I'm now about a month and a half into this weight loss journey and am happy to report that as of today I have lost 30 pounds! I'm very excited about this milestone, especially as it comes the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn't nearly has hard as everyone thought it would be for Thanksgiving - after all, 500 calories in a day won't even get you past the sweet potatoes and stuffing. But I went into it knowing I couldn't eat any of those starchy foods, so I was happy to join the family eating a little turkey breast, broccoli and jello (sugar free).
I have a little over a week to go with the HcG shots, then it's time for "stabilization". That's the 6 week period where you can't gain or lose any more than 2 pounds from your base weight. I have to admit I'm really not looking forward to this phase. First of all, I want to keep losing weight, with or without the shots. My "base weight" isn't going to be my ultimate goal weight and I want to keep moving. Second, in this phase I will have more choices for food and I need to incorporate exercise. You know, it's so much easier to stay focused when you don't have to make food choices or schedule exercise into the day. So maybe I should be happy about 6 weeks where I can learn to balance food with exercise, while still negotiating the holiday season.
Anyway, I'm very happy I cleared the first big hurdle of the holidays - Thanksgiving. Bring on Christmas!