Here’s a quick update! Since December 31, 2010, I have lost 26 pounds and 31 inches. I started at a size 14 and I’m now wearing size 4 – and even some 2’s! : ) Let me just say for the millionth time, THANK YOU! I have received so many benefits from the HCG protocol. My knees don’t “creak” anymore. Stairs are no longer painful. My daughter said that I’ve “shrunk!” And, of course, my mother says I’m too skinny – it’s been years since I heard that! LOL I no longer look “matronly,” but have regained the shape I had before I got pregnant. Wow! All of this in 8 months! The protocol does take discipline, but once you see the pounds and inches melting away, you know the effort is worth it! Also, I have altered the role food plays in my life. I’ve always loved to cook, but during the last maintenance period, I found myself cooking and eating the same foods as I did on the protocol. Of course, I made some minor additions , but I am not missing the carbs at all! I believe carbs will now have a place as a true side item rather than the main portion of my meal. There are just too many delicious, healthy (& non-carb) foods out there to enjoy! It’s funny to see the faces of people who haven’t seen me in months! They are astonished by my weight loss. Plus, I don’t have that sickly look like on some diets. That is definitely one of the best aspects of this program. Only the abnormal fat goes away! It’s truly wonderful! I am happy with my weight so don’t need the protocol any longer, but I hope you don’t mind if I pop in to give everyone at New Beginnings a hug occasionally! You have all had a role on my journey & I can not thank you enough! By the way, I love the e-newsletter! Keep up the good work by helping to change our lives! Warmest regards and best wishes to all, Lisa G. dos Santos