Week 16, Day 5

Heads up, I’m about to do some ranting.

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So earlier today I was having my first meal of the day and when I eat, I watch some random stuff on YouTube. At some point, I came across this song. It triggered a memory and I smiled for several seconds until I realised…what I was smiling about, never actually happened. It was something I thought about. A wish.

That got me thinking about some serious stuff.

Ever since I was kid, I’ve been able to control what I think and how I feel about things with a disconcerting level of detachment and freakiness. It got me through some pretty hard times. Like for instance, I can go from being completely dejected and melancholic to being the most cheerful person on God’s green Earth within a matter of seconds. All I have to do is dig in my head for a happy memory and I focus on that. People can almost never tell when I’m upset or angry or something is wrong with me. Unless, you know, I want those emotions out there.

Similarly, if I don’t want to go somewhere or do something, I can change how I feel and actually make the most of wherever it is I have to go and whatever it is I have to do. I can end up having so much fun that you’ll think I just had the best day of my life. But ask me if I want to do the same thing again or if I want to go to that place again, it’s not going to happen.

I have a superpower when it comes to adapting to situations. Some people call it hypocrisy. Some people call it being fake. I call it adapting. I call it keeping your stuff to yourself. I don’t fake anything. I actually control what goes on in my head so I’m happy with whatever comes my way.

But sometimes, like it happened today, having a mind like that can dig you in some pretty hairy situations. At some point when playing Pretend or Make-believe, you’re not pretending anymore. The line between pretence and reality becomes blurry. Is that how people become delusional? If you tell yourself something hard enough, do you actually start believing it? If so, I need to cut that out. It’s awesome if I can change my feelings towards someone I can’t stand so you know, it’s not obvious but becoming delusional is a price too high to pay.

Then there is this other issue that when you’re really good at wearing a mask and adapting your feelings, you forget and forgive very easily. So the same people can hurt you over and over again because you don’t do anything about it. On the other hand, if you’re this incredibly loud person who expresses every thought you have in words and you know, very loudly, if someone ever crosses swords with you, they’ll do so just the one time.

So I have some issues to deal with. I will do that over the next few days.

With that said, I’m done with ranting. 😛 😛

Meals of the day

Meal 1: 2 chicken fajitas (at 14 00)

Snack: 1 yoghurt, 10 grapes, 1 plum (at 16 00)

Meal 2: Penne Arrabbiata with spicy grilled chicken (at 19 00)

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Gym

Day 2: Shoulders, biceps, triceps

20 minutes steady rate cardio at speed 8.5 and 9.5 (for 2×10 minutes) followed by HIIT for the next 10 minutes at speeds 6.0 and 13.5.

Week 16, Day 4

Yay! I’m updating the blog on time today. This is new. 😛 😛

So I don’t have much to say about today. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. I didn’t go out. Well, technically I did. I went to the gym. What I meant to say is I didn’t eat out, I didn’t hang out and I didn’t do anything out. I also kept my meals healthy. So today was, by all standards, a typical weight loss day.

Meals of the day

Meal 1: 1 scoop of whey protein, a multivitamin (at 14 00)

Snack: 1 apple, 2 bananas, 1 plain, low-fat, low calorie yoghurt (at 16 00)

Meal 2: 2 chicken fajitas (at 19 00)

Chicken fajitas

Gym

Day 1: Back, chest, abs

Steady rate cardio at speed 9.5 (for 10 minutes) followed by HIIT for the next 20 minutes at speeds 5.8 and 13.5.

Week 16, Day 1, 2 & 3

Told you…JINXED!!

So Week 16 is under way. I’m 3 days in and so far, it’s been going great! Monday was a good day. Loved the number on the weight scale. I am now a mere 3 kg from my original target weight. And yesterday (so on Tuesday), I increased my cardio intensity with my HIIT speeds now hitting 5.8-6.2 (walking speed) and 13.5 (sprinting speed). This is an all time high for me. I’ve never been able to hit those numbers before.

HIIT speeds

Fun times!!

And of course this week’s picture…

15-Weeks-In

Monday May 26th

Meals of the day

So because I went a little crazy on Sunday with my eating, I was extra good on Monday.

Meal 1: 1 scoop of whey protein, a multivitamin

Snack: Watermelon (1 wedge), 1 apple, 1 low-fat, low-calorie yoghurt

Meal 2: Tuna salad

Gym

Day 1: Back, chest, abs

Steady rate cardio for 10 minutes at speed 9.0 followed by HIIT for the next 20 minutes at speeds 5.7 and 13.0.

Tuesday May 27th

Tuesday was a fun day. First off, it started really well because I hit those high numbers on the treadmill. Secondly, I decided to do that thing I do: Dig in my wardrobe and try on the clothes I have previously not been able to get into. It was a revelation. SO MANY CLOTHES FIT ME NOW! Which gave me the fun idea that when I do get to 55 kg, that will bring the weight loss part of my journey to an end right? I’m thinking, because I painstakingly redid my whole wardrobe over the last year and that cost a little fortune, those clothes deserve to be out there with me in them.

So once I’m done with the weight loss part of what I’m trying to do, I’ll put up a gallery. It might take me a while to do it because I don’t want to do selfies. I will actually need someone to help me with that but I will get to it and I will put up that gallery.

