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One month of Intermittent Fasting

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Thank You everyone who stops to read. I did not get time to thank you all last post.

It is one month now. And it went incredibly fast. (pun not intended :o)
I have not lost much weight. But I have lost a lot of inches. I am smaller. My clothes are looser again.

My Dr won't be impressed, she is expecting me to weigh less. My goals are different than hers!

My goals are
1. Eat real food that is LC and full of good fats
2. Follow a plan for life (not a diet) that makes me feel good and empowered.
3. Feel good about myself instead of dwelling on what my deficits are.

I have read quite a few books on fasting and found several helpful websites. One of the things I love is that many of the books say- if you can't finish your fast day, or you find it too hard- it's o.k. I don't depend on will power and I only do what I feel I can do naturally. When I was young I remember my life had never revolved around food. And then one day food was every thing to me, especially sugar and carbs. I feel like when I was a teen and I was just too busy to eat. :o)

Each week I've played around with my fasts.
On a normal day I do 8:16. I eat from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Very easy for me. I do this 4 days a week. Once a week I fast 24 hours. And 2 days a week I fast the 5:2 fast, which is 12 hours- a 500 cal meal and 12 hours more.

I alternate my fast days by how I feel. I don't have to do a 24 hour, or a 5:2. but I try to stay in the 8:16 mode. Of course if I get sick I do whatever I need.

Some people ask why I fast when I lose so little weight. I tell them its because thanks to fasting I no longer crave or "cheat" by nibbling sugar or carby foods everyday. I can have them in my house for my husband, group home gals, and I can walk right past them. Never have I been able to do that before!
Before I felt like I could not stop myself. And that made me angry with myself. My husband is a thin carb addict, and my group home gals are both like him and I; we are products of the sugared cereal era. "A spoon full of sugar" was our motto!

But I am finally free!

I have had a few difficult times while fasting. In the beginning I could not sleep and suffered insomnia. And then suddenly I was so tired I felt like sleeping a week!! They say fasting improves memory. But I have MS and it hasn't helped mine. LOL!
But nothing is perfect, so overall I'm very happy to have stuck with it long enough to see I can use it and I like it.

I don't expect it to become a habit until a few months or more pass. I am not the type of person who develops these types of habits easily. ;o) After all I was raised on a high carb diet and I was addicted to sugar for most of my life!

((((((((HUGS)))))))))) my Dear SP friends! I'm hoping you too find what works for you!

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    You truly inspire me. My goal is also to follow God's Plan for me in regards to eating--which so far means cutting out 'simple' carbs. After hearing more and more of the advantages of fasting, I am seriously praying about adding that to my agenda. It is so hard to break this addiction that has been with me since a toddler. SIGH

    God is my Leader. I WILL follow. smile.
    2057 days ago
    We all have to find what works for us and I'm so glad you're liking this! :) Thx for commenting on my blog also.
    2058 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14651201
    I left you a message about what Intermittent Fasting was and then I found your blog.
    It sounds like God is rewarding your efforts with freedom!
    2061 days ago
    You're doing great, Eliz, and I think you're absolutely right about making adjustments to take the pressure off and make this just the way you eat, not some temporary regimen.
    2062 days ago
    I love your goals and hope your doctor will be pleased with your results. I like the daily 16 hour fast too and it works well for me but, like you, I don't fret if I can't do it one day. I have had the same result as you. It breaks the cycle of constantly wanting to eat. I wish more people would try it.
    2062 days ago
  • MRTHING2000
    I noticed some insomnia after a week or so. At first I felt more sleepy due to fewer calories. But the insomnia for me was probably stress-related. I've had to dial back the IF'ing for a bit while I sort the new routine and gym blitz.
    2063 days ago
    Screw the doc and do what feels right to YOU!!
    2063 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8260135
    Yea!!!! I notice the same thing about having more self-control over food while fasting. The numbers on the scale will eventually show up as a loss... the body is like that. Sometimes you see it in the numbers and other times in the clothes. You are doing great. Blessings to you!
    2063 days ago
    Fantastic! An entire month and it sounds like it is becoming much easier as well. And the best thing - losing those cravings!!! Good for you. I think your doctor will be fine with you - you're making progress.... losing inches and obviously your body is much healthier now. You are doing what works for you & that is wonderful. Keep it up!
    2064 days ago
    Blessings! emoticon
    2064 days ago
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