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Monday, January 05, 2015

As I tackle my 4th round of SparkPeople, I am grateful for everything I learned the 1st 3 times and I'm sure I can put all of that knowledge to good use. When I was planning and writing my intentions for 2015, I decided on a 1/5/15 start for the more intense behavior changes. I had hand surgery on 12/31/14. I wanted to be wise in my decision making and I gave myself a few days to root some simple changes before I went deeper.

I'm pleased with the outcome. Today, I started a modified "the Shred program." In a nut shell, I am now tracking my food (scales, measuring cups, etc.), using the nutrition tracker on here, and following the exercise guidelines for the Shred diet. I did the Shred over a year ago with a 23lb loss in 6 weeks. All of that weight is back but I'm a chronic 30ish up and 30ish down person. When I was on it, I really liked it and believed I could make it a lifestyle. The Shred's biggest mistake (also my biggest mistake) is that it is designed as a 6 wk program (not that you can't do it over and over again). I think we have enough research and data now to know you need minimally 3 full months to "re-wire" the brain and thus create real behavioral change. Even that is complicated by set points (that's for another blog). Anyway, I intend to commit to doing two Shred cycles back to back. I will see where that leaves me in early April. Easter is April 5th so my commitment to Lent should help me succeed. I'm feeling good about all this.
Feel free to friend me/follow along if your curious about my plan, want to join me on a Shred journey, cheer me on, or share your journey with a Spark buddy.
Good luck to me and you!
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