With that said, because I was so good on Monday food wise, I thought, let me keep that up.

Meals of the day

Meal 1: 1 scoop of whey protein, a multivitamin

Snack: Watermelon (1 wedge) 1 low-fat, low-calorie yoghurt

Meal 2: 3 chicken fajitas

So essentially…

Tortillas

Tortillas

+ Chicken

Chicken

+ Salsa

Salsa

Healthy eating doesn’t get easier or more delectable than that.

Gym

Day 2: Shoulders, biceps, triceps

Steady rate cardio at speed 9.5 for 10 minutes followed by HIIT for the next 20 minutes at speeds 5.8-6.0 (walking speed) and 13.5 (sprinting speed).

Wednesday May 28th

Which brings us to today. Gym went well. Diet, that’s another story! I ate out and as is the norm, when I eat out, I only have the one meal. I think by now you know what I had for dinner. I’m very predictable like that. What’s the one thing that keeps coming up under my food section week in week out?

That’s right…

SUBWAY!!

Lucky me, the nutritional value of my favorite sub is fair enough. The Chicken Teriyaki sub is actually a low-calorie sub. Otherwise losing weight wouldn’t be happening so efficiently!

And after dinner, I had the brownie from Burger King. I’ve been obsessing about that brownie for so long now. The last time I had it was sometime late March I think. I keep meaning to include it in one of my cheat meals but I never seem to get around to it.

It was so good! The wait was totally worth it.

brownie

Isn’t it magnificent?

I know right..

Gym

Steady rate cardio at speeds 8.6, 9.2 and 9.8 for 3x 10 minutes respectively.

Week 15, Day 7

This blog got jinxed! I’m not even kidding. As much as I mean to update it on time everyday, it just doesn’t seem to happen.

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Something always comes up. Either I’m not home or I’m otherwise busy or I have the time to write the posts but not so much the time to fix the pictures and upload them. I guess I’m going to keep trying to get the posts up on time and eventually it will happen.

Fingers crossed.

But even though I’m erratic with my posting schedule right now, the weight loss blueprint remains the same. For now and the foreseeable future, I’m doing Martin Berkhan’s Leangains. So in that way, my days are fairly uniform and predictable. 16 hours fasting followed by an 8-hour feeding window during which time I have 3 meals, post workout. The only time that I don’t follow this intermittent fasting based diet is when I plan to have a cheat meal or I have an event or activity lined up. That’s when I switch to Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat technique whereby I fast for 24-48 hours and follow that with an indulgent meal I would normally not be able to afford.

And Sunday was one of those days. I planned a cheat meal on account that there was a wine festival going on in town for the weekend and I wanted to be able to have some of the stuff I like including Starbucks and strawberries dipped in chocolate fondue.

And I did.

So Sunday was an amazing day. I went out for an hour or so and I had this really amazing cheat meal. I started with dinner at Subway. Had the 6-inch Chicken Teriyaki sub. That’s roughly 530 kcal right? Then I had the Strawberry & Cream frappuccino from Starbucks. That’s another 330 kcal. And finally I had strawberries dipped in chocolate fondue. Not sure what the nutritional value of that was but it was like 6 strawberry halves dipped in chocolate.

Usually, as you may have noticed on the blog, I don’t count calories. I think it’s an added stress that I don’t need. What I do is I make sure my 3 meals are healthy and I go to the gym everyday. That’s all I need to do to lose weight. I’m not about to weigh how much chicken I’m having in a day or how many calories there are in a pizza slice. If I’m eating healthy, I just won’t have pizza. And if I’m having pizza then that’s a cheat meal and counting calories makes no sense.

But on Sunday I did want to keep the calories less than 1500 because I had a celebratory meal on Friday and technically speaking, that should have been my only indulgent meal of the week. But you got to make room for Starbucks if it’s only in town for 2 days, right? Don’t know about you but I would. And did. 😛 😛

Right then, let’s go through Sunday in pictures…

Subway

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Next stop, Starbucks

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And finally, Strawberries dipped in chocolate fondue

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Gym

Rest day.

Week 15, Day 6

I had one of the laziest days today. To the point where I almost missed gym! I completely forgot that today is Saturday and on Saturdays, gym closes at 19 00. I did that thing again. I went to the gym at the last minute and come closing time, I got to, once again, do the last few minutes of my cardio in the dark. I think it’s beginning to grow on me.

Meals of the day

So remember how I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t have a Starbucks locally. Well, this morning I went water shopping (I buy water in bulk, usually 12 x 1.5 or 2L) and there it was. A mobile Starbucks!

There is a wine festival going on in town right now and Starbucks is there as well. Naturally, I’m going to make the most of this.

Ah, Starbucks 😀 😀 My one true love in life!!

frappucino

So I fasted today because I intend to have a cheat meal tomorrow including but not limited to something from Starbucks. I wouldn’t have fasted normally but I did have a celebratory meal this week. Can’t afford a cheat meal as well, not without some damage control.

So really speaking, all I had today is water, 2 green teas and a 0.5L coke ZERO.

Can’t wait for tomorrow. It’s going to be a good day.

Gym

10 minutes steady rate cardio at speed 9.5 followed by HIIT for the next 20 minutes at speeds 5.7 (walking speed) and 13.0 (sprinting speed).