I went to Disney World! And I went to the Plexus Leaders’ Retreat that I earned for my summer Plexus biz. And hubby went with me. AND.. I did IF the whole week! Yep, Intermittent Fasting passed the true dieters’ test–a plan you can stay on while on vacation without feeling deprived. Wow!


Here is my Week 4 video/podcast. Watch it here. Listen to the podcast in iTunes, follow the outline here!


I’d love to hear how you are doing with your IF journey! Email, text, or call me to let me know how you are doing and how I can help you!


Oh, and I would love to have you join The Intermittent Fasting Journal FB Group. We are small now, just starting out, but I have big plans for the group as I grow in my journey, and I would love to share it all with you. (Watch the blog and that FB group for my new (Free!) IF Start Up Charts coming out in December!)


IF Coaching Group coming January first! Watch the blog (Donna Reish.com) and the podcast for more details!








Intermittent Fasting Journal: Week 4


(1) What I Did–Vacation Week

a. Decided to keep some fasting hours while on trip (not give it all up!)

i. Fasting needs to be at least 12 hours (preferably 16) to be effective with ketosis/fat burning…in order for the body to burn through the glycogen stores and then start burning you ketones/body fat

ii. Different than diet mentality–not all or nothing!

iii. Never really do the “reduce” but not “quit” in other diets–when do we still count calories but give yourself a few hundred more or still count carbs but just stay under 100–NEVER…..other “diets” are all or nothing!

iv. Another diet mentality busted— Didn’t take 7 days off because it’s “special”–everything can’t be special…every day is not a special day….just forget it for every “special” day


b. At least 16 every day but one (and that was 12:8)

i. Not as hard

ii. Didn’t just put something in my mouth here and there or eat snacks in the room or while driving when I was really hungry

iii. Changed windows to fit our vacay schedule, dinner reservations, etc. each day


c. Decided not to take Fit Bit so not to “count” anything but my fasting and eating hours


d. Appetite correction = real food

i. LOVED the food

ii. Hunger low through appetite control



(2) Results

a. Gained 2 pounds

i. Lost it within two days of back on 19:5

ii. No bloating and feeling terrible!

b. Learned so much about myself, food, fasting, self control, etc.


(3) What I Learned

a. Coping mechanisms

i. Replacing food with something else you love

ii. Planning your meals and your fasting hours


b. Freedom from counting–calories, carbs, steps, miles, etc.


c. Learned to be picky

i. Blog post at Donna Reish.com: “How Much Better Does That Taste?”

ii. Only want to use small window and stomach space on things I really love


d. Appetite Correction (AC)

i. Definitely set in

ii. Happens much easier and sooner with real food than snacky type of foods, especially sugar

iii. Open window with something more real and not with sugar–save sugar for after meal when AC starts

e. Freedoms

i. Enjoying foods that were formerly off limits on other plans

ii. Control started happening gradually and without trying



4. Plexus Products

a. Two main products

i. Slim–pink drink…balances blood sugar, controls cravings, reduces appetite, prebiotics that boost metabolism and decrease appetite

ii. Boost–herba mate–very effective at curbing appetite; also have natural caffeine equivalent to one cup of coffee


b. Free coaching group starting January 1st

i. Order $100 in PV from my Plexus store

ii. Get free weekly coaching live video, monthly one-on-one call, IF Start Up Charts, private FB group



Below are a couple of links to books I use and love. I am an affiliate for Amazon.com. If you click on the links below I will earn a small commission. Thank you for your support of this blog!




1) “Delay, Don’t Deny” book (amazing!)

2) “The Obesity Code” 

3)  “Feast Without Fear” book

4) The Intermittent Fasting Journal podcast in iTunes

5) Donna Reish blog (home of IF articles and videos, low carb cooking/baking, and productivity teaching)

6) “9 Facts About Plexus Slim” article

7) Free sample Plexus Slim

8) Our Plexus store


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