I Survived​ JLo’s Challenge

Now that February has come and gone without me posting any new blogs, I think it’s time for me to jump back on and let you know what I’ve been up to.

As you’ve read the title of today’s post, I decided to spend the last 10 days in March trying Jennifer Lopez’s 10 days of no added sugar, no carbs. Yup, that’s right. The pancake queen herself refrained from breakfast sweets, dairy, coffee creamer, bread, fruit, and more.

Now, I first heard of this from Hoda Kotb on the Today show. JLo challenged her at the end of January, and by February I kept feeling like I wanted to get a piece of the action. Fast forward to Monday, Feb. 18. – it was official, I was doing it.

Originally, I took daily video diaries of how each day felt or went, but they bored me to death. I’ll recap what I droned on about for about 20 minutes total: I don’t know if I was doing something wrong, but I didn’t feel like this was the hardest challenge in the world. The lack of fruit sucked and I felt a little bit tired, but I truly did fine for the most part. The weekend was hard, and I cheated a tiny bit when I went out with friends, but I didn’t cheat with food.

Here’s how I prepared and made it through the 10 days.

1. I researched it

I first researched the challenge then I researched any questions I had about it. I spent the majority of my time on the Today show’s website because, after Hoda did it, they had a couple good posts about it.

2. I prepped what I was going to eat

After researching what I could eat, I spend a lot of time deciding what I actually would eat. I didn’t want to waste money on stuff I wouldn’t make or wouldn’t even want to eat. The best way to survive this challenge is to make food that sounds good! I got ideas from Joy Bauer, who helped Hoda plan what to eat.

3. Meal prepping

If you’re hungry after a long day and you have no food, you’ll be more apt to cheat. I promise you that making some breakfast quiches ahead of time or dinner that works for lunch the following days, you will be able to fight the urge of quitting.

4. Have snacks ready

I’m terrible at eating when I’m bored or snacking when I’m watching a show or movie. Make sure you have snacks, like natural almonds around. I also would have carrots with guacamole for less of a dry snack. P.s. sugar-free Jello was my favorite “before bed” snack.

5. Don’t beat yourself up

If you fall off the wagon for half a second (I did during the weekend when I went out with friends) accept it and move on. I spent a lot of time worrying that I was doing something wrong because I didn’t feel as tired as people said I would. I was fine, and I talked myself into doing something wrong for a couple of the days. Don’t let negative thoughts control your time.

6. You can do anything for 10 days

It’s only for 10 days. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself. I did.

That’s all the advice and thoughts I can think of on how I accomplished it. This experience was not at all what I thought it would be, but I found some of the things I was looking for. I needed a change to motivate me to finish February in a better attitude. I don’t want you to think this was the easiest thing I’ve ever done because it wasn’t. It will be different for everyone, but if I can do it then so can you.

If you have any questions about what I ate or want another post on how I felt, where I post “10-day challenge,” feel free to let me know.


Krystal, With a “K”