Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday 29 January 2009

Hi all,

Thanks for the well wishes about the heat. It's record-breaking.

Sizzling temps may climb past record - THE soaring temperature in Adelaide has threatened the national capital city record of 46.2C, set in Perth in 1991.

Worst to come for firefighters - FIREFIGHTERS have worked through the night to contain fires before Victoria is hit by more scorching hot conditions and high winds today.

Power Supplies on Brink of Meltdown - VICTORIA is on the brink of a power meltdown as the blistering heatwave drains electricity supplies.

Water storage levels fall 1.6b litres - MELBOURNE'S water storages fell 1.6 billion litres in 24 hours as people turned on taps with the city sizzling in 40C-plus temperatures.

Heat buckles Melbourne rail lines - CONNEX has warned commuters to prepare for mass delays as Melbourne's rail network buckles in 42C heat.

It was 43.4C yesterday, and much the same today - which is roughly 110F. And forcast is 43C again tomorrow. Apparently this kind of heatwave hasn't happened since 1908 - when no-one had aircon! Those poor over-clothed people! hehehe

Anyway, pretty hot in my opinion, especially considering I'm pretty far south of the mainland of Aust so it shouldn't be getting so stupidly hot here. I feel sorry for the people everywhere else!

My stats for today:
You have used 1324 out of your net daily budget of 1500 calories and have 176 calories remaining. 73% of the calories are from fat, 19% from protein, 8% from carbs and 0% from alcohol.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Well with ridiculous heat and meetings all day today I didn't eat between 7.30am and 6.30pm. Long time for me! But, I did. Now it's 9.45pm, I'm still sitting right in front of the air con outlet and I think I've only had a small amt of cals. No gym until this heat wave has passed - or 10.30am on Saturday, whichever is first.   ;)

Stats for today:
You have used 941 out of your net daily budget of 1500 calories and have 559 calories remaining. 68% of the calories are from fat, 27% from protein, 5% from carbs and 0% from alcohol.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday 27 January 2009

Hi all,

Thanks for all the wishes yesterday! It was a beautiful weekend.

Today's food comes to:
You have used 1178 out of your net daily budget of 1500 calories and have 322 calories remaining. 70% of the calories are from fat, 25% from protein, 5% from carbs and 0% from alcohol.

It was like a zillion degrees today so I've had a small appetite and gallons of water. No brain, turned up to my salon appointment a whole day early. I'm really not a summer person - especially since they say right now it's a hotter and longer heatwave anyone has recorded since 1908. Wow!

Monday 26 January 2009

Happy Australia Day everyone!!

I had a gorgeous day today, blue skies and hot (but not too hot) and had a BBQ of snags, rissoles, chops and skewers. Yum!

Hope everyone else had a wonderful day today as well, speak tomorrow!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday 25 January 2009

Hi all, I'm back to blogging. Sorry for disappearing, just needed to take a break from everything for a while. Way too much stuff going on in my life at the moment hehe.

I'm lc and counting cals with an approx limit of about 1500cals per day. It's working ok so far and feeling good. It's a bit of a bummer that it requires planning and organisation but I've found if I plan it the night before (just like I make my lunch the previous day as well) it alleviates a lot of that.

My stats for yesterday:
You have used 1487 out of your net daily budget of 1500 calories and have 13 calories remaining. 68% of the calories are from fat, 25% from protein, 7% from carbs and 0% from alcohol.

Have a great weekend all - and a fantastic Australia Day to those that are celebrating this,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wednesday 14 January 2009

Mark McManus - Muscle HackDying for sleep right now. Thanks for all the support everyone! I will respond to everything first thing tomorrow morning   :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday 13 January 2009

Today I accidentally tipped my sour cream down the sink while trying to just tip the liquid that appears on the top. So, it was Harry's burrito in a bowl without sour cream! Just mince and salsa! Hehehe not too bad, but I wont be doing it again. So I started the day with 3 eggs scrambled in butter, had the burrito in a bowl throughout the day, some strawberries and cream for a snack and dinner at a friends of roast beef with a green salad. Dessert was a fruit plate - I had strawberries and blueberries.

