What’s This, Another Blog Entry Already?

I know that it is neither Tuesday nor Thursday, but I’ve got something to share. I feel the need to add a third fasting day to my regimen. The reason is simple and two-fold. One, I’d like to lose weight a bit quicker than I already am and two, I would like to gain more control over my eating habits. It’s not like I’m out of control on my feed days, however, I generally eat more than I ought. My biggest problem comes in the evening. I am ostensibly self controlled during the day but after the sun sets, I become ravenous. I’ve tried having some herbal tea and at times, a cup of broth but nothing hits the spot like a slice of toast with peanut butter and jelly. I’m not talking about a thinly spread layer of peanut butter either, I’m talking about slathering it on like frosting on a cake. Peanut butter, for me, is a comfort food. Some may have a glass of red wine when under duress, I partake with a jar and a spoon. It’s such an addiction, I have gone cold turkey and have refused to buy any from the market for the past two weeks. This is the culprit. Ahhh, even now I am having cravings.

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I mean it’s better than eating that hydrogenated garbage but still, 210 calories for 2T! That’s easy haha. Ok, now I’m rambling.

Back to it. For breakfast (before I committed to fasting), I ate a fried egg (75) with a slice of plain low-cal toast (45). I ate this before going to exercise and by lunch I was a might peckish, so for lunch I ate a large stalk of celery (10). I can’t begin to tell you how badly that piece of veg needed peanut butter but I digress. When dinnertime rolled around, I wasn’t all too hungry but I had a meal fit for a king. I had no salad, as is my usual fare, instead I ate 80g of steamed broccoli (24), 200g grilled zucchini (30), 200g butternut squash (80) and 3oz grilled chicken breast (92). I snapped some pics along the way, if you care.

Here is my chicken and zucchini on the grill.

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This is how I cook the butternut squash. I peal the squash, cut it into small chunks, place them into a microwavable glass, cover it with film, and cook for 5-10 minutes, depending upon the amount of squash.

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Finally, here is my dinner. It consists of only 226 calories, and words can’t describe how delicious it was. Also, I am amazed at how tasty all these veggies are without having a drop of butter upon them.

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My entire day was 356 calories.

Thanks for popping by. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to try different foods while on your fast day. I’ll see you again on Tuesday for my weigh in results.

Cheers

Week Eleven’s End

Not too much to report today, other than I ate too much yesterday. Because of that, I wasn’t hungry until well past noon. It was then that I had my typical fried egg (75) and low-cal toast (45). Dinner was held off until 20:00. I was able to harvest my first zucchini and steamed it for a veg. It was delightful.

Dinner consisted of: 225g steamed garden fresh zucchini (33.75), 145g fresh steamed butternut squash (58), and 3.5oz broiled white meat chicken (107.6).

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Along with the hot food, I had a wonderful salad. This was 5oz mixed baby greens (33.3), 1T salad dressing (12.5), 3oz sliced orange bell peppers (40), 2oz shredded jicama (21.3), and 1/4C herbed feta (70). The entire day was only 496.5 calories.

It is my hope that these posts will not only encourage you on your 5:2 endeavour  but provide you with various foods to eat.

Cheers,

Bobby

Eleventh Week Begins – Monday 24 June Recap

I am amazed at how quickly the weeks are adding up and I am truly excited about this 5:2 diet. I have not had to give up any food and counting calories just two days a week is becoming easier. I’ll explain as to why this is so.

I am the type of person who becomes rather bored with routine. This is especially true when it comes to eating. I can eat the same meal two, maybe three, times in a row. After that, I am in a rut. I hate ruts. I’m sure that some people take comfort in routine; eating the same things day in and day out. I am not that person. That being said, once again I have mixed up my fasting day meal.

For breakfast, there is my usual 2C black coffee (10cal). Fyi, having a daily coffee is no rut, it is an addiction 🙂 . For lunch I ate 150g of plain Skipjack tuna (161cal) from a tin. I did add a bit of salt-free seasoning, which pepped up the flavor. For dinner, it was a Healthy Choice Beef Portabella frozen dinner (280cal), 3 oz baby greens (20cal), 1T Cheese Fantastico dressing (12.5cal), 3oz shredded jicama (32cal), and 2T herbed feta cheese (35cal). Totaling 550.5 calories.

Having just weighed in, my weight as of 25 June is 139.6kg (307.6lbs). This is a slight gain of 600g since last week. I’m not depressed or saddened by this as it seems to be the trend of my weight loss. I’ll lose for about three weeks, gain a wee bit, then lose for the next three weeks and so on.

Below is a graph of my weight loss thus far. I am quite please with the results and am looking forward to what lies ahead.

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Thanks for stopping by. If you are so inclined, please leave me a comment below.

Cheers,

Bobby

Tenth Weeks End or Twenty-Two Fasting Days In

I don’t know if you noticed and as the title above indicates, it seems that I can not count. Having gone back to look at how many fasting days were completed, the math was all wrong. It was then I decided to go back and look more closely at my fasting menus. Huh, imagine that. This is the closing of my tenth week, not nine. Hahaha, oops.

Well happy ten week anniversary with a short recap. Yesterday, personally, was a tough day. There were some things that happened but they did not affect the eating, they simply delayed my first meal, which I ate at 1500. It was my usual egg (75) and toast (45). During my morning crisis, I did however find the time to consume my standard 2C of black coffee (10).

