As some of you know, if you’ve been keeping track of my weight loss progress, it has been slow but sure since I went natural. Because I’m a bit vain and getting older though, since I’ve handled the content, it’s time to handle the calories to a degree. No, I’m not going to start weighing my food or any other kind of obsessive behavior. I’m just controlling my portions and using natural weight loss specific solutions.
I’ve decided that intermittent fasting, or “Eat Stop Eat” is the way to go for me. I’m mixed African and Native American, and if I’m not overthinking it, this is how I eat normally. The three meals a day thing means that I have to actually stop working and eat at scheduled times when I am technically hungry, but wouldn’t stop everything to eat if I didn’t have to feed other people. Six snacks a day would mean eating when I’m not hungry. Either way, I’m not doing what I really feel like doing, and I decided that had to stop.
Since it’s summer, and preparing food for others is very simple, I felt this would be a good time to get started doing things my way. I can easily make a salad or omelettes or whatever else quick and easy for others, and then get back to work, without feeling the need to eat anything myself until I am really hungry for real.
To help me along, I’ve begun to take hoodia gordonii. I take a 400 mg. capsule with my evening meal, which is enough for me because I’m a once a day eater if left to my own devices anyway. The recommended dosage is 800-1600 mg. but I think this is way too much. I’d never eat if I took that much. On 800 mg. I found it too difficult to eat on days when I actually do need more food. I’d get hungry, and couldn’t stomach more than a cracker.
The capsules, I got from Swanson Vitamins. I use their brand because they use the real thing, and when they say there’s 400 mg. (800 per two capsule serving) of hoodia in it, that’s what there is. They also don’t add anything else to it. I hear that Desert Burn is also real. It’s more hard core though, and is for multiple meal people who need severe appetite suppression. For natural intermittent fasters, it would be overkill.
When I run out of the capsules, I’ll be taking the straight powder. Swanson and most other stateside companies can’t ship hoodia overseas anymore, because of CITES regulations, so I had to buy direct from Medico Herbs, a business in South Africa with their own export certificate.
About my vanity though, I’ve come to a point where I feel like I don’t look like myself. When I dream, I look quite different…not skinny, but more buff and well defined. It’s a sign that at least psychologically, I’m back to my senses, but then when I wake up, there’s this person who still looks too much like depressed, hypothyroid me. Don’t get me wrong. I like me. I work my jelly very well. It’s just that I guess I’m a little impatient to look scary with my clothes off again…bridge the gap between my mentality and my appearance. It’s kind of hard to have a female Napoleon complex when you’re actually big. Heheheh…