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graindart - Wednesday Mar 12, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 234.0

Yesterday was day 21 of the fast.

It was pretty uneventful.

I've decided to break the fast today so that I can get back to eating solid food and have things back to normal by next week when I fly out for a wedding.  Physically I feel fine.  I feel normal, good amount of energy, head feels normal.  The only thing that I know I don't have is any type of endurance right now.  I can walk around stores or outside like normal right now, but couldn't do any type of sustained aerobic exercise.

The idea of drinking broth sounded good over the past few days when I've been thinking about it, but now that it's time to proceed I'm not relishing the thought.  I'm going to wait a couple hours and then drink some.  I might make some fresh unsweetened iced tea also.

** 6pm update **

Started the day off around 10am with a glass of orange juice diluted with water.  It tasted decent.  My tummy was fine, so a couple hours later I heated up some vegetable stock and drank that.  It tasted fairly bad.  I later had a snack of a couple olives and a mini dill pickle.  When the kids came home I had a homemade fruit smoothie popsicle (just made out of blended fruit and added water).  Everything was feeling fine, so I decided to fix and eat a salad for dinner.  It consisted of a lettuce mixture, 5 or 6 olives, one small apple sliced up, some chopped red onion, and some no calorie blue cheese dressing.  I made a fairly large sized bowl and about halfway through realized that I was full.  I picked out the olive pieces and apple pieces and threw the rest away.  Next time I'll make it smaller so I don't waste any.  Going to do my best not to eat anything for the rest of the night so that my digestive system has time to process stuff before bedtime in a few hours.

Progress as of today: 32.5 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

graindart - Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 234.6

Yesterday was day 20 of the fast.

It was pretty uneventful.  I didn't have much work to do, so the day just dragged on.

Onto day 21.

Progress as of today: 31.9 lbs lost so far, only 59.6 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Mar 10, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 236.0

Yesterday was day 19 of the fast. 

Knowing that I'm stopping soon and going grocery shopping have both made me feel hungry at times.  I don't know if it's my mental state making my body react with hunger or what......  Yesterday I went long stretches of time without any physical hunger, but when my mind was fixated on food my tummy would start rumbling and I'd feel hungry.

Things are coming to an end on the fasting and will soon need to concentrate on moderation.

Onto day 20.

Progress as of today: 30.5 lbs lost so far, only 61 lbs to go!

graindart - Sunday Mar 09, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 236.4

Yesterday was day 18 of the fast.

Yesterday was tougher.  If I'm not thinking about food, I'm still not physically hungry.  However yesterday I was thinking about food, researching food, and went shopping for some food for when I break the fast in a few days.  That combination made for a day with numerous times where my tummy was rumbling.  Walking through the grocery stores, the smells were intoxicating.  

I've been dreaming quite a bit lately.  The dreams that I remember are commonly about breaking the fast and always involve stuffing my face with everything imaginable.  Controlling myself while coming off the fast is one of my fears.  I've got a daily menu written down and hope to be able to stick to it.

Onto day 19.

Progress as of today: 30.1 lbs lost so far, only 61.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Saturday Mar 08, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 238.0

Yesterday was day 17 of the fast.

Yesterday was a little tougher.  I researched a lot of food and was craving / obsessing over food numerous times throughout the day.  I've worked out a menu plan to gradually introduce food back in, for after the 21st day.

Onto day 18.


Progress as of today: 28.5 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

graindart - Friday Mar 07, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 238.8

Yesterday was day 16 of the fast.

Another mostly uneventful day.

Did have some tummy rumblings throughout the day.  They only lasted a minute or so each time.  Don't know if they were hunger related or ?

Onto day 17.

Progress as of today: 27.7 lbs lost so far, only 63.8 lbs to go!

graindart - Thursday Mar 06, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 239.4

Yesterday was day 15 of the fast.  

It was a mostly uneventful day.  I took care of some errands and did the yearly taxes.

Watched a lot of Youtube on Ethiopian, Korean, and Thai food.  Would really like to make some small tacos with various mixtures of ingredients including chicken bulgogi, kimchi, cabbage, pickled onions, etc.  Unfortunately that'll have to wait a couple weeks.

Plan is to end fast next Wednesday.  Liquid lo-cal for about 5 days and then introduce some solid foods again.  I've got to fly out for a wedding 3/20 - 3/24 and can hopefully eat some solid food there.  After I get back I'll need to figure out a normal diet plan.

Onto day 16.

Progress as of today: 27.1 lbs lost so far, only 64.4 lbs to go!

glassgirl3 on 03/06/2014:
Hopefully you'll get to eat a bit of solid food before the wedding so your body is ready for it. Is this your first time fasting? I never have tried it but you have lost a lot of weight doing it.

graindart on 03/06/2014:
First time fasting for this amount of time. I've gone 2-3 days several times before and a couple times to 4 days.

graindart - Wednesday Mar 05, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 240.2

Yesterday was day 14 of the fast.  Things went well.  I was busy with work most of the day which kept my mind off food.

Surprised my daughters and took the family to see the Harlem Globetrotters last night.  As an adult, it was mildly amusing and my 8 year old daugher found parts of it funny and entertaining.  My 11 year old daughter was busting out loud laughing or cheering through 75% of the show.

Still taking the fast day by day.  If everything continues like the past few days, I'm thinking of going a total of 21 days.  I'll follow it up with a week of liquid foods which should get the digestive system going again.  Based on calendar commitments this looks like the best plan of action.  

Onto day 15.

Progress as of today: 26.3 lbs lost so far, only 65.2 lbs to go!

glassgirl3 on 03/05/2014:
Sounds like you had a great night.

graindart - Tuesday Mar 04, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 241.2

Yesterday was day 13 of the fast.

Nothing really new.  Physical hunger minimal and any food smells awesome.  The smell of melted butter was everywhere this morning.  I'm guessing the wife and kids had pancakes or waffles.

My head has been feeling as clear as usual.  The fogginess has mostly left.  I've been feeling colder than usual and I don't know if the fast has anything to do with it or if it's just the colder weather. 

Onto day 14.

Progress as of today: 25.3 lbs lost so far, only 66.2 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Mar 03, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 242.2

Yesterday was day 12 of the fast.

Nothing much new to report.  Hunger still gone physically.  Smells still trigger cravings.

Took the family to a local museum for a presentation.  Afterwards they had refreshments.  I didn't want to stick around afterwards, so my wife and kids each grabbed a cookie for the road.  The smell of sugar cookies inside the car was intoxicating.  Thankfully the cookies were gone pretty quickly and so was the smell.

Onto day 13.

Progress as of today: 24.3 lbs lost so far, only 67.2 lbs to go!

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