#52weeks52challenges- Week #1- Intermittent Fasting

#52weeks#52challenges- Intermittent Fasting

2018 has begun with a fresh new vibe and here comes my #52weeks52challenges experiment. 52 new challenges each week for a happier, healthier and more peaceful life.

I was thinking about giving my life a new shape with my ‘Life Makeover’ series of blogs for quite some time. I wanted to embark on a journey of transformation. Of course, I am not talking about a 180 degree shift (like they show in the movies) but a more subtle and lasting transformation that will stay with me for life.

Before starting anything, I would like to thank all my regular readers and followers on social media who stayed with me while I was away in late November and December. Tragic things happen very often in life but your support helps me.

So here is this small effort from my side to change my life. Though some experts suggest that you need to follow an action for 21 days (at least) to convert it into a habit, I think that the first 7 days are often the most challenging. If you can’t follow it for 7 days, you can’t do it for 21 days.

I will be taking up challenges each week and focusing on fulfilling them each week. I will also try to continue with challenges from previous weeks to create new good habits and lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life.

When I first thought about this challenge, I shared it on Instagram too.

I wasn’t quite sure about what the first challenge should be. I thought about intermittent fasting. I had tried this ‘diet/lifestyle’ for three weeks in September and the results were really commendable. I lost 17 pounds in total (yeah! great progress). Even though I could not continue this schedule for long, I tried to stick to the basic idea of fasting for at least 12 hours every day. Some days, it would be only 10 hours but I maintained 12 hours fasting till December. During this time, I was quite inactive and ended up gaining weight (6 pounds back).

 

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Week 1 begins

I was familiar with intermittent fasting and thought it would be good to start with something easy. Therefore, I chose intermittent fasting for 7 days as my first challenge. The method I chose was 16:8. This entails eating in a 8 hour window but fasting for 16 hours every day. (Read more about intermittent fasting in my next post).

I could not follow through the 16 hour fasting period each day. My schedule gets really rough sometimes. I did a YouTube video to tell everyone what I thought about this new challenge. I decided not to be a slave of the clock. I was somewhat assured that I won’t be able to count hours and continue this method of fasting for more than a day.

Therefore, I decided to focus on keeping the fasting period between 12 to 16 hours every day. This helped me in staying focused as well as flexible, whenever situation demanded. Of course, the results will not be as great as fasting for 16 hours each day but hey! even a 12 hour fast yields great results.

My intermittent fasting schedule

Day 1- Fasted for 14 hours. 2 meals in the day.

Day 2- Fasted for 14 hours. 2 meals in the day.

Day 3- Fasted for 16 hours. 2 meals in the day.

Day 4- Fasted for 13 hours. 2 meals in the day.

Day 5- Fasted for 16 hours. 2 meals in the day.

Day 6- Fasted for 16 hours. 2 meals in the day.

Day 7- Fasted for 12.5 hours. 3 meals in the day.

 

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Will I continue?

Of course I will. Intermittent fasting is by far the best way to handle my diet and lifestyle. It is simple and easy. The best thing is that unlike other ‘diets’, you are not focused on food. This clears up a lot of time in your schedule for other things. I will be detailing my thoughts about intermittent fasting and food habits in general in the next post. For now, I am sure that this challenge will not end here. It will continue for the next one week at least. I will try to make intermittent fasting for the rest of the year as well.

Want to do this challenge?

If you want to begin a Life Makeover with me and start this challenge, here are a few essential things you should know.

  • Read about intermittent fasting and know what you are doing. Don’t follow anything just for the heck of it.
  • You will feel hungry and tempted. If you eat three meals and two snacks a day, it could be difficult to make a transformation. You will definitely be hungry because your body will demand that you go back to your old eating habits.
  • It’s all about will power at least for the first week. Once intermittent fasting becomes a lifestyle, it will be easy to follow.
  • Make sure that you drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest as well. Your body may experience a sudden drain in energy in the beginning (especially if you have never fasted before or keep munching snacks all day long).
  • Your digestion/stool times will change. That is a given.

 

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Key takeaways of intermittent fasting

Here are a few things I learnt about myself, my food habits and fasting in general. For more details, stay tuned for my next post.

  • We are overeating. The food we need is far less than the food we eat everyday. We can easily reduce at least 500 calories from the day.
  • Fasting gives your digestion some rest and helps you feel lighter.
  • By focusing less on food, you get more time to think about other activities.
  • Your mind becomes sharper because of fasting. At first, a dullness could be felt (depending on your current food habits) but you will soon grow used to it and find yourself more focused and alert.
  • Fasting for 12 hours is not a big deal. However, you should not fast for more than 16 hours at a time. You don’t want your body to rebuke.

It is the end of 7th January, 2018 and I will update this post with some more information as well. Also, I will write a detailed post on intermittent fasting soon. Keep yourself updated!

Week #2 challenge –¬†¬†drinking 3 liters of water every day for one week.

Let’s see how this goes.

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