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I am a Christian. I am a loving wife to my Army-National-Guard-Recruiter-Husband of 15 years. I am a stay-at-home-mother to our four handsome sons. I am a photographer. My blog is about as erratic, eclectic and random as I am, painted with rainbows of photos and words that are hills and valleys you travel; so lovely sometimes that they hurt you. These are the stories of how far we've come in the last 15 years as Christians, as a family and as individuals.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Melt-Down Monday {5 of 7}

Well, for starters, I figured out what was preventing me from showing much weight loss last week -- would you believe me if I told you it was due to the sunburn I got Memorial Monday?  Well, it's true!  When you have a sunburn your body retains water and when on the HCG diet water retention due to sunburn is heightened.  I went ten whole days before I realized the possible cause and did an "apple day" to try and correct it.  It worked!  I broke the water retention spell and began showing a consistent loss each day thereafter!  Praise God!  I'm ecstatic to report that I've lost a 4 pounds this week and am only 7.9 pounds away from reaching my goal for this course!  So far this course I've already lost 17.7 pounds (short-term-goal is 25) and that's an overall (from my highest weight) loss of 42.6 pounds (long-term-goal is 78)!!!  I'm MORE THAN half-way there!!!  With 12 days left on this course I feel very confident that I will reach my STG and stick to that over the Summer.  I'll not be adding another HCG course treatment again until late August (rules, rules!)  Have a great week!
(here's the -nasty IMO- photo of me from the pool Memorial Monday -when I got burnt- that you've asked for)
Wow, the past 8 days have been really grueling (diet speaking). My sister, brother-in-law and nephew drove from CA to visit my mom; of course I had to see them too! During this time there were numerous scrumptious meals prepared and I was forced to prove my will power. It was very difficult, but I did make it through those days and am happy to report that I didn't cheat at all (although I was extremely tempted)!  While in Marble Falls, I stayed with my brother and he has this fantastic garden. I got up early on the weekend mornings and helped pick peas, shuck corn, etc. I took a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to wear in a while because they were just too tight. I'm wearing those jeans in this photo and they fit comfortably loose!
I've lost 5.5 pounds this week!  That puts me at having lost 18.5 pounds so far on this course!  Overall (from my highest weight) I've lost an astounding 73.5 pounds!!!!!
All-in-all I'd say we had a pretty fantastic week together!

News on Lauren joining us:
She was unable to start last week due to and unforeseen diminish of supplies, haha!  The stash has been restocked and I will be picking up her bottle tomorrow before book club and she'll officially join us Wednesday!



Ash said...

Mandy, what a pain that the sunburn made you retain water but that's so great that you're more than halfway to your goal! So exciting! And, I think you look adorable in that photo, not nasty in any way!

holy moly Diane, you look amazing! I can't believe you resisted all that temptation! Way to go!

Diane said...

I'm more determined this week than ever because we only have 12 days left of the 43 day diet program!
I MUST make my goal and loose 7 pounds in the next 12 days......
I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!
Thanks Ash for the compliment. I'll be postiing another picture at the end of this 2nd phase - hopefully in some new clothes! LOL

Anonymous said...

Diane wow you look good !
Mandy wish it was a better photo to see how well its coming along .
Good luck with it over the summer !