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  • #16
    Originally posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
    Lol. Best.first.post.ever.
    Seriously!

    I wish the OP the best of luck.
    This is, possibly, the challenge of your life. And it's a positive thing:there's a life, a brain, a body, ambition and free-will.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
      At the 22 hour mark now and I am ravenous. Trying to focus on work but it's not helping that work is page layout for a recipe book. The food I want most right now is Nissan Spoonable Noodles, Rich & Savory Beef flavor. I could dump one of those powdered flavor packets in my mouth right now. But instead it's a cup of coffee.

      I'm still getting those random flushes of saliva. It's different from the kind that comes with smelling food. It's much more saliva—enough to swallow in big gulps. It'll occur for about 2 minutes and then go away. I've had about 4 occurrences of this since I started the fast. Odd but not uncomfortable enough to stop the fast by any means.
      Interesting. Are you having nausea with it?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by MarissaLinnea View Post
        Interesting. Are you having nausea with it?
        A little but it goes away quickly. Haven't experienced it in the past few hours. I'm at 27 hours and not feeling hungry anymore just a little tired. Going to go to bed early tonight.

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        • #19
          Another thing... my butt feels great. Like I just did squats, except I haven't squatted in years. I'm surprised just walking could make your muscle hypertrophy like that, especially in a fasted state.

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          • #20
            It's interesting that you've been having lots of saliva. I've been waking up with a bit of dry mouth, but it might be due to my not hydrating adequately. When I first started doing IF though, I was totally ravenous at the sight of tasty food. I know exactly how that feels. It's a totally irrational kind of hunger, kind of like: "That looks tasty. I WANT IT IN MY MOUTH NOW."

            Something I've recently begun doing is indulging in food porn. Maybe it's a little masochistic, but somehow, looking at pictures of really delicious food and not succumbing to the temptation of eating has made me feel kind of stronger in my resolve, haha.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Huntress View Post
              Hahahahaha!

              I just had a fleeting thought wondering how you were going to use this strategy for step 3 of your plan (find a nice chick). Guess we'll hear how that goes in 6 months time after you've succeeded with Paelo the way you have with smoking :-)

              Stay positive! All the best
              As funny as it sounds, it could work. Stop watching internet porn and jacking off allday everyday certainly helps pushing the drive to go out and meet new people.

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              • #22
                At the 48 hour mark and feeling great. No hunger and plenty of pep in my step. I see no point in breaking the fast now: I've got a big gut so there's plenty of fuel to keep me going. Will push it to 72 hours and see how I feel then. My only concern is keeping my electrolytes and vitamins/minerals in the healthy range. Should I make a vegetable shake? I'm worried that it'll make me hungry again.

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                • #23
                  Here's what I drink to keep my electrolytes balanced:
                  8C water
                  2T lemon juice
                  1t salt
                  1/2pkt stevia(optional)

                  I alternate it with regular tap water. Primalgirl has an explanation of how she came up with this formula on her blog under 'hospital visit', but it is essentially to provide your body with the raw materials to make what it needs to keep your electrolytes balanced. I've gotten so I really like the taste, even though I was a plain water gal before.

                  No recommendations for vitamins/minerals, though. Are you generally well-nourished, or was your blow-out indicative of how you usually eat? If you are just going a day or two more, I wouldn't worry about it, or risk the effect of vitamin pills on an empty stomach(some people feel sick when they do- you know yourself best). If you think you are going to go for a while longer, maybe get some liquid vitamins, and spread them throughout the day.

                  Have you looked at any of the other fasting threads? Lots of good information and viewpoints.

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                  • #24
                    @Sabine: thanks for the above info. I ended up not taking any vitamins or vegetable juices and felt fine.

                    I ended my fast 3 days ago at 96 hours. It went 48 hours longer than planned. I felt fantastic during the second half of the fast and in the 3 days since then. Lots of energy, bordering on recklessness: I went for a walk of 25 miles the day after walking 15 miles (coming from complete couch potato land). I lost about 10 pounds over the 96 hours and have gained 2 lbs back since eating again.

