A little over two years and I don’t look much different. I’d hoped to lose more weight in this amount of time, but, I haven’t. I am only down 35 pounds since 2015. So, I have not reached my goal. I need to lose another 70 pounds. I am morbidly obese. I can look okay in clothing. And it is getting better every day. Things are moving really really slow.
A Little Recap
In 2015, I began doing the ketogenic diet, after reading about ketosis. It worked like a charm, but, it is very hard to give up carbs. It was just another diet that was unsustainable for me.
Before that, I had tried the raw food diet. It was great at first, and, it made me feel really good. Was it sustainable? Absolutely not! There were some great recipes and lots of books and websites on the subject. There were people making some astounding transformations in their lives. I wonder how many of them were able to keep the weight off? I couldn’t even stay on the diet long enough for any transformation. It was just too hard.
I did a high protein diet while working out in the gym in 2014. That was working a little, but, I never really lost all that much weight. I felt better until I aggravated my back injuries and shoulders. I ended up having neck surgery in 2016 as a result of my time in the gym.
About 6 months ago I heard about intermittent fasting from a friend of mine. Fasting seems so much easier than following any sort of diet. I do try to eat sensibly, and mostly low carb. And I definitely try to stay away from sugar. Actually, I do pretty good at staying away from sugar.
By the time I started intermittent fasting, I had nearly regained all the weight I had lost in 2015. However, since I started intermittent fasting, I have re-lost most of that weight. However, the weight doesn’t fall off very fast. I am not gaining weight at all, but, not losing any either. I am sure that I need to eat better when my eating window opens. That would probably help tremendously. Sometimes, I really choose badly. For instance, last night, for my one meal of the day, I chose hot dogs and chips. If I was not going to be fasting for 20 hours afterward, this kind of food would probably cause me weight gain.
I do believe that intermittent fasting will be the thing that works for me. Fasting is easy to do. I have been more consistent with fasting regularly than I have been with anything I have done in the past. And even though I am not losing weight as fast as I would like, my blood glucose has been stellar! My insulin levels have been way down and my A1C much lower. That means my Type II diabetes is improving. I think it could even reverse at some point.
So, that is where I am at this point. I feel good about what I’m doing. I am slowly getting better at making good choices when I eat. I really believe in the process.