I don’t consider my maintenance weight or goal weight to be “just around the corner”. I still have about 45 lb to lose. But, given that I have already lost 205 lb, it is getting much closer, and the path of my journey is starting to have an ending point that is within sight.
I am excited to get to that point and am really committed to work very hard to get where that path will bring me.
I have been obese since I was a young child. I can remember somewhere around the age of 6 to 8 years old I was attending Weight Watchers with my Mom. I have seen pictures of me when I was younger than that, and I was relatively thin when I was like 3 to 5 years old. But, other than seeing pictures, I have no recall of ever being thin. In my mind, I have always been obese.
So even thinking about being a “normal weight” is very strange for me. It is not something I ever remember being, and have no concept of what it will be like. I am sure that I will feel amazingly well, though. I already feel great at the weight that I am at now. I feel so healthy. I can only think that I will feel even better when (not if) I reach that goal weight.
I feel pretty strongly that at this point of my journey I need to start making plans of how I will maintain my weight loss. So many people lose significant weight and then regain it. I don’t intend to do that. To be honest, I am very happy continuing to fast and eating a low carb diet even when I am at my goal weight. It makes me feel great, so why not continue.
Fasting at Goal Weight?
Yes, I will still fast after I have reached my goal weight. I will not do it on the same type of schedule that I am doing now, of course. I feel that I will mostly do Intermittent fasting, probably 20 hours of fasting per day with a 4-hour eating window. If it is a special occasion, I might eat more than that, but not regularly. I expect that I will also do about 2 days of Extended Fasting per week.
I would also like to do a 5 to 10 day fast at least once per year. Dr. Fung says that if you do at least a full 5 day fast once per year the odds that you will ever get cancer are very low. I trust what Dr. Fung says because every single thing he has said so far has been a huge benefit in my life.
Low Carb Ketogenic Diet
I also plan to eat a Ketogenic diet for the rest of my life. That means very low carbs. I fear that if I go back to eating too many carbs I may become diabetic again, and I sure don’t want that. Diabetes ruined the best years of my life or at least made those years much more difficult.
I am used to eating low carb, I enjoy it, and I love the food that I can eat on this type of diet, so why not keep doing it?
I sure am looking forward to reaching my goal weight. It is a ways off, but I know I will be getting there! What else could I ask for?