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The end of day twenty-eight and the start of day twenty-nine…
Morning weight:  323lbs.
Finally, a 2lbs loss!  I am now down “50/57”.  As in, 50lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 57lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 325lbs yesterday.
In my past fasting attempts, I’ve never had a four or five pound loss after day three.  This is because up until then (day 3) I was losing stomach content and / or “extra” water.  I just finished three consecutive days of 4 to 5 pound losses at the “almost” four week mark.  Today’s loss breaks that streak and, strangely enough, I feel relieved.  I honestly felt if it continued for another couple of days, I would have to break the fast just to stop that kind of ridiculous (unsustainable and probably unhealthy) losses.  They were beyond my experience and therefore I did not consider them “normal” (whatever normal is meant to be).
Today I got my first low sugar headache of this fast.  At first I wasn’t sure what was happening, but I guess the large losses were almost a precursor to the headache.  The cure was to drink more veggie juice and more fruit juice.  This wasn’t the first time in my life I’ve had this happen, but I was still concerned until the headache passed.  I then spent the rest of the day walking a fine line between over drinking and not drinking enough for energy.  My “normal” mid-day drink is 32oz of ice-water with an ounce of lemon concentrate.  The problem with this drink is that it quenches your hunger, but it doesn’t provide very many calories (almost none).  So I also added in 32oz of ginger / mint tea and apple juice.  After that, I felt much better.
Other news:  My wife is still recovering nicely from her surgery.  She was up most of the day and even managed to get out in front and back to water her gardens / plants.  And, at the pool, I managed to do seven straight laps of breast stroke – more or less without stopping.  I usually try to swim fast, but today I just tried to cruise through them and I was able to keep going with only a brief pause to turn around.  Normally, I take a minute or two to catch my breath between laps.  Smooth and easy was a lot easier and more fun.  I believe I will miss the pool when it closes for the season in October.
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On This Day In:
2017 Sea Worthy
2016 Rising Integration
2015 No Worries
2014 Devouring The Present
2013 But So Far…
Twice Moved
2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
Achieve Greatly
2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
2nd Pair – Shoe Review
Ahnu – Gesundheit!
2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
   —    Eleanor Roosevelt
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On This Day In:
2017 Sea Worthy
2016 Rising Integration
2015 No Worries
2014 Devouring The Present
2013 But So Far…
Twice Moved
2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
Achieve Greatly
2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
2nd Pair – Shoe Review
Ahnu – Gesundheit!
2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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The end of day twenty-seven and the start of day twenty-eight…  The end of week four!
Morning weight:  325lbs.
I am now down “48/55”.  As in, 48lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 55lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 4lbs loss, down from 329lbs yesterday.
Today my scale is bouncing between 323 and 325lbs.  This is only a couple of pounds less than the the previous day’s (scale) weight and the top end is 4lbs less than what I said my weight should “probably” be (yesterday) of 329lbs.  I continue to not believe that this far into a fast it is possible to lose 4 to 5lbs in a single day without most of it being water weight.  However, this is the third day in a row the scale is showing a drop of 4 to 5lbs – and it’s not going up or holding fast, so I have to assume it’s accurate.

