The last 2 weeks have been a challenge. My trainer has been away on reservist training, which lasts two weeks. My last gym session was on Sep 30. So I’m supposed to exercise on my own, and while I’ve done so, it’s really not the same as going to the gym. Not even half as vigorous! I’ve been mainly jogging, about 3 times a week. I’m supposed to engage in some exercises, but I don’t do as much for sure. We were supposed to have a session last Sunday, but trainer was not feeling well so he messaged me on Saturday night to cancel. To be honest, that was one of the most relaxed Saturday nights in a long time, not having to “worry” about the Sunday morning tort… I mean, gym session. But I think by the time I get back to gym this coming Sunday, my muscle mass would’ve dropped.But the one thing I think I have enough willpower to pull off is continue to cut my weight via dieting. Thus far, other than the appearance of a delicious coca-cola cake from my wife’s oven, and one particularly stressful weekend, my weight has been steadily dropping. One week ago I finally went below 72kg but it went back up to 73 a day or two later. This was from that stressful weekend. I realize that stress is really bad on weight – you tend to eat more, and your body tends to be less efficient. I’ll have to write on this some other day. Two days ago my office went out for one of those lunches that I dread and enjoy at the same time – a buffet. And it was a really good one: Penang Place at Connexis, Fusionopolis at Buona Vista. Everything was good! A colleague remarked that she has never seen me “eat” like this. But another one later remarked that I didn’t really indulge. I guess I won, because, surprisingly, not much damage was done. Ok, about 400grams of damage lah. I ate rather carefully the next day, i.e. yesterday. Went for a 40-minute jog/walk. To my delight, this morning I was below 72kg again.
I knew it. I was just being optimistic. It was too good to be true. The truth is buffets are dangerous. Especially three buffets in 2 weeks. My weight went back up to 79.2, up by 500 grams since Sunday. On Sunday I went for another buffet. It was a very happy occasion with friends but I think I ate too much. The meal was taken across a 3 hour stretch, from 2 – 5pm. I thought maybe by eating slowly across the 3 hours, it wouldn’t be so bad. But on hindsight, I still think it was a bad move. We even walked some 2 km after the meal. And I even skipped dinner.
Now, I’m beginning to see a pattern with my weight and diet. It seems that if I eat a 4-meal diet (good breakfast, light lunch, fruits for snack, then a light dinner), my weight drops steadily. But in those days where I try to adapt to a 6-small-meals diet, things tend to go awry. I know because I can feel it when my weight drops. (And yeah, see it on the weighing scale at home). I told my trainer this, and he agreed that I should do as my instinct suggests. We should not follow dieting rules blindly.
When my daily schedule is disrupted, e.g. missing lunch because of a meeting, or missing dinner because of night class, I can feel my body reacting badly as well. The old adage that irregular eating is just as bad as over-eating, stands.
So, henceforth I’m going to try to keep to the 4-meal diet. I was supposed to reach 78.2kg today, but now I shall have to work doubly hard.
This was by appearances a bad week of eating.
On Monday, a last-minute meeting just before lunchtime caused me to pretty much miss lunch. On Wednesday, I agreed to join my colleagues to go for a porridge buffet because I was going for gym that evening. But gym was cancelled. On Thursday we went out again for an Indian buffet (curry!) – a cuisine that I love and can barely resist.
But let’s talk about the good food first. :)
The porridge buffet – the first that I’ve ever eaten – is from Rajah Inn at Tiong Bahru Plaza. Strange isn’t it, the name – the explanation is that it’s Indonesian in origin apparently. You can find out more at www.rajahinn.com.sg. For a blogger’s review, check out this detailed review at My Little Food Adventure (Just Eat La).
The second surprise is that the price per person is only $6.90++. Very cheap. The food is basically a very home-style Chinese porridge menu. Your grandma/mother would be proud to eat here. And it is good. Porridge, rice, bee hoon, pickled veggies, chicken curry, peanuts (roasted and braised), ikan bills, salted egg, braised tofu, fried fish, and lots more.
It’s been so long since I ate a meal like that that I really enjoyed myself. And got worried. I only ate half a bowl of porridge and like 2 spoonfuls of rice but I was worried. I got even more worried when trainer called at 5.30pm and said gym had to be cancelled as the air con was leaking gas. Oh oh. Well, when I got home, I changed into my gym outfit anyway and went for a jog.
Jogged about 2-3km from home to Zulin temple (竹林寺). Jogging was about 15-20 minutes total and I surprised myself by not slowing to a walk for quite a distance. My stamina has definitely improved. I estimated I walked briskly for about 20 minutes, so my total time on the journey was 40 minutes.
Anyway I was still worried about the big lunch so I only ate a nugget-sized piece of grilled chicken breast and barely two spoonfuls of carrots and long beans/peas for dinner. My wife had actually made a humongous fillet of grilled chicken breast which I kinda found terrifying. I wondered if even Godzilla could defeat the bird it came from.
Ok, my entire division went out for lunch the next day to Riverwalk Tandoor, an Indian buffet place. I LOVE Indian food so I was looking forward to it – by having only two slices of wholemeal bread with kaya and butter, and later one sardine puff, for breakfast. Very light by my standards.
I had about 5 spoonfuls of bryani (omg!) and rice, about 8-9 pieces of mutton in curry, 5 pieces of fish, and 2 pieces of tandoori chicken breast. And I can be proud of the fact that I only ate HALF a naan! I was so busy with the curry and rice and company that I sort of forgot to take more! But it was still worrying. Not to mention filling – and fact is I didn’t really eat much more than one full meal from my regular days. My trainer would later say that the fact is my appetite will decrease with time, and that – as I already knew – buffets will be wasted on people like us.
Anyway I was so guilty and full from the meal that I didn’t take dinner at all. I got a bit hungry at about 9+pm but all I dared to eat was one apple. When Friday came, I.e. Gym day, I ate small meals throughout the day. For two separate breakfasts, 1/4 of a raisin muffin, a fish burger with 1/2 the bun discarded, 1/2 a blueberry muffin; Caesar’s Salad with smoked salmon for lunch (yes we went out again!!) and 3 mouthfuls of Kellogg’s Red Berry Cereal for afternoon snack.
I stepped on the weighing machine at the gym with trepidation.
I could hardly believe it – I had actually dropped another 400 grams. And I’m now below 79kg!
Personally, I don’t believe what I did – semi-indulge in two buffets – is good in anyway, but this shows it’s sort of possible to counter the indulgence by being careful with carbs after lunchtime, and of course exercising accordingly.
My trainer? Well, he seemed very intrigued about the porridge buffet. “Must go try!” he said. :)