9.13.2017

FASTer Way To Fat Loss, 2.5 Week Update

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Two and a half weeks y'all. Technically three and a half if you count "prep week." But for two+ solid weeks I have been committed to the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program.

I explained why I started the program, here. And as promised, I wanted to update y'all throughout the process. There have been a lot of wins over the past two weeks and I'm really proud of the progress I've made thus far. Let's discuss some of these wins:

  • I've stuck with the program. I've tried so many trendy things in the past. They just haven't stuck. I'd start a program, then a few days later I'd stop. Why? Because they weren't programs I could adopt long-term. Programs like Whole30 were too difficult, lacked a focus on exercise and weren't something I could continue every day. Two weeks may not seem like a lot to some of y'all, but for me it's a HUGE win. 
  • I've attempted the workouts. I've only missed three workouts of the past 2.5 weeks. There have been some that have been easy, and others that I couldn't complete. But, I've attempted them. And that's a huge win considering I've worked out maybe a total of 5 times over the past few years. 
  • I'm lifting weights; something I've never done before. 
  • I'm feeling the results. They say you won't see results till about week 4 or 5. But I already feel them. My stomach is NOT bloated and pants that were tight before, are now loose. I also feel a lot more rested and positive. I haven't felt like I was in a slump, as tired, or in a mood. I hope to also see these results soon. 
  • I have made better choices. I walked past the pumpkin spice flavored products at the store. I ignored the pumpkin spice cookies, doughnuts and muffins at Trader Joe's. I haven't had a single latte or PSL thus far. I passed on the free doughnut at Church. I have drank far less alcohol. I've tried gluten free options, gluten/dairy substitutes and focused on hitting my macros each day (50% carbs, 30% fat, 20% protein). I'd say this is my BIGGEST win. I love food more than anything. I'm a huge foodie. Especially this time of year. So I'm proud of myself for learning to say NO and focusing on trying healthier options.

These are just some of the wins over the past two weeks. I also can say that I haven't given up wine. I haven't given up cheese. I haven't given up chocolate. The key is... moderation. Using these foods as rewards for completing my hard workout, and limiting them to certain days. That brings us into the challenging aspects thus far. Some of those include:

  • The shorter eating window. The FAST part of FASTer is all about intermittent fasting. Which I explained here. Basically you are trying to shorten your eating window to 8 hours total for the day, allowing your body to feed off the "fat" during the remaining 16 hours. The longer your body is in a fasted state, the more calories you'll burn. Hence the point of this program. 
  • Not a fan of gluten free. I am not gluten free, medically. Nor will I ever choose to go gluten free. If anything, trying the gluten free products has made me appreciate gluten that much more. And how special it is that I can have it and not get sick. Before, I was eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Carb overload. Now, I use gluten as a reward and eat it in moderation. While I've found some gluten free items or substitutes that I like, most I have found to not be my favorite. 
  • Not eating all the things. I love everything about fall. From the pumpkin spice lattes to the pumpkin muffins, most of my fall diet consists of everything pumpkin. This season, I'm focusing on finding the healthier versions of my favorite seasonal treats and in moderation. I still enjoy the wine. I still enjoy junk food. But only on certain days and limiting the quantity. 
  • The workouts. That's pretty self explanatory. Some of them are easy, while most are challenging for me. I haven't been in the gym in years, so it is taking awhile for my body to adjust. 
  • Finding the balance of things. While I do pretty well during the week, I have found the weekends to be tough. Especially now that football season is upon us. When you go to a bar to watch the game, it can be hard to find healthy options. Or when I've gone to a baseball game straight from work, it has been difficult to find something healthy for dinner. 
  • My body hates me at times. My body isn't used to working out this much, eating far less carbs, or all the... fiber. I've never had this much fiber in my diet, ever. But I hope my body will adjust after the first few weeks, haha. 
  • Eating enough. That may come as a surprise to some of y'all. My allotted calories per day is 1620. I haven't even come close to that. Because of the shorter eating window, I find myself not eating enough. And a lot of healthy food options are low-cal. Like lettuce, veggies, etc. So while I feel "full," I'm learning to create higher calorie meals. That way I'm giving back to my body, after working it to death, ha.

All of these are the wins and challenges I've faced so far the past 2.5 weeks. I'm excited to see how these change over the next 3.5 weeks of the program. 

Would y'all be interested in seeing a post about the meals I've been eating? As well as some of the products I've found that I really like? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 comments:

  1. This is great, Kristyn! Amazing that you are already feeling the results and have stuck with it. It's so much easier said than done. I'd love to see the meals you've been putting together, and totally appreciate the "everything in moderation" part. Can't wait to see you tonight!!

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    1. Thanks Monica! I'll definitely be putting together a food post soon. And share more updates as the weeks go on. Appreciate your support! Had so much fun catching up last night. Xo

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  2. Would love to see the meals you've had and products you've found & enjoyed! I'm interested in this program and seeing people have success with it (in all aspects of their life) is definitely starting to serve as motivation. Can't wait to see your next update!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I'll definitely be posting a food/meals post soon. And am thinking of chronicling my second half of the program (next three weeks) on Instagram. Will share an update on that next week. Hope you have a great day! Xo

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  3. Sounds like it is totally working for you!

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    1. Thanks Chris! So far, so good! Excited to see how the next three weeks go!

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  5. Love this post gal and hearing about your experience. I'm excited to follow your journey!

    xo Laura Leigh
    www.louellareese.com

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    1. Thank you!! Definitely cannot wait to share more. Appreciate your support and following along :) Xo

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