This week was a tough one, and I will tell you that I fell off the wagon briefly. But it was an intentional falling off so at least I can say that my willpower is still intact. You see I had my bike test this week. If you are not a triathlon nerd like me you probably have no idea what a bike test is. Basically it is a periodic test that is done to measure progress and performance on the bike. It is a mental challenge and a physical one designed to test your limits and your endurance. In essence you go as hard as you possible can for 5 minutes, then easy for 10 and then as hard as you can maintain for 20 minutes. It doesn't sound too hard but I can tell you that 20 minutes can feel like an eternity when your legs are screaming and your heart is jumping out of your chest.
Anyway I knew it was going to be a challenge and I wasn't prepared to go into it and run out of gas halfway through so I had a powerbar gel before I started. Yes, I know there is nothing but sugar and chemicals in it but I am unapologetic. I went on to have the best bike test ever and set a new power PR. Even my coach said I put a smile on his face which is a rare compliment from him. So yay for preservatives, chemicals and carcinogenic additives.
The rest of the week I honestly felt like food was boring. I am not a big foodie to start with and by the end of the week I was just sick of thinking about it. But there were still lots of positives from the week. Some of them are a bit obscure but worth noting nonetheless.
1- Our household is producing way less garbage. Usually by the end of the week our trash can is full to overflowing, especially our recycling but I guess buying less packaged food has had an impact on our garbage output. So that is an unexpected environmental win.
2- Still not hungry.
3 - I am eating less food after dinner. Usually the post dinner/ pre bedtime period is the toughest for me. That is usually the time I end up snacking on junk food. But I feel like this experiment has helped me break that habit and I feel much better for it. Instead I have a cup of chamomile tea and if I am really tempted to have something sweet I will grab some strawberries and raspberries instead of M&Ms. So that is a win and hopefully a habit I can retain after this experiment is over.
4 - We have discovered some awesome new favorites. Matt discovered this coconut "ice cream". Having a spoonful or 2 after dinner has kept him on the straight and narrow and he has given it 2 thumbs up saying he thinks it's even better than real ice cream. It only has coconut, vanilla and agave in it. This one is chocolate flavor ( no I didn't eat it), and it's only additional ingredient is fair trade cocoa. All organic. Simple but yum.
5 - Our weekly grocery bill is lower. I guess that goes to show that I can afford to buy organic by cutting out all the processed and packaged food I normally buy.
So we have made it through week 3. Only one more week to go. I have to tell you that the kit kat that sits next to my bed only has a life expectancy of 7 more days.