Note: this is part of a continuing guest blog series about Kim’s journey with HCG medical weight loss. Read Kim’s other entries here:

As I near the end of the fourth week (27 days on HCG) I reflect back on all the things I’ve accomplished, what I’ve learned, what skills I’ve gained, and the 25 lbs of weight I have shed! I’m also at the point that I am transitioning to the next phase of the diet. The diet is not over. I REPEAT – IT IS NOT OVER. The next 6 weeks I will be without the HCG shots and need to eat to maintain my weight within 2 lbs of my weight this morning (calories increase at this point in the diet). To be honest, this task seems more challenging to follow than the strict 500 calorie diet. There are more choices where I can make mistakes. However, I am committed. This portion of the plan helps set a new weight and metabolic level for you so you can keep the weight off long term. I will continue with updates to both give insight into this part of the plan over the next 6 weeks, both for my personal accountability and to shed light on successes and challenges I face for the “stabilization process.” Wish me luck. What I am most excited about in this phase is more food and getting back to exercise!

Here are a few of the foods I have made over the last week or so. I plan to keep to the same eating plan, while increasing my calories to my basal metabolic rate. Slowly I will add in different veggies, fruits and dairy as well as nuts and meats. What I’m most excited to eat is avocado! I also plan to continue my food journal. This has been the best way to keep me accountable.

My go-to spicy chicken burger with fat free cottage cheese “ranch” with a cucumber lettuce bun. The plan says not to mix veggies but I have a few times and didn’t  have issues.

Strawberry picking was a fun family outing that was HCG friendly! They tasted really good.

Ultra lean sirloin tip steak with all the fat cut off, baby arugula and cottage cheese “dressing”- cottage cheese blended with spices and chicken stock

Great fresh organic meat options at Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market and Hy-Vee.

The Revol brand has become a new favorite of mine. The blends of lettuce and herbs in one pack make for tasty salads that aren’t bitter and they seem to have been on sale the last few weeks.

Please comment under the blog or send a private message to Riverview if you have questions or would like to learn more about HCG. Dr. Schneider and the rest of the team, they are amazing and coach you along the way!