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6 Funky Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting.

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When I first started intermittent fasting for weight loss, I experienced some pretty funky side effects. Side effects I never experienced from other weight loss plans before. From dry mouth to wild dreams, it seemed like my body was living in some strange alternate dimension! 

As it turns out, when the body changes its core method of processing food and fat, the body lets you know that these changes are taking place by acting a little funky during that adaptation process.

The good news is that these intermittent fasting side effects don’t happen to everyone, and, even better, if they do, they don’t last forever!

Let’s take a look at these 6 funky side effects of intermittent fasting, that I personally experienced, and what I did to get over those funky humps!

Dry Mouth/Keto Breath.

Feeling a little funky in the mouth? 

Dry mouth (or Keto breath) is a very common side effect of IF. I didn’t experience mouth funk at first with my 16/8 fasting schedule, but once I went to an 18/6 fasting schedule, there was nary a drop of fluid in my mouth for weeks. 

What causes this strange side effect? 

Dry mouth/Keto breath is typically caused when the body starts burning fat for fuel. 

Will it last forever? 

No! Once your body starts to adapt to IF, your bad breath will subside and your dry mouth will start to go away. 

I experienced dry mouth for about 2-3 weeks before the symptoms went away. 

Side note: That 18/6 schedule must be my dry mouth fasting initiator! 

A while ago I found myself slowing slipping back into a 16/8 fasting schedule, and finding myself a little puffier than normal, I decided that it was time to tighten my eating window and refocus on my 18/6 fasting schedule. 

Welp, BOOM, dry mouth again. 

But, as it had done before, the dry funky mouth only lasted a few weeks. I’m back to “normal” mouth again.

How to manage the yuck?

Most people will tell you to drink a lot of water, but I didn’t find this particularly helpful in managing my dry mouth. While I do drink plenty of water to keep my body hydrated, I found no difference in dry mouth with the added H2O. 

In the end, I bought WOW drops. They are really powerful mouth drops made from peppermint oil. You put a drop (or less) on your tongue and WOW! It’s like a peppermint explosion in your mouth. They are really great for clearing the sinuses, too!

WOW drops and water aside, I didn’t find anything other than “time” to really solve this problem. However, the WOW drops allowed me to, at least, talk to people without my breath knocking them out.

NOTE: If you are fasting CLEAN, you will want to be careful with the products you choose. If you are in a fasted state, you could break your fast with gum, lozenges, mouthwash, herbal teas, etc. The WOW drops will not break your fast.

Read: 6 Amazing Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting!

Constipation.

No more morning poops? Give it some time, like many funky IF side effects, your constipation will start to go away once your body adapts.

In the beginning, I would go a few days without a bowel movement. 

For a “regular” someone like me, this seemed like an issue, but I wasn’t bloated or gassy, so I wasn’t really concerned. 

My new “regular” when I started intermittent fasting was a movement every 2-3 days. That lasted for about a month or so. 

I’m happy to report that I’m back to my “regular” regular self again.

What you can do to get things moving again?

Drink more water. I mean, water seems to be the antidote for most of our ailments, right?

Also, take a look at your food intake. Are you eating enough fiber? Too many processed foods? Try swapping some of your processed foods with whole foods. 

I’m not a huge fiber fan because it just doesn’t sit well with my stomach, but when I focus on getting whole unprocessed foods, I have no issues with my daily movement.

Also, for those if you just starting out, eating ALL THE THINGS is common when you first start IFing. If that’s you, ALL THOSE THINGS may be causing a back-up. You may need to take a step back to determine if ALL THE THINGS is really necessary and what THINGS you can remove from your eating window to help get your flow moving again.

Sign up: I talk about what to eat while intermittent fasting in my FREE 3 Day Short Course.

If you are experiencing pain or severe constipation, consult your doctor.

Wild Dreams.

I have no idea why this happens, but many IFers experience wild, vivid dreams. There is some speculation as to why this may happen, but no real conclusive evidence. 

I have experienced (and still experience) this first hand and it can be pretty crazy. 

Sweet dreams!

Sleeplessness.

For me, I had a very difficult time sleeping in the early stages of IF because I was going to bed HUNGRY. 

