Working full-time while fasting is difficult. Each night, co-workers bring in snacks and things, or eat their lunches in close proximity. Someone had bacon, and the smell was INTENSE. My sense of smell seems to have improved somewhat, because I can smell food from afar. My reaction to the bacon was immediate and intense. About 6 days in, and the cravings still haven't fully subsided. I can only hope things improve.
What is your wife thinking of the fast?
Wow, Char very inspirational. Keep up the good work. My longest fast was 48 hours. That was pretty tough, so I can't imagine going a week or longer without food. I know I could go longer than 48 hours without food but I was worried about losing muscle mass. I have heard that around day 4 is when you start losing muscle during a fast. I purposely decided to do my long fast while I was doing a deload week from lifting and when I came back afterwards I didn't lose any strength, in fact I gained a little.
I'd noticed the sense of smell thing too. It's amazing how the scent of food can waft through a building, or down the street!
I'm on a feeding day but I'm looking forward to getting back into fasting mode again.
You're doing very well! Curious to hear more about how it's going for you.
Interesting thread and good that you keep posting (both for yourself and for us).
maybe the hourlong stroll on the threadmill was pushing the limits?
You are working fulltime I understand from your posts and with the financial burden put quite some stress on yourself.
Anyhow, I wish you luck and take care of yourself!
I've been lurking around here for a while and decided I should probably start an account. I enjoy reading these kinds of threads greatly as it helps me gauge and understand my own experiences as well.
I think you are handling this very well and in a very logical manner. I deal with some of the same emotional/mental issues in regards to food as you do (probably more in common than I care to admit to myself) and I am very interested to see how your perspective/attitude towards food changes as you continue.
The longest I have fasted is about 30 hours straight, but I am currently coming up on 23 hours fasting and wish to continue to go longer as i'm currently battling a lung and sinus infection and wish to speed the recovery process as much as possible. I noticed during the last week that when I ate while being sick, the food helped me feel "good" for a moment, but it seemed to make me get "sicker" too. Digestional and more coughing, etc. Like my body had to switch focus.
After reading through all the posts on this thread I was inspired to try and make my own "Paleo-Aid" so to speak as I usually have problems with hunger pangs around the 24 hour mark and figured this might help me out as I can lay off regular food but keep my electrolytes/vitamins/etc in check.
Not trying to thread jack but thought this might be helpful to anyone who had a similar idea: I went out and bought a bag of organic lemons, limes (lower in sugar and good nutrition in them too), some natural sea salt (REAL SALT brand name), as well as some Tazo Green Ginger and Spearmint tea. I plan on doing single servings to preserve freshness as much as possible. My first batch consisted of steeping some ginger tea in a cup, cutting up a lime and squeezing all the juice into a glass, half a lemon's as well (don't want all of those sugar carbs), pouring the contents of an AOR multivitamin into the citrus juice and some sea salt (too much admittedly, will need to cut that back some for taste reasons). I then poured the tea into this mixture, added some chilled filtered water to top it off and drank it. It's actually pretty soothing/refreshing and I'm not hungry. It would probably taste better chilled/iced though for someone who is not sick.
Anyway, I really wish you the best of luck on this and hope to see more updates on your progress as you continue. Just listen to your body and be safe as you are doing now. I think you can reach your goals if you keep your head in it.
Initially, when I first announced my intent, she was a little reticent. These days however, now that she realizes I'm not going to slip into a coma or anything, she's much more comfortable with it. I gave her a few articles on fasting to read and she's even considering trying a short fast sometime in the future. She's been quite supportive, so I'm thankful of that.
Originally Posted by Sabine
Thanks for the comment, Wayne. The muscle loss is a concern, although I'm not terribly muscular as it is. The way I see it, I will probably be able to regain the 1-2 pounds of muscle in the weeks after the fast. Losing the fat is the hardest part! It's interesting that you gained a little strength at the end of your fast.
Originally Posted by Fitness Wayne
Cool. My Honey has been very supportive when I fast, which I was surprised by. But it turns out he really WAS listening when I explained about autophagy! I don't tell most of my friends, though. With two exceptions, I know they would freak out and start spouting CW at me. I have found the- not feeling very well today, so I'll just sip some tea- excuse to be very useful.
It's going surprisingly well today. I don't want to jinx myself, but I feel, somewhat, that I've reached a turning point. I felt awful before bed and just sort of flopped down after work. I slept quite a while and awoke feeling refreshed. Hunger is practically gone and I'm preparing for a nice cup of iced Oolong tea. Can't believe I'm headed into my seventh day without food. I'll update later tonight with all of my stats! Thanks for reading!
Originally Posted by Diana Renata
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