Grad School: Have I gained the weight back?

Contents

  1. Grad School Life Begins
  2. No Longer Bound to the Scale
  3. What I did after the fast
    1. One Meal a Day (OMAD)
    2. Alternate Day Fasting (ADF)
    3. Health Goal for September
  4. Conclusion: No Stress

Grad School Life Begins

It’s been almost 2 months since I have completed a 38 Day Fast. At present, I am already one week into graduate school! It’s been amazing so far. My classes are thought provoking, and the students, as well as the professors, are very kind and joyful. I am surrounded by green trees, colorful flowers, and a community of people who want each other to succeed, not only in one’s chosen career, but in his or her spiritual life/relationship with God as well.

You may or may not be wondering if I have gained back all of that weight I lost with the 38 Day Fast, right? The short answer is, “No. I have not.” In fact, I am still, slowly but surely, losing inches around my body.

I have not weighed myself simply because I do not have a scale, which I am totally fine with. Prior to the fast, I would weigh myself EVERY DAY, and for me, it was discouraging to watch my weight fluctuate day to day.

No Longer Bound to the Scale!

However, my “bondage” to the scale was put to death unexpectedly around week 3 of my 38 Day Fast. I was reading a blog titled, “My Advice For Those With Weight Loss Goals During Lock Down” by Warren Patterson, a certified weight loss coach. He says:

“…it’s normally a good idea to only weigh yourself about once every 4 to 6 weeks. …bigger differences can be much more motivating, and knowing you have to wait can help provide accountability to stick to your weight loss plan. On the flip side, by weighing frequently (say every few days to weekly) you only allow for much smaller changes on the scale to be seen.”

warren patterson

This is something I’ve heard people say many times, but for some reason, being reminded of it during my extended fast through Warren’s blog, shifted the gears in my mind. After those gears shifted, it was almost as if a huge burden was lifted from my mind and body. I no longer felt enslaved to being, or achieving a certain weight within a particular time frame. I would always beat myself up if I didn’t lose, for example, 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Crazy…I know.

But now, I can honestly say to myself, “I’ll get there when I get there.” In the meantime, I am making changes to my lifestyle, and have been developing healthier habits that will be good for me in the long run. As Dr. Berg likes to say:

“It’s not lose weight to get healthy. It’s get healthy to lose weight.”

Dr. eric berg

Put in another way, I now know on a deeper level, that weight loss is a “symptom” of healthy long-term habits. . It’s nice to be more free in this regard!

What I Did After The Fast

One Meal A Day (OMAD)

I broke my fast July 3, 2020. Because of my hospital visit on Day 39, I didn’t really ease into eating again. However, I did not experience any negative side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting. I was able to transition into OMAD smoothly, but I did notice that my appetite wasn’t the same. I couldn’t finish full meals. I actually had to eat half of my meal, wait an hour or two, and then finish the other half.

One of the days, I just wanted a dessert for my meal, so I made myself some chaffles, low carb whipped cream, with berries on the side. It was delicious!

So Good

I followed OMAD and a clean ketogenic diet for the whole month of July. This helped me keep the weight off, and helped me shave off an additional 3 pounds by the end of the month. Not that much weight was lost, but my internal response to that was, “Yay. I lost three pounds!” Whereas before, I would beat myself up and fall into, what seemed to be, a minor depression.

Alternate Day Fasting (ADF)

For the month of August, I decided to commit to alternate day fasting. For me, this means that I do not eat Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays I allow myself to have 1-2 meals.

Following this pattern of eating, I lost one inch off of my waist by the end of the month of August! About 80% of my diet has been keto, but I have indulged a few times on sushi and had no regrets.

My ham and cheese dinner in a low carb wrap with salsa. Nothing fancy. I just microwaved it hehe

Health Goal for September

I haven’t been that great at getting enough sleep for my body. How do I know? Because I feel it during the day. Thankfully, eating a low carb diet in addition to intermittent fasting/alternate day fasting, has eliminated the groggy feeling I used to have when I was eating a carbohydrate filled diet. However, I still feel more tired during the day.

Not only that, but aside from aging us and weakening our immune systems, lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain.

Conclusion: No Stress

The long of the short of it is, I’ve learned that it is better to make lifestyle changes, and to not sweat the small stuff. It is not worth losing my peace over. As Charles Nobel said:

“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.”

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