Hey there friends! Sorry I was gone so long, my site got hacked and it took a bit to get it running again. I haven’t been sitting back and ignoring my goals though!
A couple months ago I noticed a FB ad from the gym my friend goes to. They were going to be having a 4 week Little Black Dress Challenge and it seemed like exactly what I needed to kick my booty into gear. I texted my friend and we both signed up.
My initial measurements were… sad. I’d been weighing in for a while so I kinda knew where I was but it’s not the same without actual measurements. It’s also really different when someone else is present.
I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the program as written. I cringe whenever I hear the word “detox” as related to fitness or weight loss. (My liver works just fine, thanks.) The meal plan was definitely set for quick (which I always read as unsustainable) weight loss And there was a lot of terminology used which I find reflective of disordered eating. Now, before you yell at me or take my words out of context, hear me out! I would never diagnose someone with an eating disorder and there is a difference between disordered eating and eating disorders. But some terminology and phrasing etc were reflective of disordered eating and some I could’ve sworn were hallmarks of pro-ED thinking. They were used in healthy context and the writers probably had absolutely no idea of the history of the phrasing but it was enough to irk me.
So I used my skills and re-wrote the meal plan for myself. The workouts were all group fitness, which is fun but doesn’t really fit my schedule. I made it a point to get there for my cardio days and continued with the Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training. The workouts reminded me of my old EvoFit days and I really enjoyed them. I wish that they offered a drop in or punchcard option because I would totally go back for occasional workouts. Unfortunately they don’t and I know that I wouldn’t go enough to make a regular membership there worth the budget hit.
Yep, I signed up for a challenge then re-wrote the meal plan and did the workouts differently. I bet you’re thinking it was a total waste. Here’s the crazy thing: it wasn’t. I got good results and it was exactly what I needed. I’d been struggling for a couple of years now and I needed accountability. So having someone to send my numbers to each week worked for me. Having a written meal plan (even if I wrote it) worked for me. Getting back into meal prep worked for me.
The timing of this challenge was… challenging. I probably could have picked a harder 4 weeks to focus on fat loss if I had done it in December. Otherwise, I really don’t think so. We had HH’s birthday, Easter, and a long weekend visit with old friends that involved a lot of eating out and adult beverages. I think I also caught a cold in there. Basically this was a month which probably would have involved gaining, not losing, fat.
My numbers reflect a little. My mindset reflects a lot. I lost just under 2lbs and .5% bodyfat. I lost an inch on my waist and 2 on my hips (and a half inch on my chest… bye bye boobs). I gained a routine of tracking my food again and really working on fitting my macros. I gained the confidence to go back to 1 cheat day, not cheating from Friday until Sunday. I put a stop to the routine of gaining 2lbs every weekend and losing it (mostly) by the following weekend.
Moving on from here I’m going to write myself a meal plan each week and schedule my workouts. I’m going to keep tracking in MyFitnessPal (I don’t engage with others much but I’m kristenks). I’m going to get myself to a point where my clothes fit right and I feel good and healthy.
Do you find that a short term challenge is just that or can they inspire greater change?
Anyone else have a pet peeve about using the word Detox inappropriately? What about irritation with phrases and concepts that seem to promote disordered eating?