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My weekend started off with beautiful roses from my hubby. A note written on the back of some scratch paper was placed halfway underneath the vase, thanking me for taking care of our fur babies. What a wonderful way for my old man to show me his appreciation! I was surprised and touched by the thoughtful gesture since my sweetheart rarely buys me flowers for ordinary moments. Little does he know that his kindly deed turned the ordinary into the extraordinary, at least in my mind anyway. Every time I look at them, I smile big and get a happiness boost.

On Thursday afternoon, Andrew and I took a ride to Covington to visit our favorite comic book shop, Big Easy Comics. We were specifically going in to check our subscription box. While buying our comic books, we learned that the store is closing up shop in October of this year due to several circumstances. Needless to say, we are bummed about the news, especially since comic book stores are far and few between, and we happen to really love this one. I had been wanting to get a board game called Wingspan for Andrew which he had spotted in the store while I was checking out and called my attention to it. I figured we should purchase it because it might not be there when we go back in a couple of weeks.

And, I am so happy we bought it. Andrew and I started playing the game shortly after getting home, and we played again yesterday afternoon. It is a great deal of fun with lots of interesting facts about birds, their habitats, their diets, and so much more. I see lots of Wingspan in my future.

As many of you know, I am participating in a Fast Burn Challenge to improve my health. Fitness is a huge component of the program, and on a few of the days, walking a certain number of steps is the goal. On Friday, my fitness goal was to walk 14,000 steps. I accomplished it along with some additional steps.

I must admit, it is easier to reach this goal when I am at work because I walk around the school campus quite a bit. In order for me to complete the number of steps at home, I walk longer in the mornings (an hour plus a few minutes) and take a shorter walk (20-30 minutes) in the evenings after dinner. In the mornings, I listen to the podcast, Levar Burton Reads, as I walk around the neighborhood which makes the first walk extremely enjoyable. On Friday, I listened to “SPAM” by Savannah Michell. Today, I also have to reach 14,000 steps. This morning, I listened to “End Game” by Nancy Kress. I highly recommend both short stories and the podcast.

As I am writing this post, I have already walked 10,224 steps. Not too shabby, dear reader. I’m grateful that I’m physically capable of accomplishing my walking goals and that I really enjoy walking in general. It is one of many things that I have enjoyed doing this weekend and this month. May is quickly coming to an end, and it has been a whirlwind of a month. I’m ready for June and all the activities that I have planned with my family and friends. What are you looking forward to in June, dear reader? Happiness!

“Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.” ~ Germany Kent

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Happy Friday, dear reader! I am currently in Week #6 of the Fast Burn Challenge, and I’m flying by the seat of my pants. On Monday morning, I weighed in at 154 pounds. I lost pound last week with a total loss of 7.5 pounds since starting the Fast Burn Challenge on 19 April. My week has been a bit fractured and all over the place since officially starting my summer break. I’m already out of my routine which entails going to bed late and waking up later in the morning Thankfully, I have been on this program long enough to know what to eat and when to eat, so all has not been lost.

Week #6 begins the third and final part of the plan (Acceleration) with four weeks left to complete this challenge. While my week feels slightly willy-nilly, I am still hitting most of my goals for the week. I tried two new recipes that were both delicious. One saving grace for me is having the right kinds of foods in the house. If all else fails, I can throw together a salad or fix a veggie plate with a serving of brown rice.

Kudos to Me for…

  • meeting my daily water intake goal.
  • trying the Sumptuous Strawberry Shake. Yum-Yum!
  • trying the Gramma’s Old-Fashioned Scratch Pancakes. Delightful!
  • continuing to eat more veggies.
  • meeting my daily exercise goals.
  • choosing wisely when eating at a conference.

Challenges

Unfortunately, I did not plan or prep my meals this week. So far, Monday has been the only day that I followed the food plan for the entire day that is outlined in the book. On Tuesday, I attended a Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans. While I ate the catered lunch (salisbury steak, green beans, small lemon square; declined mashed potatoes and bread), I packed water and healthy snacks to consume throughout the day and ate a decent dinner.

My TRF for this week has not been consistent. I have either been on the IF schedule of 14:10 or 16:8. My body feels the inconsistency. For the remainder of this week, I will stick with 14:10. Fortunately, I am waiting two hours after waking up to eat breakfast and going to sleep at least two hours, if not more, after eating my last meal.

