Okay so I mentioned in my last blog I would be starting a 21 day challenge to re start progress mode again since I still have not made much progress all year.
As I mentioned in my anxiety lack of progress blog
So now that things are a little more calm around here and my mind set is back in the "I can do it" zone, I decided to start another little 21 day challenge that started yesterday along with the yoga challenge I had signed up for last month.
A few of you wanted to know more details of my plan so here it is. I know it is not perfect and probably sounds more complicated than just sticking to a calorie range but to me this is actually simpler for many reasons. Mainly it is easier mentally as I do not have to think about numbers or choices as much as I tend to do with calorie counting. Plus once I start tracking calories I tend to start over stressing my macros being perfectly balanced.
The biggest difference with this plan and previous 21 day plans I had committed to is that it is slightly more flexible in a way that I won't feel like "I failed" for doing what feels natural sometimes. Yet at the same time it is way more strict than I have ever committed to.
I will explain the more "strict" part first. Although I have played around with Intermittent fasting before I have only eased into sticking to 12 hour nightly fast. Aside from that I have done a few 16 and 18 hr fasts but only when I wake up feeling like I can do it not planned ahead.
Like after over eating on a Sunday night, of course it is easy to just have tea and water until lunch. But not after eating in an 8 hour window the day before and eating all detox foods!
THAT will be the hardest part of this because the most important part of these 21 days will be sticking to a eating "window" of 8 hours every day. Even weekends. 5 if possible but 8 is the goal for most days.
Now for the flexible part....
I will stick to my detox diet strictly only Mon Tue Thurs Fri. Yoga and cardio only days. Wed and Sat will be my weight training days so I will allow myself reasonable servings of healthy grains on those days. And extra fruit : )!
More than for energy I think it is for my mental strength to be able to stick to it and not feel like I can't have a piece of Ezekiel toast or oatmeal for 3 weeks! It just starts to feel harder when I crave something that is perfectly healthy yet I am denying myself it. That is when I start questioning my own plan!
Then on Sunday I will keep my eating window closer to 5 hours if possible and stick to starting with a detox meal then if I am craving something I will allow myself to have whatever I want. No limits : )
So IF a 16 hour fast every night. I will have to eat my dinner as early as possible and not eat after. Just herbal tea. In the mornings I will start with teas and then once at least the 12 hours are up I will use green juice and greens and coconut oil to extend the "fast" so I will only be fasting from solid foods not from all calories.
The carb cycling part is going lower carb 2 days and a higher carb (and protein) on training days the third day.
And detox part is that I am still sticking to my original detox diet (as mentioned in previous blog) and I will, as the book Detox for Women explains, you get the benefits of a mini juice fast from starting the day with only green juice instead of a solid foods. (always wanted to do a juice fast but haven't committed to one yet)
The other flexible part as far as workouts go is my cardio. I will obviously be getting fasted cardio in no problem but I am not committing to a certain amount of HIIT runs or any mileage since I want to keep it to what I know I can stick to. For now limiting myself to only weight training twice a week will be hard enough. I am use to just training whatever muscles are not sore most days of the week. But I will probably stick to 5 cardio sessions a week taking Sunday completely off except for the yoga.
Here is a link to the detox diet blog I mentioned.
And here is a link to more info on IF
That is it for the most part. I know I sound crazy with some of this stuff but it feels like the right plan for me at the moment.
Not having numbers in my head during the day makes a world of a difference in my life. So this just works for me right now. I need the space for other numbers aside from staying in budget I am also planing some house projects indoors and out and I need to plan a memorable yet affordable summer with my boys as well! This is much more worth space in my head than calories at the moment : )
Thanks for stopping by and reading my plan! Let me know what you think!