Mazmataz's Fasting Logs

So I managed to complete OMAD yesterday - I was getting some pretty strong hunger pangs in the afternoon, but I imagine that the bottle of wine and lack of sleep from the day before wasn't helping!  It was tough - but when I could finally eat, it was awesome!

It made me really think about what I want from an eating plan.  As someone who loves food, to be able to enjoy whatever food you like and still lose weight?  That's the dream no?  And all it requires is to acquire the mental strength to avoid eating stuff during the day that you probably don't appreciate or enjoy all that much anyway.  Food tastes so good after a long fast!

So I'm giving it another go today.  Strangely I've had some hunger pangs this morning which I don't usually get - possibly all in my head?

Having said all of the above, I think that variety and enjoyment are the keys to sticking to something and so I don't plan on doing OMAD every day...maybe 3-4 days a week, with calorie counting 16/8 on the other days - and one 'feeding/free eating' day at the weekend.  

Day 5 - Friday PM

On Friday I did have my Fig and Cinnamon smoothie in an attempt to top my fibre up.  I went home and made a really nice jacket kumara/sweet potato with homemade salsa and sour cream - really filling and fairly low cal (just over 200 cals).  After my usual treat of wholemeal bread and PB I finished the day on 1300 and feeling very satisfied.

Day 6 - Saturday

I managed to keep my fasting window going until 2pm today - so 18 hours!  I was at my volunteering job this morning which, as a mentioned, is fairly labour intensive (more so than my 9-5 desk job anyway!), however this was actually better as I was so busy and preoccupied that I didn't have a chance to think about food.  This is definitely key for me - keeping busy. 

When I got home I had some Weet-Bix (for the fibre!) and milk, and some bread and PB.  I went into town for the afternoon and really had a craving for some ice cream.  Now my downfall with previous eating plans was being too restrictive and not giving into cravings, until I reached breaking point and gave into all of them at once!  Not this time - weekends are for having fun and I've decided if I want something at the weekend I'll have it.  So I did and it was glorious!

However, I was still pretty concerned about the now 6 day lack of bowel movement - I was starting to feel gassy, uncomfortable and bloated and my tummy was rock hard.  I bought some laxatives on the way home just in case I had to use them.  I also bought half a kilo of prunes just to see if mother nature could sort it out before I had to resort to medication.

Dinner was some really nice fish tacos, with handful of prunes as a dessert.  Later in the evening I had some more prunes and also indulged in some fruity cider - hey it's the weekend!

A few hours later, to my relief, the prunes had worked their magic...a little too well in fact but lets not get into the realm of TMI.  I ended up not counting my calories for today, but I guess that I probably ended up on the closer to 2000 mark...which is why I have my weekday contingency.

Day 7 - Sunday

I did stick to my normal fasting window today - had some wholewheat toast and PB at 1.30pm ish.  I had made arrangements for this evening to have dinner with some friends at their house, which I agreed to cook.  I went up to theirs mid afternoon and I will admit that I did let go a little.  After some afternoon chocolate cake and wine, I continued cooking our chicken and vegetable roast with gravy.  I didn't count calories at all today and have no idea what I ended up on, but I had a really nice day with friends and that's what it's all about.

Day 8 - Monday AM

So this morning it's time to get back on track.  I think I'm going to try OMAD/22:2 today just as a little detox (and an attempt to clawback some calories) from the weekend.  So nothing much report so far other than the physiological fear of not having lunch.  It's not really the hunger that I'm worried about, it's just not having a focal point midday that revolves around eating.  I take a lot of enjoyment from eating so maybe it's time to find something else do in my lunch break that I enjoy.

Anyway watch this space and I'll update tomorrow :)


Just as an aside, I haven't really mentioned anything about exercise or lack of the same.

Around 5 weeks ago I sustained a knee injury whilst snowboarding (meniscus tear), and I still have mobility problems and some pain on that knee.  I'm trying to get back into physical activities again but without causing a setback.  I've been snowboarding a few times since but can't really do more than 2-3 runs without it hurting.  I walk to and from work every day which takes about 20 minutes each way, and I've been doing some body weight strength training at home.

