8 Months Post-Fast
Thursday, March 21, 2013
My, it has been a looong time! I never checked in after my fast was over, but let me tell you...I would NOT recommend fasting strictly for weight loss purposes. It doesn't work for long term weight loss. Why go to extremes? Just eat right and exercise, slow and steady wins the race!
A few days after my fast I stuck to my re-feeding plan, but then I went out with my friend, and we got to drinking...one thing lead to another and I found myself damn near binging on Taco Bell! A big NO-NO!!!!! That week I re-gained 15lbs of the weight that I lost during my water fast. IN ONE WEEK!!!! And I wasn't even really over-eating, I was just eating what the normal every day American would eat. I was not extra strict on myself, as I probably should have been and my face ended up breaking out in hives among other negative symptoms I experienced.
I would recommend fasting if you want inner growth or for spiritual reasons because YES, it DOES work for that! But if you can't eat healthily and exercise consistently now, don't expect to be able to do it later (say, after a water fast). Figure out what is going on in your mind or with your self-esteem or environment that is causing you to not be motivated to take care of your health, and go from there! Where there's a will, there's a way!
No matter WHAT shortcuts you may try to take, it all boils down to eating right and exercising no matter which way you go, so stop beating around the bush and JUST DO IT!! Weight loss may seem slow at first or like it's taking a long time, but wouldn't you rather do it right the first time as opposed to rushing through and having to start over and over again? In the end doing it right the first time ends up taking less time then rushing through and repeatedly starting over.
Patience is a virtue!
Anyway, after the fast my mind DID clear up and I realized what my real problem was. I was surrounded by many negative people and it was affecting me negatively. It made it extremely difficult to succeed in anything that I attempted to do for myself and my daughter. I removed myself from that environment, I surround myself with love and motivating people and things, and now I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to without any fear that I may fail! You only fail if you QUIT!
After the water fast I pretty much stayed at 155lbs (I started the fast at 158, so without doing anything extra only 3lbs stayed off). But, I started the INSANITY program last Monday (it's going on 2 weeks now) and I have lost 4lbs already. I've been focusing on nutrition and exercise and I feel really good now that I am taking care of myself! My sister recommended that I use myfitnesspal.com for my journey with INSANITY, so I've been logging everything on that site (just because she's on it with me)...but I do miss SP, and I just wanted to check in and give some updates!