Thank you to everyone who read my October Fast posts. Knowing that people were reading and waiting to see what would happen next kept me accountable. It was very motivational, even on the days where I feel like I failed.

Day One

Here is my Day One video. It is long. I’m only going to do one video a week though.

I have high expectations for this month. I know I’m repeating myself here, bug repeating and focusing on my goals and desires is what helps me succeed. I fail when I lose focus. Sometimes the loss of focus is caused by my body.
I want to get to my goal weight and look good for my small part in a Nutcracker show. I want to do the workout shown in my video at least 3 times a week. It may have modifications and it may be more stretching some days.
I want to learn to do a back walk over, so I can “tick tock” between a back and front walk over. My back is still in a lot of pain, so I’ll be starting with a lot of stretching and work on the coordination when I feel better.
I want to only eat 4 or 5 days this month: on the 5th when my husband and I go out on a planned dinner date, and for three or four days while I’m visiting family for Thanksgiving. Other than that, I”M FASTING.
IF I need to eat to keep my energy up for work and dance or if my body fat does get too low, I’m going to experiment with the carnivore diet. This means meat and eggs. And I want to try eating as much raw as possible. I have a great source for beef in all kinds of cuts and free range eggs. I can get goo salmon, tuna, and yellow tail here in town too. I can also get liver and other organs, and I’m going to try liverwurst. No dairy, at least for this month. The days I’m with my family are my planned exception.
Another “if”; I might need some kind of plants to eat. If I do, I’ll add them in. But I’m also going to continue to research this kind of eating and see how I can prevent any malnutrition or other problems.
I really need to prioritize sleep this month too (as I type away at 11:00). Sleep I think was my downfall in my attempt to fast the last ten days of October. I’m going to aim for a 10:00 bedtime (starting tomorrow I swear!) so I can consistently get up to stretch or do my work out.
Hopefully in the videos I’ll be able to see progress in my face, my body, and on my tick tock.
Thanks for reading!

Week Two Update
November 18th

I found that making fewer videos made me feel less accountable. I’ve already eaten most of the days in the month, contrary to my now obviously too ambitious plan. So I went back to almost daily videos.

Here is my Week One Update Video, where I explore eating Raw Carnivore, and ramble as usual. FEEL FREE TO LISTEN DOUBLE SPEED.

I found that eating an egg raw is really no big deal. I had an excellent egg form a friend’s back yard chickens. You should at first make sure the yolk and white are thoroughly blended; that will help with texture, but it tastes like sipping heavy whipping cream. It is after all a great course of fat. Raw ground beef was also easy, but I admit I flavored it alo with mustard and Worcestershire sauce.

I did not eat intelligently on Sunday. I am still working on being smart with refeeding. Something I have talked with my Snake Diet coach about is my needing to transition from long fasts with reckless refeeding to shorter fasts, as short as 48 hours, and working on my discipline to eat the right stuff and not too much of it.
Something I do need to bring up with my coach is my desired physique. He works with TONS of people, and I think 70% of them are women. They mostly seem interested in a curvy muscular look. I too want to be muscular, but I want to be light. If I fast down to 110 lbs (pretty extreme but I want the math to be simple) I DON”T want to then train up to 120 and have to heft an extra ten pounds, muscle OR fat, into the air when I jump. I want to be as light as possible without sacrificing stamina, agility, or strength to execute ballet steps.

Here is the next video I made. I was hoping to fast the whole two weeks before Thanksgiving.

Here is the video where I puzzle over sleep. I have a great story about sleep in a bit, but you can see it really messing me up here.
My work out for the next few days was more of a “put in the movement” attempt. I didn’t push super hard and I didn’t do extra reps of anything.

I get seriously work out happy in this next one. Like I’m some kind of YouTube fitness star….sheesh. Please know I’m trying not to take myself too seriously, I have a lot to learn, but fasting itself IS serious and I’m trying to do right by my body, give it the motion it needs while I fast or in between fasts. This next video is even worse:

HOWEVER!!!! I am SOOOOOOO excited to have fasting friends from my real life (meaning I see these people in person frequently). By older brother has done by now several 24 hour fasts. My younger sister did 49 hours, her husband did 72 hours, her father-in-law did about 50 I think, and my older sister has tried intermittent fating is is getting really excited about the Keto life style. My sister-in-law has done OMAD (one meal a day for a while, but recently did 4 full days of fating. She and I have been texting non stop about fasting, health and family challenges.

Lets talk about that. My older sister’s in laws run a candy factory. She is good at making and eating keto foods and loves it, but laments about family pressures to make and serve much higher carb things. My sister-in-law has the same challenge, but she is able to exert a little more influence over her kids, at least for nw. We are both worried about the upcoming family feasts and parties. My younger sister is a nutritionist and can see the benefits of fasting, but she also loves to bake, and frequent visits to her in-laws involve cereal for breakfast a lot of the time. Her husband is a pretty hard core guy, I’m SUPER impressed that his first long fast was a whole three days. But I’m not sure about his opinion of giving up carbs.
My older brother is figuring it out too. I’m so proud of all these people!
Here’s why carbs are a big deal with fasting. When you get into ketosis, you are burning body fat for fuel. When you eat high fat low carb, you are also burning fat for fuel. How ever, burning sugar, or carbohydrates, is much easier for the body to initiate, and as soon as you take in more than 20 to 40 grams, fat burning from ingested fat and body fat STOPS until the sugar is all burned up. Then the transition back to fat is REALLY HARD. Its like starting a fire with pine needles and trying to also get a log to burn. The pine needles flare up right away and are gone before the log even gets warm. moderate protein, dietary fat, and fasting are the in between fuel and tools to get the log burning again. If you stick with eating high fat, the switch is MUCH less painful. You won’t have sugar withdrawals.