Earlier this morning, I felt a slight twinge of disappointment in myself because I had the expectation that this week would be perfect because I am out of school for the summer. Thank heavens, those feelings dissipated quickly, so I can get back on track and enjoy this beautiful day. My family and I do not have any set plans this weekend, so my hope is to reorganize, finish this week strong, and plan for next week. Happiness!

“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” ~ Voltaire

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Happy Friday, dear reader! I am currently in Week #5 of the Fast Burn Challenge and at the halfway point of the challenge. Even though there are guidelines to follow this week, it is less restrictive. On Monday morning, I weighed in at 155 pounds. I lost another .5 pounds with a total loss of 6.5 pounds. This week’s weigh-in followed another Mother’s Day celebration. My hubby, youngest son, and I took my mother-in-law out to lunch at Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant to celebrate Mrs. Billie, and YES, I made another wise choice. I thought this would be harder than last week since my favorite meal and the only one that I order at Murphy’s is Eggplant Sarah (fried eggplant medallions over angel hair pasta topped with crawfish cream sauce). Instead, I ordered Grilled Catfish with a baked Sweet Potato which was quite tasty. I only ate one piece of catfish and my entire sweet potato and saved the other piece of catfish for dinner with veggies on Sunday. Except for this meal, I followed all my guidelines outlined for that day. Planning and moderation working well together.

Grilled Catfish served with a Baked Sweet Potato

Kudos to Me for…

  • meeting my daily water intake goal.
  • meeting my TRF 12:12 goal.
  • trying the Blustery Banana Shake. Yummo!
  • trying the Knockout Brussels Sprouts. Delicious!
  • continuing to eat more veggies.
  • meeting my daily exercise goals.
  • planning my meals and snacks for the week.
  • choosing wisely when eating at a restaurant.

This week, Dr. Ian allowed you to choose your IF schedule, so I went back to the 12:12. It is my last week to report to school before breaking for the summer, and the 12:12 schedule allows me to eat breakfast before leaving for work which is more convenient for me. Since this week is less restrictive, I ordered a Michelle Roll for dinner on Monday evening. It consists of snow crab, crabstick, boiled shrimp, avocado, asparagus, and cucumber wrapped in soybean paper with NO rice. I had a serving of the Knockout Brussels Sprouts left over from Sunday night’s dinner, so I ate that as well.

Michelle Roll

It’s a good thing that I am in this less restrictive week because I ate out again on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my friend and co-worker’s retirement with my team. We went to a Mexican restaurant where I consumed a few chips with salsa, a scoop of guacamole, and a shrimp quesadilla. The only stumbling block is I ate the entire quesadilla. I should have eaten half and taken the other half home because I felt a little uncomfortable. Thankfully, we ate earlier in the evening, and I walked when I got home, so by the time I retired for the night, I felt much better. However, I did have a little tummy trouble the next morning. I suspect the salsa may have been the culprit.

Challenges

My only challenge this week is managing my stress. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed at work trying to wrap up my duties before summer break, and feeling a bit overwhelmed at home dealing with my geriatric dog Sophie. She is not sleeping well at night which is causing me to not sleep well. When I’m tired, stressed or feeling overwhelmed, I want to eat all the wrong foods. I have been VERY good and have not caved, but it has not been easy. I keep reminding myself that this is temporary and will pass. I keep reminding myself NOT to undo my progress. I keep reminding myself that the bad food choices will only make me feel better for a moment, and then immediately afterwards, make me feel worse. Therefore, I feel my feelings until the overwhelming moment passes. I’ve also had to take quite a few deep breaths and drink more water.

All in all, dear reader, I am proud of how far I have come on this Fast Burn journey. I am making progress, eating better, and exercising more. I really think being a part of the Facebook Fast Burn community has helped me stay on track. The people in the group, along with Dr. Ian, provide so much valuable information, support, and inspiration. My summer break officially starts this afternoon, so I am looking forward to stepping it up a notch in the exercise department and finishing this challenge on a high note. Happiness!

