Fasting Journal, Day 4 of 4

1:15 a.m.

Can’t sleep. Also I am starving. I haven’t actually felt very hungry since Saturday morning, but right now I’m dying for something to eat. So I wimped out and opened the package of tuna fish I bought the other day. That’s another 150 calories.

Is it fasting if you keep cheating?

7:30 a.m.

I slept well but woke up with the beginnings of a headache, so I decided to break my fast. Three days on 650 calories is still a pretty solid accomplishment for my first fast, I think. That’s about 8% of what I normally eat, so I’ve been running on empty for over 90% of the time (I’m sure that’s not exactly how the biology works out, but I’m comfortable with that as an estimate).

8:15 a.m.

For breakfast, I had a hard-boiled egg, yogurt with granola and honey, toast with jam, and a cookie. Okay three cookies. I love cookies, and they were small and yummy.

It feels good to have food in my system again. While I was eating, I felt my systems “coming back online.” The last few days my senses have felt a bit muted, as if there was constant static in the background. Jess described me as mellow when we talked on Monday, but on my end it felt more like a slight buzz without the intoxication, like my senses were functioning at about 80% of normal. During breakfast, I felt a pretty noticeable return to alertness, like my body was waking up and turning all the knobs back up to full power.

So I think we’re done here. I’ll post my parting thoughts when I get a chance.

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