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Dear IF – FU.


I made it 16 days.  Sixteen days of hungry mornings.  Sixteen days of feeling constantly ravenous.  Sixteen days of totally ignoring my body and trying to power through what I thought could work for me if I just gave it more time.  Sixteen days of feeling shaky and hangry.

I followed the guidelines.  My fasting window was 6:30 p.m.-10:30 a.m.  I ate my normal meals and amount of calories, just in an 8-hour window.  I even tried fasting for just 14 hours instead of 16 and eating in a 10-hour window.  But I’m the type of person that wakes up hungry in the morning, so not eating breakfast until late in the morning was not fun.  My husband and I eat dinner together after I get home from work and skipping this isn’t something that I want to do, either.

I decided no more.

Today at 9:00 a.m.  I finally decided that enough was enough.  This fasting thing is just not working for me.  In concept, it sounds like a simple, sustainable plan and I’m really happy for those of you who have had success with this way of eating, but this chick needs her breakfast, lunch, and dinner at normal times.  I’m listening to my body and my body is telling me that it can’t do this for another day, let alone 14 more days.

But you know what?  It’s okay.  Sometimes you try an experiment and you don’t get good results.  That’s what the Lean & Strong challenge is all about – trying things out to see what works for me and what doesn’t.  I’m learning a lot about myself and I’m not quite ready yet to end the experiments.

I’ll take the next 14 days off to think about what I want to do next.  I’ll do some reading and some research.

Stay tuned!




9 thoughts on “Dear IF – FU.

  1. Although I didn’t have any shaky issues I am with you. I really like my normal times to eat. I love my overnight oats first thing when I sit down at my desk to work each morning. So impressed that you listened to your body and didn’t beat yourself up for not completing the challenge. Can’t wait to see what’s next.


    1. Thanks, Melissa! I really wanted to hang in there and give it more time, but I felt it was more important to listen to my body and realize that this wasn’t working for me. There are other things to try! 🙂


  2. I try to do it once a week. I’m not sure that really does anything, but it does give your digestive system a break. I mean, I do fast 24 hrs once a year for religious purposes, after all.

    So the first time I did it I was hangry & shaky. Most days, though, when I do do it, I find that I’m fine & I do eat a bit less naturally. I also never stuck to a rigid time schedule, I broke my fast when it felt right — some days earlier, some days later.

    Eating shouldn’t really be complicated, though, when you boil it down, and if it’s making you this unhappy, it’s just one way of eating. There are other ways out there. And then there’s YOUR way — that’s the most important one.

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  3. I have been doing IF. My reason is weight loss. At 55 losing weight isn’t easy. My window is 11am-7pm. I have not lost weight which I was really hopeful after reading so many success stories. The only bright spot so far is the mornings are much more relaxing.


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