Erin Tweets a Thing

Erin Tweets a Thing

Well, I was looking for some informative articles about intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm to link to and discuss for tonight’s post, but then this happened:

 

That’s me!!! I’m @eventually_erin on the twitterverse (feel free to follow)! #sorrynotsorry

So I immediately called my mom, squealed a little bit, and decided this is about the level of fame I’m comfy with. 😉

In case you haven’t heard me rave…Dietland and Unapologetic are two new shows on AMC, and they are both very rad and worth watching. Dietland is a show based on the book of the same name, written by Sarai Walker (Read. The. Book.).

Dietland is the story of Plum who is a ghost writer for a fashion magazine and is planning on getting weightloss surgery. There is also a vigilante group of women killing men who have committed sexual violence. It’s an intelligent, dark comedy, and important topics are addressed, including body positivity, women’s rights, sexual violence, revenge violence, and so much more.

Unapologetic, which airs right after Dietland, picks up those topics and keeps the discussion going. Aisha Tyler is the host, and talks with a panel of three guests, who include actors from the show, comedians, activists, etc.

Actually, that reminds me, on last week’s episode, author Roxane Gay was on the panel. I had not heard of her, but after watching her on the show, I reserved every book of hers that I could from the library. I may or may not be fan girling. I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Hunger, which was read by Gay. I don’t really have the words to describe how amazing it was.

She verbalized thoughts and feelings that I’ve had about my own body and every aspect of my life affected by my body (all of them). We have different backgrounds and experiences, but it’s truly as if she were in my head.

I would recommend this book (you’re getting lots of that in this post…maybe make a list?) to anyone who is or was larger bodied, or anyone who knows someone who is larger bodied. It may give insight into why it is not okay to comment on someone else’s body, even if they are losing weight, unless you expressly know that person well enough to know they want your feedback. Same with hugs. She and I have all the same feelings about hugs.

Oh man, so recap:

  • I kinda had my 15 minutes of fame
  • Read Dietland
  • Watch Dietland
  • Watch Unapologetic
  • Read Hunger
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Don’t comment on my body
  • Don’t hug me or Roxane
  • #sorrynotsorry
  • Erin did not actually try a thing ✌
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3 Fasts in the Books…Almost

3 Fasts in the Books…Almost

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting at my kitchen table drinking a glass of water and sweating. And stinking. I just mowed the yard. I may or may not have grass in my teeth. I’m sure my neighbors hate me for doing that at 7 on Sunday morning, but it’s hot, y’all, and only getting hotter.

So I’m an hour and a half away from ending my third fast since beginning intermittent fasting (IF) Thursday evening. To be 100% honest, it really hasn’t been that bad. As I mentioned in my last (and first) post, I am fasting from 6pm to 10am, and 10am to 6pm is my eating window. Friday morning, my tummy growled one time before 10am, but I didn’t feel jittery or sick like my blood sugar was low.

Drinking my cup of joe:

I should probably mention here, that I’m in pretty good health. No issues with blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

So at 10am my app (BodyFast–free version) shot me a little message telling me I could eat now, and I did. I had some almonds and a banana. I ate lunch a little later than usual, since i ate breakfast later than my usual 7am. Luckily, my lunch schedule at work is flexible, so I’ll be able to eat whenever it feels like it’s time.

This is what I brought to work for the day, plus a bowl of cantaloupe:

The chicken is a great recipe for Weight Watchers…or anyone! I’ll work on adding recipes from time to time and linking them. And yes…those are purple potatoes. My favorite!

I worked late Friday and ended up having a large bowl of cantelope for dinner because that’s what I had available at the office (but I had also had some sweet treats at an office baby shower earlier, so I was by no means starving). I got home after 6pm, so my fasting time had started. I was beat from the day so I fixed some hot (unsweet) tea, and went into zombie mode on the couch.

Saturday morning was probably the most difficult so far, but just because I usually do a big breakfast kinda early on Saturdays. It will be an adjustment, but I’ll make it work. I went to my Weight Watchers meeting at 7am and had coffee (black). I lost 1.4lbs this week, which is 64.6lbs down total. That’s pretty typical for me, so I’m interested to see how or if that changes when I weigh in next week after doing a full week of IF. I will, of course, let you know.

I ate pretty normally yesterday and stopped eating at 6pm. It actually made things a little easier. I wasn’t thinking about what to snack on all evening…it just wasn’t an option. I did a few new things, which I will tell you about in upcoming posts, and drank lots of water and some hot tea.

I looked around on Pinterest for more IF info, but was pretty disappointed in the lack of info I found. I’ll keep digging and include anything helpful that I find.

One useful tidbit I did find, suggested keeping busy during fasting times when you’re not asleep. This was more helpful to me in the mornings waiting for breakfast. Yesterday after my meeting, I went to the farmers market, and today I mowed…and wrote this post. I think I need to drink more water during fasting times. Maybe less coffee…but probably just more water. Don’t want to go crazy here.

Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. ✌

Day 1 of this thing: intermittent fasting

Day 1 of this thing: intermittent fasting

Hey there. My name is Erin and I’m trying a new thing…a couple of new things, actually. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time, but wasn’t sure what to write about. Getting started can be overwhelming! So this evening, when I decided to start intermittent fasting, I figured this was as good a topic as any, so I’m also starting this blog. We’ll see how this goes…

I should start by saying I don’t know a ton (almost anything?) about intermittent fasting and you should absolutely not take anything I’m saying as sound advice. I am clueless. So follow my journey, laugh along with me, and feel free to give me your advice, but take everything I say with a grain of salt. 😊

So, here’s what I know so far about intermittent fasting:

  • It can be good for your health
  • It can help you lose weight
  • It can give you more energy
  • You limit eating to a shorter period of time and don’t eat outside that time-frame
  • You can and should drink lots of water during the off-time
  • You can also drink coffee and tea during the off time

I’m going to set my eating time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 hours), so my fasting time will be 6 p.m. through 10 a.m. (16 hours). I usually eat breakfast around 7 a.m. so I imagine I’ll be all kinds of hangry in the mornings for awhile. I’m using the app, BodyFast, to track my progress. It has a timer to let you know when you’re fasting and when you’re not.

I’m already doing Weight Watchers, so I will continue following this program, but just limit the times of day that I’m eating. I’ve lost about 60 lbs on Weight Watchers since January 2018. Here’s a before and current pic:

One thing I’ve heard about intermittent fasting is that eating at times that work with your body’s circadian rhythms can improve how your body works. This sounds reasonable to me. While I want to continue losing weight, I’m really focusing on being healthy, which is my primary goal for trying fasting.

So, here are my starting stats:

  • Female
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight 350 lbs

I will take my measurements at some point to add to my stats, but not tonight…I’m already in bed.

I’m looking forward to trying out this fasting thing, and this blogging thing! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know.

Thanks for reading. ✌