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!