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29 Apr 2012 23:30 #10783 by Chelsea Girl
Chelsea Girl replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
OMG, I love this forum! Discovered it today... There’s so much rubbish in the internet on the subject. And not just the net. I read every single fasting book out there, and still can't believe that, with today's top-notch research technology and scientific revolution, no one has conducted and published a proper book depicting the science and biochemical changes of fasting. And I mean, not just an anecdotal research, with electrolytes blood works, ketosis strips, calliper measurements and the likes. I get all that, and I get the “mindfulness/spiritual” side of a fasting, and the wisdom of the body… but, as a curious observer, I have a desire to fully comprehend what happens exactly with our bodies when fasting… our brain anatomy changes, our nervous system, cell receptors adaptations, genetic alterations, biochemical interactions inside (beyond the same old ketosis, growth hormone and insulin connections), environmental effects on the body, the role of the most recently discovered hormones, and everything else that science should be able to analyse with today’s high-tech methods. One can learn more about Quantum Physics (which is all new) than about fasting (which has been genetically wired in us throughout evolution). Are you with me guys on this one?

In any case I am just glad you guys are connected and provide support to others. I plan to embark on a fasting starting tomorrow, but haven’t yet decided if I will do it for 4 and 1/2 days, or 7 days, or 14 days. My main objective is weight loss. But having consistently read testimonials about the rate of weight loss decreasing from day 7, I am yet to make up my mind. Also, I love exercising and building lean muscle. Plus I need energy for my daily demanding job - I am a banker, recently promoted to director – i.e. more responsibilities! Help, what shall I do!!

P.S. Lisa, you are my hero! How do you juggle fasting with your job and your children and your running club? I am married, no children yet (maybe in a year or so).

P.S.S. Radio Girl, how did your electrolyte test go?

Love,
Chelsea Girl B)

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30 Apr 2012 15:12 #10784 by wsdrradiogirl
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Hi Chelsea Girl

Welcome! :-) I agree...this forum is WONDERFUL when doing a fast! Very few people understand, accept or approve, so I come here for support and inspiration.

My electrolyte results came back all within normal range, and they were taken on day 15 of my fast (I was planning on breaking it later that day...had to get the bloodwork first). So, it shows me that I am perfectly ok in fasting.

I see you wight train...awesome! From my experience, it is best to not go too heavy into weights when fasting, since we aren't taking in anything to help heal our muscle tears...in the past, I tried training...and it just ended up hurting my muscles...they didn't get smaller or anything, but I felt like I pulled my muscles, instead of training them...

Make sure to read up on ending your fast...especially since it's for weight loss. You have to be really careful with re-introducing food.


Best of luck! Have a great fast! :-)
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01 May 2012 01:00 - 08 Nov 2012 00:25 #10785 by Chelsea Girl
Chelsea Girl replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
Hello everyone! B)

RadioGirl, fantastic to hear about your electrolytes on check after 15 days of fasting! I think we get these reserves from our bones, right? How did you feel after the fast? I am amazed by you. Number one, I’ve never ever done a water fast in my life, let alone for such a long period of time! I did a little bit of intermittent fasting last year (“a la Brad Pilon” – i.e. where herbal teas and coffee are allowed), and it worked wonders! My body fat % went from 22% to an athletic 14% in a couple of months (measured by my personal trainer with his calliper), whilst building muscle. In any case, at one point with my promotion at work and them our house move, I stopped going to the gym as often, and haven’t measured my body fat for months and months!!

So, I am pleased to report that I have made up my mind. Here’s what I will try this time

I think this fasting type may better suit my hectic life. So the plan is to fast for 5 days (Monday to Friday this week), break the fast this coming Saturday, and fast again the following week from Monday to Friday in the same way. This will give me a couple of “recovery days” in between so I can do my strength training stuff (I love my Saturdays bootcamp training and my Sundays spinning studio + body pump), whilst eating a healthy high fibre and (meat-free) high protein diet, and in that way build some lean muscle. I will be measuring myself today (after writing this) and then again each of the 2 following Saturdays. I am not a big fan of taking DAILY measurements/weigh-ins, they can be quite discouraging (I don’t want to talk myself out of things). Besides, I think I will enjoy the feeling of having to wait, and then see the results all at once.

