30 Day Challenge – Done and DONE!
So you may all be wondering why I disappeared a week into my 30 Day Challenge which had me abstaining from bread, pasta, cheese, sugar and alcohol. Some people decide to abstain from things like…how shall I say it….adult relations, but for me to abstain from that for 30 days quite frankly doesn’t pose any kind of challenge! Rest assured, I didn’t disappear because I fell off the cheese wagon! My website was having some technical difficulties that prevented me from being able to access my website as an administrator and add or change content!! The 30 day challenge went extremely well!
Honestly, it wasn’t that difficult, especially in the beginning. It was the perfect time of year to try this. With the heat wave conditions in New York this summer, not eating heavy foods like bread, pasta and cheese wasn’t all that bad. It forced me to focus more on eating lots of fruits and vegetables which I had gotten away from since moving to New York. There is a wonderful produce market not a hundred yards from my house here in Brooklyn so I was able to easily find a wide variety of fresh produce.
There were a few times where the challenge was definitely difficult. Social settings!! Being at home, even going to restaurants where there is an assortment of things you can order off the menu, didn’t pose any kind of problem. However, there were a couple times when I went to an event with friends where it became difficult. A group of friends and I went to Opera in the Park in Central Park and saw La Boheme. We also went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park where they play movies on the big screen Thursday nights and saw Ghostbusters. Being able to do things like these are just one of the reasons I really enjoy New York. However, when we go to these things we all bring food and wine and that is where this became hard for me!
Our usual fare includes a cheese plate, pasta salads, bread, crackers, chips and salsa…you name it we bring it! Oh and lots of wine!! Not only could I not have about 90% of what we bring to such things I also had to explain WHY I couldn’t eat these things and all it ends up doing is making me look like one of those insane diet freaks who clearly isn’t fat but acts as if they are grossly over weight. Yes….it made me look like a calorie counting weight obsessive women which I clearly am not!!
In fact, after those two outings I turned down a few other things because I really didn’t want to deal with the whole situation again!
But that wasn’t the only problem. I also became extremely bored with cooking and creating things that I could eat. I ate a lot of fresh fish, fruit salads, green salads, etc., but after a while I lost interest in the whole process and ended up eating raisin bran for a lot of dinners! Being that I ate raisin bran every morning, for many days it constituted 2 of my meals a day. And yes…for those of you sticklers out there saying “but raisin bran has sugar in it”…yes, I am aware of that, however, I didn’t put sugar in my coffee or eat any desserts so the sugar in the raisin bran wasn’t a complete disaster. In fact…there was an upside to the whole thing…I was very…regular!
Now, you might wonder what my first meal was when the 30 days expired. I drove up to the Catskills with some friends for the weekend so when we got there, our host made a homemade pizza with chorizo, cheese and a basil pesto sauce along with some lovely red wine! It was a great way to end my 30 day challenge!
As I kept saying, it was never intended on being a “diet”. I weighed myself on day one and then upon finishing and only lost 3 pounds. I didn’t limit portion sizes or skip meals. I ate what I wanted within my “approved” food categories, when I wanted to. However, I do feel one other factor did account for only a 3 pound difference from start to finish. About 8 days in, I threw my back out. My lovely playing days injury rearing it’s ugly head again! Therefore, for over two weeks, I was unable to work out at all. It must be that or else the theory of carbohydrate consumption being linked to weight gain wouldn’t necessarily make sense would it?!!
I celebrated the successful end of my 30 day challenge by exploring my “Italy’s 500 Bestever Recipes” cookbook by dedicating myself to making one thing every day! Yesterday, I made two (I missed a day in between so I had to make up for it). I had an amazing spinach and mascarpone fusilli pasta dish for dinner that was light and extremely easy to make. I also made a great ricotta cheesecake with lemon and orange zest that turned out quite well!! Who knows what today’s Italian delight will be!!