After writing the post “Animals Do it…Why can’t we,” I was inspired to try a Water Fast for myself. Lance McCullough owner and Trainer of Fitness Results had spoken to me about how he just began water fasting again as a means to cleans, reset his glucose and for overall health. I had been in a stand still in my own weight loss efforts so decided to give the 24 hour Water Fast a try.
Since I am an over thinker by nature I decided pretty quickly if I was going to participate in a Water Fast then there was no time like the present. My Sister-in-law decided to fast immediately upon reading the post, my Mother-in-Law set her fast “date” to this coming Saturday. Others I know read the post but decided there was no way they could do it, they wouldn’t last! So to fully understand what I had written I decided to tackle the “Fast” on my own.
I started my fast on Sunday night after dinner, I took my last bite before 7 PM. I drank my water before bed, 4 hours down no issues (but who eats after dinner anyway). Monday, I woke up at 8 AM (it was a holiday) and drank a glass of water before having my morning coffee. I was hungry because I typically eat within the first hour of waking if its not a workout morning. On mornings I workout I wake up at 5:40 AM and am in full exercise mode by 6 AM so breakfast takes place immediately after my work out. Back to the fast; I was going to be a busy day since I was working a booth at a local dog/car show. I purposely planned this time to fast because I knew it would be easier for me to succeed outside my home. I drank a lot of water throughout the day but at 2 PM I had a black ice tea and immediately noticed it actually increased my desire for water. Drinking the tea turned out to be a bad idea, I could not get rid of that dry mouth feeling no matter how much water I drank. It was true about the cramping, it passed and I did feel like I could continue the fast forever. Actually by the time I did get to eat I was not “starving” like I thought I would be.
At about 4 PM I begin to feel a little dazed and confused but I can’t tell you for sure if that was the lack of food or the fact that my husband and children decided to adopt-a-dog that day! If you read the blog post “Animals do it …Why can’t We” you will recall I mentioned to have a eating and exercise plan ready. I actually forgot this step as I was deciding to fast. I am however well equipped thanks to Lance McCullough in my years of training with him we discussed food in depth. By the way, if you are looking for great advice and someone to be accountable to Lance and his trainers at Fitness Results are amazing and extremely well versed in nutrition and exercise -they are the best I have found (check out www.fitnessresults.com for more about our trainers). After the event we had a few things to pick up because of the adoption, it was getting late and I had not planned dinner. At 6:30 PM I found myself in a Farmer Boys drive-thru with no idea what I would eat since its not a place I frequent. I was happy when I found a grilled chicken salad on the menu so I ordered it. The salad had lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, a boiled egg and one thin boneless chicken breast that had been grilled. It was actually a perfect size dinner, I ate a good portion of it fork dipping my ranch dressing and was satisfied. A few hours after dinner I noticed my metabolism had kicked in because I could have ate more so I drank a few glasses of water and headed to bed.
Tuesday was a workout morning so I drank 2 glasses of water while driving to the gym. I felt great that morning, I woke up with ease and my workout was with energy. When I returned home I ate a 2 whole egg omelet (free-range, organic) with spinach and canadian bacon. So far I can tell you I’ve made great food choices, Lance would be proud. I’m focusing on nutrition dense foods; low sugar, high in fiber. As Lance said fasting is a good reminder that “food is no big deal” and this process has actually helped. So many times I have said “I workout to eat,” but the reality is I work out to look and feel good. I work out to be and stay healthy.
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