Accidental Motivation Mojo

Today is Saturday, May 11, 2013. Also, today is day 20 of my 21-day diet cleanse. Here’s a glimpse into a few of the changes I’ve made in my life during the past three weeks:

  • I’ve prepared actual meals - entrée and side dishes - on a regular basis - something I am happy to do when I have a group of friends over periodically but WAAAAAY more work than my staple omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and avocado.
  • I’ve skipped out on all dairy products, bread – TAKE ME, TAKE ME NOW! – and nuts.
  • I’ve consumed about 40 smoothies with protein powder and flax oil.
  • I’ve bothered restaurant staff with special instructions to hold anything and everything interesting on the menu’s already most bland salad.
  • I’ve explained to people an nth number of times the purpose of my diet cleanse
  • Once, I ate my emergency reserve organic granny smith apple at a busy bar on a Friday night because I was hungry. Jess assured me that everyone was too drunk and preoccupied to notice. Aaaaaand of course, about one minute later, I overheard some guy say, “That girl’s eating an apple” as we made our way through the crowd to the end of the bar. *Sigh*

Tomorrow is my last day. Only one word comes to mind: WUUUUHOOOO!!!

Wild Applause

You said it, lady!

The whole diet cleanse thing was work! Still, I have some supplements and protein powder left over. So, I’m going to try to keep up the regimen until the supplements run out. And, to be sure that I do, I built in a reinforcement: I made an appointment to weigh in and to check some other body measurements a week from Monday, about a week following the end of the 21 days.

I can tell that I’ve lost weight; the question is just how much. The numbers will matter a bit, as I want to beat out my loss of six pounds last year for my first cleanse attempt. The real proof, though, will be in how I look and feel.

That said, I conducted a little test today on accident. Yes, on accident. It’s nothing too experimental or methodologically sound, but a test nonetheless. I haven’t done laundry for two weeks now and am fresh out of nice jeans, and I didn’t have enough time to wash any and make my dinner date with a friend.

And one of my two remaining clean pairs, although my absolute favorite pair on earth, have giant holes in both knees and make me look like a rebellious teenager who rolled up on a skateboard and is about to pull a package of cigarettes out of my back pocket. There was only one pair of jeans left: my only current pair of denim capris, a.k.a. my ‘skinny jeans.’

I had no intentions or even so much as a mere thought of trying them on for at least another two weeks. The last time I tried was mid-March with the hope that they would accompany me in Myrtle Beach. FAIL! And even though I’d been cleansing, I did take those two weeks off just before I started marathon training. It was a long shot, but I was out of options. So, I went for it.

Any guesses as to the outcome? Hmm? They. . .FIT! WUUUUHOOOO!!!

Aww, thanks, Chuck Norris!

Aww, thanks, Chuck!

Talk about motivation! Not to mention validation for all of my efforts over the past few weeks. I’m guessing there are at least a few male readers who can relate. But all y’all females feel me, I know it! And the best part of the diet cleanse - running faster – is yet to come.

Here’s to further encouragement – accidental or not – along the road to Pikes Peak!

Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., studies child development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a long-time road and trail runner. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.

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