Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day 50 – Sunday

Fasting phase, morning: Slept a little later this morning so expected a smaller fasting window. However, I didn’t end up eating breakfast until around 2pm, which was about 4 hours after getting up. We decided to go out for breakfast and ended up wandering around looking at places that were full or just not good enough (poncey half-breakfasts for double the price, for example).

Feeding phase: Devoured a full meat breakfast with bread – 2 rashers, 1 sausage, 2 eggs (poached), 1/2 cup of baked beans, black pudding. My first pork sausage & black pudding since I stopped being veggie – good stuff. I downed 2 coffees as well and then followed all that with a shared apple crumble & custard! The whole meal came to about 1200 calories – woops! However, given it was mostly meat, it did keep me full til about 8pm so it wasn’t a total waste of calories like it would be with a carby meal like a pizza. However, (part 2), mainly because of the bread, carbs were dominant in this otherwise meat & dairy meal – they get everywhere! The breakdown is (not including coffee): 1206 calories 104g carbs, 60g fat, 61g protein. Had I not had the bread, it would’ve been 991 calories, 69g carbs, 57g fat, 52g protein. When my total caloric intake is supposed to be around 1500 for maintenance, a difference of 215 calories means a difference of 14% of daily intake.

Still, thankfully I wasn’t hungry at all until about 8pm when I had a boiled egg mixed in with some cottage cheese seasoned with salt & pepper. It was actually quite lovely and I’ll have it again as a snack, plus it was filling enough for me to go to bed on.

Fasting phase, evening: I did feel slight hunger pangs around midnight but I was already on the way to bed and off to sleep so it was fine.

Overall, an accidental calorie overdose for breakfast that turned out to be okay. I will probably feel the gap between eating tomorrow before lunch though as lunch won’t be until after 1pm. I have re-learned the bread lesson though and also felt the protein & fat lesson.

Stats: 1407 calories, 124g carbs, 68g fat, 73g protein. Activity level: Sedentary (not counting the half hour or so of walking around looking for breakfast).


Day 49 – Saturday

Fasting phase, morning: I volunteered at the London Coffee Festival from 10am to 2pm, so again I had the chance to experience fasting while being on my feet in a new environment and this time completely switched on and talking to passing strangers. It was absolutely fine! I didn’t feel hungry at all – helped that we had free espressos around the corner from our stand too. 🙂

Feeding phase: I brought an oatmeal bar with me to break the fast with at around midday, so I did that and had a white coffee too. I then didn’t eat again until about 2:30pm when I had a great lunch courtesy of the Arancini Brothers – really tasty stuff. Then I wandered around the festival sampling coffee, chocolate, fudge, etc.

When I came home, tere was a sexy salad with tuna and halloumi waiting for me. Bloody nice! Nommed the shit out of that and ate the little sweet treats I’d brought home – some marshmallows, chocolate truffles and turkish delights – all from a stall called Viviane’s where they make healthy food. The brownie I bought from then was flourless anyway, but they didn’t give information on how the other stuff was healthy.

Even though I’d been on my feet for hours in the excitement of all that caffeine, I managed to do a 1h 15m workout AND it was squats day. I feel great!

I’m off now to Hexstatic…. will finish this tomorrow.

Day 48 – Friday

Fasting phase, morning: I got hungry-ish around 10:30am, which seems to be a bit of a habit. I tend to have a herbal tea or espresso then and it’s soon time for lunch.

Feeding phase: Broke the fast around 12:30pm with a veggie omelette and a coffee. I had a side salad and asked for tuna & a boiled egg to see how trying to get in lots of fat & protein works out without proper planning. Worked out well and my lunch turned out to be about 66g protein, 16g fat and 41g carbs. I really need to look into what a high fat, high protein, low carb meal looks like – a bit of an education gap there.

