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Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 135.8 lbs

Total Lost: 17.6 lbs

Wow. Just wow. I am so happy that I finished this fast. (I'm also so happy to be done with it...) I've been deeply emotional all day, getting choked up at the smallest things. I just feel so grateful that I was brave enough to do this, that I had the support to do it, and for all of the positive changes in my body and my life. My husband was marveling at my body a few days ago. MARVELING. He was commenting on how healthy I look, how slender, and so on, telling me to turn this way and that while I was undressed. It was one of those simple but incredible moments. He's always loved my body, regardless of its size and shape, but he REALLY loves that I am happier with myself and that he can pick me up so much more easily now compared to when we started dating (when I weighed 200+ lbs). I personally love how I look, how my clothes are fitting, and how close I am to my goal weight. I was thinking about doing another fast next week, 5 days perhaps, but I was at the gym last night and realized that I've really slacked off for a couple months in the strength-building department, so I think that I will take a 1-week break from fasting at the very least, and focus on lifting weights, running, and losing weight with CICO.

I will be breaking my fast in about 30 minutes, making this a 10 and 2/3 day fast -- approximately 256 hours. My goal was 10 days, so this little extra bit today is just bonus hours. I'll post tomorrow about breaking my fast, what I weigh tomorrow, etc. But I am happy to say: GOAL ACHIEVED.

kaleidoscopeiiis Oct 5 '17 · Rate: 5 · Tags: 10 day fast, weight loss, results

Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 137 lbs

Total Lost: 16.4 lbs

Well, only down .2 lbs since yesterday, and that's what not drinking enough while increasing your salt intake looks like, folks. Lesson learned, but also, mathematically, I must have lost more than .2 lbs of fat yesterday, so let's call it water retention. Yesterday I felt very blah. Not bad, but not good. I went to the gym and did just about the laziest workout possible. Did some weights, and cycled on a stationary bike for about 12 minutes. I slept well, though, but felt not great for the first three hours of the day today. It's like the waking up process takes about 6 times as long for the past few days. I felt rather weak and lightheaded during/after showering, but I take super hot showers, so that didn't help.

I am feeling fine right now, and my friend at work saw me this morning (he only comes into my office once a week) and practically shouted "You look SUPER SKINNY!" and then he looked around embarrassed and asked, "Is that an okay thing to say?!" I said it was fine by me, of course. Nobody would have called me skinny until very recently.

I am breaking my fast tomorrow, probably at lunchtime with a tiny bit of pumpkin tofu Thai curry, but depending on how I feel when I wake up, I might have something really small, like a few almonds, in the morning. I know that I'm going to need to be super close to a toilet at all times the minute I put something into my mouth (just based on past personal experiences), so I think waiting until I've at least gotten SOME work done to break my fast is a good idea, because I'm not sure how productive my afternoon is going to be. I am giving myself a 500 calorie limit tomorrow, and 1000 max on Friday, but it will probably be more like 700-800. I have a lunch date with a friend on Friday, but I've already picked out what I'm eating, and I'm going to eat about a quarter of it and save the rest.

I can't believe it's Day 10. I didn't think I'd make it, at points. I guess my fast will be more like 10.75 days if I don't eat until tomorrow around noon, so that's cool. Yesterday I realized that I can see the bottom tip of my sternum, which is super weird. I'm all ribs and spine. The top half of my stomach is just hollow, like actually concave (when I'm sucking it in). My arms, thighs, butt, and below-belly-button-stomach all have a lot of fat still, and my fast seems to have stopped looking weight for the time being, so I hope as I continue to lose weight, those areas that are holding for dear life onto their fat will get in line and give it up. I really do look skinny, though (except my butt, which will maybe never look skinny, and I'm totally fine with that). I'm wearing a cute lace-trimmed hoodie today that I bought forever ago (I think on clearance or something) that I've never been able to wear before. It really shows off my weight loss, and along with my skinny jeans, I am loving the way that I look and all these clothes that I wear that have been haunting me for years from the back of my closet.

I'll post my final fasted weight tomorrow and let you guys know my total. It's silly, but I'm hoping that I get to at least 17 lbs lost total for this fast, because 17 is my special number. I'll also keep posting logs for a few days about my refeeding experience.

kaleidoscopeiiis Oct 4 '17 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 1 · Tags: 10 day fast, day 10, refeeding, weight loss

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.


Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 138 lbs

Total Lost: 15.4 lbs

Down another pound, about what I expected for today.

