Blog: My First Fast
by jbabe

Day 2 (Evening)

Day 2 of my fast.

Date:   2/2/2008 6:08:33 PM   ( 15 y ) ... viewed 1239 times

Friday (1/31), I decided to start fasting, primarily for the purpose of weight loss, and mainly with water, and 0 calorie drinks. That morning, I weighed 173. For my height, (5'0) this is a severly obese weight.

Prior to starting, I had been following Weight Watchers, and from Thanksgiving, had lost approximately 10 lbs. I noticed, however, that I had gotten sloppy, and naturally began shifting from consistant reduced, low-fat meals, to higher fat meals, and then absistence to recoupe. This week, I began looking on-line for alternatives that would once and for all give me the footing that I needed, without such short-lived benefits. I feel somewhat guilty, as I know that this is not common-place, but after reading testimonials all day, from people who don't even seek out fasting to lose weight, I am reassured that I am doing the right thing. Clearly, I will not be starving myself any time soon! Haha.

For a first fast, and one where I do not have the luxury of reducing responsibilities, I am setting a 5 day minimum, 10 day maximum goal. I don't think it will fit the mold, but I will probably continue to have diet caffine-free sodas (Sierra Mist Free, and Diet Caffine Free Coke), as well as coffee with sugar substitutes as needed throughout, along with the water. I also find that I just can't go strong without sugar free gum, so I will keep that in too.

I am slipping into fasting mode rather easily, turning down foods that I love, not because I am not hungry, but because I am very motivated. I actually like the feeling of an empty stomach. When meal times come, and the gurgling starts, I actually feel pride, and that has, thus far, helped me keep going. I have not been lethargic yet, and, although I have stopped excersizing, I did take two walks today, and also rompted around with my husband. The one obvious effect through today was diareaha, but nothing I couldn't handle. Now, at 7 p.m., I do feel that I am starting to get weak, and foggy ... the first time since I started. My arms and fingers feel shakey as I type.

Another thing that I am finding, and this began with low-fat eatting, but is markedly increasing as I fast too, is that I have a much healthier respect for food. Before I began Weight Watchers, I ate too much, and for very emotional reasons. I got to a point where the foods themselves did not satisfy me. I ate worse and worse, more and more, just to give myself less and less of a "food fix." Even Whoppers and french fries started to become so every day that it took filling myself to an uncomfortable level, and I still didn't feel satisfied. The food stop tasting good, but rather than eatting less, my mouth and brain just told me "find something else ... something more... something worse." Eatting low-fat, and now fasting, has made me appreciate healthier foods. What I crave are well proportioned, low-fat meals, fruits, and vegtables. And I know that after a five day, or even ten day, fast, "normal" eatting will finally feel satisfying again.

I warn any reader that has not yet realized this, but blogging will replace eatting for this faster :) If you find yourself here, know that you will see plenty (too much?) of this girl!

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