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Week 17 Day 3 – Huel, Days 2 & 3
19 Jul

Week 17 Day 3 – Huel, Days 2 & 3

As you can tell from yesterday I’m a day behind with my blogging so I thought today I’d consolidate Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday

Only breakfast again, but this time I used a Strawberry flavour boost.

Still a 50g breakfast of around 200 calories. I can’t say I really knew there was a strawberry taste. It was there but didn’t really get overcome the oats taste.

This time I didn’t snack. Was full and satisfied right up too lunch, which for me at work is almost unheard of. Sadly it all went wrong at lunch with a baguette, chocolate and crisps. They dinner turned into a Two for Tuesday dominos pizza – but none of that is the fault of Huel, just me being weak too temptation.

Wednesday

Today’s breakfast, another 50g serving, was topped off with 30g frozen berries. Again this seemed to only add colour, there was no discernible change in flavour! I really need a bigger blender so I can add more fruit!

I also found this morning’s breakfast hard to drink. I just couldn’t stomach the taste of oats anymore, but I finished it off anyway.

Another side effect, after about twenty minutes I developed a splitting headache. Since so many things can cause headaches I’m not willing to blame the Huel, I’ll wait to see if it happens again before I pass judgement.

10:00 – Still splitting headache, but I’ve not drank anything yet so that’s probably not helped.

10:46 – I’m starting to think about food. Maybe it’s the headache or that I’m tired, but either way food is on my mind. Another possibility, worth testing, is the added fruit what’s making me hungry? I know I’m prone to sugar spikes and binge eating. Is fruit too much sugar for me?

11:15 – seems to have past. No more food thoughts. Starting to think this really could be more to do with the sugar rushes

12:23 – can’t decide now if the headaches getting worse or not, but least I’ve stopped thinking about food… wonder what’s for lunch

12:44 – Blowing your nose should leave you little dizzy and disorientated, should it? No really shouldn’t.

12:45 – Wonder when this becomes sharing too much, but its all for science or what ever reason I’m doing this stuff for

13:30 – Sausage roll and bounty for lunch, then a bag of McCoys. I have no will power

Week 0 Day 2 – 2017
17 Jan

Week 0 Day 2 – 2017

I’d love to say this isn’t a case is New Year, new me but it probably is in part.

I’ve been dabbling with my health for years now, but am at my most successful when blogging. See it turns out I need to be held accountable for my lapses and I know of no better way than recording my successes and failures here.

This is week Zero, it’s decided I need a week Zero as a prelude to week One too get myself setup and mentally ready since this is a big push.

I’ve got two targets over the next six months, first is March and the second is August.

  • By March I want to increase my general activity levels ready to go skiing – the idea of not being fit enough too spend the day on the slop is a driving force.
  • By August I’m planning on getting married so in a perfect world I’d like rid of it ponch !

So, if these are my goals for 2017 what am I doing with week zero? Well I’m not sure. I need to come up with some form of reward system thats not food based, and ideally not about spending money – although I am thinking about a financial penalty system, just not sure how any of thats going to work yet.

Please jump down to the comments section and leave your ideas for a reward/punishment system too.

But its time to call it a night, so – if you have been – thanks for reading
Stu

Monday – Week 8 Day 1
16 Dec

Monday – Week 8 Day 1

There were good and bad elements in today. I did hit my goals, but I also slipped.

Everything was going fine up till lunch, then I seen the left overs! After the buffet on Friday there was a great deal of food left over and it was just sitting there waiting to be eaten, so I did.

That aside, dinner wasn’t something I’m too ashamed of and I did my work out this morning. Like most summaries it has its good points and its bad, the trick is seeing both for what they are and focusing on the good ones.

25 Oct

A Hacker’s Diet

Its a strange thing, that first morning, when you look in the mirror and ask yourself “What happened?”. For me this was back in March 2012 but denial was a large part of the problem at the time. Still I made the decided it was time for a change, but where do you start?

While on a skiing trip I decided the first step was exercise, the mantra “Move more, eat less” was my starting point. To that end I got a treadmill. Now when you set out to make large life changing decisions the problem is follow thru, remember I’ve had almost thirty years to get to build up my bad habits and the idea it would stop over night was a short lived illusion. For the most part the treadmill sat unused for the majority of the next few months, until I built a desk for it. Now I was able to work on my laptop from the treadmill and during the summer of 2012 I was on it most mornings before work, I’ve always been an early riser but now my alarms went off at 5am.

So far so good. Now we have the problem of feedback. Despite a regular workout schedule and eating a lot better I had no way of tracking my progress and by the winter the 5am wake up calls were growing tedious and my schedules became more relaxed until by the start of 2013 the treadmill was once again unused.

So here I was another year and back to where I had started. Once again sitting in a chalet in France after five days skiing I decided I’d had enough and would try harder. I knew where the problems lay and searched for a way to get better feedback for my efforts, since I am a huge android user and never leave my phone unattended this was the route I took.

Since May 6th 2013 I have been tracking my progress thru my Android using the applications listed below:
1. Fitbit – For tracking my daily “calorie deficit” and BMI. I have a Fitbit One and a set of Aria smart scales that I now use daily. I also make full use of the Fitbit developers API to build integration directly into this site.
2. MyFitnessPal – To manually enter all food eaten and water drank. Weight loss and exercise is pulled from Fitbit automatically.
3. Runtastic – Manually enter workouts, everything except walking. Again information from here is automatically push to Fitbit where it is sent to MyFitnessPal.

With this post I hope to start a new trend of reporting and accountability to toward anyone who shares my goal and follows along, if not then to myself. This section of my site, NxFifteen after all encompasses everything I do – not just fitness related, will be made include my progress and hurdles I find along the way.

Since May I have lost 10kg’s, my goal is to lose another twenty two bringing me down into my BMI of 57kegs. However I do not want to do this ‘on the quiet’ and MyFitnessPal, Fitbit and Runtastic are all community sites, please feel free to add my on either site or leave a comment bellow. I will keep this site updated along my journey.