This week I started my new diet program to lean out. After discovering yesterday that my trainer only wants me to follow this program for one month, however, I stopped. My mother-in-law, Shirley, arrived on Tuesday and while I have been doing as best as I can with food choices, we have been eating a lot of meals together – and a lot of meals in restaurants.
I want to go into this cut knowing that I have given it my all. It’s not fair for me to be a hardcore food nazi on what is likely to be Shirley’s only trip to Australia for many, many years. I’m not the kind of person who will do things half-assed and expect results. I want to push myself harder than ever before to get as lean as possible, and that will not come from eating meals prepared by other people, where I don’t know what special “extras” they might add despite my requests to the contrary.
Next week we’re going to New Zealand for three days. Our hotel room does not have any kitchen facilities, so we’ll be forced to eat every single meal out. Good times.
(As an update from my last post for anyone who’s interested, I’m no longer doing zero carbs on the weekends. I will be having oatmeal at breakfast, but that’s it. I also have to do an hour of cardio on both days.)
I felt really deflated last night that I hadn’t done well enough (after having a steak and steamed vegetables, might I add!) but I spoke with my trainer today and we both agreed that the best thing to do is wait until Shirley leaves so I can be 100 per cent dedicated. I will keep up with my lifting and increased cardio as planned, but simply revert to my old diet plan.
That being said, I did follow the diet exactly for five straight days. I finally remembered what hunger feels like! Saying goodbye to carbohydrates for the rest of the day at 9am was not easy. After every meal I would feel ravenous about 90 minutes in and then the hunger would dull down until I could eat 90 minutes later. I have never felt hungry for my before-bed casein, but I certainly was this week! And I loved it! I love pushing my body and seeing how it responds.
Every change I ever see in my body seems to be directly as a result of low carbohydrates. I could eat 5000 calories’ worth of protein and fat and still drop fat quickly so long as my carbs are low. So it’s a pity I love pasta so much! After just five days I could already see my ab definition returning, but sadly they must stay hidden for another two weeks.
As I expected, Shirley did not last even an hour following our diet as she had planned! She was straight into the scotch as soon as she walked in the door, although an almost 40 hour commute to get here kind of justified the drink. While she reads my blog regularly, she was still taken aback to see what we eat, and how often. I guess you can never imagine a bodybuilder’s diet until you see it in the flesh!
While you can still make fairly healthy decisions when eating out, it’s not very practical for someone trying to follow a competition diet. When I’m in proper contest prep I don’t plan on leaving my house at all! It doesn’t help that the weather in Sydney is terrible at the moment – it hadn’t rained in six weeks and had already reached 30 Celcius (86 Fahrenheit) for a week, but this week has been colder than what it was during winter and has been raining non-stop! There really is nothing to do in this city when it’s raining apart from eating…
Here are some of my “healthy choices” (note that I avoid salads – most have more calories than burgers!):
Any meals we made at home I just modified to suit me:
You should definitely make that last one. I read this week that there are three things Australians commonly claim to be their own: barbecues, thongs (as in flip-flops, not underwear!) and Thai food.
Red chicken curry
Ingredients (serves 2):
250g chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 onion, sliced
2 tablespoons red curry paste
200 ml chicken stock
300 ml light coconut milk
1 red capsicum, sliced
150g mushrooms, sliced
150g baby corn, halved
Handful of coriander, chopped
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan (or wok) over medium-high heat. Saute the chicken and onion until golden.
So I can stop feeling sorry for myself, please tell me: Has your diet ever gone off-plan? Have you ever had to push back your goals and succeeded in the end?