“I seem to be moving away from the “I need to eat X amount to have fun”, or the “I need to drink X amount to have fun”. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE food and LOVE alcohol, being able to fit a burger or a beer into my macros is amazing.
I know it sounds cheesy but Propane is literally changing certain aspects of my life in a very positive way, especially my relationship with food and consequently my relationship with others. Last April I was miserable and a lot of that came from self-esteem issues @ 93kg compared to 76kg this week.
The lessons to learn from Callum
Taking care of your body is a positive sum game: it pays dividends in all other dimensions of your life.
- You can’t focus on reading a book when you’re bursting for a poo:
- It’s hard to have a vibrant social life when you haven’t got a roof over your head. Incidentally, here’s a homeless ‘pick-up artist’ who’s doing exactly that: operating at one level of the hierarchy while homeless, unhappy and alcoholic. This is a dysfunctional picture.
A lot of people shouldn’t even be worrying about their life purpose: they need to clean their toilet first. – David Allen
- We skip training for weeks on end so we can stay late in the office.
- We’re consistently out late, and forget that ‘sleep is a necessity, not a luxury’.
- We have no concerns doing it at the time, because when we skimp on the fundamentals, we don’t bear the cost immediately. Instead, it slowly accumulates and bites us later.
- Can’t go out for a meal, wouldn’t be able to track the macros accurately.
- Terrified of my upcoming holiday in case I gain weight or miss a training session
- <10%, but feeling fat, just need to lose a couple more pounds…
So how do you find the balance point?
There doesn’t need to be a tension between enjoying a flexible life and hitting your fitness goals. It is neither about the grind, nor wild hedonism.
- Stay in the house and starve yourself, while smugly judging them.
- Go out with good intentions to track meticulously, but fuck it, you crack and double up on everything. By the time you get home, you’re feeling guilty and continue the binge until you’re about to burst. A single meal has turned into a diet derailment.. it wasn’t even enjoyable.
Callum gets it. He’s learned:
- How much is ‘enough’ food to feel satisfied
- The average of your efforts produces your physique
Just like that Seth Godin quote, set up a diet you don’t need to cheat on.
Hey all, long time no speak! Just a post to see if anyone else has any little tricks they play on themselves to do some sort of damage control over the holiday period.
I try my best to never say no to any social situation, Yusef will absolutely attest to this given that he sees my eating out/alcohol days on spreadsheets week in/week out.
To cope with this I’ve started doing something slightly different/maybe totally bonkers for the Christmas break.
- Wake up
- Before I eat anything, even if I’m not planning a night out, enter the maximum number of drinks it takes to get me suitable smashed into MFP
- Ring-fence those kcals and work under the assumption that I might get a text at 9pm about going out to the pub/cinema/bowling/wherever (Note: this is the absolute MAX number of drinks I can put away and I will very, very rarely drink 1000kcals… Better to plan for the lowered inhibition that I’ll have after a few pints. Also if I didn’t love Guinness so much these kcals would be much lower!)
- Hit remaining macros throughout the day as normal
- At 9pm I’ll be doing one of the following:
a: Going out to have a fun time with friends, guilt free (see attached pic for scenario 1)
b: Playing macro Tetris with lots of fun Christmas foods such as After Eights, Celebrations, Mince Pies etc. before falling asleep in front of the TV – just as fun as going out
(also see attached pic for scenario 2)
I know to some of you that this level of effort just to fit in alcohol is totally bonkers and I know that excessive alcohol is always going to be bad, but doing this keeps me sane for the booziest/merriest period of the year and I’m hoping it will keep the macro/life balance ticking along nicely.
I’ll probably only end up drinking the ring-fenced alcohol for 4 nights out of the next 14 days at home, but when I do eventually get that text about the pub/cinema/burger at 9pm, I know I’ll be buzzing to go out rather than dreading it. If I don’t end up going out, I’ll still be having a bloody cracking time in front of the TV with my 1000kcals of junk food!
This Christmas for me is just about limiting damage rather than making progress on lift numbers/weight loss. 2125 kcals is still a deficit for me, so hopefully the average of my efforts over the break will mean that I’m still moving (albeit slowly) in the right direction and I’ll be ready to smash it come January. Apologies for the long post, this is my first Christmas break in about 8 years without January exams… Safe to say I’m feeling like a bit of a spare part and wanted to do something productive!
Hope everyone has merry festive period!