A couple days ago I posted a photo on Facebook. I was out walking my dog, Jackie.
Jackie is just a young puppy. We have had her for about 2 months. Just recently, my niece went and bought her a new collar, and I decided that was a perfect opportunity to start teaching her how to go for a walk. Our previous dog did not like to go for a walk, he was actually scared to go outside our gate! This bothered me, so I wanted to start Jackie young and get her comfortable with going for daily walks with me.
Anyway, when people saw the picture, many of my friends were commenting about how good I was looking and how much weight I had lost. It always feels good to get that kind of recognition the people that you care about.
Anyway, one of my friends asked me if I had already reached my goal weight. Truth is, I am at about 225 lb as I type this, and my goal is to get to 180 lb. I have an interim goal of getting below 210 lb by mid-December.
When my friend was asking about this, I started thinking about where I am now, and my plans for reaching my ultimate goal. I love fasting, and it makes me feel good, so I plan to always fast to some extent. I am sure I will decide just how much I will fast when I am down at my goal weight.
But, what about getting to my goal weight? Well, my normal fasting routine is that I fast starting on Saturday at 6 PM, and I fast for 6 straight days (water and black coffee only) until Friday at 6 PM. Then, I eat a meal or two over the next 24 hours and start fasting again on Saturday evening.
I am at the point that I am quite comfortable with this schedule, and I enjoy it. It is also rewarding to me. I feel that doing this schedule will get me to the weight that I want to reach.
At the rate of my weight loss following this schedule, I believe that I need to do about 10 more of these 6-day fasts to get to my goal. But, I also understand that as we get closer to our ideal weight, weight loss slows down, so that might require more than 10 more 6-day fasts.
On a 6 day fast, I can usually lose about 5 pounds or so. If I were to continue doing 6 days each week of fasting, that would put me at 180 lb around mid-December. If I were to factor in the slowing of the weight loss, maybe I would need to do 13 more 6-day fasts, which would mean that I would need to continue with my fasting regimen until the first Friday in January. I feel confident and comfortable with either of those schedules.
I also feel that weight loss is not a race, so if it takes longer than either schedule that I mentioned, I am also fine with that.
In this article, I have laid out my plans on how to get to my goal weight. Tomorrow, I am going to lay out my maintenance plans that I plan to shift to once I am at my goal weight. Check back in and see what I have up my sleeve!