So, yesterday was awful. On top of the bad night's sleep Saturday night, I had a horrendous headache all afternoon on Sunday, and couldn't do anything except attempt to nap (mostly failed) and sit on the couch with a blanket and a one of the bean bags you microwave to warm up and put on your head (which helped some). I was genuinely miserable. I did make it out of the house for church and Sunday afternoon tea, but by the time we got home around 1:30, I didn't feel like I could do anything at all. I have no idea what happened, but I'm guessing it was either low electrolytes, the side effects of some detoxification, caffeine withdrawal (I thought I had enough, but maybe not), or else just a bad headache from being so hungry, and I was hungry all day.

I took a double dose of melatonin before bed, and slept reasonably well, thank goodness. I woke up feeling not as bad, but still not great. The headache is still there, but it's like a 2 out of 10 instead of a 7, so that's an improvement at least. Today I am going to increase my potassium, sodium, and magnesium intake, and hope that helps. I came extremely close to breaking my fast last night. I was literally laying on the floor of our apartment in pain, casting around desperately for what to do, and I just kept thinking that if I ate, the problem would be solved (maybe true, maybe not), but I saw a post on here or on r/fasting that said that if you are thinking about breaking your fast and it's almost bedtime, just sleep on it and see how you feel. I am so glad I read that, and I took that advice. I am not sure I'll make the full ten days, but I am feeling relatively confident that I can finish out today, and that is what matters for the moment.

I'm not looking forward to eating so much as I am looking forward to having my normal energy. I am jealous of the people who seem to get a lot of energy from fasting. I don't. I kind of feel like a weak Victorian woman who never exerts herself and is bound to die in childbirth at some point. With the bad headache, I've even lost the mental alertness I was feeling. Hopefully this gets better throughout today, because a girl's got stuff to do, and I don't like feeling physically and mentally incapable.

That said, I am so pleased with the weight loss progress, and still think this is worth it. I have planned out my first two days of refeeding, which will involve very small servings of vegetable and tofu curries with coconut milk (unless certain plans change). I am going to try to stay in ketosis, but I'm not particularly good at enforcing that. I want to re-feed Thursday-Sunday, and then start another fast, probably 5 days or so, next week. If I can stay below 140 even with re-feeding, I'll be happy.


Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 141.2 lbs

Total Lost: 12.2 lbs

2 lbs down since yesterday! Wasn't expecting that! Did not get to my goal of below 140 by end of this month, but so very close, and I will be there in 1-2 days, so I am happy. My tummy is grumbly today, and I am getting lightheaded when I stand up for the first time this fast, so I need to bump up my electrolytes, I suspect. Otherwise feeling good. I lifted weights last night, all upper body, and did the elliptical for 10 minutes and then walked on the treadmill a bit. My legs feel rather tired and heavy. I will probably go for a slow 1-mile jog tonight. This feels much better than the 7 day fast I did a few months ago. I am even sleeping better, approximately normal, although I do have to get up at least once every night to pee, which is annoying, but I just try to stay half asleep. Feeling quite dehydrated today, but I have a hard time drinking as much on the weekends, just because I don't have the office fridge full of La Croix and unsweetened teas and things like that. I am feeling confident about finishing out the 10 days!


Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 143.2 lbs

Total Lost: 10.2 lbs

Woohoo!!! Down ten pounds! 1.8 lbs since yesterday. Granted, five of that was all the food I ate last weekend, but still!! The gym parking lot was so packed last night that I gave up and went home and went for a 1 mile run with my husband instead. 9:38, which is a good time for me! Took a BCAA pill afterwards otherwise I get sore for days and my legs take forever to recover. I was so slow on the first half, which is uphill, but we flew through the second half. I actually kind of miss running more than 1 mile, but I feel like 1 mile is a good distance when fasting. Long walks are nice, too. I've been sleeping better than expected. Maybe your body eventually gets used to longer fasts and starts sleeping better? Not sure, but I hope that is the case. Long day at work coming up today, but going to have a chill weekend.

Today's challenge is going to be that I am going to a political MeetUp tonight, and there is specifically going to be vegan food (I guess the organizer is also vegan) and it kills me to not eat vegan food at events because it's so rare that it's available (other than stuff like chips/salsa). Anyway, I will have my excuse prepared and whip it out as necessary to explain why I am not eating and drinking. I am kind of bummed, to be honest, though, because I've been looking forward to this meeting half just for the food! And since this will be a new group of people (who I am excited to form some friendships with), I feel like not participating in the eating/drinking will make me weird/stand out, but oh well. What can you do. My goals are more important.

