I’m struggling to Lose the last 10 pounds

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.

9 thoughts on “I’m struggling to Lose the last 10 pounds

  1. Sherry

    You know what, I heard that the second round (or any round after the first round) is MUCH HARDER than the first round. I’ve started three rounds after the first one (I lost 45 lbs the first round and have 20 more to go) and I think I’m finally back on track. Just keep trying! Btw thank you so much for your recipes, I think your website is what has saved me (and some help after prayer). Who knows, maybe you’re the answer to my prayers…..

  2. Toni Post author

    You’re right, Sherry. This is my second Round 2. I had forgotten about that. I’m glad to be of help. I need prayer too!

  3. Mary

    My Hubby and I did 3 rounds the first was flawless, the second much harder but we did make it another 30 days the third round was hell and we made it 21 days. I lost a total of 63 pounds hubby lost 72 I believe. We have gained every single pound back in less than a year with 20 extra on top! We are going to try this again 2 years later. This time through a doctor and he has pills. It is very expensive and this time I don’t care if I have to move 24/7, or what eber I am keeping it off!! I care for my Mom whos is quadriplegic from M. S. it is very hard stressful and depressing. I know that is why We gained it back , it is hard to have a life when your Mother needs yours! But this time I am going to do wha ever it takes. Wish us luck! your recipes will help! Thank you!

  4. Toni Post author

    Mary, round 2 is killer for most of us! Sometimes the third round is a little easier, but nothing like the first round. Stress eating, emotional eating is my problem too. You have GOT to read Weight Loss Apocalypse if you are want to keep the weight off for good. I gained half of the weight I lost in 2010 back and I’m struggling now to get back to where I was, so don’t feel like you are the only ones.

  5. Piper

    First of all thank you to everyone for your comments. I lost 25 pounds…I know not a lot but it was in my case back in 2010. I did really good keeping it off and then at the beginning of 2012, life got in the way and I have put 15 back on. I started p2 on the 17th but am only down 3.5 lbs, 0 in the past two and feel like I am starving all the time. I only need to loose the 15 and I will be back in shape to cycle and then keep my weight down. I realize this is not much and I have lost .5# a day but my first time two years ago the weight fell off in the 21 days. I have started cycling again and was concerned this was staling me…thoughts?

  6. Toni Post author

    When you say you’re cycling, Piper, it depends on how much and how fast. “Strenuous” exercise will affect your losses. But what’s strenuous for you and what’s strenuous for me are going to be two different things. Why don’t you ease up on the cycling until P3?

  7. Kristine

    I feel so much better after reading this section of your blog! Im really happy to know that I’m not the only one who fell down but who is willing to get back up again! Thank you Toni and all others for your candid responses!

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