Monday, October 07, 2013
Week of 9/29/2013
Monday: Fast Day: banana/ beef & barley vegetable soup, sourdough toast
After expecting (and experiencing) a bad weigh-in, I didnít much feel like lovingly preparing an egg, fruit, and toast like I had planned. I brewed my second cup of coffee, grabbed a banana, and headed to work. Itís nearing noon now, and Iím taking a half-day to work on a group presentation to be recorded later this afternoon.
Tuesday Multigrain Cheerios, banana/ beef & barley vegetable soup/ turkey sandwich, grapes/ pesto pasta, salad
Two lunches. That is all.
Wednesday pb & banana toast/ leftover pesto pasta, chicken leg, apple & yogurt / scrambled eggs, portuguese sausage, papaya
Thursday Egg sandwich, grapes/ pizza, salad/ lasagne bolognese
Today Mike defends his masterís thesis, so I stayed home to help him prep and celebrate once itís over!! For this reason, I also pushed back my fast day this week.
Friday apple, coffee/ banana/ steak, rice, and tomato salad plus pupus: poke, chips and salsa, and cocktails
Today was supposed to be a fast day, but thanks to the govtí closure, our best friends (who were out of town for my birthday) insisted we come over today to celebrate, as they had the day off. I would never deny this couple- I adore them and miss them, and compared to the last day of fasting, this was an easy winner.
Saturday Chili omelet/ half turkey sandwich, apple/ chicken enchiladas, beans, and green salad
Sunday Eggs & bacon / Greek vegetable salad, apple/ chili & rice
Iím a quitter, I admit it! I came so close, but felt too out of steam (inspiration, really) to fast another day. It was a hard week all around, but Iím feeling better this Monday. Back to following the Spark plan I know and love- eat between 1200-1500 cals, move my butt for an hour a few days a week. Iím glad I tried this FastDiet, but honestly glad to be done! Mahalo to my new Spark friends who helped me through the last three weeks.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Week of 9/22/2013
This week, I plan to lose more, as there are no elegant dinners or open house spreads to give into... My bday is on Tuesday, but beyond a slice of cake, there will be no craziness!! Update: there was craziness...
Monday: Fast Day: Coachís oatmeal with dried blueberries, brown sugar/ chicken & vegetable stir fry
Iím trying different fast-day dishes this week: oatmeal with blueberries and chicken stir-fry (like the cover of The FastDiet book). I made the oatmeal with extra water, so it makes a big bowl of porridge. I used dried blueberries (I like chewiness), and topped it with a little brown sugar. Breakfast was ready just before 7 a.m., and it's just after 2 p.m. now and I have yet to hear a single rumble. I really think itís going to be another easy fast day for me! If youíre rolling your eyes, I get it- but I swear Iím hungrier when I eat meals and snacks! Weird!! After dinner now- just want to add that I really did not feel very hungry, but I did get a headache on my way home tonight at about 7 p.m., which I am still feeling after eating.
Tuesday: Multigrain Cheerios, banana/ doughnut, slice of cake (seriously)/ Thai green papaya salad with shrimp, 12 oz. IPA beer
Today is my birthday (which I hope explains the doughnut/cake lunch, lol)! I knew they would spoil me at work today, so I planned a healthful and light breakfast and dinner. My co-workers were too sweet, bringing not only caloric goodies, but also nice cards and a beautiful lei! Mike sent flowers to work, which is ridiculous because heís spoiled me too well already :) Feeling very loved today!
Wednesday: Multigrain Cheerios with almond milk, watermelon/ tuna salad, apple/ fish sticks, ketchup/ lemon chicken, rice, tomato salad, yogurt sauce
Another very hungry day- requiring an odd afternoon snack of fish sticks! I do want to note a NSV of sorts. I had to take lunch really late (for me) at about 2 p.m., and I really wanted to grab fast food, but instead I went home and made a big, healthy tuna salad. :)
Thursday: Fast Day: Coachís oatmeal with dried blueberries, brown sugar/ chicken & vegetable stir fry
The key to fast days is staying busy, but thereís something else, tooÖ I really believe that setting your mind (just like I did when I started SP when not eating junk food and measuring portions seemed impossible) to JUST DO IT. That is the tagline on my Sparkpage for a reason. I was totally fed up with being overweight, and I set my mind to make a plan and follow the plan. Just do it. With fasting, I should be ravenous, but I feel, if anything, less hungry than on ďfeastĒ days. I think Iím not as hungry because eating during a fast is not an option, dangit! Itís nearing 2 p.m. now, and Iím taking a break at work to write this up and catch up on some school reading. Iím staying late for a sick colleague, so that should keep me out of the kitchen until after 5 p.m., which is just right for today.
