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Successful Execution of the Program

Today is the 4th of July and I am very excited to celebrate my country and my weight loss. 

It has been a while since I have posted to my blog, but just wanted to drop in and share good news with you.

I have lost 30 pounds and feel like a new person.  Along the way have gained new skills that have helped me center my body and my mind.

It is time to come up with a special reward.  I have learned along the way that I am important and worthy of giving myself some nice things.  In the past, a reward would have been a trip to the ice cream store or a big dinner out.  Now, I desire things that will help feel better about myself.

I plan on finding a beach resort vacation somewhere.  The beach and the sound of the water will be wonderful to experience.

Being Mindful Improves Weight Loss


So far the Eat Stop Eat plan has brought me in touch with my own well being.  Fasting took some getting used to.  At first my body ached and I wasn't pleasant to be around.  After a while I noticed some big changes in myself.  I felt more centered and less anxious. Being mindful is connecting the external with the internal.

When I first started meditating, it was impossible for me to calm my mind.  I would think about the days activities, what I wanted to eat, how many bills I had to pay.  But, I kept at it and was able to routinely stop the world for a while.

For me, being mindful is finding a beautiful thought to concentrate on.  I love to listen to soft music and envision a beautiful flower, sunset, or soft water.  My day can be so hectic that just taking a moment to think of pretty image can make all the difference in the world.

Mindful eating has become very important to me.  Gone are the days of eating out of a paper container.  I try to make my meals look pretty and appealing.  I always sit at a table and use real china and cloth napkins.  Good food tastes so much better and bad food is less appealing.  I want to make my calories count.

I have never been good at getting enough rest.  I have made a big attempt at being mindful of my sleep.  Gone are the days of sleeping in t-shirts and unmatched sheets.  My bedroom has become a sanctuary of peace, quiet, and loveliness.  I do not watch television in my bedroom and enjoy reading good novels.  Getting enough sleep has finally been given the priority it deserves.

Yoga for Weight Loss

Yoga is a great way to do some fun exercise and tone the body.  It goes very well with fasting and meditation.

I really enjoy taking time out of my day to spend some time stretching and bending.

Is Fasting Healthy?

The more I read, the more beneficial I believe the Eat Stop Eat plan is.  We aren't really starving our bodies but controlling  what we eat during a specified time period.  I have made a conscious effort to eat  healthy during the rest of the week, or as healthy as I can.  There are always special circumstances that warrant not so healthy food, but that is the beauty of this plan.  Fasting will get the body back on track.

I find this YouTube video by Dr. Axe fascinating. He does a great job of defining the benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

Measuring Progress With Fasting and Eating

The obvious answer is the scale.  I know I am obsessed with my weight and how much I have lost.  Should this really be the main determinant of our success?

I think the tape measure is a better gauge of how our body is changing.  Weight can include water weight, how much is in our intestines, or what we ate that day.  Body change is really what we are after and taking good measurements a good way to mark the progress.  Keep a log of measurements at least once a month. 

BMI, Body Mass Index, is the fat to body ratio.  It is used to measure obesity. and is the value gotten from the a person's weight and height. Health professionals pay close attention to the BMI because being overweight can cause many problems. 

One of the best benefits of losing weight is that your clothes will fit better.  Sometimes the scales don't show that big of a loss, but you find you are able to wear smaller sized clothes.  This could be due to firming muscles, and muscles weight more than fat.  For me, my biggest goal is to wear smaller sized clothes.  And you know what that means, you get to go on a shopping spree. 


There will be a time during your diet journey that you will get off plan.  Holidays, celebrations, stress, just to name a few, can make us loose our way.  What can we do to get back on track? 

You can Start Over

Don't be afraid to go back to the beginning.  I like having a clean slate.  Don't look at it as a failure.  Sometimes, the second time around you will be more focused.  Since you have some experience with the plan it we easier the second time around.

Whatever you do Just Don't Give Up.



