Wheels fell off my ‘fast’

Time for a "fast" update.cropped-Jeff-logo.jpg

You see I started a fast on Jan. 3 in hopes of living a healthier lifestyle and dropping some pounds at the same time. The plan was to eat within a six-hour window and then fast for 18 hours. For example, start eating at 10 a.m. and enjoy food until 4 p.m.

It started off really well. There were no late-night snacks and no cheating. I even started planning my upcoming meals. Watching a TV commercial for KFC one night, meant a trip to the chicken shop the next day.

After one week, I was a non-eating machine and I lost 10 pounds. I couldn’t believe how fast the weight dropped off.

By the second week, I was still a non-eating machine, but certain foods were drifting into my thoughts. Late-night food fantasies like potato chips and ice cream, chocolate chip cookies and Coke were becoming a larger part of my day-to-day thoughts.


Excuse #1: I attend breakfast meetings twice a week, so my six-hour window started at 7 a.m. In other words, I couldn’t eat after 1 p.m. That was a problem.

Excuse #2: I started a part-time job, which required shift work. Going into work from midnight to 7 a.m. without snacks just wasn’t happening.

Excuse #3: I was freakin’ hungry.

Excuse #4: During the month of January, I was diagnosed with gout – a form of arthritis, which resulted in extreme pain in my right big toe. The worst things for gout are alcohol and red meat. I chose to take a holistic approach to treating it. Along with lemon water every morning, and a few glasses of baking soda and water through the day; the holistic approach suggested that any kind of fasting was a bad idea.

Really? I’m not making this up. That was it, I was done and goodbye self-control. I’m back to my initial weight and ready for another weight-loss idea.

I’m still determined to lose 20 pounds. I just haven’t found the right plan of attack.

Oh, by the way, my gout seems to be under control and I’m more or less pain-free.

Go figure.





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