Prior to IF, I was a nighttime snacker. I would have a little (or big) snack every night very close to my bedtime. When I removed that snack, creating a few hours before my last meal and bedtime, my belly was growling. That, too, went away with time. 

It’s also said that intermittent fasting clears the brain, so much so, that it can make the brain more active, thus making it harder to fall asleep.

What to do?

I talk about this a lot more in my Free 3 day IF Short Course, but create routine. 

Let your body and your brain know what to expect. Once your body has adapted to intermittent fasting it will become easier for you to fall asleep. 

Read: Intermittent Fasting: How to Manage the Hungry.

Lately, I’ve been participating in my beautiful friend Amber’s Daily Virtual Guided Relaxation. During the quarantine months, she’s been hosting a 10-15 minute guided relaxation every morning and evening via zoom. It is so lovely and really calms the body and the mind.

Read: 2 Tips to Create Structure in Your Day.

Headaches.

Like many, I experienced headaches when I started intermittent fasting. It didn’t happen on my 16/8 fasting schedule, but it did hit me pretty hard when I switched to an 18/6 intermittent fasting schedule. 

Headaches can occur for multiple reasons, but for us IFer’s it’s most likely because of a drop in blood sugar or dehydration. 

For me, I know it was because of a drop in blood sugar. I was going longer without food when I was on the 18/6 plan, so that diagnosis just makes sense. 

What to do to combat the headaches?

For me, I had to take a look at WHAT I was eating in my eating window.

Fortunately, with a few adjustments to what I ate during my feast (added some more high-fat foods) and “time”, my body started to better adapt to the 18/6 plan and the headaches went away.

What else can you do to combat the headaches?

Welp, guess what, water is the antidote once again! 

Stay hydrated. 

Many people will put a few drops of Himalayan sea salt under their tounges to accompany their water intake to help battle dehydration. 

Personally, I like to make my own sparkling mineral water with my Soda Stream and add a few Trace Mineral Drops.

Side Note: Here’s the deal. Hopefully, you know your body well enough to know when something’s not right. If you’re experiencing significant headaches with IF, talk to your doctor. 

While there is an adaptation phase, and while all of that should eventually go away, you don’t want to push yourself to “harm” in an attempt to lose your weight. 

Take a step back, figure it out, and then move forward in whatever direction works best for you.

Hair Loss.

This happens! This is usually due to a lack of nutrients like protein and B vitamins. Many IFers see hair loss at the beginning of their journeys, but report that their hair started to grow back over time. 

If you notice you are losing your hair, take a look at what you are eating during your window. Having a shorter eating window limits the amount of nutrient-rich foods that we can consume, so make sure what you are eating during your window is full of the good stuff!

Side note: I started to add Collagen Peptides to my feasting window again. While my hair isn’t falling out, I am getting older and my ponytail is starting to look a little sad. I’m hoping the collagen will help with my hair, nails, and skin as I age.

What about you?

Have you experienced any of these funky side effects of intermittent fasting? So weird, right? 

Our bodies have most likely lived their lives as sugar burning machines. So, when we switch the mechanics of our bodies and encourage our bodies to make adjustments. To use tools we haven’t used in a while to make it an efficient fat-burning machine, it’s going to take some time for that machine to adapt to its new process. Thus, our funky side effects of intermittent fasting.

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Intermittent Fasting for Weight loss: Manage the Hungry.

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When it comes to intermittent fasting (IF) for weight loss, what is the very first concern that comes to mind? 

If you said, “How am I going to make it that long without something to eat?” You’re right. If you said, “Black coffee? Really?” You’re also right! (LOL!) When it comes to intermittent fasting, managing your hunger is key. 

Great Read: 5 tips to help you drink and enjoy black coffee.

Unlike just about all diet plans, intermittent fasting doesn’t come with a manual. You don’t get a box of food to heat and eat, and you don’t get packets of shakes and smoothies to drink. 

Sure, there are some extremely helpful books on intermittent fasting, but there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to intermittent fasting. You stop eating, and when your scheduled fast is over, you eat! 

Good Read: 5 Steps to Start Intermittent Fasting.

If you’re new to IF, or if you are an IF master suddenly struggling with how to manage your hunger (especially in the final hour or two of your fast) then look no further! I’ve got the goods to help see you through to complete your fast successfully every day. 

