One week down in my Snap Kitchen #21DaysForGood Challenge and I am doing GREAT!
No, really. I’m even surprised myself. Typically by day 7 or 8 into a diet, I’m done. Oh let’s be honest, most diets I try I’m done by day 4. Yep.
But here’s the thing. I’m not looking at this as a “diet”. The #21DaysForGood Challenge is a new way to fuel my body. Whereas in the past, I have been feeding my body with processed, easy food and my body paid for it, this past week with Snap Challenge’s help, I have been fueling my body and I have noticed a significant difference. I feel full of energy and I am accomplishing much more throughout my day. My typical 3 pm sluggishness has not appeared and I pop out of bed each morning ready for the day. For lack of better words, I just feel great. As of this morning, I am down 2 pounds since last Saturday and have kept it off through the weekend.
How have I done working towards my goals in the #21DaysForGood Challenge?
I want to not turn to food out of habit or boredom anymore.
Goal #1 Progress: Because I am eating 5 times a day – every 2-3 hours, I am NEVER hungry. Sometimes I even have to force myself to eat dinner because I’m not hungry. I am filling my body with nutritious food that keeps me full. I haven’t thought of snacking this week at all. And y’all!! We have a ginormous bowl of Halloween candy in the pantry that I haven’t touched but for Sunday when I needed a little sugar – my body was going through some major detox.
I want to learn how to properly fuel my body to maintain energy all day. I would also like to learn better ways to feed my family.
Goal #2 Progress: Snap Kitchen’s meals are full of veggies and protein. I am meeting my daily requirements that my body needs of carbs, fat, protein, etc. I know it sounds silly, but I can feel my body functioning better. I am thinking faster, quick to get a job done, my body is even recovering from my long runs faster with little aches & pains. If there is one thing I can attribute to my productivity and recovery, it’s that I am fueling my body with nutritious food and my body likes it.
This week, I have eaten little to no gluten. The benefits of the removal of wheat in my diet has me researching new ways to substitute some of my favorites.
I want to fit into my winter wardrobe (aka: skinny jeans) and be able to wear a swimsuit for a trip to Mexico in January.
Goal #3 Progress: I am down 2 pounds for the week. I dropped 4 pounds within the first 3 days but I had a quick trip with Buick out to the Hill Country of Texas and as much as I tried to eat well (I choose a grilled chicken salad), I’m thinking the wine tasting didn’t help. But I’m very happy to have made it through the weekend and not gain weight. Two pounds is moving in the right direction.
This past week, I have received many questions about Snap Kitchen that I wanted to answer here:
Is the food really that good? YES. Yes. yes. yes. I was overwhelmed by how tasty everything is. My favorite meals I have tried so far have been the Bison Italian Sausage Pizza (with an eggplant crust) and the Spaghetti Bolognese with Turkey and Brown Rice Pasta. Both tasted as if I were eating regular, full of carbs pizza & spaghetti but with so much better ingredients.
Have you had something you didn’t like? Yes. As everyone has their own individual tastes, there have been a few things I would rather not eat again. I don’t like salmon but the Scottish Salmon was amazing – didn’t taste like fish at all. That said, I didn’t like the Smoked Salmon snack or the Thai Chicken Snack. Just a preference thing.
Are you cooking for your family? Yes I am. I have planned simple meals for them as we have busy schedule with multiple sports practiced throughout the week. We typically eat smaller dinners throughout the week anyway.
Can anyone afford a #21DayForGood? I think so. Most of the meals/snacks I have eaten range from $2-8. If you think about what the average person spends on healthcare/fitness, this fits right along with it. If you can buy a coffee for $4 a day, you can afford this.
How would the average person use the #21DaysForGood challenge? If you had a big event that you wanted to lose a little weight for, a vacation coming up, or just want to kick start a cleaner way of eating, this is a perfect way. One reason I fall off a diet is I get bored with the food I’m eating. I want taste and Snap Kitchen has taste.
I appreciate all the comments, questions, and encouragement I have received. Please remember that I am also doing the #21DaysForGood challenge to try to win $3000 for the Backpack Coalition, so I hope you will continue to follow my journey.
If you take anything away from this, it’s the encouragement to do something for yourself. Ultimately, I am doing this to be a better mom – a healthy mom who is patient and has energy for her kids. No matter what your goals are, make sure you take some time for yourself this week. Makes you a better mom. Promise.