Carb withdrawal

Carbs

This week had been not only particularly unstable on the health front but physically as well- I don’t know if it was the possible onset of a cold but I had a head ache 2 days in a row. It didn’t seem to get any better once I would eat, and I would even eat more protein or nuts and it would still get progressively worse throughout the day.
I did some research online and apparently going through carb withdrawal is a thing. Many forums I read on the 4HB had several people claiming to suffer from headaches a couple weeks in, which being into my third week was not far off. There was some recommendations of coffee but I don’t drink coffee (unless its sweetened because I sooo can’t stand the after taste) . I ended up just powering through without even falling into a sugar or carb trap! (Patting myself on the back). By the way, it is extremely difficult to avoid chocolate when suffering from a head ache. Especially when I am in an office that has jars of candy on literally every corner of every desk- torture! I also learned that I have quite a bit of will power and that carbs are a pretty tricky food! We really truly get addicted to consuming sugar. Your body’s reaction to sugar and the addiction it can lead to takes on a likeness to using cocaine. Now I am NOT anti-sugar- far from it- I love a good cupcake or rice krispie treat just like anyone else (actually more) but if I have one vice, sugar is it. I truly don’t have an addictive personality, so I don’t like being dependent on anything (even most people!) and even considering that a carb withdrawal could be the cause of these headaches really bothered me. I was stronger than this- I can and will fight through this and not be so heavily reliant on sugar! But I wanted that bagel soooo very bad!!!

On a side note, I thought I could fulfill my sugar craving with a whey protein shake (with almond milk)- BAD idea.  I am sure there are better protein powders on the market but I will not attempt to try any more because I could barely swallow the chalkiness of that drink – I tired  like really tried to like it.  I just couldn’t take it, so protein shakes are out for me.

Overall, I lost 4 lbs for the week which was pretty good but cheat day was just around the corner.  Luckily, I only had 2 things down on the crave list- cookie dough (I literally woke up this morning craving cookie dough-strange) and bread, so planning on a bagel for breakfast.

The Aftermath- Getting Back on Track

I definitely felt the effects of cheat day this morning.  I was pretty groggy and less energetic.  I ate right away (eggs, beans and spinach) and my stomach was a bit upset.  (I will be sure to skip french fries next weekend!)  I gained back about 2 lbs this morning so the damage wasn’t terrible, although if I had actually worked out/walked /anything I probably wouldn’t have gained so much.  But I am ready to get back on track and run those extra 2 lbs outta town!

Its really important when trying to accomplish something to have a goal.  I personally have set two of them- a short term and a long term. The short term goal is to lose 10 lbs.  Once I lose the 10 lbs, I will allow myself to shop for clothes.  I have been so diligent in not shopping that I thought this would be a good reward and provide some more motivation for the weight loss and sticking to the program.  So really, this food program has been a positive twofold- saving my  money in addition to the weight loss.  I think giving myself a month on the program to lose the 10 lbs is doable.  But it is amazing to me how hard it is since I have been trying to lose 10 lbs since a month or so after baby.  I feel like it wasn’t as hard after the first baby but the second has my body all sorts outta wack and since that weight wasn’t dropping, it was time to take action, so here I am.

The long term goal is of course to improve my health and my fitness in order to keep up with my two little kids.  The ideal weight would be a loss of 20lbs.  This would put me back to pre-baby and just about pre-marriage.  Its a lofty goal but I really think its attainable if I really put my mind to it.

Usual breakfast but later than normal 8AM- eggs, spinach, lentils

I skipped lunch- shame on me-

*I did have some iced ginger teat to get me through the afternoon

snack of some turkey deli meat and a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

Dinner @7 – steak, broccoli, lentils

The following day, Monday, the first day of the work week did not begin well- I was down 1 lb which was a plus, but I started feeling a bit under the weather, like I am coming down with a cold. I kept true to my usual breakfast of eggs and spinach but had a slice of raisin bread and an emergen-C.  Lunch was a can of tuna with celery and some almonds for a snack but by the time afternoon hit, I was really feeling like the cold was happening.  I decided to forgo the 4HB diet for dinner because I had to get PHO.

