30 Day Challenge – Day 1

January 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

It seems reasonable to start the challenge with a few measurements. I have to say that this kind of freaks me out. I know that I am driven person and it would be easy to get discouraged or very excited, and this, I found after the first day will be one of the toughest parts of the challenge- the mental game.

I don’t want to get into the mind set of ‘denial’. You know what I mean; the constant reminder of denying myself what I either crave, or simply feel that I deserve.

Anyway to the measurements.

I am 48 years old and stand about 5′ 10″ – neither of these are likely to change.

Weight 195lbs (If I was in shape I would make a pretty strong right winger.)

Neck 16.5″

Right Upper Arm 12.5″

Left Upper Arm 12.5″

Chest 43″

Waist/Abdomen 39″

Hips 43″

and last but not least my Body Mass Index 27.2 I understand from my lovely wife that if you are fit you will likely have an index around 25. You are considered overweight if you are between 25 and 30 and over 30 means obesity.

In terms of food the day started off fine. I have eggs over easy with a tomato paste that I learned to make in Spain. Roma tomatoes, fresh garlic, some basil and a dash of olive oil and salt. Blend it all together and it is great. I followed the eggs up with a big bowl of fruit and I was set.

I was set until I started thinking about it what I couldn’t have. It was anything specific but I was immediately hungry; as I am right now as I write this.

It seemed to take forever until lunch. My usual day is so jammed pack that I have to be reminded to get lunch. I was pretty certain that today was the ideal day to start the challenge as after being away for two weeks I knew there would be  lots to do in a short period of time.

At about 10:30 I relented and grabbed one of the two Vegan Energy Bars that I took to the office and covered the cravings for a while.

Lunch finally came around and I was ravenous. I enjoyed a breast of chicken from the previous nights roast chicken (man that is good) topped with a little of the Spanish sauce and a bucket of fresh cut veggies… although tasty, it really didn’t satisfy.

By the time I was ready to go home I was seriously considering what sauce I would have on my arm as I devoured it. I could not get my mind off food. Again nothing specific, but I simply wanted to feed.

Dinner was a beautifully done fillet of salmon that was baked with spices, some butter and lemon. Accompanying the salmon was bok choy and oyster mushrooms sautéed in coconut oil and with some red chilis. I think it was at least 1/2 a salmon but it was so good and guess what… I’m still hungry.

Day 2 will be focussed on trying to control the mind.

See you tomorrow.

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