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.