Another day of green smoothies for breakfast and a light lunch. Only, today I had to work my ass off in the hot sun. I had feared that my reduced calorie intake would impact my energy levels while working under such incredible physical demands. I was pleasantly surprised to find just the opposite: I powered my way to lunch, had a delicious plate of Spaghetti Squash with meat sauce and smashed my way through till quittin’ time without feeling hungry or tired.
In fact, I used to suffer from the after-lunch crash. I regularly feel tired, unfocused and ready for a nap after most lunches. These last few days have been a welcome change. Whereas I used to consume as much as 2,500 calories by the time I finished lunch, these days I am consuming between 1,400 and 1,600 calories for this challenge. I have not felt hungry and I have felt energized throughout my physically strenuous workday on the construction site.
Check out Birdy’s account of day’s 3 and 4 below:
My only complaint creeps in after I hit the gym after work (did I mention that I hit the gym with Birdy after finishing my day swinging a hammer?). The protein shake after racking the weights cannot stave off the massive hunger pangs that follow. We are presently working out the logistics of having dinner semi-ready the day before in order to be able to eat as soon as we get home after a hard work-out. Talk about some Joe Pesci hangry when you don’t get your dinner on time!!!
I should also point out that my evenings include a few beers in order to bring me back down and help me slow my mind (Birdy is not partaking in any nightly libations during our challenge). I also succumb to the late night snack of cheese and a pre-cooked sausage. All in all, I feel great and I have lost a couple of pounds (I am 6’1” tall and roughly 200 pounds, so I was not exactly eager to lose weight).
That’s all for now…stay tuned for another blog post that I have been working on for at least a month.