Two week reflection

Two week reflection

Hi, y’all. Tomorrow is my two week intermittent fast-iversary. 😊 It has really been a great first two weeks getting into the swing of IF. I’ve felt really good, and in general think this is a reasonable, sustainable health choice.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m already doing Weight Watchers. That’s the method I’m using to work on weight loss. Some employ IF for weight loss by cutting out breakfast or dinner, or even day(s) of eating. While I’m not an expert, that doesn’t strike me as terribly healthy or sustainable…at least for me. So during the 8 hours I’m eating (10am-6pm), I’m eating 3 meals and usually a snack, which account for most of my daily points (Weight Watchers’ method of tracking food).

I will say IF has led me to cut out snacking in the evening, which has saved me lots of “points” that I was using when I wasnt actually hungry. I should also say, IF is not a means of starvation. Sometimes my tummy growls in the hour or so before my fast is over, but I’m not ravenous, or jittery, or sick-feeling. If I was feeling that level of hunger at any point during my fasting time, I WOULD EAT. My purpose in trying IF is to get my body back on track with its own circadian rhythms (someone check my spelling and get back to me on that). I have big plans to do a whole post on that topic, so please hold.

Though I’m not doing IF for weight loss, I did lose 4 lbs last week at my weigh-in. I certainly don’t expect to see that every week, but I do think my body is responding positively to the new change in schedule.

Now I’ll throw in a dose of reality…I’m not super-perfect. The folks who know me are shaking their heads “yes”. This week has been stressful and I’m not handling it like a champ. I have always been one to eat my feelings, and I’m definitely still working on that…maybe I always will. Feelings are part of life and so is food.

The damage: yesterday I went over my WW points, and over my extra weekly allotment of points (a cushion for the week to use how you want), THEN i went home and ordered a pizza and wings! And ate them! After 6pm! Eek! I felt like crap and had all of the heart burn, which is lame.

I got back on the wagon this morning, but got home late, so I ended up eating after 6pm again. Like I keep saying, this is real life. I’ll get back on the wagon again tomorrow morning. 😊

Thanks for reading. I know this was a long post with no pictures, so I’ll leave you with this. I did actually try a new thing today and it was amazing. You should probably try it too. This is Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Cereal. My heart, in a bowl.

Try it. Tell me what you think. And please let me know if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, good jokes, etc….about anything. Not just cereal. ✌

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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 ✌
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. ✌