My N=1 Fasting Experiment: Day 2

Day two of my extended fasting experiment was a lot more challenging than I expected.  It wasn’t horrible.  It wasn’t even bad.  It certainly was challenging though.

Before this experiment, I had two extended fasts under my belt.  One fast lasted for about 55 hours and the second lasted right at 48 hours.  This means that I’ve been through day two three times now, and the third time was definitely the most challenging for me.  Maybe it was because I consumed nothing but peppermint water this time where in the past, I consumed Bulletproof Coffee as needed.  Or maybe it was because my last “meal” before the fast wasn’t that substantial.  Either way, yesterday, I found myself experiencing a lot more hunger and food focus.

I did notice something interesting though.  My daughter cooked an amazing keto meal of eggs with cheese and homemade guacamole.  It smelled so appealing.  Later though when my boys baked brownies, I wasn’t triggered at all.  They didn’t smell good to me, and they didn’t trigger any food focus.  I guess I’ve been keto for so long now that my body knows the difference between food and carbage.

On the morning of day two, my stats looked like this:

  • Weight: 250.6
  • Blood Pressure: 128/85
  • Pulse: 86
  • Blood Glucose: 81 mg/dL
  • Blood Ketones: 3.1 mmol/L

I was happy to see my blood sugar come down yesterday.  My blood pressure was a little higher than usual, but I’m pretty sure I forgot to take my blood pressure meds the previous day.  (I take 5mg of lisinopril daily, and my hope is that once I get my weight down, I’ll be able to do away with that all together.)

I’m very excited to see what day three holds for me!

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My N=1 Fasting Experiment: Day 1

For over 27 weeks, I’ve been on a transformation journey of weight loss and health gains using a low-carb, ketogenic diet.  Thanks to Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung, and the support of many others in various online communities, I’ve taken my journey to the next level with fasting.  Experiencing amazing results, I decided to jump on board with an extended fast, and this series of blog posts will chronicle my experiences.

Jimmy Moore put a call out on social media that encouraged folks to join him in a seven-day fast where participants would consume nothing but water and salt.  He also suggested that folks make it “stress free” by taking no biometrics — no weight, no blood tests, no measurements of any kind.  While I like the concept in theory, that’s not how I’ll be proceeding with my fast.

I finished my supper on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 9:00pm.  I’m counting March 20th as “day 1”.

On the morning of day one, my stats looked like this:

  • Weight: 251.8
  • Blood Pressure: 113/76
  • Pulse: 86
  • Blood Glucose: 107 mg/dL
  • Blood Ketones: 2.1 mmol/L

Then, yesterday evening, I had my daughter take measurements and progress photos.

  • Hips: 54″
  • Waist: 45″
  • Bust: 48″

progress photo of Sarah standing in front of doorprofile photo of Sarah facing left

So how did day one go overall? Well, I was definitely hungrier than I’ve been in the past on day one of an extended fast.  I attribute that to the fact that I didn’t feast before starting my fast because I was having all sorts of gut distress (which is part of what prompted this fast.) I did use some butter and MCT oil in coffee yesterday, but I’m perfectly OK with that “crutch” as some people call it.

I also had some reflux at the end of day one.  Reflux isn’t usual for me when I’m eating keto, but as I said earlier, something triggered GI issues (even though I didn’t eat anything that I haven’t eaten many times before.) I really think fasting will give my digestive system a well-deserved break.  That’s the hope, anyway.

I’m definitely excited to share my progress.  I’m looking forward to feeling better for sure!

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Episdoe 13: Going Keto Update for Week 25

This episode of The Claiming Liberty Podcast is a great one! I share my success in my keto journey after shaking things up with fasting!

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Although I have lost weight and gained health since starting my journey back in September of 2017, my progress seemed to hit a stall point.  I had been bouncing around the same five or six pounds for weeks and weeks, and the tape measure hadn’t really moved either.  Rather than giving up, I started thinking about new strategies.

I talked with some folks on one of the Facebook support groups of which I’m a member, and I heard stories that seemed just like mine.  Two stories in particular stuck out to me.  Both folks got things moving again with intermittent fasting (IF), and I thought it was worth a shot.

I won’t spoil anything from the podcast, but needless to say, the strategy was successful for this week anyway.  It’s definitely something that I’ll continue in the future!

Also, for those of you who’re interested, I took some progress pictures this week.  We didn’t do measurements, but I did get the pictures nonetheless.

Sarah standing in front of a door wearing shorts and a tank topprofile of Sarah facing left while standing in front of a door

Also, I forgot to mention it on the podcast, but I’ll share it here.  The podcast is now on Stitcher! I’m going to get some sighted help to crack the nut that is iTunes, but at least it’s on Stitcher!

