The Diet – Post 1, Day 4

Like 80% of Americans right now, I’m on a diet. (Happy New Year!) Although instead of “dieting”, I’m hoping to really just get on track and be healthy. I went on a diet in October and lost about 11 pounds. Then the holidays came and I had a major breakdown and gained back the 11 (x2). I’m feeling really crappy about it. Thanks to my friend Ryan at NoMoreBacon.com, I think I’m on the right path. He is working on his weight loss goals with the gurus at IdealShape and he told me about a free 8 week study of their new program. Can’t beat the price, right? So I jumped on board and painfully accepted the fact that I need a little kick in the butt and some accountability. Here’s the lowdown on the program:

#1: Track EVERYTHING you eat on DailyBurn.com and stay within your calorie, carb, fat and protein goals. And by EVERYTHING I mean even the bad stuff you don’t want anyone to know you stuffed down your throat. It’s amazing – they have pretty much every food with a listed nutritional value on the site. And it’s a little surprising how many calories are in each “serving size”. I say “serving size” with “quotes” because a serving size measured out is way smaller than say, the amount of cereal I would normally just dump into my bowl for breakfast. You can also add motivators to your account who can look at your goals and meals you’ve had to help motivate you (hence the name motivators…) and keep you on track. One downside – you have to pay to access all of the features such as advanced meal planning, printable charts and tracking of the other nutritional factors. One upside – If you can refer 3 people to sign up you get a month of PRO for free. So let me know if you want to sign up and I’ll send you an invite!

#2: Eat 6 small meals a day, take your supplementation and drink your shakes. IdealShape has proprietary products that go along with their program. The shake is actually really great tasting and contains a natural appetite suppressant. The ResveraShape supplement doesn’t make me feel weird. It does have caffeine in it, which happens to be a plus for me because I’ve cut out my precious Diet Dr Pepper. I’ve found that eating 6 small meals works better for me. I feel full all (at least most) of the time, so I don’t have the urge to pour Nesquik into my mouth dry and chew it up. I can make it 2 -3 hours.

#3: Listen to the Mastering The Mind CD often. This is where it’s a little strange for me. Although it makes sense, I’ve always had a hard time with hypno-anything. I did take a hypno-birthing class and couldn’t get over trying to “visualize myself as a fetus floating in a warm cocoon of fluid”. I don’t care how much warm liquid I was subconsciously floating in, I wasn’t making it through labor un-medicated! :) Obviously, the mind is a powerful thing. Yoga and meditation work on the subconscious, people swear by The Secret, even Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Symbol talks about the power of noetic science. Regardless of my personal skepticism, I’m listening to the CD.  They’ve shown that it improves results for others who have tried the program. I only have good things to gain and who knows what I might learn in the process.

#4: Exercise: I go to IdealShape 3 times a week and do a strength training class then do interval/recovery cardio training at the gym on my days off. Working out in a group is good for me because I think I work harder. However, it’s probably bad for everyone else in the class because I am a major goof. (Thanks Dad) Now I can see why I had such a hard time in high school. I’m pretty sure Skyler was tempted to send me out to the hall for disrupting the class. I guess some things never change.

#5: Last but not least, they have the IdealShape wrist band. It’s just a blue rubber wrist band you wear as a visual reminder of your goals. I didn’t really think much about it until last night while I was watching the National Championship game with my hubby and the boys. Every time I went to destroy the plate of poppers, I saw the wristband. I remembered I was going to have to list every single popper on DailyBurn and Skyler would see it. So I only ate 2 – which is a really big thing for me! The wrist band did its job! Way to go!

Well, I’m on Day 4 and I’m still feeling good about the whole thing. I’ve really only had the one crazy thought about dumping the Nesquik into my mouth and only went slightly off track while watching the game. But that’s life! And that’s why I think I’m going to do ok on this program.  Because I can live my life and still make healthy choices. There definitely won’t be any before pictures posted. But you’ll see me around. And hopefully you’ll start to notice the differences I’m feeling. Stay tuned for updates on my progress.