Weigh-in Eve

Well, tomorrow is the one week mark. It’s been pretty easy so far, though today was my toughest day. I had a few days off from work last week heading into the Easter holiday, and today was the first day I had to work and fast at the same time. It was a bit challenging. My job isn’t physical, but I don’t like it and it makes very stressed/anxious. On a normal day, I feel pretty wiped out by the time six o’clock rolls around, and today was even worse than usual. It doesn’t help that I had trouble sleeping all night, thinking about my return to the office. Well, it’s 9:30 now and I’m pretty tired, so if I can fall asleep, I’ll have made it through week one.

I’ll have fasted Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Monday. On all of my fast days I had a 6 inch Subway sub and  piece of fruit, except for today. I had a Quarter Pounder w/cheese from McDonald’s. I know! Not my idea of an ideal fast food, but I was at work, and I had trouble getting away from my desk (McDs is right out the window of my office). It was only 500ish calories, so in terms of hitting the goal it still worked.

Easter Sunday was a feed day and I did eat a lot, so I hope that doesn’t screw my results too much. Typically Krista Varady expects to see 110% caloric needs intake on a feed day, but I’m sure I was way over that. I went out to breakfast with my folks and then to a big dinner with all kinds of dessert. 

Anyway, to bed!

Day One — Fast

After watching Eat, Fast, and Live Longer I have decided to try intermittent fasting. Today is my very first day.

There are several ways to go about this, including the 5:2 diet and alternate day fasting. For anyone unaware, in both diets you have “feed” days and “fast days.” On feed days you can eat whatever you want, while on fast days you limit yourself to 400-600 calories (depending on your gender/size). In alternate day fasting the pattern is simple: 1 feed day 1 fast day. In the 5:2 diet, you fast 2 days out of the week.

I’m going to try both? I’d like to do alternate day fasting, but it’s (obviously) not as flexible. With the 5:2 diet, as long as the two days are not consecutive you can move them around in the week to accommodate whatever is going on in your life. A little bit of math shows that with an alternating fast diet, your ratio, on a weekly basis, is going to be either 4:3 or 3:4 (because 7 is an odd number). So even a 4:3 week is one extra day.

I’m going to basically do an alternating day fast, occasionally modifying it so that, for example, I can attend Easter dinner next week without having to sit at a restaurant and eat nothing, and even worse than that, answer a battery of questions from my family about why I’m not eating anything. But I’ll never have a week that doesn’t have at least the 2 fast days required by the 5:2, and more often than not the 3 or 4 that come with alternate day.

I am a 33 year-old male. I have an electronic bathroom scale which is hopefully a little more accurate than a regular one. I stopped eating last night at 6:30 pm. I weighed myself this morning at 9:30 am. I weighed 186.6 lbs, which is actually a little better than I had anticipated. I thought for sure I’d be over 190.

I’m only 5’4″ so that is pretty damn fat anyway.

Even worse, my body is almost 40% fat. I don’t remember the exact figure–it was in the high 30s–because I immediately had to look away, like from a grisly crime scene. At any rate, that’s way, way, way too high.

I’m basically sedentary, so I’m also going to try and go on a short walk every day, 30 minutes to an hour. I’d also like to do a little bit of weight lifting once a week on a feed day, but I am terrified of the gym, and I don’t know how well this type of calorie restriction mixes with real exercise. I’m going to go through this week, and on the weekend, I might try going to the gym–but no promises.

here’s a link to the documentary on vimeo: http://vimeo.com/54089463