Thursday, January 12, 2012

Allergy Update

So I figured out what was causing my rash...the birth control pill!! UGGGGG!

The naturopath had asked me several times to stop taking it. She really doesn't think the hormones are good for anyone long term but she has said that these kind of reactions are normal with the pill. I wouldn't listen though until the third time she asked and after hundreds of dollars on expensive pills and treatments with no results. Finally I stopped and days later I was all cleared up. Hasn't come back...

I don't know what is wrong with me, I should have listened earlier, but I have been taking it for so long, I just assumed that it was fine. The crazy thing is, the brand changed a while back, around the same time my rash started...should have put that one together but I guess I was just so used to taking it that I didn't put two and two together. My regular brand had been discontinued and so a replacement was prescribed.

But anyway, thankfully, my rash is finally gone for good and no more itching!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Back to normal

Well, the holiday season is over and I am back to my regular schedule. Fasting every day for 19 hours, Fasting once per week for 36-48 hours and Fasting once per month for 64-72 hours.

I have completed one of my longest fasts ever, doing a full 72 hours last week. I needed it to help me get back on track after the splurge of the holidays. I gained about 5 pounds over the holidays which isn't too bad considering that I essentially took a whole week off and ate generously during that time to say the least.

But the great part about intermittent fasting is that even when I splurge and eat too much, I never feel like I have failed and need to give up. I can always get back to normal and just pick up where I left off.

I feel like it was really good for me to eat so much during that week vacation. It reminded me how I felt when I ate like that...slow, tired and not happy, bloated and fat. I am more committed now to eating less during my window than I was before. I was eating too much, even before vacation and now I feel more able to control my portions. Even after my long 72 hour fast, I didn't over eat. I broke my fast with Indian food, something that any diet would not allow but with intermittent fasting is not an issue. I ate an enjoyable dinner of butter chicken, naan bread, and samosa. Afterwards I had a slice of apple torte that I had made from scratch which was delicious. But then I was done. I didn't snack or go overboard. I just enjoyed the rest of my evening and went to bed without another thought to food. That is an improvement for me.

This year, I want to take control of my eating window hours and limit my portions more. I have lost a great amount of weight, a few pounds shy of 50 pounds which is fantastic. I have never felt better. But my original goal was to lose 80. I have just over 30 more to go to get there. Eating less is the key. Intermittent fasting has helped me eat less enough to lose almost 50 pounds and keep it off for two years, now I need to take it to the next level and lower my intake enough to maintain losing 80 pounds...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Holiday Season!

Been really busy over the holiday season. Went on a trip to the Bahamas, which was absolutely stunning and so of my favourite trips for sure. We stayed at a Sandals resort and so of course there was tons of food and drinks...I went a bit off my regular schedule during that week and ate two meals per day.

Then we got home just in time for Christmas Eve which of course is also full of wonderful goodies and treats to eat and so continued my off schedule eating...Now it is New Years day and I am celebrating two years of intermittent fasting success. Even though I went a bit off schedule during my vacation and the holidays, I will have no trouble getting right back to normal schedule now that the holidays are over.

I have also found the cause of my mysterious rash! It was the birth control pill I was taking....the one I usually took was discontinued and so my doctor prescribed a new one. For some reason I didn't put the two together when everyone asked was there anything new I was using...but as soon as I stopped taking it, my rash went away and hasn't come back...! YEAAAAHHH! Fingers crossed that I have solved that one for good!

I am sure I have gained a bit of weight over the holiday season...I will do a weigh in next week to see for sure, but I know that once I go right back to my normal routine, anything that went on will easily fall off again.

Looking forward to another great year of intermittent fasting success and better health!

Happy New Year Everyone!
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