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)