Now I swear by this stuff- it is truly a magic potion when I am feeling under the weather.  Whenever I start feeling the slightest tinge of a cold, I go straight for the PHO.  Never mind that its 95 degrees out, I was getting it.  It has never let me down.  I did a bit of research on this amazing broth and it turns out that its not just in my head.  Bone broth has a lot of nutrients great for the body and the anise oil used to flavor  is a natural healer.  The guy at the restaurant told me it contained 2 ingredients that are found in Theraflu.  Now I couldn’t find anything on this (at least online) but I truly believe it cures colds.  I always have it with siracha which I am pretty sure kills (burns) all bacteria in your body any way so that helps too.  I indulged in just half the rice noodles, some tofu and A LOT of broth with veggies, and just like that, no more sore throat!  I swear Pho is magic!  I woke up feeling much better but the poundage on the scale didn’t budge.  I also had my measurements this morning- uh oh- but at least I wasn’t feeling sick.  I had my usual breakfast but with an emegen-c – I wanted to continue warding off the cold just in case- then proceeded with my measurements.  Well, no change, no loss and discouragement sets in.  Ugh! What was the point of a cheat day if it completely derails me???  There was no doubt I had lost close to 10 lbs over the course of these couple weeks, but I kept going up after cheat day so net lbs loss was maybe 4 lbs?  Was it worth it???

Now, as I had mentioned before, I had read that woman tend to hold onto carbs more, so I thought I would forego the beans for a bit, specifically for breakfast.  Maybe I was eating too much of them or maybe at the wrong times.

I also came across some forums on the slow carb diet and really had to evaluate my weight loss overall.  Just going day by day, it’s hard to see the progress, at least the positive progress.  Losing 1 lb doesn’t seem like much and it’s hard when you don’t see any loss or a gain any day- probably why they say NOT to weigh yourself after cheat day!-   but if I take a look at my overall progress which is at 2 weeks and 5 days, a loss of  7 lbs (7 POUNDS???) that is a pretty big deal!  Now it is just a matter of staying at this weight and not gaining it all back.

I also had to take into consideration my off week since I was feeling like an onset of a cold.  We cannot always stick to a plan, life happens, so we have to be able to adapt.  I knew PHO was not a huge calorie inducing food, nor is emergen-C but I was worried about carb and sugar intake.  Luckily, this really didn’t effect me too much.  I stuck with the slow carb diet every where else.

The moral of the story is you can’t judge your “weight” loss on just one factor – there are many- and you have to look at the overall perspective.  Do your clothes feel looser? Do you have more energy?  Do you feel good? If these factors all contribute to an overall resounding “YES”, than the path you have taken is a good one.  In my case, its a good one so far.

 

Yah for Cheat Day!

IMG_2577Down only 0.4 lb. this morning- don’t really care, carbs here I come!

I started off with an egg and cheese omelet, then a cinnamon raisin bagel with butter, finishing off with a half *Toblerone.

*I actually had to force myself to finish the chocolate bar after the first bite.  So very sweet. Guess I won’t need this on next week’s list.

Lots of water, some kettlebell swings (2 sets of 12)

Lunch was a delicious crispy chile relleno and refried beans. Enjoyed every. single. bite.  I did have some chips and salsa as well but didn’t care to indulge.  I did eat candy throughout the day- I am pretty obsessed with these raspberry and blackberry candies.  They are like gummies wrapped in sugar.  My husband swears they taste like medicine but I love them.  I seriously could eat an entire bag in one day… and have done so at work, I did not do that today.

I was so full from my lunch that I didn’t really want a big dinner but that milkshake was still on the list so fries and a shake from Good Times was my meal.  And that strawberry milkshake was just the best.  I know Good Times is only here in Colorado and Wyoming, but if you ever see one, stop and get a custard shake because they are by far the best shakes I have ever had- I always get the strawberry because they use actual whole strawberries.  It is the best!

So overall, here is what I didn’t regret this cheat day- my chile relleno and the milkshake.  Everything else I could have done without- even the french fries.  The chips at lunch didn’t do anything for me either so all in all, I think next cheat day, I will keep those things off the list.  Until then, let’s see what damage control I will be taking on this week!

 

 

 

The Countdown to Cheat Day Begins

Down 1 lb.- so far 5 lbs. down total but I am getting nervous about being derailed from cheat day.  I am also getting very excited about cheat day because I went an entire 6 days of “healthy eating” and now, I get to indulge, BUT this time, I want to hold myself in check a bit.  This time around, I will eat a regular 4HB breakfast to kick start the day and hopefully, I can swing in a work out sometime.  I don’t work Fridays so when I am home, it is a bit more difficult to stay on track with eating- not only because there is much more temptation in my kitchen, but I have two little ones that don’t really allow things to go as planned most of the time.  I also woke up later so I started off a bit later with everything which led my entire day to be a bit off schedule-

Breakfast @7:30am- 1 whole egg, 3 egg whites, lentils, cucumber (from my garden!)

