In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to four elementary teachers from North Kingstown, RI. These ladies support one another daily as they live the intermittent fasting lifestyle and have dubbed themselves “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” because they love to pass clothing down to each other as they shrink out of the larger sizes.
They have all taught at the same school for fifteen years. As part of their yearly ritual, every January they would select a new diet to try together, (they did many). Over Christmas break, they discussed trying something different. Liz had some prior knowledge of IF, and they all started on the same day in January 2019.
They began with 16:8, opening their window at noon. But they gradually increased their fast, and now keep a 19:5 to 22:2 schedule.
Each friend shares some of their triumphs with IF. Heather shares that she’s lost more inches than weight. Kathleen had brought some clothes to school, and several pairs of pants. She encouraged Heather to try on the size 10, (she was formally a size 12-14) and the size 10 fit! She then tried the size 8, and they fit too. Heather was thrilled! Lori shares that she went on a trip to Bermuda with her husband, and confidently wore a red bikini. Kathleen now cooks dinner for entire family, not just for herself. She could never eat the same meals as her family, because she was always dieting. Liz shares that since IF, her blood pressure has returned to normal. Her contact prescription has even been downgraded.
Their advice to new IFers:
Heather- Finding support is key, be patient. It will come in time.
Lori- Everyone’s journey is different, trust yourself. There's no “one-size-fits-all” with IF.
Liz- Good things will happen, but at a different pace. Go to the “Delay Don’t Deny” group for support!
Kathleen- Find someone to do IF with, trust the process, listen to the IF podcasts, and make sure you get the “Gin Stephens’; information” on IF.
This Sisterhood says, “we’re never looking back.” They will live the IF lifestyle forever.
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