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Crap. That’s what I said to myself when I saw someone post about the #Unprocessed Challenge on twitter.

I TOTALLY forgot about it. Actually, that’s not completely true, I don’t think I even realized it was October until yesterday!

Is it just me? or is time passing us by? I really can’t keep up anymore.

Maybe it’s the kids.

Yeah.. I’ll blame them. ;)

Anyway, I saw Andrew post the October #Unprocessed challenge and I immediately signed the pledge weeks ago. I love a challenge and this is a good one! It may also be the little nudge I need to nix my current nighttime snack habit. So I’m starting today. err I mean I started today!

That’s right. I started in the middle of the week, 4 days late, when I already had dinner plans and I’ve never. been. more. motivated.

“Old Roni” would have never, EVER, done something like that. She would
have used both her lateness and the middle of the week-ness as an excuse to write off the whole month of October, but not before totally pigging out at her “last dinner out” because, you know, you can’t eat out when you’re being perfect. Since the challenge is for a month, she’d end up waiting until Nov 1 to start. Oh, look at that, November 1 is a Thursday, Hmmm, Sunday the 4th will have to be my new start day. Crap, screwed up by having a cookie, looks like Monday, Nov 5 starts my lifetime of Unprocessed eating. I swear I’ll never, ever, eat another cookie ever again!

Go ahead, laugh or tell me I’m crazy, but that is exactly how my brain works. I still fight off tinges of this mindset today and I know some of you do it too. That’s why I keep bringing it up. There’s no way to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle of hell until you hop off the perfection wagon.

I already know I’m not going to be perfect on this challenge. It’s not that I’m trying to set myself up to fail. Actually, it’s the complete opposite!

For me, it’s better to go into a challenge prepared for imperfection than have some inflated sense of confidence and an overblown concept of what perfection looks like. Instead I’ll try my best, plan as much as possible, make decisions as they arise, and continue moving forward towards my goal regardless of any indiscretions.

Hmmmm sounds like what a weight loss attempt should look like, doesn’t it?

Maybe we wouldn’t have multiple attempts and start overs if we went in knowing we will never be perfect on a “diet.” We’d just be in a state of… well, of Stateless Dieting. That’s what I call it anyway. No more of this on plan/off plan stuff. We simple do the best we can ALL the time.

Does that make any sense?

Anyway, day 1 unprocessed for me was a success! I had eggs, kale, peppers, quinoa and sweet potatoes, pears, cashews, chicken, green salad, walnuts, cheese, and dried fruit.

Not bad! Right?

I’d do a regular food journal but I’m exhausted. Not enough sleep last night and had a busy day. I started working on FitBloggin’13. YIKES!

  • Escape from Obesity

    I hadn’t heard about this challenge, but love the idea! I am not ready togo there just yet (working on going grain free right now) but will… eventually :) So at least your start date is ahead of mine!

    • RoniNoone

      Baby steps. I’m still trying to get The Husband just to ditch soda so he’s WAY behind us both! lol

    • Gail Gedan Spencer

      If my husband gave up soda, his head would explode. I wrote about eating a “food-based-food” diet this week on the Attune blog:

  • Jackie Skelly

    Love your post. Just what I needed to hear!

    • RoniNoone

      awesome! Glad you liked it! :)

  • nancy

    Ok as long as it is not a raw diet–I am up for it. I can give up my WW lemon cookies and Ricework crackers until Halloween but these are my replacements for all the tons of candy that will show up at school then. TGIF and you go girl!!

