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graindart - Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 247.4

Yesterday was day 7 of the fast.

Forgot to mention.....  My tongue had a white coating and my mouth tasted really bad for a few days, but that is gone now.

The morning started off like day 6.  Hardly any hunger pangs (small rumblings that lasted less than 30 seconds) and my head felt a bit foggy.  By the end of the day my head had cleared up some and actually felt like I had a bit more energy than I've had over the past several days.

Last night was the car club meeting that I was dreading due to the pizza and wonderful salad.  I was sitting within inches of other people's plates and the food smelled good, but I wasn't physically hungry at all.  No watering mouth, no rumbling tummy.  I would have loved to eat some, but physically my body didn't seem to care.  What I thought might be an hour of suffering turned into a non-event.

My wife and I were talking and she asked how long I planned on continuing the fast.  I told her I didn't really have any plans, but if everything continues feeling good I might do 14 days this time.  I also mentioned to her that I really don't have any set number of days and that this is new to me, so I might choose to end the fast any day depending on how I'm feeling.

Onto day 8.

Progress as of today: 19.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Tuesday Feb 25, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 248.4

Yesterday was day 6 of the fast.

Physically things went smoother yesterday.  I'm still feeling a bit light headed, but nothing like a few days ago.  Still feeling weak, but not to a point that it keeps me from doing everyday tasks.  

Mentally, I crave food.  Physically, hunger appears to be mostly gone.  There are these weird little tummy rumblings that come a couple times per hour.  They don't hurt (slight discomfort) and usually go away within 30 seconds on their own.  If I take a drink right away they usually go away within 5 seconds.  If I didn't have them, I'd say that the hunger was gone.

The smell of food has become intoxicating.  I definitely notice it more now that I'm not eating.  My wife cooked meatloaf and mashed potatoes for her and the girls last night and just walking by it smelled like the most wonderful meal ever.  I've eaten the meatloaf many times and enjoy it, but I don't remember it smelling so good.  When picking up my oldest daughter from school today, someone had a little tupperware container that they had just microwaved.  It smelled like lasagna or something, and again it was the most wonderful smell ever!  While the smells have been wonderful, physically they don't make me feel hungry.  Mentally, I'd love to go to a buffet and eat non-stop for 2 hours.

Tonight I have a car club meeting and there will be pizza and one of my favorite type salads.  Hopefully this non-hunger will continue and I'll be able to make it through ok.  Last month I was on day 2 of a small fast when the car club meeting occured and it nearly killed me not being able to eat the food.

Dieting and / or fasting is weird.  I walk around feeling deprived, even though I know that at any moment I can eat whatever I want.  My problem is definitely self control when it comes to doing things in moderation.  I always tend to be at extremes.  I'm either fully committed to something or not.  At the seafood dinner at my mom's house on Sunday I was thinking that everything would be fine if I had a couple crab legs, a couple mussels, a couple shrimp, and some salad.  And it would have been.  The problem is that once I started eating, it would've been a couple POUNDS of crab, a POUND of shrimp, and a couple mussels (not super fond of mussels).

Oh well, on to day 7.

Progress as of today: 18.1 lbs lost so far, only 73.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Feb 24, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 250.2

Yesterday was day 5 of the fast.

It had some ups and downs, but went smoother than day 4.  My head was clearer and didn't feel light-headed as much.  Feeling weak, which is to be expected.  Not "fall or faint" weak, just know I couldn't walk as far or lift as much.  

