How I Lost Over 70 Pounds in 19 Months With Intermittent Fasting (Interview)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I’m honestly not sure what made me take that first step into weight loss. I’ve worked very hard to build up my own personal body positivity, and that my weight didn’t bother me. I still rocked a bikini on my 200+ pound frame and kept active by dancing, doing yard work, housework, etc.
As the weight started to fall off, I did have increased energy, and the inflammation I was carrying around started to dissipate. As I became lighter, my motivation was what my future looked like. At 34 years old (the age when I started losing weight) there were times where my thighs would go numb if I stood for a while. I’ve seen what living an unhealthy lifestyle can do to a person as they age, and I didn’t want to be that person.
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I actually did not start working out until November 2019. I was already six months into my journey and down about 40 pounds. I joined a local fitness studio where they teach classes such as Werq (hip hop/Zumba fusion), Pound (routines using weighted drum sticks), and kickboxing.
My sessions were typically between 45 minutes up to 2 ½ hours. I did *not* workout to lose weight. It was primarily to keep mental stability. I genuinely enjoyed going to my fitness classes every single day.
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I would go about 4 times per week – sometimes 5 times depending on the classes available. I enjoyed so many of them that there were times I would be at the gym for three full classes!
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I practice intermittent fasting and I think people would be shocked by how much (and what) I eat. My diet hasn’t changed much. The only thing I changed about the food I eat is WHEN I eat. Instead of eating all day long (and spiking insulin ALL day long) I eat for a certain number of hours per day and fast the rest of the day.
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Every single day is different. One day I’m eating a lunch special from a Chinese food restaurant along with an ice cream sundae. The next day I’m just not as hungry so I eat some chicken with pasta or rice with some type of vegetable. I eat tacos a lot – sour cream, cheddar cheese, salsa – even chips. I eat dessert almost every night.
I don’t take supplements or track macros or calories. I eat until I’m satiated and then I close my eating window. I naturally enjoy lots of fruits and vegetables, but I eat a lot of junk food too. I eat what I want, but only keep it in my window.
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How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
Intermittent Fasting is one of the easiest things I’ve ever done in my life. There is no slipping up. I simply fast, feast, and repeat. I eat what feels good to my body and sometimes that’s a candy bar. Other times it’s a salad with grilled chicken.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Yes! I use an app to track my weight (which I use on and off) and I also use a Life app to track my fasting periods!
When did you start to notice progress?
I didn’t start to notice a difference until I lost 40 pounds which took about 6 months. Every single time I put on a pair of jeans that’s a size smaller – that’s when I’m like “Oh sh**. I’m doing this!” Most recently I’m a size 8 down from a 22!
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Try Intermittent Fasting. It’s not a fad. It’s not another diet. It’s the most sustainable thing I’ve ever done to help lose some weight and I’m going to continue even when I meet my goal because of how good I feel doing it. If you try it – stay busy and consistent. The change will happen.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Fitness is a very saturated industry with many people claiming you have to join a gym or have some structured routine. In my opinion, just find what feels good as far as movement goes and do that. If it’s dancing in your living room, rock it out. If it’s taking an evening walk – I’m all for it. Just do what feels good to you and the rest will come naturally.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens and Fast, Feast, Repeat also by Gin Stephens. The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung is amazing as well. These three books changed the way I look at how we consume food on a typical day and paved my way towards the intermittent fasting lifestyle.
These are all inspiring Intermittent Fasters that share the same love for Intermittent Fasting as I do. They have all had tremendous success in their own journeys!
Where can we find more about you?
Instagram Profile Link: @nikkifastsforward
I document my entire journey from just day 2 of my Intermittent Fasting lifestyle.
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