My 24 Day Challenge: Days 13 – 18

My 24 Day Challenge: Days 13 – 18

So I haven’t written about my 24 day challenge for almost a week, and there’s a good reason behind that – I got bored of it. Yep, like most dieters I started out all guns blazing and then lost my proverbial “oomph” to keep going at such a cracking pace. I didn’t ignore the diet or even slip treats into the days to throw me off the set plan, but I just didn’t find it sitting at the top of my priority list this week. And, maybe that’s a good thing? In hindsight, having a busy work week, dealing with issues at my child’s school and being very busy house hunting has meant that I haven’t been obsessing over my weight or what I’ve been eating. I’ve been constant in my efforts to do my best to reach my goals – but by not fixating on food, I’ve probably done myself a favour.

After 18 days of the 14 day challenge, I am feeling leaner and slightly lighter. My clothes are fitting better, I’m walking taller and with more determination and (the best of thing of all) people are noticing! I had one of those “did that person really just say THAT to ME?” moments this week. It happened on Thursday. One of the guys that works in our contact centre, a SUPER SHY man who I always smile and wave at in the all but whom I’ve never yet had a conversation with, ended up making a cup of tea next to me in the communal kitchen.

As always, I smiled. He nodded. And then, just as I took a sip of tea, he said (and I’m not kidding here, honest!) “I really love your style. Tell me, before you worked here, were you working at a modelling agency?” I didn’t mean to, but I spit my tea all over the bench. And then choked on my laughter. I answered him with a “You’re WAY too nice! I only have jobs where I’m stuck indoors behind computer screens!” to which he responded with “Well you’re tall, confident and beautiful.” WOW! It came from the most unexpected of sources, but that dude made my week! When I told my husband he rolled his eyes and giggled – what a line!

That same night I ended up in my local boxing gym for a quick class beating around the bags to get some calorie burning in since I’d had a pretty lazy week to that point. A regular who I hadn’t seen in a few weeks said “Wow! I saw you and had to do a double-take! You’re really doing well.” Wow, twice in one day a man macked on me and made me feel like I was walking on clouds. So, to say I’m seeing the results is exciting – but having others notice too is a real boon to the old self-esteem after seemingly hibernating over winter and getting into bad eating habits. I’m no Cindy Crawford or Kate Moss, but every girl can use a little boost every now and again.

What have I come to learn about myself and about diets in the past week then? That the old adage is true: calories in equals calories out. If you cut down on excess calories AND exercise on top of that, you really can enjoy treats – not just every single day. I’ve also learned that just walking with a bit more confidence helps others to take note of your newly found confidence. And I’ll need all I can get when I dress up for an entire day as a “sexy golf course officer” (I get to write and issue fines to guys who infringe on my rules) for 150 corporate men in one month’s time (I’ll also need tequila – just to super charge that confidence!)

But the golf day is still a ways off. Tomorrow will be a crazy day and it’s just around the corned. We’ve got back-to-back-to-back-to-back things on including the first true BBQ of the season. It will be a real test of my endurance and strength to “just say no” to overeating and eating the wrong things. We shall see how it turns out, but I’m positive if I set my mind to being good as far as food goes, it’ll all be gravy.

So to speak.

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