First thing I had to do this morning was take my little one to the doctor for her shots- NOT looking forward to this. She was already getting tired and I could tell, this appointment was not going to go well.  She literally cried the entire appointment.  5 vaccinations later, and I am relieved to be leaving, as I am sure the nurses are just as happy to see us leave. I mean why on earth do doctors have to do so many of these shots??? Someone needs to work on making vaccinations via pills or powder- (note to self, invent this).  Poor thing, exhausted and thought she would crash but instead, she decided to stay awake for our trip to the store.

On to Sam’s we go and I loaded up on frozen veggies, chicken, pork and fish.   Hopefully this will last me awhile in my own personal meals/lunches throughout the next couple weeks. The downside of the trip to Sam’s was my son insisting on getting a slice of pizza there at the cafeteria. I had to endure my son eating the gooiest most delicious looking slice of pizza and I had to feed it to him! I am pretty sure to someone on a diet, this is a serious form of torture.  Not to mention I was starving and they gave us an extra slice for whatever reason, (more torture).  I was starving but actually powered through and denied myself even a lick of that gooey cheese.  Took a late lunch at noon of just a few turkey slices- I am pretty sure deli meat is not allowed on the 4HB but that is what was available to me. If there is one thing I know, it’s that turkey slices do not come any where near the satisfaction of a slice of cheese pizza- needless to say I was still hungry.  I had a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter to tie my over until dinner- I was looking forward to my steak and green beans.

I went to bed dreaming of eating anything other than my usual meat, beans and veggies.  Not sure how any one could be this excited for food- I am not a big food person, in fact, ever since having my kids, I really lost my cravings for any type of food- all food tasted either bland or too salty. I was not one of those pregnant women that ate a lot or had crazy cravings- I just tried to eat enough to get through the day.  I couldn’t eat much since almost everything made me feel ill. But now that I have been on the 4HB, I realize how much sugar I must be consuming to constantly crave it…and carbs.  I am planning on having some bread tomorrow, maybe even a bagel. All I know is I  was definitely looking forward to a milkshake!

A (Few) Days in the Life

Tuesday

This morning, down 1 lb.

Overall, a work day is usually an easier day to get through since I am not constantly thinking about my food. I prepare my lunches for work and already have my snack of almonds at my desk so day time eating during work doesn’t take as much thought.  Dinner is a little more difficult since I do alter my plate from the family’s, (toddlers generally don’t eat steak and green beans) so I try to modify or eliminate the carb portion of the family meal for my own plate. So far, I haven’t missed potatoes or rice, not a big fan of these sides anyway, but bread is a big downfall of mine when it comes to carbs.  Once I have a  piece of bread, I just can’t stop eating it, and it could be any kind of bread- banana, garlic, or even just plain sandwich bread.  It’s all good to me!  So my biggest and most consistent craving so far is bread.  I am very much missing it, especially my usual sesame bagel with plain cream cheese I get at least once a week for breakfast.  (Side note- put bagel  on the crave list.)

The positive points on being on the 4HB, besides losing pounds and inches, is it is pretty cheap to prepare your meals.  I bought a bag of dry lentils at Target for a little over $1.00 and not knowing they expand A LOT once cooked, I made the whole bag which will probably last me more than a week.  I am currently growing spinach in my garden at home so I have spinach pretty much every morning for breakfast (free) and then having the egg whites with whole eggs, I think my usual breakfast costs less than $0.50  – now that is cheap!

Another positive is that meal planning is pretty easy, especially now that I am getting used to eating certain things.  Since I know I have to pick a protein, a bean and a vegetable, its easy to prepare my meals, not to mention easier to cook.

I have been doing some research on recipes so I plan on trying some new ways of seasoning and even trying some alternatives such as this cauliflower rice I keep hearing about from Trader Joe’s.  This would make a nice filler side for my meals and count as my vegetable too.

The meals I am currently liking are:

Breakfast- whole egg with egg whites, lentils and spinach (or eggs with avocado and tomato)

Snack- almonds

Mexican- seasoned ground turkey, guacamole and refried beans

Garbanzo beans – just not for breakfast!

