Day 6- Hallelujah!
Waking up this morning feeling fantastic!
Date: 4/4/2015 10:45:44 AM ( 8 y ) ... viewed 379 times
Official results of weigh in this morning is total loss of 7.4 lbs and hovering at the same body fat of about 33%. Now this seems slower than most others I see who post but I just want to mention again this is not a pure water fast as I tweak it a bit (please check my previous post for more details) but I don't think it hampers the benefits and still feel for myself it is 95% or more of just water only. Also, I don't have as much weight to lose as I have about 15 pounds to get to my ideal weight for my height. I'm not a big fan of using Body Mass Index (BMI) to indicate one's level of health but just to help give others a reference point losing 15 pounds would put me exactly at the middle of healthy range for my height. I've also considered that I probably should go a bit past my ideal weight based on the understanding that when you stop the fast and refeed it is expected to naturally put back some of the weight. I'm gonna keep that in my as I continue to adjust my goal for this fast. Ultimately my body will dictate how long I will be in this fast but I will just keep that stuff in the back of my mind. Okay enough of my banter and get back on to details of my experience.
That massage last night was wonderful. I felt very relaxed after and had no symptoms of discomfort to note except my quads/calf were a bit sore. I went to bed almost at 2am and woke up at 8 with the same soreness.
Couple of things to mention was that my lower back pain is GONE. Before the fast, I was waking up every morning for about 3 weeks with my lower back hurting quite a bit. I had been seeing a chiro every week for a couple of months and he helped me with others things but not with that issue. It's not there this morning. Also my neck is more fluid with movement (as all my other joints seem to feel). I also don't feel the kind of tightness I typically do at end of range-of-motion when turning my neck side-to-side. I usually work with a foam roller almost daily. One of the movements is lying supine (facing up) with roller positioned horizontally under my hips and would do 90+ degrees scissor kicks and would hear a popping/clicking sound every time at the hip joints (for the last month before fasting). Don't hear them now.
I woke up seeing the difference visually. I am looking more like my old self. My face has lost that puffy look and is more defined. My arms and abs are looking more lean. I see that groove right down the center of my rectus abdominis. Heeellooo.
All in all a GREAT MORNING to motivate me further. I plan to start doing some light strength training and ab work today and see how my body will take to it. Gotta take care of making breakfast for the family. I'll update again a couple of more times today. So check back in on this same page. I welcome any questions or comments. Have a great Saturday!
Ohhh I did the urinalysis stix test. Last night was my ketone levels was darker than any tests so far at level of 8/80 and this morning...holy wow the darkest I had ever ever seen EVER! which was at the end range of the levels at 16/160. I never thought that was even possible for me. That falls in line with the most drop in weight in a day which is 2.4 pounds.
I was just reflecting with comparing day 3 and day 5. Day 3 was a struggle with the physical symptoms. Day 5 had few notable symptoms and yet I felt so low. I was physically tired but emotionally felt down (perhaps depressed). Then again, maybe feeling down just diminished my energies further. Yeah I think so. Different days and different challenges yet they both felt equally tough. Day 3 was more physical stuff but I wasn't thinking so much about anything but the pain and discomfort. Day 5 was more emotional and not physical.
Today I marvel at the effectiveness of water fasting. It's a tough journey that most people would not even consider embarking. Though this is reflective of what much of my life has been like. The road less traveled. But damn the rewards are sooooo worth it. I'm flying high right now. I'm gonna stay present and just enjoy this feeling.
Hunger pangs, growling stomach but no effect on my mental/emotional state (well at least with this moment). I saw a 5k mud run locally on May 9 and I really wanna do it. I might give myself a few days let the idea marinate and also pray about it.
I just figured out what all that stomach growling was about. I drank 1/2 a cup of plain organic peppermint tea. I usually drink 1 cup of tea a day. I never quite made the connection until I reviewed my other blogs for fasting I did before. I had a similar experience after the peppermint tea. I was using that to help with the horrid breath with fasting that all the tooth brushing can't get rid of. I will try to a take a few sips of a different tea. Maybe ginger. If it produces the same grumbling and hunger I may dispense with it altogether.
I went out and got some Perrier (mineral water). I try to stick with water as much as possible but sometimes when I'm struggling a little having some Perrier seems to soothe the longings for food. I do have to see if that has any effects of encouraging hunger pangs and stomach grumblings.
Overall I am so grateful that it was a relatively smooth day. Though, I must mention I have a more difficult time tolerating negative attitude. I snapped a couple of times once with the hubby and another with my 8 year old. That son of mine can be relentless sometimes with all the resistance and negativity he can dish out. My patience is not at its usual levels and unfortunately my prayer and meditation was much less than I was hoping to do.
Thrilled Day 6 is over and have reached Day 7. That was my initial goal. I was actually kinda doubting I'd make it to my goal. I had every intention of hitting it but I was unsure of my resolve to do it. Thanks to other fasting buddies, I'm inspired and motivated to go farther. So, I am officially updating my goal to 14 days.
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