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Intermittent Fasting

Well it’s been about 4 years since I started WW. I lost 15lbs, and I’m now a Lifetime Member as long as I stay at my goal weight. I’ve been able to do that for the past 3 years, but boy is it an up and down battle. Keeping track of points daily, not eating what you want, weighing yourself constantly, and weighing in at WW every month. It’s become a major task, one that I can’t deal with anymore, and refuse to do the rest of my life!!!

Hence my reason for Intermittent fasting, IF.

Now I am no doctor. I’ve done some reading (a must read before you begin is “Fast. Feast. Repeat.” by Gin Stephens), a little bit of research, and I’m now living the lifestyle. Just here to share my experience.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.

First and foremost, it’s not a diet , and It doesn’t tell you which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them.

Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily fasting for 14-hours, 16-hours or 24 hours, at least twice per week.

Fasting has been a practice since “caveman” days, but not neccessarily by choice. Ancient hunter-gatherers didn’t have supermarkets, refrigerators or food available constantly. Many times they didn’t eat for days. Humans bodies were created to be able to function without food for extended periods of time.

In fact, fasting from time to time is more natural than eating 3–4 (or more) meals per day. Society has told us that we need to feel full all the time, not only in how many times a day we eat, but how much we eat. Our portions are enourmous!!

Many people choose to do IF to lose weight. But that’s only one of the many benefits of Intermittent Fasting. My goal is to maintain a certain weight, and reap some of the other benefits as well.

Here are some of the other benefits:

Insulin levels. Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning and the reason people lose weight.
Human growth hormone (HGH) levels. The blood levels of human growth hormone (HGH) may increase dramatically. Higher levels of this hormone facilitate fat burning and muscle gain, and have numerous other benefits.
Cellular repair. The body induces important cellular repair processes, such as removing waste material from cells.
Gene expression. There are beneficial changes in several genes and molecules related to longevity and protection against disease.

How it works

There are several IF plans to choose from. The most popular being 16:8, which means you fast for 16 hours, and eat for 8. Most plans have 12 hours of fasting while you sleep, if you choose your times right. I choose to stop eating at 7pm, so I don’t eat again until 11:00am. Typically I skip breakfast, and eat only lunch and dinner.

During the fast you don’t want to eat anything that would trigger your brain to release insulin. Your brain doesn’t count calories, and it doesn’t know whether something is “sugar free”. So keeping your fast “clean” allows no insulin release, an the opportunity for ketosis, or the “fat burning” process to begin. Water, black coffee and unflavored teas are permitted when fasting, and considered clean.

When the window opens up to eat, I begin with my coffee for the day. Now I can add a creamer, and I eat a light protein snack, usually eggs and toast. Again, this is not a diet, so there are no diet restrictions, and you no longer need to keep track of what you’re eating. You do want to be careful what you eat when opening your eat window. Your digestive system has accumulated alot of acid while not eating. So you want to be gentle to your tummy when you begin eating.

Results and Benefits

I had gained about 5lbs from my goal weight, so I began IF on April 1st, 2022. Gin Stephens recommends that you begin fasting consistently for 3 months. No checking the scale, no calorie counting! I began to lose weight after about 2 weeks, doing a 16:8 fast 3 days a week, and an OMAD (One meal a day) 2 days a week, and no fasting 2 days a week.

It’s been 3 months and I’ve been at my goal weight for 3 months. I adjusted my plan to 16:8, 4 days a week. I realized I didn’t need to fast all day, in fact even 18:6 is too long for me. My fasting plan all depends on what I have going on in my calendar that day. It’s good to switch up the plan so your body doesn’t get used to a routine.

I pretty much eat what I want, usually healthy, but sometimes NOT healthy. The point is I can eat what I want. My weight fluctuates +/-1-2lbs. I only step on the scale now occasionally. I stopped counting calories. I can actually feel when I lose and gain a pound or two.

Other benefits that I’ve experienced are; better skin, very little acid reflux at night, clothes are not fitting tight (you lose inches more than pounds), no brain fog, better immunity, better in touch with my body.

It’s totally working for me, and it’s my new way of eating. My Lifetime WW Membership is over!!

Here is the app that I use to keep track of my fasting.

Precautions!

Before beginning Intermittent Fasting, check with you doctor. Skipping meals and severely limiting calories can be dangerous for people with certain conditions:

  • Children and adolescents under age 18
  • Seniors and anyone who is underweight (with a BMI less than 20)
  • People with kidney disorders
  • Anyone with a history of eating disorders
  • People with diabetes or blood glucose problems
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women

Hydroponic Tower Garden

Now that I’ve lost 20lbs on Weight Watchers, I’ve been inspired to continue to stay healthy and at my goal weight.
So far it’s been 3 months, and I’m maintaining my weight with no problem.

I’ve always wanted to have a garden. I’ve dreamed of going outside in my backyard and picking my own vegetables farm to table, but I’m a bit of a Prima-Donna. I’m willing to do the work, but I don’t really like working with dirt, and bugs.

