Wow. After four kids, a momma just might have some baby-weight to lose! Thankfully, mine was only about 30 lbs, but it was sure stubborn and not coming off! In fact, the scale slowly climbed, and despite my best efforts, it was not budging. I had prayed earlier this year, earnestly asking the Lord to help me and connect me to the resources to have success in this area of getting healthy again, and I stumbled across a little bottle of hCG diet drops at a Ross near me. At first I thought it was excessive and ridiculous, but after doing a lot of research online, there was SO MUCH positive feedback, lasting results, and knowing it was designed by a doctor helped too, so I decided to try it. And I am so thankful. My pre-self wasn’t out of control, but I know me best, and I have always been lean and healthy and wanted to stay that way. Now that you know the backstory, want to know my results? Here are the details:
The total diet lasted 40 days (about 6 weeks), and the transition out phases lasted a total of 6 weeks. So, here it is:
I went from 156.8 lbs, to 138.2 lbs. That’s a total loss of nearly 19 lbs!!
And I lost… ready for this? A whopping NINETEEN INCHES all over!! I lost 3.5 inches in my hips, butt, and almost 3 inches in my waist! I went from wearing a Large top to a Small top. And I fit a bunch of my clothes that had gotten too small.🙂 Here are the photos…
This was my first Before/After series
Its amazing to me the results I saw in such a short time!
Before and After. The “after” shot is just before finishing the diet.
Before and After.
Some of my new outfits in my new clothes.🙂
I always wanted to wear a dress like this. Now I can!
This jacket couldn’t button before!
These are the drops I used, found at Ross and Burlington, though they dont regularly carry them
Now, for anyone who hasn’t struggled to lose baby weight, it might be a little ridiculous for me to be so excited over 20 lbs, but this was a huge deal for me! Technically, I still have ten to go, but I am celebrating this milestone! I have literally prayed for 3.5 years for a breakthrough in getting the baby weight and the momentum of weight gain reversed. The beautiful thing even beyond the actual weight loss? That God cared enough to put the right tools in my hands. Tools that were helpful, and nurtured healthy changes and education on what kind of foods are best for my body. God totally cares about these things! Why? Because he LOVES. And because he loves you, he cares about what you care about. Ok, tangent over…
I learned so much on this diet! Because of how it’s built I learned a lot of what kinds of foods to reach for that will fill me while benefit my weight and health goals. Now, before you starting judging and think I ‘m crazy to have weight concerns over twenty or thirty pounds, please understand, I liked myself even at my heaviest, and I like myself now. I’ve never hated myself. I have always believed in making the most of what you have to work with. But I also believe in being the best (healthiest) version of ourselves as long as we can control it. For me this wasn’t about becoming a supermodel or anything a magazine might promote. Rather, it was about reaching a weight goal that I felt would be healthy for me. Actually, after having my first baby and not really knowing how to relate to my I’m-a-woman-I’ve-birthed-babies body, I had asked the Lord what weight would be healthiest for my frame, muscle/bone makeup, lifestyle, etc. I mean, he made me, he knows what’s best for me, wouldn’t he know the healthiest weight for me too? And I kept coming to the same number (as un-round of a number as it was), and when I looked it up on the weight-range index, it was in a perfect spot in my healthy weight range for my height, and appropriate for my lean structural build. So, that’s how I came to my goal weight. For some that may seem a little over-spiritualized, but I’ve always felt, God knows best and so why not just ask him. He loves being involved in those details of our lives.🙂
So, starting today, I’m actually on my second and last round of the hCG diet, this time with two friends, to try to get the last 6-8 lbs off to reach my goal weight. Then I’ll be able to start toning muscle a little bit, and have the happy satisfaction of knowing I’m taking the best care of this body that I can, while I can. I want to live long, healthy and vibrant all my days. Keeping my weight under control, eating healthy, exercising, detoxing a couple times a year, resting when needed, hydrating, all those are disciplines to be a good steward of this temple, this body. I read a lot to keep my mind sharp, laugh a lot to keep me happy, and lots of other little disciplines that are healthy for longevity. I hope this blog was encouraging to you, and if so, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear! As for now, I’ll see you with my next before/after post. Stay tuned!🙂 I wish you peace for the journey!