kaleidoscopeiiis's Fasting Logs

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.

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.

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.

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.