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March 2019

My Experience With Intermittent Fasting

I’ve struggled with dieting my entire adult life. I always inevitably cheat and give up.

 

A couple of months ago I did some serious self reflection and decided I need to make a real effort to get healthy. I’m 33. I can’t bounce back like I could in my 20’s and my health now is going to seriously impact my health in the future. It’s time to get serious.

 

Over the past 8 years, I’ve gained over 50 pounds. Some of that was due to anti-anxiety medication I was on during and after law school. The rest was poor eating habits and minimal exercise. When I got off the anxiety medications 3 years ago, I lost 20 pounds with no effort. Since then, I’ve tried a lot of diets to lose the remaining 30, especially in the lead up to the wedding. I tried weight watchers, Keto (my own personal hell on earth), and calorie counting, but I failed miserably. I’d be good for 2-3 weeks and lose weight, but I’d inevitably have a day where I’d give in and cheat on the diet and eventually just give up.

 

In January I decided to give intermittent fasting a try. I’d heard great things about the health and weight loss benefits and thought I could make it work. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist so I’m not going to list all the great benefits as if I am in any position to advise others, but there is plenty of information out there if you are interested.

 

It took a little trial and error, but I eventually figured out a plan that really works for me because it actually isn’t very restrictive. Intermittent fasting doesn’t dictate what I can eat, only when I can eat. Here is the schedule that works for me:

  • On Monday through Friday I do a 16:8 fast. I fast for 16 hours and only eat between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. After 4:00 PM I don’t have anything except water.
  • On the weekends I am more relaxed and will open my eating window to 10 hours if we are going out to dinner. I also wait until around 12 to break my fast on weekends since I’m usually sleeping later.
  • I try to keep my daily caloric intake under 1200. The shortened eating window actually makes it a lot easier to stay under 1200 calories simply because I’m not eating as often or as much food in a given day. And if there is a day where I just really want a bad meal like pizza or a burger and fries, I can still do that, and have that be my only meal of the day. I realize having only one meal a day might sound crazy, but I’m finding that I’m getting full much faster and if I eat a really high calorie meal like that, I’m actually not hungry the rest of the day.

 

After 2 months of really sticking to this system, I’m down 10 pounds with what feels like very little effort and I feel great. And maybe just as important, I’ve kept the weight off. It may not seem like much in a 2 month period, but it’s the most success I’ve had on a diet.

 

Fasting has also helped me to have a much healthier relationship and approach to food. I’ve realized that most of my cravings during my fasting hours aren’t because I’m actually hungry – I’m actually rarely hungry during the 16 hour fasting window. It’s usually because I’m bored or upset and want to use food to cope. This process has helped me to recognize and break those patterns.

 

Other people can see much faster results with intermittent fasting if they do it 7 days a week and workout. However, it was important for me to have some flexibility on weekends so I could maintain my social life and go out for dinners and drinks. Also, I know that if I get too overwhelmed, I quit diets and workout routines, so I’ve been waiting to add in more cardio until I was fully adjusted to intermittent fasting. Up until now I’ve been doing yoga 3-4 times a week and taken a long walk every weekend with the dogs. This month I’m going to start using the treadmill 3-4 times a week and hopefully I’ll continue to see results.

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Friday Favorites: Recent Purchases I Love

Rothys Loafers: I’ve been looking for a comfortable pair of loafers but I hate buying shoes online without trying them on first. I finally took a chance when a coworker sent me a referral that gave me $20 off (I’m happy to send you one if you want to give these a try). These shoes are so comfortable that I’ve worn them every day since they arrived in the mail earlier this week. I have no doubt these will be my go-to shoes on out upcoming trip to the UK & Ireland. Other awesome perks of these shoes: they are machine washable and made out of recycled water bottles.

 

 

Born Derby Shoes: Speaking of our upcoming trip, I wanted a nicer shoe I could wear to dress up an casual outfit but that would also be comfortable enough to walk around and sightsee in. A lot of travel blogs I read recommended oxfords so I went on a hunt for a comfortable pair. These shoes have a really padded sole that will make being on my feet all day much easier and they look great with rolled up jeans, ankle pants, and even some dresses.

 

 

Trench Rain Coat: I’ve wanted a nice trench coat for a while, but since I can’t rationalize buying a Burberry trench, I went on the hunt and found this more affordable option. It has a great fit and has done a great job of keeping me dry so far.

 

 

Honorable mention is this trench that is a little shorter and that I found at Nordstrom Rack. It’s also less expensive.

 

 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic: I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pink lipstick and this shade is a winner. It’s fun and flirty but still neutral enough for everyday wear.

 

 

Colour Pop Mar Palette: I’ve wanted to get braver with my eyeshadow for a long time. I usually stick to basic neutral shades but when I saw this palette I fell in love. I ordered it in the hopes that it could push me outside my comfort zone. Unfortunately, I honestly haven’t tried out the bolder colors yet, but I’m loving the neutrals while I work up the courage.

 

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Life Lately

Since I took a year and a half off from blogging, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about what’s been going on lately.

 

The biggest news is that David and I got married on June 9, 2018. The wedding was amazing and everything we hoped it would be (more to come on that later). I’m so happy and lucky to have David as my husband and the last 9 months have been wonderful. I’m also really glad the wedding is behind us because planning it took about 5 years off my life.

 

Life Lately

 

In December we went to Mexico for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time (more to come on this also). We also have a trip to the UK and Ireland coming up that I’m VERY excited about.

 

Life Lately

Besides getting married, there have been some other changes for me lately. In the past two months I started getting more serious about my health. It was long overdue. I’ve started intermittent fasting, counting calories, and eating much healthier food. I know it mostly sounds like common sense, but I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food. Taking these steps and ACTUALLY STICKING TO THEM is a big deal for me. I’m also going to yoga 4 times a week and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my anxiety and my body. Now I just need to work in some cardio to keep my heart healthy and work on burning calories.

 

The past year and a half has been absolutely amazing. That’s not to say that there haven’t been hard times, but despite any hardships that I have faced, this has without a doubt, been the best year of my life.

Anxiety, Health, Love, Travel, Wedding

Back to Blogging

It’s been a long time since I’ve come to this space to share my life. I’ve missed it. I spent some time last fall going through old posts with the intention of archiving them and deleting the blog entirely. But going through those old posts reminded me of stories and details I’d long forgotten. I’m so glad to have those posts as little keepers of wonderful memories.

 

Since going through those old posts months ago, I’ve grappled with coming back to blogging. I’ve really grown to appreciate my privacy in the time since I stopped posting about my life on the internet. The only social media platform I use these days is Instagram and my account is set to private with less than 250 followers. Do I really want to open my life up to the wide public now? The prospect still makes me uncomfortable, but I’ve decided to give it a try because writing feeds my soul (even if it’s just a light and airy blog post), and the community I found blogging is one of the most supportive and loving groups of people I’ve ever known.

 

There’s a lot thats happened in the last year and a half and so many exciting things coming that I’d love to share. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and be patient with me while I find my footing and figure everything out all over again.

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