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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Diet Test Dummy: Week 2 on SHRED was a
disappointment after weekend of temptation


By Sarah Berry
KyForward columnist

This is the first in an occasional series of diet reviews. As always, you should check with your doctor or health professional before starting any diet. 

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

I’m slightly behind on my writing, not because I didn’t have anything to say (I’m never at a loss for words) but because I wanted so badly to be able to share with you my dramatic weight loss numbers. However, there’s this thing called reality, and it has slapped me in the face big time.

Each week of SHRED is named and has a philosophy behind it. Week 1, or “Prime,” was all about prepping your mind and body to be ready to embark on this weight loss journey. After losing 6 pounds, I was on top of the world and feeling very confident that I would continue to lose weight–maybe not at the same rate as week one but my goal was at least 3 pounds.

Week 2 of SHRED was all about the “Challenge” to continue to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Prepping my meals in the morning took very little effort, and I gradually got used to hauling what seemed like a grocery cart in everyday to work. I even set reminders on my phone for when I’m supposed to eat just in case I forgot.

The menu for Week 2 was basically the same as week 1 except the calorie content of smoothies, protein shakes and soups were cut from 300 to 250. There was even a day that I got to have Lasagna! I cannot even begin to explain to you how excited I was for that.

Exercise wise, I worked out every day except Friday and Sunday. Monday I took a Tabata class and no joke, my arms were sore until Saturday. I also ran, took two spin classes, did the elliptical, worked out with my trainer and took a Surfset class on Saturday. How do I have time to do all this plus work two jobs and raise a family? Just call me Wonder Woman.

By all indications, I was headed for a decent weight loss number. Then came the long Easter weekend. Weekends are more of a challenge for me because it’s the only chance we get to go out to eat, and this one was going to be jam packed with family gatherings which always involve food. Mentally, I could have prepared myself better. I could have brought food with me, but I decided that eating bad on the weekend was going to be my reward for eating good during the week. I’m never going to make a lame excuse like that for myself ever again. Now for my results:

I lost a whopping half-pound and I’m not happy about it. At least it’s a loss right? That’s what I’m telling myself. I’m going to continue to follow the program and not let this bad week get the best of me. I’m trying to focus on the positives – my clothes are fitting better AND I’ve signed up for my very first triathlon in June!

I’ll be back soon to share more results.

Sarah Berry is co-founder of Get Moving Kentucky, a website that promotes healthy living through exercise and nutrition with resources to keep readers motivated to get moving. Sarah attended Rhodes College and graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing from University of Kentucky. She is a lifelong resident of Danville, where she lives with high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband and 3-year-old son.



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