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Wednesday

Down 1 more lb. So despite the bloat and my cheat day, I am down 3 lbs and have not gone over my start weight once in a week. I do really wish I had started with my newer better scale but c’est la vie- the show must go on,

Breakfast @7- the usual- eggs, spinach, lentils

Lunch @11 – 1 can tuna, celery, onion, 1.2 cup lentils (I have to admit even this was a nice change)

Almonds @3

Dinner @6:30PM – Fish (breaded), green beans, (i skipped the lentils)

After dinner snack – 2 tablespoons peanut butter.

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Thursday 

Down 1.4 lbs. – Even with my breaded fish for dinner last night, I lost weight!

Breakfast @7- usual – eggs, spinach, lentils

Lunch@11 1 can tuna, lemon slice, cucumbers and lentils

Snack @3- almonds

Dinner@6:30PM – chicken wings, celery

*Snack – 2 tablespoons of peanut butter – I may very well go through an entire jar in one week!

Afternoon walk for 30 minutes

Today I am having lots of bread cravings- better put that on the crave list for Saturday!

I lost HOW many inches???

So my weigh in this morning was much to be desired- I was only down a total of 3 lbs for the week but my water weight was still very high and I still had to take my measurements.  I was dreading it actually- because if I didn’t change in inches, and I deprived myself of all good foods in life (sugar and carbs) for one whole week and nothing to show for it, I am not sure this whole thing would have been worth it.  But alas….

I went ahead and took my waist, arm, thigh and hip measurements. I had to go back to my journal to see what my original measurements were and I did a double take- much to my surprise, I was down 2″ in my thighs and 2.5″ in my waist and hips! I didn’t change in my arms, but I lost quite a bit everywhere else so I was pretty impressed, happy with the results and very MOTIVATED! Maybe there was something to this diet!

The thing is, despite my strict food intake this past week, I know I couldn’t keep up eating like this forever.  So I have a goal.  The goal is to lose 20 lbs.  Once I can get down 20 lbs. and I have attained my goal, I can then modify my food intake, at least in order to maintain my weight and not gain.  Judging from my results, those nasty sugars and carbs were very much to blame for my after-baby muffin top.  I really haven’t done any working out so far, so I think if I incorporate some light work outs and weights with my diet after this initial two week try out, I may be able to pull off 10 lbs in 1 month, maybe more.

MEALS FOR TODAY: 
Breakfast @7- 1 whole egg, 3 egg whites, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup lentils LOTS of water 

Lunch @11- chicken, peas, lentils 

Cold green tea with lemon

Snack @ 3PM – 12-15 Almonds

Dinner@6:30PM – turkey tacos – replace shells with butter lettuce leaves, refried beans, guacamole

Snack – 1 tablespoons of natural peanut butter

Here’s to losing those inches!!!

 

Day 7 – Ugh, was all my hard work for nothing?

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Today is one week from my start of the 4 hour body (4HB) so back to weighing myself this fine Monday morning and though I was down for the week in total, it was only about a pound and a half- UGH,  did my cheat day really ruin all my hard work???

I was pretty discouraged so I did some research online from other bloggers who are or have done the 4HB.  You know, the internet is an amazing thing- you can literally find anything yet I was still somewhat surprised as to how much information there was on the 4HB- I guess I was a bit behind on the band wagon! There were many tips and tricks for maintaining your weight during cheat day, as well as things that normally happen when first doing this diet.

I learned that women tend to hold onto carbs more than men so incorporating the amount of beans recommended in the book is not necessary for women.  It was recommended that the amount be halved which to me came as quite a relief.  I am pretty burnt out on beans.  So starting tomorrow I will not have beans at every meal, just at lunch and dinner.  Let’s see if this has any impact on my weight loss. I also noticed my water weight was high on the scale so this could be the bloat which would most definitely effect my weight.  Also the book mentions that pounds are not a tell tale sign of weightloss- checking inches lost around various parts of your body is a good indicator of your body losing weight. Tomorrow will be my measurement day so maybe that will show some progress.  Other tips that I will try for my next cheat day will be:

  • Eating within 30 minutes of waking up (even on Saturday)
  • Load up on protein!  Make your first meal of cheat day with lots of protein-  So, as much as I don’t want to eat eggs, looks like they will be on the menu for cheat day.
  • Try and work out on cheat day- the book says to do a 90 second power move (like squats or kettlebell).  I find it hard to believe 90 seconds could make a difference but again, I will try anything to not gain all that weight back on cheat day.

