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AltShift experiment (part 4)

This update #4 of my AltShift experiment (previous posts here: part 1, part 2 and part 3). This update includes rounds 6 and 7.

Round 6 started back in Sydney but still with Buddhist stuff going on, involving eating out and partying a bit. This happened during the 5 shift, making it a bit easier to stick to it. I finally got a Fitbit! Based on reviews, I decided to go with the One. I know this gadget can be dangerous for a data junkie like me, but I wanted to know whether I’m complying with the activity and sleep components of the protocol.

Round 6:

  • I put on 1.6cm on my waist, 4mm on my hips, 1.4cm on my thigh and 2.5kg. So basically, I reverted what I had achieved on the previous shift.
  • Averaged 13,294 steps and 8.05 hours of sleep with 99% efficiency.
  • My digestion was still compromised but got better with time.
  • I felt a bit sick: slightly sore throat, a few sneezes, tired.

Eating out on 5S: smoked meats and coleslaw at the Erko

Eggplant bolognese, made with lean pork mince, surprisingly a 3S meal

Round 7:

  • I lost 1.1cm off my waist, 8mm off my hips, 9mm off my thigh and 2.2kg. Not my leanest during the experiment, but close.
  • Averaged 12,844 steps and 7.15 hours of sleep with efficiency ranging from 95% to 100%.
  • My digestion got better on 5S, and then again worse on 3S.
  • I got a cold, which is very unusual. Sore throat, sneezes, coughs. No weakness, tiredness nor fever, though.
  • I got injured again. My hip flexor was still tight and I overused my back while snatching. This injury is not as serious as the one I had a year and a half ago, but it’s annoying.

Another spin on egg salad for breakfast on 5S, this one has bacon and comes from Practical Paleo

Post-workout 3S dinner: rice, tuna, tomato, coriander, lime

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