Image of Scale as of 23 Aug 2018 Showing 325lbs

Scale as of 23 Aug 2018 Showing 325lbs

No swim today so I can stay home in case Hil needs me.  She is recovering from her surgery nicely.  She’s removed the bandage, washed the area and applied Polysporin as directed.  The main thing is she was out of bed and moving around.  She got up to watch some of the Giants vs Mets, then more of “The Crown” and then again for “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune“.
Instead of swimming I did 30 minutes of step-ups.  Really, it was 15 minutes, rest, 10 minutes, rest, and then the last 5 minutes.  It didn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable.  I just ran out of energy and had to drink some juice.  No excess energy to draw upon.
Tomorrow, noon, makes 28 full days of fasting (not eating).  Sunday, noon, will mark 30 full days.  That will tie the longest I’ve ever been on a fast (of any kind).  Monday will mark a full calendar month 27 July to 27 August.  I have already wildly exceeded both the initial goal (7 day fast) and weight loss expectation (30lbs in 30 days) based on my previous fasts (1 pound per day).  So, I really don’t know how much longer I want to continue…  I still believe the losses can’t continue at this pace and I will have to hit a multi-day weight plateau soon.  I think that will be my body’s way of saying “enough is enough“.  Looking (slightly) beyond 27 August, I am not allowed to eat food on the 29th as my colonoscopy is on the afternoon of the 30th.  Rationally, it seems I should just continue the fast until at least next Friday (noon 31 August).  That will be the end of 35 full days…  Eight more days should put my weight loss at between 315 and 320lbs (conservative estimate).  Of course, if I continue losing at this ridiculous pace (3, 4, and 5lbs / day), I could be under 310lbs by then…  (LOL!  I’m not going to hold my breath hoping for that to happen…)
It sounds to me like I’m talking myself into another week…
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On This Day In:
2017 I’m Seeing It, Too
2016 Personal Decisions
2015 Verbal Fluency
2014 Familiar
2013 Unbending
2012 Simple Sayings
2011 Wupped Again?
2010 3 and 1…
Musical Notes…
Doubt Tries…
Northwest Passages – Evening Two
The Beierly’s Web Site

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A tinfoil wrapper doesn’t make a bum cigar taste any better.
    —   William Feather
Corruption is worse than prostitution.  The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
   —    Karl Kraus
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On This Day In:
2017 I’m Seeing It, Too
2016 Personal Decisions
2015 Verbal Fluency
2014 Familiar
2013 Unbending
2012 Simple Sayings
2011 Wupped Again?
2010 3 and 1…
Musical Notes…
Doubt Tries…
Northwest Passages – Evening Two
The Beierly’s Web Site

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The end of day twenty-six and the start of day twenty-seven…
Morning weight:  329lbs.
I am now down “44/51”.  As in, 44lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 51lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 3lbs loss, down from 332lbs yesterday.
Today my scale is bouncing between 324 and 327lbs.  This is four or five pounds less than the the previous day’s (scale) weight and the top end is 5lbs less than what I said my weight should “probably” be (yesterday) of 332lbs.  I still simply do not believe that this far into a fast it is possible to lose 4 to 5lbs in a single day without most of it being water weight.  As such, I’m recording the loss for today as only 3lbs which is closer to (the difference of) what the scale said I “really” was yesterday.  I made the extra effort to ensure I stay hydrated yesterday / last night, and instead of “correcting”, the scale said I dropped another 4-5lbs.  IF it still says I’m down that much weight tomorrow, I will begin using the top end it actually reports.  The “danger” to me is the psychological blow of seeing a weight increase for no reason except the scale “fixed” itself (or I retained water).  Of course, after weighing myself several time during the day and all measurements remaining consistent, a correction seems unlikely.
Other news:  Today was a major break in my routine.  I drove my wife to the Doctor’s office to get some cancerous skin removed.  We had to be there at 6:00am!!  Anyway, we got there on time and she completed the procedure and now we just wait to see if they got it all and if she’s okay.  We got home just before noon.  She went to bed and I fell asleep watching the news on the TV.  I checked in with her periodically to make sure she was okay.  I skipped the pool today to be around – just in case…
This evening I made fresh batches of veggie juice, ginger / mint tea and veggie broth.  I should have enough to make it to Monday (27 August), which will be a one month (31 day) fast!  If I manage to make it beyond that, I will be in completely new territory for me.  I’ve never gone further than a month before.  But, then again, I’ve never lost this much weight (by far) in any of my previous fasts.  So, we’ll see…  One day at a time.
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On This Day In:
2017 Still Looking For The Key
2016 Not So Much Anymore, Boss
2015 Green Binge
2014 Overdone
2013 The Courage To Remake The World
2012 Minor Gifts
2011 I Love It When A Plan Comes Together…
2010 Eloquence
Cleaning the Chalk Board

