I don’t know about you, but when our lives were completely overturned earlier this year due to a virus that shall not be named (because eff that thang)… I felt so many unpleasant emotions.
Fear, uncertainty, sadness, anger, and loss of control, just to name a few.
It felt like we were living in the upside-down world (and to some degree it still does, right?)
Well, I’ve been on this insane weight loss journey for quite some time.
Yo-yo dieting up and down for what feels like forever.
Sometimes I could lose a little weight here and there but would always lose focus and gain it back (and then some.)
But when the pandemic hit, a lightbulb went off in my head.
If I couldn’t control what was going on outside, I would go inward.
I would buckle down and do whatever I could to come out of this thing, looking and feeling better than ever before!
So I went back to the one and only thing that ever gave me results I could count on – intermittent fasting.
But this time, I promised, would be different.
Not Just An Experiment – A Lifestyle Change
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I decided to treat intermittent fasting less like a 30-day experiment and more like a total lifestyle change.
This time, I was determined to get results and hold on to them for the long-haul, come hell, or high water.
And it worked!
Over the past few months, I’ve comfortably and importantly of all – consistently – lost about 7-8 pounds every single month – with NO sign of slowing down!
And I’m so excited to not only share my intermittent fasting progress photos with you but also start an honest discussion about how you might be able to achieve great results with fasting too!
Now that that’s out of the way, are you ready?
Intermittent Fasting Results + Progress Pics
So here are my progress pics to date.
Unfortunately, I was so unhappy with my appearance at my heaviest weight of nearly 200 pounds, that I have precious few full-body photos.
The only photos that show my full body near the starting point are from my wedding five years ago.
But I think it’s important to show the overall journey.
I want to show you that even if you’ve been struggling for a long time and keep losing and regaining as I did, all hope is not lost!
Never give up because your success might be right around the corner!
Most Recent Progress Pics
Now, the most recent intermittent fasting progress pics I have show about a 20-pound weight loss.
These are from June 2, 2020, to August 28, 2020.
So almost three months, 20 pounds down!
I’m SO bad at getting photos at the beginning of trying new things!
I was about 170 pounds here, and now I’m under 150.
But I wish I had some when I was closer to 180! That would have been a much more dramatic visual!
At any rate, I hope you can still see the intermittent fasting weight loss progress and that it inspires you to try it for yourself!
5 Things I Did To Lose 30 Pounds Fasting
Now that you see what’s possible if you never give up, I want to talk to you a little bit about some of the things I believe have helped me finally get off that merry-go-round of weight loss success, and failure.
Read on to find out!
1- Set Short-Term, Reasonable Goals
The first thing that I feel helped make me successful this time with losing weight intermittent fasting was setting short-term, reasonable goals.
I have to emphasize both of those points.
Both short-term AND reasonable.
I’ll be honest with you.
I’m 5’2, which isn’t very tall.
Looking at the BMI chart, if I want to be in the normal/healthy range, I’m shooting for 113 pounds.
When I started this leg of my intermittent fasting weight loss journey, I was nearly 180 pounds, so that means at that point, I needed to lose almost 70 pounds!
Do you know how intimidating and downright overwhelming it is to think of losing that much weight?
It’s like you’ll defeat yourself before you even get started.
So, I made it my first goal to lose just five pounds with fasting in one month.
I hit that in the first few weeks, then another five a little while later.
Then I wanted more so I kept going!
You might need to do the same if you want to succeed with an intermittent fasting diet plan.
Don’t think of your long-term overall weight loss goal.
That’ll just overwhelm you and make you feel like you’ll never get there!
Pick something that you can achieve in a few weeks or a month, stick to it, and see how much easier of a time you have with fasting and weight loss.
2- Prioritize Fasting Every Day
Next, I prioritized intermittent fasting by making sure I committed every single day.
How did I do that?
I made sure it was the first thing on my mind when I got my day started.
It’s so simple that it’s easy to overlook, but it really does help you to stay on track.
What you put first in your life and your day gets noticed, prioritized, and sticks with you!
Now, I did this all by myself by keeping a journal of my weight loss progress.
