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Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
  —  Quoting one of my Drill Sergeants and numerous other NCO’s I knew while in the Army
Today was supposed to be Day 6 of my juice diet / fast.  I fell off the wagon hard…
The plan this morning was to get a number of little chores done and then relax with the wife.  It didn’t end up that way (so far).  To start off with, I woke up feeling bad – nasal congestion and overall feeling “off”.  I was supposed to get a blood test in advance of a doctor’s appointment.  They were closed for the 4-day holiday weekend.  (The things you don’t think about when you’re retired and everyday is a holiday.)  Check, next.  Pick up brake light for car.  Check.  Wow!  Do I have a bad headache!!  Plug on.  Get cash at the bank.  Check.  Look for cooking book for wife.  Check.  Well, so-so.  I can’t find the book for her so I get myself a book from the $3 rack.  Does that count?  Yes.  Okay, check.  Wait.  I already gave myself a check for that…  On to the drug store to pick up some topical disinfectant.  Check.  Since the sporting kit store is right next door, why not?  Lots of interest, but nothing I want enough to spend money on today.  Check.  Man, my head is pounding…  I’m considering taking a Ricola drop for a shot of energy, but decide against because my stomach is also a bit upset.  I can’t tell if I’m going to heave or get the runs.
I got home and decided I was going to eat something bland-“ish” to settle my stomach and maybe help my head.  I settled on a square of cornbread.  It does help both my stomach and my head, but I’m still congested and feeling drained.  The wife says: “Just take a pill.”  I do and by the time I’ve finished walking the dog, the nasal congestion is clearing and my stomach is feeling better (more settled).  The wife asks me to go to the store and get some soup and ginger ale for her (she’s been under the weather for two days).
…Bad move!  Sending me to the store without adult supervision.  I buy her requests, but also get myself some “unhealthy” stuff for myself – as well as some okay stuff.  And…  We both have lunch.
And that’s why I didn’t make it through Day 6 of my seven day “diet / fast”.  Lesson learned?  The 6-P’s.
Moving forward, I’ll be taking tomorrow (New Year’s Day) off from the diet and I’ll be trying to start back up on either Wednesday or Thursday.  My initial plan for those two days was salad and more salad (and maybe some soup), so maybe I’ll just go ahead with that.  At this point I’m playing by ear.
And the results:  Starting weight on 26 December: 360lbs.  Ending weight on 31 December: 343lbs.  The scale is analog and was fluttering between 340lbs and 343lbs, so I’ll be conservative and call it 17lbs for the five days.  The question is was that any more than my other fasts?  Only slightly.  My last juicing fast (started in July) I lost 15lbs in the first five days and I was swimming for at least an hour three of those days.  I put it (the slight difference in weight) down to hard workouts on three(3) of the five days.  The workouts were 90minutes, 2 hours and 2 hours.  So, really, the longer duration of the workouts is marginally responsible for the extra pound or two of loss.  The big difference is how I felt.  The pool and veggie juice was invigorating me.  The weights and processed juices has seemed to be making me feel exhausted.  Well, it’s all purely subjective, but it’s something for  me to consider going into my next round – this week or next.  Small steps to better health…
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2017 Best Wishes For 2018!
2016 Best Wishes For 2017!
2015 Better Red Than Dead
Tomorrow Starts A New Year
2014 Recovering
Best Wishes For 2015!
2013 Best Wishes For 2014!
2012 My Creed
2011 It Probably Isn’t So
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Suggestions for Fasting and Feasting: 
Fast from discontent; feast on thankfulness.
Fast from worry; feast on trust.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
   —  Anonymous
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2017 Daily, Mr. President, Daily
2016 We Did This
2015 I’m Talking To You
Forced (Again)
2014 We Are Not A Fearful Nation!
2013 Risking Truth
2012 Working On Reality
2011 Massive Contradictory Changes

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The end of day thirty and the start of day thirty-one…
Morning weight:  318lbs.
I am now down “55/62”.  As in, 55lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 62lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast): 380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lbs loss, down from 320lbs yesterday.  The scale reading was “bouncing” again, so I’m taking the high / conservative reading of 318lbs.
I am alternating between feeling euphoric and feeling exhausted.  After I drink some fruit juice or while I’m moderately active, I feel terrific.  If I pause or if I get too active, I crash quite suddenly and start to get sugar (lack of) headaches.  I feel as if I am walking a fine line.  The obvious solution is to simply drink more juice, but there are limits to that approach as well.  Aside from the frequent trips to the head, there is the issue of saline and other body minerals which get drained from the body when you pass too much fluid without re-inputting the minerals.  Since the only minerals I’m getting are (really) from the veggie juice and the multi-day vitamins I take, I have to try to balance the fluids as well.  Plus the more “normal” fruit juices I drink, the more sugar in the form of fructose.  This may be then affecting my insulin levels, which are in turn causing even worse energy crashes.  This whole fasting thing is, to me at least, a personal experiment in biology and biochemistry.  It is NOT a scientific experiment.  I do not have a control.  I do not have theory I am testing.  I don’t even have a means of accurately measuring any results I get.  Yes, I am losing weight.  But, and it’s a big “but”, I don’t know for certain if it’s “good” weight or bad weight.  That is, if it is fat, mostly fat, some muscle, some bone, some internal organ cells, or what.  The only thing I can tell is weight loss from the scale and “generally” how I feel.
Tomorrow I am going for a full blood workup in advance of my follow-up meeting with my primary care physician later in September.  I should have the results by Wednesday and get an idea how my internals are doing.  Tomorrow, I also have my follow-up with my urologist to find out if I need to go for a lithotripsy.  Basically, they use sound waves to smash up the stones you have in your kidney(s).  If I do need the procedure, it will probably also be sometime in mid-to-late September.  Hopefully, if I get it done, I’ll be good to go for at least a decade.  (My last procedure was in the mid-1990’s.)  And, after another decade (or so), I don’t think I’ll care enough to get it done again.
Now that I’m done with thirty days, I’m in to completely new territory.  I’ve never lost so much weight in any of my previous fasts.  I’ve never gone beyond thirty days.  And so, day by day, the human adventure (experiment) continues…
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2016 But, It’s Such A Simple Mistake
2015 Crawl Towards The Light
2014 Sweet Songs
2013 The Wife Of An Ordinary Man
2012 Three Words
2011 Know Anyone Like This?
2010 Apoplexy??
When Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…
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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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2012 Just Like Bubbles
2011 Caring and Driving
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2010 Unwise To Trust
Attitude
If The Mind Is Not Tired
Irrationally Crazy
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Ahnu – Gesundheit!
2009 As for me…
Health Care Reform Now!!

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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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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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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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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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