Well into my 3rd week of Intermittent Fasting, and I’m really hungry today, much earlier than usual. I’m doing Eat Stop Eat, and I’m in the middle of a 24 fast, which I do not plan to break until 6pm. It’s 12:30; 5 1/2 hours to go. So, how am I going to deal with this? Let’s sum up why I’m doing IF:
1- An easy way to create a weekly calorie deficit
2- Enables me to eat pretty much what I want, and enjoy my family, meals, gatherings etc.
3- Looking to lose 1-2lbs per week
4- Looking for a sustainable, low cal lifestyle that does not have me obsessing about food
5 - Has worked well in the past
What is the reality:
1- It has been fairly easy, with only tummy rumbles a few times. Not as much of a struggle as I thought
2- I’ve enjoyed all family gatherings and no one even knows what I’m doing, enjoyed cooking, celebrating and entertaining.
3- I’ve lost a close to 6 lbs in just over 2 weeks - not bad for Christmastime
4- I’m not thinking about food all of the time, just what I would normally be doing for dinner, etc.
5- It has been working so far, with little trouble, with the exeption of today
My take away: I’ve been using the blog and the forums to help keep myself accountable, which has been wonderful. I love the encouragement I get from the people on the boards. I’m not even going on them as much as I was at the beginning, but it’s great to know they are there, when I need them. I’m involved in an accountability thread and a Valentine weight loss challenge.
It’s the first time in a long time when I’ve been able to go to bed at night and not feel like a failure, and I haven’t really felt like I’ve been on a “diet” or a “program.”
I’m absolutely delighted with the weight loss/lifestyle combo. It is doing everything I need it to do.
Can I stick it out this afternoon? How will I feel if I make it through the next several hours without food? How will I feel if I break my fast? I know I’ll be pretty forgiving of myself, as I’ve had a great 2 weeks, and tomorrow is another day, on the other hand, wouldn’t it be great to have powered through this, giving myself the confidence that I can do that when it gets difficult - it really has been pretty easy up until now. This is the first time I’ve been hungry enough that I’m not able to distract myself.
Well, I’ll see what happens over the next several hours. I’m grateful to have this blog for accountability. I want my evening to be filled with joy and happiness regardless of whether I break the fast early or not. I’ll check in tomorrow with a report.
Filed under: Italiannie on December 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment »