Fasting Logs

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

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: 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: 146.2 lbs

Total Lost: 7.2 lbs

Down 2.2 lbs today. I dreamed that I ate a sandwich last night, and was pretty upset with myself for breaking my fast, and as with most of my realistic dreams, it took me a while upon waking to realize it hadn't happened. I was a little hungry towards the end of the day yesterday, but not bad. I did my 1 mile run, and beat my best time! My September running goal was to get to 9:30 and I did it in 9:29. Woohoo! And with just a few days left in the month. Forgot to do body weight exercises, though.

Woke up feeling a bit weak/lethargic, typical for Day 3. Slept okay, except for maybe half an hour in the early AM when I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep. I took melatonin before bed, but I'm not sure it helped. I made a new rule for myself last night that when the alarm goes off, I have 5 seconds to get out of bed. I did it this morning, and it sucked, but then I felt like I woke up more quickly because I didn't lie there wishing I could go back to sleep. Also, it's a good little willpower exercise to get the day started right.

I am going to try to ramp up my water intake today in hopes that it will help me get to my goal of being below 140 by the 30th. That would be 6 lbs in 3 days, though, which I don't think is realistic, since I usually drop a little over 1 lb/day after Day 3. We shall see, though!

One thing that I have been noticing is that I really want to talk to people about my fast. I talk to my husband about it, ad nauseam probably, but I am excited and happy to be doing this, and I want to tell people like my mom and my best friends, too, but I don't want any negativity from them to take away from my positive spirit, so I haven't. My mom (who is a physician) knows that I fast for a couple days at a time sometimes, but I feel like 10 days would put her in the "worried" camp, and my friends would be concerned/think I am crazy.

The thing is, to me this is the weigh to lose weight. Not 10 days, specifically, but IF and EF overall. I also think that CICO works, but it's so much harder to exercise moderation compared to simply abstaining. Also, I think that once you are a normal BMI, CICO is so restrictive that you pretty much end up IFing by default. I would only be eating 800-1200 calories/day if I was just trying for a daily calorie deficit to get 1-2 lbs of weight loss per week. And then what? Eat 3 tiny meals a day? Probably I'd be skipping breakfast so that I could have more filling lunches and dinners. So to me, fasting is normal, and it should be considered normal. It's the most obvious way to lose weight: don't eat for longer periods. Simple enough, right? And delightfully, it sure works wonderfully well.

kaleidoscopeiiis Sep 27 '17 · Rate: 5
My numbers at the start of day 5: 90.5, 102/79, 5.4. Numbers are quite encouraging. Well, maybe except I wish the weight would go down faster. BP in a good zone and glucose looks stabilized.

Water is starting to taste (AND SMELL) like pukey metal! 16 bottles so far today and a dash of black vinegar in the late afternoon. How do I get rid of this? Will I have to lay off the intense water regiment for a while? Vinegar was a desperate attempt to mask that awful taste but I don't think it's a good, sustainable practice. #water

The way I see it, the glucose-operating bits of the body are like a petrol-burning engine. Keto's different, it's a different fuel source, so it makes this car (my body) a hybrid of sorts. Ketones are a more abundant but slower burning fuel so maybe diesel-like. Getting keto adapted is like having the body produce diesel from my fat reserves. But that's only the first bit. The next part is to get the diesel engines fired up, and for them to start using ketones. (Yes, there's also gluoconeogenesis but that's another thing.) I'm at this second part now I think. Fasting lethargy is a grand old bitch that's making this super rough. #keto

Can I have my pizza now? Pepperoni and sausage, with extra pepperoni please?

Sophie Sep 26 '17 · Rate: 5 · Tags: fast2
Weight this morning: 150

End of fast goal: 145*

It begins! Very excited for this, first time fasting with a group. I hope we all reach the goals that we set for ourselves, whatever they may be! I plan to update each day mid or end of day, depending on what works out. 

Doing this fast primarily for weight loss, so I'm not going as hardcore as many who want to ensure autophagy or other healing benefits. I'm allowing 0 cal beverages (inc. herbal teas and diet drinks) as well as broth for if I feel woozy or unusually lethargic. My longest fast was a 14 day fast, quite some time ago. I'm more accustomed to short, 1-day/36 hour fasts. I think I will enjoy getting back into extended fasting.

It's been about 20 hours since I last ate, 15 since the group fast started, and there haven't been any 'challenging' moments yet, which is to be expected from such a short interval. I'm hoping to miss the rough days because I believe I am either in or close to ketosis already. I did about 72 hours of total, intentional fasting last week (although in my log it's only 2 calendar days, just because of how the hours worked out). When not fasted I was under 40g net carbs, and yesterday specifically I had only eggs and salt. So, ideally there won't be a huge crash after a couple days, just a minor decline during the full transition.

To take advantage of extra time not spent planning, preparing, and eating meals (easily 2 hours if you cook 2 meals a day at home), I'll be picking up some old hobbies that I haven't had as much time for during school. Mainly games, knitting, and crochet. I have a couple projects that could stand dusting off and finishing.

Of course, having more time to devote to work would also be a productivity bonus.

The only thing I'm not looking forward to is difficulty sleeping, hopefully it doesn't impact me too badly.

*this seems like a good number assuming I don't have a lot of carb/water weight to drop. 143 would be my 'stretch' goal, but I don't intend to exercise much during this time, so that's just a 'nice if it happens' number.

