Week 1, Day 4

This s going so well! For the last year, I’ve been trying to lose weight but each time I would start, after a day or two, I would feel like a cheat meal. Then a cheat meal becomes a cheat day, a cheat day becomes a cheat week and a cheat week becomes a cheat month. Ever since I lost all that weight in 2012, I haven’t been able to commit like that again.

But I think, this time, it’s actually happening. I am eating healthy, drinking the water I need to and going to the gym almost religiously. This feels awesome. Definitely when I look at myself right now and when I think about where I want to reach, the journey seems long and tedious and challenging. But baby steps, right? Ok, maybe not baby steps, small steps at a time. For now, as long as I don’t cheat and I go to the gym, results will follow.

So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I have plans with my friends, which will obviously involve eating out and drinking things other than water. So here is what I am doing to be able to afford a night out with my friends without causing any harm to my weight loss streak: I am borrowing the technique from the book Eat Stop Eat (by Brad Pilon) and Rusty Moore’s take on carb depletion before an event to compensate for the expected caloric excess on that day. I say “borrow” because this is not exactly what Brad Pilon advocates (Eat Stop Eat is about fasting 1 or 2 times a week for 24 hours, in combination with weight training at least 3 times a week).

So I fasted the whole day today and tomorrow I’ll do the same. I will then break my 48-hour fast with, obviously, an amazing dinner.

I KNOW! It might seem crazy to some of you that I would go without food for such a “long” period of time. But fasting is a real technique, used by a lot of people for weight loss AND health benefits (most of them explained in the Eat Stop Eat book). I am a medical student myself, and having studied the physiology and biochemistry of the human body, I can personally vouch for fasting to be a valid and efficient weight loss technique (in normal, healthy individuals).

Valentines day

So the whole day today, I’ve had nothing but water. I am at 2L right now and it’s only 19 00 at my place. The things you do for Valentine’s Day huh..!

Well then, since I had nothing to eat today, I don’t have any meal plan to share. Let’s move on to what happened at the gym.

Gym

Steady rate cardio at speed 7.5 for the first 10 minutes and speed 8.0 for the next 10 minutes. I followed the steady rate cardio with 10 minutes of HIIT at speeds 5.7 (walking speed) and 10.0 (sprinting speed).

W1D4

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