Pseudo-Whole Life Challenge Check-In

I realized today that it’s been almost two weeks since I decided to try following a modified Whole Life Challenge diet. As I predicted, it’s been difficult. And even though I’m not following the prescribed compliant/non-compliant food list to a T, I still haven’t been “perfect” by any means. In fact, I went completely off the wagon at my parents’ this weekend. And then again at my mother in law’s birthday dinner on Monday. And that’s A-OK by me. Here’s a little bit of what this week or so has been like.


  • I lost a pound!
  • I’m eating lots more fruit and veg than I normally do
  • I’ve realized I have a lot more will power than I thought, and I have the power to say “no”


  • The cravings for carbs and sugar didn’t really go away, even though I was VERY disciplined the first week. I just want to bury my face in a vat of mac and cheese every moment of every day
  • It’s hard to stick to a “diet” when you’re a) away from home, b) want to have a social life, and c) neglect your grocery shopping
  • My will power is not limitless. When faced with a full turkey dinner cooked by my dad, all bets are off

Even though I went off the rails this weekend, I don’t think I’m giving up. I will continue to avoid sugar, limit alcohol intake, and try very, very hard not to eat bread, pasta, or processed foods for the rest of the month. But I’m also not going to beat myself up if I can’t stick to it. Realistically, eliminating entire food groups is not the way I want to live my life. More than anything, I’m looking at this as an exercise in will power. If I can say no to cupcakes at the office one day, I can say no to them other days. And as long as I say no more often than I say yes, I should maintain a relatively balanced lifestyle, which is ultimately what I’m going for.

What’s your number one, all-bets-are-off, can’t-say-no-to treat or food?

Friday Free-For-All – 10/02/15

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This week has kicked my ass. The first two weeks after the quarter ends are my busiest times at work. That is exponentially so this quarter, because we’re revamping some of our quarterly processes, and I’m now responsible for a lot more stuff, yet still not 100% certain what I’m responsible for and how to do it. Thus, I am WAY behind in my blogging. I owe you a Color Run recap, I have a Fall Bucket List, and I have a product review that will hopefully go up later today. Cross your fingers that work will calm down a bit next week and things will get back to normal around here.

Because I’ve been so busy, I haven’t run at all this week. But I’m OK with it. I did Body Pump on Monday and Tap on Wednesday, so it’s not like I was a sloth all week. And I have run club tomorrow, which will be at least 3 miles, and my 10 mile training run on Sunday.

Starting yesterday, I’m off sugar, bread, pasta, and most processed foods until the end of the month. I’m loosely following the Whole Life Challenge “Lifestyle” diet plan, which I heard about through Kristen at Run Away With Me. But I’m doing things my way: I’m not giving up dairy, and I’m allowing myself one small glass of wine per day, otherwise I might kill someone. Yes, this will be hard. No, this is not a permanent change; I will never permanently give up pasta. HOWEVER, I’ve been on what I’ve been calling the “garbage diet” since before Chess ended. I’ve been eating anything and everything; not enough protein, not enough produce, too much pasta, too much sugar, and too much popcorn drowning in butter and salt. I feel gross. I need a hard-stop reset to get my habits back in order. More fruit and veg. Less processed junk. I’ll be counting on support from my Team Can-Am accountabilibuddies Lisa, Kellie, Kim, and Nicole. Wish me luck!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?