📓 Daily Journal: Intermittent Fasting (16:8), ED Recovery and Weight Loss


#344

That sounds amazing, good luck!
This is how you are supposed to do it for the rest of your life so its a great idea to try it out.

Im missing a ‘no purging’ in your guidelines though, but Im thinking its just cuz its obvious :wink:


#345

Day 155

Weight: 53.1kg

Food Intake: (1478kcal in)

  • 112g NewHuel, ChocFS
  • 35g salmon skin
  • 100g pumpkin w nooch & 5g mustard
  • 1 JCo Coco Loco Donut
  • Movie Snacks—11 mini chips more cookies, 1.5 packets seaweed, 1 gummy bear, 100g carrots
  • 200g cabbage + 100g enoki + 1 tin Ayam tuna
  • 1 can Coke Zero

Activity: (2177kcal out)

  • 3h ultimate
  • 14,252 steps total

Other Observations:

  • The not-counting-calories starts tomorrow (I’d already planned today out) and ngl I’m kind of quite nervous about it… I don’t trust myself to not overeat. BUT it’s definitely a good time to do so rn because as expected, it’s not normal to just continue eating hours on end with my Friend here. Maybe mimicking his eating times/stopping when done will do me some good. Plus it’s normal to share a bit of food here and there, which I won’t be able to do if I religiously weighed every bit out. I suppose I also do need the practice with eating semi-intuitively.
  • I’m already giving it a bit of a go: ate some pesto pasta without tracking, and poured the nooch on with it weighing. Gives me a bit of anxiety but it’s all good.
  • I honestly have no idea if I’ll be able to do this whole no-tracking calories thing. I’m scared that I won’t be able to reach my goals if I don’t, because I really do not trust my body: I feel really huge and I feel fatter :frowning: I’ll take it a step at a time, I think I’ll count some and be a bit more relaxed? IDK AGH
  • Honestly fitting in all my food within 8h when around friends without seeming like an absolute pig is actually harder than I realised xD

@Penthesilea thanks!! that’s very true haha. Hm that’s definitely a goal, but for me the purging usually only happens if I eat a purge trigger (ice cream) or eat til I feel so stuffed and sick I HAVE to get it out. So focusing on the actions before would probably be more useful for me! :smiley:


#346

Day 156

Weight: 53.1kg still feeling really bloated and keep second guessing my calculations…but wtv I’ll just keep to this and it WILL go down. I still have 2 weeks.

Food Intake: (1596kcal in)

  • 112g NewHuel, MatchaFS
  • 1 Julie’s PB biscuit
  • 3T minced meat w Chye Sim
  • 100g pumpkin w nooch
  • Picnic—150g red bean fan bun, 100g carrots, 100g+ cottage cheese, 1 packet seaweed, 2 Ritz cheese crackers
  • 180g cabbage + 100g enoki + 1/2 tuna can + 2 egg whites

Activity: (2349kcal out) dont have to kill myself at the gym to burn! Was a fairly chill day

  • 1h dance
  • 16,940 steps total

Other Observations:

  • I’m eating a lot slower with my Friend around.
  • 4 days in a consistent 500kcal caloric deficit and staying at 53.1kg? Hoping for the whoosh effect hahha.
  • LOL turns out I can’t not count calories yet ahaha but knowing I have the option has already led me to a better place. I’ll be going out with my Friend tomorrow for lunch at an Unagi place I’ve been eagerly awaiting! Hope it goes well hehe.
  • Bread: So I said I wouldn’t eat bakery buns til 12 Sept and I didn’t (except that one fake time)… since it’s 13th, I promptly got a red bean bun with my Friend, pouncing on the opportunity since I have to eat normally around him. It’s actually done wonders for my eating habits to match it with someone normal. It was still a little hard to stop, but manageable! And also not as mind blowing when not emotionally tied ngl. But I’ve done it once, I can do it again! I have a few more buns in the freezer to eat in moderation. There is no good or bad food,

#347

Day 157

Weight: 53.1kg uhm. I’m starting to think I break physics…I have no idea what I’m doing wrong or what’s going on.