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It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me.  It is the books that will never be written.  The books that will never be read.
    –   Judy Blume
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On This Day In:
2017 Still Looking For The Key
2016 Not So Much Anymore, Boss
2015 Green Binge
2014 Overdone
2013 The Courage To Remake The World
2012 Minor Gifts
2011 I Love It When A Plan Comes Together…
2010 Eloquence
Cleaning the Chalk Board

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The end of day twenty-five and the start of day twenty-six…
Morning weight:  332lbs.
I am now down “41/48”.  As in, 41lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 48lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 334lbs yesterday.
The difference between humans and machines is our singular (for now) ability to interpret data and decide to believe / accept it or not.  This morning, my scale is bouncing between 329 and 330lbs.  This is four or five pounds less than the the previous day’s weight.  I simply do not believe that this far into a fast it is possible to lose 4 to 5lbs in a single day without most of it being water weight.  As such, I’m recording the loss for today as only 2lbs.  I will make an extra effort to ensure I stay hydrated today / tonight, and see what the scale says tomorrow.  IF it still says I’m down that much weight, then fair enough, otherwise I’ll feel vindicated in “suspecting” something was just funny with today’s weight.
Other news:  Not a lot.  The day has been grey, overcast, cool and windy.  Not conducive to an outdoor swim, but I went anyway.  I have to admit I am enjoying swimming a little more each day.  Oh, yeah…  My oldest is running for an elective office in November.  Today I went an ordered a few t-shirts for the family (and a couple of friends).  Hopefully, everyone will get a kick out of them when we host our house party for her campaign.  LOL!!
Tomorrow I take Hil for her surgery on her skin cancer.  They’ve said it’s very minor and there is nothing to worry about, but I’ll be the judge of that after it’s done and dusted.  It will be at least a half day affair and starts at 6:00am.  Meanwhile, I will be sleeping uncomfortably in the waiting room…   Any and all prayers are gratefully accepted.
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On This Day In:
2017 Cowardly Defamation
2016 With No Allowance For Chance?
2015 Details
2014 Here’s One…
2013 Non-Fungible Commodities
2012 Hope And Tears
2011 Just Long Enough
Meaningful Thoughts

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It is no secret in my country, in the USA, democracy and freedom upon freedom is under attack.  It is dizzying and maddening to say the very least.  These are radical — sometimes, often even, inexplicably complicated and complex times — and one of the things that pains and concerns me the most is the attack on the truth.  The eroding of our ability to engage in intelligent, respectful and respectable discourse as a humane society.
As a nation, as a world, as a global network of artists, writers, creatives, connected ever faster and with more and more urgency, we are losing touch with the essentials for growth, nourishment, deep thought, deep commitment to our soul’s purpose of truth-telling, no matter how painful or uncomfortable that may be.
I call myself a writer.  Maybe you do, too, or maybe you don’t.  But either way, we are all contributors to language, we are all users and shapers of words and ideas, how we use them to build up or destroy, to honor our common dignity or to pick away at it.
  —  Allison Marie Conway
[This quote was found at: https://allisonmarieconway.com/
The specific link is: https://allisonmarieconway.com/2018/08/13/on-art-democracy-dangerous-play/
Please visit the original site if you have a spare minute (or two).  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Cowardly Defamation
2016 With No Allowance For Chance?
2015 Details
2014 Here’s One…
2013 Non-Fungible Commodities
2012 Hope And Tears
2011 Just Long Enough
Meaningful Thoughts

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The end of day twenty-four and the start of day twenty-five…
Morning weight:  334lbs.
I am now down “39/46”.  As in, 39lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 46lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 336lbs yesterday.  I have now lost +10% of my body weight from the starting date of the fast.

