OK, Day 7 is complete! Wow, I am in the home stretch now! Days 8, 9 and 10 left and I feel that it is practically a coast from here.
For the most part, Day 7 was a breeze. As I told you yesterday there was a problem right at the beginning of Day 7, which was an extreme weakness, but it was taken care of and the rest of the day was very easy.
I started the fast at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 15, last week. So, Day 6 ended at 6 PM yesterday. At about 6:30 or so, I became very, very weak! I was not hungry, but I knew that I had to eat something. I really did not want to break my fast, but my thinking on this was always that I would listen to my body and do what my body was telling me to do. I felt that my body was telling me in a very loud voice that it needed some nutrition.
I decided to eat a very small bowl of Tomato Soup. There is a little Deli up the street from us that has a very good tomato soup, so I ordered a bowl and Feyma want and picked it up for me. When I ate the soup, within 5 minutes, I really felt good. At that point, I was really not sure if I would continue with the remaining days of the fast. My attitude was that I would follow what my body was telling me, so I would wait until morning and see how I felt. I will say, I did feel a little hungry. I think that my body getting even a small amount of food made it start telling me it needed food, but it was very mild, so I was able to make it through the hunger. I finished out Day 7 with no real issues! I was strong, felt good, alert and such, so no worries.
When breaking the fast, I was a little worried that even the tomato soup might be too much for my stomach to handle, but it felt fine. No stomach pain or anything, so that was nice.
Before I ate the soup last night, my blood sugar was 74, which is on the low side, but still OK. Two hours after eating my blood sugar was 104, which is near normal for me in a fasting state, and a good 20 points under my normal “after eating” state. Through the day my blood sugar kept falling and by bedtime, it was 84, which I consider quite good.
Today, I did not eat any food at all. Sometimes when I am feeling weak, I will drink a coffee cup full of chicken broth to get salt into my system, but on Day 7 I did not need that at all. No soup or anything, only regular drinks.
I was very active on Day 7. Feyma had a doctor appointment in the morning, then I had an OCT test, which is an ultrasound of the eye, at noon. We were out and around town throughout the day, and I was strong all day long. It felt good.
At first, when I decided I would eat something, I felt a little ashamed to break the fast, but after thinking it over I realized that I was only doing what my body was telling me, so that made me feel OK. A small amount of tomato soup is not going to “break the bank” so I am fine with it. Also, the fact that I was able to go right back to fasting made me feel good about the whole thing.
273.0. Lost 1 pound today.
Total weight loss since the beginning of the fast: 8.6 pounds.
3 Days to go!
I feel pretty strongly that the final 3 days are going to be a breeze. At the time of publication, I am already more than halfway through Day 8, so I feel good about it. Only time will tell, though!