Day 8 Not So Comfy Challenge

Day 8 Not So Comfy Challenge: Fasting

So, my day 8 not so comfy Challenge was FASTING from dinner time to dinner time.  I chose fasting because it is one thing that I have wanted to do, but felt that I could not.

Had reasons

  • Anytime that I had not eaten for about 4 hours, I would start to tremble. My shaky hands would make me feel very weak. I genuinely thought I was hypoglycemic. (Thanks WEBMD.)
  • I would always get pretty Hangry (hungry + angry = hangry) if I didn’t eat on schedule.
  • I thought it might give me a migraine. I have been dealing with those bastards for about 5 years.
  • Taking care of kids require energy. Energy comes from food.
  • I knew this would suck.

And last, but not least,

  • I didn’t have confidence in my willpower to stick to not eating for that long of time.

So, as you can see, I had plenty reasons (couch, cough…excuses) why I shouldn’t do this challenge. But, the point of these challenges is to push myself, so I thought; I should get on with it and pull a Nike and Just Do It.

My hubby Ryan even said he would do it with me…

So, we ate finished our last meal around 8PM and made the decision to not to eat until 6PM.  A 22 hour fast.

The great thing about dinner time to dinner time is that your sleep the first part of the fast. Score. That was Ryan’s idea!

So, morning came and I made the kids breakfast. Meanwhile, I kept drinking water and coffee. Wow, I thought, I can totally do this!

And, really I was fine until about 12 pm. Then, as I was making the 3 wild ones lunch, my tummy start growling and my brain tried to get me to have just a little.   I said to my brain, “DENIED!”

Then, I attempted to keep busy. I played with my kids, read some, did some laundry and cleaning. Boom. 3 more hours down.

The worst came at 3PM. I was really hungry at this point. My brain was literally screaming at me, “just a bite! Just a nibble! It will still count! You have already fasted for 19 hours! This is enough! No One Will Know!”

I told my brain something my 8 year old daughter told me. She says whenever she feels scared or like giving up she tell herself, “You made a decision, the decision has been made. “ (This girl, she’s my mini Tony Robbins.)

So, I said to myself, “You made a decision, the decision has been made.”

Then, called hubby for moral support. He directed me to take a look at all the benefits of fasting.

Now, I have already had some naysayers say this couldn’t possibly be good for you. But, it turns out, that it is good for you.  I’m gonna list some benefits.  But, remember, I am not a doctor and this is in no way health advice.

Benefits of fasting as told by the Lifehack are:

  1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss
  2. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
  3. Fasting Speeds Up The Metabolism
  4. Fasting Promotes Longevity
  5. Fasting Improves Hunger
  6. Fasting Improves Your Eating Patterns
  7. Fasting Improves Your Brain Function
  8. Fasting Improves Your Immune System
  9. Fasting Contributes To Self-Enlightenment
  10. Fasting Helps Clear The Skin And Prevent Acne.

Wow! Some cool stuff. I did feel slightly more motivated to keep going. But, y’all, I was still hungry. I mean really hungry.  But, the funny thing was, I hadn’t had the shakes and really besides being hungry, I felt pretty great.

So, I decided to do some meal planning and got lost in cutting veggies and meat and putting some marinades together. And, by the time 4:30 came around, I wasn’t hungry anymore.

I did a Facebook LIVE and realized that I didn’t want to get “this close” to doing something. I wanted to complete it. I didn’t want to negotiate with myself and convince myself close was close enough. I was going to follow through until the end. And, you know what, I did!

I ate my first bite of food at 6:11PM. I had officially fasted for 22 hours and I felt great. Food tasted good, but surprisingly I had little desire to over eat.

Fasting turns out to be something I think I will make a part of my life, though maybe not so extreme fasting.  I am thinking 14-16 hour fasts weekly.  Need a beginner’s starter guide for fasting? Check out my friend Helen’s article at Health Ambition right HERE.

So, while fasting was the purpose of the challenge.

My biggest takeaway;

I have a renewed sense of willpower and confidence in myself. I really can do anything I put my mind to. And, mindset is the start of all great things.

How will you challenge yourself?

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