When my wife and I are doing a long term fast she’ll ask me something like “since the paver guy is coming over to work on the yard, and you are going to help him, do you really think you should keep fasting if you are going to be doing all that physical labor?”
What she’s really asking me is, would you consider breaking your fast so I can break mine too?
We’ve both pushed through some really shitty days while fasting, low energy, headaches, days when every minute of the day was spent thinking “I can’t do this any longer, but I’ll wait another hour” or “WTF am I doing this?” or “if I break fast now, how will I feel if I don’t hit my target?”.
We’ve found that staying lightly active (cleaning out the shed, the closet, cleaning the house, browsing at home depot), getting plenty of sodium and other electrolytes and ensuring to spend some time reading/watching a movie that’s distracting help us get through the rough days.
We’ve also found there is a sleep cycle when fasting, a few days of only a few hours of sleep, waking up with a pounding heart beat (though it and BP is in the normal range) followed by a night of a solid eight hours, followed by a few more nights of rough sleep. Those rough sleep nights are the toughest and usually make the days the hardest.
So, I’ll ask you, what do you want the forums to tell you, to give you “permission” to break the fast? Only you can do that, you know yourself, you know if you are really hurting or just looking for a “way out”.
I don’t say this to be ornery, just to say that you know yourself. If you don’t make it to 10 days, there’s always time in the future to re-attack. Just be sure to learn any lessons you can from experience and, I highly suggest that before you start your next fast, you sit down and write why you are fasting, how long you are fasting and a few reminders such as “this will suck some days” and “don’t be surprised if you feel like shit”, things of that nature, they help on a psychological level.
Also, consider adding in a little fat, maybe having some bone broth, doing some small change like that, give it half a day and see how you feel. I did that my last 10 day fat (bone broth/HWC/coconut oil) and I felt guilty because the fast was the easiest I had done, I was so used to feeling like shit for a good period of the time, adding those in made it almost effortless (I know, it wasn’t a “TRUE” fast, for all you fasting police out there…).
Either way, you’ve done an amazing job making it to eight days, well done!