Fasting February is almost over!
Saturday, February 27, 2021
So I've actually done pretty well with fasting February. I didn't drop that many pounds, but I am down from the high of the month about 5 pounds. My fitbit weight trackers shows a 2.2 pound average loss over the month. I'm planning on continuing a modified version of this fasting into March, and we'll see how that goes.
Some things about it that I liked:
I didn't have to make breakfasts for the week, and that left more room in the freezer for all my lunches.
I didn't use the lunches up as fast, since I was only bringing 3 per week instead of 5, so that probably saves some time and money as well.
I had to put some thought into my choices of meals to make sure I still got my minimum of 5 fruits/veggies per day.
I found I prefer tea in the morning to black coffee, given that I was not adding anything to the brew.
Some things that I wasn't so thrilled with:
I found myself more cranky and prone to anger when I was doing the longer fast (20 hours on Tues/Thurs). I suppose this is to be expected, but you can't behave cranky or angry at work, so that makes these days more troublesome! I never took it out on anyone, but I don't like feeling that way.
Being hungry sucks! (see above note)
I was more fatigued on the longer fasting days, not good for productivity at work. I did tend to put the harder tasks up front in the day, and I'm fortunate that I can drive my own work process, so it wasn't too terrible.
So for March I will continue the fasting, 16 hours MWF and 20 hours TTh. I read a fasting blog that was "what you can drink while fasting" and one of the things was bone broth, and another was almond milk. So with that in mind, I'm going to start adding my collagen powder back to my morning coffee. My nails have suffered greatly this past month, they are very brittle and just splitting constantly! I didn't realize the collagen was actually making a difference until I stopped taking it! Also I got some nutpods, which are a Whole30 approved "creamer" made from coconut and almond milks. They are 10 calories a serving, so that will take the place of cream in my coffee during the week.
I'm also calling March "muscle March" and I am going to make my focus strength training for this month. I've been skipping too many CrossFit classes, and with the open in March (I've already signed up) I want to get back in the habit of 3 weekly classes. I also want to get back in the habit of going to my work gym regularly, so I plan to check into the Pilates classes and see what I can get into there. Preferably something in the morning to make it less likely that I will bail after a day of work!