Last week I fasted for ~48 hours for the 1st time ever. I woke up out of a dead sleep- in the middle of the night- with the worst headache I've ever experienced, accompanied by a weird dizziness that kept my eyes from focusing and a brain fog that left me feeling drunk. I was sick, and my husband recognized it as a crash, thankfully, bc I was in bad shape. I ate, and immediately felt like myself again. I beat myself up for days afterwards, wondering why I couldn't fast as long as others could. Was I weak? Was I not fat adapted- even after 4 months? Had I slipped so much that my body was reluctant to switch to fat? Was all my hard work for nothing?
No. No. No. I was asking the wrong questions! I knew I hadn't slipped, bc I track my food every day. I knew I was fat adapted, bc I've already lost 46lbs! What I should have asked is why I felt like my body wasn't capable of telling me what it needed when it needed it? And why I believed some cookie cutter plan was the only way? Why, after doing so well before, did I feel I had to fast for so long? Was it to fit in or bc I constantly compare my journey to others? Why did I immediately resort to believing I hadn't done enough when it failed?
Those questions led to real answers. The entire point of my journey is to be the best me possible, not the best you, or him, or her, or them. I might have been able to push through it, and maybe one day I'll try, but right now, I am comfortable knowing that my 16-24 hours fasting is where my body is its best. Fasting is an excellent tool for weightloss, but it's just that- a tool. I can use it how I see fit, and it doesn't mean I'm a failure, or that I am not working hard enough.
That goes for you, too, not just me. As long as we're doing, we're doing enough. ❤❤
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