I’m not allowed to eat grains. At all. For two weeks. I gotta tell you, that is not easy in a country filled with amazing beer, bread and baked goods. I definitely see the wisdom of it however, and am already feeling less hungry and more healthy for having kept clear of them for 3 out of the 4 days since being told to do so.
Sunday, admittedly, was a massive failure: brunch out with friends involving 4 bread rolls (!), then dinner involving a certain amount of fried potatoes. Ok, potatoes are allowed, but the word “fried” should be a clue that it wasn’t exactly diet-friendly.
Nevertheless, on the whole I’m going great, and here’s the sorts of things I’m eating:
Breakfast (one of the following)
Scrambled eggs (often with reduced numbers of yolks) and smoked salmon
Salad. That’s about the only choice really…
Some kind of lean meat with salad and optional boiled potatoes
I could also have buckwheat, brown rice or quinoa
Low-fat cooked sausages
The occasional naughty spoon of Nutella
It doesn’t sound like much, admittedly, and its a bit of a pain in the arse convenience-wise, but it’s not too hard to stick to now that I have plenty of time and zero stress.
In terms of exercise, following Jeff Session 1 on Saturday, I took the day off on Sunday to spend some quality time with Rob, and got back on the wagon on Monday with a gym visit.Monday was brutally hot, with temperatures of 38.5c here in Berlin, but I bravely soldiered on to Fitness First, sorely lacking in A/C, and had only been on the stationary bike for 5 minutes when I heard “Lieber Mitgleider: Das Bauchtrainingskurs beginnt in funf Minuten“, which means that there was an abs class about to start.
Easy peasy, thought I and wandered over for a quick 10 or 20 mins abs blast to get me warmed up.
No. This is Germany. I forget that sometimes. They take shit seriously…
45 minutes later, after being tortured in any number of hideous, ab-related ways, all with the super-chipper trainers smile never faltering, and the temperature indoors hovering around 30 degrees, I was dripping sweat, aching and wibbling and decided that cardio could go and fuck itseld and a few bicep curls, shoulder presses and tricep dips should just about do it.
Thank god for cold showers.
Today has been exerciseless, but tomorrow I intend to try out “High intensity fat burning”.