It's time to break the silence; I haven't posted in weeks!
Here's what basically happened over the holidays: I “forgot” about my diet, stopped counting calories, ate whatever was served in front of me, and went surfing after visiting mom before Christmas.
I gained a couple pounds from my last weigh in and I got a nice tan. Not really proud, but I don't think I reversed any of my progress. I believe that I'm still looking good, but I really got to watch my diet and exercise if I were to achieve something nice like an 18% body fat.
I'd kill for a bod like this.
I am more determined than ever to get this thing on and really work hard for my six-pack abs this year.
So, here's what I'm currently doing and resolving to do:
Minimalist, uniform meal plans
I'm basically planning to eat the same thing over and over.
Here's a copy-paste from my actual Keep Notes plan:
***8 pm. wake up time.
• beans • egg • oatmilk
beans are causing bloat so i will just eat them at the beginning of the day (leftover from the morning) and for dinner, so i can also cook it better. i'll have an egg and oatmilk.
I'll try to minimize this and just eat milk and oats. If i go hungry, i can snack the rest of my breakfast in the pantry.
• fruit / nuts / skip if possible
• 2 eggs something (if i can make salad, better) • oats
• beans • fresh veggies from the market • milk • oats!
I used an actual application to count calories, and this variation currently counts 1440 calories.
Nutrition and Exercise Goals
My goal is to achieve a daily target of 1500-2000 calories (25% fat, 25% protein, 50% carbs) and pair this up with strength training (at the gym), walking home (5kms daily), home workouts (pilates), and maybe go swimming laps every week.
I intend to have a “cheat meal” every week or two weeks – I still have to figure this out, hopefully soon.
I have decided to put off intermittent fasting and stick to this simplistic plan. Also, yes, I'm basically trying to follow a mostly vegetarian diet with beans and oats as a staple.
How's Progress with this New Plan?
Well, I haven't strictly followed this yet.
Like yesterday, after my 5km walk, I just felt starved and wanted to eat with bare hands.
I purchased some cooked rice and fried fish. I seasoned this with cooking oil and soy sauce, downed with coffee, cream, and sugar, and followed up with instant oats in milk.
That day, I consumed 2500 calories.
And then I slept like a baby for like, 6 hours straight. I had a really, good time.
I have no problems exercising (I really love walking and using cable machines to lift weights! After my sleep, I happily stretch up and do some quick pilates) so the main killer here will be my diet. I gotta stop eating all that white carbs, processed food, and all that nasty.
It doesn't help that I am offered free, sweet sandwiches (like sweet biscuits and crackers) courtesy of our office pantry every day.
What I Look Forward To
I won't be expecting really quick results. I'm not looking for anything drastic, I'll just enjoy the process.
Like, waiting for my hair to grow again.
So now that I have the baseline for my meal plan, I will simply log insights and contemplation here, plus if there's anyting interesting that I ate for the day.