Jeesh! Today I am feeling the effects of water fasting! My last food intake was around 7-8pm Thursday night; I have been fasting approximately 60 hours! That calculation took me several minutes due to brain fog and mental lethargy!
I don't feel badly, per se, though I do feel tired and a bit shaky after my morning ablutions and walking up and down the stairs to fix my morning lemon water.
I had more hunger pangs last night, and felt a little thirsty as I was falling asleep, despite having drunk plenty of fluids. I had a cup of hot water in hand the entire day, so I'm sure I took in plenty of water. Perhaps I will try to track it better today.
An odd thing occurred yesterday. I could feel the coating on my tongue increasing during the day and evening. And it was quite thick this morning. My urine was also a darker yellow than usual--an indicator of dehydration. In spite of drinking at least 10-20 cups (guess-timate) of water, I am dehydrated! As I mentioned, I was a bit thirsty late at night, and I am definitely thirsty this morning! Yet I am not experiencing a dehydration headache or any other negative side effects such as nausea. However, the lethargy and weakness is marked (I could not wait to finish getting my water and dropping back into bed!). Again, I did not sleep well: frequently awakening and raucous dreams. In fact, I had CRAZY, vivid dreams. I had an encyclopedia of dreams (there were so many); it felt like I was switching dreams every hour throughout the night! I only remember the last one, however. I have had insomnia issues for many months now, due to hormonal changes, but these last two restless nights feel directly related to fasting. Either that or because I've been lying around most of the last two days... I just don't know!
After my morning ritual of brushing my teeth (and that nasty ama--toxin coating--off my tongue), using my neti pot, and washing my face, I felt thirsty and a little weak. Returning downstairs to fill two cups with boiling water, I wanted only to sit down and stop moving. One cup had a squeezed lemon wedge and the other remnants of yesterdays ginger, cayenne, and lemon. I managed to carry those upstairs and, feeling breathless and shaky, drop back into bed! Sitting in bed, I noted my heart racing as though I had run up the stairs, increased breath rate, shakiness, and thirst.
Despite the physical symptoms, I do not feel mentally or emotionally disturbed. My will to complete the fast is intact and my cheeks were actually quite rosy when I looked in the mirror (oh, that awful tongue hehehe!). Although I am weak, I am undeterred! I will drink more water and track the amount. I will rest and relax, knowing that the first 3 days are the roughest! As my body shifts from glycogen fuel into ketone burning, any remaining hunger will dissipate, along with the fatigue! I should start feeling better later today or tomorrow at the latest--awakening with brio and anticipation! Day 3 begins!
Note: I began reading Dr. Fung's book yesterday, and I am about halfway throught it--I mean, I've had the time since I'm just relaxing and rejuvenating! I have watched several videos of him on YouTube, and he knows his stuff! He has also written other books on obesity and health issues.
surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen!