Today I’m doing a 36 hour fast and am going to check in occasionally to write about it on here. I’m doing it for a couple reasons.
1. I’m doing a perfect eating month to lose weight. I’m avoiding sugary and starchy food to lose this weight. A fast like this will be a nice boost.
2. I like to experiment and challenge myself. This is a little of both.
3. I want to see if it improves my mental capacity.
So anyway, I’m already 14 hours in. I haven’t eaten anything since dinner last night. I will only have coffee, tea and water until breakfast tomorrow.
8:30 a.m. – 14 hrs – I’m feeling pretty good. Usually I don’t have breakfast anyways, so this isn’t a big deal. Doing low carb over the past couple of weeks has set me up nicely to not be hungry for long periods of time. I’m at work now and should be busy enough to keep my mind off it. I’ve had my coffee this morning with coconut oil and heavy cream. And am drinking water now.
10:00 a.m. – 15.5 hrs – Still going strong. Glad I’m busy at work so I don’t get too bored today. I’m not feeling hungry at all. I haven’t had a second coffee yet, but probably will around 11.
1:00 p.m. – 18.5 hrs – Still doing alright. I’m getting the low blood sugar feeling. It should pass. I will drink some water. I had a small coffee for lunch and went and sat in the sun. It was really nice. The sun really energized me for a while. I will definitely be alright and able to make it though. I think the coffee may have made me feel a little shaky. It should wear off though. I may have a green tea around 4. Besides that, things are good.
3:00 p.m. – 20.5 hrs – The jitters have totally passed. I’m not really feeling hungry at all right now. Sure I’d like to eat something, but it’s not bad at all. I’m a little chilly though. I think the air is on full blast in here. But I’m still in short sleeves. I should throw my hoodie on. I do think I’m going to go get a green tea to keep me awake for some more spreadsheet work this afternoon. I’d really just like to go home! I’m going to go lift weights tonight too. Hopefully that goes alright. I will really enjoy the bacon and eggs tomorrow morning.
5:00 p.m. – 22.5 hrs – I’m feeling good. I’m not feeling hungry. My stomach is very silent. No growling, no digesting, nothing. It’s very empty. My pants are fitting a little looser too. My tea was good. It didn’t give me the same jittery feelings as the coffee did. Tonight, I’m heading home, then going to the gym. After, we’ll watch some TV and probably go to bed somewhat early. The more I do and the less I just sit around, the less I will think about it. My head is still feeling pretty clear. I’m really seeing why people do this for mediation. It makes things seem quieter or something. I’m definitely enjoying this and will do again, probably next week. The only negative thing I’m feeling right now is cold. My hands are chilly. I’m hoping working out goes pretty far to warm me up and make me feel good. I’m not going to overdo it, but I will push myself. The morning will bring some tasty food and then we shall see how weigh in goes next week. I’m already down 4 pounds for the month and would like to be down another 4 on Friday.
8:00 p.m. – 25.5 hrs – Back from a workout and feeling great. I was really hungry but it’s passed. Strangely lifting weights gave me more energy.
Well things went really well for my 36 hour fast. I didn’t eat anything last night after my work out. It was really weird. Around 6 last night, I was starving and shaky. I didn’t think I could make it. But then I got up and went to the gym around 7. I had a really solid work out. It’s like my body tapped into it’s fat stores to bring out a ton of energy.
Afterwards, we went home and watched some TV. It was nice to relax a bit. After the gym, I really didn’t feel all that hungry at all. I did get a slight headache around 9, but it wasn’t too bad. I went to bed right at 10 so I didn’t have to think about eating anymore.
This morning I woke up and really felt great. I didn’t feel hungry at all. It was really strange. I ate anyway though. Bacon, eggs and some fruit. Man that tasted good. Now today, it’s back to normal eating. Healthy and low carb still of course, but I can eat as much as I want.
The whole thing was a really interesting experience. I feel like it was a solid challenge, but totally do able. I’m going to start trying to do this more often. I can see doing it once a week.