Monthly Archives: August 2011

The rest of week one and my first CHEAT DAY!


Things started to go much better after the first two days.  I got used to eating every few hours,  drinking tons of water, and stopped getting headaches.  I stuck to grilled chicken and veggies as my go-to meal.  The protein bars in between meals definitely saved my life.  They kept my energy levels up and kept me full all day.  I never once had the urge to snack.  I almost didn’t want to cheat on my cheat day……


Cheat Day!!

I started off with my normal breakfast, 30 grams of protein.  I had coffee and a glass of grapefruit juice, which helps to prolong the effects of the caffeine from the coffee, which helps burn a few extra calories after I binged.  I had to work at 2:00 so after church we rushed off to Mangia Mangia.  This is a GREAT new restaurant where Jordan’s brother, Dane,  has worked since it opened.  Some of the best Italian food I’ve had.  We have been there a number of times and I have gotten stuck ordering the same thing because I LOVE it.  Dane even said, “If you order the Bianca pizza I will not put the order in this time.”  So naturally I ordered the Bianca.  It is the best white pizza ever.  I scarfed that down, along with 2 Cokes.  Yum.

I worked until 6:30 and afterwards Jordan and I drove to Moe’s in Harrisburg.  For those of you Lancaster folk who don’t know Moe’s, it is like Qdoba, but 1000 times better.  You get tortilla chips with your meal (no shelling out 3 bucks for chips, which feels wrong at a Mexican restaurant).  There is a salsa bar so you can get all 5 different kinds and dip away.  Arguably the best thing is that the rice does not have cilantro mixed in, which is great for those of us who don’t love to eat things that taste like perfume.

I housed an entire burrito and all my chips.  I loved every second of the cheesy, sour creamy goodness inside.  I had another Coke and called it a night.  I was hoping to be hungry for the 2 pieces of leftover Bianca pizza waiting for me at home, but I couldn’t do it.  Like a good wife, I left them for hubs.  I think I successfully ate enough bread and cheese to hold me over until next week.


4HB- Day 2



Today has been MUCH better, although with all my failures yesterday, that shouldn’t be hard.  I woke up and made myself some coffee, which I realized I had not done yesterday and that probably contributed to my migraine.  I drink coffee almost every morning and typically I would have 2 or 3 sodas during the day. (yes, 2 or 3)  So my first mistake on the first day was leaving out caffeine completely.


Jordan had a bag full of protein bars from his ultimate frisbee tournament last weekend, so I dug through there finding a Special K protein bar that had 20 grams of protein and only 6% of my daily carbohydrates.  Ferris calls this “The Slow-Carb diet” so carbs are not completely eliminated, but avoided as much as possible.  I had the protein bar and another protein shake to total my 30 grams for breakfast.


After a few hours passed, I noticed that I was getting the first twinges of another headache.  Determined not to repeat the first day, I cooked up a chicken breast and some steamed broccoli even though I wasn’t super hungry.  After eating that, I felt much better.  I am also trying to drink more water today.  Before this program, I hardly ever drank water.  I know it is terrible, but the most water I got was when swallowing some after brushing my teeth.


Jordan and I made a trip to GNC (which is conveniently located in E-town, who knew?!), and picked up some low carb Supreme protein bars.  I intend to eat these for breakfast, as they have my full 30 grams of protein and the lowest carbohydrate amount that I could find.  After getting home, we split one, and they are actually pretty good.  A lot of the reviews I read online said they were the best as far as carb content, but the worst tasting.  I opted for these instead of better tasting ones, but I am pleasantly surprised.


Again, a few hours passed, and wouldn’t you know it- the beginning of the headache again.  I whipped up a quick dinner consisting of a salad with grilled chicken and balsamic vinaigrette.  I needed something a little lighter since it is about 100 degrees outside.  Once again, my headache has subsided.


Ferriss’s suggestion that headaches are a sign that I am not eating enough, seem to hold up so far.  Now that I am paying attention to how my body is feeling related to the times that I am eating, I can definitely see a correlation.  I am hoping that this is a symptom that goes away once I get used to this program.  I think once I make it through the first few days and get used to eating far fewer carbs than normal, I will start to feel human again.













Day One…not a total failure?


Today was about 40% failure, 60% success. Last night I went to the grocery store and stocked up on chicken breast, eggs, lentils, black beans, pinto beans, and veggies. I spent most of the night prepping the food because I absolutely CANNOT wake up in time to cook any type of breakfast. I am usually shoving a handful of cereal or a granola bar into my mouth as I am pulling the door on my way to work. So I cooked half a bag of lentils and made 3 egg and lentil omelets. I stuck those in tupperware so I could nuke them in the morning. I also bought a pack of hardboiled eggs since Ferris says those are the easiest way to pound down all the protein. Breakfast is supposed to consist of 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. That is about 5 eggs. It can be broken up into various protein sources as long as it adds to 30 grams.

