It’s been nearly six years since I had a baby. Year after year I (and at least a million other Americans) put “Lose Weight” on my New Years Resolution list. This year I did, and not aiming for the next January, rather for my birthday. Then after that my goal would be to hold the weight steady and to lose another five which would bring me to where I was when I received my wedding dress so long ago. Kind of romantic, right?
Eat less, exercise more is what any doctor will begin with as advice for slimming down and staying healthy. I did that, and plateaued at about 20lbs above where I want to be which is pretty good, since it means that I’d lost 15lbs. But why stop there. I’m 32, plenty life to live certainly I can make it. With that in mind I looked for more options and came upon intermittent fasting and eventually water fasting. The thing about fasting though is that you become cold and lose energy around 17 hours with out food, interestingly however is that after hour 24 the hunger goes away. I have yet to make it past 31 hours. My knees get weak, a bit of a headache comes over me and all I want to do is sleep, none of which symptoms jive well with getting my work done around the house to go biking or volunteering at school. Fasting for prolonged periods of time isn’t meant to be a long term thing at all, just a boost in getting my body to use it’s energy that’s stored away as fats rather than just burning calories taken in through my usual food consumption.
Here’s my goal picture! We still have the truck, the husband is still standing with me…all I have to do is get my body back, well, according to me. He’s the type who will love me no matter what. :) I truly am blessed beyond measure. We’re living, loving and enjoying the family God’s given us.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. Ecc 9:10