Week 5 and a new eating plan – Carb Depletion

I’m working through finding the “best” eating plan for me.  One that keeps me healthy AND happy.  Satisfying and nourishing and day one was a great big failure lol.  I’m not happy or satisfied, surely not healthy nor nourished.

The last 4 weeks I’ve been restricting calories and daily intermittent fasting.  I prefer the IF lifestyle since I don’t have to think very much about my food for half the day and I can eat larger, more satisfying meals.  This is great except my body didn’t really LOVE it.  Sleeping became an issue and I was getting grumpier.

Now I’m trying a carb cycling / macro type of plan.  I can’t really explain it except for this week – week 1 is “carb depletion”.  I’m eating NO CARBS – OK well I’m eating no more than 20 grams of carbs a day which is NOTHING.  The idea is to re-set my metabolism and my fat burning switch.  The carb depletion is 7 days, ending with a “cheat meal”.  I failed miserably with this today.  I ate twice – that’s it, twice!!  And worth a whole whopping 500 calories (sigh).   After a salad of tuna, lettuce, egg, broccoli & cukes with EVOO and ACV at 1pm then again at 4pm I was SICK of anything green, egg or tuna.  I admit I kind of suck at putting together yummy meals that requires simply meat and “certain” veggies. I had a steak in the fridge but could not make myself cook it.  As I type this I would like to try again but it’s almost bedtime.  That will surely screw everything up.  What to do, what to do?  I got a couple of thing right today 1) I didn’t eat anything near 20g of carbs and 2) I drank more than enough water 😉

10/17 Update

I guess I kind of suck at this whole thing – I CAN NOT get enough “good” calories.  I’m not able to eat more than 3 meals a day even though I’m “supposed” to eat 4-5 minimum. I’ve averaging about 12 grams of carbs a day but still have energy (??)

10/20 Update

I made it through the whole week with absolutely NO CHEATS and I’ve had less carbs than called for.  Not sure if this is bad or not.  As mentioned above I really am struggling to get enough calories. Now if you gave me peanut butter cups that wouldn’t be a problem – I can down many of those with no thought.  Of course after having eaten NO peanut butter cups in 5 weeks I’d probably get sick.

Weekly Re-cap

Carb Depletion Week Results


Oct 14th                                                                               Oct 20th
Weight – 159   down 10#                                                      Weight 152
Neck 13.00  down .25″                                                         Neck 13
Arms R – 11.5  L – 11.5   down 2.00″ total                            Arms R – 11.5   L – 11.0   Total 1″ down
Bust 40.50   down .50″                                                          Bust 39.5                          Down 1″
Waist 30.25   down 2.75″                                                      Waist 29.5                         Down .75
Gut 35.5   down 5.00″                                                           Gut 35                               Down .50
Hips 40.25   down 1.50″                                                       Hips 39.75                         Down .50
Thighs R – 24  L – 24.5  down 3.25″ total                             Thighs R – 23   L – 23.25 Total 2.25 down
Calves R – 14.50  L – 14.75 down .50″ total                          Calves R – 14   L – 14      Total 1.25 down 
                                                                                              That’s a total of 6.25″ and 7 pounds       

Important:  I know this past weeks results aren’t sustainable.  1)  I’m going to add carbs back into my diet, I like them and plan on eating them and 2) my calories are very low, unsustainably low, if I were to keep it up I’d lose all my muscle tone and that’s NOT attractive. I will bounce up 2 or 3 pounds this week, there is no doubt.  My goal for this past week was to teach my body to dip into the fat reserves for fuel, thereby burning more fat. 

I’ve been following the 4 Cycle Solution which seems extreme (and the 1st week was).  I’m going to finish the program out for the next 7 weeks and see how it goes for me.  The best thing about it is that the plan encourages real food and treat meals.

Turbulence Training & Bio Trust Contest Update:  I’m still focussed and KILLING it.  Looking forward to the end so I can post my results and “Win”.  Just to reiterate – my goal is to place in the top 3 of the TT contest in December.  My mindset and actions are all moving in that direction, I’m unstoppable 😉 .  I don’t actually have a goal for the Biotrust contest, I’d like to place but they have less “winners” spots for the final contest although they are holding weekly “10 pounds down” contests.

October 14th

Workout – None
1pm  – 2 oz Albacore tuna, 1 egg white, 1 cup lettuce, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup cukes.  1 tbsp each EVOO & ACV
4pm –  1 oz Albacore tuna, 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, 1 cup lettuce, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup cukes.  1 tbsp each EVOO & ACV
9pm –  3 oz tuna and 2tsp mayo

Water 88 oz
Calories 474

October 15th

Workout – TT 2.0 B
12:30 pm – 3 oz tuna, lettuce, 1 cup broccoli, EVOO and ACV
3:30 – 3 oz tuna, 3 tsp mayo
7:30 –  4 oz round steak and 2 cups broccoli

Water 88 oz
Calories 590

October 16th

Workout – None
12:00 – 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tbls butter, 1.5 cups broccoli, 2 tbsp salsa
7:30 – 5 oz ground beef, 3 lettuce leaves, 2 oz cheese, 1 tbsp salsa

Water 80 oz
Calories 758

October 17th

Workout – 15 mins on spin bike
12:30 – 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tsp butter, 1.5 cups broccoli, 2 tbsp salsa
4:00 – 4 oz ground beef with taco seasoning, 3 lettuce leaves, 2 tbsp salsa
7:30 – 5 oz ground beef with taco seasoning, 3 lettuce leaves, 2 tbsp salsa, 2 oz cheese

Water 88 oz
Calories 1008

October 18th

Workout – TT 2.0 A
11:30 – 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tsp butter, handful spinach, 1/2 cup broccoli, 2 tbsp salsa

4:00 – 4 oz Boarshead Roast beef, 2 hard boiled eggs
6:00 – 5 oz chicken breast salad with tomatoes, a sprinkle of parm cheese, steamed broccoli and a tbsp balsamic vinegar
10:00 – 4 oz chicken breast and steamed spinach with 1 tbsp mayo
Bed at 12:30 am (yawn)

Water 88oz
Calories 830

October 19th

Workout – None
3:00 – 4 oz grilled chicken breast cooked in 2 tbsp EVOO, 5 mushrooms and handful of spinach
5:00 – 3 oz tuna with 3 tsp mayo
8:00 – Leftover chicken breast (about 3 oz) salad with tomato, salsa and sprinkle of parm cheese

Water 40oz
Calories 752

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