Guys… Do you SEE that cover photo? Gorgeous salad. Awesome fonts. You probably thought this was gonna be some fitness person with a stellar blog and ripped abs. Wrong.
Average person here- hiya! College was a weird time for me. I struggled to find a balance, like most students, between keeping up with my studies, maintaining a home, and nurturing my relationships, with both friends and my fiance. While I had always spent a lot of time focused on my physical appearance in high school, between sports, working out, etc., in college, things changed. I tried to stay in shape, working out here and there, and constantly battling my desire to be “on a diet,” but none of it worked. So here we are- 4 1/2 years later, and I had officially let myself go. I wasn’t unaware that I had gained weight, as I’m very sensitive to my image, but the stresses of life were too much for me to care. But here I stand, 2 months out from my wedding (that was nerve-wracking to type), and the dress I bought 2+ years ago doesn’t fit. Holy crap. While not a total surprise, it is rather upsetting and alarming to have it confirmed. Time to get serious.
I’ve read more about diet and fitness than anyone ever should. If I spent half the time I spend reading actually cooking and working out, I’d probably be fit as heck. My newest diet find is referred to as Intermittent Fasting (IF), a diet used by many accidentally, and others very intentionally. Now, I’m not a fitness blog so I won’t bore you with all the science surrounding IT, but I do hope to be able to share my results with you, and update this post as I discover new things about IT. I’m barely one week in, and I can definitely see that there are pros and cons. I don’t feel its the right time to share those thoughts just yet as I don’t think it would be fair to you, me, or the diet to jump to conclusions, but I will update you as it goes. I’m following the 16:8 plan, meaning that from 8:00 pm – 12:00 pm the following day, I’m “fasting,” followed by a window of eating all my day’s calories from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Hence 16:8, 16 hours fasting, 8 hours eating. As someone with a late night snacking problem, I immediately knew this would help. Here’s to the next 8 weeks- I’ll edit this post once/week for the next 8 weeks with my updates. Check back soon!
WEEK 1 UPDATE:
So I’ve officially completed my first week of intermittent fasting. I’ve been fairly consistent in my plan to stop eating by 8 pm every night and start eating again at 12 pm the next day. When I first decided to start this diet, I thought there was no way I could make it to lunch without eating anything- especially without any late night snacking. The first 2 days were somewhat difficult. I was experiencing a lot of discomfort around 9-10 am, when I usually eat breakfast. I knew I only had to to persist 2 more hours though to meet my fasting requirement, and retrain my brain to know food was coming at noon, not 9. Since then, its been pretty easy to stick to the plan. My stomach is growling as I type this, but it doesn’t have the same effect it used to – the growling isn’t automatically accompanied by a feeling of starvation. Its odd. I obviously haven’t noticed any crazy weight loss since its only been a week, but I have noticed that I feel very slim in the mornings, most likely because I’m not bloated, and I feel more satisfied when I eat. Yesterday, my lunch was so big I grazed on it for almost 2 hours at work, and it still totally fit in my meal plan for the day. I also have ceased all late night snacking as a result (so long, 9 pm ice cream binges), and I know this will have a positive effect on my goals. I will note that the first couple days, I was eating lunch at noon, then going to the gym around 4, but not eating anything beforehand. My lunches were only ~300 calories, which was not enough, and my workouts greatly suffered. Later into the week, I bumped up my lunch portions, and added a pre-workout snack and was back on track. Many people recommend a fasted workout on this diet, but it just doesn’t work for me yet.
WEEK 2 Update:
Holy cow, it was a bad week. I’m not afraid to admit I nearly threw in the towel. Last Wednesday, I was hit with a horrible headache. I ended up skipping the gym and ate pizza on the couch instead. The weekend was filled with fun activities- we tried Melt Columbus as well as had dinner at The Old Mohawk in German Village. My meals were inconsistent and unhealthy for the most part of the week. However, on a positive note, I tried my first 2 fasted workouts (Saturday & Sunday) and powered right through. I felt a tinge of hunger but nothing unbearable. I was light and it felt good. I’ll definitely be trying that again. I’m back on track with my diet this week, and looking forward to some positive results.