Monday, February 4, 2019

Week 1, Change

On February 1, I weighed 194 pounds. That's a gain of 7 pounds for January. The next morning, I woke up and thought, "it's time."

The first thing I changed was to get back to my sort-of "intermittent fasting," where I have a short eating window and a long period of time where I eat nothing (unless you count coffee... with half and half or sugar free creamer, which is why I don't really claim to be doing official IF). My goals this week are to not eat until noon or later and to stop eating by 8pm. That is an 8 hour eating window and leaves 16 hours of fasting. I was pretty much doing this when I was losing weight on phentermine, so I decided to get that good habit back in my life. It hasn't been too hard; I get up, have some coffee with creamer, drink a lot of water, have another coffee mid-morning and then I can have lunch around 12 or later. It's fairly easy to keep this habit so I have just been doing that. The only other change I've made is to back off the sugar a little.

Today I had my coffees, then for lunch a McDonald's cheeseburger, fries and Coke (kid's meal). Dinner was a bowl of broccoli cheese soup with 4 Ritz crackers. Dessert at 7pm was sugar free chocolate mousse. I've started posting on my Instagram again. This morning I weighed 192 pounds.

Next week I will focus on improving my nutrition. For now, this is my start.


Hillary Gras said...

You should try a whole30.Cut out all the sugar, dairy, legumes, processed foods, soy and grains. Believe it or not, that leaves you with a LOT to eat.

It would be so good to reset. Have to cut back the fast food and sugar to see change.

Lyn said...


I've done it in the past and for many months was on an even stricter protocol called AIP where not only were all of those things cut out, but also more foods like nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, etc). It was helpful in some ways, but more important to me is to maintain the calm and peace I have with food when whole categories are not completely restricted. I definitely need to eat more vegetables and meat though.

I forgot to add that I had a yogurt as a snack in the afternoon yesterday too. Today I think the menu will include some hot oat bran cereal with walnuts and fruit for lunch and pork chops with gravy and mashed potatoes and a veggie for dinner.

Anonymous said...

Excellent week and your weight is going down so keep up the good work Lyn!

Kerstin said...

Hi Lyn! I found your blog a while ago and was instantly drawn into your journey and wonderful way of writing. While we all have our individual stories and reasons for being obese we also have so much in common when it comes to our struggle with it all. I only recently re-started my own weight loss journey, I’m 56 and at 256 lbs I have a ways to go. I came up with my own system which I call Intuitive Dieting and which is a combination of calorie counting and intuitive Eating, it’s the only thing that’s ever worked for me so we’ll see how it goes. I also do a little bit of IF because my husband is on the 5:2 so I don’t have dinners twice a week. Your honesty and determination to keep trying are very encouraging to me, thank you!

liz said...

Good job : )
I've been avoiding scales this motivated me to get on..
and get going
I may try IF...

Carole Medley said...

Thumbs up, hugs, kudos, wishing you all the strength you need. Keep writing, it is good for you of course, but your followers enjoy it.

LHA said...

Congratulations, Lyn. You have made a good start. For what it's worth, making one change at a time is the way I get back on track. If I try to do it all at once--the "shotgun" approach-- I inevitably fail. Keep it going and keep heading toward your best way of eating little by little and you will definitely get there.

Anonymous said...

You have done so great keeping off a lot of weight. What is it now, 80 or 90 pounds? Keep the big picture in mind because it is success!

Anonymous said...

Slow and steady is good. You'll get there. I have confidence in you :)

Rachna Lakhanpal said...

I tried IF for a while and hated every part of it because I go to the gym first thing in the morning and HAVE to eat something right after. However, if it works for you then, I think it's worth it.

Keep in mind that fitness is a journey, not a destination. Weight is something that fluctuates.

I threw out my scale because I couldn't regularly weigh myself because it was terrible for my self-esteem. I recommend you ditch the scale and embrace the measuring tape.


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Anonymous said...

I have tried IF but I had no results. I was so disappointed but I know I need to keep trying until I find what works for my body.