Food Intake: (1594kcal in, could be a bit more from Unagi)

  • 112g NewHuel, CacaoFS
  • Man Man Unagi Restaurant: shared 1.5 Unagi w some rice
  • Snacks—3 tastes ice cream, 2 Apollo sticks, 70g carrot sticks, 60g cottage cheese, 3 bites chendol ice cream, 1 McDonalds ice cream cone
  • 200g pumpkin + 100g mushroom + 1/2 tin tuna + 1 bite black carrot cake

Activity: (2701kcal out)

  • walking everywhere, 25,007 steps total
  • 30min HIIT

Other Observations:

  • After the gym week and 52.5kg, I had a 1000ish kcal surplus, bounced to 53.1, and despite having 500-700kcal deficits consistently for the next 6 days, it’s still stayed at 53.1…can anyone posit a guess at what may be happening? It’s getting quite frustrating! Shouldn’t the water weight from the binge have disappeared too? Also I have barely eaten outside food since, so it is very unlikely to be counting calories wrongly.
  • I’m really happy I was able to go out for lunch at a Michelin Unagi restaurant I’ve been eyeing for YEARS. Without feeling distressed. And eating some ice cream, without purging it (crossed my mind tho). Once again just shows me that when I put my mind to it after reflecting and realising what the issues were…I can change my life for the better. Insane binge cravings have also virtually vanished, and I know my Friend being here has definitely helped regulate my eating. Have (without much effort) resisted a lot of food though! Like Supper (just explained I was intermittent fasting) and all the yummy treats he was buying (although I usually tried a bite)
  • I’ll be p annoyed if I don’t lose at least a little bit tomorrow…I’ve had a 3203kcal deficit in the last 6 days yet it’s stayed at exactly the same weight :frowning: (yes that’s accounting for the mini binge surplus of 700kcal)

#348

53kg is a small weight! I forget how tall you are, if you ever said, but it could just be that with the calorie restriction and all the exercise, you’ve made yourself into such a lean machine that this is a stable weight. How did you arrive at the 50kg goal, anyway? Was it based on any kind of medical or sciency reason? Or just a nice round number? Is there any way you could measure your body fat percentage? I bet it’s low.


#349

Couldnt it just be a cycle thing? I know my weight fluctuates a lot during my cycle


#350

@fernly 153cm, so I’m really short! HAHA. Hm I suppose so, but according to the law of thermodynamics the calorie deficit has to go SOMEWHERE! :confused: Yeah 50 is a nice round number, but honestly I still have a lot of fat to lose (no joke, the kind that if I said I was trying to lose fat no one would think I shouldn’t).

@Penthesilea very random note but I always thought you were a guy HAHAAHHA ooooooops. I was thinking about that, but I’m not a week from my period which is usually where I start to feel really bloated; I’m supposedly 1 day after ovulation hmmmm. I’ll admit I don’t really understand the cycle much though.


#351

Hah, you may be a Breathetarian!:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
Seriously, once I put it in primitive Amurrican units, 5-foot tall 117 pounds sounds like a very reasonable body configuration. I strongly doubt that you have “a lot” of anything to lose.


#352

Day 158

Weight: 53.1kg this is gonna be the bane of my existence I swear

Food Intake: (1624kcal in)

  • 1/2 of (NewHuel, ChocFS)
  • coffee
  • 191g bread
  • 100g ea of (cabbage, pumpkin, mushroom)
  • 2 chips more mini cookies
  • 1 packet Apollo wafers
  • Makisan salad

Activity: (2475kcal out)

  • 40min Kickboxing Juggernaut
  • 2.2km cycle
  • 1.5h dance class & more prac
  • 13,254 steps total

Other Observations:

  • working so hard for no visible results (not just the scale, but visibly I feel equally or more squishy + bloated/bulging stomach) is so demotivating sigh I’m tempted to just screw it.
  • literally the last 7 days has been 53.1kg!! UGH. at a consistent deficit…if I’m maintaining at a 1000kcal deficit, I’m terrified I’ll gain at maintenance. .-.
  • Went clothes shopping (like a big one) for the first time, AND IT FELT SO AMAZING HOLY CRAP I basically fit into anything I tried off the racks that was free size?? Ok not all of them and it was a really good store for me but still!! I could decide “nah I don’t like that because it’s ugly” instead of because it didn’t fit me.
  • I’m trying to look at weekly weight averages of the last 7 weeks to not get discouraged.
  1. 29/7: 54.9kg (1 week)
  2. 5/8-25/8: 53.5kg (3 weeks)
  3. 26/8: 53.8kg
  4. 2/9: 52.9kg when I refocused my goals
  5. 9/9: 53.1kg

I suppose in the grand scheme of things I would’ve just gained 0.2kg from last week’s averages, which isn’t too bad albeit annoying since I’ve been working so hard. Hope it goes down soon, but it doesn’t mean I’ll binge or buffet just yet! LOL (am lowkey eyeing a Japanese buffet before I return to the UK heheh)


#353

It could be that your body is now used to this deficit, the metabolism slows down and puts itself in survival mode.
So a soft reset, having few days at maintance level (3-4) may help you in the long run. I have heard people doing this when they hit plateaus.
As for not having visible results, make sure you compare pictures from before and after. Your mind will play tricks with you. YOU will not be a good person to judge.

