UPDATE: You can check out the video series that shows you how the P3 to Life program is different than random recipe browsing at my Phase 3 Lessons page here!
Well, it was April 2016, almost 1 year ago, when I first hunkered down to work purposefully and consistently on the Phase 3 program. The program is specifically designed to be used between rounds of hCG to stabilize your weight- this is the pilot version of the program I’m releasing this coming week, and the full program will be for long term maintenance as well.
I wanted to give you guys a heads up of what to expect with this program so you both will have an idea if this a potential solution for you, or if it’s not what you’re looking for.
Some of you may likely have been expecting a book- which makes sense because that’s what I initially thought it would be too and mentioned it in passing here and there – but as I’ll explain, this program is not a book. It’s something more comprehensive than that.
The Long Pause & Why
Since the release of the Phase 2 workbook which has sold thousands of copies now, I knew I wanted to do something regarding Phase 3 eventually. It’s the phase 3 all struggle with the most and that has literally almost no guidance for.
At the time, since I had already created a book/workbook I kind of figured that the form the Phase 3 project would take would be a workbook as well, and I said as much in my P2 workbook.
So naturally I’ve gotten lots of emails ever since then asking when my p3 book would be out.
But I didn’t do anything at all for any P3 project for over a year after finishing the P2 book. This is because I honesty had no idea what to put in it at the time. I already had a pretty substantial lines of basics blogposts free about Phase 3 on the blog and I couldn’t think much beyond what was already there.
Finally I realized the reason I couldn’t figure it out was because the needs for the HCG community in Phase 3 was not really a workbook. What was needed was not something to track your eating, but something that actually told you WHAT to eat. THAT was the biggest problem I got emails about- people who just didn’t know what they should be eating in Phase 3 and how much. I never got emails asking me how they could track their phase 3 stats. It has always been what do I eat, what’s okay, what isn’t, how much, how do I incorporate certain foods, when do I do that, how long, etc.
But initially I didn’t think I was the person that could remedy this problem because I don’t create recipes. If I did it would probably take me 15 years to compiled something for all of P3.
Strikes of Inspiration That Got This P3 Baby On the Road
Then I got struck with inspiration. Helllooo I could find someone to collaborate with whose strengths complemented mine.
I found an amazing recipe developer and began working in earnest and researching on just what I felt this phase 3 meal plan should contain for proper stabilization and maintenance of weight loss following the HCG protocol.
I literally learned how to be a food photographer from scratch, by scrolling through endless recipe Instagram feeds and observing how they composed their images. #schoolofIGyo The learning curve at the beginning was very steep but I pushed through it and now I’m at the point where I find enjoyment in setting up each meal shot – it’s a really neat way to express art and creativity.
It’s Not Just About the Food
At the same time, just having recipes alone to me is NOT enough for learning what long term maintenance is all about. I have gone through so much trial and error to figure out what is a DOABLE, REALITY based way to maintain my weight loss for almost 4.5 years now.
I had to address these factors in the program. It would be a disservice not to cover this.
It would be like handing you the key to the doorknob but not the deadbolt.
We all know by now that it’s not just about the food. It’s how we feel about the food, how our bodies feel about the type of food, and so many other things. If we were robots, we could totally just be like, eat this this and this, and that’s it, done. But instead we’re (and thankfully so) soft fleshy comfy-to-cuddle-with creatures with lipstick, pretty hair, big hearts and emotional wounds.
An Online Program – Not a Book
The final shape this p3 project has taken is an entire program essentially, with a detailed meal plan and recipes, coaching videos, shopping/cooking tutorial videos and resources guides on a membership site for a one time fee. Here’s just a screenshot to whet your appetite – and don’t worry, future emails/blogposts about the program will unveil much more to you!
I wanted to make sure I gave you this heads up glance into what it is I’m about to release to you guys because naturally, some of you may still be expecting another book offering.
I am very excited to take you through just exactly what’s in the program in more detail very soon and why it’s very different than doing Phase 3 on your own, but I wanted to prep you now so that you are not expecting a $35 book. This is something more advanced. I’m prepping your minds now to help avoid a feeling of sticker shock.
When You Become One of the FIRST P3toLifers – You Are the Core Founders of this Group
The good news is that for this initial pilot launch, while I’ll only be accepting a small number of people during a few sale dates, the price will be about half the cost that the full program will be when I’ve completed it at the end of this year. So you will get access to everything there now, which is plenty to go through Phase 3, AND everything else that is added until the release of it again as the full shebang.
The reason I want to keep the number of this first group of P3tolifers small is so that I can interact and get feedback and make any needed tweaks. So yes, it will likely not be available for sale again for many months while I continue to add to it and make it the “full deal”.
When you get the program now as a founding member, and become the very first of the P3toLifers, you will get ALL future additions to the program at no extra cost. This one time price will lock you in forever to getting all additions to the program. In return I’m hoping you can try this whole program out and give me your feedback!
I have done my very best to show you visually as much as I possibly can in the coming stuff I have to show you so you can truly get a clear idea of what is currently in the course to help you decide if this p3 program is what you’re looking for and if it’s worth the value to you that I’m putting on it myself.
I understand this is not the solution for every hCGer and that’s okay!
But what I personally wanted to create was something that I felt would truly help people to stabilize and maintain their weight.
The plan is not put together in a hodge podge way.
I gave careful thought and research to the macronutrients, the protein level, the types of low carb veggies and fruits, the fullness feeling factor-
The meal plan has been reviewed and endorsed by 8 dietitians.
