I want to hike the shore to shore trail across Michigan. It takes about 2 weeks. I have my backpack. I still need everything else. But I do have everything picked out in my Amazon wish list! My plan is to buy one item a month until I’m done. Easy Peasy.
The hard part is getting my body in shape. I quit smoking a while ago and I’m going strong with that. Unfortunately, I’m also overweight and I have bad knees. Those two things are connected, I’m sure.
So I started intermittent fasting and eating a somewhat ketogenic diet. I’m down to eating once per day, and I am loving the way I feel. It’s only been about a month so far, but I am getting smaller.
I refuse to weigh myself. I don’t care about numbers. I care about my clothes fitting better, my liver healing, my insulin calming the fuck down, and my skin clearing up. Intermittent fasting has been proven to be a fountain of youth- of sorts. It’s a detox tool that induces autophagy…where your body eats itself and sheds dead cells.
I’m also saving money! One meal a day equals less money on food! It’s a win-win! I have a menu and shopping list made out for every 2 weeks to coincide with my paycheck. I do meal prepping on Sundays instead of nursing a hangover because I can’t drink alcohol. I still smoke weed. But instead of eating pickles, chocolate, and cheetos when I get the munchies, I drink green tea.
I don’t work out. I’m planning on adding it in eventually, but I’m more focused on taking care of myself during this transition. I am losing weight without it and according to the incredible Dr. Berg on YouTube, my weight gain is adrenal, which will heal faster through reducing stress rather than forcing myself to work out. Works for me!
I do have more energy, but I’ve been using it to keep my house and car clean, along with the energy reserves I need for my new massage therapy gig. Massage therapy IS a workout! And I’m doing 2-3 hours of it every Monday and every other weekend.
I’m no longer addicted to sugar. I don’t crave it. I drink tea and water all day long, and when I feast, I am incredibly selective with what I put in my body. I get one meal a day. If I can’t eat good, healthy, real food…I don’t eat at all.
I’m making some really delicious meals! Chicken soup with cabbage instead of noodles, Portobello Pizza, Spaghetti squash bowls, and lemon pepper salmon. I’ve always been the girl who brings napkins to potlucks. I’m in charge of the pop at family holidays because I have never been a good cook. But this new diet has me feeling like Martha Fucking Stewart! My kids are loving it too! I make kale & parsley smoothies on the regular and they are so good! I actually crave parsley in the same way I used to crave chocolate.
I get a little ‘beast like’ during my feeding time. I eat like a starving person. But it’s not because I’m starving. It’s because my tongue is bored to tears with green tea and water, and I’ve put a lot of thought into my meal, knowing that I only get one. I look forward to eating every day, in a process that now makes me feel good when it used to make me feel shame.
And this is my favorite part of fasting…I have learned to be picky. With food, with friends, with love, with my time, with everything! My standards are coming up and my waistline is going down. It’s amazing what a little hunger can do.
My goal is October 2018. Me. The shore to shore trail. And a 4H club that will be riding horses on the trail while I hike because I’m terrified of walking across the entire state of Michigan by myself. As much as I love solitude and nature, I don’t much like bears and murderers. And it’s nice to know someone will be there every night, to notice if I don’t make it to camp before dark.
A lot can change in one year. 2017 has been proof of that! But I hope to be in the woods and on my way in one year. October 2018, me and my new body will be hitting the trail.