Hi, everyone!! Here’s the latest. It’s about 2:00 PM here on a gorgeous fall day that feels like summertime. How odd! It’s November, for crying out loud. But I’ve been using the nice weather to do some exterior painting and scraping for my dad. I’ve done the area around the windows, but now I’m struggling with the area under the awning. It’s directly overhead (parallel to the ground) when I’m standing out there, and old paint keeps scraping off and scraping off, and it’s like there’s an endless supply of it. I can only scrape for around ten minutes tops without getting tired and coming back inside. I have no clue if this job will ever get done! 😮 And now I’m covered with paint chips. I probably look like I have uncontrollable dandruff.
And there’s a bit of a time crunch, too. My dad wants me to get done before winter comes so he can employ some roofers to give us a new roof soon. He sort of sprung this on me at the last minute, around a week before November started (with my NaNoWriMo project looming). Ugh. But he’s paying me, so hopefully it’ll all work out. I’m sure it will.
In good news, I’ve been sticking to a fast for the most part. My “rule” is to not eat prior to 4:00 PM each day. Sometimes I break down and eat at 3:00 or sometime after 3:00, but I’m fine with that as long as I’m trying my hardest. Yesterday I woke up early, and it was hard to go that long. Today, I slept late, so I’m sure I can make it until 4:00. It’s a matter of maximizing whatever happens on a given day.
I’ve been eating too much low-key snack food (granola bars, Lara bars, breakfast cereal, etc.) instead of meals, though, so I’m still hungry at 2:00 AM, which is around when I’ve been falling asleep. It occurs to me that if I force myself to eat some Kodiak waffles (healthy and filling and protein-fortified) when I quit the fast at 4:00 PM, then I’ll be able to turn off the snacking several hours before 2:00 AM, and that will extend my fasting hours, which would be great. This falls under the chapter of my iffing (intermittent fasting) book called “Tweak it ’til you make it.”
And I’ve been doing this since Halloween, so go me! (For me, it can often be hard to following dieting rules for one whole day, much less ten whole days!)
I haven’t been trying to eat healthier beyond just eating a healthy dinner of waffles or the equivalent, and then keeping my snacking low-key rather than eating hardcore junk food (cake, ice cream, massive chip bingeing, et al). And in that gray area of in-between we have cookies, which I try to limit my daily intake of. (That link goes to some Christmas cookies that I absolutely have to eat every year. So yum.)
I think this overall plan could work for me, because nothing I’m eating is too unhealthy, I have excellent blood sugar levels due to many factors, and it doesn’t feel that horrid to wait until 4:00 on most days. I’ve realized with some surprise that my body doesn’t need food prior to then. Maybe it never has needed food prior to then, although I’m sure my needs would be different if, say, I had a job and didn’t want my stomach to rumble at work, etc., etc. I hope I’m losing some weight. I’ll weigh myself in December and find out.
I miss the days of working at the local reading center. This was from 2001 to 2004. Back then, there was a Chinese restaurant right across the street from us. Literally, right across the street. I can see the building straight out my window. I’d go there and get a side order of fried rice to start my day before teaching the kids. That was a darned fine lunch. Maybe not too healthy, though, but now I make brown rice in the microwave and stir in a tablespoon or so of orange sauce. It’s not quite the same, but I like it. This meal also goes great with some added precooked seasoned grilled chicken strips.
So, eating has become something I look forward to each day, but then when I eat, it feels anticlimactic. Like, that’s what I was looking forward to? It’s not that great. But oh well!
Today I need to keep scraping and write 2,000 words for my novel. I’m a bit behind but can catch up if I try hard enough.