Good food, just lots of it hehehe.

Bayoubabe, thanks for the Comment   :)   I still go to the gym regularly seeing my trainer or doing classes. None today because of the heat but pilates yesterday so I haven't stopped with that. It's fun! What is your exercise regime?

Harry, of course I have done the limbo! Hehehe but when I was very young and it used to coincide with musical chairs and pass the parcel. Why do you ask?

Counting calories did work in the past in terms of weight loss, but I did it the high carb way so it was no good for my health. If I had to guess my current cals, they'd be well over 3000 per day I think. Too high, that's why I don't lose weight. Makes sense. I will change programs again, I'm just going to read more and do a bit more deciding and will start again in a couple of days.

Vadim has been suggesting the fat fast. While I am a pretty determined person and could probably carry it off, I'm just not sure. Do I want to fast again? Now that I'm not going caving, the aim isn't to lose weight, it's now (as of this minute, though I might change again in 5mins) to gain muscle. The Muscle Hack eBook reads fantastically ... TONS of physical effort though.

OK, OK, maybe I should mention now that I spent a few days doing the Body 4 Life thing but ended up exercising in my room most of the time - I felt very uncomfortable visiting my gym so often. Call me shallow, but I didn't want to be associated with "them". You know the ones, they visit the gym every day, stay for hours and always use weights too heavy so they can "impress" people.

So if I take on another exercise plan, how should I deal with feeling this way? I can pretend that it doesn't exist but the friendly, chatty people at the front desk mention it. They're just being nice. Urgh. I spend way too much of my time and effort worrying about what people will think about my changes.

Anyways, bed time now. Have a good one all!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday 12 January 2009

Hi all,

Still in limbo about which plan to follow. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm coming around to the idea I'm going to have to count cals again. I wont be going high carb though - it's taken me this long for my hormones and liver to recover since Jenny Craig seemed to ruin it all - I wont be undoing all my hard work.

Lynn, I've probably gained about 2kgs in the last 2 months and it's made me impatient. I think, more than my current plan not working for me (I lost them again afterall), I think I really just need to change it up a bit. I get sudden bursts of restlessness every now and then. And I'm going through one right now!

I'm looking into following more of a body builder's plan. I can't say I'll actually take it up - high intensity training makes me shudder in fright hehehe - but I'm doing some research.

Vadim, thanks for the info on the fat fast. I will research this as well.   :)

Today's menu starts with 3 eggs scrambled in butter for breakfast, two servings of Harry's burrito in a bowl during the day, some strawberries and cream as a snack and a kransky sausage with tomato and onion sauce for dinner/supper.

NewVision, thank you for your unwavering support.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday 11 January 2009

Today I didn't get to eat anything until 5pm or so - everyone else I went shopping with had already eaten!

When I got home I had Harry's burrito in a bowl, raspberries and some strawberries and cream. I can't help it, berries are in season! I also had some pistachios.

As you know, I'm rethinking my plan. A girl on another forum suggested her plan which is 60g carbs per day and lower cal. I don't know how low though, so it's still not 100% defined.

Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I've just learnt today that the caving isn't happening this weekend. Phew! It has been resched to April. So, that's my next deadline!

Bayoubabe, the lc pudding comes pre-made. I get mine from but I've just read the can and it says it's made in CA, USA by Freedom Foods   :)

OK I've been behind with people's blogs a bit recently so I hope to do a bit of blog hopping this evening. Cya!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturday 10 January 2009

Thanks so much for all the great advice everyone.

pooti, you're right, I will eventually get things figured out. We aren't always born with all the answers - much to my impatience hehe. One day at a time and a bit of trial and error. Exactly!