First step to manage your hunger: Create your plan!

I talk about this in more detail in my free 3-day short course, but you need to create a plan! 

What’s your day going to look like? Look at what you do consistently on a daily basis? Write it down. Use that consistency in your day to help get you through. Consistency is key! 

Bookends.

Take a look at your day and create your “bookends”. You do this by creating a very structured beginning and a very structured ending to your day. “Bookend” your day!

I created daily “bookends” to help ease my anxiety during these very unpredictable times, but it works for intermittent fasting, too! 

Create predictability during the moments you’re not eating!

Good Read: Reduce anxiety with two two simple tips.

Placeholders

Next, plan the placeholders in-between. What do you do consistently in your schedule to help get you through your day? Write it down. Use that schedule to get you through those difficult moments of your fast.

For me, right now during our stay home order, my daily “placeholders” looks like this:

  • Wake-up
  • Make black coffee
  • Check work emails
  • Answer work emails
  • Review school check-in and homework schedule for the day
  • Wake kids
  • Review schedule and check-in schedule with the kids for the day
  • Daily virtual relaxation medication w/ Amber
  • Check more emails
  • Check on kids
  • Etc…

I keep myself busy with the “busy work”

to help keep me going until I get to my feast!

Do you see what I did here? As explained in my short course, I list every little thing that I do in the morning up until my fast. 

For me, by the time I complete my list, execute my morning bookend, and take my morning shower (which has been significantly delayed due to our current situation) I’m already an hour or so from the end of my fast! 

Step two: Journal.

Journal! I talk about this in my short course, too, but I journal. 

I used journaling, especially when I started intermittent fasting, to document how I felt during the fast. This helped me as my body was getting better adapted to the fast.

Keep the journal entries short and sweet. Like my daily routine list, I document the mundane in my journal. 

I document when I wake up, how I slept, if I worked out, and how that workout felt. And, since I’m a lady, I like to document the days until I get my period. This gives me a good picture of whether or not any issues might be due to my menstrual cycle or the fast. 

It’s these little things that help keep me going to see weight loss on that scale!

Step three: RESET!

Here’s the deal, those steps listed above are my tried and true “stay on track” steps to weight loss and maintenance. Every time I fall off the wagon, I regroup, grab my journal, write my daily plan, and forge on. But, times aren’t quite what they were, are they? Even with my tried and true steps in hand, missteps can still happen. 

Quick disclaimer: If you are lightheaded, nauseous, and just absolutely need to eat, then EAT! This is a lifestyle and as a lifestyle, it offers flexibility. It can take the body a while to adapt to intermittent fasting, so take it easy.

The times we live.

Anxiety has led to stress eating for many of us. Like the good IFer I am, I’ve done a pretty good job at maintaining my 16/8 fasting schedule during this stay at home order, but I haven’t been doing a great job of eating all the right things. With my body getting a little puffier than I’d like, I decided, reluctantly, that it was time to step on the scale. 

7-pound weight gain. 

It’s not enormous, but the last time I said “that’s not a big deal” I gained 50 pounds. 

Read More: My Weight Story.

Staring down at a 7-pound weight gain, I quickly became aware that shifts needed to be made. With my intermittent fasting protocols in hand, I decided a RESET was in order. 

Part I: RESET to see results.

As part of my RESET, I shifted my fasting schedule to an 18/6 fasting schedule (again), I started tracking my fast on the LIFE app (again), started journaling to keep myself on track with my fasting and my feasting (again), and started to make mindful changes to allow my body to appreciate the time I spend without food. 

I can’t lie, it was tough. Going from 16/8 back to 18/6 was not easy. Those two additional fasting hours can feel like years, especially if you’re coming off a period of overeating during your window. 

During those two hours I was walking in circles trying to justify all the reasons I should end my 18 hour fast early, so I knew I had to figure something out. I was staring at all the food like it was the last bits of morsels on earth.

With my normal bags of tricks not working, and a Cinnamon Chip Muffin giving me the great vibes, I knew something had to give.

Part II: Epiphanies! 

One day out of nowhere, when I was walking circles in my kitchen, my mind not shutting off, thinking about when I can eat, I thought, “I think I need to meditate?”. But, I don’t mean, like, “meditate”, I mean like, “meditate while fasting” meditate. Like, dive into the healing state of meditation while fasting “meditate”.

