It was a successful first week. I lost four pounds (which I suspect has more to do with water and weigh-in times than actual fat loss), increased my skeletal muscle mass by a tiny 0.2 lb., and decreased my body fat percentage by 1.5%. After a disciplined week of eating piles of vegetables and performing challenging workouts, those numbers were nice to see.
To rest our bodies and celebrate seven days of hard work, Jordan and I headed north to Traverse City for a short weekend getaway featuring a king bed, Harry Potter, and Raduno, a neighborhood delicatessen featuring house-made pasta, sausages, salads, and paté.
The café, run by angels clad in butcher’s aprons, smelled like a meat-and-cheese paradise—something I (sorta) thought I wouldn’t see until the end of this body challenge. But alas, there we were, face-to-face with a refrigerated case of smoked sausage and antipasti.
I had heard the bahn mi was the tits.
I ordered it expecting a warm, crusty pork sandwich stuffed with pickled carrots and daikon, but one bite in, and I realized that pork it most certainly was not. It was cold, soft, and savory. Cream cheese, maybe? Oh my god! It must be! Cream cheese!
It was chicken liver mousse.
Raduno’s version of bahn mi is country paté (ground meat) with pistachios, chicken liver mousse, pickled carrots, fresh radish, cilantro, and aioli. In my moment of food-lust, I skipped the description. And while it was absolutely delicious, I struggled to force myself past the beige organ paste falling out the bottom of my sandwich. Because here’s the thing about eating organs: I don’t.
But I polished it off in stride—pickle included—and counted it as a successful start to what would continue to be a mouth-watering, albeit conservative, cheat day.
I skipped the apple fritter cheesecake on the way out.
Body Composition and Nutrition
Starting weight: 144.1 lb.
Starting skeletal muscle mass: 57.8 lb.
Starting percent body fat: 27.5%
Current weight: 140.1 lb. (-4 lb.)
Current skeletal muscle mass: 58 lb. (+0.2 lb.)
Current percent body fat: 26% (-1.5%)
Daily caloric intake: 1,661
In My Mouth
Last week’s 40-degree difference in temperature has my sinuses on the fritz, so I’m guzzling Sriracha and adding a healthy dash of cayenne pepper to all my food. Cue the spicy shrimp and buffalo chicken chili.
- Banana Spinach Smoothie with Cocoa, Chia Seeds, and Almond Milk, homemade
- Chicken Stir Fry with Carrots, Broccoli, Red Pepper, and Jasmine Rice, homemade
- Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash, and Garlic Kale, Pinch of Yum
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili, How Sweet Eats
- Hardboiled eggs
- Golden delicious apples
- Double Dark Chocolate protein bar, Zone Perfect
- Tropical Vanilla protein shakes, Progenex
In My Ears
I enrolled in a pole dancing progression course seven weeks ago, and my newfound obsession has me searching for songs conducive to body rolls, floor play, and stretching. These three gems have become a staple in my mobility workouts.
- Raspberry, Saje
- Numb, Hayden James
- Hunger of the Pine, alt-J