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kaleidoscopeiiis

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.

kaleidoscopeiiis

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.


kaleidoscopeiiis

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...

kaleidoscopeiiis

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!



kaleidoscopeiiis

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.

kaleidoscopeiiis

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.

PopFnordette
I'm logging like crazy sorry about that.


Anyways I did fast for 18:30 hours, and then I ate lunch, and the cookies, and some more sugary carbs - in fact I managed to go over my calorie goals in just 2:30 hours. No regrets though, I mentally needed that sugar #period


Was a bit lethargic afternoon but that's to be expected, it went away quickly, got to the gym for a laid back fasted workout. I'm nearly 8 hours into my fast now and I plan to make it last over 24, tomorrow evening I'm going out with friends so my eating window will slightly shift and expand to include dinner, which it doesn't normally include.

Still finding how to make this a sustainable routine.


Well that's it today

PopFnordette Sep 3 '17 · Tags: female, if, period, carbs
PopFnordette
Hi, was at a friend's place today during my eating window. I didn't want to be the one suggesting lunch so we ended up with a rather late lunch and 23 hours of fast for me. 

I was surprised that I wasn't super hungry until that meal, seeing as I just started my period and usually I'm ravenous during my periods, ready to eat everything in the fridge. So that's good I guess.

I started the fast at 18:00 after a few dark chocolate squares, so now I'm about 2 and a half hours into the fast.

I think tomorrow I'll try to eat a bit more in my eating window. I have iron deficiency (I take iron supplements, part of why I'm not planning on extended fasting) and for obvious reasons it's worse during my period. So my aim is basically to try to not feel tired af.


I assume I'll eat tomorrow at 12:00 noon unless something weird happens, so that would be 18 hours of fast.

PopFnordette Sep 2 '17 · Rate: 5 · Tags: if, female, period
solacev
New to IF and started on 8/22. First day, did 14:10, then 16:8, and now trying to stick to fasting for at least 17-18 hours. I need maximum results!


My female starting stats:

Height: 5'2"

Weight: 128lbs

Waist: 25.5-26.5" (from morning to night)


I'm really hoping to lose 8-10 lbs by the wedding. I want to fit my dress comfortably and I need to be at a solid 25" waist size to do so. 24" would be even better! I'm sticking to my exercise routine of burning at least 250-400 cals a day for 5 days a week (hot yoga, treadmill/stairmaster, light weights). I'm getting nervous that I won't make it :/ I was also calorie counting and trying to stay below 1400 cals (with goal 1100) a day. But now I'm thinking that I should stop driving myself crazy by counting since it's hard to fill up on 600+ calories per meal anyway.


Progress

After my first week of IF (I haven't broke one day of it!), I've noticed my face has slimmed down and I'm no longer bloated in the mornings. I'm coming off of a keto (going to Italy for honeymoon so I need to work carbs back in) so carbs have been bloating me up as of late. Now I'm thinking I need to stay low carb and just accept the major bloat I'll get when I consume carbs in Italy. So that's why my waist balloons a full inch by the evening and I don't want that.


One thing I am loving about IF, despite my thoughts that I need to stay low carb, is that it's no longer "I can't have that," which was really hard to stick to, and it's now "I can't have that NOW but I can have that later." So now the desire for the forbidden is no longer there. All I need to do is WAIT, which is much easier than completely cutting myself off of the foods I love. And it ends up that when it comes time to eat, I don't even want it anymore.

solacev Aug 31 '17 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2 · Tags: wedding, keto, female, 5'2"