10 Light Beers and a Salad

By Scratch

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Yesterday was Steelers Ravens day and the bar was absolutely packed for a 1 pm kick off. Somehow, beyond all logic, I was able to pound beers and show a weight loss this morning (being Monday). Here is how I accomplished that.

Watching Steelers Ravens Game At The Gym

  Here I am after my 1 hour on the elliptical. It is about half time of the Steelers Ravens game.

Here I am after my 1 hour on the elliptical. It is about half time of the Steelers Ravens game.

I went to Club Julian and watched the first half of the Steelers Ravens game. So there I was on the elliptical, stepping away, as the Steelers played on TV. Without paying attention, I whittled off an hour on that damn mechanical contraption.

I burned over 800 calories stepping away while James Connor continued to run roughshod over the NFL.

Salad

After the gym, I hit the local GetGo and ordered a custom salad. It had everything except for meat and bad carbs. Even with a pouch of French dressing, this massive salad registered only 570 calories. That was it. That is all the solid food I ate for a day.

Miller Lite and Big Cigars at The Bar

  The Hiland Bar in West View, Pa. - about 10 minute drive north of Pittsburgh.

The Hiland Bar in West View, Pa. - about 10 minute drive north of Pittsburgh.

The rest of the day, I drank Miller Lite. I had three beers at the Hiland Bar in West View as the Steelers dominated the Ravens to take a convincing lead in the AFC North. I was tempted by all the trappings of a typical game day at a great local neighborhood Pittsburgh bar - wings, burgers, fries. The tantalizing aromas were all there mixed into the atmosphere of beer, smoke and the great unwashed denizens of Steelers Nation.

I am typically a craft beer guy, but I have discovered one caveat: Miller Lite tastes great when smoking a big stinky cigar. Well, my cigar was not that stinky. It was an A.J. Hernandez cigar that garnered a 93-rating in Cigar Aficionado. It cost me 8 bucks so it must be good, right? Being mindful of cigar smoke, I gladly took a little window seat at the Hiland, where I could observe the barroom floor, TVs, and patrons, while blowing smoke out the window.

I consider smoking cigars on The Football Fan’s Diet equivalent to PEDs in the NFL. They are my version of performance enhancing drugs. You see, a cigar kills my appetite. Is the smoke good for me? Hell no. Still, I can smoke a stogie and drink Miller Lite without it taking a toll on my appetite. 

Alternate Day Fasting - Like an idiot would do it!

On the heels of the most disastrous 7,000 calorie fast food binge day I had Saturday, where I had scarfed donuts, devoured Arby’s Greek Gyros, swallowed McDonald’s scrambled eggs with cheese, put two Dunkin Donuts into my pie hole… Then later ate hot dogs at night… I tallied a mere 597 calories on Sunday and knocked out over an hour on the elliptical machine at Club Julian.

10 Light Beers and a Salad

  This salad clocked in at 570 calories. It was pretty damn good.

This salad clocked in at 570 calories. It was pretty damn good.

Counting Net Calories

Please be aware that I am deducting calories burned in my daily caloric assessments. I burned over a 1,000 calories on the elliptical and another 200 calories, according to my IPhone activity doohickey.

I had 3 Miller Lites at the Hiland Bar during the Steelers Ravens game. Then, later that night at home, and over the course of the next six hours, I had 7 more light beers at home, binge watching Netflix.

Today, I weighed less. Did you get that? That is correct, today I weighed less. Yesterday, I weighed 306 and today I weighed 304. How do you like them apples - or should I say, how do you like them light beers?

Believing I can actually loose weight on this diet

I know I can’t have that many light beers, eat a salad, and think for a second, I am setting myself up for a sustainable healthy pattern. I know I need to knock the beer down to become a Health All Pro. However, I needed a stress test, if you will, a game plan for a night where there is a Steelers Ravens game and that beer is flowing. I needed to prove to myself that I can handle that kind of day.

I did with this insane take on alternate day fasting. It worked for a day and I won. The trick now is to build on that and make it even better.

So for one day, I beat the Fat Man. It took blood, sweat, and tears... plus 10 light beers  and a salad!