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02 Sep 2012 20:51 #12194 by Riham Ahmed
Riham Ahmed created the topic: My fasting journals
The beginning of my water fast.
Before day 1
By 12 am o’clock today I will have started my second long water fast.

Why do I want to fast?

- My life has been on hold for as far as I can remember. I have delayed everything to be thin. I have refused to go to friends parties, eat their food, go on dates, and have fun …. Everything. I have lost I have lately lost 80 pounds but the last 40 pounds are very irritating. I want to finish them then live a healthy lifestyle. I eat healthy and workout but I still can't reach my goal.

- Simply because I am fat. I have to lose around 40 pounds.

- It’s a test of character. I need to see how far I can go.

- Lately I have no control over my eating.

- I want to end a lifetime of suffering from eating disorder.

- I want to be able to lose the weight when I decide to.

- working out makes me hungry so I eat.

- dieting makes me hungry so I eat.

- being overweight shatters me emotionally so I eat.

- It seems that all ways other than water fast make me eat.

- I have no other way but to water fast.

- I have bought new clothes and within a week or two I won’t be able to wear them if I don’t water fast.

- You will say so you are going to gain it back. No if I reach my goal weight I won’t because I won’t have the stress I put on myself.

- I don’t want to feel desperate anymore.

- I want to be confident.

- I don’t want to go back to depression.

- I want to appreciate myself and my effort and god’s blessings.

Difficulties:

1- Work as I am back to work already I am afraid I might not be able to work.

2- The bad breath.

3- Skinny, pale, wrinkled face that makes me looks old.

4- Health problems.

My strategy:

1- I'll go for it, push away all the fear, remember how bad I feel when I break the fast.

2- I'll go easy on work do the necessary only.

3- Have plenty of sleep.

4- Have plenty of rest.

5- Having gums for bad breath or anything for fresh mouth.

6- Downloading plenty of videos for people who fasted.

7- Write in these journals.

8- Go easy emotionally and pamper myself whenever possible.

9- No activities other than work.

10- Telling everyone about it.

11- Don’t listen to people who do not support me.

12- I will only think about how to survive these days and what is going to happen when I finish I will think about it when I finish but I have one rule I'll do what it takes to keep the weight off.

I just want to always remember that I started the water fast because there was no other way and I also want to remember how good it feels to lose weight and to finish the fast in the right time not before. I also want to remember that people do crazy things to lose weight and at the end of the day I'm doing something beneficial.

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02 Sep 2012 21:35 #12196 by david
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Hello Riham thank you for your post and being so open and honest about your goals etc. Do you mind me asking your age? I would seriously consider intermittent fasting and also watching the Horizon Documentary that is on this site. I really don't think that a long water fast is the optimal approach for you. Perhaps 2 days per week or Alternate Day Fasting is the answer. What do I base my advise on? Having observed site members for the past 7 years. I would certainly invest a bit of time exploring and reading up on the benefits of alternate day fasting before you take any big decisions.

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02 Sep 2012 23:01 #12199 by Riham Ahmed
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i'm 35 and i will difinetely consider intermittent fasting as a way of life after i finish this water fast.
i have tried intermittent fasting for 2 months and it helped a lot in keeping the weight off.

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03 Sep 2012 05:26 #12204 by TheFastDoctor
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Do concentrate, dear Riham, on activities during the fast. Be careful of chewing gums during a fast, as that "signals eating" to the hypothalamus.. indeed any form of taste tends to cause your digestive system to maintain activity and that slows dons the switch to pure catabolism. Also consider maintaining activities that allow your body to mobilize AND eliminate the toxins.. thus active fasting is practically always more effective than the passive approach.

We wish you success.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.
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03 Sep 2012 12:26 #12209 by Shant
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Oh darling, count with our support. You're a true hero that you took actions to change your life for better. I'm rooting for you. I'd reconsider point number 9 - no activities other than work. Don't be so hard on yourself and have some fun. Also, you'll see that if you do some physical activity now and then it will make you feel better, you'll look better and everything else will work for you better. I agree telling everyone is a good strategy if it helps to motivate you and you have supporting and understanding people who love you around. Imagine that feeling when you come out of this life changing experience as A WINNER! I wish you all the best.
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03 Sep 2012 18:18 - 03 Sep 2012 18:19 #12212 by Riham Ahmed
Riham Ahmed replied the topic: Re: My fasting journals
Imagine that feeling when you come out of this life changing experience as A WINNER! I wish you all the best.[/quote]

Thank you so much. i can not fail with a supporting system like that. i will always remember those words in my weak times.

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03 Sep 2012 23:04 #12216 by mhaiyarn76
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hello Riham... I absolutely am able to relate to every single thing you wrote above... you see, i was successfull 2 yrs ago to fast for more than 2 weeks and the feeling i felt from that and losing my postpartum fats was just exhilirating! Since then i have been trying to fast and had been unsuccessfyl at it. Result is feeling frustrated, feeling that im not able to rely on myself, my life is on hold, so sick of it..
Not to mention that i have bulimia and i know that when i complete this 2 weeks fast of mine and reset my body, i will free of it...

anyways, im startingmy 2 weeks water fast today..why today..well first is that i dont have work for 4 days and since the detox are bad on the 1st few days, being off work will be a lot of help!

so can i join you in this jurney? where can we log in our fasting journey so we can compare notes?

" I dont have a soul...I AM A SOUL, I HAVE A BODY" by India.Arie :)

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05 Sep 2012 20:31 #12250 by Shant
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@Riham: How's it going, boy?
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07 Sep 2012 10:59 #12270 by Riham Ahmed
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Things didn't go as I expected there were lots of temptations I finished a week of intermittent fasting so far I eat every 48 hours but I am determined to start today as I have 2 days off.
I feel frustrated again because I couldn't start in the day I wanted but I'll take this frustration to me side.
Today my mom told me how useless I am I can't actually blame her. She is right I don't do anything; the people I live with don't feel that I contribute to their lives at all which is true. But then again how can I contribute to their lives while I can't contribute to mine. How can I be there for them and I am not there for myself. This is another reason why I should fast to be able to be there for myself and my family. They have seen a lot from lately and suffered a lot from my defeated attitude.

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