How exciting! I did a 35 minute spinning studio class after work today (the little monitor marked 460 calories, I didn’t see that one coming, had loads of energy – high resistance, high speed!). It’s nearly 22 hs. here in London, so I better get going. I cooked something easy for my hubbie tonight, all good, no temptations, yeiiii.

OMG, having you guys here makes such a big difference, I don’t have to justify myself! I consider myself healthy, well informed, I love (nutritious) food and have no eating disorders (thankfully). I just see fasting as a natural method to help make some health adjustments here and there. :woohoo:

By the way, I haven’t owned a scale for 5 years now... :blink: that’s how detached I am! But… for this little fasting journey I got a Salter (you can synch the data with your computer). This is all very new and exciting for me, wish me good luck!

I will keep you posted on how things go!

Love,
Chelsea Girl

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01 May 2012 16:12 #10786 by wsdrradiogirl
wsdrradiogirl replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
Brad Pilon is awesome! :-) I follow him on Facebook.

We get electrolytes from the foods we eat. So, once we stop eating, they do begin to decline...but our bodies should be able to handle it - as long as we're not sweating profusely or, on the other hand, drinking sooo much water that it dilutes our sodium, etc.

I went to the site you shared...and some of the stuff doesn't seem to make sense to me...for example, the gum. It actually stimulates your digestive juices and primes the body to think food is coming...I am addicted to gum, but when fasting, I don't ever chew it. And for vitamins and supplements, I absolutely avoid at all costs...it can kill your stomach. Here's a link: www.fastingconnection.com/faqs/1874-do-w...ytes-during-the-fast I would highly recommend reading some of the instructional posts on this site - much more credible than the other page you shared...

When you break your fast, be VERY careful not to overeat...you could gain it ALL back from one or two meals. Fasting longer than 24 hours is a different ball game, as far as re-introducing foods. For me, I gain 7-10 lbs within the first week of refeeding, and that's just eating salads and broth! lol Also, be careful which foods you introduce. Start with fruit/veggies (some people recommend juicing your fruit to start with, but I don't). After fruit and veggies comes other natural, easy to digest food. The last thing to add is protein, as that is the hardest to digest. When I fast, it takes me about a week to start eating 'normal' again...

GOOD ON YOU for not owning a scale! I am neurotic about weighing myself! I'm taking once a day, sometimes twice! I know, I know. I need to work on it.


You'll have to tell me...how is your energy after a few days of fasting? I found last time I fasted for 14 days, I had TONS of energy. This time, I was couch bound. When I went to the gym, I couldn't even run....no energy!

Best of luck with your fast!

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01 May 2012 16:26 #10787 by Lisafast
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Hey Chelsea Girl,
Welcome to the forum. Sorry I couldn't reply right away. I was having trouble logging on to the website. Without logging on, you can't reply to forum posts or blog...it was awful. I realized how much I came to count on this website. I read the article that you posted. It is very interesting. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners, personally, but the idea sounds very doable, especially for someone who has never water fasted. I wanted to email the link to my one sister.

I completely understand the need to continue working out and that's why I had moved into intermittent fasting (IF) because I would plan my fasting around my running schedule. But I have just had such great results from water fasting that I'm a huge believer in it. I'd rather do a fast and not work out for a couple weeks and then get back into it, than to try other fasting methods. But as I said, for someone who has never done a water fast, they may not have the courage to get through three days of water fasting unless they could have some help.

When I was reading your posts, I thought, "she sounds like me!" I can feel your enthusiasm. That's how I feel about Fasting Connection. It has been such a great resource for me. When I couldn't log on, I went to some other sites and some of them have forums, but it is not the same. There is such a great closeness here. It feels like home.

