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My Intermittent Fasting Journey

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.

October 14 Weigh-in

by johncs2013 on 14 Oct 2013, 12:43

Last Monday consisted of yet another binging day where I ate a lot of chocolate in the afternoon, and then consumed some lager at night. However, I was now finding that my stomach was feeling really uncomfortable after those binges, and that my weekly binges were no longer such a good idea after all. It was at that point where I then had thoughts of doing a complete 36 hour fast on Tuesday. I wasn't too sure about that at first, but I then sent a post on this forum on this subject and after reading all of the replies to that, I decided that this was not such a good idea at this time, as the alcohol content from the previous night could result in quite a massive drop in sugar levels.

Because of that, Tuesday therefore became just a normal 600 calorie fast day although I didn't eat anything on that day until my evening meal which then consisted of some grilled fish with salad and brown rice. That was preceded by a cup of instant soup and I had a piece of fruit and some green tea with that. Wednesday and Thursday then became sensible eating non fasting days as before. However, I then decided that since I hadn't consumed any alcohol on Thursday night, I would begin my first 36 hour fast at 6:30pm on Thursday night, and continue that right through until I had my breakfast on Saturday morning. I am now used to not eating until evening on a fasting day, but Friday night was really tough to get through with all of the hunger pangs.

I was therefore glad to be able to tuck into some scrambled eggs on toast on Saturday morning. By this time, I had decided that if I wanted to do a full 36 hour fast or even a 24 hour one, I had to make sure that I didn't drink alcohol on the night before so that there wasn't a big dip in my blood sugar levels. That means that my Monday night lagers had to go. In any case though, I decided that wine would be a healthier option.

Because of that, I went out on Saturday and bought a bottle of white wine and a bottle of red wine. On Saturday night, I then poured out a glass of red wine, not realising that this glass was going to contain half of the entire bottle. Because of that, the temptation to drink the other half of that bottle was just too great and so, I ended up consuming an entire bottle of wine without intending to do so. Fortunately though, I still have that bottle of white wine and I didn't drink anything last night (Sunday). To ensure that this doesn't happen again, I went out and bought some normal sized wine glasses so that from now on, it should be easier to restrict myself to just one glass of wine per night.

Apart from that though, the weekend consisted of two more sensible eating days. However, I had changed my gym and fitness sessions around quite a bit so that every single activity is now being done on a different day from when I was doing that same activity on previous weeks until now. That means that I am now doing a full gym session on a Wednesday morning. That came after a normal fasting day last week and since this session came in the morning, there wasn't much time for me to eat something beforehand. That therefore made this gym session, the first real test of how fasting would affect my gym performances as I was doing that on what was virtually an empty stomach.

Despite that though, I ended up beating my record for my highest ever calorie burn for all of my cardio stuff (which is walking on the treadmill as well as the cross trainer, bike and rowing machines). This showed right away that fasting will not adversely affect my gym performances in any way. The gym session that I did on Sunday was a different story as my performance crashed a bit on the bike machine, and that was following a good breakfast on that morning which itself, had been preceded by another non fasting day.

However, this reduction in performance only came about because I had done an RPM class (which is really just a spin class) on Saturday which took a lot out of me (I knew that because I also had other occasions during the summer, where doing an RPM class on the day before a gym session had the same effect on my performance on the bike machine). So, that was quite a week which didn't treat me all that well when it came to this morning's weigh-in.

That showed small gains in my weight, waist size and body fat content while there was quite a spike in my blood pressure. My weight as of this morning, was 11 stone 10 pounds, with a waist size of 31.6 inches. From now on, I will be reverting to daily weigh-ins which will probably give me better results. However, these blog entries will continue to be produced on a weekly basis where I will be giving my minimum and maximum weights for the previous week. That way, I will have a better handle on the progress that I am making and the same thing will also apply to my waist size and body fat content. I am also going to be experimenting with stopping my blood pressure medication to see if this actually helps my blood pressure, and will continue to keep all of you updated with the results of that.

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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