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01.10.10: In the clothes that was worn before Round 1 (May 2009)

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Left (08.11.09, Round 2 Start) Middle (09.10.09 Round 2 End) Right (12.08.09 Round 3)

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Left: 03.24.09 (Prior to hCG), Right: 06.10.09 (R1 @ 5 1/2 Weeks)

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I have been battling the bulge for roughly 14 years and an excessive amount within the last 9 years. I certainly didn’t regain my ‘metabolism’ back after my first child let alone the three that followed suit years later =). As I got older the weight progressively increased and became more difficult to lose. At times, it seemed pointless to lose the weight… I became so caught up with work and family that I set aside my personal needs.

There have been a few things that have contributed to my weight gain over the years; however overall it was due to personal neglect and my poor relationship with food. I have realized that I continually placed my personal needs on the back burner.

With the battle of the bulge, I definitely had my fair share of experiences with a few diets over the years and the ‘As Seen on TV’ exercise devices… Yes, I did the Cabbage Soup Diet and at one time purchased the Ab Flex. I did have some success with Jenny Craig; however fell off as usual.

In the past months, I have seriously reflected on the need to change, especially since I was nearing my highest weight point again. I definitely felt that I wasted my twenties and the weight hindered certain experiences. Usually I am one to set the goals high, challenge myself and meet or exceed my expectations. However, I have not applied the same principle to my weight loss. It has been absolutely frustrating because it becomes a battle of the psyche; however I have refocused myself which isn’t to say I don’t have my moments. I embrace those moments, learn from them and move on.

Over two months ago I was fortunate to be introduced to the hCG protocol by my older sister. I admit I was initially skeptical with hCG; however became intrigued when my sister went through the protocol with success.

The hCG Weight Loss Program is based on Simeon’s Protocol. I follow the program administered by Mind Body Weight Loss which provides a Weight Loss Coach for motivation with accountability coaching. Mind Body is also teamed with Healthy Perspectives which is owned and operated by a Life Coach and Registered Dietitian along with a partnering physician (D.O., FACEP).

I began the First Round of the protocol on May 01st. It has been truly an amazing experience that has been transformative. I have learned through this process that weight loss is secondary and with successful commitment to my initial intentions (healthier choices/lifestyle) that the weight loss will follow. The program that I am involved in focuses on behavioral modification for long term solutions. This whole process has continuously challenged me and has made me address core issues. I look forward to applying what I have learned for continued success…

Member Since: 8/27/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,406

My Goals:
Primarily to have a healthier and active lifestyle.

Weight Loss Goal: 70-80 lbs. in one year (06/2010)

Exercise Goal: Consistently workout 3x a week

My Program:
HCG Weight Loss Program based on Simeon's Protocol in coordination with the Mind: Body Method (http://mindbodyhcg.com/)

Exercise Program: 123 Fit. Circuit training which models a 30 minute workout of cardio, resistance and weight training. http://www.123fit.com/

Personal Information:
I live in the Puget Sound Area. I am 32 and married. My husband and I have been together since we were 16. We have 4 boys (15, 5, 3 and 20 Months).

Other Information:
"You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your soul for a few brief moments in eternity. So regardless of its size, shape, color, or any imagined infirmities, you can honor the temple that houses you by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs, and treating it with dignity and love." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

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