Changing Directions

Written by Amelia

After the past year, I am sure I am not alone in these feelings. At 14+ months of lockdown, not lockdown (and repeat), I have been left feeling exhausted, apathetic, devoid of purpose and rather numb. Not to mention heavier than a year ago which has left me feeling, well, heavy. Slow.

I have been lucky, my job managed to hold out through the rough bit and multiple colleagues have gone on maternity leave (hello COVID babies!) which means I am not going anywhere quickly. That said, I can’t help but feel like I missed an opportunity to start something new, but that is a post for another day.

After April/May felt like one particularly low funk (caused, no doubt, by a third lockdown in my area), the drive to gain some kind of control again has really held out.
Change is multifaceted, so to stop feeling “burdened” I have started a few new things to start feeling buoyed by life again.

One step is my weight. This goes beyond “loving and accepting myself” (which are important concepts). After a year of indulging myself in, well, self pity, I have literately been left feeling weighed down and I’ve come out with a really skewed perception of what is actually healthy for me.

So I seriously need a reset. I have a lovely little catalogue of family ailments that are creeping towards reality if I don’t take action now. The food I’ve been eating this past year have left me depleted. After a series of interesting pings in my life, I found myself directed towards Dr. Mosley’s Fast800. Slow and steady weight loss has never really worked for me. I hit the first few milestones and then drift off. This is me trying something different.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

I am making a few changes to his protocol to suite my needs more specifically, but these are my basics:
– it’s about portion control (which vapourized during COVID and which I have TRULY been lying to myself about)
– primarily plant-based 
– nutrient dense, using online tools to make sure I hit all my daily nutrient needs 
– honesty
– forgiveness (life will derail me, so I start again the next day)
– I am not limiting any specific foods groups other than dairy because I never really ate it anyway
– and Time Restricted Eating (9 am to 5 pm) because I will snack to late into the evening because I am BORED

I will be posting updates on my progress over the coming weeks. Strangely, the hardest thing so far really has been the time restriction. That bizarre urge to eat in the evening out of sheer boredom. I am not hungry because my food is so nutrient dense. I am working on various strategies to help stop this snacking, it will be interesting to see what works!


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