In the spirit of making sure I stick to my New Year’s resolutions, I’ve decided to take on a 21 Day Challenge. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “It takes 21 days to make a habit”, which, truthfully, I’ve always found to be kind of a weird statement. I mean, what happens after only 20 days? Is it not a habit until the stroke of midnight hits then it’s suddenly become engrained in me? I don’t know. Either way, I get the general idea behind it. It takes time before habits and ways of living really become a part of who you are and second nature to you.
While I like to think that I generally eat pretty healthy, I definitely have lots of room for improvement. I overeat on my cheat meals, snack mindlessly sometimes (albeit on healthy snacks usually), and can’t turn down a cookie if it’s right in front of my face. I’d like to use this challenge as a way to cinch up some of my eating habits.
I’m not following any specific 21 Day Challenge (although, I considered doing the Primal Blueprint one) even though I know there are a lot of good ones out there. Basically, I’m just planning on eating clean foods prepared by me, not drinking alcohol whatsoever, and staying away from excess sugar (aside from fruit sugar obviously). In addition to this, I’ll be trying to stick to a 40 carb/30 fat/30 protein macro split as much as possible to see how my body composition reacts to it (with adjustments as needed).
Truthfully, I’m a little afraid that I won’t be able to make it the full 21 days. I REALLY enjoy eating my piece of dark chocolate after dinner and having a couple of drinks with yummy food on Friday nights. Those are the little things that make life so much more enjoyable in my opinion. Even though I don’t see anything wrong with doing those things, I know I need to break my habits with them simply so I don’t feel like I NEED to have those things. It’s more of a mental challenge for me, than a physical one.
I started my challenge this past Monday and have been feel okay so far aside from a few dark chocolate cravings. I made sure to meal prep on Sunday so I had all of the healthy foods I needed for the next few days because if this girl is hungry, things escalate QUICKLY.
(Hardboiled eggs, almond butter, brown rice, peppers & onions, oatmeal, & chicken)
I’ll also be keeping track of my food intake in the MyFitnessPal app since this is the easiest way to keep track of my macros. So far, it’s been working out well!
Have any of you ever done a challenge before? I haven’t, but they’re doing a 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge at my work, which kind of inspired me! I figure if those people can last 90 days, then I can certainly do it for 21!