Juggling: My kids are older, 16, 18 and 20 years old and can cook for themselves. My husband is also able to make his own food, so I can stay out of the kitchen if needed. I find that later on during a fast, I am able to cook for my family and not be tempted to eat. But in the early days, like day 2, for example, it's best to stay away from food prep areas. And don't even go near food if you're feeling vulnerable or weak. My kids are supportive of my fasting, as well. They are like, "Do you want some of this, or are you fasting?" My husband thinks I'm crazy, but oh well. I like who I am and I love fasting. Well, not every minute of it. It's like running, I love to run, but not say, the first 10 minutes of a run or the last 6 miles of a marathon, for example. But afterwards, you feel so good about yourself.

As far as work, that is harder. I am a hairdresser and obviously can't tell my clients that I'm fasting. Unless they are open and we are close, but for the most part, I act normal. I actually feel pretty normal most of the time while fasting. In fact, when I'm not confronted with food, I can forget that I'm fasting. The hardest thing for me while fasting and working is the end of the evening, the last couple clients, especially if they have long thick hair. It can be difficult to blow dry their hair because my arms get really tired holding the blow dryer and the round brush. I feel like I want to rest my elbow on my client's head LOL. But I get through it. It makes me stronger!

I've been pretty attached to my scale, but as I got leaner, I have learned what to look for and how to tell if my weight is up or down. I have a bunch of photos on my phone of my abdomen LOL. From the camera lens, it's easier to see what you REALLY look like. I think I'm skinner when I see a photo of myself that when I look down at my belly. So that helps me have a correct mental image of my body. The thing I like about my scale is it gives me a number that I can write down. I keep a food and exercise journal and it's harder to write down subjective things. If my thighs are touching, I know I have a little excess (for me) fat there. But belly bulges are hard to describe subjectively, so that's why I like the scale. Although, that can go up or down depending on whether you've moved your bowels or had too much salt. I find sometimes I'm more motivated to stay on the fast without checking my weight. If my weight is a number I like, I want to end the fast, but that number will change as soon as I eat something. Maybe I won't get on the scale today. Hmm. I'm going to mull this over.

Anyway, welcome to the forum. Good luck with your fast. I hope you will post in the blog section how you are doing. I'd be interested to read about it.
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01 May 2012 22:20 #10788 by Chelsea Girl
Chelsea Girl replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
Lisa, how nice to read you – I was waiting for you! :cheer:

Learning loads from your posts, such a seasoned faster! By the way, I love your effort/reward comparison between running and fasting, spot on.

So far so good. When I woke up I couldn’t believe day 1 was behind me, yeiii! I treated myself to a lovely cup of coffee before leaving for work, an instant pick me up! Normal working day (i.e. hectic), plus some walking in the City and a little bit of shopping (a few presents I needed to buy). I have been feeling so cheerful and energetic! Had water here and there, and my cups of nettle and sweet fennel felt like a real treat. Call me crazy, but I am planning to go to a spinning studio class now. Let’s sweat it all out! I like to see my girls (friends) at the gym, and a good workout takes my mind from my job – helping break the thought patterns I have during the day. If I don’t distract myself with something after work (gym, friends, a movie), I keep replaying in my head business conversations, plans, to-do items, etc… until I go to bed, making it harder to fall asleep.

Lisa, you are right in that when we work we forget about the fast completely, thank goodness! B) A distracted mind equals zero anxiety, you kind of forget about time. Hands down to people who are able to complete a fasting regime at a retreat, doing nothing - I would go mental! :silly:

You make me laugh with your elbow / client’s head comment. That’s the kind of scenario you need to document with our phone, not just your belly!

When you talk about sweeteners, you remind me of Ann Louise Gittleman’s comments (yes, I have all of her books, big fan!) There’s a particular sweetener she recommends but it’s not available in the UK, such a pity.