Happy Day 5 to everyone who is still participating! I absolutely love having this site to come to each day. Super grateful for everyone's positivity and the community we are building here.

kaleidoscopeiiis Sep 29 '17 · Comments: 1 · Tags: 10 day fast, day 5, experienced, fast, weight loss, running

Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 145 lbs

Total Lost: 8.4 lbs

Down 1.2 lbs since yesterday. Felt too weak to run or workout when I got home from work, maybe from the hard run on D2. My legs just felt heavy, and my body didn't want to move fast. Instead I did some stretching and drank ginger tea, and watched Dr. Who, played Magic, and enjoyed some time with my husband.

Just a quick post today. Somewhat hungry (normal for me on D4), but dealing with it, and cold of course. Slept better than I expected, but we vaped some MJ before bedtime, so perhaps that helped. Going to do some light weightlifting tonight. Wishing I was a little further along towards my goal of 140 by EOM, but regards, I am feeling so close to my goal weight, and I know that just a few more weeks of EFs with some re-feeding days mixed in will get me there! Today one of my coworkers said "You are SO SKINNY" and that made me feel awesome. She is trying to lose weight and I told her I've been doing IF (didn't talk about long fasts). She was intrigued, and said she had heard that IF is healthy. It's always nice when the actual good diet ideas (like "sometimes, don't eat for a while") pick up steam.


Starting Weight: 153.4 lbs

Today's Weight: 148.4 lbs

Total Lost: 5 lbs

So yeah, that was the water weight/food weight going bye-bye. I figure today and tomorrow I'll drop another 2-3 lbs going into ketosis, and then I'll start actually counting the weight loss as real fat loss once I am down to my previous fasted low-weight of 145 from last week. My September goal was to get to 140 by September 30th, and I'm not sure I'll get there, but I think I'll get pretty close.

Yesterday was a breeze. Day 1 is easy for me. Days 2-4 I am usually a bit hungry. I have learned to just shift my focus to "What can I drink?" instead of my typical "What can I eat?" I have a lot of different flavors of tea and bubbly waters at my office, so I just go to town on liquid, calorie-free flavors all day. Slept in a bit today, but I'll be going for a 1 mile run this evening, and doing body weight exercises (squats, jump squats, lunges, sit-ups, pushups). Feeling good about the next 8 days!

Last night, I had about 1/4 teaspoon of XCT oil when I took my multi-vitamin, because I realized that I may have been getting Vitamin K deficient from doing back-to-back extended fasts. I started bruising really easily, which is an early sign of K deficiency, since K is important for clotting. I always take a multi-vitamin when I fast, but I had (stupidly) forgotten that A, D, E, and K were probably not being absorbed much without any fat since they are fat soluble. So I had about 30 calories worth of fat with my vitamin, which might not be enough for max absorption, but should certainly make a big difference. I plan to repeat that each day that I fast. I don't think that 30 calories will have a negative impact on anything (autophagy, hunger, ketosis, weight loss, etc.). Curious if anyone else is taking a little oil with a multi-vitamin while fasting to increase absorption. If this was a stand-alone fast, I wouldn't bother, but I am basically always either in EF or IF mode, and plan to be until I finish losing weight.

Day 1

Weight: 153.4 lbs

Good morning! Today is Day 1 of my 10 Day Fast (which is also going on as a Group Fast, so join us if you want to). I somehow gained back all of the weight from my 4-day fast last week, plus 1 lb, just from 3 days of normal eating. I was at 149.2 yesterday, so just from yesterday to today, I somehow gained 4 lbs on the scale. My stats from last week were:

Starting Weight (Sep. 19): 152.4 lbs

Ending Weight (Sep. 22): 145.6

I did have a lot of carbs and some alcohol Saturday and Sunday, so maybe that explains the re-gain, but still it always sucks when the number on the scale goes in the wrong direction. I already hit the gym this morning, and did 10 minutes of moderate intensity on the elliptical, and did some light weight lifting (legs day). I am going to do resistance training on most days during this fast to maintain muscle mass. I will also be taking the following supplements:

- multi vitamin

- magnesium

- potassium

- veggie broth (for sodium)

- biotin (not in my multi, and don't want to lose hair...)

Glycine (an animo acid, needed for collagen production--trying to promote skin elasticity)

- BCAAs after lifting weights for muscle repair

So yeah, that's a lot, but in my experience, this is what keeps me feeling good on an EF. I am also going to be trying to drink 100 ounces of liquid per day. Feeling happy to be fasting again, especially since this weekend was fun and I ate good food, but I feel like the more I lose weight, the more easily and more quickly I put it back on.

kaleidoscopeiiis Sep 25 '17 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2 · Tags: 10 day fast, ef, extended fast, experienced, group fast, supplements, weight loss