In my previous post, I wrote about how my daily goal was to fast for at least 16 hours with an 8 hour eating window, and that I would consider my day successful as long as I tracked my fast, no matter how long (or short!)
While that is my “how to” goal, I also have several long term goals that I hope to achieve through intermittent fasting.
Probably the most obvious, and the reason that most people start intermittent fasting, is weight loss.
I honestly don’t really have a specific weight loss goal, but for now I would really love to get under that 200 pound mark. It’s pretty arbitrary, but I haven’t been in “onederland” (as I’ve seen it called) since high school.
I’m actually much more concerned with clothing size. Ideally I would like to move out of the plus size section, and into a large top and size 12 pants. The selection available in the plus size section has certainly improved immensely since I first started having to shop there at age 14, but I’ve always wanted to be able to shop the normal racks!
My other main appearance based goal is an improvement in my skin. I’ve had rosacea for at least the past 10 years, and acne as long as I can remember.
Thanks to finding a skincare routine that actually works for me, it’s significantly better than it used to be, but what I wouldn’t give to have clear skin for the first time ever! Make-up free selfie, anyone?
My final “superficial” goal is to look younger … or at least, slow down the aging process for as long as possible! It almost always strikes me how much younger people look in the “before and after” intermittent fasting pictures. I recently turned 40, and even though I don’t necessarily feel like I look my age, who wouldn’t want a little help in that area?
I also have several (more important) health goals, but to be honest, I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with embarking on a lifestyle change with the goal to look your very best. As long as it’s done in a healthy way of course, and for me intermittent fasting is that way!
Other than when I went on a crazy low-calorie diet at age 12, I’ve been overweight or obese my entire life.
While I do believe that you absolutely can be healthy at any size, that really hasn’t been the case for me, and the older I get the more I know that something must change if I want to live to be an old cat lady.
My most important “why” am I intermittent fasting, is to be around for my husband and my daughter (and my kitties!) for as long as possible!
I am not a doctor, so please do your own research and consult with your healthcare professional before embarking on your own IF journey.
All the research that I have done on intermittent fasting has led me to believe that it really is the healthiest path for me. Throughout the last 10-20 years I’ve had a high resting heart rate, higher than normal blood pressure, and high blood sugars.
My goal with intermittent fasting is to get all these numbers into the normal range and avoid medications for as long as I possibly can. I have absolutely nothing against necessary medication, but if I can get healthy through more natural means, then I’m all for it!
I’ve been very lucky in that I can’t think I’ve anything specific that my weight has prevented me from doing physically.
I’ve been to Disney World three times and was able to ride anything that I wanted to. I have a job I love (most of the time) and a wonderful supportive husband and a sweet teenage daughter.
However, I think that being healthier and more fit would probably result in my actually wanting to do more things that my weight would make difficult for me to do right now. Hiking, snowshoeing, buying a bicycle and riding the nearby trails with my husband … not that I couldn’t do any of those things, but at my current fitness level, they would be really uncomfortable.
I’ve never been a super sporty outdoorsy person, and I don’t foresee that changing completely, but I think if I were more confident in my abilities these types of activities wouldn’t seem so challenging.
My main goal is just to be comfortable in my own skin.
I’ve been overweight pretty much my whole life, and it’s almost always on the back of my mind. Should I be eating this? Should I be wearing this? Are people judging me?
That self-consciousness has definitely improved with age, and I care less about what other people think now than I ever have. But it would be nice to get rid of those last nagging doubts and be proud of myself for finally accomplishing that goal of weight loss that I’ve had forever and has seemed so elusive!