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Day 30 – Transformation Challenge: Jumping Past the Plateau

I hit the dreaded plateau earlier this week and it was the most annoying damn thing I have ever experienced.

I started the keto diet on Sunday (5 days ago) after the most spectacular cheat meal at Yauatcha, Kolkata – it was spectacular because it didn’t hamper my weight loss at all. In fact, I didn’t put any weight on from the meal. If you’re after a cheat meal, Yauatcha and their dim sum menu is the way to go!

What I didn’t know about the Keto diet was that it causes constipation and I only lost 100gm in the first 3 days – this was apparently totally normal which I found out later after making the catastrophic mistake of taking a laxative to ease my constipation.

Now, I’ve never taken a laxative before and I’m guessing the combination of my daily psyllium husk intake and the laxative didn’t bode very well together which then resulted in a full day of vomiting, high fever and crazy fatigue. Considering I was unable to walk from one room to another in my apartment, going to the gym and achieving my daily 10k step count were completely out of the question. I even went as far as telling my family that I loved them because I didn’t think I would make it past the day.

But here I am, next day, fit and fresh (most importantly: not dead) and a surprisingly 2.3kg lighter. So, while the laxative day was one of the worst things I have ever experienced in my entire life, it helped in one way and that’s because it helped me to jump past the plateau and back into fat burning mode.

Would I ever take a laxative again? Never

Should you take a laxative again? Don’t even think about it.

Current weight: 88.6kg

Day 23 – Transformation Challenge: Time for Change

I’m so proud of myself for getting this far because I’ve never lasted this long on a diet and workout regime before. In the first 3 weeks, I’ve managed to lose a whopping 5.6kgs (12.35lbs) and it’s really starting to show on my body.

I have, however, started to plateau and I’ve barely lost any weight over the last 3 days it’s time to change some things around!

Starting from Sunday – which is Day 25 – I will be moving from a Low Carb Diet (LCD) to a Keto Diet for 28 days straight with absolutely no cheat days. This also means that I will be saying goodbye to my great friend, Carbohydrates. I’ll be exploring the differences the existence of carbs in a diet makes over the next four weeks to see what works and what really doesn’t work.

I’m so excited for this change because I’m part of a keto and LCD diet group which posts these delicious recipes and stuff all the time but they’re mainly keto recipes and I’ve been on LCD. My body and I are totally ready to introduce chicken and almonds into the diet.

So, until next time (when I will most definitely be complaining about my yearning for rice), keep grinding, fit fam!

Current weight: 91kgs

 

Day 15 – Transformation Challenge – Popeye doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

So, I fell off the grid for a few days (nearly two weeks – my bad) but I’m happy to say I did not fall off the wagon!

The first two weeks have been gruelling and tough but I have persevered and I’ve managed to lose a jaw dropping 4kgs (8.81lbs)! I’m happy about the weight loss and I’m excited to continue on; however, I want to take this opportunity not only to revel in the successes of my first two weeks, but to also address the real side of this process that most people don’t talk about.

People undergoing transformation challenges usually post the like-worthy pictures on social media. The beginning and the end products do not portray the hard times that individual has endured to reach their final goal – that’s if they reach it at all.

I fell off the grid over the last couple weeks because things got hard for me. While I was full all the time, my body craved more spice, fat and things that generally tasted better than light curries involving spinach and paneer. I quickly realised my hatred for spinach and that negative feeling only grew with intensity as the week went on.

This hatred for something so insignificant started to take a toll on my mood from the time my first meal came to my plate until the time I went to sleep. Meal time had gone from one of my favourite and exciting times of the day – as mother and I tried to make the most of the few ingredients I was allowed to use – to one of the worst due to the constant appearance of my mortal enemy: Spinach. My only salvation during these days was the 4-4.5 hour period in the mornings of intermittent fasting when I focused solely on the gym and walking 2-3,000 of my 10,000 daily prior to breakfast. I didn’t have to think about food then – it was only about getting that weight training done.

This mood slowly took over my life – I retired to my room for the majority of social gatherings. I became accustomed to staring at the ceiling fan or being comfortable with being by myself. I did not want to be around my friends or my family. Netflix was my only best friend and writing was no longer an option as my words only brought out angry suffocating tears that I didn’t understand.

Things were going from bad to worse when I contacted my trainer and asked for an alternative to the daily torture of tasteless spinach. It turns out, he’s not a big fan of the leafy vegetable himself! He told me I could replace the spinach with fenugreek, lettuce or broccoli. I have never run to the market so quickly in my life.

Broccoli, lettuce, fenugreek and I are all in a wonderful, loving relationship now. Things are going well and I don’t foresee a separation or divorce any time soon. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Until next time…

TL;DR Spinach is my nemesis. Dieting puts me in a bad mood. I have a weird relationship with my vegetables.

[Current Weight: 92.6kgs]

Green Eggs and Pan(eer) – Recipe

As promised, here’s the recipe for Green Eggs and Pan(eer) – and yes, that’s a Dr. Seuss pun.

With a limited list of allowed ingredients for my diet, mother and I are trying to get as creative as possible with my meals to keep me motivated.

Ingredients:

  • 100gms Spinach, boiled
  • 4 egg whites
  • 0.5 tsp garlic paste
  • Half onion, chopped
  • 50gm paneer
  • 30gm boiled rice 
  • 5gms butter

Method:

  1. After cleaning and boiling the Spinach, mix it in a blender for a couple minutes until it is a smooth purée. Make sure only the Spinach is blended with no additional water.
  2. Separate the yolks from the egg whites and add to the blender with the garlic paste. Blend for a couple minutes until Spinach and egg whites are a smooth green colour.
  3. In a pan, heat the butter and lightly fry the onions and paneer. Once the paneer is slightly brown and a little crisp on the outsides, remove it and the onions from the pan and set to one side. 
  4. Scramble the eggs and spinach in the same pan using the residual butter left over. Be sure to do this on a higher heat as simmering the eggs and spinach will lead to water escaping the Spinach. 
  5. Combine the eggs and paneer once the eggs are cooked and serve with a dash of salt. (optional: serve with a side of plain boiled rice)

Ta-dah! You now have Green Eggs and Pan(eer)! 

If you do try out this recipe, let me know how it goes and if you varied it at all! 

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