The Les Mills 21-Day Challenge Diet: Days 12-13

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Day 12 (Friday)- Dreading the weekend again, but this time it will be doubly hard since I’m leaving to go out of town to visit family in PA this afternoon through Sunday.  It will be hard to impose a weird eating schedule on other people’s time, and also make good choices while out to eat. 

But, today, I can be good. 

My energy is evening out- plenty during the day (except during my workouts, still lacking there) and a deep uninterrupted sleep at night.  The activity with packing and traveling takes my mind off of food for the most part during the day. 

I cooked a spaghetti squash prior to leaving to take with me in hopes my offer to cook dinner would help me avoid at least one night out at a restaurant.  And it paid off- we all ate a delicious dinner with salad, spaghetti squash, onions, tomatoes, itallian sausage, and shrimp.  My host had baked an unbelievably delicious smelling zucchini bread prior to my arrival, not knowing about my diet, and I had a small piece for dessert. 

I’ll blame it on not wanting to offend rather than weakness.  Once you succumb to the big c-h-e-a-t, doing it again is relatively easy.  It’s a slippery slope.

Day 13 (Saturday)- Sleeping a lot definitely helps with dieting, and my nearly 10 hours overnight was very good for keeping my cravings at bay just a bit longer in the morning. 

I’ve had a debate going with myself for the last 24 hours where I have agreed that while I will be doing my best to stay on diet as much as possible, if I get off track a little bit (ie. Zucchini bread or other out-of-town treats) I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I can’t have an enjoyable weekend away while being so restrictive that I’m stressed out about it.  It’s not fun for the people I’m visiting either. 

So, in that vein, I happily ate a late breakfast shake and some eggs for early lunch, took a short jog with the dog (and I mean short…  I think I actually ‘trotted’ for about ¾ mile and just walked the rest of the way.  No need to torture myself with another disappointing low energy workout when I’m hardly eating anything to burn off anyways), and rewarded myself for my good intentions with the town’s claim to fame (other than the Yuengling Brewery) – The Pottsville Crème Donut at Dunkin Donuts. 

This is not like a typical Dunkin Donuts donut, folks. 

Like I said in my reckoning from last Monday, I’m not blowing this thing on a krispy kreme.  But I’m hella blowing it for a Pottsville Crème!  I almost went blind in ecstasy when I bit into it.  Or, maybe that was my eyes rolling back into my head so hard I nearly pitched backwards and fainted.  THIS makes life worth living, people! 

Is it bad for you?  Yes.  Terrible, actually.  It’s full of gluten, dairy, sugar, and not only has Zero useful nutrients for your body, it probably completely negates all of the useful nutrients I’ve tried to put in my body up until this point today.  But, it’s a rare treat.  And I don’t care if you’re judging me right now. 

The after effects?  I felt great- for the first time since I started this diet, I felt full.  Satisfied.  And I promptly crashed in a heap of lethargy about 3 hours later with a little bit of belly bloat and some gas.  Who’s gonna say ‘I told you so’?  Go on, I don’t care.  If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing.  But, hopefully I won’t be doing it over tomorrow!

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