The Fat Man clobbers Scratch!

By Scratch

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Last week was the first full week of Season 47 - Preseason - Week 1. How did I do? I had a really bad god awful week. I got clobbered by the Fat Man, 16-54. However, I made a lot of strides. Seriously, I did have some positives. Read on….

Preseason - Week 1: Scratch 16, The Fat Man 54

I made the daily game day objective a lot tougher by committing to hitting a certain calorie level each day.

Because I am doing intermittent fasting, where on some days I will only have 600 calories, I am trying to come up with a way to even that out on the next non-fasting all day.

No matter what—I am counting calories!

I am committed for the whole season. I’m sticking to staying under the amount of calories needed to lose 2 pounds per week.

Intermittent Fasting

My assessment of the various intermittent fasting approaches that are out there is that they all can be highly effective, if you still keep in mind calories. The benefit is that I think you burn calories in a different way and you consume them in a way that is cleansing for your body and that you access energy in way that is conducive to sharp thinking and productivity.

What are the cons of intermittent fasting?

My big challenge is not so much in doing a fast, but rather involves keeping the non-fasting window a healthy—and not a drive through window. I am looking for tips on how to do this. (Hey there is a comments box on this blog, hint hint.) 

I suspect success lies in naturally eating till full, and then checking to see how many calories I had. Leaning towards fruits and vegetables in that non-fasting window should help too.

Steelers steal a W against Jacksonville

In real NFL football news, the Pittsburgh Steelers stole one from the Jacksonville Jaguars and I am very happy about that. The Steelers played three quarters of lousy football and somehow pulled out the win.

These are my football pals. On the left is “Bud”, in the middle is “The Polish Prophet” and that would be me, Scratch, on the right.

These are my football pals. On the left is “Bud”, in the middle is “The Polish Prophet” and that would be me, Scratch, on the right.

They didn’t deserve to win, but they have the character to win in the end. Sometimes you must draw upon character to pull through when the going gets tough. Persevering when you are having a bad day is supposed to be a sign of maturity on the football field. When it comes to health, perseverance is something that has proved elusive for me. I will change that. I will.

I’m going to stick with the intermittent fasting as a strategy to achieve a calorie level that can help me lose weight. I won’t hold myself to that much guilt if I can’t make these calorie levels in the coming weeks, because it is turkey week.  I do not know how many calories are in an entire turkey but whatever that amount is, multiply by two on that day.

Gobble. Gobble.

Still, I am fired up to see if I can beat my last week drubbing by the Fat Man.

Monday is here. It is cold and rainy. I have a lot of work to do on a new website I am responsible for launching at work. Deadlines can be stressful and when there is stress, it feels good to indulge and relax. Instead, I have to work.

I will work hard.

To say nothing of Thanksgiving, laying around and watching football this week, there will no doubt be plenty of holiday parties coming one after another in the approaching weeks. 

I need to put the work in now. I need to grind it out and not gain any weight but loose weight form now until January when the real weight loss season kicks in.

If I can survive the next five weeks of preseason, then I can survive just about anything as we head into the new year.

My goal is the Super Bowl of Health and I want to make those transformations that can help me get back to where I was 10 years ago—over a 100 pounds lighter.

It won’t be easy, because I like to drink beer and I have developed a bad habits over the years. However, there was a time I wore a size 34. I will see those days again.

Preseason - Week 2 is under way. My playbook is updated. I am going to hit the Fat Man with alternate day fasting. Let’s see if I can punch him in the mouth for a change before he does it to me. New game. New week. Ready. Break.