Coffee Talk: Weekend Recap & My First Week of IF

Good morning! How was your weekend? Have you de-Christmassed your house yet?

We took down our live tree last weekend, and I spent Friday taking down the garland from the foyer staircase. I never did get my skinny tree in the kitchen put away… maybe this afternoon.

I’m definitely leaving the tree in the family room for a while, though. It’s so pretty, and the colors are all silver and gold, so it looks more wintry than Christmassy.

I still have the village in my foyer too. A few of you asked for pictures, so here it is. I have more pieces, but I just chose a few favorites for this console table this year.

(And there is no reason why I only put the white felt under one house — I was just too lazy to comb through my bins of holiday decor to find more.)

I spent most of yesterday on the computer. It was chilly and rainy and the perfect day for staying indoors. I’m not sure what happened to our snow this year, but it sure better not all come in March! #youknowitwill

Having one less post to prepare this week gave me the opportunity to delve into other blog-related projects that I haven’t had time to tackle. I’m working on updating old posts that are still relevant, creating new pins, re-pinning, and internal linking within my own posts to try to increase page views and get new eyes on my content.

That may sound like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to most of you, but it’s all part of the job!

I also need to plan out my editorial calendar for 2020. You guys have given me some great content ideas, and I want to make sure to implement them.

My most notable accomplishment yesterday, however, was not job-related. I’m happy to announce that I completed my 2019 Family Photo Album and got it ordered!!!!

I didn’t even get 2018 finished until just a few weeks ago, so to have 2019 complete and on order makes me SO happy!!!  Now I can start 2020 with a blank slate.

Before you ask, I use Apple Photos to store and organize all our family pictures, so I designed and ordered my photobook through their Mimeo app — which is basically the same company that always did Apple iPhoto albums. They’ve always been my favorite for good quality albums and a clean, uncomplicated design interface.

After a day of computer work, I was ready to get a change of scenery, so Paul and I decided to go out for happy hour at a local restaurant & bar we like to frequent. It was nice to get out, just the two of us, and talk uninterrupted.

Plus, I always love a good charcuterie board! Isn’t this gorgeous? I will say, the cheese selection was a little odd, but it was all delish.

I just threw on a casual outfit — a grey sweater and jeans (shocker!!!) And because it was rainy, I wore my Aquatalia sock booties (which are still 60% off and were restocked in a few sizes after selling out last month.)

OUTFIT DETAILS

In other news, I’ve been doing the intermittent fasting thing for a full week now. I dabbled in it before, but I didn’t really understand it, so I got the book Delay, Don’t Deny. I still need to read the last couple chapters, but I read enough to get the gist.

(Her Facebook Group is a great resource as well. That’s where I got my initial info and found out about the book.)

I realized I needed to shorten my eating window to have any hope of making my weight loss goal, so I’ve been doing 19:5 for the past week and pretty much eating one meal a day. (They call that OMAD.)

I know, it sounds like a ridiculous fad and totally not sustainable. And of course, it flies in the face of all conventional wisdom/(modern science?) about eating regularly and keeping your metabolism moving.

But I’m at the point where something has to give. My body is no longer playing by the rules, and I need something to jumpstart it into cooperating with me again.

And also? I really like wine and cheese. And meat. And the occasional dessert… just a taste is enough, but I don’t want to give up sugar again.

So, I’m giving this a try. Because the concept is, you can eat “whatever you want” during your eating window, and still get the weight loss results and health benefits of a keto diet.

I don’t know that I buy that, but I’m trying it. I mean, why not? It certainly seems to be working for a lot of people.

Now, hear me. I put “whatever you want” in quotes because you definitely cannot binge during that 5-hour window and lose any weight.

But if I’m careful to put nourishing food into my body during that time, I can also enjoy a bowl of potato chips while I’m making dinner, or some of that charcuterie board, or a few bites of dessert… or maybe all of the above, if my dinner is fairly low-carb and I watch my portions.

After a week, I’m down a couple pounds, but I realize at this point, it’s mostly due to calorie restriction. I haven’t been doing this long enough for my body to start breaking down fat cells for energy, but I’m hoping I can get there, and then it will be easier to maintain my happy weight.

Real Talk: I know some of you will tell me I look great, and I appreciate that. I actually hesitated to put all this out here because I know I’m a healthy weight, and I realize some of you are struggling with much bigger health issues and weight loss goals.

I’m actually fairly okay with how I look, but I’m currently at the tippy-tip-top of my regular weight range, and I’m headed into the season where I tend to put on a few pounds.

If I don’t get control of this now, I’ll have to move into the next clothing size, and I’m not interested in buying a new wardrobe. Ha! As if I don’t practically do that every season… #occupationalhazards

But seriously, this is it for me. I’ve been hovering around my “oh, hell no” weight for a few months — the months when I usually lose a few because I’m so busy — and I need to take action.

I thought about downplaying it and not sharing much about what I’m doing, but let’s face it, I’m an over-sharer, and this is a pretty big lifestyle change, so I decided to just put it all out here. If you think I’m crazy, please just keep that to yourself.

Although, it actually sounds like a lot of you practice IF, so I’ll be curious to hear your input.

Got advice? Struggles you want to share? Things you’ve learned? Let me know!

Is it sustainable?

As far as the sustainability of intermittent fasting goes, I’ve actually found it a lot easier than I expected. In fact, it’s kind of a relief.

Because I work from home, I don’t have social events around breakfast or lunch very often. In fact, I’m usually so busy during the day that I don’t want to take time to prepare something healthy to eat, so I fell back on snacking on junk.

With a 19:5 fasting/eating schedule, I just don’t eat for most of the day, and then I “break my fast” around 3PM. I try to eat something nourishing first (lately it’s been some leftover soup or dinner from a day or two before, or I’ll make some tuna salad) and then I might have a bite of something sweet as a reward for making it through my fast.

We eat dinner around 6PM, and I like to have a snack while I’m cooking — a bowl of popcorn or potato chips, or maybe some cheese. I try to close my feeding window by 7PM, or 8 at the latest. Some days my feeding window is 4 hours, sometimes it’s 6, but it’s usually around 5.

Also, I do put a wee bit of heavy cream in my coffee in the mornings… just enough to take the edge off the bitterness. . Yes, I know this is against the rules of a clean fast, but I’m talking a teaspoon at most, usually a little less. (I even measure it.) With two or three cups of coffee, that’s still less than 50 calories total — which some say is okay.

I realize that goes against the Delay, Don’t Deny philosophy, but I’m willing to risk it. Call me a rebel, if you must!

Any-who. I’m sure y’all will have questions, and feel free to ask, but really, if you’re truly interested, just buy this book. Or if you want quick answers, read this article. It seems fairly accurate and even addresses the opponents of IF at the end.

Only time will tell if IF works for me, or if I can stick with it long-term, but I’m gonna give it the old college try.

Well, that was definitely longer than I expected! Long-winded much?

I’m headed out to church in a bit. I have nursery duty, so it will be a casual #ootd.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!