The Intermittent Fasting Journey – Take Two

Way back in September 2010 I wrote a blog post about entering the world of Intermittent Fasting. I shared about the Fast 5 e-book and the Fast 5 Yahoo group. I knew I was called to fasting but always struggled with it. I did okay with the intermittent fasting until the holidays and then it all when out the window.

Over 2011 I still felt the call. I lurked on the Yahoo group, read and re-read the e-book but for various reasons I didn’t make the jump or I would start it and give up after a few days. A lot of it was due to my schedule and stress I was under, along with a couple of out-of-state moves. A lot of it was physical issues I was dealing with at the time.  A lot of it was mental.

Toward the end of 2011, I knew I needed to buckle down and answer the Lord’s call. I was eating way too much junk food and sugar. I am a sugar addict and I knew I had to do this. Not necessarily to lose weight (although I needed to) but to eat better and get a grip on my eating habits.

So, as January 1 came around, one of my goals was to break my sugar addiction once and for all. I was preparing for a rough week. I prayed about it and prayed for the strength. Well, a couple of days before I was to start I got my “monthly” and got sick at the same time. I wound up spending most of the week in bed and didn’t want to eat anything hardly at all. By the time I came out the other end, I had lost 7 pounds and (surprise, surprise!) I had NO CRAVINGS for sugar at all!

The weight loss and lack of cravings gave me to incentive to keep going. Since January, I’ve had mostly weight loss with a few weeks of gaining a few pounds. I usually lose only 2 pounds a week but once in a while I’ll have a boost and lose 5-7. Since Easter I’ve hit a bit of a plateau but over all, I’m 30 pounds less than I was in January!

I do have sugar occasionally in the form of ice cream or other snack. The difference is that I have a lot less than I used to have and I usually follow up with a little protein a little while after. I find the protein helps me keep the cravings down and I’m not so hungry during the day.

This time has definitely been easier in many ways; however, to keep this post at a reasonable length, next week I’ll talk about the practical things I have done that has helped me along my journey. In the meantime, if you have any questions about fasting or the Fast-5 Intermittent Fasting, don’t hesitate to ask. You can either leave a comment below or email me privately. (carol [at] simplecatholicliving [dot] com)


  1. Hey girl..just wanted to let you know I’m praying for your request….and remember what Dr. Herring has said a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is good..and remember what I’ve said..slow and steady. You don’t want to be losing too fast (first off our body won’t adjust as quickly and we definitely want our body slimming down with no hanging fat everywhere.)Dr. Herring made a point about that and even stated that fasting does not need to have exercise to help lose weight, but to add exercise because it is just plain healthy. You doing great…also remember, as you lose, your weight will start to come off slower (which you REALLY want)…but maintaining the weight loss during those plateau times is the key (and as far as I’m concerned, the best..maintaining is the biggest…no more yo yo dieting..
    Angela…recently posted…FEARLESS FRIDAYMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I needed that Angela, thanks! It took a long time putting the weight on so I shouldn’t be surprised that it takes a long time to come off! For exercising I’ve been working my way up on the treadmill.

      I think it’s time to re-read Dr. Herring’s book. 🙂

  2. Sometimes you need a jump start, even if it’s in the form of something nasty & unpleasant!

    I am appproaching postpartum weight loss from a spiritual perspective this year, and I’ve decided no longer will I feel guilty about doing so. It’s merely one more piece of evidence that the things of earth and the things of Heaven are tied together.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      That’s true. 🙂 I’ve been re-learning that myself this year. I remember a religious sister telling me years ago, “Grace builds on nature.” And, I am really doing my best this time around to allow God to lead the way.

  3. Congrats, Carol. I’m a sugar addict, too, and have to stay away from it completely or I’m in trouble. Exercise is important for the body, but I believe it should be fun/enjoyable and not a chore. Keep up the good work.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks for your encouragement, Barb. Reading labels have been an eye-opener to me. There is sugar in almost everything, even where you least expect it. It’s crazy.

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