I drank sparkling water in the middle of the night so I had “to go” when I woke up this morning. I attempted to make a quick run to the restroom and was stopped by soreness in my body. I had forgotten that I did a workout yesterday. While the HCG plan doesn’t require exercise, I opted to do a 20 minute session from Gilad’s Bodies in Motion. My workout included a warmup, lite cardio, toning, and ab work. I found the video on You Tube and enjoyed it so much that I ordered a few of Gilad’s workouts on iTunes. The workouts can be easily modified for even those who don’t workout regularly. You can find the workout I did at

Today was my official weigh-in after eating VLC for the first day yesterday. I was filled with excitement as I prepared to weigh myself, but then fear set in. I was almost positive I lost weight after my first day’s sacrifice. But…what if I didn’t? Or what if I didn’t lose enough? I’ve read about people having amazing first day/first week losses on HCG 1234. What if I didn’t fit in that category? Besides, although I wasn’t expecting a miracle (OK…yes, I was), my stomach didn’t look or feel any different to me and that’s where I carry my weight. Maybe I’m expecting too much to see a noticeable change in my tummy, but a girl can hope, right? 

It was time. I took the plunge and stepped on the scale. Wait….what? I lost only one stinking pound! Are you kidding me?!?!? I stepped off the scale. Surely something must be wrong. I stepped on again. The scale read 194.8. Yep…one itty, bitty pound. The Me that makes excuses said, “The batteries in that scale are dying and need to be replaced. That’s why the scale is wrong.” Then logical Me took over and said, “Let’s reflect and figure out what went wrong.”

I decided to skim Dr. Simeon’s book again, Pounds and Inches. You can find it here:

I think I see where I made my error. My coffee yesterday didn’t include my allotted one tbsp of milk…it had cream and lots of it…exactly how I like it from Dunkin Donuts. Could that be the problem? Unable to drink coffee without cream, I opted for green tea with stevia today. 

Secondly, I don’t think I drank enough water. My guess is that I had about five cups; surely that wasn’t enough. Dr. Simeon recommends two liters of water each day, about 8+ cups. 

Lastly, I read on a website (Livestrong, I think) that exercise can be counterproductive on this diet. Yikes! I didn’t know that! I read that if exercise was something I was already doing before the diet (which I wasn’t) I could continue. Otherwise, I could do something very lite like walking. Perhaps I should just enjoy leisure walks with my Snowflake moving forward. 

My adorable 7 year old Bichon, Snowflake

I’m disappointed in the small loss, but happy that it wasn’t a gain. In fact, if I compare my loss to something visual like sticks of butter, I’ve lost four! On second thought, instead of being disappointed, I’ll take my four sticks!
Today for lunch, I had 100 g of London Broil (grilled), asparagus, and an apple. For dinner, I’ll have garlic chicken and spinach and maybe a half grapefruit. 

Lessons learned so far: 

  • No cream – only 1 tbsp milk/day
  • drink at least 8+ cups of water/day
  • No strenuous exercise; try walking
  • Appreciate small losses; they’re better than gains

Still motivated….

Grace and peace, Raquel



I knew it was time to diet/lose weight when I found myself exhausted and breathing hard after climbing steps. None of my clothes fit…not even my “fat clothes”. I began to wear dresses every day because they were….er…forgiving. My size 6-8 body was gone. I looked pregnant although my children are 18 and 16. Summer had arrived and I didn’t want to wear shorts and tanks…I just couldn’t. Anything sleeveless made my arms look like tree trunks. HCG 1234 to the rescue! Although I should have…I did not weigh myself prior to loading. I regret it and recommend that you weigh yourself before beginning this plan. 

I began with two days of loading and taking my sublingual drops three times each day. Let’s just say that God blessed me because it was the perfect time for me to load. I had a family dinner at Chart House (Weehawken) and a cookout to attend for my husband’s family reunion as well as a 50th birthday celebration at a local soul food restaurant this weekend. At the family dinner on Friday, June 24th, I ate beef, salmon, rice, pasta, and assorted desserts. On Saturday, June 25th, I ate the regular cookout foods at the family BBQ along with southern fried chicken, candied yams, cornbread, and cake at the birthday party. I was stuffed. 

Today,  June 26th is my first day on P2 or VLCD1. I woke up early and went into the bathroom. I didn’t want to know; but wanted to know at the same time. How much did I actually weigh? What was I really working with here? I stepped on the scale, reluctantly placing my feet on each side as if the scale would be forgiving if I moved slowly. I even took off my earrings and removed my hair rollers like it would help me weigh a few pounds less. I closed my eyes, said a prayer, and bravely looked down. No…it couldn’t be! Was I being punked??? I weighed more than I ever had in my life!!! I was 195.8 lbs. I was devastated, but only had me to blame. I knew that only I could fix it. Right then, right there – I knew I had to be serious and stick to this diet. That would mean grocery shopping. 

This morning, I bought boneless/ skinless chicken breast, white fish filets, and 93% lean ground beef. I grabbed apples, grapefruit, oranges, and strawberries. I got asparagus, and cucumbers, celery, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach. I bought sparkling water. I was ready!

For breakfast, I had black coffee with stevia. Lunch was ground beef with taco flavoring (chili powder) over a bed of lettuce, and six strawberries. 

Dinner tonight will be grilled chicken over shredded cabbage and a chopped apple with dressing made of ACV, mustard, and stevia. 

I believe I have the tools to stick to protocol and my plan is to be strong and just do it. For the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to getting on the scale tomorrow. The way I see it, I’m sure to weigh less than 195.8 lbs. (Yikes!)

Here are a couple of pictures me taken today. OMG!

P2 D1 (tree trunk arms)

P2 D1