Week Seven is Quickly Closing

Not only is this the ending of week seven, I just completed my fifteenth fasting day. I must admit that they are getting easier. The funny thing about tonight’s dinner is that I was full before I finished. Don’t worry, I plan on finishing my dinner pretty soon. My menu today was no different than previous fasting days. I consumed 520 calories today. Seven weeks in, hmmm…

Doing the math, after one year of the 5:2 diet, I will have fasted a total of 3.4 months. That is a significant amount of time and I certainly plan to stick with this well beyond that point, along with exercising Monday through Friday. This is, after all, a lifestyle change and NOT a diet. I need to remove the diet mentality from my thinking and be fully convinced that this is going to be my new way of life.

While getting used to this new way of life, I am noticing things; silly things. For example, while I’m on the elliptical machine at the gym, I’ll look up at the bank of tellys and spot an advertisement to lower cholesterol…by eating something. Here in America, it appears that the best way to a healthier lifestyle is to eat, not fast. I couldn’t help but chuckle.

Alright, enough pattering on. See you all next Tuesday with a weigh-in update.

Cheers

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Weigh in Day – Beginning of Week Seven

I’ll keep this brief. This past week was just ok. I went out to dinner on Thursday and over ate. Then I went out to an all-you-can-eat buffet on Sunday and over ate (imagine that). Yesterday, Monday, wasn’t an ordinary fast day for me either. While I didn’t consume over 500 calories, I still deviated from my normal menu. In my last blog, I said that I may end up fasting for a third time on Friday. I did and it wasn’t too tough. I hopped onto the scale this morning, with hopes that it had paid off but was mistaken. I gained weight; 700 grams (1.6 pounds), to be precise. I am in no way feeling defeated, just a wee bit sad that I didn’t lose. Oh well, onward and downward. See you next week.

A Third Day of Fasting

Call it penance, call it greed, call it trying to regain some self-control, call it what you will, I’m calling it a third fasting day. Penance, because yesterday my eating was slightly out of control; greed because I want to lose weight as quickly as possible; and self-control: see penance. I didn’t even go work out yesterday. That’s how poorly my day went. Now as I sit here, eating my egg with its dry toast counterpart, I’m contemplating just how bad yesterday was.

I guess it could have gone worse. I mean, I didn’t eat any sweets. By sweets, I mean candies and such. I did, however, eat plenty of home-made jam on toast with enough peanut butter to choke a mule. Then there were all those tortilla chips with salsa and canned cheese product. All this after I ate a sensible breakfast, immediately followed by  another sensible breakfast. By the time dinner rolled around, I wasn’t even hungry but that wasn’t about to stop me from eating. No. I went out for dinner. By the time the appetizer arrived, I had already consumed two demi-loaves of delicious dark bread, with lots of butter. Two Coke zeros and half of my appetizer gone, my burger and fries arrived. They were delicious as well. When I got home, I didn’t eat anything else  but that didn’t stop me from looking in my fridge and pantry about a dozen times. I finally calmed down after I had two rum punches. Eek-gads, what was wrong with me?

Anyway, today is a new day. I’ve gone to the gym and had my lunch. Now I just have to make it until supper and all will be well. I’ll come back later to finish the day.

Ciao for now.

Evening update: I finished dinner about an hour ago and all is well. I might mix things up now and again, just to keep my body from getting into a rut. See you all on Tuesday for my weekly weigh-in results.

Sixth Week of 5:2

Since this is going to be a lifestyle, I guess that keeping track of the fasting days, of the weeks that pass, and the months, will simply become a journal of my travels along the way; bumps, detours, potholes, and all. Not that I’m encountering any particular bumps, detours or potholes at the moment, I know how life can be and I’d like these ramblings to serve as inspiration, encouragement, warning or whatever adjective suits you, as either a 5:2 spectator, skeptic or devotee.

Normally I fast on Mondays and Thursdays but due to scheduling, I had to change things up. As usual, I was able to fast on Monday, however, instead of Thursday, I fasted yesterday. It was a bit strange, even though it was just one day sooner. Sometimes it seems like quite a while goes on between fasting days but having only one day to separate them, well that was quick. I must admit, things went very well yesterday and I ate, what has become my usual fasting day meal. As a matter of fact, things went so well that I am toying with the idea of doing a Monday, Wednesday, Friday fast this week. I don’t know if I am simply excited by the notion of extra weight loss or if I am getting greedy. I’ll let you know either way.

Below is a copy of my typical fasting day menu. The coffee is consumed over the course of one to two hours in the morning; the egg and toast, eaten around 12:30, with supper around 6:00. The pickled veg may or may not happen, depending on the need to snack around 9:00.

coffee, black 2C 10
egg, fried 1 75
bread, low-cal 1 slice 45
mixed baby greens 3oz 20
cheese fantastico 1T 12.5
sliced peppers 3 oz 40
herbed feta cheese 1/4C 70
chicken breast 4 oz 120
steamed cauliflower 200g 45
brown rice 1/3C 73
pickled veg 110g 17
 TOTAL 528

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Eleventh Fasting Day Done (20-May)

I don’t know if this is getting easier but yesterday’s fasting day went very well. There have been days where it seemed like I could not put enough food into my mouth but last week, none of those days occurred. It appears as though my stomach has shrunk. Not in a visible sort of way (drat it) but when it comes to portions. An example is when I went out to lunch on Sunday. I ordered my standard fare, except I ordered the bowl of Hot and Sour soup instead of getting the cup, which normally comes with the meal. This may seem contrary to what I have just written, so wait a moment, I’m not finished. As I began to eat my soup, I realized that it was far more than I would be able to finish. When the waitress brought my Crispy Garlic Chicken, Fried Rice and Egg Foo Young, I requested a to-go container for my soup and my plate of food. I put the rest (~half) of the soup into a container and about half of my meal into another container. When I finished eating the remaining portion, I was well sated. The to-go containers served as Sunday dinner. I was so proud of myself.