When dinner time rolled around, I wasn’t the least bit hungry, so I postponed it until 1930. I wanted to try something a bit different, so I added steamed butternut squash to the meal and it was simply wonderful. Normally I drench my squash in butter and brown sugar. This time it was just a bit of salt on top. The squash was incredibly sweet and flavorful. I missed neither the butter nor the sugar. My dinner was one of the usual fares and consisted of: 3oz mixed baby greens (20), 1T salad dressing (12.5), 3oz orange bell pepper slices (40), 1/4C herbed feta cheese (70), 194g broiled Tilapia filets (at 194 calories, one filet would have sufficed), 81g butternut squash (32.4), 160g steamed broccoli (47.2), and 1/3C brown rice (73). All this gives me a whopping 619.1 calories. Although I exceeded my fasting day caloric intake, it is but 19 calories over. This won’t happen often. Cheers for now.

See you next week and happy summer to you all 🙂

Bobby

Week Nine Starts Off with a Bang

So where to begin. Let’s say Thursday. A typical fasting day with no surprises and the close of month two for the 5:2 diet. I felt good, although no visible changes in my appearance as of yet. Friday I did extremely well in what I ate, that was until dinner. We went out for some gourmet pizza, which was fantastic by the way. I ate four slices but that wasn’t the over indulgence. That came when we ordered desert. Now I am not usually a sweet eater but I certainly made an exception that night. That being said, I felt that an extra fasting day might be in order, so I chose Saturday.

Saturday’s fasting meal was different than all the others. I began the day sipping my usual two cups of black coffee (10cal), which keeps my hunger at bay until lunch. I then ate a large salad of 4oz baby greens (27), 1T salad dressing (12.5), 13g toasted almonds (75), 1/4C herbed feta cheese (70), topped with 56g drained, canned tuna fish (50). That was all I was planning on eating but I realized that I was still far below my target of 500-600 calories. To bring up that number, I ate a Dannon Light & Fit 150g yoghurt (80) and the rest of the tuna 49g (44) mixed in 2tsp mayo (83). I finished the extra fasting day still low with 451.5 calories.

The next fasting day was Monday and it went very well. This menu also deviated from my normal eating. It began with the standard 2C black coffee (10) but I decided to protein it up with an omelet around 1:00pm. This was made with 2oz sauteed smoked pork (130) and yes, I smoke it myself, 2 eggs (150) mixed with 2T herbed feta (35). Fantastic tasting and kept me quite satisfied all day. Dinner came around 6:00pm for a salad with grilled chicken breast sliced on top. It consisted of 3oz mixed baby greens (20cal), 1T salad dressing (12.5), 1/4C herbed feta (70), 3oz orange bell pepper slices (40) and 4oz chicken breast (120) for a grand total of 588 calories.

Now onto the big news. The reason I wait until Tuesday to blog instead of Monday is because I made Tuesday my weigh-in day. This morning, after I got home from my workout, I weighed myself. I’m getting excited because I weighed 138.9kg (that’s 306.2lbs). I’ve lost 7.7kg in total. My short term goal is to get below 136, which thanks to the 5:2 diet, seems very attainable. If all continues well, I should hit this goal by mid July. I just need to keep calm and carry on.

Cheers

P.S. If you are interested, here is the link to Dr. Mosley’s 5:2 web site. I am finding it well worth the time spent.

Two Months all Done, Yay! or Thursday Fasting Day – 13 June

Officially, it will be two months complete this Saturday. This is a milestone and I am happy thus far. Up to this point I have lost one stone in weight. I know this weight loss won’t last indefinitely but for now, it’s good. Sitting here thinking of fourteen pounds gone, I can’t help but chuckle at the cosmic injustice of weight gain vs. weight loss. The experts say that the loss of about a half kilo to a kilo a week is healthy. The injustice lies in the fact that I can put a kilo of weight on in about two days, three if I pace myself. It took my two months to lose 6.3 kilos and if I tried, I could gain it all back in a week. How bloody fair is that? Cosmically unjust, says I. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not grousing at the results of the 5:2 diet, I am simply reflecting on the self-control required to lose weight in stark contrast to the self-indulgence required to gain. Self-indulgence seems much more fun, however, the consequences are far reaching indeed.

Alright, on to the nuts and bolts of today. I skipped going to the gym just because I felt like taking today off. I also skipped my coffee, which is unusual but I feel fine. I ate my fried egg (75) and piece of low-cal toast (45) about 1:00pm. Dinner consisted of a 4.25oz grilled chicken breast (127.5), 200g steamed broccoli (59), 1/3C brown rice (73), 3oz baby greens (20), 1T salad dressing (12.5), 3oz sliced orange bell peppers (40), and 1/4C herbed feta cheese (70) for a whopping 522 calories.

Thanks for stopping by and having a read. If you are so inclined, please leave a comment. They are most encouraging.

Cheers

Week Eight Begins – WOW! Almost 2 months

It’s funny how these fasting days go. Last fast day (Thursday), I was famished just about the entire day but today has been a doddle. I didn’t feel like cooking broccoli so I had some delicious cantaloupe instead. I’ll give you all the details, since I know you need them. 🙂

I drank almost 500mL of black coffee (10cal) for brekkie, which actually extended until lunch (I have an exceptionally well insulated coffee mug) . Lunch was my usual egg (75) and low-cal toast (45). Dinner was 163g of boneless/skinless broiled chicken breast (173) with 200g cantaloupe (68) and 1/3C brown rice (73). My salad consisted of 3oz mixed baby greens (20), 1 tablespoon salad dressing (12.5), and 1/4C herbed feta cheese (70). All totaling a whopping 547 calories.

Tomorrow is my weigh in day, so I think I will edit this post with my weight.

Cheers then…

Weight update – Another 700 grams gone! I’m down to 140.3kg (that’s 309.2 pounds). Since I began on 15-April, I’ve lost one stone. In that, I am well pleased.