Travel Diet Frustration

Yesterday was fairly challenging, since I wasn’t sure what was going to be presented to me for food at each stage of the day, but I was determined to stick to the high-fat low-carb diet plan I’m on. The day turned into an exercise in self-discipline punctuated by moments of extreme hunger. Advertisements

Restaurant Meals for Work

My work doesn’t make respecting a diet plan very easy, especially one as strict and demanding as this one. I have a number of meals, sometimes a few a week and sometimes just one or two, which are only vaguely within my control. Today and tomorrow are days when my control over my food options…

HIIT and Muscle Growth

I was working with the trainer at the gym a couple of days ago, doing my 15-minute HIIT before going to work, and I remarked how the exercises were so much harder because there was almost no pause at all between sets. He replied that this allows many more of the muscle fibres to be…

Doubts, Criticisms, Reasons not to

The program I’ve started is fifteen days long. That’s fifteen days of supervised gym and diet time. It’s supposed to be a transformation of sorts, with visible, measurable, durable results. The response to this, when I explain it to people, is fairly predictable: It won’t last, weight lost that fast doesn’t stay off. It’s bad…

Day 3, The Complete Routine

This morning I finished my third day of exercises of the 15-day program. From now on we just cycle through the same three sets of exercises on a daily (or almost daily) basis. Day 1: Legs + abdominals Day 2: Shoulders and arms + abdominals Day 3: Chest and back + abdominals That whole “+abdominals”…

Once more unto the breach

I have begun my birthday-present gym membership. This is not a normal gym membership. I already have one of those, with access to a pool, weights room, etc. This is a different kind of program. The core of the program is an extremely strict high-fat diet (which is going to pose all manner of logistical…

Worthwhile Diet Suspension

  My mother in law visited recently, and she’s an excellent cook. Excellent cooks and strict diets don’t really cohabit nicely. Since obviously my mother in law comes first, my diet was jumped up and down on from a great height. Obviously eating this well every day for a week is torture. Feel sorry for…

Roast chicken in paprika sauce with green leafy vegetables

  “A low carb diet gives you lots of choices,” they said. “It’s a lot less dull than other, more prescriptive diets,” they said.  While that’s all true, what they don’t tell you is that all those things you think you love, like steak and chicken and lamb and salmon. After eating nothing else for…

Who says you can’t eat well at the office?

Typically, not preparing your lunch before going to the office is a crime, the punishment for which is one week of backtracking on your diet. Imagine my relief when this is what we were served for our working lunch today… Even when we get a quick, cold fix for lunch, this is what we end…

Forced myself

I decided to force myself to use the hotel gym. I was having a really hard time figuring our what was getting in the way of my finding time to go to the gym, and then I stopped wondering about it, got changed, and went to the gym. That’s what was getting in the way!…

Not so simple

I thought, when considering my week-long trip to the US, that I would have more difficulty in maintaining my diet, since I would be eating out, but that I would have ample opportunity for exercise. I got that backwards. The restaurants in the US are more than happy to adjust your order to cater for…