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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!

graindart - Sunday Mar 02, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 243.2

Yesterday was day 11 of the fast.

I've really got to stop researching food recipes on the internet.  I keep finding the most delicious looking foods that I'd like to try.

Day 14 is coming soon and I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet.  Part of me is contemplating breaking the fast with a liquid diet for a week just to ease back into digestion.  Another part of me is thinking that a liquid low calorie diet is a real struggle and I don't know if I want that struggle right now.  Since fasting has become fairly easy (physically), I'm thinking of going on a few more days and get things timed out optimally based on my calendar planned commitments.  I'll just go with what feels right over the next bit.  

Whenever I do break the fast, I'll go liquid with easily digestible foods for a little while.  That will probably be the biggest challenge.  I can eat or not eat, but restricting myself to a set way of eating / set number of calories is my real challenge.  When I get closer to the end of the fast, I'll need to write up a daily eating plan for a week or so to make sure that I have a fighting chance of staying on it.

Onto day 12.

Progress as of today: 23.3 lbs lost so far, only 68.2 lbs to go!

graindart - Saturday Mar 01, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 244.0

Yesterday was day 10.

95% of the physical hunger does go away, but the mental desire / craving for food definitely doesn't go away.  

I had a couple different dreams of breaking my fast last night.  One I was just eating like normal and then I remembered that I was on a fast and just accidentally broke it.  The other I was gorging myself with mini Milky Way bars.  Don't know why they were mini.......

I searched for a big-boy word to mention this.  More for my records when looking back on this, but my "libido" is definitely way down while fasting.  My greatest desires are definitely centered on food right now.

Most of the fogginess has left my head.  I'm not feeling dizzy, faint, or light-headed.  I've got a good amount of initial energy, almost a "normal" amount.  The key to the previous sentence is "initial".  My initial amount of energy for doing things is comparable to my everyday life, but if I need to do something for an extended period I get tired much more quickly.

Onto day 11.

Progress as of today: 22.5 lbs lost so far, only 69 lbs to go!

graindart - Friday Feb 28, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 245.2

Yesterday was day 9 of the fast.

Not physically hungry, but had major cravings for about an hour.  My wife cooked a bunch of bacon and the smell filled the house.  I love bacon and the smelled just lingered forever.

Ski trip got cancelled due to very low temperatures.  We would've been leaving about now and the ski hill is about an hour away.  Right now the the temp is -6F, with a forecasted high of 3 and a low of -22.  And "no", those aren't wind chill factors, that's actual temps before any wind chill voodoo is worked.  The high for our area tomorrow is supposed to be -9 with a low of -26.  Thankfully it's only supposed to last for 3 or 4 days.  We have a few things that we have to go to over the weekend, but other than that we'll try to just stay indoors.

Onto day 10.

Progress as of today: 21.3 lbs lost so far, only 70.2 lbs to go!

allieoop on 02/28/2014:
-26 we need spring!!!

graindart - Thursday Feb 27, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 246.2

Yesterday was day 8 of the fast.

Nothing much to mention, the day was pretty uneventful.  Head is feeling less foggy.  Finished up work in the morning and just sat around bored for the next few hours until the wife and kids came home.  Work is slow right now and I have nothing scheduled for today.  Have to get some stuff ready to go skiing with my oldest daughter tomorrow (5th grade ski trip).

Getting through the day was pretty easy.  Physical hunger really isn't an issue now.  However I do think my nose has become more sensitive to food smells now.  My home office is on a lower level, far away from the kitchen, but I can smell what foods are being cooked up there.  Yesterday morning the smell of baked muffins / buttered biscuits lingered in my office for about an hour.  I was ok physically, but I was definitely craving buttered biscuits for awhile.

I watched some TV to pass the time and kept seeing food commercials.  Jack-in-the-box, Red Lobster, and McDonald's.  It made me feel more deprived.  Every commercial stressed that their new offerings were only "for a limited time".  It got me worried.  What if that new delicious looking concoction is gone before I break my fast?  I know it's nonsense and the advertising is designed to instill a sense of urgency, but in my weakened state it seems to work.

Onto day 9.

Progress as of today: 20.3 lbs lost so far, only 71.2 lbs to go!

liza36 on 02/27/2014:
I hear you about the commercials. I have to change the channel when pizza commercials come on. One of my weaknesses. You are doing great with your plan. Keep it up!

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