Friday : coffee, banana/ chicken & veg stir fry, brown rice/ Greek restaurant feast
What a brat I can be! I woke up wanting eggs, but weíve been out for days now. So I thought about an egg McMuffin, but couldnít bring myself to go to McDís, so I had coffee and a banana. Itís 1 p.m.- at work, already ate leftover stir fry from last night with brown rice that Mike made yesterday. Feeling okay- a little hungry, but not as ravenous as the last few post-fast days.
Saturday McMuffin, hash brown/ turkey salad, apple/ spaghetti & meatballs
Sunday Spam & eggs / turkey & provolone sandwich, trail mix/ Big Mac meal, coke
I seem to be filling the calorie gaps I create on fast days on feast days. This sucks. I will stick with this for one more week, but I don't think this is the regime for me.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Warning- this is a long entry that I wrote throughout my first week on the FastDiet! It's the blog I was looking for, but didn't find before embarking on this crazy experiment. I wanted to know what people ate on fast days, if they were hungry, and/or if they lost any weight!
Here are observations from my first week:
Week of 9/15/2013
Starting weight (9/15): 140.0
TDEE: 1900 calories
Monday: Fast Day: green smoothie (150 cals)/ chicken, lentil & veg salad (350 cals)
Can not believe how easy today was. Was I hungry- yes, but Iím hungry everyday!! This hunger felt no different than the typical pre-lunch or dinner rumblings. I watched the BBC Horizons program ďEat, Fast, and Live LongerĒ last night to gear up for this week (and get excited), and I thought of something he said relating to hunger. He fasted for 3.5 days and said that hunger doesnít grow and grow so much as come in waves. So, if you can ride out a wave, youíll probably make it a lot longer without eating than you thought you could. I felt hungriest just before my typical lunchtime, about 11:30 a.m., but after working on some papers and filling out a form, I had forgotten my hunger. Now, itís 4:40 p.m., and Mike and I just returned from a 30 minute walk. I feel less hungry right now than I would on a typical evening before dinner. I wonder what Thursdayís fast will be like! After writing this note, Iíll probably catch up on Facebook, do a little reading for school, and then tear into my big chicken salad I prepared yesterday (as I thought Iíd be too ravenous to chop anything up tonight!).
Tuesday: Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal, almond milk/ apple & hard boiled egg/ handfuls of popcorn/ chicken salad/ half of a chocolate chip muffin/ pesto pasta with chicken
To be honest, I went to sleep pretty hungry last night and woke up hungry this a.m. Tried a new cereal- itís like a cinnamon-y shredded wheat. It tasted great because I was so famished ;) On a typical week, I wouldnít have had the popcorn at work- I really hope I wonít regret that! As I write this, Iíve just finished my salad and Iím already thinking about dinner tonight. Food- all the time food!
Wednesday Kashi, almond milk, banana/ salad, apple/ JUNK FOOD/ lentil curry, brown rice
Holy snacking hell. I have NEVER in the nearly TWO YEARS since Iíve been on SparkPeople snacked the way I ate today. We had an open house (and it runs through tomorrow- a fast day, lawd help me), and there were brownies, doughnut holes, candy, and pretzels, and I partook and all of that. I had my first real doubts today about fasting. Was I blaming fasting for my over-indulgence. Probably. But Iíve never gone so off the end- and I think itís because I can convince myself that in this program (5:2), itís ďokayĒ to eat whatever I want on feed days. Dangerous. I donít want to undereat, but eating sugary crap is not the business. I fully intend to keep this up for at least three weeks, but I solemnly swear that today was my first and last binge of any type! Iím at work now, itís just after 6 p.m. Iíll get home in an hour to make my lentil curry and heat up my brown rice. Hopefully that will make me feel better (nutrition!) and set me right for tomorrowís fast. I know I can do this.
Thursday Fast Day: green smoothie (150 cals)/ chicken, lentil & veg salad (350 cals)
Itís 11:32 a.m., and I feel fine. I had my green smoothie on the way to work, which was kind of cool- it felt like I could enjoy it more than swallowing it all down to rush out the door. Iíve been at work since 7 a.m., but Iím not terribly hungry. I took an early lunch break to do some homework, which will keep me plenty busy through the hour. If I didnít have homework, iíd probably be planning my sisterís bridal shower or catching up on celebrity gossip, lol. Time always goes really quickly when I attempt either of those things. Keeping busy is kind of the key, I think. Also, I like considering hunger. I think about food so much that it is almost a break to step away from it and just feel hungry, which because I am lucky, is so rare. Iíll get home before 5 p.m. and take a walk or do more homework until Mike gets home, then eat my humongous chicken, lentil, and veg salad I prepped last night.
