Scoring Update: The Closer Beer, thoughts on Fourth of July, and what I have learned on Intermittent Fasting 20/4

Saturday, June 30 | Posted by Scratch

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - It is a just a lovely Saturday afternoon and I have continued to be making health strides, achieving health milestones and rolling along—on intermittent fasting 20/4. It was hot this morning, real hot, and I knocked out a couple hard hours in the yard shoveling mulch.

I finding ways to keep the calories down while I am experimenting with optimization techniques for doing the intermittent fasting regimen of 20/4.

So far, so good.

Scratch has been working hard and getting that weight down.

Scratch has been working hard and getting that weight down.

I hit 284-lbs on the scale yesterday, a weight which I have not checked in at since hoary days of 2013 or 2014. Looking ahead, when I dip into the 270 range, it will be a “Me” version of 2012 or something like that. I wonder, am I going back in time?

Intermittent Fasting Tip: How To Enjoy Beer—Good beer too!

I have been paying super close attention to how many calories I take in from beer. My goal is to get it down, way down, while still enjoying a good beer too. Is that impossible? I think so. What I have done is added Miller 64 To My Intermittent Fasting 20/4 playbook. let us call it an offensive formation.

I know what you about to say—Miller 64? I thought you said good beer? Is that some kind of sick twisted joke. What about drinking good beer and losing weight?

It is not a joke. Miller 64 is simply my closer beer.

The Closer Beer

Scratch came up with this “Closer Beer” concept but Coach still counts more than 2 beers as giving up a Field Goal. No matter what kind of bullshit he comes up with, he will have to live with the Field Goal Against rule.

Scratch came up with this “Closer Beer” concept but Coach still counts more than 2 beers as giving up a Field Goal. No matter what kind of bullshit he comes up with, he will have to live with the Field Goal Against rule.

Yes, I have come up with this wild creative concept called the Closer Beer. It is the beer I bring in late in the game, when the game is in hand.

You see, I have a starting beer—that is Sam Adams Boston Lager. Another very productive beer for me has been Yuengling, which is the best of the cheap beers. But, if I meet some friends and have say a few good beers—like Sam Adams (high draft pick, starting beer). Each bottle of SA checks in at 180 calories per beer. It used to be that would be my beer for the WHOLE evening, but I learned to fool my body a little bit here.

After a couple cocktail hour beers, I would find myself at home, with the family—ready to enjoy their stories, and what have you. It is at this point, I noticed I just like having a beer in my hand—and sipping it.

I asked myself then, why not try Miller 64 when I simply want the feel of a beer bottle in my hand a whiff of a full bodied beer in my mouth. At the end of the day, am I really savoring the beer at this point? I kind of want the beer experience out of habit as the night wears on.

So the other day, after a cookout, I stocked a case of Miller 64 in the basement beer fridge.

After we had BBQ on the grill, of which I counted the calories, I went to the garage and retrieved a few Closer Beers. I was surprised. Not only did they assuage my need to have some kind of beer during the proverbial summer cookout, these damn Miller 64s tasted pretty darn good—a good option for the hot summer weather. The Miller 64s were certainly lighter and palette cleansing. In short, I found Miller 64 a good cookout beer, which would keep those calories low as well.

I still want to knock down those days on which I have beer, but I feel having Miller 64 on some of those days takes the pressure off a little bit. I feel a lot better knowing that, jeez, even 3 Miller 64s is about the equivalent of pounding one Sam Adams Boston Lager.

So after a great workout, being productive around the house, tending to the family, not getting overly worked up that the real NFL Football season is just around the corner, an ice bucket of Miller 64s seems like a great option.

270s Are Getting Here

I am getting excited about next week. It might not be a stretch to say a new milestone—the 270s could happen (though according to my limited success regarding weight loss history, it still might take the week after).

Intermittent Fasting and the Fourth of July

Before Coach needs to say anything, I see the Fourth of July as a trap game. It will be all too easy to slip into old habits. But, hey, Memorial Day came and went, and showed me I can still stick to intermittent fasting during such festive times. So why not on the Fourth?

I have a new beer tactic for the Fourth of July. I will make this holiday totally about the kids. We’ll go see the fireworks in downtown Pittsburgh. What ? No beer? No closer beer? Just a day celebrating our Nation’s independence?

That sounds like fun day in my book.

The Gym Is Feeling Like A Reward

Scratch has been putting in some really good time at Club Julian and in the yard.

Scratch has been putting in some really good time at Club Julian and in the yard.

As I head into July, I am changing in subtle ways that obviously could be related to my weight loss, but have me thinking a bit differently about say, heading to the smoky Highland Bar, for beers with the boys. Last winter, this would be a reward unto itself. Now? Not so much.

There is a newfound satisfaction when I turn in a good workout at the gym. It is replacing the need to go to the bar. I still like the social scene at the local pub, but it is becoming second fiddle to putting in a good workout at Club Julian.

That is a profound change.

Food Addiction Going Away?

Another feeling that is relatively new to me is this disregard for fast food. The last few times I stopped at Sheetz to fill up on coffee, I realized this is the place, where I would order 6 hot dogs, fried appetizers, and some chips—during an eating binge.

I have no such drive to do that at all anymore.

The same goes for McDonald’s. Of course, I did have a throwback binge a few weeks ago, but otherwise, I can actually watch commercials for McDonald’s advertising super value menu items, without turning into a a salivating fool.

That is a profound change.