If you want to roll your eyes, that's fine. No one's forcing you to read this. But it's important to me, so I'm going to write about it.
Since mid-June or so, I have been practicing some form of intermittent fasting, specifically a modified "Leangains" method.
Honestly, this all sounds fake to me.
Matt and I tend to finish dinner around 9pm, sometimes later in the summer depending on when I get home from my runs. I've pushed breakfast back to 12pm, although some days I'll eat an hour earlier or later depending on how I feel. I'm not being very strict about the whole thing. Surprisingly, I've discovered I can run on an empty stomach in the morning without any problem, too.
The payoffs I've personally seen are:
- I don't feel hungry when I first wake up.
- I'm not dealing with nearly as much bloating as I usually do.
- I'm drinking more water (and tea).
- I've been able to continue my weight loss and maintain my new weight, which until just recently was my "steady weight" that I'd been at for literally 10 years.
- When I have a day of overindulgence - like that weekend in Captiva when I ate donuts and cupcakes Steph brought from Parlour Bakery and then had a huge serving of coconut ice cream - it's much easier to get back to healthy eating without feeling like I've derailed all my progress.
I was so unhappy when I ran the SUP & Run 5k because my skirts weren't fitting and I just felt sluggish and awful. It was that weekend that I decided to change my eating habits, and I've been really successful. Adding some semblance of intermittent fasting has helped me stick to those new eating habits.
|Here is a "before" picture - it was taken a week after the SUP & Run race and I had already started eating healthier.
Now, all these positives could obviously also just be due to eating more balanced, healthy meals and cutting way down on junk food and mindless snacking, but I think it's a combination.
Right now, this is working for me. It feels sustainable physically and mentally. If it stops working, I'll change it up. And that's that on that.