R3P2 - 4-7-8 starting weight for R3 is 158.2

Saturday, May 10, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Break Day #4 - Holding steady

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 148.4
Today’s weight 148.6
Overnight Loss/Gain of +.2 lbs
LIW for Break: 147.8 (5-4-8)
.8 lbs OVER LIW

Weight is not fluctuating much thank goodness. I'm eating sensibly and avoiding sugars and starches, although I did have a margarita yesterday. But the biggest difference that I've noticed since I stopped the VLCD is that our morning hike today was much easier for me. I hiked a lot faster than I normally do and felt noticeably stronger. Part of it may be that we've been doing it twice every weekend for the last month and I'm building up my hiking muscles again, but a big part of it is that I'm taking in more calories and than means easier access to the energy I need to do that sort of strenuous exercise. So it's nice to know that even though I'm a little slower and more tired when I hike when I'm on the VLCD, that I'm still gaining endurance and once I start eating normally I'll have the benefit of being a little stronger than before.

We're getting ready to go to our potluck part tonight so I'll talk to you all tomorrow! Happy Mothers Day to you all!


B, I've been enjoying the break but will be ready to get back to work and finish this round! So yes the race is on! Have a good first VLCD day!

Biz, yes I feel good! And ready to start again on Monday!

Mary, the things I do for my grandchildren! I would never have chosen Peter Piper, but that's where they were, so I had to go! Someday we will be able to eat guilt free pizza again, but never again will we eat a half a pizza in one sitting! Those days are gone forever!

Friday, May 9, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Break Day #3 - Same as yesterday...

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 148.4
Today’s weight 148.4
Overnight Loss/Gain of 0 lbs
LIW for Break: 147.8 (5-4-8)
.6 lbs OVER LIW

I toned down yesterday's menu by eating just when I was hungry. I had lunch at Boston Market though, which I couldn't do when on P2. It was really good and I skipped the bread! Dinner was at Peter Piper Pizza with the grandkids, I ate the topping from one piece of Pizza and had a chicken salad. So it was a good day and my weight stayed the same...

I will be going out to dinner with DH tonight but I don't know where. Tomorrow is a party at friends house. It's a potluck and the main dish is BBQ! But I'm bringing a veggie platter so I can eat my daily servings of veggies! And Sunday is the Mother's Day at Macayo's. So I have some yummy days coming up! I think I'll be ready for the VLCD again on Monday though...

Have a good weekend everyone!


Biz, yes, I guess I was thinking of P3! But Dr S does say "at least 800 cals" so I must have squeaked by okay. I'm glad I didn't gain too much with that first day! Yesterday and today have been much better...

Thanks Monica. I can imagine that it's a little harder for you because you're trying to keep Nakia happy too. And Men can be a little picky sometimes can't they? JK!

Oh Liz, I know what you mean about Vegas. I went there on my last P3 and I'm telling you it wasn't pretty! Too many choices and all of them fattening! I'm glad to see you're back though. I'll pop over to your blog in a bit to see how you did!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Break Day #2 - Food Obsession - A necessary evil?

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 147.0
Today’s weight 148.4
Overnight Gain of 1.4 lbs
LIW for Break: 147.8 (5-4-8)
.6 lbs OVER LIW

Yesterday’s menu:
Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs with sautéed onions and 1 oz of cheddar cheese. 2 slices of watermelon, 1 slice of cantaloupe.
Snack: 1 oz almonds
Lunch: Huge mixed veggie salad w/grilled chicken and creamy lime vinaigrette. ½ slice of crusty bread w/ butter.
Snack: 1 oz almonds
Dinner: Large Taco salad w/ cheese! (No tortilla)

Snack: Orange Creamsicle pop. (no sugar added)

148.4 is up .6 from LIW. 1.4 overnight gain. Not terrible, but more of a bounce than I’d like to see. I ate a lot yesterday. I ate more than what I was actually hungry for, partly because I could, and partly because I had devised a menu beforehand and was trying to stick to it. And that ended up being much more food than I actually wanted to eat. So today I’m going to try to get a few extra calories in by finding higher calorie foods and just not eat quite as much. I really felt too full a couple of times yesterday. Or maybe I'll just try eating when I'm hungry and just what sounds really good! Oh what a concept! LOL!

