The ‘D’ Word

discipline |ˈdisəplin|

noun

activity or experience that provides mental or physical training 

I was talking with my husband this weekend and we came to the topic of discipline and as we talked it came full circle to how weight loss takes a lot of discipline. Everything I am going through at this point is boiling down to me being able to override mental training that was crappy and got me into this chubby situation and create a new discipline for myself.

It takes discipline for me to not only eat the foods that are on this diet, but to eat as often as the diet calls for. I have realized in the last month that discipline is a tough thing for me. Not just in my eating habits, but in other areas too. I am really working on becoming a more disciplined and I feel like if I am more disciplined in my day to day life, it will definitely help me maintain the discipline needed to be successful with the HCG diet.

One thing I can bank on with this program is that if I am doing it right, and practicing discipline I WILL lose wieght. This diet only doesn’t work when I decide to not follow the plan that was created for me.

SO…the word for me for September is DISCIPLINE…I want to rock this diet this month and show myself that I can continue to make this change and transformation.

Today I had half a bar for breakfast, some spaghetti sauce (hcg friendly) for lunch and some grilled chicken and asparagus for dinner. I drank 9 16 oz bottles of water and felt pretty good today. I got a little hungry around 2, but chugged a bottle of water and kept busy, but other than that, today was a breeze.

 

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Lessons Learned

I visited the clinic today and was so happy to find that I have lost 4 pounds! For the first time in the diet, I lost weight but no inches. I was a little disappointed about that so Tiffany at the clinic took sometime to help me understand what happened. I learned some key factors this week…all of them things I already know and just needed a litle reminder.

To start, this past week was crazy and I had a really bad habit of forgetting to eat my lunch. I learned today that skipping meals with the HCG diet is not good. I didn’t give my body the protein it needed, so in turn I didn’t end up losing as much weight/inches as I could have.

Next is water. Only twice since the diet began have I had to hear this…but I didn’t drink enough water this week, so my phase angle was low, and most likely my body was retaining water…which is another cause of me not losing inches.

The last thing Tiffany shared with me was that I burned some lean muscle which isn’t good. I was really active this week, so she reminded me that when I am active I have to increase my protein intake.

It was really nice to go into the office this week and see progress. I am totally content with 4 pounds lost this past week and am hoping to go higher than that after this week.

FInally…I just HAD to share this picture with everyone. There is a 5 pound blob of fat at the office and it blows my mind when I look at it that I have lost over 4 of these hunks of fat! Everytime I see that and then look at my big booty, tummy or thighs I am inspired because I can see a good 5-10 pounds to lose in each of those places.

So…this is me, 24 pounds lost showing you the size of just 5 of those pounds…ewwww! As always my visit to the clinic was a total motivations. I love Slim Xpress!

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Contemplating A Plateau Breaker

One of the many, amazing things about the HCG Diet is that if you are hitting a wall that is slowing you down they give you some plateau breaker options to give you a little jump start. I am thinking about which I am going to do tomorrow :)

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I Heart the HCG Diet

This week has been really good so far. I am taking the HCG pills instead of having the power shot…I will probably go back to the power shot next week…I got out of the habit of having to remember my HCG every morning, so I have had to turn around in the morning on my way to work twice to run back home for my HCG lol.

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Anyow, I have been pretty boring with my food this week, but the combonation of being incredibly sleepy and busy has just made it to where I don’t care about food. I have been a bit hungry to start the day, and have been training people at my office in shipping, which is a good work out so I have been kicking the day off with the Cinnamon Crisp Bar I bought from th Slim Xpress Clinic. My husband discovered the bars this week…he is hooked. I thought maybe it was only so good because I haven’t had sugar in so long, but according to him it is as yummy as one of those cinnamon toast crunch cereal bars. mmmm

Anyhow, I made some HCG friendly spaghettie sauce and have been eating that for lunch everyday and for dinner have either eaten 2 eggs or grilled chicken. I have been drinking tons of water, which has made me feel really good. The only thing that is a big question mark is whether or not I am in ketosis. My ketosis sticks seem to have goen bad. I pulled several out this morning and they were all grey. I will have to run to the clinic and grab more this weekend.

I am thinking about doing a plateu breaker day tomorrow…I am feeling good and my clothes are getting baggier, but I feel like  little jump start will be good. My plan is to do a steak and tomato day and hopefuly lose a few pounds. I will let you know how it goes.

I have been talking to a lot of friends about getting started on the HCG Diet…I can unbiasedly say that there is NO better weight loss program on the market.  I have tried soo many things and they just dont work and what I have learned about this diet is that the ONLY time it doesn’t work is when you aren’t doing it right. The results are so immediate and you can literally feel your metabolism re-setting. I am really happy with where I am at right now and would recommend HCG to anyone looking to lose ANY amount of weight.

