The Les Mills 21-Day Challenge Diet: Days 17-19

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Day 17 (Wednesday) – My thoughts today were permeated with the chant 3 days left… 3 days left… 3 days left… 

I was really hoping that after detoxing for more than 2 weeks I would be feeling a lot stronger about my avoidance of sugar, sweeteners, and high glycemic carbs but it is still a daily struggle and I’m just waiting for it to be over with. 

I wanted to leave this diet with a new attitude:  Ha! Take that, sugar!!  See, I can live without you nooooo problem! 

Perhaps my expectations were way too high.  It would really be helpful if I ate sugar and it made my stomach hurt or gave me gas or bloated me to the high heavens.  But, it unfortunately makes me feel pretty great.  Except when I eat it in excess, then there is an energy crash to deal with afterwards.  So in that vein, let’s focus on what else I’ve learned. 

  1. My cravings deal only with sugary carbs, not starchy carbs.  I can eat an entire meal, leaving the bread/pasta/potato/rice for the end and feel satisfied enough by the protein and vegetables to skip the carbs on the plate.  But, I want a big’O bowl of ice cream after dinner.   
  2. On this diet, I have not had any indigestion, which I previously had pretty much on a daily basis.  Not terrible indigestion, but consistent, regardless of what I ate.  Now, I have had a few cheats, and those have not affected my GI.  So, I know that I have a food sensitivity to something, but not an intolerance.  I suspect dairy because I’ve gone gluten free before, and that didn’t change anything with me.  
  3. My compulsion to eat something sugary after meals is not a result of a sugar “addiction”.  It is my way of getting the food taste out of my mouth after eating.  If I brushed my teeth after every meal, that would take care of wanting a piece of chocolate.  But honestly, who can be bothered to brush their teeth 5 times a day??
  4. I don’t drink nearly enough water.
  5. My energy is more appropriately distributed when I’m off sugar.  Sleep is deep and uninterrupted (if I eat enough and don’t wake up with hunger pains) and wake up without two hits on the snooze and no afternoon crash.
  6. There are a lot of foods that I love that fit into this plan, and many recipes that I loved before that can be easily modified to fit into the plan.
  7. I can see myself fitting into a semi-paleo diet from now on, with some exceptions (ahem… sometimes dessert)

Day 18 (Thursday) – BodyAttack day.  My class cheered as I finished Track 9 (Grenade) full force with my lungs on the floor—they knew it was my last BodyAttack class while on the diet, as many of the members are coming to housewarming on Saturday.  Lots of pats on the back and “Just one more day!” congratulatory remarks.  It was enough to keep me motivated for just one more day.  Two really, if you count today.

Day 19 (Friday)- I have arrived. 

I was good all day. 

So I treated myself to pizza at the newly opened Matchbox at the Mosaic.  The sun was out, the breeze was light, and I sat outside on the patio with my best girl and enjoyed half of a salad, and half of an individual sized pizza.  I appreciated the sweetness of the berries in the salad, and the tomatoes in the pizza.  I savored the texture of the crust and the richness of the goat cheese.  It was perfect.


The Les Mills 21-Day Challenge Diet: Days 14-16

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Day 14 (Sunday) – Today I’m celebrating 2 weeks done by being in PA and having a sub for BodyAttack!  <Thank you Angela!!!>  Could I just reiterate that I do not enjoy teaching while on this diet? 

Aside from my minor transgression on Day 9, and my major sin on Day 13, I’ve done really well.  Back on track for my journey back to VA.  Quick 3 hour drive home, and then had to get to work on the yard – I have Monday and Tuesday off from work to get the outside of my house in decent shape for a housewarming party this weekend. 

Speaking of which, the 21 day diet is actually only a 19 day diet for me because I’m ending this stint of misery with 40 of my closest friends and family, a ton of greek food, and lots of dessert, soda, Prosecco, and all other things bad yum. 

After a full afternoon of raking, bagging, and hauling I am ready for a little pick-me-up.  In the form of cheat-ish #3.  I can’t get my mind off of that burger at Glory Days a million years fourteen days ago.  I justified my burger with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato – only a partial bun, and only 4 of my huge pile of fries – by telling myself that I could have been REALLY bad this weekend while out of town. 

But I wasn’t.  Even considering the donut.  It would energize me to finish the rest of the 3rd week off strong. 

The after effects?  None.  Limiting the carb intake was easy to do, I didn’t crave all the extras, no need to be a member of the clean plate club (I was the queen of this club, by the way, wasting food was something my mother would not tolerate growing up and it stayed with me).  I felt satisfied but not stuffed, and didn’t suffer any indigestion.

Day 15 (Monday) – Home from work, working on the yard all day.  Mulching, mowing, more hauling to the curb.  Grateful for the calorie dense meal last night as I felt like I have much more energy to do what I needed to do today. 

I cooked more pulled pork in the crock pot today and made the almond slaw so that I would have lunches and dinners covered for a few days, it was so good last time, and is diet-friendly.  Taught my Mon night RPM class and felt pretty good on the bike.  Crashed in a heap from all the work at the end of the day.

Day 16 (Tuesday) – Home from work again, and today catching up from the weekend away in the form of laundry, tidying, getting the house back in order.  And a nice long nap in the middle of the day to help me forget about how much I want to raid the ‘hidden stash’ in the laundry closet. 

Yes, that’s right.  After 16 days on this diet, I still want my M&Ms.  I don’t think that is ever going to go away.  Damn it!!!