One Meal A Day

Today I’m going for the one meal intermittent fasting option…or at least 20:4. I’m going to eat dinner at 6:00 pm with my family.

I can’t get over how amazing I feel with intermittent fasting.  Oddly, I’m developing increased muscle tone. I had a lot of cellulite before, and it is rapidly going away. My legs are getting very smooth and toned. And I’m 60 years old.

I’ve been relaxing this a bit on the weekends, but I’ve found that I don’t want to eat that much. This is unusual for me because I’ve always been a stress eater – even a binge eater – and that’s going away. I feel much more relaxed and happy.

My clothes are fitting me better. I woke up with so much energy this morning. I actually have the urge to exercise. That’s new.

This is my eating plan. I’ve found it at long last.

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I Feel Great!

I’ve now completed two weeks of intermittent fasting, and I feel better than I have in years. I went to the doctor Friday for my quarterly blood pressure check, and it was perfect. For this past two weeks, I’ve been fasting for 18 hours each day and eating whatever I want for six hours. I’m considering starting 20:4 tomorrow where I’ll eat only between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. I’m choosing those hours because I like to eat with my family.

I don’t know that I’ve lost any weight doing this, but I haven’t gained any, so that’s a plus. I’ve also been sleeping much better. I’m well rested, alert, happy, and feel great. It has also reduced my urge to stress eat.

The Sweet Spot

plato-fastingI realize that I’m now looking like a total flake with my many dietary failures. Whatever. The keto thing only lasted a day.  It just wasn’t right for me. However, I think I’ve finally found my sweet spot.

I went back to give the intermittent fasting another try. This time, I started with 18:6. I only eat between the hours of 1:00pm and 7:00pm. During those hours, I eat whatever I want. Today is day 13, and it’s going great. I don’t get hungry. It’s so easy. I don’t even have to think about it.

I’ve decided not to get on the scale at all because when I do then I start obsessing about my weight. I have no idea if I’m losing weight or not. My clothes are fitting a little better. My face is smaller. The main thing is that I feel really good. I had been in a funk for over a year and a half, and that funk has now lifted. I have more energy. I do have a doctor appointment tomorrow, so I’ll have to weigh, but I’m not going to weigh again until the next doctor appointment.

At 1:00pm, I’m hungry so that’s my biggest meal. I have a bit or two of something around 4:00. Dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30. I’m not that hungry at dinner time, so I eat a light meal just because that’s what satisfies me.

I’m recommending 18:6 intermittent fasting. I feel like I can stick with this indefinitely.

Excellent First Day of Intermittent Fasting

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My first day of intermittent fasting was phenomenal. I decided ahead of time that I would eat at 11:00, 3:00, and between 6:00 and 7:00 when my daughter got home from work.

At 11:00, I had breaded fish that I heated up in the air fryer with no oil and cauliflower rice medley. I think it was Green Giant. I just stuck it in the microwave. At 3:00, I had the same thing. At 4:00, I was a little hungry, so I had a biscuit. I wasn’t hungry at all at dinner time, so I had two glasses of wine.

All in all, I think I had in the ballpark of 1500 calories. I walked 3010 steps, 500 of those carrying a 5-lb weight in each hand.

This morning, I woke up 1.8 pounds lighter and not hungry at all. I’m surprised at the lack of hunger. We’ll see how today goes.

Oh…the Sweet 16 reference is because I’m fasting 16 hours and eating for 8 hours.

 

 

Giving Noom A Try

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For a long time, I’ve thought Weight Watchers was the only diet plan worth trying…until now. I’ve been seeing the Noom ads on my Facebook page, so I decided sign up for the 14-day free trial. Today is day 7, and I’m really loving it.

I’m a rule follower, so I enjoy the structure of Noom. I’m also a stress eater, and that’s where my diet attempts always fail. Noom has psychologists on staff to help with that.

I feel a little freer with Noom because I always know how many calories I’m eating and whether the foods I’m eating are “green,” “yellow,” or “red.” With just a glance at the Noom app, I can tell how healthy I’m eating.

The app also connects with my Fitbit and monitors my steps. As I exercise, it adds more calories to my daily intake level. For my age, height, and weight, it starts with 1200 calories per day, but as I exercise that number goes up.

I feel like I can be successful with Noom.

 

Boston Market Turkey Breast Dinner

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The new Weight Watchers Freestyle program allows a lot more freedom than prior programs. Sometimes I want to eat out, as most of us do. Boston Market is the first restaurant I’ve tried since starting Weight Watchers Freestyle. I was pleasantly surprised by the turkey breast dinner. It was delicious, and these were the points:

  • Turkey breast – small or large     1
  • Poultry gravy                                  1
  • Rotisserie potatoes                        4
  • Steamed veggies                             1
  • Cornbread                                       7

Sure, that’s 14 points, but it was worth every wonderful bite. I still had 9 points left, and 4 rolled over to the next day.

I can’t wait to find other places to eat out. Oprah says you can eat anywhere. We’ll see!

Yes, It Is Right

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The other day, I questioned in my blog post “Is This Right?” whether I could really eat bacon, eggs, toast, and butter for breakfast on the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program and still lose weight. Well, yes I can. On week one, I had this breakfast two days in a row and still lost 5.4 pounds.

This is the first time I’ve been on a diet and have not been hungry or had any cravings whatsoever. My daughter weighs 115 pounds, but she’s eating the same meals I’m eating – plus other things as well. She’s thoroughly enjoying the plan. We are eating great! There will be more recipes coming.

Zero-Point Instant Pot Chili

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Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey, 99% lean

1 14-oz can pinto beans

1 14-oz can kidney beans

1 onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1-1/2 cups chicken broth (I use Kitchen Basics unsalted)

1 6-oz can tomato sauce

1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chilis

1 Tbsp cumin

2 Tbsp chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Spray Instant Pot with Pam spray. Brown ground turkey. Add all other ingredients. Cook 35 minutes on manual setting.

My whole family loves this, and it’s zero points on Weight Watchers Freestyle.

 

Is This Right?

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The Weight Watchers Freestyle program allows a lot of daily and weekly points, in addition to all the zero-point items. Since starting on December 31st, I’ve been eating a lot of the free items, so I have a lot of leftover and weekly points. I’ve been completely satisfied each day and have had no cravings whatsoever.

Since eggs are zero points now, I decided to make myself a special sandwich. It reminds me of the Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast sandwich. I used a whole-wheat sandwich round spread with one tablespoon of light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I cooked three slices of bacon on my indoor grill and two eggs cooked with Pam spray and a little salt and pepper.

Now don’t get me wrong…this is a high-point meal. I counted three points for the bread, five for the bacon, and two for the Light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. That’s a grand total of ten points…ten extremely delicious points.

Here’s the thing…today is the point where I would normally be hungry, craving all kinds of things, and likely to cheat. That sandwich tasted like heaven. I’m completely satisfied, have no cravings, and as far as I can tell this is completely on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan. I guess we’ll find out at weigh-in time Saturday.

Truly, if I can eat like I have been this week and see one to two pounds a week weight loss then this is something I can maintain for life. I had turkey breast and gravy last night. I’ve never had gravy on a diet before.

Is there a retro dietary shift going on?

When I was younger, I ate like this and weighed 115 pounds. Sure, things are different at my age, but I’m starting to think there’s a dietary shift back to the way we ate in the early 1960s. My parents always had a garden, and my mom worked in a grocery store produce department, so we had fresh fruits and vegetables all the time.

Am I misinterpreting the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program? Only time will tell. I can always readjust if I’m wrong.