Week 1, Day 1

And here we go! First off, let’s start with what I ate today. So I am going for an intermittent fasting (IF) based diet. There are different “styles” of intermittent fasting; Eat Stop Eat, The Warrior Diet, The Renegade Diet, etc., but for now, I am going with Martin Berkhan’s Leangains. I am actually doing an adapted (or modified) version of it, because I don’t currently do pre-workout and post-workout supplements.

Basically, what I am doing roughly translates to this: Everyday, I will keep an 8-hour window to eat, effectively fasting for the remaining 16 hours. This works two-fold for weight loss. 1) I am fasting 16 hours everyday and 2) I don’t have to constantly find healthy food to eat which can be a dire source of temptation. It happened to me so many times. In having to come up with 5-6 healthy meals a day, I just end up having two healthy meals and go to Burger King or something because it makes my life so much easier; No cooking, no cleaning, no running around to buy groceries. Just one trip to Burger King or KFC or whatever else that drips with oil.

So today, I kept an 8-hour window during which time I had 2 meals and one snack.

Meal 1: Mexican tuna (1 can ≈ 185 g / 6.53 oz.) and two slices of brown bread (at 17 00)

Snack: Plain, low-fat, low-calorie yoghurt, 10 red grapes, 1 pear (at 19 30)

Meal 2: Chicken and vegetable soup with one slice of brown bread (at 22 00)

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Gym

Day 1 is cardio day. I went to the gym in a fasted state (at 15 45). I am not currently in a shape to be able to do HIIT so I stuck with steady-rate cardio for 30 minutes at speed 6.5 for the first 10 minutes and speed 7.0 for the next 20 minutes. After the 30 minutes, I felt I could go on so I took one minute to “rest” during which time I walked at speed 5.7. I then resumed running at speed 7.0 for the next 5 minutes. Basically, this is what you do: Aim to do your 30-minute cardio and at the end of it, if you can keep going, then just do that! Keep it reasonable though because you don’t want to pull a muscle or something.

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3 thoughts on “Week 1, Day 1

    1. Hi :)

      To answer your question, I fast! So until 16 00 everyday, I only have water, black coffee or green tea. Any drink with no calories in it.

  1. Morning,

    I would just like to say what an inspiration your blog has been so far, I am starting my fitness journey in July 2015 (due to financial reasons) and its been the biggest frustration for me to have to wait till then.

    I am always online reading up on workouts, healthy meals and just for general motivation your blog has been a breath of fresh air in between fitness articles that say a lot but don’t give anything away, like you said they will provide you with 1 meal plan out of the 7 days a week has, trying to get information or help on the web can be frustrating. Therefore I have enjoyed / benefitted so much from your blog and the transparency and truthfulness in which you write. Its not an easy journey to take and anyone willing to exercise and go for it should be applauded.

    I am looking forward to reading the rest of the posts on your journey, well done girl you look great!!!

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