Friday, May 16, 2014

3 Weeks NO Cheats!

Are you ready to see just how amazing your body/mind is?  You are capable of SO much!  A great way to test it out is to do this 3 weeks no cheats challenge.  I'm not a "cleanse" kind of girl... And I'm not into depriving myself either. If I'm craving ice cream, I'll make vegan ice cream (frozen banana and almond milk). I have loved to lose weight by eating clean and making it a lifestyle.  But lately I have been what I like to call a "food picker".

I will eat great all day, but there are little glimpses of the day where I will pick at food here and there.  I'll have a bite of my husband's sandwich or sneak a couple Goldfish (YUCK) at snack time with my students.

Each day I've told myself "Self, stop taking little picks here and there" and yet again, I find myself taking one bite of Oreo, 3 chips, and one gulp of juice.  I didn't have a whole Oreo so it doesn't count, right? Oh it does count.  It's manifesting itself on my scale. I'm stuck.  It is so crazy what joining a "challenge" does to help the mental part of weight loss.  It's so motivating!

Are you ready to join me?

Click {here} to download the day check off list. Print it off and put it on your fridge or pantry door.  Mark off each day that you have no cheats! Try to have 21 days in a row. 

So, what is a cheat?  Well great news! It's up to you!  I want to challenge myself and see how far I can push myself. Like I said before, I'm NOT into depriving myself because it leads to binge eating, but for these 21 days...I'll be ok! We will be just fine and you will be surprised how good you feel.  Let's cheer each other on by taking a pictures and posting them on Instagram using #3weeksnocheats

This means that I'll be eating A LOT in order to get in all of my calories (I do not restrict my calories in order to lose weight). When you are eating clean, you can eat A LOT and lose A LOT of weight.  It's all about what you put into your body. Yes, I can eat a 200 calorie candy bar or I can eat 200 calories in chicken. Which do you think my body will like better? ;)

This is MY plan. You can do whatever you want! Some of my friends are just going to consider a cheat having soda. Some are going full on! It just depends on what YOU want to do! Push yourself!

To me cheating is:
*Ice Cream
*Fast Food (I'll allow myself protein style hamburger)
*Anything but water (I'll allow myself some coffee though)
*Food with artificial ingredients
*More than a portion size of almond butter
*More than one protein bar

What I'll eat:
*Bacon (Nitrate Free)
*Chicken/Turkey Sausage (Nitrate Free)
*Fish (Ughhhhh)
*Kind Granola (Gluten Free)
*Quest Protein Bars (try to eat only half a day)
*Fruit (but don't go crazy on this)
*Organic Corn Tortilla Chips
*Gluten Free Crackers (Make sure it's soy free and keep within portion size)
*Homemade Salsa
*Sweet Potatoes
*Nuts (limit to 1/4 cup a day)

Are you in???  I'm starting right now and you can do this anytime!  But... the actual challenge will start on Monday, May 19th. 


  1. I'm in Rachelle!!! I have a 10 lb weight loss goal and I've reached 7 so only 3 more to go. I totally agree with your philosophy...I eat clean now and choose food better for sure. Love this idea!!!! :o)
    Teaching and Much Moore

  2. I'm soo in! I have been off track lately and this will help me get refocused.

    Luv My Kinders

  3. Yeah . . . I so need to do this! I'm in!

    What I Have Learned

  4. ACK my 40th birthday is next week. Hard not to cheat on my birthday (cake?) But I am in on all the other days! fair?

  5. I'm in! I'm down 15 lbs since April 1, but I need an extra push!


  6. I'm in! I just started eating clean and have found myself grabbing a bite of candy after lunch or dinner. Thanks for the inspiration once again!

  7. I am in! I totally need this! Your last post hit me so hard and I have been thinking about the food I put in my body and how I need to stop this cycle of weight loss and gain... So inspiring!

  8. I'm in too! I want to be able to wear shorts, and soon!

  9. I am in! What a great idea!

  10. I am in too! I've been cheating too much lately.

  11. Printed off the calendar -- and I;m eating the last 3 Lindt truffles and strawberry pie. Obviously I need to do this!

  12. I'm in Rachelle! Thanks for the motivation!

  13. I'm in darlin'!!!!! I so needed this with the end of the school year crazies!!! Thanks for this motivation!


  14. You are truly inspirational. Not sure I have the willpower- put will do my best.

  15. I'm in! I just fell off of my clean eating train and need an extra boost to get back on. Thanks!!

  16. Just found your blog, and I love it! I noticed that you don't restrict your calorie intake - I've been trying to do this, but I'm sure I've been doing it all wrong because I haven't been seeing any results! I was wondering if you plan to include any info about your workout routine? I want to start lifting, but I'm totally lost at my gym!

  17. Rachelle, you look absolutely amazing!! Please let us know what you eat on a typical day - 3 meals, 2 snacks? I start off with a great breakfast & lunch but the snacking is where I fall apart. What do you snack on? Also, are you teaching all day & then working out after school? I'm so pooped when I get home from school! This blog is SO helpful, thank you for posting your journey!!
    Science for Kids Blog

  18. Hi Rachelle,

    I've followed you for years (from way back at What the Teacher Wants).I didn't see an email for you so I hope you'll oblige - I didn't start the 3 Weeks No Cheats with everyone else, because I really wanted to go full force and it was right when school was ending for me and things were hectic.

    This past school year I lost 30 pounds but probably more from stress than from proper eating. I do, however, know all about clean eating (and gluten-free, and paleo, etc.). I'd like to do a clean eating recipe linky on my blog and I hope you'll join in. Thanks again for inspiring so many.
    - Sydney
    Lessons Learned

  19. I'm just starting now! It was so inspiring to see everyone's posts.

  20. I'm in! I am such a snacker, and it is ruining my weight loss dreams :) This sounds like a perfect challenge for me! Thanks for doing this. I am going to start tomorrow!