On July 1st I issued a challenge to myself and the members of Not Your Average Tribe and then I figured, why not throw it out to everyone here on the blog.
Since July 1st was also on a Monday and people like to start new things on Mondays, the challenge was pretty simple.
Commit to something for the next 31 days. Something really small and doable.
I call these “one minute habits” with my Tribe members.
Since menopause is throwing me for a loop and I’m realizing that I just can’t eat the way I did ten (or two) years ago, I decided I wanted to stop eating after 8 p.m.
I had developed some really bad habits in that department.
I’ve also been doing a lot of reading on intermittent fasting. And many of my fellow menopausal mom friends have had lots of success with this.
So I decided I’d give it a try.
Today is Day 3.
For three days I have done a 16 hour fasting/8 hour eating plan.
The first day sucked.
All I thought about was when I could eat and then I obsessed about how horrible it would be not to eat after 8 pm.
It was possible I would die.
After making it through the first day, the second day was much easier.
I wasn’t nearly as hungry as I thought I would be.
In fact, I wasn’t really hungry at all, and I found myself not able to finish the food I had planned to eat for dinner that night. I mean I could have shoved it down, but I just didn’t feel like eating it.
So I stopped.
Today on Day 3, something pretty amazing happened.
I am addicted to coffee.
I drink a lot of it.
LIKE A LOT OF IT.
And around 1 pm, I usually struggle to stay awake. This lasts for a couple hours. From 1 to 3 pm I am fighting the overwhelming desire to take a nap.
And then I drink more coffee.
Today around 3 p.m I realized I hadn’t felt exhausted all day long.
And I was up at my usual 4:30 a.m. and ran 4 miles this morning. I’ve got 23,918 steps on my watch right now, and I feel pretty great.
Maybe it’s just a fluke.
But maybe it’s not.
I don’t want to say anything yet because it’s only day 3. I have no idea what I’ll feel like a couple weeks from now.
But I drank a fraction of the amount of coffee I normally drink, and I felt so much better today than I normally do.
I’ve heard intermittent fasters say things like I have so much more energy! and I always thought it was kind of a load of bullshit, but now I’m not so sure.
On Monday I went for a run and then lifted at the gym, and on Tuesday I was in the gym lifting at 5:30 a.m. and in a spin class at 6 a.m.
This isn’t affecting my energy levels during my workouts. And I think I may be sleeping better already.
So I’m going to keep going not just with the no eating after 8 p.m., but also with the 16/8 intermittent fasting.
I haven’t made it all the way through Day 3 yet, so it’s not filled in on my tracker.
I’ll do that tomorrow morning when I wake up.
And even though it’s only been three days, I’m really proud of myself, and I feel pretty darn good.
How about you guys?
Those of you who joined me in your own 31-Day challenge, how’s it going?
If you missed a day, IT’S OKAY!
Don’t throw in the towel. Get right back on the path.
If you haven’t missed a day yet, GOOD FOR YOU! KEEP GOING!!!