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Day #31 on Intermittent Fasting

Friday, May 15, 2020

Morning Sparkers,

I'm currently on Day #31 of Intermittent Fasting and I am proud to say that I've lost 8 pounds. I have been focusing on fasting 20 hours and eating for 4 hours daily. My goal is to eat One Meal a Day because I definitely can't overeat, if I commit to only eating one big meal.

*Created positive habits to better myself
*Started to prep meals again to make sure that I'm staying on track.
*Log every single bite into my Fitbit.
*I eat from 1pm to 5pm or some days One Big Meal a Day.
*Trained body to only eat 2 meals a day.
*Must eat between 1200-1500
*I drink 1 gallon/16 cups of water daily
*Really hard to over eat since all I'm having are 2 meals daily.
*I have been strict except for 2 days out of the 31
*Not as many aches & pains
*I have more energy because I'm naturally eating healthier
*Haven't had fast food since I started
*Helps to get rid of the temptation to want to eat junk. They say it takes 21 days to change a bad habit.
*More Mobility & Flexibility

*Having to train my body to accept this new lifestyle. It definitely doesn't come easy, but it's so extremely worth it.
*2 days I snacked way too much
*I normally slip up when I haven't eaten enough throughout the day. I need to develop more self control.
*This journey is a mind game and I have to fight the many temptations

You can tell that my body is really enjoying intermittent fasting and has adjusted very quickly to my new life style. I watch many videos on YouTube to get ideas and for motivation. I hold myself accountable by adding everything I eat into my Fitbit tracker. It's pretty much my weight loss bible because it tracks my calories in verses calories out. I definitely need to eating more vegetable and less carbs on a regular basis. I don't want to completely cut out carbs because I know I can't do that for the rest of my life. I need to keep reminding myself that this is not a race, but a lifestyle change. I don't want to lose more than 2-3 pounds a week because that's healthy weight loss.

The days that I mess up, I am learning to not be hard on myself. I'm definitely a work in progress and this journey is not easy. One day at a time will get me to my goal. I can do this!

Does anyone else Intermittent Fast?
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  • DTONEY76
    If I don't eat enough during my feeding window, I normally get extremely hungry in the evenings. I always try to eat between 1200-1500, depending on how active I am. I have to plan out every single bite to make sure that I'm eating enough. If I eat under, I find myself eating junk later in the evening which defeats all of my efforts during the day. I can't afford these slip ups because I'll be working twice as hard to lose my weight. Luckily you are maintaining, I still have 54 pounds to go. I tried OMAD and I just can't eat 1200-1500 calories in one sitting. Let me know how it goes if you do try it.
    379 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    May I ask what you mean when you say you normally slip up when you haven't eaten enough during the day? Do you mean during the 4 hours of eating?

    I am still getting used to 16:8, with some longer fasts that happen relatively naturally. (NOT happening naturally- more power to you that it has!), though it's easier since it's light out early now and I can be active outside in the morning. I've been doing this since the middle of March and I still wake up very hungry some days. Not willing to push it much more. I think I could have one day a week of OMAD/23/1. I am hardly ever hungry for dinner after having opened my eating window at 10, but I have nevertheless gotten truly hungry before bed even after a dinner, so I'll save OMAD for a day when I don't get hungry until much later. I think that's happened once or twice since I began. I tried something similar a few years ago and it sent me back to compulsive eating. I backed off for a few years and understand the process and benefits better. Plus I eat hardly any industrial snack foods or sweets that last time I thought I could eat - "eat what you want"- but that tripped the overeating wire. I am not willing to fast the number of hours a day it would take to get the appetite suppression that would supposedly keep me from overeating junk. Besides, I'm not really looking to try to incorporate those much. It's hard enough to get in enough nutrition on my two meals.
    379 days ago
  • DTONEY76
    Thanks for the positive response and support through this journey. We all know it's not easy and the more motivation we get, the better it is. ~Dedrie
    393 days ago
    Wow! Congrats! That is awesome progress. I've tried it in the past, but I need to get back to it. You've inspired me.
    393 days ago
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