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

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Life after Protocol

Hi to anyone out here who may still stumble across this blog. I haven't posted in a while because I've been really concentrating on negotiating my final P3 after the HCG protocol. I stopped the protocol just 3 pounds shy of my written goal due to several factors that were indicating to me that my body was done losing abnormal fat. I still think that I may have some lurking around, but I really believe that I needed to end the diet when I did because I wasn't losing anymore and I was experiencing occasional weakness and lightheadedness. So I continued until I had completed 21 effective injections AFTER my last break and then did the 72 hrs of the VLCD and stopped.

I've been enrolled in Biz's P3 bootcamp since then. This is a forum group that Biz monitors where the members who join are all trying to do a successful P3 in order to stabilize their weight on the break from the protocol. Some are planning to do additional rounds and don't want to put on weight that will just have to come off again once they start their new round. And some of us are completely done with the protocol and want to stabilize our new weights so that we can maintain our goal weights for life.

In bootcamp, you fill out a form in which you state you will follow the guidelines of the bootcamp including eating the correct P3 foods, drinking the right amount of water, staying away from sugar, starches, sugar free products and processed foods. You are required to look up your BMR and calculate your proper daily caloric intake and keep within the resulting window. Biz helps you figure out what percentage of fats, carbs and proteins you should be eating. And you have to post your daily menu and your weight each day. Then you can report whether you lost or gained and what you did that may have caused a gain. And if you go over the 2.o above your LIW, what corrective action you have taken.

So all in all, it just helps to keep you accountable to someone and makes you aware of what you're putting into your body. For me, it mean that after so many months of working to reach my goal, I wanted to get serious about maintaining it as well and it was so great having others who were going through the same phase with me. And it was also nice that my daughter and I did our last rounds together and went through boot camp together too.

And after all that long drawn out explanation, I am proud to report that there was only one day during my 21 days of P3 that I was more than 2.0 over my LIW. And I was planning to do an egg day to bring it down but was unable to complete it the same day. But I woke up the next day back within the "legal" range. And I ended P3 at 1.6 over my LIW!

So I'd like to thank those of you who read my blog and supported me during my journey and I hope to be able to continue to check on other people's blogs periodically as well.

Just know that the HCG protocol works. It's a real miracle to have discovered it. And if I can do it... Well, anyone can!