Here's a question from Jen:
I'm desperate to hear all the details on this. Did you get all of their shampoo/lotion/sunscreen/cosmetics? Are you using normal stuff? TALK TO ME! Because my stress eating over the last month hasn't been a great thing...
Okay, so here we go. I stuck with my Pantene shampoo and it hasn't seemed to have any negative effects on weight loss. Don't ask how often I wash my hair though. It probably couldn't hurt to use an oil free shampoo like Neutrogena. I've avoided cosmetics but apparently mascara and lipstick are fine. If you want a sunscreen or lotion make sure it says "oil free". I'm using Neutrogena sunscreen (make sure you do this...the very first day I didn't have an oil free sunscreen so I didn't wear anything...I was so burned!!!)
I'm using Secret deoderant. I wasn't ready to do that crystal stick thing. Those are for the hard core hcg'ers. Secret hasn't hurt me so far. I use Tom's toothpaste. You can find that at CVS or Walgreens. It's not cheap and it tastes kinda yucky but I haven't minded it too much. I think you could probably use a plain Crest but I decided not to risk it.
The thing I like best about this HCG protocol is that it has changed my appetite and restarted my hypothalmus. I no longer crave chocolate after each meal (although it still sounds yummy). Miracle, people. Miracle.
I would stress NOT to cheat. In 12 days I lost 10 pounds. In the past 7 days I've lost and gained (a half pound 2 different times) and I'm still at that 10 pound mark. Why? I cheated 3 times in the past 8 days. I know. Thankfully though I can add on a few days and make up for this. I plan to be good over the next 6 days and see where that takes me. I may go for a few more days depending on the progress I have.
By the way, my cheats consisted of: one chocolate chip pancake and 2 chocolate chip cookies on Day 12, organic mac and cheese on Day 14, and the catered yumminess that I encountered at Red White and Boom on Day 16. It's now Day 19 though and I'm back to my lowest weight so far. Here is a key: Don't let yourself get hungry. If you plan well and constantly eat the allowed foods you won't be tempted to cheat because you won't be hungry. The days I cheated (except for the catered yumminess) were days that I wasn't feeding myself like I should have been. I waited too long between foods and didn't snack appropriately. I have a new resolve now (since the catered yumminess) and I'm finishing strong!!!