Time to fast again! I m writing this on the 25th of this month. My longest fasting streak was five days. That might be the longest I get. As I write I’m feeling head achy and tired. Not that this is an excuse to go eat, but it certainly doesn’t help my motivation. I broke a second 48 hour fast yesterday and am currently at 18 hours. That is my absolute minimum fasting window.
I am at close to the “clearing out” part of my cycle. A few days of fasting completely eliminate all physical discomfort during this time, but I still tend to get into a mental and emotional funk. I lose interest in things and fall behind on tasks that seemed so important and engaging just ten days ago. i wish I could figure this out.
I’ve been thinking back to my first extended fasts. They seem from here to have been so easy. I had consistent work every day, physically easy and pretty much zero stress. I was also reading a lot about fasting online, especially other people’s experiences with long fasts. As a new extended faster my zeal and excitement were high. Now I feel like a long time convert, sticking to the principals but not always so all fired motivated.
This could just be my impending menstruation talking though.
As you’ll see, life carries on. Living a fasting focused life style doesn’t have to slow you down. In fact, I believe that adding fasting has helped me keep going during the times I don’t feel motivated in other parts of my life, even it it means I wait till my counter says at least 18 hours of fasting have gone by.
Seven years into intermittent fasting and three years into doing longer fasts I am still trying to figure it out for myself, but I know every hour of fasting is an hour of good for my health.