On the eve of my 1 year IF birthday, January 17th, I find myself gathering thoughts about it all.
I think part of the Intermittent Fasting journey is finding what you have in common with other successful fasters and how you are different. From what I can see, hormones are a complex cocktail which are sometimes hard to read. And I recently heard that bio-researchers are still learning how those chemical messengers work for us.
I like to think of the different fasting choices as levers that I pull. I pull on the low carb/high fat lever sometimes. And I pull on the more meat lever. But I know the rich phytonutrients in a low carb (non-banana) green smoothie are great for me. Those are food levers. I also know that my body adjusts, repositions itself after I’ve pulled a lever. So, a week or a month from now, it won’t act exactly the same way it did. It’s like there are a network of spies roaming around my body trying to get the upper hand!
Another important lever is the length of the eating window in a 24 hour period. I tend to best when I keep my eating window under 4 or 5 hours a day. But when I first started, I was getting wonderful results with a 7 hour eating window. I reduced that window because I wasn’t hungry anymore. I felt like I was just stuffing food down my throat like a garbage disposal. The lever changed on me. And my body told me what to do.
A few months ago, I reached my goal, 168 pounds, and blew right by it. Now, I’m after a new goal, 158, which will be a 60 pound weight loss. I’m curious how I will look and feel when I get there.
This year has been an adventure, one I wouldn’t exchange for a pile of gold (metaphorically speaking of course).