Day 6

(Photo: Sunrise while I was biking along the canal. I used to get up every morning at the crack of dawn. What happened to this girl?)

I found this photo while going through all my pictures as I was trying to make room on my phone. I have a serious storage problem. I ended up getting rid of over 400 pictures. Looking through all those photos of my past life had a strange effect on me, however. Do you ever feel jealous of your own life? That’s how I felt while looking through my old pictures of ski trips, beach vacations, our trip to Alaska and all those delicious dinners out with friends. Sitting on the couch watching 90 day fiancé and drinking wine just doesn’t compare. I guess it’s time to plan something fun to do. I’m thinking two weeks camping along the coast of Oregon this summer.

Today was nice but uneventful. I did however convince my 15 year old to walk the dogs with me. Was a beautiful, perfect day and we laughed at all the mischief our furry friends got themselves into with neighborhood dogs and cats jumping out of bushes and tangled leashes. Not exactly relaxing but fun nonetheless. My oldest daughter is going through a bit of a hard time right now with her first break-up ever so I’m really trying to spend as much time with her as possible. High school can be a rough time, but I know she’ll be fine.

(Photo: Zoe getting ready for a dance last year.)

My Fast

According to my plan, I’m doing 19/5 on Saturday and Sundays just to give me a little bit of a break on the weekends. Kayla had talked to me about doing a “cheat day” or a day off but I find those don’t work so well for me. I tend to just graze all day long and end up feeling sick by the evening. It’s just not enjoyable to me plus my weight is up so much the next day and can take a few days to come back down which can be discouraging. The longer windows work better for me. I get a little break but I don’t feel out of control.

I did pretty well. I had a snack and then a meal around 3:30 and didn’t want much more after that. I closed my window at 7pm but then I really wanted a glass of wine so went ahead and had one. Maybe I need to write that into my plan for the weekends. I need to be realistic.

My weight is steady. It really seems to just want to stay between 154-156 lbs. Not sure if I’ll be able to get below that. We shall see!

19/5 (but a glass of wine outside of my window.)

Weight:

Current: 155 lbs

Highest weight: 210 lbs

Weight starting IF: 175 lbs

Short-term goal weight: 154 lbs

Long-term goal weight: 135 lbs

Food:

Cottage cheese, fruit, nuts, 1/4 bagel

Turkey sandwich, bbq chips, chai

Few pieces of chocolate, glass of wine

Exercise: walked 2 miles

Time for bed! My plan for tomorrow is 19/5 and maybe some light weights.

Day 4

Haircut!

I got my haircut today and it always gives me a boost in my self-confidence. Not only do I feel good about my appearance but my hairdresser always showers me with compliments. She’s known me when I was 210 lbs and has been with me throughout my entire weight loss journey. She probably doesn’t realize this but her encouragement really helped to keep my motivation up at times.

As I was sitting in styling chair today, I thought back to a time when I refused to even look in the mirror and let me tell you that was quite a feat. And now here I am taking selfies. Who would have thought? I’m forever grateful for my hairdresser’s kindness. For awhile the only time I felt good about myself was on haircut day. It’s definitely nice to be able to feel good on my own now but haircut days are still particularly special.

I had serious Appetite Correction today and wasn’t able to eat much. Also, the salad that I always get at Chipotle just didn’t taste good today. It’s interesting how ones taste can change on Intermittent Fasting. If you haven’t read Appetite Correction by Bert Herring, I highly recommend it. https://www.amazon.com/AC-Appetite-Correction-Bert-Herring/dp/0692517375

Tikka and Tessa

(Photo: My fur babies Tikka & Tessa. )

Finally got a chance to walk my fur babies this morning. They ask for so little and give so much. The least I can do do is take them for a little walk. Besides the weather is beautiful in Arizona right now. Today was 70 degrees with clear skies. I’m hoping to get in some hiking this weekend.

Fast: 23/1.5

Weight: 156.2 lbs

Ate:

Tea latte

Yogurt, fruit, nuts

1/2 chicken salad, couple of chips

8 peppermint kisses

Exercise: walked dogs 25 mins

Day 3

Exciting day for my baby girl!

Today was an exciting day in our household. My youngest daughter, Talia, got her braces off and my older daughter, Zoe, had her last day of school before Winter Break. I took them both out to lunch so I ended having another 2mad day. I really don’t like have two 2mad days in a row but I’m still following my plan so it’s okay. Just that time of year when there’s a lot of social situations to contend with but things will calm down soon enough. Besides, we went one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants, The Coronado. They make the best cauliflower tacos and it’s in this old funky house downtown. Lots of charm and coolness factor.

