Night Run


I’ve been living a “keto-adjacent” lifestyle for the past six months in solidarity with the Curmudgeonly Lion. “Keto” translating roughly to “avoiding carbs and emphasizing protein and fats” as a form of weight maintenance. And it has been a great help in These Times- both as a way of keeping us from snacking ourselves into oblivion and as an interesting excuse to try new foods and recipes.

We’ve reached a point in our keto adventures where the actual weight loss has leveled out, so the Curmudgeonly Lion sought the advice of his doctor to find out what else we might be able to try.

Exercize.

Intermittent fasting.

I mean: these are easy “changes” for me to make because I’m already doing them. But I did find one helpful kernel of advice in the mix: to do my exercising at the end of a period of Intermittent fasting, right before eating a meal. Apparently, this is supposed to be more effective at charging the metabolism by an order of magnitude. Was it true? I didn’t know, but it was worth a shot. Heck, it might even be more convenient.

All summer I’ve been getting up early to go running. Partly, this was due to temperature: with days getting up into the nineties and hundreds, it’s a LOT more pleasant to drag my ass around the block before the sun comes up. And it was a good way to charge my daily routine: get up, go for a run, plank, shower, coffee, begin day. Five things to cross off my list before the first daily meeting.

Now, though, the days are getting shorter and the dawn is coming later. More often than not I’m running in the dark, which I don’t mind, but it’s a lot harder to get myself going when it still feels like the middle of the night. It would be easy to shift my run to the end of the day: to right before dinner.

So, I gave it a try.

Running after a day of fasting presents its own forms of motivational challenge, but it did feel pretty good to get away from my desk after a long day of listening in on recording sessions. I was still just as hungry for dinner, but I was less desperate to eat- and less inclined to keep eating like I sometimes am. And it was easy to forgo the evening glass of wine, which has become a quarantine-routine.

It’s hard to say if it is actually making that much of a difference yet to the amount of impact my running has on the, no pun intended, bottom line. But it was an easy enough change to make, so I’ll be interested to see how it plays out.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on September 16, 2020.

5 Responses to “Night Run”

  1. If the air is still smokey where you live, you shouldn’t be out running at all.

    • Early in the mornings it seemed like the smokiness was less severe down at street level (although it was still pretty hazy up overhead) and running is one of thethings keeping me sane these days so it’s a calculated risk

  2. I suppose exercise after not eating (forget calling it intermittent fasting…that’s like saying you’re taking a five-minute holiday vacation…when and why would you?) could be a way of conditioning the body to work with less in the fuel tank. Do it often enough, and the body adjusts (or cries out if it feels you’ve gone off the deep end). If it works for your body/DNA type, you’ll have few to no problems.

    You and I would do fair to okay with that, on any day my hyper-metabolism doesn’t object.

    Though, I am not sure what the obsession with weight is, lately. You don’t look as if you need to worry about being too big…more like too thin.

    Diet definitely plays a part. But, didn’t you say you made some kind of keto muffins or some other baked good for the lion? How do you avoid carbs with baking?…that sounds scientifically scary and unpleasant.

    If I had to exercise in the dark, I’d eventually be concerned about being assaulted. I live in a nice enough area. But, still, I’d be concerned. Never think it cannot happen. But, I also don’t think I am so combat-ready that I could adequately defend myself in any situation when it presents itself. Maybe we should start carrying small weapons when we exercise. Bring a nightstick or “tazer.”

    • Ah for those if us not blessed with a hyper metabolism, weight maintenance requires vigilant attention: especially in stressful times when snacking is an easy and convenient form of comfort. Keto helps: mostly it involves swapping wheat flour for almond or coconut and sugar for stevia. I run with my phone now, so if I were to ever feel in danger I could call for help in a cinch

      • Blessing or cursed appetite, take your pick.

        Then I suggest chewing on something not digestible so you do not add to the asteroids in orbit around your waist. Perhaps we all need adult pacifiers. I mean, they have adult diapers. Why not adult nooks for stress management?

        Snacking is only easy when you make snacks readily accessible.

        Stevia? That’s one of those complex substitute deceptions. If you buy diet soda with less sugar, you’re worse off than need be. Sugar substitutes take out sugar but add something even harder to break down.

        Coconut oils are a two-edged sword, too.

        Yea, good luck calling for help when they catch you off guard.

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