I bought edamame beans yesterday to see about munching on them as a snack as they’re good for protein. Turns out they’re really damn tasty! But annoying to eat as they require opening the pod, squeezing them out then discarding the pod and your hands get a filmy substance on them – not conducive to computer work. I might see about getting some de-podded ones or something. Must see what other veg will keep at my desk during the day.

Finished off that salad from yesterday for dinner but without the couscous, so I had about 2 portions, which was almost roughly equal proportions of carbs/fat/protein.

The carbs of the day could have been avoided – biscuits & chocolate – but there you go. It was all within my calorie range but definitely I could do with optimising the macro breakdown. It’s something I’ve known I need to do but considering leangains has highlighted it to me now.

Fasting phase, evening: I started the fast after a white coffee sometime before 9:30pm.  I’ve been studying so I had another espresso to keep my mind going and have been downing lots of water as well.

Overall, a good day where I kept to my targets roughly and with some ease.

Stats: 1575 calories, 156g carbs, 59g fat, 106g protein. Activity level: Sedentary.

Day 47 – Thursday

Fasting phase, morning: I’ve been doing a 30 day yoga challenge, of which this is Day 7, where I do at least 2 sun salutations in the morning. Now that I don’t eat breakfast in the morning, I have more time and an empty stomach so it would be great to fit in some regular yoga. I’ve started with just sun salutations to keep it easy so that I can create the habit and then I’ll add stuff in. I’ll probably try to get to about 10 minutes of mostly sun salutations but adding in poses here and there. I want to keep it a fluid moving session though.

I realised this morning that the vague sense of hunger I feel in the mornings is actually different to the hunger I feel when I get to lunchtime. In the morning, it’s more of a feeling of having not eaten for a while as opposed to later when it’s more about wanting to eat or feeling the need to eat.

There’s a bake sale today so I made some oat cookies last night using bananas, pecans, roasted hazelnuts and some cocoa powder (~91 calories each). We’ll see if anyone wants them as they’re not going to be as sweet as they would probably expect. Any left over can go for free anyway, it’s not important. 🙂

Feeding phase: Broke the fast around 12:30pm with some tomato soup followed by a tuna nicoise salad and some coffee. I kept it light today as I was due to go out in the evening and therefore would not be working out. As it turned out, I did work out so I ate a fair bit post-workout.

It was a good workout – I got 2 sets of 10 single-leg assisted squats (uneven squats) and I moved up to ‘hanging frog raises’ as well. I got some good bench pressing in too and I think I’ll move up next time I do it. So, in summary – still getting those gains.

I made a nice big salad afterwards with avocado, smoked cheddar, bean sprouts and a yoghurt mustard dressing. I put some cous cous with it to get in some post-workout carbs but still it wasn’t enough so I had a massive sexy fruit salad with oat biscuits and a nutty oatmeal bar chopped up in it. I followed that with an apple & blueberry scone with jam. So nice to be able to eat all that and still be sticking to a diet plan!

Fasting phase, evening: Started the fast roughly at 10pm after having all that lovely food so feeling pretty satiated now and will head to bed.

Overall, a good day and I’m glad I didn’t go out as I got a great workout in and some really nutritious tasty food. Tomorrow will likely be a rest day and I have some of the salad leftover, which I can have when I get home before doing some study.

I’m still considering leangains and trying to see how much protein I can feasibly get into a day but it’s hard with a mostly veggie diet. Today I had tuna for lunch, a very nutritious salad and Greek yoghurt but still only 84g protein. Probably on rest days I could go for lots of meat to keep the carbs down and the protein up and on workout days I could go for protein rich veggie food as I need the carbs then anyway. Hmmm… will work this one out yet.

Stats: 1982 calories, 230g carbs, 84g fat, 84g protein. Activity level: Moderate.

Day 46 – Wednesday

Fasting phase, morning: Strangely, I was fairly hungry during this for most of the early part of the morning, even though I ate tons yesterday. Maybe something to do with the proportion being mostly carbs as they don’t keep you full as long.

Feeding phase: Broke the fast around 12:30pm with some butternut squash casserole from the other day.

