Ah, yea.

That’s right. I said it: I’d be happy to step on the scale.

I AM HAPPY to step on the scale – and I look forward to my progress on weekly weigh-ins.

Intermittent fasting is changing me – in a lot of ways. And, this is definitely one of them.

I mentioned this briefly last week, but my sleep habits are definitely another change.

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As my body works through the changes brought about by intermittent fasting, I find that sleep is a necessary part of the process. If I don’t get enough, my body tells me – not so subtly – by shutting off.

As if it’s telling (in its Batman voice): “Naps are important. You will nap. NOW!”

And you know what?! I don’t mind.

I mean, I do. There is so much that needs to get done. My schedule is bursting with objectives. But I also realize that it’s past time for me to take care of my body. The time is now. I don’t want to be dependent on medication and procedures to get me by in the future because I didn’t take the time to care for myself now.

A friend of mine, who started the 4:3 Intermittent Fasting process just this past week said it best:

It’s so much bigger than skinny. It’s about avoiding the laundry list of ailments that are absolutely in my future if something doesn’t change.

Sleep offers an opportunity to let the healing process reign supreme. It’s important – and I am going to take advantage of it while I’m still young, still healthy enough to make changes that will positively effect my outcome.

I like positive outcomes.

Another one I can add to the list of recent changes is all the clothes that I’ve been able to get into without “sucking it in.” Oh, you know what I mean…when you put something on, and feel like you’re a walking sausage.

That’s starting to dwindle. In fact, I slipped on a pair of little black shorts this week – because life hadn’t yet let me get to the laundry (read: all my regular shorts were dirty) – and they just slipped up right over the hips. No issues. Easy peasy.

I was like OH MY GAWD. #fistpump

And then, I realized: OH MY GAWD. I am only wearing these ’round the house. I am too old to be wearing booty shorts.

Well. Maybe.

Week 4 – The Numbers

Weight Start: 238.4
Weight End: 234.2

Measurements: I realized this week that I ALREADY HAVE ONE of these flexible measuring tapes. It’s here. Somewhere. I looked for it – but not in the right place. I’ve got one in my Amazon.com shopping cart too. You know, just in case.

Monday: 72
Wednesday: 36
Friday: 109

Details about the numbers…

Weight Start to Weight End: 4 pounds down this week. I weigh less now than when I got pregnant with the kid (I was 236 then). Just a reminder, my first goal is 200. I could be there soon. In fact, even if the weight loss slows down a bit, and I only lose 2 pounds a week, I could be there in 17 weeks. That’s just after the new year. The idea of hitting my first weight loss goal in time to celebrate my next birthday makes me super excited.

So, that’s the plan. I will be at 200 (or less) by Feb 11.

Measurements: I’m giving myself another couple of weeks to unpack. That measuring tape is around here somewhere. I will find it…or, I’ll break down and buy the one that’s saved in my shopping cart on Amazon.

In the meantime, I continue to get into my tighter clothes, and am – for the first time in a good long while – comfortable.

Calories: The intermittent fasting lifestyle forces you to slow down and be thoughtful. I don’t skimp on Eat Days, but I do think about what I am eating and how much. And being 4 weeks into 4:3 IF Lifestyle, my body is helping me.

Sitting down in front of a bowl of soupa de pollo this weekend – a portion that I normally finish without any issues – I could only get through about 3/4 of it. My plan was to finish it: turn the bowl up and slurp every last drop. But instead, I packed the leftovers TO GO.

Very full. Very satisfied. And happy that there was some left to enjoy later.

I’m satisfied by a great many things so far, and look forward to another week of changes and learning.