Tomorrow is Today
I am sure you have heard it a million times – “tomorrow”, “well it’s the middle of the week, I better wait til’ Monday”, “I am just having a bad day”. All of this may be true, but the reality is…tomorrow never comes. Take action today, take action after you’re done reading this…take action now. Seriously consciously understand you are going to follow the outline of what you are about to read. I have always found it easier to do something if someone told me “you can’t” or “I challenge you”. Well I am challenging you, right now. It is time to understand the benefits of water fasting and how it can heal you.
Water fasting, intermittent fasting, any type of fasting is a serious journey and it starts upstairs, in the mind. I am going to outline the basics of getting the primer pumped and ready to start this stoic journey, that most of your friends and family will call you a loony toon for.
First and foremost you need to have a good reason for starting down this road. Whether it be to get fit and lose some weight or just to challenge yourself to something new…just know “why” you want this. Understand this isn’t easy, if it were everyone would be doing it, stepping out of your comfort zone will be a necessity. Once this is established we will be ready to tackle the beginning of the rest of your life, OK maybe not that far… the beginning of the fasting process and challenging your will.
It will be very easy to make excuses to quit, from “this is stupid” to “I really think I might be sick” – all the above. Just know it is all a mind game, if this is going to be taken serious there will be respect you owe to yourself. Remember to track your progress, getting the right amount of sleep and calories in the beginning, and make sure they are calories your body needs.
I am going to break down how I – Nic – find benefits to water fasting. This may differ from many other people but it has worked for me and I know it can work for anyone with the will to change. Ready – set – go.
The 3 S’s
Slow – Steady – Stoic
Starting a fast is a binary lifestyle shift, whether it be long term or just trying this out. Just know it is going to change the way your brain functions. It will be a roller coaster at first.
Starting slow is key. Knowing this is a change and that old habits will be hard to break…you know the whole eating thing. Begin by setting tiny goals that extend a week. For example –
- skip breakfast for 3 days and don’t eat til at least 11
- skip breakfast for 3 days and don’t eat til at least noon
- skip breakfast for 3 days and don’t eat til at least 2 pm and only eat 100 calories
I suggest creating these little goals and writing them down. Put them in your pocket and remind yourself of them. This will force yourself to not lie to yourself. You know these will be in your pocket and you will fail yourself if you don’t go through with them. I actually started doing this when I started extended fasts, I needed any extra motivation to keep me on track, it works. And hey – if you don’t do them, move on and try again. The idea is to remain on point and stay consistent in the beginning.
Steady as she goes. Stay steady in your trial run. However, you want to frame up your goals, stick with them. If you find that what you set out for was to difficult, just turn the dial from 11 to 7 for a day or so, but don’t give up, and don’t lie to yourself. This is one of the few things you can’t cheat on, you literally are only wasting your own time if you are going to lie about “not eating” – now that would be more insane than not eating.
Keep a stoic presence about yourself. Humble yourself in the challenge of fasting. It really is you versus your mind. You really don’t need anyone else to battle here. I found this out the hard way when I did my 10 day water fast. I presented my journey on social media, I honestly had great support, but the added stress was unnecessary.
Let’s move into the good stuff, let’s get ready to not eat.
Risk it for the Biscuit (don’t eat the biscuit)
Water fasting has many healing qualities ranging from fixing a leaky gut, mental clarity and the obvious weight loss. There are many more but those are what I find to be the most rewarding. Having said that know this will be a rocky road to start, but it will get much better…promise.
This is as close to overnight weight loss that I have found anywhere – literally losing weight in your sleep and keeping it off. Like I said before I have lost 40 lbs in 40 days. I am by no means morbidly obese but I did have the weight to lose at a “svelte” 210 pounds in a 5’9″ frame and this is very possible for anyone with the right mindset, and more importantly a disciplined regimen to achieve.
Understand the facts of what you will need to consider giving up a vice or two in your current lifestyle
- Soda of any kind
Now don’t go crazy – you don’t have to give up any of these items actually. I just know if the results you desire are “overnightish” then this will definitely speed up the process – I mean by like 2 or 3 fold. You aren’t going to be eating much anyway, why not just change up the entire game…right?
Go time – Intermittent Water Fasting
OK – if your ready to start with this lifestyle change, here we go. There are a good deal of intermittent water fasting philosophies out there and everyone has their own idea of them. I used the knowledge I gained and made a hybrid model myself. I found it the most beneficial and best way to keep my sanity. I have always drank 8 oz of black coffee in the morning and this doesn’t hurt toward anything more than your ego. If you really want to “water” fast be my guest and just drink water. The benefits of a cup of coffee outweigh the water notion in my mind, again this is my opinion. Below is a typical day of how I intermittent fast now.
- Morning – 8oz black coffee
- water, water, water
- 2 pm – 100-150 calories (like an apple)
- water, water, water
- 6-8 pm – 500-600 calories (or whatever calorie deficit you are going with)
This is pretty simple stuff. Remember to drink water, and a lot of it. You will be getting hungry and your body will need something to satiate the routine of eating. Don’t over drink on water, it can make you sick. I however have never had this happen. A little fasting hack is to drink sparkling water. It makes you feel like you are filling up on calories but there are none.
So morning, drink your black coffee. Drink water throughout the day, all day. Wait til at least 2 pm to eat any food, I know I said to cut out sugar and yes and apple does have sugar just don’t go over board. Dinner I will eat something very high in fat content and low carbs, like a steak or something similar. I will go more in depth on intermittent fasting in a later post, but this is the bones of the beast, and this will get you started.
Remember not to Forget
Keep track of your trials and tribulations. This is something I wish I would have done from the start. Keeping track of your progress will steer you on the right path and keep you accountable to your goals. I suggest the following when tracking any type of fasting Daily weight loss/gain.
- Log of water intake
- Log of calories and food
- Log of workouts
- Daily journal log
- Daily or weekly pics of your body (who knows when you will be this skinny again)
Accountability is Action
Holding yourself accountable to what you set out is action. Again I urge you to start this right now. Pick out a time and start. Make it small goals, and go from the there. The seed has been planted – future non eater person. But on the reals, it is simple – the hardest yet simplest way for an addict to quit popping pills is what? Just put the damn bottle down, extremely binary answer for a binary problem. I didn’t say it was easy, but nothing worth it ever is. The human mind is capable of much more than what one thinks.
Act today; not tomorrow, because tomorrow isn’t real.
Again, this isn’t some crazy regimen I got from a guru. I have just gathered information from what I find beneficial and how I like expressing the benefits of water fasting. This is a good start and I hope I covered most of the beginner questions and concerns with starting to fast. I will be diving deeper into other areas of the fasting realm later on.
If you like what you have read, please leave a comment below. If you have any tips or hacks of your own feel free to post there as well. And most importantly if there is something you have a question about or would like to see a post about please throw that down there as well.
Thanks for reading and have a pleasantly uncomfortable day