1 Week Post Challenge: Where Is She Now?

by carolyn on May 2, 2012

My apologies for falling off the face of the blogosphere. After 24 consecutive days of blogging I needed a little break. To my reader who calls my blog her daily dessert, I am especially sorry. I would never wish a week without dessert upon anyone.

I am now officially one week past the challenge. If it’s been keeping you up nights wondering how I’m doing post challenge, you can sleep soundly tonight. I’ll lay it out for you like I always do: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I think the only other week I’ve eaten as much fast food would be during finals in college. I got on this crazy fast food binge that, of course, started with Chick-fil-a (no regrets there) but ended with foods I don’t even really care for, like the egg toaster at Sonic. Fast food breakfast is a big weakness of mine and I don’t even like it!!! I am one of those pizza or ice cream for breakfast kind of people (okay, clearly also unhealthy). Breakfast is just not in my nature so I can’t really explain the fast food breakfast thing other than these points:

  • I’m not a morning person
  • I’m pretty much always running late
  • My mom may have kind of served me breakfast in bed throughout my whole childhood (scrambled eggs and grits or fruit salad were my two fave dishes). Admittedly I probably ate it with a silver spoon.

I think I’m over the worst of that battle now, though. I can force myself to eat fruit until a real meal time comes around. And it’s embarrassing to try to recall whether I’ve already been to one fast food joint that morning before returning for dinner.

The good news is that I don’t get the same satisfaction from junk food eating as I used to. Do I love the “freedom” I have now to eat whatever I want? Yes! But my body kind of hates it when I feed it soda and sodium for breakfast. I may not feel like peeling an orange, but I’m much more satisfied eating an orange than I am eating a scoop of ice cream.

Right now I’m having more fun trying to makeover my fave junk foods. Example: on Sunday I was majorly craving some pizza. The main problem is that by pizza I mean calzone and I would have eaten half of it-at least. This would make me feel sluggish and a little guilty for (a) spending that much money on one meal, (b) eating an unhealthy meal, and (c) being too lazy to put any effort into it beyond a 30 second phone call and a 5 yard dash to my door.

My semi-healthy solution: I went to a take-and-bake place down the road called Papa Murphy’s where I ordered a thin crust pizza and I specified that I wanted just a little cheese and pepperoni and then tons of zucchini, onions, and mushrooms. Then I baked it to perfection in the comfort of my home. The whole process took the same amount of time as waiting for a delivery and was cheaper. Plus I was able to go all high-maintenance on the poor pizza guy and get exactly what I wanted.

Though I would like to boast that the Challenge reformed me, I must confess that I am still me! Every decision I make about food or fitness is a small hurdle. But I’m in this for the long haul.



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1 Dani May 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Um, thank you so much for bringing back dessert!! I have been having withdrawals, and you should know by now that I have a bit of a sweet tooth! :) I know it is tough to be disciplined “post challenge,” but I definitely have faith in you. I’m glad that you can tune in to how fast food makes your body feel–I, too, am really guilty of being an instant gratification junk food junkie, and it always makes me feel like crud later. Maybe we should be fast food “accountabilibuddies”…? I know I have told you about my personal weakness for McDonald’s cheeseburgers, even though I know how gross they are.


2 Bettie May 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I was so glad to read another blog entry from you!!! You are so real when you write and it makes your readers feel like we are all in this with you! Your success is our success! Your frustration is ours, too! You have so many readers who are enjoying getting to know you better through your blog and who are rooting for you more and more with each blog entry.
With much love and many prayers,
Your lucky mama


3 Leslie May 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Take and Bake!!! Yet another awesome moment of enlightenment thanks to your blog!


4 Liz May 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

First welcome back! Second…UGH – I will be honest and say that I hope you get a serious fast food hang-over!!! I once ate a whole pound bag of peanut M&Ms in college (in one sitting). They were fresh and pastel for Easter. I still like peanut M&Ms, however they will never quite be the same. Sometimes we have to overindulge to realize we can no longer taste what we are eating. If we pause just long enough we will find there is void that needs to be filled with something and it is not the food we are eating. Pause!!! Keep experimenting with the healthy creations to replace the fast food. At the very least please make a rule that you cannot eat fast food for breakfast, unless it’s oatmeal or egg beaters. :-) As always, thanks for keeping it real. I still believe you can accomplish your goal!


5 Ali Dwyer September 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

So excited to hear that the 24 day challenge has encouraged you to stay on the right path for the long haul! I’m a user and distributor of Advocare and I’ll be starting my challenge in the beginning of October (just in time to look great in a Halloween costume). I’m super excited about it and am loving this journey Advocare has taken me and my husband on! If you’d like you can follow us on instagram or our facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Start-With-Advocare/508763412539828 and our username for instagram is NewStartWithAdvocare, I keep it updated with fitness tips and lots of healthy yummy recipes! (Growing up in the South didn’t exactly help my healthy cooking habits so I’m learning as I go!) Best of luck on your journey!


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