I noticed that I’ve been feeling very sluggish lately, and my diet is part of the problem. My eating habits haven’t been the healthiest, and I haven’t been exercising as much as I should be.
Nothing new here.
My body desperately wants to follow a healthy lifestyle. It’s not all about the weight and burning fat. It’s about having enough energy to last me through the day instead of crashing at noon or after lunch.
I noticed that I wake up without an appetite, and the 1st thing I put in my mouth is carbs. I noticed that I munch in the evenings, and that I don’t drink more than 2 cups of water a day.
I rarely eat fruits and vegies, and I don’t have consistent meal times.
So after 1000 failed diets, I decided to try intermittent fasting. I downloaded an app, told my sisters so I feel someone can hold me accountable and I decided to start the easiest one.
I fast for 12 hours (including the 7 hour sleep window) and eat for 12 hours.
How hard can it be, right?
Day 1: I realized that I usually eat at 9pm (because I started fasting at 8pm) so I modified it and started the fast at 9:30pm. I couldn’t sleep at night of hunger.
Day 2: I realized that when I 1st wake up, I shouldn’t put carbs in my mouth. Maybe try eating a cheese sandwich (oatmeal bread) with my coffee (my coffee with milk and sugar is non-negotiable). I also noticed that after lunch, I don’t eat anything until 8pm when I’m supposed to start fasting. Then I got hungry at 11pm and decided to eat and modify my fasting from 11 to 11. I had trouble falling asleep, but this time from bloating (and overthinking).
Day 3: I realized that I keep thinking of food just because I can’t eat, but I realized I have more will power than I thought I had. I also started trying something new. A cup of yogurt in the morning. That was my breakfast. Literally got me through until lunchtime. An hour after lunch I had a piece of cake and some sweets and that’s it. The moment I got my notification that my fast is going to start shortly, I got hungry. I realized that hunger is more psychological than physical to me, and that most of the time I eat out of stress or boredom rather than from hunger. I started my fast at 6pm because I think I had cake at 5 and then coffee at 5:30.
Day 4: Today is a new day. It’s almost 3am and I’m starving, woke up in the middle of the night and can’t seem to fall back asleep. I plan to try this for a week. I was hoping to take it a step further and fast 14 hours a day, but it’s too hard. I’m hoping to integrate this 12 hour fast as part of my lifestyle but I’m not sure I can.
I’m not sleeping because I’m too hungry. My body is used to eating at night and being tired or busy all day. I want to become healthy. I do. But it’s so hard. I wish becoming healthy was something you could just take a pill for but it doesn’t work like that. It’s a lifelong work, day in and day out. I hope one day I’ll be able to eat healthy without struggling to do so.
Note: this app also has a reminder to drink water so I’ve been drinking 4 cups of water a day as opposed to my usual 1 or 2 cups.
If you want to try the app, click here.
Do you struggle with eating healthy?
What are your eating goals?
Have you ever tried intermittent fasting?
If yes, how did it go?