I find that the intermittent fasting is not really all that hard to do (at least not the 16 hrs. overnight). Overall, I feel like I have done fairly well and can continue with the mindset of what we have been doing.
I have learned something though and that is I am very much an emotional eater. Working 4 hrs. away from my home and family is tough and when I come back to Arkansas after visiting home it takes me a couple days to get over the depression of missing home, my family and my friends. Yesterday (Monday) was a tough day for me so I chose to go out with my camera and do a little photography as opposed to going to my Townhouse and just sitting there by myself just wasn't a good idea. The downside to that was I didn't get in my exercise; however, it did help me deal with the emotions I was feeling.
So tonight, I will do my exercise, do some laundry and I am going through cook books (writing down recipes that I really like) to put in one central cookbook binder and finally do away with all the clutter from all of the cookbooks that I have. I also find that as I get rid of clutter it frees up my mind and spirit as well to achieve greater things for my body. When I de-clutter I feel lighter. How about you? Is there anything in your lives that makes you feel lighter when you do it? I would love to hear about your triggers!
It has been an interesting journey so far. I fast from 7pm at night to 11am in the morning and overall that is not too bad. It seems when I break it and it after 7pm at night then I get hungrier the next morning than if I stop my fasting at 7pm. Overall, I find that I am not ravenous like I thought I would be and this seems to be working for me. Along with the intermittent fasting we have set our diets at 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs. To keep it that low in carbs that really is only what is found in vegetables and a small amount of low carb fruits. I lost 7 lbs. last week and so far this week have lost another 1.5lbs. I find that I do not feel hungry or deprived on this so far. I know some days I will not be perfect and I try to plan for those days. Example is last Sunday was date night with my husband and we went to the movies. I knew I was going to eat popcorn so that day I had a huge salad with grilled Shrimp for lunch. I knew that day would be higher in carbs and I would eat past 7pm so I set my AM eat time up accordingly as well.
I will not lie as it does take some forethought as to what you are going to have to eat. I generally plan out my next days meals the night before so I am not scrounging for just something to throw in my lunch box for work the next day. It also takes some forethought when grocery shopping as to what you really want to fix that week.
I have also been drinking the Shakeology protein drinks in the afternoon. It is a powder loaded with protein, fats and vegetables. You mainly mix it with water but I was having a hard time getting this down. Now, I mix it with the Atkins protein Mocha Latte drink and find that I can drink the mixture of the two.
Today is day 4 of the intermittent fasting and it is not quite as bad as I thought it would be. One fasts for 16 hours of the day and then can eat sensibly during the next 8 hours. I chose to fast between 7pm and 11am which overall works pretty good for me. I still find myself getting a little hungry in the mornings but so far nothing that is not manageable. I generally have my cup of coffee with 1T creamer and some splenda (keep it below 50 calories) and that usually staves off the hunger for a while. It is 10am right now and I do feel some hunger pains but generally I can get myself involved in something else and can push through it. Of course, the real proof is in how one feels, weight lost, muscle mass gained, etc. So, over the next few weeks I will keep coming back to this and giving updates so stay tuned.
For information on fasting you can read The Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting by James Clear at jamesclear.com.
Well, today was "D" day. I started with a group called Shed the Fat with BeachBody. The amazing coach is Amber Blanch and I found her through Zumba workouts on YouTube. I have been following her on facebook for a while now and when she started a new group I jumped on it. Tomorrow I will weigh in at the Dr.'s office and have measurements taken. We are starting out doing a fast of 16 hrs. per day and protein at 50%, fat at 30% and carbs @ 20%.
Today was an example of my busy lifestyle. I worked from 7am to 6pm and still had to go grocery shopping. Made it home a little after 7 which I then put groceries away and immediately did my work out. Tonight I chose to do non-contact kickboxing which literally kicked my booty.
I am hoping this program will help me with eating healthier routinely and learning to take care of myself which yes, does include exercise. I know that word is not my favorite either but as I get older, I am learning it needs to be a staple in my life.
Here is to a new journey in life. May it be a healthy and long journey together.