So I lost 20 pounds and installed box braids in one month!

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So just about a month ago I decided to go on the HCG diet.

After weighing in at a whopping 320.8 pounds, the highest I have ever been in my entire life, I decided that I  needed to do something. So I did.

My friend had just come off the diet and kept off the weight and spoke about all the benefits, the skin clearing up, losing fat in all  the right places, eating cleaner blah blah blah…but would I lose the weight …..

I toyed with a couple of ideas at first and excuses about why I shouldn’t do the diet, but then I looked at my ankles and my knees and decided they were suffering far too long. I couldn’t make it  upstairs without my knees creaking and feeling winded!

I decided to try it !

Preparation is key with any lifestyle change/diet. So I borrowed my friend’s food  scale and body scale  lol, bought all the fruits AnD veggies I needed and braced myself.

I also installed box braids, my first true protective style. I needed something that would be low maintenance and wouldn’t need oil, as this diet restricts all oil , even those in lotions, hair products and that which you cook with.

My box braids, which I absolutely love !

My box braids, which I absolutely love !

Now here is the thing about the HCG diet, you are really limited in what you could eat. Only select vegetables, mostly leafy and green. Only lean meat, chicken breast, white fish, shrimp. And for fruit, apple, orange, grapefruit (which is technically not a fruit, yuck) and strawberries. You can eat only two melba toast per day…and if you don’t know what melba toast is….think bread…really toasted, dry, thin, dry, bland, dry, dry,dry…did i say dry ?  You get the point.

Typical meal on the diet.

Typical meal on the diet.

My aim was to lose 20 pounds…and well by the end of week one I lost over ten pounds. Surprisingly I was never hungry, my skin was glowing and I really got used to cooking without oil. It was hard though ! No patty and coco-bread, no pizza, no bread, no sweet hardough bread with chiffon butta and chocolate lasco…..I’m getting carried away.

So I called my friend/my weight loss coach and told her about the cravings. She said ” stacy just get mad pon di food, just get vex” . Instead I cried . Big  gyal like me , ah bawl ova food. The tears came down when my boyfriend ate a slice of cornmeal pudding right in front of me( well not really in front on me..but In proximity). But I never gave in, I had to give my body a chance. I needed to get healthy. 

The pudding that made me cry

The pudding that made me cry

So here I am not even a full month in, with 20 pounds gone ! Thank you HCG diet!

I feel more energetic, my clothes don’t fit and for the first time in a long time, that’s a good thing !

My jeans that were previously snug were fitting really loose..felt kinda sloppy lol

My jeans that were previously snug were fitting really loose..felt kinda sloppy lol

HCG does wonders for the skin, I only have on a little bit of mineral foundation and thats usually not enough to give me good coverage

HCG does wonders for the skin, I only have on a little bit of mineral foundation and thats usually not enough to give me good coverage

I am down from a size 24 to 20 ! My aim? To be healthy, not sure what size that is, but when I feel satisfied I will let you know.

Box braids and my 20 pounds thinner pic!

Box braids and my 20 pounds thinner pic!

And for the box braids…LOVE IT…it’s so me…I don’t miss my loose hair at all LOL.

My advice, if you really want to change something about yourself and to be healthier, just do it. Life is too short to procrastinate and make excuses. It won’t be easy and trust me, you will cry and get frustrated, but there is no greater joy than going into a store and finding a pair a jeans two sizes smaller than the one you bought in that same store a month prior….and fitting that smaller jeans and looking #FLAWLESS .

I will keep you all posted on my weight loss journey , the next phase is where I start working out…we will see how that goes….

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