“At the end of the day, the rule of moderation is still the cord that can tether us to a food life that is well lived and positive, a vital part of who we are.” ~ Ian K. Smith, M.D., Mind Over Weight

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Happy Friday, dear reader! I am currently in Week #4 of the Fast Burn Challenge, and Dr. Ian’s words rang true for me at the start of this week. On Monday morning, I weighed in at 155.5 pounds. I lost another 2.5 pounds with a total loss of 6 pounds since I started the Fast Burn Challenge on 19 April. I am both proud and delighted with my progress, especially since this week’s weigh-in followed Mother’s Day weekend. My hubby and I took my parents out to lunch at Perrin’s Restaurant to celebrate my momma, and I am happy to report that I chose my meal wisely and absolutely enjoyed it. I ordered a Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries. I ate half for lunch and the other half for dinner. Except for this meal, I followed all my guidelines outlined for that day. Planning ahead is the key!

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries

Kudos to Me for…

  • meeting my daily water intake goal.
  • meeting my TRF 14:10 goal.
  • continuing to eat more veggies.
  • meeting my daily exercise goals.
  • prepping most of my meals and snacks for the week.
  • choosing wisely when eating at a restaurant.

One of my favorite meals to eat is a veggie plate with a cup of brown rice. This veggie plate had sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts that I air fried. I sautéed the mushrooms and spinach in olive oil with minced garlic. For the brown rice, I buy a package of Minute Brown Rice that contains two microwaveable cups. Since I do not really enjoy cooking, this is one of the easiest, quickest, and tastiest meals to prepare.

Challenges

So far, I have NOT encountered any challenges this week. On Sunday, I created my weekly schedule which included attending the 8th Grade Graduation at my school on Wednesday night. Next, I scheduled all of my exercise for the week. Then, I planned all of my meals. Afterwards, I made my Burner Smoothies. I already had prepared food in the freezer from last week thanks to my sweet hubby, who also grilled me some carrots and broccoli. It is also terrific that three of the seven days called for plant-based meals. I happen to love salads, so prepping for this week was pretty easy. Again, planning is the key!

My Fast Burn journey continues to not only be exciting, but also enlightening. I am learning new ways to challenge myself physically through exercise. I am learning new ways to properly fuel my body. I am ultimately learning how to transition into a healthier way of living. Furthermore, I am not missing the sugar, processed foods, or that pregnant whale feeling that comes from overeating. Better choices make for a better me. Happiness!

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha

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Happy Friday, dear reader! I am currently in Week #3 of the Fast Burn Challenge, and I am continuing to do well with my diet and fitness goals. On Monday morning, I weighed in at 158 pounds. Although I did not lose any additional weight in Week 2, I did maintain my weight loss from Week 1. I would be remiss if I did not mention that I was a little bit disappointed.

Thankfully on Tuesday, Dr. Ian posted a live video session on the Fast Burn Challenge Facebook page addressing the rate of weight loss. This is what he had to say, “Good weight loss is considered to be anywhere from 1 to 1.5 pounds a week, on average. What does that mean? That means that you may lose 3 pounds one week, 0 pounds the next week, 1 pound the following week, 2 pounds the next week. Your numbers are going to vary from week to week. Most people do not lose consistently for all kinds of reasons. But, we’re taking the average. The average of what you should go for is 1 to 1.5 pounds per week. So, if you look at a four-week average of your weight loss, and it says you lost between 4 and 6 pounds in a month, that is considered to be very good weight loss.” Once I heard that information, I felt much better.

Kudos to Me for…

  • meeting my daily water intake goal.
  • trying the Honey Glazed Chicken. Delish!
  • continuing to eat more veggies.
  • meeting my daily exercise goals.
  • eating mindfully at my crawfish boil.
  • making wise breakfast/lunch choices during Teacher Appreciation Week.

This past Saturday, my hubby boiled crawfish with all the fixins. I had one tray of crawfish with a potato, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and a piece of sausage. I drank a cup of water before eating and throughout the meal. While I enjoyed my mudbugs immensely, they were salty and had a lingering effect of sodium overload on my body. Mercifully, it was temporary.

Challenges

  • Making poor eating decisions due to poor planning and emotions.
  • Making the time to plan meals for the upcoming week.
  • Changing my TRF to 14:10.

