I’m following up to my post a few months ago on The Skinny of Intermittent Fasting. I’ve been meaning to follow up on my progress with fasting and have been putting it off.
This morning, I let out a whoop as I finally noticed a shift in weight. It’s finally heading in the right direction. Even though the change is minor – I feel better overall. Even my tape measure is showing changes around my waist and I’m down a couple of inches. It’s taken SO LONG to get here.
So, let me share some benefits that I’ve noticed with intermittent fasting.
Waking up in the morning is getting easier – as long as I’m in bed by 1am. The last few nights – not so much given we were in a heat wave. But I find once I’m out of bed, I feel good. I have high energy and feel motivated to exercise, continue to eat healthy and get all the things I want to get done during the day. I also have more stamina when it comes to working out.
I have slacked a bit on leg exercises – so I need to get back into that. But I actually sat on my knees last week while cleaning – and I didn’t scream out in pain. So progress!
Not as hungry
With eating in an eight or nine hour window, I make a point to ensure my meals are filling and healthy. I’m still using My Fitness Pal (mostlysingle) to track what I eat during the day.
I’m down to two main meals – lunch and dinner and something sweet for dessert before 9:00 pm. So, my window for eating is 12:00 – 8:00 pm – give or take. It all depends on when I get up.
I do find it hard sometimes to fast in the morning if I’m awake before 8 am. I’ll fill myself up with coffee, water and a glass of almond milk.
But throughout the day – I find I have less cravings and am less hungry than I would be normally. This morning was hard to wait until noon. But by drinking more water, I think it helps to fill up an empty stomach.
If you’re finding it difficult to fast this long – then try snacking on protein shakes in the morning or eat something low carb like a hard-boiled egg.
Flexible meal plans
Unlike my attempt at keto, you can eat most foods with fasting. By tracking my calories, I make sure to stick to under 1500 calories per day. On my cheat days – I will order in things like sushi or flatbread pizza or Chinese food. It’s okay if I go over the 1500 calorie one or two days out of the week – because according to My Fitness Pal, sometimes I barely make 1200 calories – even eating all the right foods. It’s because of the types of foods I eat – like vegetables, eggs, high protein and low calorie items.
With fasting, I can eat things like pasta, rice, ice cream – or even have a piece of cake if I’m craving it. I find this helps to prevent binges later on.
Allowing yourself treats in moderation is key. It’s hard to do this with keto and I found I didn’t like the taste of almond flour used in keto baking.
This makes me happy though. It means I can enjoy the simple things in life. And unlike keto, I can still eat the foods I love in moderation like bread!
Other than the last week with the heat and battling a migraine (related) – my sleep was almost back to normal. I was sleeping five or six hours without waking up. For two weeks – it was great. I was up by 8:00 am in the morning, I had good energy and felt well rested.
Once that migraine hit – it was game over. I woke up at 10:00 am today. But — I have good energy and that’s the thing that counts. I am desperately trying to regulate my sleep schedule before going back to work. The heat has gone down and I think that will help now.
I’ve managed to go several weeks without a nap and that’s a great sign too.
Actual Weight Loss Progress
While the progress has been minimal, it is a huge relief to finally see progress when measuring my waist. I’m just a few inches away from my goal – where I was ten years ago. The bulk of the problem is in my hips and this is taking a long time to shed. I blame hormones.
I see my doctor next week and will see if she has anything to suggest. There are medications to help with weight loss and I really don’t want to go back on hormone replacement therapy. My cycles have pretty much gone back to normal.
I’m hoping when I return to work – whatever that looks like – I can stick to part time hours and only work three days a week in the office. Ideally, I’d like to work from home especially with cases of COVID spiking here — it’s bad. Worse than it has been.
I would like to, when things return to normal – to join a fitness class – like water fitness. I miss it. I think it will help with sleeping too.
So, if you’re like me – and you’ve tried everything there is to try to lose weight – definitely do some research into intermittent fasting. I’ve included some related posts below to get you started.
Let me know in the comments what’s working for you!
- The Skinny on Intermittent Fasting (popular post)
- Fasting vs. Starvation
- My Fasting Schedule (challenge 1)
- The Keto Challenge (I gained weight)
- Everything You Need to Know About the Keto Diet
- Why your scales don’t budge
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