Vegging and Binging (Day 89)

Today was a pretty boring day for a cheat day. Admittedly, and embarrassingly, I watched about 9 episodes of Glee. I really enjoyed spending the whole day relaxing and vegging… I haven’t done that for a long time!

Okay, onwards to FOOD:

Breakfast was the traditional 30g+ of protein.

Eggs and bacon (Breakfast).

We then followed our nutritional, delicious breakfast with A BINGE OF UNNATURAL PROPORTIONS. Actually, it wasn’t so bad. The last time I had sushi I got sick. Sushi is also particularly difficult for me because of my allergies to avocado, sesame, and nuts. Thus, the pictures will show more sushi than I actually ate, because the sushi would pop up with unseen sesame seeds and bits of avocado.

Obligatory grapefruit juice.

Sushi plate 1 (Lunch).

Sushi plate 2 (Lunch).

Following my lunch, I sat my flabby butt down on the couch and binged on GLEE. GLEE GLEE GLEE. Which meant that I sat down and didn’t get back up for several hours. This involved a little bit of mindless eating.

FOUR WHOLE M&Ms

Yoplait yogurt.

Two Thin Mints.

Following HOURS on the couch, Aaron joined me for a few more hours for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hot Tub Time Machine (both were surprisingly fun movies!). We played it lowkey with pizza and coke.

I had two slices and... that whole coke (Dinner).

Which we washed down with a trip to Steak ‘n Shake for a cookies and cream milkshake!

I could only finish half of it (Dessert).

In general, this was a pretty mild cheat day.

Totals Day 89

Until tomorrow,
xx
Suzie

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Starting to Plan for Cheat Day (Day 86)

Okay, Saturday thus far:

Delicious sushi buffet. For those who do not read every single post religiously, I haven’t had my favorite food, sushi, except for once on this diet, which was my first cheat day. I got so sick I thought I was going to die. I’m hoping that this time around will be a little better.
Yoplait yogurt. I saw someone eating it today and my brain went crazy jealous. Want.
A chocolate croissant. Because there is a bakery on my drive to school, and I smelled something croissantish this morning. It smelled so good.

Yup. So… Thursday, Friday, THEN SATURDAY, FUN FUN FUN. I’m so ready for cheat day…

Food for today:

Eggs and bacon (NOM!) (Breakfast).

Salad with bacon and chicken drumsticks (Lunch).

Salad and chicken drumsticks (Dinner).

Bacon (Snack).

Totals for Day 86

Until tomorrow,
xx
Suzie

GINORMOUS BINGE OF POSSIBLE DEATH (Day 82)

Folks, this diet has slowly been killing me. I had an all out binge…. sadly, I even have pictures to prove it.

I pretty much woke up and ran out of the apartment screaming “NOOOOO MOOOOOREE EGGS! NOOOO MOOOORE BEANS! YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” After finding the nearest fast food place, I snuggled into a warm, plastic seat, and ordered a delicious mound of  Hardee’s Monster Biscuit.

BISCUIT OF MONSTER

Of course I had to wash it down with coke and rum for a morning boost before driving (swerving) to class.

DELICIOUS COKE AND RUM MORNING MISTAKE

Now when I’m drunk, I crave cigarettes. I smoked 14 packs.

IMPRESSIVE SMOKING IS IMPRESSIVE

On my way to class I decided to stop at one of my favorite famous Atlanta establishments, The Varsity. I ate three servings of onion rings and had a frosted orange milkshake to wash it down.

DELICIOUS!

When I got back into my car, it wouldn’t start due to the heavy object in the front left seat. I got out and walked to school (no big, just 10 miles), and found myself starving in time for class. Luckily, it was FRY DAY FRY DAY FRY DAY, a day of FRIES and FUN FUN FUN. My art professor decided that it was time for us to use a new medium, french fry grease and chocolate milkshakes, to express ourselves. Naturally, after art, we munched on our new art supplies.

YESSSS!!!!

Following art class I decided to go on a bike ride with that friend who always puts her hands in my picture. On our way around campus, we ran into K. Together, the three of us went to Taco Mac and had 17 Blue Moons between the three of us. They told me I had eight beers, I only remember drinking six. Whatever.

K's little friend got in on the fun too!

Following our trip to Taco Mac, it was lunch time. We decided to go to Burger King. Double Whopper with cheese, here I come!

I WAS AS HUNGRY AS A DOG WHO ALWAYS THINKS IT'S HUNGRY

Naturally, I washed it down with a large Dairy Queen Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard.

SO MUCH DEATH

And Dairy Queen fries.

