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. Things will return to the normal nutrition & fitness push next week.
Wow. Yesterday’s blog was totally chaotic, huh? That reflects the fog I was in all day.
I’ll attempt to be a bit more clear today.
My alarm went off & I didn’t want to get up but I wanted to do a few minutes of work before heading to the gym.
As I mentioned yesterday, my plan was to not workout during this fast with the exception of day 1. However, I’ve felt pretty good in the mornings & I really enjoy moving my body. I don’t feel quite right without it. Before heading out, I had a few sips of cold brew coffee. #obviously
With that said: hot yoga did not appeal to me. I opted for rowing, kettlebell swings & foam rolling.
I had this weird, new-to-me sensation during the KB swings. On the down swing, I was acutely aware of my empty belly. It was kind of like hunger but kind of not. Definitely didn’t enjoy that feeling.
Back from the gym and have a couple cups of hot, black coffee in me. I’m noticeably more clear headed today. It’s been 68 hours since my last meal and while the hunger comes in strong waves, they still aren’t lasting more than a few minutes.
I’m incredibly grateful to have more focus for work today. I’ll be spending the next several hours grinding through some work projects & I’m sure that will help the fasting hours go by.
Contemplating a nap but my productivity attachment is in the way! I’ve been sipping on water while working but otherwise I’ve limited myself to the earlier black coffee. I had a kombucha on Monday but not since then. I’m honestly not sure how I feel right now…
Ella & I have been having some interesting conversations about how to know if fasting is actually doing anything for you while you’re in it. A lot of this, from my perspective, depends on your “why”.
For example, if you’re doing it for weight loss, you can monitor success through weight & measurements. But, I’m not doing it for weight loss. You could also measure ketones to determine if you’re burning fat, but ketone strips (both blood & urine) aren’t always a great indicator of fat burning.
That’s kind of where I’m at right now – unsure if this is having a beneficial effect on my body.
From a psychological standpoint, I’m certain it’s helpful. I feel like hunger has less control over me after realizing I can go this long without eating and not suffer from intense hunger. That helps put “snack time hunger” into perspective on regular days.
Physically, I think it’s too soon to tell. I still have the rest of today and all of tomorrow so we’ll see.
Aside from physical benefits, physical symptoms I’m experiencing in addition to brain fog include lower body temp & accelerated heart rate.
It’s fascinating to me that I can feel amazing one minute & super hungry the next. Those super hungry moments are no more powerful or real than the amazing moments, and they always pass. It’s giving me a lot to think about in terms of which sensations I choose to act on (outside of this fast) and which I choose to let pass.
Goodness this day is going by slowly! I just mixed two tbsp of bone broth with a mug of water & added some Himalayan sea salt. I wasn’t hungry but I know I needed salt after the past couple of days workouts.
Feeling calm & grounded, just a bit grumpy.
Super happy that I got to re-connect with my great friend & former trainer Nathan. We went out for coffee and it was a wonderful distraction from the fast. I’ll be hanging with Ella for the rest of the night, staying hydrated with water and hoping to get to bed early.
Oh man. What a day. I feel sooooo much better tonight than I did last night. Ella and I had a hysterical time doing live streams (on helium! I hope you didn’t miss them!) but I didn’t drink anything tonight (no water, no tea) so I’m a bit parched. Definitely need to drink more tomorrow.
As I close this out for the day, I’m 81 hours into the fast and feeling hungry but great.
Thanks for all the love & support guys!