A tradition I’ve kept over the last few years is to fast at the start of the new year. It always seemed like a good time to perform a whole body reset, and it has always been beneficial to me in some way whether physically or spiritually.
In keeping with this tradition, I did a fast of solid food for a couple days. After several weeks of eating frozen dinners and endless holiday desserts, it felt great! It also scared away the two or three pounds that managed to sneak on as well.
The next week, I decided to just eat fruits and veggies. I ended up eating fruit, veggies, and using cheese as my cheat snack. For six days, this diet allowed me to change up my pattern of eating, cut foods that I relied on, and force me to be a little creative when it came to meals.
I not only found this more tough than fasting, but I also found a new appreciation for vegetarians and some pretty decent meat substitutes.
By now, you’re probably asking if I lost any more weight because of those changes. Well, no. Mainly because those changes were temporary. Right now, I’m trying to keep my metabolism on its toes. I hear it’s good to keep it guessing.
These changes have helped me refocus. Now that I’m back to my normal tug-of-war with the numbers on the scale, I’m continuing to make plans for change. I started lifting small weights at home with the goal of making that a habit several times a week.
I’ve also decided that I need a professional consultation to help me once again. Hopefully science will help me get to where I need to be so I can actually be sharing some encouraging milestones with you. More to come on that in the future.
I hope your weight loss goals are coming along better than mine, but I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring.