Week 29 Begins: This Was a Hard day

I. Am. Hungry. Well, at least I was when I wrote that. I’m talking about one of the ‘bottomless pit’ days. Ever have one of those? Ever have one of those on a fasting day? They are not fun, especially when you cannot satisfy that hunger. I went to bed hungry, fantasised about an huge breakfast, and when morning came, ate an extremely sensible meal. I wonder why that is? Consume hardly any calories on one day, hoping you can survive until the next, wake and be perfectly content to eat lightly. Strange that.

Enough pondering and on to the meat and potatoes of this blog. Oh, speaking of meat and potatoes: Juliana, I was well chuffed with the meal. Everything turned out quite tasty. Even though the Brussels sprouts with bacon had the potential to be the hero of the dish, it was the top sirloin that put me over the moon. It was perfectly cooked to a medium rare and was tender as can be. Here is a photo of my plate.

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You can see that the hero here is smothered in sauteed mushrooms. The butternut squash was cooked a wee bit more than I had desired but was delicious nonetheless. Just looking at the pic is making my mouth water.

On to the 5:2 weight gain plan. Oops, did I say weight gain, what I meant to say was weight gain. Yes, I had another upward bound as of the last weigh-in. As of Tuesday, this old heap of a body is a stunning 134.4kg. That’s an upward push of one and a half kilos. It could be water retention due to my PMS (I wish I had that excuse but am quite thankful I don’t). I was hoping to start my holiday at a lower weight but I’ll take whatever I can get.

Speaking of holiday, there is a strong possibility that this blog will lay dormant until mid-November as will my fasting days. One simply can not go on a cruise and not eat…a lot. It will only be four fasting days missed, so it won’t be the end of the world. Hopefully good eating habits will overshadow poor ones. One thing is certain; I do not care for that full bloated feeling following a pig out. In fact, I now try to avoid that feeling.

I hope you all have a wonderful next two weeks, wherever this may find you. Until next time, when I shall return fatter and more tan.

Cheers,

Bobby

Mid-Week Post — Week 28 Complete

Here I sit on this lovely autumn day in the Pacific Northwest. The sun is shining, it is a pleasant 18oC, the roses continue to bloom and my winter collard green plants are going into the garden this weekend. Life is good.

One reason for this chipper mood, beside the gorgeous weather, is that I have been able to do what I most enjoy; that is cooking. Now you may be thinking, “Bob, what are you doing? Isn’t it your fasting day?” and you most certainly would be right…except I fasted yesterday. I know! This 5:2 thing is so flexible. The fasting day was yesterday, in order to make way for the feast tonight. I am cooking a birthday dinner, which will consist of grilled beef sirloin steaks, sauteed mushrooms with garlic and shallots, Brussels sprouts with onion and bacon, boiled baby red potatoes, and steamed butternut squash. Yumm!! I can’t wait! But that is for later.

As for yesterday’s fasting menu, it appears that I am spoiling myself. Nearly 600 kcals spread throughout the day and I was barely hungry. It wasn’t until 11:00 that breakfast was had. This was comprised of two poached eggs (140cal) alighted atop a piece of low-cal toast (70cal), served with 2 cups of piping hot black coffee (10cal). Such a meal held me fine until dinnertime at 18:00, which involved the last of a delicious cauliflower/kale soup I had made. It was a large 530 gram bowlful (94cal) with which 4T half & half (80cal) was added. Aside from the soup, I prepared a salad of thinly sliced 330g green cabbage (83cal), 131g red bell pepper (62cal) and 3T salad dressing (37.5). The salad proved quite formidable as it was a lot of food and I was sick of all the crunching and chewing before even a dent was made. It was there my mind was made up. I heated a skillet and sauteed this cabbage melange until it was cooked. There was still a mountain of cabbage  but far less crunching was necessary. I did, however, need to sleep with the bedroom window open. *blush* The total caloric intake for the day was 576.5 kcals.

Now I’m off to prepare dinner. Toodles!

