Today marks the start to week #4 on the SLOW CARB CHALLENGE that Aaron and I are doing. Each week marks a week of success for me, because my friends I have never made it this far with anything in my life that involves food.
Each week you get one cheat day allowed, where you literally can eat anything you want in as much quantities as you would like. Many people have asked me if I like this day, or if they think this day is a waste of the other 6 days of hard work. For me this day is amazing. It is a day that I get to indulge in all the things that I normally would have eaten many times in one week.
This past cheat day here’s what it looked like for me.
Breakfast: Lara Bar – I know this isn’t a bad thing, but for me I can’t have these normally, so it was a cheat. It was so sweet that I could hardly finish the whole thing. These bars are great for you, and I highly recommend.
Lunch: Cabo Bob’s steak & chicken tacos. Chips & queso galore. I loved this meal. I was at a conference all day Saturday and had no idea what they would feed us, and this was fabulous. The great thing about this is that had Saturday not been my cheat day I still could have eaten tons of great food on this. You think Mexican food is your worst enemy because of the chips, tortilla’s and cheese sauce, but actually Mexican is so easy to eat slow carb.
Dinner: We celebrated 3 years of our family being together by going to Chuy’s. I went all out and got a mini steak burrito. It was so good, and I ate most of it (even the mini is too big for a normal human to consume), but afterward I felt gross.
I am starting to not like the way these foods make me feel. I think that might be the point of this journey. I am getting close to the end of this 6 week challenge, and honestly that really terrifies me. Kinda like an alcoholic getting near the end of the treatment plan and having to enter the real world. I know myself and I know I struggle with self control and food. I’m already coming up for a “post Slow Carb Challenge” plan for myself. I think I am the kind of person that needs a plan for the post time.
There are 3 things that are really helping me in this journey. I’ll tell you the next two in the coming weeks. The first one is an app that I have on my phone. If you haven’t figured out how much your smart phone can do, you are wasting your money each month. I have the bible app YOU VERSION and on that app is a bible reading plan called “made to Crave: 21 day challenge“. This plan is adapted from the book that Lysa TerKeurst wrote and each day there is a devotional thought and scripture to read.
I knew from day one of this plan that I was going to like it when I read, “God made you wonderful. Psalm 139 says you are wonderfully and fearfully made. You are beautiful and loved, no matter if you’re a size zero or a size thirty. You are beautiful just the way you are. But God loves you so much that He doesn’t want you to stay in a place of defeat.”
That spoke to my heart so well. I know God loves me and it doesn’t matter what size I am, but I also feel so defeated when it comes to food. I felt as though it captures me and I’m taken as its prisoner.
If you are working on your eating, I would highly recommend this plan. It has helped me so much! I crave it each day! If someone knows Lysa, tell her that a crazy mom to four that struggles with food controlling her is loving her devotional!