Yesterday was a holiday. I made some very carby food choices earlier in the day (big mac, shamrock shake, McD’s cherry pie, some donuts at my favorite local donut shop, artificially sweetened Monster Energy), and at dinner with friends last night I went with a soda, jambalaya I mostly ate the meat from, and a couple bites of cobbler. I had determined to start a fast after the dinner.
Suffice to say I remain a work in progress on eating days. Progress, not perfection. I did talk myself down from more than the four donuts I got, and I had only one Monster. But the swelling in my legs and shortness of breath this morning don’t lie: I’m rocking the inflammation that comes with carby eating.
My weight’s held steady in the low 460s, but I really want to break below 440 pounds, and that’s going to mean focusing more on fasting. I do well on the fasts but let too many days go between fasting periods, which gives me time to get into sugar/grain carby situations. (When I say carbs, I don’t mean vegetables. Those are fine, and encouraged. To me carbs means candy, donuts, sodas, bread and buns…basically, Aisle Three at seven-eleven.
Compared to a year ago, I’m eating really well more often than not. The NSNG way of eating (WOE) is quite satisfying, and that helps reduce cravings.
Speaking of NSNG, we went to Claremont to see Vinnie Tortorich perform his Big Fat Show. It was a fun time, and we picked up a signed hard copy of Anna Vocino’s EAT HAPPY, a terrific NSNG cookbook that is safe even for her long list of food sensitivities and allergies. We had the Kindle version and enjoyed several of her recipes, but it’s hard to use a kindle in the kitchen. The hardcover has nice slick pages and was built for resilience in the kitchen during cooking.
Last Friday, the latest episode of Fasting Talk with Jimmy Moore featured a guy with very similar stats as me: started around 480 pounds, prediabetic, a host of other maladies. In four months or so on the IDM distance program, he’s lost 100 pounds and cleaned up an awful lot of his health issues. I need to listen to it again, but it sounds like he’s done mostly seven days on, seven days off fasting, and it’s served him very well. Sadly, he’s not on Facebook or I’d be friending the heck out of him. He’s doing what i want to be doing, and he’s not THAT far ahead of me. Would love to get in touch with him for accountability, tips, etc. I mean, had I been able to get out the gate as well as he had, I’d be much further along. But, I’m happy I’ve made it as far as i have, and am determined to press on. I like how I feel when I fast – not 100% yet, but each fast gets a little easier, and the blood sugar improvement is lovely.
When I start a fast after dinner, the next morning is pretty much normal; I routinely go 12-16 hours from meal to meal just because I’m not that hungry. Around 2pm, I might start to feel a desire to eat, but it’s not too bad. The big challenge is temptations – based not in hunger but in emotion, impulse, habit, curiosity, or something else. Those can occur at any time, and there have been several of those today. Aside from a couple cups of Fasting Tea, I’ve stuck with water. The tea does help a bit – unlike other bagged teas, this stuff tastes like a tea and not barely-flavored paper. I’ve made numerous trips to the restroom – more solid than yesterday’s mudpiles. I anticipate a decent loss on the scale tomorrow from expelled water. I hope to see less swelling in the legs tomorrow.