"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cracking the Code

I bought a book a couple of weeks ago entitled "Crack the Fat-Loss Code" by Wendi Chant, MPT, SPN, and certified personal trainer and body builder. Basically, she lays out an eight week plan designed to reprogram your body so that it learns to burn fat and keep it off. I'm someone who has gained and lost many pounds, so this book intrigued me. If I set my mind to a plan and a goal, I can normally lose. But I always reach a point where the scale stops going down. There are certain foods I'm not willing to live the rest of my life without. And if a particular program restricts such foods, I inevitably reach for them again and thus gain the weight back. It's a vicious cycle. I first heard about the "Wendi" program while attending Weight Watchers a few years ago on a weight loss message board. It is a good way to boost your weight loss when you hit a plateau.

I'm two days away from completing Cycle 1 - Carb Depleting Week. Although I wondered at times if I would be able to make it, it hasn't been unbearable. I have a massive sweet tooth, and I love breads and pasta. The first two days were the worst. I craved sweets, especially in the evening. But each day became easier. And when I stepped on the scales yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to see six pounds gone. I've noticed my energy level is higher than normal (even though I'm still in bed on Saturday morning at 10 drinking coffee and blogging.) The biggest challenge for me this week has been breakfast. I don't like eggs. I tried eating scrambled egg whites on Days One and Two, but I couldn't make myself take more than two or three bites. I stopped trying on Day Three and instead drank a Protein Shake for breakfast the rest of the week.

Monday begins Cycle 2 - Macro-Patterning, which is a 3-week cycle. During the first week, carbs are slowly re-introduced and at only certain times of the day. I'm worried. I'm a junkie when it comes to carbs and sweets. Will the moderation only lead to me wanting more and more? We shall see.

I'm posting a link to the book and a review of the plan.



  1. Good Saturday Morning Sweetest Friend!

    Okay, so we officialy have something in common....I too was in bed at 10am! Love it!

    Yea! Kudo's to you for embarking on the weight loss quest! What a wonderful committment to your health and well being :) And, SO SO SO happy you saw that 6lb loss when you stepped on the scale! Fabulous!!!! Hang in there and it will work out ;) As for the egg whites, me neither! Blah...if I were a body builder I'd starve, as all they eat are egg whites, tuna and water!

    Hope that you have a great Arkansas weekend. We're going to hit the high 90's today...will feel like 105! I'm sure y'all have the same. Stay cool.

    Many Hugs and Blessings to you,

  2. Sounds like a very interesting book. I want you to post more about your experience with it! I'm considering going gluten free, as I really think that I'm intolerant of it, but it just sounds awful to rule it out completely!

    I love that you were in bed until 10, I usually am on my days off, but lately have had to get up early a lot! Hope the rest of your weekend was great! Sending you love!