    • RoniNoone

      I’m already trying to decide what my indulgence will be on halloween. lol

  • Erica House

    Yay for Fitbloggin 13! I hope I”ll be able to get there, it’s a long way from Florida :)

    • RoniNoone

      oh my! It IS! Like the furthest possible. lol

  • Lesa Myracle Smith

    RONI! Let me just say this. As a person who has done WW for the past many years (old Momentum plan), and lost to goal of 145 (from 173), and am your height, I have adopted Clean Eating. I no longer eat anything processed with the exception of a SandwichThin (but working on that). I don’t eat after 8 and I cycle on/off not eating starchy carbs after 6. I run in the mornings on an empty stomach and am in my 3rd round of Insanity. Mind you, I have always struggled and was THRILLED to be 145. I had gained back 12 lbs prior to making these healthier changes this summer. I would’ve never ever ever ever dreamed it possible, but I weigh less than I did in high school/junior high – I am consistently around 135-137 now……which is unbelievable for me. I’m telling you, cutting the processed foods is key. 80% is nutrition… works. WW let me have processed foods – I was a Baked Lays addict…..don’t miss it. Don’t crave it. Don’t want it. Give me steel cut oats, eggs, grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, veggies….etc. I can’t wait to hear your progress! You’re going to crush it! Maybe I’ll see you next Saturday at the half!

    • RoniNoone

      We should try to meet up!

    • Lesa Myracle Smith

      We should! You can msg me by fb or at I made up some clean eating wristbands and even if we don’t meet up. I would like to send you one (free). They’re black w/pink writing. Just a thanks for all the motivation you have given me over the past many years! I’ll have to share my transformation pics with you too!

  • Nicole

    @ Lesa Myracle — Great testimonial! I have also be a WW for the last 15 years. NO MORE! Clean eating is the way to go! WW worked for me in the past but I sacraficed quality for quantity (point value!). It is such a good feeling!

    • RoniNoone

      I think WW is such a great gateway because I’m right there with you guys! If I started out with total clean eating I would have failed but the slow progression towards a cleaner diet is definitely working for me.

  • Maria

    Oh my gosh…I so WANT to this but not sure how successful I will be….lol! It will totally help though with the mindless snacking in the car on the way home from work. I will try!

    • RoniNoone

      Trying is the only way to start! Even if it helps you get just a little closer to cleaner diet it’s totally worth it!

  • Karen Jaffe

    When I went gluten free two years ago, I became aware at that time of the dangers of processed food. Once you give up gluten, giving up processed foods becomes pretty easy. A big problem in losing weight is eating diet meals and other low-fat diet snacks. Once you start eating “clean” it becomes easier and easier and like many changes, becomes a way of life. I will never go back.

    • RoniNoone

      Definitely a domino effect.

  • Laurie

    I LOVE eating only non processed REAL food and it has totally changed the way I look at food. I loved this post about trying to eat “perfectly” because in the past I have totally been in that mindset — your “old Roni” thinking was my old thinking to a tee! I would let a single M&M throw off a whole week (or a month!!) of healthy eating simply because I had to “start being GOOD” at the right time, on the right day of the week or the right date. Now it just seems crazy to me!! Your blog has really helped me a lot Roni!

    • RoniNoone

      lol see I’m NOT alone. I knew other people did that. I don’t know why my brain works like that but it does. I’m so much more tolerant of myself and it helps me be MORE successful. Not less.

  • Dana

    Fitbloggin’ 13 – Chicago or St Louis areas please ;-)

  • Sandy

    Our culture teaches us that “failure is not an option”. As a recovering perfectionist, I’m learning that failure is not an option…because it is inevitable. It is a step to where we’re going and there is no going around it.

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    • newspa

      Oh dear….I hit “send”…look forward to hearing about Fitbloggin’ 13. Have a great weekend Roni. Roz@weightingfor50

  • Mindy

    I didn’t even know about this but I’m doing it! It’s kind of fun to find unprocessed ideas for things you love. You can then eat them with pride knowing you are putting good food into your body. I am terrible with meal planning so I started The Fresh 20 this week and I am so excited! Someone on Blog to Lose told me about it and it is such a great idea. I bought my 20 ingredients and did all the prework for the week yesterday (aka LOTS of veggie chopping) and am really excited. Good luck with your week!


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