Blog: Healing Journey - Water fast (4th attempt)
by caa522

Post Fast- Day 6

"An Ooops day" (My last post)

Date:   5/14/2014 10:42:51 AM   ( 7 y ) ... viewed 4229 times

7am
134.8 lbs 31.5%BF

So my weight went up 0.8lbs. I know pretty much what happened there. From yesterday afternoon to all of last night I checked my ketone levels and was no longer in ketosis. At first I thought I had a great day logging in my calories and carbs. I ate less than yesterday and got a moderate walk in for an hour but the opposite results happened. I believe it was what they call the "carb creep" that got me. In the morning I cooked a blueberry sauce for pancakes, yoghurt, etc for my kids. Well, I tasted it while I was cooking to adjust the flavor. Then my youngest one wanted greek yoghurt with blueberry sauce. I got a couple of spoons in from it after she didn't finish her food. Ayayayayay. They are just little habits that are pretty automatic. I had finished all my meals early and was quite full. We got chinese take out for the family because it was a scorching day and didn't want to heat up the house with cooking. As everyone was eating I couldn't help but eat a few pieces of the orange chicken. Oh my goodness. I went for an hour walk as I typically do. I went to bed earlier than usual around 9:30 because I felt pretty tired.

This morning, despite all the sleep I had I feel pretty crappy. I could go back to bed right now. Okay so I realize my mistakes yesterday. 1. You know, yesterday I didn't think anything of it at all. I thought I did awesome and followed the plan. I just did think of those sneak ins.

I checked my ketones this morning and it is either I'm off totally and have none or there is a slight tint. I guess maybe I was looking for a glimmer of hope. So I dust myself off and start anew. I thought, you know, since I ended the fast, I am still just a difference of 2 pounds from my lowest. And actually, that is within the range of what is typically regained. I want to put things into proper perspective. It's easy to beat myself up from yesterday and snowball out of control. The good thing I learned from yesterday was to be watchful of those sneak ins or carb creeps. A taste here or there seems negligible but when it is the wrong stuff well not okay. Besides those pleasure sensors in your brain gets triggered by those no nos and they do lead you back down the path of the old ways. I should not take that lightly. I am trying to give up sugar/gluten/grains if it means it's better for my physical and mental well being. I know this is a learning process and and it will take time. I will stumble and fall many many times before I really get it. I pat myself on the back and give myself a big hug and say "this is gonna be a great day. You have done an awesome thing with this round of the fast and I couldn't be more proud of you!"

Update on the rest of the day:
It was a bit of a strange day for me. I wonder about the effects of the full moon and Santa Ana winds. I don't know how many people believe in that but I understand that scientific research does indicate an increase in positive ions in the atmosphere and this affects your physical/mental health. Well, I felt like crap all day. Lethargic and headache that progressively got worse. It did not help that it hit over 104 degrees F. I love hot weather but it was that triple whammy effect. I was just having craaaavvvings. I made these almond, chia, pumpkin seeds cocoa treats that's all within Paleo rules. I made them into little Reese's cups style. I'm only supposed to have 2 a day and I ate like 10. Now I'm not supposed to have chips but had sweet potato chips (4 servings). I probably stayed less than 100g carbs but my goal is to stay below 50. I didn't want to lose being in ketosis so I hit the gym for 30 minutes alternating every 5 minutes between run (5.2mph) and walk (3.4mph) . For dinner I was craving a burger. So, I hit the fast food and had my cheese burger bun and sauce free. While I was eating it I was just plowing through it. After dinner I went for a 45 minute walk. I went to bed feeling real tired between 10-11pm. I woke up around 2:30am and got water and couldn't go back to sleep. I checked my ketone levels and they were registering at the highest levels I've ever seen. Cool. I'm still in ketosis. How exciting I didn't totally blow it. Well, my morning weigh in was 136.2lbs and 30.9% BF. Now that would probably be typically discouraging to me but I wasn't since I knew I was in ketosis. I'm just trying to see what all the data and numbers mean. I was entering my food and exercise at myfitnesspal.com

My total calories was 2700, fat = 209, net carbs = 86, protein =93

Again as long as I'm in ketosis (1.5-4mmol or 30-40mg/dL preferrably) I'm not worried since I'm burning fat at a higher rate and insulin levels are very low. And daily weight fluctuations are pretty normal. I have to say that I'm entering this info the next day. It is 9am and I had looooots of energy this morning. I feel mentally real clear and pumped up for the day. And no cravings to eat anything at all. Yesterday morning I was feeling hungry as soon as I woke up and remember I was at the lowest level of ketosis which is not the magic sweet spot. Anyway, I will continue with the Paleo experiment. As I said this is my last post. I am debating whether I should start one for my Paleo Journey.

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