Well, this week I made a poor decision concerning dinner on Monday night. I had prepared salmon for dinner, but did not have time to eat it before my evening activity. When my activity was over, I ate a quick snack (string cheese and 10 pretzels) before riding my bike. I felt it was too late to eat my salmon and veggies, so instead I ate two Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts with a glass of milk. I should have drunk a Burner Smoothie before my activity. Then, on Tuesday afternoon after having a funky day and feeling blue, I consumed six donut holes. Ugh! Of course, it made me feel worse, not better. I need to feel my feelings not eat them.

This past weekend I ran out of time and did not plan my meals for Week 3 as carefully as I did for Week 2. I am definitely a work in progress in this area. Fortunately, I had the staples I needed for my meals and snacks, and my hubby cooked the Honey Glazed Chicken on Sunday. I also prepped my Burner Smoothies for the week. In addition, this happens to be Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Home and School Association provided breakfast and lunch every day. I have been SUPER good all week and only ate the healthy offerings. NO desserts! I made sure to avoid the boardroom and any foods that would tempt me. Out of sight, out of mind!

Lastly, I was supposed to change my IF schedule from 12:12 to 14:10. This means a 14-hour fasting window and a 10-hour feeding window. I was successful Monday-Wednesday, but not Thursday or this morning. Because of my work schedule yesterday and today, I needed to adhere to the 12:12 IF schedule. I should not have any issues on Saturday and Sunday with following TRF 14:10.

In general, I physically and mentally feel better. I continue to do my best which looks different each day. Adding more exercise to my daily walking routine has been nice, and I now look forward to riding my bike throughout the week. I keep reminding myself to enjoy the journey which I am not doing alone. Dr. Ian has created a fabulous community page on Facebook where he gives us lots of tips, support, and encouragement, and we (the challengers) can encourage and support one another. And for that, I am grateful. Happiness!

“At the end of the day, remind yourself that you did the best you could today, and that is good enough.” ~ Lori Deschene

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Happy Friday, dear reader! I am currently in Week #2 of the Fast Burn Challenge, and I am holding my own. On Monday morning, I weighed in at 158 pounds. I lost 3.5 pounds in the first week of the challenge. Go, me! As I mentioned last week, I will be happy if I shed 10 pounds by the end of the nine weeks. Becoming a healthier version of me is what I am striving for over the course of the next two months.

Kudos to Me for…

  • meeting my daily water intake goal.
  • adding ground flaxseed to smoothies and oatmeal.
  • meeting my TRF 12:12 goal.
  • trying the Tender Baked Pork Chops. YUM!
  • continuing to eat more veggies.
  • meeting my daily exercise goals.
  • prepping most of my meals and snacks for the week.
  • choosing wisely when eating at a restaurant.

My hubby bought me some Mason Jars at the grocery store, so I could prep my smoothies for the week. I made a couple of extra smoothies for my friend Julia who I work with at school. It took me about an hour to prepare the Burner Smoothies on Sunday morning; however, it was a game changer and made life easier for me this week. Since my husband enjoys cooking more than I do, he cooked the pork chops for our Sunday dinner. I also asked him to grill a bunch of turkey burgers for me. He used a turkey burger recipe from Dr. Ian’s The Clean 20 book. This was great because I got a dinner and a lunch out of them, fed my youngest son, and froze a few for future weeks.

Challenges

  • Drinking a cup of water before lunch during the work week.
  • Situations that interfere with eating schedule or menu.
  • Making the time to plan meals for the upcoming week.

I think I need to write a note (drink cup of water FIRST) and attach it to my lunch, so I do not forget to consume a cup of water before eating my lunch. I have forgotten EVERY day this week. This is weird to me since I have not forgotten once to consume the cup of water before breakfast or dinner.

I had an unexpected situation crop up at work on Monday morning that required me changing my breakfast at the last minute and caused my snack times to be slightly off throughout the day. Thankfully, I had an extra Burner Smoothie in the fridge to save me some time and get me to work earlier than anticipated. I also had to remind myself to be flexible. In addition, my mother-in-law cooks dinner for my family on Fridays. I found out Wednesday evening that she was making hamburgers (beef) this Friday, so I swapped Thursday’s and Friday’s lunch choices because I originally had a turkey burger on the menu for Friday’s lunch.

