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October is Coming

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I can’t believe my first lazy month has gone by so fast

.Image It’s only a week now until I start a BeachBody/Clean Eating hybrid challenge. I go into more detail in my next post. For now, let’s examine the MankoFit habits that have stuck with me for an entire month.

  • I’m still trying to eat 5-6 meals a day.
  • Because I lack creativity with food (and I’m lazy) much of what I eat has stayed the same, too. I only put 3 strawberries in my morning smoothie, now, and I still eat eggs + egg whites, oatmeal, and peanut butter on either a rice cake or Ezekiel bread as meals.
  • I no longer crave pizza crust. I donno why.
  • My chocolate/candy consumption has decreased significantly.

I’ve been trying to give my hip flexor a good long rest to heal, so while I’ve wanted to revisit Manko’s workouts, I’ve mainly been limited to non-squat weights and upper body. In short, workouts have been scarce and boring. I’m looking forward to starting one of the BeachBody videos.

Sweet Freedom

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At Midnight on August 30th, I ate a pop tart. Verdict: pretty good.

The next day I ate a slice of pizza: terrible.

Then mac and cheese: undercooked

Pappa John’s Pizza: About what you’d expect, but I didn’t want the crust.

Later pizza from delicious family-owned Italian restaurant: delicious. Still no desire for crust.

Days later: A Twix: I almost quit halfway through. Then I remembered I paid $1 for it.

When I got home from the con, I went to the grocery store, convinced I was going to buy all of the delicious things I had been unable to eat. What did I get that wasn’t on Manko’s list? Almond milk and protein bars. I even finally found Ezekiel Bread (after the challenge, of course) and bought some.

The day after the challenge ended, I stretched on the hotel patio, climbed 14 flights of stairs, and walked countless miles. Since the challenge, I haven’t walked under three miles.

Maybe the Manko lifestyle will fit better than I initially thought.

MankoFit Results

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7lb weight loss (2lbs off of hypothesis): My fat loss ended up being 10lbs, which was cut by a 3lb muscle gain.

-1in.: I saw a one inch decrease in all of my measurements except my ass, which stayed the exact same size throughout the experiment.

+5% FTR (3% off of hypothesis): Surprisingly, I saw a 5% increase in my overall fitness.  (I’m using the President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test.) This is surprising because I exercised pretty extensively before MankoFit, and because I saw the most changes due to the change in diet.

More on the MankoFit results and my time so far off of the diet, tomorrow. 

Mankofit Day 21: Back on the Wagon

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Totals: 1285 143 54 69
Your Daily Goal: 1,280 – 1,630 144 – 265 28 – 63 60 – 143

Not too long after I posted my last post (about being sick) Kells contacted me. She was both concerned about my health as well as the idea of my giving up on MankoFit. (Never fear, Kells. I ain’t no quitter!) We talked about my symptoms and decided that a crucial element of my diet was out of whack. I reviewed my diet before and after I got sick, and there was one crucial thing missing: fruit. After restarting my fruit intake, I feel much better. Amy’s convinced I had scurvy.


MankoFit Day 21 Challenge

From the sound of Manko’s post it sounded like I was supposed to choose two of these (one from each category) to do, but forget that! I did ‘em all. From running stairs and bleachers for Manko’s workout instead of a stairmaster, none of her workouts phase me anymore. I highly recommend it.

When my body kindly asked me to stop

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit. I’ve been having stomach troubles.


It’s entirely digestive and no one I know is sick, right now. It would appear that my body is in full MankoFit rebellion. I haven’t heard of this happening to anyone else. People have gotten sick once they stopped eating clean, but not during. Between asparagus, beans, tofu, and eggs, nothing is too difficult to digest, either. Yet lo and behold, the past three mornings I’ve woken up not feeling particularly well.

So far I’ve still managed to do my workouts and stick to the diet (though not to the calorie count, I don’t think). But cardio is not happening today, unfortunately.

MankoFit Day 15

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Totals: 1214 208 28 45
Your Daily Goal: 1,280 – 1,630 144 – 265 28 – 63 60 – 143

Workout: 2 mile run, 1 mile stair master, 1.2 mile elliptical, 2.8 mile walk, then Cardio 1.6 mile walk

I ran out of exercise minutes too quickly, today. It might have had something to do with my molasses paced run (15min miles). On the bright side, I took 10mins off of my mile stair.

I’m thinking about starting a written missed exercise bank, so I can pull exercises that I missed earlier in the challenge on days when I haven’t reached my 1.5hr maximum.

Good idea or no? What do you do when you have more workouts than time?

MankoFit Day 14

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Totals: 1385 181 46 71
Your Daily Goal: 1,280 – 1,630 144 – 265 28 – 63 60 – 143


MankoFit Day 14 Challenge

This was another lazy workout. I did through the bench dips then I completed the rest the next day.

