Happy Hump Day from the middle of the (sub) arctic tundra! I have another post brewing about my experiences with a real ‘winter’ coming, aren’t all 3 of you still reading this excited?!
I’m always curious to try out new things, and given my life is sadly sedentary at the moment (it’s just too stinking cold!), I figured why not give Intermittent Fasting a try to see how I feel. When I’m at my usual go-go-go I’m pretty much always hungry, so I don’t know that this could work for everyone, but for right now I feel good.
So what is intermittent fasting? There are several ways to do it, but at the core, it’s the idea that there are specific times you eat, and specific times you fast. During the fasting your body uses the stored sugars/fat as energy and all around it’s supposed to help you shed fat. There are a bunch of articles on it (that I’m not going to try to regurgitate because they are the science-folks), I was just curious if I would notice a difference in how I felt or if I liked it. Knowing me and my body, I went with the option where you ‘fast’ for 14 hours a day, and you eat your meals within a 10 hour window.
And the short version… I liked it! I have a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, but otherwise from when I eat dinner, usually between 7 and 8 pm until lunch the next day, I’m in my ‘fasting’ period. I eat normal meals for lunch and dinner, I’m not eating anything ginormous or unhealthy, I just go longer in between two of the meals. I do notice my lunches now have some sort of carb in them, whether that’s bread on a sandwich or a serving of the absolutely amazing potato soup I made last weekend, but I’m certainly not inhaling anything crazy. I’m drinking water throughout the day. The only thing I’ve noticed so far is my portion sizes at meals seem to be smaller, or I’m more aware of when I’m full. One or the other. Hopefully that means my stomach is starting to shrink just a smidge! I can really do some damage on a plate of food
While I haven’t been on the scale, other than a ‘lighter’ feeling in the morning, I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight. I am curious how quickly the hangry-ness comes back once I’m up and doing more each day. This may be overly naive, but I’m hoping the worst of the winter-weather is done and I can start walking into work again (I did 3 days last week and have walked twice this week so far), but it’s all dependent on the weather. When that happens I’ll probably go back to my tomato juice and hard boiled eggs for breakfast – it’s just so good!
There’s a rowing machine down in my basement, so I’m going to start doing that a couple times a week to just do SOMETHING. Between that and walking, hopefully it tides me over one more month until the temperature starts staying in the 30s! Fingers crossed!! My sanity could use a little sweatiness!