Well not all at once. If you read my previous post, you’ll see my what my plan to start fasting was. I also wrote why I wanted to start fasting, as well as the initial research I did about it.
My first fast was an easy 12 hours. It was a “practice fast.” 9pm to 9am. Nothing much to talk about there.
The next, my first official fast, was a harder 16 hours. I started at 5pm. I then left work around 530 to go to our church’s prayer meeting. This was the spiritual aspect of my fast. The prayer meeting lasted up to around 9pm and I went home. By around 1030 I was complaining to my wife that I was really hungry.
But in a fasted state, my mind kind of went into a “survival mode.” I stopped daydreaming and was just conscious of my weakness and humanity. But at the same time I was thankful. There was a great peace about me because somehow I knew that I didn’t new to have everything figured out. I could take things day by day, moment by moment. If I didn’t know the plan, I knew that my Maker did. Finally, after writing some notes in my journal, I fell asleep.
I woke up around 545am. I felt a lot better! I felt really refreshed. I felt so good, I was able to go out and do some (slow) fasted walking/jogging. I was past the 12-hour mark, I thought maybe new energy was my body starting to use my fat stores. Hehe.
After my prayer walk/jog I took a shower, went to work with my carpool, and had breakfast in the office. That evening I had a good workout in the gym.
My first fast was a real lesson in weakness, desperation and surrender, but also ended in peace and renewed strength.
My next fast was different. I also started it at 5pm. But it went for a little over 19 hours, as I broke my fast Friday lunch.
Before the fast, at around 4pm, some colleagues at work decided to treat us all to a heavy afternoon snack. I ate spaghetti and pichi-pichi. Because of this, I sort of felt like I cheated the fast, by eating a big meal right before.
Anyway, I left the office around 7:30 and I got home around 8:30. When I got home, I did some household chores (washed the dishes, took out the trash, etc.), read a book to my 3-year-old daughter. I didn’t really feel hungry. It could be because my body is learning to adapt to no food, or maybe just because of the spaghetti. 🙂
The next day, I woke up with my wife really early at around 5am. We were able talk for a while (something that’s hard to do with a toddler screaming for your attention). We then decided to watch a DVD we started but wasn’t able to finish. We watched Soul Surfer. It was wonderful to watch and very inspiring. I recommend it to anyone.
The next few hours were not really that eventful. I felt hungry, but it was manageable. Because I still felt somewhat guilty over the last big meal, I chose to extend my fast up to lunch. The real highlight of my fasting time was the early morning with my wife.
Summing up my first week of fasting
I really enjoyed my experience and will do it again this week. Same plan for now: tw0 16-20 hour fasts. Here’s my recommendations for anyone who wants to try fasting:
- Prepare. If you’re afraid to start fasting, don’t start right away. If you are dependent on simple sugars and starch, the hunger pangs might get to you… Try to switch to whole grains (whole wheat bread, brown rice, etc) first. This would lower your body’s dependence on quick energy and teach it little by little to tap into your fat stores.
- Sleeping helps a lot. If you’re tired, sleep instead of eat. I slept on my commutes to and from the office.
- Maximize your fast. Fasting is one of the few activities that is beneficial to the body, soul/mind, and spirit all at the same time. Don’t do it for just the physical aspect, or for just the spiritual. Seek to experience it all.
Question for you: Have you ever fasted? Please share your story, success or otherwise. 🙂
- I’m gonna try some fasting (mikealbano.org)
- Intermittent Fasting Part 3 – FAQ (paleoplan.com)
- The Discipline of Fasting (cumcconnect.org)
- 3 Day Fast on Water – my experience (nikhileshbaba.wordpress.com)