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5:2 Fast Day #3

Hello Fast Day #3!

I woke up feeling good today - slightly hungrier than I would like to start the day but what can you do. I'm very grateful that my dread of the fast day has drastically been reduced.

One reason I'm feeling better today is that I am feeling slimmer and slightly less jiggly than in weeks past. I know, I know "any weight you may have lost is probably water." But you know what I have been eating very well on my regular days (I'm a salt lick too) and I've been working hard in the gym. And it doesn't matter to me how much I weigh, my goal for this experiment is to push that body fat percentage down. I'd be fine weighing more if nothing juggled when it wasn't supposed to!

Also, the shirataki noodles and and steamed broccoli in the fridge is going to be my go to base for my mini meals. So they are making me feel "safe" food-wise.

Ironically, I think my fast days are making me a better foodie. I'm stopping and really savoring the things that I do eat - like my green tea. I've always liked green tea and I went through a super obsessive phase trying to figure out the best way and temperature to brew it. But I've never really appreciated it. The slightly thick  consistency, the sweet top notes, the grassy aromas... ah so satisfying - a great way to start my day.

I'm also trying to keep busy and stay away from obsessive food thoughts. Things I've learned that are a bad idea to do on my Fast Days:

  1. Grocery shopping
  2. Getting snacks for the hubby (Tiger milk tea looks so good when you can't have it, as does banh mi, cupcakes... you get the picture)
  3. Researching recipes
Surprisingly I don't mind cooking for other people on my Fast Days. I think cooking keeps my mind and hands busy and the delicious smells fool me into not being hungry. I'm sure a lot of you home cooks out there have had the experience where you set out to cook an elaborate meal and by the time everything is done you don't want to eat it. I am now using that annoying habit to my advantage!

Also, I'm trying to move my first meal of the day to as late as I can. Around 5pm, I usually get really tired regardless of when my first meal was. So I *think* that if I can eat around that time then the hungry won't be so hard to handle.

I'll let you know how it goes!

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