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Adventures in Fasting [2]

Monday, November 19, 2012

Well, the 24 hour mark has came and passed, and I have yet to break out in a cold sweat with visions of sugar plums and Lean Pockets dancing in my head. So far good.

I woke up this morning with the beginning of what I already knew to be a caffeine headache. As a precautionary measure, and to dissuade me from finding an excuse to back out of the fast, I had two cups of black coffee to jump start my day. Some may disagree with this practice and feel that this is not a true "water fast", and to that, I will simply say, we can agree to disagree on this one.

The plan, as it currently stands, is to also start tomorrow off with one cup of coffee and keep the second on standby, in case I start feeling that nagging pounding [but, ultimately, I'd like consume only one cup of coffee tomorrow].

I am feeling energetic at this point, but I am barely beginning to transition out of the phase where my body is feeding of the glycogen stores, so energy normally isn't at problem in the first 24 hours. Personally, I can verify that the 2nd and 3rd are the days when I typically crack. It's not necessarily an unbearable hunger that I have succumbed to in the past, it is generally just a point of complete and utter irritation or frustration. I slap on my cranky face and look for a reason to say "Forget this! Life's too short..." as I make a mad dash for the store or pantry.

Knowing this about myself, I have taken a few preventive measures. First, I have armed myself with the knowledge that I am heading into the hard part. Mentally preparing for the storm can sometimes be the biggest tool we've got in our toolbox. Second, I have placed random goals and markers throughout my day that will, not only, eat up time, but will occupy my mind and leave me feeling energized [i.e. appointment in the morning, a set block of time to read my college chapters and an afternoon trip to the gym to either swim or enjoy some light cardio]. Along with that, I have removed all food from my room, and the nearest options for food are about 10 minutes away, so that SHOULD be enough time to talk myself down off the ledge. Hopefully, a well structured day and the awareness that this blog is awaiting my truth tomorrow evening, will be enough to keep me on track for the next 24.

As for the rest of this evening, I will surf on Sparkpeople for a bit longer [this is slowly becoming my favorite site to visit] and then I will log off of the computer until it's time to turn on my relaxing sounds to fall asleep to. Aside from that, I am going to polish off the last of my water and try to spend about 10 minutes or so, doing some stretching/massaging techniques with the foam roller.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you, as it is my method of holding my feet to the fire. As stated in my previously blog, this is nothing more than my personal experience. I am not offering medical advice and am not yet qualified to offer any type of nutritional counseling or recommendations. You know your body better than anyone else ...and that is the only advice that I can give: Above all else, listen to the signals, signs and energies that your amazing creation is sending you.

Onward and upward.
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