From What I Know
The Musings of a Karate Guy
I'm just about 90% of the way through this thing. Looking at my fasting timer as seeing only 12(ish) hours left...not going to lie, it's a bit of a relief. Not much out of what I would expect other than ketone levels shot up overnight. I'm beginning to wonder if they've been elevated for longer than I'm reading, but since I'm testing urine (results can be "off" depending on hydration levels) my data isn't quite as accurate as I'd hoped it would be. Weight continues to drop, but much more steadily. That piece is becoming almost predictable. With that, other numbers are dropping, almost predictably as well: body fat%, muscle mass%, water composition.
I mentioned on IG Live last night that when I attempt this again in the future (hinting at a 7 day fast this summer), I'd like to invest in better tools for measuring blood sugar and ketone levels.
I also discussed last night how I had been thinking about how this, the fifth and final day of the fast, would look. Work will keep me busy and distracted, but today will be my first day back in the dojo in 2023. Officially, the fast ends toward the end of our adult class this evening so, for a couple days, I'd considered just coming home tonight, showering, hopping in bed, and extending the fast for another 24 hours.
Really had to think about that one, and in the end I decided to end the fast when I get home this evening; for a couple reasons. First, I've said from the outset that this would be a 5-Day Fast so, in a sense, there's an integrity issue here. But the kicker, what really convinced me to end it tonight, as planned, is my competitive nature. See, if I were to extend through tomorrow, then I KNOW my mind would be telling me..."Just do another day Bob, and make it a full week." So, not giving my competitive side the voice this time (which kind of hurts) and will continue as planned.
I'll be taking my final round of data collection this evening after I get home from the dojo, and then going on Instagram Live around 9:00EST for my final check-in an Q&A. See you there!
If you don’t know and couldn’t jump in the Instagram Live last night; I’m a huge Tolkein fan. I’m at the point in this 5-Day Fasting experiment where I feel like Sam in one of the early scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring. As he and Frodo embark on their adventure, Sam turns and says, “If I take one more step…I’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.”
When I went to bed last night, I’d already hit that point; a point farther in any fast than I’ve ever been. As I took my stats this morning and looked at my fasting timer, it hit me that today would be tough. Thankfully work keeps me on my toes and I’ve got a meeting after work, then a wrestling meet to cheer on. Keeping busy and distracted is HUGE!
Comparing last night’s data to this morning, the stalled weight loss gave way to a 3 pound loss from yesterday. Blood pressure and resting heart rate are still holding steady. Blood glucose seems to have bottomed out while ketones continue to increase.
Let’s see what challenge today has in store! Thanks for following along on this experiment!
Now we are a little over 36 hours into this thing which again, for me, isn’t difficult…yet. Two things that jump out after recording morning data:
And so it begins…
I’ve been on the intermittent fasting bandwagon since before it was cool and typically rotate between the 16/8 and One Meal a Day (OMAD) timing. I’ve gone 48 hours without food several times…and 72 hours just a couple of times.
This year, to ring in 2023, I’m going to start with a 5-day fast. Sounds pretty crazy to some of you, I know. To others…the ones who know me personally…you’re probably just smiling and shaking your head.
Well, there are layers to this. To be very clear: I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m at the stage of my fitness journey where weight is probably the metric that I’m least concerned about, but I will be tracking it over the next 120 hours.
So, why? Well, remember that year when Covid shut down everything and teachers (like me) had to do our jobs virtually…to black screens and muted mics? Yeah, that was an absolute soul-sucking time for me BUT during that period, I made a couple of changes to my lifestyle that were pretty significant. The biggest change…I went vegan. That's right…no meat…no animal products at all. It was kind of an impulsive decision…about 1:00 pm on a random Tuesday, I decided to give it a shot; but just for one month.
Well, one month went on to about a year and a half. Since my vegan experience began as an impulsive n=1 experiment, I decided just last month to reintroduce meat, but just for one month.
I wont say yet what changes I noticed with the dietary changes. I’ll save that for a later time.
So, Reason #1 on the “Why Bob” list is that I want a complete 5-day reset of my digestive system.
Like I said though, there are layers to this. I’m taking the whole “new year, new me” quip and going all the way down to the cellular level. There’s a powerful process that takes place in our bodies when we go deep enough into a fasted state: autophagy. Look it up on your own. I want you to do that because I don’t want anyone taking my word for it; I’m not a doctor after all. Also, by digging into it a little on your own, I’ll be you get more out of it anyway. The short of it though is that when in a state of autophagy, your body starts to clean itself out, and we’re not talking about extra time in the restroom. No, autophagy goes deeper…cleaning up the body at the cellular level.
So, Reason #2 on the “Why Bob” list is that I want to start 2023 with what I predict will be a stronger everything, but I’m specifically looking for improvement in my immune system.
More superficial layers/reasons include:
Reason #3- fighting back against the belief that we need to eat 3 meals (or more) every day.
Reason #4- pure curiosity. I want to see how a prolonged fast impacts my ability to train, and recover from training.
Reason #5- it’s going to be hard! I haven’t done this before!
So there you go. The timer officially started 27 minutes ago. Just 119 hours and 33 minutes left, but who’s counting?
Check back in throughout the week. I’ll be posting stats daily as I track:
I’m excited about this and hope to learn about myself and how my body works best. I hope that, in some way, this adventure serves someone else in a positive way.