Diet, day 26

Well, I’m nearing the end of the diet, I’m on the last 5-day cycle (there are five 5-day cycles to go through).

Technically I should have finished yesterday, but I took a few days off here and there because of a weekend holiday trip and a lad’s night out for a friend who’s getting married soon. I ate sensibly on the holiday trip and even worked out on one of the days I was out of town, and the stag night turned out to be on the final cheat day, so that was alright – except for the copious amount of drinking I did, which was mostly low-calorie drinks except for bottle of cider, a bottle of wine and a white Russian. The day after the night out was meant to be a fast day but I was far too tired to care, but I didn’t gorge myself and ate a mostly-protein breakfast and ate a bit during the day.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get on a proper scale for a week or so, but I was able to get on the big postal box scale at work and at the start of cycle 4 I was about the same weight as at the start of cycle 3. I’m hoping I will have lost another kilo or so by the end of cycle 5, but I think I’m a ways off losing the 4-7kg I was hoping to drop at the start of the diet. The thing is, I don’t really know, but basically I’ll have to see where I am at the finish. I didn’t think I’d get the ‘up to 20-25 pounds’ promised in the diet literature, so I was hoping to be realistic with 10-15 pounds! 🙂

Another thing to consider, though, is that I’m probably putting on a nice amount of muscle, which weighs more than fat. I can almost certainly feel more muscle in my biceps, although my chest looks about the same. My legs have always been fairly muscular, if I can admit/brag about that, so no big changes there, but my arms definitely feel stronger. I haven’t measured my waist in a while either, but I’m hoping to be down another 1 to 1.5 inches for a total of 3 inches dropped in my waist by the end.

Is it a bit too early to be thinking and talking about what I’m expecting by Thursday? I don’t know, it’s just a couple of days to go and I’m looking forward to shifting to a different diet and a new workout routine. More on that later…

Diet, day 20 (I think)

I’ve lost track a bit of what day I’m on, but regardless the diet is still going good.

The last time I weighed myself, last Friday, I’d dropped an inch and a half in my waist and lost a little bit more weight. The number on the scale doesn’t mean too much (although it is nice to see it go down), what’s more important is fitting better/looser in my clothes! I might also be gaining some muscle through the workouts and protein I’m taking in, which is great because having muscles mean I burn more calories while I’m doing literally nothing.

Over the weekend I went away for a few days – more on that in another post – so I didn’t work out Friday (which was going to be a rest day anyway, Saturday (oops, meant to work out that day) or yesterday/Monday (ack, I really did mean to work out but was knackered after driving back!). So, although I brought my 16kg kettlebell with me, I didn’t bring it up to the yurt – a good 250 yards away…up a hill, I was too tired after dragging all the bags and food with me from the car to get the damned thing. I did, however use nearly-full 20-liter jerry cans of water to do some rows with on Sunday as part of the protein-only day workout. I figured those things were at least 16-18kg each, quite a decent workout just with them, definitely went to exhaustion on the rows.

Today is pill day (fasting all day, no calories whatsoever, just BCAA protein pills) which means yesterday was CHEAT DAY – so I had a huge breakfast pastry and soon after a big English breakfast (4 bacon rashers, 2 sausages, 2 poached eggs, mushrooms, tomatos, fried bread…I skipped the black pudding) and later on nearly a full large pizza with garlic bread and chicken breast strips. And full-fat Coke here and there as well 🙂

I’ve got a stag do this weekend, a friend is getting married soon but rather than a full on British ‘stag weekend’ some younger guys might do, we’ve got a day full of activities planned and a big drunken night out. No getting around it in regards to the diet, and I’ve already massaged the eating plan once for the weekend just gone, but at least the day we’re all going out is an actual Cheat Day according to the plan, so I can have a fast food lunch and later on pig out on the Mexican dinner. The hard part will be recovering the next day, which is a Fast Day – but I’m not *really* planning to get *that* wasted…we’ll have to see though 😉 At least I’ll be exercising every day for the next week, to ‘make up’ for not exercising for a couple of days just recently.