Sybil, I'm totally following your one month experimenting with great interest.

Ahhhh Dairy Farmers. I love Dairy Farmers Sour Cream especially - but Coles and Safeway have both stopped selling it! Only the independents sell it now and I haven't found one of those. It's the yummiest and the lowest in carbs. Unfair.

Harry, I'll do a bit of thinking and outline all the different things I've tried. I'm a bit embarrassed about it though. I know, I know, I shouldn't be. But I am.

Vadim, I eat fish often-ish. Maybe once a fortnight or so? I think. Usually it's a nice big fillet of baramundi with lemon butter sauce. MmmmMmmmMmmm Very very good point though - a piece of fish and some veggies usually gets me to lose weight too.

I need to get back on track.

Maybe I just have so much going on in my life right now that I don't have the spare brain power (I'm blonde afterall) to put the amount of focus into this that I need to. I'd reeeeeeally like it if someone else could do this for me hahaha (hence the image of a waiter above - oh how I'd love to have one of those waiting on me hand and foot. Especially if he's really cute.... and scantily clad) ;)

Today's eats were a protein pudding for breakfast (2g carb), 1 1/2 sf choc bar, 3 egg scramble in butter, one cup of tea with milk and dinner was peking duck with stir fried veggies.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday 9 January 2009

DecisionsIt's 10.15am and I haven't eaten anything yet. I can't decide what to have. I'm getting ready to go to the gym to see my trainer for the first time since before Christmas. Back still sore so will try to take it easy there.

I'm having such a hard time making decisions right now.

I'm not really moving any weight at the moment.

Keeping my carbs 18-30g per day isn't working. Fasting works but it's not comfortable and I feel if I did it any longer, I'd lose the balance it's taken a while to get my body into where I really don't crave anything, I have my health back and I don't obsess about food. Low fat worked for me in terms of weight loss but I had no energy, it took over my life because I was constantly fighting cravings and my health really suffered. I was weak too.

I realised during fasting (continuing on from yesterday's list) that I associate being fat with eating luxurious foods. And that if I'm skinny then I'll have to have that battle I mentioned just above. Low fat is the only way I have gone below 70kgs before.

This is depressing (not clinically, don't worry). I'm not very happy. I hate indecisiveness. I just need to make a decision and go with it.

Maybe I need to start counting cals like Jimmy Moore is doing right now? I know I need to cut out the sf chocs. I rarely have diet soft drinks so I don't care about those.

But then, how many cals is the next question? And will I need to start weighing things again??? Are there any "free" foods on a plan like that where I can give my mind a break for a little while?

I tried the Meat & Egg fast for about 4 weeks a few months ago. Easy to follow but I didn't get any weight loss from it. I think you replace the carbs with protein so that prevents any weight loss.

On the other hand, what if I'm one of those people that needs higher carbs? Maybe I should be eating around 150g or more?

Because of my stature, sometimes I think I'm one of those 'born to be strong' people. Only sometimes     so maybe I should be following a body builder's diet or something.

I have no idea. I think I'm going to go to the gym on an empty stomach.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday 8 January 2009

Post Master Cleanse - Day 1

See the links to the right to read my current mission in order

It's 8.30am and I started today with one of my cleansing drinks. I know I said yesterday it was finished, but I'm starting off slowly. Also I'd already made it and you don't want to waste perfectly good food. :)

I'm surprised that everyone that Commented has said it's a good that I have finished my fast. Are you saying that because you actually believe I shouldn't be doing it, or are you saying it just to be supportive of whatever choices I make?

My question is just because I'm really curious as to what your real opinions are. My skin is pretty thick so I can handle the truth if you want to express it - I truly appreciate your opinions. Thank you   :)

I went to sleep last night in deliberations and it didn't get any easier this morning. Last night after my post about re-feeding I had a handful of pistachios and some hard cheese. I felt so full I could burst, but that soon passed. I weighed in this morning 84.4kgs. I would have to look back to see what I was on Sunday but I think it's around a 3kg (6.6lbs) difference - not bad for a 4-6day fast!

