Intermittent fasting – 12 weeks in

Four days into lockdown in South Africa but as importantly… 12 weeks of Intermittent Fasting done and dusted! I am so excited to have made it this far and even more excited at the results that I am now seeing. Guys, this lifestyle change is worth considering! Don’t believe me? Read on…

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The Benefits

Where shall I start…ok, lets start with the one benefit that everyone wants to know about…the weight loss. Yes it is happening and not very fast at all but the I have lost approximately 6kg’s thus far. I seem to have stagnated at this point on the scale or I just need a new scale. (It’s been very inconsistent lately.) I doesn’t really phase me though. What does excite me is that I have lost the weight and I have dropped 2 dress sizes! Yes you read that right! ok, lets call it a dress size and a half because I would hover between and 18 and a 20 and now I fit back into a 16!!! How times change…the first time I ever bought a size 16, I was mortified at how fat I had gotten and now I am thrilled to be wearing that size.

My energy levels are definitely up. I have started running up my stairs now that we are in lockdown and it feels good. I definitely need to exercise more to get my fitness levels going . I have been working from home for 2 weeks now and I suspect that the lack of movement around the office, which is where I would normally get 5000+ steps in, is also slowing down my weight loss. My head is still clear as well which is brilliant. I never want to go back to that foggy head feeling again.

Lastly, and most importantly, I have seen a reduction in my blood glucose levels. I was so excited by today’s reading in particular. I had my lowest reading this morning since 2016 and I was shocked to have my lowest readings after 2 helpings of dessert this evening. I know I shouldn’t have but I couldn’t help myself, my son had made the must delicious apple cake which we had with cream. Besides I had my morning reading to celebrate. 😉 The reading was almost normal. My doctor is going to be pleasantly surprised when I tell him.

The secret?

I am religious about fasting for a minimum of 16 hours every day. I usually start eating at around 11:30 am or 12 am and have my last meal by 7 pm at the latest. I am not as good about watching what I eat but I try not to snack during my eating period and I stick to black coffee these days. I do need to increase my water intake again as well. i have slackened off on that. I don’t really miss eating during that fasting period and, even when I feel hungry, I don’t stress about it because I know that those pangs will subside as quickly as they rose up whether I drink something or not. The real secret is to commit to making the change and to always remember why you made that commitment in the first place. What is that benefit, that life changing benefit, that you are committed to achieving? That is what will make you keep your commitment to yourself. As Simon Sinek says; “Start with Why”. Here’s the other thing to remember, you will only be committed to the change when you are ready to make it. You will know when is that time for you. For me, I have a sense of “it’s now or never” and then I know that it’s time to make the change, I commit to it, the universe sends me who and what I need and then it is a done deal and there is no turning back. I do my part and God does the rest. I don’t believe He is done with me yet! What’s your “commitment” moment?

I hope you are all staying at home and keeping yourselves and your families safe. Let’s do our part to #flattenthecurve

Until next time…#staysafe

Intermittent fasting – Day 7

Day 7 of my new reality. Let me tell you, it’s a not a bad reality by any means. While I had no doubt that I was going to make this work when I started on Monday, I didn’t expect it to feel so easy and so natural. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it so much either. I have also learnt a bit thus far.

Eating all the time is stressful

Do you realise how much time you spend thinking of food when you are eating all the time? Mornings are a breeze because I only break my fast after 11am. Then I generally eat again between 5 and 6 pm and that is it. What a pleasure! Essentially I fast for a minimum of 16hrs and a max of 18. In between I drink ice water or black coffee. I am so thrilled that my response when asked “how do you take your coffee?” is now: “Black. No sugar.” Makes me feel hard core and like I am in a movie! Hahaha! I used to snack a lot in the afternoons and I do still get the urge. Water and coffee are my go to’s when the urge strikes. I think that if I wasn’t allowed coffee, I would never have coped. It’s my drug of choice, my crutch, my friend. It keeps me sane. Back when I was still a stick figure, I used to happily live on coffee and toast for most of the day and then have a decent meal for supper. So yes, at least I still get to drink coffee.

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I feel great (mostly)!

My head feels very clear. I haven’t reduced the carbs at each meal as much as I had planned as yet but perhaps, since I am taking in less overall over the course of the day, it has an impact. I wonder if, now that my body is spending less energy digesting food, there is more for my brain to use? I have also being doing better than normal on my scrabble games. (Yay!) It could also just be that I am rested since I am still on leave. Who knows. Time will tell I guess. I have been crabby though and this is not usually a crabby week for me from a hormonal perspective. (I have very distinct periods in my cycle where I am grouchy AF so I try to stay in my corner on those days). I am really hoping this is just a minor adjustment period I am going through.

I see a reduction in inflammation

My face is often quite puffy and it drives me insane. I had noticed a while ago that it is related to the amount of carbs I eat. Clearly just the reduction from removing a meal is enough to make a visible difference to the puffiness. This thrills me to no end. 😁 I also see an 800g loss on the scale which I am very happy with so so far so good! (doing the dance of joy…whoop whoop) Even my blood sugar levels are looking pretty decent over the course of the day. I think once I am fully low carb than the readings will be pretty steady all the time. 🤞

All in all this new reality has been a pleasant surprise. This is great because it means it will be that much easier to stick to. As I mentioned in a previous post, back in the day I ate to live and I did not live to eat and it feels good to go back to living that way. It feels right for me. I would definitely recommend giving it a chance if your doc says it’s ok for you to try. My bestie is also doing it so now I have 2 buddies to keep me motivated.

Let me know if you got a chance to read the book and if you have started intermittent fasting as well and you are finding it. Thanks for reading.

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