                    I broke my fast with bacon and eggs and it tasted so good. Now I'm going to eat on a 20/4 schedule. I'm 5'9 and weigh 175 currently (on a skinny frame, estimate 20 - 25% fat), aiming for 140lbs at about 10% fat.

                    I tried doing pullups last week and couldn't do one, but today I managed to do 3 sets of 1 each. I also "sprinted" up a hill a few times, though at what would be a jogging speed for most people.

                    Yesterday I cheated... ate a box of 6 coconut ice cream bars (~700 calories, about 120g carbs total). Those bars are so damn good with a cup of coffee (and cheap, $2 for 6 bars). I think that's going to be my remaining constant vice, one binge of 6 coconut bars a week. Otherwise all my carbs are coming from veggies and a little dark chocolate.

                    Overall real glad I started this journey, thanks to everyone who posted encouragement.
                    Last edited by dizzyorange; 12-12-2012, 05:44 PM.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Nekron View Post
                      As funny as it sounds, it could work. Stop watching internet porn and jacking off allday everyday certainly helps pushing the drive to go out and meet new people.
                      It certainly does.

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                      • #26
                        Good luck, and keep checking in! I have to say this was probably the most interesting forum post I've ever read.

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                        • #27
                          Glad to hear the fast went well. Make sure to keep us updated on the progress you make in other areas!

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                          • #28
                            I had a bad week Started a new job and, while it is going well, my diet and sleep have suffered. I had freedom to choose my own hours before, so I usually worked nocturnally and slept during from sunrise to mid-afternoon. Now I am working 9-5. The problem is I don't get sleepy until about 4 or 5AM and end up getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep a night. I am still skipping breakfast and lunch and eating between 6PM and midnight. But I haven't been able to deal with my sugar cravings... I eat a six-pack of Coconut cream bars every night (total 720 kcal, 130g carbs, 96g sugar). Other than that I am eating well (fish and veggies) but I can't seem to kick the sugar habit. It's noticeable on my face: much of the cheek fat I lost during my 2 weeks of Primal living has come back. I'm still eating better than before and taking a daily 2-3 mile walk, but wonder if eating almost 100g of sugar daily is going to sabotage my efforts to live Primally. I'm wolfing down a coconut bar as I type with a big cup of coffee...

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
                              I had a bad week Started a new job and, while it is going well, my diet and sleep have suffered. I had freedom to choose my own hours before, so I usually worked nocturnally and slept during from sunrise to mid-afternoon. Now I am working 9-5. The problem is I don't get sleepy until about 4 or 5AM and end up getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep a night. I am still skipping breakfast and lunch and eating between 6PM and midnight. But I haven't been able to deal with my sugar cravings... I eat a six-pack of Coconut cream bars every night (total 720 kcal, 130g carbs, 96g sugar). Other than that I am eating well (fish and veggies) but I can't seem to kick the sugar habit. It's noticeable on my face: much of the cheek fat I lost during my 2 weeks of Primal living has come back. I'm still eating better than before and taking a daily 2-3 mile walk, but wonder if eating almost 100g of sugar daily is going to sabotage my efforts to live Primally. I'm wolfing down a coconut bar as I type with a big cup of coffee...
                              Yes. Ditch the sugar. Since you like those coconut cream bars, how about buying some dried coconut, shredded or flaked as a munchie substitution?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                                Yes. Ditch the sugar. Since you like those coconut cream bars, how about buying some dried coconut, shredded or flaked as a munchie substitution?
                                I have some lying around. It's not the same, but you're right, I really have to ditch the sugar.

                                I was rationalizing that the 3 mile walk to the grocery store makes up for buy ice cream everyday, but I just found an online calculator that says I am only burning 150 kcal above basal metabolic rate for the entire 3 mile walk. Hard to believe that's true. So I would have to walk 15 miles to burn off the 720 kcal!

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