Day 1 of the 10 Week Challenge

Yesterday I told you I would report what I ate from now until Friday during the strictest portion of the ten week challenge.

From today through Friday I can’t eat sugar, dairy, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice  or fruit. Basically I’m limited to meat, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

We still have family in town so it’s quite challenging. During breakfast Brent bailed on me and decided that tomorrow would be his start date and he encouraged me to do the same. I stood firm and said no. He’d already convinced me to push it back until the weekend was over. I wasn’t about to do it again.

When I first told him about the challenge he insisted on joining me. I initially told him not to worry about it because I didn’t want to get thrown off if he fell of the wagon. After all, he doesn’t need to lose weight like I do. This has happened before where we’ll vow to eat well together and then he’ll want to order something in for dinner. Since we decide to do it together I end up eating bad too because he did. After doing this over and over he still ends up looking great and I end up large and in charge. Brent is a great life partner but I really must say that he sucks as a nutrition challenge partner.

So this morning while Brent caved in and dug into another breakfast burrito I sautéed up some mushrooms, onions and spinach to be topped off with two cooked eggs. I added a bit of the left over green chili Brent smothered his burrito in as an after thought.


See the cake in the background? I meant to have a slice before starting the challenge but was so sick of eating crappy food that I couldn’t force myself to do it.

I also officially traded in my sugar coffee for hot tea. It’s actually really good and I had no problem relaxing with a hot mug of this stuff.


Plus, I like the tin it comes in. It makes me feel like I’m drinking something special.

My snacking style is thoroughly cramped without fruit or dairy. I kept wanting to grab an apple or eat some yogurt. I also usually carry Kind Bars with me in my purse just in case I get hungry and I couldn’t even turn to that because of the sugar. So if you have any snacky suggestions to get me through this phase I’m all ears.

The only thing I could think to snack on was carrots and humus. So I ate a handful before heading out to the mall with the family.


After walking around for a while we headed for the food court to grab a bite to eat for lunch. Brent and I went to Woody Creek Cafe to grab a few salads and iced tea.


What I didn’t know was that you got a complimentary cookie with your salad when you go to Woody’s. This wasn’t much of a challenge because I’ve gotten used to passing up on cookies. But it still ticked me off when Brent went on and on about how moist and delicious it was since he was supposed to be doing this challenge with me.

I threatened to take a picture of him eating his cookie for the blog and he shoved it in his mouth before I could catch him in the act… what a butt head.


I only felt a little bit of satisfaction when he almost choked on it.

The day was going great so far. I didn’t feel deprived at all. The salad I had for lunch was really filling and I wasn’t hungry again until 6 tonight. Everyone else decided to order pizza and garlic knots for dinner.


I ate a handful of almonds while I roasted up some butternut squash and onions in balsamic vinegar and olive oil to go along with my grilled chicken.


I didn’t eat it… By the time I had gotten Penelope to bed and had finished cooking my meal I wasn’t feeling so great. I’ve got a headache and am feeling a little nauseous. My plate is sitting next to me as I type this still untouched. I get migraines all of the time so I’m not sure if that is my problem or if I’m just reacting to the sudden change of diet. My bet is that I’m just a weirdo.

We’ll find out tomorrow when I go through another round…

11 thoughts on “Day 1 of the 10 Week Challenge

  1. Wow I give you ALOT of credit for pushing thru when everyone around you is eating things you probably want to atleast try! I’m sure the headaches are even from not drinking coffee… sister commented at one point she was having some and I pointed out to her she hadn’t had her usual coffee a couple of mornings in a row…..u never realize how something so small can affect u so much. I’m not sure if they have sugar….but have a ever had snap pea crisps? Petty sure they’re baked….that might be an option for a snack?? They’re pretty yummy….

  2. Last week was pretty much a free for all with my eating. I ate so much garbage. By Friday, I was sick of eating junk too. It was back to business Saturday. No sugar no “white” for me. Went to bed with a splitting headache. I know it was from withdrawals. I have suffered with migraines since I was 8 years old. They were usually a weekly occurance. Since being sugar/caffeine free for the most part these last ten months, I can’t recall the last time I had one.
    Anyhoo, just want to let you know that you are probably the most relateable blogger that I follow and I appreciate you “keepin’ it real”! Keep it up!

  3. I thought of another great snack – but maybe not if you are doing low carb. Hot air popcorn. I make this and spray on liquid aminos and then sprinkle on some nutritional yeast. It is really good, and it helps a lot with the snacking urge.

  4. Way to be strong today! Have you tried baking chickpeas until they are crunchy? You can add different spices. Scope out Pinterest for recipes if you’re interested.

  5. Nina – love your writing! Have you checked out the “Well Fed” cookbook by Melissa Joulwan? Great paleo recipes for people who love to eat. I’ve been using her recipes for awhile and it sure helps me stay focused on good veggies and proteins. I still struggle with my sugar desires, but my veggie consumption has significantly increased. My go-to snacks are sugar snap peas, raw almonds (some), sliced peppers or those great mini peppers, pickles, or cucumbers. Keep up the good work.

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