Intermitten fasting self experiment day 1
I wake up to my Naruto alarm clock ringtone much earlier than I normally do. As I roll over to smash my phone to pieces I’m greeted by Betsy. Betsy is my life coach who doubles as my dog then triples as my best friend. Only a year old and she has 3 jobs, how awesome is that?!?! After 3 ignored licks in the face she ups the ante and paws my nose, the equivalent of being slapped by a dog. This is normal and she gets her way, I get up. The only difference between today and yesterday is I’m hungry. Like really hungry, bordering upset stomach pain hungry. So day 1 of intermittent fasting (IF) begins and were off to a great start. It’s 5:15 and I’m on my way to Crossfit Finish First for my first fasted workout. Sipping away at 10 grams of branch chain amino acid (BCAA) powder takes the edge off slightly. Slowly the hunger pangs subside a bit and I’m left feeling focused and excited. After a brief but intense kettlebell snatch session I’m on my way back home sipping another 10 grams of BCAA’s. First fasted workout completed, let the hormonal strength and fat burning benefits begin.
For once I didn’t feel jittery from a pre meal insulin spike of carbohydrates and I feel like given my fitness level and the time of morning it was I performed rather well (see today’s WOD for the info). I’m beginning a 30 day IF challenge for myself and for you guys as well. Hopefully by following a paleo + crossfit + Fight Fit + IF regime I can achieve sub 10% body fat without losing muscle. I’ll be regularly posting WOD’s, updates and the occasional pic of my sexy belly here so you guys can track my progress. If you’d like to read more about the fasting process Leangains is one of my main reading resources on this journey.
- 5:00 am wake up
- 5:15 10grams BCAA’s
- 5:30 – 6:15 Crossfit
- 6:30 10 grams BCAA’s with fish oil and multivitamin
- 7:00am 8 hour feeding “window” begins with large post workout meal. 1 sweet potato, 4 eggs, 4 cups spinach and 3 pieces of bacon.
I’ll cut feeding off around 3pm to close the 8 hour window and start my 16 hour fast and tomorrows adventures begin anew. I’ll probably sleep in a bit and hit the 8:30 class instead though!
If you’ve tried IF or are curious about the process comment away and enjoy the fun!
Tell us what you think.