I must confess something… a moment ago I got tempted to step on my new Salter. Oops! I was not supposed to do that and wait ‘til Saturday. Oh well. The great news is that I am 1.5 kg (3.4 lbs) lighter than yesterday, same time. Nice, I didn’t see that one coming, especially since I had a stock cube (Oxo) last night, with the salt in it and all. But this is it. No more weigh ins until Saturday. I am keener on the overall result. Gosh, once you own a scale, it seems that you can’t escape it… all this curiosity.

Thank you guys for sticking around! Our little support group helps so much. Besides, by promising to report back to you guys keeps the pressure on. :woohoo:

Love,
Chelsea Girl

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02 May 2012 00:36 - 08 Nov 2012 00:25 #10789 by Chelsea Girl
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Hi guys! 450 calories in 35 minutes of spinning in a Keizer, different instructor this time – more resistance and slower pace. Afterwards I went to the PowerPlate with one of my girls for a bit of a massage (calves, hamstrings, quads, adductors) whilst chatting away about life. If any of you have access to a vibration platform like PowerPlate, try the relaxation poses on it – soooo comforting and at the same time it stimulates your lymphatic system and flushes deposits between cells. Perfect for toned legs!

eGosh, I had such an entertaining day I forgot I am fasting. :woohoo:

For those that are curious, here’s how yesterday and today look like in terms of liquids consumption (didn’t consciously control the amounts, so I now have to apply some thinking / reminiscing into this):
• Morning organic coffee (giant mug) before work, yummy!
• 4 giant mugs of herbal tea at work: 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon (quite normal to have that many here in England, in fact I often go grab them together with a colleague)
• A 500 ml bottle of mineral water during a workout
• An Oxo stock cube dissolved in a pint (ca. half a litre) of water in the evenings, quite soothing
• Some more water here and there, probably another 500 ml
Total liquid consumption (approx.) 4 lts.

In all honesty, I am not controlling amounts. I just drink when I have time, need a little break, or feel like it.

I am glad I get to share all this with you guys since I am experimenting with this fasting regime I mentioned before, no idea what it will result into. I am your test subject!
Will write more tomorrow!

Good night everyone!
Chelsea Girl

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03 May 2012 02:10 - 03 May 2012 02:15 #10791 by Chelsea Girl
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Hello guys! Reporting back again today, end of day 3, weeeeeeee!!

Let’s recap on my liquids consumption (spread throughout the day):
• 1 giant mug of organic coffee in the morning (with a teaspoon of skimmed milk powder)
• 4 big mugs of herbal teas (I think Nettle and Sweet Fennel are a fantastic appetite suppressant, didn’t feel hungry at all)
• 1 big mug of South American Maté (my online order for this arrived today, a great source of antioxidants)
• 1 litre of water
• One Oxo stock cube dissolved in a pint of hot water (I simply poor the boiling water on the cube in the mug, I don’t use pans or anything like that)
Total: around 4.5 litres.
P.S. I used Sweetex in all of my hot drinks.

In terms of supplements, here’s what I have been taking from day 1:
Morning before my coffee:
• Multivitamins 1 capsule
• Vitamin C 1000 mg
• Vitamin D 2200 IU
• ALA and L-Carnitine (from Holland & Barrett)
Evening, before my stock cube:
• Magnesium 250 mg
• 5HTP 50 mg

This week I have been trying to work less hours, been waking up at 7 am, leaving for work at around 8.10 am, coming back from work at 7.15 pm, and then off to the gym. Today I took a yoga class. It’s been 6 months since I haven’t done yoga. It felt like a lovely treat to relax and finish my day off.

When I got back from yoga, again, I felt tempted to weigh myself. Oh no, I did it again! I keep telling myself to wait until Saturday. Argh! Oh well, my new Salter was sitting there luring me to do it. I am giving it away after this 2 week-regime, I would never want my weight to rule my mood – ignorance is bliss.

