If you follow me on Twitter you may notice me using the hashtag #FatBlast50. My boot camp is hosting a 50 day challenge. No grains (except quinoa and buckwheat), no sugar (including added sugars in processed foods – fruits are okay though!), and exercise for a minimum 30-minutes a day every day, for 50 days.
Sounds kind of extreme, right? I thought so too. But I also know my eating habits needed a bit of a boost. I eat tonnes of fruits and veggies but always the same kind. My morning breakfast of toast/bagel/english muffin with peanut butter was a habit that could be kicked to the curb. And I love my morning coffee but it had a lot of sweetened creamer in it.
We won’t even get into the wine.
Apparently you can lose a lot of weight/body fat on this program but that’s not the reason I’m doing it (and I’m going to write about numbers later on this week). For me, I want to replace some of my not-so-good eating habits with better ones. I know for a fact that I will never give up grains for the rest of my life because I’m an “everything in moderation while eating as many real foods as I can” person but if I can learn some new ways to make quinoa and beans and introduce new veggies into my life then I think that’s a pretty good thing.
Also, what I love about this is it’s not all or nothing. I’ve seen programs like this where they are all “if you cheat once you have failed.”
(a) I don’t like any program that threatens me and
(b) in my head what I hear is “Hey! I had a bad day and now I can give up and go back to my old habits.”
This program is based on a points program so if you have wheat, or sugar, or don’t exercise one day, you just lose one point for the day. No biggie. Also, I’m on Team Going Green And Getting Mean and the team leader is Stephen, one of my bootcamp instructors, and one of my most favourite people.
He angry exercises with me!
Anyway, I apologize in advance if I annoy the shit out of you but I’m excited to see where this leads.
p.s. Yesterday it led to me spending three hours in the kitchen cooking chicken, making a kick-ass sweet potato soup, and a large bowl of chickpea salad.
p.p.s. My son came down with the flu yesterday and he gave it to me so my exercise for Day 2 of the program may consist of me running to the washroom.