Friday, January 22, 2010

My Workout During Intermittent Fasting

I swim for 30+ minutes everyday around lunch hour at the pool of Island Shangri-La Hong Kong. I do my daily workout as normal as anybody does. What you might consider abnormal is that I do it without breakfast and lunch, i.e., no food before and after. You may wonder how that can be. Well that’s the magic of intermittent fasting, I don’t have to eat three meals a day to support my daily activities. Only a meal every 24 hours will do.

This is the essence of my fasting blog. Many people know that fasting benefits weight loss, detox, cleanse and is a good thing to do. However their major reservation is on energy level. Can I do my daily workout as usual? My answer is of course ‘yes’.

Let me go into more details about my daily workout.

My Daily Workout and Fasting History
In the morning I do 20 minutes of calisthenics at home before going to work. I have been doing this since 1987. There is a background for this which I will explain in my future posts.

My lunch-hour workout started 1999 when I moved to work at Central Plaza Hong Kong. They have a mini gym and pool for the use their tenants. But the pool was closed in winter and in summer closed for all kind of reasons. I can swim only twice a week plus do gym on other days. But this happened seven years before I started my fasting program. So I was still having sort of light lunch after my workout.

A critical date in my recent life was March 11, 2006 when I kicked off my juice fasting, followed by intermittent fasting through now. Since midday workout has been part of my life, I just continued however without food before and after.

In 2007 I moved to work at Pacific Place Hong Kong where my office was just opposite to the Island Shangri-La. I then joined their Health Club and continued with my lunch-hour swimming session. This all-weather pool is much better than that at Central Plaza, as it is larger, more beautiful, well managed as well as opened year round.

Daily Swimming Schedule
Monday through Friday, you’ll see me at the pool around lunch hour, provided my work schedule permits. I might move my swimming session to the evening if necessary. Occasionally I swim on morning of Saturday and Sunday as well.

Why Swimming
Because I have leg and foot pain, many other sports won’t suit me, but swimming is fine.

Working After Swimming, Without Food
Hong Kong people usually ask ‘have you eaten?’ to greet someone in the afternoon. My colleagues were always shocked by my answering ‘NO’. I meant no breakfast and no lunch. They were shocked further that I always look more charm and energetic in the afternoon than in the morning. That’s why this photo was taken.

That day was January 18, 2008 when Asia was under snow crisis and Hong Kong had only 8°C.

Any reservation in kicking off your own intermittent fasting program? Let me know. I’m happy to share my fasting experience.

More about intermittent fasting: Eat Stop Eat

Anna's Daily Workout
Intermittent Fasting Success Report


  1. Hi Anna
    I came across your blog from reading fasting ws.
    You look fantastic! I am on day 5 of my juice fast and constanly searching
    for motivation on line and I found you!! Of course I have a couple of questions for you!:) I am 35yrs old Korean/American and French(by marriage). Like you have serious bloating problem with food. I started my fast at 120lbs. And will be ecstatic to be 104lbs. I've lost far and will stop my fast on day 10. I was wondering, how tall are you and how much do you weigh now? And How much did you weigh when you started? Just curious to know that a small Asian woman like yourself can lose 20lbs!! Thank you so much for your blog. The food portion makes me want to fly to hong kong!! I am writing you from NYC! Thank you! All the best yuna

  2. Hi Yuna
    It seems you are on the right track. Losing one pound a day was my juice fasting result. I'm about 5 feet tall, weighting 110 lbs before fasting. I'm now 90-93. May go up to 95 after my holiday crazy eating. But once I resume fasting, it goes down to 92ish. Great that you've started fasting. I'm sure you'll recover from your bloating problem soon.


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