So... I have spent the last THREE WEEKS personally documenting my keto journey everyday, including calories, my macros, my percentages, fasting, fitness routine, how much water I’m drinking and generally how I’m feeling overall.
I have learnt lots, some of what not to do, identified some weaknesses, realized I still have much to learn, sort out, potentially eliminate or eat more of for my personal well being, etc., but I have come a long way... :)
As for fasting... I’ve decided I’m going to relax and take my focused attention off of it.
In other words... NO PLANNED FASTING SCHEDULE FOR THIS GIRL.
It essentially was prohibiting me from truly listening to my body and what it needs, or doesn’t for that matter, and was ‘slightly’ defeating. Slightly, as I don’t really feel as though I failed.
The planned stricter calorie intake days kinda messed with my mind a bit about half way through... made me think of food and what I could be eating more than I normally would. So not good... cuz then I found myself grazing most of the day and the restricted calories ended up going out the window, although it didn’t cause weight gain, I still ‘slightly’ felt like I didn’t reach my goal, even though in reality I was still doing well... if that makes sense.
So slightly defeating but didn’t entirely fail overall.
Anyways... I did a few days of 500-600 calories in the first week... don’t regret doing them, may do that again when I feel it’s needed in the future, but trying to schedule one in once or twice a week when my body doesn’t feel like it just doesn’t work for me. The ones I did do, I felt like doing it, it was near the beginning and probably were needed.
I also learnt that I am a natural 12 hr faster. I just start and end a little later than the average person... :) And I have backed down a bit on how late I would have my last bite of something... so that’s progress. And some days going 16 hrs happened naturally and felt like the right thing to do. On those days, I wasn’t exercising and ate easily digestible foods and drank a lot of extra decaf tea and water... :)
On exercise days, I was eating within an hour of waking, protein shake and a keto bomb, and rich healthy fat, protein packed meals the rest of the day.
I also found the days I consumed more calories than my brain thought I should be, that the scale would go down.
I’m still struggling with that concept, it may change, but I have yet to identify my happy weight loss groove, and I think many other variables are playing into that.
But... turtle mode or not... I am making progress and learning a lot!!
So... that’s my keto fasting journey in a nutshell.
Still going to benefit from the many benefits of fasting, but in a more natural way that tunes in more to the personal needs of my body with no pressure to settle into any strict regimen... :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.