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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]

Day 2 – Transformation Challenge

I’ve decided to update the blog the morning after each day so I can include my new weight each day!

Day 1 yielded a loss of 700gm which I was amazed by but day 2 shocked me more as I dropped a further 900gm which has brought my total weight down to 95kg already! That’s a 1.6kg loss in two days. This weight loss is giving me hope that I might just be able to reach my goal in the three month period after all and that hope is just giving me more motivation to keep on going.

Let’s talk about day 2 a little bit.

Having spoken to my trainer, I’ve started Intermittent Fasting which requires me to wake up and not consume any food for the first 4 hours of my waking day. Sounds difficult? Surprisingly, it’s not at all. With my current schedule, I wake up and chill out for about 30-45 minutes before getting ready to go to the gym. I spend approximately 2 hours working out – this includes the 10 minute walk it takes to get there and to come back. I spend the 4th hour at home – showering, making sure all vitamins have been taken and just revelling in the weight I’ve already managed to shed (due to the pre-gym daily weigh-in). That’s 4 hours done and I can indulge in my diet prescribed breakfast. So, this fasting business isn’t hard at all and by the time it comes round to breakfast, I’m so pumped from working out and revelling that the meagre amount of food prescribed seems like way too much!

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Day 2 Breakfast

Let’s talk a bit about these meals though – I’ve been blogging, snapchatting and instagramming all the foods and you can see that quantity-wise, they aren’t much – however, I don’t know if it’s the repetition of the same ingredients or the drastic change in diet but my body is comprehending these amounts as too much. I get bloated after every meal which gives me the uneasy feeling that I’ve overeaten and last night, I was only able to eat half of the egg fried rice I made for dinner.

My trainer says that, due to the diet being put together based on macros, I need to consume the entire specified amount – it looks like this is something that might be a struggle but I’m going to work through it the best I can! As I said, I am more motivated now after the results of the last two days than I have ever been in my life.

In terms of the weight training exercises I’m undertaking, I’m following the High Intensity Volume Training (HIVT) programme put together by SQUATS on the BodySpace app. You can follow me on the app which is available on iPhones¬†and on the Google Play store. It’s a social fitness app which means we can see each other’s tracked workouts and changes in weight. It also gives you fun stats like how many weights you have lifted whilst using the app.

It’s a bit hard to figure out how it works at first – especially with finding the workouts and stuff, but if you do get it – add me and I’ll be happy to help!

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Screenshot of my BodySpace profile

So, my work out on day 2 was gym time doing the “20-39 Female Fat Loss – Day 1- Upper” on Bodyspace which included 20 minutes of cardio followed by 55 minutes of weight training. The training included push ups, side lateral rises, dumbbell bench presses, tricep dumbbells, bent over two-dumbbell, alternate hammer curls, hyperextensions and air biking. In total, I did 22 sets of 9 different exercises using the app but because of the level of motivation I had, I decided to add a few extra bits – seated rowing, lat pulls and a good ol’ chest press. I like to top off each gym session with a few minutes on the vibra plate to really relax the muscles I have definitely just overworked.

In the evening, I went swimming for 1.5 hours with my sister. We usually start the session with a few laps of freestyle and breast stroke but spend the majority of the time in the pool playing games. It doesn’t seem like much to the outsider but when you’re trying to beat a competitive swimmer in speed during a game, your entire body gets a fabulous stretch and your muscles love the work out.

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If you haven’t already, remember to go follow my instagram and snapchat accounts. Both usernames are: TheHeavyBlog

Stay tuned for the Day 3 update!

Current weight: 95kg

Big update!

So, over the last week, I have signed up to Squats Academy‘s Transformation Challenge and I am super super excited to start their programme with my mentor, Vishnu!

The programme itself involves a low carb diet and weight training with the help of multivitamin, fish oil and whey protein supplements. It’s a three month programme and I’m hoping that it’ll help me shed at least 15-20kgs over the time period.

I’ve already told all my local Calcutta friends that I will be MIA for at least the next month to ensure that I get into the flow properly without any temptations to cheat with alcohol and eating out.

