FOOD (day ninety-four of 16 hrs intermittent fasting)
First meal @ 1:30 pm – Chinese takeout : chicken noodle soup, veg manchurian, veg schezwan noodles and chicken lollypop. A choco chip cookie after.
Last meal @ 5 pm – Some remaining forkfuls of my lunch plate which I hadn’t been able to finish. A small bowl of cold milk with oat & bran flakes, walnuts & dried mixed berries.
√ 20 min+ on the elliptical trainer
√ An arm workout composed of lateral raises, front raises, arm curls, bicep curls, chest press and tricep extensions. Used 2 kg dumbbells and did 2 sets of 10 reps each.
It has been more than a week of suffering from the worst flu I have ever had. Perhaps they all seem the ‘worst’ but this one was quite paralysing. The torture was not just grappling with the high fever, chills and rigours but also the mental agony of not being able to exercise, not being able to follow my diet pattern, not being able to cook what I wanted to etc. I had worried about weight gain too but I actually lost a kilo last week which I seem to have maintained without gaining or losing anything this week. I am still feeling weak and my tonsils have not healed (pus in the crypts is what they call it) but I needed to get back to the routine today if I wanted to reclaim my sanity. I restarted the 7 pm calorie curfew today and will intermittent fast 16 hrs to 11 am tomorrow like I usually used to do. There has been a derailment in my strength and progress, true but I am gonna keep my chin up and head high and just stay on the course, looking ahead. No option but to crawl back on the wagon.
Brekky @ 10:30 am – Two egg salad sandwiches (one with brown bread and another with what they are calling vitamin bread – dont ask), some extra salad (lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo, seasoning, boiled eggs) on the side, wafers and a cup of tea. A prune and mixed seeds after.
Lunch @ 1:45 pm – A beautiful home cooked spaghetti with mixed peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes and chopped up chicken seekh kebab. Half a sandesh later.
Coffee & Grub @ 5 pm – Was at my usual cafe hangout in the evening. First had a mocha and half the plate of toast with zucchini & babycorn in cream sauce. Then the boys there served me a complimentary latte. Gosh, am gonna be inconsolable when it shuts shop a few weeks down the line. A bar is gonna replace it. Damn!
• 57 min Walking – Lord I was so happy to return to physical activity after being laid up in bed for so damn long I thought my muscles would atrophy. Didnt have stamina but had loads of steely will so trudged longer than my usual quota.
• Arm routine – Didnt truly have the strength for it but had been itching to try out my new dumbbells of 2 kg each so decided to put in one set of 15 reps of the following – lateral raises, front raises, bicep curls, arm curls, tricep extensions and shoulder/chest press.
Tea @ 8:30 am – Black tea with biscuits.
Brekky @ 10:30 am – Half a veggie muffin, half an egg muffin and one hot cake (pancake) from McD😒
Lunch @ 1 pm – Homemade Veggie fried rice, fried aubergine roundels and cucumber.
Snack @ 5 pm – Black tea, rice pudding, one cabbage paratha and 2 tablespoons leftover fried rice.
Dinner @ 9 pm – Tandoori roti, chicken curry and potato-cheese tikkis.
FOOD (still no photos – a measure of my sickness I tell you)
Brekky @ 8:40 am : A banana and half a cup dry bhel.
Lunch @ 1 pm: Chicken wings, cauliflower paratha, keema paratha, half a brownie and tea.A bowl of rice pudding after
Dinner @ 8:30 pm: Kadhi with potato-onion fritters. Only homemade meal I could manage today.
FOOD (day eighty of 16 hrs intermittent fasting) : Got up with a lot of energy today (check out one of the outcomes of which here) but it went sharply downhill post 3 pm when my developing flu decided to become full blown with a bad throat ache, high fever and massive chills such that I was largely stuck to the bed thereafter. My husband had exactly these symptoms yesterday so I am one day behind his flu cycle.Today he is better than yesterday so I am hoping I too will be better tomorrow although I realize everybody’s physiology is different.
Okay then – here is the log from today:
First meal @ 11 am: Cumin rice, chickpea-potato stew and a vibrant chickpea salad with eggs, beets, carrots, capsicum, onion, ginger, coriander. A cup of black tea for company with two biscuits (same as below).
