Last Updated on March 20, 2022 by Latrice
I’m just going to let this out now and get it over with.
I went to see my brother and nephew for my nephew’s birthday party and we ate… a lot.
I gained 5 pounds that weekend.
Staying strict at parties and family gatherings is a challenge for me. Definitely, something I work on.
Overall, I think I did ok for July with my only hiccup being my weekend with family for my nephew’s birthday.
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This week’s update: Overcoming the cycle
You struggle with parties, holidays, and special occasions too?
Maybe you also struggle with having cheat days because those days tend to turn into spending half the week eating off-plan?
It’s a challenge.
The good news is people do overcome the cycle and these weight loss blockers. Some of them even after trying for decades.
Elizabeth Benton and Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. are two women that overcame that weight loss cycle struggle and wrote good books about it.
Elizabeth’s book, “Chasing Cupcakes: How One Broke, Fat Girl Transformed Her Life (and How You Can, Too),” discusses taking advantage of the power of now.
She beat the weight loss struggle cycle by realizing that her true power in shaping her future and getting what she wanted was in the now. Instead of thinking about how she can do better “next time,” she made the decision to do better now.
Susan’s book, “Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free,” describes how she beat the struggle by practicing strict “bright lines” when it comes to foods that trigger her. There is no “everything in moderation.”
I haven’t completed this book yet, but what I’ve learned so far is about the Willpower Gap and Insatiable Hunger.
I’m not even going to act like I remember good enough to give you a breakdown here. lol I have to read these chapters again. But it is a good read and her method has helped several achieve their weight loss goals.
Both of these women struggled with weight loss for a long period of time but did overcome it.
Hate to sound cliche, but if they can do it so can we.
Why do I share intermittent fasting weight loss updates anyways?
Because I need to hold my fat a$$ accountable. lol
Just kidding… Sortah
It does help though to know I publish these reports and how obvious it’ll become when I stop posting that I’ve fallen off and am not sticking to it.
I’m practicing different techniques for improving self-discipline and consistency which is something I know so many of us struggle with, myself included.
I struggled in month 1.
These monthly (were weekly) weight loss reports are one of those techniques.
My hope is that in holding myself accountable and sharing my updates monthly, gain or lose, I can not only improve my own self-discipline and consistency but motivate and inspire others.
SW 7/8/19: 214-lbs – I gained 44 pounds after losing 75-lbs.
Wk 3: – 198-lbs – 16-lbs lost
CW 7/31/19: 203-lbs – 5-lbs gained
I was ashamed of gaining weight, but have decided to use this as a teaching and learning experience for us.
I gained weight allowing myself to:
- Eat whatever at parties and social events with the “just this time” mentality and then struggling to get back on track
- Smoking marijuana regularly and then experiencing the munchies big time
- Not addressing my mindset and alignment as part of my weight loss routine.
What did I eat this week & fasting window
I ate party foods on Saturday and Sunday. Ate cleaner during the week.
It wasn’t hard to get back to eating clean. At this point, I don’t experience the sugar withdrawals like I used to.
Meal 1 | 1 1/2 cup of ground beef with 3 tbsp of butter, 8 cherry tomatoes, half an onion, and 2 cups of mixed super greens
Meal 2 | 1 1/2 cup of ground beef with 3 tbsp of butter
My intermittent fasting schedule | Fasting between 4 pm and 9 am which is actually 17 hours of fasting and 7 hours for eating.
Macros & calories | Ok so I thought I was going to be doing my macros over the last two weeks of July, but didn’t.
Did I workout this week
I worked out once. It was that time of the month and just one of those weeks.
July 2019 intermittent fasting for weight loss 1-month results
Total weight loss this month | 16-lbs lost, 5-lbs gained = 11-lbs lost
The overall scores for the month
Effort | 7
Started the month of July strong, but hit some rough spots during the second half of July. Gained weight.
Sticking to my prepared meals | 7
That party weekend.
Following my lifestyle plan | 7
Getting better with room for improvement.
Results & feelings | 8
Room for improvement, but I did start strong. I will love to do a full month of clean eating with no cheats. That’s my goal for August.
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I’ve been trying to do the 16/8 IF for about 2 months now but most days it looks like 14/10…LoL! How do you keep yourself from eating or snacking after 4pm? I thought if I started at 9pm and fasted mostly while I was asleep I’d be ok but if I stay up later I usually want to eat.
LoL Start where you can. When I first started it was challenging to not eat after 4 pm, but my body got used to it and now it’s simple. Herbal tea can help too. It’s a mindset thing as well.
Hi! I have enjoyed reading your updates and really look forward to seeing the next one. I can relate to you and your struggles with food. I have been doing Intermittent Fasting for about a month now and it has really saved me. I fast about 6 or 6:30pm to about noon or 12:30 the next day. 18/6. With such a small window for eating i try to make sure i pick the most nutritional foods while still staying true to myself. The fasting window has really helped with my binge eating. And i dont say that lightly. I seem to have an all or nothing attitude when it comes to sweets so i have stayed away from them. I do want to ask you, do you have a goal weight you want to be and if so, how did you pick a number? Those bmi charts really iirk me because im so short at 5’2″, they recomend 115-130 lbs is healthy. I am at 150 currently and their numbers just seem so far away, yet the chart lists me at overweight. Anyway, i hope you stick with your life style plans. Its hard but i know we can accomplish our goals. Sharing with each other really helps and i hope i can sign up for alerts to keep me up to date on your progress. Best of luck. -Sam
Hi, Sam! Many thanks for the great comment! I know all too well about that all-or-nothing trap when it comes to sweets. That’s one of my challenges too. If I get off plan and eat sweets, it’s a wrap. And yea, those BMI numbers can be weird. I’ve built a lot of muscle so tend to look smaller than I weigh. My goal weight is 145, but I look like I weigh that much when I was at 165. It is challenging but we sure can accomplish our goals. Best of luck to you as well! I’ve got a one-month progress post coming up soon. I took a break from posting updates weekly for my mental health, but will be back soon. I’ve been working out, eating healthy, and ready to share some insights. Thanks for reading!