Here's my account of those 120 minutes.
Warning: Do not read if you want to retain any respect for me.
As is often the case when one plans on cheating, I met my partner in crime on a street corner.
We then entered the supermarket and searched out the instruments to our own destruction.
These were as follows:
- Chocolate Milk, for hydration during cooking.
- Tortilla Chips, for energy whilst cooking.
- Oven Fries, the basis of our potato salad
- Chicken Strips & Breadcrumbs, for protein
- Diced Bacon & 2 Chorizo, for more protein
- Crispy Onions & Chilli Peppers, for vitamins
- Mozzarella and Cheddar, for calcium
- Ben & Jerry's Half Baked, because screw you, I wanted it.
When the bacon was sufficiently crispy, we added diced onions to soak up the goodness and turned the heat down. Now it was time for the chicken. With the chicken strips soaking in oil to help the breading stick, we coated them with a breadcrumb/chicken salt panade, and tossed them in the hot oil. A short while later (don't ask me how long; chocolate milk affects my ability to sense the passing of time), we added the diced chorizo and the sliced chilli peppers.
Everything was by now coming together, so we drained off the chicken, chorizo and peppers and threw them into a mixing bowl, where the oven chips, bacon and onions were already waiting. A bag of mozzarella was then added, and all was mixed together.
After dividing the bowl into two big pasta bowls, we covered the heap of decadence with cheddar and more crispy onions and put them under the grill just to melt the cheese. The picture on the left demonstrates it at this point, pre-lashings of Tabasco.
I'm a big guy (as we all well know by now), and I had issues clearing my plate.
Eventually I peeled myself off the sofa and stumbled to the scales to weigh in again and to get the after shot. There were still 20 minutes left of the cheat window, but I was not going to use them.
My weight, with clothes on, went from 100.5KG at 7pm, to 104.5KG at 8:40pm. The before and after pics are to be found by clicking read more. I didn't want to offend casual scrollers of the homepage with them.
All in all, I'd say a cheat well done. It satisfied pretty much all my cravings, whilst being within my intermittent fasting feeding window, and, as it followed a tough workout directly beforehand, could also be classed as a refeed on the ketogenic diet (albeit a very dirty refeed), meaning I roughly kept to two of my three nutritional principles.
But the key reason it was a success? I currently never want to eat anything unhealthy ever again.