I’ve been seriously considering leangains today and have started keeping a notebook of the breakdown I would have each day. I want to get down to about 19% bodyfat and I think I’m probably somewhere like 21-22% now, so I could do it in about 10 weeks on a cut with -20% on rest days and maintenance on workout days. I have no problem with that (although it won’t be easy) but my main issue is the macronutrient cycling and getting lots of protein in. I’m going to do some work on what my meals would look like and how much extra it may cost if I end up introducing a lot more meat. If I do start this, I’ll wait until after my next period as making a change before then would likely affect PMS and so on.

Day 45 – Tuesday

Fasting phase, morning: Not sure what time the fast started last night but am finishing it late and am currently feeling the hunger (1pm). I had a massage appointment but there’s a problem with the room so I’m gonna wait for just a few more minutes and then I’m gonna have to break it. I have to be back at work for 2pm so can’t delay too long as I hate to rush through my food.

Feeding phase: I can’t wait any longer, I’m gonna eat! Broke the fast at about quarter past one with leftover butternut squash & quinoa casserole. Very nice. Now having a nice coffee. Ahhh.

Nutty oatmeal bar for a quick snack – lahvly. Man, I am so glad I am making my own snacks these days.

Whoo – today turned into a cheat day as I got some good news and went out for dinner to celebrate! Racked up just over 2k calories, which actually isn’t that bad when you think about it. It was pretty healthy too, it’s not like it was junk food. Plus I was sooo hungry by the time dinner came around because there was a delay so I ate dinner around 8pm after having eaten lunch just after 1pm. I did have an apple while I was waiting but that’s it.

I went to Jamie’s Italian, which was nice but I probably wouldn’t rush back again as it wasn’t that great. The food was nice but not very exciting and even the desserts were nothing to write home about. I’ve seen better meals on his TV shows, to be honest. Anyway, I had turkey for the first time since before I was a veggie and prosciutto for the first time ever, so that was nice.

Fasting phase, evening: Started this following the meal so it was about 9:30pm or so. I was totally stuffed so eating anything wasn’t even a question.

Overall, a good day though I could’ve done with breaking the fast earlier. Still, it’s nice to feel actual hunger kicking in as opposed to just a vague feeling of having not eaten, which is what I get in the mornings now. It was nice to write off the dinner as a cheat meal and not feel like it’s gonna set me back or destroy motivation or anything that might come with a normal diet plan.

Stats: 2194 calories, 206g carbs, 76g fat, 53g protein. Activity level: Sedentary.

Day 44 – Monday

Fasting phase, morning: Last bite to eat was fairly early yesterday but I’d had a good bit to eat too so I wasn’t hungry this morning. I’m still a bit ill so I was feeling pretty rough – tired, headachey, foggy mind.  I had some lemon & ginger tea with honey, which helped and an espresso later.

Feeding phase: At lunchtime, I went home as I had some leave to take so I was allowed take it last minute so I could go home and study, which I missed out on yesterday. Broke the fast at home with some curried carrot soup followed by the rest of the sweet & sour noodles from yesterday’s dinner. Having some coffee now and will do some study…

Broke for afternoon tea at about 5pm and had one of my nice scones with some butter. How very lovely.

Studied for a bit more then made some dinner of butternut squash and kidney beans in a tomato sauce. Very nice, very simple, very calorie friendly while also being filling and nutritious. Win! Went back studying then for a few hours – about 3 or so – accompanied by a nice large strong coffee.

Fasting phase, evening: Barely noticed this start as I was head down into the books.

Overall, an easy rest day where I managed to keep to my calorie target while still having had a scone and an oatmeal bar. That’s pretty good going really, although I had a lot of carbs for a rest day. I’m considering carb/fat cycling but need to see what kinds of meals they would be as I don’t want to have to think about it so much.

Stats: 1560 calories, 207g carbs, 66g fat, 45g protein. Activity level: Sedentary.

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