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The end of day forty-one and the start of day forty-two…  Not quite.
Morning weight:  315lbs.
I am now down “58/65”.  As in, 58lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 65lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s weight is a 3lbs decrease from yesterday’s 318lbs.  Only four more pounds until I reach the weight I “adjusted” back up from (re-taken ground).
And then I crashed and burned.  (Again, with the “drama queen”?)  My wife had coconut curry last night and had some left-overs in the fridge when I got back from some morning chores.  It was staring me right in the face and I weakened and had two tea spoons.  My God, it tasted soooo good!  The onions, mushroom and small piece of chicken seemed to explode on my taste buds.
And worse was yet to come…  My daughter is running for an elected position (on a community college board) and we were hosting her first “meet and greet” house party for the campaign in our home.  I was good at the kick-off party a few weeks ago, but I lost it today.  Psychologically, there are lots of reasons – in my own home, with family, nibbles (cheese, crackers, salami, and cookies), but the bottom line is exactly what my drill instructor used to repeat to me in Basic Training:  “I will listen to your reasons, but I will not accept your excuses!”  I didn’t go crazy and stuff myself, but over the course of the three hours I had a few samples of each.
And the lesson is: expect weakness and carry a bottle of juice at all times or lay out a portion of veggie finger food (celery, carrots, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes) in case of a weakness of will power.
So now I will need to make a decision if this is going to be the end of the fast and I will transition into a diet tomorrow or if I will get back on the wagon and just consider this a hiccup.  I have enough veggie juice, ginger / mint tea, and watermelon juice to get me through the weekend.  I’m assuming with all the salt and sugar in the various nibbles that I’ll retain at least a couple of pounds of water (plus the weight of the actual solid food), which means I will probably regain the 3lbs I lost from yesterday.  Still it would be nice to reach my short-term goal of 310lbs if not a medium term goal of 299lbs.  The first was the goal I hoped for at the end of this fast and the 299lbs was the next goal I was hoping for from the first few weeks of dieting.
Alfred the Butler (speaking to Bruce Wayne):  “And why to we fall, Master Wayne?  …  So we can learn to get back up, again.
At the end of the day, the thing to remember is the fast (and a specific weight) is not the goal.  The goal is to continue trying to get to a healthier relationship with food so my weight comes down as my health improves.
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2016 Start, Keep, Finish
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2014 Acknowledgement
2013 Longevity, Tenacity and Diversity
2012 What Reagan Really Cared About
2011 Seeming Sane (Or Not)

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The end of day thirty-three and the start of day thirty-four…
Morning weight:  315lbs.
No change from yesterday.  I am still down “58/65”.  As in, 58lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 65lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  This is now the third time during this fast in which I’ve had no change from the prior day.  The other two “no changes” happened on:  1 August and 15 August.  With today, that makes it (coincidentally) at almost two-week intervals.  The interesting thing about this is yesterday I swam for my normal hour and then also registered over 12 miles on my FitBit.  That’s a lot farther than I normally walk, yet, it didn’t seem to influence my weight loss.
Good news:  I took my wife to the plastic surgeon this morning and he removed the stitches from her cancer surgery.  The swelling has gone down 95% and he says she will be right as rain within a few more days.  He said give it one more day and then she can wear makeup on the scar.  That will make it virtually invisible until it finishes healing and is really gone.  Yippie!!  Cancer is such a scary word to us spouses.  I’m so relieved she’s all through it.  (I’m pretty sure it’s scary to the people with it, too.)
Colonoscopy Preparation:  I drank the medication (laxative) on schedule this evening (and the required water) and everything is “moving” normally.  LOL!!!  This is my third go-round and the procedure is slightly different.  In the past, you got one big packet of powder to mix with water in a large bottle and you drank it all the day before.  Now, you get a box with a cup and two six ounce bottles of fluid.  You mix each bottle with 10 ounces of water and drink it all down.  One bottle roughly 18hrs before the procedure and the second roughly 6hrs before.  In both cases, you have to chase the laxative with two 16oz glasses of water within 1hr of drinking the medicine.  In my case, I drank the mix pretty much straight – in about 2 minutes and had finished the 32ozs within a 15 minutes of starting.  It took about 40 minutes to kick in and after 2hrs seems to be pretty much done.  I’m starting a second 32oz of water to try to avoid getting dehydrated.
