Day three of the Veggies From Hell diet (VFHD).
Yesterday was pretty good; I ate four bags of steam-in-the-bag type veggies plus chicken and tuna at two of my meals. And chicken again at my last meal of the day because I forgot. I drank lots of water and some coffee and nothing else.
Overall, I felt good. No hunger pangs; no cravings like crazy; no headache like Sunday.
Tomorrow (Day 4) will bring a review of today (Day 3).
Meanwhile, to keep this week from just being a list of veggies-in-a-bag meals for the week, I’m going to be looking more into my next experiment – Intermittent Fasting (IF) – and I’ll relay the info I find.
First off, a definition: IF is exactly what it sounds like — not eating food for a while (usually 15-48 hours) then eating again.
There seem to be two main camps in the IF field right now:
- not eating for 24 hours for two days per week (e.g. eatSTOPeat)
- using a daily fasting pattern such as 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating (e.g. Leangains)
I am not sure which I will attempt, though I am leaning toward the daily fast split rather than the 2×24 regimen.
Here are some resources if you, too, are considering IF:
- Strength Training for Women’s Intermittent Fasting post has a good summary of the topic
- The IF Life has a handy IF 101 – How to Start guide
- Wellsphere has a multi-part article explaining what happens to your body when you fast
- Leangains is a blog by personal trainer, nutritional consultant, and IF advocate Martin Berkhan
Tomorrow, and in future posts, I will examine and discuss aspects of IF. Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel.
This morning was my thirteenth Workout A (lats/biceps and shoulders).
(1) Close-grip pull-down (V-Bar grip) × 180 pounds
8 good reps (5/5 count); next time: 190
(2) Machine shoulder press × 110 pounds
9 good reps this time; next time: 120
BTW – I did NOT run to my workout this morning. It was in the mid-40s so I slept in another 50 minutes. Hopefully, tomorrow morning will be more conducive to getting out there and moving. If not, I will run and workout on Thursday and Friday regardless of the weather.
Tomorrow’s topic: results and pics from my Mud Run in April. =)
Meal #1 @ 8:15 AM: Coffee x2, Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Healthy Colors Market Blend with carrots, zucchini, roma tomatoes, yellow pepper strips in an herb-infused extra virgin olive oil sauce.
About 100 calories, 2.5g fat, 17.5g carbs, and 2.5g protein.
Meal #2 @ 12:00 PM: Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Healthy Colors Farmer’s Blend with carrots, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, and dried cranberries in a light butter sauce.
About 210 calories, 3g fat, 48g carbs, and 3g protein. Plus 3.5 ounces of chicken with soy sauce and Louisiana hot sauce.
Meal #3 @ 6 PM: homemade vegetable soup with zucchini, squash, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions. Plus 3.5 ounces of chicken breast with soy sauce and Sriracha.
Meal #4 @ 8 PM: Bird’s Eye Asian Stir Fry mix (without sauce) with broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, red pepper strips, water chestnuts, and some added snow peas cooked with soy sauce and Sriracha. Yummy!
Other food throughout the day: coffee, tons of water, carrots as a snack