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The 3 Tests

My trip back home was great, although tough diet wise. I did pretty good, but because I was eating at other people’s homes there were a couple of times where eating on the diet just wasn’t an option.  I did hear alot that I was looking thinner, which made me feel great. I did go swimming in my 2 piece and a tank top over it and when I took the tank top off to grab a towel I was shocked to hear my sister totally freak out saying that I should be wearing a 2 piece with no cover all the time. I think she just loves me and that is why she as saying that…but it was nice to hear either way.

Anyhow…there are 3 things that always make remind me of the weight I need to lose:

#1 Going to the beach

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#2 Going shopping for jeans

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#3 Seeing Pictures of Myself

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But it’s not just the bad pictures that motivate me…some friends posted some old pics of me this week on Facebook….who is that girl…and how did she get buried under all this fat?!

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In the past week or so I have had a serious amount of motivation. First, finding out I have a bit more time to lose weight before filming for Season 3 of Shark Tank. Secondly I went to the beach and to a pool…with some very skinny people. Third, I got to Texas without jeans and not summer dresses and it was VERY hot…so shopping was a necessary evil and finally…I saw all 4 of the pics above in ONE day! The fat ones AND the skinny ones..OUCH!

So….motivation to kick butt with the HCG Diet….CHECK!

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One of Those Days

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Seriously Nikki?! Are you kidding?! I just wrote about how motivated I was to lose weight before ABC films me for next season and then I BLOW IT! I am so freakin mad at myself L

 

So this morning  I started working at 6:30 because I wanted to get everything done at work because I was leaving at 4:30 for Texas to see my family. I knew I was going to be hungry and that I would be getting a decent workout at work today so I had a shake this morning…so far so good right?

I worked hard this morning and afternoon helping train our shipping team.  I was running all over the warehouse showing everyone how to fill orders, etc so I was actually starting to feel a little hungry at noon. I had a 4 oz hamburger patty made by my hubby with green onions and a pickle spear. I ate it and felt pretty good. Still on the right track….

At 3:15 I leave to head to the airport to catch a 4:30 flight (I know…cutting it close). I got on the plane and it was just an hour flight to Phoenix where I would jump on the next plane. ANYHOW….here is where disaster struck. I was feeling a little week and shaky when we landed so when I got off the plane and walked toward my next gate, I was scouting out where I could eat. When I got to my terminal there was just nothing but fast food…I found a place that had grilled chicken and waiting in line for about 10 minutes but it hardly moved and my plane was about to board and I just NEEDED to eat so I ended up going to some place and getting a hamburger and fries…what in the heck was I thinking?! I don’t even like burgers that much and the fries were no good. I didn’t finish the fries, but I practically inhaled the hamburger, which wouldn’t have been the end of the world if it wasn’t on a bun! I am so angry at myself. How did I fail right on the heels of this huge motivational experience I had.

Fortunately I feel a bit sick from the food, which is one perk I have found on the hcg diet…once you get going strong, cheating ends up being no fun, makes me feel yuck and a little nauseous. I will not do that again the rest of the week or weekend because I don’t want to feel sick while I am with all my nieces and nephews (which is why I am headed to Texas)…gotta be on top of my game so we can all play and snuggle and just have a blast.

I have 14 nieces and nephews and they are my sunshines…hoping  over the next 4 days that I burn off what I ate today.  I land in Texas in about an hour and a half!

Well that’s it…I created my own little dieting disaster today and have officially admitted it to the online world lol.

I will do better tomorrow…can’t wait to report an amazing diet day J

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One of Those Days

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Seriously Nikki?! Are you kidding?! I just wrote about how motivated I was to lose weight before ABC films me for next season and then I BLOW IT! I am so freakin mad at myself L

 

So this morning  I started working at 6:30 because I wanted to get everything done at work because I was leaving at 4:30 for Texas to see my family. I knew I was going to be hungry and that I would be getting a decent workout at work today so I had a shake this morning…so far so good right?

I worked hard this morning and afternoon helping train our shipping team.  I was running all over the warehouse showing everyone how to fill orders, etc so I was actually starting to feel a little hungry at noon. I had a 4 oz hamburger patty made by my hubby with green onions and a pickle spear. I ate it and felt pretty good. Still on the right track….

At 3:15 I leave to head to the airport to catch a 4:30 flight (I know…cutting it close). I got on the plane and it was just an hour flight to Phoenix where I would jump on the next plane. ANYHOW….here is where disaster struck. I was feeling a little week and shaky when we landed so when I got off the plane and walked toward my next gate, I was scouting out where I could eat. When I got to my terminal there was just nothing but fast food…I found a place that had grilled chicken and waiting in line for about 10 minutes but it hardly moved and my plane was about to board and I just NEEDED to eat so I ended up going to some place and getting a hamburger and fries…what in the heck was I thinking?! I don’t even like burgers that much and the fries were no good. I didn’t finish the fries, but I practically inhaled the hamburger, which wouldn’t have been the end of the world if it wasn’t on a bun! I am so angry at myself. How did I fail right on the heels of this huge motivational experience I had.

