21 day water fast: one-month follow-up after the fast

fullsteamaheadI’m writing this 38 days after the end of the fast.  Why now?  Because yesterday I finally ran a solid half marathon in the hills at my usual pace and with no sore muscles today.  Because the day before that I reached my usual number of push-ups for the first time since finishing the fast.  Because earlier in the week I stood on the scales and found that I’m fully back to my pre-fast weight again.  In other words, physically, I feel myself again.  This may seem like a long time to recover, but it’s more or less what I had expected.  After previous week-long fasts, I’ve noticed it usually takes double the length of time to return to life as usual, and so, in this case, after 21 days of fasting, 42 days of recovery or thereabouts would correspond to this.

For me, the process of physical rebuilding tends not to take place linearly.  Continue reading 21 day water fast: one-month follow-up after the fast

21 day water fast: day 21

gratitude-sunriseI woke up into the darkness, with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude: for the universe, for Réka and the opportunity to be here – as well as for the fast itself.  I sat down to meditate, with the expanse of gratitude laid out as a back-drop to everything in my mind.  It felt and continues to feel like an inner smile expanding from all directions in and around my heart.  Everywhere, almost as if my body were breathing the mantra: ‘thank you, thank you, thank you…’

I’m just so grateful. Continue reading 21 day water fast: day 21

21 day water fast: day 4

nature-swirl drfawingWoke up after lots of sleep.  Again I needed an extra blanket because by the end of yesterday evening I was feeling cold.  I also woke in the middle of the night and felt my kidneys aching, but by morning the sensation had disappeared.  Detox and healing have definitely started.  As usual, I’m feeling this now on Day Four, which, for me, has always tended to be the hardest day of the fast physically.  I know everyone is different in this respect, with most people finding the third day the hardest.  But I tend to think that this is due to the fact that most people find kick-starting ketosis the problem.  In such cases, the third day is difficult due to low energies and the beginnings of detox.  Since I have years of experience in fasting, and since I also dip into ketosis on pretty much of a daily basis (because of long-distance running), it’s less the ketosis which is an issue for me than the way detox hits hardest on Day Four. Continue reading 21 day water fast: day 4