Fast day#2 pt2 / fridge gazing ~

Weight: 81.6
Body fat: 27.1%
BMI: 26.0
RHR: 57bpm
Sleep: 4hrs 57min
BP: 153/84 @54bpm

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So far the hunger pangs haven’t been too bad.

I mean, yes right now I’d love to sit down to a good feed, but that’s not gonna happen so I might as well just get over myself.

Here’s how my day has gone so far:

5am – first double espresso.

6am – second double espresso

9 am – Jennifer has a home-made muffin with her coffee, and I desire it. Unconditionally.

10am – I have a cup of Darjeerling tea. The highlight of my morning so far.

11am – I open the fridge, gaze inside, close the fridge.

11:15am – I open the fridge, gaze inside, close the fridge.

11:30am – I resist the urge to open the fridge. I note this as a form of spiritual growth.

12pm – I hear a thunderstorm coming but realise it’s only my stomach…

6pm – I exercise on my bike. 40mins/18.0kms/582cals

7pm – I have another cup of Darjeerling tea. The highlight of my evening so far.

Continuing citing Dr. Jason Fung’s book, The Complete Guide to Fasting, here is what he has to say about the spirituality of fasting…

Fasting is widely practiced for spiritual purposes and remains part of virtually every major religion in the world. Three of the most influential men in the history of the world, Jesus Christ, Buddha, and the Prophet Muhammad all shared a common belief in the healing power of fasting. In spiritual terms, it is often called cleansing or purification, but practically, it amounts to the same thing.

The practice of fasting developed independently among different religions and cultures, not as something that was harmful but as something that was deeply, intrinsically beneficial to the human body and spirit. Fasting is not so much a treatment for illness but a treatment for wellness.

The regular application of fasting helps protect people from illness and keeps them feeling well. In the story of Adam and Eve, the only act that is prohibited in the Garden of Eden is to eat the fruit of one tree, and Eve is tempted by the serpent to betray this trust.

Fasting is thus an act of turning away from temptation and back toward God. In the Bible, Matthew 4:2 states, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”

(I’ll mention here the interesting point that hunger often disappears during extended fasts, which has been noted throughout history.)

In the Christian tradition, fasting and prayer are often methods of cleansing and renewing the soul. Symbolically, believers empty their souls so that they may be ready to receive God. Fasting is not so much about self-denial but about a reaching for spirituality and being able to commune with God and hear his voice.

By fasting, you put your body under submission to the Holy Spirit, humble your soul before the presence of God, and prepare yourself to hear the voice of God.

Buddhist monks are known to abstain from eating after noon, fasting until the next morning. In addition, there may be water-only fasts for days or weeks on end. They fast to quench their human desires, which helps them rise above all desires in order to achieve nirvana and end all suffering. This fits with their core beliefs in moderation and austerity.

Hinduism embraces fasting in the belief that our sins lessen as the body suffers. It is also seen as a method of cultivating control over desires and guiding the mind toward peace: the physical needs of the body are denied for spiritual gains. Certain days of the week are designated for fasting in Hinduism, as are certain days of the month. Fasting is also common at festivals.

Traditional Ayurvedic medicine also ascribes the cause of many illnesses to the accumulation of toxins in the body and prescribes fasting to cleanse these toxins. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. According to the Qur’an, the Prophet Muhammad said, “The month of Ramadan is a blessed month, a month in which Allah has made fasting obligatory.”

The Prophet Muhammad also encouraged fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. Ramadan is the best studied of the fasting periods, but it differs from many fasting protocols in that fluids are forbidden, which results in a period of mild dehydration.

5 thoughts on “Fast day#2 pt2 / fridge gazing ~

  1. Hi Bill & Gang,
    I know it’s been forever since I have commented, but please know you are always in my heart.

    It’s so interesting that you are fasting because as a 65 year-old woman, I had a horrible experiencing with fasting even though I am a total believer in its roots, effects, purpose and ideals.

    My first fast actually occurred during our trip to India back in 2015 when I contracted food poisoning and lost 15 pounds in less than 48 hours. I never realized how much damage took place in my body until I began perusing my photo’s during the great re-set a year ago, Because I have been a body builder for the last 45 years, I have been blessed to not have any sagging skin on my body. But after I returned from that trip, I had the opportunity to be in a fashion show and found that I had the beginnings of what is now called, “buffet arms,” the sagging skin on a women’s axilla or armpit area.

