The Les Mills 21-Day Challenge Diet: Days 0-3

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Day 0 (Sunday)- In preparation for being able to eat, well…nothing, I celebrated my last days of carbs and sugar with a dinner at Glory Days complete with onion rings, French fries, a bacon cheeseburger, and at least a half a bottle of ketchup.  Upon return to the house, I also had an entire vanilla cupcake and made it a la mode for good measure.  I felt GREAT.  Slept like a baby.  Woke up the next day ready to take on the world.  Or at least this diet.

Day 1 (Monday)– Loaded up with the appropriate foods proportioned to each meal and a schedule to follow.  I am surprisingly not hungry between meals, just constantly thinking about when the next one will be.  Counting down the minutes until I can have more… meat and veggies.  I have to force myself to think about water consumption and successfully drink my 2L while at work, albeit peeing at least once an hour.  Teaching my spin class at 6:30pm wasn’t too hard as I believe I am still benefitting from the amazing intake of fat and carbs from yesterday.  Last meal when I got home after class was a bit later than I’d like, but it kept my belly satisfied the rest of the evening and through the night.

Day 2 (Tuesday)- I had the unfortunate, and perhaps ironic, opportunity to teach my alternating (but only once monthly) BodyAttack class at Ballston this morning.  Honestly, if I were going to teach BodyAttack only one time per month couldn’t it have been on the 7 days of the month that aren’t diet days?  I had signed up for this week to teach long ago, so I digress… class was surprisingly OK, I did not feel the effects of the diet from Monday while teaching except a little more tired than usual at 6am.  The protein shake which tasted pretty foul on Monday was a welcome meal post-workout and tasted a lot less awful.  Again with the all-day counting down to the next meal, really thinking about sugar and wanting something sweet.  Gum, even!  But can’t have gum because sweeteners aren’t allowed.  Nothing that tastes sweet is allowed.  UGH.  Starting to feel resentful.  And my legs are sore from BodyAttack this morning which means I am not recovering from my workout like I typically would.  Last meal at 7pm which satisfied me until I went to bed (at 9) and then I tossed and turned half the night because I was too hungry to sleep.

Day 3 (Wednesday)- 6am RPM class was rough due to not only my depletion due to the diet but also having a very questionable night of sleep.  At the end of the first hill climb (T3, about 18 minutes in) I became dizzy and light-headed.  Fortunately, no blackouts and I pulled myself together for the rest of the class.  The post-workout shake is my savior.  I worked from home today, but still had all of my meals packed and planned ahead of time so no deviating.  It was really hard not being at the office though.  Those M&Ms hidden in the laundry closet are taunting me.  I don’t give in though because, well… I don’t like the fact that M&Ms taunt me.  Why do I need them so much??  Just forget about them already!  I am taking notice today that my need to eat sweets isn’t 100% connected to an “addictive state”; it’s sometimes just a way for me to get the chicken/fish/foodie taste out of my mouth.  Water works for about five seconds.  Fortunately, at home I can brush my teeth often.  Will have to figure a way to do so at work too- maybe mouth wash?  If it has sugar in it, but I spit it out that doesn’t count right?  Listen to me, I’m an eating disorder in the making!  This thought leads me into doubting the diet.  I have never had an eating disorder or an unhealthy relationship with food.  So now going on this diet is clouding my mind with thoughts of how I can get away with eating what I want without actually eating what I want.  Hmmm… another rough night of sleep ensues.

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…