Today is the start of the second full day of my fast. I am officially in hour 35 as of 9:00 am. I am planning on 72 hours or longer if I feel exceptionally good.
It is also the second day of no medication (it’s been longer, but I am only counting since Monday morning). I am feeling remarkably good despite the withdrawals, and I am chalking it up to fasting and my increased motivation to get clean. My wife has been very supportive in this endeavor, and that most of all has been helpful.
You might wonder why I am talking about my mental health and my healthier lifestyle in the same post. As I said before, I am convinced that fasting and healthier eating will dramatically help with my mental health issues. I have still yet to find any studies done on this subject, but I am still looking.
On a related note, I did find this article on the effects of Benzodiazepines on insulin secretions in the body. If you are a big nerd like me and find scientific studies fascinating, this is a good one to read. It’s fairly complicated, but it did make me glad that I have decided to get off of psychiatric drugs altogether.
My depression is nonexistent, and my anxiety is at a manageable level. When it gets really bad, I drink chamomile tea, which does have a noticeable calming effect on me. Stress has been low today, just a little irritated by the constant power blackouts in my area. Other than that, I have been fine.
The withdrawals are not that bad yet, and I am hoping they stay where they are as far as the severity. In the past, the withdrawals were much worse, but I was also taking a larger dosage of medications. If you want to know how bad my next few weeks are going to be, take a look at the list of symptoms from withdrawal from Clonazepam (Rivotril).
The only other things that are bothering me I am going to add to this section because I think they are related to medication. First, I have a having a little sleeplessness for the past few days, and second, I have been waking up at night with terrible headaches. This morning, the headache went away after an hour or so, and I was grateful for that
So far, so good!
Fasting is a Breeze!
The longer I fast, the easier it gets. I have been changing between drinking warm pink Himalayan salt water and dill pickle juice when I feel I need some electrolytes. So far it has worked well, and except for some diarrhea after I drank the first couple drinks of pickle juice, there is nothing important to report.
Here are my stats:
- Weight: 102.6 kilos (226.19 Lbs.)
- BMI – 30.89
- Length of Fast So Far– 35 hours
- Weight Lost – 1.9 kilos (4.19 Lbs.)
Weight loss is slowly and steadily increasing, but the most noticeable difference is my waistline and the fat in my MOOBS (man-boobs). When I look in the mirror, I do notice a change, and it feels great!
Weight Goals – Where I Want to Be
Even though weight loss is not my main goal, it is a good yardstick to measure my progress. I’ve been reading about ideal weights by height and BMI, and I realize that BMI may not be the best way to measure ideal weight because it doesn’t take into consideration muscle mass. But, I will use it as a secondary marker to keep track.
These are my goals:
- Weight – 77.11 kilos (170 Lbs.)
- BMI – 23.21
I don’t think these goals at are all unrealistic, and I think I can reach them very soon if I stay on the path I am walking. When fasting, I will listen to my body and give it what it needs. The first goal is health, both mental and physical, and weight loss is secondary.
With that said, I can’t wait to see my 170 Lb. body!
I Did What? – Update!
At 1:30 pm, a little after 39.5 hours, I broke my fast. I said I would listen to my body, and after suffering from withdrawals, headache, and an upset bowel, I knew my body needed some nourishment. I still look on this as successful, because I made it longer than I ever have before.
All I ate was a small amount of beef with Shitake mushrooms and a little unsweetened orange juice. I am quite full right now, so I will wait a few hours and eat some more fat and protein before starting my fast again.
I have successfully avoided the cookies and muffins sitting on the table though, which I am proud of doing. I don’t want to load my body up with carbs and sugar.
I will update again tomorrow and fill you in if the small amount of food helped or hurt my withdrawals.