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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!


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…