Down 17.2Kgs Using HCG

Eventually, I saw my weight increase over the space of say eight years, up to around 74kg with that figure continuing to go up. I had gone up a decent four dress size and about to make it five. I no longer felt comfortable in my clothes and turned to stretches pants (leggings) and flowing tops, looking in the mirror I felt frumpy and most of all unhealthy.

If only I have found you prior to my wedding!

Growing up, I had always been active. Dancing up to 3 times a week and playing football or practising about the same. My mother very rarely brought takeaways or unhealthy foods, as she had a love for cooking from scratch and my Dads vegetable garden was always at hand. With a well-balanced lifestyle, I was in good shape and by the time I grew to 5 foot 6 (where I stopped) I was a solid 55-56kg - great!!!

 So then I left home, moved into my early twenties, got out in the real world and got a job in a sedentary role and things began to change.

 I was no longer exercising nearly as much as I was before. I'd joined the gym, and I'd feel pumped for a few weeks making some regular visits, but then I'd get bored, and I guess lazy. Especially in the winter months, and I'd stop going.

Eventually, I saw my weight increase over the space of say eight years, up to around 74kg with that figure continuing to go up. I had gone up a decent four dress size and about to make it five. I no longer felt comfortable in my clothes and turned to stretches pants (leggings) and flowing tops, looking in the mirror I felt frumpy and most of all unhealthy.

 At the end of 2014 and a year out from my September 2015 wedding, I embarked on losing some weight. My goal was to make it to 62kg. Giving myself a good year. I thought that would be plenty of time!
 
 My plan - I didn't just hit the gym I joined a 'boot camp' of sorts. There I was up at 5.30am three mornings a week to attend my 6 am classes, every second week I'd squeeze in an additional class on a Saturday.
 I'd changed up my diet to include protein shakes for breakfast, salads for lunch, and meat and three veg for dinner. Four months in and I saw very little change. A few grammes went, but nowhere near enough of change.

So next I cut out sugar for five weeks, the rule of thumb 80/20, so this wasn't a complete wipe out as I still had the odd cheat day. Still no change, well maybe 100 grammes or so.

So back to the drawing board. I also cut of carbohydrates (still no sugar), same rules applied 80/20, allowing the odd cheat day, grrrr another four weeks in and still not enough of a result for my liking and what felt like a decent effort.

At this point, I was getting to be six months in and starting to get frustrated. I was beginning to think I just shouldn't even bother, and so I didn't. So I went back to eating as I had been, which wasn't that bad. I did eat reasonably well. What let me down was my sweet tooth. I am a sucker for Chocolate. I'm also wheat intolerant and find I get very bloated with any breads or pastas, so don't often eat these anyway. It is simply my snacking and craving for chocolate that is my weakness.

I kept up the exercises and by the time my wedding rolled around I was not at my goal weight I had lost a total of 2.5kg, but I was looking a bit better and slightly more toned.

Following my wedding in December of 2015, I broke my foot. A complete halt went on my exercises. In the space of just four weeks, I piled back on all the weight I had lost. I was verging on 75kg again!
 Luckily a friend and I had been enlightened to learn about The HCG diet by complete chance while away on holiday. After doing our research, we figured that this is what have we have to do. And so in Jan 2016 my HCG journey began.

 My start weight on day 3, my post loading days Weight = 75.9kg

Now I have to say it was summer, and I was feeling very motivated! Having a friend along for the ride made it much easier. Just having that person to keep you in line, share your experience with, your highs, your lows and having them motivate you too.

 I enjoyed phase 2 of the diet. I kept it basic and rather boring, I stayed clear of the recipes and kept to proteins seasoned with herbs/spices and mainly baby spinach leaves or broccoli. One thing I did start doing was drinking coffee, this became my treat, I wasn't a coffee drinker previously, but now I was having 1/4 teaspoon of coffee, with stevia and my Tbsp trim milk.

 The motivation was seeing the weight dropping off, morning after morning; this was enough for me to keep going. In one week I had lost 3.6kg, the biggest weight loss I'd every had.

 All in all, I was thrilled with this result, and I managed to maintain my weight around 64kg (average) for a further two months, with regular gym workouts included, then I decided to embark on another round. I decided I wanted to try to get back to my original weight of 55kg,

 My start weight on day 3, my post loading days Weight = 66.2kg
 This time around I was still reasonably motivated, I still had at my goal weight in mind, and again I had my buddy along for the ride but this time I did cheat.

I dreaded the weekends, though. It's the middle of winter, and we were spending nights in watching movies All I wanted was some snacks - I didn't give in though, but I did allow myself the odd sneaky piece of no sugar added chocolate, once or twice. My biggest cheat this round was that since I had become a coffee lover, I was drinking a lot more coffee and teas and not limiting myself to 1 Tbs of milk a day. I was often having up to 4 Tbsp and even ordering trim flat whites when I went out with friends or to a movie. But the result; I still lost 9.3kg and weight in at 56.9kg after at the end of phase 2!

I didn't make it to 55kg, but that's okay, I'm very happy with where I am, and I think so long as I can remain around here I'll feel fine. I'm currently a week and a half into Phase 3, today I'm sitting at 58.7kg, that's 1.8kg up on my end weight but I've again not been strict on this phase. I've already had a couple of bad days with shared morning and afternoon teas at work.
From here I am just hoping I can maintain my weight under 60kg, with regular exercise and healthy eating and knowing that I can turn back to HCG for a boost at any time I need it.

Just in time for summer 2016/2017!!!

Hayleigh Gerrard