Bob

Continuing To Ride The Plateau – 14 of 28 Weeks

Another quick update, as I don’t feel like writing too much. I’m back down to 132.8, which is about the seventh time I’ve been near this mark. Frustrating, however according to Dr. Krista Varady, metabolism slows down when 10% of one’s mass has been lost. I continue to imagine that one of these days I will break that barrier and the weight loss will resume. While eating normally five days a week and restricting calories two is easy to accomplish, I feel that the month I did water only fasting days wreaked havoc on my self-control. I am having to re-learn the art of small bites and eating slowly. Hopefully it will come back quickly.

As I mentioned on a previous post, I am recording everything 5:2 related on Excel. This includes a worksheet for the calories of many different foods, a worksheet for all my fasting day menus, a worksheet for all recorded weigh in results along with a corresponding graph of such, a worksheet for my current BMI and a worksheet for pictures I have taken every month (front view and side view). The last worksheet is not pretty. The reason I’m letting you know that all of this is on Excel is so when I post my last two fasting day menus, you will see how I track my calories.

Here is what I ate last Thursday and last Monday:

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If you noticed, I’ve reduced the calories for one egg from 75 to 70. This new calorie data is from the egg carton itself.

Anyway, I am toying with the idea of resuming two posts per week. It will 1) keep me more accountable during my feed days, and 2) will allow me to recall details that I might otherwise leave out due to faulty memory issues.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you all for the encouraging comments. If you haven’t commented, please do. Just a note is nice.

Yours,

Bob

Down…But By No Means Out

Just a quick update.

I’m not certain as to why but last week, I gained 1.5kg. (insert sad face here). I thought I was doing quite well with my eating and was positive I would see 131 or less. Alas, it was not meant to be. Weighing in at a whopping 133.5, the likes of which have not been seen since mid August, was slightly defeating. Oh well. As I told a friend last night, whether gaining, losing, or staying the same, I am in this 5:2 thing for the long haul. I truly believe that my body remembers this weight from days gone by, when It took quite some time for me to move up to the 300 pound realm. I can’t remember how long I stayed in the 290’s but something in this tired old brain thinks it was a bit. The first I had seen anything below 300 pounds was 23-July and the closest to 280 was 8-October. It has been a thirteen month stall that has kept me here. I truly believe that as soon as my body adjusts, the weight loss will begin again. The beautiful thing about this diet (lifestyle) is that it is so simple, which is why I can keep pressing on. If this were a seven day a week calorie counting drudgery, I can tell with certainty that I would be throwing in the towel but fasting two days a week is easy.

Now on to what I haven’t done in the past couple months…my menu. Last Thursday, my food consumption included 1.5C black coffee (7.5), about 70g of pealed broccoli stems (19), almost one litre of borscht (238), 7.75 oz grilled chicken breast (238) and a slice of low cal toast (70). This brought my caloric intake to 582.5 kcals. This past Monday saw a more typical fasting day menu. Breakfast at 11:00ish with 2C black coffee (10), a fried egg (75) and a slice of low cal toast (70). Dinner was at 18:00, consisting of 4oz grilled chicken breast (123), 150g broccoli/cauliflower mix (35.3), 3oz baby greens (20), 3oz red bell pepper (40), and 1 T salad dressing (30). Total calories were 403.3.

One thing that I have been remiss in mentioning is my exercise routine. I had been going Monday through Friday, working on the elliptical 7.25 km in 40 minutes each day. I began to dread going to exercise. So instead of stopping, I reduced my routine to three days a week. Currently it is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Now, instead of dread there is anticipation. All in all, I run 21.7 km each week in two hours total. According to the machine, there is over 600 kcals burned with each session. This 1800 calories burned along with the 1000 to 1200 caloric deficit each week will give me results. I will press on.

Thank you for stopping by.

Bob

One-Half Year!!!

It is amazing how our mind plays tricks on us. We first begin an adventure, half pensive, half excited, and half uncertain (it’s new math) but one thing is for sure, time appears to go slower at the beginning. Let me explain chronologically. I watched Dr. Mosley’s Horizon programme on Saturday. Sunday there was the initial preparation, i.e., meal planning, starting this blog, and getting mentally prepared, then came the big day; Fasting day one. Ta-da! Well, that was easy. Fasting day two, aka “One Week Done.” However, time was moving at a snail’s pace; fasting day three … fasting day four … week two done; five fasting days … six fasting days … week three was complete. Finally the one month mark came along with the successful completion of eight fasting days, along with the loss of 3.1kg! This thing is working!! As time progressed, things seemed to move faster. Instead of counting each fasting day, weeks were tallied. Not soon after, fasting days came up rather suddenly and the week was already over. Weeks turn into months and BOOM, it has been six months and before I knew it, this adventure had been integrated into my life.

