Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

Challenge Update #1

Well, so far I’m still on track and I’m actually spending far less money. Who knew that eating fresh foods would be cheaper than constantly eating takeout? Oh… yeah… everyone.

I’ve been keeping a pretty deatailed journal of what’s been going on, and although it might be a little early to tell, here’s what I’ve got so far…

1) I have more energy in the morning than I used to. I’m actually able to get up a little earlier than I used to, and stay awake. Part of that might just be actually eating ANYTHING for breakfast, but we’ll see.

2) I’m hungry all the time. I haven’t figured this one out yet. It might just be that I’ve never really eaten much, and my body is getting used to grazing all day.

3) Protein is an important part of any diet. I’ve actually dropped a bit of weight (some people will want to kill me for this) in the last few days, but I haven’t been eating much protein. I think it’s time to bulk up on beans, meat and eggs. –Keeping weight on is a bit of a challenge for me, so dropping a few pounds in a few days is nothing new. Don’t worry–

Generally, my energy levels have been about the same as before, if not just a little bit higher. Next week, I’m going to start a light-duty exercise regime (in preparation for quitting smoking) and that will be a good gauge of what my energy levels are like.

Another interesting thing is that my sleep habits (which have NEVER been good) have been steadily improving. Now, that started before the challenge, but I did notice a bit of an improvement this week, especially when it came to actually getting out of bed. I think it’s a little early to comment on this though.

To track my progress, check each day’s food list in my calendar, and if you have no idea what all this is about, check out my post outlining Jay’s challenge.


5 Comments so far

  1. adam March 4th, 2005 10:11 am

    dude, salad for dinner? No wonder you are always hungry. Simple carbs (fruit) are short term fuel, complex carbs are medium-term fuel, and your long term fuel is from protien and fat.

  2. Dave March 4th, 2005 10:17 am

    Ha ha ha, perhaps it’s time for some context. I’m not listing everything I eat. Just the requirements for the challenge (hence the mention of whole grain bread on tuesday and wednesday). I’ve been eating salmon and chicken, but not nearly enough.
    I think bacon will start to figure heavily into my diet, if not sausage rounds.

  3. Megs March 4th, 2005 12:03 pm

    Ew gross sausage rounds…sick.

  4. jay March 4th, 2005 1:10 pm

    i’m hungry all the time to, especially in the morning. a well balanced breakfast (all four food groups) is a big help. but, i think its better to be hungry all the time and eat small snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar up. rather than just eating a couple big meals and being stuffed.

  5. Deb March 4th, 2005 5:59 pm

    I understand the initial aversion to whole grains but I made the switch soon after getting married and now can’t stand white bread. Eat more food in the morning and you will find yourself not very hungry as the day goes on, which is how it should be, as you will use less energy later on. Keep it up, you’re doing great!