    Happily, within a year or so, the skin tightened up from regular workouts, great eating habits and a low dose of testosterone. But a few years later, when my body hit the wall, my weight went up and I was storing fat in all the wrong places, I decided to give “intermittent fasting”, a try.

    Much to my surprise, I not only lost weight in the form of fat, but I also lost muscle, which made me realize that that is what happened from my bout with food poisoning as well. Then in September of 2019, I made the decision to get back into competing and hired a trainer a year in advance of my 65th birthday to get me ready for a contest in October of 2020. With his help, I put on 6.5 pounds of muscle and was well on my way to a winning physique!

    Well, I think we all know what happened one year ago!

    And to top it off, I contracted COVID-19 on Leap Year Day, February 29. Within 36 hours I lost the exact 6.5 pounds that I had spent the last 7 months putting on. And talk about sagging skin!

    As a result of sensory deprivation for a single white female living alone; the closing of all bars and dance clubs and the cessation of all things fun, my body put on fat due to stress, depression and boredom. I was walking 10 miles a day and still lifting weights about 3 times a week, and continuing to eat 6 times a day like I had been for the last 20 years. The 6.5 pounds that I lost slowly crept its way back on and by January 1, 2021 I was again unhappily imbalanced.

    So, I decided to try the intermittent fasting again, foolishly hoping for different results, meaning fat loss and not muscle loss. But we all know the definition of insanity and lo and behold, I lost 6 pounds of muscle, yet again. This time the result was even worse because my female hormones were out of balance, with low progesterone, testosterone and our good estrogen, estradiol, all resulting in older, wrinkled, sagging skin! So attractive!

    So, for me and my DNA, I fear that fasting is out of the question. But, you look amazing Bill, so I think that it is a good thing for you. Major kudos!

    I did learn one thing that I would like to pass on and it has to do with intermittent fasting for women. It turns out that they have discovered that women should never fast daily! As a matter of fact we should fast no more than 3 times a week and that we should fast for no more than 12 hours, not 16!

    So, on the off chance that one of your female followers is going to try intermittent fasting, please do not do what I did and instead read all that you can about fasting for the female body and tread lightly. I realize that you are truly fasting throughout the day rather than eating intermittently and that it may have a totally different effect but I would hate for someone to jump on the bandwagon and really upset their metabolism, body and hormones.

    My love to you all………..especially Jennifer and you, Bill and thank you for keeping us in the loop.

    Xoxo

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    • Hi Jill – lovely to hear from you after all this time! But dreadfully sorry to hear about your difficulties. Contracting COVID? Were you hospitalised? Thanks also for your account of intermittent fasting. In my blog as you know I have directed anyone interested to Dr Jason Fung’s book, The Complete Guide to Fasting. He lays out how best to do it – but he stresses throughout that you should stop if you feel anything bad, and you should seek medical advice before starting if you’re on any medication. As you know, I’m not doing an intermittent fast, I’m doing (or attempting to do!) an extended fast. And I’ll have no problem bailing if I feel it’s doing me harm. I’ve also made it clear that I’m not advocating that anyone do what I’m attempting to do – in blogging about it I’m merely documenting what happens to me. I hope you got through the dreadful Texan freeze ok. It made the news big time here. It looked horrendous, particularly the way it impacted the water supply. Anyway, good to hear from you, and hope your health is now back on track. Love, Bill

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  2. Bill, I love the phrase “fridge gazing” It reminds me of my kids when they were teenagers, they would stand at the fridge looking inside but never seeming to find what they exactly wanted. Kudos for having overcome the temptation!

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  3. Well, I was a lot younger and I had a great deal more weight to lose — but I found at the time that hiking and drinking multiple mouthfuls of water throughout the day helped greatly to the taming of urges.

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    • Well, I’m sitting for a good deal of the day – writing – but yes, having water does help. I know that from day 4 on it will get easier. It’s then a battle to deal with the lack of routine – meals divide up your day!

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