Saturday, May 1, 2010

How it all began

I first heard about IF from my cousin who had heard of a book called Super fat to Super fit or something like that. This was the first time I had heard of anyone fasting for weight loss rather than the little "cleanses" that people do to try to get rid of a few pounds.

She said this guy was writing this book because he had lost over 100 LBS and kept it off for a year by eating whatever he wanted one day and fasting all day the next day. He was now super fit and was training for a triathlon. I now can't remember the guy's name or where I saw his site on the internet, but that is where I began my research. I loved the idea of eating whatever I wanted and still losing weight.

I had dieted for years and lost and gained back tons of weight in the process. So much so, that I had wore out my gaul bladder, created gaul stones and ended up on the emergency room 7 times in one month before they finally removed my gaul bladder.

I knew that depriving myself of the foods I loved didn't work. That it was too hard to incorporate all these diets that I tried into my lifestyle. I knew that I was never going to be able to avoid restaurant food for life or count every piece of food that went into my mouth. I had to find something that gave me more freedom and this sounded like it had freedom to offer.

I decided to try it for a week. Eat what I want one day and then fast all day the next day. The first day was a bit of a challenge, to say the least. Here I was, used to eating all day long every day and I was just going cold turkey and having absolutely no food at all for an entire day. I was curious to see if I could do it. It was really, really hard. The day dragged on and on and I felt a really negative vibe to the whole thing. I was painfully hungry. I counted the seconds until bedtime and dreamt of the morning when I could have what ever I felt like eating. At the end of the second day of fasting all day, I realized that it wasn't for me. I was not enjoying my fasting days and was just living for tomorrow. I decided to do some research into intermittent fasting and see if there was any other forms of it that didn't call for such long periods without food. 

That is where I found Paula. I saw her You Tube channel and started watching all of her videos about the Fast 5 way of Intermittent fasting. I downloaded Dr. Herrings book and decided to try again with the Fast 5 plan. I think that initial few days where I fasted all day were actually good preparation for me to follow Fast 5. I found it easy to skip breakfast and just wait for my window to open at 12 noon. I had kind of already gone through "detox or withdrawals" and was finding the transition to Fast 5 easy. In my first week following Fast 5 I lost 8 LBS!!! Wow, that is good motivation. 

Seeing results like that is really what got me hooked to this lifestyle. Watching Paula's videos and hearing about her success kept me in the game, and how I felt only fueled the fire. I felt AMAZING! And I was looking AMAZING too. From then on I was hooked. I found that the hunger pains greatly diminished once my body got used to needing less food. I looked forward to my fasting state, felt a surplus of energy and enjoyed each day much more than I had in a long, long time.

I kept doing research online and found out about all the health benefits associated with Intermittent Fasting, longer life, decreased risk of cancer, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, quicker recovery from illness, decreased inflammation in the lungs (good for people with asthma) etc. And I continued to refine my schedule to include full fast Sundays and a later window on Saturday in preparation for the Sunday fast etc...I lost a substantial amount of weight my first two months and started to realize that I could actually meet my weight loss goals and stay there!

Now, at 33Lbs down, it is just part of my life and I rarely have to think about it or work on it anymore. It just comes natural. I rarely think of eating in the evenings now and often am in bed at around 10pm and realize that eating never even crossed my mind. I really enjoy eating only in the middle of the day and having an empty stomach during sleep. It feels so much more natural I feel so much better. I feel excited, I feel motivated, I feel energetic, I feel alert, and I FEEL FREE!

Fast 5 has changed my life.


  1. "I looked forward to my fasting state, felt a surplus of energy and enjoyed each day much more than I had in a long, long time."

    "I feel excited, I feel motivated, I feel energetic, I feel alert, and I FEEL FREE!"

    "I really enjoy eating only in the middle of the day and having an empty stomach during sleep."

    All these statements above that you have written I have expressed over and over these last three years of sacrificing two meals a day. The energy level is what astounds me, followed by going about my days without food constantly at the forefront!

