Thursday, May 27, 2010

HCG and Me

My name is Kathleen, although I also go by Kate or Katie. I recently turned 33 and I'm about to embark on the HCG diet thanks in large part to my good friend Ame who has been amazingly successful on the diet and was kind enough to share her secrets. I also plan on doing a little vlogging, but I'm not sure if I'll choose to share that or if I'll keep it for just me. Plus I'm having trouble capturing sound so I may have to go out an buy a mic.

I've known about the HCG diet for about a year, but it didn't sound like an option for me. All I knew about it was that it was crazy expensive and my insurance doesn't cover it. Which is silly, not many insurance companies cover weight loss treatments, yet being obese puts me at risk for so many other expensive diseases and conditions that they do cover. Makes no sense.

When I first found out that my friend was doing the HCG diet on her own I won't lie and say I wasn't freaked out. But I didn't know then what I know now- that the HCG community is thriving, that there is such a huge support system in place and that it really, really works! My friend has lost over 80 pounds- the size of an Olsen twin. And she's done it with the help of HCG and her own amazing willpower. I am in awe, and hopefully with her support and the support of my hubs, Aaron, I'll be able to radically change my life.

I have a lot to lose, at least weight wise. But I have so much more to gain. I know that this blog is called Kathlean Again, but truth is I have never been lean. I was chubby as a kid, fat as a teen, and obese as an adult. I usually go to great lengths to hide this fact from my online friends (see my profile pic as evidence to what a good angle can do for my face). I want to know what it feels like to not be obsessed with food and to finally be "normal" size. The less of me there is the more I'm gonna do!

HCG sounds like a miracle, and it is, but it's also a lot of hard work. It's very strict but I think I'm in a place where I can commit to it. I think seeing the pounds come off is going to be a huge motivator. The Hubs has been amazing, helping me research how the HCG diet works, and Ame has been both inspirational and supportive.

Something you should know about the Hubs- he's like Jack Sprat. Remember that poem? Yeah, the man has trouble maintaining weight, whereas I can gain weight just thinking about food, which I do so much more than the average person. Fortunately, he has never imprisoned me inside a pumpkin shell. He loves me at any size, which is something I'm grateful for every day.

I have many, many pounds to shed- my goal weight loss is close to 150. That's a lot, and I debated about confessing how much I need to lose on here. But I think secrecy and not talking about my weight is part of the reason I'm fat. By talking about it I can't hide or deny it anymore, especially from myself.

Things To Look Forward To: This is a place in each post where I'm going to list some things I'm looking most forward to when I get to my goal weight. Feel free to chime in with yours.

  • Wearing sleeveless shirts
  • Shopping- Victoria Secret's here I come!
  • Not worrying about weight limits
There's lots more TTLFT, and I could literally go on for days, but I'm done for now. This post is already way longer than I anticipated. I am so excited/nervous to begin. Please pray to the Shipping Gods for me! It'll be 2-3 weeks before I actually get to start the HCG, and for my first round I'm only doing 23 days since I have a 3 week vacation at the end of July and there's no way I can go through Phase 2 at the beach, Phase 3 will be hard enough! I'm really hoping to start as soon as possible so that maybe I won't be on Phase 3 the entire vacation, but I'll deal with it no matter what. I can do this, and I will do this.