My Hell Week is Over

Disclaimer: I would never suggest this “diet” to anyone else. For me, it was just a willpower test I’ve wanted to try. I am highly against crash or fad diets.

Second Disclaimer: This is kind of a long post, but only because it means a lot to me.

I did it. I did it! I did it! If you’re wondering why I’m seemingly raving mad right now, direct yourself to this postIf you don’t feel like reading the whole thing (even though it’s short), I’ll give you a little summary. I did a crazy thing of subjecting myself to 7 days of 560 caloric hell. The actors from Spartacus did this to get lean and in slave-gladiator-like shape for their show. It was a prescribed four water protein shakes a day. That’s it. For an entire week. And that was while they were at “Gladiator Camp” doing 4 hours of combat work each day. I unfortunately had no such camp to attend, so every other day I completed the hellish Spartacus Circuit (3 times over). And on the other days, I did other cardio and strength exercises.

Working hard during a Spartacus circuit

Working hard during a Spartacus circuit

So last Wednesday I forwent food, subsisting on only 4-5 protein shakes a day (water mixed with protein powder). If any of you know me, I am hungry most of the time. Why do you think we named this blog Hungry and Fit? I didn’t choose to do this to lose weight or lose inches (even though I am doing this contest), I did it for the sole sake of testing my willpower. And I did it. I didn’t touch any food for that entire week though I drooled and craved it constantly. I’m waiting for someone to send me my “Willpower Extraordinaire” plaque, but I guess it takes time to mail.

My only sustenance

I am very proud of myself and happy I pushed through. Water, gum, and ice are the three material things that really helped me get through it. Oh, and video games. Thanks, nerdy side of myself, for helping me get lost in that while I wasn’t working out or working. More than those, Chris and friends really supported me. Chris was there for me every step of the way and my friends would text me each morning say, “Alana, still staying strong?!” I appreciated it more than they know. Because I was definitely an infinitely more grumpy person during that week. You can especially ask Chris, but also my workmates like Daisy or Kim too.

How I felt

How I felt

Again, I would not suggest this to anyone. After only consuming 560 calories a day, working out every day, and continuing an active-paced job, I lost ten pounds (I know my mum is yelling at me right now back home). Ten pounds in a week is NOT GOOD. Listen to me, I’m a trainer. That’s what you call a bad crash diet. Again, I want to reiterate, I did it for the willpower test, because for me, I think at the end of the day, if you don’t have your willpower, you don’t have anything. It was extremely rough the first few days–who am I kidding, it was rough for the entirety, but I started getting used to not consuming food. However, by the end, my body was pretty mad at me, making me a little sick and weak. Again–DON’T do this. I’m just sharing my achievement. It ended up de-motivating me for my contest because I was so miserable without food and feeling weak.

"Before"

“Before”

"After"

“After”

I’m showing you pictures of how my body slightly transformed, not as motivation, but to document how this affected me.

You can imagine how blissfully amazing this day of rebirth into food has been (if you think I’m being dramatic, blame my dad, he’s an actor). I had my meals planned days in advance (because what do you do when you can’t eat? You think about food!). I was in such a better mood than I had been all week and I was just happy because I did it. I accomplished something I had wanted to for a long time now. I’m all for celebration, but I’m still on track for this contest. And although today is a “cheat” day (you’ll get descriptions and pictures after this of my meals today), I’m going right back to strict eating of lean proteins, veggies, fruits, and complex carbohydrates to get to my “extremely fit” goal with Chris at my back as a coach.

This wasn’t even close to my cheat day before the Spartacus Hell Week (in terms of bad food), but it was cheat enough for me because it was real, beautiful FOOD. Let’s look at the menu.

For Breakfast: Dot’s Diner

Small House Breakfast...that's fake meat

Small House Breakfast…that’s fake meat

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I really tried slowly eating, but you can’t understand my excitement and happiness. I ate most of it, but not the whole biscuit. Stomach felt funky for a few hours, but it just needs to get used to solids again.

For Lunch: Snarf’s 

Tuna sandwich...mmmm

Tuna sandwich…mmmm

Face of bliss

Face of bliss

The mouth-watering in this situation happened to be ridiculous. Again, tried to take my time. 

For Dinner: Korea House

Korea House in its amazingness...we would eat here every night if we could afford it

Korea House in its amazingness…we would eat here every night if we could afford it

Happy last meal

Happy last meal

I wasn’t going to (or supposed to) have any thick dairy like milk or ice cream, but we were served it by our favorite Korean chef and we always put respect, honor, and morals before anything else.

All in all, I’m glad I did it. I’m proud of myself. But I will never do it again.  I only wish to inspire people to try to reach higher and higher, because you never know what you’re capable of. Wish me luck on the rest of my 5 weeks til the end of the contest! Going to be on an eating plan of tuna, beans, rice, vegetables, grapefruit, banana, fish and oatmeal! Use your willpower to stay hungry and fit!

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21 Responses to "My Hell Week is Over"

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  1. Eva McElwain Tucci

    June 27, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Kudo’s Alana Glad that is over …you do not need to lose ten pounds …willpower is something we all need and I could certainly use some…and yes I always recommend proper eating , exercise and am not a fan of diets (it’s a four letter word) especially crazy or crash diets :)

    • hungryandfit

      June 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Definitely not! Very much against those diets. Proper eating all the way!

  2. MikeW

    June 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Glad to see you happy again!

  3. Marga

    June 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

    You look great and fit – maybe you should change the blog’s name :) jk
    Anyway, reduction of calories is thought to be a way to extend the length
    of your life and reduce degenerative diseases, but think that’s about 1300
    cals/day for women (average activity) so you were even less than half of that!

    • hungryandfit

      June 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Yeah, not a good idea!

  4. DixieD

    June 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Good job on staying strong!

  5. Randy Powell

    June 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m proud of you, Alana–strong will is power. However, when I read “…lost 10 lbs.” I was yelling, “A-LAH-NA!” just like your mum will. I’m sure you learned a lot about yourself during this week. Just one question…Does Birdsall’s have a place on the fitness diet?

    • hungryandfit

      June 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      A very small place, but a place nonetheless

  6. jillianbell90

    June 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Yikes! You are a braver lady than I!

  7. jsresults

    June 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Awesome job!!! Keep crushing it!!

  8. Ethel and Everett Go RVing

    June 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Oh my goodness, dear! Ten pounds? Thank you for liking our story on peas – we hope you’ll enjoy our other stories as well. I’m going to follow your blog to be sure you don’t exercise away to nothing.

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  11. midwestkite

    August 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Your food from Korea House looks ah-MAZing! Kudos on the willpower. I couldn’t do it, but admire those who can!

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