You’ve probably heard about internittent fasting. Read up here for details, pros, cons etc. I got interested coz I’ve seen it come up a few times in my newsfeed and a friend said he tried it. So in the spirit of trying something new, I tried my first fast last Tuesday.
The Timing. There are a number of timing options. I selected the 18hr fast. Normally, people have their last meal at 6-7pm and next meal at 1pm the next day. As I like having breakfast I opted to fast from 1pm to 7am.
So Tuesday, 7am I had toast, jam and coffee for breakfast. Next meal was lunch at 12nn — a cup of rice, 1 cup of carrots and pork kaldereta.
I oficially started the fast at 1pm. I had a full afternoon so 1-5pm just flew by. Oh, I did have time for a cup of tea.
All good…so far.
The fast it’s not so fast. It goes very sloooowly. After I clocked out and made my way home, the anti-fast conspiracy started. Scents and sights were put all around me to tempt me. One of the toughest was the of smell freshly deep fried Mcdo fries, divine!
I resisted and persisted.
I got home and I made a pot of tea. Had it with lots of ice.
7pm – Getting hungry.
715pm – *rumbling* Is that my tummy. It is!
720pm – I.Hate.You.Neighbors!!! I can smell your adobo.
7:21pm – Is there a 6hour intermittent fasting version?
735pm. Yey, my soaps are on! Thank you #Cardo and #LLSangre. Between my tea and my soaps, I forgot about the fast.
920pm This is harder than I thought!
923pm Getting dizzy? Maybe, I’m just sleepy.
930pm I should just sleep this off.
6am Yay!!!!! Brekkie time!
The lesson. Distract yourself, have a no cal drink or just sleep it way. It will be over before you know it.
What a feeling. Sense of achievement, very high.😊 I did it!
I had cravings and my stomach rumbled but I still like my 18hr timing. I didn’t feel deprived. Now, I know that time will feel slow during a fast and will make sure to stay busy and distracted next round.
Plus, I was well hydrated after this fast.
I can do this again. I still have a box to tick off for this week. The promise is good afterall.
Have you tried intermittent fasting? I’m starting a new round again. Check back in 4 weeks for update.
Update 05 Sep 2017. So I lasted 3 weeks on this scheme. The hunger pangs disappeared but I felt that my morning productivity declined. I did drop 2lbs but this is not for me. This is something plan to do on slow weekends but not for my typical work week.