I’m very excited to see some of the weight I quickly acquired in December gone. Now I’m back to my normal overweight weight! Haha! But at least now I have about 40 pounds to lose instead of 50.
Not drinking gives me the ability to focus on my health. I am able to prepare and eat healthy Whole Foods, including lots of greens. I’m able to harvest my own greens that I’m growing (collard greens) and cook them. I am able to have groceries in the house I need for the week of meals. All of this is easy stuff, but only when it’s a priority and you make time for it.
The best thing I’m able to do when I’m sober and focused on my health is intermittent fasting. I just love the way it makes me feel and the results I see from it. If you’re not familiar with it I highly suggest learning about it. I will break down the basics here of what I’m doing.
The idea is to limit your “eating window” to a shorter amount of time. I am currently fasting approximately 16 hours per day with a 8 hour eating window. I do have coffee in the morning with a tiny amount of almond milk (30 calories per cup and I only use about 1/8 cup) so that burns off very quickly. I prefer my eating window from about noon until about 8pm. I eat lunch and dinner and sometimes a healthy snack like Greek yogurt with almond slivers.
Lunch has been a large salad with protein and home made dressing or a green smoothie. If you missed my green smoothie recipe see my blog about it from the other day here: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/ilovemynewlife.wordpress.com/186
Dinner has been healthy but also kid friendly because my 13 year old is still picky and he needs his tacos and pot roast with mashed potatoes! I am just trying to keep it Whole Foods and very little processed/packaged foods for me and hubby.
The idea of intermittent fasting is that the body will rely on your fat and burn it when it’s in a fasted state. Working out while fasting is even better. I’ve been doing walks and yoga in the mornings. I tend to do the weights and biking later in the day while not fasting, but I think whatever you do, just staying in a fasted state for at least 16 hours will help. Some days I go to 20 hours fasting and eat only 4-8pm. Those days are days I feel fine and content and not starving to eat lunch so I take advantage of it and extend the fast. They don’t happen too often, but if you listen to your body you will know when it’s ok to do for you. I am trying to listen to my body for the first time in a long long time and it feels good to be able to do that. Sobriety brings a ton of bonuses.
Even though I don’t consider myself an alcoholic by any means, I let alcohol be my crutch, my excuse, my escape. It robbed me of my fitness, my beautiful body, my passions. But I’m getting back on track and I’m excited to live without the wine. It feels “oh so good!”