Diet, day 12

Fast Day again, uggghh. Not fun.

Have felt pretty weak and even light-headed, so much so that for lunch I had to have a flapjack (baked oat/sugar cake popular with backpackers and trekkers in the UK) in addition to the 8 massive tablets of BCAA protein for the 1 PM meal.

To give an idea of the pills, here’s a picture of an entire day’s ‘meals’ of protein tablets:

I did okay last Wednesday with the fast day, and at the end of the day I had a table full of chips/crisps (excuse the American/British terminology duplication), plus wine gums, Maltesers and assorted other candies in front of me, but a friend of mine was giving me moral support and not imbibing either. I suppose today the flapjacks were just conveniently right next to me and I’m freaking STARVING.

Some diet pros might say ‘well you were listening to your body’, which makes you feel fine about cheating, but then again I was cheating all day yesterday and today’s plan is to fast…oh well. I’m not kicking myself about it too hard, but last week I was able to make it and this time I wasn’t. One flapjack won’t throw me off too much.

Diet, day 11

Was out of town over the weekend, so I’m not able to update every single day!

I weighed in this morning and I was 97.3kg, not as much of a weight drop as I was hoping for but I started at 98.8 so that’s still decent, 1.5kg, over 3 pounds. I’ll weigh again tomorrow morning since I originally started weighing myself on the fast day but I’m not expecting a big change.

I’d meant to skip today’s exercise because I’m mountain biking tomorrow, but I didn’t get round to exercising on Friday, so I had to do something today. Tomorrow is meant to be lots of bodyweight squats and pushups followed by HIIT (high-intensity interval training) but I’ll do the squats and pushups in the morning and mountain biking in the evening.

Diet, day 9

Moderate Carbs day today, so yay for real food!

Breakfast and lunch consists of what I call a ‘ranch omelet’ which is basically a cubed potato pan-fried with green pepper and onion, mixed with 4 scrambled eggs. Plus an apple and fruit juices, with some chicken or other stuff later today.

I’m considering buying another diet/exercise plan done by the same guy that’s doing the one I’m on – I’m doing ‘Xtreme Fat Loss Diet’, he also did ‘Cheat Your Way Thin’, which is a similar but obviously less extreme version of the diet, with 3 workouts per week instead of nearly every day. CYWT is what he recommends (obviously) as the follow-on diet step after the XFLD program, and in CYWT you’re meant to work out 3 times a week, cheat on Sunday (calorie spike) and follow 2 3-day cycles of that rotate between protein, low-GI and high-GI food days. Done properly you’re supposed to lose 1-2 lbs a week until you reach the weight you want, where you go on the maintenance plan, or after a few weeks of the diet cycling you can go back on the XFLD if you want to lose more fat.

Diet, day 8

Yesterday went OK in the end, but I was flagging towards the end of the day, I think because I didn’t eat enough carbs on Cheat Day to be honest. I was tempted once or twice to grab a wine gum or something to eat while gaming (D&D tabletop gaming) but I made it through.

Today is Shake Day, but also I can have veggies! Awesome – so I cut up a huge carrot and half a cucumber to take to work for snacks along with the protein shakes.

The workout later on is pumping iron (different workout each day, depending on what you’re taking in) but it shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes from changing into shorts to hitting the shower.

Diet, day 7

Lost 3.7 pounds in a week, but I’m taking that with a grain of salt because I’m not weighing myself on the ‘correct’ day…supposed to weigh on the mornings of cheat days, but didn’t when I started and I weighed myself on the morning of fasting day – and I weighed myself twice this morning so I’m taking the weight after I worked out on a zeroed-out scale. So there. Still, I lost at least 1.8 pounds, and possibly up to 3.7, so take the average and that’s 2.75, which is still really good.

I was able to finish the full workout program for today as well, but I know I’m going to be missing food for the rest of the day – it’s protein pills and water…all. day. long.

edit: I am so freaking hungry right now…but a carb will not cross my lips today.