Monday, January 10, 2011

Week One

Just after Christmas my husband and I stumbled upon Tim's latest book "The Four Hour Body" and it caught out attention! And being owners of an Austin based fitness company we just couldn't resist!

A few hours into the book we decided we would take Tim's lead and change our lifestyle. Let me also mention that we are both very active and health conscious already, but Tim's philosophy made a lot of sense. After all, why couldn't the minimum effective dose be legitimate and his 5 rules to slow-carbing work!

We bagan our first week on the Slow Carb diet last Tuesday after taking our measurements and weights (we are still searching for the proper place to get our body fat measurement). My husband, Joe is 198lbs, hopes to lose 20lbs and attain 10% body fat or less. As for myself, naturally being on the smaller side, I weighed in at 104.2lbs. I hope to lose about 10lbs and replace at least 5lbs with muscle and get to 10% body fat as well and be in the best shape of my life. I also hope that Tim's section on running can help me get to a 19 min 3 mile run. Here are our stats:

Joe:
  • Waist: 36"
  • Hips: 42.25"
  • R Thigh: 24.5"  L Thigh: 24"
  • R Bicep (flexed): 15.25"   L Bicep: 15"
Me:
  • Waist: 24.75"
  • Hips: 34.25"
  • R Thigh: 19"  L Thigh: 19"
  • R Bicep (flexed): 10"   L Bicep: 10"

 At first it was difficult giving up the little things - soy creamer in my coffee or a hint of sugar. But by the time our cheat day rolled around this new lifestyle seemed nothing less than normal.

Today was our cheat day; from now on Monday's are officially our binge day. We began the day with a high protein meal like Tim suggests - scrambled egg whites with red onions and asparagus along with steamed spinach and a glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit and a cup of coffee w/cinnamon to follow it up with. We found it pretty difficult to actually push ourselves to eat all the things we had been banned from for the past week and literally had to force ourselves to finish our pizza this evening. Throughout the day we did air squats and wall presses and a few ab exercises before and after meals. We also did a high intensity interval & weight training class before dinner and made sure to incorporate citrus and cinnamon throughout the day to keep our blood sugar levels from spiking.

We are still in the process of purchasing the supplements that Tim suggests: pAGG - Policosanol, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Garlic Extract, and Green Tea Flavanols. If you're doing this diet and have tried this - let us know your experience!

At the end of the day, I feel so full and will probably not stuff myself as much next week! That final chocolate orange bar was definitely too much!!

Looking forward to seeing some amazing results. If you're also doing this diet - let us know how it's working for you!

2 comments:

  1. Hey, came across your blog by following a link from your comment on Ferris's site. Good luck with the SCD! I'm following it too, and so far it's given me great results. I've recently gotten into kettlebell swings, making a T-handle out of plumbing parts as well.

    If you're interested in the results that 4HB has given me so far, you can check out my blog here: http://forgetting.me/healthy-body/

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  2. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing JP - i'll def check yours out too ;)

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