It’s funny when we stop and think about how much of our blogs are about food. That’s only natural because we are, after all, trying to lose weight and food is the main way to make that happen, but sometimes I just feel that food is what it’s ALL about right now. When instead, my goal should be to move away from obsessing so much about food. So I have to stop and remind myself that this is just a temporary thing, this food obsession. It’s a necessity right now because I have to get to a certain goal and this is not only the path to that goal, but it’s the learning process I have to go through to be able to deal with these issues once my weight loss goal is achieved. This is the education I’m giving myself so that I don’t HAVE to obsess about it in the future. This will become second nature to me so that all my choices are based in what I am learning now. And it’s really not so much learning which foods are good and which are bad, because after years of dieting and reading all kinds of books about nutrition and exercise, I already KNOW that! But it’s more about learning how my body responds to what I put into it. And maybe it’s also trusting that what I’ve learned in the past is really going to work for me. And it’s going to work for me now even though it may not have always worked in the past. And the reason it’s going to work for me now, is that I’ve found this wonderful protocol and I’ve followed it through to completion and now that I am nearing the end of this process, I’m finding that this protocol has changed me mentally as well as physically. It has not only helped me to rid my body of all that unhealthy fat but has healed the part of my brain that controls the body’s metabolism and tells it how to store fat. So I can see that this food obsession will be around for a while longer. I will have to keep it in the forefront of my mind during the last few weeks of the P2 part of the protocol and then for another 3 weeks of the stabilization part of the plan. Then yet another 3 weeks while I test my body’s tolerance for the starches and sugars that it has been shielded from for all this time. But once I’m past the next couple of months, I will begin to loosen the grip that food has held me in for so long. I will take the lessons learned and put them in the background, constantly monitoring but no longer in my face. I will trust my body to do what it has re-learned how to do and my body will trust me to NOT put it in danger of ever becoming obese again…


Marygirl! Yes, I'm enjoying the freedom and the extra food options. But I will be ready to go back and finish this thing by Monday!

Biz, She had her LIW yesterday so it looks like she's done... I'll mention bootcamp to her again. Maybe I better play the Mommy card and TELL her to do the bootcamp! LOL!

Jan, Ohhh, that stinks having to do a steak day that soon! I'm wondering if it's just a little bounce! And have you ever tried an egg day instead of a steak day? It's worked for me in the past...

Pax, I went to your blog and left you a comment explaining how to add your ticker! Welcome to Blogburg which is a community inside of Protocoland...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Break Day #1 - For your dining pleasure...

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 147.0
Today’s weight 147.0
Overnight Loss of 0.0 lbs
Total loss this round 11.2 lbs

My weight is the same today as yesterday, which is good. Yesterday’s was .8 below LIW from Sunday. So I’ve got a good start for my break. And this morning………… P2-er’s beware, I’m going to talk FOOD! This morning I had eggs with sautéed onions and cheese sprinkled on top. And some cantaloupe and watermelon slices too! Besides my trip to Macayo’s on Mother’s Day, the breakfast is what I’ve been looking forward to the most. And yes, it was delish. I plan to have basically the same types of food that I’ve been eating on P2, except that I’ll have more of it, and mix the veggies and have salad dressing on my salads! And the nuts! I’ll try not to go nuts with the nuts… But ya gotta love ‘em as a great source of healthy fat and a way to keep calories high enough to meet your daily calorie needs. Which for me, is 1864. I’ve gone down in the number of calories needed for two reasons. One, of course is because I weigh less, but the other reason is that during P2, I have a lower activity level so I multiply by BMR by 1.375 instead of the 1.55 I use for a higher activity level.

You can use this site to figure your BMR: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and this one to find your activity level multiplier: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/.


So Lili, That’s where you’ve been. I just took a minute to go read your blog so I could see what you’ve been up to! Glad the break worked for you. I’m hoping to be at goal by the time I go to Orlando on the 23rd. But if not, I’ll just take another break!

Mary, I’m so glad I don’t have to worry about that big lug TOM any more! You have my sympathy…

Biz, if I wasn’t almost done with the protocol I would totally try out your cycling plan. It makes a lot of sense to me. And my daughter reached her goal last week but kept on protocol to try to get all the abnormal fat gone. She still sees a little on her tummy. But the weight is not going down any more. She’s basically just sculpting now, but she is quitting this week. I’m trying to get her to do your bootcamp for P3 to help her stabilize at this weight/size…

Jan, OMG the crab legs sound great too! You can have butter with them! Mmmmm. Maybe we should do that on Saturday since I didn’t really get a special birthday dinner… Any excuse, right? And yes you posted yesterday. It’s still there… The comments for yesterday stay under yesterday’s post… Works a little different than the forum…

B! You're starting on Sunday! Cool, I'll start up again on Monday and the race will be on AGAIN! I'm so close to my goal I can hardly contain myself! This last 11 pounds is going to just melt away!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Day 30 - looking forward...

