Dear Boys and Girls,
I've been MIA the past few days, not because I've been busy hiding, but because my mom is in town. Right before she came I made a decision: as tough as it might be, I was going to stick to the challenge.
The key? I wasn't going to make a big deal about it. I simply cooked from the top two tiers of Michi's Ladder and tried to make my meals as delicious as possible. It worked!
I had started feeling deprived after 10 days and new that if I wanted to keep seeing results and stick with the challenge, I was going to have to change up my menu a bit. I've noticed something with folks:
They can eat like monks for a certain period and not seem to mind. But, inevitably, they hit a wall, go crazy, stuff themselves like potatoes, gain the weight, and feel as if they've failed. We can't eat tasteless food for very long without caving in to cravings. It might work for a while, but it can't last. Food has to taste good, at least part of the time!
In general, I don't mind eating plainly. I really don't mind eating the same foods over and over again. But, sometimes I do mind and when I do, I usually know it because I start to crave and sometimes I know it because I'll give in to fatty temptations.
So, this time, I spiced up my life by getting beans (black beans and pinto beans, plain, no salt), brown rice, pork tenderloin, almond cheese, and other foods I don't always eat. Eating has been fun and guess what? My mom didn't even notice that she was eating super duper clean!
Well, the scale hasn't moved in days. I'm at a comfortable 131. Yes, I know, a pound is nothing. But, I've got my mind set on getting there. So, week 3 of the challenge, watch out. Here I come!
Your friend in fitness,