Pyx Sep 25 '17 · Rate: 5 · Tags: pyx, pyxfast1
Since I started IF the process of fasting went smoothly. Hunger doesn't bother me, and my fasting length increased. I loved the fact that I only ate once a day, and that I don't need to think about food so much. Right now I go 23 hours fast and 1-hour feed (more like once I'm done eating my only meal).

However, right now I'm struggling with IF right now. Primarily due to the fact that I sprained my ankle. The dilemma is that I'm in pain and I can only take painkillers with food. I haven't taken any medication yet because I have been able to live with the pain.

Right now it's 2 A.M. and I can't sleep because of my ankle. Luckily, I don't work tomorrow. 

I may consider medication when I do eat in a few hours.

Right now I'm on hour 12 of 23.

Arekay Sep 23 '17 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 1
Context: This is going to be my log for a 4 day (96 hour) fast, that started last night around 8 PM and will go until 8 PM (or so) on September 22. I will update this same log each day with notes on what I drank, did, and experienced, including weight loss results, and I will also include follow-up notes on how I break the fast and how much weight I regain. I have completed about a dozen or more fasts of this length or longer, and even more 1-3 day fasts, so this should be a pretty simple fast for me, but I am new to this website and like the idea of having a place to keep track of each fast I do! This fast is going to be followed by a 10 day fast starting next Monday, so this is just a warm-up!

Starting Weight (as of Sep. 19 in the AM): 152.4 lbs

Ending Weight: 145.6

Sep. 19, Day 1

Weight: 152.4 lbs

Normal first day of fasting. Got a little hungry towards bedtime. Didn't drink enough, only about 50 oz of liquid (coffee/tea/water), which is unusual for me. Usually I naturally drink 70-80 oz in a day, even when not fasting. Went for a 1 mile run up and down the hill in my neighborhood around 8pm, took about 10 seconds off my best time, which was great. (Only a 9:35 minute mile, but I am pretty slow still, and the first half mile is a big hill.)

Sep. 20, Day 2

Weight: 148.2 lbs

Down 4.2 lbs. Already cold this morning, and wishing I had gotten more sleep (about 8 hours, but doesn't feel like enough). Happy that my "weekend weight" is gone. I had more sugar and alcohol than usual Friday-Monday, so losing 4 lbs of water weight seems about right. Hopefully some of that was fat, though. Had my usual two shots of espresso, a few cups of black tea, herbal tea, veggie broth, and water/La Croix, for a total of about 76 oz of liquid. Did some squats, push-ups, lunges, and sit-ups. Rather bad headache this evening, but probably from far too much computer time today.

Sep. 21, Day 3

Weight: 146.8

Down another 1.4 lbs. Extremely thirsty this morning, and somewhat hungry. Was restless last night and didn't sleep well, which is normal for me starting around Day 3. Hungry hungry hungry tonight. Veggie broth didn't help. Looking forward to seeing what the scale says tomorrow. That number plummeting every morning, and looking forward to that moment of being rewarded for my self-discipline, is what keeps me on track. Did bodyweight exercises. Did a much better job of drinking water today.

Sep. 22, Day 4

Weight: 145.6

Down 1.2 lbs since yesterday. Went to bed with a headache, and woke up with a worse one. I assume it is either "keto flu" or possibly not enough potassium, since I've been on top of my other supplements. I have low blood pressure to start, so I think my electrolytes being balanced is ultra important for me. I didn't get lightheaded almost at all on this fast, though, which was very nice, and I think it was because I started veggie broth on Day 2. Going to break my fast this evening. Looking forward to it! That said, I relish the freedom of fasting. I think that fasting success comes down to habits. Eating is a habit, a good one in most cases, and not eating is also a habit. When I fast, it's just something that isn't a part of my day. Now that I've been EFing regularly since February or so, I don't obsess over food as much as I used to while fasting. I used to watch tons of cooking videos and obsessively read recipe blogs, and imagine what I would cook and eat when I was done with the fast. I still do that a little--I do love cooking and eating--but mostly now I just try to get other stuff done in the extra time. I am feeling a little nervous about my ten day fast next week, but I am looking forward to a re-feeding weekend full of healthy food and some tasty treats. We have houseguests coming, so there are going to pancakes in my life tomorrow, which hardly ever happens (like maybe once a year or less). I'm vegan, so I just usually don't bother making things like that, because I don't tend to have the ingredients on-hand. Breakfasts for me are usually oatmeal, fruit smoothies, or sometimes an English muffin with guacamole or hummus. If I eat breakfast at all. ;-)

Broke fast 8 hours early, and had a small salad for lunch, mainly because I have so many chores to do today before my houseguests come, and I felt I needed the energy, and I was weirdly hungry for it being day 4. About 3 minutes after I put a bite in my mouth (not exaggerating at all here) my digestive system lurched to life, which I find interesting, because that food definitely wasn't all the way through yet, but the engines started right up regardless. I wonder if my saliva/stomach acid triggered it.

I lost 5.6 lbs in 4 days. Not bad! Guessing that I'll be up 2-3 lbs tomorrow, but this is okay. Anyway, I call this a successful fast! Looking forward to my first ten day fast starting on Monday.

Started my 36 hour fast. To reverse overeating today and some practice to lead upto a longer fast.

Stopping at breakfast on Thursday. Two job interviews that morning.

Then a test on Monday. So may fast again from monday lunch.
Lucky Sep 19 '17 · Rate: 5
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