• Dana Harrell

Intermittent Fasting and Going Meatless

Hi babes.

This year is coming to an end fast and I'm honestly glad to see it gone (my 2018 has been....a trying year lol). A few months ago, I started intermittent fasting and lost about 15 super excited...and then fell off and gained them right back lol. This was something that really worked for me and my body, and now that I'm more focused and ready to lose and maintain, I decided to start fasting again and share exactly how I fast, my weight goals, and small things I plan to do to help reach them.

So let's start with a little bit about my lifestyle. I'm a teacher, and I'm constantly on my feet, running around. I'm not sitting at a computer desk and I'm often up, walking around and playing with my students. I do pretty good with bringing my lunch from home and semi good with water intake(which is hard, because bathroom breaks are a luxury lol). The issues that come with teaching are the perks that come with teaching. For christmas, I can't count how many Starbucks cards, christmas cookies, and boxes of chocolates I've gotten. Not to mention the staff parties, breakfasts, and random "there are donuts and pizza in the break room" days. My work schedule varies slightly but I'm usually working 7-5 and when I get off, I'm often too exhausted to go to the gym and I have no motivation.

I read into and did a lot of research into intermittent fasting and the one that works best for me is the 16:8. The 16:8 basically means that I eat for 8 hours of the day and then fast for 16. Broken down into eating between 12:30-8:30pm and fasting until 12:30 the next day. These times work for me because that's usually when my lunch break starts at work and it gives me time to get home, cook, and eat dinner on days where I do go to the gym. You can alter these times as they best fit your lifestyle. During the fasting part of the day I drink water and coffee. Here's where I cheat a little lol technically, you should be drinking black, sugarless coffee since there are no calories in the're talking to someone who knows that whole Starbucks menu and regularly enjoys Venti Salted Caramel Mochas or Venti White Chocolate Mochas each morning. What I do as a little cheat is I make my coffee at home, using a splash of my favorite almond or soy milk(which is about 80 calories a serving size so using a tablespoon or too isn't bad at all) and sweeting my coffee with stevia or triuva. I'm all about treating and rewarding yourself, so I do reward myself with a cup or starbucks on my payday, but everything is in moderation.

Now let's get to my favorite part, the eating. Once I break my fast, I like to eat something hearty and filling to get me through the rest of the work day. I try to pack my lunch and I log what I eat using the app Lose It!. As I get deeper into this journey, I'll start adding a few posts on my favorite meals to cook. I don't eat beef or pork anymore, but when I eat, I don't like to "diet" per say. I've found that when I limit myself, I crash hard in the long run. I make sure that I cut my portion sizes down and I've learned how many calories I need to eat during the day and how many to cut out to lose weight based on my current weight and height(using the Lose It app which is free....this post isn't sponsored btw, I just love the app lol). I'm currently 239 lbs and I'm 5'2. As long as I stay in the window I've set for myself, I pretty much eat what I want. I'll have an update post at the end of January/early February.

As far as changes to help me reach my goal, I'm going to jumpstart my new year by going meatless for the month of January. I already have cut certain meats out of my diet and I'm excited to dabble into vegetarian dishes that aren't only good for you, but taste amazing. If you'd like to go meatless with me for the month of January, leave me a comment below so we can hold each other accountable!

My last change to help really kick start this weight loss is going to the gym more. My friends have started practicing healthier choices and I think working out with friends is a great way to stay encouraged and have fun. I got a membership at my local YMCA because I really like the classes that they offer and to access to a sauna and pool, but if you're looking into finding a gym home I would say to do your research on what programs they have to best fit your needs.

I hope that this post was informative and hopefully has helped and encouraged some of you to start working on the best you you can be!

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