Confessions of a neophyte faster
Pardon me while I pat myself on the back. ;)
Mark Sisson inspired me to try fasting today. I had dinner last night ~9pm (it's now ~24 hours later), and all I've had since then was 3 cups of coffee with cream.
It's gone fairly well. I've been "low carb" (more or less) for over two years, and my wife and I frequently skip breakfast (semi-consciously following something similar to Sisson's "Eat WHEN" protocol: Eat When Hunger Ensues Naturally), so my body is, I believe, fairly accustomed to living on its own energy store (i.e. fat :). We don't have a name for our "protocol", we just say "when you're hungry, eat; when you're not ... don't."
My biggest problem is the "don't think of an elephant" problem: I'm fasting, and I know I'm fasting, so it's hard to not think about food. But, as near as I can tell, that's the primary reason food is on my brain, not, as one might otherwise expect, actual hunger. :) And if I am hungry, well, who'd've guessed.
I did something that might not normally be advised for a first-time faster, and went to the grocery store on the way home from work. I did so deliberately, however, with a specific target in mind: I'm almost out of tea at work. So I got some more, and also some heavy cream for my coffee tomorrow, since work only stocks "Coffee Mate".
My last meal was at Hamburger Hamlet; among other things, I had a cheeseburger with bacon, which I ate open faced, i.e. sans bun. That cheeseburger, from Hamburger Hamlet, mind you, was noticeably less good than the cheeseburger I had last weekend at Laishley's Crab House, a seafood joint. ಠ_ಠ
My wife and I came up with the idea of logging water in LoseIt as a flag that I'm fasting, as opposed to just not logging. She's very smart. <3 Having actually done it, it occurred to me to just create a custom food, so I did that too / instead. :)