Things I've learnt from the fast:

  • I've learnt that no matter how long I go without eating, the hunger feeling never gets stronger than if I'd just eaten later (like 6hrs between a meal).
  • It's nowhere near as scary as it sounds.
    ... I will add more :)

    It's 7.40pm, I found that hunger returned stronger and sooner today after my cleansing drink. I had some hard cheese at about 9am. When I got home I had a bowl of Harry's burrito in a bowl around 4pm and really, I think I should not have had it. It's 7.40pm, and I'm still absolutely stuffed from it. Seriously, I even had to take a nap! I think my body didn't appreciate that at all.

    I'm doing a double shift today so crossing my fingers others want to get food delivered - I'll get a veggie stir fry or something like that. MmmmMmmm making myself hungry hehehe.

    It's 9.45pm and still not hungry.
  • Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Wednesday 7 January 2009

    Master Cleanse - Day 4

    See the links to the right to read my current mission in order

    It's 9.25am, morning all! Gee I woke up with a start this morning! Somehow my phone reset and it said it was 5.25am when it was 7.35am - and I start at 8am. Ahhh! So I left in a rush. I'm soooooo glad I put all my drinks together last night and even made my breakfast drink last night. I gulped that in 2secs and ran out the door. Got there pretty much on time. Yay!

    There are bonuses to this cleanse afterall :)

    It's 11.30am and still going well. Just had my second drink. Actually I left a bit in the bottom and added some hot water so it's like a nice hot brew of tea (kinda) and much weaker so I can sip it in contentment lol.

    It's 1pm, and Harry, I have no idea what AA entails hahaha - I feel like I've grown up in a cave sometimes. I'm hoping the day-by-day approach will work for me too! I've only got 9 days to go (not including today), which I will absolutely kill, I know it. Thanks for all the wonderful comments.

    I have had a third drink for today and feeling good. Hungry, but that's only because a woman at work really wants me to have some of her peanut M&Ms. I LOVE PEANUT M&MS!! But, even if I wasn't cleansing, I wouldn't eat them. Too much sugar. I'd rather make my own lc peanut choc cups. I haven't had anything with sugar in it, in a year or so now.

    It's 4pm now and I've been flat out today. I think I have my brain back! I can still feel a slight lag in my thoughts and I'm getting a bit tongue tied but overall I've been able to do all my work (detailed numbers stuff today) perfectly - I've been double checking. So that's great!

    It's 5.20pm and I'm having another drink. I've just spoken to my friends and they're thinking of dipping out of the caving trip, citing financial difficulties. This trip is harder than our previous ones and requires equipment we don't yet have and would have to buy in the next week. And it's straight after Christmas. Part of me wants to go "yay, I don't have to fast anymore because I'm not going on the trip anymore!" ..... :( I'm soooooooo looking forward to going. The other part of me is thinking that if I return to what wasn't working before, it will continue not to work.


    It's 7pm, OK I've been doing a lot of thinking. I've decided today is going to be the end of my fast. I'm a bit worried about 'starvation mode' even though the instructions for the cleanse swear it's not an issue, and my mind is totally absorbed with food. I think it's trying to tell me something. So, now the next question is, what is the best food to re-feed with? Most of the people on forums for the cleanse are vegans and suggest all sorts of foods I wont eat. I did pretty well at clearing out my fridge of food so it's pretty empty. I have some eggs, some nuts and some tinned tuna. Hehehe.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    Tuesday 6 January 2009

    Master Cleanse - Day 3

    See the links to the right to read my current mission in order

    Awwww you guys are so gorgeous. It lit up my morning to read such wonderful Comments :)

    It's 8.15am, it look a little while for me to get to sleep last night as I'm sure you might have gathered. I'm annoyed at the timetablers not being able to read my mind, and I'm annoyed that I've had all this time to lose weight but I put it off for so long that now I actually need it and I'm under-prepared.