At least in my experience. Keep up with not tracking! and try to loosen a bit if you can


#354

I thought you’d stopped tracking? How have you been following your deficit?


#355

@Latestfuels that’s an idea! but I’m not sure what that’ll mean though: eating as much as I burn or? I’m not quite sure what my “maintenance calories” would be since I’m maintaining in a supposed deficit…

@GTIPuG AHAHA I didn’t end up not tracking, that was fake news oops. Couldn’t do it, too little control over food. Maybe a day or two in the future if I find myself obsessing over binging stemming from over-restriction, but I don’t think I’m going to stop tracking for now. Have allowed myself to eat outside food (albeit tracked and not often) though, so I don’t go insane and miss out on social events. I suppose the only reason could be if I’m not tracking outside food correctly? But that’d be odd because I’ve tracked food the same way for ages and this has never been a problem, plus it can’t be underestimating by hundreds of calories.

So if you see in my latest posts I’ve been pretty consistent food and exercise wise for the last 2 weeks, so I’m quite at a loss why it’s just stalled. I still feel the usual slight hunger at night which usually premeditates a slight loss the next day or so…except now it doesn’t.

@fernly LOL if this keeps up for another week I think I just might be :stuck_out_tongue: haha I don’t have massive amounts to lose but I’m trying to reach the “aesthetic” goal now…and I definitely have enough body fat to lose :stuck_out_tongue:


#356

Day 158

Weight: 53.1kg wadafark and like literally this 1/10th of a kg…wtf is going on? 8 days and counting.

Food Intake: (1668kcal in)

  • 1/2 ChocFS NewHuel
  • 100g ea (cabbage, mushroom, pumpkin) w 5g nooch
  • 1 Apollo + 3 chips more cookies
  • 221g Milo ice cream purged some sigh
  • 1 tin tuna
  • 1/4 peanut cookie
  • Dinner @ Lagoon—4 pieces popiah, 3 rojak, carrot cake, oyster omelette, a lot of sambal stingray, 2 pieces salted egg chicken aand purged a bit again couldn’t deal

Activity: (2257kcal out)

  • 2h 40min cycling (641kcal)
  • 8374 steps total

Other Observations:

  • I guess I’ll just be glad I’m maintaining my 8kg loss while being able to eat out and enjoy treats. I’m pretty is what people call a plateau, and all the advice from online says to keep at it because the weight WILL drop, so I’m going to do that to see if my body does that too, in the name of science. If the plateau stays for the next week, I’ll go to the Japanese buffet HAHAHA
  • I REALLY WANT THE WHOOSH PLS WHOOSH HAPPEN

#357

Could the “plateau” be due to the fact that you regularly eat foods that are not helpful for losing weight, such as cake, ice cream, cookies, bread etc. My understanding is that not all calories are created equal. 100kcal from ice cream is not the same as 100kcal from broccoli, for example. You could try reducing these foods down to every other day if you can’t quit them entirely.


#358

I just wanted to pop my head up and say I LOVE picking up on this thread from time to time and, as a writer, I’m SO impressed with your consistency - even at times where you are barely conscious when you were sick.

You go girl! And don’t give yourself too much of a hard time…


#359

Day 159

Weight: 52.9kg AWYISS. Lowkey disappointing but ehh I hope it sticks.

Food Intake: (1793kcal in)

  • 112g NewHuel, ToffeeFS
  • 200g cabbage, 100g enoki, 66g pumpkin
  • 50g salmon skin
  • 5g salted egg salmon skin
  • csbinge—cookies&shiz
  • 2 egg whites + 1 can tuna
  • taste ChocPB froyo
  • 3/4 strawberry quest bar

Activity: (2116kcal out)

  • 50min strength training leg day (85kcal burnt lmao)
  • 1h dance
  • 12,566 steps total

Other Observations:

  • I don’t think I’m losing much fat rn, but I must say that now, whenever I catch a glimpse of my reflection, I keep doing a double take because I actually quite like how I look! And dressing up is increasingly fun HAHA. I made a list of reasons I wanted to lose weight, when I was at 61ish kilos, and I’m starting to be able to tick many of those, so I suppose they’re #nonscalevictories :slight_smile:
  • stress ate today because really big friendship drama ;-;

#360

What did this consist of Chris? I’m guessing your Fitbit measured this for you?

Just curious as I picked up an Alta HR for a laugh a couple of weeks ago. On leg day I’ll generally aim for 5 sets of 8 x 100kg squats (heavy squats screw my knees pretty badly so I stick to reps) and my Fitbit said I burned 90 calories.

