Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wanted: Feedback

Good Morning, Friends!

My yesterday started with another fantastic boxing class.  The instructor must have woke up with extra energy because he did not let up for the entire hour.  I came home, took the girls for their walk and then ate some breakfast.

Meal #1: Oats with protein

2011September 010

Justin played golf with his Dad all day, so I did my blog post and stuff around the house and then headed down stairs to lift some weights.

My weight lifting was cut short because I got a phone call from someone I care very much about telling me that they had decided (along with their doctor) to do the HCG diet.  To be honest, I already knew from someone else but this was the first conversation with the actual person about it.

I am devastated with the decision and so disappointed in the doctor that made the recommendation.  I wonder how much money that doctor is making off this diet.  There are tons of websites out there if you Google HCG Diet to find out more information as I am no expert, but in a nut shell…the person takes a hormone, normally found in pregnant women, and eats 500 calories a day. The hormone, in it’s natural state, tells the body to release stored fat for the baby.  (That’s why, in most cases, women can have months of morning sickness and the baby is unaffected.)  Oh and no exercise for the first 3 weeks and then only walking is recommended.  So, the person is basically living off their stored fat that is being released and then the 500 calories that they are eating plus vitamins.

I am trying to come to a peaceful place with it because when it comes down to it, I can’t make anyone want to be healthy.  Everyone has their own journey, their own path in life.  I’m sure many people think that my competition diet wasn’t good either, even though I ate more food then a grown man!

I just have to be supportive and hope that this person reaches their goal and isn’t left with life long side effects.  The nurse in me worries about the heart and liver and kidneys and the hormonal imbalance this person may be causing unnecessarily.

I would love to hear your feedback on this diet.  Have you heard of it?  Do you know anyone that has done it? 

Okay, moving past that…..

So, my weight lifting was just

3 sets of 10 reps

  • Lat pull downs
  • Leg extensions


Meal #2: Egg whites and gluten free toast

2011September 004

I had an appointment for a brazilian and a facial.  It had been a while since my last wax and boy, that sucker hurt!  All I can think of while it is happening is Steve Carrell in 40 Year Old Virgin.  “OH KELLY CLARKSON”!!

The facial was a-mazing.  My skin is doing much better.  Taking sugar back out of my diet has really seemed to help and just getting back to a more balanced diet.

Meal #3: Tilapia and roasted broccoli

2011September 005

I don’t even know what I did the rest of the day.  Obviously, nothing too interesting.  Probably researching the HCG diet!

Justin got home around the same time I did and he shot an 89!!! Super proud of him!

Meal #4: Boiled egg and two slices gluten free toast with almond butter

2011September 010

Meal #5: Left over tilapia and roasted broccoli

2011September 013

I was in bed pretty early last night.  I think I was asleep by 9:30p!

This morning I am off to the Harvest Ball, Adorn Fashion Show and Brunch with my Mom and Sister.

Then, this afternoon is my younger Sister’s bridal shower!

Big day! Better get moving!


  1. i think that diet is terrible - teaches people NOTHING about a healthy way to lose weight - nor does the concept encourage working out. I have a lot of coworkers on it and they have dropped weight but let's see if it's long term.
    Love your blog btw. Read every single day!

  2. I know there are many against HCG, and to be honest, I am not quite sure what I personally think of it. However, I have a TON of friends who have done it, lost weight, and have maintained it for up to 4 years (the longest my friends have done it). They've gone on to eat healthy and exercise after they lost the initial weight. They felt good, look good, and I've not had one person regret doing it.

    I will also say, I've heard it's great for women with hormone issues, like PCOS,and helps the hypothalamus "reset" things.

    I'm no expert, and am still figuring out what I believe it about; however, as I said, I know many who have done it or are doing it and feeling great.


  3. ACK! This diet does not sound like a good idea at all. BUT if her doctor is recommending it....well that puts her in a tough spot. If she asks your opinion I think then you should let her know what you think, but unless she asks you have to let it go. There is no match healthy eating and good solid workouts when it comes to long term health!

  4. Yikes, I have heard about HCG diet (and that's about it) but I think it sounds completely unhealthy too! And it's almost like the easy way out, or so it seems. When I went to UVa, everything was about "According to Thomas Jefferson..." and what sticks out to me now is the one that was in our campus gym:

    Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
    ~ Thomas Jefferson
    Even TJ wanted us to get off our butts!

  5. Okay, my best friend called me and told me that she was going to do this diet. At the time (probably about a year ago now) I hadn't heard of it. She explained everything to me and I was VERY skeptical, to say the least. She tried her best to convince me that she had to do this. Well she did it and she ended up losing about 20lbs I think. Since she stopped she's put back on probably at least 12-15 of that. So, here are my thoughts after hearing her explanations and doing some research- STUPID. DUMB. I'm sorry, but seriously, who can live on 500 calories a day? And better yet, who would want to? Not me, thanks. She told me, "Lisa, eating right and exercising doesn't work for everyone like it does for you." Um, yes it does, but you actually have to DO IT for more than a few days! I was very irritated. I don't think it's healthy, at all. There were things she would do like load up on crap food the day before she started. I mean, they wanted her eating like thousands of calories, so much so that she was sick to her stomach. If she had a cheat, she was told to eat steak and tomoatoes the next day. I just didn't get it and I don't care to. There's no fast/easy cure for weight loss. There's no magic pill, drop, or injection. It's a gimmick in my opinion and completely unhealthy. Personally, when she told me she was doing this I expressed concerns and asked a ton of questions but in the end, I told her I'd support her in any thing she wants to do, that's what a friend does. And I did, even though I didn't agree.

    Okay, soapbox done. =)