Intermittent Fasting, Month Seven 📍

Welcome to my seventh month of intermittent fasting! If you’ve been interested in the fasting lifestyle I hope that my experience here is useful to you. This post is part of a series, so if you want to start at the very beginning, click on over to Month Zero – I’ll wait.

Since last month I confirmed that instead of shrinking, I gained a little mass – oops! Luckily this isn’t a big problem. I have a lot of tools in my Fasting Toolbox and it’s time to use them.

Seven months fasted! Intermittent fasting works, but it's not a quick process for every body. I'm still working on meeting my goal. #LadyJupiter #KeepFasting #AddTime

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Seven months of not eating all day everyday has definitely yielded positive results, and a clear correlation between my food and my pant size (as expected).

After fasting this long and always trending downward I definitely loosened up my standards and gained some body mass to prove it. But like I said earlier – this just means that I need to use tools available to me, primarily control over what I eat and when I eat; the same tools that most of us have.

Month seven was June for me, I enjoyed my birth month so much that I ended it a larger size than I was when I began! For the record I still fit into size medium leggings, but my Goal Pants show that I am bigger.

Still eating one meal a day, which is an early dinner that starts between five and six in the evening (usually followed by a big snack about two hours after dinner).

Now I will be removing the post-dinner snack and going back to enjoying some green tea in the evening.

Early June – I started breaking my fast with a green juice. A lot of people prefer to break their fast with a specific macro because it makes them feel good, but that wasn’t my motivation (because it’s all the same to me; food is food). I decided to break with green juice because it makes me feel better about not eating ten cups of salad each day.
I like Suja juices from the grocery store, so I often open my eating window with Suja Über Greens or Suja Celery Juice. I’m also trying out green powders, and I like Athletic Greens, but I don’t like the price, so I’m shopping around.

Late June – I did get a NAD+ precursor supplement because I think the science is interesting. Like most things I don’t take it daily, and I don’t expect huge changes.

The struggle in month seven – Not saying “no” to all of the desserts in the world!

The success in month seven – Not getting bigger than I did? Kind of hard to call this month a success when I gained mass, but I know it would have been much worse if I was eating all day and maintaining high insulin levels.

Original goal pants don't feel any more loose this month; accidental size increase confirmed! #ButItsOkay #fastlonger #shorterwindows  New goal pants confirmed that I gained size this month - oops! #ItsOkay #LetsFixThis #fasting

➤ ➤ Goal Pants, Two Pairs

➤ ALLSAINTS, 30″ waist. I can fasten the entire button fly easily…but I still have too much butt to walk comfortably or to sit.

➤ Community, 29″ waist. Still hilariously too small. Increased muffin top confirms mass increase.

Fasting for seven months, losing size but not weight. Sometimes progress isn't dramatic! #IntermittentFasting #plateau #BMI  Fasting for seven months, losing size but not weight. Sometimes progress isn't dramatic! #IntermittentFasting #plateau #BMI

Q. What contributed to the size increase?
A. Several little things! I can easily say that I’ve been
– less disciplined at dinner
– eating too much in general
– not filling up on good vegetables
– eating too many sweets
– not walking as much (too hot & humid to enjoy walking outside right now)
– AND I recently changed hormonal birth control methods

Each of these little things helped me gain mass last month. Luckily this means that (minus the birth control) I can work on each point RIGHT NOW.

Q. So the new plan is?
A. To apply several small tweaks to regain my spot on the downward slide.
I will be
– making two simple vegetable-heavy meals each week (think broccoli & chicken, or fish & zucchini. These meals will be simple, fresh, and as clean as possible.)
– getting back on the treadmill (at least on the weekends when Mister Jupiter can take a shift with the toddler)
– restrict desserts to special occasions only
– get back to drinking green tea when I want a snack

Here goes!

☞ Ready for more? Intermittent Fasting, Month Eight (July 2020)

Talking about seven entire months of intermittent fasting; what was easy, challenging, plus photos. #fasting #IF #progressphotos

Talking about seven entire months of intermittent fasting; what was easy, challenging, plus photos. #fasting #IF #progressphotos

Just sharing my five favorite gardens in the world. Three are on the West Coast, two are in Japan - each one is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. I can't wait to travel and see more! #gardens #fivefaves #travel #LadyJupiter #PortlandJapaneseGarden  I have been trying out a variety of vitamin and supplement patches for months and I am ready to share my findings with you! #vitamins #vitaminpatches #transdermal #biohacking #SAHM #LadyJupiter #publicnotes  Week № 11 was a great week for me to look at the daily objects that bring joy. I share my new favorite travel accessory, brand of gummy vitamins, bookmarks that won't break the page, plus cheerful leather jackets and text threads that I enjoy being a part of. #PicksoftheWeek #LadyJupiter

Author: Tracey

Tracey has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She loves editing, riding bikes, and cooking for her family.

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