Oh! I wanted to mention that the goodies spread that proved irresistible yesterday hasnít tempted me at all today. I donít know if it is because that itch was scratched, or Iím just a superhuman today. Either way, Iíll take it!
Friday pesto scrambled eggs, toast, grapes/ grilled mahi salad/ lentil & sausage soup, cheese toast
The week isnít over, but I made it through two fasts without even a nibble of cheating! I cannot believe that! I stepped on the scale this a.m., and while I know this is not my official weight for the week, I had to share because I was astounded: even after the mega binge on Tuesday, I weighed in at 136.0 this a.m.- that is FOUR POUNDS DOWN from Monday!! Iím going to weigh myself again on Monday to get an official number, but I couldnít be happier today.
Saturday Kashi & almond milk, banana / beans & salsa, watermelon/ feast @ Alan Wongís
Mike sent me to a spa for my birthday to enjoy a massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure. Iíve never been so pampered, and then to top it off- we went to a very fancy restaurant for dinner. I ordered the tasting menu WITH wine pairings (oh yes I did). It was magnificent. Highlights: butter poached lobster with sparkling wine, braised short rib with a cabernet sauvignon, and the most beautiful coconut sorbet with fresh fruit (made to look like a half coconut!).
Sunday Eggs & bacon, fried rice / pb&j, trail mix, watermelon, cheese/ chicken noodle soup, apple
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I am embarking on a crazy fad diet- one that I would totally roll my eyes or secretly judge if suggested by someone else. But here I am, planning two 500 calorie days per week in order to lose a few pounds, try something new, and maybe even gain supposed benefits associated with fasting...
The backstory- a librarian at work suggested a book called The FastDiet, and while I was motioning hunger she stopped me and explained that "fasting" in this case means you get to eat 500 calories of whatever, whenever. intriguing.
Here's why I think there's a good chance it will work for me- I like the idea of being strict two days a week, but allowing myself some more freedom the other 5 days. Also, I'm getting dangerously good at lying to myself when it comes to what I enter or omit in my nutrition counter. I just want a jump to the system. This might be a terrible thing I ditch after a day, but here is my plan for now.
Week one is already planned: I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow a.m. (ugh!), make a big green smoothie and take an apple to work in case I'm hurting for something, then come home to a gigantic chicken and vegetable salad.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be more typical, with cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, a salad and fruit fro lunch, and I'm planning on pesto pasta (something of a treat) with chicken and a lentil curry with brown rice for dinner each night.
Thursday will be my other "fast" day, and to keep it simple, I'm going to have the same stuff as Monday, but with a little variation of fruit and veg in the smoothie and salad.
Friday will look a lot like Tuesday/Wednesday, and Saturday is a treat- Mike is sending me to a spa for my birthday, and then to dinner at a fancy-schmancy restaurant (where there will be wine and dessert!).
Because blogging helped me so much in my initial quest for weight loss, I'm going to blog about this adventure and let you know how week one went!
Have any of you tried a fast? What about a modified fast like this? Any suggestions (besides "See a head doctor!")?
Monday, June 17, 2013
I'm still here, enjoying Hawaii, fighting the good fight for health and happiness. I'll get it out there now, I'm about eight pounds above my lowest weight, but I promise I'm still walking and eating well, just sometimes a little too well!
Okay- here's the news:
Mike and I are engaged!
After five years together, he truly surprised me and proposed at sunrise on top of Haleakala on what was supposed to be HIS birthday weekend on Maui. It was a magical, exciting, and beautiful weekend. Three weeks later, I'm still feeling fuzzy...
Here are a few pictures taken while being a good Sparkperson:
The MOST amazing mango.
Lately we've been doing ridge hikes, which are awesome for cardio.
I joined a CSA- once a week fresh veggies are delivered to my work for $20. This week we had collard greens, Okinawan sweet potatoes (purple), butternut squash, and sugar bananas. It was like a taste of fall in almost-summer, so I made a comforting meal out of most of it.
The amazing mango with nonfat vanilla yogurt and crushed granola bar, lol. Dessert!
What's been going right:
-Hikes each week
-Making healthy breakfast and lunch during the work week
What needs work:
-Getting more activity during the week
-Taking it easy on rich food and drinks during the weekends!
Can do it, dang it!
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