The Best Test of Willpower

If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I’m doing a contest to transform myself (from fit to extremely fit) and see how strong and lean I can make my body. I started off with a 10-day cleanse, a cheat day, and now Hell Week begins. Again, here is my bodyspace. This is when I need the most support. When the days look bleak and I’m not looking forward to much at all. When my stomach begins eating itself.

I’m not a fan of fad diets. And this isn’t a fad diet, it’s getting my body to a certain point where I can then maintain it for the next 5 weeks or so with lean proteins, veggies, and complex carbohydrates. But even before I knew about this contest, I wanted to do this challenge. I wanted it primarily for the ultimate willpower test. Now you’re probably screaming, “What ‘diet’ are you talking about!” Check this video out, don’t worry, it’s only 2-3 minutes long and it’s a lot of fun.

My “diet” is based on the actors who trained for Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the Starz series, the original series with the late Andy Whitfield. 4 water-protein shakes a day. That’s it. And that was all the while doing 4 hours of “Gladiator Camp”–which I would love to do, but it’s damn tough. To get lean and mean. I got my protein powder from (Machine Whey Powder) which Chris recommended as one of the best protein powders, especially for this task (and similar to what they used).  So this is what I’m doing: four or five (alternating each day) protein shakes, which is just protein powder and water. That’s it. For seven days. 

The protein I'm using

The protein I’m using

I just completed Day 1 and it feels like a century. 4 water protein shakes spaced roughly four hours apart. The first five hours and last five hours were the toughest. However, I was able to complete a 1.64 mile trail run with a dog and a 1.5 hour arms workout. Not bad, but again, it was rough and miserable. Any food sounds good. I use water and gum to curb my constant hunger. This is a willpower test and I can do it. I know I can. I want to see how far I can push myself. Like I said, I wanted to do this before I even knew about the contest just to test my willpower. 

Trail run

Trail run

So here I go, eating like Spartacus and also training somewhat like him (doing Spartacus workouts). I’m looking at 4-5 water protein shakes a day for the next 6 days. Every smell and glance of food will tempt me, but I will stay strong. This will keep me hungry and fit! 

My only sustenance

My only sustenance

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20 Responses to "The Best Test of Willpower"

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  1. jsresults

    June 20, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Best of luck! That diet would crush me! lol

    • hungryandfit

      June 20, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Haha thank you!

    • GPA

      June 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      HANG IN THERE—-Gpa

  2. Alison @ The Fit Chronicles

    June 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    yikes, good luck! you got this!

  3. Still a Runner

    June 21, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I don’t see this one in my future. You do have the willpower. Hope you have a busy week to avoid thinking about food.

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  5. foreverlivingjedi

    June 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    You got this girl…don’t think about the days ahead as a challenge…think of it as a competition and you MUST win! Before you know it you will be 4 weeks in and feeling even more Fit than before! I BELIEVE IN YOU! Can’t wait to watch your journey from fit to SUPER fit! <3

    Victoria Lynn

  6. DixieD

    June 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Keep us updated on this, I’m super interested to see how it all works!! 😀

    • hungryandfit

      June 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you!! Almost done

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  12. Lauren

    April 11, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I love your 1 week willpower test. I personally enjoy engaging in similar activities, if only for the purpose to boost my inner strength and willpower! I was just wondering a few things about your protein shake week.

    1. With 4-5 protein shakes per day, what was your total days protein and calorie consumption.

    2. You mentioned that you lost weight. Do you think you lost (or gained) any muscle mass that week? (This is my biggest fear – losing my hard-earned muscle mass if I were to engage in a similar activity/test as yourself!)

    Looking forward to your reply,

    • hungryandfit

      April 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Lauren!

      For your questions…

      1. It was 560 calories per day (yikes) with 140g protein a day. Really rough.
      2. I probably lost a little muscle mass. But I gained it back!

      Good luck if you’re going to do it. It ain’t fun, but you’ll feel like a hero after. Here’s my follow-up post to this one:

      Thank you for reading!

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