This past Tuesday ended my 6-week journey on SHRED, a diet program created by Dr. Ian Smith. I wish I could report that I finished strong but I was tired. The past couple of weeks have been so hectic that I finally decided to cut myself some slack. I gave myself a break on exercising this week. My schedule was tighter and I decided not to make it happen as I normally would have. At the same time, I also know that I will get back at it. I will get back at it TODAY as a matter of fact. I did not experience the average 20-pound and 2 dress size weight loss on SHRED. However, I would say that I did experience success on the program. I lost 11 pounds. I did not remeasure myself but I am not experiencing the tight fit that I had prior to the program. I have established new and better eating habits. Specifically, eating smaller portions and eating more frequently. My hair seems to be liking all of the protein shakes. I think protein shakes will now be staple in my diet. One key goal was to determine if in fact I could lose weight due to my thyroid condition. A healthy thyroid function is critical for weight loss, as the thyroid controls metabolism. I have heard that even with medication thyroid patients have to work harder and still may not achieve the same level of weight loss that others might achieve. My 11 pounds compared to the 20-pound average might be evidence of that. Be that as it may, losing 11lbs is evidence to me that my body will in fact respond appropriately to diet and exercise. I might be behind the curve initially but eventually I catch up. I learned that with my physical therapy this past year. And even with my exercise break this week, I weighed in this morning and I am down two more pounds. So I am 13lbs lighter than I was 6.5 weeks ago.
Dr. Ian suggests repeating the 6-week cycle until the target has been met. I do not think I can follow it exactly as I had the past six weeks. I have to make some changes. For one, working out five times a week, is alot. I can commit to three. I enjoy food and cooking. I need more variety. SHRED has given me the jumpstart that I needed. I think I can make some modifications and still accomplish my goal.
Eventually I will post a picture. Call me vain or hesitant, but I want to take a picture when I am feeling good about my body. I'm not there yet. Some will say that I look fine and I'm just overly critical. That may very well be true, but I'm not there yet. I'm on my way and I'm glad about it. I have the momentum and I will keep it going. I encourage you to do the same. Keep working towards your goal, whatever that goal may be. Be it weight loss or something else.