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!