I managed to work out 5 of the days, stick to the Fitmania eating plan and also stay focused on my no-sugar goal
I accepted the Lean for Life challenge because I wanted to see what I could do. I successfully finished Challenge 8 and was ready to continue the challenge.
Challenge 9 was really not just one challenge, but rather, a series of challenges. For example, the first week of June, I took a week-long vacation with my best friend. In South Carolina. Where they deep fry everything and apparently the only tea is sweet tea. I managed to work out 5 of the days, stick to the Fitmania eating plan and also stay focused on my no-sugar goal. Then in July, I had a week-long trip to New York City for week. I brought my good friend who went to school there. While I was really looking forward to a bakery tour of the city, I instead focused on getting in four workouts and walking at least seven miles on six out of the eight days I was there. And, while I did have some bakery items, we ended up splitting whatever we got and in the end, my “bakery tour” consisted of one croissant, one hazelnut macaroon, one piece of hazelnut torte – all split in half. Not a bad trade-off for all the workouts and walking.
I set a workout goal to do one back-to-back workout each week I was in town. I hit 9 out of 10 weeks. Also not bad.
Nonetheless, I thought a summer challenge would be easier because of the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables making it easy to eat healthy. However, all the traveling and trips actually made it harder and I found myself eating more sweets than I thought I would. To be clear, my “sweets” now are much healthier choices than before I started the challenge. I have been working on refining gluten-free and sugar free desserts but really, peanut butter blondies (even when made with garbanzo beans, honey and peanut butter) and chocolate zucchini bread (made with almond butter and almond flour) still are not something that should be made or consumed as frequently as I did.