Beginning. Why did you want to lose weight? What encouraged you to take action and start changing your lifestyle (to try intermittent fasting)?
In the beginning, I wanted to lose weight because I was uncomfortable with my body, and I was embarrassed. I didn’t feel like the reflection that looked back at me in the mirror. I have read books about intermittent fasting, and I’ve known people who have had incredible results.
What was your weight goal?
When I started DoFasting, 200lbs was my goal weight.
Did you have any struggles or setbacks that kept you dissatisfied with your results? How did you feel back then?
I have had my share of setbacks with dieting. I have been at my goal weight before and gained it all back because of unrealistic diet expectations, guilt, and battles with emotional eating.
What results have you achieved?
DoFasting has helped me get to the point of confidence with fasting and even my relationship with food. I have not reached my goal weight yet, but I am loving the person I am shaping into. I have lost 34lbs and am less than 20lbs away from my goal weight. I have a whole new outlook on my relationship with food and the confidence to know that I have adopted fasting as a way of life. I don’t have the urge to eat anymore emotionally!
Which method of intermittent fasting worked the best for you?
I started with the app’s recommendation, and I’m so glad I did. After my first week, I switched to 16:8, which seems to be great with my schedule. I have recently made a lot of improvements in my life, which have adjusted my work schedule, sleep schedule, etc. I have learned to tailor my fasts for times when I know I am able to fast for 18-20+ hours.
How long did it take to see a difference?
When I started DoFasting, I lost 5lbs in my first week. I began to see results right away. Fasting has helped with bloating and digestion; even my skin looks much better!
When did the DoFasting app come into your horizons?
April 19, 2022, is when this amazing program popped up on my Facebook feed. I took the plunge, and I am never going back!
Did you feel any significant health improvements? Increased energy levels or anything similar?
Health improvements include clarity and focus, better sleep, more energy, weight loss, regulated digestion, clearer skin, and most importantly, confidence in myself.
What would you like to tell others who are starting their journey?
It is always a bit nerve-wracking to start something new. Stick with the process. Believe in yourself. Understand that our bodies are not meant to eat all day. Not only will you shed unnecessary pounds, but you will gain so much resolve, confidence, and understanding when it comes to your body.
What are your further goals?
I want to continue my fasting journey. I’m not sure what my end weight will be! I’m so happy with the person I have found in myself. Fasting has really helped me see how strong I am. My success story is about finding the Andrea I lost so many years ago to low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, and emotional eating.
To add, I don’t know if it is relevant or not. I unexpectedly lost my job in June. I was devastated. The old me would have derailed and comforted myself in food, given up on exercise, and lost hope in my goals. I think that having made so much progress with fasting and learning that I am a strong person and am self-disciplined helped me see the opportunity for growth. I put myself out there and took a chance on a career-changing job opportunity that I wouldn’t have dreamed of applying for in the past. Now, a month later and I have that job! I have made wonderful connections and friends. I have started a whole new chapter in my life. It amazes me to see all the areas of improvement that have occurred for me by just taking the step to be more healthy.