Sad to say, the last few weeks haven’t been going very well for me. I started this round at the end of April with 16 pounds to lose until goal. After 2 days of loading I gained 6 pounds! This was the most I had ever gained during loading. Normally it’s about 3 pounds. No worries–I lost the load weight within the first week. The following week I lost an additional 5 pounds.
I time my rounds very carefully to be sure I don’t run into any special events or holidays and this one was no different. However, I found out that a going away party was being hosted for my best friend on May 12th and there was no way I was not going to make the food. Cooking a bunch of my favorite foods doesn’t bother me, so I was able to prepare an awesome menu that included shrimp and grits, pulled pork tacos with guacamole and creamy chipotle dressing, among other toppings, potato salad, spicy baked chicken wings, and sweet potato cornbread without being tempted to cheat. Once at the party, with the conversation, laughter and wine flowing–yes, I caved to that within an hour–all bets were off. The next day was Mother’s Day, and although I talked my husband into not going out to eat because I was on Phase 2, my family gathered at my Mom’s house for brunch. Since I had already messed up the day before, I didn’t worry too much about eating off Protocol. Monday would be a new day.
I don’t know about you, but when I get off track, it’s very hard for me to get back on the wagon. The next week was a bust because I kept snacking on off-protocol foods–nuts, cheese, dried fruit. By Monday, May 21st I was right where I was on the previous Monday. Vowing once again to stay POP until I get to goal, Monday was a good day in Phase 2. But I guess because of my cheating ways, the scale didn’t budge on Tuesday morning. Discouraging–this is why I mostly stay away from the scale.
I had a bad day on Tuesday. I let a stressful situation get the best of me. After finishing my work for the day I made a conscious decision to eat off protocol. I went to Whole Foods and got a container of my favorite chicken salad, a loaf of my favorite bread, a bottle of good wine, and a bar of very good chocolate. Then I went home and ate it. Did it help me feel better? Not really.
I don’t know what’s up with me lately. If I would call yesterday the end of a round there would be a loss (not including load weight) of only 6 pounds in 21 days. I’m the one that always preaches, “you can do ANYTHING for 21 days!” ”All you have to do is eat on Protocol for 21 days!”
I’ve decided to take a week P3 break. With Memorial Day and an upcoming graduation party a week away, this might be the most sane thing to do. On June 4th I’ll start a new 21-day round.