I’ve now completed one full week on The Smarter Science of Slim™ challenge (affiliate link). Normally when I do an online challenge, I’m perfect. I never cheat because I want the reader to really get a sense of what it’s like to do this. I can’t make that claim this week.
I started off strong on Wednesday; I ate everything that I was supposed to, and when I was supposed to: protein, fruits and veg, starches (I get two a day); all were fine. By Wednesday night, I wasn’t feeling so hot and then spent two days in bed sick with a fever. Thursday I pretty much just ate starches and Friday I was back on track for fruits and veggies but I was light on protein. I was far from perfect.
In the nature of full disclosure, I have to say that on January 30th I finished a 30-day challenge where I ate for a month near the poverty level. So the two weeks before I began the Bailor challenge, I was eating a bit of junk. Actually, I planned to start this challenge sooner, but my mind was not willing to go there so fast after finishing the other. Ah, the power of food.
With that said, I lost three pounds of body weight last week. Bailor says don’t judge by the scale, judge by the tape measure. I’ve taken body measurements too; my chest, arms, waist, hips, and thighs. Overall, I lost 1 ¼ inches. My chest and one arm stayed the same, all other spots lost 1/4 inch.
I’ll take it.
What Was Easy
The easy part for me was the fruits and veggies. As long as I make sure I get one or two servings in with breakfast I am fine. It was also nice to focus on citrus fruits and berries; I love both and it’s great to have them as my go-to snack.
The bike workout that I did was easy to do (sit on a bike for about 15 minutes total), although it was quite hard to do the super-intense, 30-second intervals that left me breathless, contemplating puking, and pretty darned spent. I did five intervals of 30 seconds each and truly couldn’t pedal any longer at the end of the 30 seconds. I had to really add resistance to the wheel to get to that point, more than I thought I needed.
I was expecting muscle soreness the next day though, and I didn’t get any. That said I’m a Spin and Pilates instructor and I’ve already got pretty good muscle mass. I didn’t do the weight training workout because of my cold, so I’ll have to report to you about that next week.
What Was Hard
Protein! After a discussion with Bailor on the phone, I dropped from 30 grams of protein per serving to 20 grams of protein. I’m definitely getting three servings of protein per day, but that’s only 60 grams total. The fourth “snack” with protein in it just isn’t working for me. I’m not that hungry. I adjusted slightly by taking larger portions of protein with lunch and dinner which is getting me up to 80 grams of protein a day. I don’t know how important that fourth, separate hit is. I’ll have to ask Jonathan for his opinion.
So I’m writing this a bit chagrined. I’m not setting a good example of what the first week of the Bailor challenge is really like having been waylaid by a rather bad cold that took up most of my week. I’m sure I’ll be more diligent next week.
If you’ve been doing the challenge let me know how you’ve been doing and what you’re finding easy or difficult. I’d love to hear from you.
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