Retrospect: The New Plan

One week ago I created a new plan for myself, called the Never on a School Night plan; it involves seven components. I already posted a mid-week check in on Thursday. Here’s an update after week one.

One aspect of the plan was to treat this first week of the plan as a “cutting week” and to eat fewer calories. According to my food journal, I averaged just over 2700 calories per day during the week, which was at the bottom of the target range of 2700-2900 calories per day. This amount was about 400 calories per day fewer than the week prior, and about 700 calories per day fewer than the week before that, and 1100 calories per day fewer than the week before that! Wow. That’s a serious deficit, relative to my own intake in past weeks. Interestingly, my weight and body fat are pretty much flat from Aug. 2nd to Aug. 30th, in spite of (or because of?) the heavy cycling of calories. I find this fascinating but also a bit hard to interpret in a meaningful or convincing way. So, I continue to track and observe and report. Hopefully I will see some kind of trend emerge soon, either of building lean mass or losing fat or both. I suppose I don’t mind merely gaining strength and speed if everything else remains the same… but can it? I did register a 3.5 pound weight loss for the week, but it’s totally inconclusive what that means. That could be entirely water, for example.

For the record I feel like I look better and feel better than I did four weeks ago. It’s hard to gauge these things.

Everything else in the plan is ON track. Except for two things.

First, I have been having trouble getting good sleep (item #7). I hope this will just work itself out. Watching and waiting. It’s not because I’ve been staying up late or abusing any substances (except coffee… maybe I still drink too much?).

Second, when I did drink, on Friday and Saturday nights, it looks like I went overboard both times, exceeding my limit of 3 drinks. I am not sure that this set me back exactly, but I did notice a couple of disappointing things, namely, that drinking wasn’t as much fun as it should be and that it hurt me more than I wanted it to in the morning.

Finally, I have determined that one modification to the plan is necessary. The plan states that I should hit the gym 5 times per week during regular training cycles (the first five of every six weeks). But my body is now telling me I should probably alternate between 5 and 4 times a week, or stick to 4 times a week, with some play time in there in addition. So, that kind of training regime will not be considered contrary to plan.

All in all, I feel like things went well this week and I look forward to the coming week of training, rest, and working out!


  1. As you know, Dr. Baldwin, I was the biggest of the big coffee addicts, but always told myself that drinking twice as much water as coffee would counteract any negatives. I also thought that swinging wildly between being wired and exhausted all day was part of my quirky yet lovable personality…

    Well, I gave up coffee last May and, after a few days of flu-like symptoms and grumpiness, have never looked back! More level energy throughout the day and my general well-being has never been better. Plus, there’s so much good natural decaf out there, you’ll hardly miss it – I recommend a large vanilla iced decaf Americano on these hot summer days…I can almost taste it now!

    And keep up the good work, Killer: you’re an inspiration to the old D-school crew as we grow older and older…

    • You’ve got to be kidding me Joe, you gave up COFFEE?? God. If I gave up coffee there would be hardly anything left of my old vices. I will think on this, and “ponder it in my heart.”

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