Well, I finished my 3rd week of P3 today! I don't feel quite stable though, so I'm going to go ahead and do a 4th week. I've been pretty stable within 2lb of my LIW, 3 steak days total within my first 2 weeks, and they were always because of poor food choices. But, I've really been limiting my carbs, no more than about 12 or 15 net per day max, and when I seem to go over that, I'll see the scale bump up the next day.
So, the plan for my 4th week P4 is to really add a lot of veggies, maybe some I've been avoiding, like broccoli or green beans (its been a lot of asparagus, lettuce, and tomatoes around here) to up my carb count and see how that works. The days that were worst for me were the ones where I ate carb-watch vanilla icecream (splenda sweetened), but I know thats because it has a lot of artificial stuff in it. It put me up about a lb each day I had it (luckily I tried it under LIW the first time), so at least now I know thats the culprit. I cut it out yesterday and today I'm happily down 0.2 above my LIW.
I think as long as I keep the protein high and cut down on the fat as I increase my carb count I'll be okay, but this week I definitely need to experiment with that a little or I feel like I'll never be able to handle any grains again because it'll shock my body so much! I'd like to have a sandwich again someday, LOL.
clairebear- that happened to me all the time on P2, I would go out to a party or just be out with my boyfriend and try one off protocol thing, and it would trigger a crazy eat-what-you-want all out binge. What really changed things for me was one weekend right before I finished, where I lost it and ate crazy (for me, not for someone fortunate enough to have a normal metabolism LOL) and when I weighed my self on Monday I was 10lb up!! I was devastated. I ended up losing it all pretty fast, and getting down a few pounds below where I'd been before the weekend, but if I hadn't cheated, I would probably be at my goal weight now. That pretty much discouraged me from cheating. I really wish I'd been stronger, the mind over matter thing really does work!! I've only cheated once during P3, but it was a conscious decision, and I knew I'd have a steak day the next day, but it just wasn't worth it, it took me a couple days to get back to my LIW and I didn't feel thin (puffed up from water retention.)
I think the biggest thing with sticking to protocol is realizing for yourself that its just not worth it to waste all your hard work on a fleeting "taste," its satisfying at the time, but then the aftermath is the worst. I just tell myself all the time, that one moment of enjoyment is NOT worth being fat again!
Glad you're sticking around cmmoo! I'm getting ready for P3 with a book called Primal Body, Primal Mind. (can't remember if I have mentioned it here...) AWESOME BOOK! I'm excited to be able to vary up my diet (on June 14th) but really working to change my thoughts around carbohydrates. They just aren't necessary! I think I am off to a good start and feel that the remaining days of P2 will get me where I need to be mentally. I simply WILL NOT allow myself to cheat (my mantra )
I will be sure to eat first before the party - of course I have to make and bring a fruit pizza but I won't taste it (UGH) I will try to stay away from the buffett - no veggie try lots of noodle salads and bbq turkey sandwiches - I suppose I can pick the strawberries off my fruit pizza if I get hungry as I will be there all day as I'm helping set up and take down
I hate stuff like this as I always fail - even thou I say to myself I won't go off the diet - that usually goes out the window