Scoring updates: Chinese food on intermittent fasting almost cost me the day, but it didn't

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Exercise saved the day. Scratch improvised late at night to knock off a few calories and get under his    DGO   .

Exercise saved the day. Scratch improvised late at night to knock off a few calories and get under his DGO.

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - I am holding steady on my plan for intermittent fasting and things are going OK. You can just sense my hesitation right?

However, I feel as if I’ve boxed myself in with counting calories and watching my weight like a data scientist.

It was pretty neat for two weeks to monitor how much I was eating and I think it did kick me down from the 300s into the 290s but now it seems like an exercise in frustration. I am getting to the point, where counting calories sucks and it is all I think about.

I almost don’t want to count calories at all anymore and just occasionally weigh to gauge my progress. I feel as if looking at how many calories I consumed everyday and worrying about whether I’ll be able to satisfy my appetite on the day’s allotment is becoming problematic. I don’t want to obsess over numbers. Who the hell wants to do that?

Why Intermittent Fasting is awesome - No counting calories

The beauty of intermittent fasting is that it’s pretty simple: you’re fasting and not fasting. During the eating window you can eat until you’re full. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

However, I think I was eating too much which is why my weight loss stalled but maybe that is not really the case. After all, I have been watching my calories and my weight loss has stalled anyway. So maybe I was just naturally eating the right amount of calories and just going through typical weight loss plateaus that I would go through anyway, whether I’m counting calories or not?

Intermittent Fasting Journey Continues

It’s been rainy as heck in the Pittsburgh area, gray and cloudy to boot. However, today as I work from home, I feel pretty good and excited to get back to the gym. I feel a little bit rested. And that is a good thing. 

I took a day off Tuesday and had beer without exercise but still kept the calories reasonable. However, the day after, Wednesday, I felt really lazy.  

Chinese food and intermittent fasting

This would be Scratch’s family. Iza, daughter; Sam, Son; Grandpa Jimmy, Scratch’s old man. Not picture is Scratch’s lovely wife Monika.

This would be Scratch’s family. Iza, daughter; Sam, Son; Grandpa Jimmy, Scratch’s old man. Not picture is Scratch’s lovely wife Monika.

Scratch gets the Touchdown yesterday.

Scratch gets the Touchdown yesterday.

Our whole family went out for Chinese food at China Panda or whatever it was called.

At first I said I was not going to eat anything because I was fasting and that I would go to the gym first and eat later. 

However, the Chinese food proved too good to pass up and my estimate is that I had around 2,000 calories when the dust of the fortune cookies cleared.

I also had some cashew nuts a little while later driving my daughter to lacrosse practice. 

I went over my calorie goal by a couple hundred and I thought I was done for the day since I did not feel like going to the gym after eating a big Chinese food dinner. That is the main problem with Chinese food. When you are done eating you fell like the size of China.

The day was not a loss however. I improvised.

I have a little stationary bike at home and though I didn’t feel like going to the gym, I knocked out enough calories on it while watching a TV show on Netflix—The Punisher if you must know.

Wednesday wasn’t the best exercise day in the world and it certainly would rank low on memorable dynasty days, but in some ways that’s exactly what it was—a day that a dynasty team simply gets done.

Sometimes being a champion is not about the big flashy high scores you put up in the high powered offense but simply getting the job done on a play-by-play basis. There’s nothing exciting about yesterday but I did it. 

Maybe Coach will ease up on the watch in calories and next week I’ll just be paying attention to my fast and non-fasting hours? 

I can’t think about that right now because Thursday is here and I’m meeting a friend and I have no idea what the evening will bring, but I am feeling like a beer. Maybe I’ll hold off until tomorrow or maybe I won’t? Either way I have to continue to play like a champion. Are you ready to do the same?

Ready break.