I love to experiment on myself with new workouts, new foods and new ways of eating. I’ve done and do variations of running (marathon and race training as well as just general jogging), yoga, Tracy Anderson Method, Crossfit, boot camps (indoor and outdoor), dance, P90X and more. I’m always vegan so where I play there is with fasting, juicing, smoothies, raw foods and so on. And now for my new month of April challenge! 16/8 or the 8 hour diet! Which means I’ve started drinking coffee! Eep!

So 16/8 is when you fast each day on water, coffee and/or tea for 16 hours out of the day and eat for 8 hours. I’m also liquid fasting for about 24 hours every Monday and Friday of April. My goals are always generally the same- how will my energy for workouts fair and how will my clothes fit. I also weigh in daily to track my progress. I write down everything I eat and the workouts I do. The first week I went to my Crossfit gym, Plantfit 6 days in a row. I’m sure I’m not doing the purest version of 16/8 and I’m pretty sure it’s popular in the paleo community but I’m vegan and do it vegan style! Today is day eight of 16/8, my third fasting day as I started this self-imposed challenge on April 8. I’ll post my findings at the end of the month!

So far, I like Stumptown cold brew coffee. I buy it at Food Fight here in Portland in an adorable little glass bottle and one can last me about two days.