    I still remember the day that Paula learned about Fast 5. I think we had been sacrificing two meals a day for quite a few months together. Like you finding Paula, Paula found me and asked how I was able to release over 110 lbs. After sharing my story, together we would keep in touch on a daily basis and talk about our fasting, how we were doing, feeling etc. When she found out about Dr. Herring, we had laughed because like she stated "Ang, all along we thought we were the only one's doing this' lol.

    My intermittent Fasting, like you know, is usually every single day. Some days of course isn't, but the majority is.

    I'm right near the 'finish line' and I'm in awe.

    I saw someone at Walmart today and he stated he didn't even know that it was me...The last time he say me I was 70 lbs heavier....

    You look amazing. The transformation is just beautiful...what I love about this life style is not only the physical transformation but the inside..Not only have I got rid of a lot of weight baggage, but a lot of junk that I had carried around inside for most of my life.


  2. Thank you for your kind words (((hugs))). I am so proud of you and you have done far more for me than I for you. It gets hard the closer you get to goal and honestly, if it wasn't for you, I might have given up. Your posts and support kept me on track and reminded me about how far I had come. You look amazing!!! Girl, people aren't gonna be able to stand you the smaller you get, lol. You're one hot chica!! What's cool is how Angela inspired me and I inspired you and now you're inspiring others too!!! I think we are the poster girls for intermittent fasting.

  3. And ALL three of you are inspiring me! :)

  4. Thank you so much! Let's keep spreading the word, and help those who are trapped under the fat!

    Go TEAM!

  5. I follow all of your blogs and I love them! It keeps me motivated.
    I've been doing IF for about a month and a half now and have lost only 8 pounds. Sure, it's better than gaining weight (which is the road I've been on for many years)! I do enjoy IF and have seen a slight difference in the way I look.....but I want it to go FASTER!! I think that I'm not losing enough weight.
    I have a goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of year (wedding Dec 31st) - is there anything I can do to help the weight fall off quicker?
    I do think about an all day fast, but haven't yet been able to take the plunge! :)

  6. 8 Lbs in a month and a half is very good! You don't really want to go too fast because it is hard on your body and your organs to lose weight too fast. 2 Lbs a week is a very high average. It is recommended to lose 1 Lb per week. If you lost 2 Lbs per week you would easily exceed your goal. I think if you aimed for 1.5 Lbs average per week that would be realistic and healthy and you should hit your goal by December.

    That said, if you want to see better results you could try counting calories as well as following Fast 5. Find your daily calorie requirement here:

    Once you have that number, the higher number of the two is the one you want to use as it takes your activity level into account (this is the amount of calories your body needs each day to stay exactly the same) you then reduce that amount by 500 per day. That should put you in the right range to lose the maximum amount that is healthy for you.

    Unfortunately the body has its own ideas about how and when it releases the weight and we can't really make it happen any faster than it wants to. Plus, once your body gets used to the new routine, you may hit plateaus along the way. Throwing in an all day fast once per week could help to keep the plateaus at bay...

    Start by delaying your "break-fast" by a couple hours at a time until you feel comfortable skipping it all together. Just do one all day fast per week combined with the Fast 5 routine the rest of the week.

    Good LUCK! Keep us posted! Congratulations on your engagement!

  7. Thank you thank you thank you thank you! :)
    You're sooo right! It's a pretty good average and I WILL achieve my goal by the end of the year.
    Thank you for the reply! It's really made my day! You have no idea.
    I'm going to try the all day fast one day soon for sure!
    I LOVE IF!!!!!! :)

  8. Wow! You've done great! I am inspired and motivated by your success with fasting. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Could you possibly find out what the book was that your cousin mentions/ who wrote it?

  10. Hey Jenna. I am so thankful that I found your blog. I have 50 lbs to lose and have tried everything for the last 5 years to shed em and they have not budged. I started fast-5 about 2 weeks ago and feel it just might be the thing. I was excited to find your blog and see your awesome progress. You look amazing! Thanks for putting yourself out there. I look forward to seeing your progress.



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