Freedom Friday- Intermittent Fasting

Picture of nuts, broad beans, granola, and picante Clamato juice
Although I have not lost quite as much weight as I would have liked at this stage, I am happy with the steady progress I am making.  I am feeling healthier and stronger, and have lost a total of 38 pounds so far.  I have made little tweaks to my dietary intake each week as I learn how my system responds to various foods.  I have also been able to increase my activity level because my back has gotten stronger.  It is not as painful as before to walk longer distances.  I have even taken walks with Kevin lasting 45 minutes!  He loves it.
I now find myself at the threshold of a new detour in my journey.  When I started this path that I am on, my health coach brought up something that she said at some point she would want me to try- intermittent fasting.  My first thought was- NO WAY!  I just knew that I would not be able to go long periods of time without eating, even if much of that time was at night when I was sleeping.  I have been a late night snacker for some time now.  I especially don't like feeling like I am starving to death- even though I'm obviously not.
Picture of smart goals list
But three months into this I am having a hard time eating what is considered a typical healthy diet.  Now don't get me wrong.  I understand that a person needs a certain amount of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to be healthy- and I agree with that.  However, as a society we have this idea that we need to eat three meals a day consisting of a certain amount of food.  I am eating healthy foods.  I just don't feel hungry enough to eat everything on the pyramid or plate or whatever symbol they are using these days.  I feel like if I eat healthy foods and feel satisfied and healthy I shouldn't shove more food down my pie hole.
Picture of silos at Scottsbluff, Nebraska, sugar factory
And that's another thing- pie.  I have had people tell me in the past that they stopped eating sugar for a while and then lost the craving for sweets.  I would always think to myself- NO WAY!  I would die if someone tried to keep me from eating my sugary treats.  I have always loved them so much.  So, it is very perplexing to me that I am actually losing my taste for these things.  Lately, whenever I try to eat some of these things, I can't handle much.  It's too overwhelming- weird.
picture of cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other sugary treats on a paper plate
This is why I think it is so important for anyone undertaking such an excursion to consult someone trained in assisting the one making changes.  I am different from you.  I am different than me 30 years ago or 10 years ago or even 5 years ago.  I am actually happy about the change in my preferences.  It will help me to achieve my goals.  For now, I will be tying out the intermittent fasting.  I will only be eating between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  
picture of Cookie J Arnett sitting in front of an airport window wearing heart shaped sunglasses and a black t-shirt that says cookie tour 2020
I discussed this with my health coach today.  I can always go back to the 7:00 p.m. cutoff for eating she wanted me to follow if I feel like I am struggling with my intermittent fasting schedule, but I think I'm going to do okay with it.  I have the mindset and I am having trouble eating what is considered a normal amount of food in society, so I think it will go okay.  I'm actually pretty excited about it.  I hope it boosts my weight loss so I can reach my goal of a 50 pound weight loss by the end of this month.


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