    OK that's enough inner-dialogue for now. I'm back to normal this morning. I started with one of the drinks and feeling just fine. Actually, yesterday I woke up half an hour before my alarm went off, and today I woke up an hour before my alarm. I feel nice and rested too. Didn't do the salt water flush, I just haven't gathered up the guts yet.

    It's 9.20am, had a bit of water. Not really hungry. Actually I'm quite enjoying not having to think about food - what I'm going to have next, whether I will get to have my break at the right time, how much of my break I might lose if I buy it, getting up early in the morning to organise something. It's kinda nice.

    It's 10.45am and I'm starving! Can't wait for the next shift to get here so I can go have one of those drinks. I've nearly finished a whole bottle of water this morning but it's not satisfying me.

    It's 11.15am and I'm about to have that drink I've been dying for. I think I'm getting delirious - I thought for a second the bulldog clip on my desk was a piece of chocolate. LOL!

    It's 12.40pm and I'm genuinely hungry. No amount of water or cleanse drinks are going to help this time. I'm trying to concentrate on what I'm doing and people are walking through the door with food in their hands, asking if I want any. I can't even have a coffee and the girls went for a trip to the good coffee place. I'm glad I have Thur and Fri off work this week (it's still skeleton staff this time of year - it's summer holidays after all).

    It's 2.40pm, I'm thinking it wasn't the best idea to start this challenge the week before TOM hehe. I'm not doing much better than a few hours ago. Still hungry and questioning myself. Maybe I would lose just as much eating food? I usually don't crave carby foods but I've been eyeing off everyone's rolls and noodles today.

    Maybe this is just a hump I need to overcome. Maybe it will get easier? It's funny, I've just realised that I had totally forgotten what PROPER cravings feel like. Not those silly little psychological once we deal with everyday when trying to change to this WOE, but proper physical cravings. It's interesting.

    Maybe I could find a food that has the same carb and cal count as my drinks and have that instead? I'm onto drink three now for today. They are 34 cals, 4g carbs each. I'm hungry because I've only had 102 cals today. I just want to go home to bed.

    It's 6pm and I'm at home with my shoes off. Feeling better. The last hour or so I was totally vague and I blamed my focus on the heat to the others at work. It did hit 30C today though, so there is some truth to it. I don't handle the heat very well. Wanting food really strongly now.

    It's 7.35pm and I think my resolve is slipping a bit. The thing that's getting me through is "it's just a day" and then tomorrow is just another. It's really silly that I can't do 14 of them. Of course I can!!

    It's 9.45pm and I'm getting ready for bed. Feeling positive. It's only a few more days and I can wait it out. I don't know why I get a bee in my bonnet sometimes. I made the salt water flush today in prep for tomorrow. One sniff of it though and the memories come rushing back - I don't think I'll be able to do it. We'll see. I usually wake up with undeterred optimism and it slowly fades as the day goes on hahaha.

    Monday, January 5, 2009

    Monday 5 January 2009

    Master Cleanse - Day 2

    See the links to the right to read my current mission in order

    I have fixed the broken link - thanks for the heads up!

    It's 8.40am, I've been at work for 40mins. Not too hungry but I have my mindless mind on hehe which means every now and then I'm like "I could really use some food", and then I remember. I did start this morning with one of those drinks. The instructions say I'm supposed to start each morning with a 'salt water bath' - which is 2tsp of salt in 1L of water. It's supposed to be an intestinal flush. I remember how horrible that was, even years later. So I'm putting it off. I'll try to do it tomorrow.

    Thanks for your Comment, Lynn. :) The "Why" link is supposed to take you .... ahhh I know why. It's on the next page over. I'll fix it - it's about the cave and stuff which is why it's only two weeks. It's funny I keep forgetting this is supposed to make you healthier as well as smaller ;) How superficial of me.

