How’d The 8-Week Challenge Go? Eh…

Remember back in the beginning of January Neil and I started an 8-week healthy challenge? It ended on Wednesday and the first thing we did on Thursday morning was go to McDonald’s for breakfast. I got my favorite thing on the breakfast menu (sausage and egg mcgriddle with hash brown) and my fave coffee and brought it home tasting the goodness before it was even out of the bag. After one bite, I was slightly disappointed. It just didn’t taste as good as I remember. After two months of no junk food and my first meal was a joke.

You may be wanting to tell me that after a while your taste buds won’t crave the same things as before and congratulations on finishing the 8 weeks…well, don’t pat me on the back so fast. It’s true, I did not eat any fast food or junk for the past 2 months, but I was not exactly eating totally healthy either. I made some good choices like a protein shake in the morning using my Arbonne supplements, but I got a little too happy with the peanut butter. I made some nice meals with sauteed veggies and quinoa, but then I would add a little too much shredded parmesan on top. You see what I did? I took a nice healthy idea and put the whammy on it. I basically lost before I even started.

As far as exercise is concerned, well, remember my post about hitting the gym and how I would like to start a routine and I think CrossFit is a cool thing? I still think CrossFit is a cool thing, and I am fan of the professional athletes and I have begun watching the season, but as far as me hitting the iron; I have yet to become friends with a barbell or kettlebell this year. Yes, I am disappointed, and I know not to be too hard on myself, but I really don’t know what my problem is.

I mean, I know I am unmotivated and lazy…remember the Sulpazo curse? But how do I get through the underlining problem that surrounds the curse so I can break on through to the other side? I have read tons of personal development books and listened to tons of podcasts, so much so that I could coach people how to do it for themselves, but I can’t seem to do it for myself. I thought when I was totally over myself, I would be able to change. I guess it’s just not that easy. Damn, I hate that.

Anyway, like I said the challenge is over and we have decided to enjoy the weekend through Monday, which is Neil’s birthday and then another month of clean eating before we take a day off for my birthday in April. Yes, I plan on eating some fun things this weekend, see the pictures above, lol, but not in the normal large portions like I usually do. By the time we start back up on the 8th, I am hoping to have a few easy habits in place to really get this thing going. I’ll let you know how it’s going.

***Question for the comments…What is your favorite junk food meal? What is your favorite form of exercise? Have you ever struggled with anything I am talking about today? how did you deal with it?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

15 thoughts on “How’d The 8-Week Challenge Go? Eh…

  1. My favorite junk food meal? Quarter pounder with cheese, fries, and a coke and a side of nuggests to get me home. Orrr, Wendy’s baconator with fries and a coke. OR chikfila, or the Colonel extra crispy… You get the idea. My favorite form of exercise? In my mind, triathlon. In my past, walking the beach from Sea Isle to Avalon and the Cher step video. In the present reality? Walking from the living room to the kitchen, all 10 steps! 🤣 I feel your pain as we are burdened with the same curse. Damn Daddy! (Just got smacked in the back of the head! 😁

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    1. lol I love the quarter pounder as well, but throw in a milkshake instead of a coke, especially this month with the shamrock shake. you will do a tri one day and I will join a CrossFit box.


  2. You did it! You completed 8 weeks!!
    My favorite junk food: French fries or potato chips. I can do without though….until I get started 😅 what’s that Pringle’s challenge…bet ya can’t have just one! I just don’t bring any home.
    Favorite exercise: workout with weights, power walking/running, Pilates. I love working out because it makes me feel great.
    You can breakthrough Tracie! Start by walking , also try resistance band workouts. Another great exercise is Pilates with a reformer. Pilates studios have good trial promos here in Waikiki. They probably have some in your area as well. Start easy, you can breakthrough and you’ll feel fabulous!!

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  3. Congrats on the healthy eating challenge, Tracie! Don’t be too hard on yourself, you have to live life and make your food tasty and enjoyable! I’m all about portion control!! Tasty and buttery or cheesy but smaller portions! 😂
    Ahh, my favorite junk food is the Mexican pizza at Taco Bell, 4 packets of mild sauce on that!!! Which I haven’t had for over a year 😭 I can only have it at dinner because you cannot make it a smaller portion 🤣🤣🤣
    My favorite exercise – you know that!!! ??? !!!! I agree with Kelly, start out the exercise slowly. Walking faster than normal (outside – because we can in paradise) for 30 minutes 4-5 days a week is the way I started when I lost some weight. That and reduce, not eliminate, only reduce the breads/pastas at all meals!! 😁

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  4. I like cleaning yard…punching the heavy bag…and working side jobs on the weekends…getting a good sweat always makes you feel better…my favorite junk food meal would be burgers and fries…what’s up with the adds?

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    1. Burgers and fries are always good. And yes a good sweat makes you feel better. The ads are there to make money on the blog. You don’t need to buy anything, just give it a quick click and get out again. I would appreciate it 🙂


  5. My favorite junk food is a sausage McMuffin with egg for breakfast. Burger King double Whopper with cheese and bacon for dinner. Does pizza count as junk food? I walk for exercise. I have been losing one or two pounds a month. I try to walk to Kapiolani Beach park in the evening to watch sunset. Not every night but at least four times a week. Rocky and I walk every morning, noon and night (2). Morning we usually walk for at least thirty minutes.

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