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    Doing my very first fast

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    This is the first time I've ever conciously tried a fast. Haven't eaten since 7 p.m. last night, not eating until this afternoon. Not a very long fast, I know, but a big challenge for me.

    When I was pregnant with my 3rd child, I had an illness that made me vomit everything that I ate or drank. I starved during the pregnancy and lost 20 lbs. It was horrific. Let me tell you, starvation is incredibly physically painful. It's not just your stomach -- your whole body hurts and aches.

    Ever since, I find being hungry very stressful and scary, and often eat when not hungry just so I don't get hungry.

    So this is my first true confrontation of the fear of starving.

    I am 14.5 hours in and stomach is rumbling, but I'm doing OK.

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    Just hold on, it gets easier. You may find in time that you enjoy the hunger.

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    Good luck! You're doing great so far. If I haven't fasted in awhile I'll get a few stomach rumbles about 12-14 hours into my fast.

    Don't over do it but I'm sure an occasional 16 - 20 hour fast will be beneficial long term. If you feel overwhelmed by it just take it slow and make sure you eat the right foods before and after your fast.

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    Small steps, right? I personally haven't gotten to the fasting stage for much the same fear you have - except mine is I don't want the fast to trigger a migraine. I'll feel ready to take the plunge after I've been pimal and migraine-free for at leadt a couple months.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks, everyone!

    Hour and a half to go until my lunch date (at a rib joint,people, that serves dry-rubbed ribs and coleslaw made with real egg and cream dressing, and no soy ingredients -- yummmmmm).

    Starting to get a little panicky from the "all gone" feeling in my tummy. Drinking lots of water to help.

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    Focus on something else... or exercise (this always decreases my appetite in the short term)
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    at work, so can't exercise right now. Will try to focus on what I'm writing and let go of focusing on the tummy -- good advice.

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    at work I'll just walk around the office or go up and down the stairs, or find an empty office and do some air squats.
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    and drink some water. that helps too
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    I made it! 18 hours total, 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. It was weird, but I didn't feel weak or off or anything. Just hungry.

    Totally stuffed myself at lunch: half a rack of pork ribs, 1/4 chicken, coleslaw -- and a few real yam fries (they hand cut them and cook them in OO, sooo delicious).

    That will be my only meal today -- so full I can't imagine eating again, and I am sure that meal hit my daily caloric requirements (1400 cals) plus I have hot yoga at 7, and can't really eat for a few hours before (full tummy plus hot yoga equals sore digestion.)

    I'll eat breakfast tomorrow.

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