Intermittent Fasting Update

Wish it would stay here…

If you are just joining me on my Intermittent Fasting (IF) journey then this weight might not seem that impressive. To me it’s just 9 pounds from my goal weight! I started at 228 on October 1st, 2018. My kids got me this Renpho scale for Christmas, so my weight is documented from then

Very long fast!

This is a screenshot of my LIFE app. I have made a circle ( https://lifefastingtracker.app.link/eXwnGOkE0U ) and you’re welcome to join me. I saw many people posting about apps, but never felt I needed one because I just would stop eating and start eating with the clock.

But I sure like it now. I get to support my friends in the circle, I also get to see where I am in my fast. All those little icons along my fast cycle tell me what’s happening during that point in my fast. (You can see what they all mean here: https://lifeapps.io/fasting/the-5-stages-of-intermittent-fasting/

Since I’ve had the app I haven’t fasted past 48 hours, so I’ve never gotten to the last 2 icons! It’s motivation for me.

Although I normally do 20 to 24 hours of fasting. With spring I’ll probably try a few longer fasts. I do one 72 hour fast a month (although this is my 2nd for March). Then I’ll scatter 1 or 2 more 48 hours throughout the month.

Spring is when my body naturally wants to pull away from heavier foods, get outside more, and not eat as much. So the fasting works well with “spring cleaning” my temple – my body!

roller coaster ride

This is a chart of me going from 196.2 on Jan 4th to today. So this 8.4 pounds has been a roller coaster ride….as has been the entire 40 pound loss. Admittedly , February was kind of a plateau month – I didn’t push it very hard.

Knowing this about my body helps me not give up.

These longer fasts kind of kick my body down, then once I start eating it goes up. But the downs get lower, and my ups don’t go as high.
My goal is 179 for now. Initially it was getting under 200, and I choose to continue from there. Once I get to 179 I’ll re-evaluate it all.

I don’t have a date set for 179 (it was supposed to be 180, but I couldn’t get the line onto the right place on the app.) I had my 50th birthday as my goal for the 40 pound loss, missed it by a few weeks. I am slowing down on my weight loss a bit. If I continue on this trajectory I imagine I can get to my goal around my 30th wedding anniversary, May 5th.

So now you know all the numbers! Now you can keep me accountable.

Some things I love while fasting: lots and lots of water, I just found sparkling mineral water for these longer fasts, pebbles of salt when I feel like I’m hungry, Cafix or Teecino, and mint tea.

You are welcome to comment with your fasting tricks, or with questions!

Buckwheat Pancakes

Stack of buckwheat pancakes

When Bill and I were in Colorado we would eat at a little breakfast place (which I tried so hard to find – but can’t now) – it was at this place we first tried buckwheat pancakes. Mostly because they ‘sounded’ healthy. Bill fell in love with them, and I have – for the past 20 years, been making them for him! I like them too – don’t get me wrong, but there’s a different taste to them.

They have a heartier taste. The spices and molasses in them give a nod to ginger bread. My kids grew up on these babies.

No wheat was harmed in the making of these pancakes!

Buckwheat is actually a seed, like quinoa and amaranth. It’s easy to put it in the grain category because of it’s name. There’s no gluten in buckwheat. Just a little information – I am not adverse to gluten – but there are some who are.

Buckwheat in the grinder

I grind my flours. I usually grind enough buckwheat to take me through a couple of weeks worth of pancakes. I make them pretty much every other day (Bill makes his smoothies on the off days, and Saturday is waffle day!).

dry ingredients

I’m sure at one point I started with a recipe, but I have no idea what it is. I generally throw the ingredients in by rote now.

add wet ingredients

I think I have an idea of the amounts that I’ll share with you, but feel free to tweek and change.

buckwheat pancake batter

Why even try it?

According to Buckwheat 101: Nutritional Facts

(https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/buckwheat )

Buckwheat has become popular as a health food in many countries, due to its high amounts of minerals and various antioxidants. It has also been shown to provide health benefits, including improved blood sugar control.

The nutritional value of buckwheat is considerably higher than that of many other grains.

on the griddle

For us – it was just a healthy breakfast option that everyone seems to love.

Here’s my best guess at the recipe!

2C. flour

1/4 C brn sugar

just shy of 1 Tbls baking powder

1/2 Tbls Cinnamon

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp clove

(whisk all that together)

add 2 eggs

1/2 C oil

1/4 C molasses (Bill likes more!)

1 & 1/2 C milk (or your choice – we use almond)

whisk that in and ladle onto a hot griddle.

Flip when you see the bubbles.

So this is one of a few recipes I feel share worthy.

Let me know what you think! I’m always looking for ways to improve it.