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After roaming this website for a number of days now - I can't thank everyone enough for sharing their challenges / victories. This has been a great point of info so I thought I'd try and constructively add to the community.
Firstly a little about me:
6ft, 26yo, male, 93kgs, 36” waist
PREVIOUS LOW WEIGHT:
My lowest weight was 75kg back in 2004, but I figure 80kgs would be an optimum target.
This is the largest challenge I face. I travel around rural QLD for a living so finding good quality healthy food is a serious challenge - the easy and lazy options typically win out. I love cooking and have a serious passion for quality food (mums a chef) - so when i get a chance to cook the meal is always nutritious, but most likely excessive in quantity. Work food culture is also pretty negative for my weight: large amount of steak w/ sides of chips or carbs (veg and such take a back seat). Probably 2-3 nights a week we finish the day with a few (2-5) beers. Lunch would typically be a couple of sandwiches with ham and salad.
I return home in Melbourne every two weeks for five days - this typically ends up in a pattern of catching up with mates for dinners which consequently finishes up with a large amount of booze (1-2 bottles of wine would be a big night out). Thus the problem with the current lifestyle balance is pretty clear – the excesses are given priority
After a pretty massive Chrissy in Melb - where i could realistically guess i added about 3kgs to my weight - climbing in the 90's. I know that i have to take this destructive cycle by the horns and break it. Additionally I’m getting married in April and am currently sitting at the heaviest i have ever been! I love going to the beach and being an active outdoors person – however currently I don’t feel particularly proud of my body shape- have some pretty nice man boobs and a non to shabby beer gut growing ;p So the motivation is there to put fun in the back seat and actually focus on a healthy lifestyle.
I have started pretty excessively from what i gather to really get my body back to where I feel it needs to be. The Notorious Soup Diet (however not that religiously)
First step was on Tuesday after arriving back to work i cooked up a soup w/ all fresh ingredients.
3 * White onions
4 * Tomatos
300g Green Beans
2 * Capsicum
500g Brussel Sprouts
3 spoons * White Meso Paste
6 * very hot chilli (I love chilli and heard it works to accelerate your metabolism)
1.5 lt Cambells Chicken stock
This has been my staple for the last 4 days. On days with fruit i have only been eating a maximum of three pieces (nectaries, peaches, apples). I have a black coffee every morning with equal. I also drink Coke Zero – maybe a can or 2 a day when i hit a low. Additionally I drink at least 3lt of water a day. And finish my day with 500-700ml of camomile herbal tea after dinner while i work.
Tuesday night had the soup and additional fresh veg. A glass of scotch (60ml) on ice – last on for the week i promise ;p
Wed: the soup with fruit and veg. I cooked up two broccoli trees with garlic, chilli, soy, ginger and a punnet of baby tomatos leaving the whole mostly crunchy (ate half for dinner and had the rest for lunch on Thursday)
Thursday: as I was working physically the Bananas and milk worked a treat – I also had the remainder of last night’s dinner for lunch. Soup for dinner . Totalled 4 large bananas and 500ml of Physical milk.
Friday : Soup, fruit, veg. I had two bananas also on this day as i was feeling low on energy (I was completing an induction and had to be switched on)
Saturday: (I’ll give some better detail now as this is the current day and the rest was just working off my memory)
7:00am Breakfast: Black coffee with equal and a green apple – I wasn’t hungry initially so rather than eat I waited until i was hungry
Snacks: Carrot and nectarine
1:00pm Lunch: Soup – couldn’t face it again so only ate half what I brought with me
5:00pm Dinner: 300g lean steak, 2 * large organic tomatoes, and ¼ of a red cabbage. This is the first protein i have eaten since Tuesday and had me salivating all day. I had it marinating in a soy, ginger, garlic, chilli, cracked pepper sauce for 8 hrs. I simply cut the tomatoes in half and the ¼ cabbage into slices. The entire meal was cooked on a BBQ in under 10min. The meat was cooked on the grill to allow excessive fat to drop off and the veggies on the hot plate. I added balsamic vinegar, salt and cracked pepper to the veggies to give them a flavour boost.
So that’s it – that has been the focus of my life for the last couple of days. I haven’t been CAL counting – but if you guys recommend it I probably will start.
Well for starters I feel fantastic (most of the time) – mentally and physically. I feel that this is a great starting point – taking away all my excesses in one hit then after the initial week I will slowly ween myself back on them to find the correct balance.
There are times throughout the day where I feel sluggish/flat – that’s when I bring out a coke zero.
The only real complaint so far is the occasional headache – so now I have a box on Panadol in my car. However I’ve only needed 4 pills so far – so this has been a minimal effect
I feel better for it – however the weight results will have to come later as i don’t have a scale in my hotel ;(
Where do i go from here – I feel this is about as extreme as i can juggle concurrently with work – where do you recommend I go from here.
WITH YOUR HELP LETS MAKE THIS PERMANENT NOT JUST A FAD ;p
Cheers again in advance