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Day 1 Without Carbohydrates, Let the Wagers Begin

March 1, 2010
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Day 1 without carbohydrates.

***The contest has been changed since only two people were willing to bet against me.

New Contest For Happy Goat Soap***

This sucks.

I’m only 12 and a half hours into this and I don’t know how I’m going to do it.

The hard part isn’t avoiding the foods I am giving up. The hard part is the fact that the foods I am giving up are already prepared. Food that has a shelf life for years. Food that needs no refrigeration. Food that comes in a box or bag.

The hard part is that now I have to actually prepare my food.

Do you know how long it takes to prepare food at least three times a day?

A long time.

I have a massive headache and I pee every 20 minutes.

This must be good, right?

So who thinks I can’t do this?

C’mon, I know there are some out there who don’t think I have it in me.

I’m willing to put my mouth where the money is. Or something like that.

I have three bars of rich goats milk soap, compliments of Happy Goat Soap, for whomever can guess how long I will last on this no carb diet.

My goal was to do this for a week. If I didn’t murder anyone after that week I would continue for as long as it takes to establish better eating habits.  I’ve done this before but usually fail because something stressful happens and I fall back on comfort food. This time I’m doing it in front of an audience who, for the most part (not you Surfie or Nancy), are being really supportive so that could make all the difference.

What do you have to do to win three bars of the best soap in the world?

Leave a comment with the date you think I will succumb to sugar or bread or anything processed and delicious. I’m going to announce the winner next Monday so make the date for this week. In the event that I actually succeed in getting the sugar monkey off my back I will choose a winner from random from all entrants.

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How will you know if I cheated? I have told my son and my daughter to keep me on track. If I cheat my son knows how to tell on me using any of the social media sites as well as hacking my blog.

If I cheat and they aren’t home you can bet the guilt will get to me and I will tell on myself.

Let’s get a couple of things clear however. I am not going completely carbohydrate free. That isn’t possible. I’m giving up processed food, sugar, bread, breading, pasta, candy, cookies, ice cream, anything that is really good. I am getting carbs in fruits and veggies as well as milk and what few carbs there are in meat and fish. I can eat pasta if it is Dreamfields which does something to make it really low carb and high fiber. The problem is it’s hard to find in the stores.

Let the wagers begin!

** I forgot to mention, this contest IS open to international contestants so all you Canadians can get in on the good clean fun!

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  • Reply Lisa March 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Been down this road before! No bread, no pasta, no potatoes…I don’t know for sure, but don’t think anyone can go for very long without life’s supposed bad carbs.
    I think I made it a couple weeks, but unless everyone in the household is following this same torturous diet restriction then you are doomed to fail.

    Could never talk hubby into joining me so, alas, I failed miserably. Now I just try to limit the amounts and seems to be working okay.

    If I have to wager a guess, I think you can do the week, but not without headaches and bouts of anger thrown on those nearest and dearest.

    Good Luck!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Insanity? =-.

  • Reply Pricilla March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    You can find Dreamfields at in their grocery section. I just bought a case of it….

    Good luck!!!!!
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Goatucation: Further Study of The Mountain Goat =-.

  • Reply Comedy Plus March 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I know you can do this. You will do this and you’ll look fabulous in all your summer glory. I have spoken.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂
    .-= Comedy Plus´s last blog ..Caption This =-.

  • Reply Margaret (Nanny Goats) March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I”m holding your hand, sister. I just started the no white flour or refined sugar thing. I’m a low carb expert having done it before. This is the only diet that I was ever successful on. Don’t overdo the Dreamfields pasta, it might not be truly low carb even though it likes to think it is. You know what really helped me? In-N-Out Burger, protein style. If you can go 2 weeks without carbs, the cravings for things like French Fries and Pizza (sorry, I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that food) decrease significantly because carbs, I believe, are DRUGS!

    Having said that, if you’re going to cave, you’ll cave early, so I’ll guess Mar 3.
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..Goat Thing of the Day: Goat-Minded Sheep =-.

  • Reply Jen March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Lisa: Not having everyone on board does make it more difficult but my son has gone health nut at least six months ago so the one who is likely to suffer most is the daughter who likes to have cookies for breakfast. I have done this before and once the cravings go away it gets much easier. I lost 30 lbs last time I did this.