“The best of all medicines are resting and fasting”.

Ben Franklin

I mean, “why not?” I’m already fasting, so I might as add the practice of meditation while doing so. So, with Peloton App in hand, I went to my basement, found a 10 minute meditation, and I meditated.

Part III: So, I Meditate.

Piggybacking my nightly guided relaxation with Amber I thought that maybe, just maybe, including another mindful meditation during the day, especially during that difficult time when my brain is trying to give me ALL the reasons to justify ending my fast, would be a good idea. 

So, instead of walking that anxiety tightrope that we often walk before we open our window, focusing on how we’re going to open our window, when we can open our window and how much time we have left to open our window, I decided to use that time, that meditation, to focus on the BENEFITS of my fast. 

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
I have quite the meditation set-up right now. I have a nasty right hip at the moment, so I need ALL the props to help keep my hips in line.

  • To focus on the positive changes that my body is making during the fast. 
  • During my meditation I thought about how my fast is positively affecting my insulin levels and how that, in turn, positively affects my hormones. 
  • I thought about how my body is pulling my fat for fuel, about autophagy. 
  • I thought about how the fast affects my mental awareness and how that mental awareness has helped me deal with this crazy time in our lives. 
  • I focus internally, thinking about nothing at all, to give myself a few moments of simple calm. I take that time to focus on me and all the health benefits I’m experiencing due to the fast and due to the meditation.

Results?

How has it been? Amazing! 

On day 2 of my RESET and going back to my 18/6 fasting schedule, I was able to embrace that meditation and pushed my fast to 21 hours

On this particular day (day 2), I was feeling groggy when I woke up and decided that I was not going to work out. Instead, at my breaking point, I decided to meditate. 

Crazy enough, after that first meditation I was able to regroup, take stock of how I was feeling, and decided to participate in a 45-minute workout. 

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Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

If you add all of my tasks, the meditation, the class, the shower, and a few errands, I was at a 21 hour fast

This doesn’t happen every day, but it’s happened more than once. I’m just as surprised as you may be!

Don’t have the Peloton App? No problem? Check out this list of free meditation apps!

Step four: Look ahead.

I’ve talked about this a little in some of my posts, but I turned 45 last year. I don’t know if it’s a midlife crisis, or a midlife reality, but by my count, I may have about 45 years left to live (if I’m lucky). 

Recently, I’ve been sitting on the idea that, if I’m halfway through this life of mine, I have to look ahead and make very good decisions today that will affect how my body will treat me in my 50s, 60s, 70s and up until the day I die.

I was listening to the “Intermittent Fasting Podcast” recently and one of their guests, Ori Hofmeckler, author of The Warrior Diet, posed a poignant question. 

Do you want your body to die of old age

or do you want to die of an old age disease? 

Ori Hofmeckler

It’s been weighing heavy on my mind.

I look around at people as they age, and take stock of where they are and what changes they could have made around my age to make their lives easier in their current state.

If they delayed when they ate, if they took better stock and allowed their bodies to do what it needed to do when they were my age, would they have diabetes, high blood pressure, or be overweight? This doesn’t even have to be about intermittent fasting, but health in general. Think about that.

If they took a few minutes to meditate, do some yoga, or just moved their bodies consistently by walking or doing a few morning stretches, would their joints be so tight they can barely get out of bed in the morning? Bend down to pick up a newspaper?

Happy Grandparents.

My grandparents died of old age. While they didn’t intermittent fast, they were very consistent with what they ate, when they ate and how they moved their bodies. They died because their bodies said it was time to die, not because they were battling an illness that finally took their lives. 

I think about them a lot. And, I think about all the people out there who are not like them. Who will never have the ability to live like them because of their choices.

So, when you think about managing your hungry, think beyond the weight loss, think beyond that last fifteen minutes, think beyond what you’re going to eat when you open your window and turn those feelings inward and think about all the amazing things that are happening within to help get you through. 

Think about what you want your life to be like in 10, 20 and even 30 years. 

Think about how you want to die. It really is a mind shift. I never thought about death until I listened to Ori on that podcast. I never thought about how I wanted to live so I could die. Trippy, right?

Intermittent fasting for weight loss

On that happy note.

