Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Week 4 on the Slow Carb Diet in Review

It's hard to believe a month has already passed by on the SCD! Binge day #4 was definitely one for the books - it seems with each binge the over-eating gets worse than the week before...We've decided to carefully plan out our binge days, from now on we'll be making a list of all the things we want to consume, then narrow it to the most important ones then decide where we will go to eat them so that we don't get completely out of control and fall off track as has happened before... We also try to avoid buying anything that can't be consumed in one day, because leftovers are too much of a temptation ;) We've also made reservations for our non-binge day Valentine's meal - we'll be going to a churrascaria (brazilian steakhouse) they serve endless amounts of high-quality meats and offer an enormous salad bar - definitely slow carb friendly :)

We'll be taking our measurements and doing a weigh-in at the end of this week to see our 1 month progress. We've also added in morning protein shakes within 30 min of waking - Joe uses Jay Robb's Whey Vanilla Protein powder (it's pre-sweetened with stevia) and mixes with water and ice, since I can't have milk products I have resorted to a cold-milled Organic Hemp protein and fiber powder, I too mix this with water and ice and add a hint of stevia - it's actually not too bad :) We'll see if this has an increased affect on weight loss when we weigh in this weekend.

So here's what Binge Day #4 looked like for me (Joe's was slightly different):
  • Breakfast:
    • Protein Shake
    • Scrambled Egg Whites w/ Veggies + Beans
    • Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
    • Black Ganoderma Coffee 
  • Lunch:
    • Hopdoddy Burger (w/out bun) w/goat cheese, mushrooms + fries (see photo below) (joe's is the photo below to the right)

    • Iced Tea w/Sugar
    • Chocolate Parisian Macaroon(see photo)
  • Afternoon Snacks:
    • 1/2 Sticky Bun
    • 1 Beef Tamale
    • Assorted Veggies w/Brie
    • 1 Cupcake
    • Fruit Punch
  • Afternoon Activities:
    • 3 mile walk
    • Mini Workout - Kettlebell Swings, Planks, Ab Excercises, Squats, Wall Presses
    • Cold Treatment (short cold shower)
  • Pre-dinner Snack:
    • Apple w/Goat Cheese
  • Dinner:
    • 1 Grilled Fish Taco
    • 1 Grilled Chicken Taco
    • Air Squats
  • Late Night Snacks:
    • Air Squats
    • 1/2 cup Berry Yogurt with Mochi
    • 1/2 mini cupcake
    • 1/2 glass red wine
    • More Air Squats :)
As you can see we consumed A LOT OF FOOD!! However, I felt just fine the following morning as I paid the price for my sins at an early morning Extreme Tabata class...

So I've gotten further into the Running section of the 4HB and I'm practicing the recommended stretches on pages 376-378 and will be tracking to see how this affects my running along with testing out the Pose Method. Has anyone else tried this running method and seen good results? Tim mentions that there are common negative side affects associated with it, but I'm going to test and see the affects for myself...i hope to increase my run speed significantly - wish me luck!

Till next time...

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