“If you go somewhere you’ve never been and do something you’ve never done before, you’re a different person than when you started” ~ Joe Rohde, Executive Designer and Vice President, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering.
Hey everyone I just broke my daily fast with my favorite protein shake by Aria, I mixed it with coconut milk. I also had a small salad with strawberries, mangoes and sunflower seeds. Before going to the gym I had my apple cider vinegar concoction, which you all know I swear by. I discovered Intermittent fasting about a month ago, I became interested in Fasting earlier this year after learning about the health benefits and what it does for the body. Intermittent fasting I was specifically excited about because I naturally already do this. The internet defines this type of fasting as – an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting can be used along with calorie restriction for weight loss. What I have been doing is eating between 1pm and 8pm and fasting the other hours, just drinking water and un-sugared tea. Why I was drawn to this is specific type of fasting is naturally I do not get hungry before 2pm and therefore I naturally wasn’t eating before that time anyway, perfect right? I work out in the mornings depending on what time I have to be at work and I eat at 1pm.
The trouble occurred when I soon realized that because of my schedule even though I would break my fast at 1pm my next meal wouldn’t be until 10pm, or I would just eat protein bars, get home and go to bed. However after a lot of mental planning I started planning better and listen to my body I now only eat when I’m hungry. I now break my fast at 3pm sometimes 4pm and my last meal is at 11pm because of my work schedule. I was still getting my eight hours of eating time and fasting for fifteen to sixteen hours, which was the plan. I realize this new “Fasting Lifestyle” was doing something to my body, in the initial Stages of any new diet that puts stress on the body like fasting, you lose weight because of that initial shock factor. If you’re doing the right things you should gain the weight back, my typical weight is 130 pounds. I am eating less and healthier more wholesome foods. Not eating meat limits my options, so when I’m out I can’t really grab anything to eat. There are only so many salads I can eat eh. Going further as mush as I hate meal prepping, this will have to be something I start doing. I go too long without food because I can’t really eat out.
With me sticking to my workout schedule, which is 5 to 6 times a week at the gym, I have been noticing my body is way more defined than it ever has been. In the mornings when I wake up, I don’t have that water weight situation that I used to have, I wake up with a flatter stomach. Fasting and Dieting are two words that just sound scarier than they are, but the truth is it’s a system allowing us to get to a place where we can listen and hear our bodies. Doing what’s best for you to live a healthier lifestyle. Contrary to what people might believe the aim isn’t to abuse the body or punish yourself, the aim is to make yourself better. I get up and go to the gym and my major motivation is the pictures of my body getting better. I look at my body now and Im like there is no way I’m quitting now.
I don’t have the best body at all, but I’m falling in love with the body I’m creating every day more and more and that is what it’s all about. Fasting has helped me with unnecessary snacking and the crazy junk food addiction I once had that every now and again I would fall victim too. I crave healthier foods because I have started paying more attention to food in general and have been reading more about it. I don’t drink almost never, I don’t do drugs I don’t consume soda or any kind of sugary drinks. I eat organic and stay away from GMO’s and heavily processed foods. In conclusion I haven’t lost any weight, but I wear smaller sizes now because the fat I had in certain places have become muscle, even with my once a week 500 calorie Fasting and Intermittent daily fasting I haven’t lost any weight and I’m not trying to lose weight.
If you have any questions feel free to ask them below, a video will be up on my Youtube channel soon going into a bit more detail.