Thursday, February 13, 2014
I've spent so many years of my life dieting, losing weight, gaining weight, obsessing about food and/or exercise. It makes me wonder sometimes about what I could have done with my time instead. It's really sad to be so focused on this that you let your life go by without enjoying it.
Not to say I haven't enjoyed my life so far, because I have! I just hope to go forward with my focus somewhere other than my weight for a change.
Since last April, I've been maintaining quite well by following the 5:2 fasting method. I try to eat 80% healthy 5 days a week and on 2 days (Mon and Thurs) I fast until dinner time, then eat around 500 calories. My fast day consists of coffee with soy creamer in the morning- one cup only- and then water or plain tea for the rest of the day until dinner time. We normally have very healthy dinners, so it hasn't been difficult to keep it around 500 calories. I don't obsess about this too much. If I'm really hungry I'll have a little more- maybe a banana or a yogurt for dessert those nights.
I have found that I'm getting some heartburn if I go to bed too soon after eating dinner, so that helps me to avoid snacking in the evenings. It's horrible to wake up with burning chest pain in the middle of the night!
Back in November, Jon and I watched "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. The filmmaker decides to go on a juice-only fast for 90 days to try to sort out his health problems, and he discovers some interesting information along the way. After watching this, we decided we needed a juicer, and picked one up on our trip back from Vegas for my birthday (50-yeay!) We've been making fresh fruit and veggie juice everyday since we got it home.
A few days ago, I decided to try doing a 3-day juice fast, just to see how I'd manage. I was working 2 of the days so it was a little challenging to get the time to make enough juices. I also had one episode of terrible stomach pain after drinking juice on an empty stomach in the morning and had to chase it with a few Tums. I skipped my morning coffee the first day and suffered with a withdrawal headache all afternoon. I really love my one cup in the mornings, and I'm not really interested in giving it up, so I went back to it the second morning. We had some healthy leftovers in the fridge so we decided to modify things and eat one meal in the evenings. Turns out I dropped 3 pounds in 3 days! I can see this would be a great way to shave off a few pounds for a special event or to fit into a certain outfit. I can't see doing it long term for losing large amounts of weight. Luckily, I don't have to do that. I like my food way too much. I would miss chewing!
So- as of today I'm at the lowest weight I've seen on the scale for many years. Probably lower than my wedding day in 2005. I know it's crazy, but I'm thinking of shooting for another 5 pounds as a 'buffer'. Why am I never satisfied?
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I've been doing 5:2 fasting since April and I really like it. I have found that for me, it takes the pressure off during my "feed days" because I can basically eat what I want to. For the first time in my adult life, I've been able to maintain my weight without really dieting. On my 2 fasting days per week (Monday and Thursday) I stick to only around 500-600 calories for the entire day. I know that sounds awful but it really hasn't been that difficult.
I have my coffee with soy creamer in the morning, and get through my hungry periods for the rest of the day drinking tea with a bit of milk and stevia, or water. I'm always surprised when I forget about food for long stretches during the day. I thought I would get dizzy or weak, but that doesn't happen. In the evening, I eat a regular, healthy dinner of around 500 calories. I even go to the gym or take my regular walks on fast days with no trouble.
Now that I've been maintaining and I can see that the 5:2 plan works for me, I've decided to tackle losing 10-15 more pounds. I know I feel quite comfortable at around 140 pounds, so I'm shooting for that right now.
I did a few calculations to figure out what my weekly calorie goals should be, and decided on 9100 calories. I'm going to try eating 1620 calories 5 days a week, and 500 calories on my 2 fasting days on Mondays and Thursdays. I'll be interested to see if it feels much different than the "no tracking, no restrictions" way I've been eating since April. I'm hoping it will encourage me to eat more veggies and cut down my carbs and sweets.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I starting doing the 5:2 Intermittent Fasting plan back in April and it seems to really work for me. I love being able to eat what I want most of the time and not stress about every calorie. If you're not familiar with intermittent fasting, the basic idea is that for a couple of days of the week, you fast for a while and on the rest of the days you eat "normally". Over all, this can reduce your total calorie input, as long as you don't overeat too much on your "normal eating" days. I chose Mondays and Thursdays as my fasting days. I drink my coffee with cream in the morning and then only water or no-calorie teas until late evening and then eat a 500 calorie supper. On the other days of the week I just eat whatever I want. No counting, no measuring. It's so freeing! I love it. The best part of this is the freedom from thinking about food all the time, planning what I can and can't eat or feeling guilty when I 'cheat'.
I've been surprised that I don't feel extremely hungry on my fasting days. I thought I would be so hungry or maybe feel faint, but it's not like that at all. The first couple of fasting days were a bit hard, but now I find that drinking lots of water or tea and keeping busy helps me through the day. The hunger doesn't build and build through the day like I thought it would. Instead it comes in waves, and often just drinking some tea or water makes it go away again for a while.
I think this works well for me because I generally eat a healthy diet. My main problem is that I tend to want larger portions and I struggle to maintain daily exercise long term.
This year has been really good so far. I've made fitness a priority and try not to go more than one day a week without some kind of activity. Working long shifts in my desk job means that I have to get out on at least one 30 minute walk during my breaks. In the past I would have thought "why bother, since it's only a short walk" but I'm proud to say that now I look forward to my walks and I realize now that I don't have to do 60 minutes of high intensity cardio everyday to stay fit. On my days off, I try to get to the gym to get my heart rate up higher on the machines and do some resistance work on my upper body.
So far, I'm down 6 pounds since April. It's not much, but I really only have about 8-10 pounds to lose to get to a weight I feel really comfortable with. I'd love to go 5 pounds under that, but I'm not sure it's worth the struggle to get that low.
I feel like I've finally found a way of eating that could work for me long term. I've always been a yo-yo dieter- going up and down 20-30 pounds every since I was a teenager. It would be wonderful to say goodbye to that finally and be able to maintain a healthy weight and most of all- to feel good about myself and stay healthy!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Thought I would share this really clever presentation. I like statistics so this was really motivating for me. Hope you enjoy it too!
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