We’re deep into January, headed straight for the most depressing day of the year (according to the internet), but at least the telly’s ok. Do the TV stations know that we need a bit of crime and murder on the sofa to cheer us up on these cold, dark evenings?
Well, it’s working for me. Spending an evening with Chief Inspector Barnaby, D.C. Morse, and Dr Nikki Alexander is, at least, taking my mind off the fact that I’m not spending it with my usual friends Stella and Sauvignon.
And it’s also cheering to see that my Diet Groove is working really well.
How about you?
If you’re following the simple beats of the Groove then your weight should be dropping off.
If you want to compare notes, here’s what’s happened for me over my past week of Fastdays and Burndays.
By the 4th of January, following a very enjoyable Christmas reload, and aided by a steady supply of Quality Street, I’d reached 14 stone dead and had paused there for a couple of days. That was a clear stone more than I’d weighed before I touched my first mince pie back in early December.
That Monday I switched my Groove back to Fast in a big way. The Diet Groove is designed around simple behaviour changes that help us over-ride our instinct to store fat. One of these behaviours is the need to be extreme. Well-intentioned, but moderate dieting will never be powerful enough to beat our instincts. Our Amybrain always wins.
So Monday 4th through to the morning of Wednesday the 6th were Fastdays for me. Extreme? Sure. But difficult? No. You can Fast easily using pure protein.
I had yoghurt and bran for breakfast, then just snacked on chicken and smoked fish (my personal favourites) to keep me from getting hungry. And my weight responded really well. It can take a day or two to kick-in but this time I lost two pounds overnight. Yes that’s just water weight, but it’s a nice start. By Thursday I was down to 13st 6. And then I hit Burn.
Thursday night was a massive veg fest. And because I’d missed them for three days it was a lovely reward. Warm, crunchy roasted vegetables and a ton of chicken in a simple dressing of soy and sesame oil. Completely satisfying, without a thought for carbs.
Scrambled eggs and brancakes for breakfast on Friday. And in the evening, take-away time. With a couple of tweaks it was a happy Burn meal. Aromatic crispy duck pancakes are a winner, especially with the hoisin spread thinly, and adding some plain chicken to the Thai Red Curry meant that the kids got most of the sauce and I just added a fresh chilli to mine for extra oomph. I skipped the sticky rice completely, but chomped on a couple of bbq ribs. Or four, or five.
Saturday was another simple day. Lunch didn’t really happen. A bit of yoghurt for breakfast (low fat of course), and then I saved my bran to make brancakes for a great brunch of bacon and eggs.
Then a steak for supper: a massive sirloin, size: well off the scale, with home made horseradish and a spicy salsa.
By this time my weight had plateaued and I was levelling out at 13st. 6. Not an exciting reading every morning but nothing to fret about.
Sunday called for a roast. An omelette for lunch, then a shoulder of pork to do the business. No holding back on the meat, and plenty of crackling too. Plus a ton of sprouts, carrots and beans. And a sneaky roastie. Don’t tell anyone. But strictly the one.
I managed my first run of the year on Sunday too. A slow jog round the track while my son was training with his rugby team. Slow, but hey, a start.
Still 13st 6. on Monday morning. Then bask to Fast, and kerching! Tuesday saw a big step down. 13st. 2. Yes, water loss again as I switched back to Fast, but clearly more than water lost compared to a week earlier.
This morning, a little bounce back to 13st. 4, but that's nothing to worry about. There's always a bit of random variation because of water weight and bulk in the digestive system. Plus, there's often a little lag as you switch between phases. The thing to do is just get to understand how your body responds to your groove.
So I've just got 4 pounds to go, and we’ll see how that holds up against a couple more phases of Fast. I don’t give it a chance. Last night I ate chicken again, mixed with a very light salsa of onion, tomato, and coriander, but not so much to count as anything more than a garnish.
Here’s the story so far:
Jan 4 Fastday - 14 stone
Jan 5 Fastday – 13st. 12
Jan 6 Fastday – 13st. 9
Jan 7 Burnday – 13st. 6
Jan 9 Burnday – 13st. 6
Jan 10 Burnday – 13st. 6
Jan 11 Burnday – 13st. 6
Jan 12 Fastday – 13st. 2
Jan 13 Fastday – 13st. 4
So, so far, so good. January 13th, and my Christmas weight is virtually gone. My jeans are loose, I’m feeling good and there’s no mystery for Barnaby to solve. It’s simply that I’m in the Diet Groove.
How about you?