Hand Touching Hand 20 August 2018

Hand Touching Hand 20 August 2018

On 25 July 2018, I could only touch the tips of my two middle fingers behind my back.  After about a week, I was able to touch to the first knuckles on my middle fingers and the tips of my two rings fingers.  As of today, I can hold both hands behind my back and actually reach the palms (behind my back).
I went to my gastroenterologist today.  It is time for another colonoscopy (in a couple of weeks) and an endoscopy to check my throat for cancer.  He said it would be a “two-fer”.  That will be happening in the next couple of weeks – after he’s had a chance to clear it with my health insurance company.  I also called to setup my follow-up with my urologist to get my kidney test evaluated (and possibly have my stones busted up).  That follow-up is next week (Monday).  The actual “blasting” will probably be (again) after it’s cleared by my health insurance and a couple of more weeks to get a scheduled time.  Finally, in the afternoon, we had to take our dog to the vet to see about an ear infection.  It feels like I did a lot, so that’s the good side…
The day ended up being another “tough” day.  Not so much because of the fasting, per se, but because I couldn’t relax and enjoy my veggie juices in the comfort of my home.  I ended up making due by topping up my energy levels with repeated 8-oz shots of OJ, until everything which needed doing, got done.  This gave me the required fructose rush to get me through a couple of hours, but it didn’t allow for a level energy day.  Peaks and valleys of energy means weakness – a deep in the bone feeling of tiredness – which, in turn, leads to thoughts of food.  Eating, too.  But, mostly food.  Just plain food.  And tastes…  And smells…  These are the hard days which lead to cheating and ultimately ending the fast before you’re “ready”.  Before you decide to.  It’s hard balancing on the edge of the blade between just enough energy and too little energy; between feeling clean internally and feeling deep hunger.
In the meantime, tomorrow will be another milestone.  At noon it will be 25 days of veggie juice fasting.  So I take comfort (and a little pig-headed pride) in reaching another “small” milestone.  I’m beginning to wonder if I’m doing this (the fast) for the days or for the lost weight.  It seems setting small goals with each is both empowering and confusing at the same time.
Day by day…  Pound by pound.
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On This Day In:
2017 The Tide Will Turn
2016 Dreamers
2015 Three Roars
2014 Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T
2013 Lacking
2012 So Small A Thing
2011 Is Your Time Valuable?

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Now Daddy didn’t like trouble,
But if it came along
Everyone that knew him knew
Which side that he’d be on
He never was a hero,
Or this county’s shinin’ light
But you could always find him
Standing up
For what he thought was right
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man
Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right
And uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
Now we might have been better off
Or owned a bigger house
If Daddy had done more givin’ in
Or a little more backing down
But we always had plenty
Just living his advice
Whatever you do today
You’ll have to sleep with tonight
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man
Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right
And uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
Now I know that things are different than
They were in Daddy’s days
But I still believe
What makes a man
Really hasn’t changed
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man
Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right
And uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything.
Performed by:  Aaron Tippin
Written by:  Aaron Tippin, Buddy Brock
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On This Day In:
2017 The Tide Will Turn
2016 Dreamers
2015 Three Roars
2014 Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T
2013 Lacking
2012 So Small A Thing
2011 Is Your Time Valuable?

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The end of day twenty-three and the start of day twenty-four…
Morning weight:  336lbs.
I am now down “37/44”.  As in, 37lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 44lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 3lbs loss, down from 339lbs yesterday.  One more pound of loss and I will have lost +10% of my body weight from the starting date of the fast.  I’m still .3lb shy of 10%.

Image of FitBit Weight Loss as of Day 23.

FitBit Weight Loss as of Day 23.

Please recall as soon as I come off of the juice fast I will (should) gain between 7lbs and 10lbs as this is the “normal” amount of weight contained in a person’s stomach plus a couple of pounds for water retention due to salts and sugars in most foods.  This means my “real” weight loss for the 23 days is probably closer to 30 to 35lbs than it is the 37 to 44lbs indicated by the chart.
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On This Day In:
2017 Still Trying To Make It
2016 One Lucky Man
2015 Food Change ==> Health Change
2014 10 Commandments Of Logical Arguments (Fallacies)
2013 Sociology Of The Future
2012 1010
There In The Sunshine
2011 Not Enough Time

