Monday, August 29, 2016

The 3 Day Fast - The Day After

Sorry for the long delay on posting my results. I did finish the full 3 days and dropped a total of 11 lbs during that time. However, I am not sure I would suggest this to anyone looking for anything other than a quick miserable intestine/colon cleanse.

Despite taking in a substantial amount of water I was dehydrated for a good 2 days after. My lips were cracked and I generally looked and felt like crap. My brain seemed to be moving in slow motion. Perhaps you adjust after another day or two but I just don't think it would be worth it to me to continue.

My personal experience would lend me to believe that this is not really good for you beyond a day or two. Maybe one day I will try to do 7 days to see if things improve.

On On

The 3 Day Fast - Day Three Evening

OK, so it's 7PM, day is almost over and I am sure I can make it a couple of more hours until I go to bed. I stood up earlier and got pretty dizzy including vision darkening to point of almost blacking out. I realize this is normal with a depleted glycogen store but YIKES!

Went to the store tonight and picked all of the grocery's for the week. My Wife is at Hot Yoga and I will probably cook her dinner when she comes home. As hungry as I am that is going to be a bit of a challenge. I will try not to lick my fingers when I am cutting the roasted chicken I just picked up. It smells incredible.

Tomorrow begins College football with the first game for Louisville at 7:30PM. I am heading down to tailgate around 12 or 1 with my Son and few friends. I picked up some V8 Juices and Unsweetened Almond Milk for breakfast. I plan to eat tomorrow and most certainly drink a beer or three while tailgating. Not really sure how my body will handle it so I will take it slow. Hopefully everything sits well and I can have a good time without stressing about this little experiment of mine.

On On

The 3 Day Fast - Day Three

OK, so today is Day 3, weight 219, so down 9 lbs since Monday morning. Feeling kind of crappy with a mild headache. Mind was moving in slow-mo last night and I struggled a couple of times to find the right words, which was a little frustrating. Overall though I don't feel to bad.

My ride last night was slow but I had no plans of pacing so not that big of a deal. It was 95 degrees out and humidity was maxed out which made it a bit tougher. I opted to ride a new route since I knew there a chance I might want to stop a couple of times along the way. The first 6 miles was basically flat but the second 6 included 3 long climbs including one that was just over a mile long. It was tough in the heat and no tree cover to shade me from the sun. The good thing was that I was of the only ones dumb enough to be out so I think I only passed 4 or 5 people along the route. I am glad I did not go to the other park which would have been busy with traffic and people as it always is no matter the weather.

Last night I had some major hunger pains around 7:30, roughly an hour after returning from my ride. Lasted longer than I would have hoped at 9:30 or so. Ended up getting a bit of my second wind around then and could not sleep. Went to bed hoping to just end the day but ended up being awake until just past midnight.

This morning, I drove my daughter to her carpool and she wanted a hash brown and drink from McDonald's. No issues there, never been high on fast food anyway so not to hard to pass on the breakfast. However, our Office Manager just showed up with donuts, ughh. I don't really have a sweet tooth but I love me some donuts. Finished my work up front and hustled back to my office where I will likely hide for the remainder of the day.

So here we go into day 3, I have a feeling this may be the toughest as I am switching over to ketones for fuel. My body is not used to it yet and tonight's planned run may be my worst yet. Don't plan to push at all, just need to be outside and will likely go on a trail run as I enjoy running through the woods much more than on pavement. Plus the soft turf is much easier on my joints, improves ankle flexibility and strengthens my small fast twitch muscles in my feet.

Last thing, my tire developed "multiple" sidewall holes from a trip to a pretty technical mountain biking trail. Tried to fix it but went flat again almost right away. Ordered a new one on Sunday and should have it in the mail tomorrow! Woo Hoo!!! Also ordered a couple of other upgrades that I am hoping helps with the fit on the bike a bit by reducing my reach to the bars.

On On

The 3 Day Fast - Day Two

Well Day One went without any real issues. I was hungry at lunch and a few times throughout the day but mostly felt more habitual hunger than real pains. Energy was typical and I went for a run after work. I will admit it was not very pretty and I had to fit in a few walks. However, it's difficult to tell how much of that was fitness since my running was derailed last year and I have not really been putting in the mileage. At least not enough to get a true measure of effort.

Stayed up a little later than I hoped and I did get hungry closer to bedtime. Was hoping to go to bed around 9 so I could just end the day as soon as possible. Ended up staying up until 11:30 and woke up about 5ish, which has been more typical lately anyway.

Oddly, I have not had any hunger this morning but as I started to type this I have been feeling pretty hungry and stomach is getting a little demanding. Weight was down 5lbs from yesterday and I realize this is all water as I spent a little more than typical amount of time in the restroom.

Overall, I am feeling pretty good and my resolve to finish 3 days is increasing. I feel like if I make it through today I should be good to go on day 3. Planning a bike ride tonight, going to go to a local park with a goal of 21 miles (3 laps), but will cut it short depending on how I am feeling.

On On

The 3 Day Fast - Day One

So here we go, I was thinking about what I am going to do about this weight gain and since I have run out of excuses to keep gaining what is my next move. Well, this morning I woke up and thought about fasting for 3 days to flush the muck and maybe the negativity out of my system.

So it's day one and I am already filled with excitement and a slight hint of dread. It's odd that as soon as I started typing this post I suddenly felt hungry where I have not been hungry all morning. Food is a powerful drug.

Plan today, focus on water consumption and exercise. I need to find something positive to replace my hunger pains. No idea what that might be but we will see.

Regarding my health, I am up 40 lbs from 2012, I cannot imagine there is any real health risk with the amount of fat I have to lose. My body should start provide ketones so I can start breaking down fat for fuel in the next 48 hours. By day 3 I should feel my energy return be ready by day 4 to be ready and adjusted for the next phase.

Wish me luck.