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Monday, May 17, 2010

One of the things that I used to say regularly is "I am a professional dieter." Id roll my eyes as someone went on about whatever new fad diet they wanted to try and then proceed to explain to them in the correct and scientific terms why this new diet was unsound, unhealthy or just plain crazy. I've always been an avid researcher. The problem comes into play when you start using this as your excuse. I can't do exercise plan A because of explanation B etc etc. It was a mask really. Like it made me any less obese because I could explain why Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem were poor choices?

So it was on a whim that I picked up the book "Never Say Diet" by Chantel Hobbs. In truth the only reason I got past the cover was because she had lost over 200lbs, kept it off for over 8 years, and she had a relationship with God. I even remarked to my husband that the last thing I needed was another diet.

Chantel's book addressed my main problems. Lack of forgiveness to myself, A very unhealthy relationship with food, primarily sugar, and I had been skipping the all to important step of surrendering my struggle to God. So... I started following Chantel's " Plan"

Phase 1 (wks 1-4): Establish Cardio 5x a week, 30 minutes. - Can't argue with that.

Chantel suggests doing this for a month straight. Ignoring everything else diet related. She says it's important to establish discipline and tackle things one at a time rather than trying to make a million life changes at once.

Phase 2 (wks 5-8): Add in Strength training, Give up your most difficult food related comfort for 30 days. For some thats salty, for people like me...Sugar and soda. She suggests that it is important for the true addict to detox and that it really isn't going to kill you to give something up for a short period of time. Heck it might teach you some self control. I know shes on the right track here because I get the shakes without soda.

Phase 3 (wks 9-12): Jump Start the Metabolism. Start eating 5 meals daily 2.5-3 hrs apart, and keep your no-no foods to a minimum. You can have them now, but keep it healthy. You don't want to have wasted your 30 days for nothing! To be honest at this point I am going to limit sodas to restaurants. Frankly there is NOTHING healthy about soda.

I don't think that there is to much about this to argue with. I mean, it's all pretty sound stuff. I think Phase 2 is more tailored for someone like me who actually has food problems, but all in all this is pretty ideal for me.

The problem is that I am about to start week 3 of Phase 1 and I am REALLY wanting to get going. Ive actually managed to gain weight since starting this! I want to get to work. Easy cardio isn't up to par with the motivation ive been experiencing for the past 3 weeks. I'm sure my future blogs are going to make a mockery of this post but I want to start my detox! I want to be done with feeling helpless to anything sweet. Normal people don't have this problem.

I am considering skipping ahead to Phase two. Exercise isn't a problem for me. I don't mind doing it. I don't love it but I'm not fighting it. I really don't think it would be making to many changes to quickly.

Ive been struggling with this decision all weekend and finally I came to a conclusion. This is my game plan. This is my body. I control what goes into my mouth, and whether or not I workout today. Nobody knows me better then me. Its the reason I know that giving up all processed sugar for 30 days will be a good thing for me. That alone could derail some people, they would feel deprived. I need to be deprived for a little while. I have NEVER been deprived in my life! So starting right now May 17, 2010 I am officially off all sugar for 30 days.

Keep me in your prayers. :)
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  • TAMSPARKLESTOO
    Good luck my Spark friend. I know you can do it. It won't be easy but I have faith in you. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you.

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    4010 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5127867
    You're right. Only you know what makes sense for you. Other peoples' plans worked for them. Use it as a guideline to discover what works for you.
    4011 days ago
  • DECKARDB-263-54
    Sounds like a solid plan! I find that whenever I give up sugar I lose some of the emotional ups and downs (which feed the problem of emotional eating) and feel a lot better. Once you've got a plan like this, all you have to do is get the discipline to make it happen (sure THAT's easy ;-)

    Best of luck!!
    4011 days ago
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