OK, so I'm off the HCG for the time being. I'm not sure if I'll do another round any time soon. There were a few things that bothered me.
Firstly, there was the itchy-rashy side effect of injecting myself in the leg. It's not very seemly to be walking around in walmart scratching your leg above the knee the whole time. If I ended up on something similar to "people of walmart" well....let's just say it wouldn't surprise me.
Secondly, there was the whole really limited diet that my family didn't really care to help me stay on. I honestly didn't want to eat the mac n' cheese my 4 year old had me taste, but he kept saying it was too hot. I had to show him it wasn't, or he wouldn't eat it. I know, poor excuse. I don't even like mac n' cheese!
Thirdly, all the oils that decided to leave my body through my skin were not doing my complexion any favors. I have never been more broken out in my life (and I had really bad acne as a teenager). I've been off for about a month and am just barely getting my skin back to a manageable state.
So, what have I decided to do instead?
Well, I tried Power 90 (the "easier" version of P90X for those of you who've heard of it), and let's just say that it is incredibly hard, and I don't do yoga. Like really, I don't do yoga. I pretend to be on water breaks during the 5 minutes of yoga. I can do downward dog, and upward dog, but the whole plank to upward to plank to downward is too hard for me. I just can't do it.
So, I have decided to run. Yes, that's right, run. Have you ever seen "Run Fat Boy, Run" ? Well, let's just say that watching me run is kind of like watching that movie, only without Simon Pegg.
And when I say "run" what I really mean is: "only when it's not snowing, cold, or windy, and only then at a brisk walking pace." Yeah, there's not a whole lotta running involved. I'm working up to it. I even got this great app on my phone called Runkeeper. I've used it twice. Which is precisely how many times I've been "running". I had grand ideas of doing the SF 24th of July 5K this year...but then I started laughing at how ridiculous that sounded. Me? Run a 5K? Even walking a 5K at this point is a huge joke!
I'll try to keep this updated as my progress well, progresses. I can safely say with certainty right now, though, that a 16 minute mile is by no means ideal, and I am trying to work that down to, say a 10 minute mile. haha