I’m extremely shy and really don’t feel comfortable posting something so personal, but this has been such an inspiring community that I would like to be brave and share my (long! ) story despite the intense anxiety.
Some basic facts about me: I’m 42 years old and
5ft 6in (168cm). My highest weight was around 215lbs+ (97.5kg) but a few years ago I dicovered intermittent fasting and I was able to pretty easily lose about 65lbs (29.5kg) over the course of less than a year doing mostly OMAD and lots of aerobic exercise. That was the thinnest and fittest I had ever been in both my adult life and teenage years!
The weight very gradually started to increase over time for both happy reasons (socializing and making new friends) and sad reasons (bad dating experiences and relationship failures).
The global pandemic drastically increased my already intense anxiety and unhealthy eating habits (lots of sugar, sweets, chips, etc.). I ballooned up from about 175lbs (79kg) to almost 190lbs (86kg) over just a few short weeks which truly shocked me to my core.
I decided to turn a negative into a positive and use this period of isolation to focus on myself. I started watching Yasemin’s youtube channel and was able to slowly build up my fasts from 16:8 to OMAD and ADF. Then in June I found this group and started a 3 day fast which I extended to 5 then 7 then 10 then 14 days. I broke the fast after 14 days and 13 hours.
It was a mentally challenging experience. Hunger was only a brief issue. Boredom was the biggest issue by far. Religiously reading everyone’s posts helped me cope. I was able to push through despite all of the physical issues that cropped up (bad breath, keto rash, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, gastro-intestinal issues, cravings, etc.) by using all of the advice I picked up from copious reading.
After losing 12 lbs (5.5kg) during the 14 day fast, I went back to intermittent fasting for July and August and lost another 10lbs (4.5kg). I hit a plateau in September and completed a 3 day and 6 day fast to break through that and lose another 10lbs (4.5kg).
That’s all of the backstory that brings me to today at 155.5lbs (70.5kg). I will try to write up a normal introductory post after I post this one, lol.
Throughout it all, this forum has been a lovely little oasis full of kindness and acceptance and understanding and encouragement and wisdom! It has been a major part of my success and has kept me going through all of the ups and downs of this era of massive collective upheaval and loss. Thanks for reading!