IF.IS.IT.

It’s been about 50 days since my last post on Life: from A to Z and I’m happy to be back and coming at you with some of my latest news…

“I” is for Intermittent Fasting

I’m happy, and almost reluctant, to report that I’ve been experimenting with Intermittent Fasting for just over a month and my weight is back down to what is was at the pre-COVID mark. While that number is still too large (see my old progress report here), it is TWELVE pounds lighter than I was when I started the 16 hour fasts in early March.

Bottom line: My weight is where it was on March 9th, 2020, right before the pandemic shut me down and binge eating and television watching became my new go-to sport.

That being said, I am SUPER jazzed about bringing back my New Lifestyle, New Me series because I’ve been making some life changing discoveries. First and foremost, when I spent my time and energy focusing on food—as in what I should eat, when I should eat, and how much I should eat (not to mention macronutrients and all of that other stuff!!)—then “food” became my primary focus, which made it almost impossible to NOT eat. Food, food, FOOD… THAT is what was ruling my mind this time last year.

I don’t want to get into any particulars on intermittent fasting because it’s so popular these days and all one has to do is Google search it or look for smart phone apps and all of the details and info are right there at your fingertips. What I WILL say is that fasting, unlike dieting, has allowed my brain to NOT think about food. With that little reprieve, I’ve been able to put my mind to better use by learning about cravings, habit loops and reward-based learning (Dr. Judson Brewer has some great stuff).

It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we DON’T put our minds to it. Ha!

Anyway, that’s about all for now. I’ll be back soon enough. I have 3 weeks left of classes and then I’ll be graduating with my Bachelor’s degree!! Yipeee!! Summer will be a time for fun, laughter and celebration and—God willing—a time to throw off the old masks and live life to the fullest.

About the Image

Speaking of masks, I created the featured image for this post because the mask is supposed to represent “fasting,” not COVID. That’s why my nose is exposed. To add to that, the image of me was taken quite a while ago, maybe 10 years or so, and when I found it I was thrilled at how thin and healthy I looked. I added the mask (obviously) with Photoshop, and then did a little manipulating with some of my cool iPhone apps to make it look like a sketch. I’m sure that at the time the photo was taken I probably hated the image. That’s just the way it always is (and I’m sure I speak for many women on that).

And I think I learned something when I found that old thing hiding in a soon to be deleted digital folder—I learned that we’re not always as “bad” as we believe we are. We think that we are too fat, too old, too skinny, too wrinkled, too young, too short, too tall… and the list goes on and on… but when we look back with fresh eyes we realize that all we’ve really been is WAY TOO hard on ourselves. So just stop.

“There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to do so either.”

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Have a beautiful evening and I’ll see you all soon!

—Janet

8 thoughts on “IF.IS.IT.

  1. Welcome back! I am bad about thinking that I’m too fat. Chubby yes, but not much over 200. Congratulations on your new degree! I wish you all the very best going forward, and yes, let’s toss the masks into a proper bin. Be safe and well. 🙏🏻❤️

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  2. Wow. This gave me me an idea to write something from A to Z too. So far, I’ve just been doing poems using prompts but I want to explore longer form of writing.

    Speaking of intermittent fasting, I’m not new to it but since it’s Ramadan and I want to join my friends and explore more the deeper meanings of life, I am now fasting even from water.

    I write about these things on my blog site. If you like to see my one month old blog, you can visit me at https://theonlycharm.me/

    Thank you. ☺

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    1. Thank you, and I’m glad I’ve given you an idea. Wow, fasting even from water is extreme. I would say it’s even dangerous. I’ll check out your blog! Do be safe, and healthy.

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    2. Apparently it is being done by many Muslims around the world at this time. It is extreme and I’m very thirsty at the moment. I have 7 more hours to breal the fasting 😂 Thank you for your concern! I’ll keep checking your blog 🙂

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  3. Yeah, I think IF has helped me a lot because I tend to eat crap throughout the day, and mindlessly too. Eating within an eight hour window (more like four now) has definitely helped me stop all the extra and frivolous calories from going in. I’m still maintaining a healthy weight, but at least I’ve lost a lot of the pudge I used to carry. Thanks for this post!

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    1. Wow, a 4 hour window is awesome! I’ve been thinking of trying that as well, at least a few days a week. I agree that it helps us get rid of the frivolous calories too. Good stuff! Thanks for the comment, as usual!

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