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Day 9 of 10 Day Fast, and I've officially lost 100+ lbs from kaleidoscopeiiis's log

Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 137.2 lbs

Total Lost: 16.2 lbs

Down .8 lbs since yesterday. I was wondering when it was going to slow down! I also had more salt yesterday and drank less, so I'm not surprised. Yesterday wasn't awesome, but not nearly as bad as Sunday. I felt a little nauseated in the late afternoon but felt decent in the evening. Today I didn't feel well when I woke up, and it has taken me hours to feel okay. Headache, nausea, low energy, etc. I am trying to drink more but also stay on top of my electrolytes. I am glad tomorrow is the last day. I am tired of not feeling 100%.

The great, wonderful, exciting news though, is that I realized that I've lost more than 100 lbs! I posted about this on r/fasting as well, so I'm going to be lazy and copy some of it:

It took me four and a half years to lose 100 lbs. Technically, I got there yesterday when I hit 138, but I didn't realize how much of a landmark that was. I have gone from my highest known weight of 238 to weighing in this morning at 137.2. (I am quite sure I probably weighed more than 238, maybe a lot more, but I avoided the scale, so who knows.)

I've deployed a lot of strategies to make this happen. I went vegan and 99% stopped eating fast food and cut out all soda. (Used to go heavy on Mountain Dew, and then Diet Pepsi.) I killed my awful Starbucks Frappuccino habit. I started going to the gym almost every day (with long breaks where I was lazy and suffered the consequences). I started cooking at home a lot more and became friends with salads, roasted vegetables, and my precious Vitamix. I started using the CICO method and rigorously tracking my calories consumed and burned, making sure I was at a deficit on a daily or at least weekly basis. I started running. I weigh myself every single day. I even take my scale with me on vacations, because avoidant-me is overweight-me and binge-eating-me. I have learned that facing reality is a weapon against my weaknesses. I am 100% honest with myself and my accountability partner (my husband) about my progress and my setbacks. I tell my husband my weight every day, and also show him my food log daily, which is really the only way that I log my calories consistently. For the second half of that 100 lbs, I have been intermittent fasting (all sorts of schedules, 16:8, OMAD, ADF, etc.) and extended fasting. There doesn't seem to be one thing that works for me for more than a few months at a time. Fasting seems to be the exception. It has gotten me out of every plateau.

I have another 20 lbs to lose, give or take 10, but unlike my past self, I am a finisher, and I've got this. But today is definitely a celebrating day. No idea how I'll celebrate, because normally I celebrate by cooking a huge meal and feeding people, but today is awesome and I am so very happy with my accomplishment.

I've already planned out how I am going to break my fast. I work at a start-up, and one of the perks is that we get daily free lunches delivered that we pick out individually from a list of options. (It's a bit like glorified airplane meals, to be honest.) Lunch this Thursday for me is pumpkin curry with vegetables and tofu. It has rice on the side, but I'll throw that in my freezer at home and use it some other time. I am going to break my fast at lunch and have half of the portion of the pumpkin and tofu Thai curry, which I will eat very, very, very slowly. I absolutely love Thai food, so this is going to be a treat. I am going to try to stay in ketosis at least for a few days but as a vegan, this is rather difficult (mostly difficult because the free work lunches are not keto friendly at all) but I am least going to try to stay below 50 net carbs. In the past doing vegan keto, I tried to stay below 30 and it was a challenge to fit in enough calories without just eating straight oil. But since I am refeeding, I can do keto more easily since I'm not planning on eating a normal amount of calories anyway for a few days. We do have some plans this weekend that will be interesting. We are going to the NorCal Renaissance Faire (a favorite tradition of ours) and it usually involves drinking and "medieval street food", but I'll figure out the game plan for that later.

Anyway, hopefully the rest of my day goes smoothly. Tomorrow is a super light day at work, and then I get to have foooood, which I am so excited about. As of about Day 7 or 8, I just feel bored. I miss cooking and I miss eating, but I am going to finish strong here and then reward myself with about 5 bites of one of my favorite meals on Thursday.


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By kaleidoscopeiiis
Added Oct 3 '17

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