A New Plan
Friday, July 19, 2019
So I’ve decided to give intermittent fasting a go. This shouldn’t be too hard for me because I’m not a big eater to begin with. I skip breakfast more often than not anyway, so I think I’ll adapt to the fasting very well.
What I’m going to do for four to six weeks is try the 16:8 plan. I’ll track my calories and I will track my carbs, protein, fat and fiber. I have a set goal for each of those that I will meet. I haven’t eaten in a healthy way most of my life so this will be a big challenge for me, tracking not just cals, but nutrition. Still, I’m up for it.
I’ll also exercise probably six days a week. I don’t get a whole lot of physical activity other than what I deliberately do as a workout, so I should be all right working out that much. (A lot of the research I’ve done has indicated that too much cardio can have the opposite effect of what I’m after, but while some cardio workouts kick my tail a bit, I never totally run myself into the ground. I’m so not the gal at the gym doing sprints on a 30% incline. I don’t think I’m at risk for overdoing it.)
I’ll use free weights four days a week, I think. The other two days, some form of cardio. Maybe? I’ll play with it a bit, see what works.
I plan to do my workouts during my eating window so I have some extra help with energy and can also refuel my body as soon as I’m done.
This means I probably need to alter my routine slightly—I generally like to do a long cooldown/stretch after my workouts but especially after strength session, I’ll need to eat sooner than that. So I’ll probably cooldown for five mins, then eat, then stretch. I think I’ll go for three meals. The first two relatively light, then a bigger dinner.
Also means I need to meal plan a bit and have something prepared for immediately after I do a workout. Otherwise I’ll end up eating tuna and black beans out of their respective cans with choc milk to wash them down. Call me crazy, but that really doesn’t sound super appetizing.
So just to document where I’m starting from:
Possibly Skinny Fat
Waist: 31.5 inches
Hips: 37 inches
Waist-to-hip ratio: .85 (right at the far end of the moderate-risk category; ideal is .80 or lower, high-risk is .86 and above)
Don’t know if I’ll check progress every week. That might discourage me. Maybe every 2 weeks? Again, I'll play it by ear.
Here goes nothing! Or, rather, everything!