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Fasting Logs

kaleidoscopeiiis

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
kaleidoscopeiiis

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
Pyx
142

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Day 10! I met my stretch goal, although I'm sure refeeding will bump the scale up a couple of pounds at least. I will be keeping it fairly keto at least at first, just to ease in without stuffing my body with sugars. 


Considering I'd only really planned to fast from the 25th thru the 27th, I'm really pleased to have made it to day 10. It wasn't, y'know, fun, by any means, and the timing could have been better, but here I am. 


And I did, finally, get those double-points I'd been meaning to.

Pyx Oct 4 '17 · Comments: 4
soldier76

f23 5'4

SW: 215
CW: 213
End Fast GW: 199

Length: 21 days.

Goal: Weight loss, pain / inflammation reduction


Yesterday I intended to be my first day, but I broke it at 22 hours and ended up doing a ketogenic OMAD meal: three eggs, kale, spinach, bell pepper, sour cream. But then I broke keto and had three spoonfuls of PB. No regrets LOL it was delicious. So today is another start and I'm optimistic. I am 20 hours in. 


I've noticed my weight is fluctuating lower and lower throughout the day. I suppose it is the water weight mostly. I'm getting a membership at the gym today, which I had been going to regularly but stopped during the spring-summer. Last year I focused on strength training, this year will be cardio.

I think I'll be able to get through this day and onto the next! I'm betting on reciting the psychology of hunger and learning to find peace in emptiness to get me through to my goal :) I really wanna get to 199 from this fast!

soldier76 Oct 3 '17 · Comments: 1 · Tags: weight loss, 2017
Pyx
144

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Whinge time, today was absolutely awful. I haven't been on here much because I spent so much time sleeping and trying to do chores in between naps. I might skip class tomorrow. The professor isn't super hung up on attendance as long as we can keep up with the homework and readings, so... 


But yeah, went out with my mum to do some arts n crafts shopping. She wasn't sure what she was looking for or where it would be, so we had to walk about a lot (boohoo yeah). We get up to the register and the woman working was very new (and the particular store has constantly rotating sales + not that great of a system anyway) so it took her a very long time to ring up mum's stuff and I was fading fast. 


Then it started to hit me; some sort of aura which made everything blown out and too bright, a headache, clammy and faint... I go sit down and try to play "I'm a grown woman sitting on the floor but y'know it's cool whatevs right?" Yeah. So the headache passes, followed by an hour long cramp session from hell. Still clammy, now in incredible pain, I'm gonna either throw up or pass out or both. We finally get back to the house and I take pain meds, a hot bath, and many naps since then. I feel better but not 100% (not even "fasting 100%"). I haven't had anything that bad since I was a teenager, it was horrendous.


So that was my life today.

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.

Pyx
144

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Phew, feels like yesterday kinda flew by. Feeling okay today, switched a little to more water as opposed to water + diet soda. Apart from a little caffeine headache (yes, treated with another headache pill, I'm a wimp) not too bad. Definitely in the home stretch now. I had to take a small break between floors when I took the stairs to class, so, still at that 'eeeh' energy level.


TMI btw, but confirmation on the afore-suspected time of month, so the cramps have been... fun. 


Again, nothing major to report, still bumping along. After this is done I may try an OMAD or maybe ADF schedule. 

Pyx Oct 2 '17 · Tags: pyx, pyxfast1
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...

Pyx
145

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I have to wonder if I'm coming down with something sinus-y, still getting that pressure and face-aches, and my husband's been dealing with a bad headache and dizziness since last night as well (he eats, so it's not that). Maybe that would explain why I feel so lousy from time to time, if I'm legitimately fighting an illness. I'm definitely jealous of anyone getting boundless energy at this stage! Hehe.


Nothing super interesting to report though. More than halfway through day 7, which is cool. Still getting mega cravings from time to time, and not 'oh my a fresh green salad would be amazing' type cravings either. It's pretty whatever though. Even giving in would take a lot of effort, and I am just so, so lazy.

Pyx Oct 1 '17 · Tags: pyx, pyxfast1
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