About Intermittent Fasting

Thanks to Dr. Mercola for letting me use this info-graphic.  A picture speaks a thousand words, and this picture does a wonderful job of concisely explaining intermittent fasting

Eat Stop Eat Review

 In our society today, losing weight is the topic that everyone focuses on, and the one thing that everyone has the most problems accomplishing successfully. There are so many different programs and diets out there that offer the results that everyone is looking to find.  However, not all of them work. Often, this leads to frustration, which results in the individual giving up and not continuing with their weight loss goals. It is so hard to find a diet system that will work properly and allow for you to be able to reach those weight loss goals, and the Eat Stop Eat dieting system in is one of the most effective ones that you can try.

 What Is Eat Stop Eat?  
 There aren't many dieting systems out there that are as unique as this one, and from all of the satisfied individuals that have used it, it is an incredibly successful one to try. This diet gives you a choice so that you are not stuck with the same routine day in and day out, causing you to become bored with the routine. With the Eat Stop Eat diet, you are eating during your eating state, and then you fast during your fasting state. This allows you to have balance and break the routine up, so you can remain successful in this process. Brad Pilon, who wrote the ESE book, has claimed that this is not a "diet," however, it is simply a system that has worked effectively in weight loss. There is no measuring calories or engaging in a weight loss points system, you do not have to weigh out your food, and you are not limited to eating special diet types of foods.

How Does The ESE System Work?  
 Whenever you take a look at the ESE system, there are only two parts of it that make it successful, and they are:
 - Training in resistance
 - Short-term, yet flexible fasting
 Pilon said that it is not a dieting system that you are following, but a way of life. You have to know how to accomplish this because fasting isn't just simply not eating, it is much more than that. There are specific guidelines in his book, that will show you how to follow the fasting guidelines, without hurting or injuring yourself. It isn't as complicated as it appears to be, it is an incredibly easy process to accomplish. You have to be willing to follow the rules exactly the way they are lined out for you, so you can keep yourself safe, and lose weight quickly.

Positive And Negative Aspects Of ESE  
 When it comes to the Eat Stop Eat system, there are several positive aspects to this process, and they include:
 - Plenty of research to back it up
 - Fasting doesn't cost you anything
 - Several positive reviews
 As there is with any program that you use for losing weight, ESE does have a few disadvantages, and it is important to do plenty of research before making your initial decision to continue. These disadvantages include:
 - The book is long and takes some time to read
 - You will need a good amount of time to adjust to the fasting

In conclusion

There are so many reasons why using the Eat Stop Eat program will work beneficially for those who are determined to lose weight. It allows you to eat the foods that you enjoy, fast for 24 hours, then eat again.  This will help you to be successful in your weight loss goals, and to keep you from giving up on the program, like so many have done with other dieting systems.





History of Fasting


Fasting in the simplest terms is the absence of food intake for a certain duration of time.  Throughout history there have been examples of fasting used for religious, spiritual, and political reasons.  In American Society we have become increasingly dependent on food and eating constantly.

Religious Fasting

In ancient civilizations fasting was used to prepare people to meet the deities, especially those preparing for priesthood.   In Eastern Religion, such as Buddhism, people refrained from eating to help the body and mind to become united.  Native Americans used fasting to gain vision and to help with healing powers.  Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish congregations practice revised fasting during times of religious holidays such as Lent, Ramadan, and Yom Kipper.  Throughout history, fasting has played a roll in almost every religious group.

Detox Cleanses

We are always introducing negative toxins to our bodies.  Many people believe that the body must get rid of these negative factors on a routine basis.  Detox cleanses combine fasting with fluids such as green tea and water. Detoxing is especially good for the colon.

Health Cleanses

Before operations and colonoscopies the body must be cleanses of all waste.  Fasting is always prescribed before the procedure.  How often have you heard no food or water after 10 P.M.?  It is very important to have an empty system so that you won't get sick from the anesthesia.


Hunger Strike

Fasting has long been used as a protesting mechanism.  Prisoners in Quantumino bay used the hunger strike to highlight inhumane conditions.  Nelson Mandela used fasting to show the horrible state of apartheid. The body can exist for some time without food, but not water.

Fasting for Weight Loss

Which brings us to the purpose of this blog.  Intermittent fasting is the practice of not eating food for a specified amount of time.  I am going to fast once a week for 12 hours at a time.




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