Weight has been an increasing issue.

Pretty much the story of my life. And I’m again in a phase where more and more of my clothes aren’t fitting. I’m tired of always feeling like I have to buy more clothes, bigger clothes in order to feel comfortable.

And even though I like being active – I really do like working out…it’s good for my brain (and when momma’s brain is happy…oh, you know) – I struggle to find the time to make it happen on a consistent basis. I’ve tried over and over again to give myself enough time to be active, but at best it’s been sporadic.

Even with a FitBit lifestyle (which I love) and a supportive group of work friends who believe in the #stepcountlife, I haven’t seen much success in weight loss.

Not being able to zip up my jeans is an issue.

Wearing a dress to work on causal Friday because my jeans are too tight is an issue.

I mean, good grief.

That’s why Sumaya’s post captivated my attention.

I’ve been following Sumaya for a couple/few years now. I fell in love with her start-up story (see Sumazi), and have been following her adventures ever since.

Her intermittent fasting lifestyle reminded me of a liquid diet plan I was following in 2012. It was a moment in life that had me in a different place, a space where time moved more slowly – and I took the extra time to focus on me and my health. I was working out more. And I was alternating days of eating normally and taking in calories via a liquid diet (coffee, tea, lemonade and Slim Fast/protein shakes). I was losing weight and feeling pretty great about it.

And then that place, that space ended.
And then, life.

I read through Sumaya’s post on Medium and decided to give it a go. The 4:3 plan she outlined would work pretty well for my schedule, and it didn’t seem too far fetched after my 2012 experience.

And yes, I did allow myself to indulge in the up to 500 calories option. (You can intake up to 500 calories without technically breaking your fast – and it helps you get over those belly growls.)

Week 1 – The Numbers

Weight Start: 256-ish
Weight End: 247.6

Measurements: N/A

Monday: 498 calories
Wednesday: 364 calories
Friday: 332 calories

A couple of things you should know about the numbers…

Weight Start: This measurement was taken a few weeks back and not at the actual start of my intermittent fasting experience. I was unpacking, found the scale, and decided – foolishly – to stand on it. After reading that I was heavier than ever (weighing more than even just after having the kid), I hid it. And then couldn’t find it at the start of this experiment. Karma.

Weight End: After realizing that I wasn’t going to be able to weigh myself at the gym (judgment free zone), I worked to uncover the scale – and then found it on happenstance Saturday afternoon. I was thankful.

Measurements: I plan to buy one of those flexible measuring tapes, just haven’t done it yet. Stay tuned.

Calories: I am trying to wean myself as close to 0 on Fast Days as possible.

And, that’s that.

Let’s see how it goes. Sumaya lost 50 pounds in about 8 months. And that is pretty phenomenal.

Back in 2012 when I was rockin’ and rollin’ – working out and being careful with my caloric intake, I got SO CLOSE to my first target milestone. Only 3 pounds away from 200…and then I started adding the weight back, little by little, when life changed.

Let’s see if I can make this change to life, and if it will stick.