Hard to believe but we are getting ready to start our final week of the SHRED diet by Dr. Ian! The past several weeks have just went by in a blur and I cannot believe we are already starting the final week. I can't wait to share our final results next week! So far my husband and I are both hanging right around the 20 pound mark. (I have lost 22 myself, WOO HOO!) We haven't made any plans indefinitely going forward although we both have additional weight we would still like to lose. I would like to lose another 35 pounds and Nick still needs to lose about 15. I am thinking we will take a couple of weeks off of SHRED to let our bodies get used to the weight and then we might start a new cycle from there. Week 5 was pretty easy except the lemon water with the Flaxseed oil. It was absolutely disgusting and I could only stomach it for the first couple of days. After that, I am sad to say that I discarded the oil and just stuck with the lemon water. It wasn't so bad when I put it in my smoothies but I just didn't like the idea of it and it made me nauseous.
I have really stepped up the workouts this week. When I get time this weekend, I am going to post a couple of really good treadmill workouts. If you don't have a treadmill, you can do them just walking outside too. I have learned that interval training is the absolute best way to burn the maximum calories and I found a couple really great workouts that burn a good number of calories in just 20 minutes. I have also been finding extra workouts to be super helpful. Like, when it's time to get my kids from school, I go 20 minutes early, find a parking spot and then power walk around the school until they get out. I have also been doing small things like parking further away from the door at the store. Even though these are just little things, they make a big difference over the course of a week!
I have had a lot of people ask me about the protein shakes still. I buy mine from the store most of the time. Just about any kind work, just make sure you are looking at the calorie content. I have tried to stay under 200 for most weeks. I have also found that when I am running low on ingredients, the banana smoothie from the SHRED book is a super quick and easy choice. Since it's between 250-300 calories, I make one and then split it with either my husband or my daughter who really likes them for breakfast!
1 whole banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup milk (I use skim)
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (We love the Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla)
1/4 cup ice chips
Just blend together on medium speed until everything is smooth. This is one of the smoothest, creamiest shakes that you can make--my daughter thinks it tastes like a milkshake. YUM!
I am looking forward to Week 6 starting tomorrow. It looks like it is pretty much back to a normal eating plan that I can get used to. YAY! I will have before and after pictures next week upon our completion of the program--stay tuned!