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Episode 12: Early Spring, Sprouts (Again) and LED Bulbs

public domain image of a butterflySpring seems to have arrived early at the Wittekind homestead and much of Episode 12 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast focuses on that fact.  The warm weather inspired me to grow something, so I started some black oil sunflower seed sprouts and I purchased some LED bulb replacements.  A grow rack is definitely in my future.

Also, I share some thoughts on an absolutely wonderful day that I shared with my husband yesterday.  His company being bought means that he has a different holiday schedule, and yes, he didn’t have to go to work on President’s Day.  Agree with it or not, I had one of the best days I’ve had in a long time yesterday, and it was all the little things that made it grand!

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Episode 11: Going Keto Update for Week 23

 

chocolate dipped strawberries on toothpicks stuck in a foam sheetIn Episode 11 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast, I share my “going keto” update for week 23.  I discuss how I feel about my progress so far, I share my main goal for this Lenten season, and I share our success with chocolate covered strawberries!

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Episode 10: Homestead Happenings and Side Hustle Ideas

In Episode 10 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast, I share some of the previous week’s homestead happenings including:

  • beef bone broth in the Power Pressure Cooker XL
  • ButcherBox delivery
  • Claiming Liberty artwork

And on the side hustle front:

  • Side Hustle School — a podcast that has become one of my newest fixations
  • DIY premium vanilla extract kits
  • blind lady product reviews

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And as always, don’t forget to comment on the Claiming Liberty Facebook page, here on the blog, or privately via email.  I love the feedback!

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Episode 9: Going Keto Update for Week 22

In Episode 9 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast, I share my progress in my keto journey over the past week.  I also reflect on changes that I’ve noticed over the past 5 months, and I invite folks to come to the blog and check out my most recent progress photos.

I was telling my daughter that I hate having these pictures taken, but I love to look back and see the changes over time.  If this blind lady can notice the changes, then something must be happening.

Here are my first set of photos that I had taken on September 23, 2017.  I weighed 279.8lb that day.

side view of Sarahfront view of Sarah

Now look at the pictures that my daughter took today.  I’ve lost 22.6lb since those first pictures were taken.  I’ve also lost four inches in my hips, three inches in my waist, and two inches in my bust.  What is most surprising to me though is the difference in my face.  I’m really learning to value these progress photos.

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Episode 8: Sprouts, Electric Bills and Brand Artwork

In episode 8 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast, I talk about my failed sprouting experiment, a high electric bill and how we’re trying to mitigate it, and the search for artwork for the Claiming Liberty brand.

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Episode 7: Going Keto Update for Week 21 and Workout Clothes

In Episode 7 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast, I share my keto update for week 21 and I discuss the shortcomings of workout clothes for fat people.

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While the scale has been stubborn over the past month or so, I’m still incredibly pleased with my progress.  It seems that every week, I notice something new, and week 21 was no different.

I decided to get back in the gym this week since my thyroid is doing better and I actually WANT to get in and train.  I noticed that I’m moving more easily than I was last September, and I also noticed that it’s a lot easier to ride a recumbent bike without as much belly chub jiggling in your lap as you pedal.  The struggle is real, folks!

I also share my frustrations with adequate workout apparel.  I’ve decided that I’m on a mission to find the perfect workout clothes for a fat chick who wants to actually work out at the gym.  There’s nothing worse than constantly pulling up your pants and pulling down your shirt during weight training because as much as the experts say they want fat people exercising, they don’t make good clothes for the task.  At least that’s been my experience so far.

I can’t wait to see what the next week holds.  Be sure and visit often to see what I’m up to here at the homestead!

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Episode 6: Homestead Happenings and Service Animal Access

In Episode 6 of The Claiming Liberty Podcast, I discuss homestead happenings including a 4 pound cinnamon roll prototype and my excursion into the world of sprouting.  I also discuss changes to Delta Airlines’ policies regarding service animals that will go into effect on March 1, 2018.

Homestead Happenings

  • gigantic frosted cinnamon rollThe gigantic cinnamon roll was finally prototyped.  It weighed over four pounds when it was done, and it was one of the biggest pains ever in the baking world.  I’ll save that creation for bartering.
  • I started some sprouts after receiving my lids.  The mix contains broccoli, kale, and onion seeds.  I’m anxious to see how they turn out!

Service Animal Issues

  • Sarah & Leader Dog DenverDelta Airlines changes their policy for folks wishing ot fly with service animals.
  • What does the ADA say? What constitutes a “service animal”?
  • Is there a real concern? Won’t this help with “fake service animals”?
  • How does it affect me and my Leader Dog, Denver?
  • She I be worried about other businesses following Delta’s lead?

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