FOOD (Day forty-six of 16 hrs intermittent fasting)
First meal at 1.10 pm – This actually takes my intermittent fast from yesterday to over 21 hours! Woohoo!💃 I did it coz I could do it today somehow – that’s all. It isn’t always the case but today I sure managed it and thereby made up for the somewhat rich meal I had as lunch yesterday. This may sound like that joke about a balanced diet being a cake in one handy and candy in another, but I would like to believe that it reflects on how cognizant I have become of overindulging and how much concerned I am about balancing it by changes in subsequent meals & exercise. Anyway, a long fast only meant a good lunch was in order and since I was out, I chose my favourite vegetarian thali joint today because one gets a great variety of traditional healthy veggie dishes there. Today I enjoyed small helpings (that is typical of a thali) of tomato saar (which is like a tomato ginger soup), undhiyo (mixed veg dish), mutter usal (green peas dish), apple-cabbage-green mango salad, smoked aubergine in yogurt, moong dal filled paratha, steamed dhokla, cauliflower rassa among other usual suspects. To finish, I again opted for the flàn-like kharwas which is rich in immunoglobulins and milk proteins.
Tea @ 5pm – A cup of green tea with honey. A solo pack of nutty raisin biscotti with it. This may look bad but just to give you some perspective – I am the same person who sat with a tin of biscuits at every tea time and munched her way through a sizeable portion of it with her daily cuppa just two months ago.
Last meal @ 6. 15pm – A bowl of my leftover chicken stew. To give it company, rustled up one of my favourite accompanying dishes which is both simple & sexy: blanched french beans sauteed in garlic, EVOO & seasoning and sprinkled with cheese. Just look at that beautiful plate!😘
It was an awesome day food & exercise wise. Consequently had superb energy and drive to pursue the following.
• 55 min walking
• 85 squats
• Did a highly combustive “Tank Top Arms Workout” 💪 which was composed of 7 compound exercises done with light dumbbells for at least 50 seconds each:
√ Toning trio for arms, shoulders & chest which included raises & rows type of movements
√Bicep curls with two hooks
√Reverse fly pulses (lord this was tough although it looked the easiest)
√Chest squeeze with overhead press
√Windmill plus tricep extensions
√Single arm flys
•Was on absolute fire after the above and also on such an impossible high that decided to put in one set of the following with 1 kg dumbbell in each hand (20 reps each):
√Lateral shoulder raise
√Front shoulder raise
•20 Dumbbell swings (5kg dumbbell)