It’s been exactly ten days since I started this abomination of a diet healthy-eating lifestyle. I say abomination because the first week was exactly that; I had no energy, I felt like I was starving all the time & let’s just say I wasn’t my usual, charming-self. Let’s talk basics – the who, what where when & why.
&who?: Well, originally, my girl Jaq had asked if I wanted to partake in a healthy eating challenge. You see, we have plans to strut our stuff in a few weeks so we figured – why not give it our best for the next 3 weeks? It was actually a coincidence that Antoinette asked the same of me – except Antoinette decided to kick-it up a notch and extend my “3 weeks” to 3 months.
Side story: I woke up in a slight panic the Monday after and my initial thought was WTF, what exactly did I agree to? That leads me to my next point..
&what?: I’ve never been a fan of the word diet; I’d like to think of it as being more cognizant of what foods I’m putting in my body. So with that said, I’m going to retract my statement above and say that I wasn’t starving per se; I just don’t think I was satisfied with what I was eating – because carbs make me happy. The goal was to begin this healthy lifestyle; to drink at least a gallon of water per day; have a meal plan that consisted of high protein, low carbs (absolutely NO rice, bread, pastas), no sweets, no alcohol & no caffeine. Yes, I said it no caffeine; this is why I woke up the next morning and experienced a WTF moment. For those of you who don’t know me. I live, breath, function off of caffeine. In fact, I usually don’t even converse with anyone until I’ve had a few sips of my morning coffee. I’m not entirely pleasant until then; I know, it’s difficult to believe, right?
Anyway, I’d have to say my go-to snack has definitely been tuna salad. A super easy recipe can be found here – I’ve also added chopped jalapenos to it, just to give it a little kick. It’s worth trying, you can thank me later.
&where?: Location isn’t exactly relevant in this case but I’ll take this opportunity to talk about where I currently am – mentally & physically.
- Mentally, I’m doing well. This second week has been way easier than the first. It’s been imperative that I stick to a routine; that’s been my saving grace. When I’ve had no energy and/or no motivation, I’ve regressed to my schedule. It’s a matter of self-discipline at that point, you either train your mind to just do it (thank you Nike for the best tag line ever created) OR you don’t, but you risk not achieving your goal(s).
- Physically, I’m doing amazing. Part of my inspiration to blog today was the fact that I beat my personal record in the gym today; I ran 2 full miles in about 22 minutes. Now listen here – all you long-distance runners, don’t go rolling your eyes at me. I know it really doesn’t seem like a lot but for a girl who can’t stand running – it’s an accomplishment. Not only have I been able to withstand longer cardio sessions but I can do more/heavier lifting (you know, when I actually decide to lift that one time a week. HA!)
Did I also mention that I’m already 3 pounds lighter, Project: Get Summatime Fine is officially underway…
&when? : The agreed upon timeframe was 90 days; however, it’s been brought to my attention that I’ll be in Hawaii so in my case, it’s a 77-day with a 7-day break & the remaining 6 days back healthy eating challenge. Did you follow that? If you did – kudos to you!
Also, the plan was to have absolutely NO cheat days during the first 30 days; we would stick to the regiment as closely as possible. After the first 30 days we’d give ourselves one cheat meal per week.
That’s where I’m at – 10 days in. That’s the master plan.
&why?: Is this even a question? Hasn’t the low carb, no alcohol, no sweets, no caffeine aspect of this challenge enticed you to want to join? I mean, who really wants chips or pasta or candy?
Me, I do.
I absolutely want all of it, every – single – day.
That’s not the purpose of all this though. I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to see how I’d manage given the strict food regiment. It all seems extreme but it’s a healthier lifestyle, something that can only help my progress – mentally, emotionally and physically. I really wanted to detox my body of all the junk I’ve grown accustomed to. A healthier body and/or mindset is something to strive for, something that I know I’d feel proud of doing. It allows me to refocus my energy on planning my meals, concentrating on having an effective workout and keeps me consistent in my routine.
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”
– Michael Jordan
It’s never too late to revamp your routine. You have a goal? Make a plan & start with day 1 – you can do it!