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At goal and checking in ...

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It seems like forever since I last blogged. I ended R4P2 in early July and started P3 on my birthday ... boy did I mess that up. My birthday celebration lasted a week and I gained back about 10 lbs. I had a great time and I'm not sure I can say it was worth it, but it was a great learning experience.

Knowing that I had messed up P3 so badly and worried that I'd gain even more weight, I decided to cycle back into P2 after just 3 weeks. I know this isn't protocol, but it worked for me. I did R5P2 for 55 days (TOM came toward the end so I had to extend) and got to goal. I had to tweak P2 a little this time around, by adding an extra protein serving and extra apple on most days. This is rogue, but this is what worked for me.

I'm now in my 2nd week of P3 and stabilzing under LIW - most days I'm under by 1.1 lbs. I'm doing P3 by the book and know that's the key for me to stay at goal. I'm eating Paleo and have not added exercise back in this time around. Mostly because I just got over a bad cold. I'm still not sure if exercise in P3 helps or hurts.

So that's where I am and life is oh so good. Being at goal is like a dream come true. My life was very fullfilling before and I don't think I let my weight hold me back, but being smaller has been like a reboot for me. Everything is just so much sweeter!

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  1. Lola Smythe Pinkerton's Avatar
    I so understand what you mean. Today is my last day on drops and my weight is 128.6, about 50lbs less than when I was in my 40's! I will be 60 in November and I can hardly believe the transformation that has happened over the last 2 years. I have done 5 rounds because I have regained each time, but I'm still winning and I believe this time I am going to maintain perfectly. Congratulations on your success. I enjoy reading your comments and hope you will continue to post about your continued journey.
  2. marvless's Avatar
    Great job! You look really good! Good luck with maintenance!
  3. Newjulie's Avatar
    HI Maria,

    So glad that you talked about this. Congrats on making an unpopular decision that was right for you!!! in the end, we will be the only one looking down at the scale and wondering what if?

    I did exactly the same thing... i seem to really screw up the transition for a lot of reason but mostly stress and anxiety. WHen I had the procedure done right at the beginning, I didnt realize that it would affect me so much---- no supplements for some time before and after... no exercise... laying around to recoup!!! And the antibiotics must have triggered my yeast who were very hungry for sugar!!! all this was not good. SO I cycled back to R4 P2 after a few weeks just to stop the gaining. After 2 wks, I am just getting to LDW from R3!

    Anyway, I am so happy this worked out for you in the long run! I am hoping this is my last round too! I will continue to follow you as I am also interested in the Primal plan for maintenance. I hope you come back from time to time and update everyone!

    Take care, Maria! Have a great Sunday!
  4. Perseverance's Avatar
    Definetly a lifetime journey. So glad you are finding your way and it is working for you. Keep on keeping on and please stay in touch you are an inspiration.