Hunger was weird yesterday.  I'd have little hunger pangs that I'd feel in my stomach, but a drink of water would cause them to subside usually within seconds.  My big test of the day was going over with the family for my mom's birthday dinner (took her flowers).  Seafood is just about my favorite.  They had tons of crab legs, mussels, shrimp, etc.  The smell was wonderful.  I tried not to look at the food and sat in the living room away from everyone else in the dining room.  It's adjacent so I could still be part of the conversations, but I didn't have to stare at the food.  To my amazement, I didn't feel hungry.  Don't get me wrong, I was craving it, but my stomach wasn't reacting and my body didn't make it hard to abstain from eating.  I was actually feeling pretty good.  Then the dessert came out.  A couple different choices, but there was a cream / custard type dessert that looked great.  Made it through, again without feeling hungry.  Finished up, went home to put the kids to bed.  Kind of went over things in my head and was feeling pretty good about not feeling hungry.  I started to think that maybe I had progressed to that state where hunger just leaves, then I reverted to getting those small hunger pangs again that required me to drink water each time.

Don't know how day 6 will go, but I don't have any parties or meetings with food to go to today, so in theory it should be easier.

Progress as of today: 16.3 lbs lost so far, only 75.2 lbs to go!

fiamma on 02/24/2014:
congratulations on your willpower. i never managed more than two days without food. i think i could deal with hunger but the headaches are too much and i get angry and depressed.

graindart on 02/25/2014:
Yeah, I was quite irritable the first few days. Thankfully I work alone and my family only had to deal with me for a few hours each evening. I had some headaches the first couple days, but they seemed pretty typical of other times when I've given up caffeine. I've attempted small fasts before and have almost always quit on day 2.

graindart - Sunday Feb 23, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 251.4

Yesterday was day 4 of the fast.

Yesterday started off a little light-headed, but better than day 3.  I stayed inside most of the day and didn't really get anything accomplished.  Had a supercross party to go to from 5:30 - 8pm.  Lots of food including a bunch of different types of pizza, brownies, veggie tray, etc.  It smelled wonderful.  I had my bottle of water, but it didn't help much.  I was having a hard time figuring out if I was just craving the foods or if I was actually feeling hunger.  In the end I made it through, but it wasn't a fun experience.

Tonight I've got a dinner party for my mom's birthday.  Tuesday I've got a car club meeting that has pizza and a salad that I love.  Planning on continuing the fast through, but we'll see.

Overall I think I felt less hungry and my head felt less cloudy yesterday.

Kind of surprised me this morning when I woke up and my tummy was feeling hungry.  Most things that I've read about fasting says that the hunger goes away on day 3.  While I think its deminished, it's definitely not gone.  Onto day 5.

Progress as of today: 15.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.4 lbs to go!

graindart - Saturday Feb 22, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 254.8

Yesterday was day 3 of the fast.  I was really light-headed and my concentration was lacking.

I haven't been doing much at all.  I don't feel like leaving the house and I don't have much reason to, except for work on the weekdays.  I'm not going out to eat and don't feel like going to any stores, so have kept mainly to the house the past few days.  I've got a few things over the next few days that will get me out of the house once a day.

Progress as of today: 11.7 lbs lost so far, only 79.8 lbs to go!

graindart - Friday Feb 21, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 258.0

Last fast was interesting.  It ended 01/30/2014 after 4-1/2 days.  I wasn't really "hungry", but my family wanted to go out to eat and I felt like eating with them.

Started a new fast a couple days ago.  

Day 1 went alright with only some mild hunger.

Day 2 was a bit tougher, as it usually is.  I had more times of feeling hungry and wanting to eat.  Felt somewhat weak and a little light-headed.

Today is day 3.  Usually day 2 is the worst, but this time day 3 is much worse than day 2.  I've been hungry off and on the whole day.  I've been real light-headed all day.  Concentration has been lacking and I just feel like going to bed and sleeping.  I'd consider it, but I'm not really sleepy and know if I go to bed now, I'll be up at 3 or 4am.

Hoping day 4 is easier.  

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

graindart - Thursday Jan 30, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 254.0

Day 4 completed yesterday.

Forgot to mention on Day 3 that my tongue felt coated and it just felt like I had unusually bad breath.  I brushed and used mouthwash several times throughout the day, but it still seemed to come back.

Day 4 my mouth / tongue didn't feel as coated and things went easier.  The morning I had some hunger, but I kept up on my water and things went better than days 2 & 3.  Last night went much easier than the previous days.  I had little hunger and didn't have to drink as much water to keep the hunger pangs from coming back.

