This week is going to look a little different because I’m fasting and adjusting my workouts accordingly. If you want to understand what my fast is and why I’m doing it, listen to episodes 300 and 307 of the Primal Potential Podcast.
I went out for breakfast this morning and enjoyed a big, delicious meal as my last one before the start of the fast.
I have to say, I probably didn’t start this fast in an ideal way. I didn’t get much sleep this weekend. Right now, I’m nearly 6 hours into the fast and I’m not hungry but I’m really tired.
I had been away for the weekend & when I got home, I took a short nap. I had dreams about forgetting the fast, eating and then getting upset that I had forgotten!
When I woke up I drove to Whole Foods to get some water, cold brew coffee & kombucha.
I’m noticing the fatigue though (which again has to do with my weekend, not the fast.) Ready for a moment of my crazy?
I have 20 lb wall ball in the back of my car. It’s been there for a few weeks. It wasn’t bothering me because it was in the far back. Sure, it rolled around a little but not enough to bug me.
Well this weekend I put the back seats down to make room for a piece of furniture I bought. I got the furniture out of my car when I first got home so on my trip to the grocery store, the 20 lb ball was rolling freely on the laid-down seats.
When I stopped at a light, it slammed into the back of my seat. I immediately said out loud (to the ball) “enough, bitch”. Hahahahahaha. Oh boy.
Day 1 Consumption:
- 2 cups black coffee
- 1 L water
- 1 bottle Kevita Lemon Cayenne
I want to share with you guys an important idea I put in our private Facebook group for the fast today:
The last thought I want to share with you is the mindset I’m trying to bring to this fasting week.
It is similar to the mindset I practiced when I was doing a cold-shower challenge. For a month, I took increasingly long cold showers each day.
During that challenge, it was so important to not freak out or get dramatic. It was important to not resist the water but rather relax into it. It’s just cold water. It’s not needles. It’s uncomfortable but it doesn’t hurt. It’s not fun but it’s also not a big deal. The key to tolerating the cold water, for me, was to relax and not be reactive.
I think the same is true with this fast.
It’s easy to get all dramatic about being hungry, about wanting to eat, about seeing great food everywhere around you.
It’s easy to get dramatic about how hard it is and how much you want to eat.
But another option is to be non-reactive and calm, working to notice the feelings without needing to get dramatic or emotional about them.
To this end, I’ll be re-reading one of my fave books this week: Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. I highly recommend it!
(Clearly, my reaction to the wall ball slamming into my seat suggests I need a re-read. Ha.)
Last thing: I did not workout today (my knee really needed rest and compression after Friday) but I will workout tomorrow before flying to NC to be with my girl Ella.