For a background to this post see How I Plan to Lose 20 Pounds and Win the Bet.
Week #10 Weigh-In: +2. Total Loss: -8.
Not a good week. A step backwards. A few things went wrong.
- My average daily fasting window dropped from 14.85 hours to 13.29 hours.
- My knee was giving me fits, so I did no cycling and the time I spent at the gym was unfocused.
- I ate too much cheese.
- It has been a long time since I’ve had back pain, but this week I did, which kept me even less mobile.
Why did I get back pain? Last weekend was the big coffee event of the year. SCAA came to Seattle and I went for 3 days. Now on a normal day I might have 4 coffees. During the 3 day coffee event, I easily was consuming 10+ a day. Espresso shot after espresso shot. I had opportunities to try espressos that I had either never heard of or only read about. I had to take advantage of it, much like a beer drinker would go a little nuts if they attended Oktoberfest.
Anyway, by the end of the 3rd day I noticed my lower back was feeling sore. At first I though it was from standing and walking the floor for 3 days. And it could very well have been that, but then I recalled a post I put together in 2012 about the connection between excess coffee and lower back pain. See Sarno, Back Pain and Coffee? if that topic is of interest. A few days after the event, my coffee was back to “normal” and my back felt better.
Pulling Out the Big Gun
I didn’t want to have to do this, but I’ve decided to stop eating cheese. It is too palatable. I over consume it. In 2011, I went a month without dairy, but at that time I consumed lots of almonds to curb hunger. That won’t be an option this time, as I quit eating nuts in June 2013.
This will be the first time ever that I won’t be consuming nuts or cheese.
- I am still tied for the lead in the bet with Competitor #3. Competitor #4 is still MIA.
- My goal is to hit a 15 hour average daily fasting window for week #11.
- I’ll be using potatoes to replace cheese. 100 grams of potatoes are 77 calories, whereas 100 grams of cheddar are 402 calories.
- I plan to ease back to cycling. Starting with a few minutes.