In September of 2018 my son called me and suggested I talk with my brother who was having great success with something called Intermittent Fasting.
I called him, and we spoke for 3 hours. He told me about Dr. Fung. And how fasting keeps insulin in check, and how it’s possible to yield up fat stores when that happens.
I have always tried to be healthy. And one day a friend said to me – after I had explained my reasoning for buying some produce organically- I’m surprised you’re fat. I didn’t feel any offence, but rather started wondering why I was fat…
There aren’t many things I haven’t tried to lose weight. I eventually got so frustrated that I stopped worrying about it and began to accept who I was, size and all. After all I could still teach yoga, go on daily 3 mile walks, lift weights, and pretty much act like a fit person. But then the Blood Pressure numbers weren’t acting like those of a fit person, I knew I had to change something or I would probably die (200/110).
I set an alarm on my phone for 10:00 am, signalling when I could start eating, then another at 4:00 pm, my signal to stop eating. That first week I lost 10 pounds – I was flabbergasted! Nothing else had ever worked!
During my eating times I didn’t curtail it. I knew if I went into no carbs/sugar mode I would begin to feel like I was being deprived and I wouldn’t stick to it.
During my fasting times I drank a lot of water. If I felt I needed something more I would drink mint tea or Caffix (no sugar or milk!). Sometimes a little granule of Himalayan pink sea salt would be enough to satiate my taste buds.
I soon realized I had been eating more out of habit than hunger!
I found that as the ‘time to eat’ period passed I didn’t feel any different. And when the next ‘meal time’ rolled around I wasn’t any more or less hungry than if I had eaten the previous meal.
I want to make sure this is clear: This works for my body!
I do at least one 72 hour fast a month now and sometimes two or three 48 hour fasts. Many times I just go a day without eating because I don’t have a good feasting time between my yoga classes, usually Thursdays. I do much better practicing yoga on an empty belly.
So here it is – full transparency – the numbers: (because, quite honestly, I don’t care who knows how much I weigh or how old I am)
Starting weight in Oct: 226 lbs
Weight this morning: 191 lbs.
Goal weight: (for now) 185 lbs
Drop-dead gorgeous weight: 170lbs (but who needs to be that sexy?)
My fasts are a bit more intense now, I have found I can live off of One Meal A Day (OMAD), so generally I do 20 hours of fasting and 4 hours of feasting, sometimes less feasting, today I only did 2 hours, and that was following a 72 hour fast.
I have taken maybe 3 or 4 days ‘off’ and not fasted. (Plus the 4 day cruise, but that wasn’t living a ‘normal’ life…) When Bill and I go out we go to lunch, cheaper, less people, and we have very busy evenings. So dates with my honey don’t interfere with my fasting.
I have much more I want to share, but I’ll do it in small doses. And if you’ve watched my Facebook live videos you already know much of it!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I love seeing people’s lives improve as their health improves!