Now, in some ways I am glad I stepped on it, because I am 1.3 kg (2.8 lbs) lighter than yesterday, and 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) since day one in the evening. WOOWOWOW! Beautiful, my main goal is to flush away these last extra pounds so I can fit in a lovely dress I have in mind for an important family event in 2 weeks. I am pleasantly surprised to be shrinking at this rate given that I am a kind of small framed person (size 8 in the UK, and I think probably 6 in the US? And 36 European?) and not too short (5 feet 6 inches - or 1.67 mts). Really happy about this stuff I am experimenting with, it seems to be working. I think the difference from a pure water fast is that I have more energy from the liquids that are allowed in the regime, so I can carry on with my day normally and even have the energy to exercise. B)

Okay everyone, I hope the stuff I am sharing here is useful for some of you.

Time to go to bed here. Will report back tomorrow.

Sweet dreams,

Chelsea Girl

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03 May 2012 10:52 #10794 by Chelsea Girl
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Good morning! Beginning of my day 4, phewww… Confession: didn’t sleep well last night, worked up twice, found it hard to fall asleep. Any tips?!?!?

I’ve been a torpedo of energy for the past 3 days, but today… ahhh a turtle would move faster than me! Let’s see if the liquids help pick me up. Need the energy, have a really busy day at work!

Gosh, this fasting is starting to feel like an extra-terrestrial experience… I forgot to say that my tongue has been white since day 1. But my skin today looks like porcelain. Amazing. And my eyes much brighter. Something definitely changing inside...

Speak later!

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03 May 2012 18:15 #10798 by Lisafast
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Hey Chelsea,
I love reading your posts. You sound so perky and full of energy. I'm amazed at that method of fasting.

My sister and I simultaneously and without talking to each other decided to end our fasts one day early. I'm going to do raw food for the month of may. I did a raw food trial in February 2011 using 80/10/10 method, which I liked but felt constantly hungry on. This time, I'm doing more traditional raw food, eating seeds and nuts and avocados and in the beginning, I'm going to be focusing on sweets and raw desserts. I realize that I never allow myself sweet treats, and that has caused me to become addicted to coffee (my one sweet treat each day) and to over eat when I am around sweets. I realize I do have a sweet tooth and I'm going to allow it to exhaust itself naturally. I am enjoying raw this way because I am feeling light and energetic but also satisfied. I'll let you know how it's going. I'll try not to talk too much about food on this thread so I don't trigger anyone to go off their fast too early.
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03 May 2012 22:11 - 08 Nov 2012 00:23 #10802 by Chelsea Girl
Chelsea Girl replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
Hi Lisa!! So nice to read you, love your energy too!!! OMG, you have to tell me all about this 80/10/10, intrigued by what it is and its benefits! I don’t mind you talking about food, in fact I am planning my meals for this weekend (2 day recovery before restarting on Monday) so any tips will be more than welcome!

Today is my day 4, but not hungry at all. Phewww.

For some reason I find exercise invigorating whilst fasting on zero cal liquids, so I am going for a 35 min spin class in a few mins. (7 pm now in London). Plus need to catch up with my girls!

Guys, check this out, Khloe Kardashian lost 20 lbs in 20 days!!! Come on, I am 100% sure she did the zero cal liquid diet I am trying now, everyone in Hollywood seems to be doing it!!
www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-21...bs-just-20-DAYS.html


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04 May 2012 12:19 #10807 by Chelsea Girl
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Morning everyone! I have been good and continued with my regime, this is the morning of day 5, weeeeeee!! This is it, tomorrow and Sunday are my recovery days (800 – 1200 of healthy cals a day). These 2 days are meant to speed up my metabolism again, in that way I will lose more weight when I start again next week. Having done quite a lot of research, if I was to continue fasting, my weight loss rate would significantly decline – technically by one third or less than a half of what I have been losing each day so far. So the recovery days are meant to prevent this plateau.

Today I am 1.4 kg (3 lbs) lighter than my last weigh in a day ago, yeiiiiiiiiiii! That is, 4.2 kg (9.2 lbs) lighter than my weigh in on day 1. I am so happy about these results, completely unexpected… by the way, arms and tummy starting to look ripped!