So proud in fact, let me bore you with a reiteration my new eating / lifestyle. The only days that I count calories are on the fasting days, where I average less than 550. On the feed days, I do not watch my caloric intake, however, I am well aware of what I eat. Along with this awareness, I am taking Super CitriMax supplements. I learned about these from a television program and then researched them on my own. One of the benefits of these supplements is that they are to be taken 30-60 minutes before a meal and taken on an empty stomach. This regimen has reduced my between meal snacking to naught. Along with doing the 5:2 diet, watching what I eat during the feed days, taking these supplements, which may or may not help whatsoever, and eliminating between meal snacks, I am going to the gym Monday through Friday. I usually exercise for 35 minutes per session. According to the elliptical machine, within 30 minutes (plus 5 minutes cool down) of exercise, I travel 3.33 miles (5.36km) while expending 565 calories.

That being said, I weighed in today at 141.9kg (312.7 pounds). This makes a total loss of 4.7 kilos (10.4 lbs) in five weeks. At two pounds a week, it may be possible that I will be below 136 kilos by my 50th birthday in July. It has been a while since that weight was seen. My goal is to be able to stand up straight, look down and see my toes by the end of the year. I know they are still down there.

If you are still interested, my fasting day menu consisted of one fried egg (75cal) on dry low cal toast (45cal) and one cup of black coffee (5cal). The dinner entree was a two and three-quarter ounce grilled chicken breast (82.5cal), 200g steamed broccoli (59cal), a third cup brown rice (73cal), while the salad contained three ounces mixed baby greens (20cal), three ounces sliced bell peppers (40cal), one-quarter cup herbed feta cheese (70cal), all tossed with one tablespoon Italian dressing (12.5cal). For a grand total of 482 calories.

Again, thank you for stopping by and having a read. See you on Thursday.

Bobby

Fasting Day #10 May-16

I feel odd calling these days fasting days. Fasting implies going without food but I’m sitting here feeling rather satisfied having eaten a nice 380 calorie supper. The same as usual; a nice salad with bell peppers and herbed feta, along with a broiled chicken breast, some brown rice and steamed veg. All in all, a pleasant meal indeed. Nonetheless, fasting day it shall be.

For brekky, a fried egg and a slice of dry toast. All this food for a whopping 506 total caloric intake.

Nothing else to share as today was relatively uneventful. I’ll be weighing in on Tuesdays now, so I’ll post about Monday’s fasting day at the same time I post my scale results.

Side note – If you are able, please visit my new mate Slim’s blog. Post an encouraging comment, he has been plateauing for some time.

Thanks,

Bobby

Ninth Fasting Day (13-May) Re-cap

That settles it, I am no longer weighing myself on Mondays. I didn’t over eat this past weekend, however, I did snack a bit past supper. When my usual time came to weigh in, I was sorely disappointed. So much so that I was ready to throw in the towel, forget my fast day (Monday) and just eat. That was as far as that got. I knew that I needed to stick with this way of life, weight loss or no. It was at that distinct moment I realized that I should weigh myself on Tuesday. It may just be a mind game that I am playing but at this point, my mind needs all the help it can get. I’ll tell you about the scale results in a moment.

As for my fasting day meal, it was pretty much the same. For brekky, I had a fried egg (75cal), a dry piece of low-cal toast (45cal) and only 1 cup of black coffee (5cal). I ate this around 12:30. Dinner, which I always look forward, consisted of 3oz mixed baby greens (20), 3oz mini bell peppers (40), 1T salad dressing (12.5), 1/4C herbed feta cheese (70). I toss the greens and peppers with the dressing. Believe it or not, that is enough dressing to give the salad a good flavor. On top of this, I place my feta cheese.The main course was two broiled Tilapia filets, weighing in at a total of 180g (180cal), 200g of steamed broccoli (59cal) and 1/3C brown rice (73cal). A fasting day grand total of 579.5 calories. Here is a picture of supper.

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It is quite a feast. You can see why it is a meal worth waiting for.

Now to the reason why we are all doing this 5:2 diet, the weigh in. Upon weighing myself Monday, and the reason for switching to Tuesday, I weighed the same as the previous week. That’s right, the same; and to celebrate my one month 5:2 diet success, I was going to binge eat. I’m glad I held the course because as of today, I weigh 143.5kg. I know this is still quite heavy but that makes a total of 3.1kg lost in four weeks. For all my American readers, I’ll save you the conversions. I’ve lost 6.8 pounds and now weigh 316.3 pounds. That’s 0.8kg or 1.7lbs per week, and with that, I am well pleased.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by and as always, feel free to comment.

Cheers