Weekly Update 1
My history is a little longer than the chart above would tell you but some friends have recommend some apps to track fasts and help out. I am currently using two different apps and will play with them to figure out which I like more so that I can just use one that has features I like.
My transition to the 16 hour fast has been a complete success as I have hit my goal every single day and have been going longer without much thought. You can see that in the above seven day span I hit 17 hours 3 times and 18 hours 4 times so I figure it is time to step up my game and just make 18 hours my new goal. I haven't quite mentally figured out how this is going to work yet because I have to plan my eating hours around work but I have faith I can make this work.
Last night was the first time I struggled since the beginning but the more I thought about it the more I think the struggle was because of this dry Las Vegas Heat! It was another high triple digit day and after eating my dinner I was feeling sluggish and a few hours later I had the urge to eat more. I kept pounding down my water and ignoring the urge and eventually it passed and that is what lead me to believe that the heat was affecting me like that. This morning, in a well air conditioned office, I have not had any real urges to eat until just recently and not until after my 18 hour fast goal had passed.
I'm typing this up before I break my fast which is probably why I keep typing about the fast. So let's switch to weight-loss which I'd like to touch upon every week with an update.
post where I went to a retirement dinner for a friend and overindulged.
That was a bigger gain that I was expecting as I gained 4 pounds and had to start working my way back down. Even with that setback I found myself back on track the very next day and everything is moving in the right direction. The week was still a success as I was 2 pounds lighter than the prior week.
In the past few days I have another friend who I have been talking to and she does OMAD (One Meal A Day) and has provided me links to websites and Book of Face groups so I can gather information and join communities that are very supportive of people going through similar situations. While I am not on OMAD I do plan on working it in at some point (but not doing it every single day).
Intermittent fasting while not a diet has done more for me in the past two weeks than any dieting attempt I have ever tried has done. By limiting my hours and making better decisions on what is going into my body while loading up on water every single day I have managed to pretty much flush sugar out of my system and I literally do not crave sweets any more.
Previously, no matter what diet I was trying, I would still crave the sweets every day and now that I look back on it maybe part of that is because even though I was dieting I was still drinking sodas and energy drinks. In the past two weeks I have drank soda once (during a family breakfast at a restaurant) and I have not had an energy drink in over a week (though honestly I still want to hunt down and have one of those Marshmallow Rock Stars).
And finally I would like to talk about community. I have a great community around me. My good buddy Matt makes sure to add to the comments section as he is now trying intermittent fasting as well. I have friends who make sure to comment on the Book of Face every time I share a post and I have friends on Twitter who comment there. It is great to get constant feed back and know that there are others out there doing the same and supporting me every step of the way.
One other friend who I want to point out is my buddy JC on Twitter who has been on his own weight loss plan for awhile now and had a goal to bet at a certain weight by September 15th. Yesterday he Tweeted that he was exactly 20 pounds away and has two months to get there. In order to support him and help with my own motivation I told him I'm playing along with him to hit that 20 pounds down in the next two months. Yesterday I was at 261 so I'm just going to round and keep this goal at even numbers and my goal for September 15th is 240 pounds! We got this.
Today I weighed in under 260 and am now less than 10 pounds away from my next goal.
Speaking of that 250 goal. One of my other buddies and my podcast co-host provided me with half of a Nintendo e-shop code and told me he'd give me the second half once I hit 250 - More Motivation!
So my next two goals are set and I look forward to the challenge.
What are your goals? What are you doing to hit your goals? What is your motivation?
Let me know below!
Thank you all for coming along on this journey with me.