As for meal planning, I did better than the previous week and wrote everything out. However, I did not do it prior to my husband grocery shopping, and I discovered after the fact that I needed ground flaxseed for this week. Lucky for me, he had another errand to run near the grocery store, so he swung by and picked it up for me. Kudos to Barry, Sr. for being so kind!

Overall, I am doing pretty well. There is a learning curve when doing anything new for the first time. I must be patient with myself, flexible when life happens, and appreciate the journey. I want this experience to be enjoyable not stressful. It is not about being perfect. It is about showing up and doing my best. Happiness!

“Regardless of how big or small, savor and appreciate your victories. When you build the excitement that comes with success, you build momentum to keep going and achieve results.” ~ Ian K. Smith, M. D., Mind Over Weight

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Since returning from Colorado two weeks ago, I feel like my life has been moving at warp speed. Life, both at work and at home, has gotten busier. The school year is wrapping up (four weeks left) with lots of deadlines and end-of-the-year activities on the horizon while my personal life is ramping up. What’s more, I could not be happier! In the midst of it all, I am unbelievably calm because I am so looking forward to summer break and the influx of time that will flood my calendar.

Therefore, I have taken some time this weekend to indulge in a bit of distraction, a sort of calm before the storm. My hubby’s work picnic was cancelled yesterday due to impending weather, so he asked if we could go to the movies and have dinner afterwards. Sure! I’m always game for a movie and sushi. And, yes, I can have sushi on my Fast Burn program provided that it falls within the guidelines. He wanted to see Nobody which was a terrific choice. I think Bob Odenkirk aka Nobody did a wonderful job in the lead role.

Afterwards, we went to Kirin where we ate dinner at the sushi bar. Barry and I enjoyed talking to the sushi chef who prepared our meal. I had a small snowcrab salad and a Michelle Roll (snowcrab, crab stick, boiled shrimp, asparagus, avocado, and cucumber wrapped in soybean paper. NO rice! Barry ordered the Who Dat Roll and the Samurai Roll. It was a fun date night!

Once home, we settled in for the evening. Andrew was home, so he and I watched a few episodes of Modern Family. We are finally getting to watch Season 11, the final season.

The rest of the weekend will be spent scheduling my upcoming week, planning and prepping my meals for Week 2 of the Fast Burn Challenge, exercising, taking care of some chores, and relaxing. Yes, I will be partaking in some relaxing today, dear reader. I want to daydream a little bit about the upcoming summer break, read, and watch Fear the Walking Dead. Furthermore, if I can squeeze out another 1 1/2 hours of today, I will watch The Evil in Us which is the last movie on my Holiday Horror Movie Marathon list. Happiness!

“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” ~ Donna Karan

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Happy Friday, dear reader! Each Friday for the next nine weeks, I will update my progress on the Fast Burn Challenge which is a plan outlined in Fast Burn: The Power of Negative Energy Balance by Dr. Ian K. Smith. This new plan includes intermittant fasting, clean eating, and exercises. I have completed four days on the Fast Burn Challenge, and I am feeling pretty good about my progress, so far.

On Monday morning, I weighed in at 161.5 pounds. I would love to lose at least 10 pounds; however, my goals for this challenge are to try intermittent fasting, create weekly meal plans that incorporate clean eating, and maintain a regular fitness regimen. Basically, I am striving to be a healthier version of me. I have been following the food plan pretty well with the exception of eating a handful of pork rinds on both Tuesday afternoon AND Wednesday afternoon. Also, for lunch on Wednesday, I ate 15 Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion potato chips with my sandwich. Not good, but also not the end of the world.

Kudos to Me for…

  • meeting my daily water intake goal.
  • meeting my TRF 12:12 goal.
  • making The Burner Smoothie. Twice!
  • continuing to eat more veggies.
  • meeting my daily exercise goals.

Challenges

  • Eating two hours after waking up.
  • Drinking a cup of water before each meal.
  • Preparing meals during the week.

I am not too concerned about not being able to wait two hours to eat after waking up. The only three days that I cannot follow this guideline is on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings because I have carpool duty and need to be at school by 7:00. I do not want to eat my breakfast in the car or at school, so my plan is to drink the Burner Smoothie for breakfast on those three mornings about 1 1/2 hours after waking up. I can follow this guideline and eat something different on the other four mornings.

Drinking a cup of water before each meal will eventually become a habit. I do not anticipate this being a challenge for very long. Since Monday, I have only forgotten twice.