Once my knee has fully healed I want to get back into running and get some mountain hiking done.  I don't really want to be paying for gym memberships at the moment, so I'll continue to do to my at home strength training until I feel I need to step it up.  I also really enjoy yoga, but my knee isn't up to a lot of the positions at the moment - but I will get back into that again.  

I was so hungry after I left the office yesterday - even after my delicious lunch!  I did have some diet coke and chewing gum so not sure if that made things worse...

Had a slice of wholewheat bread and PB so stave off hunger before dinner.  And then I made a lovely salmon/courgette (zucchini!)/cous cous meal, and I had enough left over for today's lunch!

I finished the day on slightly more cals - 1500...but that is my TDEE-20% so I always look at 1500 as my 'upper limit' (my usual 1200 weekday goal is designed to leave some breathing space for the weekend).

I did have a glass of red wine last night to toast the arrival of my new housemates.  As a fairly seasoned drinker I didn't even think about how it would affect me today (I assumed that as someone who could previously indulge in a full bottle and be fine the next day that it wouldn't affect me at all!).  

Well, I'm not sure if it was the wine or the fact that I've never managed FIVE WHOLE DAYS of IF before, but I definitely felt weird this morning!  Very mild headache, cloudy head, slightly dizzy - strange considering that yesterday was my best eating day of the week so far.  As usual I was drinking coffee with a dash of milk, plus my 1L of water, so nothing new there.

And then, wham, at around 11am the cloud lifted and (very!) suddenly I felt great!

I've just had my lunch and now I'm thinking that I  might treat myself to a smoothie from the local juice cafe...one issue I've had is, ahem, lack of bowel movements this week so time to fibre up I think!

I was naughty and did step on the scale this morning (I promised myself I wouldn't until at least 10 days in - I hate the feeling of that number dictating my day, and I know very little can change other than water weight over the course of a few days), however I was pleased to see that the needle seemed to have shifted ever so slightly in the right direction.  We have analogue scales at home, so it makes it difficult to be 100% accurate...which is probably a good thing in preventing me from becoming obsessed with the 0.0111 numbers!

The side effects so far have been interesting and definitely manageable, and good sign that something is going on.  I'm very aware that weight loss comes down to calories in < calories out no matter how you package it, however I am genuinely interested in the other effects of IF...and I do also love the mini challenge of holding off on eating for 16+ hours.

It will be interesting to see how the weekend transpires.  I have an unusually quiet weekend planned so I shouldn't come across too many obstacles in terms of the usual food and alcohol, however I do some fairly labour intensive volunteering on a Saturday morning, and I'll probably head off snowboarding on Sunday...and the thought of being very active first thing in the morning with no food is quite daunting!  It's most likely all just in my head, but we'll see how we go!

Happy fasting :)


Made some pretty rubbish food choices yesterday as I couldn't get out to do a grocery shop - so ended up having white pasta for dinner followed by a PB (wholegrain!) sandwich.  Finished the day on just over 1200 cals and fairly satisfied given how little protein I had.

I woke up this morning really craving something sweet for breakfast.  As soon as I got into work and got some coffee down me I was fine.  Better than fine, I was on fire this morning.  Best mental clarity yet!! Due to workload I actually ended up extending my fast to 17.5 hours accidentally - woop!

So for lunch I had one of my favourite local meals, a little place in town that does vegan/veggie friendly middle eastern salads.  I've eaten here loads and I've always loved their salads.  However today it was next level!!  I found that I appreciated the taste and flavours so much more than usual, and I kept thinking how good it was after.  Definite benefit of this plan if I get to enjoy my food so much!  I also followed up with a mini vegan coffee square from the same place (only 200 cals, shhh!), and oh my good god it was also out of this world!

It's now 5pm and surprisingly I'm feeling a little hungry.  I never usually feel hungry at this time, even before the fasting - and I had a fairly substantial lunch today.  I've got salmon planned for dinner so hopefully some protein will sort me out.

Until tomorrow :) 

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 :)