Fasting. The good, the bad and the hungry

This weekend I had a catch up with a friend, who I haven’t seen in quite some time. I haven’t actually seen a lot of my friends in quite some time. I have been working at a VERY stressful job Monday to Friday which has left my physically and emotionally spent (we are talking 7 am to 10 pm days most weeks just to get on top of things), having a lot of family issues with all the land reform drama happening with my family in Zimbabwe and knowing that my Dad is pretty much homeless at the moment thanks to Robert Gabriel f**king Mugabe, add to that I bought a new house (the same time I started the most stressful job in the world) and have been trying to move in and get settled, I then got broken into, had my house flood and my geyser burst. I mean, I could go on, but you kinda get how f**ked up busy my life has been. The job thing has changed thankfully and I for the first time in 6 months feel like I can breathe again. It’s superb.

Back to the catch up with my friend. Over coffee at Nice in Parkhurst, and me spewing out my guts about how my diet had gone to shit, I wasn’t feeling in control of my healty and generally just having the biggest “OH MY GOD I CAN’T DO LIFE” rant she mentioned her new journey and it struck a chord with me and made me have a bit of a “Ah ha” moment. What did she tell me about? IF, or Intermittent Fasting.Β πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

When I first started my weight loss journey, I had no clue how to lose weight. I just knew it meant eating less food. Obvious right? So that is what I did, I ate one meal a day for a year, and yes I lost weight and it worked for me, but when I went to a dietician she all but told me that it was the most unhealthy thing you can do. I was like, oh my f**k I am harming myself and I don’t even know it even though I had also lost 20kgs (the most weight I had ever lost in my life). The dietician told me that in order to lose weight, you need to eat – I tried it and did the Cohen diet which also worked, and worked really well (I lost an additional 30kgs) but it was not sustainable for the rest of my life.

So after chatting with my friend and her pointing me in the right direction with some stuff, I have been listening to some podcasts, and reading up on some articles and I think that intermittent fasting (IF) tied in with the Weight Watchers point system is going to be the best thing for me going forward.

Here is why I think IF is going to be a winner

  1. I have done it before, found it super easy and it was really successful for me. (Also there is also now a healthy way to do it that I can read up on and ensure that I am staying healthy)
  2. Simplifying my life. You have no idea the stress I get from having to plan and pack lunches.
  3. Getting lean. Fasting puts your body in a fat burning state that I find really works for me.
  4. It’s easy. I am the laziest person I know, if it isn’t easy. It isn’t going to work.
  5. It’s habit forming. Following a eating schedule that is based on time and not food makes it really easy to traing you body and mind and form a good habit.
  6. I am a food addict, the first time I put something in my mouth – it makes me only think about food for the rest of the day. So the later in the day I can eat, the better (for me)

So basically if I had to put into a daily routine what my day would look like, this is it (I made a graph even – going to print this out for my fridge too but I mean it’s pretty easy to follow)

I will keep you posted on how it goes, obviously but I already know this is really going to help me with getting a hold on my addiction with food and making life less about obsessing over my next meal.

I know a lot of people are going to have a lot of negative stuff to say about this because fasting is not seen as healthy, but I have done the research and genuinley feel like this is the way forward for me.

 

4 Comments
  • Kelsey Matus

    November 14, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

    Look at you gal! I’ve also been doing IF for a couple of weeks and it’s really working for me. The only thing I’d watch out for, and this could differ person to person, is for the amount of time you fast for. Some experts say that woman should do the 14/10 IF as the 16/8 could interfere with our hormone levels which in turn can mess with our cycles etc. You could also look at crescendo fasting as a way to ease into it:)

    • Justine

      November 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      It’s weird to see how many people I know who are dabbling with this. It’s rad. I am doing 16/8 currently and I think it’s going to be the winner for me. Going to tie it in with Weight Watchers when I do eat to make sure I do give myself a limit. Really lookng forward to it and see all the rewards!

  • David Greenway

    November 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Not sure if you need an app to help you with tracking but this article/app (link below) helped me get into IF at the beginning. I’ve been really enjoying it for the most part but it’s been getting more challenging as I’ve increased my exercise regime owing to the vastly increased calory output.

    https://medium.com/@kevinrose/introducing-zero-a-new-app-to-help-you-fast-209935e8245d

    • Justine

      November 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

      Checking it out now, thank you so much fot the recommendation. The more apps I can make use of to manage my life, the better!

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