(Photo: Cauliflower Tacos from The Coronado in downtown Phoenix.)

Things are so crazy right now with the holidays and everything that goes with that. I’ve barely had time to clean my house or do laundry and it’s stressing me out a bit. I did find time to make myself a nice chai tea that enjoyed while watching The Office with my girls.

All an all it was a good day but I’m looking forward to getting back to OMAD tomorrow. In fact I shouldn’t have any other events that will take me away from OMAD till Christmas Day. My weight was down a little but a I’m worried that I won’t lose any weight on this plan. I guess we will have to wait and see. Patience.

Today:

Fast: 17/7

Weight: 157.2 (Still high! I was 150.2 just a few weeks ago)

Food: Lunch–2 cauliflower tacos, chai tea

Snack–pickles, handful of nuts, tea

Dinner–1 piece of goat cheese strata, broccoli with brown butter.

Dessert-1 biscotti with tea

Exercise: none :/

Day 2

(Big Bear Lake 2018)

Today was a little crazy. With the holidays and my girls pre-winter vacation activities there’s just a lot going on and I tend to get overwhelmed easily. My eating was also chaotic but that’s okay.

I had a cookie exchange at 1 o’clock today and I decided to go ahead and eat. Since Kayla and I decided I would just switch to basically a 16/8 on days I have a lunch obligation, I decided to give myself the option to eat if I wanted. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but once I saw the hostess was serving wine, my decision was made.

(Photo: Hawaii in 2015)

Unfortunately, the day just turned into a snackfest. I ate a lot of cookies, some snacky food but no real meals today. I really don’t enjoy that but it was nice to partake in the social festivities. This has to be sustainable and Dr. Fung always says to make the fasting fit your life, not the other way around so that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s hard right now because my weight is up right. My instinct is to fast extra long and make everything extra hard but that’s likely not to work in the long run so for now patience.

Today:

Fast-17/7

Weight-159.2 lbs (yikes!)

Several cookies, cheese & crackers, glass of wine

Chips, a tamale

Exercise: was a crazy day running around so wasn’t able to find the time.

Day 1

(Photo: Another beautiful sunset in Arizona. )

Today I woke up feeling a bit down. I was sick from overdoing it yesterday and just feeling a little confused regarding my next steps. Then I remembered that Kayla from http://www.sixmilestosupper.com offered coaching. I actually was lucky enough to meet her recently and she’s just a fantastic person. So I scheduled a coaching session with her and she called me right away.

(Photo: Got to meet Kayla at a local coffee shop while she was here in town.)

I have to say I found the coaching session very worthwhile and am so happy I decided to go ahead with it. Afterwards, I felt much calmer, centered and sure about my plan forward. Kayla helped me come up with a realistic and doable plan and I’m confident I can be consistent with it. Basically we decided to widen my window from 23/1 to 21/3 during the weekdays and to 19/5 on the weekends. This is a plan that feels easy to me which is something Kayla really stresses.

Additionally, we decided if I have a luncheon that I really need to attend, I’d go ahead and eat it but I’d still have dinner as well. In the past I’d try to move my window to lunchtime but feel deprived at dinner which often backfired leading to overeating. I think I’m realizing you have to understand your non-negotiables as well as the areas you have some wiggle room. For example, I realize that I really like having that dinnertime meal and so things like extending fasting, and Alternative day fasting will never be a good solution for me. But since I really like all types of foods, something like carb cycling could be a viable option for me at some point.

Although, for now, I’m just not going to worry too much about the what part of my food and instead focus more on the when. I do feel like I eat fairly healthy but I don’t stress about being perfect with my eating. Not by a long shot. Right now I just need to focus on being consistent and just relaxing into a good routine. I’ll weigh most days to get a weekly average and if after six weeks I’m not losing anything then I will see where I can possibly make some changes. Kayla also reminded me how far I’ve already come and I do think it’s important I try to remember and celebrate that as well.

Today:

Weight: 161.4 lbs (highest it’s been in months.)

Fasting: 22/2 (yay!)

Ate:

Pickles, marinated mushrooms, nuts

Sweet potato stew with rice and fried tempeh, glass of wine

Plain yogurt with blueberries

(Photo: Sweet potato stew with collard greens)

Exercise: walked dogs, cardio for 15 mins, sit-ups & push-ups

It feels really good to be back on track with everything and I’m feeling really good about my new plan. Bring on Day 2! 😁

My OMAD Journey Begins

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:

“156.6 lbs

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. “