Monday, March 14, 2005

Day 1: Kickoff

So today was the first day of the Week of Meat. Sean joined me for lunch at work -- I don't usually eat breakfast -- and I had my first meal. It consisted of a nice heaping assortment of burrito contents: carnitas, carne asada, and roasted chicken. I usually eat this with plenty of guacamole, salsa, lettuce, and cheese, but not today. The only thing I got to go with it was water. The meal turned out to be a little more dry than I had hoped, but it wasn't bad. Here are some pictures of Sean and I with my first meal of the week. Note the ample amounts of carbs on Sean's plate:

and a close-up of the meal itself:

After lunch, and throughout the day, I was tempted to go get a nice flavorful beverage. I'd walk over to the break area, reach for something tasty, and then remember I could only have water. I probably drank about 8 bottles of water today, more than I usually drink in a week.

For dinner, I had some great fish along with some more of the same chicken that I had at lunch. I also had the pleasure of explaining to a bunch of my coworkers what I was doing and why I had to run back to my office to grab my camera just so I could take a picture of my meal. They were amused. When I finished that plate of fish and chicken, I was still hungry, so I got a second plate, this time with another pile of carne asada, same as what I had for lunch. It was pretty good, but I can already tell it is going to get old if I don't mix in some more variety. Here are some pics of my dinner:

So today went pretty well, except that at this point, I have very little energy. I'm not sure whether it is because of my all-meat diet or because I just worked for 12 hours without a significant break, but in either case, I'm going to call it a day. I'll know in the morning whether I've already gone too far with this. I'll probably have a midnight hot dog before bed tonight, though! I guess I can say so far, so good.


Blogger vizguru said...

And so it begins...good luck Rich. Grin.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Chris Cheng said...

Rich, I have a piece of advice for you. Continue to drink plenty of water. Now that you are no longer consuming anything else with much water content (e.g. fruits, vegetables, juices, etc.), you need plenty of straight water. This is not only to keep the sodium balance right so your kidneys can do their job, but also because the water is needed to flush out toxins from your system now that you are consuming zero fiber. And a note about fish. When I attempted this a few years ago, I found fish to be utterly unsatisfying. For one of my final all meat meals (I quit before I could finish the challenge), I ate two pounds of grilled salmon. It made my throat and insides feel bitter and I was still starved. I found that red meat was the only thing that could really quench the hunger.

10:35 AM  

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