Cheat Days • November 1, 2009, at 7:59 am
Halloween Weekend Rests and Cheats
Yesterday, on Halloween, we had very poor weather. That, and the general malaise of my household — where everybody is feeling pretty sick, and I too have some extra upper-respiratory mucus membranes hanging around, and a tender throat — kept me at home, and at my desk, grading.
I did this instead of getting me out to the gym for a great partner WOD at CFA.
I guess, this weekend, I need the extra rest.
I spent Saturday eating a lot of food. Just as Friday had, Saturday became a cheat day in terms of total calories, total carbs, and total alcohol. I didn’t indulge in anything strictly forbidden to me, except corn chips; I ate about 3 oz. during the day… strictly as a vehicle for heart-healthy guacamole! After a week of low-carb and low-calories days, Friday and Saturday both brought my calorie average for the week up to the same level as it has been for the past three weeks: I am averaging right around 3250 calories per day.
This week, instead of doing a straight “building” week or a “cutting” week, I incorporated calorie cycling into the variation of my daily intake. I went as low as 2550 calories (this past Tuesday) and as high as 4350 (Saturday). With stops in-between. I don’t know what the effect of such extreme swings will be. Most people suggest calorie cycling be kept in a more reasonable range.
I don’t imagine that I can weigh in at 12% today. I feel too heavy from yesterday’s binge, too fluid-filled from my little chest cold. The weather looks foul so I don’t see myself being very active today. I just don’t feel lean and mean. We will see.