Friday, November 16, 2007

P4 Day 12

Long time no see! I'm sorry to all my lovely friends that I've been absent, but things really have been a zoo around here. First, we were vandalized on Halloween. Our car windows were broken out. Luckily, my baby was (as always) in the garage. Then we had a death in the family so we had to leave town & take care of all of that. Finally, the flu hit us. Both of my kids and my husband, anyway - I was spared. One of my sons is on his 2nd round of it and it still home from school today. It seems all I do is clean & disinfect.

I wanted to be sure to let you all know how phase 4 is treating me. It's unfreakingbelievable, that's what it is. I started P4 a few days early (so I'm probably more on day 15 of P4) as Halloween candy was everywhere and I wanted some. Plain & simple. I've been consistently eating bagels, pitas, falafel, tortillas, rice, bread, etc. with absolutely no problems. The only thing I've found didn't sit well was potatoes. I ate a baked potato and felt bad for the rest of the night. No gain to be found, I only felt ill to my stomach. I have to admit to even going a few days without weighing myself. It's like I KNOW that my weight is stable and I don't need to worry about it. The other night we went to BK and I had an italian chicken sandwich & onion rings. I actually lost the next morning. I remember one night we went out for sushi and I was worried the sashimi and tempura might put me over. Nope, weight didn't budge. It really is amazing. I have also enjoyed a few oreos with milk and even birthday cake & ice cream. To clarify, I've also eaten plenty of healthy foods, I merely wanted to highlight that my body handled the other foods just fine as well.

This is all proof to me that this protocol is the answer. It takes simply listening to your body on phase 3 and phase 4 to know when you're hungry. I think it's very easy to overanalyze these two phases as we are so accustomed to having everything spelled out for us while on P2. As soon as I learned to relax and only eat when I was hungry (not eat to reach a specific caloric/protein amount), all was well. I've also put all my worries to rest that P4 would be a huge challenge. Most everyone I've spoken with has taken a shortened P3 and never even went into P4 between rounds, so now I'm proof that it does in fact work. Whew.

I'm starting P2 again next week and already anxious about it. I'm ready to start, and yet nervous all at the same time. I'm so excited to start losing again.

I hope this update finds everyone well. I'll try to no longer be a stranger. :)


Michaela said...

So glad that you are back! I'm on Day 4 of the VLCD and trucking along. Managed a 4 pound loss so far even thought my TOM showed up on Day 1

Wendy said...

Welcome back Renee!! I am so thrilled to hear that you are doing so well on phase 4!!

Sorry about all the drama in your life, doesn't it feel like if it's not one thing it is another?

Have a great weekend!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! She's back! *kisses*

cb9094 said...

I am jumping up and down! Renee is back and with a GREAT update. How glorious to hear about P3 & P4. I plan on going all the way to P4 then back to P2 at the first of the year...and to hear it works! Thank you Renee!

Sorry to hear about all the drama. So glad your back!

Amie said...

Welcome back, sister! :D

I'm very sorry to hear about all of your issues lately, but very glad that things are calmer now - and P4 is a success!!! I was worried about it too, since I didn't really know anyone who'd gone "all the way" so to speak. Very inspiring!

Very excited about your next P2 - loading on Turkey Day, I take it? ;)

Amy's hCG Blog said...

OH! It is so good to hear from you! I'm sorry about all the trouble & your loss. How interesting that you were spared from the flu while it was thick all around you!

I'm so grateful that I get to read you again. It's so cool to see how well you are doing!

Jennifer said...

Well, well what a pleasant surprise! I was logging on to get one of your amazing receipes and saw you updated your blog-YAY! Glad to see things have hopefully calmed down a bit. We'll be starting our next round together so don't disapear again!

Tracey said...

Thanks for the post Renee!! Nice to see how P4 does work. Gives encouragement to us when we do get to our time of P4. I am so happy for you!

EweWho said...

It's good to see you posting again, Renee! Sorry to hear that things have been chaotic and hard for you.

I went into Phase 4 today, but it will be a short one. I'm starting Phase 2 again on Friday. I don't want to stuff myself on Thanksgiving because I want to enjoy the food!

I look forward to reading more of your blog to help me in my next round!

BizAdventure said...

OMG! She appears from the dead! LOL - I so missed you darlin! I am glad to hear that P4 is working so well for you. I am so HAPPY for that! Not stressing is the key eh?

Thanks for checking in! You're starting again after the holidays yes? Are you on a trip? I forgot you were going to Baton Rouge or somewhere close this week, so we probably wont see you for awhile.

Missing our little chats!

BizAdventure said...

Ok, enough of a break, it's time to check in again girlfriend. NOW!

HCG Believer said...


I would like to exchange blog links with ya as I'm about to start the hcg diet after Christmas. Thanks a bunch.

BizAdventure said...'s been a while, where are you???

Anonymous said...

Just stopping by to say "hi" and am hoping you are OK.

BizAdventure said...

Couldn't let this day go pass without me telling you what you meant to me on my journey.

Thank you so much for all of your support, the laughter and the madness included. We did it all eh Renee?

Take care of yourself, and looking forward to an update!

Anonymous said...

well done! I am on p4 and still too scare to add any carbs onto my diet.

My weight gone up around 2 lbs on last few days ( maybe Tom? maybe the soy sauce or other things) i am just too scare to add new food.

Can you share how soon you add new carbs/ sugar during p4? and do you monitor your calories or protein?

Brooke said...

I'm a newcomer to the HCG experience, and I stumbled upon your blog. It's great. I'm on day 16 of Phase 4. I will probably do another phase 2 in a month or so, once I've gotten a brownie or two. Can you give an update? Have you kept the weight off for a long time now? Have you been well since you stopped? Any advice you can give would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I'm on phase 4 and I went on vacation and can't get the weight off!! Should I just go back on HCG/phase 2? I have worked so hard and don't want to go backwards.