Today is the 24 to 48 hour leg of the fasting session.
I was a bit groggy when I woke this morning, as expected. My old friend, coffee will help me out.
All I can say right now is that being able to still have coffee while fasting, even if it’s plain, helps set the day off on the right food. I don’t need it of course, but it sure makes the morning nice.
I don’t ususally have many issues with fasting, but because the past few weeks has been a food-free-for-all, I expected that the sugar cravings were going to be strong.
I think it’s good for me to experience what genuine hunger feels like again compared to what sugar withdrawl feels like, so that I know the difference. The lines can get blurred pretty easily.
Genuine hunger usually has a physical sensation to it, whereas sugar withdrawal has a sense of insecurity. What I mean by insecurity is that it changes the way you think and prioritize what you’re doing in so far that if you don’t eat, you think you might die. That feeling creates a sense of urgency and you feel like you’re going to die, the stress hormones start to do their thing.
The worst part is that it’s not even a real genuine hunger pang. I think I might have felt a rumble or two, but other than that there is nothing except a constant bombardment of mental hunger.
What makes this initial process worse, is every other thought I have is about food.
I know what you’re thinking: “But Karsy, you’re a foodie: that means you always think about food”.
You’re not wrong, I do have day-dreams about food quite often.
I measure my weight at the gym when I’m there, usually Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My weight as of Wednesday, May 22nd, is 349 lbs. Below is a screen shot of the graph since I stared in October 2017.
This is what struggling with poor insulin sensitivity looks like by the numbers. Every time I look at that graph and see the line rise going from left to right I don’t see failure, I see evidence. I know what was happening at those points in time. It’s not just bad food choices, it’s understanding why I made those particular food choices when I know that certain foods don’t do well with me.
Just like how controlling my time is important, so controlling my insulin levels. When insulin stays low, my body has time to rest and rebuild and use up some of that stored energy.
At The Gym
Gym session yesterday was great. I had lots of energy from the breakfast I ate. Here’s what I did.
- Warm-up, walking on the treadmill, 10 minutes, 5% incline and 2.8-3.5 MPH.
- Single Leg Extensions, 3 sets of 12, 35 lbs.
- Hamstring Curl, 3 sets of 12, 45 lbs.
- TRX Squats, 3 sets of 15, body weight.
- Banded Dead Lift, 3 sets of 12, 50 lbs.
- Cable Squat Twists, 2 sets of 15 each direction, 40 lbs.
- Ab Rotation, 3 sets of 15 each direction, Ultra-Heavy (grey) band.
Every session I am noticing that certain movements are getting a lot easier.
The Next Meal
I’m looking forward tomorrow morning. I bought two steaks yesterday when I picked up my water. I have a couple kg of carrots that I can make a pretty big dent in and some left over chicken, brussels sprouts, and that curd cheese from Quebec. It’s going to be good.
I have a massage booked for later this morning to get my muscles taken care of. It’s been far too long.
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