Meals for today:

Breakfast @7AM- 1 whole egg, 3 egg whites * I did purchase liquid egg whites so I could up my protein and lower my amount of fat since yolk is high.

Lunch @11- Leftover chicken kabobs- delish! 1/2 cup lentils and 1 cup spinach

Snack @3PM – 15 almonds

Dinner @6:30PM – Chicken, Garbanzo beans, peas

Snack (Dessert!) 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

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I was getting somewhat bored with my food picks so I did some searching online and I was able to download and print a list of slow carb friendly foods from Finding My Fitness  .  This list makes it easy to reference a food and to make choices for future grocery purchases easier by choosing one (or more) item from each category.  I also saw peanut butter on there and pretty much thought that would be a great snack/dessert to at least satisfy some after dinner cravings.   You obviously cannot eat much of it, about two spoonfuls, but its something and that little something tastes pretty darn good after not having sugar for a few days.

 

 

 

Day 6 – The food hangover

 

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I am back to my slow carbing today and there was a little (tiny) part of me somewhat relieved to get to eat some healthy food.  I totally broke the rules and weighed myself but it actually wasn’t too bad. I was still down but not as much.  Let’s see if getting back on track today will help shed the extra weight.

My schedule was quite a bit off today since its Sunday and we had a pool day on the schedule.  How was I going to eat in compliance to this diet at the pool??? I did my best- I made extra bacon to take with me, celery sticks and seaweed sheets.  Very random but I was kind of at a loss as to what to eat!

*Breakfast at 7AM – 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites, 2 strips of bacon, 1/3 roma tomato, 1/3 avocado.

*I skipped the beans because frankly, I just don’t want to eat them anymore.  I did some further research on the reasoning for the beans at every meal and essentially it comes down to just feeling more satisfied and full until your next meal.  Also, women tend to hold onto carbs more and the recommended amount for woman as not as high as men, so I thought I would test out cutting back on the beans to 2 meals per day versus all 4.

Snack @ 11 (at the pool) – 2 strips of bacon, 1 cup celery, 10 sheets seaweed.

If you have never had dried seaweed, I highly recommend it.  It is high in nutrients, satisfies any saltiness craving and my toddler loves them!

After baking in the sun for a few hours, we went to Chipotle for a late lunch. For me, it was a bit early since I wasn’t supposed to eat until 3 but since Chipotle was used as an example in the book, I thought I would give it a try.  I modified the meal to:

Lunch @ 1:45 pm – Black beans, chicken, lettuce, tomato and the dressing on the side.

To be honest, it was pretty awful and I won’t be eating there any time soon.

Due to the high salt content of my meals today, I was consuming mass amounts of cold water.  I will blame Chipotle and the bacon for that- unfortunately this water did not seem to make a difference in satiating my thirst! It was also in the high 90’s today so that could have something to do with it as well.

Dinner @7pm – chicken kabobs with a great baja citrus marinade and some agave honey,  1/2 cup lentils (excited to have this for lunch leftovers tomorrow!)

Bed at 10PM

After dealing with my food hangover today, I came up with a few insights-

I will NOT have fast food on my cheat day next Saturday!  I figure if I can eat whatever I want, I sure don’t want it to be fast food! So Chick- fil-a is a no-go, as is Dunkin Donuts.  The donut really wasn’t as good as I had hoped anyhow so I think I am going to add chocolate croissant to the crave list instead.  I WILL have chocolate- miss that more than I thought because I really don’t eat that much chocolate, although maybe I just didn’t realize how much chocolate I eat, therefore I am going through withdrawals and craving it more?  Either way, I will top off my chocolate croissants with my Toblerone this Saturday.  I am also going to have ice cream because having this hot of weather makes me really want ice cream or a milkshake and last but not least, fruit!  I really wanted fruit at the pool because it’s so refreshing but alas, no sugar allowed.  I will be sure to have lots of it on Saturday.  In the meantime, I am going to research more creative ways of preparing foods for this diet- I just can’t imagine only eating these few things all the time? I am sure there are ways to modify and make them different using the same ingredients but so far, I haven’t come up with much except various marinades and seasonings.

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Cheat day is finally here!

