The opportunity to write about the challenge did not present itself yesterday. I was concerned about writing about the Instagram de-following family member. I didn’t want someone to read this and think that I was being mean or totally unprofessional. However, I really want to be able to “own” and express my feelings,so I decided that the post should stay put. To be completely honest, I was shocked at how much it upset me. However, upon further reflection I believe this is due to my thinking – if I am friends with someone on Social Media (or follow them on Instagram), it’s because I am either friends with them in real life or in the case of following someone unknown on Instagram, it’s because I would like to be friends. When I frame the situation in that perspective, I’m filled with self compassion. Wanting to be friends or to stay connected online is positive as you can get to know people online as well as face to face. And that online knowledge often provides a better face-to-face connection.
Anyway, back to the Challenge. I am working hard at ticking the boxes, and working even harder at publishing these meals on Instagram four times a day. It’s making me think,and it’s giving me a sense of purpose in getting my meals just right – not to mention a sense of “I want to keep this fantastically healthy streak going”. The best part is that there’s no worrying about whether you are consuming the right amount of calories or carbohydrates – that’s up to you! The only mandate is that you give obviously junky food a miss – which I’m ok with.
I’m racing on the weekend and nailing four great days of nutrition has given me confidence in my ability to do well. I can rock up there without any guilt or regret that I’ve let my nutrition slide or that I’ve overdone it – strangely enough all those extra vegetables are doing a good job at filling me up. I realise that four days is not enough to change my body composition, however, I feel that after thirty days, I might just be a little bit leaner.