What is Hydroponic Farming

I was introduced to a Hydrponic Tower Garden a couple of months ago.
Hydroponic farming grows plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. The Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out. So it’s the perfect companion for me!

How does it work

You start by growing seeds in Rockwool. Once the seeds mature, you put them in the Tower Garden. Notice how I didn’t say “transplant” them. You literally “place” them in the Tower Garden. No dirt involved. The Tower Garden has a continuous water system built in, that runs on a timer. It uses 98% less water than a traditional garden.

I’m growing Basil, Peppermint, Peppers, Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and squash. The maintainence is pretty simple. You maintain the PH of the water, and make sure the 20 gallon water tank is full when it evaporates, and the proper nutrients are added. There’s lots of support. I belong to a great Facebook group, and I have someone local that supports me.

It’s been alot of fun taking care of my plants, and I’m learning so much about gardening.

Interested in learning more? Leave me a comment.

It Really is a Small World . . . An Amazing Story!

April 1978

Rustling…….Whispering……… I awake from a deep sleep and focus on 3 dark figures in the night, but I’m not alarmed because this scenario is becoming all too frequent.

Another night that the pulled out couch in my room is being used. Now a 13 year old girl needs her beauty sleep…what gives? I settle in and continue my ever so important sleep.When I awake in the morning, there lay 2 small girls sound asleep on the pull-out couch. I ignore them, as I tip toe about getting ready for school, trying to avoid the large couch that occupies more than half the floor space.

When I arrive home after school everything is arranged neatly back in it’s place in my room, like nothing ever happened.  Continue reading

October is National Make a Difference Month

Make a Difference Day is a special day of widespread charity and volunteer work, in which people from all over the country help others in any way they can. Created by USA Weekend Magazine in 1990, this day is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in October.

Participants are encouraged to help out in many different ways, but most especially by dedicating time to fixing-up, cleaning, and repairing poorer communities. The success of Make A Difference Day depends solely on participation. It doesn’t matter how you choose to help, all that matters is that you make the commitment to do something.

My church chooses a Saturday in October for our annual “Giveaway”. Each year everyone from our church cleans out their closets, garages, and homes and donates gently used items to the church. Televisions, clothing, books, kitchen items, holiday items, bikes, toys, tools, and much more are donated each year. We advertise our “Giveaway ” to the surrounding community. On Giveaway Saturday our church cooks a hearty breakfast for the community to enjoy before taking the items that they need. The line grows longer every year. All are welcome and everything is FREE! It’s a gratifying experience to spread kindness, walk in the spirit of giving, and make a difference in someone’s life.

If you don’t find a group or charity to volunteer with, Make a pledge this month to make a difference in someone’s life. Here are a list of suggestions:

1. Pay for someone’s meal (Maybe the car in back of you in the drive through)

2. Donate old books to a Senior Center

3. Donate crutches, wheel chairs, walkers to a Senior Center

4. Help an elderly person or a Mom with kids with their groceries

5. Make two lunches and give one away

6. Leave a small, anonymous gift for a person who needs it.

7. Help clean an elderly persons home

8. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to the Fire Department.

9. Stop by a nursing home, and visit a resident with no family nearby

10. Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier.

11. Distribute kindness bookmarks, or scripture that you have made to hospital patients.

12. Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person.

12. Buy books for a day care or school.

13. Slip a $20 bill to a person who you know is having financial difficulty.

14. Buy a gift card for a homeless person, or someone you know who’s struggling.

15. Donate old towels to an animal shelter.

A Grain of Sand

Photo credit by Dr. Gary Greenberg's

Photo credit by Dr. Gary Greenberg

I saw the most amazing photo this week of “grains of sand” magnified 100 to 300 times. I’m sure you saw it to somewhere amongst all the trending stuff on the internet. It was breathtaking, and immediately I thought of how amazing our God is to create such detail even in something as small as a grain of sand.

It got me thinking about all the things that didn’t happen by chance.  Here are a few:

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Breathing the miraculous blend of nitrogen and oxygen that makes it possible for us to live, evolutionists refuse to acknowledge that the precise 79 percent to 21 percent mixture of gases was not created by chance.

Photo by J. Wilson Bentley

Photo by J. Wilson Bentley

Snowflakes have six sides. It is claimed there are no two snowflakes alike, yet all are hexagonal in shape. Photographed by, J. Wilson Bentley, he found no two exactly alike.

Photo credit NASA.gov

Photo credit NASA.gov

The Earth is the perfect distance from the sun. Consider the temperature swings on earth, roughly -30 degrees to +120 degrees. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer and we would burn up. Even a fractional variance in the Earth’s position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible.

Sometimes I’ve felt like a grain of sand to God, so insignificant in this vast world, forgotten when things get tough, or life seems impossible to bear. Seeing this photo reminds me that we are all like a grain of sand, but beautifully created, each grain molded and shaped, individually unique, and special in His eyes.

Remember the next time things get tough, that you are important to God. Never underestimate His power. His attention to detail applies to your life.