Fasting February Completed

Fasting February has come to an end and it is time to look back upon my results.  I ended up having 5 different extended fasts in February.  My shortest was 46 hours and my longest was 309 hours.  I was on an extended fast for a total of 554 hours, or just over 23 days.  I had to accommodate having the flu early in the month which made it a little tricky. But I managed to persevere and exceeded my goal of 20 days of fasting in February.

I had been plateaued at 260-265 pounds for two months prior to the start of February.  I broke through that plateau and am currently at 242 pounds, 20 pounds down from the 262 pounds at the start of the month.  I feel like I learned quite a bit.  I think 7 days is long enough for my longest extended fasts.  3-5 days is probably my sweet spot.  I also reaffirmed that fasting is a great tool to have in my tool belt.  It helped me shatter that plateau.

I also realize how hard it was to keep up with my electrolytes and hydration after 7 days.  Despite me thinking I was doing everything right, I ended up dehydrated which was evident in my 9 pound re-feed after the 309 hour fast.  I will watch how things go from here to see if I gain any more of this months weight lost back.  I plan on doing 42 hour fasts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next 2-3 weeks to make sure I'm fully re-hydrated and yet try not to gain back the weight I have lost.

Monday I will be having another Dexa scan to see how the month impacted my body composition. I'll report on the results of that scan next week.

This is a log of all of my fasts in February:

Fast Begins Fast Ends Fast Hours Total Fast Hours Total Fast Days
1/31/18 7:31 PM 2/3/18 11:38 AM 64:07 64:07 2.67
2/4/18 9:20 PM 2/7/18 12:36 PM 63:16 127:23 5.31
2/7/18 8:09 PM 2/9/18 6:46 PM 46:37 174:00 7.25
2/10/18 8:55 PM 2/23/18 6:34 PM 309:39 483:39 20.15
2/25/18 8:23 PM 2/28/18 6:55 PM 70:32 554:11 23.09

This is a log of my weight, morning blood glucose and evening ketone blood ketones throughout the month:
Date Fasting Day? AM Pounds AM Glucose PM Ketones
1/31/2018 No 262 95 1.1
2/1/2018 Yes 263 105 2.0
2/2/2018 Yes 258 96 3.0
2/3/2018 No 254 77 1.9
2/4/2018 No 258 81 1.4
2/5/2018 Yes 262 105 1.3
2/6/2018 Yes 258 89 3.2
2/7/2018 No 254 79 1.9
2/8/2018 Yes 258 94 3.3
2/9/2018 Yes 255 83 1.4
2/10/2018 No 255 89 2.2
2/11/2018 Yes 257 91 2.5
2/12/2018 Yes 253 90 3.8
2/13/2018 Yes 250 86 4.7
2/14/2018 Yes 249 78 4.7
2/15/2018 Yes 246 78 4.8
2/16/2018 Yes 244 79 6.1
2/17/2018 Yes 243 78 4.6
2/18/2018 Yes 242 80 6.1
2/19/2018 Yes 241 85 5.6
2/20/2018 Yes 239 86 6.7
2/21/2018 Yes 238 83 5.7
2/22/2018 Yes 236 80 5.7
2/23/2018 Yes 235 92 4.8
2/24/2018 No 237 88 4.5
2/25/2018 No 240 104 2.4
2/26/2018 Yes 244 90 3.6
2/27/2018 Yes 243 81 3.1
2/28/2018 Yes 242 86 2.3
Overall the month was a huge success.

My next blog post will discuss the Ketofest 2018 Kickstarter going live.  You can also read my last blog post which described my longest personal fast of 309 hours.  

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