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1.  Show up!
2.  Cultivate authenticity
3.  Set boundaries
4.  Actively practice gratitude
5.  Embrace vulnerability
6.  Let go of perfectionism
7.  Explore your emotions
8.  Build shame resilience
9.  Risk failure
10.  Don’t have any regrets
-= BONUS =-
* Let yourself be seen
  —  Dr. Brené Brown
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On This Day In:
2017 Still Trying To Make It
2016 One Lucky Man
2015 Food Change ==> Health Change
2014 10 Commandments Of Logical Arguments (Fallacies)
2013 Sociology Of The Future
2012 1010
There In The Sunshine
2011 Not Enough Time

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The end of day twenty-two and the start of day twenty-three…
Morning weight:  339lbs.
I am now down “34/41”.  As in, 34lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 41lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lb loss, down from 341lbs yesterday.
My son (James) moved out of the house about seven years ago.  I “inherited” his bedroom.  Over the course of time I’ve turned it into another library storage room for my book collection and I’ve (slowly, slowly) added bits and pieces of workout equipment to make it into a mini-gym.  My wife has been in constant battle with me over this as she believes the room is her personal rent-a-space.  I routinely go in and find she’s moved something into “storage”.  I then have to find some way to organize the new items so I can still walk around and use the room as I want to.  LOL.  It’s a constant battle which I slowly win as she doesn’t care what I do with the things as long as she doesn’t have to see or dust them anymore.
Today I moved a bunch of my weights and barbells around in the room.  I laid down some more rubber floor pads.  (Almost the whole floor covered now.)  And, I (re-)setup my inversion table.  Because our housing association community pool was extremely busy today, I decided to pack in the swim and do some step-ups instead.  I cleared a bit of floor space, and did my 30 minutes.  (That was more than enough to raise a sweat and to remind me how old I am.)  I started using step-ups to workout way back in the 1990’s while we were living in Liverpool.  Step-ups are one of those routine exercises that benefit you by giving you a workout without taking you anywhere.  So you have ready access to as much water as you want and to a toilet if needed.  Just my cup of tea…
After the step-ups, I hopped up on “the rack” and gave it a flip for about five minutes.  I got “into” inversion therapy (“hanging”) back in the early 1980’s.  I had a partially slipped disc in my lower back when I was in high school and I spent a good deal of time in pain, which got substantially worse (severe, chronic and constant) when I left the Army and started getting out of shape.  I heard about hanging on TV one evening and I felt desperate enough to try anything (but surgery).  I went to a store which offered them.  I tried one.  Within five minutes my back “popped” and it felt like an exploding nova in the base of my spine.  And then, nothing…  Absolutely, no pain for the first time in close to four or five years.  I got off the demo machine, handed the man my plastic and I’ve owned and used an inversion table ever since.  Sometimes frequently.  Most times only occasionally (once or twice a year).  Either way, I’ve carried my tables to Europe and back again when we returned.  And, yes, I am a avid proponent, advocate, champion (etc.) for inversion / hanging.
Epiphany:  I just re-read the last paragraph and it just hit me how I’ve spent most of my late twenties and most of my fifties and early 60’s in pain.  Chronic and sometimes debilitating pain.  Between my pinched nerve in my lower back and my kidney and gall stones, I’ve been a mess!  LOL.  It’s amazing to me how adaptable the human mind is.  When you are in pain, it is all-consuming.  When you are not in pain, you can take time to smell the roses (forget about the thorns) and look forward to meeting the challenges of day to day living.  We really are strange creatures.  (Or at least I am.)
Apologies to anyone who came expecting to read about my fast.  Sometimes my thoughts wander…  To tell the truth, other than being a bit tired, it’s been an easy (boring) day – fast wise.  And I think that’s a good thing!
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On This Day In:
2017 Adrift In The Oval Office
Regrets – The Donald Failed The Test
2016 Just Ask “The Donald”
2015 Did You Pass On It?
2014 Even When It Ain’t, It Is
2013 Still Happens
2012 Possessing Eternity
2011 I Thought We Were Talking About Afghanistan

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When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  That’s my religion.
   —  Abraham Lincoln
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On This Day In:
2017 Adrift In The Oval Office
Regrets – The Donald Failed The Test
2016 Just Ask “The Donald”
2015 Did You Pass On It?
2014 Even When It Ain’t, It Is
2013 Still Happens
2012 Possessing Eternity
2011 I Thought We Were Talking About Afghanistan

