Thursday, August 23, 2012
So, I tried eating normally, on a schedule, on Wednesday to see how my weight would fluxuate with the extra food added in. I saw a 2-3 lb gain after eating normally, for a single day?! I actually felt insanely guilty for indulging myself in normal eating patterns for that day. I felt slow and fat, like the food was just weighing me down in more than just my stomach.
Worse news being is that the bad habit eating more than I need made me want to continue eating normal today. But tomorrow, I'm going to kick my own butt and go back to my "eating when I'm hungry" routine.
Good news is that I didn't binge, like many people would have by this point. Though, I considered eating somewhat normally, a "binge" in a way because my body didn't need those calories to function, especially since I had a day off exercising today. Maybe the extra calories got stored as a bit of fat, that would suck.
I'm counting down the days until Maaike is here. Currently 46 days. 46 days to lose a bit more fat... I need to get my shiz together.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
So today, I kept with my current method of eating when I'm hungry instead of eating on a set schedule. I didn't feel sluggish, grumpy and run-down like a lot of people claim happens when you don't eat every 2-3 hours. I actually felt quite energetic and was able to do 30 minutes of cardio on the exercise bike without any difficulty. Sure, my legs felt like jelly, but that happened even when I was eating on a schedule.
I somehow feel like I have to justify my decision to eat the way I'm eating because I have faced judgement for it on here. I just want people to respect that I'm doing things my own way, doing what works for me, just as I respect other people doing things their way.
I don't think there is one set path that we all must follow when it comes to losing weight and being healthier. I've tried the 5-6 small meals a day thing, I gave it a great effort and it just wasn't working out for me. Nothing I tried has been able to break me out of this plateau I've been stuck in for months so, I'm trying something that I know I've lost weight with before.
Some people will point out that I gained weight back, I didn't gain it back simply from eating normally, I gained it back from over-eating, eating junk food, emotional/stress eating, eating when I'm bored, etc.
I just remember back when I lost weight before, when I was on the brink of getting under 200lbs, how happy and alive I felt. I got to that point with the method I'm using now and I hope that I can get to that point again, of being happy of the direction I'm going. Hopefully now that I'm throwing exercise in every day, I can get there even faster.
Friday, August 17, 2012
If you haven't read any of my previous blogs, I've been dabbling in intermittent fasting. I've been changing things around a bit in the plan and seeing what works better for me and I'll definitely blog about any changes in my body that I notice and update you guys on what I'm doing.
Currently, I'm eating only when I'm hungry. (There's a concept!) I'm not eating on a schedule, but instead eating when my body tells me it needs food. And when I do eat, I'm eating a healthy meal instead of binging on junk food. Also, I'm still having my coffee in the morning, an addiction that is hard to break.
I'm still hitting up my exercise bike for 15-30 minutes a day.
If you're going to comment about my metabolism, don't.
In the famous words of LMFAO "Alright stop... hatin' is bad."
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
It's my first day back on intermittent fasting and I'm currently 4 hours into the fasting state and feeling a bit like I want to rant, not because I'm hungry, but because of the criticism I've faced here on SparkPeople because of my choice of what time of day I decide to put food in my mouth. I'm eating all my calories, I'm exercising almost every day... People are still going to be whining about my metabolism, I bet.
People are terrified of what they don't know, they hear "fast" and think "starving yourself of nutrients" but I'm eating all my calories, hitting all my nutrient goals, so what if I didn't spread it all out and be hungry as **** because small meals just don't satisfy me. I'll be sitting there watching the clock all day, wondering when I'm going to get my next handful of food. It's maddening. Screw 5-6 small meals, it's bull**** for me. If it works for you, good job, keep at it and hope you lose all your weight that way.
It's all about people's relationship with food. I'm shaking it up and trying to break the want for food and replacing it with need for food. When I'm hungry, stomach growling (usually around 12PM) I'll start my eating window. I'll have 5 hours to eat all my daily calories. I can fit 3 meals into this 5 hour eating window and usually finish around 4:30, but I keep 30 minutes wiggle room, if I want to munch on trail mix at my desk or something. After that, no eating until noon tomorrow. No more clock watching because I know "no more eating today." In the time I'm not eating, my body has a chance to digest my food better instead of it constantly having to work around all the new mini meals I keep shoveling down there.
If I'm going out to dinner with family, I just push my eating window back until later in the day, no big deal. It's more flexible for me than 5-6 small meals all day, that leave me feeling hungry, deprived, defeated.
I'm satisfied on this eating plan, I have plenty of energy for exercise, I don't feel tired and hungry all day. Why hate on it? You don't understand? You think it's wrong? Well, sorry you're missing out on it, guess you can't handle a little hunger pang which isn't even true hunger, just your body's connection with that food.
Monday, August 13, 2012
I knew we had to go to the grocery store today so, I figured my intermittent fasting wasn't going to work out today, but I think I stayed kinda within my calorie range, I haven't put all my foods in yet, I'm kinda scared to. We went and had Mexican before we went grocery shopping because we didn't want to shop hungry.
I got some decent stuff, canned peas, vegetarian chili and vegetarian baked beans. Yeah, canned foods and sodium, not good. I'm keeping my water intake up and sweating a lot in hopes I won't retain that much water.
Hoping tomorrow will be back on full track since I now have food to sustain me for a little more than a week.
OTHER GREAT NEWS!
My girlfriend Maaike booked her ticket to come visit me in October. I'm going to try my best to lose some more lbs before she gets here so I can impress her.
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