Fortunately I feel a bit sick from the food, which is one perk I have found on the hcg diet…once you get going strong, cheating ends up being no fun, makes me feel yuck and a little nauseous. I will not do that again the rest of the week or weekend because I don’t want to feel sick while I am with all my nieces and nephews (which is why I am headed to Texas)…gotta be on top of my game so we can all play and snuggle and just have a blast.

I have 14 nieces and nephews and they are my sunshines…hoping  over the next 4 days that I burn off what I ate today.  I land in Texas in about an hour and a half!

Well that’s it…I created my own little dieting disaster today and have officially admitted it to the online world lol.

I will do better tomorrow…can’t wait to report an amazing diet day J

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Getting Ready for TV

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I got a call today…Shark Tank is still planning to film a follow up of my company, but they moved it from early September to late October…YES!!! I am so pumped and excited! I HAVE to lose this weight and look better than the first run.

 

ABC re-ran the episode of their show I was in last week. They had sent us a notice about it a few weeks in advance but I forgot about it.  I worked late Friday and got home around 8:00 and was flipping through the channels trying to find something to watch and happened across my face…on our big screen tv..UGH…YUCK…GRRRR

I literally gasped and then sat and stared, so embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I look back at pictures of myself about 7 or 8 years ago and THAT is where I need to be (even though I was never happy there…it’s dreamy now lol)

There was no better motivation for me than seeing my chubby face on the tv. I am determined to lose the rest of this weight. I can be 60 pounds lighter by the time the film…oh my gosh! I can’t even imagine myself at that weight.

Failure is not an option for me…have a hard deadline for myself. I hope with all my heart that next year I am looking at myself on national tv thinking…”I look pretty good this time.“ J

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The Power of the Mind

There is so much I keep learning about myself as I continue the hcg diet. This past few days I have really been struggling with my mind. I honestly NEVER really feel hungry on this diet unless I had a big day at work and did lots of running around.

So yesterday I woke up really early to head to work and get a jump start on a bunch of work that I needed to get done.  I wasn’t really sleepy….but the power of my mind, fueled by force of habit insisted that I go get an iced chai from my favorite coffee shop in LA. I wish with all my heart I could say I didn’t get the drink..but I did…and it has milk, so that was a cheat. Although the caffeine definitely helped give me some extra energy for the day, I really didn’t need it.

The rest of my day was super packed, which is so good for me on this diet. When I am busy I just don’t cheat because I can barely stop what I am doing to eat. I had some grilled chicken compliments of my amazing husband for lunch, with no veggie and drank a ton of water.

I felt really anxious and stressed out when I got home so even though my dinner was heated up and ready to eat, I just couldn’t even find my appetite. Overall, I am hoping that the chai didn’t do a lot of damage.

Anyhow, I know that when I eat when I am not hungry or when I just get something, like an iced chai off the cuff it is just because I have all these bad habits from the past that I really need to break.

It is such an eye opening process as I have changed my eating habits on the hcg diet. I realize how often I would have just picked up a candy bar or just grabbed a bag of chips, or stopped by Pink Berry on the way home. I feel like not only is my metabolism re-setting, so is my mind and how I think of food. 

I have bad days when I give in to those old habits, but thankfully I am surrounded by people at the SlimXpress clinic and at home who remind me of how amazing and worth it this journey is.

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Clinic Day!

I usually look forward to my clinic day every week. It’s not that I wasn’t looking forward to the visit today, but I was definitely nervous.  I had not necessarily been going crazy or eating bad, but I didn’t feel that I had been as diligent as I should have been, and apparently neither did my husband, lol. As I was leaving he told me “don’t be worried babe, you look great and you will do better this next week.”  He really has been so supportive of me on this journey.

When I got to the clinic they were sampling the chicken noodle soup which was surprisingly yummy and had some samples of some of the bbq and sour cream cheerio shaped snacks. I am always surprised that the snacks and food that are at the clinic and allowed on the HCG diet are so yummy.

I was incredibly nervous as I stepped onto the scale and so happy to find that I had lost 2 pounds. I couldn’t believe it. My phase angle, which shows the health of my cells had gone up because my water intake was a lot better this week. Even though I could have lost more weight I was told that sometimes clients only lose 2 or 3 pounds in a week and that is OK.

I am really excited about the progress and had a great talk with the people at the clinic about the upcoming week. I am a little nervous about traveling home to Texas because it is so hard to impose on others when dieting. My family all knows about my diet and are so supportive, but it is so easy when you are with people who love you to just have a little bite of something here and there.  

Anyhow…I plan to be faithful and have asked everyone in advance to not allow me to cheat.

The rest of my day is going to be prety restful. Those types of days tend to be a little hard for me diet wise…for some reason being home makes me want to snack. I made some yummy passion fruit tea and so that is my back up plan for when I am feeling munchy today.

It’s all in my head..I am not hungry, I just WANT to eat…Really got to work on turning off that message in my head.

More to come!

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