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04 May 2012 22:56 #10808 by newbieme
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Chelsea, so encouraging and inspiring to read about your success. Currently I am planning for my 5 day fast starting tomorrow. I'm really excited about it but nervous at the same time. I want and need to get through this, but I am very interested to hear about your refeeding and how it goes. Please continue to share as you begin and go through that process. I am looking forward to learning from it! You're almost to the end and I'm almost to the beginning :]

I find that when I'm fasting, sometimes in the past something inside of me telling me that I need to eat almost as if it's unsafe to continue not eating is what causes me to break my fast and I know that this isn't true but I'm looking for some help to suppress those feelings because sometimes that is the cause for me breaking my fast even tho I'm not hungry at that time. Looking for some advice.

Also to any of you who may be able to answer, is it true that it is good to have a high fat meal as my last meal?

Thank you! Happy fasting everyone :]

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06 May 2012 18:17 #10818 by Lisafast
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Hey Chelsea Girl and Newbieme,
I've been away from my computer for a while, but I've been following the posts through email.

@Chelsea, I have been amazed at the results you have gotten on this zero calorie diet. Have you checked your urine for ketones? I would assume that you did get into ketosis without calories. It seems that you haven't had any of the usual detox symptoms from a water fast.

@Newbieme, I'll be joining you fasting for 36 hours starting tonight at 7pm.

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06 May 2012 20:20 #10824 by Chelsea Girl
Chelsea Girl replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
@ Lisa – Nice to read you again. Last week I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of fasting. The drinks allowed and herbal teas helped “bury” the detox symptoms. However, I felt the whole detox stuff at night and when waking up. I haven’t checked ketones, probably next time I plan another regime like this one. But I would say I was not afraid of hunger. In fact, for us fasters, hunger is our choice. We choose it and embrace it when we decide to fast. There’s no way to avoid hunger when fasting. You know you will feel it and you embrace it. The good news is that each time it kicked in, it only lasted for about 10/15 mins. Each time I felt some form of hunger, it only reminded me that I was fasting and I felt great for it.

@ Newbie! Glad to hear my posts helped. What’s your goal for the fasting? What kind of fasting are you undertaking/going to undertake?
Never heard about having a high fat meal before fasting. I don’t think that’s healthy, even when you are not fasting. But if the fats come from oily fish, eggs, nuts and avocado, that shouldn’t be a problem – these are the types of essential fats we don’t use for energy and/or store. Besides, they are contained in natural foods with fibre and/or protein that complement the fats absorption and usage in our bodies.

What does your diet consist of generally? What types of foods do you eat?

If it helps, before starting a fast I eat plenty of high fibre foods, they act like a broom inside your gut, brushing away all the unwanted waste. Fibre makes you feel “cleaner”.

Regarding your fears making you give up on your fast, I think it just your body’s mind (subconscious) shouting at your frontal lobe (conscious mind): hey, you are changing something down here, where’s my daily dose of X chemicals, go back to normal! And that’s how we talk ourselves out of greatness. I am reading Joe Dispenza now, what a genius. He is a neuroscientist that specialises in change and illustrates this. Highly recommends his latest book. In essence, he explains our subconscious will always try to sabotage our efforts to change, but if we create an action plan, and rehearse it in our minds, we will be prepared when it happens again, and we will know exactly how to overcome our internal resistance to change. This is high level, but it applies to everything in life. From changing an attitude, to changing a habit, to mastering a new skill, to becoming a more evolved version of yourself, to fasting for a few days. There’s this other book you can read: Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Good luck and keep us posted on your fast! Tracking progress and blogging helps.

Tomorrow (Monday) I am planning to commence PART II of my fast. Looking forward to it!! Don’t know if I will do it for 4 and 1/5 days or 5 days. Need to think about that.

For those that are curious, I have been eating healthy this weekend, regaining energy in my muscles so I can go on with my active fasting this coming week. I normally eat quite healthy, so I don’t obsess with what I should or should not eat. I have also been to my bootcamp class yesterday (so much fun) and today spinning and body pump. In 10 days we are going away on holidays for a couple of weeks, so I won’t be exercising that much. Making the most of it now whilst I can!

