How it's going...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
I wanted to check in and write about how I'm doing with keeping up with my goals.
I officially started IF June 10 but as I look back over the weekend, I realize I followed the same plan the two days prior. So, today is day 6.
Why Intermittent Fasting (IF) you ask? I was sick of myself. I went over my calories again and again. So I took some steps some might view as drastic. I eat within a 12 hour window and consume nothing beyond water, tea, or coffee (no additives or sugar) during the other 12 hours. To many, this is as easy and as difficult as not eating after their evening meal. It is different for me. I work from 5:20am - 2:20pm and teach a class two nights a week from 7:15pm - 9:50pm. Generally our 20 month old keeps me up until between 10:30pm and 12:00am. My days are long and my eating was all over the place so I felt a need to get some kind of structure. So far, I'm a fan of the structure.
I have a time of day when I feel hungry but it isn't uncomfortable at this point. I did figure out that eating at least my lower limit of calories is needed to dissuade hunger until I am ready to eat. I also find my eating is more conscious and mindful and less emotional and compulsive. I cannot express how freeing that is. I'm not saying it won't return or that there won't be difficult days. I'm just enjoying the present.
I set a goal to stay within my calorie range. For the last 6 days, I have been successful in doing that.
I set a goal to exercise every day, 10 minutes or more. I have accomplished that for 7 days as I have not yet exercised today. It is going well. I am not overdoing it so there is no reason in my body or my brain, not to follow through.
Lots of things I feel good about right now. This may not work forever but I am enjoying it in the now and that is worth it to me. These are lifestyle changes I believe I can stick with that will not set me up for failure.
Hugs and Health to You!