Lifestyle Changes: The Beginning

I have steadily gained weight since entering college and beyond.

I have learned that:

  • ‘Dieting” is temporary
  • Fresh food is expensive and gets old faster than I can eat it
  • Constant food preparation is time consuming
  • Eating the same thing is boring
  • I have a very narrow range of things that I like
  • I don’t like trying new foods.
  • Weight loss is often a discouragingly slow process
  • Going to the gym 5 times a week is unrealistic for my lifestyle
  • I will always be judged for my food choices and exercise routine
  • There will always be someone who thinks you aren’t eating well enough.
  • There will always be someone who is secretly judging you for not being in the gym.
  • There will always be someone who will tell you that the amount of days you DO go to the gym isn’t enough to make a difference.

So I started researching other ways to lose weight the will best work for me, outside of the standard diet and exercise and diet pills.

I very recently found a method called: Intermittent Fasting (This isn’t a new concept but it’s new to me.)

There are a lot of different styles of intermittent fasting and I have decided to partake in the 16:8 style, where I fast for 16 hours (mostly while I sleep) and eat regularly within an 8 hour window (1 pm- 9 pm). I may have to adjust to more fasting hours because I personally don’t like eating after 7pm.

I am starting out by doing this 4 days a week and eat regularly the other 3 days. I will be keeping up a (mostly) daily blog to see how my energy levels are and how hungry I actually feel. Then I will reintroduce some moderate exercise into my life to see how I feel when I work out on an empty stomach, after eating, on a fasting day, or on a non fasting day.

I’ll try to be as detailed as I can for anyone interested in following this blog page!

Words of encouragement or advice is always appreciated

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