Well, I have completed Day 4 of my 10 Day Fast, I am almost halfway there! Day 4 went well, no real big problems. No big concerns.
I was not sure how Day 4 would be, because I heard that on a long fast like this, the 4th day tends to be the worst (I heard the same thing about Day 2). I did not find Day 4 to be the worst, though. As of now, I would say that Day 2 was the worst so far, it was not all that bad.
During day 4, I used no blood pressure medication, and my blood pressure is ranging between 100/60 up to 110/70, very good. When I started this fast, I was using 3 different BP medications, so being off of them all now feels really good. I will have to see how the BP is after the fast is finished, though. I expect that I may need to use at least 1 (or possibly more) again, but I hope to get down to no more BP meds permanently soon.
No dizziness at all on Day 4.
I told you yesterday that I was concerned about possible hypoglycemia. At bedtime last night, my Blood Sugar was 81. When I woke up it was 78, and I saw it as low as 74 today. I never felt hypoglycemic, though. No sweats or clamminess. I felt fine all day long. Today, I am feeling fine and not worried about hypoglycemia anymore. My Blood Sugar seems to have stabilized in the 70s now, and I don’t think it is going lower. I will check it again tomorrow morning as soon as I get up.
Blood sugar before going to bed last night was 74. Blood sugar after waking up this morning was 75. Very stable!
I am experiencing some muscle pain in my legs. It is not bad, but it is there. I took some potassium last night, and it seems to have helped.
274.6 – Lost 1.2 pounds.
Since beginning the fast I have lost 7 pounds.
Can I make it?
At this point, I have no doubts that I can make it for the full 10 days. Heck, I think I could make it a month or even longer if I really wanted to do it.
I really have no temptation to eat. There have been times that I have thought about food, but never wanted to eat. I did think of how great it would taste, but nothing beyond that. I am starting to think about what I want to eat when I finish my 10 days.
One thing that I found interesting is that I am craving very healthy things like fish, salads and such. Not to the point of badly wanting to eat them, but thinking “it would be nice to eat this when I am finished with the fast.” I don’t see it getting any worse in the coming days either. I hope my feeling is right!
I have been considering what my lifestyle will be like after the fast is over. I want to fast more. Both Intermittent Fasting and longer-term fasting too. I am kind of thinking that I might switch the two on alternate weeks. Week 1 I will eat one or maybe 2 meals per day, then Week 2 I will fast for the entire week. So, basically I would fast half of the month and Intermittently Fast the other 15 days. It seems like a healthy way to go, and a lifestyle that I would enjoy. We’ll see!
See you again after Day 5. Watch this blog later today, I have an article about how I reversed Type 2 Diabetes!
Those blood sugars look very normal to me! For us, hypoglycemia begins below 70. 🙂
I have experienced hypoglycemia when I was around 80, but my body is more used to lower sugar levels now, so it seems that everything is fine. It worried me at first, though!
Yeah, probably because of the oral meds you were taking…
Ah, I did not think about that, makes sense!
Great job, Bob!!
Re: BP meds…although I no longer have an issue with high BP, I still take a beta blocker daily to help my heart to function more efficiently.
Thank you, Kate. On the BP meds, I feel that after the fast is completed they (or at least some of the meds) may have to be used again. We’ll have to wait and see!
Bob, I am a few months younger than you and have not had health related problems other than stress related. However, I have strong family traits for heart and diabetes problems, to the point that on my dad’s side of the family, only 1 uncle has lived past 62.
With that in mind, I have started the keto dieting about a year ago and am strongly considering this intermittent fasting if I can do it while doing the kind of work I do.
I’ll be interested in hearing more about your success using IF.
Hi LeRoy – Based on my experience, I do not think that doing IF would interfere with any kind of work. Even very physical labor would not be a problem. I actually have more energy while fasting than normal, as amazing as that sounds!
Each day this week, I have articles about doctors that I follow online. Watch some videos from Dr. Jason Fung (search for him on YouTube). He is, in my opinion, the world’s leading expert about fasting for medical reasons. I have learned so much from him!
How is the Keto going for you?
I wish you the best of luck, my friend!