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Getting back on track, again.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The past week has been drama-filled and stressful for me, my entire life was thrown completely out of whack. I won't dive into details, but my mother and I had a very big disagreement about something and I had to go stay with my sister and her fiance all week. I felt less in control of my eating times because I always ate dinner with them at whatever time they both got home from work so, my intermittent fasting wasn't really working out.

Today, we went shopping so my sister could look for her a dress to wear to the court house for her to get married in (and she found one) so, today was a bit off for eating schedule too. But we walked for 3 hours or more (At least, I put 3 hours in the tracker to be conservative) so, maybe that offset the eating pattern and overeating my calories for the day.

Tomorrow, I'm hoping I will be able to get everything back on track. However, I don't really have much food in the house at the moment so, I think I'll have to talk my mom into going grocery shopping, otherwise I'll be stuck eating watermelon for all my meals... not that I would mind that. 0:)

  
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ANDREAG89 8/12/2012 9:26PM

    Sorry to hear about the rough week, but at least you were aware of what was happening with your intake. Here's to hoping this upcoming week is better for you!

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Day 2 of intermittent fasting.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

"IF" is going really easily so far. I just had my first meal of the day at 1pm. I actually wasn't hungry at all leading into my eating time, stomach wasn't growling, didn't feel hungry, but I ate anyways.

My first meal was a nice 650 calorie meal; 2 servings of special k red berries cereal and a splash of light vanilla soy milk (I like my cereal damp, not swimming), a cup of vanilla greek yogurt and 2 bananas. When I put everything in the tracker, the number of calories shocked me, but then I remembered how calorie dense bananas are. Might stay away from bananas inside of meals and stick with them just being snacks... even though I don't really have time for snacks, I have time for 2-3 meals within 5 hours.

For lunch in an hour or so, I'm going to have a spicy black bean veggie burger on white bread (we don't have any wheat D:) with some ketchup and additional Texas Pete and black pepper because I like extra hotness.

For dinner, I might just have a can of creamed corn, nothing special.

  
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LUCINDARW 8/4/2012 2:33PM

    I"m glad it's working for you hope you can loose weight and not muscle while you are using that method. Good luck. Lucinda

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TIGER-PLUSHIE 8/2/2012 2:25PM

    Intermittent fasting is where you fast 16-19 hours a day and you have a 5-8 hour window where you eat your NORMAL meals.

I would type a lengthy rant about popular nutritional beliefs and how I think most are bull****, but maybe I'll save that for tomorrow's blog.

Thanks for taking the time to comment though.

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 8/2/2012 2:02PM

    What program is intermittent fasting? If you are fasting part of the day and then eating high calorie foods, your bodies metabolism may get messed up. Try for 6 small meals a day at 2-3 hour intervals. Sounds like you should add more veggies too. Corn is mostly carbs and sugar, not really a good choice in my opinion. Make sure you get your protein in too. Just egg whites are high in protein and low in calories. Just sayin' emoticon

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TIGER-PLUSHIE 8/2/2012 1:47PM

    I'm trying, thanks Femi :)

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FEMISLIM 8/2/2012 1:45PM

    Good that you are focused on your goal.
Femi


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Intermittent Fasting.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

So you might read the title and are ready to comment all kinds of bad things to this blog about how horrible fasting is and how I shouldn't restrict my calories and yadda yadda.

But hear me out...

Intermittent fasting is not a calorie restricting fast. I eat all my calories in a day.
WHAT'S THIS?! *brain explodes and leaks out of ear*
It's true, Intermittent fasting (or IF for sort) is just changing WHEN you eat, NOT how much you eat. I can eat my full 1,200-1,500 calories in a day, but instead of spreading them out into 5-6 meals or even 3 meals a day, I can eat them all within a 5-8 hour window... And I "fast" for the other 16-19 hours.
16-19 hours might seem like a reeeeal long time to not eat, but calculate in the fact that I sleep 8-11 hours every night and that counts as "fasting" during that time as well.
I get to eat between 1pm to 6pm every day, 2-3 big meals every 1 and a half or so hours. meals that satisfy me, not leave me feeling less than half full and tapping my fingers waiting for when my next meal is.
Yeah, stomach growling, hallow belly feeling is kind of annoying, but somehow makes me feel more energized. I know I'm not starving myself, I'm getting all my calories and nutrients that my body needs to function, I'm just refraining from eating them all spread out during the day.

I have seen a lot of testimonial videos on Youtube to prove that it does help for fat loss in all kinds of different people of different shapes, sizes, genders and races.

The Hodge twins made this style of eating popular, but are not the creator of IF. Here's a video of them talking about fat loss, healthy eating and exercise:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gLrDotqaI4 [Warning: They swear a lot.]