So, I wake up, Im psyched that everything is premade. I nuked my omelet and then the first disaster happened. I did not cook my lentils long enough. The mushy texture I was expecting was more like a crunchy, gag inducing, mess. The intention of adding lentils was essentially to add calories, fiber, and energy to my overall day. Since I am eating low- carb, and adding more veggies, legumes are added so I do not give up due to low energy. A great example given in the book: “A half-cup of rice is 300 calories, whereas a half-cup of spinach in 15 calories! Vegetables are not calorically dense, so it is critical that you add legumes for caloric load.”

So I ended up trying to force feed myself the omelet and gave up after stomaching ½ of it. I figured I had only consumed 1 egg, so I pulled out the hardboiled eggs since that was the only other thing that was “premade” at that point. That attempt also went poorly. I think I was already disgusted by eggs in general and I could hardly get the fork carrying straight up hardboiled egg into my mouth. So I finished 1 hardboiled egg, for a grand total of 2 eggs.

Luckily Jordan has a huge tub of protein powder that he uses as a recovery shake after working out, so I mixed up a large protein shake with water (dairy is not allowed on this plan) and chugged it. So I hit my 30 gram mark.

Also on this plan, you are to try and eat every 4 hours. This is something that would be difficult for me considering my work day is 9 hours with a 1 hour break. I am in retail, so I don’t have the luxury of stepping away from the sales floor to sit down and eat. So for the time being, I am sticking to the eating plan, getting used to it, and then considering the 4 hour eating after I assess if it is possible.

So lunch rolls around. We have a Qdoba mexican restaurant 2 stores away from mine. I eat there maybe once a week. I usually get some kind of quesadilla with sour cream, so this trip to Qdoba would be much different. I ordered a naked ground beef burrito (which means no tortilla). I asked for it without rice and extra veggies. So essentially I had black beans, grilled veggies, ground beef and a little hot salsa. I also had a free meal on my Qdoba rewards card so my first low-carb lunch didn’t cost me anything! Success!

So towards the end of my work day, I started to get a headache. These are not uncommon for me. In fact, it is a rare day when I do NOT get a headache. I usually chalk it up to heredity since my mom and brother also suffer from headaches, but I am hoping this eating plans helps limit or eliminate this annoying part of my life. I started following Tim Ferris on Twitter (yes, I joined twitter) and he tweets a lot of articles and blogs from actual 4 hour body followers sharing how health problems they have had all their lives begin to change and disappear. Fingers crossed.

So, by the time I get home, my headache is now a migraine and I have no energy or desire to cook up my dinner. I grabbed my book to see if any snacks were permitted. There wasn’t a ton of information about this because if you are following the plan correctly you should have no physical urge to snack. If you are hungry between meals, you are not eating enough protein and legumes at each meal. I also stumbled across a section that said headaches, or symptoms of low blood sugar, mean that I am not eating enough. Ferris says that a spoonful of peanut butter is acceptable, so I had two of those, since it wasn’t really a snack, it was a sad dinner.

That was all I really wanted, since my headache caused my stomach to feel upset. I ended up going to bed at 9:00.

I will be going to GNC today to pick up some low-carb protein bars to eat for breakfast since I cannot bare the thought of eating eggs anytime in the next few days. Plus, I think I was kidding myself by assuming I would pre-cook my eggs each week. Here’s to hoping that the rest of the week goes more smoothly!

What is The 4-Hour Body?


This is how Tim Ferriss describes himself.

“Just as some people have avant-garde furniture or artwork to decorate their homes, I have pulse oximeters, ultrasound machines, and medical devices for measuring everything from galvanic skin responses to REM sleep. The kitchen and bathroom sink look like an ER.”

He is a record-keeping, experiment obsessed individual. He has recorded almost every workout he has done for 10 years. Long story short, he became interested in MED, or the minimum effective dose. This is something I had heard of from my classes in college, but never to this extent. We are taught that the more you do, the better. The example Ferriss gives is of boiling water. The MED is 212 degrees farenheit. Heating water to a higher temperature will not cause extra boiling, or something more than boiling. “Higher temperatures just consume more resources that could be used for something else more productive.” This same idea can be applied to the body. What are the few things I need to eat, to get my desired result? What are the few exercises I should do, to get the best result? This is the basis of the 4HB.

So I went ahead and took some “before” measurements. I took the circumference of both biceps, my waist at the belly button, hips at my widest point, and both thighs. I also weighed myself even though my intention is not weight loss. Ferriss is a huge believer that the scale often fails us. People who simply weigh themselves, are bound to give up whatever program they are tackling. They could show no weigh loss one week, when in reality they lost a few inches from their arms, for example. This shows that they have lost some weight, but replaced that fat loss with muscle gain. Muscle is heavy, so it could look like there has been no change in overall weight.

The Slow Carb Diet

Rule 1: Avoid white carbs

Rule 2: Eat the same few meals over and over again

Rule 3: Dont drink calories

Rule 4: Dont eat fruit

Rule 5: Take one day off a week

5 rules- easy right?!?!