Today I bumped into this playlist, the skinny on obesity – you will enjoy watching it:

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0DC91ADF5BCFD6EC

Speak soon!
Chelsea Girl

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06 May 2012 22:31 #10826 by Lisafast
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Hey Chelsea Girl,
Thanks for posting that video play list. Very interesting...and hopelessness inspiring, I must say. A good reason to avoid sugar. I wonder if that applies to all sugars, such as agave or date sugar.

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07 May 2012 16:19 #10829 by Chelsea Girl
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Hi Lisa!! There's a difference between glucose and fructose. Glucose (e.g. rice, oats) is stored in the liver and muscles for later use, whereas fructose (e.g. fruit juice, honey, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup - used on most packaged foods, including diet yoghurt, cereals, shelf bread, sauces, etc.) goes into the fat cells straight away. A bit scary! My personal trainer told me to stop eating fruits (whole, dry or juices) whenever I want to drop fat percentages and increase lean body mass.

This video explains the this beautifully. The first 3 mins are a good summary, and then from minute 45 it gets more specific:


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07 May 2012 19:21 #10830 by Lisafast
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I watched that video a while ago. I knew that guy looked familiar! LOL

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07 May 2012 21:26 #10831 by Chelsea Girl
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hahahaha LoL looks like he has been around for a while!

Are you fasting today?!

I am!! Today is my first day :woohoo: not as easy as last week's! Especially since it is a bank holiday in the UK today... not as busy / distracted when at work (!) Been out and about today, trying to keep busy. Started off with a morning spinning class (burned 500 cals in the Keizer).

And this is it for this year I reckon, no more fasting... the only reason I am doing it is to look great in a dress I have my eyes on for a family event.

Lisa, are you planning to continue on your intermittent fasting for a while? :-) How are you finding it so far?

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." - Albert Einstein

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08 May 2012 22:19 #10835 by Lisafast
Lisafast replied the topic: Re: Needing inspiration to get through first few days
Hey Chelsea,
I plan to continue intermittent fasting forever. It has been the best thing for me to maintain my weight while still getting to enjoy food with friends, my family, my husband, etc. I enjoy the break from eating it gives and with the shorter fasts, it is easier to stick to.

I'm just starting a 10 day water fast. Today is day 1. So far it is easy LOL. I just made stuffed shells for my family and while it smells good, I'm not really tempted. I wanted to use up the tofu that was in the fridge, since I won't be eating it, hence the cooking. I use tofu in place of ricotta in lasagna and stuffed shells. I do use mozzarella cheese, so it's not vegan LOL.

What I found discouraging about that video is that fructose is the main sugar in fruit and it is in agave, honey as well as refined sugar. I just feel that a life without sweetness is not worth living, in my opinion. I need sweet things. So while I get that you have to be careful about things, I think if you get sweetness from bananas and from dates, they will also come with all sorts of other goodies that haven't been discovered yet. So if anyone ever tells me I can't have fruit, I don't listen to whatever else they say. Now, I can avoid fruit and, well everything, for short periods of time, from fasting, and I can deal with that. I can also avoid white sugar if I can use agave or honey in my tea, but if you tell me I have to use stevia I'm going to argue that it's just another concentrated sweetener, plus it has a yucky after taste. So I'll still have sweet things, just not all the time.

I don't just want to look great in a dress at one event, I want to look great all the time. And for me, I need some amount of fasting to have that.

All this being said, I recognize that maybe 3 years from now, I'll have a different opinion and I like that growth process. As a matter of fact, just weeks ago I was telling my mom that I could never go raw, and here I am making an attempt, interrupted by this 10 day fast, but still an attempt. So I know I may eat these words later, but for now, at this point in my life, that is where I am at. LOL. Crazy, huh? I know, I know. My dad died of alcoholism and my mom is taking the slow suicide route of obesity. I plan to stay far away from either!
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