  
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JANAMP09 1/6/2013 8:41AM

    joining in late but I just started IF as I was having trouble with my energy level after starting Paleo when doing my morning cardio class. I was getting light heading and could not keep up. Everyone said it was the carb flu from cutting out carbs and my body adjusting. Then I heard about IF and thought I could never do that - breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So maybe I don't quite go all out on it but in the a.m. I get up and have my coffee and then will grab a banana just before heading out to class (about 45 minute to an hour before). I cannot believe the energy differences. Plus I was always starving after classes, even before Paleo. Now I do not have that I have to eat feeling and we will often shop after class or do our running around and then go home and eat.
Being Paleo, I am use to people criticizing my diet choices so this will just be one more thing that 'they' can criticize even though "they" have not tried it. If we were all the same there would not be fat people, skinny people, tall people, short people. Not everything works for everyone just find what works for you!

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FOURCHEEZE 9/13/2012 8:39AM

  I've been doing a version of IF for about a month now after watching a BBC programme about it.

I decided to try it because (a) it seems there could be additional health benefits and (b) my weight loss was starting to stall on counting calories.

So far I'm impressed. I think my weight loss is about 0.5 kg per week.

The way I do this is simple. On fasting days I just eat 600 calories. On non-fasting days I eat whatever I want, although in general I avoid processed and refined foods, sugars, etc. I'm currently doing 2 fasting days per week but seriously considering a 3rd. So at the moment 5 days a week are "normal" eating days - 2 days I don't eat until the evening, and then I just have 600 calories. Sometimes I eat an apple at lunchtime.

What seems to have happened to me over the last month is that my apetite on non-fasting days has reduced. Maybe this is because I'm learning to control it on fasting days. I don't feel a tendency to binge on the non-fasting days. I might eat a little more than usual, but it's certainly not a whole day's worth.

In short I feel this is a way to lose weight that can fit in with just about any lifestyle and I could just keep going on it forever.

I find it hard to see how eating like this can be unhealthy. Mankind didn't always have freezers and food storage available. For the vast majority of our time on this planet we've had to eat food when it arrived, and that's what we've evolved to do.

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WESTRICHGP 8/21/2012 10:39AM

  I started IF 5 days ago. A co-worker has been doing it for months and it has worked great. I am doing the 16/8 and have had pretty good luck. I still eat the same number of calories and I am finding that since my eating window is shorter (than all day) I tend to stay within my calorie goal.

I have not had any hunger issues and my energy levels stay pretty much the same.

I stop eating around 8 pm and start back up around noon. I make sure I am drinking 3-4 bottles of water in the AM and a couple cups of coffee (fake sugar and no creamer).

So far down 3 lbs......



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TIGER-PLUSHIE 8/1/2012 6:39PM

    I'll let you know how it goes for me, I made a starter video, showing my body and telling the date, my weight, etc. I'll make another one at the end of the month, stating my progress with "IF."

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DRAGONCHILDE 8/1/2012 4:18PM

    Don't use Youtube videos for any kind of research; they're almost always biased, and aren't going to give you the real facts. Use pretty much any source OTHER than Youtube. ;)

Intermittent fasting has its proponents, however, there's some indication that it can be unsuitable for women.

http://www.paleoforwomen.co
m/shattering-the-myth-of-fastin
g-for-women-a-review-of-female-
specific-responses-to-fasting-i
n-the-literature/

There's no evidence of its helpfulness for people; the majority of the studies done have been on mice, which don't always translate to people.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/n
ews/20030428/skipping-meals-kee
ps-rodents-healthy

Be very careful; it's fine to experiment for what works for you, but the evidence right now is strongly in favor of keeping the metabolic furnace stoked, and that skipping meals often has the opposite effect.

I will say that when you eat your calories won't affect how they're burned as fuel; that much is incorrect. A calorie's a calorie, regardless of when you eat it. It's like that old saw about working out on an empty stomach burns more fat. Not true.

Either way, good luck with your experiment, just be aware that there are no shortcuts or tricks to fat loss. It's really simple (if hard). Let us know how it goes for you. Personally, I wouldn't be able to do it; I get a headache after about ten hours without eat, and get cranky, have no energy, and am not pleasant to be around! Not to mention, I can't eat that much in a short period of time anymore. :) Once upon a time, maybe, but these days, I just get too full, too quickly.

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Picture Food Diary - June 6, 2012

Thursday, June 07, 2012

BREAKFAST:


1/2 c Quaker Quick Oatmeal, prepared with water.
2 c Coffee w/ 2 tsp sugar & 2 tsp Powdered non-dairy creamer.

LUNCH:


4 Bisquick biscuits w/ 1/2 c Country style instant gravy.

DINNER:

2 Bisquick Biscuits w/ Butter and Welsh's grape jelly.

NOT PICTURED:
5 Gingersnap cookies. [SNACK]
1 24oz Diet Mtn Dew

DAILY SUMMARY:
I was doing good this morning and then Mom suggested I make biscuits and gravy for us to have for dinner (my lunch) and it was all downhill from there. :/

  


My first Spark People exclusive vlog!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


I make daily vlogs on Youtube, decided to make one just for Sparkpeople.

  
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BOBP56 6/7/2012 12:21PM

    Keep up the good work. You want this goal to be a reality, you will make it. Hard work and determination will pay off. Stay the Course you can do it. Nice video blog. Great job
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PIPSI22 6/7/2012 6:03AM

    Keep at it hunn, i believe in you. We're all doing this together and all you can do is your best :) think how sexy you'll look! ;) xxx

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