A great many things have happened since my last post.
The short and sweet version: I did get a second opinion about my symptoms, and a wonderful doctor was able to diagnose a cardiac condition I had been unaware of that had been causing my symptoms all along. I then applied for and was granted a medical transfer to a new station in the Pacific Northwest nearer to medical facilities. It’s been an amazing change from the previous station, which was a very cold and remote arctic post. I am so happy that I can now eat wonderful fresh food regularly and pursue many fulfilling hobbies that I couldn’t do up North.
Unfortunately, the change has been a little too good for my mid-section! The convenience and abundant availability of fast food coupled with a busy and often draining work schedule has proved all too enticing on many days when my husband and I drive home from work. I weighed 146 before the move and now weigh in at 156.
Fast food in itself is not really the problem, though. This past year I was practicing Intermittent Fasting (IF) in addition to Intuitive Eating (IE), two principles that have a few conflicting ideals. IF helped some of my symptoms before my diagnosis and stabilized my glucose levels. Additionally, IF combined with bicycling to work made my weight drop to 142 very quickly, which made IF very alluring. But that weight loss was short lived, and I increased back to 146 when the weather turned bad and I started driving to work again.
IF also meant I skipped breakfast every day in order to eat only in an 8-hour window. But the benefits of fasting did not outweigh the concessions. For some reason, I was constantly hungry in the morning, unlike many others who practice IF. Even after a year, I was still very hungry up until my first meal of the day. This hunger led to often eating past satiety and feeling entitled to more than I needed because I knew that I would be going without for 16 hours at a time. Overeating + fast food is a recipe for weight gain pretty much any way you look at it!
So I now weigh 156, and have decided that IE is a much better long term plan for me. I don’t like feeling even slight anxiety about when I will get to eat next, and I don’t like feeling out of control with food. I still skip breakfast occasionally when I am not hungry, but as a whole, I am going to just concentrate on IE. If I happen to do 14 hour fasts, great, but I m not going to be planning for them. I also can’t wait until my husband and I buy a house, as our current kitchen is somewhat awful and keeps me from wanted to cook healthful foods for us, something I normally love to do.
All in all, things are good. I feel good about doing IE full time again, especially now that I live somewhere where I can truly satisfy my cravings. Today the hubby wanted Wendy’s, and my Apple Pecan Chicken Salad was fantastic, and I feel great after eating it. Well, most of it. Enjoy every bite, but finish nothing!