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Post Post Football (Exercise) Fasting

As noted in my previous post Post Football (Exercise) Fasting I attempted starting my IF with strenuous exercise in the form of touch football with some guys from work. The reasons for this are noted in that post, and this is the update.

I am never doing that again.

It’s not so much that I am hungry… that part of my fasting experience remained the same. Here are the reasons…

First, my energy levels are way down. I think I may try a power nap to see if I can recover some for the evening, I also feel as if my stress level is higher. I did not sleep as well as I had hoped for last night. I woke up in spurts of high energy only to realize I should still be sleeping. This is not consistent with my former fasts.

Second, I woke up this morning feeling weaker and ultimately less confident in my appearance and progression. I take time in the morning to view myself in the mirror and monitor how my physique is shaping up as my regiment progresses. For the first time since starting I was not excited about how I was looking in the mirror.

Finally, this really should not be something you do all that often anyways. The article I cited in my previous post made note of this. One of the comments on that previous post linked to an article that described this practice as a mistake, and I would tend to agree.

Lesson learned! It was certainly worth giving this a go, but my body is definitely in a worse state than I started in.

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Post Football (Exercise) Fasting

Since I started doing IF I have completed 3 24-hour fasts and am currently into my 4th. This fast will be different than the others as it started with a hour and a half of touch football and will be slightly abbreviated (maybe 20 hours). I laid out my IF schedule to try and avoid not eating after intense exercise, but changes in my schedule due to a bio-metric screening at work where fasting is suggested (I’d have to skip breakfast anyways) and some work related travel (where I will end up eating for social reasons) means I had to move it up or abandon it completely. To this point I have really enjoyed my fasts, and so I didn’t want to abandon it.

I did a little research to see if doing a fast after exercise was a big no-no and found an article on Mark’s Daily Apple (go figure) that suggests doing this occasionally might not be such a bad thing. You can read article to figure out why.

This will definitely be a 1 time deal. If it comes up again I will probably abandon the fast altogether, but for the sake of experimenting I am giving it a go this time. I am interested to see how my body reacts. At 4 hours in I can say I am definitely hungrier than I have been in other fasts, which means I’ll actually need to employ some will power this time. I’ll give an update tomorrow night when I’m done.

P.S. The scale said 205.6 this morning 🙂

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