I am doing a test run to get a feel for the food intake. Not too bad so far (3PM in the afternoon). In the morning, I had a Vanilla shake, with ice, water, cup of berries (blueberries), a tablespoon of Clear Fiber and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
High Protein Shake by 20/20 Lifestyles
After breakfast, we went for a long walk with Beyaz. It was friggin’ cold but the sun was shining and it felt good. On the way back, we sat in the sun on Madrona Beach for about 20 minutes to feel the sun on our faces. Well, we did feel the sun but we stopped feeling our chins and ears… So friggin’ cold.
The guidance is to make sure you do not allow more than 4 hours between food intakes. Next food intake scheduled for before 11:45AM.
Around 10:30AM, I started preparing my very lean protein for the next two weeks. I cut the cooked turkey breast into 6-ounce portions (12 in total). Spiced half of them with red chili flakes from Turkey and black pepper (a.k.a. kirmizi biber or Tonspice… it is different than the cremated crap you buy as red chili pepper flakes at the store… It is awesome and unlike the store crap, it has taste). For the other half, I used fresh oregano and Tonspice. Then I marinated the chicken breasts I got from Costco in three different ways: One batch with a little bit of olive oil, lots of garlic, black pepper and Tonspice, another batch with olive oil, fresh thyme and Tonspice and the last batch with olive oil, garlic, turmeric, coriander, paprika and Tonspice. After baking the chicken on 325 degrees (convection) for a little while, I let them cool and chopped them to slim slices and packed total of 14 6-ounce portions. Had my lunch afterwards: 6-ounce turkey breast and a Vanilla Shake with ice, water and cup of berries (strawberries). “6 ounces” look whole lot more than I expected them to look like. That was a lot of turkey breast.
At 2:10PM, I had my snack… Guess what? A shake with ice, water and berries. The shake have quite the protein (See image).
Nutrition Facts for the Shakes
After I had the shake and started writing this entry, I realized I’ve been putting a cup of berries in the shakes rather than 1/2 cup prescribed.
Daily water intake target is 64-72 ounces. So far at 32 ounces…. Must ramp up. Daily vitamin and supplements intake: Done. With breakfast. Caffeine intake is where I am doing really well: I haven’t wanted to Diet Pepsi all day. The program allows for 8 ounces of coffee or 16 ounces of tea a day. So far, I had some tea in the afternoon to sooth my somewhat scratchy throat.
Around 2:30PM, our friends Jeff, Eric and Elyse came over to play Killer Bunnies (I am not playing since I want some down time with myself or with my friend Shama if she is coming over). Jeff recently finished the program. In the conversation, he mentioned that he had lost 6 pounds the first week and 9 the second week… He started at 213 lbs and finished at 174 lbs (16-week program and 12-week maintenance). Here is to hoping I do as well or better.