Lateral Planet

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  1. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    It's Tuesday and I'm already so over this week. There's almost nothing to do at work, so yesterday I was seriously struggling to keep myself occupied in the last few hours before lunchtime. I managed to reach my goal of a 13-hour fast, but it was a near thing. This morning we had the biweekly office cheese party and I tucked in without even thinking, so that broke another relatively short fast. The smoked cheddar was so worth it though! On the plus side, I'm taking Friday off to get a cheeky long weekend! Over the weekend I had the thought, "Gee, the house could really do with a clean and a tidy," and I did absolutely nothing about it. So I put together a big huge to-do list of how I can dedicate Friday to home improvement. We're also getting a tradie in to do some repairs sometime this week, so maybe I can make a headstart then.
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    Thanks! It's kind of amazing how easily I forget that the key to weight loss is just having a bit less cake and ice cream
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    Week 1 recap: It's Monday morning and time for a post-mortem. I'm pretty stoked about it just because I was so lousy at tracking the last challenge I wasn't able to, but last week I was on top of it. 1) Intermittent fasting = 7/7 The goal this week was for at least 12 hours of fasting every day, and I managed at least 15 hours every day! Which is a very strong start as far as timing, but I was not very restrictive about what I ate in that time. 2) Do something every day = 5/7 I was lazy on Friday and Sunday, but on all other days I managed something, even if it was just a few squats. 3) Look after my hands = 7/7 I've been doing pretty well, and my skin was looking good until this morning. Maybe the new moisturiser I was using last night didn't agree with me, or maybe it's because the puppy slept with us last night. This week I'll try remembering to have antihistamines more often. 4) Spend no money = 5/7 This is really good; everything I bought was stuff I really needed. That said, I don't usually do a lot of frivolous spending, but March is when a lot of my big annual payments are due so my account suddenly shrinks. So it feels good not to add to that unnecessarily. Result = I lost nearly two kilos! That's about as much as I gained in the two weeks prior, so I'm really pleased about that. As I said, I wasn't very strict about what I ate (McDonald's on Thursday, ice cream last night and cookies throughout) but restricting the time zone for eating probably made a huge contribution. I'm excited to see if I can have another loss this week!
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    Doing OK this weekend. We took the puppy for a walk to the shops and back yesterday, but it was a bit of a power walk. At first we were trying to get there before it rained, and then the rain cleared up and we were trying to get home before we got sunburnt. Between that and all the hills, it was quite a workout! Had to spend some money today; went and got a haircut (finally) and some medicine so it was all needs and not wants. Also bought a super cute cake topper from Etsy, featuring a bride and groom and a dascshund. Our wedding venue does not allow pets but our puppy can be there in sprit!
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    It works just fine on my old Samsung I'm getting the idea that IF works best if you can stick to a regular schedule. 4pm to 11am seems like a huge gap, I'm not surprised you got hungry! I've been similar to your dad, waiting til about 1pm for lunch, but it's not very easy just starting out! I love musicals, and I'm gradually getting Fiancé into them too I don't know if they travel much, but you can find some snippets from the album on their website: https://www.thronesmusical.com
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    I had a feeling that would happen, which is another good reason I put in some hard and soft limits. I knew I'd get easily discouraged if I felt like I was failing a 16:8 goal all the time, so this kind of just eases me into it. I think another factor is that there's not a lot to do at work these days, which means there's less to keep me occupied and distract me from that hunger. Hopefully by the time we seriously run out of work (late April to early August is expected to be a dead zone for us this year) I'll be more settled in with IF.
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    The theatre threw off my groove! Since we had an early dinner last night I was hungrier in the morning so I gave in and had some snacks at 11am. Then tonight we had dinner after the show instead, which was quite late and also it was McDonald's so not exactly healthy. But it was all within my 12-hour hard limit for this week, and it shouldn't be too difficult to reset a more regular schedule. On the plus side, tonight's show was so worth it! It was a musical parody of Game of Thrones, highly recommended
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    Wednesday went pretty well. Managed a 7.5-hour eating window because we had an early dinner before seeing a show. I also managed to squeeze in a quick walk up a steep hill to keep the puppy satisfied. The no-spend goal is going well, mostly because I've remembered to pack lunch and a drink every day so far. Pretty sure most of my frivolous spending is at the work cafeteria when I was too lazy to get organised, so it feels good to avoid that for a whole week!
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    Thanks! So far so good It was a bit of a struggle after dinner last night, though; Fiancé brought out a big bowl of peanut M&Ms to snack on (my favourite!) and it took a lot of focus to not have any!
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    Thanks! Yep it was a pretty amazing cake and I had a lot of it! Thanks! I do get a bit hungry in the mornings, but I'm trying to retrain my brain to not expect food until lunchtime. I haven't tried IF on a day with a bizarre schedule yet, we'll see how that goes in April! If you do want to have a go, I recommend the iFasting app I'm using. It's basically a fancy stopwatch, but the best feature is you can set your own goals. So you can even say, "Today I want to go just one whole hour without eating," and it'll track that for you and congratulate you at the end
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    Lateral Planet is Steadfast

    The story so far: I'm six months out from my wedding so I'm trying to keep an eye on my weight, but the last challenge did not at all go to plan so I have some catching up to do! I started off my last challenge with great expectations, but two super crazy work weeks totally threw off my groove and I just didn't bounce back. This time around the super crazy work weeks are at the end of the challenge instead, so I plan to make a serious head start before then. If I'm really lucky, the last of those super crazy work weeks will be cancelled and I'll get to enjoy a regular 9 to 5 schedule for a few months. Either way I'll have some adapting to do. I've decided to have a go at intermittent fasting. I haven't managed to do a whole lot of exercise lately, but I certainly haven't stopped eating! But maybe I can reel it in a bit. I'm going to use zero week to gather some data about when I eat during the day. Usually dinner is at about 8 or 9 at night, so it might be a matter of just skipping breakfast and having a lateish lunch. I'll also take some time to plan out some exercise goals, but I won't reinvent the wheel or anything. I'll post a full list of challenge goals next week, but for now I'm just going to track without actually changing my eating habits, because it's my birthday this week and there's no way I'm missing out on cake!!