[Originally posted September 14, 2012]

I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I feel giddy – and I never feel giddy.  But just a few hours ago, I survived completed my 3rd week of boot camp.  AND I just finished texting Brad on the plane – he will be home in just a few hours!!!  WOOHOO!!!  AND a cold front has come through, and we are FINALLY cool enough (yes, it is September 14th!!!) to wear pants instead of shorts!  I’m actually not sweating, which is awesome.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s the weekend???  ‘Cause IT’S THE WEEKEND!!!!

Okay, so I actually am not posting just to celebrate how happy I am.  I’m posting because something very, very strange has happened regarding hummus.

In July, when Ryan and Jillian were staying with us, I think they were a little horrified at the way we ate (as well they should be, since I’m a little horrified in retrospect).  At some point, Jillian offered me and the boys hummus on a cracker.  Some of us tried it, including me, just to be polite, but honestly, it was tasteless.  Not one of us even finished our cracker.  I remember thinking at the time, why would anyone eat something like that when they could be eating any number of things that taste so much better???  Like a plate of tortilla chips, loaded with refried beans, melted cheese, and hot sauce???

Fast forward to the first week of this program.  It was Wednesday, and I HURT all over from the exercising.  I was also feeling a bit sorry for myself, so I made myself a plate of nachos exactly like the one I described above.  And I ate it, thoroughly enjoyed it, then washed it down with 2 cans of Coca-Cola.  I decided that would be my “cheat meal” for the week and almost had to do sit ups for not planning it in advance.

Well, I have not touched nachos since then (obviously), and frankly would not consider wasting my precious cheat meal on them again.  I guess they just don’t sound so delicious anymore.

And – here’s the main point I’ve been getting to – I decided to try hummus again this week and LIKED it.  So much so, that today for lunch, I spread it on light flat bread, put some turkey on top and sliced up 1/4 of an avocado and rolled it up into the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever tasted.

I knew my taste buds would change over time, but I never dreamed it would happen so fast.  I am truly amazed.

So tonight is my cheat meal night (PLANNED) and you know what I’ve been craving for 2 weeks???  One of Scotty P’s salads with buffalo chicken on top.  Is that crazy or what?  That’s what I would have considered health food just a few weeks ago, and now it’s my CHEAT MEAL!!!  Loving.It.


“Before”: Taken August 2012

After 3 weeks of UBS

After 3 weeks of UBS