I decided to end the fast early! Looking back at my last few posts, I probably could have predicted that. I was spinning along happily, and then my intentions started to wobble on their axis. Here are some answers to questions you might have.
Why did I decide to stop early on Day 30?
For the last 4 days of the fast, I was feeling cold and hungry. I mean really cold, like I couldn’t get my feet to warm up by rubbing them together and wearing thick wool socks, so I just went to sleep with ice blocks. Lots of extra clothes and sweaters indoors. I was also feeling more hungry and preoccupied with food from Day 26 to 30, particularly later in the day. It was taking more to distract me. My skin became very dry and itchy, again, moreso with each passing day. I also had a rash on my face that wouldn’t heal and various scrapes and bug bites that wouldn’t heal. This part was a little odd, because I thought autophagy would clear things up. I got the sense that my skin wasn’t doing so well because my gut wasn’t doing so well. Next time, I think I will do something to help my critters be happy, like take a probiotic or kimchi or apple cider vinegar, instead of starving them to death.
What did I eat?
I remember reading about a fur trapper in the 1800s who got shot in the stomach, leaving an open wound for many years. His physician would tie food to a string, drop it in the hole, and record how long it would take to digest and how completely it digested. Meat worked best of all. He remarked on how even tough, gristly cuts of meat would dissolve completely away, while cooked vegetables would not get digested all the way. So, I decided on meat. I had Thai chicken larb (hot!), and it was delicious. Later, I had some keto bread made with cheddar and jalapeno. Because, hey, who doesn’t like spicy x 10 when they’re about to have tummy problems?
What happened with my symptoms after the fast?
Obviously, my hunger went away. I immediately warmed up - a lot. I am wearing a t-shirt ad shorts today, and I’m burning up. My facial rash seems like it is waxing and waning. I can’t really explain what I mean by that. It’s kind of flushing and looks like pimples (like rosacea), but then at other points in the day it looks almost normal. My skin is still dry, but that may take a few days.
How about digestion?
Let’s just say, I am glad I have a job working from home. Then again, my toilets were designed to accept only blue ribbon award-winning Bristol stool champions (not something akin to peanut butter). If I were in the office, I could be making that someone else’s problem Prediction: Normal by the end of the day tomorrow. All in all, definitely worth the sacrifice.
How much weight did I lose?
Started at 218, ended at 188.5 for a loss of 29.5 lb in 30 days. I went from a size 18 (plus size) to a large size 14 (normal sizes = normal stores, yay!). The smaller 14s still don’t fit me. I am not sure how much will stay off.
I have planned fasts for the next few months to lose the rest of the weight, assuming keto and skipping breakfast (which I do anyway) will not be enough. Goal weight should land around April 1.
Thank you all for your support - it meant a lot! If you have any questions about doing a 30-day fast, please let me know, and I will do my best to answer them.