This challenge proved too much for me this month. I made it nine days, fell off the wagon and failed to get back on. I think because I tried to change too much that it became overwhelming for me and, to be honest, I did not prepare and I think that’s where failure starts in most endeavors. I need to try this challenge again, but after I’ve worked through some of the bad habits I have and have a plan/menus/prep work in place. I do feel bad about failing this one so royally, but it does show me that I’ve got real problems with food that I need to address. That’s what this challenge has done for me in the long run. A focus on adopting one new good habit at a time. I did a good job with mostly eliminating Diet Coke and Dr. Pepper so I’d like to keep that going. I started drinking more water and I’d like to focus on getting to eight glasses a day. Same with the juicing, a good start that I need to continue daily. So, the challenge wasn’t a total loss, but it was disappointing.
I love Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec and his take on food is not so far from my own, lol.
Okay, so I took off three days and ate what I wanted. I’ve decided to modify the challenge for the rest of the month. We’ll be travelling for a few days to visit Jason’s mother who will be starting cancer treatment soon and I don’t want to worry about any diet while we’re there. It’s not about me. And at the end of the month I’m hosting a party here and I’d like to enjoy the yummy fruits of my labor. So, all of the other days I will be on a juice diet, one that was in my original challenge.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead was very inspirational. We bought a fancy juicer and today I finally took it out of the box, cleaned it up and juiced for the first time. I didn’t follow any recipe, but I’m sure I will at some point. I just pulled some fruits and veggies from the refrigerator and made something that turned out really yummy.
Blueberries, bananas, kale, carrots, celery. It’s kind of a pain to clean so I imagine that will get old, but the juice was good. So, I should get four days in this week and we’ll see how it goes 🙂
I haven’t checked in to update my Real Food challenge because, well, it’s sucked and I didn’t want to gripe and moan. I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t feel any differently physically. I didn’t need you to know that I was grumpy and had zero energy. And I definitely didn’t want to say that this challenge was too much for me.
I made it through 9 1/2 days and although the first few days were okay, every day got just a bit worse. Was it the sugar, gluten, dairy, Diet Coke or pesticides that my body missed most? Who knows. Yesterday I was done. I could feel it. I held on and then today I felt worse, just more of everything I’ve already complained about. So I decided that I would let myself eat pizza at my dad’s 70th pizza birthday party tomorrow. Maybe I could just control it. And then I went out to pick up a few things and saw it. The thing I should walk right by without a glance, but instead bought and opened up in my car in the parking lot (I’m surprised I waited that long).
Behold the Oreo Stack. I ate six bites and still had this much left. Jason’s promised to take care of the rest.
So, where do I go from here? I’m going to mull it over and make a decision after my dad’s party 🙂 To make the challenge worthwhile I needed to feel better or lose weight. I did lose three pounds but that just wasn’t enough. I fell off the wagon but I will pick myself back up on Sunday and try again, but maybe in a more modified form. All I can think of right now is pizza!
I’m tired. I have a headache. I’m not digging the change so far. But going gluten and dairy free is no joke and add nothing processed on top of it? Hard. I’ve lost two pounds so that’s nice.
The problem is that I started unprepared and haven’t caught up yet. I’ve survived on eggs, rice, beans, salsa, peppers, peanuts, fruit. Tonight I cooked a chicken and Gage and I stood at the counter and ate it right off the bone. Did I feel guilty after seeing all those films about the chicken industry last month? Surprisingly, yes. Getting ready to take the potatoes off the stove (cooked in chicken broth) and get dinner on the table, but wanted to check in.
Biggest challenges – Yesterday I worked the sundae bar at Gage’s school and couldn’t eat any of it. Tonight I worked at the school again for pizza day and held strong but there were some longing looks at that pizza. I wasn’t tempted at all by the ice cream, but that pizza? I’m still thinking about that pizza with loving thoughts.
I am not and never have been a healthy eater. I love and always have loved fast food. Eating out is and always has been my preferred method of getting food into my body. These things mattered little in my teens and 20’s but once I hit 30 the pounds crept on and started inviting friends. When I got pregnant with Gage at 38 I weighed almost 50 pounds less than I do now. 50. I haven’t had time to worry about myself because Gage has needs that keep me more than busy and worrying about other things, but at this point I need to get some control or Gage will be taking care of me soon! So, last month we watched four food documentaries and they were all very informative and inspiring and hopefully enough of a push to get me through this month.
I’m not going to follow any specific diet, but I’m eliminating processed foods for the month. I looked around a bit and different websites have different rules, but for me it’s just real food. If I buy beans or rice or oatmeal, etc., that can be the only ingredient listed. I debated on whether to allow coffee or wine but both are allowed on most of the diets I saw so they can stay.
Ultimately, I want to lose weight, but that it not what I’ll be focusing on this month. I just want to give my body a rest from the crap I usually feed it. Because I was so inspired by Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I will be adding a week of juicing. We bought a new juicer and I’m excited to see how I feel after 7 days of just juice. I did a 3 day juice ‘fast’ years ago and remember feeling awful. I’m so busy at Gage’s school this week (I relieved the teachers in 1st, 4th and 7th grades today – so much fun!) that I’m waiting to start the juicing until next week when I might have more time to be miserable.
And yes, I know it’s the shortest month so it does feel a little bit like cheating BUT no fancy dinner out or chocolates for Valentine’s Day so I’m calling it a wash 🙂
Today I ate a banana, apple, baked potato, peanuts, two eggs, rice, beans, salsa, 2 cups of coffee, one glass of organic red wine. I’m stuffed.
Feel free to link to any websites I should check out for good recipes. Wish me luck!