Yes, that’s right. 14 days.
By my calculation that’s two weeks.
Maybe rather than say I start a 14 day fast, which indicates I will finish, I should say I undertake a 14 day fast, because that kinda gives me the option to bail out after day 3 if I walk into a pub and order a snitty with chips.
I’ve done fasts before – several 3 and 4 day fasts, two 6 day fasts.
But never 14 days.
Why 14 days?
To see if I can do it.
And to see what benefits might come from it.
Today is my eldest son’s birthday, and he’s a good cook so he’s cooking us – Jennifer and myself – something of a feast.
I’ll eat up big tonight.
Because it’ll be the last meal for two weeks!
Why am I doing this?
To clear my system. I’ve been a bit wayward with my eating habits lately and I need to self correct. Too much sugar. Too much salt. Too much of too much.
To control my mind:
All random eating is because of random thinking. Control your thinking and you control your eating – and other aspects of your life as well.
To set myself a goal:
I’m a very goal oriented person. I learned early from something RM Williams once told me: To Say is To Do. I’ve never forgotten that.
To reset myself, physically:
This past year, thanks to COVID, I’ve spent most of my time writing – hence, sitting. Yes I’ve been doing exercise, either walking or bike, but it’s time to reset myself.
Isn’t it dangerous, fasting for this long?
I don’t know.
I guess I’m going to find out!
What am I going to eat / drink?
This will be a water fast, with sometimes miso soup – broth only – and perhaps sometimes beef bouillon – again, broth only. No solids, no juices, only black tea, green tea, and my requisite double espresso of a morning.
Are you kidding?
What about the detox, you might ask?
What about my mental health, I might reply…
How will we know how I’m going?
I’m going to post a blog here each day to let you know how I’m going.
I’ll be totally honest. If I sneak a battered sav I’ll tell you.
I’ll discuss how I feel and what I do each day. I’ll post my daily weight, my percentage body fat and my blood pressure. And I’ll use the opportunity to talk about stuff. All sorts of stuff.
I’ll talk about the science of fasting. I’ll talk about the spirituality of fasting. As the days go by I’ll probably become incoherent and rambling and hence more interesting…
I’ll also post a photo of myself each day.
It’ll be interesting to see what physical changes I undergo.
Why am I going public on it?
Why am I going to blog it?
Put myself out there?
Because I want to make it harder for me to pike out. I’ll look a real dickhead if I quit after five days – which I’m perfectly capable of doing.
You’ll be shocked to discover how weak-willed, feeble-minded and craven I can be.
(Those that know me won’t be shocked at all, they’ll only be validated…)
But also, I believe that fasting is a legitimate health tool, if approached the right way. And I’ll be blogging about that too – the medical benefits of fasting.
That said, I will never encourage you to do what I intend to do. Statistically speaking, I believe that of those reading this right now, a very low percentage of you would be as stupid as me.
So that’s it then? You start tomorrow?
Yes, I start tomorrow.
Will I go the full 14 days?
Will I weaken and find myself clawing open a pack of Kettle Salt & Vinegar chips while guzzling down a can of Pepsi Max?
Will I find myself incapable of moving from the couch while watching The Office for the 4th time?
Will I deprive myself of essential nutrients and become a mumbling bumbling idiot – more so than I already am?
These questions and more will be answered over the next 14 days –
CAVEAT: If I sense that this fast is doing me harm, or is having any kind of deleterious affects on me, I won’t be stupid or pig-headed, I will bail. Without shame…