Intermittent – Why I Can’t

There is so much going on in the fitness world, workouts, diets, and fasting.  Intermittent fasting is getting a lot of chatter and so far I’m hearing good results.  I was approached by a colleague and asked if I’d ever tried it.  My face went blank and I stared before I answered because I could tell by her excitement she had tried it and was doing it regularly.

Why did I stare, well I hadn’t shared my fasting days, which were really my anorexia days.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be judged.  Not that it matters on this subject but the negative conversation that come up I just wasn’t feeling it. I did however share with her the details why I can’t intermittent fast purposely.

Purposely yes, some days life just keep me busy before I realize it has been 18 hours darn near 24 sometimes that I have eaten.  My blood sugar is low, my attitude is not very pleasant and I’m hangry.   When this happens I make certain my first bite will be either a protein, for me usually peanut butter or a protein bar or a plate of veggies.  I then follow up with a glass of water, wait a few minutes and I’m okay.

Intermittent fasting is not for me due to my volleying anorexia, bulimia, and overeating I just try to do it  all my way. Yep eating 85/15 sometimes 75/25 (not often) and working out and hanging onto my fitness journey in a healthy way.  My eating fluctuates because I do use portion containers –  Portion fix with Autumn Calabrese is good in making sure your nutrition is not lacking so you can eat almost anything. Now 2BMindset another nutrition intake on Beachbodyondemand.com with Ilana Muhlstein. Eating what you normally eat at specific times and portion make a HUGE difference. Which is my favorite, uh neither. No favorite when they both are batting 100.

To prevent myself from slipping back into unhealthy eating habits I will not test myself because I know my relationship with myself.  I do applaud all doing the intermittent fasting and with great results. Keep up the greatness within you and what works for you.

SO to everyone let’s eat…….

Is Your Weight Loss Healthy

Is it, I know all weight loss should be considered a great move, BUT all weight loss is not healthy. This sounds confusing but don’t read into it and don’t think I’m trying to confuse you. NOWAY.

I have a few friends 👬 on weight loss journey and feel they are doing good and they are. Their concerns is not their workouts but their nutrition because they are not sure if their current nutrition will be forever.  First changing your mindset in nutrition is a plus x 20. This takes discipline and a lot of it.  However if your change is a FAD hmmm, probably needs to be evaluated.

A change in nutrition should be a lifestyle change one you are getting  adequate nutrition to sustain your body’s requirements and will be able to follow for the rest of your life.  Temporary change does not assist in a healthy you, its like placing a board on a hole in the road. You want to be lose fat, build muscle be it lean or bulky, also know everyone lose and build at a different rate. I should know because there are months my change is slower than a snail or a turtle.

As mentioned in previous blogs find the change that works for and with you, because an unhealthy weight loss can be as damaging to the body as overeating.

To a journey of healthy weight loss- STRONG and HEALTHY is the new Skinny.

Listen – The Body is Speaking

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Can you hear it, are you listening? Well can you and do you?

So many times I am guilty of not listening to my body especially when it comes to nutrition.  I shared this with a friend as she shared she was not seeing results from a diet she was 100% in tuned to and noted weight gain and fatigue.  We discussed the non scale victories and she denied so many and now she was getting depressed.  I then asked how long 6 months.  Was this necessary yes.  There are so many times in change especially nutrition and workouts we look for “sudden change” , “immediate results”.

There are many that notice a change within a week and it is exhibited for others- GOOD FOR THEM.  I’m not one to see rapid results and so many others are standing, sitting next to me on this one.  I do (my opinion) believe in 4-6 weeks there should be at least one, always looking for more(that’s me too).  If your body is sending signals indicating no, you note depression, getting ill and your PCP cannot find anything abnormal nor any of the other specialist and YOU believe it’s the change in nutrition just stop.

I know I’m no expert but what happens if you STOP evaluate for a few weeks to determine if the symptoms disappear. This is exactly what happened to my friend. She stopped the specific diet and in 2 weeks begin feeling energized, a weight change (decreased) and there were a few other rewards .

Every diet is not for everyone, every ones results are different. We as I have had to do tweak my nutrition many times. We just need to find out what works for us and our body as well as listen to the body. The body does speak to us, we just need to listen.