I’ll Start Tomorrow

NEW DAY—>NEW CHALLENGE—>LIFT4—>HERE I GO

fasting-clock-3The most famous words of any human, “I’ll Start Tomorrow”, however, I’d like to pat myself on the back because tomorrow was today and I DID IT!!

I love the saying “You’re always one decision away from a totally different life”….My decision is to workout and eat healthy.

For the past 3 weeks I stared a low calorie diet, which helped me get into the mind set of Intermittent Fasting.  Like many, I hit a hole.  A huge ass black  hole in my workouts, eating healthy and mindset in general.  I was so embarrassed after I saw myself in a picture with my son for Prom.  I need it was time to kick up a gear and get serious.  After all, I haven’t weighed this month since I was 9 months pregnant and that was 14 years ago….Sooooooo lets just say, I was a tad sad, shocked I allowed myself to gain this weight, but now more determined then ever to get my shit together.

SO, why not just dive in head first? WHICH is what I am doing.  It is just how I seem to roll.  I am moving all in the direction of intermittent fasting and starting an 8 week LIFT4 workout.  Crazy right?  I guess we will see how crazy in 8 weeks.  So, What is Intermittent Fasting and what the heck is Lift4?

INTERMITTENT FASTING

  • In layman’s terms, intermittent fasting is simply a pattern of eating.  It’s not a diet plan, it’s just conscious decision to skip meals on purpose.
  • Initially, I was skeptical that this could improve my weight loss and my mental and physical health, BUT I LOVE IT!
  • Not a ‘starvation’ diet, it’s a healthy lifestyle.
  • Most people think you starve yourself to lose weight.  WRONG!
  • Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle you can sustain for the rest of your life.
  • I have researched, studied and absorbed every educational group, article and book that I can get my hands on.

WHAT I DO:  I typically eat my first meal around 12 p.m., and I can freely eat until 8 p.m. that evening.  After 8 p.m., I purposely won’t eat until 12 p.m. the next day.  MOST OF MY DOWN HOURS ARE SLEEPING, so that helps.

  • This is called a ’16/8′ fasting because I don’t eat for 16 hours, and I only eat during a specific 8-hour window.
  • You can reduce or increase the eating window on different days.  I haven’t chosen to do this yet.
  • During your eating window, eat any combination of HEALTHY Foods.  Notice, I am not writing order pizza and drive thru fast food.  Every now and then, sure, but for the NORM, NO!
  • Change up your meals.  Eating the same meals everyday leads to boredom and bad choices.  TRUST ME!

LIFT4 (Beachbody on Demand)Lift4

  • I am workingout  in the morning while fasting.  For the next 8 weeks that will happen 4 times a week for my LIFT4 CHALLENGE.  The HITT part of this workout is high intensity which equals fat loss.  ARE YOU READY TO JOIN MY FITNESS GROUP? YOU CAN BE DOING LIFT4 with my group.  We don’t all have to be on the same week, just supporting each other as we all walk our journey.
  • I am a beachbody fitness coach, however, I get nothing in this accept a fun group, doing what I love, which is fitness and educating those who want to be on my team.

I will write weekly on my journey/challenge, it will be titled “CHALLENGE UPDATE”.  I can’t wait to see my results after week one.  I am ready to be better, STRONGER, and get myself back….. Are you with me?

In the three weeks I have been fasting the results are noticeable for me:

  •  I’ve always had inflammation in my joints.  My hands have been so painful at times that I couldn’t do normal things, like open a jar.  I have no clue to this day why I would swell.  Since I started fasting, I haven’t swelled at all.
  • I’ve focused on healthy fats, clean protein, carbohydrates from Whole Foods—-nothing from the drive-thru.
  • I’ve learned that fasting gives your body a break from food and allows your gut time to reset and the inflammation to go down.  I can first hand say….It has….
  • My cravings are gone for the most part.  I still have a sweet tooth here or there. At first I thought I would be starving, but I was pleasantly surprised.  My hunger has actually decreased.  I’ve also cut back on snacking, as this was more of a habit.

I’ve avoided the scale daily and will only weigh myself once a week.  I need to stay motivated and the numbers on the scale are not my friend regardless.

As I start this journey, what journey are you on?  What is stopping you?  Message me and we can talk about the steps you need to take.

Published by beckyshafferliveinconfidence

I did the crazy and left my career teaching job after 19 years to work on and build my coaching business. I took a year off to follow my dream of being a life coach and using my skills, life lessons and training to help others find meaning in their life. While I do this, I am always growing, learning and finding more purpose and meaning in my life as well. Currently, I am life coaching and fitness coaching part-time , I continue to blog, meet with clients and I am back to teaching full time in Columbus City Schools, working with gifted students, teaching. U.S. History.

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