The Four Hour Body on a Crazy Schedule
This week we had visitors from out of town coming to stay with us, and the simple fact was that our schedule was going to be very different to normal, and most likely we would be away from our house, and our home routines for a lot of the week. So, I thought, what approach could you take, if there’s an expected disruption to your routine? How do you make sure things don’t fall apart, whilst still making the most of a special event?
Though at first it was tempting to want to believe I could just stick to my routine, eventually, I realised this would leave me feeling a little worried when things did inevitably get out of whack, and I found myself without any beans or lentils in sight.
So I needed a plan. I started by figuring out which meals there was no chance for, and letting go of those meals in my mind. There was no other option. As it turned out, there weren’t too many – 3 maybe 4 at the most fell into this category. Not too bad for a whole week. This really helped me as I had been feeling this creeping sensation that the whole week was going to be a write-off – that all the meals would be different, or an unusual time, and so I should just give up. Instead of giving up (and eating all kinds of things all week), I stuck to my plan – and let go of those few meals where there really was no other option, or I knew I just wanted to enjoy a special meal with friends.
So, then I had some more scenarios where regular food was possible, but it would just take some extra preparation, because we’d be out and about, travelling around. There were probably going to be another 3 or 4 that fell into this category. I figured it was worth some extra effort to get in a few ‘normal’ meals, and so I packed a couple of tupperware containers full of beans, turkey and spinach, to have on hand for those times.
As it turned out, I gained a bonus ‘normal’ meal due to a change of plans, and the whole week was far from a loss. I think it worked out to be 80-85% of meals were exactly what I would have eaten normally.
The lesson I learned from this is that perception can be a powerful thing, and before I had thought through the details, my perception had swung a long way. If I had based my actions on perception alone, I most likely would have ended up eating a lot more randomly, and felt worse in my body for it.
So what was the impact? My extra ‘cheat’ meals were spread across a couple of days – a breakfast, and a dinner that day, and a lunch and dinner the next. I did, however, manage to limit the damage by including plenty of protein in most meals, and selecting wisely when I had the chance. There was extra sugar in a couple of meals, some simple white carbs in another couple, and I felt the effects the next day, in my energy and digestion. My favourite cheat food of the week? Espresso creme brulee, which was delicious, though I couldn’t finish the whole thing.
Surprisingly, although these days, nothing tends to surprise me, I lost a couple of pounds. As I’m working on my Occam’s Protocol workouts, and Occam’s Feeding meals, this is the equivalent to gaining weight if you’re on slow carb, and intending to lose some pounds, however I think it only set me back perhaps half a week – I rolled back a pound or two. I’ve also had to delay my next weights session, due partly to slower recovery, and also partly due to a extra ‘workout’ session this week – some awesome West Coast forest mountain biking (well worth the recovery time).
So, it is possible to manage an usual schedule, and still, in the majority, stick to the eating and the exercise you would like to. Next time something comes up, if you have the chance, see if you can work out what the realistic impact is, and work with your best case scenario – limiting any damage, rather than giving up and things spiralling from there.
What do you think? Do you have special techniques or tips to share on managing the four hour body lifestyle with a variable schedule? Leave a comment below!
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