***Edited to add: I wrote this post last week and failed to post it. I still wanted to log it for my reference and maybe a learning tool for you? I am LOVING the FASTer Way To Fat Loss***
I have been practicing intermittent fasting and carb cycling for 9 days. I know this is not long at all and as much as I have failed in the past to follow through on plans, there is no reason at all for myself or anyone else to believe that this plan will be any different.
Let me explain to you why I think this plan WILL be different. Or, rather, why I think I will treat this plan different from in the past.
I am learning so much about myself lately. Specifically, I CAN do hard things! Pain will not KILL me! Going a day without consuming junk will not make me STARVE TO DEATH!
I was very meticulous about what I consumed Monday-Saturday. I didn’t hit my macros perfectly some of those days, mostly due to the fact that I am just learning this practice and had some information mixed up (net carbs = carbs-fiber, NOT FAT!), track what you plan to consume PRIOR to consuming it, that way, if it does NOT fit your macros, you can simply change your meal! Jelly beans are a trigger food, so, even if they DO fit your macros, DON’T EAT THEM!
Now, let’s talk about Sunday. I did not plan well for this day and it ate me alive. I did have a healthy meal planned to cook, however, we woke up and adulted hard. We went to buy a new-to-us lawnmower (Dave Ramsey, y’all!) and that fell right smack dab in the middle of when I was supposed to break my fast. This is fine, no problem. We scouted out a Chipotle and had lunch. Except, I had guac on my burrito bowl. The fats in my bowl put me well over my normal daily limit, not to mention this was a low macro day so I was WAY over. This could have been my downfall for the remainder of the day but I don’t really feel like it was. My mind was still focused in a CRAP sort of way. I was still determined to hit the rest of my macro goals.
We then went home, unloaded the lawnmower, returned my dad’s truck and went by the hardware store to pick up a couple of things we needed. I’m not sure what happened while we were in there but I NEEDED a snack. I wasn’t hungry. It may have been habit? This store has fresh popped popcorn so it may have been the aroma? No idea. Anyway, I shopped and found a snack that “fit my macros”. Jelly Bellies it was! And they were good!! I ate a portion and stopped, even though I could have devoured the entire tiny bag. At this point, I still thought I was fine.
We finished mowing the grass and decided to go to a movie. I was tired and did not feel like cooking. Instead of choosing a place where I could have made a better choice, we went to Five Guys. I had a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a diet coke. And then we went to Walgreens and got candy for the movies. It was 4/4. So we got 2 each. And I ate them. Both. Yep. Sure did. Wasn’t hungry.
I have already said that this is a brain game for me. So, did going over my fats when I broke my fast trigger my downfall or was it the Jelly Bellies? No idea! Either way, I have learned some important lessons. Leave the sugar alone and ALWAYS record my food BEFORE I eat it!
I am pleased to report, Monday, I got up and got right back on the wagon and SLAYED Monday! I hit my macros like a CHAMP! And it enjoyed my coffee this morning with stevia. This is a major win all by itself!
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