So I am a 50 year old SAHM to two teenage girls and have always struggled with my weight. Over the last few years I’ve managed to lose 55 lbs, but I still have 20 to go to get to my goal weight of 135 lbs which is the weight I was when I got married 20 years ago. Most recently, I’ve been doing Intermittent Fasting and lost 20 pounds in the last year. Unfortunately, I’ve plateaued for the last 6 months and have been trying to decide how to get the scale moving again.(Photo: left top-210 lbs in 2008; middle top-my 50th bday in 2018; left bottom & right pic-153 lbs in October 2018.)
I’ve been very inconsistent so it’s hard to know what’s working and what’s not but I’ve decided to commit to a plan for one year. After that, if I’m still not losing I can reassess. Here’s my plan:
- 21/3 Mon-Friday
- Saturday & Sunday 19/5
- Exercise-15 mins of cardio; 5 mins of weights or calisthenics.
- Drinks allowed-tea with stevia & Almond milk okay.
- Food-nothing off limits; no counting of calories, carbs, etc.
- Expand window for social events as needed. Just make a plan beforehand and stick with it.
- Weigh most days & keep a weekly average.
I’m nervous but excited to finally have a set plan. I’ve been all over the place fasting anywhere from 10-45 hours with an average of about 20 hrs/day. My only concern is that my metabolism will adjust and I’ll plateau but I really feel like if I’m patient I’ll be able to ride it out. Tomorrow is day one!
Here’s what I wrote in my journal earlier today:
Ate a ridiculous amount today. Felt very manic all day. Just no end to the eating and I was all over the place. One minute I’m agreeing to do ADF with this one group of women (on fb), the next I’m thinking about signing up for a coaching session. I really need to stick to a plan for awhile. I’m just so scattered. The good thing about the NoS diet was I always knew what I was doing for the most part.
If this continues I’m going to gain all my weight back. Is this how it starts?
I honestly can’t remember everything I ate today but I do know it started with pancakes and ended with tater tots. 🤦🏼♀️
I think I might start a blog about my IF journey to help keep me motivated. “