As we move forward with our intermittent fasting journey’s we may discover that fasting can be about so much more than weight loss. It can be about healing the body and, as I’m starting to discover, the mind. Keep this thought in mind as you struggle with those last moments of your fast. Keep it as part of your daily fasting protocol.

Remember, intermittent fasting is a lifestyle. You will have your ups and your downs (like I’m having right now), but with the right tools in your toolkit, getting back on track (when you’re ready) is right at your fingertips.

Read More!

Head over to My Weight Story Page to read more about intermittent fasting and my weigh journey!


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Reduce anxiety with two simple steps.

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Is it possible to reduce anxiety with two simple steps? Yes, but it won’t solve all of your problems. Finding and implementing small changes to your day can be really helpful, especially if you are dealing with a very difficult situation.

Creating structure and reducing anxiety in challenging times is not only difficult, but can seem next to impossible. Not knowing what the future will look like in terms of work and school has thrown my normal well-grounded self into a bit of a tailspin. With my anxiety hitting an all-time high, I knew that changes needed to be made to help guide me through, what might be, more challenging months ahead.

To help combat the chaos, I have incorporated two very simple steps into my day to help create structure and reduce anxiety during this very challenging stay at home order.

Zoom call with an old friend.

My beautiful college friend Amber has been hosting a daily guided relaxation meditation since the facility that she worked for closed due to COVID-19. It’s a simple 15-20 minute guided meditation that I all but forgot about until she texted me about intermittent fasting last week. I attended one session at the start of the stay at home order, but like many “best intentions” quarantine ideas, it fell off my radar.

After one of Amber’s sessions, I stayed on the zoom call to talk to her for a while. I mean, it’s been over 20 years since we spoke, so it was fun to see what she’s been up to since graduation! But, in all that talk about the past, college, family, and how we were managing the stay at home orders, there was one idea that Amber mentioned about her guided meditations that stood out to me. 

She said that by offering and teaching these sessions (two in the morning, and one at night) she was creating the perfect “bookends” to her day. 

So, while the chaos of her day still existed, she had a very structured beginning and a very structured end to her day, every day. 

This got me thinking…

  1. What are my bookends? Do I even have bookends?  
  2. And, how am I functioning in between my would be bookends? What can I do to help manage that chaos?

Step One: Creating my bookends.

For the first several weeks of quarantine I had no bookends. There was no structure to my day at all. We were dealt a crazy hand very quickly, and with little to no guidance on how to maintain that hand, insanity shortly ensued. In an effort to combat my daily chaos and to reduce anxiety, I took a cue from Amber and started to come up with ideas to create my own bookends.

My morning bookend.

Coffee, emails, and alone time before the kids wake up. This set of very small tasks now constitute my morning bookend.

I’m usually the first person to wake up in the morning, and very much like pre-quarantine days, I get up, make my coffee, check work emails, balance the checking account, and then wake the kids. The only difference here is that I’m not waking up at 5:30 am, working out, showering, and then doing all the rest as listed above, but it’s still pretty darn close. This is the perfect morning bookend for me because this is as close to my “usual routine” as I can get right now. 

My evening bookend.

Amber’s nightly guided meditation! I can’t believe I forgot about it for all those weeks in the beginning of quarantine!  I mean, if this is not the best way to reduce anxiety and have the best finish to your day, I don’t know what is!

Her nighttime meditation takes place at 8:30 pm (perfectly timed). A few minutes before she starts, I head downstairs to our little workout room, light a few candles, turn out the light, and participate in total relaxation for 15-20 minutes. It is so lovely.

This current bookend is not close to my usual nighttime bookend and that’s just fine for me. To be honest, even as I transition back to work, I’d like to maintain this daily guided meditation. Let’s hope Amber feels the same! (No pressure, Amber!)

Step two: Plan the chaos in between.

Let’s take this “bookend” idea a few steps further. Now let’s say those books in between our bookends represent the chaos. And, how do writers organize that chaos? By breaking their ideas down into chapters. So, let’s take a minute to determine what chapters we can create to help organize our crazy. We don’t have to write an epic novel, but I think a beginner chapter book will do just fine.

The Book: Get up and get out!

The main book that keeps falling off our bookshelf is titled “Get up and Get out!”. It’s about getting off your duff, getting out of your chair, and resetting your mind!

