A deeply painful event a few months ago brought my life to a halt. All I wanted was to rewind my life by a day and change the events. That first month after, I was a wreck, all I could do was sleep, staying awake would run those events like in loop in my head. One day ran into another with no sense of time for me. As I dealt with one day at a time, one thing I remember is I COULD NOT EAT. A few bites and nausea would set in. Sometimes I would sleep through meal times. I lost 7.5 lbs in a month. This was June.
Is that a lot - YES IT IS.
You see I have tried different things over the last 7 years. I realized it was 7 years only when I accessed my blog today, as I read through the meager posts from 2010, it hit me that I have been trying for a very long time. I have gone from one system of eating to another. I have tried doing it on my own and I have tried doing it on different programs - not going to mention any here but nothing worked. So the fact that I lost 7.5 meant something, yes the mental stress I was going through might have contributed to it , but there was something also something else happening. As I got better and got back to my regular eating schedule, the weight came back on but it was still a few pounds lower. This was July.
Usually in the past, anything I would lose on a program would come right back with some extra.
Something in the back my head kept saying this time it was different. This is different. Around this time I started to read books to keep myself occupied. I am an avid reader and keep reading the blurbs of different books. I don't remember how I came across "The Obesity Code:Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss" by Jason Fung. This book challenges everything we are told about Type 2 diabetes and goes on to prove that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed. What does that have anything to do with weight loss - well it talks about how the real problem to be addressed is "Obesity" as this is leading cause for Type 2 diabetes. As someone with a borderline A1C and falling into the category of morbidly obese, this was me being talking about in the book. As I kept reading, the one word which stood out was fasting - Intermittent Fasting. Jason talks about how fasting is the solution to the Obesity Epidemic. The book talks about a lot of other things which are a topic for another day.
As read through about fasting, I connected this to what had happened in the last two months.
A quote I had read sometime back came to mind, that if you read 20 books on a topic, you will become an expert. Figured, reading a few will give me some insight into this Intermittent Fasting, so I bought myself a couple of books and got down to learning something new. As I read on, I realized that as for everything else, there were different ways one could do this.
So I decided to test this out, after all there was nothing for me to lose except weight :).
This blog will now be my space to write about my trials with Intermittent Fasting or IF and how it goes. Will post about my first trials in August in the next post.