I made it 16 days. Sixteen days of hungry mornings. Sixteen days of feeling constantly ravenous. Sixteen days of totally ignoring my body and trying to power through what I thought could work for me if I just gave it more time. Sixteen days of feeling shaky and hangry.
I followed the guidelines. My fasting window was 6:30 p.m.-10:30 a.m. I ate my normal meals and amount of calories, just in an 8-hour window. I even tried fasting for just 14 hours instead of 16 and eating in a 10-hour window. But I’m the type of person that wakes up hungry in the morning, so not eating breakfast until late in the morning was not fun. My husband and I eat dinner together after I get home from work and skipping this isn’t something that I want to do, either.
I decided no more.
Today at 9:00 a.m. I finally decided that enough was enough. This fasting thing is just not working for me. In concept, it sounds like a simple, sustainable plan and I’m really happy for those of you who have had success with this way of eating, but this chick needs her breakfast, lunch, and dinner at normal times. I’m listening to my body and my body is telling me that it can’t do this for another day, let alone 14 more days.
But you know what? It’s okay. Sometimes you try an experiment and you don’t get good results. That’s what the Lean & Strong challenge is all about – trying things out to see what works for me and what doesn’t. I’m learning a lot about myself and I’m not quite ready yet to end the experiments.
I’ll take the next 14 days off to think about what I want to do next. I’ll do some reading and some research.