So much happened this week! I have been overwhelmed by the love and support I have received so far. I am learning I am inspiring people and touching their lives in some way. I have come so far very quickly. Could hardly get off the couch just 90 days ago. First, I received the medication I needed to help me with my health issues, which allowed me to begin to get back to the life that had been waiting for me for five years. Then I began this new lifestyle and as of Saturday April 3rd, I was down 45 pounds in just under 10 weeks. My weekly weigh ins are on Monday’s but will not be weighing in this week.
I think a combination of all the support and praise I received and realizing just how far I have come has had unexpected consequences. These are all wonderful things, which just made me want to give more and more. I got little sleep last week, and sleep is not only important for weight loss but to our overall health. I have to take better care of myself, if I am going to be able to help others. I knew I needed to get more sleep and was headed for trouble. But how do you go to sleep when you realize your whole life has just changed, and you now know what you want to do with the rest of your life. While a dozen or so people have said I have inspired them, it was those people who really inspired me. I started this little site as a way to hold myself accountable for my actions, I had no idea it might change my life forever. I can’t even seem to write an article anymore without getting emotional. While it has been so fulfilling, it has left me drained physically. I have to remember to pace myself and not let this journey consume all my time, even though it has meant so much to me. It is really hard to pull back after the love you have given me, but something I have to do for myself right now.
I also made yet another mistake, which contributed to being drained this weekend. At the end of week 9, I set out to do my first 24 hour fast. I felt so good at the end of 24 hours, I pushed it to about 38. I resumed eating 2 meals a day for 2 days. The first day I had a 9 oz can of tuna (12 if you include the water before draining) with some mayo and a bit of sweet relish. My second meal was around 4 cups of raw broccoli. That was all I wanted after fasting for 38 hours or so but was probably under 500 calories for the day. I do not remember exactly what I had on the 2nd day. I think it was 3 eggs with some mushrooms and a ¼ cup of cheese, followed 3 hours later with 4 cups of broccoli, and 3 hours later with 8 oz of my shrimp avocado salad. Then I fasted again for 36 hours. That’s where I think i messed up. I tried to do two extended fasts too close together. I did not feel as good at the end of the 2nd fast. I was not in bad shape, but I felt great at the end of the first one. I did not give my body enough time between to recover properly. Some may be fine doing the same thing, but I had found my limit. I will only attempt an extended fast once every 2 weeks or so now. I started to eat a bit more on Saturday, our Easter dinner with my Mom, her husband, and my brother. I had 3 eggs with cheese and mushrooms for my 1st meal, and 6 pieces of asparagus, 6 oz of shrimp avocado salad, and 8 oz of New York strip steak for my 2nd meal. I still just eat twice a day for the most part, that is just all I want anymore. I am going to continue to eat better and try and increase my daily calories some. I want to make sure I take in at least 1500 calories for the next few days and focus on getting more rest.
This means, I will have fewer posts this week. I will be reading a few books I have ordered but haven’t had time to get to just yet. I will be active in the new Facebook group I created, as I just started it yesterday and will not abandon it right away. That will be what I give my time to this week, other than work and continuing my nutritional education. I hope you will stay with me during this short break from this site. I have some exciting things coming. I have removed any promotional links to this site. While I still believe they had value, the way they tried to upsell you was too deceptive for me to continue to support. I will have some new things to offer you soon which are much more inline with my beliefs and values. I am educating myself about them now and will be sharing this information with you as soon as I feel ready to present them to you.
I am so close to my original 50-pound goal, I really want to keep going. I am not stopping, just refueling for the next part of my journey. I will continue to live keto, I am not straying from that. I already know I am capable of losing weight, I will not be discouraged if I gain a few pounds this week. I am listening to what my body is telling me and trying to give it what it wants. This is a wellness journey, feeling good is the ultimate goal while weight loss is part of it just not the only thing. Time to declutter, improve my sleep environment, rest, and return to feeling great this week. No stepping on the scales or working on articles until 4 am this week. I am loving what I am doing and more than happy to do it, just need a short break. Thank you all for your support.
Find me on Facebook this week or wait for me to return, maybe you need to unplug for a bit too. Good luck on your journey and have a great day!