SO MANY FRIES FOR FRY DAY

Following this, I was feeling a little bit full, so I decided to lean back and digest for a few hours. Come 4:00, I was craving something sweet, so I decided to have another chocolate chip choreo from a few cheat days ago.

COOKIES OF DEATH

This held me over until dinner. I was feeling so free from the diet that I didn’t even notice that I didn’t eat enough protein this morning, so as a pre-dinner snack, I had 10 slices of bacon. Real bacon. With sugar and butter. Fuck yes.

OMFG I LOVE EATING DECAYING ANIMAL

For dinner, Aaron and I decided to go out to a lovely establishment called KFC, because we roll southern style. Aaron didn’t want to go off the diet, so he brought beans and lentils to hold him over. However, after watching me devour two containers of KFC popcorn chicken, he decided to go crazy and have a banana. I don’t know what he was thinking.

MAKIN' MAH BELLEH POP

Following the squats that Aaron insisted on, we decided that we would both grab dessert. After taking our alpha lipoic acid, aged garlic extract, and green tea extract, we hurried over to The Cheesecake Factory. I had a Brownie Sundae Cheesecake (which I will likely also have tomorrow, because tomorrow is cheat day).

CHEAT CHEESE CHOMP

After this… I decided I was full. You can start calling me Michael Phelps.

Totals Day 82

I am now going to go take a shit for the next 36 hours. Peace.

xx
Suzie

Where I’ve Been & Diet Progress (Days 72-77)

I was interviewed!

Hey folks, I’m sheepishly getting back to my blog. This has been the week from down under. Long story short, I got really angry with my college and in doing so, I ended up organizing a student protest. This takes a lot of work (and energy!), so I’ve been neglecting my duties as a blogger all week.

Because this past week has been so stressful, I haven’t been great in terms of the diet. I skipped a lot of meals because I wasn’t hungry or didn’t have the time to eat (I even skipped breakfast twice, which is Tim Ferriss’s biggest no-no). On Wednesday, I had a mid-week cheat; I went out to my favorite bar in Decatur, The Chocolate Bar, and had a mixed drink followed by beers at Taco Mac with some queso.

So delicious. So unhealthy.

Fortunately, I was able to be good for the rest of the week… sort of. I only went climbing once because I was just too tired. I also skipped all of my classes on Friday to get ready for the protest. I even smoked a few cigarettes.

This all comes down to how I got to the point where I wanted to diet in the first place. Stress kills the way I treat my body. Granted, this week was extreme stress, but I still need to work on better coping mechanisms than skipping meals, binging on sweets, losing sleep, and bumming a few cigarettes.

There has been additional stress that I haven’t really talked about much on this blog. I am a student in college who is going to graduate in May, and I still have no idea what I’m doing next year. All of my prospects won’t know their answer until April, which is when the lease in my apartment is up. Because I don’t want to stay in Atlanta, this creates an awkward situation with roommates for next year… which includes my boyfriend. My life isn’t secure right now, and it is starting to wear on me.

Dooms day is approaching

Despite my unhealthy efforts this week, I still had a cheat day yesterday. It felt wonderful. Sadly, my scale is broken (there is no WAY that I actually weigh 21.6 pounds… or kilograms!), so I’m going to have to wait until next week to do measurements. Excitingly enough though, I’m fitting into a pair of pants that I haven’t been able to wear for a long time. Success! Success! Success!

Instead of uploading all my photos of all the food I’ve had since Wednesday, I’ll summarize: eggs, beans, lentils, meat, and chocolatinis! Tada!

Until later this evening for a regular post,
xx
Suzie

10 Complaints and Suggestions for 4HB (Day 61)

So yesterday was my second monthiversary on the four hour body diet, so I’ve begun to feel comfortable with the routine. Take pills, take picture, eat, wait four hours, eat again, binge on Saturdays.

There are a few things that I wished that I had been better prepared for, or that had been better addressed in The 4-Hour Body‘s chapters on The Slow Carb Diet:

