It’s day 8 of my fast. I began at 95.8 kg, blood sugars 23 am. Today I weighed 90.4 , 11.3 bs am. That’s a loss of 5.4kg while lowering my blood sugars from dangerously high to less high. Still in the damaging zone but not as bad.
For the first few days , my blood sugars dropped a couple of points each day (after the first 48 hours, which is how long it takes for my body to burn through available glucose). Sunday was quite a different matter though.
My mum broke her arm on Saturday night, so I drove her into the hospital. We were there from 9pm till 2am getting her plaster cast. Sunday morning I was back to take her to the hospital, get her cast checked, then after dropping her off , I shopped for her, got her pain meds filled and prepped food for her.
I spent sunday afternoon in a zombie state, so tired, yet too wired to sleep . When I checked my blood sugars, they had risen to 17 ! Despite no food and only the usual coffee, cream and mct oil. Not sure if it was because of the lack of sleep or the stress. Either have bad effects on blood sugar levels, I was disappointed, thought about ending my fast. My daughter I had made guacamole, which I find hard to resist. I kept fasting.
This morning my blood sugars were 11.3. Better than 17 but I had expected another drop. I guess all that time yesterday at 17 meant they didn’t lower. Maybe tomorrow.
I don’t know how long I will continue this fast. Initially I was so angry at my high blood sugars, also so scared because there is evidence indicating that high blood sugars lead to massive covid complications - generally if the patient has blood sugars over 11 at admission. That was me! Actually it still is!
I was thinking I would keep fasting until I hit normal blood sugar levels. Not sure. I don’t know how long that would take and if I would feel ok for that long. This has been the best fast so far and the longest. Usually I stop at 5 days. The trouble with 5 days was my blood sugars wouldn’t drop till day 3. They would look better at day , but then even with careful keto eating over the weekend, I would start fasting on monday only slightly better than the previous monday’s level.
The beauty of the extended fast , is that once I am over the initial few days my blood sugars will drop , as they are given no food to make them rise. I didn’t factor in stress and lack of sleep though!
So, I’d like to weigh 75 kg. I want normal blood sugars of 4-6. Can I fast long enough to make it happen? Not sure, but I am going to try. I will stop fasting if I feel unwell.
Benefits so far of this fast…
Not needing to pee so much at night. Last night I didn’t wake to pee at all, it’s usually 1 - 5 times, affecting my sleep.
Have mostly had energy and stable moods during this fast.
On friday I had a problem with diarrhea. I fixed it with psyllium husks and an electrolyte drink .
I am not doing much. Walking the dog . Tiny bit of slow yoga. That’s it. I think lifting weights would be a good idea, but I haven’t yet.
I am posting this publicly here for support and also advice . Please feel free to suggest something or comment if you spot an issue.