What To Do If You Royally Mess Up P3 and Gain 5lbs
Okay so this is an actual question from one of you guys when I originally sent out my newsletter asking for you for your P3 questions.
And boy I’m so glad I asked! This is one of those topics that’s EXCELLENT yet I wouldn’t have thought to write about it on my own.
So What Has Happened?
There will be quite a number of us out there who will find ourselves in these shoes.
It’s too late, you have already, as one of my recent viewers said, “eaten at least 5 boxes of Russell Stovers from the sale rack at Walgreens.”
She added, “I can’t believe how badly I fell off the wagon after being so perfect for the p2 stage! I’m not letting this get me down but I find it funny how I thought I battled through that candy demon.”
Sometimes, you just. flip. out. Sometimes you can pinpoint the reason behind it, sometimes you aren’t sure without taking some time to really think about it.
One thing to remember is that all is never lost.
While you don’t want to find yourself getting on and off the hCG train over and over again for life, having a royal mess up does not mean that’s what you’re doing.
The NEXT Best Idea
The best idea is to not screw up…and the next best idea is to screw up ROYALLY and then never do it again because you learned a big lesson.
I had to completely re-do my 2nd round of hCG because I basically didn’t DO phase 3 whatsoever that round. Yep, I flipped out. 15 lb-a-roos gained back in just 9 weeks.
I can’t remember if I made attempts to get back on track but I distinctly remember sometime during the first week of P3 being in the backseat of a car with one of my girlfriends with a bag of candied praline nuts and somehow as soon as my hand reach for one handful, that was it – my hand had a mind of it’s own after that.
For me, I believe the initial feeling of unwellness that led me to feeling so UN-jazzed to stabilize and eat right was rooted in health issues, which then led me to overeating and bingeing as my previous sugar addiction got the best of me again.
But I learned a GREAT lesson from this and the following 3 rounds were HUGE successes – I never fell apart like that again.
So What Do You Do Now After the Mess-up?
Steak Days really are GREAT. I used to be afraid of intermittent fasting but I learned so much about it through Brad Pilon’s book Eat Stop Eat that I now heartily recommend it. I’ve been using intermittent fasting for the past 2 years now as a way to keep things in balance – it can compensate for days when you overdid it. So I feel these are a great tool for making corrections.
At some point however, when you find yourself considering 3 steak days in a row, you need to have a chat with yourself and realize that you MAY need to let go of fixing some of the damage you’ve done for the moment if you let things slide out of control too far already to be easily fixable.
Is jumping back on a new round the best choice?
In most cases, I feel this may not be wise.
One exception to me would be if you did only a short round (23 days-ish) – in that case, I could see getting back on hCG since most of us do long 40+ day rounds to start with anyway. But otherwise, I’d be really cautious about doing this.
Believe me I KNOW the feeling, I know exactly what you’re thinking…
because I thought the EXACT same things when I screwed up my 2nd round. I felt pretty desperate, like I couldn’t possibly bear to gain that weight back – like I had no choice but to do another round right away to fix it if I were going to be able to live with myself.
However, my husband stepped in, in his kind way, and really suggested that I wait awhile. And he was so right. I didn’t even start eating healthier after that point still for several more weeks, but STILL he was right. Because I was simply not ready. My willpower muscle was so used up it needed one long break before I would have the gumption to get through another Phase 2 properly. I had to get my health in order.
What Do You Do While You Wait for Your Next Round?
There’s only 2 things I can think of.
1. Get strict and start eating super clean, going by Phase 3 rules, but without regard for “getting back down” those 7-9 lbs you gained.
If you lose it great, but don’t try too hard for that or I feel you can find yourself, once again, in a “dieting” mentality for weeks or months- I guess I feel that trying to simply stabilize where you are at and get into that habit of eating clean is in most cases, the wisest choice, leaving further major weight loss till the following round. But of course do what you like!
2. Find a different focus a bit. Seriously. Forget about your body, weight loss, everything.
Well, I know you can’t FORGET, but basically, try to ignore it for a little while. I was never happy with my body during that 9 weeks that I gained 15lbs, but it wouldn’t have done any good at that point to do a round because I just wasn’t ready, and mentally I felt pretty intent on getting my daily overdose of ice-cream again for awhile so going back to Phase 3 was out as well.
I guess what I’m saying is, sometimes you have to remind yourself that it’s GOOD to lose weight and become healthier if you are overweight, but that there ARE other things that are more important, and your worth as a PERSON is not based on your weight or your current issue with regaining some of it.
Nothing is permanent. How you feel right now? Not how you’re going to feel in 8 weeks. So if you are feeling just totally burned out on “doing the right thing” for your body, let it go for a bit. Focus on learning something new, a hobby, a skill, your kids, your husband, just something else.
And when the time is right to focus on your weight loss journey again, you’ll know it. I literally almost heard a CLICK when my brain suddenly felt ready to make the big change and try again with hCG.
When you feel that click happen, you’re ready for the following:
How to Avoid Royal Mess Ups In the Future
- Do a Little Pre-hCG Diet Eating Clean and Low Carb for 7-10 Days Prior to the start of your round
- Load Clean If You’re A Sugar/Carb Addict – learn more about loading clean for the hCG Diet
- Wait to Do Another Round till You Actually Are Feeling Good and Ready for the Self Discipline Involved- both physically and mentally. Learn more about the advantages of taking longer breaks from hCG
- Don’t Extend or Stay On VLCD too Long – You want to get off BEFORE you reach that breaking-point flip-out sorta feeling.
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