A fasting day on a stressful and busy day at work is a funny thing. In some respects it’s lot easier – the more time I spend thinking about my work, or stressing about deadlines, or muddling over what my manager’s email might have meant, the less time I spend thinking about the food I’m not eating. Equally, the busier I am, the quicker my morning goes which means I start the ‘eating’ portion of my day later. On the other hand, the things I’d normally turn to for stress relief or to break up a busy day (chocolate, coffee, anything from a vending machine) aren’t available to me on fasting days. But then again, I suppose that’s a good thing. So on the balance of things, fasting day + busy work day = positive.
I mentioned waiting until later in the day before I start eating- this is really, really important for me. Once I start eating, I think about eating a lot. I guess this goes for fasting and non-fasting days. And once I start thinking about eating, I eat more (duh). My fasting days so far have all looked pretty similar:
- 9 am – small coffee (latte)
- 1 pm(ish) – pull out my massive container of chopped veggies and start chomping
- 3 pm (ish) – finish chomping through massive container of veggies
- 3:10 pm – start thinking about eating. Tell self that I’ve just finished lunch, and don’t need food right now
- 3:20 pm – tell self that I should hold off until 4 pm to eat my cottage cheese
- 3:30 pm – decide that I CAN hold off until 4 pm to eat my cottage cheese
- 3:40 pm – ponder that if I hold off eating my cottage cheese util 4 pm, then I won’t eat my apple at work – I can save it for dessert!
- 4 pm – consider getting cottage cheese out of fridge
- 4:10 pm – decide to hold off on the cottage cheese until 4:30 pm. I’ve got to be at work until 6, after all.
- 4:30 pm – begin to eat cottage cheese, veeeeeery slowly
- 5:15 pm – finish cottage cheese (yes, really. I can make 100g of cottage cheese last 45 minutes)
- 6:30 pm – get home. Weigh and chop up veggies for dinner, so I know exactly how much food I can look forward to for dinner. Marvel over the amount.
- 7:00 pm – consider cooking dinner, after tummy rumbles. Have a cup of tea. Muse that if I can hold off on dinner I might not need the apple, and that would save me 50 calories!
- 7:15 pm – decide to cook at 7:30. After all, the later I cook the less time I have to try and resist food post-dinner
- 7:30 pm – cook dinner, eat straight away
- 7:45 pm – have second bowl of dinner (I told you there was a lot)
- 8 pm – decide I definitely don’t need the apple. Feel awesome about not eating the apple, and therefore being closer to 500 cal than 600 cal in my day.
So there you go. You can probably see from that run-down why it’s important that I hold off eating lunch as long as possible, because it’s definitely all down-hill after that point! And that’s ok, it’s not supposed to be easier, and it could definitely be a lot harder too.
It’s 4:17 pm currently, so you can see what my inner dialogue’s got planned for the rest of the evening- a lot of self-negotiation! I’m trying a new low-cal dinner tonight- if it works, I’ll put it up here. Actually, I’ll put up my stirfry recipe at some stage too. Hopefully someone will find it useful!