Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5 Days into Intermittent Fasting

I started Intermittent Fasting on the weekend -- it's Wednesday evening so I've done five days so far. I've been doing the 16 hour fast / 8 hour eating window each day, and really it's not been difficult. Hunger does indeed come in waves, and while I'm at work most of the time I don't even think about it much. Having said that I am happy when noon comes and I can have lunch. Now, it is an eight hour eating window but that does not mean I'm eating during that entire time! No, I still don't really snack between meals, so I have lunch and dinner with dessert usually being an Atkins shake or bar.  I workout when I get home.  They say you should do your workouts during the fasting stage, which would be morning for me, but I work and I'm definitely not a morning person so I'm not getting up at 5:30 just to workout. Besides, I've tried that before and I have no energy in the morning. I love working out when I get home - believe it or not I look forward to it!  The treadmill has become my stress relief. :)

I'm on week three of the C25K, but in truth I'm pushing myself a bit more than I did the first time. Firstly, I am doing it on the treadmill this time, so that means I can push myself to go a bit faster than I would outside. I'm also adding extra running intervals. For instance, today was a 90 second run, 90 second walk, then walk a 3 minute run and 3 minute walk. You repeat that twice, so two 90 second intervals and two 3 minute intervals.  At the end of those I add two more 3 minute intervals, mostly because I want to exercise more than 28 minutes. Then I cool down at a brisk pace for a few minutes, then slow down to a more casual walking pace for 4-5 minutes more. All in all it's usually about 40 minutes, but today was 45.

Yesterday I did Callanetics and I'm debating just sticking to those two workouts for now. Every time I try to add strength training in as well it gets to be too much. So for now I'll have two rest nights.  C25K on the treadmill is M/W/F, Callanetics Tu/Sat, and rest on Thu/Sun.

I've already dropped a bit but I'm not counting it just yet because I'm still getting rid of the monthly weight gain.  By the weekend I hope to see a much better number again.  I'm told it can take a few weeks or longer of Intermittent Fasting to start seeing results, but I think that's for people transitioning from the Standard American Diet (SAD) so we'll see.  Since I'm sticking to my usual dr Poon / low carb meals during my eating window, I'm hoping to start seeing some good results sooner. I'll check back soon and let you know how I'm going.

Gwen's three-part discussion of Dr David Kessler's book The End of Overeating has convinced me to read it. I bought the Kindle edition so I could dive into it quicker, and I'm already up to Part II - The Food Industry. The first part was certainly very interesting, all about the way sugar, fat and salt affect our brain and behaviour. Why we crave such foods. In Part II it looks like we'll be getting into how the food industry used that knowledge to hook us on their products, thus ensuring we'd come back for more and more. You can read Gwen's excerpts here - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Obviously I'm not done with the book yet, but I can see where this would help a lot of people because I spent years thinking I was a worthless failure who couldn't control what I eat. Now at least I know why! My lack of control wasn't because I was weak, in fact much of it was never in my control to begin with. Thanks Gwen for sharing this information, I'm really glad I bought this book.  I'll comment more when I've finished reading it.  That's all for now, I'm off to relax for a bit before bed.


  1. Aww Anna, thanks SO much for the shoutouts and links. I think you'll find today's post a very good companion piece; how Wheat is an opiate. :)

    I prefer to do my fasting through dinner. Never through breakfast. But n = 1 is different for each of us. :)

    Good job, and I hope you get great results, long term! :) Glad you bought the book by Dr. K. :)

    1. Thanks Gwen. I already know about wheat, having read Wheat Belly. You're doing a great job of educating those not yet familiar with these books. Even those who have read them will benefit from the experience of a success story like yourself who is a living testament to this lifestyle.

      I have much less appetite in the morning and already skip breakfast on weekends, so for me it was natural to extend that to weekdays. Plus I prefer looking forward to eating rather than dreading having to quit for the day. I'm not hungry after dinner so not eating after 8pm is easy for me. But yes, we each must find what works for us.

  2. Many talk of " Intermittent Fasting" and the plus' s it brings. Have a look at Dr Jason Fung video's when you get a moment.

    All the best Jan


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