Last meal @ 4 pm: Leftover flatbreads & chicken curry from yesterday’s takeout parcel, a serving of the salad from above and a black tea fortified with the goodness of ayurvedic herbs, supposedly good for the condition I am in. Two small biscuits again for company.
Nothing obviously – am to be found shivering under the comforter for the rest of this cold wet day. Other than resting and/or suffering (as the case may be) can only do idle phone browsing today in the way of “activity”.
I weighed in 1.5 kgs down from last week which makes it 8.3 kgs or 18.3 lbs down from when I first weighed myself (24/04/16). Not too shabby I say! Something to take small comfort in while the flu ravages my being I guess.
FOOD (day seventy-nine of 16 hrs intermittent fasting)
Brekky @ 10:45 am: Cucumber sandwich, wafers and a bowl of milk cooked oats with mixed dried berries (bought a new pack each of mixed berries & prunes from the mall yesterday) & cornflakes.
Lunch @ 1:30 pm: Methi-moong dal saag (fenugreek-lentil dry curry), lauki-aloo-bodi (bottle gourd cooked with potatoes & mini lentil dry dumplings), half a lachha paratha and one paneer kulcha (both Indian flatbreads) and murgh makhani (the last two were part of a takeout parcel). Some vinegared onion chunks on the side.
Tea @ 5:45 pm: Decided to skip dinner and instead enjoyed black tea with biscuits on yet another rainy evening.
√ 50 min walking
√ Arm routine (with 1 kg dumbbells) composed of the following:
i) Arm curls: 25 posture curls +10 roll ups from halfway position+ 10 curl backs to the same position
ii) Bicep curls: 30 alternate arm bicep curls (fast tempo) + 10 rotator cuff moves from halfway position + 20 both arm bicep curls
iii) Tricep Extensions: 25 bent over tricep extensions + 10 pulsing up & down in the extended position + 30 bent over alternate arm fast tricep extensions
iv) French Press: 30 french press + 30 lie down press ups + 40 alternate arm tricep press + 20 french press
FOOD (day seventy-seven of 16 hrs intermittent fasting):
Brekky @ 10:30 am – Leftover wedge each of keema and cauliflower paratha with chicken satay, english breakfast tea, two biscuits, a slice of mango.
Lunch @ 2pm – Mixed veggie pulao with light potato-potol (pointed gourd) curry, sauteed beans and cucumber slices. A glass of orange juice with it. A totally unnecessary indefensible binging on a small pack of wafers after (why o why?).
Dinner @ 6:15 pm – Cucumber sandwich, half a PBJ sandwich, half a pear, some pomegranate pearls, sauteed beans, one fried egg and a cup of green tea.
50 min wonderful pacy walk, some of it in misty rain. Hubs joined me on this rare mid-morning walk. We walked in a neighbouring goverment colony which incidentally used to be my husband’s first home as a child. All our walks in that neighbourhood come peppered with his excited recollections, very different to his otherwise justifiably jaundiced view of his growing-up years. We have taken to walking in this neighbourhood only in the last few months so his reminiscences of his childhood connected to this colony are quite fresh sounding even when I have obviously heard most of them before. The live presence of the locale makes a huge difference – to walk past a tree he used to climb, to walk past another he ate tamarind from, to walk past the soccer field he played at etc makes him garrulous the way he seldom is. It was kinda cute when he tried to excitedly explain to the otherwise disdainful me :roll:😎 at great lengths some silly game he & his friends used to play especially during the rains, as if we had newly met each other – well, in a way we had because I actually hadn’t heard that story before. Am therefore posting a random collage of three rain-washed verdant stretches we walked today.
Monday recap: Please note as I type this we have been without power for 40+hours. Have very nearly gone mad. A heartbreaking concern is a fridge-full of premium grocery that will have to be binned now. I cannot think straight. One solid rain and this is the civic havoc unleashed, such is the preparedness & competence of our worthless municipality. Health & nutrition were the least of my concerns today but strangely it wasn’t too bad a day on those counts. Here is the log for monday:
FOOD (day sixty-four of 16 hrs intermittent fasting)
Brekky @ 10:50 am: Chicken stir fried with peppers. A glass of whizzed yogurt (lassi) with it.
