Day 2 - (Round 4) Dry fasting - still going
Grateful to feel pretty darn good right now. Let's see how the rest of the day goes.
Date: 5/5/2015 9:48:50 AM ( 8 y ) ... viewed 741 times
I'm 33 hours into dry fasting. Went to bed about 11:30pm and woke up around 1:30am and kept checking the clock every half hour. My mind was just pretty alert. I felt rested enough that it seemed like it was time to wake up. Well at about 4:30am I just decided what the heck and get an early start. When I'm fasting I just don't seem to need as much sleep at night. I will probably need an afternoon nap but when you add it all up it still seems less than what I usually need and yet I feel pretty rested. I definitely like the lightness that I feel. Movement feels effortless.
My stomach has been noisy with grumblings. Hunger and thirst is minimal or hardly there to really be bothered by it at all. Oh urinalysis stix show first level of ketones detected 5mg/dL with, pH at 7 and lowest level of protein detected.
Oh had this weird rashes that appeared on a couple of my fingers last week (one on each hand). I know they are detox rashes or something clearing out. Our skin is an organ of elimination. These small rashes (tiny inflamed blisters) lingered for a few days and I decided to rub bentonite clay last Saturday. It seemed to help. Today I rubbed activated charcoal and it's amazing how these things take the inflammation/itching away and dry it up. I love these remedies.
37 hours in and I'm starting to think about food. The thought of stopping briefly crossed my mind. Feeling a bit lighter in the head but bothered with feeling cold more than anything. I didn't have this problem with other dry fasts because of our beautiful sunny and warm So Cal weather. But today it's been overcast/cloudy and no sightings of the sun at all!!! I've crawled into bed to warm up under the electric blanket on highest setting. I really really don't like to feel cold. Thermostat in the house says it's 70F but it feels much colder. I'm going to use this time for prayer/meditation and maybe a bit of a nap so I can hit the gym later this afternoon.
42 hours into dry fasting. There were a couple of real close calls this afternoon. It wasn't anything physical more than it was just wanting to taste something. i was heating up some left over chicken tortilla soup and I thought just a sip of the broth. I was literally bringing the ladle to my lips and stopped. I just quickly asked myself if that was really what I wanted to do? I needed to be sure of my decision. That pause was just enough to bypass that automatic reaction. I wasn't willing to accept that I would just give up like that over a whim. I just tried to distract myself with another activity. Went to the gym. Got a short sauna time just to start me sweating and then got on the treadmill for 20 minutes doing intervals. I actually tried to run at 7.0 for 1 minute just to see what that felt like. I am doing 6.0 for 2-3 minutes and usually very comfortable but not today. I didn't have the same energy as yesterday. I think perhaps my body is not fully in ketosis mode. I have checked the strips a few times today and too light to barely be sure there was a color change. Frankly, this second brand of urinalysis stix I'm not too happy with. The last two brands I bought were very sensitive and color change happened quickly. This one is just not the same. I even tested both brands at the same time. I will not be buying this brand again. It is "Mission" brand with only 5 parameters. The other two brands had 10 parameters. They were "Areta" and "Phinex". Got them on Amazon.
Anyway, I was thinking of stopping the dry fast at 44 hours which is about an hour away. I was actually ready to stop at 40hrs but #44 is a significant number for me this year. That's really all there is to that. I'm going to use that hour to meditate and pray and see if maybe something might change my mind. I'll be letting you know....
Yes I did break the fast. Only thing was I didn't quite break it the way I wanted to. The first couple of hours were pretty much as expected sipping on water with ionic minerals. But ended up sitting with family for dinner. It started with the broth from the Chicken Tortilla soup. Spectacular. However, not really planning breaking the fast and being around family I went on autopilot and wasn't very mindful. Before you know it I was having a bit of seaweed here and then eventually some of my daughter's granola snack and a peanut butter cookie the hubby brought home. OMG I felt pretty crappy. But heck we all go through that and what good does it do to lambast myself. It's done. Many of time the error is not a biggie but perpetually ruminating over it just blows it up to be bigger than it has to be. Easy to get stuck in failure mode.
One thing I've learned about all the detoxing and fasting I've done, I've stumbled many times during re-feeding but it's not enough to keep me down. I get right back up and spend less time dwelling on the past that keeps me stuck in a mistake that was already over. Every moment we are born again fresh. So I share last nights error and feel good to know I say to that "no biggie" and shrug it off. I remind myself all the wonderful choices I made getting this far. I also remember the wonderful lessons I studied in ACIM.
"Light and joy and peace abide in me"
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