My winter bulk is progressing nicely. By which I mean, my bra cups are running over with bounteousness. I am feeling sorta large, y’all. And I don’t mean, you know, emotionally or any sort of self-loathing thing. There’s no value judgement. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’m bulking. This isn’t really surprising, since I’ve barely been able to exercise for like 3 weeks now, and meanwhile there was Thanksgiving, and also Squid is clearly determined to feed me continuously like a Strasbourg goose. He seems to love watching me eat, and it apparently sometimes thrills him and sometimes astounds him. Like that Cobb salad today. I reduced him to speechlessness in the middle of a sentence by cramming some large wad of ham in my mouth. And then, of course, I began laughing helplessly and had to cover my face with a napkin to avoid disgracing myself any further, while he just sort of waggled around in his chair, completely unable to form words. Either I am more of a savage than I ever realized, or he’s led a strangely sheltered life for a guy who was 13 years in the Navy. Or I suppose both could be true. ("Both. Both would be good.")
So, well, in an attempt to slow this situation down a bit, I’m practicing a modified form of IF, which means that I don’t eat until lunchtime, or sometimes after if I don’t get hungry, but I usually start my day off with a nice big thing of tea with whole cream. Today I even tried some tea with just straight-up butter. That was good too. I gotta be honest, I was too chicken to weigh myself on the 1st of the month. I know perfectly well I’m up several pounds, most of it in the boobs, apparently. What with not weighing myself, I have no clue if my solution is fixing the situation at all. But I’ll know in a few days, because either my bras will start fitting better again, or they won’t. Oh, yeah, also I am trying to stay really low in the carb department. This is not at all easy for me, but it’s sort of entertaining sometimes as a challenge.
However! Here’s the thing. Last time I did IF, in summer 2012, after a couple months of it, I began to experience common side effects, in particular, very light sleep, and sleep disturbance. I’ve been doing this modified IF for maybe a couple weeks now, since before vacation, and last night, I had the light sleep and sleep disturbance crop up. Maybe it was just a thing that sometimes happens, you know? But maybe it was the IF side effects. We’ll see.