Ok y'all. I have one more week on phase one. I'm struggling hard to get to a total loss of 20lbs. (And it only took me 8 weeks
) I didn't have high expectations because i know my body and my issues - but i'll admit I had a little bit higher than this. I had quite a few weeks of .8 losses. Oh well - they could have been gains so i have nothing to complain about. And my clothes feel great right now.
In about a week I'll start phase 2 for a week and a half while i travel for business. Then when i come home I'll be on Phase 3 until Thanksgiving. I have the month of December to be Paleo and try to maintain what I've lost. Then in January its back to phase 1 to keep on keeping on until i reach my goal or my weight loss stalls to the point that it is unbearable and i need to transition back to paleo for a while.
My reason for phasing off is not because i want to enjoy the holidays as much as its because (1) I don't trust myself not to get all the way through without messing up. I've done so well for the past two months I don't want to mess up now. (2) I have a lot of events and travelling to do. And (3) I never phased off properly before when i did IP a couple years ago. I didn't know i had an extreme gluten sensitivity and had to avoid dairy and soy like the plague. I think i cheated a lot the first time around. The weight was coming back on so fast that i had a few phase 1 days during my phase 3. So i want to get a true phase off under my belt.
I also know better now that the phase 4 "cheat day" means something very VERY different for me than it means for most people!
so - i need some advice and suggestions from my paleo friends about how to phase off without the toast and yogurt. Lisa - I know you had mentioned before that you ate paleo muffins? could you be more specific? How do you calculate the right carbs/sugars to conform to IP guidelines?
Thank you all so much for your support!