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 147.6
Today’s weight 147.0
Overnight Loss of 0.6 lbs
Total loss this round 11.2 lbs

Thanks for all of the great support for my decision to take a mini “sanity” break. Just making the decision has already relieved a little of the stress. I'm not sure if there is a correct way to count your days when you take a break, but I think I will just count the VLCD days and not change the number while I'm on the break and then just start counting again when I start the VLCD on Monday. I have flown through the last couple of days on the VLCD and am ready to have a big P3 breakfast of eggs with sautéed onions tomorrow! I have to plan my menu more thoroughly though so that I’m not tempted to go off the P3 allowed foods. I am planning to have one off plan “cheat” on Sunday when I go to Macayo’s, my favorite Mexican restaurant, because I really want a margarita. So as long as I’ve maintained for the few days between now and then, I think I will go ahead and risk it. After all, I’ll be right back on the VLCD the following day.
I haven’t given you an update on my friend LO for a while. She is doing the sublingual and is on her second short round. Her first round she struggled a lot and lost very slowly. Her total loss for the first 21 day round was 10 pounds. This round, she actually took a one week break before the 21 days were up when she went to Mexico for a week. During that time she gained 6 pounds and when she returned, she went right back to the VLCD and lost the weight she gained within 3 days! Now she is down a total of 14 pounds for this round and considering her break, she is just thrilled with that. She has just started getting attention for her weight loss and is very happy. Her round is just about at an end and she won’t start another until probably July, due to her busy schedule.
My other friend, MM, is also ready to start a new round. She did a round earlier this year and lost about 15 pounds down to her goal. She maintained that for several weeks but also put a few pounds on during a trip to Hawaii. Now she wants to do another short round to lose the 5 pounds plus continue down to when she feels she has lost all of her abnormal fat. I think she will achieve that before the 21 days are up so we will have to monitor her carefully and make sure she ups her calories when she gets there…


Thanks Biz, sometimes you just need to go with what your body wants and mine wants a break!

B, yes, I’m also hoping that will kick start the weight loss too. That would be a welcome bonus!

Thanks CB! I need to post some more recent pics… Thanks for the encouraging words. It really means a lot!

Jenn, yes this is the restaurant with the queso I love! My husband was joking on my birthday that this was the first year we haven’t gone there for my B-day. He told his daughter that they would have to go without me! And let me tell you that THAT wasn’t happening! LOL! I am going to risk ONE real Margarita but if I have any other occasion for drinking, I will definitely try your mixture!

Shelly, yes that’s ONE of the things I love about this protocol, you can take a break and not throw all your progress out the window. It’s just awesome!

Amie, Thanks! I agree about the stress inhibiting the weight loss, so why do it to ourselves!

Monica, maybe “worry” wasn’t quite the right word, but I love all the concern that my blogging buddies have for each other. It’s what keeps me going some days!

Thanks Jan, I’m sure just the few days will give me a great jump start!

Mary! You’re breaking too? Cool! I’m sure you needed it…

Monday, May 5, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Day 29 - Just need a rest...

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 147.8
Today’s weight 147.6
Overnight Loss of 0.2 lbs
Total loss this round 10.6 lbs

That little .2 of a pound is just tetter-tottering back and forth. I just checked my measurements and there is no change. So it seems that I am just kind of stuck here. And I really just want to take a break. I think a little sanity break is just what I need to be able to keep going. So I didn't take an injection today. I'll eat the VLCD today and tomorrow and then on Wednesday I'll go on a break through the weekend. This will let me have a treat for Mother's Day and then Monday I'll take an injection and go right back to the vlcd. I talked this over with my daughter today and she is happy about it because she wants to take me to my favorite Mexican place, Macayo's for MD. I will not have a problem sticking to P3 foods except for the chips, which I think I can resist and the margarita's which I will have a HARD time resisting. Maybe I can ask them to do a SF margarita for me! Just making this decision has already cheered me up immensely. I think that I'll be able to go back to P2 on Monday and stick to it until my Memorial weekend trip to Orlando. If I'm not at my goal by then, and I'm pretty sure I won't be, then I'll just do an interruption for that weekend and go back to the VLCD when we get back.
So I hope I'm doing the right thing, but I've been battling my temptations for a week now and I'm afraid I'll cave in and do more harm than I will do by taking a short break. So wish me luck and I'm hoping this will get it out of my system so I can get back on track!


Shelly, thanks for the compliment! It took me a while to get used to it, but I love it now! And no sculpting unfortunately...

Mary, you're right, it could have been worse... I could have gained 3 pounds like YOU! LOL! But I'm happy now that I decided to stop for a bit. I want to eat BREAKFAST!

Monica, don't worry, I'll get right back on next Monday, but I really would rather do this than to cheat... Thanks for the encouragement!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

R3P2 VLCD Day 28 - Up not down...

R3 P2 Starting weight on 4-7-8 158.2
Yesterday's weight 147.6
Today’s weight 147.8
Overnight Gain of 0.2 lbs
Total loss this round 10.4 lbs

Hiked again this morning. I'm not sure what happened with the gain, but it may be the glass of wine I had last night. It probably put me over on my calories. I think I'm beginning to get burnt out on the diet. I want to get the rest of the weight off, but I'm losing steam... I'm thinking about taking a break but since I have a trip to orlando at the end of this month I was going to try to keep going and take a break for the trip. I may have to re-think that plan unless I can get myself in the right state of mind again. I may just be having a blah day, so don't mind my ranting. I'll work on the attitude and hopefully do better tomorrow.


Mary, Holding steady is better than going backwards. I'll have to go over to your blog to see what your "oops" was!