However, it wasn't a total loss. Supposedly the first two days are the hardest and I proved to myself that I can do that. I honestly think that if I attempted this at a time of the month when my hormones were more normal, I would have more success.
I think after only two days, I did get some of the benefits of the fast:
- After a sensible dinner last night, I bounded out of bed this morning, wide awake and feeling great.
- I feel like I'm really starting fresh, and I'm more aware of the food I put into my body.
- I'm no longer intimidated by kale.
- I lost two pounds.
- I now know that I can do this, if only for a short time.
What I learned is that, for women at least, timing is crucial for something like this. I was worried about doing a long fast and messing up my metabolism, but I think that maybe short-term fasting is better for me. This might be something that I do once a year before racing season starts because I've got more spring in my step and I feel clear-headed and ready to take on the world!
You know that feeling when you're really sick and don't eat for a couple days, then you wake up one morning and realize you're better? That's how I feel right now, and granted, I did deal with a headache for two days to get to this place, but I daresay it was worth it because that is a great feeling.