Fasting Logs

Tag search results for: "extended fast"

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: 139 lbs

Total Lost: 14.4 lbs

I slept so horribly last night and felt miserable. I woke up, couldn't go back to sleep, couldn't get comfortable, and felt achy and nauseated. I am feeling better now, but I have been seriously hungry all day, or at least feeling extremely empty. Mentally I feel pretty clear, if tired from poor sleep, but physically, not awesome. I don't think I am going to run anymore during this fast because my legs seem to have about had it, but perhaps will just do the elliptical at the gym and do some upper body weight lifting, very light weights and not too many reps. I just want to make sure my body knows I still need muscle!

I am SO EXCITED though to be in the 130s!!! I am down 2.2 lbs since yesterday, which really surprised me! This is a landmark for me, and I honestly don't remember the last time I was in the 130s, but it was at least early high school, if not junior high. I am delighted. Also, I weigh less than my husband finally, who, in spite of being tall, is quite slender. So today is a memorable day. I definitely don't have extended fasting down to a science because clearly I am not supplementing sufficiently, but this is all so worth it. We shall see how I feel tomorrow at work. Right now, my work week is looking pretty light (I do software consulting) so even if I continue to feel mediocre, I can hopefully keep going as long as I don't honestly feel awful. Tomorrow being Day 8 will make this my longest fast yet!

Today's challenging moment was that my husband and I went to our local tea room, owned by a friend of ours, after church, which is our habit, and the owner, as usual, brought us complimentary food. He knows I'm vegan, so he usually makes me avocado toast and a salad without even asking. It was a huge plate of food, of course, and looked delicious--he's a wonderful cook--and I passed the plate right over to my husband and watched him enjoy it. It wasn't hard, per se, because I love watching my husband eat almost as much as I love cooking for him (it satisfies my need to nurture him, I guess) but it did make me look forward to breaking my fast--avocado sounds pretty delicious right now. It was also just a bit awkward to navigate because I didn't want to reject the food, or clearly not eat it, but I managed to look involved with the food and therefore not raise any questions or make our friend the owner feel unappreciated or uncomfortable because I didn't eat the free meal.

We've had a nice chill weekend anyhow, and I am going to spend the rest of the day writing, reading, and practicing ukelele. Might even watch some Dr. Who later...


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!

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