Thursday, July 15, 2010


Some of you have asked me how my percale sheets ended up being.
Answer: A big pile of sheet. First of all, I cheaped out. I didn't end up buying the ones recommended by the article I read. I wasn't ready to shell out $100-200. Instead I found some $59 ones to try first that said 100% cotton percale and sang their own praises of smoothness and crispness. HOWEVER.... They were crisp, yes, but not smooth. They felt like sandpaper. So I returned them. However, I did keep the extra set of pillowcases I ordered with them. I've been washing them over and over, and yesterday I noticed that they are getting softer. Perhaps there is hope for them after all. I'll let you know in another 5 or 10 washes.

Some of you have asked me how my weight has been since going off the HCG diet. (It's been three months since I ended the maintenance phase).
Answer: I've stayed within 2 lbs of my last HCG day weight. So I've been able to maintain pretty well. My husband, who lost 12 lbs on that diet, is within 1/2 lb of his last HCG weight, and he didn't even do maintenance. I will say, however, that I did NOT go back to normal eating. "Normal" eating means drinking full-sugar pop, eating treats 3x a day, and having restaurant food 3-4 times a week. That would surely have made me gain it all back. Instead I went back to my pre-HCG semi-diet: mostly diet pop, only one treat each day, occasional restaurant food (trying to make good choices there) and intense exercise 3-4x a week. For me, that is a true maintanance diet. It's a way I can live for the rest of my life. It isn't very indulgent. But it also isn't extreme. I feel super healthy, am more toned than I've ever been, and I haven't gained back any weight. Woohoo! (In fact, I am doing a more restrictive diet this week to try to lose my last 3-4 lbs and so far so I'm one lb lower than my last HCG weight.) So the final synopsis after doing HCG is: 1)It was hard, but totally worth it. 10 lbs in 3 weeks? Um, yes! 2)It doesn't seem to have ruined my metabolism. (Although I did notice a massive increase in carb cravings after going off it). 3)I haven't gained it all back as everyone told me I would. 4) I still had to stay within reason and exercise after HCG to keep from gaining it back. 5)I would do it again if I had a lot of weight to lose.

3) Some people have asked me if I ever finished my quarter collection. Ok, no one has. But I thought I'd let you all know anyway that I did indeed complete my state quarter collection, thanks to several of my readers who sent me missing quarters, most especially JJ, who sent me a bunch and even HAND DELIVERED my final missing quarter. WHAT A MAN! (And having a man reader is a reward in itself. I feel truly honored just to register on his radar.) I had intended to do a give-away with it once I had it all collected, but now I'm thinking maybe we should have a blog luncheon and I'll buy all the apps or something. Seems more fun that than just giving it away. Of course, then I have to give the quarter collection to the idiots at Appleby's, so maybe not.

Anything else you're dying to know about me and my scintilating life that I haven't followed up on?

p.s. Someone asked me anonymously, way back when I was doing HCG, where I got my HCG from and evidently I didn't answer. So here is your answer now: I got it from an online pharmacy called It was a good price and made in Switzerland, though the pharmacy was in India.


J.J. said...

Happy to help and honored to be one of your male readers!

Kristina P. said...

I think it's great you've been able to keep the weight off. It's never easy.

Tiffany said...

I have been wondering about the sheets! And the diet!

Thanks for the update!

Alyssa said...

the diet thing is impressive and I was going to respond to your recent post about diet soda (somehow got distracted and didn't make it out of reader) and tell you I feel your pain. I switched a few years ago and I would like to sing the praises of Diet DP (milking one through the afternoon right now) and Coke Zero. So much better than Diet Coke.
Thanks for the updates.

just call me jo said...

Nice to hear about the weight maintenance. That's great. The lady who cuts my hair tried it. I don't know if she's still on it. Sounds too hard for me. Love soft sheets, but can't afford the degree of soft I love either.

Financial Aid for College said...

Yeah, I want to hear all about this new house you are eyeballing in a nameless town to the South of where you live now. - including the web-address for the virtual house tour.

Bjorge Queen said...

I've thought about going on HCG. But I think that considering the adult ADHD and tourettes, my hopped up on pregnancy hormones wouldn't be kind to my husband and children. I'm hanging onto my sanity by a thread.
I guess I'll have to stop using my treadmill as a clothes hanger and get to work.

The good news is I remembered my google password first try so the adult adhd must be getting better.

Bjorge Queen said...

Does your quarter collection require that you put the quarters in little round plastic cases? Because I have one and it's missing a few and I can find the quarters on ebay but I can't find the round clear plastic thingamabobs. Not even on ebay. It's a puzzlement.

Mia said...

How about spending those quarters at Appleby's with me? Seriously gonna be in Provo in a couple of weekends (Aug 6th). Want to get together for dinner.