Happy hump day to all of you out there. I just can’t wait for the weekend! It’s a pretty dreary Wednesday morning here in Maine. It rained all day yesterday, so the air is heavy and humid; at least it’s cool (about 63 degrees right now). With another Wednesday, comes another Wellness and weight loss check-in. I’m super proud of the progress I’ve made this week – it’s nuts! Hopefully I can be a little bit of inspiration for you if you’re having a rough time finding the energy to work out. *hugs*
It’s pretty much smooth sailing on this front. I haven’t made anything Instagram-worthy this week, so I don’t have any pictures to share. I’ve basically munched on peanut butter apples and nuts for lunch. Dinners have mainly comprised of leftover soups from the freezer or veggies, beans and rice. While those things taste pretty good, they aren’t the most mouth watering or photogenic foods. I’ve also been eating less, due to the following point:
Intermittent Fasting. Why?
If you saw my post last Thursday, I was considering intermittent fasting (IF) as a supplement to my current exercise plan. I have been doing this for a couple of reasons:
- IF helps reset your biological hunger cues. This way you can rely on them more readily and trust that you’re actually hungry when your body tells you it’s time to eat.
- IF helps break down and smooth over scar tissue, as well as decreasing loose skin during weight loss. I’ll be real for a second here and say that I don’t have the tightest stomach. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy with Kenna, and as I’ve slowly lost it… it’s left quite a bit of skin behind. IF should help me at least partially tackle this issue. Also… stretch marks.
- IF can help speed up weight loss in a healthy way. Just as our bodies were designed to feast, they were also designed to fast. We have fat stores for times of “famine,” and IF just takes advantage of our biological mechanisms already in place. When fasting, your body basically eats whatever meal you skipped from your fat stores. Easy peasy.
My Fasting Schedule
- Monday: (22hr) *
- Skip breakfast
- Skip lunch
- Eat a massive amount of dinner around 6pm and drink my protein shake while exercising until 8pm, then take all of my vitamins. I also take a Fenugreek to help prime my body for my fasting state the next morning.
- Tuesday: (16hr)
- Skip breakfast
- Eat lunch at 12pm and intermittently until 8pm like before. I eat a very large dinner.
- Wednesday: (22hr) *
- Like Monday.
- Thursday: (16hr)
- Like Tuesday.
- Friday: (22hr) *
- Like Monday.
- Saturday and Sunday: (both 16hr)
- Like Tuesday
- I eat a lot on the weekend to refuel and recharge.
*If I feel at all tired or sluggish on a 22hr fasting day (and it’s not because of the weather), I will break my fast at 1pm or 2pm and eat a small meal… Think an apple with peanut butter: something high in protein, sugar, and fats.
If I’m dragging, it’s time to eat. I’ve found that I can tell the difference between cravings, thirst, and actual hunger signals since starting this. It’s very convenient to actually know when it’s time for you to eat. It’s really hard to explain; when you need to eat, you just know.
Today’s weigh-in revealed a glorious number: 142.8. I’m doing so well; I never thought I’d be able to lose weight as well as I have been. It just takes some perseverance to get through the initial week where your body is out of shape, and then you kind of just take off.
If I could say only one thing to you all to help motivate you, it would be this: push through and own week one. After that, you’ll be able to see progress and you won’t want to stop.
Here’s a screenshot from my weight tracker app this morning. It feels so good to look back and see how far you’ve come.
Here’s my most recent before/after photo as well. I’m starting to see some visual progress, and that’s also extremely motivating!
As you can see, I’m almost to my first goal of 140lbs! Once I reach that, I will set another, more lofty goal. I’m hoping, when all is said and done, to at least reach my pre-pregnancy weight of about 120. For my height and build, 105-120 is a healthy, minimal body fat weight range. Ideally, I’d like to be able to fit into all of my old clothes I have from when I was about 110lbs, but we’ll see what happens.
With the IF schedule comes a tiny complication with exercising. I can still exercise, but not as intensely if I’m in a fasted state. I still do my normal exercises at night when I’ve had a big meal, but I’m trying to take it easy on my walks in the morning. I don’t feel bad about skipping a morning walk if I’m at all tired or sluggish (which doesn’t usually happen), or if it’s rainy and cold.
Have you considered IF for general health or weight loss goals? What does your weight loss/ weight maintenance routine look like? How well does your body respond to weight loss efforts? Do you have any weight to lose? Let’s chat in the comments below!
Until next time,