Day 5 of the Veggies From Hell diet (VFHD).
I was reminded in a comment yesterday that I ought to offer a summary of my experience on the VFHD in terms of the mental and physical effects.
Mentally: No problems. Maybe this is because I am naturally slow. 😉
Physically: I feel ok; not great (as some proponents of the program would have you believe) but mostly good.
The primary exception so far was during my run this morning. More on that below.
Today’s IF tip: (Sorry I never got around to this today. I guess my report above will have to suffice. More tomorrow. Cheers!)
I ran to my workout this morning. The weather was not too bad this morning: mid- to upper-50s and calm.
- Distance: 5.80 mi
- Duration: 1:20:32
- Calories Burned: 836
- Average Pace: 13:53 / mi
- Average Speed: 4.32 mph
- Elevation Climb: 250 ft
mi Pace (min/mi) Elevation (ft) 1 13:50 16 2 13:48 5 3 13:26 3 4 14:04 -11 5 13:39 -4 6 14:42 -8
This is almost 5 minutes slower than the same run last Friday and more than 8 minutes slower than the same run last Tuesday.
I felt REALLY tired this morning and did not want to get out of bed. I attribute most of the lethargy to not going to bed until after 10 PM and the two Benadryl I took before hitting the hay. Because of this, I can’t say one way or the other on whether this diet affected my energy level. I suspect it might have contributed, but it would be unfair of me to blame it when those other things most certainly did have an effect.
I plan to run again tomorrow morning, and, if I plan my evening correctly and avoid the same confounding factors, I should be in a better position to evaluate the diet and its effect on energy levels and exercise in tomorrow’s post.
This morning was my thirteenth Workout B (legs and chest):
- Leg press 22 reps — 290 pounds
- Next time 300 pounds
- Chest press 8 reps — 180 pounds
- Next time 190 pounds
- Running (see above)
Almost to 300 on my leg press; very close now. Unfortunately, I know that my range of motion was less this time than before. After I was about 10 reps into my set, I realized that I was probably a click or two higher in the machine setting and not going as deeply into the press as I wanted to; this explains the abnormally high reps I was able to pull off today.
Oh well. 300 next week then drop back down to 250 or so and go for full ROM.
Chest press is coming along nicely, too. I think that once I reach 200, I am going to switch to a different machine or exercise. I want to mix things up a bit and that seems like a nice, round number to use as a benchmark, so to speak. 😉
Meal #0 @ 4 AM: Today was the first day I got to add protein to my morning meal so I opted for a protein shake mixed with water before running to my workout: 120 calories, 2g fat, 3g carbs (1g sugar), 23g protein.
Meal #1 @ 6 AM: When I got home from working out, I nuked a bag of Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Healthy Colors Nature’s Blend with carrots, green beans, yellow carrots, and red yellow pepper strips in an herb-infused extra virgin olive oil sauce: 120 calories, 3g fat, 24g carbs, and 3g protein. I went beyond the VFHD’s recommended protein intake for the morning and had a second protein shake as a post-workout treat.
On the way to work, I drank a Gingerade kombucha: 60 calories, 0 fat, 4 carbs (naturally occurring sugars), and 0 protein.
Meal #2 @ 11:30 AM: Great Value Deluxe Asian Stir Fry mix: 150 calories, 0g fat, 24g carbs (12 fiber, 12 sugars), and 6g protein. Plus two cans of tuna for protein.
Meal #3 @ 3 PM: Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Healthy Colors Valley Blend with carrots, broccoli, and golden cauliflower in a garlic butter sauce.
About 100 calories, 3g fat, 20g carbs, and 2.5g protein. Plus 3.5 ounces of chicken breast for protein.
Meal #4 @ 8 PM: (will be something like) 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. Plus protein.
Other food throughout the day: coffee with a bit of Half-and-Half and some Sweet’N Low (my first non-black cup in probably three weeks), tons of water, carrots as a snack