What I Have Learned So Far …

I started my Fighter Diet journey last Wednesday (January 4th) and it has been  … not easy … so far.

It should be right?  I mean, I have been down this road so man times before.  There are no lesson’s left to be learned for a serial fatty yo-yo dieter.  Are there?

There are.

First things first … it’s not even a week and here is what I miss … Oh, how I miss thee, let me count the ways …

Eggs, beef, rice, tortilla chips, salsa, eggs, ham, turkey lunch meat, potatoes, cigarettes, maple syrup, did I say eggs?, cheese, dairy of all sorts. apple cider, GUINNESS, WHISKEY, wine, alcohol in general … oh, and seriously, did I mention EGGS?

The cigs … well … I was giving them up anyway and as I pretty much only indulged when I had a drink, the lack of alcohol in my world has helped that craving quite a bit.  I miss the Guinness, though.  Popping off for a pint at my favorite pub.  Come to think of it .. I miss my pub!  My son had a wrestling meet 2 blocks away from it last Wednesday (starting day) and I had some time to spare before picking him up. (They have to shower, then take a bus together back to their own school where the parents can pick them up.  That’s showers for JV and Varsity, so at least a half hour before embarking on the bus ride home.)  I stopped in to wave hello to owner Danny and the other patron’s, as well as eye ball the new furniture, some of which I helped assemble.  Danny offered me a pint, I turned it down.  Reluctantly, but hey?  What kind of loser cheats on the FIRST DAY?  He also offered me some monkey bread straight out of the oven.  I was good and left it all alone. Chatted for 15 minutes before deciding it was better to get on the road.

I wanted to go out Friday night to hear a group play at the pub that I am particularly fond of, but I opted out because I knew I would give in.  I can’t sit at the bar, sipping on water all night when there is fresh Guinness being poured an arm’s reach away.  Better to stay home for a few weeks until I am stronger.  Instead, I watched movies with my hubby, while he drank a bottle of Cabernet.  Jerk.  (Just kidding.  I would love to have joined him, but if I cheat, it will be with Guinness and Whiskey … not wine.)

So let’s discuss the diet.  I can’t go into detail, but I can tell you that it is the same thing every day for the first 2 weeks.  This is not easy for me.  I get bored with food.  Especially if it is food I don’t love.  Breakfast is the large bowl of oat bran, and so far that is probably my easiest meal.  Wish there was some maple syrup for it, but I can live with it.  Meal’s 2 &3 I have had to experiment with the cooking methods, but I am over them … and I still have 9 days of eating to go.  *Sigh*

However, I have learned some lessons that I can carry forward on this journey.

  1. If you are really hungry, find a low, low, low calorie/carb vegetable and eat a shit-ton of it, with very little fat and an average amount of protein.  Not only will you not be hungry for long, you will spend hours in the bathroom expelling every last ounce you ate into the toilet.
  2. It is better to eat your oat bran BEFORE you do the hard workout.  Not during or after.  It helps with the energy level.  And the dizziness.  And the finishing of a very large amount of oat bran before its time to start eating meal #2. (I am still eating my morning oat bran as I sit here typing this.  It’s nearly 11:00am …)
  3. Don’t precook 5 days worth of chicken.  By day 4 it tastes like gnarly chicken jerky and is suspect by day 5.
  4. 1 teaspoon of coconut oil IS enough to saute an entire head of cabbage with.  As long as you add water occasionally to steam it a bit in the pan.  Who knew?!
  5. When eating a shit-ton of vegetables every day, Gas-X is your very best friend.  Especially if you want to go out in public.  Or if you share a house with other people.  Or pets.  When the dogs run away from YOU because of your gas, its a clear indication that Gas-X is needed.
  6. Basic exercises are enough.  All those fancy other things are great … but taking it back down to the basics is a good thing and there will be results.  Squats, push-ups, dumbbell curls, presses, rows, sit ups … all of these will tire you out and build your muscles just as much as the fancy machines at the gym.  If you don’t have a gym membership you can certainly get a good workout in with the most basic and inexpensive of materials.
  7. Had to come back to add this … but its important … wear gloves when rowing for a long time on the machine.  Blisters happen.  Ouch!

I have 2 gym memberships, and I have a couple of fancy pieces of equipment at home, so lesson #6 may seem a little disingenuous but the workout she has for us to begin with required only the very basics (dumbbells and a bench).  I did my cardio on my rowing machine, but could just as easily have gone for a brisk walk.  In fact, as I rowed my 30 minutes I thought how nice it would be to be able to run again and made a promise that I would be ready to start running by Spring (March 20th).  Even if I have to start on the treadmill at the gym due to living on the frozen tundra and possibly still under many feet of snow in March, I want to start some light jogging by then.

I am down 6 lbs in 5 days.  I know much of this is water weight.  The rest of it is just the fact that weight comes off much faster when you have so very much of it to lose.  But I’m OK with that.  I am thrilled with 6 lbs and as today was the first day we added in workouts, I am hoping that it continues at this rate for a while.

So there they are.  The things I have learned so far.  I am not hungry, I kind of hate the food, but it is fuel after all.  Not a party for my taste buds.  That’s what got me into trouble in the first place.  I am not as strong as I used to be, but I will be.  Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, make it day by day, etc and so forth.

I got this.



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