quickly. Don’t worry, it’s not a scam. It’s been around for 60 years or so, has nearly all good reviews, and I did lots of research before I began. In the last 40 days, I have lost 24 pounds and got myself down to a pant size 12. No toothpick am I, but I am thrilled to bits about this, so of course I had to go and buy clothes, HAH. *ahem*
Anyhoo, that wasn’t supposed to be the point of this post! What I meant to say is that I am literally counting down the hours here… until the next phase, where I’m off the drops and I can add more foods to my diet! I’m not going to be a hog and gain all the weight back (there’s stabilization… wait, there’s too much to this to try explaining it, why don’t you go read about it yourself? *) but seriously, you don’t appreciate eggs until you CAN NOT HAVE THEM for 6 weeks. In a nut shell, I’ve had lean protein, fruit and vegetables for that length of time, and not much else. I can’t have starch and sugar yet, but I am seeing visions of fruit and yogurt (home-made, sweetened with stevia. SO GOOD.), granola, crustless quiches and salads with actual dressing on them. I leave dreams of potatoes and desserts for a future date, right now I’d be happy with a ham and cheese omelet.
* DO you want to know about HCG? Because I’m willing to tell you all about it… leave a comment if you’d like info, or maybe I’ll do a post about it. I just want to be sure someone is interested before I leap into the depths of explaining this highly complex-but-successful thing.