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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 1 – Transformation Challenge

Send help immediately!

My muscles have been destroyed and I can no longer walk like an abled human.

Well, I can – it just hurts so much when I do. I have completed the second day of my new weight-based workout programme and the first day of the new diet.

Let me be real here for a moment – when I started this, I knew both the diet and fitness would be hard but I genuinely thought the diet would be much much much harder. Turns out, the diet isn’t that bad but the workout regime is bloody brutal.

I’m not going to post my full diet chart up here because my trainer, Vishnu, draws up diet charts according to a person’s specific circumstances – this includes an evaluation of their body composition analysis, the goal in mind, previous medical history and conditions, fitness levels and dietary requirements. So unless we’re complete twinsies, my chart isn’t going to work for you – but I am going to be delightful and tell you what I ate everyday because the diet chart tells me what ingredients I can use but it’s up to me (and my mother) to get creative and whip up a masterpiece.

On today’s menu:

Breakfast

3 poached eggs and a spinach soup with a dash of salt and pepper.

Lunch

A repeat of the spinach soup from the morning coupled with butter fried paneer

I’m allowed a specified amount of butter with each meal! Isn’t that fabulous?

For those wondering, paneer is an Indian cheese rich in protein. It’s actually really easy to make so I’m going to try making it at some point over the next few weeks 😊

Before we skip on over the dinner, I had 150gm of fresh plain yoghurt after swimming with the little sis for 1.5 hours at the club. So refreshing in this heat!

Dinner

Green Eggs (and no ham, Sam-I-Am). Spinach puree and eggs whites scrambled and topped with paneer and a small 30gm serving of rice.

I’ll be adding the Green Eggs recipe to the blog shortly so stay tuned for that!

That’s first day of the Transformation Challenge done ✅ Stay tuned for the other 362789 days to go

See Day 2 of my Transformation Challenge.

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

The Golden Triangle Adventure [The Delhi Leg 1/2]

So, the silence on the blog was due to a backpacking adventure with my mother through what is known as “The Golden Triangle” of India – a fantastic group of places known for its lavish monuments, rich history and a host of wonderful shopping opportunities.

Mother and I decided that the only way to truly embrace and experience travelling in India was to travel only by train throughout the journey (as you can see from my post about the Rajdhani here.

Let’s take each destination in order…

Delhi

Since Delhi is one of the best connected cities in India transport-wise, we decided to split our trip to the city in half with 2 days at the start and 2 days at the end. On the first half of the Delhi trip, mother and I had a wonderful time with an early lunch at United Coffee House in Connaught Place in the centre of the city.

I decided not to have a healthy lunch on this occasion because I was absolutely starving following skipping breakfast earlier that morning. I treated myself to a chicken steak (pictured below).

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And yaaaas, I ate the fries. Mmmm potato.

We walked off our scrumptious lunch with a stroll down to Janpath where there were clothes and souvenir shops galore. We didn’t do much shopping here as mother was saving herself for Jaipur and all its charming Rajasthani goods.

(I say she was saving herself – she still did buy two pairs of earrings from the stall pictured below – but if you look at the picture, you’ll see it would be quite hard to resist these earrings!)

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Earring Stall at Connaught Place

Following this, mother and I braved the mid-afternoon Delhi heat (it was ~37 degrees) in an Autorickshaw down to India Gate.

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Autorickshaw Ride to India Gate

India Gate is a fascinating monument on Rajpath which is home to the Parliament House of India and Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Home of the Indian President). The monument itself was built to commemorate those of the Indian Army who lost their lives during World War I, other confrontations in the Far East as well as the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is absolutely beautiful and due to the sheer size of it, it’s easy to get a good picture of it without including the throngs of people crowding around you (See Exhibit A below).

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Exhibit A

That concluded our first half of the Delhi trip  as we boarded a train to Jaipur the next night – this journey was NOTHING like the one I wrote about earlier here.

I promise the Jaipur post is coming sooner than this did 🙂

Humbled

I announced the launch of this blog and my journey on Facebook and Twitter today and since then, I’ve been out and about exploring Gurgaon and the surrounding areas. I’ve come home to my friends, family and even strangers wishing me well on this journey and motivating me to work harder and write more. 

I just wanted to say thank you and I will try my best to not let you down!

Here’s a picture of me looking scruffy from travelling but super happy with the overwhelming response I’ve received today. ❤️


Good night, world x

Pre-Adventure Lunching

Now, this may not look like the most appetising lunch but trust me when I say it is. While eating salads with light dressings and vegetable medleys are all well and good, we all know that the best and healthiest foods are usually the ones we have at home because of the lack of additives and preservatives.

Pictured above is a green bean and poppy seed paste mixture with a few light subtle spices. No oil was used to prepare this so this is as healthy as a lunch can get! It’s usually eaten with rice but I’m no longer about that carb-life so I had it on its own with a serving of mineral water.

I love green beans because they’re rich in vitamins but they also provide part of your protein requirement for the day. Poppyseed paste is delicious and slightly nutty in taste – it’s a delicacy in West Bengal. It also works as a wonderful antioxidant and helps to relieve asthma and other chronic respiratory issues.

THB rating: 10/10

Would recommend!

First day of a new adventure!

So, it’s been a while since I planned to post but here I am!

I’ve moved to India and I’ve spent the last week settling into my room in Kolkata for the next six months – I’ve joined a rugby team, a gym and set out my travel and diet plans. Aaaaaand I’m off on my first trip today!

Mum and I will be backpacking the Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) which means I will be blogging remotely from my phone rather than using my laptop so I apologise in advance for sloppy blogging.

Whilst on this trip, I will be uploading travel tips, food tips and how I’m trying to stay healthy and fit whilst being an absolute tourist.

I downloaded the 7 minute work out app from Wahoo Fitness a few days ago and I’ve been trying those work outs for the last 3 days and boy, have I been building up a sweat! If there’s any free app people need to download it is this one! I’ll be posting about my experience with the app through the trip.

Off to catch the train now, but I’m sure I’ll blog from the carriage.

All aboard the peasant wagon!

Peace

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