Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 2 -- Water Fast

They say the first three days are the hardest during a fast, because it takes time (usually 48 hours for females and 72 hours for males) for the body to burn up the glucose from your last meal, after which it turns to glycogen that is stored in your muscles and liver. Once those reserves have been burned off, your body shuts down your digestive system and turns to your existing fat stores for energy. This last process is called ketosis. I've experienced ketosis several times in the past (not just from fasting, but from a strict low-carb diet), but this time it feels a little different.

I'm not all that hungry per se, but there is a dull pain in my abdomen constantly reminding me of my lack of food. And my awareness of food being all around me is strong. People are constantly snacking at work, every other commercial (and advertisement online) involves food of some sort, and it's hard to have a conversation with someone without being reminded of the meals you aren't eating. Yesterday I had to schedule a lunch meeting for next week, and I was browsing through restaurant menus and locations to find one that would work.. just looking at those menus was hell in itself.

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The last time I fasted, my sense of smell was ridiculously strong on Day 2.  I was able to pick up on scents that I never would have otherwise -- I smelled cooked chicken I had cooked days earlier in the kitchen, the light scent of cigarettes in my car (I only smoke in my car once every three months or so), and I couldn't fall asleep that night because my comforter smelled like the dog. I had to get up, strip the bed, and put on fresh sheets and a new comforter before I could relax. Strangely enough, that amped-up sense of smell sort of stayed with me after the fast was over (remember, my first 3-day fast was about a month ago), so I'm not feeling overwhelmed with smells the way I was last time.

This morning, I feel my body moving slower. My mind is focused, but it seems that all my physical reflexes have slowed down. I'm not anxious or restless, but I definitely feel like I'm mentally alert. There are certain times where I feel almost a natural high flowing through my body. I haven't been dizzy at all, but I've also been conscious to take my time standing up and to drink as much water as I can. I don't feel "good" necessarily, but there isn't a specific part of me that feels "badly". I just feel sort of.. disconnected, I guess. Kind of like when you have a cold but you're hopped up on the cough medicine, so you aren't experiencing the symptoms but you know you're still sick.

Like I said, I weighed myself on Day 1 and was absolutely blown away by how high the number on the scale was. As of this morning, I've lost 2.3 pounds (mostly water, I'm sure), but it's just nice to see my weight moving downwards. At this point, I'll take anything.

Uncomfortable symptoms are supposed to be a sign that your body is actual healing itself, so I'm expecting the fasting to get a bit harder as it goes on. So far, aside from the dull ache in my stomach and a very mild headache today, I'm not experiencing anything negative. Hopefully the worst symptoms won't appear until the weekend, when I'm tucked away in bed and not at work.

I'll keep y'all updated!

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