Life after the Ration Challenge

It has been a week since I finished the Ration Challenge…I cannot quite believe it was only a week ago, that I did it or how much money I raised! (£440)

I was surprised that it affected me more physically than mentally which has proven to myself that I am mentally stronger than I thought, I was determined to do it despite the hunger and lack of food and as I have said before I do love food (and my cups of tea!).

Thankfully, it didn’t take long for the aching and painful legs to disappear and so I managed to sleep again therefore no more HANGRY!!

I had felt as though I was running on empty and didn’t feel as though I had a lot of energy so most nights I went to bed after my girls. I had also had a few ditzy moments of loosing my car keys and phone which are both normally glued to me and ended up looking in the most bizarre places!

The day after I finished the challenge, I ended up being full of cold …urgh typical…but it is a small price to pay.

The first thing I did when I finished was have a proper cup of tea…well one after the other. Then I decided I was craving some chicken and something spicy but funnily enough I wasn’t bothered by eating any carbs, I also wasn’t bothered about eating anything sweet which surprised me.

I had thought that I would want to work my way through a pizza but the thought of the carbs put me off so I challenged myself to have a go at making a pizza with a cauliflower base. I was dubious and admittedly it is not the same as a dough base, but it did end up almost like a dense omelette base with pizza toppings…even better was that the whole pizza was less than 400 calories!

It is safe to say that I have not eaten a grain of rice since ending the challenge and right now I do not want to see or eat any again!

I asked my Mum what she would have done if she had been given the contents of my ration pack and taking all the seriousness of rations aside her response had me in stitches. She said….

‘I’d make a collage out of them!’

I had not laughed so hard in ages particularly as I did not expect her to say that, but it should not have come as a surprise as my Mum is not someone who cooks. I do not know where I get my ability to cook from, it has certainly not been passed down otherwise I would still be living off fish fingers, omelettes, fried eggs, cheese sandwiches, toast etc! To be fair my Mum does make the best omelettes and she did teach me how to make amazing roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings when she used to make them once a year for Christmas dinner!

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I put writing and submitting an assignment in one day down to the ration challenge because I didn’t have the energy to think too hard or over think but this seems to have continued for some reason. I am wondering if it will ware off or not…only time will tell. I had a presentation to prepare that has to be 10 minutes long and all we have been given is 4 learning objectives with 18 points to answer in total, but it is all very vague.

Normally I would panic as no one really knows what we are doing or what is expected and when we have raised this, we have not been given anything else to go on. However, I knew that I needed to get it done and so whilst I wasn’t feeling particularly sparkly, I told myself I had 1 day to at least get the bulk of it done and I did. I started and finished it in one day, and I am happy with it.

I wouldn’t say I am happy with the idea of delivering the presentation and in the past would have lost sleep over it but although I know I will be nervous I have just decided to go for it. (What has come over me?!)

Am I starting to have more strength and belief in myself? It would be nice if that were the case as it was eradicated when I left my abusive relationship. I will let you know how the presentation goes!

What my Mum would do with rice and grains!!!

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