8WC Week Four: Panic at the Disco
We’re Halfway Through, People.
(If you’re just joining us, see The Eight Week Challenge Jump Start post for the scoop.)
Week progress: 151 –> 154.6, +3.6 pound
Total progress: 157 –> 154.6, -2.4 pounds
Week progress: 132.8 –> 132.4, -.4 pounds
Total progress: 139 –> 132.4, -6.6 pounds
How to gain four pounds in two days
A first glance at this week’s numbers feels like cause for freak out, right? Here’s the thing: I did not change a single thing. I did not have a bad day or go crazy eating a bunch of crappy food all week. You know what happened? I got my fucking period.
Oh, you don’t want to talk about periods. Ok. At least I know Selene does.
In general, I don’t recommend weighing yourself every day. It can really mess with your head if you let it. In this case, however, it’s helpful for me to have all the data. I’m steady, steady, steady, steady all week long and then BAM! Out of the blue, four pounds timed perfectly with my period. So although my gut reaction to those numbers was disappointment, discouragement, and let down, I talked myself out of freaking out about them. And I have a hunch that they’ll reverse right quick this week as soon as my body stops clinging so desperately to every single water molecule I give it.
It also had a noticeable effect on my riding on Saturday. I had one of the worst days I’ve had all year, wrestling up a 14-mile hill I can usually spin up without much drama. By the time I got to the top I wanted to stop riding bikes forever, I wanted to cry, and I wanted to go home right away. I did not do the first two things. I did go home right away. I ended up with 9 hours of riding for the week instead of the 12 I was shooting for. But you know what? The world is not going to end. It’s still decent volume for the first week of a build. Everything’s ok.
The other interesting thing about being able to attribute this weight spike to something natural and uncontrollable, is that I realize that in the past I might have let this be the deal-breaker The logic goes like this, “Well shit. If I can be 154 and eat pork belly or I can be 154 and eat fish and chicken breast every night, I may as well eat the pork belly!” It’s hard to work hard, ride hard, eat well and then not get results. It’s much easier to throw in the towel and head over to Pok Pok.
“Logic” like this is classic short-sighted nonsense. I named this the 8-Week Jump Start challenge for a specific reason – it’s not over when it’s over, instead it’s the thing that gets me headed down the right path so I can feel better and ride better and, hopefully, go uphill a little faster.
No sabotage here, just moving forward.
- More volume. 18 hours of training if I can somehow magically fit that much in. Where did I put that little Time Management Wand?
- More fruit. A quick review of my food diary shows that I’m not getting as much fruit as I’d like to. My carbohydrate levels are a little low and this should help.
- More morning. I’m going to do some kind of activity every morning before breakfast, boxer style, just to get my metabolism going a little bit. Easy running, easy yoga, light plyo or bike workout.
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