I seriously see a light at the end of the tunnel! I completed Week 1 of 4 of Dr. Ian Smith’s SUPER SHRED Diet. In case you missed it, I started the Super Shred because I was tired of going through the motions with this weight thing. After being in a plateau for almost a year I decided to do something about it. You can read my first post here and then my Week 1: Midweek check-in here, which goes into more detail.
WEEK 1 – Foundation Sooo…week one wasn’t as bad as I thought. In the beginning, I thought about everything I couldn’t eat (right now). I had to tell myself “it’s only temporary…Get it together, Artney! You completed 21 Days of Raw…surely you can do this!” Yes, this conversation happened. The plan is only 4-weeks…but I knew it would be a test of dedication and discipline.
Hunger levels—I keep a journal to write down how I feel throughout the day. I found on most days I was good, but there were moments where I was just plain hungry! Granted a lot of it could have been in my mind or because of the intensity of my workouts…or quite possibly, I just wanted to eat!
Snacking and Tracking—I realized that I have to watch myself around Goldfish crackers and pecan halves. I had to do a double take at the label of pecan halves…20g of fat for 1/4 cup serving! Yes, I get they are healthy fats, but if you can just grab a handful and munch on them like it’s popcorn and go back for another handful without blinking an eye…No Bueno!
Super Shredder Day—This was somewhat of a “fasting” day. I thought this day would have been the one to take me out. It actually wasn’t hard. Even though I had “life” situations going on (family), I didn’t allow it to get me off track. I stayed the course. The hardest day for me was actually Saturday (5/2) night…YES, FIGHT NIGHT! Everyone was at their favorite bar or restaurant enjoying their beer and buffalo wings and I was at home eating a bowl of tomato basil-soup and a salad with fat free dressing! So yummy! *sarcasm* I was craving everything from Wings Plus lemon-pepper wings and ranch fries (Birmingham thing) to a Swamp Thing from Pappadeaux’s. *hangs head in shame* …but I made it. For Sunday breakfast, I had a cup of hot (green) tea with a grilled cheese sandwich and a serving of fruit. It was like heaven on plate after the night I had!
Speaking of Sunday…
What I learned—I learned a lot about meal spacing/timing over this past week. It’s SO important! More than you would ever know! One of the things that I have struggled with in the past is keeping a consistent eating schedule (especially on Sunday). I would head out of the door for church without eating anything (not even a snack) and my first meal would usually be around 12:30-ish. Well Sunday, I was prepared. I ate breakfast before church and packed Snacks 1 and 2. I ate one snack before service and the other after service. It’s really not hard, I just have to plan accordingly. By timing out the way calories are distributed throughout the day, the fat-burning metabolism keeps insulin hormone levels in check. I’m finally getting it!
SUPER SHRED WEEK 1: WEIGH IN DAY
5/4/2015 — Down -6.4 lbs I was so excited when I looked at the scale. If you only knew how hard it has been to get this scale to move! I’m really excited and interested in seeing my progress over the remaining three weeks. I’m on week 2 and it makes me a little nervous! Not to mention, Super Shredder Day falls on a Friday! *soul cry* I just have to keep telling myself…it will be all worth it! I can do anything for 28 days!
You can get the Super Shred Diet book here! I personally recommend the paperback book over Kindle although I have both. Super Shred Week 2 update coming soon!
Art’s Shred Life Journey:
The Shred Diet Begins (Part 1)
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