Posted by Scratch
PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Hey, I did it. I completed a fourth consecutive day of intermittent fasting, counting calories and killing it at the gym, but maybe today I need a break.
I am not sure about that last sentiment.
So last night I found myself at the gym at around 10 pm. I didn’t do weights yesterday but I did get an entire episode of Bad Blood in while I was passively watching the St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup. My OMAD meal following my workout came around 11 pm. That is late.
Challenges of Intermittent Fasting
We were low on vegetables and, at first, my meal was not that healthy. I had some egg and cheese wraps my old man had brought over for the kids. They were from Dunkin Donuts. There was also some breaded chicken and mac and cheese, which my wife brought home from a work luncheon. I certainly got protein in there, but at the very end I had some grapes, watermelon and a half a cup of green juice to make it a bit more rounded. I still had a net calorie count under 1800, but today it is taking me forever to get into gear.
Energy levels and pushing it on intermittent fasting 20/4
I also feel that I just need one more day to achieve a milestone of 5 days in the row at the gym, intermittent fasting OMAD 20/4 style, while also keeping my net calories in check. So I am a little worn out, but a part of me feels I need to push myself one more day to surpass my four days last week. Plus, I am stuck on that freaking weight plateau of 290.
Three days in a row, 290. F me. I almost feel like I need to keep pushing myself to dip below the 290s into the 280s before I can kick back and take a break. I want so badly to hit the 280s by Friday. That is tomorrow. I do have a weigh in tonight and there is a chance I could get there I guess. But if not, I might call an audible and do a complete or low calorie fast tomorrow and see if that gets me across the 290 line.
Then I can relax. Then I can have a beer. Then I can take my eye off the scale for a while.
Weekly weigh ins while intermittent fasting 20/4
Typically I weight in after a workout using the gym scale. At the end of the week I average all my weigh ins and update my F’n Weight Chart. For accuracy I compare week to week averages. However, I celebrate daily. If I hit a new decade of weight—the 280s, for instance—I rejoice. Even though it might be a week or two before I routinely average in that weight decade.
I also can say that having 3 days in a row at 290 is a bitch. I feel if I don’t do it tonight, then it probably won’t happen until next week, because we got beer days coming up. Of course, I am getting obsessive at this point. I am turning into a health maniac. But, on the whole, I got that fourth day in a row of 10-0 and these are legitimate Dynasty Days—days that are healthy and without beer. One more Dynasty Day and it is a modern day Football Fan’s Diet record.
Should I tweak my intermittent fasting 20/4 strategy?
So I am thinking—what if I go all out and do a 600 calorie fast today to almost guarantee I hit that 280s by Friday? After all, I think if I hit 290 again tonight, it will really piss me off. Then again, weight loss is a marathon and not a sprint. However, what is most frustrating about weight plateaus—they are like border crossings while travelling.
So I am at a border crossing—290 checkpoint. I have been waiting patiently in line now for over 3 days. It is time to break through, my heart tells me. Should I go for it. Should I just fast a whole day and see if I get there by Friday or just be patient and wait in line for my natural turne to cross the border when the timing is right?
The day is going and it is almost noon. My game plan is put in another day and get that 280. My offense is tired, but we have one more set of downs to do right now. One more short yardage play out to do it.
I might call a Salad audible today and run it from the non-carb formation.