Dinner @ 5 pm: A cup of latte, Caesar Salad and half of a fish burger (with fries) at my usual cafe. I learnt today that this favourite hangout of mine (not for its food but for its ambience and the space it provides for professionals-on-the-go who need to park themselves for a while) is headed for closure in a month and a half. I am beyond inconsolable at this news.
- 50 min walking : We took this in the afternoon to work off the annoyance cum anxiety we were feeling at this botched up management of the power cut we have been reeling under.
- Resistance band workout: Returned home around 8pm, only to discover that the power had still not been restored! This makes it a 40+ hour power outage, a first in my entire life. Hubs & I were at our wits end what to do with ourselves. So guess what, we decided let’s clock in some strength training, given that most other activities to pass the time looked out of bounds. So I did a resistance band workout (2 sets, 15 reps each) composed of 10 exercises: Arm curls, bicep curls, tricep extensions, trapeze lifts, internal rotation twists, lateral raises, front raises, lower back extensions, cross extensions and shoulder press.
FOOD (day sixty-two of 16 hrs intermittent fasting)
Brekky @ 11:15 am: One Croissant, one Danish and half a cup of Latte, enjoyed on a short drive in the rain! *Face palm*
Lunch @ 1:30 pm: Veg fried rice, chicken with green pepper in blackbean sauce, chicken spring roll and the last slice of my chocolate cake from the other day.
Dinner @ 6:30 pm: Dahi bhalla from yesterday (on which I added some pomegranate pearls & fresh cilantro as garnish) with toasts on which I had piled a medley of veggies (mixed peppers, mushrooms, onion, cilantro & cheese shavings) with some EVOO, herbs & seasoning.
Messed up my time management today so couldn’t quite carve out any time for walking or cardio. It didn’t help that it was raining most of the day. By the time I had some time, it was too late and I was tired. So only the following happened today.
• 60 Squats = 30 (fasted) + 30
• 20 Dumbbell swings
• Arms workout – I don’t normally do two consecutive days of the same free weights exercises but I figured that since I did yesterday’s in the morning and today I was gonna do it after 9 pm it was a long enough rest. Plus I guess I was trying to make up for not putting in walking or elliptical today. The routine included 2 sets of 15 reps each of the following 7 exercises (with 1 kg dumbbells except for TE):
- Arm curls
- Bicep curls
- Overhead tricep extensions (5kg dumbbell)
- Ventral raises
- Lateral raises
- Front raises
- Close shoulder press
FOOD (day sixty-one of 16 hrs intermittent fasting)
First meal @ 12:30 pm : Hubs & I decided to skip brekky and treat ourselves to a buffet at a neighbouring Holiday Inn. We gorged on veg & non-veg soup & salads to start with. Fish, chicken and soya starters made the next course. I ate the protein part of the maincourse gravies which today included an egg curry, a lamb one, a chicken in blackpepper sauce and grilled fish in lemon butter sauce. While I did take a sampling of the desserts, I barely pecked at them, finally pushing it towards hubs, who too hardly tasted them before abandoning the plate. We did finish the melon slices though. Great leisurely meal, much enjoyed. We sat in a section from where we could see their small swimming pool (see pic) and it was raining so the whole experience was very relaxing.
Coffee @ 4 pm : A glass of banana-coffee milkshake made and had for two reasons – first, I wanted something to give me a shot of energy so that I could go for my walk and two, have too many bananas ripening at brakeneck speed which have to be consumed before it is too late.
Dinner @ 6:50 pm : Dahi wada (lentil dumplings in well whipped and spiced yogurt sauce).
• 50 Squats = 25 (fasted) + 25
• Arms workout (fasted) composed of the following 9 exercises (2 sets, 15 reps each, with 1 kg dumbbells except TE): 1. Lateral raise, 2. Tricep extension (using a 5 kg dumbbell), 3. Ventral raise, 4. Bicep curl, 5. Close shoulder press, 6. Tricep kickbacks, 7. Dumbbell jerk, 8. Overhand curls and 9. Arm circles.Right now I only own 1 & 5 kg dumbbell pair and a single 10 kg dumbbell. I have recently ordered for 2 kg and 3 kg dumbbell pairs so am very excited about being able to amp it every few days once I have a range of free weights available to vary the routine.
• 55 min Walking