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The end of day twenty-one and the start of day twenty-two…
Morning weight:  341lbs.
I am now down “32/39”.  As in, 32lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 39lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lb loss, down from 343lbs yesterday.  It also represents a +10% body weight loss from my highest ever weight (the week of / before I started this fast).
I am a creature of habit.  It makes feel comfortable to have an idea of what to expect each day.  Today was disruptive.  After walking my dog in the morning, I drove up to spend a few hours visiting my brother.  He is on dialysis four times a week for kidney failure and he also suffers from vertigo, so he isn’t able to get out and about much on his own.  I try to visit him at least every 4 to 6 weeks for a bit of in-the-flesh company.  This visit made the fast difficult because in order to stave off hunger I have to be able to drink regularly.  In order to drink regularly, I have to have ready access to a toilet.  My brother lives about a 45 minute drive away.  This means I can’t really drink until after I get there and I have to stop well before I’m leaving so I can make sure I’m “empty” before getting on the road to come back home.
I made it both ways without bladder issues (i.e. failure), but I wasn’t able to drink my normal amount of fluids.  This put me right on the edge of energy failure.  As I said, I got through it, but it left me physically exhausted.  Not physically tired or sleepy; just sit on the couch and melt into the cushions exhausted…  And then I had to suck it up, have a drink to get my energy back up and go for my “swim”.  I try to go for a swim each day.  I don’t actually “swim” that much.  I tread water for an hour and then I try to do 5 or 6 laps with a kick board and / or breast stroke.  Except for toe touches, that’s the sum of my daily exercise.
Reactions:  Complete surprise!  I am now three weeks into a (planned) 7-day fast and I feel terrific.  What was meant to be a jump-start into a food / eating lifestyle change has evolved into a mini-achievement all its own.  I must admit this is both a surprise and unexpected.  A surprise because I feel so good after this amount of time.  Unexpected because I’ve lost so much weight.  As stated in previous posts, I have completed four 30-day fasts in my life and many shorter (10 days, 1 week, and 3 days) fasts, but I have never been this successful in losing weight.  As near as I can recall, on each of my 30-day fasts, I averaged about a pound a day and was never more than 30lbs in three weeks.  (In fact, 30lbs was usually my end of fast result.)  I also had much more frequent plateaus where I might not lose a pound a day and then “suddenly” drop 1 or 2 pounds.  This time around, 2 pounds a day seems to be an average loss.  Now, in fairness, my maximum weight (380lbs) was FAR more than any prior starting weight (by 50 to 100lbs), so I had a LOT more weight available to lose going into this fast.  Bottom line:  I’m expecting the law of diminishing returns to kick in any day and I’ll start having more 1 pound-a-day losses and more multi-day plateaus where I don’t lose anything.  But even expecting that change, I feel terrific in myself – clean and getting healthier.
New Goals:  Because I’ve FAR exceeded my initial objective, if I break fast tomorrow, I won’t be disappointed and beat myself up.  I would like to make it to Tuesday noon (which would be 25 days).  Beyond that, Friday noon would be four weeks and the following Monday (27 August 2018) would be one full month.  But that is 10 days away and seems like a far horizon…  Practically speaking, my “weight” goal is to shoot for six more pounds.  This would put me down 38lbs from my starting-the-fast weight (373lbs) and would be a 10% loss from there.  But that is “probably” 4 to 10 days away, and it too seems like a distant horizon…  (Do you see how easy it is for ego to start to slip into these situations?)  Day by day, day by day…  🙂
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On This Day In:
2017 Courage
2016 Don’t H8! — I’m With Her!!
2015 $20 Anyone?
2014 And Yet I Still Study
2013 Use Your Own
2012 Strengthen Freedom
2011 Attrition = A Lack Of Imagination
2010 Mind The Fire, Love
Just Beyond My Reach…
Even A Life Of Quiet Desperation!
Acts Of Courage

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