D3 - Time for some accountability! (18:6 1pm - 9pm) from Mazmataz's log

Just found this website on r/intermittentfasting and what perfect timing to start holding myself accountable as day 3 into any diet experiment is usually where my motivation dips.

Basic stats

32yo female, been around 87-97kgs most of my adult life (and I've been overweight pretty much all of my life!).  

Currently 86kg and 5' 6".  The usual story of the yoyo dieter - tried loads of methods, usually fall off the wagon and the lowest I can get down to is my current weight.  I'm fairly fit for my size, do a bit of running, love snowboarding and horse riding, get out on some decent hikes most weekends...love walking.  I also love eating, and I firmly believe that it's my active lifestyle that has prevented me from ballooning further than my top weight.  I love sugar - I'm not huge on savories (chips, pies etc), but oh my I can't get enough of the sweet stuff.  

I find it tough to lose weight, but I also seem to pretty good at maintaining my current weight give or take 5kgs...or maybe my body decided a long time ago that this is the weight it quite liked, and I've spent the majority of the last ten years trying to convince it otherwise!


I first contemplated fasting as a serious option after I watched the Michael Mosely documentary.  I bought the 5:2 diet book and didn't get past the first week.

Last year one of my friends lost a load of weight for her wedding by sticking to the 5:2 diet, so I gave it some more thought.  I did some research and discovered another option - the 16:8 method.  However by this point in the year it was very close to Christmas (absolute heaven for us sugar addicts), so not quite the time to delve into such a lifestyle!  Immediately after New Year I went travelling for four months, and diets were the last thing on my mind. 

And then just last week, bored at work I clicked on an article hailing fasting as the new 'biohack' being used by San Francisco tech CEOs for improved productivity etc.  I began researching the 16:8 method again and it just felt like the best option for me.  I love a challenge and an achievable goal.  And holding off on food until 1pm every day was certainly achievable for me, I thought.  I just had to start.  Sometime.  Sometime soon. 

So it was my birthday on Sunday, and after having a pretty boozy day followed by a lovely Italian meal, followed by more wine...I found myself scrambling to get to work on time on Monday and alas, didn't have time for breakfast.  It was a busy morning and by the time that my lunch hour rolled around, I realised that I hadn't eaten in over 16 hours!  Well, it looked like The Powers That Be had kick started this new plan for me!

Day 1

I was so tired and slightly hungover for the day before that any side effects, negative or otherwise, would have gone unnoticed in a sea of generally feeling rubbish.  Although I did tote my calories up for the day and I stopped eating at 8pm on around 1200 calories.

Day 2

I definitely felt sharper this morning and much more clear headed.  I didn't think about food much, and broke my fast at 1pm with a pasta salad and a little vegan chocolate ball.  In the afternoon I did find that my mood dipped really low (like similar to a bad PMS mood swing).  After some research I think that this may have been down to the sudden peak and then dip of my blood sugars, considering I had a fairly carby lunch followed by some sugar.

I ended the day on around 1200 calories again.

Day 3

I found myself being much more preoccupied by food this morning and counting down until I could eat.  I felt fairly sharp but easily distracted (could be the extra coffee I'm drinking!).  Just had a fairly small lunch and I feel okay for now.  

Overall happy with things so far, and by far much easier to stick to than any other 'diet' I've been on. I'll continue to update here :)  

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By Mazmataz
Added Sep 12 '17


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