It's been 4 weeks since January 1st. So I thought I'd update as to how the diet and exercise is going.
Backstory - I lost 60 lbs in 2016 through keto, exercise, and fasting. In the winter of 2017 I had some very serious seasonal depression and put back about 25 lbs. I had a pretty dark period where I ate just about anything and everything. During days where I felt stronger, I'd do my regular intermittent fasting and keto meals, but I still struggled with sugar. I really love sugar Anyway, stayed around the same weight until November when I really got motivated to get back down to goal weight. November and beginning of December went well until Christmas day when I enjoyed some Christmas treats. Treats lasted a week. It's like once I start I have a real issue with stopping.
So - Jan 1 I started a new fasting regime, continued with my running training (three to four times a week, preparing for a 1/2 marathon in Feb), ramped up the lifting at the gym, and was enjoying my keto meals. Except that there was still chocolate in the house. The second week in Jan saw me eating a bit of chocolate after meals. Funny enough, I gained back what I'd lost the first week.
I'm on my third sugar free week now. The new fasting routine is working really well - it's become very easy. I love the Keto meals that I've made. I have tons of energy and - most importantly - I feel so happy! No sign of seasonal depression at all. I fit into all of my skinniest clothes. I'm running faster than I ever have and I'm setting some fantastic personal best records at the gym. My trainer had a goal of me deadlifting 200lbs by the end of March - I've already hit that one so now he's revised it to 250! I did read that fasting increases human growth hormone and, especially for women, leads to increased lean muscle mass - which is, I guess, why I fit into all my skinny clothes even though I'm still weighing more than I did when they last fit. Oh, and I'm down 9 lbs in 4 weeks.
So that's my January update I'm looking forward to a happy February. I feel pretty hopeful about making it through this winter without any seasonal depression! Which is even more exciting than wearing a size 0 skirt.