  1. There is very little 4-hour anything about this diet.
  2. I would love some explanations to exception foods. Why is sour cream okay? Isn’t it white and a milk product?
  3. I really don’t like Tim’s attitude about “if you have to ask, don’t eat it.” It’s dismissive and doesn’t allow any expansion within the diet. For example, one tweet asked about organic ketchup (no HFCS or sugar). Because ketchup wasn’t explicitly listed in the book, organic ketchup is out of the question. There are many other examples like this. Can you think of any other foods that you found questionable?
  4. Most people are not going to lose 20lbs in 30 days. Allow me to explain. It’s unhealthy to lose more than 1%-2% of your pure weight per week. If you lose 20lbs in 30 days, that’s a loss of 4.67 lbs per week; you would have to be 457—462 lbs to start with in order to lose weight that quickly and safely. It’s entirely possible to lose the weight, but your body will not be able to starve itself at such a rate for long.
  5. It’s easier to be strict about the diet; cheating on off-binge days is almost a guaranteed spiral off the diet.
  6. Women will have different reactions to the diet as men. First of all, as Ferriss mentions in his book, the period and period bloat will negatively affect weight loss numbers. This is insanely discouraging, so women should be VERY ready for it. I disagree that women shouldn’t weigh themselves during this time (because we’re going to secretly sneak a peek anyways), but should always actively recognize that period bloat isn’t fat bloat. Furthermore, I’ve found that all women lose slower than men (most likely due to their lower start body weights), but that women who are older tend to lose less than younger women. That doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working, however, these individuals need to be encouraged!
  7. Exercise is still necessary. I’m not saying that people should be doing Occam’s Protocol while on Slow Carb–good God no–but relying solely on Slow Carb to lose weight will not get the results that you desire. When I added climbing 2x a week to my schedule, I started losing weight much quicker.
  8. Writing a blog and taking pictures is essential. It’s a matter of loyalty and honesty–to yourself and to others. A warning though: reading other Slow Carb blogs can occasionally be depressing. I feel like I lose a friend when a fellow blogger gives up on 4HB. #4HB is the hashtag to talk about The 4-Hour Body on Twitter.
  9. Though you are encouraged to choose a few meals that you like, you will get sick of them. Tim, I would love explicit suggestions for what to order at Thai, Indian, and Mexican (and any other) restaurants! Please don’t just say, “Stir-fry is ideal for this diet, as are most cuisines (like Thai) that depend on it” (92). What, explicitly, should I be ordering?
  10. Tim is serious when he says drink lots of water. A recommendation that I have heard is to take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and then drink that number in fluid oz every day (for example, if someone weighs 150 pounds, divide by 2 for 75 oz, which is 9.375 cups per day). If you do not, your bowels will hate you, you will get headaches, and you will feel thirsty all the time.

Okay, this post has been extremely down on The 4-Hour Body. Let’s get real for a second: I’ve been doing it for two months, and I’m still seeing real results. However, there were a few things that I wished that I had been warned about.

Today was good. Spring break started at 3:00, so I promptly came home, wrote a brief article for work, and then took a three hour nap. I think I haven’t been getting enough sleep. I then went climbing and got what seemed to be a private lesson from a seasoned climber who I know pretty well. Despite the facts that my arms are filled with floppiness and I will definitely be blistered, calloused, bruised, sore, and scraped tomorrow, today’s climbs were excellent.

Food:

Eggs, bacon, and black beans (Breakfast).

Taco salad with my friend's hand inexplicably in the picture (Lunch).

Stir-fry (Dinner).

Post-climbing lentils (Snack).

Totals Day 61

Until tomorrow (ROAD TRIP!),
xx
Suzie

International Women’s Day + International Pancake Day = Fat Tuesday? (Day 58)

Can’t say I came up with that title alone; kudos to Stephanie from Agnes Scott!

Hooray, Suzie has a cause! So, I upload pictures of my breakfast every day, and it turns out there is a Kellogg’s incentive to feed hungry kids for doing just that! I will try to remember to upload my breakfasts to SHARE YOUR BREAKFAST WITH US AND WE’LL SHARE BREAKFAST WITH A CHILD WHO NEEDS IT from now on. You should consider doing it too :).

Now that my little social plug is over, I’ve had a rough day in terms of cravings. Due to various circumstances, my lunch was eaten over the course of three hours instead of its normal 30 minutes, so I’ve been in an odd state of hunger consistently all day. Unfortunately my normal go-to, Jello, had been eaten by roommates, so I had extra, unfulfilling dinner.

Something that normally helps with cravings is the soothing thought that cheat day will be here soon. However, I have an entire WEEK of cheat day ahead of me, and I have no idea how I’m going to survive a 10-hour road trip without breaking 4HB, so I’m not feeling comforted. Boo.

The best way to address this: early bedtime.

Food:

Bacon and eggs (Breakfast).
Chicken thigh, green beans, black beans, and salad (Lunch).
Bowl 1 of Dinner
Bowl 2 of Dinner

**Not pictured: 3 strips of bacon for a snack.**

Totals Day 58

Until tomorrow,
xx
Suzie

Getting Ready for Spring Break (Day 56)

As always, today was a slow recovery from yesterday’s cheat day binge. Sadly, the amount of soda last night made me sick to my stomach so I spent a majority of the morning on the toilet. I really hope that I don’t have to keep finding foods that my stomach is too sensitive to handle anymore.

