First of all, I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

Second, the schedule mostly certainly got wonky.
(I called that one right.)

Third, the practice of intermittent fasting continues.

Hey, I know it’s been a while…

Okay, fine. It’s been an age. Or at least it’s felt that way. So much life in the last 9 weeks.

I cannot believe it’s been 9 weeks since I’ve posted about my intermittent fasting journey. Sorry about that. Does it count that I’ve been writing in my head, making notes and planning on telling you guys all kinds of stuff?

I know it doesn’t. It’s like sending a reply text in your head – and then not actually sending the text. Talk to my closest friends. I’m so guilty – more often than I’d like to admit.

Let’s unpackage First, Second and Third from above and get back on the same page.

Need a refresher? Read about Week 6 here.

FIRST

I should not have promised a post highlighting yummy-goodness without first having the posts prepped on the blog. As it was, I had all these great ideas for recipe posts – because I do really eat well and I wanted to show you that intermittent fasting is not about starving the weight off – but great ideas take time. Well, at least the writing part does.

And I ran out of time – (enter sardonic chuckle here) – that’s the story of my life, it seems.

And then life and travel, but there I go rushing into the next explanation before I’ve finished the first.

Let me wrap up this section by saying, time is the Great Challenge of my life. Both my friend and my enemy – there’s never enough. If I’m guilty of being greedy of anything, it’s time.

In order to make some changes to how my time is being used – and ultimately shift to a happier, more fulfilled existence – there are evolutions in progress. It’s time to level up again. I hope you’ll stay tuned as the story unfolds into 2017. And no, I won’t leave you hanging for 9 weeks at a time.

SECOND

So, where was I?

Ah, yes: life and travel. In the last 9 weeks, I’ve been to 4 conferences; and for one of those, I was a Sponsor. I’ve been to Boston, Orlando, Atlanta and Ireland. I’ve traveled by plane, train, car, bus and foot.

I’ve had all kinds of delicacies placed before me, tempting-tasty morsels of yummy-goodness. Truly, more than I can write about (although, I’ll try in the coming weeks). It’s been a season of both food and drink aplenty. I have literally been stuffed to the gills many times over.

And, yes – I’ve stayed committed to my intermittent fasting journey. Now, the schedule has flexed with me, but that’s part of the point – I am in control of when I eat and when I don’t. I know my body, and I know it needs a rest from processing food – and I know I feel better when I give it that time.

So, the schedule has been all over the place. For 6 of the 9 weeks, I’ve stayed on a 4:3 schedule, and in many cases, the 3 fasting days were back to back. (Yep. That was its own learning experience.) For 2 of the 9, I flexed to a 5:2 and didn’t blink an eye. For one week, well, it was Thanksgiving week, and there was food EVERYWHERE at every turn. So, I adjusted to a 16:8 for the first three days of the week, and then kept moving.

Need a refresher on the schedules? Go back and scan Week 5.

THIRD

I’m just back from Ireland this week. Flew back to the States Tuesday night and jumped back into my schedule Wednesday. It’s been a really intense week and weekend at work, and even so, I managed to fast Thursday and Saturday.

Today is my first day of rest since returning. It’s a laundry and grocery kind of day; a sit on the couch under a blanket and catch up on blogging kind of day. And since I didn’t get to eat the cake at last night’s event (I provided live social media coverage at two events yesterday), I am eating cake for breakfast. No guilt.

And then, this week, as travel has come to an end for 2016, I will return to a steady 4:3 – and keep it moving. I still want to hit my birthday goal, and have every intention of doing so!

Week 15 – The Numbers

Weight start: 222.6
Weight end: 223.4

Measurements: N/A

Thursday: 157
Saturday: 258


About the numbers…

Weight Start to Weight End: Even though I haven’t posted in the last 9 weeks, I have had to deal with weight ups and downs. The first time it happened, when my weight was back up a bit, I was bummed. To the point where I really had to give myself a pep talk. Intermittent fasting is more than just weight loss, and on the weeks when I don’t see the loss reflected on my scale, I remember how much better my body feels when I give it a break.

Measurements: I laugh at myself for even keeping this category around still. But it matters. Because I can now zip up pants and jackets that I haven’t been able to in years. I didn’t have to buy new gear to take to Ireland, because I could get into things I already had in the closet. That being said, the really tight raincoat did get a little tighter…but I did drink way more beer than I’m accustomed to drinking. So I figure, you have to account for the balance of things. And since it didn’t rain, I switched over to my down jacket, which worked better (and zipped up easier) anyway. I’ll see if I can get a proper update in time for next week (no promises).

Calories: Ah, pretty proud about the calorie intake this week on my fasting days. It’s my first ever time fasting on a Saturday. I figured I could pull it off because I had two social media engagements that pretty much claimed my whole day (7:30am to 8:30pm) – and even though the evening engagement was a reception with plenty of food, I managed. #hi5 to me!

There are so many things that I’ve learned in the last 9 weeks, and I do intend to keep writing about this journey. I want to talk about food, headaches, sleeping, being committed, letting loose, balancing travel, listening to your body…and, of course, any questions you may have. So, if you have questions, hit me up on social media or send a note through the contact page; or if you don’t mind it being public, just leave a comment below.