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.
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
Can you think of any other examples of when our bodies seem to know something?