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Fasting Day 28

I managed another day on my somewhat long-term fast. Yep, still have eaten nothing this month or this year.

While I personally know nobody else who has deliberately missed more than two meals in a single day, in the world of fasting proponents, students, clinicians, and counselors, 28 days is merely medium.

I started off this year with a 20 day target; exceeding my personal best of 11 by almost double. As I mentioned in prior posts, spending plenty of time with high levels of human growth hormone running through my system which itself is in a powerful healing state of autophagy was the primary point of this deprivation.

Unfortunately, by Day 20, the healing battles were still raging within me. I girded my loins and set a new goal of 30 days. Then, what the heck, make that 31 and break the fast February 1st … it has a certain symmetry to it. “Yeah, in 2024 I did not eat in January” is notable, memorable and easily referenced for future use, if necessary.

Given how long it takes me to psych-up for a ten day fast, I am a bit pleased and proud that I was able to extend it like that.

While the body is in self-healing mode, it invokes other weapons including sinus and phlegm flows, and fever. Those are all waning now, but the neck lymph nodes have not shrunken like I hoped. They darn-well better by next Thursday, because I AM EATING… very well indeed.

While a mere side-effect in my view, I have lost 25 pounds, or over 14% of the 176 I started with. Surprising, and a bit disappointing is the remaining waistline reserve. My legs, arms and face are clearly leaner along with my waist, but I didn’t mind the former, and the latter was the one I liked the least.

Looking at me last month, none of us would have guessed there was well over a month’s-worth of fat reserves. I am very impressed with how efficient nature’s mammalian fuel storehouse is. On the other hand, I don’t think I have another month without the system having to start biting into muscle … this, I consider to be not a good thing.

Another idea new to me as this body fat reduction continues is that I want to replace the stores I have been carrying 24-7 with some pantry reserves in a similar ready-to-refuel form. That is, I intend to load up on butter and lards as I have learned now how valuable they are as fuels, not to mention versatile additions to what otherwise could be plain meals.

My plan for carrying this fasting skillset forward, and making it easier to invoke is to intermittent fast in the form of dinner only, no breakfasts or lunches Monday-thru-Friday, breakfast and dinner on weekends, and one five-day healing fast every three months. Seems easy compared to a month off from food, and should keep my body in tune against the assaults in our world.

I couldn’t choose between the quotations below expressing my strongest feeling today about this fast, so I share all three.

– Ted –

Fasting gives you confidence to know that your spirit can master appetite . . . and helps to protect against later uncontrolled cravings and gnawing habits.
Russell M. Nelson

The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.
Tariq Ramadan

Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself.