Skip to main content

Intermittent Fasting and Me

Hi again!

Intermittent Fasting has changed my life. My friends and family have heard me talk about it A LOT.

I find myself suggesting it to everyone and anyone I come across.

"Struggling with weight?  Intermittent Fasting!"

"High blood pressure? Intermittent Fasting!"

"Digestion or gut issues? Intermittent Fasting!"

"Need help moving? Intermittent Fasting!"

Okay, maybe that last one hasn't happened...yet, but I'm gonna give it time.

There are a LOT of IF plans out there and, while I can't speak to what will for you, I'll be covering what works for me in this quick break down.

My Fast
I've been fasting since the end of January 2018 and focus on a 19:5 fasting/eating plan. This means that I fast for 19 hours per day, then I have a five hour eating window. Typically, my eating window falls between 3pm and 8pm.

Sometimes, this varies, though. I've noticed that if my activity level increases (I'll talk more on my "workouts" in a future post), my hunger level usually follows. I have been known to break my fast early because I'm just ravenous and can't possibly hold off eating any longer.

This can work the opposite way, as well. Just yesterday I made it to 5:30pm, over 21 hours, without needing to eat. It wasn't planned, but it's what worked for my body. 

There have been several times that I've been able to complete over 24 hours fasted without batting an eyelash, too.

My DietObviously, during my fasting window, I don't eat, but I can take liquids. I mainly stick to water, still or sparkling, as long as it's unflavored, but I'm also somewhat of a caffeine junkie. Thankfully, I can have all the black, unsweetened coffee I want. I will also have the occasional unflavored tea if I need to switch it up.

 What can I eat in my eating window? About anything I want, really.

I do have some dietary restrictions (hello, lactose intolerance), but just about anything I've been craving, wanting, or have handy is fair game.

That being said, I do strive to maintain a balanced diet with plenty of veggies, fruit and as little sugar as I can manage. I've also learned to eat slowly, so as not to over eat. An overly full belly after a long fast can be very uncomfortable.

I have a bit of a sweet tooth, but I had really already moved away from super sugary anything before I began my IF journey. I will admit to the occassional soda (or pop depending on where you're from), but I may only have one or two a month, if that and prefer to stick to water.

Water is definitely my bff when it comes to IF. I keep my steel water bottle with me basically at all times and am constantly sipping on it.

My BodyIt's really about listening to my body. Following IF has helped tune me into what my body needs. Like, as I type this, I'm feeling what I used to think was hunger, when in fact, I'm thirsty.

Or there were times in my past when I ate out of boredom. IF makes me more accountable to myself on what I'm putting in my body and when.

My Results
Every person is different and will have different results in different time spans. Currently, I'm at a 19lb weight loss. I know some IF followers who have dropped more than 100 pounds and some that have lost several inches without the scale moving much. Some are still finding their groove, as well, based on their body type and medical needs.

The biggest thing I've come to love about Intermittent Fasting is that it's FOR HUMANS. It's okay to make mistakes. It's okay to adjust your windows based on your schedule. It's okay to count calories, to not count calories, to have carbs, to not have carbs.

It can be mixed and matched with whatever dietary restrictions or non-restrictions that work for you and your long as you have your doctor's go ahead!

There are many support groups and Resources out there if you're interested in starting or finding out more about whether Intermittent Fasting is right for you.

Leave a comment or shoot me an email, and I'll be happy to help you on your journey!

Thanks for stopping by,


Popular posts from this blog

I Ate The Damn Cake And Lost 21 Pounds

Today is a good day. No, a GREAT day.

This morning, I stepped on the scale and was amazed and ecstatic to see that I am officially 21 POUNDS LIGHTER since beginning my Intermittent Fasting journey at the end of January 2018. See the difference?

I've talked before about how I found IF and started my weight loss journey if you want to check it out.

The day I started IF, I weighed in at 149.8 lbs, the heaviest I'd ever been in my life. Today, I am 128.8 lbs. I haven't been close to this for almost a decade. I never thought I'd get back to 130 lbs, much less BELOW it!

And I did it without depriving myself, without sacrificing my favorite foods and without ever once feeling guilty about anything I ate.

Sure, I probably could've reached this milestone sooner had I been a bit stricter with myself, but that kind of defeats the purpose of what IF is all about.

Dr. Jason Fung, who's books on Intermittent Fasting can be found on the Resources page, says “Don’t try to fit Life i…

I Tried Those "Easy" Nail Polish Strips And Here's What Happened

I am a low maintenance person.

I love all the hair and makeup products. I wish I could be one of those women who always looks airbrushed and flawless with that perfect winged eye liner and just the right shade of lipstick, but that's just not me and I've learned to accept that. 

I typically don't have the patience for a full, daily beauty routine as I'm trying to rush out the door, especially when it comes to my poor nails.

Whenever a special event or holiday rolls around, I have the best intentions to get a manicure or at least take the time to polish and sculpt my nails, but it usually doesn't happen.

I get busy trying to get my hair to cooperate, or not get liquid liner EVERYWHERE, or finish packing to leave, or cleaning if guests are coming, so the nails get put on the back burner.

If by some MIRACLE of time management, through no fault of my own, I actually get them painted, without fail, I'll remember something else that needs doing and, no matter how careful …

I Was Hungover For Three Days: The Search For The Perfect Hangover Cure

The Hangover.

The most awful headache, dry mouth, can't get off the couch feeling next to the flu.  Sometimes worse.  

Well, I took three for the team.  For three nights, thanks to some previously unforeseen turn of events, I drank until I knew I would would be worthless the next day, and let me tell you, it was not easier as the days went on.  By the final night, my body and liver were ready for permanent retirement.

But you can't find a good hangover cure without the hangover part and this was my mission.

Here is the run down. 

Friday Night:

Home, back porch date night with the husband.  Portable heater, warm blankets, wine and a case of budlight.  (Don't shame me, it's all him on the beer choice.)
Start time 7pm.  
End time 12:30am.  
3/4 Bottle of Wine
4 Beers

Saturday Morning:

Talking, by anyone, was prohibited.  I didn't even have to request it, if someone even tried my facial expressions said it all. 

I know what you're thinking, why didn't I already have coffee …