Happy May! So up to this point, I’ve been slowly easing myself into this lifestyle. I started out on maintenance calories (most of the time) and was learning how to tweak and follow my macros. I’ve been transitioning from being a total diet soda addict to drinking water. Truthfully, that’s been the hardest part (up until now).
I’ve had several days of a ravenous appetite, where I ate way over maintenance calories, and two
cheats instances with non-plan food and drink. The first instance was with an entire bottle of wine (at least it was Malbec, LOL) and the second was an entire Mexican meal complete with Chips and Salsa, A huge Burrito (I really only ate 1/3), Mexican rice, and two of the best tasting Strawberry Margaritas I’ve ever had. The latter had me worshipping at the porcelain altar all night. Sigh… It’ll take me a long time to forget how horrible it was.
I haven’t been exercising at all. Nothing. Again, I’m planning on this being a permanent lifestyle change for me. I just didn’t want to throw myself into it 100% and then become so overwhelmed that I wanted to quit during the first month. Just giving up the diet soda has been a real struggle. I wish I could say that I’ve got it licked, but I’m not there yet.
And that brings me to May. This is the month when I kick it up a notch. It’s time to get serious, and really get in control. I decided to start off with a bang and do my first extended water fast. Funny enough, Maria independently decided to do the same exact thing. I guess we’re on the same wavelength. I think she fared a bit better than I did, but she’s been living this lifestyle a lot longer than I have.
Day one was easy peasy. I had already been intermittent fasting here and there, including several 24 hour fasts. My husband said I was a beast, but I personally didn’t notice. Ha!
Day two was OK. I felt a little tired and towards 4 or 5 in the afternoon, I started to fight off a growling tummy. I added some salt to my water. Yuck!
Day three wasn’t as good. During the day, I felt a little off. I guess the best way to describe it was “punch drunk.” Then somewhere around 11 in the evening, I got a huge, dull headache. Oh, man… It was not pleasant. I tried to combat it by drinking more water, and adding more salt to it. I tried to sleep. I maybe slept 5 minutes here, and 10 minutes there. It probably wasn’t until 6 in the morning when the headache subsided enough for me to actually get some sleep. I didn’t wake up until around noon. I’m not currently working so that wasn’t an issue. Thank goodness.
Day four was much like day three. Once I woke up, I was feeling alright, but again… I wasn’t quite with it. I was hoping to keep going with my fast for several more days, but around 8 or 9 at night, my body started to get cold, and the headache came back. I waited a few hours to see if my symptoms would go away, but they didn’t. I felt like crap. I interpreted it as my body saying enough is enough. It’s time to quit and try again another day. So I did.
I made it through a full four days. I’m pretty disappointed I couldn’t go longer, but at the same time, I’m pretty proud of myself. I guess it’s not bad for a first attempt.
I broke my fast with a small meal of cauliflower rice, egg and ham, sauteed in Kerry Gold butter, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Keto mush.
Did I lose weight? Yes! About 10 lbs! I’m thrilled. I hope I’ve re-lit my internal furnace long enough to keep burning body fat. But I’ll let you know if I re-gain any of the fasting weight.
For now, I’ll go back to intermittent fasting. Tomorrow, the exercise starts.
Wish me luck!
Update… It’s May 9th already, and Maria and I are in day 2 of another extended fast. I think we’re nuts! I’ll keep you updated!