Preparing meals during the week is time-consuming. It would be better for me to meal prep for the work week over the weekend for a couple of hours than to meal prep each evening for a couple of hours. Creating a weekly meal plan is great; however, it needs to go hand in hand with meal prepping. When I go to the grocery store this weekend, I will buy some mason jars to make a week’s worth of the Burner Smoothie.

I know it has only been four days, dear reader, but I feel like I am off to a terrific start. I am energized, optimistic, and excited. Happiness!

“The more you move, the easier it is to keep moving. Maintain the momentum.”     ~ James Clear

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Today is the big day, dear reader! For the next nine weeks, I will be participating in the Fast Burn Challenge with Dr. Ian K. Smith, Shelly, and thousands of other participants. We will be following Smith’s program outlined in his newest book, Fast Burn: The Power of Negative Balance. I will be intermittent fasting for not just one month, but for two months. I will be starting with the 12:12 method (TRF or time-restricted feeding) which means I will be fasting for 12 hours and then have a 12 hour feeding window. There are additional guidelines I will be following along with intemittent fasting.

I have purchased all of my food, planned meals for the week, scheduled my fitness goals, taken my body measurements, and weighed myself. Now, I simply have to make the effort, have a good attitude, and enjoy the journey. It is not just about losing weight. It is about getting healthy again, feeling better, and boosting my confidence.

I am eager to interact with the other participants, try some new recipes, and get back into shape. I am also hoping I will be able to get back to running again. I will update my progress weekly on Fridays with a series called Fast Burn Friday. It will be another way to hold myself accountable. Let the Fast Burn Challenge begin! Happiness!

“The more confident you are in the ability to succeed, the more motivated you will be to stick to your plan and ultimately reach your goals.” ~ Ian K. Smith, M. D.

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I divided this year into quarters to complete my 21 for 2021 list. I have added a few new items (*) from the list to complete this quarter (April-June) along with continuing to work on some ongoing items for the duration of 2021. I will continue to manage my time, eat more vegetables, and scrapbook at least two times per month. I am hoping to complete the WordPress Blogging course, so that I can start the WordPress Podcasting course in the third quarter. I am excited about all the items I will be engaging in throughout the next three months.

  • #1 Manage time.
  • #2 Maintain a regular fitness regimen. *
  • #3 Create weekly meal plans. *
  • #4 Eat more vegetables.
  • #5 Try intermittent fasting for one month (Fast Burn). *
  • #10 Complete The Four Tendencies course (Gretchen Rubin). *
  • #14 Take a WordPress Blogging course.
  • #20 Scrapbook at least two times per month.

I did make one slight change to my list. Instead of trying intermittent fasting for one month using Dr. Ian K. Smith’s Clean & Lean book, I am using his recently published book, Fast Burn: The Power of Negative Energy Balance. I also joined his Fast Burn Challenge on Facebook which starts on Monday, 19 April. The challenge will be slightly longer than one month. It is actually nine weeks long. Shelly also bought the book and joined the challenge which will make this whole intermittant fasting adventure even more enjoyable.

Why now? Well…I had read Mind Over Weight last year and had planned to start eating clean again and exercising more regularly in June. Well, that did NOT happen. I read the book, completed the journal exercises, got my food journal ready, marked my calendar for 01 June, wrote a blog post about it, and NOT a damn thing happened. NO excuses! I have no excuses because I had plenty of time (all summer), resources, and the knowledge to accomplish the goal I set for myself in June. I had already successfully completed Smith’s The Clean 20 program in the fall of 2019 and was walking at least 20 minutes daily. I chose not to follow through, and that is all on me. As a result of my poor choices, I have gained more weight and feel tired all the time which is hindering me from making positive changes in other areas of my life. Therefore, I am ready to FOCUS on getting healthy during the next nine weeks.

Wish me luck, dear reader. Sometimes, it feels bewildering to start something brand new even when you are excited; however, it seems arduous to restart something that requires a great deal of effort like weight loss. It is definitely time for me to get off the struggle bus with my weight and get healthy. Happiness!

“If you believe in yourself first, then believe in the plan, and then put in the work, you will find that at the end of nine weeks, you are a different person physically and mentally than you were when you began the journey.” ~ Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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