13 Weeks: Week Five -- In Which We Slog
In Our Last Episode: Our Hero -- having dived into a 13 Week Experiment with a high-protein, high-fat, low carb di... eating plan inspired by Gary Taubes, and high-intensity training inspired by Tabata Izumi's Tabata Protocol and the high intensity weight-lifting described in The Power of Ten and Body by Science -- was confronted by the Thanksgiving Monster on the Weight-Loss Plateau. Now, we find him crossing the Slough of Despond pursued by ghosts from his past and burdened by excessive baggage.
Yeah, I'm not having as good a time.
It's predictable: any time you do something like this, there's initial excitement and enthusiasm, but eventually you're in the middle of it and the excitement abates. This week the excitement has definitely abated. A lot of that has to do with things outside of the experiment itself: as we said in grad school, life is something that happens when you're just trying to do your damned research. I had a programming project with a hard deadline for a demo; it wasn't working and I got stubborn, resulting in my working from 9:30AM on Wednesday to 11:30AM on Thursday -- 26 hours straight. And I can tell you, I'm getting too old for this crap. Adding insult to injury, I'd hit 276 pounds on Wednesday morning, and was back up to 278 when I got home on Thursday, even though I'd actually not had much to eat over that 26 hours. I then had some unhappy news on another issue that was stressing me when I got to work on Friday morning.
By Friday afternoon I was not a happy man. (This, by the way, is a cliffhanger to remind you to follow to the next page.)