Chapter 1: Small walks.

Chapter 1 is all bout the little things you can do to prevent your joints from rusting up. Think about what you used to do before this crazy time and find a way to mimic that benefit at home. The main character in this book (me) aims to get up and walk around several times a day even if it’s a few laps inside the house  (walking our dogs has been great for this). 

In my office at work, I would strive to get up every once in a while to get the blood flowing in my body. Sitting and staring at my screen for hours on end would cause stiffness in my joints, neck, and lower back, so a little walk around campus would do me good. I mean, my block is not the same as a big beautiful campus, but whatever! Just get off your duff for a few minutes a day and get the blood flowing!

Chapter 2: Get the kids out of the house!

Chapter 2 is all about the massive effort it takes to get your angsty teen and tween children to breath unrecycled bedroom air. The goal is to get the kids out of the house so they can get some fresh air and sunshine during the shutdown. 

With no P.E., walks to the bus or school, no after school activities, and no way to reduce their anxieties, it’s become all too easy for the kids to sit in front of the TV, their computer screens and their phones and do nothing but watch…stuff. We threaten make the kids get off their screens a few times a day to get outside for some fresh air and some good old vitamin D. Again, walking our dogs has been really good for this!

Chapter 3: Car-Dee-ooohhhh!

Chapter 3 is all about sweating. Sweating is good for the soul, didn’t you know? (I don’t really know, I just made that up, but it sounds right!)

I know I said that just moving a little is enough, but raising your heart rate for even a short period of time will do wonders for your mental and physical health! I don’t think it’s necessary to do intense cardio all the time, but getting in a brisk walk, a short run or some workout DVDs might just be what you need to reduce stress and help better prepare you for your day.

Chapter 4: Meditate!

Chapter 4 is all about sitting the eff down, taking some “me” time, and relaxing. I can’t overstate this enough. Take a few moments for yourself, a few quiet moments, and meditate.

I started participating in some short meditations before the break to help me with the final moments of my longer fasts, but I have stepped it up a notch over the past few weeks as my anxiety levels have started to rise. Daily, I participate in Amber’s nighttime meditation, as well as, some short meditation and restorative yoga sessions on my Peloton App.

I felt so great after each one of these sessions that I just ordered some yoga blankets, a yoga bolster and an acupressure mat to help take my meditative and restorative practices even further! I’m hoping to continue to incorporate these practices even when we start the transition back to office life.

Want to meditate at home? The Peloton App is free for the first 30 days and is only $12.99/month after that. There is no peloton bike or tread equipment purchase required. While I do own the bike, I use the App for meditation, yoga, resistance training, running (outside and on my own treadmill), and more! Don’t’ want to pay, check out this list of free meditation apps!

Note: This is the acupressure mat that I just ordered. The reviews call it a “torture device”. I guess, if I can last longer than 3 minutes on this mat, I’ll experience a significant reduction in muscle tension? I’ll let you know what happens! It looks pretty, though!!

Last Chapter: Be open to all options and give yourself a break!

If my options aren’t options for you, then make your own! It’s your story! I think, in call cases, it’s important to just get up, move and take some time for yourself in an effort to help ground your already crazy day!

Look, we’re in a crazy, funky, weird time. I think it’s just fine to veg and give ourselves a break, but for mental health and wellness, we need to take at least a little action to keep ourselves healthy and sane.

Epilogue

So, how will you write your story to help promote mental and physical wellness during this crazy insane time?

If I had to guess, this won’t be the only crazy time in our lives. With each passing milestone or decade, we face new challenges and with those new challenges we need to make adjustments and find a way to create some sort of calm in the chaos to come. We may not face these challenges together, like we are now, but if we can use this time to establish practices to help get us through, we might just be a little bit more prepared for our next stress-inducing adventure. So, create your bookends, plan your chapters, and take those crazy days head-on!

Hello!

Hey there! I’m E.C. and welcome to Stuck Ass Down! I ‘m a 45 year old mom to a teen and a tween and a few years ago my life got so out of control that I gained 50 pounds! You might say I was “Stuck Ass Down”.

I’d for love you to stick around and read about how I lost 30 pounds and made some pretty great steps to straighten out my crazy life!

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