    It's now 11.40am and I've just had my second drink for today. Feeling good.

    It's 1pm, I'm getting hungry again. The hard part about all this is I need to ensure my meal times are not when everyone else takes them or I'll get all sorts of questions. I really hate being questioned. My parents do it all the time and it drives me nuts hehehe.

    I was worried about a few things during this fast - lethargy, mental clarity, irritability, muscular strength, etc. None have happened yet and it's Day 2! Yay!!! I'm actually quite cheerful. It's weird, I remember reading people's feedback on forums and they would mention this mysterious feeling of "inner calm". I've got that right now. Don't know how long it will last ;) but it's here for the moment!

    It's 3pm, and I'm doing just fine. Thanks for asking ;) I had another drink at lunch time. I think, more than anything, my mouth is missing being used.

    It's 3.55pm, I'm getting ready to go home. I'm actually feeling a bit of pain in my stomach. Not good.

    It's 5.30pm and I've just had another drink. I'm getting ready for pilates tonight. I put off my personal training session until Friday. Will see how it goes :)

    It's 8.55pm, I was doing really well tonight, barely feeling hungry or uncomfortable at all ... then I was delt a bit of a blow. I was sent an email amending the caving timetable again. "THAT" cave is still on for the Sunday, no surprises there. BUT an additional cave has been added to the Saturday - which means I'll have to pack all my food for lunch and dinner. Not the biggest issue, but very hard to do when you're fasting. I'm really worried about bloat when I begin the re-feeding but I can't forsee I'll have the stamina necessary if I don't re-feed in time. Who knows though, maybe I'm wrong.

    The biggest issue(s) though...
    The drive to the first cave, leaving at 9am, takes one hour and requires a 4WD. It is located just off the track approx 4 Km from the nearest intersection. This section of track takes 15 minutes to descend so vehicle shuttles are undesirable. This is one of Victoria’s deepest caves perched high up above the river.

    The second cave is located only 1.5 Km away as the crow flies. It is a 40 minute drive between the two. Again 4WD’s are required to descend the creek track 5.3 km towards the cave. The cave is only a short 200m walk from the track.

    This is a wet cave with an active stream flowing through it. The full length of it is 500m however we only intend to explore 300m. You will be FULLY IMMERSED in the water up to your mouth so a light weight wetsuit is required as well as thorough waterproofing of important items carried in your cave pack. There is a bit of crawling in the water so I recommend that you attach a tether between your cave pack and waist belt. Cave pack should drag about 30 cm behind your feet.

    Scared. I already have to squeeze through the dry caves. I'm just too fat for this. Fasting for 2 weeks could produce, what, 2kgs loss? 5kgs? That would be unbelievable, and even that wouldn't be enough.


    Sunday, January 4, 2009

    Sunday 4 January 2009

    Master Cleanse - Day 1

    See these links for a brief on my current task: How and Why.

    It's 12.30am, the night before Day 1 (well, technically it IS Day 1). I have bought lots of lemons, cayenne pepper and have my molasses in tow. Here's to a successful fortnight!

    It's now 3.30pm, I had one of the drinks at about 12.30pm and half a bottle of water. Wasn't hungry but have been getting hungrier the last 5 mins or so. I'm making the drinks with 2tsp lemon juice (fresh), 2tsp molasses, cayenne pepper and warm water (so the molasses dissolves). I'm sure I'll get used to the taste in time. I felt quite bad after it actually, a bit woozey even... not sure why. If I feel the same after the next drink I might get a better idea.

    It's 5.15pm, I've just popped all the details for the way I'm making my drinks in a nutrition counter. I'm shocked, did you know that cayenne pepper is 2.9g carbs?! That makes every serving 4g!! Heaps!! I'd rather eat proper food for stats like that hehehe.

    It really makes you think...

