Monday, October 3, 2011

The big IF

There are a lot of big 'what ifs' in life but today thats not what I'm talking about. My big IF is Intermittent Fasting. Mondays are typically fasting days for me. I eat nothing until about 5-6pm or dinner time. I chose Monday as a way of 'restarting' the week. Maybe I punish myself a little for having too many calories over the weekend, as was the case this past weekend, who knows, but it definitely works for me. The immediate benefit for me was once the body has gone without food, I really noticed what I put back in it. That lead to better healthier decisions about what I was eating. It also gave me a chance to learn when I'm actually hungry as opposed to eating because I'm bored, stressed, tired or angry. It also helps when the body has hit a plateau. I was stuck at the same weight for a few weeks and a few days of fasting over about a 2 week period helped me get over that hump. I'm not saying its for everyone but everyone can certainly try it for a few hours at the very least. Marks Daily Apple explains why it works better than I can so go here if you want to read more. Obviously don't chose days you need to go food shopping or are taking the kids or meeting friends for lunch. And ladies choose wisely, don't go anywhere near 'those' few days of the month, you're destined to fail. Believe me, I've tried.

The one thing I'm unsure about is how the fasting affects my WODs. I haven't done any comparisons yet. I guess I should try todays WOD in a few weeks again.... well, maybe not todays because it really sucked, but definitely a different one.

Todays hero WOD was brutal. Any time you're doing 100+ pullups in a workout, you know its going to suck.

3 rounds:
21 right arm dumbbell squat snatch - 15#
21 tuck sit pullups
21 left arm dumbbell squat snatch
21 tuck sit pullups


Notes: Fasting day. The pack weight I should have done was 20lbs. I started off with 20 on the first round but quickly decided it was a bit too heavy and it would take me way too long to get thru. For the pullups I started with 13 unassisted tuck sit, then the rest were a mix of assisted, mixed grips, regular and tuck holds. Everything was broken and forearms were crying.

Recipe: Roasted acorn squash.
Yeah, those pumpkin looking veggies you see all over this time of year. Don't be afraid of them. They are awesome and taste like a mix between pumpkin and sweet potato.

Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, sprinkle with salt/pepper, drizzle w/EVOO, put them face down on a baking sheet @ 425 for about 20 minutes. Once they're done, (they should be soft and have browned edges) drizzle with your choice of a bit of honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or a dab of butter and serve.


  1. Hmmm...the IF sounds interesting. I have read about it. So you really feel that it works even just for those hours? I think I could do it on a weekend better than sitting at my desk at work, not that I snack anywhere near the way I used to! I may have to give it a try.

  2. I think it does. I mean, I'm not eating from 7-8pm the night before (if I have a snack at night) up until about 6 pm the next day. So technically, it's almost 24hours of no food. I think it's a good way to really appreciate what you eat. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I drank a LOT of coffee, tea and water and as long as I was busy, I didn't even think about it.