Well, I had great success during P2 but I felt the cooking was more basic & that met my skill-set. Before starting HCG, I was like a Betty Crocker, without the Crocker. Everything else in my household was always creative & unique…Except my cooking.
Through P3ToLife, my skill-sets & confidence has flourished! As I was transitioning into P3, I had hesitancy about the guess-work, lack of knowledge to create a variety of recipes, & overthinking every single nutritional value.
I was actually referred to you during this hesitant discussion from New Beginnings, the medical spa that I originally began with & am still continuing weigh-in’s, through my protocol.
As soon as I found YOU, it was like a SEMI-TRUCK was lifted off my shoulders! 🙂 Seriously!
Simplified Plan – It offered me the variety I needed as well as time requirements for my insane schedule. If there were ever a week where I felt like my body just “needed” more variety,
I told myself ahead of time that I would try the Original Plan. Ends up, my 1st week of P3, I decided to do the Original Plan because I thought it would be a smart choice since P2 was more strict & it would be a kick-start to the P3 phase.
If there was a favorite dish from the past, I incorporated it sensibly, like the muffins!
I had zero correction days! I felt that I had zero because I stuck to your plan & if there were ever a time that I “needed” more just because we are human BUT …I made sensible decisions.
I made those sensible decisions through consulting with my mentor at NB & your coaching tutorials. Ex: “Change How Your Body Talks To You”.
My weight-loss has been soaring! I’m down 21lbs! Some days have fluctuated naturally due to fluid, water retention on monthly cycles, but I have not let that discourage me.
I remember hearing this from both you & my support at NB so that advice really stuck with me. I’ve realized that if the scale looks slightly “off” it’s due to a natural body cause, not because of a choice that I made!
I also promised myself to understand that some weeks may show more weight-loss/less inches & the following week, the opposite. That helped me not to sweat the small-stuff & focus BIG picture because I knew if I was following P3ToLife, there was NO grey area.
The portions = Fulfilling!
The taste = Delicious!
The variety = Overly satisfying!
I genuinely can’t wait & look forward to my meals. Honestly, I feel that there has not been a struggle with eating because & I have felt very fulfilled & prepared. My day just runs smoother.
I’m not saying I don’t crave amazing pizza, but ya know what? I’m happy with a Meatza Pizza from HCGChicarecipes! 🙂 Sure, there is prep-work involved but that’s with anything that involves long-term success.
A healthy routine in general sparks positive endorphins & mindset. I very rarely felt hungry but if I did because of a good work-out (kickboxing), I made sensible decisions.
Below are a few of my fav staples:
Prior to starting HCG, I was very concerned about this. I am a single Mom of the sweetest 6 y/o boy, Bledin. He is my #1 buddy…Down for trips to grocery & last minute walks to decompress LOL. However, I am STRETCHED-THIN.
I am a full-time professional in a demanding career in the Pharmaceutical industry with a lot of windshield time. So managing my work-life, social-life, his life, his school, pets, household….then ADD cooking, I was a little discouraged.
P3ToLife for me was generally 4-7 hours of cooking per week. I got a great idea to hire someone & highly recommend seeking a friend or assistance from care.com. There are many skilled friends/people that enjoy cooking & just want to make extra money in their flexible schedules but at a very affordable rate. Plus, the guess-work of them creating a meal-plan is absent.
Sometimes, I cook on my own depending on time constraints & sometimes I have help & it cuts the time in half. Sometimes I am home, sometimes I am away, & sometimes I assist. Either way, food is prepped, time cut in half & I’m flourishing my skills!
Also, a BIG component is understanding the big picture & the VALUE of YOUR time. Obviously, you have to prep or the likelihood of success drastically diminishes, but does it really make sense to put others things off that are more valuable than cooking when you can possibly afford to fit this into your budget short or long term? Understanding this can be a BIG WAKE-UP call. This is what lead me to this decision.
Also, I created a nicely organized binder for long-term use that made my grocery shopping & cooking simplified for myself & the person assisting.
Yes, 21lbs! I was not expecting to lose so much! Also, I now like all sorts of new healthy foods. I NEVER liked mushrooms, now I do. Also, I have better knowledge of nutritional labels & it’s nice to have an overall mindset that healthy recipes can still be so flavorful & delicious! Also, I am pleased with my confidence in the kitchen & that’s irreplaceable because it was once a big fear.
LOVE – All the muffins and/or mug cakes! Breakfast is my favorite meal & I feel it really sets the preface for the day.
I really enjoyed the Bacony Egg Cups, Lemon Mug Cake (I made muffins), & Blueberry Lemon Muffins.
For main meals, I LOVED the Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken with Garlic Kale (Week #4) & Indian Curry Chicken (Week #1).
LOVE the smoothies as I’m a sweets person & I can’t pick a fav!
I really enjoyed the brain-tease: Small Plates!
This is so true & a great mind-shift when making such major lifestyle changes with the HCP protocol. This is perfect for P2, P3, & life-long.
Just as you said: “If you have a small plate and you fill it up, psychologically it will make your brain think “Ooh I get a full meal and I’m happy with this. I don’t need more than this.”
You know that overwhelming feeling when you’ve lost all this weight but you’re so scared to make a mistake to the point that you over-think things & drive yourself nuts….Up until you finally get more conditioned & experienced with making better decisions? P3ToLife eliminates all of that, even down to the grocery list!
P3 should be about celebrating success & transitioning into a new chapter, not worrying or making life more complicated for yourself.
This program offers life-long staples & as I mentioned earlier about understanding the big picture value & ROI…
How much do you value your time? How much do you despise overthinking grocery store labels & what pairs with this & that? The list goes on!
This program provides staples that you can enjoy solo or with your family. It is worth every penny + more simply because of all the life- factors that are satisfying. For me, it was a NO-BRAINER! You have nothing to lose (maybe a few extra lbs 😉 & only PEACE of MIND to GAIN!
hCG Injections. 150 iu for all weeks EXCEPT my final week, I used 200 iu from New Beginnings Medical Spa.
EXTRAS *** Would like to mention the amazing HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven I incorporated (for those that travel for work or office) & the mini-car fridge for those that travel + great for kids