A Foolish But Interesting 'Experiment' - 13th March 2015
A FOOLISH BUT INTERESTING EXPERIMENT!
Post-BAD45 - Testing Hormones
3rd March - 13th March 2015
Letting Ones Hair Down!
Finished BAD45 on the 27th February (2015). Undertook some simple recovery for a mini-cycle (4 days) and then headed off on holiday for 10 days. I loaded my trusty Dell pad with my planned training schedule for the 10 day journey complete with calendars and videos. I was a man with a solid plan....but....sometimes plans don't go as planned!
I undertook basic mobility training for the first two days and did nothing on day 3. It was an unplanned departure from the solid schedule. On day 4 I did the entire Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm Mobility program. This was not in the plan, but was something as opposed to nothing! Day 5 was nothing again and day 6 was 3 rounds of the Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm TUT30 Program. After that was nothing until I returned home.
During my holiday it became evident to me that I was not going to be following my training schedule. When this realisation set in I made the bold (or foolish, depending on your viewpoint) decision to try something unusual. I decided to 'let my hair down' and see what the results would be. I slipped back into my old (very old) ways and ate crap food, drank copious amounts of alcohol and gorged on chocolate! My fellow London mates would say, "What a Tosser!"
Why did I undertake this experiment (aka stupidity)? I wanted to see how it would affect me (as well as have a naughty rocking time!). Prior to the trip I felt super fit and internally believed that I had close to optimal hormone optimisation. I had just finished BAD45, felt fantastic, felt balanced and needed a bloody good break! My post-holiday fat levels would yield the answer.
I went from 72.4kg (159.28lbs) at the beginning of the trip up to 75.7kg (166.5lbs) by the end. The real kicker was that within 3 days of returning to healthy living I was back down to 72.7kg (159.94lbs). The additional weight must have been a combo of a little fat and water.
This 'experiment' confirmed that I am in a pretty healthy state (physically) and pretty darn stupid (mentally :). Looking at what I actually consumed (chart below), one would have expected a dramatic increase in weight. But no. There was a sharp increase and them rapid recovery. As of the 16th March I feel back on form and just completed a Tacfit Bruiser Clubbell training session. Feel stronger than before the holiday (due to extended recovery as opposed to shite nutrition!)
I have absolutely no desire to repeat this 'experiment' but did enjoy it 'in the moment'. Healthy living is so much more desirable and is how I plan to continue living :)
|Day 1 of Holiday (Start)||3rd March 2015||72.4||159.28|
|Day 10 of Holiday (End)||13th March 2015||75.7||166.5||Increase of 3.3kg / 7.26lbs|
|3 Days After Holiday||16th March 2015||72.7||159.94||Dropped 3kg / 6.6lbs in 3 days.|
|6 Days After Holiday||19th March 2015||72.2||158.84||0.2kg / 0.44lbs lighter than Day 1 of holiday.|
FOOD CONSUMPTION WHILE ON HOLIDAY
|Number of pints|
|3/3/2015||Airplane Food||Airplane Food||Kebab||0|
|3/4/2015||Cooked English Breakfast (Café)||Pub Lunch||Pub Dinner||3|
|3/5/2015||Cooked English Breakfast (Café)||Cornish Pasty from shop||Pub Dinner||4|
|3/6/2015||Mexican breakfast (restaurant)||Fish & Chips (Café)||KFC||3|
|3/7/2015||2 large coffees from Starbucks!||Kebab||Dinner at Friends||6|
|3/8/2015||McDonald's Breakfast||Kebab||Pub Dinner||5|
|3/9/2015||Cooked English Breakfast (Hotel)||No lunch||Pub Dinner||5|
|3/10/2015||Breakfast at Friends||Kebab||Pub Dinner||5|
|3/11/2015||No breakfast||Kebab||Hotel Dinner||4|
|3/12/2015||McDonald's Breakfast||Bacon butty - Pub||Airplane Food||5|
|3/13/2015||Airplane Food||No lunch||Airplane Food||4|
The above does not include the daily Snickers bars, Crunchies, Twix Bars, biscuits and other crap!