Fasting Journal, Day 2 of 4

5:30 a.m.

Going to bed at 9:30 does not work for me. I’ve been tossing and turning since about 3:30 this morning, and finally decided I might as well get up. I’m sure fasting doesn’t help, but I think that’s just too much sleep for me.

My stomach feels empty, but it has stopped growling now. My headache has receded, too.

6:30 a.m.

I’m up and showered. The St. John’s Guesthouse isn’t luxurious, but it is very clean and nicely furnished. I particularly like the towel warmer.

I’ve got the weakies. I don’t know what else you call it; that’s what Jess has always called it when you are really hungry, you can’t think well, and you fumble around when trying to do things. I’m not feeling all that hungry, actually. Okay, a little bit, but I think it’s more out of habit than anything else. My day pretty much revolves around when I’m going to eat next. (Or when I’m going to drink my next batch of Soylent.)

It’s breakfast time, now, which means I can finally get coffee. Hopefully that will take care of the weakies.

7:45 a.m.

Pretty sure today is going to be the hard day. I got a post up on Lawyerist, but I’m feeling a bit lightheaded and woozy so I’m going to stay put for a bit and watch a movie or something. (Jess probably just read that and got worried because I have passed out before from getting up too quickly. Don’t worry, Jess, I’ll be careful!)

10:30 a.m.

Feeling pretty run down today. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, but I’ve been lying down and taking it easy. I had some salt with my coffee and drank some tea fortified with Vitamin C. I still have a mild headache but I don’t want to take Ibuprofen because I definitely don’t need a blood thinner right now.

I keep thinking I’ll go for a walk, but I’m a little woozy so it’s probably not a great idea. The Internet says this is normal during fasting.

My plan is to get more coffee, then do a little of the work I’ve got to get done today.

12:00 p.m.

My headache is full-on, now. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good hangover, and have for a couple of hours. I decided I could probably consume a few calories without violating the spirit of my fast. I drove into town and got some beef bouillon. I mixed it with some butter. It’s maybe a dozen calories, but it tastes like a meal.

I also picked up some supplies in case I need a bit more sustenance later, but hopefully the broth will do the trick.

2 p.m.

The broth helped a bit, but it didn’t make my headache go away. I also went for a walk to try to clear my head, but now I’m back in my room, lying on my bed with my eyes closed.

5 p.m.

Headache.

I’ve decided that if I still have a headache at 7 p.m., which is about 24 hours from when it started (although it was much milder then), I’m going to break my fast. First without carbs, then with them if I haven’t shaken off the headache within an hour. There’s no reason I should endure a headache for longer than 24 hours.

If I’m able to kick the headache without carbs, I’ll go back to fasting. If I need carbs to kick the headache, I’ll cut my fast short, since that will pull my body back out of fat-burning mode.

5:40 p.m.

Screw it, I’m tired of feeling like this. I ate a can of sardines, which are high in the fatty acids my body is supposed to be burning for fuel right now. They were pretty good. I also ate a can of oysters, which were not very good. Why such random foods? Both were recommended by the physiologist who was a guest on the podcast I listened to on the way up here yesterday.

I would eat canned sardines again. I probably won’t eat canned oysters again.

5:50 p.m.

Wow, that was near-instant relief. Back to fasting, then. I’ve had about 500 calories today, which is not technically fasting but is still pretty crazy low. My recommended intake is something like 2,000–2,500 calories per day.

Since I didn’t eat any carbs, just protein and fat, I should still be burning fat. Hopefully that jump-started the fat burning so I don’t have any more headache problems. If I get another headache in the morning, I will probably just break my fast. No sense feeling like crap the whole time I am up here.

9:20 p.m.

Seriously, that snack hit the spot. I feel great, and hopefully that will carry over to tomorrow even if I stop eating again.

11 p.m.

Bedtime.

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