For the most part, it hasn’t been too hard on me, giving up the junk food. As with any time you try to give up any kind of junk food or improve your eating habits, there are a few saboteurs to watch out for. I’m not talking about someone coming up behind you grabbing you and literally forcing you to ingest whipped cream. It could happen. It did to me. Really. I spit it out. But no, I’m talking about the sneaky saboteurs… the sweet lady with the sweets on her desk who sweetly gives one to each of your daughters, then says “Mommy deserves some too” (and she has the good stuff). The cutie pie with curly pigtails who asks if Mama wants a bite of her donut. Yes! Wait I mean no. Yes, I want it. No, I’m not going to do it. Don’t look at her cute face! Can’t say no to the cute face! That yellow and red sign (did you know they use those colors because people eat more when they’re surrounded by warm colors? Evil!) all lit up and beckoning… offering deep fried mozzarella comfort after a long night at school. Those are the saboteurs to watch out for! Oh, an last night… the worst. I was making myself some banana “ice cream” and asked if Scott wanted anything. He did… just a bowl of ice cream… only my favorite ice cream in the world (excluding my great aunt’s homemade ice cream because that stuff is unbelievable). Sure, no problem. I’ll just scoop out a bowl of this dreamy, chocolatey, peanut buttery…
… perfection! I still love you. We just can’t be together right now. I need a break. I’ll always love you. It’s not you. It’s me. Get it together, Leetra! Stop talking to the ice cream. It is just food. It is not love. But seriously! I am so proud of myself. I did not even pick out one of those little peanut butter cups for myself. Never have I ever served this particular type of ice cream without at least a little taste…. until last night. I didn’t even realize it was humanly possibly to do so. The willpower!
Another almost breakdown:
No not the onion dip. Ew! The Red Bull. I have a feeling Scott is trying to kill my resolve. Okay, it’s more than a feeling. He was the aforementioned whipped cream attacker. I’m actually kinda pretty certain, he is attempting sabotage. Last time he put one of these boxes in the refrigerator, it was for my birthday. Well, it can just stay there, I’m doing this! Nothing can stop me (unless that homemade ice cream I mentioned somehow shows up. Scott, if you really want to sabotage my challenge, Call my Aunt Malinda. It will be over)
The fun part of the challenge has been coming up with healthy, non-junkie snacks. Hummenade… It’s what happens when I’m making red pepper hummus and then decide I want tapenade too. I throw in handful of green and black olives at the end so they stay chunky. It looked absolutely disgusting and tasted amazing. Pistachios… love them! Any fruit or vegetable…
Hungry? Eat a carrot! No, I’m not forcing the girls to do this challenge with me. I actually asked her what she wanted for breakfast and that was her first choice (hashtag proud mama). You already know about Amazeballs and the secretly healthy chocolate frosting. There you have it… some of my go-to 21 Day Challenge snacks. For me the trick to better eating is to arm myself with a snack before I leave the house. That way when someone offers me something on the “no” list, I can say “no thanks” and know I’m not going to miss it too much.
As for the other half of my challenge, the water part… also not too hard. Remember I am drinking a gallon of water a day? You may have seen this rather viral picture.
So apparently if I drink a gallon of water every day for a month, I will magically know how to apply foundation properly. Awesome! Still hasn’t happened, but it’s only been a week. I will post I picture of my make-up skills in three more weeks, so you can see how they improve. Prepare to be impressed!
I have a little trick for the water challenge:
This. 16 times a day. I like a lot of ice, so I can’t quite fit two in a glass. I fill my the cup and dump it in my glass and start chugging to make room for the second one. Then any time I leave the house, I fill a 16.9 ounce water bottle (that .9 is just going to make me all the better at foundation application). As a stay at home mom, this works for me. If you’re out and about more, you should probably just bring a gallon jug along with you. 16 8 oz cups or 8 16 oz bottles… whichever way sounds easier.
P.S. As I was peeing, I had a total Aha! moment… So important I had to hurry to my computer to let you know. Drinking more water –> Improved foundation application. Here’s why: She spent so much time running to the bathroom, that she decided to just stay there. Mirror + Make-up + Time = By the end of 30 days her techniques were perfected, and her skin looked fabulous.
Have you ever done this challenge or anything like it?
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
What is your most irresistible junk food?