    It's 6.20pm and I'm quite hungry. I know I've only just had my second drink but I still need something else. Looking at all those yummy images on Harry's blog didn't help any either ;)

    So, hunger is here. It's tolerable though, but that's most likely due to keeping myself away from all temptations. Not looking forward to my first day back to work tomorrow!

    It's 8.30pm and I've already forgotten how many drinks I've had. I think I've had four. During my whole weight loss journey I've learnt something about myself - I really don't have a food hang up at all. Strange?

    It's now 10pm, I was about to have another drink but I didn't realise the time. Time for bed! I will forego the drink now - not all that hungry anymore anyway. Night!

    Saturday, January 3, 2009

    Saturday 3 January 2009

    Liver Flush - Day 2

    See these links for a brief on my current task: How and Why.

    Woke up at 9.45am (I love the holidays!) this morning. I miss-read the instructions and thought they said do nothing until 2hrs after you wake up when you have another epsom salts drink.

    At 10.20am I re-read the instructions (I'm bad at instructions, has anyone else noticed this?) and it said I should have had the drink as soon as I woke up and it's the next drink I have after 2hrs. Thankfully the instructions say I can wait for any nausea to pass before I have it - I have no nausea or discomfort of ANY kind, but it means the timing isn't so strict for this one.

    At 10.55am I build up the courage to actually take the drink I realised like half an hour ago I should have had. This time I added True Lime. Still disgusting, but at least I only have one more. Yay!!!

    It's 12.05pm, I've had my first proper trip to the toilet and my body is telling me it really needs to lie down for a while. This no-drinking-between-tonics thing is the hardest part of it all. Off to bed....

    It's now 1pm and I've just chugged down the very final epsom salts drink! Woohoo!!!! Back to bed now.

    It's 1.15pm, I didn't go to bed. I've had enough rest. I want to get up and do stuff! And I'm hungry again now. I'm amazed I've gone this long without really being hungry so that's nice. But now I am. Only 1hr 45mins until I can have my "fruit juice" (which for an lc'er like me is True Something (Lemon, Lime or Orange) in water with stevia). Then 2hrs after that is food. I want food!

    It's 4.50pm, at 3pm I finished the flush with a nice hot cup of peppermint tea. At 3.30pm I had some brie with prociutto and at 4pm I had a nice big bowl of Harry's burrito in a bowl.

    I'm the same as NewVision and probably millions of others - I don't want to throw away good food. I've tried for the last week or so to eat what I have in the fridge and not buy anything more. I even finished off my veggies yesterday. I have one more big bowl of the burrito in a bowl and half a tub of heavy cream left. That should do me for the rest of the day ... because ... I'm not hungry!!

    The master cleanse begins tomorrow and it seems I have to go lemon shopping hehehe.

    It's now 8.40pm, I've had some strawberries with cream and a nice cup of tea. You know I'm thinking the feeling in my head yesterday was due to caffeine withdrawals hehe. Ah well, I'll be going through it again tomorrow then.

    I've just come back from my 8th trip to the loo today and I'm passing more and more stones. I'm amazed! Seriously, I only did the Liver Flush because the instructions stressed how important it is and the Master Cleanse might be dangerous otherwise, for some people. I didn't think I would have anything to pass. But I do! Maybe 40 or so! Thankfully they're fairly soft (I gloved up, don't worry) so I'd say I'm not in any immediate danger of hardened stones. Yay!

    Been shopping, still need to have that last serving of Harry's burrito in a bowl. If I don't get to it, I'll give it to my mum or something. She loves it. Off to watch The Iron Chef now - they have a female contestant :)

    It's 12.15am now, I had my last food a while ago. I count the next day as midnight (and so should anyone else that's prone to bingeing!) so I'm officially on the Master Cleanse already - though I'm stuffed from my dinner much earlier.

    I'm yawning, good night all!

