Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting Update

6 weeks ago I went way out of my comfort zone and tried out a program by Amanda Tress at FitParenting.  For those of you who don't know Amanda, head on over and check out this fabulous mama of 2 absolutely adorable littles!  I had reached a point where I was tired of trying one thing after another and really not feeling all that better and just feeling like I wasn't ever learning how to do best for the body I was given.  Amanda's program went on the premise of Yuri Elkaim's book The All-Day Fat-Burning Diet which follows a 5 day food cycling program.

This program for me was out of my comfort zone on many fronts....no distance running (ummm yeah this I thought would be the hardest part), more carbs (this actually was the hardest), and one 24 hour fast day.  However, I went in with a clear and open mind knowing I really had nothing to lose.  In honesty I did struggle with not running distances....more of a fear of missing out as I saw my Instagram feed fill up with you fabulous people out there training for marathons and races...but I also missed the release that I get from running.  I did however enjoy the extra time on my hands...although I would have thought my house would be cleaner seeing as how I cleaned it multiple times each weekend!

I also struggled mentally to consume the amount of carbs that Amanda had recommended for us...some days were 50% carbs and our feast day was 250 carbs....far more than I had had in years!  I discovered foods that I had ruled out of my life years ago like sweet potatoes and oatmeal thinking I couldn't eat that many carbs.  I also discovered that I can in fact fast for 24 hours and not die or pass out...it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and I actually was far more focused at work and in getting things done than when I ate regularly.

So I know what you really want to know....did it work?  Throughout the 6 weeks we didn't weigh in (eeeek!)...we didn't measure ourselves...we were to focus on non-scale victories instead like how clothes fit and our energy levels.  Getting dressed in the morning is a lot easier now that clothes are fitting much better...but yes I was excited to weigh in and do my measurements....so here's the results:
I lost 5lbs
I lost inches 
Bust-2" down
Hips-6" down!!!!
Waist-4" down
Thighs-1.5" down
Calves-1" down
Biceps-1/2" down

My reaction....I can't lie...I wanted to lose more lbs but I am THRILLED with the inches that I lost!!! I feel stronger and more energetic than I did 6 weeks ago!  I also feel in control of my eating....which was something that I really struggled with!  I can't wait to do round 2 in a few weeks with Amanda and see what I can do!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to change the way that they are eating and feeling!  Amanda is having another group go this month if you want to sign up!!! You won't be sorry!  I will post before and afters after the next round....I had someone yesterday ask me if I was pregnant so I am not feeling all that awesome to put it out there on here!  BTW NO I'm not pregnant!


  1. Nancy that is awesome. Feeling in control of your eating again feels wonderful doesn't it. Now I want to know more about intermittent fasting.

  2. That sounds so interesting. Oh my god that last picture cracked me up. Who does that?!

  3. That does sound tough, and the 24 hour fast sounds so scary! Great job on all those inches lost and that is awesome!