Finishing up Day 7 - A Rough Day!
What a weird day.
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I FELT LIKE SH** TODAY!
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My energy just kept decreasing even after AM java until I just went back to bed to read and rest! I used salt (I’ve discovered I really, really dislike salt!), so can’t figure it out. My stomach felt weird after the second cup, so I skipped my normal third. Rib pain doubled today, to the point I used arnica and took an aspirin (I have to experience severe pain to touch even OTC meds). I know some old aches and pains can re-manifest during EF, but my brain was also foggy and I felt like a hotmess. Haven’t felt this awful since my second EF before I knew about the miracle of salt intake! I basically spent the day in bed, reading, drinking water, and thinking WTF is going on???
I thought about taking some ghee or something, but the thought of anything heavy made me queasy. Then I remembered I have some Korean deonjang (fermented soybean paste - like Japanese miso). I figured that would be an excellent substitute for bone broth, because it has tons of great minerals and vitas. Plus, a Tbsp has only 2 carbs and 25 kcals (plus 600g sodium yay!), so it wouldn’t break my fast or spike my insulin and make me hungry. It’s just like broth (but yummier IMO), so I sipped a hot cup with an added spoonful of ghee. The first sip made me feel so nourished. When I finished it, I felt immensely better. I will still go back and hang in bed (typing this from the bed zone), read, and watch K-Dramas.
I feel okay emotionally, and I don’t want to eat or break my fast, so it is neither of those. I’ve been in assessment and observation mode (WTF!) all day. Like I said, I just feel like sh**, though now it’s just a feeling of malaise and fatigue. I will continue with ginger tea and water w/ ACV and lemon for the rest of the evening. I’ll hit the OFFICIAL 7-DAY at 9pm, then rollover the fasting tracker app. I will keep an open mind and see how I feel tomorrow. The ONLY thing that I have changed between this fast and the last one is using salt from Day 1 instead of starting it on Day 5, and the ghee I’ve added to the coffee the past two days (while reducing the dairy monster). I will re-assess how I feel tomorrow AM, and I might just skip the ghee and let the dairy monster back in the fasting house. I really, truly, (pleasepleaseplease!) don’t want to end this fast! But I will not hurt myself. On the other hand, my body may be in a state of discomfort because it’s healing... I just don’t know. I will keep my options open. I’ll have my monster coffee, continue the salt, and if I still feel like a giant piece of crap tomorrow, I will have more broth and see how that feels, then re-assess. Hopefully, I will feel better tomorrow. If the salt, coffee monster, and broth do not help, then I need to make the call. If I can bully through the next few days, I’ll have 10 days. I really want the longer fast under my belt, but again, if I feel UNWELL, I’ll tap out and be pleased with my accomplishment of 7 1/2 days!
It’s been a great fast until today, damnit! I’ve made SO MUCH PROGRESS with the emotional side of fasting, and I really don’t want that to end! I made it through the hunger; I wasn’t too tired... sigh. But that’s okay, because as I was working through "The Transformational Power of Fasting", once again, the author calls on fasters to be really mindful about breaking the fast: the how, the foods, and to give utmost consideration to body signals and needs. I gave myself time to ponder. What’s interesting is during this fast, I am NOT obsessing about food, about what I will eat when I end the fast, looking at recipes, and dreaming of fat bombs. I’m more focused on the present and how I want my eating behavior to look like after I break—not what I will break with! HUGE VICTORY!! (Still in progress, of course!) I also gave much thought to what fasting duration I want to continue with after I complete this longer fast. I am still drawn toward longer EF because I experience many emotional and behavioral breakthroughs. I get to release so much more than weight and toxins: my mind is free to fast, as is my heart and soul... they get a break and come up with new, positive behaviors, insights, feelings, experiences! Thank you body, mind, heart, spirit! (SEE!!!!???) I won’t deny I have also enjoyed the physical progress I experienced this time around, and I want that to continue. I am considering 5 day fasts, with 2 days of rebuilding. I’m also looking at a 3:1:2:1 (fast:eat:fast:eat), which is a mash up of the 5 day fast--probably just easier to do 5 consecutive days LOL. Or 2:1:2:2. Really do not know, and may not need to know unless I tap out tomorrow.
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surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen!