Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weekly Wrap: My Effort

It's true what they say about effort and success...


I started the day with the goal of fasting as long as I could, which I hoped would be at least a couple hours longer than my normal extended fasting window. So if I made it to 2 or 3pm, I'd call it a success.

It would all come down to effort.

First of all, I woke up hungry (which is unusual). It's like my body knew what was about to happen. Like waking up right before the alarm goes off or getting a headache when a storm is coming. Needless to say it was kind of annoying that my stomach was rumbling and I hadn't even had my first cup of coffee. Like a good carb-cycler, I ignored the feeling and went about my morning.

It was going to be another scorcher (heat warnings were predicting temperatures at 94 with feels like above 110), so after doing some chores around the apartment mrC and I took a walk. This is always a good distraction from thinking about food. We were hoping to beat the heat, but the heat had an early start.


The first part of the walk was not bad. We cut through the trees and took the shaded steps down to the beach. There are two storms brewing out in the China Sea and they're bringing pretty nasty air quality to Hong Kong, but that hasn't stopped people from braving a day at the beach.


Despite the feels like temperature of 104, we saw runners, walkers, bikers and even full tennis courts.  People around here are way more hard core than we are. There is no shade or breeze on those courts.


We did a a one mile loop and that was enough for us. The final stretch is all uphill and mostly unshaded. We hung around outside for a few minutes because living at the top of the hill has the perk of being what we call the windiest spot in DB. In other words, it's a great place to cool off, most of the time.


After the walk, I tried to distract myself with laundry and even put on one hour express teeth whitening strips, but by 12:30 I broke.

I was hungry and I knew I had left-over buffalo chicken quinoa. (Have you tried this recipe?)


I did not give 100% effort today.  I knew my 24 hour fast would not be successful and I'm ok with that. I adjusted to what would work for me, today. Carb cycling and intermittent fasting does not mean that I must do a 24 hour fast or I fail. That's why this program works for me. I can modify it to my needs and still be successful. Maybe I didn't complete my fast for as long as I originally planned. I still fasted. My body still experienced the benefits of an extended fast and that's what matters to me.
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Here's a look at the rest of my workouts from the week. I think my overall effort is excellent!

Monday - Laser hair removal day - took a walk

Tuesday - took a walk

Wednesday - strength training

Thursday - Bodypump

Friday - Bodystep

Saturday - strength training

Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!


How would you rate your effort this week?
Can you think of any other examples of when our bodies seem to know something?


15 comments:

  1. I always wake up hungry I could really not succeed at fasting. I am interested in the carb cycling though I might check that out. Thanks for linking up today to the Weekly Wrap

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    1. My body has gotten used to the shorter eating window, but obviously has a strong aversion to an all day fast ;)

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  2. As soon as I decide to watch what I eat, I feel starving, even if I haven't even changed my diet yet. Such a mind game!

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    1. Yes! Tell me I can't have it and that is all I want.

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  3. I just don't think I could fast. I can't even go for more than a couple of hours without eating! The only time I don't eat is when I run first thing in the morning.

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    1. Some days I feel like I want to eat every couple of hours!

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  4. I always wake up hungry so I don't know if a fast would work for me. You gave it a really, really good effort and you should totally be proud of that!

    The buffalo chicken quinoa looks really good too!

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    1. Thank you! I did try, but I could totally feel myself going weak for the leftovers, haha!

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  5. I've noticed I've dropped a couple misc. pounds recently, and I bet anything it's from the early morning walks on an empty stomach. If I was running, I'd grab a granola bar or something light, but since I'm "just walking," I don't really need anything for fuel. I don't do much fasting (other than the basic overnight sleeping thing), but I know it helps with burning fat ;-)

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    1. Low intensity sustained state cardio...that will do it!

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  6. For some reason, I find that I wake up starving in the mornings when I've had a heavy meal the night before. If I skip dinner or eat very light, I can make it until at least noon or 1 o'clock without eating anything aside from my one cup of coffee.

    I've been very curious of late about carb cycling ...I think it would do wonders for this hormone depleted menopausal body of mine! :)

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  7. Wow--that is HOT! I don't think I'd even attempt a run when it's that hot! That first pic of where you walked is very pretty!

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  8. I had great success with carb cycling last fall and feel so much better with those five pesky pounds finally gone!

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  9. Umm, why are you fasting? I don't think I can do that since I am always hungry in the morning. Oh, and that chicken quinoa recipe looks good! I love quinoa and eat it a few times a week at school.

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  10. I'm not sure how well I'd do with fasting since I'm usually hungry in the morning and once I go running it's all over - I'm starving!

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