My Fitness Report Card – Dirty Eating Vacation Week

  It’s been a week since the competition, or as I like to call it, Dirty Eating Vacation Week.  You know, sometimes the best thing about a vacation is when it’s over.

If you read any of my diet cheating posts (there are a lot of them) you will note that my culinary palate is about as sophisticated as the average 8 year old’s.

So, in honor of keeping it real, this is a list of all the crap I ate this week:


  •  1 box Hostess cupcakes (8 in a box)
  • 1 bag of Halloween candy (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats, Hershey Bars)
  • 1 case (12-pack) of Diet Coke
  • 1 box Lucky Charms (Henri bought that randomly because it was on sale, but God, it was good.)
  • Homemade mac ‘n’ cheese
  • 2 bags potato chips with garlic dip (shared with Henri over the week, so I guess I only officially ate 1 bag.)
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (I was going to try to make “clean” chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal flour but then decided I didn’t need the extra flour and sugar when what I really wanted was the chocolate.)
  • Cupcakes baked with my kids.  We made 24, I probably realistically ate about 10 over 2 days.
  • Bacon
  • Fettuccine Alfredo, bread, Caesar salad
  • McDonald’s (6 pc chicken nuggets, fries, Diet Coke, 3 cookies)
  • 2 pieces fried chicken
  • 1 cocktail (Captain Morgan’s rum and Diet Coke)
  • 1 small size Marie Calendar’s chicken pot pie

OK, that was truly disgusting.  On the day of the show I weighed 104.4 lbs.  This morning I weighed 115 exactly.  So, I gained 10.6 lbs. in one week.  That’s fairly impressive.

But, there were also signs of progress this week (if you can imagine.)  See, after my first show I went off the deep end and dove right into a bucket of fried chicken to the point where I was hurting myself.  By the end of that week my legs had swollen up from all the excess sodium and water retention.  For that show I went from 100 lbs. on show day to 123 lbs. a week later.  The only reason I stopped there was because Daniel told me I wasn’t allowed to go over 125 lbs.  It took me about two weeks of eating clean and cardio to bring me back to a reasonable 112 lbs.

This time around, yes, I clearly ate a wide variety of junk food, but I also ate healthy foods too.  I stuck to oatmeal and eggs for breakfast.  My snacks also included Greek yogurt, fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries,) rice cakes with peanut butter and almond milk.  My lunches stayed pretty healthy too: chicken, sweet potato and veggies.

For dinner I tried recipes from a diabetic cookbook that included cranberry pork chops and Moroccan chicken, which the kids helped me to cook.

Also, this time around I only took one day off from the gym.  I slept in the first few mornings and did my workouts later in the day, but I was still there.

Yesterday I worked out for the first time with my new trainer, Mel.  I did the cardio boot camp and it felt great.  Those of us from the posing team were comparing notes about all the crap we ate this week and joking how we all baked and entertained as much as we could, knowing that we would start eating clean again.

So, if I were to grade myself on my dirty eating vacation week, I think I’d get a C+.  The junk food portion was clearly an F, but the exercise and clean eating between the junk redeemed me a bit.

How about you?  If you got a fitness report card what would your grade be?

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9 responses to “My Fitness Report Card – Dirty Eating Vacation Week

  1. oh honesty, how awesome! ya thats basically been me too. I’m doing a sugar detox to try to reset the old system after this week, but I’ve been trying to get my veggies in and not go way overboard. So hard to reel it back in though!

  2. I think overall I don’t eat that bad. I would give myself a B on an everyday basis. I drink my water and Oj. Breakfast is usually oatmeal and eggs with veggies. I think my downfall is living with my brother and his 2 kids. They have all the junk food you need and I do find myself digging in as snacks instead of the veggies etc which we would have in our own home.
    Don’t you love cheating with alfredo? As long as it is from a restaurant it is the best!

    • Kid food is the WORST! I feel your pain. It’s very hard to control your diet when you are in someone else’s house.
      Italian food is SO yummy! But now I’m back to eating clean. My trainer says I can have 1 cheat meal a week in the off season, so look out Italian restaurants!!!

  3. That looks a lot like my post marathon diet. The whole “I just ran 26.2 miles, I can eat whatever the hell I want!!” mentality is going to catch up with me someday.

    I usually do great until the weekends. Being single is my biggest downfall. No one ever wants to meet at the gym or go on a run for a first date for some reason, so it’s usually lots of dinners out and grabbing drinks at the bar. I’ve already used up my holiday weight buffer, and we haven’t even had stuffing yet.

    • I really wish that the 90/10 rule were reversed and your fitness was 90% exercise instead of 90% diet. I could do an Iron Man if it meant I could eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. *sigh*

  4. I’ve got a new eating plan to go with the new job: (my own invention, please make suggestions!) (PS the job is a TA in a school working with students on the acute end of the autism spectrum)
    Breakfast: Cook steel cut oats in crock pot on Sunday with raisins, crasins, nuts and cinnamon. Portion into servings, put in fridge and eat every morning.

    Granola bar for a snack if I can mid-morning. I don’t know if I’ll have an opportunity to eat, but I’m going to have one in my bag so I’m ready.

    Lunch by GoPicnic – go google the company. They are tasty and convenient and the best I can do for myself at the moment.

    After school – air popped popcorn sprayed with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” (1/4 cup unpopped fills 2 sandwich sized bags!!!)

    Dinner – TBA trying to cook an actual meal for my picky family – BUT I’ve been successful at putting a vegetable on the table and eating some myself for about 2 weeks.

    To drink I’m bringing seltzer, I’ll probably still have coffee light and sweet, but I’m trying for better right now.

    • Jenny – this is great! Congrats on the job!!!
      When you are cooking ahead, can you make some hard boiled eggs? They are portable and you need protein. Craisins have a lot of calories, and you are already using raisins, can you cut them from the mix?

      Can you pack Greek low-fat yogurt to snack with the granola bar? (Protein…)

      Will have to google your lunch

      Butter spray rocks 🙂 Can you eat 3 oz. of chicken slices? You can make the chicken for dinner on Sunday and put into tupperware for easy midweek snacks.

      Cheers about the veggie at dinner! My kids are picky too. Keep at it. I will post some recipes from new cookbooks this week you can try.

      Can you drink water? You can put orange or lemon slices in it to make it look fancy.


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