It’s hard to imagine that I’m in the middle of the fortieth week of fasting. Just thirty more fasts (two per week) and it will be one year. What a journey; ups and downs but ever pressing onward. A friend of mine, whom I shared 5:2 with six to seven months ago, told me last night that this WOL has saved his life. He was most grateful and I was delighted.
Now on to the meat of the matter. Having resigned not to weigh in over the holidays might have been a good idea. The last weight I recorded was 138.8kg (306.1lbs), which was on 17 December. With a bit of encouraging from Juliana, I stepped on that scale yesterday and much to my surprise, I had lost 2.5kg (5.5lbs). While I never ceased from my fasting days during the last month, many of the feed days were quite indulgent. However, I lost 2.5 kilos during the holidays! That is pleasing indeed.
Also, there are a few details that I would like to mention. If you have been following me for any time now, you’ve seen that I began to dabble in adding a 16:8 lifestyle onto my feeding days. For those unfamiliar with 16:8, it is simply eating all your meals within an eight hour window, while fasting during the other sixteen, This has proved to be more than I can manage for no other reason than I forget. I’ll wake in the morning hungry, so brekky is eaten at 7:30. This means that dinner should be consumed before 15:30, which is often impossible. Regardless of my excuses, it ha been determined for me that it just won’t work. Another thing to mention is my exercise routine. Since beginning a new job with an ever-changing schedule, it has been difficult to get to the gym. Once again, regardless of my excuses, the gym has been neglected since mid December. My first day back on the exercise wagon was this past Monday and it felt remarkable. Although I was sore, it was fun to get back into that again. Hopefully my schedule will settle down and I’ll be able to plan exercise days but until then, I squeeze them in when I can.
In spite of not being able to maintain a consistent 16:8 eating schedule, I have been doing something of that on fasting days. I’ll explain. Monday is my first fast day of the week so I eat nothing from Sunday dinner until Monday dinner. With the exception of my black coffee, nothing but water is consumed until dinnertime.
Now on to the previous fasting day menu. Brekky consisted of 2C black coffee (10cal). Dinner was a wonderful 4oz piece of grilled chicken (123cal), 300g steamed broccoli (105cal), 85g mixed baby greens (20cal), 100g Roma tomato (18cal), 40g crumbled feta (85cal) and 2T salad dressing (25cal). With dinner only consisting of 376 kcal, my entire day was just 386 kcal. Have a look below at this feast. I can’t imaging having to eat more.
Thank you all for stopping by to read my ramblings. I hope they inspire and encourage you.