I wanted to make sure that this was the real deal.
This doesn’t mean it won’t need tweaks.
Hence the limited number of people to be the core group who will take this program for a test drive at the reduced cost and be willing to give me feedback – what they like, what could use improvement, what needs it fills, what further needs it could still fill with some modifications or additions.
A Heart & Soul Project is the Only Project You Can Take to Completion
This will not be the solution for phase 3 that every one of you needs. But it will be the solution for some of you.
I’m saying this just as much for you as for myself.
I think we all struggle with wanting to be everything to everyone, and I have DEFINITELY learned through this blog that this is simply impossible.
What I’ll be presenting to you in the coming days as I unveil the Phase 3 program is the project I could personally get behind. It’s what I could get excited about, and be motivated enough about to actually follow through. Because believe me it has been one emotional roller coaster ride accompanied by learning many things to get it together and much much work – investments of quite a bit of both time and finances actually.
I have LITERALLY put my heart and soul into this. I couldn’t have created it otherwise, because it was too hard lol.
What Weight Maintenance Means to Me – Maybe You Too?
I feel sad when I see so many losing weight but then not able to maintain that weight loss. I want more people to be able to achieve what I have. Where I feel confident that I really do have a concrete way to balance my body and tweak as needed. This is actually quite rare and I think one of the main reasons for this is because many of us women just have really had NO idea how to live daily to maintain weight loss- both from an eating perspective and from a mental/emotional aspect. I sure didn’t! It took me the past 5 years to get this all figured out, and I’m still learning. But I’ve learned enough now to find that hey, this WORKS for me.
Since this is something I NEVER had before in the first 30+ years of my life, and that even when I was thin I still struggled with my eating and my weight and how I viewed myself, I have known the contrast in just how freeing it is to have these what you could call “secrets” applied in your life.
I can’t honestly put into words just how much having a stable body and feeling in control has made an impact on my everyday life.
I feel like I’m a much better mom and wife because of it. I feel an inner contentment in my body that’s actually not an excitement over how I look (you may desire this but believe me, it WILL fade and be old not-exciting news once you get used to yourself in your new bod) but more a neutral feeling of being like, ‘okay, I’m healthy and a good size for me, let’s move on with what we were going to today. Reading with my son? Planting in the garden? Being a listening ear to a good friend? Dude, yes let’s get on with it, because I’m not distracted by dissatisfaction over my body every second anymore. #win’
And this isn’t related simply to being as thin as possible, because I’m actually not the thinnest I’ve ever been. What I have are strength and a very healthy body fat level that has allowed me to learn to be happy and okay with the body I see, even though it will never be “perfect” as I might have desired it to look as a teenager.
If you want a program on how to stay as thin as humanely possible the rest of your life, this program will not teach you that. That’s because I now believe for most of us, such a pursuit as that would require a lifelong obsession with yourself, your body and your eating.
I feel this is not a meaningful way to live. And I doubt you do either. Not to mention I think it feels miserable except for the rare occasions where maybe you get to be all seen in public and feel all great that you look so amazing. Which is like what, 4 times a year maybe?
What I’m driving at in my phase 3 program is the other 361 days of the year when you’re just living normal day to day life and you want to DO meaningful things and have your mental capacity as free as possible for these endeavors.
What I feel I have achieved that I’m hoping to show a pathway to you of is being reasonably thin and healthy and fit – being a clothing size that makes sense for your height, but beyond that, the whole pursuit of losing all excess fat that exists on your body and reaching model status….well, no this is not what I can or want to teach you.
The Fear & Risk In Putting Yourself Out There
Anyway, I’m excited to share this with you. And please, if you feel this program is not for you, no need to tell me so- you can just quietly move on. As I said, this is not designed to be the right fit for everyone and I’d like to save my emotional energy for those that this solution does fit.
It can be easy to assume that a blogger is made of iron and that you can type anything you want and it somehow won’t hurt, but the truth is I’m just as sensitive or more so than the next person. It’s a huge risk to put myself out there like I’ve done and I go back and forth between being like, you know what, I just want to scrap the whole thing and not release it at all because it’s too scary. Even with all the hours and time and money I’ve spent, there’s moments when I just want to protect myself and not open myself to criticism anymore.
But then I come back to- I just can’t do that. Because it has the potential to help a lot of people.
I am so grateful to you all for the many amazing interactions I’ve had with you all the past several years now.
As I have written elsewhere on my blog, I truly had NO idea when signed up for my first YouTube account in 2011 to video-blog my HCG journey and picked “hcgchica” randomly as my username, that it would all turn into…..THIS. No stinkin’ clue. It’s just crazy to me sometimes. And I honestly can’t think of anything I’d rather do for work right now than this.
Teaching is literally in my genetic makeup. My mom, my uncle, my grandfather and grandmother, were all teachers. It brings me great joy to share what I’ve learned with others. It hits the this-is-what-I-feel-meant-to-do bone in my body.
‘lil funny story
So my son is not used to me working extra hours (and we’re talking still reasonable – I still have PLENTY of time with him as a mom so no need to feel too sorry for him) but today he moped over to the bed all bummed that I had to do some work and he suggested some other jobs he felt would be better for me – specifically that I could be a marathon horn honker. First of all I never even thought of this before and hey, someone’s gotta do that, but third, since it’s snowing outside right now, I told him this might be a bit of a seasonal job in our area and might not provide enough working hours to pay the bills long term.
Much love to you guys, and I will have the actual specifics on the Phase 3 HCG maintenance program coming out this week!
Rayzel aka hcgchica
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