Monday, January 16, 2012


My Weight-loss Inspiration

Since I have to change my diet plan, I feel a little lost.  I'm spinning my wheels.  I know I'm going back to lowcarb dieting... in fact, I've already returned to lowcarb ways for the most part.  I've done it before, so I know the ropes: no bread, 'taters or sugar, for starters.   My struggle, as always, is sticking to the plan.

Seeing others who've succeeded in meeting their weight loss goals helps me alot with motivation.  Maybe it will help you, too, whatever your goals may be.  Here's a list of blogs and websites by ladies who met their weight loss goals.  They rock, and they're my Thinspiration:

Roni's Weigh
Roni lost her weight on Weight Watchers.  She stays active and looks fab.  Check her site for lots of helpful information, motivation and recipes.
Sheryl also lost her excess weight on Weight Watchers.  And stays active and looks fab.  If you're interested in photography or the Big Apple, those are more reasons to stop by her blog.  It's chock full of gorgeous photos of New York City.

The Tippy Toe Diet
Cammy lost her extra weight by changing one little habit at a time... for big results!  She's another lady who stays active and looks great.  I should make note of the "stays active" part, that seems to be creeping up alot with these success stories.  Cammy's blog is down-to-earth and interactive. 

Sugar Free Sheila
This isn't a blog, but it's a well-maintained website by Sheila, a veteran low-carber.  She lost weight and has maintained that loss for about 10 years, all via low carb eating.  She shares a great deal of helpful information about low carbing.  If you're interested in low carb dieting, or even just curious, I recommend you stop by her site.

If you're struggling with motivation, check out their stories.  I'm all pepped up now, as soon as I finish this post I'm going to go plan some healthy meals!

Who or what inspires you?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Foiled by the FDA

FDA Bans Homeopathic HCG Diet Products

The Food and Drug Administration took a stand against Homeopathic HCG (H- HCG) diet products. See their press announcement here. HCG Diet protocols differ slightly according to the company marketing each individual product. However, the common program involves taking H- HCG while following a very low calorie diet of 500 calories per day.

The FDA categorized HCG as a drug and stated HCG was not approved as a treatment for weight loss. They said the products and diet plans were likely dangerous. The FTC partnered with the FDA in the ban, citing the prevalence of deceptive advertising in the weight-loss market.

I lost 30 lbs on the H- HCG Diet. I was rarely hungry, had increased energy and experienced no adverse side effects. I’m disappointed it won’t be available any longer. I considered buying a few more bottles of HCG drops and continuing the diet while my supply lasted, but that seemed stupid in light of the FDA’s warnings. I have to change to a different diet sooner or later and I might as well get a head start on the next one. So, I’m foiled by the FDA. And I'm back to the drawing board. Low-carb, anyone?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ok, so I'm a little late with all three.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, a fabulous Christmas and rang in the New Year in style!  I enjoyed a good-sized break from the blogging while I focused on family and the holidays.

My Thanksgiving was incredible.  I have a sister on either coast and my mother lives in Florida, while I've stayed behind in the midwest.  We are close but don't see each other in person often.  And we almost never all four get together in person.  This year my mother's 70th birthday was on Thanksgiving day, so my sisters, their families, Mom and me and J all got together in one place for several days at Turkey Time.  I couldn't believe it had been over 15 years since we'd all been togther.  It was so wonderful!  We're planning on yearly get-togethers now, there is no way we're going to let another 15 years pass before we have that much fun again.

Christmas was busy but so fun.  We actually just had our last Christmas event this weekend.  And I had a quiet New Year's Eve because I was on-call for some work obligations, but I had a nice evening at home with J and here we are now in 2012.

Did anyone else have a big family reunion over the holidays?  What are you looking forward to in 2012?