I am finally finished with my weight loss challenge at the gym! YAY
I lost a total of 15 pounds, 5% body fat and 21 inches. That was in 9 weeks. I still need to lose 3-4 pounds for my final goal and I am still working on that, just not as aggressively as I was in the challenge.
What I did to lose the weight? I am a naturally small, petite person so it is incredibly hard to lose those few pounds. I had to dig really deep to lose what I lost. I work out like a mad lady already so that was not going to help me get to where I wanted to be.
I had read and heard about the intermittent fasting, I mean who has not? Its everywhere! I read up on it and decided to give it a go. I was only going to try to do the fasting from 8pm at night to 2pm the next day. I was shooting for 5 days a week, and giving myself a break on the weekends.
The first day…by 9am, I started to get hungry, as I usually ate a small breakfast. By 10 am, All I could think about was food! I was drinking a lot of water and tea. I think I drank about 6 cups of tea that day! I had worked out that morning and let me tell yah, the food wishes I had during that timeframe was crazy!
I did that for the first week. I lost about 1 pound…I was like wtf? 1 pound! Is this really worth it? I mean I was hungry all the time for that first week.
The second week I decided to go harder, and only eat 1 time a day! I was fasting all day and only eating at 5pm each day. But I ate whatever I wanted to at that time. They say you could eat as many times as you like during your non fasting period. I did not do that.
I stuck to eating only 1 time and I made sure it was more on the healthy side. Yes there were times when I fell off the band wagon and ate popeyes or Chinese food…but I started right back up the next day.
Until slowly the weight started to come off to where other people could see it. I am still fasting until I get to my goal. Some of the side effects of fasting that I noticed. You get really cold during the day for no reason at all! You mind will play tricks on you, so that all you think about all the time is food.
Everything sounds amazing when you are fasting. Some pros, it does remove the weight eventually. You learn to eat only when you need to. Not when you think you are hungry.
You learn not to snack. You will get stronger and learn to work out while in a fasted state.
I actually saw huge improvement in this area. Before I could only do 40 pushups and after I was able to do 54 push ups in a minute. Again you have less weight to carry around. Water becomes your best friend. I drank so much water. Literally more than a gallon a day.
My gallon jug never leaves my side. If the gnawing in my stomach was too much to handle I would eat a banana ad have a cup of tea. Tea became my go to.
After about 3 weeks in I was a pro! I was not hungry all the time and I switched my 1 meal to only seafood as it takes less time to digest and break down.
And one of those seafood meals was these Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes! Lifesaver right here.
I ate these crab cakes with a healthy heaping of salad. And it was delicious!
I know people frown on putting bread crumbs in crab cakes, but I decided to try out using a tiny bit of Hawaiian buns instead, as it needed something to help hold it together. These worked great. It did not in any way hide the crab meat. One of the best crab cakes ever! Maybe I am biased because I was hungry when I ate these. Either way you be the judge. Give it a whirl.
And look I made a video of what I did to help you make your own. Now be a sport and head on over to my YouTube Channel and click on the subscribe button, because lord knows I need more followers.
Click here for Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes recipe.