As well, even though I went off the food regime that I follow, (I ate a lot of rice, potatoes, some dessert, and drank more than a few beers) I didn't gain a single pound, probably because I stuck to my feed/fast cycle, nothing to eat until twelve hours after the evening meal.
After my return, I dropped another five pounds in the first two weeks of getting back to my normal food, activity, and exercise routine. This is great news because I now know that if I hit another weight loss plateau, a carb reefed of two weeks can do the trick of getting me off the new plateau.
Moreover, as the year rolls out, I am interested in experimenting with regular carb feeds of varying lengths. But for now, I seem to be in the fat burning zone. Since I went on a feed and fast cycle last September, I have dropped 27 pounds. Not too shabby, especially since I had been stuck on a plateau where my weight hovered up and down around a body set weight for 19 months despite the vast amount of aerobic activity I was putting in, the equivalent of walking across Canada in less than a calendar year.
The other thing of note is that I have now lost 61 pounds since I set out on my journey to transform my body from one that was very big and strong to one that is lean and fit. I'm on a roll. I have momentum on my side.
The other thing to note is that I am following through on my promise to myself that I would complete an eBook, Climbing Out of the Fat Trap, One Step at a Time, before the end of the calendar year. So far, using the tricks I learned about forming and keeping good habits, I am working on the project each and every day.
As far as this year's SMART goals, I only have two: lose 25 pounds and drop another pant size. At the moment, I am feeling very confident about reaching both. Writing the book is giving me extra motivation.
Looking forward to sharing the before and after photos.