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 First Reckoning Is Always The Awkwardest

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Hi there world!

I’m not here to start a revolutionary blog that will change the face of the internet and millions of people’s lives.  Definitely not my style.  I would rather quietly offer my humble thoughts to whomever drifts along – mostly family and friends who are wondering what the heck I’m up to.

Usually, what I’m up to is nothing special at all, but I have recently gone through an unusual experience (for me)… a diet.  The Les Mills 21-day Challenge Diet, to be specific.  I searched high and low trying to find someone’s account of this diet, day by day, so that I would know what to expect, feel like I could relate in a real way to someone else who had done this, but there was nothing!  I realize everyone is different, and what I have experienced will absolutely not be the case for others.  But the one thing that will be the same for everyone: the struggle.  If you are trying this diet out, you will struggle.  Even the strong-willed skinny bitches of the universe will struggle.

I’ll have a series of posts that details each day of the diet I did and my Reckonings from each day.  But first, I think it be helpful to put into context who I am and why I did this to myself.  I’m a fit thirty something year old girlie girl who loves teaching group fitness classes at my local gym clubs to my local gym peeps.  I have a beautiful house, a loving girlfriend and life partner, and a faithful dog.  I am a confident and generally happy person.  I have a healthy relationship with food, and am one of the fortunate ones who loses their appetite when I get stressed (don’t diss me now, jellies) but am madly in love with sugar of all forms.  Syrups, granules, natural, artificial, hot, cold, home-made, store-bought, you name it.  I don’t discriminate.  I can’t eat anything during the day (or night) without craving a hit of sugar afterwards.  I know that it makes me crash and burn in the afternoons, I know it’s not good for me, I know I should be choosing foods of nutritional value to put into my body to fuel my workouts and my life instead.  So, the diet is supposed to be a reset button.  We. Shall. See!

Another reason for my undertaking would be because of my need to be able to deliver testimonial.  There are so many people trying diets, like some kind of 7 day juice detox, or even something similar to this 21-ay diet, like South Beach or Sugar Detox.  As a fitness professional, I feel like I owe it to my members who ask “What works?”, “Have you tried…”, “What do you recommend?” to be able to say something more sophisticated than “Eat more vegetables and lean protein”.  We all know this already, yes???  As a loyal brand follower of Les Mills, who has put a ton of research into this diet and has proven results, I figured it would be a good place to start.  And, since what I sought was an account of this diet but could not find it, I give you…  The 21-day Les Mills Challenge Diet: The KSab Account.  Stay tuned…