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Yes…you heard me…I want to murder.
When you give something up as massive as…well, let’s see…everything you love, you start to see and realise how geared society and commercial entities are to selling you the sh*t you really don’t need. I could have sworn that I heard Steers calling my name yesterday…I swear it. I drove passed to pick up a healthier version – sushi – and as I drove passed it, I heard…
Right, so I’m going bonkers 6 days in, but I know this is the mega-withdrawal stage and it will pass. So far my diet has consisted of nothing but serious goodness, well at least to my knowledge: (Please excuse the Twitter speak, I’ve been documenting Project 10 on Twitter and therefore landed up having to backtrack what I’ve actually eaten.)
Day 1: 6 pieces of sushi for lunch, 1 x Bran Muffin, soup for dinner (2 pieces of whole wheat) and dry wors to snack on tonight.
Day 2: 2 x Jungle Oates (Light) bars, 1 x chicken pasta salad, grapes, half portion ribs (grilled), 10 x small pieces watermelon.
Day 3: 2 x coffees, 1 x couscous chicken salad, 200g biltong, 200g sponspek.
Day 4: 2 x black coffees, 1 x gluten-free chicken wrap, veg stir fry (brown rice), 100g watermelon, 6 glasses water.
Day 5: 200g watermelon, 1 x iced coffee, 250g grilled steak and roasted veg, half a box of popcorn, 7 pieces sushi.
Day 6: 2 black coffees, 7 pieces of sushi (2nd half of last nights dinner), haloumi cheese, tomato, lettuce on rye sandwich, chicken salad, 6-7 glasses of water.
Right…so I’m doing okay, but let me tell you…I’m finding this much harder than I thought. It’s not that I’m finding the food boring, it’s just that the temptations are calling me so hard. I have decided to give up carbonated drinks on top of all this and this has to be one of my toughest challenges yet. I have a secret obsession with Tab – at school it was Sprite – out of school and for the last 7 years it’s been Tab…the fizzy brown goodness that refreshes and satisfies…Mmmm…*melting boners* Right, back to business!
The mind can be a wicked place too. For the last couple of days I have been debating with myself as to whether I should be allowed a “cheat day”. Now, I’ve heard of these before…one day where you’re allowed to have a cheat meal or two…or sit on your arse and eat pizza and scoff down MacDonalds until the sun comes up…yeah, I’ve heard of those! Alright, so it won’t be exactly like that, but I know me and this stomach…it’ll be something pretty close to that and the honest truth is…
A friend of mine said to me the other day, “So you’re punishing yourself?” to which I replied, “No, not so much punishing as I am torturing.” In some sick a twisted way I am both punishing and torturing myself, and will do so all year round. Punishment for allowing “things” to get this far and torturing myself because I know what it (the goodness) all tastes like and I took it for granted when I had it, so now it’s time to earn it. Don’t get me wrong, one day I’d like to sit down and share a pizza with friends, but for now…the answer is, “Salad please…”.
i applaud your discipline. my quitting smoking lasted one entire day before i caved.
Really appreciate you coming by and commenting!
Great stuff on keeping it up and still sounding…well… fairly positive!
Most advocate the cheat meal to aid weight loss, but of all the strategies available you need to find what works for you…
If you get bored with this, have a look at the new book by Timothy Ferris called The 4 hour body – He has some unconventional strategies and ideas on weight loss etc as well as healthy eating plans…
Good luck man!
Keep Strong Buddy – I’m doing this diet – it takes some getting used to but so far so good 🙂
Rock on my friend…rock on!
Ian, a buddy of mine also recommended the book…weird. I’m taking that as a sign! Thanks for the comment dude. Will serious take heed of the words of “advocation” to heart, you make some serious sense there…the only problem is all the things I want to use as a cheat meal and the really bad things and I can’t be breaking so soon, if you know what I mean?!
Thanks again for commenting buddy, muchly appreciated man!
Dave! Amped man, can’t believe how healthy you eat..
Are you gyming or running or both or what’s the exercise quotation looking like? I went for my first run of 2011 yesterday and almost killed myself.
Keep it up man, rooting for you!
Well done – you’re eating way better than I am already! So do you FEEL good yet? ‘Cos that helps with the willpower…
About cheat days/meals – it is important to do it about once a week after the first 2 weeks so that your metabolism adjusts gradually and doesn’t get a pendulum effect… otherwise your body will store any teeny tiny amount of fat you give it ‘cos it thinks you’re starving it. You can do a not-so-bad cheat meal, e.g. Nando’s burger, Tab and VERY SMALL chocolate – but the trick is getting right back up on that salad horse for the next meal! (That’s the part I find problematic).
Keep going – and don’t forget to measure as well as weighing… and start the exercise sooner rather than later (even just walking). I’m going back to BMF tomorrow after the festive season so I’m helluva nervous!
Thanks for the regular updates – they’re inspirational! 🙂
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keep the fight Guerrilla! you are an inspiration to us all! we are all rooting for ya!
Congratulations on Day 6!
I guess it is a lot harder when you do a lot of socialising with friends, and most of it is done over dinner or lunch…the temptation is always there. Well done on keeping it strong…soon enough you wont even want to order the ‘unhealthy’ versions, and if you ever do, it will be a treat 🙂
I think my biggest challenge will be if finally finding that balance down the line. Obviously it would be torturous trying to maintain this kind of momentum for the long haul, so finding that balance is key! The only thing that I want from this experience is to change bad habits and, to be eating right and find some kind of activity that works well for my body. If I can bed those two issues down, I think I would have achieved something great.