Scoring Updates: Time to play defense against the fat man

Posted by Scratch

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - When I first started The Football Fan’s Diet I literally laughed at the idea and thought it was all bunch of bullshit, which it still kind of is at heart. But anyway, I am now buying into the football game analogy lately, which I peddle, as I am now fighting for my health like a vicious football rival I am battling on the gridiron. It is my health Steelers versus the Ravens.

Yesterday was a great example.

For the past three days I was on offense and I had a great workout and I was pushing for the first down, trying to get across the scrimmage line into the 280s. As I have been stuck on 209 the past couple days, it was short yardage offense against a short yardage defense. 
Scratch had one of his best workouts ever—an hour on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the treadmill, and weights too.

Scratch had one of his best workouts ever—an hour on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the treadmill, and weights too.

You see I weighed the same three days in a row—290 point something! My goal was to see that scale display 289 point something. To me that would’ve been a first down. 

Yesterday I thought I had that freaking first down. I hammered it at the gym. I burned more calories in one day at the gym then I have so far on Season 48 of The Football Fans Diet. 

I did an hour on the elliptical and then I did 20 minute run on the treadmill, which I thought would certainly put me over the top, or over the scrimmage line, into the promise land of the 280s. 

Unfortunately when I got on the scale after my beat workout yesterday I was still at the same weight if not slightly higher at 291. Boom. I didn’t get the first down! My three rushing plays up the middle resulted in nothing. I got stopped by The Fat Man.  

But it is Friday morning now as I post this and I am still very, very happy with the effort I put forth since last Sunday.  I have had five days in the row of kick ass workout watching my calories and essentially doing old man intermittent fasting 20/4.

In all honesty, I should be happy.

I am still down almost 3 pounds from last week and that seems more sensible than the outrageous amount of initial weight that I lost last week when I started counting calories while doing intermittent fasting 20/4. For crying out loud, I went from 306 to the low 290s is in one week. Can’t I do that every week?

Scratch did another Intermittent Fasting day, but came up short in his effort to punch through three days of 290 point whatever, and get to the 280s. Now The Fat Man has the ball.

Scratch did another Intermittent Fasting day, but came up short in his effort to punch through three days of 290 point whatever, and get to the 280s. Now The Fat Man has the ball.

Not really.  Still, there is much to be proud of this week to date.

I am happy that Thursday was a non-beer day. So if I have beer today, which I certainly plan to do, and tomorrow, which I certainly plan to do—being Father’s Day weekend—then I will have still cut my beer intake by a third, at least compared to last week.

However, since I plan to have beer Friday and Saturday these days are going to be my relaxed days, where I play the averages of my goals. 

This means I am going to take a day off at the gym—after all I’ve missed one day in the past two weeks and if there’s a day I need to rest and relax it’s probably Friday. Why kill myself? This is going to be a permanent lifestyle thing, right?  

No matter, I am on defense for Friday and Saturday. I will be guarding against The Fat Man, who will be on offensive. He is going to throw beer at me. He is going to throw Father’s Day cookout at me. My defense had better be ready.  

From a strategy standpoint, I may go over my normal daily calorie allotment. However, so long as I am under my weekly average calorie goal I will call that a win. I will also call it a win if I am averaging less than a four hour eating window at week’s end. This should be relatively easy to do, should being the operative word in that statement.

Since Monday I’ve averaged about a one hour eating window and really if you consider “net calories” I’ve been averaging 1,300 or so calories a week. My actual caloric consumption, not subtracting activity calories burned, has been under 2,400.

Still I am nervous about Friday and Saturday because I think I have proven to myself that I can put a workout in, that I can drive the ball down the field and score (except on my short yardage game yesterday).

However, playing defense against The Fat Man is all about guarding against my worst habits for the next two days as I ease up for a little bit and enjoy the hard work I put in Monday through Thursday. That is the challenge for Friday and Saturday on the football fans diet. 

On that note I have just punted the ball to The Fat Man. He returned it. Now it is time to play some defense.

Ready to break