Additionally, the prep calls for no eating the day prior and the day of the procedure.  You are only allowed clear fluids.  Broth is allowed.  I made some (modified) “French Onion Soup” for lunch as I didn’t want to drink apple juice and white grape juice all day long.  I used Swanson’s Beef Broth and added chopped onion and garlic.  I then strained out the bits so it was only broth again.  It was absolutely sensational – delicious!!  I don’t remember anything tasting so good.  LOL.  See what veggie juice and fruit juice fasting does to one’s perception of colored water?!  I, of course, did not have a wedge of cheese covered bread or croutons floating on the “soup”.  (But, I sure wish I did…)
The problem / issue is the packaged broth has 37% of your minimum daily requirement for sodium (salt) in one serving and the package has four servings.  In essence, I had more than a whole days worth of salt in one meal.  Hardly a good thing for someone who’s had virtually no salt for almost a month – fasting remember…  Results:  slightly elevated blood pressure and pulse and my hands and wrists feeling “full” (not exactly bloated, but full) for the afternoon / evening.  Fortunately, the prep laxative seems to have relieved the water retention issue while cleaning out my colon.  Still, a lesson learned…
Tomorrow morning I finish the prep with the second bottle of solution and then in the afternoon, I get the procedure.  Oh, yeah.  Before I forget, I am also getting the other end checked out too.  That’s called an “endoscopy”.  The doctor figured if I’m under for one, he might as well do both.  I agreed.  I am not sure how I’ll feel this time tomorrow, so there may be no fasting post for the day.  Please keep me in your prayers and / or positive thoughts!
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The end of day thirty-two and the start of day thirty-three…
Morning weight:  315lbs.
I am now down “58/65”.  As in, 58lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 65lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 317lbs yesterday.
Scale Issues:  Some of you may recall back on Day 22, I talked about moving weights around and putting down some new floor mats in my “workout” room.  When I did that, I somehow “messed” up my scale.  It was showing my weight as down about 15lbs below what I had in the morning.  I tried various things to get the scale to “fix” itself, but it would not cooperate.  In the end, I had to reposition my feet to get it to come close to where I was in the morning.  This “new” position was the one shown in the photo on Day 27.  In it, you can see my heels touch and my toes are positioned near the curves of the rubber (at roughly 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock on the face of the scale).  Prior to Day 22, my heels were touching and my big toes were touching at the “0” (zero) on the scale.  This was my way of trying to designate where my feet should always be place for a consistent weigh-in.
Well, to make a longer story short(er), this morning I suddenly gained about 12 to 15 lbs!!  This was with my toes splayed (as in the photo).  The bottom line was the only way to get a weigh-in that was close to yesterday was to go back to the original position with my heels and toes touching and big toes at the “0” (zero).  I don’t have a clue what happened.  I did not move the scale.  I did not bounce on the scale…  I just don’t know.  So, it appears I am back to my original foot positioning.  Which I am happy about because I felt it was a more accurate way of getting my feet in the same position every day for the weigh-in.  Future photos (if I post any) will appear with heels and toes touching.  …Subject to the scale-gremlins and other unknown factors.
Other Thoughts:  My wife said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could break 300lbs!”  I replied that would probably take another 10 days if I continue to lose at the current rate.  She replied she was happy where I’m at and with my breaking the fast this Saturday as she’s tired of it (the fast) and of eating alone.  We then talked about how I’m thinking about food more and more.  She said it is probably because I’ve emotionally committed to ending the fast and I’m losing focus.  I laughed and agreed…  Day by day.   Four(4) days to go.
Tomorrow and Thursday will be two more “Life” days.  (A “Life Day” is what happens when you plan something – a nice, quiet fast, for example – and then LIFE gets in the way to change your plans.)  I have to change my fluid intake to accommodate a clear fluid day due to prep for my colonoscopy on Thursday afternoon.  No “red” juices – grape, black cherry, strawberry, etc.  No veggie-juice with “sediment”.  Plus, I have to drink the “Bowel Prep Kit” mixture to fully flush my system.  It’s actually a two-fer.  I have part one at 5pm tomorrow (plus two 16oz of water within an hour) and then part two (same thing again) in the morning 6 hours before the procedure.  After all that, I should be weak as a newborn puppy…  Well, a 300lbs plus puppy.  So, anyone reading this:  keep me in your positive thoughts and / or prayers…
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2015 Get Change
2014 Trapped (Again)
2013 Someone Else Believes
2012 The Practical Value of Science
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2010 The Fierce Urgency Of Now…

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