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I Had To Sleep In A Tent With My Enemy. Things Got Weird

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Published on Apr 23, 2020

Hello there, my name is Steve. I’m a 23-year-old software developer. I’ve always played it safe and never made bets with anyone until one night, six months ago. I had to eat junk food for 30 days and I expected anything but what happened.

My colleagues from the IT company I work for are great guys and we all hang out together every weekend. Everything had been going perfectly well until the day my boss hired April… How can I describe April? Mmm… Loud, mean, annoying, to name a few… We hated each other at first sight.

April made fun of me and called me Mr. Cabbage. Especially when I brought healthy homemade food in a lunchbox to work. You see, I've been on a low-sugar, gluten-free, vegan diet since I was 17 years old. Not because I’m a huge animal rights advocate or anything like that… I just feel much better this way. It's my choice, I've never imposed it on anyone. Unfortunately, she began to come to our parties. And criticize me. Every time, we ended up arguing about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle… She was trying to force me to try some meat or beer, while I hinted that she could probably treat her body better. Friends joked that we needed to get a room.

The adventure began six months ago when we went to a cabin in the woods for the Fourth of July all together. When I fell asleep, April snuck to my bed and decorated my body with sausages, and chocolate bars, and other junk food. She took a picture and shared it with our group chat. When I woke up with sausages and chocolate on my body, I was pissed off. I lost my patience, yelled at April, and we had a food fight. Our friends laughed and someone suggested that we both exchange habits for a while. Everyone fell in love with that idea! They even collected a monetary prize for the future winner.

My friend Sam made up the rules for this challenge. They were tough! Within one month I had to eat meat, drink beer, and hang out in clubs just like April, while April had to switch to an alcohol-free vegan diet and do yoga. If she breaks the rules — I win and get the money and she would have to stay vegan for 5 more years. But, if I give up, April would get the money and I would have to eat medium steaks with wine and white bread for 5 more years, which sounded terrifying to me. If we could both survive until the end of the month, we would share the money and promise to never argue about food and lifestyle again. I wanted to see April suffering so badly that I said “yes.” And so did she.

The 30-day challenge had officially begun. We had to send reports about every food we ate and the activities we did to the chat every day. Moreover, we had to cook or buy food for each other. The first week was not as terrible as I had expected. April bought me her favorite prepared meals like fried chicken, tacos, french fries, and cupcakes, of course… Meanwhile, I prepared lunch boxes for April with delicious raw zucchini lasagna, salads, falafel, and so on… Three days later, I felt weaker than usual, but April suffered even more. She felt hungry all the time.

On the first weekend, it was my turn to introduce April to my healthy lifestyle. We went to a yoga festival in the country as volunteers. We helped out at the food court. April was very skeptical about the festival, but she had no choice — she had to report her “good behavior" to the chat. The yoga community was shocked because April didn't fit into the environment at all. She was very defensive, refused to hug people, and wouldn't participate in a personal growth workshop. But she joined the dinner, while I had to hide and eat meatloaf, prepared by April, which was pretty disgusting by the way.

In the evening, we sat by the fire and listened to an amazing concert. I was playing the tambourine. Everyone around was dancing and singing. Even April! Then we had to sleep in one tent together which was kind of… confusing. The night was very cold and we only had one warm blanket. I gave it to April. But in the middle of the night, she covered me and asked me to hug her to keep warm because she was freezing too… In the morning I liked her a little more. I invited her to a yoga class. During the class, I noticed tears in her eyes. She noticed that I noticed and freaked out. She interrupted the training loudly, hit me with a yoga mat, and left the festival by taxi. I hesitated to ask what that was all about. At the end of the day, psychotherapy was not included in our challenge.
During the next week, my Mom was visiting the city for a couple of days and I forgot to warn April. One evening she came over to my place with food to apologize for her strange reaction and my Mom opened the door.

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