Next week is spring break! Wooo!!!

Basically me, besides when I look like this.

 

Naturally, I’m a bit worried about doing the spring break thing while I’m on a diet.

My fears:

  • My family has been reading my blog on and off since the beginning, and I worry that they will be disappointed in my weight change.
  • I am definitely going to have to go off the diet a bit, and that I’ll set myself several weeks back.
  • I will grow re-accustomed to eating bad foods, so once I return to Atlanta I won’t want to continue 4HB even though I promised myself I would.
  • I will not exercise for a week and therefore grow lazy and flabby.
  • I will be so concerned about the diet that I won’t be able to enjoy my last spring break as a college student.

There is a bit of good news though: my parents are pseudo-vegans and hippies, so I trust their food will at least be healthy (just not slow-carb approved). I will be in DC and living stress free, which I’m sure is also healthy :). I am also going to take my one week off PAGG next week because we’re supposed to do that once every two months, so I won’t have to worry about missed supplements.

Any advice for how to handle going on vacation?

Post-cheat day food:

Scrambled eggs and bacon (Breakfast).

Carrots and tahini-free hummus (Snack).

Two chicken thighs and salad with balsamic vinegar dressing (Dinner).

.5C sunflower seeds (Snack).

Totals Day 56

Until tomorrow,
xx
Suzie

Top Gear and Beer Binge (Day 55)

Today was cheat day! We celebrated by going out for authentic Chinese (I spent a number of months in Beijing, so I was having a sentimental moment), eating lascivious cookie dough, and partying with friends (thus the title “Top Gear and Beer”). I had no idea that rum was so bad for you! It also grosses me out that my caloric intake from drinking alone is the equivalent of how much food I tend to eat in an entire day on this diet. Gross.

Food porn:

Black beans, bacon, and eggs (Breakfast).

Mandatory grapefruit juice

Wonton soup, fried wontons, and duck sauce (Lunch).

A cup of tea and Domino sugar (Lunch).

Mango shrimp, egg roll, and fried rice (Lunch).

One Krispy Kreme original glazed donut (Snack).

Thin Mints and cookie dough (Snack).

A handful of grapes (Snack).

A half-slice of bread (Snack).

Rum and coke x4 (Dinner).

Tahini-free hummus and pita bread (Dinner).

Totals day 55... I ate 3.5x my normal caloric intake!

Until later today,
xx
Suzie

Measurements Before Binge (Day 55)

Age: 21
Weight: 126.0 Down .6lbs
Height: 5’1″
Body Fat: 27.98% Down 1.16%
BMI: 23.8 Down .12
Neck: 11.875″ Up .125″
Right Upper Arm: 11″ Same
Left Upper Arm: 10.75″ Same
Waist: 28.5″ Down .5″
Around Belly Button: 34″ Same
Hips: 36″ Down .5″
Right Leg: 19.25″ Up .75″
Left Leg: 19″ Up 1″

Total inches lost this week: -.875″
Overall inch loss: 11.85″
Overall weight lost: 11lbs
Overall body fat % lost: 7.24%

So this week I didn’t seem to lose a whole lot except for in body fat… which is actually the number that I care about most. I’m gaining inches in my arms and legs but I am still attributing that to climbing (I AM A BEAST! ).

Some people want graphs. Okay!

Weight loss over time (red line is my goal).

Body fat % over time.

Until later today,
xx
Suzie

Ready for Cheat Day (Day 54)

Today was fairly short. I had a smallish lunch which meant that I was starving after climbing (another two 5.9’s and a long 5.8+ will do that to you!). SO, naturally I went out and had a few glasses of wine and super fun packs of lentils (made in a microwave, which we do not own…) with friends :).

Tomorrow is cheat day, and as normal I’ve made the mandatory list. Sadly, it’s not as extravagant as normal.

  • Chinese noodles
  • Onion rings
  • Cookie dough
  • Mixed sweet girly drinks or beer

Food:

2 egg white + 2 whole egg omelette with bacon and spinach, black beans, and salsa (Breakfast).

Taco salad (Lunch).

Shrimp stir fry (Dinner).

4x glasses of merlot, 4 hour body conveniently on my bookshelf (Snack+Dinner+Out with friends).

Tasty Bite Madras Lentils (Snack).

Totals Day 55

Until tomorrow,
xx
Suzie