I got up early and true to my word, I had a piece of chocolate.  I also jumped on the scale and lost another pound!  I suppose the true experiment is to see if I lose weight still even after my cheat day but the book does say you should not weigh yourself after cheat day and resume the normal food schedule and weigh ins after binging.  All I know is I am going to do my darndest to eat as much of everything bad as possible.  Let’s begin with breakfast-  around 7:30 I had a croissant with egg and cheese, a vanilla cafe latte (small) and a vanilla kreme donut, all from Dunkin’ Donuts.  I choose this location for three reasons- they are very close by, they have a drive through and I had to cross that donut craving off my list.  I’m not sure why I got the coffee.  I don’t normally drink coffee but thought maybe I should drink it because I needed to stay awake to eat all the food off my list? Anyway, I got back home and my husband was nice enough to let me eat alone as he watched the kids and I indulged for 15 minutes.  You are supposed to spend at least 30 minutes eating but I just couldn’t eat those carbs fast enough!  Boy did I enjoy those 15 minutes! Much to my surprise, as much as I thought I would enjoy the donut, I actually loved the cheese and croissant much much more. I didn’t even drink half my coffee and I had to force myself to eat all of the donut, just kept thinking to myself, “I can’t have anything like this for the whole week so I have to eat it”, but maybe, just maybe, I won’t even crave it again.

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The vanilla kreme donut that pushed me over the edge.

Lunch at 11:30PM was Chick Fil’ A- this was not my first choice but we had my niece and nephew with us and since they love Chick Fil’ A I had to be the doting Aunt and go with their wishes.  I had chicken nuggets, fries and a Dr. Pepper.  I had entered my calorie intake throughout the day so far and after lunch I had already consumed over a 1000 calories, yikes!  Fast food is not for the faint of heart and as so many documentaries have told us, eating it all the time for every meal is probably not the best idea.   So after that fried filled lunch, I pretty much felt horrible. All I wanted was a large glass of cold water to wash away all of the bad I had consumed so far.

As my husband took the kids to a movie, I decided to do my favorite form of exercise- shopping!  I picked up a few gifts for friends and for me, myself and I at Ulta and once home, proceeded to guzzle water.  Wow, my sodium intake must be through the roof.

Dinner of choice is a mighty hefty cheese, mushroom and black olive calazone and a caesar salad. I ate it ALL, stuffed myself to the brim, but I really didn’t feel so great.  I guess inhaling large quantities of cheese is not the best way to feel refreshed and rejuvenated? I then decided to eat half a Toblerone- too much? Not according to the slow carb diet.

Well its the end of the day and I made it halfway through my craving list:

A donut, half a Toblerone (dessert after dinner), and pizza. Pretty good for a first cheat day.  Needless to say I didn’t log the remainder of my calories because why give myself nightmares.

Day 4 – Countdown to cheat day

Well I wasn’t surprised that my weight reading was not quite as much lost as initially thought. The new scale still had a lower amount that I originally began with so I am still down 3.5 lbs, and again, I have not seen those numbers for over a year, so it was nice to still be down. All that hard work of resistance is apparently paying off.

The new scale is pretty amazing. I had my husband step on it and calculate his body composition to test it out and his results were just ridiculous.  My husband eats out more than I can count and does not work out- at all.  His body fat is 13%. I was impressed… and once again, motivated.

Here are my tools:

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The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris- I downloaded mine on my Kindle but you can purchase it here: The Four Hour Body

The evil yet magical scale:  Greater Goods Scale

and my new 20lb. kettle bell: Kettle Bell

Meals for the day:

*Breakfast at 6AM – 1 egg, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup garbanzo beans.

*I woke up early due to my 5 month old baby actually sleeping until 5AM- unheard of. I woke up in a panic and once awake, could not go back to sleep.  You are supposed to eat within 30 minutes of waking up- this didn’t happen. I ate about an hour later.  But since you need too eat every 4 hours, my eating schedule was off for the day.

Brunch at 10AM – egg whites, 1/3 avocado, 1/2 tomato – i just couldn’t do beans again!

Kettle bell swing 2 sets of 20

Plank, side planks – 30 seconds each

Lunch @2PM – leftover shredded pork, spinach, garbanzo beans

Dinner @6pm – steak, asparagus, mashed garbanzo beans

I was more than excited for cheat day tomorrow. I was already planning my food though out the day, and my first plan of action after weighing myself was to have some chocolate.  I figure that is a great way to start my day.  Sweet dreams!