Several people in my family are reading a book by Dr. Bosworth called Anyway You Can. She beats her 70 year old mother’s Lipoma with a keto diet and intermittent and long term fasting. I think she does a 30 day fast at one point and sticks to Keto OMAD and two to three day fasts after that. Amazing. My mom, two sisters and I are motivated to tyr her four week keto challenge. Keto strips with pink on them for twenty eight days in a row.

Here is the next video where I talk about my back pain, which is finally getting better, and Cole’s advice to at least keep moving through a fast.

In this next one I can see the start of my sleep problems which messed me up for this second week. But this one is short. Again, my daily videos help me with accountability, so if you prefer reading, skip these clips.

Here is the fourth day of fasting in a row, and I am not doing well. I know my period is coming in about a week and the week before is always a challenge for me physically, I just get so tired, even when I’m not fasting. And not sleeping well is catching up with me here. This is the day I messages Cole and he told me to stop doing long fasts and stick to 48 hour fasts. I tried really hard to eat sensibly this day, and I started out well. I ate a bunch of vegetables, high fat cheese, some liver paste ( no sugar in the seasoning), some left over beef, home made mayonnaise, and soe eggs. Great start. But I didn’t feel full. So weird. Maybe I was still dehydrated? So I ate a two apples and a tortilla with cheese on it. Oops. My ketone stick was very pale pink for the next few days instead of deep purple. Darn it.

Here are my hang ups with shorter fasts. One, I think I have more weight to lose than just five pounds or so. I’m 144 or so in this video and I’ve been a happy energetic 120. That’s twenty pounds! That is fuel for at least a seven day fast! And I’d love the constant motivation of losing it so quickly! Two, again, I think Cole works with women who want to be beach models. I don’t want a large round muscular bum, I want a narrow streamlines bum. I want wiry muscles, not thick ones. But I’ll see what advice he has for me there. I can’t be the only female he’s worked with who has slightly different goals.

Here is the follow up the next day:

I had a great workout that morning. I still felt a little blah, but I had energy and drive to get things done. That is something else that tends to leave the last week before my period. I lose all my ambition. I don’t want to write, work on my business, do extra workouts besides ballet class, read, or do house work. Then the week it stars I “magically” get all this energy and I want to build and create and work hard. So this lack of sleep and my impending biology made this week less successful for fasting than I wanted. Another thing I need to learn along with the discipline of shorter fasts and smarter refeeds, is that fasting WILL be different at different times of the month. I need to keep that in mind and plan long fasts for the highest energy weeks. Maybe that would help the low energy week go by with less drama and self hate.

So let me tell you about

SLEEP

On Saturday, I woke up feeling worse, despite my fast from the day before. Sleep has just been alluding me. I got a big order for my business and stayed up ordering fabric and prints, and one of my sweet kitties woke me up around 5 and I couldn’t’ get back to sleep.
I weighed 144 pounds and my keto strip was still pale pink. My waist was up a half inch. I was ticked off at the whole world.
So I got up and taught two pre ballet classes for a friend who was sick, and attended a Snowflake rehearsal. I love teaching, the kids were adorable and we had a blast together, and I love dancing the in our wonderful Snowflake corps. But on the drive home I complained to my husband that I wanted to punch things and eat a whole cake.

We got home at about 12:30 and I crashed hard on the bed. i slept for almost four hours. Wow. It was deep and hot. Amazing.

When I woke up, I felt like an entirely new human. I weighed 140 pounds ( I lost four pounds just sleeping!) which means everything most people think they know about metabolism is wrong, and my keto strip was darker pink, almost purple. Even more importantly, I HAD ENERGY AND DRIVE. My husband and I went to the temple, which is a little like Catholic Mass if you don’t know, and I got super fidgety. I tried to concentrate on the teaching, but I had all these plans and lists running through my head. I couldn’t wait to get home.

When I did get home, as you’ll hear in the video, I did my workout cycle FULL OUT three times, I did two loads of laundry, made pudding for a church function tomorrow. went on a long walk in the cold in light clothes to shock my body and hopefully wear it out so I could sleep, made the video below, planned some of our Thanksgiving travel, took a hot Epsom salt bath to try to lose a little more water weight and warm up, took a hot and cold alternating shower to further tire my body and be as clean as our fresh sheets I’d just put in the dryer, sent my accountability update to Cole, and caught up on reading. Whoo.
It still took a bit for me to fall asleep, adn this morning I woke up at 6:30, but I think I’ll be able to keep this god thing going. This Sunday is a relaxed day, we aren’t visiting in laws, so I’ll nap again if I need to and take it easy. SLEEP IS KEY to getting this fasting thing down.

Here is the video:

I’ll keep doing shorter videos at least all this week. I have plans for making sure my weight at least stays the same for my next check in with Cole and that will take some strategy and motivation wile I’m visiting family. I NEED to check in here and with my fasting team. I’ll share those plans and strategies in the next few videos.

Happy fasting and feasting to everyone, especially if you are celebrating USA Thanksgiving this week.