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The end of day fourteen and the morning of day fifteen…
Morning weight: 352lbs.  (on Day 15)
I am down / down “2/21”.  As in, 2lbs down from yesterday and 21lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs (the morning of Day 1).
Well, the good news is I have made it through two full weeks of blended fasting.  At 21lbs lost, I am averaging a loss of 1.5lbs per day.  This is not terribly good or bad.  It’s pretty average for a veggie juice type of fast with moderate exercise most days.  I am continuing to walk my dog each day for 30-45 minutes in the morning and going to the pool for a swim (or to tread water) for an hour for ten(10) of the fourteen(14) days I’ve been fasting.  All of the swim sessions have been breast stroke and I’m doing between 40 and 48 lengths an hour.  (FYI: 1 length = 25 yards; 1 lap = 2 lengths; 18 laps = 1/2 mile.)  Basically, I’m swimming 1/2 mile 5 times per week (so far).  The pool will be closing for the season in a little over a week, so I will have to make other arrangements to get exercise after that.  I haven’t done any treading water sessions since starting the fast, and only a handful of times during this summer season.
How am I feeling?  Thinner.  Which is good!  Even though the loss is only a little over 5% of my starting weight, it already feels easier on my knees to get up from a sitting position.  That’s the “movement” test.  I am also beginning to experience more flexibility and range of motion.  The flexibility I’m putting down more to doubling my average number of days of swimming per week (from twice – maybe 2.5 – to five times per week), than I am to fasting.  The range of motion I’m putting down to less fat getting in the way of any given stretching action.  So, that’s due to the fasting.
As promised, here’s the face shots from on day 1, after week 1 and after week 2:

Image of me on morning of Day 0 of 2019 fast.

Day 0

Image of me on the morning of Day 8 of the 2019 fast.

Day 8

Image of me on morning of Day 15 of the 2019 fast.

Day 15

I, for one, am hard pressed to see much difference between the three photos.  Of course, it is ONLY two weeks.  If anything, there appears to be slight decrease in puffiness in the area of the zygomaticus (major and minor).  That’s the upper cheeks between the nostrils and the ears to us normal humans.  There (to my eyes anyway) appears to be the start of a jaw line between the face and neck.  Of course, both of these changes could just be due to the difference in lighting.  And, I could just be seeing what I want to see: my face getting thinner.  (LoL!)  I guess time will tell…
And, here are the images of the scale:

Day 0 (373lbs)

Day 8 (361lbs)

Day 15 (352lbs)

Note:  The morning of Day 15 shows 348lbs in the image, not 352lbs.  The scale was bouncing between the two weights and I am using the high end for the day’s weight as it is only two pounds less than the previous day.  If I used the lower weight, it would mean I lost about 6lbs from the prior day.  Thus, the lower limit is unreasonable and why I am using the high end.  The photo just happened to catch the bottom end of one of the bounces.
What now?
I am fairly encouraged, despite my off and on preoccupation (obsession?) with food / chewing.  I’m not finding the blend fasting process too bad, although the sense of wanting to chew does seem to be greater than it was during last year’s juicing.  As mentioned in prior posts, that may be a side effect of strictly blending rater than strictly juicing or mixing juicing with blending.
For now (the afternoon of the Day 15), I have four full bottles of blend left in the refrigerator.  That should get me through at least the next three days.  After that, if I’m going to continue, I’ll need to restock.  Bottom line:  I intend to keep going day-by-day / hour-by-hour, and see how far I get.  I have now doubled my target (two weeks, instead of a single week), so even if I break my fast tonight, I’ve still had a successful fast.  (Yea, me!)
In the meantime, I’m  giving serious thought to returning to Planet Fitness.  I joined last year and haven’t gone since mid-January because I got a bit full of myself and fed up with the New Year’s Resolution crowd.  I will have to just get over it (and get over myself, too).  We’ll see…
For now, I’m just enjoying keeping on – keepin’ on…  (I’ll drink to that!)
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The end of day fourteen and the start of day fifteen…  Two weeks and counting!
Morning weight:  352lbs.
I went back to my records to see what’s what…  The week prior to starting my fast I weighed in at 380lbs (my personal high / worst).  I bounced up and down for several days between 378 and 380.  Then, two days before the start of the fast (at 380lbs), I started the fasting prep.  I’m not sure “exactly” what I was doing, but on the day the fast started I was actually 273lbs.  So, I’d actually already started losing weight (7lbs).  Since then, with the two weeks of fasting, I’ve dropped down 21lbs, to 352lbs.  I lost stomach content weight and some excess water weight the first few days, but after that it’s been “actual” weight.  I always estimate the starting loss at about 10lbs, so REALLY I’m only down 11lbs for the two weeks of fasting.
How’s it been?  So far, great!  I’m sometimes walking a fine line between veggie juice / fructose and energy crash, but so far I’ve not been seriously tempted by food (or hunger) to break the fast.  Yes, the first three days are always the hardest for me.  But, that is because I both enjoy the taste of food and the eating of it.  I enjoy the sensations of biting, chewing and swallowing.  Now, all I get is the swallowing.  And, it’s definitely not the same!
I seem to be going through phases of wanting to chew and then not.  First it was the smell of Hil (my wife) cooking her meals.  Then it was watching all the commercials on TV.  There is something about the phrases “All you can eat” and “limited time” which makes some commercial breaks seem interminable.  LOL
Really, though…  I’m doing remarkable well.  My heart rate and blood pressure have both dropped.  My hands and feet no longer bloat when I walk or sit too long.  My various fat areas: muffin top, bingo wings, saddle bags, cottage cheese thighs, etc. are all decreasing.  Stomach is flatter.  Clothes are more comfortable.  I’m sleeping better.  So, yes.  All in all, I’m doing well.
Now if I could just get rid of these kidney stones and groin pain, I’d be singin’ in the rain.  LOL  That’s the problem with age…  There’s always something!
Expectations:  I expect to plateau and start having some “0” or only 1lb loss days from here out.  Several days this last week I’ve dropped 2 or 3lbs and, from my experience, that is not a sustainable rate of loss (for me).  But I will be more than happy to go another six days (20 total) and drop 12 to 15lbs of actual weight.  I think that will put me in a perfect position to move over to a lifestyle diet and begin working out.  Then maybe I’ll be able to convert a quick drop in weight into a long term healthier future.
Being realistic, six more days sounds like a long time…  So, I’ll take it day by day and not beat myself up if I don’t make it to 20 days.  After all, my initial goal was 7 days and I’ve already doubled that!
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