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SHRED Update and Other Realizations...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I know many of you have been waiting for an update on how I've been doing with the SHRED Diet.

Well, I had been taking a break from SHRED because I had been so busy with planning my sister's bridal shower and various other wedding planning activities. I did partially do Week 2. I kind of hit and missed my way through it, the same as I did Week 1... but it was more miss than hit. Nevertheless, I managed to maintain the weight I had lost that first week. No loss, but no gain. No harm, no foul.

It was my intention to just resume from where I'd left off after the confetti cleared. But, when that day came, I had devised a different plan.

I decided that since I had one week left before my fitting for alterations to my dress, I would try for some quick weight loss... I decided to go back to my old staple diet: The South Beach Diet. I knew that if I followed it, I could lose about 8-10 lbs in about 14 days. So, I was motivated.

But, ONE day into it and I just came to the realization...


I just can't do it. I just can't follow what somebody says to eat, when they say to eat it and how much they say to eat. I just can't do it anymore. It feels confining and restrictive (even when there is SO MUCH to choose from and SO MUCH to eat. Yeah, you could say I'm sort of choosing. But, I'm choosing from a prescribed menu. I'm eating at a prescribed time. I'm eating a prescribed amount. Ultimately, it still doesn't feel like ME, fully cognizant, making choices.

And, I just can't do it anymore. I'm just so OVER and BEYOND it.

I already KNOW what I'm "supposed" to eat and how much and when. I'm "supposed" to eat whatever I want in moderation. I'm "supposed" to eat when I'm hungry. I'm "supposed" to eat enough to satisfy me but not fill me. And, I'm supposed to MOVE and maintain an active lifestyle. This is what Sparkpeople has taught me. Until recently, I hadn't attempted a diet since joining Sparkpeople in 2010. I've just learned so much here that, though the journey has been slow, I never felt compelled to return to a diet of any sort.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking the various diets and I'm not knocking those who choose to follow them. They work! Lord, knows they do. I may, at some point, incorporate some of the ideas and recipes from SHRED--especially the eating cleanse during the week that I didn't even get to--into my healthy eating program. But to follow a diet--any diet--in its entirety again... I just can't go there.

"The places that used to fit me, cannot hold the things I've learned, and those roads were closed off to me, while my back was turned." - Sara Groves

I just know too much about this lifestyle, at this point, to be reverting and turning back to that diet mentality... I know I still have so much to learn; but THIS is what the journey is about... Growing and understanding and learning and correcting and changing, etc. This is how I'm going to successfully lose and keep it off. I'm convinced of it. Diet books and manuals won't teach you that... experience will.

So, I'll just continue to hit and miss... and fall and get back up... and learn... and, ultimately, SUCCEED. It may be taking a little longer than the quick diet fix; but that's just because I've got a hard head. LOL I'll get there.

Until then, I'm just going to go with the flow and do what I know... one day at a time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STSCOTT11 3/12/2013 2:46PM

    I understand...I am no expert...and I haven't got to my goal YET...but I am close.
I agree that diets DO NOT WORK.
I gave up "DIETS" long ago in the sense I don't see how I eat as "a diet" any longer. I see that word as A TEMPORARY FIX.
What I am doing is what I will do FOR LIFE. I eat healthy more often than not. I call it proper NUTRITION and have divorced the word diet.

And don't get me wrong cause I DO respect and use a diet when needed. I now call it A MEAL PLAN.
A plan to KNOW WHAT I WILL EAT all day long for a period of time.
I use it when I need to BUCKLE DOWN due to the scale sliding too many units in the wrong direction. And then there are times I get out of control with eating for different reasons.
I use it at those times too.

But day to day...I TRACK my calories to ensure I am eating healthy balanced diet. Or I use meal plans I have memorized THA I LOVE. I allow myself all kind of different things...and it really makes eating SATISFYING. I still look forward to lunch and dinner...AND SNACKS. lol ...and IT WORKS.

I don't know how you feel about Jillians Shred OVERALL. Do you like it?
What I liked was it was only 20 minutes. :)
What I didn't like was doing the exact same thing every day.

I have tried it now that I am a little smaller and have built my endurance up with other workouts. I like it more NOW than I did back then.
At this point I use it as a supplemental workout and not as a primary one. I do the same thing with my P90X videos.

All the best with the wedding planning. emoticon
Hey...and try not to put so much of yourself the wedding planning that it takes you off your mark with what you're trying to do for YOURSELF.
I KNOW it is not easy...and I am going to need that advice IN RETURN in April when my Mom goes for her 2nd knee surgery...okay?
Can't wait to see the wedding pics.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/3/2013 5:03PM

    That is all we can do, take one day at a time. You'll do great. Just take all the great things you know and go with it. And watch out for the rabbit trails. emoticon

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CELLO23 3/2/2013 11:23AM

    That sounds fair enough, True-ness. By now we know what works, and someone telling us what to do is likely to be too generic. And frankly, I get annoyed at being told what to do, because I KNOW!
Keep it up your own way, and good luck with the wedding preps! emoticon

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BONNIEMCB 3/1/2013 12:22PM

    I hope you don't mind, but I am going to steal your Sara Groves quote---love it! emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 3/1/2013 9:29AM

    I have never attempted to try a diet because I never liked the restrictions of it. I feel like it's not something I'll follow for the rest of my life so I need to just change how I eat by adding in healthy and eliminating the unhealthy so often.

We all have to do what works for us and it sounds like you are ready to tackle this weightloss with healthy choices! emoticon You've done it and you are emoticon

Good luck with the wedding. I've never planned one because it sounds sssoo stressful! I just took a trip to Upper Marlboro, spent $45 and called it a day emoticon

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LUV2PUMP 2/28/2013 9:35PM

    I love that you expressed exactly how you feel and also understand what you've learned along the way on your journey. I fully believe we are all limitless to what we make our minds up to do. So do what works best for you. Each step taken towards your goal bring you closer to victory.

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BONNIEMCB 2/28/2013 8:53PM

    I totally get where you're coming from. I think we could all write a book on how to lose weight, there are just different approaches to manage the old "calories in, calories out" truth of it. I, personally, am appreciating a lot of the aspects of The Shred. Halfway through and I've lost over 7 lbs. I figure I can do anything for 6 weeks, so I will see it through. It's a healthy approach, and it's gotten me back to the gym, to the point that I am almost obsessive about it. All good. After that, we'll see. Lets check back with each other from time to time so see how things are going. Have a wonderful time at the wedding!! emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 2/28/2013 8:39PM

    Knowing the right choices and making them consistently (with some hitting and missing here and there) is the key to lifetime health!! So, yes, it may take longer to get to our ultimate goal - but we will be more likely to stay AT our goal. YOU GOT THIS!!!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 2/28/2013 8:38PM


Yes. This.

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