Dec 31, 2012

Personally I am not big on making resolutions every year.  I am of the belief that we can make changes and "hit the reset button" whenever we deem it necessary.  Yet I understand the idea of a fresh new year to wipe the slate clean and start anew.  I imagine that losing weight is a top resolution for most people.  It is for me, although I would not call it a resolution.  It just so happens that I am starting this effort on January 1, 2013. 

Without disclosing the specifics, I weigh more now than I ever have in my life.  Thankfully, I am pretty dense so I do not necessarily look like the number on the scale.  Having said that, I am not happy with the number on the scale or the number that is on the clothes that I wear.  I have felt better about my body previously and I want to regain that confidence.  Injuries had left me fairly inactive and undoubtedly set the stage for me to gain weight.  Then just as I was prepping to have the first of two injuries surgically repaired, my thyroid decided to get out of control and I still do not fully understand the impact of my thyroid condition on my body.  The last 2-3 years were spent addressing those health concerns and now it seems like all of my extraordinary circumstances have been normalized and I know that my weak link is food.  I would say that I have pretty decent/healthy eating and exercising habits.  But I can do better.  I enjoy food and do not particularly like to deny myself.  A while back, I ate really lean, worked out regularly.  My cuts/rips were pretty evident, but I didn't like eating that lean.  I like to cook and try different cuisines.  Moderation was somewhat my philosophy.  Plus my metabolism and exercise regimen back then made up for whatever I ate.  Well that ain't the case anymore and I cannot act like it is.

So I have decided to try Dr. Ian Smith's new 6-week program called Shred.  I need some structure when it comes to food.  I learned about the program on Twitter and became curious.  I am not crazy about fad diets or diets in general.  I need some level of flexibility and Shred seems to provide that flexibility.  The idea of six weeks is not a quick fix but a time frame to establish some new habits as well as experience results.  I am writing not necessarily to endorse the program as I have yet to complete it.  However, I wanted to share my enthusiasm about this new venture and if you are looking for a program to try perhaps Shred might be just what you are looking for.  I am also realizing the benefits of online community support.  Me sharing my plans may be an encouragement to someone.  Putting my plans out there also serves as motivation for me to step up and follow through on what I said I was going to do.  This will be a challenge for sure and I will need every ounce of motivation I can get.  If losing weight is a goal of yours, then maybe we can do this together and support one another.  I will primarily be using Twitter (@AVGJOhanna) to interact with fellow Shredders.

2012 turned out to be a rather interesting year.  I cannot say that I am eager for 2012 to go nor am I super excited about the prospects of 2013.  What I can say is that improving my health bodes well not only for me physically but will also enable me to thrive in other areas of my life.  If weight loss and improved health is your goal, go for it!  Whatever your goals are for 2013 and beyond, go for it!  I wish you well in all of your endeavors.  Happy New Year!

P.S. I want to openly thank Savvy Sista for allowing me to express some of my thoughts through this forum that she has created.  I truly appreciate the opportunity and do not take it for granted.  All the best to you and yours, Savvy Sista, in 2013!!
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