2015 cut and beyond: mistakes were made…
In the midst of yesterday’s blog, in which I discussed my diet and training plans for the Six Gap Century ride later this year, I wrote that I made some errors after completing an otherwise extremely successful 2015 cutting program. There’s not much to be gained by putting my head in the sand, so today I’d like to take a quick look at where I messed up.
As most of you know, when I cut I go into “all or nothing” mode: no cheat meals, no missed workouts, no alcohol and nothing off my planned cutting diet (which is very strict). This approach has always worked wonders for me, and it’s hard to argue with the results I’ve achieved. I’ve never failed to reach my cutting goals, and I always do it in a relatively short amount of time.
Once I’m done cutting, I’ve always gradually transitioned back to a maintenance diet. This year was different, though. I started a vacation immediately after my cut was over, and I went frigging nuts. I couldn’t seem to stop myself. I didn’t just have a few splurge meals, I was consuming everything that I’d been craving over the past 9 or 10 weeks, and I didn’t want to stop.
I’m not sure if it was because I was on vacation, or if I simply felt super deprived after all those weeks of strict dieting. I know one thing for sure: I’ve never felt like that after a cut before. Perhaps it was a lethal combination of those two things.
If I ever do another cut, I may give the weekly cheat meal thing a go instead of being so strict the entire time. Doing so will actually be more difficult for me than not having any splurge meals, but I may come out of it not feeling so deprived.
After my vacation I returned to my usual diet, but I was definitely consuming more junk food (and delicious craft beer) than usual. My weight slowly crept back up. There’s no mystery here: this was just me being overly-indulgent.
Anyway, now that I’m in training for Six Gap I have renewed focus. I’ve got to drop about 10 pounds between now and then (about 4 months), so it’s not horrible, but after all the hard work I did to get down to 157 pounds I’m fairly annoyed with myself.
Almost everyone slides now and again. It’s impossible to be “perfect” all the time. The important thing is to recognize the problem, be honest with yourself about it and then do something about it.