March 8, 2021

Shrinking Boy 2.0: day 1

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It's been more than 7 years since I ended my nutritional diet program, during which I lost about 9.5kg.  It took me almost 2 years to fatten back up to my weight before I started the program, I'd managed to keep things within 4-5kg of that starting weight until the end of 2019.  My eating trip to Fukuoka really pushed my weight over the limit, and I kinda freaked out a little in early January 2020.

But the pandemic hit, and the dietary change it brought on - with us cooking at home more thanks to social distancing restrictions - together with the stress I was experiencing at work, combined to see me drop almost 5kg in 5 months.  I was relieved.

Fast-forward to mid-February 2021, and I was back at the same peak weight I was in January 2020.  This had to stop.  I needed to get healthier.  So I decided to re-start my Shrinking Boy program, using what I learned the first time around.  I wasn't gonna be very ambitious this time around, and would do a trial run of 2 months to start.

Today was day 1, and I had bought all the supplies I needed over the last couple of days.

Breakfast was 1 glass of unsweetened soy milk (1 portion protein), 2 slices of wheat toast (3 portions of grain), 1½ slices of low-fat cheese (1 portion of protein), 120g of fat-free yogurt (1 portion of dairy), and 6 almonds (1 portion of fat).  (NB: I later realized this was 1 more portion of protein than I had been allocated, and reduced the portion)

Lunch was in the office, so I went back to having canned tuna and steamed vegetables.  Half can of tuna in brine (about 2 portions of protein) on 3 slices of wheat toast (5 portions of grain), with 100g of steamed choy sum and 6 almonds (1 portion of fat).

In the afternoon I took an Envy apple (2 portions of fruit) for my snack.

This time around I had Sankala eating with me, and she was very accommodating in terms of food prep.  I had two big corn on the cob (3-4 portions of grain), 120g of chicken breast (3 portions of protein) which had been cooked sous vide with spring onions, and lettuce to wrap the diced chicken cubes in.

Late at night I felt the hunger pangs as the corn clearly wasn't enough, so I took 1 slice of wheat toast (1½ portions of grain) to snack on.

I also drank 8½ glasses of fluids during the day - most of it plain water.  No flavored/sugary drinks for me during this program.  Not even fruit juice.

Just like last time around, I will have 2-3 cheat meals per week to look forward to. This will give me the will power to eat very plainly for the rest of the week. Wish me luck!

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