At first, it was slow-going.
And sometimes I’d forget to do it.
But it eventually became a habit, and pretty soon, I was internalizing the time I’d stop fasting and also thinking about what I might eat after my fast broke.
All of this being intentional about the process helped me a lot, I think.
Consider giving it a try for yourself!
3- If You Mess Up, Start Back Right Away
So this is a HUGE one.
I was just talking about this over on Twitter…
Back at my heaviest, I was down in the dumps about myself, my body, and my life.
Always on a failed diet plan.
So if I overate one day of my plan, I’d throw away the whole day, then the next, wait till the weekend, then promise to start again “on Monday.”
I stopped that cold in the tracks this time, and I think if you have problems with this, you’ll see so much improvement if you adopt this practice too.
The thing about both intermittent fasting and weight loss is that even the most successful people are NOT perfect.
I’m going to share a big secret with you here…
I’m losing 7-8 pounds a month now, and I’m surprised to have these results because I’m messing up about once a week on average. ????
I don’t always make my fasting window.
I do try to be mindful of what I’m eating and make better food choices, but sometimes I go bananas and fall off track.
Most likely that trend will continue forever, because life.
But the difference is if you slip up, you CANNOT throw away the whole day, week, or weekend!
You slip up and IMMEDIATELY get back on track and treat that slip-up like it never even happened.
Seriously, it’s like the magic trick to being imperfectly human and still reaching your goals.
I wish somebody drilled that into my head long ago.
I’d probably have been at goal long ago!
4- Make Gradual Changes As You Go Along
Another thing that you need to understand with intermittent fasting and weight loss is that you start at a certain level, but you must be willing to grow and change.
If you stay where you started, you’ll stagnate and won’t improve your result.
But the beauty of intermittent fasting is that it allows you to gradually see what tweaks and changes work for you and which don’t.
For me, in the past, I’d lose ten or even twelve pounds in a month fasting.
I think anybody can do that if they focus.
But inevitably, I’d gain it back because I wasn’t willing to make long-term changes to sustain it.
I now do incorporate more exercise into my lifestyle, but intermittent fasting gave me the initial push to slim down and want to exercise in the first place.
Do you see what I’m saying?
I used to eat a ton of candy and sugar and go out for fast food all the time.
I did lose weight intermittent fasting while eating that way, but in the past, I eventually stagnated and, of course, gained it all back.
So now, I’m happy to say I still enjoy all the same foods I’ve ever eaten.
It’s just that maybe the tradeoff you make is that you eat them less but get to enjoy a lighter, leaner, more beautiful body.
In my opinion, that’s a fair trade-off that I know I can live with for the rest of my days.
You might need to consider that approach eventually. But not at first!
In the very beginning of intermittent fasting, you actually should not try to change too much.
Just focus on the fasting hours.
5- Be Willing To Try New Things (aka Eat More Plants!)
Finally, I’m not trying to get too deep into this because again – it’s something that comes with time.
But I want to be fully transparent with what worked for me to burn fat and keep losing more and more weight…
Now I’m by no means vegan or even vegetarian.
My husband and I do still eat all the same things we ever did.
I just gradually started replacing more and more things with plant foods.
And the difference it makes is rather mind-blowing!
I’m sure it works so well because most plants (except avocados and nuts really) automatically have fewer calories.
So you have more room to snack or eat until totally full during your eating window and still not go too overboard!
I know some people combine intermittent fasting with keto (which is like the polar opposite lol), and that works well for them.
I think that’s great too! Whatever floats your boat!
I just chose another path and am sharing my journey with you so you’ll know exactly how I’ve come to where I am now.
Just in case you might consider it for yourself!
You Can Lose Weight Intermittent Fasting, Too!
So what do you think? Does anything I’ve said resonate with you or make any sense?
Looking back on how hard I struggled before with losing the same 10-15 pounds over and over and over for years, I can see that intermittent fasting plus these five things I’ve just shared with you have made all the difference.
If you’re new to fasting or even have tried it and are not getting the results you desire, I encourage you to try switching up your approach some.
You might be surprised at how great you do!
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