This mornings weigh in proved another pound and a half in reduced overall body weight. I am growing very excited about this new plan and to celebrate I hit the treadmill for 30 minutes. I try not to track my efforts other than the total time spent walking. As long as I am making my best effort I see no need to track such things as calories burned or miles walked. I try to concentrate on my breathing and the feelings I get throughout my body as I am walking. It is a usual occurrence to start sweating after about 10 minutes and then I know that I am entering fat burning mode and this is where I want to be for a maximum of another 30 minutes. I know that anything past that I risk the chances of my body pulling energy from my muscles that I have also expended great energy to build.
Now that my workout is complete I can bask in the thought that over the next 6 hours my body will continue to utilize body fat as energy without food. This happens naturally until I eat my next meal and my body knows to pull from those food sources and turn off fat burning mode. This is why it is so important to me that the food I will be taking in is chock full of the most nutritionally dense foods I can eat. A good salad with a blend of colorful vegetables, a source of protein like a healthy meat or beans and of course a healthy carbohydrate like a sweet potato.
Once I eat that first meal at lunchtime the food window opens for me for the next 6 hours. I have the choice to eat anything I want to eat. Depending on my workout in the morning my body will seek out different foods it needs. With a cardio type workout today I may desire more water filled foods like fruits and find myself drinking more water. Tomorrow morning I will be doing resistance exercises and my body may demand more protein dense foods like meats, nuts or beans.
On either day I may feel the need for more carbohydrates for energy during my 6 hour eating window. There are probably more available food sources out there to fill this void than you can shake a stick at, so I must be careful to choose carefully from natural sources.
At 6:00 PM I will eat my last meal of the day and for the next 18 hours my body will slowly progress back into fat burning mode. The one benefit of choosing the hours for this fast is that it blends into an 8 hour period of sleep leaving only another 8 hours to go without eating while being awake. Being that I have less of a desire to eat breakfast this works out pretty well for me.
Today is Day #4 of this thing I call the “Window Fast” and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with the way it is going so far. The one thing that is frustrating is that my morning blood sugar tests are higher than normal. This I believe is the result of the release of cortisol while being is fat burning mode. As this fast will only last a total of 30 days which I believe is a long enough period to allow my body to reset itself to where it learns that burning fat is not starvation. After 30 days I can resume eating a healthy breakfast as long as I see positive results. Also by that time I should have established a good routine of working out each morning and slowly progress to a comfortable zone.
Blood Sugar- 129, Weight- 190.6
Treadmill- 30 minutes