    Friday, January 2, 2009

    Liver Flush - Day 1

    See these links for a brief on my current task: How and Why

    Opposite to yesterday, instead of starting the day with my 3 eggs fried in butter, I've re-read the Liver Flush instructions again and it stresses no fat so much that I'm just going to have a no-fat breakfast. I don't know why, but I'll do it.

    So, it's 12noon, I've boiled up a big bowl of silverbeet and a zucchini topped with seasonings. I love greens so this is a bit of an indulgence for me.

    Now it's 1pm, I've finished the bowl of greens. My head is spinning, I'm hungry (even after the huge quantity) and I feel like cr*p.

    Wha...? I thought veggies were supposed to make you feel GOOD!

    OK, it's 2pm. The instructions say not to eat or drink anything between 2 and 6pm. Will do. I've just finished a big bottle of water and a warm cup of peppermint tea. It's cold today so I'm all rugged up... I also think the cold would be why I'm hungrier today.

    It's now just passed 6pm. I've re-read the instructions (I do that) and it says the 6pm serving is only really necessary if you didn't get the results you were after the time you did the flush. Well, I would rather starve than drink epsom salts so I think I'll follow the alternative of waiting until 8pm before I have anything.

    It's 8pm and I've just had my first serving of empsom salts. Ewwww! I added a sachet of True Orange (the instructions said I could!) which made it ooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ... but it was still disgusting and I had to drink half a bottle of water and put flavoured lip balm on to get the taste out of my mouth.

    I'm a bit worried, I need to leave in a minute to collect my dad from an opening a few suburbs away. Do you think I might need to go to the loo within the next 40-50mins?? I'm a bit worried. I didn't know I'd have to do relative collections at this time....

    OK it's 9.55pm, and it was an accident-free trip! I still haven't needed to go to the loo yet. I've just gone to put together the oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice together when I cut the lemon open to discover ... it's an orange. Nooooo! It's yellow and lemon-shaped from the outside!

    Oh well, it's only the bottled stuff in the fridge. It's the only option. At least there's no sugar or other artificial additives in it so it's an OK Plan B.

    Straight to bed as soon as the oil/lemon juice drink is taken so it's time to turn the computer off. Night all!

    Friday 2 January 2009

    Following my post last week or so about my challenge with the cave I'm doing in little over two weeks, I've decided to undertake the Master Cleanse with a few lc tweaks.

    First thing is first though - the Liver Flush. My liver isn't in the best condition (though I've now been given a clean bill of health) so I thought I'd follow this recommendation.

    Firstly, it says to have a fat-free breakfast like cereal with fruit or something like that, before I start the flush. No good for me, so I'll take the opportunity to have my very last "3 eggs fried in butter" breakfast for a couple of weeks.

    Now I'll say right here that my blogs are not a guide for anyone, they're just the reality of what I am doing right now. If I'm worried about anyone copying me I can't be honest, so please don't. I will be altering pretty much every rule during this Liver Flush and the Master Cleanse to make them better for lc.

    I went shopping today to ensure I have my ingredients, they are:

  • Lemon infused olive oil
  • Epsom salts
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black strap molasses
  • Rock Salt
  • Lemon - I have only one and plan to make it stretch

    It specifically says not to scrimp on the lemon juice - but it's just so high carb! Especially for the portions. I believe this ingredient is for the vitamins so I will keep my supps up over the whole period.

    Starting Measurements:

  • Weight - 87.1kg (so it seems I've gained 2kg since my last weigh) :(
  • Upper Arm - 37.5cm
  • Waist - 92.5cm
  • Hips - 117cm
  • Right Thigh - 83.5cm

    No good.
  • Thursday 1 January 2009

    Scrambled eggs - 2.5g

    SF choc - 4.1g

    SF choc, jarlsberg and salami/mortadella rolls, cream - 18g (or more)

    Harry's burrito in a bowl - 5g

    Punnet of raspberries and strawberries with cream - 18g (or so)

    High carb day, but hey, IT'S NEW YEARS!