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I’ve been pigging out this week!

Friday, January 22, 2016 by  
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I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but all week long I’ve been ravenous. My training miles/time/intensity have all been about average, and so I’m not really sure what’s going on.

pigAll I really know is that I’ve not been at all strict, and I have been eating well above maintenance. My diet has been clean (er… mostly), but I’m still up a couple of pounds this week. My scale weight this morning is perilously close to 170 pounds. Not good–especially since I need to drop back down to the lower 160s.

Or do I? That’s a tough question to answer in black and white.

I want to be back to the lower 160s–no question about it–but at the same time I’m feeling extremely strong on the bike right now. At Monday’s TT race I set new 30, 45 and 60 minute power PRs, and then the very next day I set a new 6 minute power PR–on tired legs. My energy level has been fantastic, and I feel quite good.

On the other hand, I hate how I look at this weight. It’s amazing how much visual difference just 6 or 7 “extra” pounds make at my weight and body fat percentage: my vascularity is significantly diminished, my face looks noticeably fuller (that’s my genetics), my cycling kits are a little tighter and my abs are blurry.

Of course everything I listed in the paragraph immediately above is pretty much pure vanity. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, at least I don’t think there is.

I need to get back to eating under maintenance for a few weeks. I really don’t want to start a formal cut, but for some reason that always helps me flip the switch and get serious. I’m going to give the laid back approach one more try. If I screw it up again I’m going to have to go with what has always worked for me, and formalize a brief cut. Like I said, I really don’t want to do that, so that’s my motivation to stop being so undisciplined.

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5 Responses to “I’ve been pigging out this week!”
  1. Been fighting to take off 3-5 lbs myself and have the same issue with strong appetite lately. I’m chalking it up to colder weather and shorter days triggering a natural instinct to build up “fat stores”. That’s the story I’m going with at least 😉

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