    Pricilla: Thank you that’s really good to know because the grocery store that used to have it doesn’t carry it anymore.

    Sandee: Thank you for believing in me!

    Margaret: I don’t usually crave french fries or pizza. It really depends on what time of the month it is. Sometimes it is salty and crunch or chocolate, but that usually only lasts for a couple of days and I think those days were last week so I should be good. We can do this!

  • Reply Lola March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    My guess is March 5th. Why? Because it’s a Friday. I don’t know. But I do know that I want to win.
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Wax on…wax off… =-.

  • Reply Lola March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’m already following you on google friend.

  • Reply Lola March 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I already subscribe to your newsletter. 😀
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Wax on…wax off… =-.

  • Reply Lee the Hot flash queen March 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    You can do it! Once you get past the first few days…it will be easy!
    .-= Lee the Hot flash queen´s last blog ..The Next Bachelorette =-.

  • Reply injaynesworld March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Nope. I refuse to bet against you. You can do it! Go Jen!
    .-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld here’s your "Sunday Recap…" =-.

  • Reply Katherine, Velma's Mother March 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I don’t think the food will get you. But the wine will.

    HOWEVER…. you are Strong Redhead Ranting and I salute you. My prediction is you make it. One week. Maybe let a few hours slip and have a glass of wine a tad bit early, but still w/in fair time to say you succeeded.

    Man oh MAN do I love me some Happy Goat soap. That is an awesome prize.

    That pasta? You are gonna be in the bathroom doing more than number one, no?
    .-= Katherine, Velma’s Mother´s last blog ..Jinkies! Those Are Cool Glasses, Velma! =-.

  • Reply The Mother March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve done it before. It’s not that bad.

    The caveat is that you have to watch your lipids and cholesterol–while some studies have reported that the Atkins diet decreases them, that’s not everyone’s experience. Hope that you fall into the first category, but check.

    The real power of the diet, I think, is that if you cheat, it doesn’t work. Once you are in the zone, you have a real impetus to stay there.
    .-= The Mother´s last blog ..Why Kids Believe Weird Things =-.

  • Reply Jenera March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I am getting the shivers just thinking of no carbs. You are stronger than I. But I will say that when we gave up pre-packaged and most processed foods, I was amazed by the amount of time I spent cooking every single day.
    .-= Jenera´s last blog ..When They Come Running =-.

  • Reply Holly March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Oh honey, don’t go off carbs. Good carbs=good calories! I HATE the no carb diet. Never lasts. Yes you lose weight and it comes right back on. I’m glad you are still eating fruits and veggies though. Give up processed but keep your carbs nutritious and only do “diets” that you can last a LIFE with, not a week! Okay, that is enough lecturing from the aerobic instructor. (I also HIGHLY recommend getting off dairy. Diary is BAD!)

  • Reply Jen March 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Lola: The rules have changed now but you might be right. No, Dammit, I can do this.

    Lee: I hope so. Right now it’s no fun.

    Jayne: Thank you, that helps a lot.

    Katherine: Happy Goat soap is so good. I love the fiber pasta and I don’t have issues like that.

    Mother: How do I watch my lipids? I get the cholesterol but what is a lipid? I suppose I could google it but you are so much smarter than google.

    Jenera: I like cooking I just don’t have time to do it which is why I have been eating so much junk lately. I need to make the time. Simple as that. Who needs sleep anyway?

    Holly: I don’t do much dairy, rarely drink milk but I do cook with it.

    Maybe I should try the raw diet.

  • Reply meleah rebeccah March 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I dont think you will fail. I really don’t. So I wont bet against you! I think you have enough will-power to complete the week! But, after that? Im not too sure!

    I want you to know, I truly know how hard it is, because when I found out I had celiacs disease and crohn’s disease the first things on my list of foods to avoid – are all things carbs.

    And, even though its brutal? It does get LESS brutal after about 5 days. However, it’s NEVER easy. Especially because most people always want what they cant have. And by most people, I mean ME.
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently – My Week In Review [Part Four] =-.

  • Reply The Record March 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    The Record…

    I think you write superbly, wish I could write this well. Thanks….

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