Even though the physical side of the hunger was easier yesterday, I was thinking about the various food I'd like to devour.  Nacho cheese Doritos were on the top of the list.

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 79 lbs to go!

graindart - Wednesday Jan 29, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 256.2

Yesterday was day 3 of the fast.

Head felt a little light all day.  Mostly low on energy and foggy.  Although had a burst of energy and clarity at the end of the day playing a card game with my wife.

The day went fine.  I had some times where I was hungry, but just drank more water.  The hunger seemed to subside within minutes typically.  The only time I venture into the kitchen is to refill my water jug and I try not to make eye contact with the food.  When my wife and kids came home I avoided the kitchen area even more since I knew they'd be getting a snack.  Went to a car club meeting tonight and brought a bottle of water.  I knew it was going to be a bit of a struggle as they have pizza, salad, and pop available.  The pizza and salad dressing smelled so delicious.  I just did my best to keep talking with people and kept sipping on my water.  The desire to eat wasn't overwhelming due to hunger, but rather just a strong craving.  My tummy grumbled a bit and my mouth salivated a little, but it subsided after about 30 minutes when everyone was done munching. 

Went to bed around 9:30pm, which is earlier than usual.  Woke up at 4am and I was wide awake.  Checked on a few things and then tried going back to sleep.  Tossed and turned for the next couple hours and finally just got up.

Feeling decent right now as I'm typing.  Day 3 wasn't as hard as I expected.  Hopefully that doesn't mean that day 4 will be the bad one.....

Progress as of today: 10.3 lbs lost so far, only 81.2 lbs to go!

glassgirl3 on 01/29/2014:
good for you being around the smell of pizza and not eating it . Strong smells are so hard to resist.

Innerpeace on 01/29/2014:
Great job on your mission!

Umpqua on 01/29/2014:
Kudos to you for sticking to your plan. That's some serious willpower!

graindart - Tuesday Jan 28, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 258.8

Yesterday was day 2 of the fast.  It started alright, but ended quite tough.  

The morning and early afternoon were met with some dull headaches, a minor feeling of dissiness, and a general lack of energy.  I expected it and kept up on my water intake, so things were progressing as planned.  Since I work alone, it's pretty easy to keep away from temptations during the day.

I kind of sat around all day getting work done and watching some Youtube.  I stayed away from the kitchen when my kids / wife got home, but when I smelled the food cooking for dinner I started having major cravings / tummy rumblings.  I drank more water, but food was stuck in my thoughts.  Mainly the thought of a giant juicy hamburger with melty cheese sliding down the sides.  Made it through dinner time and just before bedtime, my oldest daughter comes walking over to see what I'm doing and she's holding a peeled mini-orange (can't remember their name right now).  Just the smell of that was enough to make me want to quit right then and there.  I "shooed" here away and told here to come back when she was done eating.

My demeanor has been a little more grumpy and I've generally had a shorter temper.  Now onto day 3, which is where I've broken before because it's usually the worst.  I've made it 3 full days before (72 hours), but never over.  Supposedly things start to become a little easier after day 3 or 4, but don't know if I'll see that or not.

Off to work and water.....

Progress as of today: 7.7 lbs lost so far, only 83.8 lbs to go!

graindart - Monday Jan 27, 2014
(fasting food, water intake only)
Weight: 261.8

Yesterday was day 1 of the fast.  Only food intake was small amount of grape juice and a small piece of a cracker (communion at church).

The day went pretty smooth.  I was just sitting around with the family most of the day relaxing.  I drank plenty of water and didn't feel too hungry.  I wasn't really tempted to eat anything and ended the day feeling more "in control".

Woke up this morning feeling alright.  I have a small headache right now and will see how today goes.

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 86.8 lbs to go!

Innerpeace on 01/27/2014:
Good luck with your fast. I always seem to get nausea if I don't eat for long periods of time.

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