I've completed the first week of the USANA RESET Challenge: Destination Transformation.
Starting weight: 233.2. End weight: 232.2. Loss: 1.0 pounds.
Measurement changes: none.
The average loss for the JumpStart phase is 4.5 pounds. So, what happened? Life happened. The exact morning I started this, a high priority deadline came up. Then a system emergency. And another possible apocalypse, and another... most of them weren't real threats, but the alerts kept me on edge the whole week. I picked a heck of a week to start this, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to go get a double bacon cheeseburger with onion rings, Jamaican beef patties, and fish & chips - all at once, with Krispy Kreme for dessert. Comfort foods, including primal gnawing-on-your-prey foods - exactly what got me into this mess to start with. But I held fast, stuck with a Stage 2 (Transform) Phase program, and came out with what I think is a pretty good start. It takes some imagination to picture the Oatmeal Raisin bar as your prey, but I made sure those oats don't know what hit them.
Except for Thursday, I maintained a daily regimen of two shakes, two snack bars and one meal of solid food. OK, technically Friday too, but I can explain that. On Thursday, Jeannie and I had an extraordinarily stressful day and just needed to get the heck out of Dodge for a while; I'd also had some very uncomfortable meetings that stressed me out and conflicted with my eating schedule. So we went to Barrel of Crack (Cracker Barrel) and chose among their lesser-evil selections; I had grilled catfish with lighter-ish veggie sides: carrots and slaw. I resisted the Hashbrown Casserole of HipGrowing+1. I forget what Jeannie had; she'll blog about it on http://southernfriedtofu.blogspot.com.
OK, so Friday, you see, it's the darndest thing*... I woke up groggy as usual, having decided to work from home... because, by Thursday I was close to a Career Limiting Move (CLM). I made the most amazing Egg Nog Nutrimeal recipe... and completely forgot the Nutrimeal - didn't even notice it for hours. Because of that, I was more hungry even after my snack, and Jeannie said maybe I needed solid food... so I had a Lean Cuisine type pasta frozen lunch. 300 calories, solid, should work, right? Sort of, but I still felt 'off.' I went to go make my dinner shake and found the Vanilla Nutrimeal packet there unopened. That explained it. I've been able to go 75-90% liquid before, but only if I keep the blood sugar levels guided by a steady, calculated regimen. The reason I'm choosing something like USANA's program is that they've calculated it for me... no artificial sweeteners or weird fat-burning/blocking herbs. And unlike the SlimFast diet that I tried five years ago, I can hang with this for weeks at a time.
On the physical activity front... I officially started my Tai Chi class at the Shaolin Institute. Monday and Wednesday evenings I get what most would call a mild upper body workout, but remember, I sit at a PC all day - the most my arms move is from keyboard to mouse to coffee cup. Between that, the ultra-slow Tai Chi Walk that develops fine balance, and the "horse stance" ... ow, yes, I'm pushing my comfort zone. We're also working on meditation and breathing. Monday was a tremendous benefit, and I came home all kinds of chilled out (stress level 3 on a 10 scale). Wednesday, in order to get to class I had to leave a work apocalypse in progress (so glad I have a team to back me) and my stress level was probably 8. I think class reduced my stress down to 5, and the breathing techniques helped the next day. I think I may need to add some snack calories or Rev3 to help out my energy in Tai Chi, but before I do that, I'll ask some people who know this stuff better.
So looking back at the week as a whole: It was a pretty rough week, but I still had a net loss. I didn't cave, give up and say "F it." I added to the positive things, and reduced the negative. I call that a win.
There's still room in the RESET Challenge for my friends. If you want to join and have a chance at the $200,000 prize pool, just let me know. You can still win prizes if you join halfway through, but your chances are best if you start early.
* Guatemalan friends, "it's the darndest thing" is Southern for "fijese."
[Compliance wants me to include this so they don't get sued]
*These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug
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or prevent any disease.
Individual results may vary. RESET weight-management system lowers
your daily caloric intake and recommends moderate exercise for best
results. Typical results are 4.5 lbs in five days.
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secure his/her advice if you intend to change your diet, begin an
exercise program, are pregnant or lactating, have allergies, are taking
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Children under the age of 18 should not participate in the RESET
program, except on the advice of their physician and/or dietician.