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What does that mean? If you click on the links and decide to purchase the products I mention, I make a small percentage on the sale. There’s no extra effort on your part, and every little bit adds up – so I might indulge in an extra coffee – light and sweet – this month.
Here’s the deal: if intermittent fasting allows me the flexibility to indulge, then the opposite is true. I should also feel free to have the flexibility to step up my game.
I can hear what you’re thinking: isn’t it enough that you’re already fasting. Why do you need to level that up?!
I know. I know.
It seems like I’m doing something great, right? But, my effort and experience to this point is just the tip of the iceberg. I belong to a few different IF Facebook Group communities where individuals from around the world are encouraging each other with stories and information about the healthy benefits of intermittent fasting. And in one of the groups, just after the turn of the new year, several members conducted a 7 day Fast. That’s 168 hours of fasting.
I was – am – inspired. And just a tiny part of me was interested in joining. But I realize, I haven’t put in the work to be on that level yet. So, instead of setting myself up for failure, I’ve decided to take small steps to level up my game.
This week, I implemented two changes to my Fast Day schedule.
First: I cut out coffee.
I survived. The kid survived. Everyone is my life is fine and alive.
I like my coffee light and sweet. I can drink coffee black, but it’s my not preference. I have to brace myself to get it down. That’s not the kind of experience I want to have while “enjoying” my coffee.
For the last almost 6 months since I started intermittent fasting, I’ve kept coffee on my list of beverage options on Fast Days. And yes, I used creamer (which, is less calories than milk and sugar – just so you know). No guilt. Baby steps, right? Most of the calories that I have recorded on Fast Days in the last several weeks are from coffee creamer. Seriously.
And that’s something I wanted to change. So this week, I decided to level up – cut out the coffee and switch to unsweetened, herbal tea. Funny enough, the tea I choose was Tazo Wild Sweet Orange* – sometimes, ya’ll, it is all about the mind games. It’s sweet in the way that oranges are sweet and tart, and make you think of your childhood and snacks and playtime.
I was first introduced to the Tazo brand when I worked for Starbucks in college. In fact, while I was a barista, I became a bit of a tea connoisseur, and the Wild Sweet Orange was one of my faves. This is a great to tea prepare iced with some sugar or honey! The flavor and aroma comes at you in a very direct way, and as it lingers on your tongue, you get the fullness of it – almost buttery. I can’t do it justice, you just have to try it!
No calories with each mug is a far cry from 35 to 50 calories per mug.
And to be fair, coffee has very little calories. VERY LITTLE. It’s the creamer. I wish I could take my coffee black and love it. Maybe one day. Until then – tea.
And if I’m struggling for the lack of sweetness, I will just focus on sweet memories. I did that this week by using my cute, little Wacky Woollies Tea Bag Holder* that I got in Ireland.
Happy memories, good thoughts, jeans that were once super tight that are now comfortable – these things are better than sugar.
Second: I added an extra day to my Fast schedule.
My general goal has been a 4:3 schedule. That means, I eat for four days out of the week and fast for three. At this point, I’ve gotten used to fasting alternate days, or fasting back to back, depending on my travel or work schedule.
This week, I wanted to add an extra day to my Fast schedule. I can’t succeed in a 7 Day Fast without trying to challenge myself in small ways, right? So, I decided to fast on Monday and Tuesday, eat Wednesday, and fast again Thursday and Friday. To translate that to hours – about 55 hours straight.
I did okay. Even when the Girl Scout cookies made their way to my kitchen counter, I resisted…until Wednesday.
Week 23 – The Numbers
Weight start: 218
Weight end: 213.6
Measurements: Waist – 43inches
About the numbers…
Weight Start to Weight End: I continue to push towards that first goal. Don’t think I’m going to make it in time for my birthday, but that’s okay. It’s in my sights. I’m pushing the 40 pound milestone – and that’s something to be really proud of!
Measurements: I found the tape. I pulled it out. I tried to measure. And then I realized how much easier it is to get someone else to measure me. Ha! So, you get my waist measurement this week only. I feel like that’s better than nothing. And, if I did it right, I’m an inch down. No surprise there. Jeans are loser and more comfortable!
Calories: So…no calories. Zero. I just…I can’t…I’m just super proud about this.
Yes. I think that cutting out my normal amount of coffee this week contributed to some headache issues, but I think that, after some time, my body will eventually adjust, and be the healthier for it. Which is ultimately the goal. #LiveWell, ya’ll!
Any questions about what I learned or experienced this week? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below! I’ll get back to you!