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My progress on Intermittent Fasting will be posted here with updates on my weight being posted daily, and with updates on my waist size and body fat content being posted on a weekly basis on a Monday. My weigh-in day was a Monday but I will now be weighing in every day in order to keep everything on track, and I now fast on a Monday on most weeks (although that will often change depending upon my circumstances at that time). More information about my weight loss background and my goals for the future on intermittent fasting can be found on my first forum posting which can be seen by clicking here.
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Day 94 - Feeding Day 67

by johncs2013 on 21 Nov 2013, 07:21

Current Actual Weight: 72.3kg (11 stone 5 pounds)
Current Trend Weight: 72.8kg (11 stone 6 pounds)

When I got up yesterday morning, it wasn't as frosty as what it was on the previous day, but there was a cold wind blowing to make it equally important that I stock up on hot, low carb snacks. Consequently, I continued with my break from 16:8 and ate the same breakfast as yesterday (please read yesterday's blog entry for details of that) except that I had replaced yesterday's scrambled eggs with two poached eggs.

Another big difference from the previous day, was that I had a gym session which means that I was going to be burning more calories. That made me feel confident that I would be able to avoid the same weight gain as what I showed yesterday, even if I were to eat the same diet. I have another android app installed which helps me to log my cardio results and with that, I have set a target for burning 1,000 calories over my two gym sessions on Sundays and Wednesday (this app counts the start of each week from a Sunday).

I recently haven't any problems with meeting that target which is a good measure of how much more consistent, my gym performances have been under this WOL. However, I had a bad session on Sunday which would have resulted in me failing to meet that target if I had a similarly bad session yesterday and when I do have such a bad session, that is when I had always failed to meet that 1,000 calorie target until now. That meant that achieving that target for this week was always going to be a very tall order as that required me to have an exceptionally good session yesterday.

I started off with the treadmill which was of standard fare, but the trend was set when I had a really good result on the cross trainer (referred by some readers as the elliptical trainer). Even with that though, the task of achieving my 1,000 calorie target for this week was still a very massive one. However, my biggest calorie burn is always on the bike machine and so, I knew that there might still be a chance of achieving that target if I had a really good result there.

That created a lot of adrenalin which increased my level of determination and with that, I came very close to beating my all time record on the bike machine. That meant that I was almost there and that really good result on the bike machine was enough to mean that I could now achieve my 1,000 calorie target if I didn't have as bad a result on the rowing machine, as what I had on Sunday. The earlier exploits had tired me out a bit, and that was to affect my performance on the rowing machine a bit.

However, I still managed a fairly average performance on the rowing machine which was much better than that on Sunday, and that was enough to see me through my target by just 9 calories. For me, this was a great victory for low carb eating as this has shown that cutting back on carbs no longer affects my gym performances in any way. However, I did feel a bit queasy and light-headed when I was doing my weight-training at the end of that session, and that has shown that it is probably not a great idea to eat a big meal before a big gym session.

My lunch was the same as on the previous day, with the two pieces of sliced turkey being replaced with two slices of ham, and with yesterday's soup with croutons being replaced with a chicken soup which had a lower carb content. Furthermore, I had also replaced the previous day's pear with an apple, again further reducing the carb content a bit. I still had the same afternoon snack of a handful of nuts and a cup of bovril. My evening meal was also similar to the previous day with the two pieces of gammon being replaced with some grilled salmon, and I had also added a small handful of pickled onions to my evening meal.

So overall, this proved to yet another low carb day although unlike the previous day, I didn't track that on MFP as I don't normally count calories on a feeding day, and I was confident enough that my carb intake for yesterday was fine. I didn't get a great night's sleep last night though and I was up on numerous occasions during the night to go to the toilet. However, I got a pleasant surprise this morning when I weighed myself and discovered that my weight was completely unchanged from the previous day.

What this has therefore shown is that if I can successfully reduce my carb intake on my feeding days, there is actually no need for me to have a 16:8 day on any of those days. Indeed, I can now see that as being my eventual route towards 6:1 for weight maintenance although weekends will probably still continue to be rather tricky as it will still be important to allow myself some time off at some point for having those special treats. That in turn will be what will keep the stress levels down and hopefully, bring my blood pressure down as well in the longer term. I expect though, that I will still continue to be prone to some big weight gains at those times, as my carb intake will probably end up being a bit higher on those days. For that reason, it is therefore important for me to continue with 5:2 for the time being at least.

For that same reason, I am now about to go into another fasting day and today's weigh-in has actually set a new record for my lowest ever weight going into a fasting day. That is going to make tomorrow's weigh-in very interesting since my fasting days are always the days when I lose weight. In this case, one of two things are likely to happen at tomorrow's weigh-in. I might go on to beat my all time record for my lowest ever weight due to the fact that I'm going into today's fasting day at a much lower weight than ever before. Alternatively, I might also find that the resulting weight loss is much smaller this time due to the fact that I haven't built up as much water retention on my feeding days as was the case before. It is that latter scenario which could be enough to scupper that all time record. Hopefully, you will all continue to watch this space to see what happens there.

Height: 5ft 8in

Lower Trend Weight Limit: 70.0kg (11 stone 0 pounds)
Upper Trend Weight Limit: 73.0kg (11 stone 7 pounds)

Last Weigh-in Date: 1 Mar 2014

Actual Weight: 74.3kg (11 stone 9.8 pounds)
Trend Weight: 72.6kg (11 stone 6.0 pounds)

Body Mass Index: 24.83 (actual) / 24.26 (trend)

Current Method: No Fasting
Low Calorie Days: As Required

Trend weights calculated from Libra Android App
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Re: Day 94 - Feeding Day 67
21 Nov 2013, 07:28
Fingers crossed for you John. Congrats on the gym. I hate cardio so well done!
Re: Day 94 - Feeding Day 67
21 Nov 2013, 07:40
rawkaren wrote: Fingers crossed for you John. Congrats on the gym. I hate cardio so well done!

Who knows, I might even try one of your bullet-proof coffees (I didn't even know what a bullet-proof coffee was until another forum member had recently mentioned that in a reply to one of your blog entries) at some point as that might help to get my fat intake up a bit, thereby allowing me to reduce my protein level a bit.
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