Day 10 and I had a particularly difficult day today, Wednesday. I experienced one of my super-low energy days, where my whole body just feels like it’s dragging all day long. I find it very hard to focus or do my brain work well, I have to take many breaks, take power naps, walk outside, etc.
WEEK 2 EXPERIMENT TWEAK: Can I eat within 90 mins of waking (instead of 30-60) and still lose weight on the 4 hr body plan?
ANSWER: So far, this has not been a problem. My numbers continue to improve.
What is the 4 hour body diet? Challenging on low days.
I have this strange relationship with my weird energy fluctuations going up and down and I’ve never been able to fully figure it out. But I have learned to cope. One of my main ways to help is to turn to sugar and carbs. I’ve always done this as my body has sought the energy and dopamine boost it needs. Recently I had a high-energy day and had no cravings at all. I realized that I’m not actually addicted to sugar and carbs, as I don’t crave them when my energy is good. It’s just my body seeking energy and sometimes dopamine, too, and this need seems to happen fairly regularly.
Today was not cheat day, however, so I had to get through the whole day feeling so draggy, that after I struggled through some work and tasks, I finally gave up and had to take the rest of the day off (yes I am lucky my current work allows me to do this occasionally, but also I need a new PT job with better, consistent income). I took a nap in the morning and a nap in the afternoon, which helped a little. It was rather depressing. Not even a brisk walk in the Spring cool air with warm sun helped. Drinking lots of coffee made no difference. It didn’t even help when I popped a few tiny chocolate-covered espresso beans into my mouth (so far taking a few of these once in a while has not affected my progress on the tim ferriss slow carb diet).
NOTHING helped at all. I was chocking it up to my moon flow (I always blame that for unusual things), or maybe I had a lack of sleep recently. Then later I found out that all four of us in this household had an “off” day today. All four of us. My husband who worked from home all day but was so tired by evening he felt like he was dragging, too. My eldest daughter happened to have this day off this week and she slept much of the day, feeling unusually low in energy. My youngest son, living with us from college over the summer, was also tired and napped quite a bit (he keeps odd hours).
My daughter believes it’s planetary influence – about all the planets being in Taurus right now with not a scrap of fire or air energy at all. I didn’t think much about this until I realized later that ALL FOUR of us were affected rather extremely on this one day. Weird.
My husband commended me for sticking with the 4 hr body diet plan even though I struggled all day long.
To be honest, cheating on the 4 hour body slow carb plan didn’t even enter my mind. Cheat day is Saturday. I don’t think about cheating the other days, I have my upcoming Binge Day for that. Maybe because my numbers are improving so well and so regularly and overall I feel good on this slow carb recipe plan. And my body and mind already know which day is cheat day, it’s a no-brainer.
Lunch: fast low carb recipe
Every day for lunch this week I’ve been eating my HelloFresh leftovers my daughter made for us on Mother’s Day – beef tenderloin. I simply substitute refried beans for the garlic mashed
potatoes. If I don’t have a leftover veggie side, I turn to my hack for a quick full serving of veggies – a tiny can of original V8. Every day I enjoy my Greek yogurt with monk fruit sweetener and flavor extract (I have a variety of them) for dessert.
I took a long lunch break and rested a bit in the afternoon. I struggled pretty much all day, then finally felt much better after my supper meal – I think the combo of protein with beans and veggies (and my Merlot) gave my body enough sugar and carbs to give me the boost I needed.
Supper: healthy low carb recipe
We loved our Southwest Chicken Omelet on Monday so much, and our supper slow carb recipe plan had to be adjusted for tonight, so I simply made that meal again. It was SO GOOD. We love it, it’s quick and easy to make and very healthy. I stewed my Quick Savory Beans as a topper, and also topped mine with Salsa Verde and a dollop of sour cream.
Even though I couldn’t have sweets today, when my daughter brought home a Crumbl cookie, she let me see it and savor the beautiful aroma of sweet, chocolatey goodness! I find when I cannot eat sweets at the moment, being able to at least enjoy the scent with my nose is almost as good – I love it! (My hubby thinks I’m just a tad crazy.) I’m already planning to get Crumbl cookies for my cheat day – Saturday, coming up soon!
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