A challenging challenge

So, three days in, how’s my eight-week challenge going? Really rather well, thanks. Without giving away too much of the information Kat’s providing (after all, it’s what she gets paid for), I can report that:

Protein for the win
I am eating a lot more protein than before, and a lot less in the way of non-veg-type carbs. I’m eating less at a time, but eating (much) more often. My usual style is eat a great big meal, go for hours without eating because I’m just so busy, and consequently get so hungry that I’ll eat the first thing I come across, whilst my next meal is cooking. Either that, or I’ll just eat all day long (you think I’m joking!) yet wonder why nothing really seems to fill me up.

Protein, it seems, really fills you up. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I didn’t realise. I’m supposed to know this stuff.

Number crunching
So, yes, we’re counting numbers to do with food but calories aren’t our focus. Macros (protein, fat, carbs – in that order of importance) are. I haven’t been hungry once in three days and have had no food cravings whatsoever. People, this is a big deal to me! My sweet tooth appears to have taken an extended break. Perhaps it’s gone backpacking to find itself.

Jelly-legged in the weights room
In terms of training, Kat’s provided me with three weights-based sessions to do along with my normal cardio: one upper body, one lower body and one full-body circuit style. I didn’t do much on Monday (being a little tired from the half marathon on Sunday) but, yesterday, I hit the weights room for the full-body routine.

It didn’t look much on paper. Erm…it whupped me! It was fast, explosive and had moves in it I haven’t done in a long time. At the end, I was shaking. I had to sit down on the floor right there by the dumbells. And, today, my glutes (polite word for bum) and abs are sorer that they’ve been in a season of long-distance triathlons and endurance bike sportives.

Zapped
Tomorrow I’m getting my vital stats measured by a bioimpedance test, which zaps a current through me and tells my friend Heidi (who, by the way, runs excellent fitness bootcamps in the Wokingham area) how much of me is muscle, how much of me is fat and (I think?) how much of me is bone. I don’t know if there’s a button she can press to tell how much of me is cottage cheese, turkey breast and green vegetables. I suspect the machine wouldn’t be able to cope. But that’s OK with me!

Stay tuned for more adventures in the weights room. If there’s anything you want to know, or see, hit me up in the comments section. (I can take pictures in the gym if you really want, although I’m not sure photos of omelettes will be very exciting.)

Yours in steak and spinach,

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12 Responses to A challenging challenge

  1. viv clayton says:

    Well done Nic. I can’t wait to start my 8 week challenge on Monday but I’m already counting the types of foods I’m eating! x

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  2. Shambler says:

    Nice one, Nic – I’m glad you decided to do it! Can’t wait to hear more….. x

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  3. Kat says:

    Nic it’s great to read about your journey! Thanks for sharing the kind words πŸ™‚ Glad you’re feeling your errmmm glutes! Among other things.
    Yep bring on the photos!

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    • thefitwriter says:

      Hey Kat! πŸ˜€ Well husband says he’s going to come to the gym with me this weekend and that’s when I intend to do the full-body session again, so maybe I’ll get him to snap some pics. Or take some video clips. Ha! Luckily the gym staff know me and will entertain my weirdness!

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      • Kat Millar says:

        Would love to see them! I love videos of workouts!
        Hi Viv! How are you getting on? Are you giving Nic a run for her money?! πŸ˜‰
        You are both going to do brilliantly; being such determined and hard working fit chicks! Keep going hard and strong, every bit of sacrifice is worth it πŸ™‚

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  4. marathonmum says:

    Wow – I’m in awe. What proportions of protein/carbs/fat are you eating? How different is it from your old way of eating?

    Well done, by the way!

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    • thefitwriter says:

      Thank you! I’m not sure on proportions but basically it’s protein first (not necessarily animal protein), then veggies and good fats, then carbs afterwards (since you get carbs from the veg anyway). It’s not hugely different – I ate pretty well before, always had egg-whites in my fridge and was on great terms with my high-tech blender πŸ˜‰ But I’m eating more frequently (5-6 times a day – breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, “little something after dinner”) and smaller meals (obviously, otherwise I’d burst!) I’m liking it! I haven’t been hungry once – which is saying something for me – and my meals are really satisfying me now whereas somehow my endless bowls of porridge, etc, didn’t always do so!

      PS I’m more in awe of you – you’re making much bigger changes and going much much more into the unknown!

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      • Kat Millar says:

        I LOVE that we can eat loads and not get hungry (well not for long anyway) and still drop body fat!! I could never be on a starvation diet – yechhh!! This stuff works! GO the protein and veges! They are a girl’s best friend (well, definitely one of mine!)

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