MankoFit Day 13

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Food is boooooring. I mean, let’s not pretend I don’t eat the same things every day.  I’m only going to post my calorie totals here from now on. Today I was a rockstar.

Totals: 1397 187 55 55
Your Daily Goal: 1,280 – 1,630 144 – 265 28 – 63 60 – 143


MankoFit Day 13 Challenge

Oh squat challenge. I thought you would come later, once I’d healed up a bit more. I did all of these one-legged. I’m on the Kells plan to get one frankenleg. I also did stirs at 7PM instead of 2PM. Much better. Oh! and I calculated: 1 mile on MapMyRun is 204 floors of stairs/102 flights of stairs, which takes me approx. 20mins to complete.

MankoFit Day 12

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Food schedule:

Fried Egg, 1 large 90
Egg white, large, 2 serving 34
Strawberries, fresh, 3 medium (1-1/4″ dia) 11


Oatmeal (plain), 1 cup dry 300
Blueberries, fresh, 1 cup 81


Peanut butter (peter pan) No sugar added creamy, 3 tbsp 300
Rice Cakes, 2 cake 70


Clif – Builder’s Protein Bar, Chocolate Mint (1 2.4oz Bar / Serving), 2.4 oz 270


Orange Juice, 1 cup 110
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup 34
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 large whole (3″ dia) 38
Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger, 8 oz  0
Romaine Lettuce (salad), 25 inner leaf 35
Totals: 1,373 177 51 69
Your Daily Goal: 1,280 – 1,630 144 – 265 28 – 63 60 – 143
Remaining Today: 0 – 257 0 – 88 0 – 12 0 – 74


204 floors of stairs 30 minutes of stairs (and however many flights that was)

Strength + 30min post cardio:

Stair Step Machine (including stair master, stair climber, stair stepper) 192
Squats on Balance Board [demo]
Sets: 2 Reps: 15
Balance Board Pushups [demo]
Sets: 2 Reps: 15
Modified Plank on Balance Board [demo]
Sets: 2 Reps: 1

MankoFit Day 11 (Rest Day): Review

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Summary: Clearly MankoFit is working for me and clearly my hypothesis was way off. Thus far I’ve lost 10lbs in 2 weeks. It’s a bit more than is healthy, so I’m expecting somewhat of a blowback (/weight regain) in the month following the challenge. I think the biggest factor in the weight loss, for me at least, is the 5 meals a day. The limited diet has made me cook a bit more and eat less no cheese and pizza, but subsisting on eggs, beans, peanut butter, and tofu is not new to me. The workouts, likewise, are slight variations and some extensions on what I was already doing. The hardest part of the workouts have been doing them on metal bleachers, mid-afternoon in August in the south.

Revisions: If I had to start this program today, I would:

  • Extend the diet to include a greater variety of vegetables. In fact, I would have an open door policy with vegetables. If it veges, eat it.
  • I would also be less harsh on myself about cheats. They’re few and far between, but they do happen. So far my cheats have included: Protein bars, pretzels, a smoothie, hummus, corn, and putting my cardio off to another day.  I eventually had to reason with myself, that 15 years into being a vegetarian, I still sometimes accidentally order food with meat in it. I can’t expect to master the list in a matter of weeks.
  • I would schedule out my weeks to ensure a better variety of food. The first week was tofu/asparagus/mushrooms week. This past week has been salads/tofurkey/beans week. This would ensure that I don’t get too sick of anything on my limited menu.

Issues: This isn’t a sustainable diet for a vegetarian. I knew that going in, but I didn’t realize how sick I would get of the same old food. Taking meat out of the equation cuts the list almost in half as far as variety. To sustain this lifestyle for any length of time, I would need soybeans, chickpeas, and a greater variety of fruits and veggies. Soybeans, chickpeas, and corn would be a game changer.

Side Effects:

  • 1200 calories. It’s been a problem. I’m getting better at it. I was telling Derek the other day that I love FlabRat, but my life was much easier when I just ate 700 calories and nobody bothered me.
  • It was so difficult in the beginning to get enough protein on this diet that I had trouble talking (sentence construction, word recall, etc.) at times in the first week, and my hair was falling out a bit more than it should have. This was easily remedied by eating, but sometimes required creativity with limited resources.
  • I’m hungry most of the time now and occasionally still hangry. It’s taken some getting used to. I guess once your metabolism starts going, it doesn’t stop.
  • My mouth has tasted like ash since I started this challenge. I’m not entirely sure what that’s about, but I believe it has something to do with acidity (or boring food). I’m brushing, mouthwashing, and minting nonstop.
  • I’ve been on my period for pretty much this entire challenge. The nutrient and calorie rush seems to be the opposite of a woman’s body in starvation mode. Aside from my normal few day menstruation, it’s been mostly breakthrough bleeding, but the floodgates (bloodgates?) have been open.

I am 1/3rd of the way through The MankoFit 30 Day Challenge. Let’s see what the next episode has in store.


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