Aaaaaand because I’m terrible at updating this on the regular (this will probably change drastically when the programme starts and I’m bored at home with no social life), I have set up a snapchat for the blog too! You can catch my regularly (potentially hourly) updates on there everyday! Add it using the username @TheHeavyBlog

I will try and post all the recipes and work out routines I’m using too and while everyone’s warning me of all the side effects of a drastic change in routine (migraines, nausea, etc.) – I’m just too excited about really getting this journey on the road to think about the bad bits. I’m sure there will be plenty complaining in the posts to come though.

So while I wait for this diet chart and workout programme to enter my Inbox, go follow me on snapchat already!

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Here’s a handy snapcode to help ease the process!

Current weight: 96.2kg

Rajdhani – Travelling like a Queen [Kolkata-New Delhi]

Yesterday, mum and I set off on our backpacking adventure. Now, because I’m travelling with mum on this trip, I am afforded much better luxuries than I would if I was travelling on my own or with friends.

We started off at Howrah Station in Kolkata – a historic building quite reminiscent of the colonial era, quite like many others across the city. This place, and New Market, are the only places where I really remember that Kolkata is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The chaos and hustle is like no other. There are large groups gathered and waiting, many availing of the food kiosks, stocking up for their onward journeys, while others gather their families and sit on the floor waiting for their train to show up on the many boards. You can smell and feel the poverty that India is known for but this doesn’t take away from the humbling old school feeling of the city.

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My mum and I traveled on the Rajdhani overnight (~17 hour) train journey in a private 1st class cabin to ourselves. I’ve attached a picture of the cabin below – it may not look like much but the service provided in these places is to die for.

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Upon boarding, we were met with English-Hindi-Bengali speaking attendants and staff members who greeted us with smiling faces and a tray for evening tea. Assam tea, sandwiches, a paneer cutlet and some sweets. What more could we possibly ask for?

Of course, trying to take the healthy approach to travelling, I indulged in a black Assam tea with no sugar (Twinings do a wonderful version of it!) and the paneer cutlet as that was the least in terms of carby sugary content. It was delicious and totally worth watching my mum scoff down her entire plate – since she said the sandwich wasn’t very soon anyway!

Dinner was served a few short hours later and arrived on a course-by-course basis. We started with a mixed vegetable soup served with breadsticks and butter. It tasted great and was extremely lean. In an effort to conserve the diet, I decided to forego the breadsticks on this occasion!

 

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Main course was where I was thoroughly disappointed. I had ordered the “Continental” option which was to be a chicken spaghetti served with veg au gratin and another vegetable medley.What I received in return….well, it was interesting….

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When travelling with Eastern Railway or any other Indian Railway company where food is served, always order the Indian meal for dinner! You’ll be making a colossal mistake if you order otherwise. My mother had a fabulous chicken curry meal (pictured below) which was light and wonderful while mine (pictured above) was drenched in oil and spices that really did not belong in any form of spaghetti known to me.

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Lesson learnt! I shall be having the Indian meal on the way back to Kolkata.

After dinner, Mum and I had a little gossip about her friends and also, the lady in the cabin next door who kept trying to see what the two of us were up to before retiring to our own bunks. I, naturally, took the top bunk to save the old lady some climbing aches and read a fair bit of Jojo Moyes’ “After You,” the sequel to the critically acclaimed (and also my favourite) “Me Before You” which had a very accurate film adaptation released earlier this year.

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If you’re ever weary about taking public transport across long distances in India, try the Rajdhani trains. The service is fabulous, the staff are friendly and tend to your every need. The lovely attendant even came in to provide a turn down service for our cabin. There was a cleaner on hand who cleaned the loos every hour or as necessary and who also swept our cabins after every meal or snack. The air conditioning works a dream and there are armed police guards on board. So forget every horror story you’ve ever heard and give this train a go.

It is totally worth every penny and plus, I reached New Delhi alive, right?

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THB Rating: 7/10

Would recommend!

 

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