Not being one to leave well enough alone, I have ‘played’ with this 5:2 diet along the way; modified if you will. There were a few weeks of 4:3, a month or so of coming in well below the 500-600 kcal mark, and most recently, a month of consuming solely water on the fasting days. All these modifications did nothing for me as far as weight loss was concerned. In fact, the past month of liquid only fasting days has affected me more negatively than positive. Thinking back with speculation, liquid only fasting may have been too much of a deprivation and feed days became more, necessary or emphasized, if you will. Instead of savouring and enjoying meals, old habits crept back and the ravenous beastie reappeared. At the risk of being redundant all over again, I must mention how eating on fasting days affected my eating on feed days. Since food is scarce on fasting days, there is great delight in each and every bite taken. Dinnertime became a slow paced relaxed atmosphere, rather than forks, lips and jaws moving in a blur. This sense of relaxed eating spilled over into feed days and not only was food eaten more slowly, less was consumed due to the awareness of feeling full not being overshadowed by a gluttonous pig.

So now I am, once again, eating 500 to 600 calories per fasting day. Beginning yesterday, I resumed my 2C black coffee (10cal) and usual fried egg (75cal) on low-cal toast (70cal). This was consumed at 11:00ish and was quite refreshing indeed. For dinner, I ate almost one litre (945mL) of a delicious home-made cauliflower and kale soup. Even with half and half added, it totaled only 325 calories. This was a grand total of 480 calories and the closest I’ve been to 500 calories since July. I haven’t anything planned yet for Thursday but one or two bowls of hot soup is a wonderful thing for these cold autumn nights.

As some of you may have read in my last post, I had a bit of a guilt free (thanks to Juliana) blow out a couple of weekends ago and gained back a wee bit of weight. And according to Liz, that weight would come off quickly (at least hers did). I’m here to say that both of those lovely ladies were absolutely spot on. I am back down and tied with my lowest weight yet; 132kg on the button. I haven’t seen these numbers since mid-September. That being said, all those dots hovering between 290 and 300 are becoming a bloody nuisance, however, I believe it will get to 131 sooner rather than later.  🙂

If you care to see, I’ve posted another graph of my weight loss journey below.

Bob's Weight as of 8-October 2013

If all remains the same and the Excel trendline is correct, I will be 113kg by next spring, having been on the 5:2 diet for a full year. Also, if the weeks continue to speed by, this should happen in no time at all.

Thank you for stopping by and cheers.

Bobby

25 Weeks in – Almost Half a Year

Have you ever encountered a “lost weekend” where you knew that you had eaten way too much food? Well that would describe the past few days. I met up with some dear friends in Seattle Washington and proceeded to eat. Beginning on Friday evening and finishing Sunday evening, there was an impressive amount of food consumed. From the Serious Pie that was seriously fantastic, to Ivar’s Seafood buffet, and even Taco Bell. That’s right, Taco Bell. You know that signal, which is sent to your brain from your stomach, telling you when you’ve had enough to eat. I think mine was broken. I didn’t eat until I was sick but I did eat until just this side of sick. It’s funny when I think back on my grandiose plan of weighing in on Tuesday, in order to keep me in check throughout the weekend. That went straight out the window this past weekend. To be perfectly honest, I think that I consumed a weeks worth of calories in less than three full days. Oh well, back into the saddle I go.

To say that I was more than pensive, about getting onto the scale, is surely the understatement of the month but hop on I did. And much to my horror/chagrin/amusement, I gained a whopping 1.2kg. Looking back at my weight loss progress, I’ve spent six weeks moving from 144 to 140, six weeks from 140 to 136 but it has been eleven weeks in going from 136 to 132. If I remember correctly, I spent quite some time around this weight while I was on my way up, so I think my body is used to being here. I’ll call this a plateau of sorts. Since this is a lifestyle, we’ll just take it in stride. My next hurdle will be a two-week holiday in November. I will not be fasting on those two weeks and am ready to pay the price.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers,

Bobby