Okay. I needed some time to regroup. I did quit the challenge I was in before. I hate that I did because I hate quitting anything. But I did.
I was struggling with a lot of things. I wasn't following the meal plans perfectly for one thing, I was staying MOSTLY in it and staying within calories but I was not following it perfectly. Then came the Phase 6 Guinea Pig challenge. I was pretty gung ho at first and there were pro's and con's. I could see where it would get me focused to continue on afterwards by starting (again) so strict.
On the other hand, I was cutting some broccoli and cucumbers for my family one evening and totally, desperately wanted to snack on a cucumber.
Cucumber was not on the liquid diet.
That led to my "Aha moment" so to speak. I didn't want to continue on a diet where cucumbers are forbidden. It wasn't what I wanted to do anymore. I didn't want to feel guilty if I subbed something on the menus. I no longer wanted to rely on vitamins and jello to get me through the day. I get that this was voluntary and that I didn't have to continue and I just simply didn't want to anymore.
I also didn't like the way my blog was heading. I felt that it was becoming all about this challenge. I originally wanted it to express myself honestly and to record my meals. I was no longer able to do this. I didn't even want to continue writing on the diet blog.
I certainly was happy with the results that I was getting. I learned a lot from this challenge and made some very good changes in my eating. But I no longer wanted to continue doing it his way.
Another reason is my dad has been in and out of the hospital with different ailments and procedures and it just became too difficult to continue the liquid diet while dealing with that.
So I didn't. I stopped. I finished my 2 week guinea pig plan and I then opted to quit the challenge.
I needed some time to get my head back straight. I thought about just doing it on my own. I've done that before and it's worked. But I enjoy the support from others. I enjoy supporting others. With the help of a good friend, we're going to continue to use that support and start a summer challenge. I believe that we both will be more successful helping each other and if we can get others on board, then more power to us! More details tomorrow about the challenge.
Email me if you are interested in a summer challenge to get fit and healthy!
Bagel Thin, Egg Beaters & Laughing Cow cheese = 175 calories
Orange Cream Yogurt = 100
Salad w/lots of veggies and dressing = 200
Blueberries = 40 calories
Turkey sandwich = 175 calories
1 oz. peanuts = 160 calories
1 cup Pea 'n Peanut Salad w/white beans added = 360 calories
Popcorn = 100
Total calories = 1310 calories
I didn't plan on eating the stupid peanuts. I hadn't had peanuts in a LONG time and holy cow they were good. They are safely hidden in the cupboard and will go to work with the husband tomorrow so no more damage will be done.
The Pea 'n Peanut salad was really good. I don't know where that website got their nutritional stats from but mine came in very nice. I used light mayo and Italian dressing and less peanuts which certainly helped. Plus I added a can of white beans for more protein. Because I snacked on the peanuts, I ate it just as a salad, but tomorrow for lunch, I plan to eat it on a tortilla as a wrap. Yum!