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Feeling Lighter Physically & Mentally --Priceless

Monday, May 06, 2013

I started with Spark about a year ago. My goals of one year ago were:
Stop the slow weight gain
Get eating under control
Lose muffin top
Get BMI back into "average" category since I had just hit the "overweight" percentage

I lost about 8 pounds and most of my muffin top with the Simple Diet. Then I transitioned to Intuitive Eating and maintained the weight and inches loss. I got my, what I call," food frenzies" under control with understanding some emotional issues, mainly by using the principles of Inside Out Weight Loss. I learned that I just plain couldn't eat as much because metabolism slows as a person ages. I incorporated much more cardio with consistent line dancing, walking, and Leslie Sansone DVD's which really seemed to help boost a more positive attitude as well as a noticeable difference in stamina.

Maintenance continued. But, I just felt like I wanted to take one more shot at going a little farther with my goals. It just seemed like there was just a little too much fat hanging around.
Yes, probably vanity pounds. One more shot and if that didn't work......just be fine with it.
I looked around for a small diet team to join. I like very small teams! I stumbled on the 8 Hour Diet and read the basics on that. It sounded so weird and unusual. I researched it a bit and found that others call it intermittent fasting and that there are some followers. So, on a lark, I tried it. I figured I wouldn't last a day! I figured I'd feel weak and unsettled.
At first, I didn't have the book so I just followed the basic principle of fasting for 16 hours (8:00 PM until noon) and then eating for 8 hours (noon until 8:00 PM). Although I do not track or count calories, I would estimate that I ate the same during the 8 hours as I had been during my normal days previously.

After about a week of sticking with it, I realized that I had dropped 2.5 lbs, busting a 6 month plateau. Another thing that happened was that I started to feel much more motivated, energetic and even-tempered. I felt more alive and vibrant. I was sleeping better and longer.
I even felt like my senses were more acute. I noted these effects BEFORE I read the book, so, to me, that means my reactions were not biased by expectations learned from reading.
I really had thought the diet was all about weight/fat loss.

Then I got the book and found that others had experienced the same effects and the author cited research and explained the rationale for them. I am sticking with this plan for Monday through Friday and have tweaked it to make sure that I am eating what I consider "healthy" foods (fruits, vegs, lean protein, dairy) and avoid eating what I believe are detrimental to me (wheat, peanuts,corn, sugar, processed grains, excess salt) during my 8 hour eating period.
I am also continuing with my effort to do consistent cardio and be as active as possible.
Then I did hit a new low and have gone down another .5 lb.

At this point, I will continue with it as a lifestyle because I feel so much better!
I know that many, including Spark experts, make negative comments about it.
I know it is definitely not for everyone. But, I say, don't knock it til you've tried it!

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CHRISTINASP 5/25/2013 7:59AM

    Very interesting about the 8-hour diet! Are there resources online about this? I looked for the book. Ordering it in my country would be difficult and/or very costly, I think.
I did Fit for Life for several years and that book too, talks about different times of the day when it's best to not eat or only eat fruits (between 4 am and noon). I think it's an interesting concept.

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BLKLILY 5/16/2013 8:55AM

    Great advise! Like you, I say try it and if it does not work then find out what does work for YOU! I am all about that and support your decision for doing so. I am also proud of you for not allowing others comments from stopping you from doing what is best for your body!

I always appreciated that infinite wisdom about you though! I am pretty sure you will do and be fine no matter what you chose! I like to take many things from various "diets" to do what I know what works well for ME!

So cheers emoticon to you for doing YOU! emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMAKARMIN 5/7/2013 3:33PM

    Good for you! How cool that you came to these conclusions before reading the book! That feeling of physical and mental lightness is priceless indeed. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/6/2013 1:55PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and on releasing that unwanted weight.
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STONECOT 5/6/2013 9:19AM

    I'm doing the fast diet, other wise known as the 5:2 diet, and I find the same as you, I am energised and buzzing during my fast days, more able to work out, more alive somehow. It works for me.

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BIGPAWSUP 5/6/2013 9:01AM

    We are all an experiment of one! If this is what works for you and makes you feel healthy and strong - I say go for it!

Congrats!

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MANDELOVICH 5/6/2013 8:48AM

    I read about this diet. Interesting concept. Eager to hear how it goes. I think the best part is that you are making great food choices and exercising a lot!

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KALIGIRL 5/6/2013 8:34AM

    Interesting - glad you/ve found something that works for you!

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AMBERZADE67 5/6/2013 7:36AM

    emoticon You can't beat that feeling of lightness! I'm glad you found something that works for you.

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