Weight: 161.8 pounds (6.8 pounds lost since Day 1: 168.6)
Sleep: +/- 5 hours
I woke before 4 AM and tried to sleep for a while but quickly realized it was pointless. My body and mind were ready for the day.Intake:
- 1 cup chai tea
- 1 tsp diatomaceous earth
- 10 ounces Snake Juice
- 45 ounces water
Again, I started the day feeling quite well and nurtured. I had slight stomach grumbling but it wasn’t discomforting and it went away with my morning tea. I am a bit belchy, but that may simply be the tea as I noticed the same after my cinnamon tea yesterday.
My workout, Day 44 of 80-Day Obsession was another 40 minutes of sweat-drenched cardio. I had to push pause a few times to catch my breath, but I did it all and felt strong afterward. I have some sore spots this week from lifting heavy, so I did 15 minutes of foam rolling yesterday and today. Holy Heaven! It hurts so good. I can’t wait for the hot tub at the hotel and quite possibly a massage!
Belching continued in the afternoon though I’ve been drinking primarily Snake Juice. My stomach is also growling a lot more, perhaps mentally anticipating tonight’s refeed.
Nitty Gritty: Day 2 of my period, still no cramping, bloating, or breast tenderness to speak of. That can only be attributed to the fast. I always have PMS symptoms. I did have an unusual bowel movement late last night, part firm, part liquid and oddly yellow like a breastfed baby’s poop. Perhaps it was due to the small amounts of fat and dairy I consumed with my bone broth on Days 3 and 4.
Silly things I love are making me cry, but today in a good way. I feel more compassionate and hopeful than I have in a long, long time. Again, I’m curious to compare this week’s fast while on my period with next week’s planned 5-day fast after my period. Will my crankiness be the same? Will my tears come as quickly? Will I reach that euphoric feeling I got a glimpse of while dancing with my daughter at the end of Day 3? I can’t wait to find out.
I am surprisingly not pre-occupied with thoughts of food, which I really hope is a step towards breaking the normal food-addiction most of us unconsciously suffer from. In my first many attempts at fasting (the longest of which was only 62 hours as opposed to my current 109 hours) my thoughts were constantly on salty, crunchy foods, the tactile pleasures I get in preparing food, and even lusting after rich sweets like chocolate frosting or creamy cheesecake. I do not normally crave sweets.
But this time, pushing through and longer has gotten rid of the mental challenges in fasting. Cole Robinson and his Snake Diet (take him or leave him) teaches that it’s very important to do at least a 72-hour fast right, despite the discomfort, simply to build one’s confidence. I now totally get that and wish I would have gone longer sooner. My first 5-8 fasts (not sure how many I’ve done) were pretty darn miserable compared to this one.
Loving myself IS loving god and vice versa. This new focus on putting self-care near the top of my priorities is making a world of difference in how I see everything. I feel like I can conquer all of my so-called problems right now which will help me be able to give outwardly more in the future
My Simple Abundance reading was all about taking the plunge towards finding my authentic self. And I do feel like I’m on my way.
Overall: I’ll be breaking my fast at about 115 hours. The plan is to drink some bone broth and a smoothie on the way to Winnipeg for our weekend away. Those two should ready my stomach for eating. I’ll certainly gain a couple pounds back but will quickly lose those next week.
- 6.8 pounds lost in 7 days
- Proved that I can work out HARD while fasting
- The mental anguish of denying myself food disappeared rather quickly
- I solved a spiritual crisis organically, made time for self-care and quickly caught myself when moodiness struck
- Another 5-day fast next week and I’ll have earned the vanity reward I promised myself