However, I was probably more out of breath and more sweaty after my five sets than I am after a 10K. Seemed to me like the Fitbit was a little off. Not saying I burned a huge number, but certainly more than a measly 90.


#361

Day 160

GUYS!!! EXCITING NEWS!

Weight: 52.2kg!!! It seems that this indeed was the whoosh effect in action!

Food Intake: (2996kcal in)

  • 112g Huel, PineappleFS
  • 60g rendang chicken
  • 117g kaya bun
  • 100g shrimp, 100g mushroom, 200g cabbage
  • 1 piece mooncake
  • 1 red bean bun & cs 1 pumpkin bun
  • MBS fancy dinner—3 glasses wine, scallops, 6 chicken thighs, oyster mushroom w bacon, frozen almond mousse

Activity: (2117kcal out)

  • 1h Aero Step (300+kcal)
  • 10mim inclined walk (50+kcal)
  • 13,783 steps total

Other Observations:

  • I’m actually SO PROUD that I stuck with my consistent plan through the very discouraging 9 day plateau. I’m hoping this weight lasts, but I now know that so long as I keep to my habits, the results WILL follow even when it seems it won’t.
  • IM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED OMG IM 0.2KG AWAY FROM THE GOAL IVE HAD SINCE MARCH!!! Sorry for all the caps lock but AHHHHHHHHHHH ITS SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE IT. Unfortunately, I have a big dinner tonight which I lowkey now wish I could skip out on, but I’ll just do my best to eat only what I’ll enjoy eating, stop when I’m satiated (diminishing utility after), count calories etc.
  • Its my last week at home so there’s going to be a lot of socialising. I mightn’t be able to Huel fully on some days but I’ll still try to 12-8.
  • lel so i promptly BLEW my deficit/loss by kinda binging/the big fancy dinner out. It cost frikin 50 quid, so I desperately tried to get my money’s worth which was kinda stupid but well. Would’ve much preferred to have blown both money and my calories on the Japanese buffet…
  • I need to learn how to deal with overeating without purging lmao it’s becoming worse(?) or more frequent especially since now I kinda know how to do it more easily ><
  • I think today, I kinda let loose a little on the food as a huge sigh of relief that weight loss still does and can happen…especially since I’d been hanging on fruitlessly for the last 9 days, not daring to loosen the reigns much if at all for fear that I’d exponentially gain! So oops wasn’t a great intake today, will be trying hard again for the next few days & gymming.

@Wendy_Shepherd Hmm can you elaborate what you mean by “100kcal of broccoli is not the same as 100kcal of cookies”? Sure it has different nutrients, and one is more satiating than the other, but according to calories in calories out (and the guy who lost weight eating purely Twinkies), 100kcal of either would mean the same for weight loss. I’ve also lost weight eating primarily ice cream for lunch in my more disordered past, so I don’t think that’s it. I wouldn’t know for sure though.

@Lighteater Awwwww thanks for this, your comment really made my day! “barely conscious” hahahahaha too real. I too am pretty surprised I’ve made it this long journaling everyday. What kind of writing do you do?

@GTIPuG ooh how’s your Fitbit experience been so far? Yeah, I suppose it ain’t great at counting strength training sessions, which I don’t understand since it’s supposed to measure heart rate and seems to do quite fine for cardio sessions. Uh it included squats, wide squats, leg press, leg curl and leg extensions :slight_smile:


#362

https://amp.nine.com.au/article/ca09b3e9-e230-4643-a674-33d04d983677

etc.


#363

Day 161

Weight: 52.5kg if I don’t fck up and binge this is NOT fat weight.

Food Intake: (1995kcal in)

  • Lunch @ Sushi Express—wakame, 6 small slices sashimi, 4 torched aburi salmon nigiri, 2 cheese :cheese: asago gunkan, 1 crayfish gunkan, 1 Hana maki, 2 pieces mackerel
  • 1 mini cookie
  • 112g Huel, ChocFS & PineappleFS
  • 2 bread samples
  • 1 turnip pancake :pancakes:
  • 150g carrots & 100g mushrooms
  • 1 tin Chili tuna
  • 3 eggwhites

Activity: (2215kcal out)

  • 1h Zumba
  • 3 exercises
  • 16,011 steps total

Other Observations:

  • So the purging did not go unpunished…I have a terrible sore throat and yeaaaaah it’s good non-positive feedback that purging is BAD. But ugh it sucks because I know I’d have gained a lot more if I didn’t… :frowning: I’ll try to manage my intake better and more accountably.
  • It’s a lil hard not just binging out on all the good food here and relaxing my rules when I’m leaving home in 6 days…Ah well I’ll just keep trying my best. I wish I could hit 52kg already.